This past Friday we heard from Bettina Schempf, Executive Director of Old Mill Center, on how they benefited from the $1000 Special Grant our Club awarded them (sponsored by Carol Lee Woodstock). The money was used to support their new Monroe Site Relief Nursery and to purchase bilingual books for family events.
We’ve got spirit – yes we do! The Holidaze spirit, that is. The Holidaze Fundraiser for The Rotary Foundation was a HUGE success! In just 17 days 100% of our Club members were Holidazed and $21,225 was raised. We tip our Santa hats to the motivated, hard working, fun-loving, mischief making, stealthy team of elf/inflatable wranglers:lead elf Alan Underkofler, Lee Eckroth, Tiffany Bailey, Helen Higgins, Dave Henderer, Claudia Hamilton, Jeff Davis, and Mark Kalmar. Congratulations to all!
Our Club didn’t let a pandemic stop us from putting on our (covid safe) 7th Annual Children’s Holiday Craft Fair. 2020’s Drive-Thru Edition looked a bit different but the holiday spirit, smiles, community generosity, demonstration of Service Above Self, and People of Action where all out in full force! It was a great day to be a Rotarian.
The weather was beautiful – though we did experience spotty snow showers off and on throughout the event. 1000 children registered online and approximately 800 came through and picked up their goodie bags (double the amount we had attend last years in person event).
The left over goodie bags were distributed among COI, ABC House, Vina Moses, and The Boys and Girls Club.
Many thanks to all who had a hand in volunteering to bring this holiday tradition to the community at a time when we all needed a bit of holiday cheer.
“From all of us here at Eats & Treats Cafe, a tremendous thank you for spotlighting Eats & Treats in your collective gift card purchase. How wonderful to have a community that rallies around their local businesses like your club is doing.
These are roller coaster times for us all. Each day brings a new set of challenges in this Covid world of ours. The focusing of your club’s support on the local businesses is huge. It’s not only your support of a business, but it is supporting the jobs of the 23 people who work here. Further, it supports the community as a whole. For, it is said, every dollar spent within a community, is circulated 7 times within that same community.
Allow me to introduce you to our team by name, along with an attached sampling of some of the 23 faces whose lives you impacted this week:
Alek Kenton, Amanda Jacobs, Amanda Butkovich, Brandon Serrell, Benden Hepner, Candice O’Bannon, Cheryl Leckie,
Cooper Latz, Emma Hammond, Garret Harris, Hugo Marcelo-Sedano, Laura McCaughey, Lois DeGeus, Luis Abrego,
Maria Cravero, Meghan Foster, Nora O’Laughlin, Steve Magdaleno, Tucker Kirkpatrick, Zachary Mocek, Zoe Teigen
And, of course,
Sandy & Lynda McHenry
On behalf of us all, thank you, thank you, thank you!”