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Welcome to the Hamburg Rotary Club!


Rotary: Making a Difference

We meet Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
J. P. Fitzgerald's Restaruant
4236 Clark St.
Hamburg, NY  14075
United States
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The Rotary Club of Hamburg at its June 5 meeting awarded $1,000 college scholarships to local high school seniors. From left are Rotarian Earl Knauss, Hamburg High School student Aydon Stormer, Frontier High School Student Tom Notto, Rotary President Jerry Bastedo, St. Francis High School student Dante Guizzotti and Rotarian Patricia Castiglia. Rotary supports projects on the local, national and international level. The Hamburg club was founded in 1942 and since 2007, has coordinated Warm the Children, provides college scholarships to Hamburg and Frontier high school students and is one of the four service organizations that present the Burger Fest each July. (Author Eileen Hotho)

The Rotary Club of Hamburg at its June 12 annual spring picnic honored two of its own for earning the Paul Harris Award, a high honor named for Rotary’s founder. From left, are Rotary President Jerry Bastedo, Patricia Castiglia, placing the pin on the lapel of award winner Jim Loomis, Tom Johnston and honoree Tim Hoelscher. Both men have served the Rotary Club of Hamburg and the greater community as active members. Rotary supports projects on the local, national and international level. The Hamburg club was founded in 1942 and since 2007, has coordinated Warm the Children, provides college scholarships to Hamburg and Frontier high school students and is one of the four service organizations that present the BurgerFest each July.

Once again the Rotary Club of Hamburg will be participating in a youth exchange program. Rotary International hosts and sends high school students on an educational exchange with countries around the world.  Our Hamburg club is sponsoring an outbound student who will be going to Argentina. We are hosting a young man from the Czech Republic who will be attending Hamburg High School.

It is preference of Rotary that each of our students stay in three homes for about three and a half months each. We believe in that way students have a chance to experience more than one type of household and one type of family while they are here.

If you are interested in hosting a student this year, or learning more about the program, please email and we will get you more information. This program benefits the student as well as the Hamburg household who welcomes a guest. Truly a student may enter your home as a guest, but most leave as family. To do research on your own, simply go to to learn more.   


Paul Becker and Karl Swarts gave a presentation to club members and guests on the Hub and Spoke Fitness Trail.  Their presentation included the overall plan of integrating a multimodal trail throughout Hamburg.  
The Rotary Club of Hamburg has adopted a section of Camp Road in Hamburg and each spring Jim Loomis rounds up members to ensure that section of the road is debris free.  This year 15 members attended the clean-up which was followed by dinner at Major Tom's.  

The Rotary Club of Hamburg inducted Mark Kurzberg April 17 into the service organization that is part of a worldwide body. Rotary President Jerry Bastedo, right, conducted the ceremonies welcoming Kurzberg who relocated from his native Massachusetts recently to join KeyBank. Rotary supports projects on the local, national and international level. The Hamburg club was founded 76 years ago. (Author Eileen Hotho)

The Rotary Club of Hamburg recently inducted Jill Martucci into the esteemed service organization. Rotary President Jerry Bastedo, right, conducted the ceremonies welcoming Ms. Martucci who is employed in the Enterprise Risk Management Division of the Bonadio Group. At left is Rotarian Tyler Shaw who sponsored her. (Author Eileen Hotho)

Tim Hoelscher, left, was honored by the Rotary Club of Hamburg recently when he was presented with the Paul Harris Award, the highest honor in Rotary. Jerry Bastedo, right, president of the Rotary Club of Hamburg is shown giving Tim the award, pin and certificate. Tim is a self-employed CPA and 10-year member of the club. (Author Eileen Hotho)

The Rotary Club of Hamburg has welcomed into its ranks Dr. Richard Hughes, who transferred his membership from the Mohawk Valley Rotary Club to Hamburg. Dr. Hughes joined the local club after becoming superintendent of the Frontier Central School District and relocating from the Adirondacks area of New York State. Rotary President Jerry Bastedo, right, is shown with Dr. Hughes.  (Author - Eileen Hotho)

The Rotary Club of Hamburg recently inducted two new members into its ranks. Rotary President Jerry Bastedo, middle, conducted the ceremonies welcoming Ryan Brunner, left, of the Baillie Lumber Company,  and Tyler Shaw, of GCW Capital into the 76-year-old Hamburg service organization. Rotary supports projects on the local, national and international level. Locally, it 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 at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at JP Fitzgerald’s Restaurant.

