$2,000 donated the Ronald McDonald House in New Haven

Rev. Owen Sanderson, Lynda Hammond &  Wendy Kirby

Rev. Owen Sanderson, Lynda Hammond & Wendy Kirby

Rev. Owen Sanderson, VP and Lynda Hammond, President of Rotary District 7980 Gift of Life Foundation presented a check in the amount of $2,000.00 to Ms. Wendy Kirby, House Manager of the Ronald McDonald House in New Haven.

President Hammond thanks all of the Rotarians, Clubs and our District members who provide support to the Gift of Life Foundation with the resources to extend a helping hand to our families with seriously ill kids.

More information of the Gift of Life Foundation can be found by <clicking here>

East Haven Rotary Club launches ‘Clothe Our Children’ for the 14th year

East Haven Rotarian Jeri Ripkin (photo by Jack Karmer / The Courier)

The East Haven Rotary Club has just launched their annual ‘Clothe Our Children’ program in cooperation with Kohl’s in Branford under Chairwoman Jeri Ripkin’s expert leadership. The Club works with school nurses and teachers in the town to select the families with the greatest need and then has the selected families bring their children to Kohl’s to select new winter clothes. This year the Club expects to provide clothes for 99 Children at a cost of up to $100 each.

The East Haven Rotary Club covers the cost of this program from the proceeds of their fundraisers. President Bob Parente has indicated that all of the proceeds will be coming from funds raised at the district’s schools this year (Kids helping Kids).

The Club has provided over $77K worth of clothing to over 700 children over past 13 years.

Here is a link to an article in the New Haven Register about the program <click here> and another good article that features Chair Jeri on Zip06 by Jack Kramer <click here>

Fairfield Rotary: 5% of Whole Foods sales today go to Bridgeport Rescue Mission

The Fairfield Rotary Club has arranged for 5% of the sales made today (01-15-2014) at their Fairfield Whole Foods store on Grasmere Ave in Fairfield Connecticut to go to one of their favorite charities; The Bridgeport Rescue Mission (BRM).

Many local residents, as well as the Fairfield Rotary Club, the Bridgeport Rotary Club and the Trumbull Rotary Club  actively support the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. The local involvement of the area Rotary Clubs and many the passionate comments in support of the Rescue Mission inspired Whole Foods to select the non-profit as this year’s first Five Percent Day recipient.

Five Percent Days are part of Whole Foods Market’s commitment to support environmental and educational causes in their community.  Four times per year, each store identifies local organizations that align with Whole Foods Market’s commitment, and that make a real community impact.   Often, these days raise $2,500 or more for participating organizations.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission

Bridgeport Rescue Mission

BRM’s food outreach program includes mobile kitchens that visit impoverished neighborhoods in Bridgeport and South Norwalk; pantry box deliveries to families struggling to make ends meet and a Thanksgiving drive that donates thousands of food boxes and coats to families in low-income areas.

“At this time of the year with many extra people coming in from the cold for hot meals and having to buy more fuel oil to keep our facilities warm in frigid temperatures, a program like Whole Foods Five Percent Day is a tremendous help to Bridgeport Rescue Mission and the people in our care,” said BRM’s Executive Director Terry Wilcox (Bridgeport Rotarian).

Please come out and support a cause that many of our fellow Rotarians care deeply about today.

Connecticut Rotary Clubs helping to keep our State warm

It's cold out there Campers...

It’s cold out there Campers…

Most of Connecticut woke up to single digit  temperatures this morning with fresh snow accumulations in the 4 – 8 inch range. The blowing wind make it feel much colder.

Many of our D7980 Rotary Clubs have been anticipating and preparing for this extreme cold weather for months by providing warm coats and clothing to kids and families in need and by providing various forms of fuel assistance.

All told our Southern Connecticut Rotary Clubs (and the Rotary Foundation in the form of District Managed Grants) will provide just north of $100K in this type of assistance to the people in our State during this Rotary year.

The following is a list of D7980 Rotary Clubs that have been providing warm clothing (and or fuel assistance) for the past several months in preparation for this arctic blast:

Branford, Bridgeport, Cheshire, Chester, Clinton, Colchester, East Hampton, East Haven, Essex, Guilford,  Madison, Middletown, North Branford, North Haven, Norwalk, Norwich, Orange, Old Saybrook, Trumbull, and Woodbridge.

Is your Rotary Club missing from this list? Then simply have your President (or President-elect) complete our midyear Club Survey by clicking here  and we will be sure to include your Club.

Milford Rotary rolls up their sleeves for the Beth-El Soup Kitchen

Twice a month, every month, volunteers from the Milford Rotary Club serve up a fantastic meal to the guests at the Beth-El Center Soup Kitchen. This Saturday the Club served a special Holiday Luncheon that featured holiday music by Jay Rowe, holiday decorations and an extra special meal.

Milford Rotarian Larry Landsberg, aka The Shoreline Chef, was quoted as saying “We served over 50 people a luncheon of roasted petit fillet, mashed potatoes and gravy, roasted vegetables, red velvet cake, and ice cream. Jay Rowe, international known smooth jazz pianist and Milford resident, friend of Milford Rotary played some holiday music. I am unsure who had a better time, our guests or the Rotarians.”

Chef Larry is the primary ‘cheerleader & chief” for this event for his Club as it a cause that he cares dearly about. His family is also stepping in to run 5 of the events during 2014.

The Milford Rotary Club is a big Club with a giant heart. With about 100 members they conduct large scale of fundraisers, such as the Lobster Bake, they give back to their community in dozens of ways including giving scholarships, they generously support The Rotary Foundation and they know how to have fun while doing so despite overcoming some daunting adversity.

Milford Connecticut is also home to The Devon Rotary Club which is a very active Club of 55 members that also actively participates every other Saturday in serving meals on a regular basis at the Beth-El Center. They have also donated a Van to the Beth-El Center.

The Milford and Devon Rotary Clubs regular ‘hands-on’ participation in the Beth-El Soup Kitchen demonstrates that these are groups of Rotarians who knows that it takes far more than simply writing checks to help their community.