The Sturbridge Rotary Club donated over $46,000 to local charities, community and service projects. The funds for these donations were raised through a Foundation grant, a number of fundraising activities, and Club raffles held throughout the Rotary year. This would not be possible without the dedication of our members who work ‘countless’ hours on raising funds and on bringing community and international service projects to fruition.
Benefactors include scholarships for seven Tantasqua students; leadership training for Tantasqua and Shepherd Hill students; food baskets coordinated through Catholic Charities; educational magazines and 500 dictionaries for elementary school students in Sturbridge, Brimfield, Holland, and Wales; maintenance of Sturbridge Rotary Park; Saint John Paul II Food Pantry in Southbridge; a NICview camera for the UMass Memorial Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and an International Service Project in Kosovo providing surgical instruments to perform delicate reconstructive hand surgery.
Special thanks go to the many businesses and vendors who have generously donated their products, space, knowledge and time to us. They include the Publick House, Yankee Spirits, Stop & Shop, Bob and Betty Christo, the Town of Sturbridge and Tom Chamberlain, Cornerstone Visual Communications, Designs Unlimited, Michael Beaudry Remodeling, Cohasse Country Club, Worcester State University, the Iowa National Guard, and you – the general public – for your continuing support of our charitable endeavors.
Our membership is growing and therefore, we look forward to increasing our support for local charities, community and service projects in the coming 2014-2015 Rotary year.