Camillus Rotarians give back
By Kimberly A. Michalak
In keeping with their service to the community, the Rotary Club of Camillus hosted its annual Scholarship Award Dinner on June 7 at the Camillus Elks Lodge.
Various members of the community, including West Genesee Superintendent Rudolph Rubeis were in attendance.
Sister Kathleen from the Francis House opened the luncheon with a heartfelt prayer, asking all in attendance to focus on five things they were grateful for.
Over the past few years the Camillus Rotarians have donated money to the Tom Golisano Children's Hospital. This year was no different. Toni Gary, a spokesperson from the Children's Hospital was there to accept a donation from the Rotary of $3,000 and to give her thanks.
"The Camillus Rotary has been very generous to us over the years and it is much appreciated," Gary said. "Every little bit we get helps."
Gary also passed out a picture of a little boy Ayden who was cared for at the hospital, which is so important to sick children in this community and surrounding communities as well.
Money donated goes to building the hospital and to help buy stickers, magazines, and games -- anything that will keep a child's mind off of their illness for even just a short period of time.
Every year the Rotary Club of Camillus also awards a scholarship to a West Genesee student who has demonstrated outstanding community service. This year the Rotarians could not narrow down their decision to just one student, so they gave out two scholarships.
The first recipient was Jennifer Elmer, whose parents accepted her award for her, because she was in the Dominican Republic helping children.
"She is an outstanding volunteer, athlete and at the top of her class," Rotary President George Mango said.
Elmer plans on attending Eastern University in Philadelphia this fall.