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Welcome to the Hamburg Rotary Club!

Hamburg

Rotary: Making a Difference

We meet Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
J. P. Fitzgerald's Restaruant
4236 Clark St.
Hamburg, NY  14075
United States of America
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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 presented a college scholarship to Brett Hilton, a recent graduate of St. Francis High School during the regular meeting of July 2 at JP Fitzgerald’s Restaurant.  From left are: Rotary President Lisa Avery, Brett Hilton and his parents, Kent Hilton and Nancy Hilton. The club in June also awarded scholarships to graduates Jacob Kinderman, of Hamburg High School and Loren Perreault, of Frontier High School. 

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. 

Help support District 7090 and promote this year's Rotary Presidential Theme  "Rotary Connects the World" by buying Best of Friends Happy Socks!  

The Happy Socks pricing is:

$13.48 actual cost 

$2.52 slight add on

$16.00 cost to Rotarians (minimum 3 pair order, maybe share an order with fellow Rotarians)

The $2.52 is returned to the district and designated for Polio and designated funds. This small amount has a ripple effect and can have a significant impact!

 

Order your socks at:

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The Rotary Club of Hamburg presented college scholarships to two high school students at their June 18 regular meeting.

From left are Jacob Kinderman, of Hamburg High School, Rotarian Earl Knauss of the Scholarship Committee and Loren Perreault, of Frontier High School who were in attendance with parents Kelly and Glenn Kinderman and Andy and Laura Perreault to each receive a college scholarship. A third scholarship was awarded to Brett Hilton, of St. Francis High School, who was unable to attend the meeting. Brett is the son of Kent and Nancy Hilton of Hamburg. (Author: Eileen Hotho)

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.  
 

The Rotary Club of Hamburg held its annual Passing of the Gavel ceremony a few weeks early this year. Because the Rotary year begins each July 1, the one-year term of office begins around that time each year, with a ceremonial gavel handed off from the exiting president to the one about to step up to the plate. Because Brandi Reed joined the Air Force Reserves, taking off for Texas on May 28, the ceremony to swear in new President Lisa Avery was moved up. From left are President Lisa Avery, immediate Past President Brandi Reed and Rotarian John Nowak, who assisted with the oath of office. Following eight weeks of basic training, Reed will return to the Hamburg club and her position at Lakeside Funeral Home. Avery is employed by Howard Hanna Real Estate in the Hamburg office. 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.

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.   
The Rotary Club of Hamburg proudly inducts Arthur Loran into the club.  Art was a Rotary member in the Rotary Club of Ithaca  and has relocated to Lakeview/Hamburg area.  Art is now the 42nd member of the club.  
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. 
 
This year's inbound exchange student Max Kellenberger gives a presentation to club members. Max described the history, architecture, geography, culture and many other interesting facts about the Czech Republic.  Thank you, Max, for such an interesting presentation!  

The Rotary Club of Hamburg recently inducted Katie Malvin as its first new member for 2019. Rotary President Brandi Reed, pictured at right, conducted the ceremonies welcoming Ms. Malvin, who works for Century 21-Ganey.  Welcome Katie!

Sears has been in the news for the past several months and is facing  possible liquidation.  However, I would like to share a different side of the Sears story…
 
For 12 years, Rotary Club of Hamburg has sponsored and coordinated Warm the Children, a program designed to provide children in need, who reside in the Southtowns, new, warm winter clothing.  Since 2016, we have partnered with Sears in the McKinley Mall, which, as most know by now, is the only remaining Sears store left in our area.
 
Under McKinley store manager, Debra Mahaney, our participating families and volunteer shoppers have consistently experienced the kind of service customers long for:  helpfulness, kindness, patience, and a willingness to find the lowest prices possible for clothing being sought by families in need.  All this is being done while Sears employees, those truly on the “front lines,” read and hear daily about the demise of their employer.
 
If you haven’t been to Sears lately, I’d encourage you to stop by Sears McKinley- you’ll find very nice merchandise in an extremely clean, well-organized environment, staffed by very pleasant staff, who are doing the best they can under extremely tough circumstances!
 
