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Gratitude for your years of community service to the Rotary Club of Hamburg. This month we congratulate those who joined our club in the month of January:
Tom Eaton, Larry Wilson and Leo Fallon who have been in Rotary for 73 years (1942); Tom Blaine (34 yrs/1981); Tim Hoelscher (7 yrs/2008); Maria Guizzotti and Cindy Taylor both joined in 2012.
Happy Birthday to Jack Flint who celebrates his birthday on January 11th and Eloise Zoyhofski who celebrates her birthday on the 18th.
HAMBURG — As the Warm The Children Program continues this year, under the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Hamburg in partnership with the Town of , The Sun and Evans Bank, positive feedback on the many shopping experiences that have taken place over the past few weeks continues to pour in.
Now in its 19th year serving children in the Southtowns, donations from the community help ensure that many families will be able to have their children dressed appropriately to face winter’s colder temperatures, by receiving new warm clothing. Working with volunteer shoppers, each family is able to visit the Target Department Store in Orchard Park and personally select brand-new outerwear, including coats, jackets, snow pants, gloves, mittens and scarves.
One of the more recent success stories involved Warm The Children assisting the Buffalo Peace House organization, a not-for-profit housed on the campus of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Athol Springs. Buffalo Peace House offers temporary housing for up to one year for legal refugees seeking asylum from their home countries, due to a variety of reasons, including but not limited to war, abuse and political persecution. Almost all of the families who reside in the former nunnery have children. Currently, there are three families from Colombia who have a total of seven children, five of whom attend Blasdell Elementary School. There is also one family from Africa who has a child. Coming from areas that experience mostly warm, even tropical weather, these temporary Hamburg residents had no warm winter clothing, prior to their recent shopping trip to Target with their volunteer shoppers.
“The volunteers and the children had so much fun shopping for the clothing,” said Naima Moussa, who runs the Buffalo Peace House on a day-to-day basis. “The kids were very excited to go shopping and pick out their new clothes. They and their parents are so grateful for being in such a caring and giving community and they truly cherish their new coats, boots, hats and gloves.”
Following last month’s unprecedented winter storm, which dumped several feet of snow in most of the Southtowns area, the children quickly put their new winter outerwear to use, as they experienced all that Mother Nature had to offer when it comes to snow, ice, wind and other winter weather conditions.
“The big snowstorm was exciting at first, but after awhile I think the excitement dwindled, simply because of the massive amount of snow that came in such a short period of time,” said Moussa. “They definitely put to use all of the new clothing they had and used it stay warm and dry.”
Thanks to the kindness of donations from hundreds of donors who contribute to Warm The Children, other families will be experiencing the opportunity to participate in the program, over the next few weeks. Warm The Children aids youngsters who reside locally, including children who live in Hamburg, Angola, Blasdell, Boston, Brant, Derby, Eden, Evans, Farnham, Lake View and North Collins. The Rotary Club of Hamburg coordinates and sponsors the program by collecting and distributing donated funds to buy clothing for families who have been vetted by local churches, schools and social agencies, with children ages birth to three years receiving $60 worth of new clothing, while those ages 4-18 receive $90 worth.
All money donated to Warm The Children goes toward the purchase of children’s clothing, with no administrative costs taking away from donations. Hamburg Rotary Club members coordinate all of the administrative duties and handle any costs associated with those tasks, with assistance coming from the Town of Hamburg Lions Club and Evans Bank.
The need for donations to Warm The Children continues to persist, with donations of any amount being accepted by making checks payable to “Warm The Children” and mailing them to Evans Bank, located at 5999 South Park Ave., Hamburg, NY 14075.
Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer shopper is asked to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the volunteer’s name and daytime phone number.
Woo hoo! Another new member inducted to our Rotary Club of Hamburg. Welcome Kevin Neubeck!
From left are Dale Stanley, club president, Kevin Neubeck and Dave Evans, sponsor.
Cathy Rybczynski, Town Clerk (Town of Hamburg, NY) and Rotarian Dina Liberta (Rotary Club of Hamburg) celebrate World Polio Day October 24, 2014.
GENEROUS DONATION Representatives of the American Gift Fund Louise Y. Mokadam Family Foundation present a check for $2,500 to the Rotary Club of Hamburg for the Warm the Children Program. Pictured from left are: Rotarians Earl Knauss and Liz Angelbeck, Bon and Chris Mokadam of the Foundation, and far right, Rotary Club President Dale Stanley accepting the check.
