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Orange Rotarians Treat Veterans To Dinner

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Nov 052016
 

dsc_1235On Friday, Nov. 4, the Rotary Club of Orange treated Veterans for an evening of food and fellowship at Grassy Hill Country Club, 441 Clark Lane, Orange. 

This was an opportunity for the public to join the Rotarians for the evening and personally thank Veterans for their service.

State Sen. Gayle Slossberg, and State Reps Themis Klarides and Charles Ferraro were on hand for the event.

All photos courtesy of Myla Chadwick.

Rotary Club of Orange Honors Chip’s Family Restaurant

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Jun 282016
 

chipsOn June 22, the Rotary Club of Orange honored Chip’s Family Restaurant with its Community Service Award at a banquet at Oak Lane Country Club.

Chip’s Owners George Chatzopoulos and his sister, Dina Bajko accepted the award.

In giving the award to George and Dina, Rotarian Trish Pearson noted the restaurant has been a faithful supporter of Rotary and sponsor of many events. “They donate the homemade coleslaw at our Lobsterfest  and support all our fundraisers.”

Pearson added that Chip’s is a supporter of Marrakech, Relay for Life, the Lions Club and the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

Orange Rotary Honors RYLA Students

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Jun 262016
 

Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 2.13.15 PMOn June 24, the Orange Rotary Club welcomed two students it sponsored at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards  (RYLA). The students are Shawna Brown and Mike Lazare.
Orange Rotary’s sponsorship allowed the two students to participate in a 3-day leadership conference at Camp Hazen in Chester, CT. RYLA is a leadership development program run by Rotary. Events typically include presentations, activities and workshops on topics such as problem solving and conflict management, community and global citizenship, communication skills and Leadership fundamentals.
At RYLA, “we had an opportunity to build service projects, friendships and relationships that will last a lifetime,” said Mike Lazare, a Hopkins student who will be a student director at next fall’s RYLA conference.
During the conference  participants formed teams that develop community service project. They then implement these projects in the following months. Shawna Brown, soon to be a junior at Mercy High School in Middletown, said her RYLA participation showed her “you can change the world and still be yourself.”
Before receiving Orange Rotary sponsorship at RYLA, both Shawna and Mike  participated in Interact Clubs, clubs that receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs but which govern and support themselves. Like RYLA, Interact Clubs emphasize community service projects, a major focus of Rotary.

Shredding Day, Bicycle Collection A Great Success

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Jun 252016
 

IMG_9346Another very successful Shredding Day event took place at the High Plains Community Center parking lot on Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Orange Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt said, “More than 130 Orange Residents brought about 11,000 pounds of documents to be shredded by Affordable Solutions, LLC of Orange.”

In addition, the Rotary Club of Orange collected about 30 bicycles that will be given to BEEEP Inc. (Bicycle Education, Entrepreneurship and Enrichment Program). BEEEP is a New Haven-based non-profit program that recycles bicycles and teaches repair and riding skills.

A small video camera inside the truck allows you to see your documents being destroyed.

A small video camera inside the truck allows you to see your documents being destroyed.

Goldblatt added, “Special thanks goes to the Rotary Club who sponsored this event for us and allowed this to once again be free of charge to Orange residents. Finally, the Rotarians collected hundreds of dollars in donations for the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund.”

“We had lots of help today and truly many hands do make light work,” Goldblatt said. “I would like to acknowledge the following people and apologize in advance for anyone I missed:”

Orange Recycling Committee

Tom George, Mary-Jo Sierakowski, Karen Della-Giustina, John Brown (former member).

Student Volunteers

Jake Hollander, Evan Hollander, Dana Della-Giustina, Megan Sullivan.

Rotary Club of Orange

Bob Sigler, Glenn Pearson, Trish Pearson, Diane Eger, Ed Cowern, Carl Russell, And others!

 

Thanks again EVERYBODY for a real TEAM effort!

                                                                                            Mitch

 

Rotary Installation Dinner Planned

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Jun 042016
 

rotaryOn June 22, the Rotary Club of Orange will install its new officers for the 2016-2017 year at a celebratory dinner. The Club also will honor Chips Family Restaurant with its Community Service Award.

The dinner will take place at Birchwoods at Oak Lane, 1027 Racebrook Road, Woodbridge. New officers include Baxter Walsh, President; Bob Sigler, Vice President; Roger Tausig, Secretary/President Elect; Glenn Pearson, Club Treasurer; Jim McLaughlin, Foundation Treasurer; Diane Eger, Executive Secretary, and Ed Cowern, Sergeant at Arms.

Rotary is the oldest service club of its type in the world. Orange Rotary welcomes new members at its weekly lunches. The Orange Club includes business owners and executives, professionals and like-minded individuals. For those interested in membership, the website offers insight into Rotary’s mission and service opportunities.

Rotary Club of Orange Treats Veterans to Dinner

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Nov 092015
 

veteran's dayThe Rotary Club of Orange will be honoring local Veterans on their Day, Nov. 11, 2015, with a complete Buffet Dinner at Grassy Hill Country Club, 441 Clark Lane in Orange, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Rotary will have as its guests for the evening up to 50 Veterans and Spouses at this special event. If there is a Veteran who would like to attend please call 203-795-3486.

The general public is encouraged to come and help us honor Veterans, and tickets for the evening are $40 per person.

Veterans and members of the General Public wishing tickets to this event may call 203-795-3486 to reserve seats.  Veterans leave a message with your name,address, branch of service, and spouses name if attending. Members of the public wanting to attend leave a telephone number that we can respond to so that tickets can be mailed or delivered.

