Rotary Club of Hamburg Kicks Off 2021 Warm the Children Program
 

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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 www.hamburgrotaryclub.org/SitePage/warm-the-children.
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Hamburg Kicks Off 2021 Warm the Children Program  2021-10-22 04:00:00Z 0

Club Sponsors Riders for Pedal for Polio 

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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
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Passing of the Gavel Ceremony Held June 29th.

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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.
 
 
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Colleen Gibbons joins Rotary Club of Hamburg
 

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When the Rotary Club of Hamburg met for its first “live” meeting following many months of Zoom meetings due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was great to spend time together in person, but it was made even more special with the induction of a new member, Colleen Gibbons. Shown at the
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Bicycle Repair Station Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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

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May Calendar Raffle

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!     
   
 
 
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Corned Beef and Cabbage Drive Thru Dinner

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Thank you for supporting our Corned Beef Dive Thru fundraiser.  We SOLD OUT all Corned Beef Dinners BEFORE the day of the event.  As always - Thank you for your support!
 
Corned Beef and Cabbage Drive Thru Dinner Barbara Stanley 2021-02-21 05:00:00Z 0
2020 Warm the Children Program Ends On a High Note! 2020-12-15 05:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day is Celebrated

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World Polio Day is October 24th.  This year District 7090 organized a bike ride to support fundraising efforts to eradicate Polio worldwide.  District 7090 also had Buffalo's Electric Tower lit up in Rotary colors. 
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Rotary Club of Hamburg’s Farms to Families Program 

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The Rotary Club of Hamburg Farms to Families Program has been in operation in Western New York for 13 years and during that time, over 500,000 pounds of produce have been collected and distributed to 23 area food distribution centers (four food kitchens with dining rooms and 19 pantries) in Hamburg and Western New York.  

Rotary Club of Hamburg’s Farms to Families Program 2020-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

2020-2021 Officers Inducted

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The Rotary Club of Hamburg held its Passing of the Gavel ceremony June 30 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 2020-2021.
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Help Build Our Local Blood Supplies

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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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 Generous Warm the Children Donors Keep Children Warm

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Since 2007, the 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 140 families are wearing new jackets, boots, sweaters, snow pants, mittens and hats, thanks to the generosity of community members, organizations and local businesses.  Rotary hopes to assist up to 400 children this year.
 
The Rotary Club of Hamburg is extremely grateful to the East Hill Foundation for granting Warm the Children an award of $10,000 to be used solely for new warm, winter clothing.  In addition, Rotary appreciates major donations from businesses and organizations such as the Zonta Club of Hamburg-Orchard Park, Ferrous Manufacturing, Hamburg Music Festival, Lutz Mobil, JP Fitzgerald’s and Walmart.  Elizabeth Angelbeck, who coordinates Warm the Children for Rotary, reports that most donations come from generous individuals, particularly those who support the program from year to year. “It’s important for donors to know that all funds collected go toward the purchase of new, winter clothing, as Rotary pays for any expenses associated with the program,” she adds.
 
Volunteer shoppers accompany families to Walmart, where they select warm clothing for their children.  “It was a wonderful shopping experience!” report Dan and Dee Meyer, longtime Warm the Children volunteer shoppers.  “The grandmother shopping for her four grandchildren was so very grateful and the Walmart employees we interacted with were very friendly and helpful,” Dan adds.
 
Individuals wishing to donate may do so by mailing a check to Evans Bank, 5999 S. Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY 14075 or online: www.hamburgrotaryclub.org/SitePage/warm-the-children.
 
 A donation may also be made as a holiday gift in someone’s honor by enclosing a note with the person’s name and address.  Rotary will mail a personalized message to the gift receiver if the donation is made by Monday, Dec. 16.
Generous Warm the Children Donors Keep Children Warm 2019-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

Club Members Enjoy a Beautiful Sail!

Posted on Sep 10, 2019
 
Enjoying the ride are Earl Knauss, Bill Bredenberg, Lisa Avery and Jill Martucci 
 
Club members enjoyed the annual sail on Bill Bredenberg 's amazing sailboat. At helm is Lisa Avery, Club President.   
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New Exchange Student is Welcomed

Posted on Aug 27, 2019
 
The Rotary Club of Hamburg warmly welcomes their new Rotary Exchange student, Alex Kamp who is attending Hamburg High School through the school year. Alex will be celebrating his 18th birthday soon in the USA and is a starter with the Hamburg High School Golf Team and expects to play tennis in the spring. Alex is from the Town of Iserlohn Germany, just outside Dortmund, a sister city of Buffalo. He has begun his stay in Hamburg with the Reynolds family, hosted by Kim Reynolds and Bill Reynolds. Alex is joined in the photo with Youth Chair Amy Rooth. 
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Local Students Participate in Short Term Exchange Program

