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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.
 
Rotary Club of Hamburg is extremely grateful to the following Joyful Benefactors for their generous donations: Louise K. Mokadam Family Foundation, Alice L. Say Foundation, businesses and organizations such as Lutz’s Mobil, McAllister Plumbing, Hamburg Methodist Church and Hamburg Central Employees Association.
 
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.  From shopper Grace Janiga: “Thank you so much for this program! The recipients are very grateful, as I hear it and see the gratitude from them.  Rotary is making a difference for so many children!”
 
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.
 
Accompanying photo: Wearing new clothes for Superhero Spirit Day at Blasdell Elementary are 10 year-old Abdulrahaman Mohammed and Adel Mohammed, age 6.
World Polio Day is October 24th.  This year District 7090 organized a bike ride to support fundraising efforts to eradicate Polio worldwide.  District 7090 also had Buffalo's Electric Tower lit up in Rotary colors.  The Rotary Club of Hamburg sponsored a riding team headed by Tom Nemmer.  The team started at the Rainbow Bridge and rode to Youngstown, cruised through Fort Niagara State Park, onto Lockport where they stopped for lunch then headed back to the Rainbow Bridge.  Winds picked up in the afternoon making the ride back quite a challenge!  In total they rode 65.6 miles.  Their trip took 5 hours and 38 minutes with an elevation gain of 1,731 feet.  Thank you Tom and his team. 
 
It is not too late to support this team.  You can donate a flat amount or pledge by the mile.  All donations are appreciated and will go towards Polio eradication.  For more information on the eradication efforts and how close the world is to being Polio free visit www.rotary.org.   

The Rotary Club of Hamburg Farms to Families Program has been in operation in Western New York for 13 years and during that time, over 500,000 pounds of produce have been collected and distributed to 23 area food distribution centers (four food kitchens with dining rooms and 19 pantries) in Hamburg and Western New York.  

As of October 2020, 4,000 families are being served each week, with all expenses and labor provided by members and friends of the Rotary Club of Hamburg. The project was founded by Rotarian Earl Knauss, who at age 88, remains actively involved with members and friends throughout the growing season until the first hard freeze. 

Spring through fall, teams of Rotarians and volunteers travel to participating local farms and pick up fruit and vegetables for distribution, most of it with slight visual imperfections. The produce is then distributed to the dining rooms and pantries for meals and distribution for those in need.  

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. By being a ConnectLife blood donor, you not only save the lives of your neighbors, but you can help save our community money, too. 
 
Help us keep our blood banks full!  The Rotary Club of Hamburg and the Hamburg Senior Center are co-hosting a Blood Drive but we need your help!
 
When:  Saturday August 15th 9am-noon
Location: Hamburg Senior Center, Connect Life Bus, 4540 Southwestern Blvd. Hamburg
 
To make an appointment visit https://www.connectlifegiveblood.org/  or call 716-529-4270.  Please use sponsor code 001015 to find our drive.
 
We ask that all donors wear a mask while donating.  For more information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and blood donation click here:   https://www.connectlife.org/events-resources/blog/connectlife/march-2020/coronavirus-(covid-19)-and-blood-donation
 
Can't donate blood?  You can help by encouraging your friends and family to donate.  For a copy of the Blood Drive flyer click here: 

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.

The Rotary Club of Hamburg held its Passing of the Gavel ceremony June 30 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 2020-2021.
 
John Nowak was sworn in as president, taking over from Lisa Avery and Rob Lalka became president-elect, committing to be president next year. Tim Straube is the new secretary and Tim Hoelscher, Eileen Hotho and Jerry Bastedo will retain their positions on the board as treasurer, public relations chair and service projects chair.
 
Former club secretary Tom Johnston presided over the ceremonies which included the presentation of Paul Harris Awards to members Lisa Avery, Barb Stanley, Dale Stanley and Patricia Castiglia. A fifth award was presented to Johnston himself by Castiglia. The Paul Harris Fellow is the highest honor in Rotary, an international service organization.
 
