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The Sears Store at McKinley Mall in Hamburg is the new location for shoppers through the Rotary Club of Hamburg’s Warm the Children Program. Store Manager Debra Mahaney met with Rotarians at their Sept. 22 meeting to display some of the store’s new winter clothing for children. Pictured from left with Mahaney, second from left are members of the Warm the Children Committee: Liz Angelbeck, coordinator; Kevin Neubeck, personal banker at Evans Bank; Maria Guizzotti, Rotary Club president; Barbara Stanley and Earl Knauss. Evans Bank and the Town of Hamburg Lions Club are partners in the program.
Rotary Club of Hamburg announces new partnership with Sears McKinley Mall store for Warm the Children program
The Rotary Club of Hamburg is pleased to announce that Sears in the McKinley Mall is now the official store for the club’s Warm the Children program. “We are so pleased to be a part of this wonderful program that benefits our community,” said store manager Debra Mahaney who met with members of the service organization at its Sept. 22 meeting.
For the next three months, families who’ve been referred by local schools, churches and human service agencies will shop at Sears for new, warm winter clothing, paid for by generous donors. “It’s really neighbors helping neighbors, in a sense,” according to Rotary member Elizabeth Angelbeck, who coordinates the program, with assistance from volunteer shoppers. All donations to Warm the Children go toward the purchase of new clothing, as administrative tasks are done by the Rotary Club in partnership with the Town of Hamburg Lions Club and Evans Bank.
A switch to Sears is a welcome one, according to Angelbeck. The problem of parents not being able to find correct sizes will be greatly minimized, as Sears has access to products online. “So, if a parent finds a winter jacket but the size needed is not available in the McKinley store, a cashier can locate the correct size and have it sent directly to the family, free of charge, which is fantastic,” she added.
Over the next few weeks, Sears staff will be made aware of the Warm the Children program as schools, churches and human service agencies begin sending referrals to families in need. Shopping is expected to begin in mid-October.
To make a donation, checks payable to Warm The Children Fund should be mailed to Evans Bank, 5999 South Park Ave., Hamburg, NY 14075.
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Gratitude for your years of community service to the Rotary Club of Hamburg. This month we congratulate those who joined our club in the month of January:
Tom Eaton, Larry Wilson and Leo Fallon who have been in Rotary for 73 years (1942); Tom Blaine (34 yrs/1981); Tim Hoelscher (7 yrs/2008); Maria Guizzotti and Cindy Taylor both joined in 2012.
Happy Birthday to Jack Flint who celebrates his birthday on January 11th and Eloise Zoyhofski who celebrates her birthday on the 18th.
Cathy Rybczynski, Town Clerk (Town of Hamburg, NY) and Rotarian Dina Liberta (Rotary Club of Hamburg) celebrate World Polio Day October 24, 2014.
GENEROUS DONATION Representatives of the American Gift Fund Louise Y. Mokadam Family Foundation present a check for $2,500 to the Rotary Club of Hamburg for the Warm the Children Program. Pictured from left are: Rotarians Earl Knauss and Liz Angelbeck, Bon and Chris Mokadam of the Foundation, and far right, Rotary Club President Dale Stanley accepting the check.
Rotary Club of Hamburg celebrates 70 years of ‘Service Above Self’
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. This year, the Rotary Club of Hamburg marks its 70th year of service.
Rotary began in Chicago in 1905 when a businessman named Paul Harris formed a club with a unique blend of commerce and social consciousness. It grew to become Rotary International - the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs in 200 countries or geographical areas today.
Our Rotary Club was chartered on February 24, 1942 in Hamburg and continues to provide service to the community through projects such as Warm the Children, which provides warm winter clothing for children in need; and funding for not-for-profit organizations such as the Hamburg Counseling Service, the Hamburg Paleontological Society’s Penn Dixie Fossil Site and the Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program. Rotary also funds a literacy program for children, provides college scholarships and mentors the next generation of community leaders through RYLA (Rotary’s leadership Program) for college-age young adults and SLAPSHOT for high school students.