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Snowsuits.  Boots.  Warm pajamas.  These are just a few of the items families in need will have the opportunity to purchase over the next two months through this year’s Warm the Children program. Over 80 community volunteer shoppers are eager and ready to accompany families in need to Walmart in Hamburg, where they’ll be able to select new, warm, winter clothing for their youngsters.
As we continue to navigate life in a pandemic, schools, churches and human service agencies rely on organizations like Warm the Children to provide essentials to families in need. Qualifying families who reside in Hamburg, Angola, Blasdell, Derby, Boston, Eden, North Collins, Lake View, Brant and portions of Lackawanna must be referred to Warm the Children by school and church staff. 
 “As Rotary Club of Hamburg enters its 14th year of sponsoring Warm the Children through the Club’s Foundation, we are very grateful for community support, which includes a major donation of $15,000 from the East Hill Foundation, $3,500 from the Louise K. Mokadam Family Foundation and a $1,000 grant from Home Depot in Hamburg,” explains Elizabeth Angelbeck, who coordinates the program each fall.  Last year, as a result of kindness and generosity of donors in the community, Warm the Children brought joyful smiles to approximately 380 youngsters!
100% of all donations to Warm the Children go toward the purchase of new clothing and is fully tax-deductible.  Administrative costs are absorbed by Rotary, while Club members coordinate the program with assistance from Evans Bank and community volunteers.
“This year, we hope to assist between 400-450 children, depending upon contributions received.  We know the need is great, especially due to the pandemic,” says Elizabeth Angelbeck. Those wishing to contribute may do so by making checks payable to Warm the Children Fund and either mailing or bringing donations to Evans Bank, 5999 S. Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY 14075.  Contributions may made online at
The Rotary Club of Hamburg participated in the 2nd Annual Dr. Ron Mergl Pedal/Participate for Polio fundraiser.  District 7090 has a goal to reach  $60,000 USD, which will be tripled by the Gates Foundation. 
The Rotary Club of Hamburg sponsored a riding team consisting of Hamburg residents Tom Nemmer and Jay O'Donnell.  On October 6th, Tom and Jay rode 52.3 miles.  They rode for 4 hours and 21 minutes with an elevation of 1,439 feet.  Currently donations have reached $545 which will be tripled by the Gates Foundation.  
Help us meet the District's goal. Now is not the time to loose focus.  We are so close to eradicating Polio from the world! You can donate a flat amount or pledge by the mile.  All donations will go solely towards Polio eradication. Donations can be made through PayPal or by mailing a check to Hamburg Rotary Club, PO 340, Hamburg, NY 14075.   If mailing a check, please specify that your donation is for Petal for Polio.  
For more information on the eradication efforts and how close the world is to being Polio free visit  Click here for more information on Pedal for Polio
Rotary Club of Hamburg has ‘Passing of the Gavel’ ceremony, awards honors
The Rotary Club of Hamburg held its Passing of the Gavel ceremony June 29 at its annual spring picnic at the Taylor Road Cabin in a far from usual rite of passage to swear in its new board of officers for 2021-22.
Michele Hanley was sworn in as president, taking over from John Nowak and Diana Straube became president-elect, committing to be president next year. Other officers are: Tim Hoelscher, treasurer; Tim Straube, secretary; and Eileen Hotho, publicity chair. Paul Harris Fellow Awards were presented to Dave Woolley, Lisa Avery, Tom Eaton and John Nowak.

The Rotary Club of Hamburg and Village of Hamburg Parks & Recreation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the morning of on April 7 at the small public park at Main and Buffalo streets. The ceremony marked the official opening of the three bicycle repair

The Rotary Club of Hamburg May Lottery Calendar raffle is winding down.  Members of the club have purchased gift cards or items from local vendors as a way of supporting local business during this difficult time.  Some businesses added an additional prize to support Rotary.  In the end we had a month full of great prizes!  We would like to thank local vendors, our members and of course those who have purchased tickets to this important fundraiser.  Check here to see our lucky winners!     
Since 2007,  Rotary Club of Hamburg has sponsored Warm the Children, providing new, warm winter clothes for less fortunate families in the southtowns.  To date, 300 children from 125 families are wearing new jackets, hats, sweaters and other new clothing, thanks to the generosity of community members, organizations and local businesses.  Rotary hopes to assist up to 400 children this year.
Did you know that every blood donation can save up to 3 lives?  In 2005, ConnectLife, then Unyts, was approached by area hospitals looking for a cost-effective alternative for purchasing blood. By collecting, processing and distributing all the blood locally, ConnectLife’ Community Blood Service has already saved local hospitals over $10 million. 
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