 

 
 The Rotary Club of Hamburg was founded 78 years ago and coordinates Warm the Children, provides college scholarships to Hamburg, Frontier and St. Francis high school students and is one of the four service organizations that coordinates the Burger Fest each July. The Rotary Club meets Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. and is currently looking for a location for its meetings. During the Covid-19 pandemic, many of the club’s meetings have been held 
 
 
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.

Bob Brunner, owner of JP Fitzgerald’s Restaurant, presented the Rotary Club of Hamburg a check for $2,500 at its Nov. 12 meeting to benefit the Warm the Children Program which is currently providing warm winter clothing for children in need. The funds were raised last week when the restaurant dedicated a percentage of proceeds from lunch and dinner on Nov. 7 to the program. 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: Rotary President Lisa Avery, Bob Brunner and Liz Angelbeck, Rotarian and coordinator of Warm the Children.

Enjoy a great meal and help keep a child warm this winter!  Dine at JP Fitzgerald’s,
4236 Clark Street, Hamburg, NY, on Thursday, November 7, 2019 and the restaurant
will donate 15% of all lunch and dinner proceeds to the Rotary Club of Hamburg’s
Warm the Children Program.  Reservations are recommended by calling 649.4025.
Sponsored and coordinated by Rotary Club of Hamburg for the past 12 years, the
program provides funds for local families in need to purchase new, warm winter clothing
and footwear for their children.  Over the past two years, more than 900 children have
been kept warm due to the generosity of individuals, businesses and other
organizations, which support the program.
All tax-deductible donations are used to purchase clothing at Walmart, Hamburg, as
Rotary Club of Hamburg pays all administrative costs, with assistance from
Evans Bank.  Donations to the Warm the Children Fund may be sent to Evans Bank,
5999 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, New York 14075.
For more information about this event contact Jerry Bastedo at 716-864-2701 or jcbastedo@gmail.com
 
Enjoying the ride are Earl Knauss, Bill Bredenberg, Lisa Avery and Jill Martucci 
 
Club members enjoyed the annual sail on Bill Bredenberg 's amazing sailboat. At helm is Lisa Avery, Club President.   

 

Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Hamburg Trivia Team that won First Place in the Colton Journey Fall Festival Trivia Event on Saturday, September 7.  Thank you to Linda Bastedo, Tim Hoelscher, Lisa Avery, Becky Barnell - Colton Journey, Dave Woolley, and Rob Lalka - our Rotary Team.  

 

 

 
The Rotary Club of Hamburg warmly welcomes their new Rotary Exchange student, Alex Kamp who is attending Hamburg High School through the school year. Alex will be celebrating his 18th birthday soon in the USA and is a starter with the Hamburg High School Golf Team and expects to play tennis in the spring. Alex is from the Town of Iserlohn Germany, just outside Dortmund, a sister city of Buffalo. He has begun his stay in Hamburg with the Reynolds family, hosted by Kim Reynolds and Bill Reynolds. Alex is joined in the photo with Youth Chair Amy Rooth. 

Tim Straube Induction                                 

The Rotary Club of Hamburg inducted Tim Straube July 30 into the service organization that is part of a worldwide body. Rotary President Lisa Avery, right, conducted the ceremonies welcoming Straube, an accountant with the Erie County Health Department and member of Cairde, a popular local band. Also on hand for the induction of the new member was Bob Artis, left, district governor of Rotary International District 7090, which includes parts of Western New York and Southern Ontario, Canada. Tim was sponsored by his wife, Rotarian Diana Straube, next to him. Artis met with the club’s Board of Trustees before the regular meeting and was pleased to meet Dale Stanley, the club’s Rotary Foundation Chair  who confirmed that the Hamburg Club will support the Rotary International Foundation with a donation of $1,500 for this year. Rotary supports projects on the local, national and international level. The Hamburg club was founded 77 years ago. The club 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 Burger Fest each July. The Rotary Club of Hamburg meets Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. at JP Fitzgerald’s Restaurant in the Village of Hamburg.