As the Warm the Children Program kicks off this year under the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Hamburg in partnership with the Town of Hamburg Lions Club, The Sun and Evans Bank, organizers are grateful to the American Gift Fund, Mokadam Family Foundation for one of the largest donations in recent history at $2,500. Bon, son of Louise Mokadam, for whom the Foundation is named, and his wife Chris were present at the Oct. 7 meeting of the Rotary Club of Hamburg at J.P. Fitzgerald’s restaurant Oct. 7 to personally present the award to the Rotary Club to benefit the Warm the Children Program.
“We are very grateful to the Mokadam family for this wonderful donation,” said Liz Angelbeck, coordinator of the Warm the Children Program. Their generosity will help us as we raise the amount we are spending on each child in need this year.” The program, in its 19th year based in Hamburg, will ensure that many Southtowns families will be able to have their children dressed appropriately to face the worst of winter’s chill by receiving new warm clothing and outerwear. The families will meet with a volunteer from the program at the Target Department Store in Orchard Park and personally select the brand new winter coats, jackets, mittens, pants and more paid for by Warm the Children.
Thanks to the kindness of donations big and small from hundreds of donors who contribute to Warm the Children, numerous local families will have the opportunity to participate in the program. Warm the Children is a national program and was introduced locally in 1996 by the editor and publishers of The Sun after learning about it at a New York Press Association convention. It has been supported by the readers of the Sun and the Southtowns community ever since. A former journalist, Mack Stewart founded and launched the program that would partner with local newspapers to provide clothing for families in need. Each newspaper was charged with publicizing the program and drawing support from their readership. Warm the Children was coordinated by Sun editorial staff for a decade, handing over the reins to the Rotary Club of Hamburg in 2007.
Rotary Club of Hamburg celebrates 70 years of ‘Service Above Self’
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. This year, the Rotary Club of Hamburg marks its 70th year of service.
Rotary began in Chicago in 1905 when a businessman named Paul Harris formed a club with a unique blend of commerce and social consciousness. It grew to become Rotary International - the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs in 200 countries or geographical areas today.
Our Rotary Club was chartered on February 24, 1942 in Hamburg and continues to provide service to the community through projects such as Warm the Children, which provides warm winter clothing for children in need; and funding for not-for-profit organizations such as the Hamburg Counseling Service, the Hamburg Paleontological Society’s Penn Dixie Fossil Site and the Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program. Rotary also funds a literacy program for children, provides college scholarships and mentors the next generation of community leaders through RYLA (Rotary’s leadership Program) for college-age young adults and SLAPSHOT for high school students.
Rotary Club of Hamburg, Hall of Presidents 1942-43 through 2013-14
1942-43 - W. Howard Vanderhoef
1943-44 - Donald B. Korst
1944-45 - Hugh E. Gates
1945-46 - J. Leo Goodyear
1946-47 - W. Kenneth Eaton
1947-48 - Wilber A. Hillwig
1948-49 - Edward C. Fallon
1949-50 - P. Walter Meisenheimer
1950-51 - Harold E. Harris
1951-52 - William J. Lattimer
1952-53 - Sidney B. McAllister
1953-54 - William A. Fleming
1954-55 - Willard J. Magavern
1955-56 - F. Gilbert Gregory
1956-57 - Spencer W. Ravel
1957-58 - Paul C. Riefler
1958-59 - James S. Merson
1959-60 - Richard C. Van Orsdale
1960-61 - Lyle C. Mertz (resigned)
1960-61 - Pierce J. Fleming (elected to finish Mertz's term)
1961-62 - William J. Gunnell, III
1962-63 - Harry H. Hatten
1963-64 - Dr. Wesley C. Luther
1964-65 - Grover O. Ellwood
1965-66 - Lawrence T. Wilson
1966-67 - Edgar T. Drullard
1967-68 - J. Bruce Forbush
1968-69 - Vincent G. Mansell
1969-70 - Raymond W. Mitchell, M.D.
1970-71 - George V. Dawley
1971-72 - John W. Richardson
1972-73 - Hugh A. Sampson, P.D.G.
1973-74 - William S. Beatty
1974-75 - Richard S. Murray
1975-76 - Richard E. Hauck
1976-77 - Edward B. Kahl
1977-78 - Herbert R. Kusche