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EDITORIAL: Kudos to the Rome Rotary Club

Posted 8/9/22

Hopefully, members of the Rome Rotary Club are taking a well-deserved break today following another successful Canalfest this past weekend. The event, a much-anticipated family-friendly festival, …

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EDITORIAL: Kudos to the Rome Rotary Club

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Hopefully, members of the Rome Rotary Club are taking a well-deserved break today following another successful Canalfest this past weekend. The event, a much-anticipated family-friendly festival, helps to bring the community together, featuring an array of activities, rides, food and fireworks.

Putting together Canalfest is an immense labor of love for the club and its dedicated cluster of volunteers, requiring months of planning and coordination; weeks of set-up and scheduling; and an exhausting weekend of supervision. We are grateful for their efforts to pull together and host this signature event.

While Canalfest in and of itself is a major undertaking, it is far from all the Rome Rotary Club does on behalf of its community.

Over the past year, the club has donated more than $15,000 to the following organizations: Rome CareNet, Adopt-A-Wall, Believe271, Leatherstocking Council, Boy Scouts of America, Clear Path for Veterans, Utica (CNY) Center for Development-Veterans Outreach Center, Rome Historical Society, Humane Society of Rome, Rome Area Hunger Walk, Lake Delta Volunteer Fire Department, Lee Center Fire Department, Volunteer Fire Company of Western, Lucy’s House, Michele Adey Foundation, Mohawk Valley Community College Surgical Technology Scholarship, GRUC-MOAA Wreaths Across America, Salvation Army of Rome, Rome Rescue Mission and Rome Family YMCA.

The Rome’s Rotary Club was chartered in 1919 as a community service organization, and while its membership has ebbed and flowed over the years its current roster of 43-members is known for its diversity as well as its dedication to the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.”

In addition to the annual Canalfest, Rotary also hosts a few other fundraisers, including spring and fall barbecues with 100% of all funds raised invested back in the community.

The club hosts an annual cleanup of the Bellamy Harbor Park area; hosts annual events to help eradicate polio worldwide as well as a series of local events to help those in the area in need.

Check out the club’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/RomeRotary/, and Website, http://www.romerotary.com/ for information. The club is always seeking new members. Contact RomeRotary4856@icloud.com for membership information.

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