The plan on Thursday was for the Comstock Park Rotary Club to have a birthday party at Grotto Park on the grounds of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on Monroe Ave., but the weather was not agreeable. The event was moved inside to the All Purpose Room of the Veteran's facility. The birthday being celebrated was the 95th for Marty Buth, the only surviving charter member of the Comstock Park Rotary Club. Marty was accompanied by his son, the Honorable George Buth, and grandson, David Buth. In addition to serving as club president, Marty served 24 years in the legislature. Confined to a wheelchair due to a fractured leg, Marty was happy to see all his friend in Rotary.
Also recognized at the meeting were Rotarian Phil Obetz and Alpine Township resident Dan Matthews. The two men painted the boulders on the sides of the two bridges at Grotto Park this summer. Grotto Park is part of the Michigan Home for the Veterans and its renovation has been the flagship project of the Comstock Park Rotary over the past few years. Lunch was catered by The Swan Inn.
|Marty Buth with Glen Miller and Sharon Steffens|
|Phil Obetz (left) and Dan Matthews at one of the bridges they painted|
|Another view of a section of Grotto Park|
|Not far away, York Creek Apartments were surrounded by colors|