Club News
Come shop at our Winter/Valentine Craft Show on Saturday February 5th from 10 am - 3 pm.  It will be held at the Hamburg Moose Hall, 45 Church Street in Hamburg.  Looking for Valentine gifts or Mother's Day gifts?  You will find lots of selections at this sale.  Interested in being a vendor?  Send an email to HamburgRotaryPM@gmail.com.  Tables are limited so get your table now!  For more information see Craft Show Flyer.
The Rotary Club of Hamburg purchased No-Sew Fleece Blanket Kits and got to work making blankets for ECMC's Palliative Care Unit.  These blankets are given to patients as they are admitted to the Unit and are provided to the family in memory of their loved one.  This is the third year the club has made and donated blankets.
 
Top Row from left to right - Rotarians Dale Stanley, Barb Stanley and Michele Hanley (Club President)
ECMC Staff - Sue Derenda (LPN, Palliative Care) and Santocha Gompah (Unit Manager, Palliative Care).
As temperatures dip and snow falls, over 375 children are wearing winter jackets, warm hats, gloves and cuddly pajamas, courtesy of caring individuals, organizations and local foundations, which have made generous contributions to this year’s Warm the Children program.
 
Volunteer shoppers accompanying families from the Hamburg area to Walmart, repeatedly tell the story of grateful moms, dads and grandparents, many of whom become emotional as they select new clothing for their children. “The mom I shopped with just sobbed, as we were leaving the store, so grateful for her kids’ new clothing, which she would not have been able to afford,” said one veteran shopper.
 
Warm the Children is the grateful beneficiary of a $15,000 grant from the East Hill Foundation, which seeks to address basic needs of those in the Western New York community. The Alice L. Say Family Foundation, Kevin P. Lockwood Memorial Fund, Louise K. Mokadam Family Trust and Ferrous Manufacturing have also made significant donations to assist Rotary Club of Hamburg operate the program.
 
Donations are still being accepted. Giving levels include: Joyful Benefactor ($500 or higher); Caring Supporter ($200-$499); Special Friend ($100-$199). Donations in ANY amount are greatly appreciated!
 
Those wishing to contribute may do so by making checks payable to Warm the Children Fund, and either mailing or bringing donations to Evans Bank, 5999 S. Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY 14075. Or, contributions may be made online at www.hamburgrotaryclub.org/SitePage/warmthe-children.
As Western New Yorkers continue to navigate their lives during the pandemic, many understand the importance of providing basic needs, particularly for children during cold, WNY winters.  
 
Rotary Club of Hamburg is proud to sponsor Warm the Children, which provides new, warm, winter clothing to boys and girls from families who reside in Hamburg, Angola, Blasdell, Derby, Boston, Eden, North Collins, Lake View and Brant. Last year, as a result of the kindness and generosity of donors in the community, Warm the Children brought joyful smiles to approximately 400 youngsters in need! 
 
“This is our 14th year of coordinating Warm the Children for local families in need and we are tremendously grateful for community support,” says Elizabeth Angelbeck, who directs the program with schools, churches and social service agencies in the Southtowns.  100% of all contributions go toward the purchase of new clothing for children in need and is fully tax-deductible.  All administrative costs are absorbed by Rotary, while Club members are responsible for program coordination, with assistance from Evans Bank and community volunteers, who meet families at Walmart in Hamburg to make their clothing selections. 
 
Those wishing to contribute may do so by making checks payable to Warm the Children Fund, and either mailing or bringing donations to Evans Bank, 5999 S. Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY 14075.  Or, contributions may be made online at www.hamburgrotaryclub.org/SitePage/warm-the-children.
 
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Hamburg Home Depot selected Warm the Children as the beneficiary of the Home Depot Foundation’s Surprise  Program presenting the Rotary Club of Hamburg a $1,000 check on Nov. 16 during Rotary’s meeting at Uncle Joe’s Diner. Pictured from left are: Erin Mungovin, operations assistant store manager, Patrick Morgan, store manager, Rotarian Liz Angelbeck, Warm the Children coordinator and Maria Rebmann, associate support department manager.
Snowsuits.  Boots.  Warm pajamas.  These are just a few of the items families in need will have the opportunity to purchase over the next two months through this year’s Warm the Children program. Over 80 community volunteer shoppers are eager and ready to accompany families in need to Walmart in Hamburg, where they’ll be able to select new, warm, winter clothing for their youngsters.
 