Posted by Barbara Stanley on Jun 11, 2019
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The Rotary Club of Hamburg recently welcomed three Hamburg High School students who will participate this summer in Rotary International’s Short Term Exchange Program. Each girl will welcome a European exchange student into her home for one month and will spend one month with the same exchange student in Europe with the other girl’s family in a cultural exchange. In August, Anna Stearns will travel to Belgium and Sienna Becker will go to Austria after welcoming their exchange student at the end of June.  Annika Smith will go to Hungary June 27, returning later in the summer with her exchange student. The students are, from left: Anna Stearns (with father, Dave Stearns), Sienna Becker (with mother Delia Becker) and Annika Smith (with mother Bridget Smith).  Rotary strives to make the world a better place with many global initiatives, including the eradication of polio. The Hamburg club, founded in 1942, coordinates Warm the Children, provides college scholarships to Hamburg and Frontier high school students and is one of the four service organizations that coordinates the Burger Fest each July. Rotary meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at JP Fitzgerald’s Restaurant.  (Author - Eileen Hotho)

Local Students Participate in Short Term Exchange Program Barbara Stanley 2019-06-11 04:00:00Z 0

Annual Road Clean-up Completed

Posted by Barbara Stanley on Jun 04, 2019
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Hamburg Rotary Club cleaned a section of Camp Road (Route 75) on June 4th as part of the Adopt A Highway Project under the leadership of Rotarian Jim Loomis (not pictured). Shown are from left: Max Kellenberg, Exchange student from Prague attending Hamburg High School, President Lisa Avery and Rotarian John Nowak.  Following the road clean-up members enjoyed dinner at The Waterstone Grill on Camp Road.

 

 

Annual Road Clean-up Completed Barbara Stanley 2019-06-04 04:00:00Z 0

No-Sew Blanket Prep and Donation

Members of the Rotary Club of Hamburg purchased No-Sew Blanket kits and met at Erie County Medical Center to assemble the blankets.  When done, the blankets were donated to the ECMC Palliative Care Unit.  Several kits were also donated to the ECMC Rehab Department to be used by the therapists for patient therapy.  In total more that 50 blankets were donated.
No-Sew Blanket Prep and Donation 2019-05-19 04:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Mobile Food Distribution

Members of the Rotary Club of Hamburg periodically join with the Salvation Army's Mobile Food Distribution Project and help feed the homeless.  Members meet at the Ellicott Street entrance of the Library where food is distributed to those in need.  Members return to the Salvation Army headquarters and assist with clean-up.  
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Winter Sock Donation

Each year The Rotary Club of Hamburg purchases several hundred pairs of warm socks and donates them the worthy causes.  Last year the donations went to the Salvation Army.  The two years prior to this, The Burrito Project was the recipient of the sock donation.  
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Max Kellenberger Makes Us Proud!

Posted on May 14, 2019
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Congratulations to our exchange student Max Kellenberger on his recent recognition.  Max was in the Hamburg Sun last week in an article about the Hamburg High School tennis team.  This week he was named Athlete of the Week in Hamburg High School!  Nice job Max!
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16th Annual Breakfast with the Bunny is a Huge Success

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The Rotary Club of Hamburg held its 16th Annual Breakfast with the Bunny pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 13 at Oakwood Manor, Hamburg. The popular event supports Rotary programs, particularly those earmarked for children, throughout the year. Rotarians and volunteers dished up pancakes, sausages, pastries and juice for hungry families. Rotarian Dave Evans served as emcee for the event. Many children enjoyed visits with the Easter Bunny on his gilded throne or participated in coloring contests and face-painting.
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SALVATION ARMY MAJ. STEVEN LOPES IS ROTARY SPEAKER

Posted by Barbara Stanley on Oct 23, 2018
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Maj. Steven Lopes of the Salvation Army’s Buffalo Branch addressed the Rotary Club of Hamburg on Oct. 23 with a presentation on his role as a leader of the national not-for-profit organization. He said he and his wife are both ordained ministers with the Salvation Army and have made it a lifelong career. Shown with Maj. Lopes is Rotary President Brandi Reed presenting him with a memento from the club.  Author - Eileen Hotho

SALVATION ARMY MAJ. STEVEN LOPES IS ROTARY SPEAKER Barbara Stanley 2018-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

2nd Annual Meat Raffle is a Huge Success

Posted by Barbara Stanley on Oct 15, 2018
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A special thank you to all the volunteers and patrons of the 2nd Annual Meat Raffle.  More than 300 people attended and as can be seen by the photo, all had a lot of fun winning steaks, ribs, turkey or bacon to name a few!  Proceeds are used to help fund our Warm the Children program and area high school scholarships.  Hope to see you next year and Remember - MEAT, MEAT, MEAT, MEAT!
2nd Annual Meat Raffle is a Huge Success Barbara Stanley 2018-10-15 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Hamburg sets Shredding Day Fundraiser

Saturday, Sept. 22 Howard Hanna Parking lot
 
The Rotary Club of Hamburg will hold Shredding Day on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of Howard Hanna, 3674 Commerce Place (off Camp Road, Rte. 75) in Hamburg.
 
