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Rotary Club Gets New Flag Trailer Thanks to LHS Advanced Welding Class

More than 30 members of the Rotary Club checked out the trailer after the regular lunch meeting on May 25th and showed their thanks to the students for the fine job they did in construction of the new flag trailer. Upcoming dates the trailer could be in use are Memorial Day (May 30), Flag Day (June 14) and Independence Day (July 4th).
More than 30 members of the Rotary Club checked out the trailer after the regular lunch meeting on May 25th and showed their thanks to the students for the fine job they did in construction of the new flag trailer. Upcoming dates the trailer could be in use are Memorial Day (May 30), Flag Day (June 14) and Independence Day (July 4th).

Photos by Jim Chapman

Susanville’s Noon Rotary club had as guests, the students from Lassen High’s Advanced Welding Program and their instructor Mike Somerville. Over the last four months the advanced welders completed the fabrication of a new Rotary Flag trailer. The trailer is used by the club to shuttle flags and volunteers as they decorate the length of Main Street with American flags for special occasions.

Rob Allen at High Sierra Collision got the all-steel trailer painted the base color of blue and in the coming weeks an accent color of yellow gold will be added to highlight the lettering and Rotary signage will be installed.

The existing trailer was built in the 1960’s by crews from the California Correctional Center and prior to 1989 the flag trailer was operated by the Susanville Lions Club. When they disbanded, the trailer moved to the Rotary Club of Susanville, who have operated it since that time.

The old trailer was seriously in need of repair and it was decided that a new one should be obtained. Fortunately, the LHS Advanced Welding program was available to take on the task as a class project, supported by District Superintendent Bill McCabe.

If all goes well and the safety and directional lights get installed, the inaugural use of the new trailer could take place this coming Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day. The next two dates that flags will be displayed (weather permitting) are Flag Day on June 14th and Independence Day on July 4th.

LHS Instructor Mike Somerville and his students presenting the new trailer to the club leadership. Front, l to r, Jim Chapman, past president and flag trailer committee; Mike Somerville, Ag Welding Instructor; students Callie Wemple and Izak Davenport; Richard Egan, club president; Bill McCabe, club director. In the trailer, l to r, are: students Tavish Troupe, Eldon Red Eagle; Levi Prater and Derek Hall.
LHS Instructor Mike Somerville and his students presenting the new trailer to the club leadership. Front, l to r, Jim Chapman, past president and flag trailer committee; Mike Somerville, Ag Welding Instructor; students Callie Wemple and Izak Davenport; Richard Egan, club president; Bill McCabe, club director. In the trailer, l to r, are: students Tavish Troupe, Eldon Red Eagle; Levi Prater and Derek Hall.
Views of the new trailer. Completely fabricated from steel and freshly painted by High Sierra Collision. Safety and directional lights will be installed and accent trim color of yellow gold will be added soon. Susanville Rotary 554 and Rotary International lettering were nice touches created by the talented students in the welding program.
Views of the new trailer. Completely fabricated from steel and freshly painted by High Sierra Collision. Safety and directional lights will be installed and accent trim color of yellow gold will be added soon. Susanville Rotary 554 and Rotary International lettering were nice touches created by the talented students in the welding program.
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Work in progress on the new Rotary Club flag trailer
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The old rotary flag trailer alongside the new one under construction

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Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso
SusanvilleStuff.com Publisher/Editor
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