Residents Bring More Than 5 Tons Of Paperwork To Be Shredded

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Oct 182015
 

IMG_6355On Saturday, Oct. 17, the Orange Recycling Committee offered a FREE document shredding event for Orange residents in the parking lot of the High Plains Community Center from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Rotary Club of Orange provided a grant to pay for the service.

The Recycling Committee invited residents to, “Bring your important documents and papers for secure, on-site shredding. You can even watch as your papers go into the special shredding truck and get destroyed! Our committee members will be on hand to assist and keep things moving quickly.”

Residents were told to simply bring papers in bags, boxes or bins. Neatness NOT required! All types of paper except newspaper. No need to remove staples or elastic bands, but clips should be removed for reuse.

To the committee’s delight, Orange heeded the call and began lining up 30 minutes early and the line didn’t die down until the very end after 225 residents took advantage of the service.

The truck is designed to accept 10,000 pounds of shredded material — but in the end, the truck was filled with 11,000 pounds.

ProShred truck operator Jeff Nemeth said everything ran smoothly and  the Recycling Committee and Rotary Club members who worked the event were very helpful and kept things moving along.

“The rear of the truck looks pregnant,” he said — and it did, the side panels were bulging.

After 11:30 when the truck was approaching capacity some residents had to be kept down to a couple of boxes of documents instead of the carload they brought.

Recycling Chairman Mitch Goldblatt said next year they may have to get a bigger truck. “We’re grateful to the Rotary Club for making this possible. I was happy to see a few people giving them donations during the shredding.”

Get Ready for the First Annual Orange Rotary Turkey Trot 5k Road Race

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Nov 272013
 

Rotary will sponsor a road race on Thanksgiving Day

Rotary will sponsor a road race on Thanksgiving Day

The Rotary Club of Orange announced its First Annual Rotary Turkey Trot – 5k Road Race.  The race, scheduled for Thanksgiving morning on Thursday, November 28, 2013 will begin and end at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

Orange Rotary President, Carl Russell said, “Last year I tried entering a few local Thanksgiving Day races, but they were all sold out.  This provided the Rotary Club of Orange and opportunity to meet a fun, emerging need by creating a new event for local runners.”

The Rotary Club is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Its organization is open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 clubs and more than 1.2 million members worldwide.

Locally, the Rotary Club of Orange is engaged in numerous charitable activities designed to improve the lives of Orange and beyond.  Russell said, “This race is another example of our fund raising efforts, where 100% of all monies raised will be used to provide charitable services and humanitarian support.”

 

Race Information:

Date of Event:                Thursday, November 28, 2013

Registration begins:    6:30 am

Race Begins:                   8:00 am (sharp)

Awards:                            9:45 am

Runner Cost:                 $20.00 Pre-Registered / $25.00 Race Day Registration

Walker Cost:                 $10.00 Pre-Registered / $15.00 Race Day Registration

 

Event Type: 5K Road Race (3.1 Miles) – USTAF Sanctioned Event Mile splits at 1, 2 & 3 Miles

Timing by: P:T:S Advanced Timing Services

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Orange, we wish to thank all our sponsors who have graciously donated their time, money and services to make this event a success.

Gold:                F & W Equipment

                     NORTHEAST Electronics

Silver:            Yale University

Milford Savings Bank

U.B.S. – Richard Zorena

Bronze:        Barton & Barton Insurance

Michael’s Jewelers

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Orange Rotary: “Thank You For A Successful Event”

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Apr 042013
 

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Following is a notice from the Rotary Club of Orange:

The Rotary Club of Orange held its 19th Annual Auction to benefit its’ Charitable Foundation on Friday, March 15. The event took place at Race Brook Country Club with more than 130 people in attendance. The evening included a Dinner Buffet, Live and Silent Auction, and a Balloon Raffle.

The Rotary Club would like to thank all those who participated, especially the dozens of local businesses who donated goods and services.

“Without the support of the community, we could not achieve the level of success we have for the past 19 years. This event is our main fundraiser, helping to provide the funding that we use to carry out our charitable endeavors” said current President Mike Richetelli. “100% of the proceeds from this event and our other fundraisers are invested back into Orange and other communities.”

The funds raised from this event will go towards supporting Orange Rotary’s initiatives both locally and abroad. Locally, they provide dictionaries to every third grader in Orange, register area children in the Amber Alert ID Program and make donations for the town food pantry and energy assistance program.

The last three years the Rotary has participated in “Operation Warm” and donated thousands of coats to area schools and shelters to help keep underprivileged kids warm. Additionally, the club awards $6,000 in college scholarships annually to high school seniors from Orange.

 

Orange Rotary Annual Charity Auction Tonight

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Mar 152013
 

The Orange Rotary Club will be having its 19th Annual Auction to benefit its Charitable Foundation on Friday, March 15. The event will be held at Race Brook Country Club, beginning at 6:30 pm; tickets are $37.50 each.

The evening will include a Dinner Buffet, Live and Silent Auction, and a Balloon Raffle. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Auction Chair Carl Russell at (203)783-9999 or [email protected] or through any Orange Rotarian.

Area businesses are invited to donate goods or services to help Rotary carry out its charitable endeavors.

All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting Orange Rotary’s initiatives both locally and abroad; the club contributes over $30,000 annually.  Locally, they provide dictionaries to every third grader in Orange, register area children in the Amber Alert ID Program and make donations for the town food pantry and energy assistance program.

The last three years they have participated in “Operation Warm” and have donated thousands of coats to area schools and shelters to help keep underprivileged kids warm.

Additionally, the club awards $6,000 in college scholarships annually to high school seniors from Orange.

Originally Published on: Feb 12, 2013 @ 11:24  p.m.