The public is invited to bring their sensitive documents for shredding in boxes or bags (10-inch by 12-inch by 15 inch or 24 inches) or 10-inch by 15-inch by 24 inches, or medium kitchen-size bags of papers).
 
Shredding will be completed on-site by Lincoln Archives, Inc. The cost is $10 per box or bag, with a maximum of five boxes. Proceeds will benefit the projects of the Rotary Club of Hamburg. The Hamburg club was founded 76 years ago and coordinates Warm the Children, provides college scholarships to Hamburg and Frontier high school students and is one of the four service organizations that coordinates the BurgerFest each July. (Author Eileen Hotho)
Rotary Club of Hamburg sets Shredding Day Fundraiser Barbara Stanley 2018-08-31 04:00:00Z 0

Club Recognizes Fellow Member for Rotary Service

Posted by Barbara Stanley on Jul 11, 2018
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The Rotary Club of Hamburg on July 11 recognized member Patricia Castiglia for exemplary service, giving her a few special gifts from the club from the recent Rotary International Convention held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Hamburg Rotarians who attended the convention, Dale and Barbara Stanley, Lisa Avery and Eileen Hotho brought back a convention T-shirt, visor and travel tags for Castiglia who has served as president two times, serves on district committees and most recently, as secretary for two consecutive terms.  Pat is shown modeling her new swag. The Hamburg club coordinates Warm the Children, provides college scholarships to Hamburg and Frontier high school students and is one of the four service organizations that coordinates the Burger Fest each July. Rotary meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at JP Fitzgerald’s Restaurant in the Village of Hamburg.  (Author - Eileen Hotho)

Club Recognizes Fellow Member for Rotary Service Barbara Stanley 2018-07-11 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Hamburg awards college scholarships to high school students

Posted by Barbara Stanley on Jun 05, 2018
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The Rotary Club of Hamburg at its June 5 meeting awarded $1,000 college scholarships to local high school seniors. From left are Rotarian Earl Knauss, Hamburg High School student Aydon Stormer, Frontier High School Student Tom Notto, Rotary President Jerry Bastedo, St. Francis High School student Dante Guizzotti and Rotarian Patricia Castiglia. Rotary supports projects on the local, national and international level. The Hamburg club was founded in 1942 and since 2007, has coordinated Warm the Children, provides college scholarships to Hamburg and Frontier high school students and is one of the four service organizations that present the Burger Fest each July. (Author Eileen Hotho)

Rotary Club of Hamburg awards college scholarships to high school students Barbara Stanley 2018-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

Club Members Clean Up Camp Road

Posted by Barbara Stanley on May 08, 2018
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The Rotary Club of Hamburg has adopted a section of Camp Road in Hamburg and each spring Jim Loomis rounds up members to ensure that section of the road is debris free.  This year 15 members attended the clean-up which was followed by dinner at Major Tom's.  
Club Members Clean Up Camp Road Barbara Stanley 2018-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

Hoelscher earns Paul Harris Award

Posted by Barbara Stanley on Mar 13, 2018
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Tim Hoelscher, left, was honored by the Rotary Club of Hamburg recently when he was presented with the Paul Harris Award, the highest honor in Rotary. Jerry Bastedo, right, president of the Rotary Club of Hamburg is shown giving Tim the award, pin and certificate. Tim is a self-employed CPA and 10-year member of the club. (Author Eileen Hotho)

Hoelscher earns Paul Harris Award Barbara Stanley 2018-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

Breakfast with the Bunny 2018

Posted by Barbara Stanley
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For the 15th year, the Rotary Club of Hamburg is hosting a Breakfast with the Bunny for children, parents, grandparents, and anyone interested in an Easter holiday event.  The breakfast will be held Saturday March 24th, 2018 at Oakwood Manor, 2985 Lakeview Rd. (across from the Hamburg Ice Arena).  A pancake and sausage breakfast with other “breakfast goodies” will be served. 

 

Face painting will be provided free of charge by the Hamburg YES students and a theme basket auction will be available with outstanding baskets.  Our own Easter Bunny will be present to delight the children. Photos with the Bunny can be taken using your own camera at no charge.

