Club News
The Rotary Club of Hamburg purchased No-Sew Fleece Blanket Kits and got to work making blankets for ECMC's Palliative Care Unit.  These blankets are given to patients as they are admitted to the Unit and are provided to the family in memory of their loved one.  This is the third year the club has made and donated blankets.  See additional photos.  
 
Top Row from left to right - Rotarians Dale Stanley, Barb Stanley and Michele Hanley (Club President)
ECMC Staff - Sue Derenda (LPN, Palliative Care) and Santocha Gompah (Unit Manager, Palliative Care).
Thanks for joining us for our second annual Drive-thru Corned Beef Dinner.  It was held on Thursday, March 17th at the Hamburg Moose, 45 Church Street from 3-7pm.  Again, this year we sold out of dinners!
 
For more information about our club and how you can be part of our community events, send an email to HamburgRotaryPM@gmail.com.  
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Hamburg at its March 8 meeting at Uncle Joe’s Diner heard a presentation by financial planners Matthew Shontz and Linda Banks of Equitable Advisors. The club, founded in 1942, oversees the distribution of food through its Farms to Families program, coordinates the annual Warm the Children winter clothing drive and is one of four service organizations that organizes the annual BurgerFest in the Village of Hamburg on the third Saturday in July. From left are: Rotary Membership Chair Tim Straube, Rotary President Michele Hanley, Matthew Shontz and Linda Banks. 
Bryanna Prince, Events and Volunteer Coordinator for the Buffalo area Salvation Army, right, accepted this year’s sock donation at the Feb. 22 meeting of the Rotary Club of Hamburg at Joe’s Diner. Pictured with her are from left: Rotarians Jeff Kusche, President Michele Hanley, Patricia Castiglia and Jill Martucci, chair of the Sock Distribution Committee. 

The Rotary Club of Hamburg has distributed100 pairs of winter quality socks to the homeless in Buffalo annually since 2016. The project began in answer to a challenge from Rotary International to engage that year in activities designed for the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation. The club membership felt that because of Western New York’s cold winters and increased population of homeless people that the distribution of warm socks would be meaningful while filling an urgent need.
Thank you for supporting our first Winter/Valentine Craft Show that was held on Saturday February 5th from 10 am - 3 pm.  It was held at the Hamburg Moose Hall, 45 Church Street in Hamburg.  Keep us in mind when you are looking for Valentine gifts or Mother's Day gifts. Mark your calendars for next year! More information will be posted in December. 
 
As temperatures dip and snow falls, over 375 children are wearing winter jackets, warm hats, gloves and cuddly pajamas, courtesy of caring individuals, organizations and local foundations, which have made generous contributions to this year’s Warm the Children program.
 
Volunteer shoppers accompanying families from the Hamburg area to Walmart, repeatedly tell the story of grateful moms, dads and grandparents, many of whom become emotional as they select new clothing for their children. “The mom I shopped with just sobbed, as we were leaving the store, so grateful for her kids’ new clothing, which she would not have been able to afford,” said one veteran shopper.
 
Warm the Children is the grateful beneficiary of a $15,000 grant from the East Hill Foundation, which seeks to address basic needs of those in the Western New York community. The Alice L. Say Family Foundation, Kevin P. Lockwood Memorial Fund, Louise K. Mokadam Family Trust and Ferrous Manufacturing have also made significant donations to assist Rotary Club of Hamburg operate the program.
 
Donations are still being accepted. Giving levels include: Joyful Benefactor ($500 or higher); Caring Supporter ($200-$499); Special Friend ($100-$199). Donations in ANY amount are greatly appreciated!
 
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. Or, contributions may be made online at www.hamburgrotaryclub.org/SitePage/warmthe-children.
As Western New Yorkers continue to navigate their lives during the pandemic, many understand the importance of providing basic needs, particularly for children during cold, WNY winters.  
 
Rotary Club of Hamburg is proud to sponsor Warm the Children, which provides new, warm, winter clothing to boys and girls from families who reside in Hamburg, Angola, Blasdell, Derby, Boston, Eden, North Collins, Lake View and Brant. Last year, as a result of the kindness and generosity of donors in the community, Warm the Children brought joyful smiles to approximately 400 youngsters in need! 
 
“This is our 14th year of coordinating Warm the Children for local families in need and we are tremendously grateful for community support,” says Elizabeth Angelbeck, who directs the program with schools, churches and social service agencies in the Southtowns.  100% of all contributions go toward the purchase of new clothing for children in need and is fully tax-deductible.  All administrative costs are absorbed by Rotary, while Club members are responsible for program coordination, with assistance from Evans Bank and community volunteers, who meet families at Walmart in Hamburg to make their clothing selections. 
 
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.  Or, contributions may be made online at www.hamburgrotaryclub.org/SitePage/warm-the-children.
 
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Hamburg Home Depot selected Warm the Children as the beneficiary of the Home Depot Foundation’s Surprise  Program presenting the Rotary Club of Hamburg a $1,000 check on Nov. 16 during Rotary’s meeting at Uncle Joe’s Diner. Pictured from left are: Erin Mungovin, operations assistant store manager, Patrick Morgan, store manager, Rotarian Liz Angelbeck, Warm the Children coordinator and Maria Rebmann, associate support department manager.
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 www.hamburgrotaryclub.org/SitePage/warm-the-children.
 
 
 
 
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 www.rotary.org.  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. 

The Rotary Club of Hamburg presented college scholarships to three high school students in Hamburg Village Memorial Park with the clock donated by the club as both a picturesque backdrop and to allow appropriate social distancing due to the pandemic. Scholarships were presented to Riley McGloin, of Frontier High School; Sienna Becker, of Hamburg High School; and Benjamin Egloff, of St. Francis High School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shown from left are: Photo 1 – Rotarians Maria Guizzotti, Jack Flint and Lisa Avery with scholarship winner Benjamin Egloff and his parents, John and Rebecca Egloff. Photo 2 – Rotarians Earl Knauss, Jack Flint and Lisa Avery, with scholarship winner Riley McGloin and her parents, Jerry and Janet McGloin. Photo 3 – Rotarians Jack Flint and John Nowak with scholarship winner Sienna Becker and her parents, Delia and Ken Becker. Rotary strives to make the world a better place with numerous local and global initiatives, such as the international campaign to eradicate polio and construction of wells worldwide for fresh drinking water. Besides funding college scholarships, the Hamburg club, founded in 1942, coordinates the Warm the Children Program and is one of the four Hamburg service organizations that present the BurgerFest each July (this year, the event scheduled for July 18 was canceled due to concerns surrounding Covid-19). Rotary has met at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at local restaurants until recently, but is currently meeting outdoors and by Zoom while searching for a new home that allows social distancing together while enjoying a meal and conducting business.

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