The Rotary Club of Hamburg inducted its new slate of officers for the 2019-2020 year at the club’s annual picnic at the Taylor Road Cabin on June 25. The Rotary year begins July 1. From left are: Treasurer Tim Hoelscher, President-Elect Rob Lalka, Secretary Michele Hanley and President Lisa Avery. Mr. Lalka will take office as president next year, following the term of Ms. Avery who assumed the office of president about a month early when President Brandi Reed left Hamburg for Basic Training with the Air Force May 28. 

The Rotary Club of Hamburg recently heard a presentation by Summit Center staff members Laura Ryan, left and Patty Jordan, center. At right is Rotary President Brandi Reed. The Rotary Club of Hamburg 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 Burger Fest each July. The Rotary Club meets Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. at JP Fitzgerald’s Restaurant in the Village of Hamburg.  (Author Eileen Hotho)

The Rotary Club of Hamburg recently welcomed three Hamburg High School students who will participate this summer in Rotary International’s Short Term Exchange Program. Each girl will welcome a European exchange student into her home for one month and will spend one month with the same exchange student in Europe with the other girl’s family in a cultural exchange. In August, Anna Stearns will travel to Belgium and Sienna Becker will go to Austria after welcoming their exchange student at the end of June.  Annika Smith will go to Hungary June 27, returning later in the summer with her exchange student. The students are, from left: Anna Stearns (with father, Dave Stearns), Sienna Becker (with mother Delia Becker) and Annika Smith (with mother Bridget Smith).  Rotary strives to make the world a better place with many global initiatives, including the eradication of polio. The Hamburg club, founded in 1942, 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 Burger Fest each July. Rotary meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at JP Fitzgerald’s Restaurant.  (Author - Eileen Hotho)

Hamburg Rotary Club cleaned a section of Camp Road (Route 75) on June 4th as part of the Adopt A Highway Project under the leadership of Rotarian Jim Loomis (not pictured). Shown are from left: Max Kellenberg, Exchange student from Prague attending Hamburg High School, President Lisa Avery and Rotarian John Nowak.  Following the road clean-up members enjoyed dinner at The Waterstone Grill on Camp Road.

 

 

The clubs annual picnic will be held at Taylor Road Park on Tuesday, June 25th,  Join us as we induct the 2019-2020 club officers and say good-bye to Max!.  We will be enjoying a steak dinner with all the trimmings.  The cost is $20 and so includes drinks, wine, beer, pop, and desert.  Guests are welcome.  Tom needs a head count ASAP to order the steaks.   Call Tom at 627-4411 or email at tomjohnston@roadrunner.com.  
 
Jenn Kline, Founder/Executive Director of Sensational Fun Inc. gave a presentation to the club on May 7th.  Sensational Fun is a recreational center designed for individuals with diverse abilities, particularly those with autism.  Sensational Fun is located on 2881 Southwestern Blvd.  Suite 1.  Jenn explained the wide variety of opportunities Sensational Fun offers families.  She also explained her vision of growing the center and offered sponsor opportunities so children could attend the program this summer, free of charge.   
Congratulations to our exchange student Max Kellenberger on his recent recognition.  Max was in the Hamburg Sun last week in an article about the Hamburg High School tennis team.  This week he was named Athlete of the Week in Hamburg High School!  Nice job Max!
The Rotary Club of Hamburg held its 16th Annual Breakfast with the Bunny pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 13 at Oakwood Manor, Hamburg. The popular event supports Rotary programs, particularly those earmarked for children, throughout the year. Rotarians and volunteers dished up pancakes, sausages, pastries and juice for hungry families. Rotarian Dave Evans served as emcee for the event. Many children enjoyed visits with the Easter Bunny on his gilded throne or participated in coloring contests and face-painting.
The Rotary Club of Hamburg inducted Ed Hamerski into the international service organization at its Feb. 26 meeting. Rotary President Brandi Reed, left, and Rotarian David Evans, right, who sponsored Hamerski conducted the ceremonies welcoming the new Rotarian into the Rotary club. Ed lives in Lake View and is employed by the New York State Department of Transportation and owns Classic Image Landscape. 
 
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