 

Two seating times are available:  9:00 am to 10:30 am and 10:45 am to 12:10 p.m.  Presale tickets are recommended due to limited seating and may be obtained by calling 867-8388 or by email at BreakfastWithTheBunny@gmail.com.  Walk-ins will be accommodated on a space available basis.  Tickets cost $5.00 for children 2-10 years old and $9.00 for ages 11 and up.  Advance sale tickets will be available for pick- up at Brierwood Wine and Spirit Shoppe, 5452 Southwestern Blvd., at the corner of Southwestern Blvd. (Rte 20) and Rogers Rd.

 

All proceeds, as usual, go to local Hamburg area charities and your support is greatly appreciated.  For a copy of the 2018 Breakfast with the Bunny Flyer please click here.   https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000329/en-ca/files/sitepage/breakfast-with-the-bunny/breakfast-with-the-bunny-2018-flyer/BWTB-2018-Flier.pdf

Breakfast with the Bunny 2018 Barbara Stanley 2018-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

NEW ROTARIANS WELCOMED

Posted by Barbara Stanley on Jan 23, 2018
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The Rotary Club of Hamburg recently inducted two new members into its ranks. Rotary President Jerry Bastedo, middle, conducted the ceremonies welcoming Ryan Brunner, left, of the Baillie Lumber Company,  and Tyler Shaw, of GCW Capital into the 76-year-old Hamburg service organization. Rotary supports projects on the local, national and international level. Locally, it coordinates Warm the Children, provides college scholarships to Hamburg and Frontier high school students and is one of the four service organizations that coordinates the Burger Fest each July. Rotary meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at JP Fitzgerald’s Restaurant.

NEW ROTARIANS WELCOMED Barbara Stanley 2018-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

KINDNESS OF OTHERS BRINGS NECESSITIES TO FAMILIES IN NEED

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While TV ads promote the latest toys and electronics of the holiday season, 226 families in need met volunteer shoppers at Sears in the McKinley Mall to purchase new, warm, winter clothing for their children.  Parents, grandparents and foster parents came from Hamburg, Blasdell, Lake View, Angola, Eden, North Collins, Evans, Derby and Brant.  By mid-December, 524 youngsters had items like jackets, coats, boots, pajamas and sweaters to get them through another cold, WNY winter.

“I’ve never spent $200 all at one time on clothing for my family!” exclaimed one grateful mother.  “The Sears staff was so helpful, kind and nice to the families… in fact the cashier who checked us out was crying as we left, saying that Warm the Children is such a good cause for children in need,” said a longtime, volunteer shopper.
KINDNESS OF OTHERS BRINGS NECESSITIES TO FAMILIES IN NEED Liz Angelbeck 2018-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

2017 Hamburgh Holidays Santa Claus Parade

Posted by Eileen Hotho on Nov 25, 2017
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The Rotary Club of Hamburg once again participated in the Hamburgh Holidays Santa Claus Parade Nov. 25. The Easter Bunny was featured on their float as the club promoted its annual Breakfast with the Bunny that is set for March 24. Pictured is the Easter Bunny, Rotarian Barb Stanley, with the truck float driven by her husband, Rotarian Dale Stanley.  The truck is a 1948 Ford F3 built in Buffalo. Granddaughter Haley came along for the ride.  Rotarians Cindy Taylor and Eileen Hotho assisted the bunny along with volunteer friend Karen Klein and future Rotarians Jenna and Jack Sickau. The Easter Bunny was excited to meet up with her special friend, Santa Claus (Hamburgh Holidays’ Greg Jantzi). The Rotary Club celebrated 75 years of service in Hamburg earlier this year. Rotary is a supporter of Hamburgh Holidays, sponsors Warm the Children, which provides warm, brand new winter clothing for children in need throughout the Southtowns and is one of the four service organizations that put on the Burger Fest each July.

 

2017 Hamburgh Holidays Santa Claus Parade Eileen Hotho 2017-11-25 05:00:00Z 0

Burgerfest 2017 a Huge Success! 

Posted by Barbara Stanley on Aug 17, 2017
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Burgerfest 2017 was held on Saturday July 15th.  The four service clubs in Hamburg - Rotary Club of Hamburg, Rotary Sunrise Club, Lions and Kiwanis - are proud planners of this annual event.  The day was filled with many activities for all ages and began with a great car show followed by activities for children, live entertainment and of course a beer tent, just to name a few!  Proceeds from this event are used for various projects around Hamburg.  Thank you for supporting your service clubs and your community!
 
