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Marietta Morning Rotary Club and Marietta Main Street Partner to Extend First Friday Programming

July 15, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The Marietta Morning Rotary Club ( and Marietta Main Street ( will partner for the remainder of the 2018 calendar year to expand First Friday programming for the city of Marietta and the surrounding communities.

Marietta Main Street hosts programming in downtown Marietta on the first Friday evening of every month to celebrate and spur downtown economic development. The Marietta Morning Rotary Club, which meets every Friday at 7 a.m., will host a social and service program during their meeting to expand First Friday programming overall.

“We are excited to partner with Marietta Main Street to expand the First Friday activities,” said Shannon Thompson, President of the Marietta Morning Rotary Club. “Our programming will be fun, service-based, and unique. We look forward to having guests come to the meeting and enjoy what we love so much about our club.”

The Marietta Morning Rotary Club’s program on Friday, August 3 at 7 a.m. is themed “Our Favorite Children’s Books” to extend Marietta Main Street’s August First Friday Theme “Once Upon A Time” sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Marietta. Rotarians are asked to bring their favorite childhood books to the meeting and several will be read aloud. After the meeting, the Club will donate the books to the Boys and Girls Club Reading Room. Children, grandchildren, and neighbors of Rotarians are welcome to attend as a Rotarian’s guest. The meeting is at Marietta Country Club and is $10 per guest.

“Since launching First Fridays in 2016, we've experienced quite a spur of growth for our own organization and for downtown,” said Cristie Thomas, Executive Director of Marietta Main Street. “Not only have First Friday shoppers supplemented the revenue of small businesses and that of our local economy, but the optimism of our community has increased - more than before, people are active, getting involved, and proud to call Marietta their home. We are excited to partner with the Marietta Morning Rotary Club to diversify the First Friday experience and are grateful for their commitment to this community."

The First Friday themes for the remainder of the year are:

  • September 7: Back to School Bash, sponsored by Washington State Community College
  • October 5: Witches Night
  • November 2: Kids Market, sponsored by Marietta College
  • December 7: Moonlight Madness, sponsored by Peoples Bank Theatre

The Marietta Morning Rotary Club will host their annual Dictionary Project on Friday, September 7 in conjunction with “Back to School Bash.” Other coinciding events will be scheduled soon.

Marietta Morning Rotary Club meetings are open to the public but advanced registration is required. The fee is $10 per meeting and includes breakfast. To register, contact the Marietta Morning Rotary Club at at least seven days in advance of the meeting.

About Marietta Morning Rotary Club: Globally, Rotary International has over 1.2 million members in over 35,000 clubs and has existed for over 110 years. The values for Rotary Club’s around the world are service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. The Marietta Morning Rotary Club has served the local community for 26 years. The Club’s impact on Marietta is palpable: the “Discovery Garden” on the corner of 7th Street and Pike Street, the Dictionary Project that donates over 300 dictionaries annually to third grade classrooms in the Marietta City School District and the surrounding area, the International Dinner hosted each spring, and the Lobster Tails and Ales hosted in October and the Club’s main service projects and events. The group meets every Friday at 7 a.m. for a meeting and program, breakfast, Rotary fellowship, and to plan service-based projects.

About Marietta Main Street: "A non-profit organization located in Marietta, Ohio, Marietta Main Street is committed to bringing people together to preserve, enhance, and enjoy Downtown Marietta. We envision a vibrant downtown that invites all community members to invest in our businesses, embrace our unique history, and promote our community pride. Learn more at"