For many, the holiday season is when they support charities. Bell ringers and soup kitchens are on our minds more at Christmas-time than any other time of year. For some it’s their last chance to make donations for tax purposes too.
In Rotary, we focus on giving all year-round. And let me tell you, it’s a great feeling! Imagine the warm-fuzzies you get from buying a coat for a less fortunate child or knowing that your monetary donation will feed a veteran in need, and then imagine opportunities to feel that on a regular basis.
How much more fulfilling would your life be? Well that’s Rotary!
Since July, our club has:
-donated to area organizations like Clear Path 4 Veterans, the Ronald McDonald House of Syracuse and will be sponsoring the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Great Strides Walk in April 2017
-given $2,500 to the Northwest YMCA to help underprivileged kids get scholarships for summer camp next year
-supported flood relief efforts in Louisiana
-sponsored two students to attend a local music program where they were mentored by professional musicians and given an opportunity to share their talents in a live concert
-served senior citizens a fun, summer BBQ at Canton Woods Senior Center
-installed new signage welcoming tourists along the Erie Canal, on Marble Street
-almost finished our distribution of dictionaries to every third grader in Baldwinsville as well!
-hosted a 5K run/walk to raise money for the Baldwinsville Community Food Pantry
Plus, there is so much more to be completed before the end of our Rotary year (June 30,2017). Each spring we have Earth Day clean-up, an Irish Hooley at McHarrie Life to entertain seniors, we award three scholarships to high school seniors, we will celebrate and remember our military service members with the Honor Tree program again…the list goes on and on.
Between education, community beautification, disaster relief around the world, supporting area senior citizens and working with kids, we have so many different causes. Are any of these close to your heart?
With no attendance requirements, flexible dues programs and two meetings each week to choose from, our club is very accommodating. Volunteering doesn’t have to be time consuming. You can choose to lead a group or be part of the hands-on team. This is the new way of Rotary and we would like to extend a warm welcome to anyone interested in checking it out for themselves!