 
 
 
Burgerfest 2017 a Huge Success!  Barbara Stanley 2017-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

Exchange Student Canaan Delgado Speaks at Club Meeting

Posted by Barbara Stanley on Aug 08, 2017
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Canaan Delgado recently visited the Rotary Club of Hamburg to speak to the club about his experiences as an exchange student in Spain sponsored by the Rotary Club of Buffalo. Pictured are Delgado, left and Rotary President Jerry Bastedo. 
Exchange Student Canaan Delgado Speaks at Club Meeting Barbara Stanley 2017-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
President Barbara Stanley passes the Gavel to incoming President Jerry Bastedo Barbara Stanley 2017-07-02 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Hamburg - Proud Tier 1 Sponsor of the Village of Hamburg Playground

Posted by Barbara Stanley on May 06, 2017
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Members of the Rotary Club of Hamburg participate in the final volunteer day for the new playground.  Although it rained all day that did not dampen the energy and commitment to stay on track!  Proud to support this much needed playground and to work with such an incredible group of people!
Rotary Club of Hamburg - Proud Tier 1 Sponsor of the Village of Hamburg Playground Barbara Stanley 2017-05-06 04:00:00Z 0

Hamburg Rotarians will miss longtime Rotarian Larry Wilson, member of Rotary Club of Hamburg for 62 years, who passed away at 97

Posted by Eileen Hotho on Nov 28, 2016
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When the Rotary Club of Hamburg held its annual “passing of the gavel” ceremonies two years ago, along with welcoming new President Dale Stanley, the then-72-year-old organization also honored Larry Wilson for 60 years of service to the club and W. Thompson “Tom” Eaton for 50 years. To mark the momentous occasion on June 24, 2014, incoming Rotary District 7090 Governor Jack Amico of West Seneca presided at the affair held June 24 at J.P.’s Pub in Lake View.
 
An active Rotarian until his recent illness, Larry Wilson passed away on October 12, 2016 at the age of 97. He was a past president of the club in 1965-66.  

 
Hamburg Rotarians will miss longtime Rotarian Larry Wilson, member of Rotary Club of Hamburg for 62 years, who passed away at 97 Eileen Hotho 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES SUPPORTS WARM THE CHILDREN
 

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The Rotary Club of Hamburg is pleased to announce that Warm the Children has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities, enabling the organization to purchase warm, winter clothing at Sears McKinley for 50 additional youngsters this fall. “The grant monies used to support this award were raised from efforts of local McDonald’s restaurants in the Western New York community, and in part by national McDonald’s promotional programs, “ explained R.M.H.C administrator, Maureen Wopperer.
 
Ronald McDonald House Charities provides lodging, comfort and emotional support to families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals and reaches out to families in the community by supporting programs that benefit children.  “The mission of Warm the Children, which is to provide new, warm winter clothing to youngsters in need, aligns closely with that of Ronald McDonald House charities,” emphasized Elizabeth Angelbeck, who coordinates WTC for Rotary.

 
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Rotary Club of Hamburg Co-sponsors Opiate Resource Fair

Posted by Eileen Hotho on Nov 14, 2016
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The Rotary Club of Hamburg was among cosponsors of the Erie County Opiate Resource Fair held at the Town of Hamburg Senior Community Center on Nov. 15. The town Department of Youth, Recreation and Senior Services hosted the event. Members of Rotary helping out are pictured with Acting District Attorney Michael Flaherty, fourth from right and Barbara Burns, public affairs officer with the U.S.    Attorney’s Office, Western District, third from right. Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon is shown, second from right. From left are Rotarians: Jack Flint, Jerold Bastedo, Lisa Avery, Chi Chi Hoeslcher (spouse), Earl Knauss, Liz Angelbeck, Rotary President Barb Stanley, Dale Stanley and Tim Hoelscher.
Rotary Club of Hamburg Co-sponsors Opiate Resource Fair Eileen Hotho 2016-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Hamburg Passes Gavel, Awards Paul Harris Fellows

Posted by Eileen Hotho on Jun 27, 2016
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The Rotary Club of Hamburg installed its new president and slate of 2016-17 officers during the “passing of the gavel” ceremonies held June 28 at a picnic at the Taylor Road Park in Hamburg. The induction of new President Barbara Stanley and recognition of 2015-16 President Maria Guizzotti was overseen by District Governor Marleen Diehl and former Rotary Secretary Tom Johnston. Dihl, who had just assumed the leadership of District 7090 that week, and Johnston also bestowed Paul Harris Fellow awards to nine individuals; one posthumously.
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Hamburg Passes Gavel, Awards Paul Harris Fellows Eileen Hotho 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0

Warm The Children Program wrapping up another successful campaign

Posted by Dan Meyers on Dec 28, 2015
Members of the Rotary Club of Hamburg and the Town of Hamburg Lions Club are extremely grateful to the many donors who helped allow the Warm the Children program to assist approximately 370 needy children in acquiring new winter clothing.
 