For the 15th year, the Rotary Club of Hamburg is hosting a Breakfast with the Bunny for children, parents, grandparents, and anyone interested in an Easter holiday event.  The breakfast will be held Saturday March 24th, 2018 at Oakwood Manor, 2985 Lakeview Rd. (across from the Hamburg Ice Arena).  A pancake and sausage breakfast with other “breakfast goodies” will be served. 


Face painting will be provided free of charge by the Hamburg YES students and a theme basket auction will be available with outstanding baskets.  Our own Easter Bunny will be present to delight the children. Photos with the Bunny can be taken using your own camera at no charge.


Two seating times are available:  9:00 am to 10:30 am and 10:45 am to 12:10 p.m.  Presale tickets are recommended due to limited seating and may be obtained by calling 867-8388 or by email at  Walk-ins will be accommodated on a space available basis.  Tickets cost $5.00 for children 2-10 years old and $9.00 for ages 11 and up.  Advance sale tickets will be available for pick- up at Brierwood Wine and Spirit Shoppe, 5452 Southwestern Blvd., at the corner of Southwestern Blvd. (Rte 20) and Rogers Rd.


All proceeds, as usual, go to local Hamburg area charities and your support is greatly appreciated.  For a copy of the 2018 Breakfast with the Bunny Flyer please click here.

Club members met this cold, blustery Saturday morning to participate in a visioning and strategic plan session facilitated by Barbara Ochterski, Wally Ochterski, Patty Johnson, John Boronkay, and Bruce Baum.  The purpose of the session was to assess the current status of the club and determine where members would like to see the club in 5 years.  In the end club members were very satisfied with the results of the session and the many ideas that were exchanged.  A Team was formed whose purpose is to keep the momentum going.  Team members include Liz Angelbeck, Jack Flint, Maria Guizzotti, Michele Hanley (co-chair), Brandi Reed (co-chair), and Barb Stanley.  
While TV ads promote the latest toys and electronics of the holiday season, 226 families in need met volunteer shoppers at Sears in the McKinley Mall to purchase new, warm, winter clothing for their children.  Parents, grandparents and foster parents came from Hamburg, Blasdell, Lake View, Angola, Eden, North Collins, Evans, Derby and Brant.  By mid-December, 524 youngsters had items like jackets, coats, boots, pajamas and sweaters to get them through another cold, WNY winter.

“I’ve never spent $200 all at one time on clothing for my family!” exclaimed one grateful mother.  “The Sears staff was so helpful, kind and nice to the families… in fact the cashier who checked us out was crying as we left, saying that Warm the Children is such a good cause for children in need,” said a longtime, volunteer shopper.

The Rotary Club of Hamburg recently inducted two new members to the esteemed service organization. Rotary President Jerry Bastedo, right, conducted the ceremonies welcoming Michelle Hanley, second from left and Amy Rooth, both realtors with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. At left is Rotarian Lisa Avery who sponsored the two new members. (Author Eileen Hotho)

The Rotary Club of Hamburg once again participated in the Hamburgh Holidays Santa Claus Parade Nov. 25. The Easter Bunny was featured on their float as the club promoted its annual Breakfast with the Bunny that is set for March 24. Pictured is the Easter Bunny, Rotarian Barb Stanley, with the truck float driven by her husband, Rotarian Dale Stanley.  The truck is a 1948 Ford F3 built in Buffalo. Granddaughter Haley came along for the ride.  Rotarians Cindy Taylor and Eileen Hotho assisted the bunny along with volunteer friend Karen Klein and future Rotarians Jenna and Jack Sickau. The Easter Bunny was excited to meet up with her special friend, Santa Claus (Hamburgh Holidays’ Greg Jantzi). The Rotary Club celebrated 75 years of service in Hamburg earlier this year. Rotary is a supporter of Hamburgh Holidays, sponsors Warm the Children, which provides warm, brand new winter clothing for children in need throughout the Southtowns and is one of the four service organizations that put on the Burger Fest each July.


