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Some of the community service projects that the Rotary Club of Hamden conducted this year are the following:
The Rotary Club of Hamden conducted a project to improve literacy in the 2004-2005 school year. One of our members, Barbara DuPuis, organized a “Dictionary Project” where dictionaries were donated to all third grade students in the public school system in Hamden. She became interested in the program when she heard that many of the children in one particular school don’t own their own books. Two Rotarians visited each school in town and made a presentation to students. The students were told about Rotary and were also shown how to use the dictionaries. We received thank you letters from all of the schools and it was very obvious how important this gift was to the students
The Rotary Club of Hamden participated in two events to support other service agencies.
In June 2004 we provided a free breakfast (pancake, ham, eggs, coffee, tea and orange juice) to participants in the American Cancer Society’s Hamden Relay for Life event.
We plan to participate in this event again this June.
In April 2005 two groups of members spent a day each at a Habitat for Humanity work site helping to ready a house for a new family.
Immediate past president Roger Rovero also coordinated a donation to Habitat for Humanity from our club and his employer. Habitat was given enough molding for ten homes.
The Rotary Club of Hamden conducts a program to help preserve and protect the environment.
Our club participates in the “Adopt-A-Road” program. Several times each year a group of Rotarians meets on a Saturday morning to pick up trash along Skiff Street between Whitney and Dixwell Avenues in Hamden.
The Rotary Club of Hamden conducts a program that enhances the lives and future of children. The club participates in the “Amber Alert” program. On several occasions during the year members conducted sessions to photograph, measure height and weigh children. The parents are given one free identification card (additional cards are available for a small fee) and then the information is transferred to a statewide database to be used in case of emergency. John Judd of our club has been instrumental in helping other clubs get started with this wonderful program.
The Rotary Club of Hamden sponsored a new Rotaract club at Quinnipiac University. Hamden Rotarian Mohammad Elahee is a professor at the university and helped the students set up the club. The inaugural ceremony took place on 4/27/05. We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with the students.
The Rotary Club of Hamden donates funds to many worthy organizations and projects in our community. This year donations totaled approximately $32,000. The club is able to make these important donations from fundraising events that it holds each year.
The Rotary Club of Hamden is conducting a Centennial Community Project. We are in the process of assisting with the building of a pavilion for the new community center area in Hamden. Our club has committed to donating $65,000 towards the cost of the new pavilion and it will be named the Hamden Rotary Club Pavilion in honor of Rotary’s Centennial. Committee members Betty Wetmore and Joena Caro have been working hard to coordinate efforts with the town and arts commission and we hope to have this project complete by July 4, 2005 for the first summer concert conducted by the Hamden Arts Commission.
The Rotary Club of Hamden has actively participated in Rotary’s centennial celebration activities. In February 2005 we obtained the permission of our local library to fill three display cases with literature that celebrates Rotary’s centennial. The largest case contained a birthday cake with candles and told people of Rotary’s accomplishments over the past 100 years. One of the other cases contained pictures and information about local projects our club has participated in and the third case contained information about Rotary’s international projects.