The community-wide project, now in its 20th year  in the Southtowns region of Western New York, helps to make a difference in the lives of children because 100 percent of contributions received from donors go toward the purchase of new clothing for children in need. With the two service clubs assuming all administrative expenses and club volunteers handling coordination of the program, needy families from more than 40 different schools, churches and human service agencies were assisted thanks to the generosity of community minded individuals.
 
The thank you sentiments that have been received are too numerous to list, which includes correspondence not only from families who have benefited from the program but also from volunteer shoppers who assist the needy families in selecting their new clothing items at the Sears department store at the McKinley Mall in Hamburg. Some of the highlights include the following:
Warm The Children Program wrapping up another successful campaign Dan Meyers 2015-12-29 00:00:00Z 0

Join us in an organized trip to the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea

Please join us in an organized trip to the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea.  Benjamin Roerich from Gate 1 Travel* has put together a great package for us (May 26, 2016 to June 3, 2016).  Check it out here: https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000050043/en-ca/files/homepage/ri-convention-2016-itinerary-for-district-7090/2016RotaryInternationalConvention_District7090Itinerary-Seoul_BR-960291--2-.pdfWe need 10 registrations (we have 6) to receive the special group rate of land and air from Toronto.  Rotarians from District 5390 (Montana) will also be staying at the same hotel as listed in the itinerary.  Last year I joined District 5390's land tour in Brazil and had an amazing experience.  This is the 4th group tour District 5390 has had in conjunction with Gate 1 Travel. I would be happy to help you connect with the Rotarians from District 5390 who are traveling with Gate 1 or answer any questions you may have.  Email me at dbanach@buffalo.edu
 
Early conference registration ends 12/15/15.
 
Please don’t delay; send your deposit in today!
 
Donna Banach
District 7090 Rotary International Convention Chair, 2016, Seoul, Korea
Voting Delegate, 2015 Rotary International Convention, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Secretary, Rotary Club of Hamburg, 2014-2105
Proud Member of the Rotary Club of Hamburg since 2012
 
*If calling Gate 1 Travel for information, please contact Benjamin Roerich at 1-800-682-333 ext. 1129
Join us in an organized trip to the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea Donna Banach 2015-11-24 00:00:00Z 0

SEARS JOINS WARM THE CHILDREN PARTNERS

Posted by Liz Angelbeck on Sep 23, 2015

 

 

The Sears Store at McKinley Mall in Hamburg is the new location for shoppers through the Rotary Club of Hamburg’s Warm the Children Program. Store Manager Debra Mahaney met with Rotarians at their Sept. 22 meeting to display some of the store’s new winter clothing for children. Pictured from left with Mahaney, second from left are members of the Warm the Children Committee: Liz Angelbeck, coordinator; Kevin Neubeck, personal banker at Evans Bank; Maria Guizzotti, Rotary Club president; Barbara Stanley and Earl Knauss. Evans Bank and the Town of Hamburg Lions Club are partners in the program.

 

Rotary Club of Hamburg announces new partnership with Sears McKinley Mall store for Warm the Children program

 

SEARS JOINS WARM THE CHILDREN PARTNERS Liz Angelbeck 2015-09-23 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Convention Travel Package

Please join fellow Rotarians from all across western New York and southern Ontario (and perhaps other parts of the US and Canada) for an organized trip to the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea.  Travel with experienced Gate 1 Travel who have been leading group tours for 34 years. 

We need 10 registrations for us to receive the special group rate.  (20 registrations will meet our District goal!) Please refer to the itinerary for details.  A small deposit will hold your reservation.  If you have questions, please contact email Donna Banach or call her at (716) 870-7175 (after 6p), or Benjamin Roerich at Gate 1 Travel, 1-800-682-333 ext. 1129.

Thanks for your consideration!
 
Donna Banach
District 7090 Rotary International Convention Chair, 2016, Seoul, Korea
 
 
 
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Rotary clubs in Hamburg, Lions, Kiwanis host Burger Fest July 18, 2015

Posted by Eileen Hotho
The Village of Hamburg will mark the 130th birthday of the hamburger at Burger Fest on Saturday, July 18 from noon to 11:30 p.m. Located along Main and Buffalo Streets (Rte. 62) and in the Municipal Parking Lot, the festival offers something for people of all ages and interests. Distinctive food offerings will be found at The Taste of Hamburg which showcases samples of the best offerings of about 25 local restaurants.
 
