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President of Rotary Club all smiles over Seneca River Days

Ann Smiley- President of the Baldwinsville Rotary Club

Ann Smiley is the director of Lysander Parks and Recreation. She has been with the organization since 1991 and was with Van Buren Parks and Recreation for 11 years prior to that. Smiley is originally from Troy, and her husband is from Phoenix. They met in college, moved here in 1979 and have two children. Smiley is the president of the Baldwinsville Rotary Club, which sponsors the Seneca River Days, to be held this weekend.

How long have you been a member of the Baldwinsville Rotary Club?

Smiley: I have been a member for 13 years and became president July of last year. My term ends at the end of this month.

Why did you join the Baldwinsville Rotary Club?

Smiley: I knew the kinds of things the Rotary does and they are very active with community involvement. When one of the members I know through work asked me to join, I did!

What do you like most about being a member of the Rotary Club?

Smiley: I like the fellowship with the other members and the services we provide in the community. All the things we do I feel good about. We raise money, then put it back into different activities within the community.

What are some of the things the Rotary Club supports?

Smiley: We help support "Keep the Ball Rolling", an after-prom party that was in May. We host a senior citizen Christmas luncheon for over 300 seniors. We sponsor an annual Youth Exchange Student from another country and send a Baldwinsville student out to another country. We also provide dictionaries to all third-grade students in Baldwinsville: public, private and homeschooled, three scholarships to Baldwinsville students, and much more.

What kinds of things do you do in the community to raise funds?

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