Rotary Holiday Spirit Spread throughout our Community!

During the month of December 2012, many of our fellow Rotarians took time to make someone’s Holiday just a little bit better.

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There were a number of opportunities to provide service, and we caught a number of them in action.  Some members rang Bells to raise funds for the Salvation Army.  Pictured above from left: Donna Beestman, Ellie Schatz, Christine Beatty, Joe Silverberg and Nan Zimdars

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Others chose to sort donated food with the Share Your Holidays Food Campaign for Second Harvest Foodbank.  We also distributed toys at the Empty Stocking Club Toy Depot at the Alliant Energy Center, where over 11,000 children in our community received a gift.  Pictured above from left: Lew Harned and Tom Lucas.

Road Home Party 2012 2And our Annual Holiday Giving Tree was able to provide 60 gifts to children at local organizations.  And Santa Jim Ruhly and Elves Cheryl DeMars and Ted Waldbillig visited and shared a meal at The Road Home, an organization dedicated to helping families with children that are homeless.   Our club has received thank you notes from children at The Road Home shelter, and we are sharing a few here so you know the children appreciated the gifts.

 

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Thanks to everyone who volunteered as well as the Community Projects Committee (and our Rotary office staff) who helped organize these activities!

These are just a few more examples of how our Club and its members provide direct Community Service to those who could use a little help.

— submitted by Tim Stadelman, Community Projects Committee Chair

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