Thank you to our Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, and Edmonds community members, and to The Alderwood Mall!
This year donations were in excess of 1200 toys, clothing items, and other gifts, which were distributed throughout our area to families in need. The Alderwood Mall has partnered with Alderwood-Terrace Rotary for the past 27 years to provide a location where donations can be accepted from our community members. These gifts are then distributed to the many agencies in our area that identify and support families in need. The Sharing Tree supports the area non-profit and food bank services with gifts and donations which are distributed to grateful families.
In Alderwood-Terrace Rotary’s 27th year of collecting and distributing toys and clothing to those in need during the holidays, Rotary members and friends of Rotary who staff The Sharing Tree at the Alderwood Mall collect new toys and clothing from the day after Thanksgiving until the day before Christmas. The items that are collected are primarily distributed to families that are eligible for food stamps or who's children are eligible for subsidized lunches.
Our volunteers find it is a pleasure to witness the communities’ generosity. It is especially heart warming when parents guide their small children in selecting a gift and bringing it to donate.
Stories this year – a man said that Sharing Tree helped his family a couple years ago to provide gifts to his two children and wrote a check for $250. A church group bought 100 gifts to drop off at the Sharing Tree station.
Our collection is typically over 1200 items. At a conservative estimated $15.00 per item, the club has distributed, on behalf of our local communities, over $723,000 in toys and clothing to the needy members of our society over the years.
Not only do our members overwhelmingly support this project with time and donations, it gives an opportunity for our community at large to donate to those in need. It is also a way for our club to introduce our community to Alderwood-Terrace Rotary.
A Young Professionals Summit was held in Chicago in September. This Summit focused on our younger Rotarians and gave Rotary leaders ages 25 to 40 the chance to share their Rotary experiences, reflect on their stories, and exchange ideas.
The event, which included 32 Rotary and Rotaract members as well as Rotary program alumni, was organized and moderated by Rotary staff. During the discussions, a professional sketch artist illustrated the participants' ideas on whiteboards.
"The energy and ideas that have flowed in this room over the last two days are so refreshing," said Kathryn Fahy, governor of District 5970 and a member of the Rotary Club of Iowa Great Lakes, Iowa. "We've exchanged actual hands-on ideas that we can take back to our clubs and really change momentum in Rotary."
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