Community Service is a top priority and rewarding activity for the members of our club. Our outreach has embraced many populations in the city; our youngest members, our senior members, our veterans, those in transition and those at risk. We’ve partnered with Habitat for Humanity, Community Blood Services, The Paterson Boys & Girls Club and Free Throws for AIDS. We’ve sponsored events at Michaels Energy Factory, School 8 and the Pellington Post.
There were lots of smiles when the special delivery of school supplies arrived at School 8. We made it just in time, before the class bell rang for the kids 1st day back. Our thanks to everyone who contributed.
The Paterson Great Falls Rotary Club was the co-sponsor of School 8’s Eighth Grade Awards Ceremony. The Happy Dollars collected by Rotarians during the year combined with the funds raised by parents and students allowed everyone to attend and celebrate their graduation. Thank you to PGFRC Member, Heru Keonte, a dedicated 8th grade teacher at School #8, who made us aware of the event.
We had a great time at the Passaic County Fair! While many enjoyed the rides, the vendors and the entertainment, our club members were happy to participate in a Blood Drive with the Community Blood Services. Thanks to the efforts of and friends, twenty-five donors participated.
We turned out to support past president Wayne Cesa. as he beat his own record by scoring 45 baskets in 5 minutes on the hallowed floor of Madison Square Garden. Wayne is the executive director and founder of Free Throws for AIDS. Funds raised go toward programs designed to educate young people on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. The educational programs have been seen by 11,000 students.
Thank you to our veterans for being willing to risk their lives to ensure that their families and all Americans might live in freedom. Our club salutes the veterans who remain in our midst, but recognize two in particular, to whom we’ve recently had to bid farewell: Walter Porter and Frank Pinchak. Thank you for your service.