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Teach Napal Project Fundraising Dinner

Many thanks to the many hands that helped to make our “Teach Napal Project fundraising dinner last Saturday at the Wallingford Rotary a big success!

As usual, our small but mighty club roared into action to serve more than 60 German Pork dinners and homemade apple desserts to our friends and neighbors on Saturday, January 26th at the Little Red Schoolhouse.

Our MRUHS Interact Club members were at the ready – helping our diners with beverages, clearing and re-setting tables and probably most importantly and very much appreciated by our guests, helping guests get in and out safely — offering a steady hand to help navigate the somewhat slippery sidewalks outside!

With the help of the Rotarians, Interact members and Rotary friends, and thanks to our great community without whom these dinners would not be such a success, we will be able to donate $500 to the Teach Napal Project, to assist with Napalese teacher education programs, furthering the Rotary motto of “service above self”.

Here are some lovely pictures of the evening, with photo credit to our special visiting guest and helper, Guenevere Crum.

 

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Thank you!!!

FABopLZ2S369s1IwOdawwQThank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who helped make Sunday’s Lobsterfest and Silent Auction a success! Special thanks to our sponsors who so generously donated their time, talents, products and services so we could continue to help our community children and the Uganda project! Here are some photos from the day!

 

A special belated happy birthday to our president, Nan Dubin – who spent her entire birthday being an important part of the Lobsterfest and Silent Auction, showing that Rotarians are awesome and totally put service above self!

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Lobster Fest and Silent Auction!

It’s that time of the year! The Wallingford Rotary’s Annual Lobster Fest is upon us. This year we will also have a silent auction and live music! Tickets are now available from any Wallingford Rotarian or you can call Tammy at 802-259-3711. The price of $30 includes your choice of lobster or steak, all the trimmings, non-alcoholic beverages and dessert. Our community’s consistent support of this, our largest fundraiser of the year is wonderful and very much appreciated by our club and the children that we support! In addition to our support of our MRUHS scholarships, Bike Safety Day, Fishing Clinic and Derby, Project Dictionary and Youth Exchange, this year we are also supporting our new global work with Haddassah Girl Empowerment Project in Uganda, a wonderful organization that is working to help girls and women become self-supporting, learn a skill and be free from abusive relationships. Our new Rotary member Kevin Mullin is a key participant in the project and would be happy to fill you in on the wonderful work they are doing. Lobster Bake2018

Wallingford Rotary Celebrates Bike Safety Day’s 20th Anniversary!

The Wallingford Memorial Rotary Club has been making the safety of its communities’ children a top priority for twenty years. Annually since 1998, the Wallingford Rotary sponsors the Wallingford Bike Safety Day. The annual event, held in early May, turns the lawn of the Wallingford Elementary School into a bicycle extravaganza. With financial assistance and continued volunteer support of General Electric, every child who attends the Rotary event, which is open to all area elementary children in Danby, Wallingford, Tinmouth, Shrewsbury and Clarendon, receives a brand-new bicycle helmet of their choice. The helmet is then personally fitted by our Rotary, GE and Interact volunteers to each child’s head and they are instructed in the proper way to wear the helmet for most effective protection while they ride.

 

After getting their new helmet, each child then circulates through the other stations, which include a volunteer staffed bicycle inspection/repair station, obstacle course where children learn how to properly cross railroad tracks, avoid road hazards, use hand signals and learn proper road etiquette and safety. Other stations provide fun education demonstrating how to avoid crashes and educate children in first aid/bicycle and road safety with volunteers from the Wallingford Fire Department, Wallingford Rescue Squad and the Rutland County Sheriff’s Office, which all participate to help educate and teach our young cyclists.

 

There is also volunteer-manned face painting and free refreshments, truly making the day a fun filled event for our littlest community members and their families.  The day culminates with the highly anticipated bicycle raffle where seven bicycles are raffled off to area children, along with other prizes and gift certificates generously donated by local merchants.

 

Bike Safety Day has grown into a loved and anticipated community event, eagerly awaited by all. This year to mark our 20th anniversary, we sponsored a 20th anniversary t-shirt logo contest in our local elementary school prior to the big day. The winning logo was created by Torrance Behrendt, a 5th grader at WES. To celebrate our 20th anniversary and Tori’s beautiful design, everyone was encouraged to bring a clean t shirt to the school and our elementary staff screened Tori’s winning logo onto shirts for everyone to enjoy and wear proudly on Bike Safety Day!

 

Long before we ever take over the elementary school lawn in early May, our bike safety chair, Rotarian Adrian Eisler and community volunteers attend an assembly at the elementary school to educate kids about bike safety and get them excited for our big day!

 

Bike Safety Day is truly a community event and would never be possible without the dedication and support of our Rotarians, Interact members and many community members – those that donated their time, their talent, new bicycles for our raffle, food for our free refreshments, and so much more! This year, we were especially grateful to welcome a newcomer to our event, Rutland Regional Medical Center which made a generous donation and contributed key chain first aid kits for all our attendees!

 

Wallingford Rotary is a small club, with fewer than 20 members, but we are a big-hearted club. As we like to say, we are “small but mighty!”

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