2018 YEAR-END UPDATE: PEOPLE OF ACTION
BRANFORD, CT (Jan. 26, 2019) - The Branford Rotary Club is proud to be an active partner in our community. How active? Here’s what the Club has been up to the past few months:
• In September, Branford Rotary hosted a fundraiser to benefit the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven and the Rotary Scholarship Program. More than 200 guests helped Rotary raise thousands of dollars for those two great causes.
• As October came in, the Rotary distributed 350 free dictionaries to all third-graders in Branford schools. This is an annual program run by the Rotary, and is made possible by donations from our generous Rotary Partners.
• Rotary also participated in (a very wet) Take-A-Vet Fishing event this Fall, cooking food for veterans who spent the day fishing at Killam’s Point, part of a program run by the Branford Congregational Church.
• Veterans were also the focus in November as the Rotary hosted its annual Nelson Bernabucci Veterans Luncheon. More than 60 veterans, spanning 75 years of U.S. military service, attended the event, where they told stories, shared laughs, and were serenaded by the Branford High School Music Makers chorus. The luncheon welcomed special guests from the VA’s Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center, as well as members of the American Legion and VFW.
• In late November, Rotary, along with the Soundview YMCA, hosted the annual Thanksgiving 5k and Fun Run. More than 600 runners braved an unusually cold morning to take part.
• In December, Branford Rotary hosted our annual Holiday Dinner, feeding 175 seniors, who dined on turkey and ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, and much more. Each guest also received a holiday gift, and sang along with Christmas carols by the Branford High School Music Makers chorus.
• In addition, throughout the autumn - with the money collected from our dedicated members, through fundraisers and via our Rotary Partners - Rotary was able to provide financial support to several worthy organizations, including the Branford Food Pantry, Orchard House Senior Day Care, the Community Dining Room, and the Branford Counseling Center.
As we head into Spring, we look forward to working at our annual ‘Feed Our Neighbors’ event, where we will package thousands of meals for those in need. If all of this sounds like the kind of organization you would like to be a part of, please contact the Branford Rotary at info@BranfordRotary.org, or click HERE to learn more about joining one of the world’s largest service organizations.
BHS STUDENTS WIN ROTARY SCHOLARSHIPS
BRANFORD, CT, Sept. 5, 2018 – Five members of the Branford High School Class of 2018 head off to college this month with the help of the Rotary Club of Branford, which awarded $7,500 in scholarships to the impressive group of graduates.
Margaux Lux, who plans to study political science at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, won the $3,000 “Service Above Self” scholarship from the Branford Rotary Foundation Scholarship Committee, whose members said they were inspired by Lux’s passion for learning and her academic record at Branford High and ACES Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven. READ MORE...
BRANFORD ROTARIANS WORK IN KENYA
BRANFORD, CT. Aug. 29, 2018 — There were five Rotarians from Branford, and 14 more from neighboring Connecticut towns, and a few hundred school children and teachers and citizens from the towns of Mombasa and Takaungu in Kenya.
Together, in a week’s time, they spruced up two schools, repairing and repainting them, and dug holes to plant dozens of trees that will in time be welcome shade trees and fruit-bearing trees. And besides planting and painting, they all sang and danced in these towns on the eastern edge of Kenya, on the shore of the Indian Ocean. READ MORE...