The one-day festival includes live music (headliners are the Breakaway Band, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.) in three locations throughout the day, children’s activities and inflatable rides at First Niagara Bank Kids Space; an arts and crafts show and sale, the KeyBank Car Show, the Magic on Main Street and the Labatt beer tent.
 
Live music begins at noon with Terry Buchwald as Elvis; Tom Stahl & The Dangerfields at 2:30 and Passion Works at 5. Rock ‘n Roll to the Rescue and Nickel City Road Show entertain on Main Street beginning at noon - Rock n Roll to the Rescue until 4 p.m. during the Classic Car Show hosted by the Rotary Club of Hamburg and until 4:30 for Mike Margerum. The Burger Fest Arts & Crafts Show is scheduled from noon to 7 p.m. along Main and Buffalo streets, sharing space with merchants and not-for-profits. The Car Show has 42 classes, including Corvettes to ’67 and Chevy to ’57, Best Car from Hamburg and Best Specialty Vehicle. Call Tom at 649-6800 for more information. Registration on the day of the show is $15, $12 if pre-registered. Enter onto Main Street from the Center Street side.
 
The festival celebrates Hamburg, N.Y. as the true birthplace of America’s favorite sandwich, the hamburger, at the Hamburg Fairgrounds in 1885. The annual festival is hosted on the third Saturday of July by the Rotary Club of Hamburg, the Hamburg Rotary Sunrise Club, the Town of Hamburg Lions Club and the Hamburg Kiwanis Club. Hamburg held its first Burger Fest in 1985 to mark the100th anniversary of the birth of the hamburger after organizers discovered a history book detailing the burger’s origins.
 
Frank and Charles Menches, food vendors who traveled the world’s fair circuit, and who have been credited with also creating Cracker Jacks and ice cream cones, concocted the all-American burger. Legend has it that the Menches brothers ran out of their usual pork sausage that hot, fateful day at the fair and turned to local butchers to replenish their supplies. When no pork was available, a butcher suggested ground beef. The Menches brothers purchased the beef, but added secret ingredients, including coffee grounds to create a unique flavor. The hamburger was born! For a schedule of events, vendor registration forms and other information about Burger Fest, please visit our website at www.hamburgburgerfest.com. Additional sponsors include Waste Management, Great Harvest Bread Co., Wegmans and Hamburg Gaming.
Rotary clubs in Hamburg, Lions, Kiwanis host Burger Fest July 18, 2015 Eileen Hotho 2015-07-06 00:00:00Z 0

Interested in membership?

The four Avenues of Service are Rotary's philosophical cornerstones and the foundation on which club activities are based:
  1. Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the club's effective functioning.
  2. Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community
  3. International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary's humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace
  4. Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.
Interested in hearing more about our club?  Please contact Kent Hilton, Membership Chair at khilton@sigmarep.com.  
Learn more at My Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en
 
We appreciate your interest in service.
 
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Dick Malo photo bombs Barb and Pat

Donna Banach photographed Barb Ochterski and Pat Castigilia at the District 7090 Changeover on 6/28/15.  Dick Malo photo bombed the shot! 
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Rotary's Six Areas of Focus


Rotary is focused on the following six areas:
1. Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
2. Disease prevention and treatment
3. Water and sanitation
4. Maternal and child health
5. Basic education and literacy
6. Economic and community development
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Bunny Assistants at Breakfast with the Bunny March 30, 2015

Thanks to all who supported our Annual Breakfast with the Bunny through attendance and/or donating gifts, money or time.  The big bunny couldn't do without the help of his bunny assistants! (See more photos on our Facebook page!) 
From left Sheila Flynn, Joanne O'Hara, Linda Bastedo, Lynn Woolley and Eileen Hotho
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Warm the Children 2014 campaign launches with generous donation by Mokadam Family Foundation

Posted by Donna Banach on Oct 06, 2014

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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.

 

Warm the Children 2014 campaign launches with generous donation by Mokadam Family Foundation Donna Banach 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Hamburg Honors 60-year, 50-year Members at Historic Event. Eileen Hotho 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

Burgerfest 2014

Posted by Barbara Stanley on Jun 20, 2014

Article submitted by Eileen Hotho

The Village of Hamburg will mark the 129th birthday of the hamburger at Burgerfest on Saturday, July 19th from noon to 11:30 p.m. Located along Main and Buffalo Streets (Rte. 62) and in the Municipal Parking Lot; the festival offers something for people of all ages and interests. Distinctive food offerings will be found at The Taste of Hamburg which showcases samples of the best offerings of about 25 local restaurants.