Sincerely,
Liz Angelbeck
Coordinator, Warm the Children
Rotary Club of Hamburg

Ken and his family are involved with the Honor Flight Program and he gave a very compelling presentation to the club on this program.  His father is a WWII Veteran who had the privilege to participate in the program.  Ken explained how moving it was for his father and all his family who were able to witness their loved one be honored in such a way.  Ken's whole purpose for presenting to the club was to offer this same great opportunity to other veterans.  Priority is given to WWII Veteran’s followed by Korean War and veterans from other wars with a catastrophic illness.  The goal is to take all veterans on future flights.  There is no cost to the veteran to participate.  Anyone who may know someone who qualifies can reach out to Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight at www.buffaloniagarahonorflight.org.

“For the first snow of the season Daleyssa and Juleissa Perez are warm and pretty in pink thanks to Warm the Children program.  The girls and their mom shopped with Blasdell Elementary teacher and volunteer shopper Carrie Anderson earlier this month, just in time for the cold weather”.

 

Currently, 346 youngsters from 136 families in the southtowns have been provided new, warm winter clothing as a result of generous contributions to Warm the Children.

 

Special thanks are extended to the following organizations and businesses for making a major gift to Warm the Children:  Baille Lumber, Louise K. Mokadam Family Trust, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament, Hamburg Women’s Golf Tournament, Zonta Club of Hamburg and Orchard Park, Hamburg Music Festival, Hamburg Retirees, Ferrous Manufacturing and Evenhouse Printing.

 

From a grateful Blasdell parent after shopping with her two young daughters:  “ Thank you so very much.  I can never repay such a beautiful gesture.  God bless you and thanks for being so patient with us.”

 

From a dedicated volunteer Warm the Children shopper: “I’m happy to relay that the family I shopped with was very appreciative, especially one grandmother who is raising her grandchildren after the sudden death of her daughter, whose youngest child was only 5 months old at the time.”

 

While contributions in any amount are gratefully accepted, Rotary hopes individuals, businesses and organizations will consider sponsoring a child by donating $75, $125 or $150, which buys clothing for children ages birth to four, five to 14 and 15-18, respectively.   Checks payable to Warm the Children Fund may be dropped off or mailed to Evans Bank, 5999 S. Park Ave., Hamburg, NY 14075.  Or donate online:  www.hamburgrotaryclub.org/SitePage/warm-the-children.                          

The Rotary Club of Hamburg purchased No-Sew Fleece Blanket Kits and got to work with several ECMC employees making blankets for the 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.  
 
Monday, November 12th club members assisted the Salvation Army with their Mobile Food Service.  They distributed hot food and drinks under the viaduct at the Downtown Buffalo and Erie County Library where the Salvation Army distributes meals weekly.  Another great service project to benefit our community!  Thank you Salvation Army for the great work you do!
 
 
 

Hamburg Chamber of Commerce presents a $1,500 check, a portion of the proceeds from the Chamber's Annual Golf Tournament in August 2018, for the Rotary Club of Hamburg's Warm the Children Program.  From left to right are Deb Welch, Evans Bank; Brandi Reed, Rotary Club President; Jerry Bastedo, Rotary Club Past-President; Shawn Buffum, Chamber Chair; Cyndi Matla, Chamber Executive Director; Molly Georger, Chamber Board Member. In 2017, 524 children in 220 families received new coats and clothing as a result of the Rotary Club of Hamburg Warm the Children program.  In 2018, it is anticipated over 500 children will be recipients of new clothing. Additional in information on Rotary's Warm the Children program may be found by visiting www.hamburgrotaryclub.org

 

The Rotary Club of Hamburg recently inducted Zabrina Nedimeyer into the esteemed service organization. Rotary President Brandi Reed and Tom Johnston, right, conducted the ceremonies welcoming Ms.  Nedimeyer, who is employed as a special education teacher with Autism Services.  At left is Rotarian Michele Hanley, who is also Zabrina’s mother and sponsor. Michele and Zabrina made history as the first mother-daughter team in the Rotary club that was founded 76 years ago. The club coordinates Warm the Children, which has just kicked off for the 2018 season, 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. Author - Eileen Hotho

Maj. Steven Lopes of the Salvation Army’s Buffalo Branch addressed the Rotary Club of Hamburg on Oct. 23 with a presentation on his role as a leader of the national not-for-profit organization. He said he and his wife are both ordained ministers with the Salvation Army and have made it a lifelong career. Shown with Maj. Lopes is Rotary President Brandi Reed presenting him with a memento from the club.  Author - Eileen Hotho

A special thank you to all the volunteers and patrons of the 2nd Annual Meat Raffle.  More than 300 people attended and as can be seen by the photo, all had a lot of fun winning steaks, ribs, turkey or bacon to name a few!  Proceeds are used to help fund our Warm the Children program and area high school scholarships.  Hope to see you next year and Remember - MEAT, MEAT, MEAT, MEAT!