As we continue to navigate life in a pandemic, schools, churches and human service agencies rely on organizations like Warm the Children to provide essentials to families in need. Qualifying families who reside in Hamburg, Angola, Blasdell, Derby, Boston, Eden, North Collins, Lake View, Brant and portions of Lackawanna must be referred to Warm the Children by school and church staff. 
 
 “As Rotary Club of Hamburg enters its 14th year of sponsoring Warm the Children through the Club’s Foundation, we are very grateful for community support, which includes a major donation of $15,000 from the East Hill Foundation, $3,500 from the Louise K. Mokadam Family Foundation and a $1,000 grant from Home Depot in Hamburg,” explains Elizabeth Angelbeck, who coordinates the program each fall.  Last year, as a result of kindness and generosity of donors in the community, Warm the Children brought joyful smiles to approximately 380 youngsters!
 
100% of all donations to Warm the Children go toward the purchase of new clothing and is fully tax-deductible.  Administrative costs are absorbed by Rotary, while Club members coordinate the program with assistance from Evans Bank and community volunteers.
 
“This year, we hope to assist between 400-450 children, depending upon contributions received.  We know the need is great, especially due to the pandemic,” says Elizabeth Angelbeck. Those wishing to contribute may do so by making checks payable to Warm the Children Fund and either mailing or bringing donations to Evans Bank, 5999 S. Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY 14075.  Contributions may made online at www.hamburgrotaryclub.org/SitePage/warm-the-children.
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Hamburg participated in the 2nd Annual Dr. Ron Mergl Pedal/Participate for Polio fundraiser.  District 7090 has a goal to reach  $60,000 USD, which will be tripled by the Gates Foundation. 
 
The Rotary Club of Hamburg sponsored a riding team consisting of Hamburg residents Tom Nemmer and Jay O'Donnell.  On October 6th, Tom and Jay rode 52.3 miles.  They rode for 4 hours and 21 minutes with an elevation of 1,439 feet.  Currently donations have reached $545 which will be tripled by the Gates Foundation.  
 
Help us meet the District's goal. Now is not the time to loose focus.  We are so close to eradicating Polio from the world! You can donate a flat amount or pledge by the mile.  All donations will go solely towards Polio eradication. Donations can be made through PayPal or by mailing a check to Hamburg Rotary Club, PO 340, Hamburg, NY 14075.   If mailing a check, please specify that your donation is for Petal for Polio.  
 
For more information on the eradication efforts and how close the world is to being Polio free visit www.rotary.org.  Click here for more information on Pedal for Polio
Rotary Club of Hamburg has ‘Passing of the Gavel’ ceremony, awards honors
 
The Rotary Club of Hamburg held its Passing of the Gavel ceremony June 29 at its annual spring picnic at the Taylor Road Cabin in a far from usual rite of passage to swear in its new board of officers for 2021-22.
 
Michele Hanley was sworn in as president, taking over from John Nowak and Diana Straube became president-elect, committing to be president next year. Other officers are: Tim Hoelscher, treasurer; Tim Straube, secretary; and Eileen Hotho, publicity chair. Paul Harris Fellow Awards were presented to Dave Woolley, Lisa Avery, Tom Eaton and John Nowak.
 
 

The Rotary Club of Hamburg and Village of Hamburg Parks & Recreation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the morning of on April 7 at the small public park at Main and Buffalo streets. The ceremony marked the official opening of the three bicycle repair

The Rotary Club of Hamburg May Lottery Calendar raffle is winding down.  Members of the club have purchased gift cards or items from local vendors as a way of supporting local business during this difficult time.  Some businesses added an additional prize to support Rotary.  In the end we had a month full of great prizes!  We would like to thank local vendors, our members and of course those who have purchased tickets to this important fundraiser.  Check here to see our lucky winners!     
   