The one-day festival includes live music in three locations throughout the day with the headliners on the Hamburg Gaming Main Stage being ImageJJ Swing playing from 7:30 to 11:30 pm. There will be various children’s activities and inflatable rides at First Niagara Bank Kids Space, the Key Bank Classic Car Show, the Lake Shore Savings Bank Burgers, Buns & Beds Parade, the Labatt beer tent and the Uncle Joe’s Hamburger-eating contest. Live music begins at noon with Terry Buchwald, followed by Nerds Gone Wild at 2:30 - 4:30 and Tom Stahl & the Dangerfields from 5-7 pm. Rock ‘n Roll to the Rescue and Nickel City Road Show entertain on Main Street from noon to 4 p.m. during the Classic Car Show hosted by the Rotary Club of Hamburg. On Main and Buffalo Streets there will be an Arts & Crafts Show and numerous booths with local merchants and not-for-profits from noon to 7 p.m. The Car Show has 27 classes and in addition to the class awards there will be special awards including the Best Car from Hamburg, the Best Specialty Vehicle etc.. Call Tom at 627-4411 for more information. Registration on the day of the show is $15, $12 if pre-registered. Enter onto Main Street from the Center Street side.

Burgerfest 2014 Barbara Stanley 2014-06-21 00:00:00Z 0

Larry Wilson Recognized at Sunrise Rotary’s Veterans Recognition Dinner

Posted by Barbara Stanley on Nov 22, 2013

The Hamburg Sunrise Rotary honored several of our community’s military veterans including Larry Wilson for the many sacrifices they have committed to help keep the United States of America free from tyranny and protecting our liberty and the American way of life.  Larry was a Captain in the US Navy.  He was in the Carrier, Air Department serving during World War II.  Larry has been a member of the Rotary Club of Hamburg since January 14th, 1942. 

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This year was the 12th annual Recognition Dinner which was held on November 9th, at the Hamburg VFW Post 1419’s Oakwood Manor.  Veterans were presented with a beautiful walnut plaque recognizing their service to us all.  Next Year’s 13th Annual Veterans Recognition Dinner will be held On Saturday, November 8, 2014 again at the Oakwood Manor Banquet Facility.

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If You Want to Do Something Really Big

Posted by Donna Banach on Jun 06, 2013

Few Americans think about polio these days; for many it has gone the way of the steam locomotive and black-and-white TV. But this crippling viral disease still threatens children in parts of Africa and Asia. Twenty-five years ago my organization, Rotary International, joined with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to try to bring an end to it once and for all. We’re almost there: Last year saw only 223 new cases worldwide. That’s a drop of more than 99% from the 350,000 cases reported annually in the 1980s.

Read more of this story in the Harvard Business Review, June 2013, here: http://hbr.org/2013/06/if-you-want-to-do-something-really-big/ar/1

If You Want to Do Something Really Big Donna Banach 2013-06-07 00:00:00Z 0

Ice Ball Game Donated to Village of Hamburg Recreation Center

Posted by Barbara Stanley on May 20, 2013

Ice Ball Game Donated

Article submitted by Eileen Hothos

The Rotary Club of Hamburg donated $2,000 toward the cost of an Ice Ball game to the Village of Hamburg Recreation for use by children at the Youth Center on Prospect Avenue. The funds were raised through the recent Breakfast With the Bunny. Several years ago, the club helped purchase a Bubble Hockey game. Pictured from left are: Nicholas Gallardo, Recreation Leader, and Rotarians Kent Hilton, Patricia Castiglia, Dennis Lalka, President, and Tom Eaton.

Ice Ball Game Donated to Village of Hamburg Recreation Center Barbara Stanley 2013-05-21 00:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Hamburg and the Town of Hamburg Plan a New Diamond at Nike Base

Posted by Donna Banach on Apr 17, 2013
By the end of this summer, young baseball players should have a new diamond to hear the phrase “play ball” on thanks to the efforts of the Hamburg Rotary Club and the Town of Hamburg Recreation Department.

In the fall of 2012, the Hamburg Rotary Club began talking with the town about the idea of building a diamond at the Nike Base, said Hamburg Rotary Club member Kent Hilton.

“We were looking for a field,” Hilton said.

What resulted was what was essentially the continuation of a project that began in 1999, when the Rotary Club built the “Rotary 1” field at the Nike Base. That field is a regulation size field that is 60-feet from the pitchers mound to home plate, and 90-feet from home plate to first base.

According to Hilton, it was built with the intention of “two backstops to be completed later.”
The Rotary Club of Hamburg and the Town of Hamburg Plan a New Diamond at Nike Base Donna Banach 2013-04-18 00:00:00Z 0

January Birthdays

Posted by Donna Banach

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Happy Birthday to Jack Flint who celebrates his birthday on January 11th and Eloise Zoyhofski who celebrates her birthday on the 18th.

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January Rotarian Anniversaries

Posted by Donna Banach

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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. 

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