Rotary Club of Hamburg members, family and friends participated in a 90-minute Buffalo Double Decker Bus Tour on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.  The tour included the Buffalo Outer Harbor, the Buffalo River and Canalside.  Officer O'Connor (Joel Dombrowski) provided a hilarious and informative tour, interacting with all those attending.  Many of those who attended are interested in attending another tour in the future - the Murder Mystery - A Double Decker Death!
Canaan Delgado recently visited the Rotary Club of Hamburg to speak to the club about his experiences as an exchange student in Spain sponsored by the Rotary Club of Buffalo. Pictured are Delgado, left and Rotary President Jerry Bastedo. The Rotary Club meets Tuesday evenings at 6 at JP Fitzgerald’s Restaurant.

The Rotary Club of Hamburg inducted new member John Nowak into the club recently. Nowak is a former member of Rotary in the Virgin Islands and is retired from the Boy Scouts of America. He relocated to Western New York to join family members. Pictured are Nowak, left, and Bastedo. The Rotary Club celebrated its 75th anniversary this year and meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at JP Fitzgerald’s Restaurant.


Burgerfest 2017 was held on Saturday July 15th.  The four service clubs in Hamburg - Rotary Club of Hamburg, Rotary Sunrise Club, Lions and Kiwanis - are proud planners of this annual event.  The day was filled with many activities for all ages and began with a great car show followed by activities for children, live entertainment and of course a beer tent, just to name a few!  Proceeds from this event are used for various projects around Hamburg.  Thank you for supporting your service clubs and your community!
Members of the Rotary Club of Hamburg participate in the final volunteer day for the new playground.  Although it rained all day that did not dampen the energy and commitment to stay on track!  Proud to support this much needed playground and to work with such an incredible group of people!
The Rotary Club of Hamburg is pleased to announce that Warm the Children has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities, enabling the organization to purchase warm, winter clothing at Sears McKinley for 50 additional youngsters this fall. “The grant monies used to support this award were raised from efforts of local McDonald’s restaurants in the Western New York community, and in part by national McDonald’s promotional programs, “ explained R.M.H.C administrator, Maureen Wopperer.
Ronald McDonald House Charities provides lodging, comfort and emotional support to families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals and reaches out to families in the community by supporting programs that benefit children.  “The mission of Warm the Children, which is to provide new, warm winter clothing to youngsters in need, aligns closely with that of Ronald McDonald House charities,” emphasized Elizabeth Angelbeck, who coordinates WTC for Rotary.

The Rotary Club of Hamburg was among cosponsors of the Erie County Opiate Resource Fair held at the Town of Hamburg Senior Community Center on Nov. 15. The town Department of Youth, Recreation and Senior Services hosted the event. Members of Rotary helping out are pictured with Acting District Attorney Michael Flaherty, fourth from right and Barbara Burns, public affairs officer with the U.S.    Attorney’s Office, Western District, third from right. Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon is shown, second from right. From left are Rotarians: Jack Flint, Jerold Bastedo, Lisa Avery, Chi Chi Hoeslcher (spouse), Earl Knauss, Liz Angelbeck, Rotary President Barb Stanley, Dale Stanley and Tim Hoelscher.



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 four Avenues of Service are Rotary's philosophical cornerstones and the foundation on which club activities are based:
  1. Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the club's effective functioning.
  2. Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community
  3. International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary's humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace
  4. Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.
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