It’s hard not to notice the Bengal pride on display in the Gate City during the weekends of an ISU home football game. A big part of this is because of the overwhelming success of a local rotary project.
Hundreds of homeowners and businesses have exchanged a small donation to have the club place ISU flags on their property on game days but many of the flags have gone missing.
It’s caught the attention of ISU coaches, players and fans. Over 500 local residents and businesses are showing their support for ISU while contributing to a good cause at the same time. The setup and delivery of the flags is handled by volunteers from the Rotary. They anticipated some loss but not at a level like this.
“We put out about 520 flags on homecoming weekend and lost 80 that weekend, “ said Rotary President and Voice of the Bengals, Jerry Miller. “The first weekend we did flags, we also put out over 500 and we lost 20 that weekend. And so for the two home game weekends, we’ve lost over 100 flags.”
The large majority of the stolen flags were taken near the ISU campus. Whether it’s a prank or not, the loss is damaging for this charitable organization that gives so much to those in need.
“We provide Christmas for one or two families every year,” continued Miller. “We participate in purchasing dictionaries for all the 3rd graders every year in school district 25. Those are just some of the kinds of things that we do.”
While the loss of the flags has the potential to cause the Rotary a lot of harm, Jerry has made it easy for the culprit to come clean.
“They can bring it to the radio station at ISU,” said Miller. They can bring a flag back to The Bengal newspaper office. My office is up there in the hypostyle. No questions asked, just bring one back and I’ll smile and take it.”
On top of being able to return the flags to the KISU radio station or The Bengal newspaper, you can drop them off at the information booth inside the Student Union Building with no questions asked.