 
 
Since 2007,  Rotary Club of Hamburg has sponsored Warm the Children, providing new, warm winter clothes for less fortunate families in the southtowns.  To date, 300 children from 125 families are wearing new jackets, hats, sweaters and other new clothing, thanks to the generosity of community members, organizations and local businesses.  Rotary hopes to assist up to 400 children this year.
Did you know that every blood donation can save up to 3 lives?  In 2005, ConnectLife, then Unyts, was approached by area hospitals looking for a cost-effective alternative for purchasing blood. By collecting, processing and distributing all the blood locally, ConnectLife’ Community Blood Service has already saved local hospitals over $10 million. 

The Rotary Club of Hamburg presented college scholarships to three high school students in Hamburg Village Memorial Park with the clock donated by the club as both a picturesque backdrop and to allow appropriate social distancing due to the pandemic. Scholarships were presented to Riley McGloin, of Frontier High School; Sienna Becker, of Hamburg High School; and Benjamin Egloff, of St. Francis High School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shown from left are: Photo 1 – Rotarians Maria Guizzotti, Jack Flint and Lisa Avery with scholarship winner Benjamin Egloff and his parents, John and Rebecca Egloff. Photo 2 – Rotarians Earl Knauss, Jack Flint and Lisa Avery, with scholarship winner Riley McGloin and her parents, Jerry and Janet McGloin. Photo 3 – Rotarians Jack Flint and John Nowak with scholarship winner Sienna Becker and her parents, Delia and Ken Becker. Rotary strives to make the world a better place with numerous local and global initiatives, such as the international campaign to eradicate polio and construction of wells worldwide for fresh drinking water. Besides funding college scholarships, the Hamburg club, founded in 1942, coordinates the Warm the Children Program and is one of the four Hamburg service organizations that present the BurgerFest each July (this year, the event scheduled for July 18 was canceled due to concerns surrounding Covid-19). Rotary has met at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at local restaurants until recently, but is currently meeting outdoors and by Zoom while searching for a new home that allows social distancing together while enjoying a meal and conducting business.

Since 2007, the Rotary Club of Hamburg has sponsored Warm the Children, providing new, warm winter clothes for less fortunate families in the Southtowns.  To date, 300 children from 140 families are wearing new jackets, boots, sweaters, snow pants, mittens and hats, thanks to the generosity of community members, organizations and local businesses.  Rotary hopes to assist up to 400 children this year.
 
The Rotary Club of Hamburg is extremely grateful to the East Hill Foundation for granting Warm the Children an award of $10,000 to be used solely for new warm, winter clothing.  In addition, Rotary appreciates major donations from businesses and organizations such as the Zonta Club of Hamburg-Orchard Park, Ferrous Manufacturing, Hamburg Music Festival, Lutz Mobil, JP Fitzgerald’s and Walmart.  Elizabeth Angelbeck, who coordinates Warm the Children for Rotary, reports that most donations come from generous individuals, particularly those who support the program from year to year. “It’s important for donors to know that all funds collected go toward the purchase of new, winter clothing, as Rotary pays for any expenses associated with the program,” she adds.
 
Volunteer shoppers accompany families to Walmart, where they select warm clothing for their children.  “It was a wonderful shopping experience!” report Dan and Dee Meyer, longtime Warm the Children volunteer shoppers.  “The grandmother shopping for her four grandchildren was so very grateful and the Walmart employees we interacted with were very friendly and helpful,” Dan adds.
 
Individuals wishing to donate may do so by mailing a check to Evans Bank, 5999 S. Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY 14075 or online: www.hamburgrotaryclub.org/SitePage/warm-the-children.
 
 A donation may also be made as a holiday gift in someone’s honor by enclosing a note with the person’s name and address.  Rotary will mail a personalized message to the gift receiver if the donation is made by Monday, Dec. 16.

 

Jeff Kusche, a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Hamburg was honored by the group at its Nov. 12 meeting as he was presented the Paul Harris Award, the highest honor in Rotary, recognizing his extensive service to the club and community. The Hamburg club was founded 77 years ago and coordinates Warm the Children, provides college scholarships to Hamburg and Frontier high school students and is one of the four service organizations that coordinates the BurgerFest each July. The Rotary Club of Hamburg meets Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. at JP Fitzgerald’s Restaurant in the Village of Hamburg. Pictured are from left: Dale Stanley, chair of the Foundation Committee; Rotary President Lisa Avery, Jeff Kusche and Past President Brandi Reed.

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