The Rotary Club of Hamburg inducted Diana Straube Sept. 4 into the service organization that is part of a worldwide body. Rotary President Brandi Reed, left, conducted the ceremonies welcoming Straube who is an attorney who led the Family Unit at Neighborhood Legal Services until her recent retirement. A former club member and past president, Straube was warmly welcomed back.  Rotary supports projects on the local, national and international level. The Hamburg club was founded 76 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. Upcoming fundraisers include Shredding Day Sept. 22 and the 2nd Annual Meat Raffle Oct. 13. The Rotary Club of Hamburg meets Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. at JP Fitzgerald’s Restaurant in the Village of Hamburg. (Author - Eileen Hotho)

Saturday, Sept. 22 Howard Hanna Parking lot
 
The Rotary Club of Hamburg will hold Shredding Day on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of Howard Hanna, 3674 Commerce Place (off Camp Road, Rte. 75) in Hamburg.
 
The public is invited to bring their sensitive documents for shredding in boxes or bags (10-inch by 12-inch by 15 inch or 24 inches) or 10-inch by 15-inch by 24 inches, or medium kitchen-size bags of papers).
 
Shredding will be completed on-site by Lincoln Archives, Inc. The cost is $10 per box or bag, with a maximum of five boxes. Proceeds will benefit the projects of the Rotary Club of Hamburg. The Hamburg club was founded 76 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. (Author Eileen Hotho)

The Rotary Club of Hamburg inducted Sarah Fiorella into the service organization that is part of a worldwide body. Rotary President Brandi Reed, left, conducted the ceremonies welcoming Fiorello who is a first grade teacher with the Eden School District. Rotary supports projects on the local, national and international level. The Hamburg club was founded 76 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. Upcoming fundraisers include Shredding Day Sept. 22 and the 2nd Annual Meat Raffle Oct. 13. 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 at its July 31 meeting wished “bon voyage” to its outbound Rotary Exchange Student Shayna Fitzpatrick, who will leave in early August to spend a year in Argentina attending school and living with three different families over the course of her visit. A 2018 graduate of Hamburg High School, Shayna has some Spanish speaking skills and looks forward to learning more about her chosen country. She is the daughter of Becky Barnell and Steve Fitzpatrick. Soon after Shayna leaves Hamburg, Rotary’s inbound student, Max Kellenberger, 17, of the Czech Republic will arrive in Hamburg and will attend Hamburg High School as a senior this fall. The Hamburg Rotary Club is seeking local families who are interested in hosting Max for one of the 3 and ½ month periods during his stay, with the first rotation to end around Thanksgiving. Anyone who is interested in finding out about becoming a host family may contact Lisa Avery at lavery23@gmail.com. Pictured above are from left: Rotary Youth Chair Earl Knauss, Rotary Club President Brandi Reed, Shayna Fitzpatrick and Rotary Youth Chair Lisa Avery. Rotary strives to make the world a better place with many global initiatives, including the eradication of polio. The Hamburg 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. Rotary meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at JP Fitzgerald’s Restaurant. (Author - Eileen Hotho)

The Rotary Club of Hamburg on July 11 recognized member Patricia Castiglia for exemplary service, giving her a few special gifts from the club from the recent Rotary International Convention held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Hamburg Rotarians who attended the convention, Dale and Barbara Stanley, Lisa Avery and Eileen Hotho brought back a convention T-shirt, visor and travel tags for Castiglia who has served as president two times, serves on district committees and most recently, as secretary for two consecutive terms.  Pat is shown modeling her new swag. The Hamburg 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. Rotary meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at JP Fitzgerald’s Restaurant in the Village of Hamburg.  (Author - Eileen Hotho)

 

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)

 
 
 
 
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