DRC Rotarian Mike Huinker prepares to pilot his vehicle on a loop of the Trout Run Trail with his cargo of excited passengers
The Decorah Rotary Club (DRC) hosted the always popular Trout Run Trail (TRT) Tour Day this year on Tuesday, August 24.  This is an annual event allowing an opportunity for the elderly and those with physical limitations preventing routine access to the TRT to experience the beauty of the entire 12-mile circuit. Nearly one hundred local community members came out and filled the available seats for each scheduled loop of the Trail. Thankfully the weather cooperated with rain-free skies and cool breezes. Everyone enjoyed the superb barbecue luncheon hosted at the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery pavilion.
Our Club extends its sincere thanks for the leadership provided by these members: Mike Huinker (overall event coordination, TRT 28-E Committee liaison, vehicle and equipment arrangements), Alan Lerstrom (registration, communications, and outreach); Maureen Duncklee and Dacia Monson (food and drink arrangements); Kelly Reagan (outreach); and Shannon Duncan (volunteer coordination).
We thank all of our member volunteers who provided on-site support of this event: Cal Anderson, Don Arendt, John Baker, Elliot Christen, Brigette Cornelius, Maureen Duncklee, Shannon Duncan, Ivan Hackman, Tina Hall, Don Holmertz, Mike Huinker, Roger Huinker, Phil Iverson, Ashley Klocke, Maury Lenz, Alan Lerstrom, Amy Loera, Gary Mineart, John Moeller, Dacia Monson, Kelly Reagan, Samantha Scholtes, Ron Snell, and J.T. Vogel.
A special thanks to the following individuals who donated the use of their off-road vehicles: Les Askelson (x2), John Kerndt, Tade Kerndt, Tom Kuennen, Dolly Panos, Vic Pinkney (volunteer driver), Paul Nichols, and Chris Redenius.
Thanks also to the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery, the City of Decorah, the TRT 28-E Committee, U-2 BBQ & Catering, and Decorah Rental for working with our Club to facilitate this event. We thank all of the participants for their generous free-will donations.
Finally, as always we recognize and thank the local land owners who help make the TRT such a special addition to Decorah and our community.
For more images from this event see the companion photo album: DRC Trout Run Trail Tour Day 2021
Photo credits: Gary Mineart, Don Holmertz