Rotary Club Of Orange Needs Your Help For Its Charitable Giving

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Mar 122021

If you are a participant in a private initiative that helps those in need or a member of a non-profit agency whose charter is to serve the public Rotary wants to help you!

Every year the Rotary Club of Orange raises money to be given away. Thousands of dollars are distributed to many worthy causes such as food banks, disaster relief, health care, and others. The Rotary Club of Orange is especially looking to fund those in need within Orange.

This past year, the Covid epidemic has severely impacted many Orange residents because of unemployment, under-employment, sickness, or the restrictions of home-care. The Covid epidemic has also emphasized the need to help others.

If your charity-based effort or not-for-profit agency needs funding to help others in Orange please contact me (bkw@staffage.com) or complete the FUNDING REQUEST on the Rotary Club of Orange website, https://www.rotarycluboforange.org/ . The short application for funding can be completed by you on the website or I can send the form to you to complete and return.

So, there you are! You can be an agent of change in our community. Don’t miss this opportunity. 

Baxter Walsh Co-chair, Community Service  (bkw@staffage.com

Sharon Ewen Co-chair, Community Service  (sme71@yahoo.com)

The Rotary Club of Orange 

Orange, Connecticut


Orange Shredding/Mattress Recycling Event

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Oct 192019

The Orange Recycling Committee has announced the next paper shredding and mattress recycling event for Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the front parking lot of High Plains Community Center (HPCC).

The committee will once again be joined by the Mattress Recycling Council collecting used mattresses and box springs.

The secure, on-site paper shredding service will once again be handled by Affordable Solutions,
owned and operated by Orange resident Joe Johnston.

Residents may bring bags or boxes filled with documents for shredding and volunteers from the Orange Recycling Committee will deposit them into the shredding truck. This service is generously funded by the Rotary Club of Orange. Residents may show their appreciation by donating to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians will be on hand to collect donations.

Residents also may bring mattresses and box springs for recycling. This free service is made
possible through a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress

Dry mattresses (of all sizes) and box springs will be accepted. However, mattresses
from futons/sofa beds or waterbeds; mattresses infested with bed bugs; wet, damaged or
excessively soiled mattresses; sleeping bag or mattress pads/toppers, are not part of the

For residents who need assistance getting mattresses and box springs to the event, members of
the Orange Lions Club will pick-up these items from residences, given they are outside and dry
or in a garage for easy access, as volunteers will not enter individual homes.

Anyone interested in this pick-up service should contact Ken Lenz at 203-795-3906. The fee for pick-up is $10 per mattress or box spring. Payment is by cash or check made out to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation.

Orange Recycling Committee Chair Mitch Goldblatt said he is excited about this opportunity for our residents to dispose of items at no cost.

“Saturday, October 19th will be a great morning for cleaning out before the winter sets in”, Goldblatt said. “I’m encouraging all residents to bring their personal documents, papers, and even mattresses for the ultimate Orange Recycling event!”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Rotary Club of Orange and the Orange Lions Club to offer these important environmental services to residents,” said Goldblatt. “Purging homes of these items and keeping them out of landfills helps our environment as well as our tax dollars. This is a fun event that gives volunteers and residents an opportunity to work together for a cleaner and more sustainable planet.”

For the ninth time, the Orange Recycling Committee is helping residents dispose of thousands of pounds of sensitive financial and medical papers in a secure, environmentally-responsible way. Adding mattress and box spring recycling to this event has made this one event not to be missed.

Paper Shredding and Mattress Recycling Drive


WHEN: Saturday, October 19th, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., rain or shine

WHERE: High Plains Community Center (front parking area), 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT


 Tax papers, bills, receipts, statements, and documents that contain personal, financial and/or
medical information. No need to remove staples or elastic bands, but clips should be removed for

 Mattresses and box springs.


Paper that is already shredded, newspapers, notebooks, folders, and
other papers that can go in the regular residential recycling bins.

About the Orange Recycling Committee

The Orange Recycling Committee is a group of volunteers appointed by the Board of Selectmen, who live in Orange and are committed to educating, increasing, and simplifying recycling options for Orange
Website: www.orangerecycles.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORCinCT/

Have You Registered Yet? OEDC 11th Anniversary Golf Tournament Coming Soon

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Aug 242017

The Orange Economic Development Corporation will host its 11th Annual Golf Tournament, on Friday, September 8, 2017, at Orange Hills Country Club, 389 Racebrook Road, Orange.

This year the OEDC will partner with Rotary and donate a portion of proceeds to Rotary Club of Orange Youth Services Program. Also new this year, dinner will be at the Orange Ale House immediately following the tournament. Awards and raffle prize winners will be announced during dinner.

Annemarie Sliby, Executive Director said, “The tournament is a great way to have some fun while networking with peers and coworkers.”

Check-in begins at 11 a.m. at the clubhouse, where players will receive tournament gifts, can purchase raffle tickets, and have lunch while waiting for the shotgun start at Noon sharp. Chair massages also will be provided during this time by Massage Green.

Tournament price is $175 per golfer and includes the following:
18 Holes of golf with cart
Tournament gift
Lunch at Check-in
Snacks and drinks on the course
Contests – Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive (Men and Women) and Hole-in- One
Dinner at Orange Ale House
Massages (provided by Massage Green)
Cold drinks at the Beer Tent provided by (Orange Ale House and Grill)
Cigars (provided by Orange Cigar and More)
Your chance to win some great Raffle Prizes

The OEDC is accepting registrations. Note accommodation of singles, doubles and triples can be made. Please call 203-891- 1045 to register or register online at www.OrangeEDC.com/Events_Activities. The OEDC is also accepting Tee Sign sponsors– call if interested.

Sponsors include: Colonial Properties, F and W Equipment, Cohen and Wolf, Eagle Leasing, NORTHEAST Electronics, Massage Green, Orange Ale House, Orange Cigar and More, and Tamaro Oil Corporation.

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!



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.”