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Lobster Festival and Raffle

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It’s that time of the year again! Wallingford Rotary’s Annual Lobster Festival and Raffle. Please join us on Sunday August 27th for a delicious afternoon of community and seafood by the shore of Elfin Lake to end the summer.

Tickets are available now for $30 each. Each ticket entitles you to your choice (in advance) of lobster or steak, with all the trimmings, beverages and dessert. Feel free to BYOB. It’s a great way to enjoy a lazy summer Sunday afternoon.

This is our Club’s largest fundraiser of the year. The proceeds from this Lobster Festival and the accompanying raffle go to support our programs for the children of our community. These include:

  • Wallingford’s Annual Bike Safety Day where each child is fitted with a brand new, free bicycle helmet.
  • Project Dictionary where each 3rd grader in elementary school in Wallingford and surrounding towns is given a new dictionary of their own.
  • Fishing Derby and Clinic where each child who attends the free event gets to learn about fishing and catch fish and win prizes.
  • Scholarships – The Wallingford Rotary awards several scholarships each year to our local high school students.
  • Interact Club – Wallingford Rotary sponsors and supports the Mill River HS Interact Club in its community service pursuits.
  • Youth Exchange – Wallingford Rotary hosts incoming and outgoing youth exchange students.

Raffle Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20. In addition to the cash prizes which are a first prize of 2/3 of the winning pool and second prize of 1/3 of the winning pool, this year’s prizes will include:

  • Two Okemo lift tickets
  • Four tickets to a UVM Men’s Basketball home game
  • Two tickets to the Montshire Museum
  • Plymouth Cheese Gift basket
  • Gift Certificates from local businesses and restaurants
  • Gift donations from our local businesses and merchants

If you are interested in buying raffle tickets or buying tickets to the Lobster Festival please call Tammy at 802-259-3711 or email tammy.heffernan@mac.com.

Your support of our local Rotary club is very much appreciated so we can continue to put service above self for our community and its children.

Thank you,

Tammy 
Lobster Festival Chairperson

 

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Paul Harris Fellow Awarded

img_3950Congratulations to our own Wallingford Rotarian and Shrewsbury resident Randell Barclay on his recent Paul Harris Fellow award! The award is given to Rotarians when there is a total of $1,000 donated by them or in their name to the Rotary Foundation. Randell has succeeded in reaching this goal and we are very proud to have him awarded this distinct honor.

Randell joins the ranks of some pretty notable public figures that are also Paul Harris Fellow Award recipients such as U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.

A gift of US $1,000 enables The Rotary Foundation to fund projects and programs which improve and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding. Here are just some small examples of what The Rotary Foundation can do with US$1,000:

  • Purchase mattresses, pillows, and blankets for 100 homeless children in an orphanage in Bangladesh;
  • Establish 10 small sewing businesses to provide severely poor mothers in low-income districts of Caborca, Mexico with the ability to lead self-sufficient lives and contribute to their community;
  • Contribute carpentry tools to a vocational training workshop for 300 deaf youths in The Gambia;
  • Provide artificial limbs for 25 disabled persons in Calcutta, India;
  • Establish a tree in Jamaica that will annually produce 5,000 tree seedlings and increase family income for 700 farmers;
  • Provide materials and training in beekeeping to 40 young people in Mali;
  • Furnish all materials necessary for construction of a deep borewell in India which supplies clean drinking water to more than 300 people;
  • Purchase a cow for a war-widow in Uganda, where Civil War has shattered the economy and children have died because of lack of protein and calcium in their diets.

If you are interested in learning more about the Rotary Foundation or joining the Wallingford Rotary they meet Monday mornings at 7 a.m. for breakfast or the last Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. for a dinner meeting at the Little Red Schoolhouse located at 96 Main Street, Wallingford, VT. For more information please email tammy.heffernan@mac.com or call 802-779-0457.

We’re Proud!

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Photo Credit Jacob Hannah for The New York Times

Wallingford Rotary’s Hungarian exchange student, Eszter Toth and Rotarian Nan Dubin both made the New York Times today! We’re so very proud of both of them since we love to see what our Rotarians and our exchange students are doing in the community.  In addition to all the other aspects of settling into a new country, Eszti has also decided to take on Arabic lessons while she is staying here in Wallingford. The Arabic lessons are being taught in Rutland for free in preparation for the Syrian refugees who are anticipated to arrive in Rutland.

If you are interested in participating in the lessons or want more information, you can join the free lessons at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rutland.  The lessons will be held on Monday through Thursday from 5:30-7:30pm.The dates are Jan. 2nd- Jan. 5th and Jan. 9th- Jan. 12th.  Any questions email  morgandenehy@gmail.com

To read more about the New York Times article, find it here.