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B'ville Rotary’s first dinner a big success

Service club hopes attendance keeps up to raise more money for local causes

Rotary Club of Baldwinsville President Marv Joslyn presents the evening's raffle proceeds, an $83 donation, to Megan O’Donnell, Treasurer for the Volunteer Center Board. The money was raised at the Rotary Club's monthly spaghetti dinner.

Rotary Club of Baldwinsville President Marv Joslyn presents the evening's raffle proceeds, an $83 donation, to Megan O’Donnell, Treasurer for the Volunteer Center Board. The money was raised at the Rotary Club's monthly spaghetti dinner.

— More than 150 diners attended the first spaghetti dinner of the season, hosted by the Rotary Club of Baldwinsville.

Held Wednesday, Oct.12, at the First United Methodist Church in Baldwinsville, it was the most successful dinner the club has ever seen and Rotarians are overjoyed.

“We raised $83 for the Volunteer Center to use on their Thanksgiving baskets and gave two winners $44 and $39,” said Ann Smiley, club member and chairperson for the spaghetti dinners. Each dinner will now feature a 50/50 raffle to benefit a specific charity or cause and the high attendance prompted the Rotary Club to do two raffles this time.

The next dinner will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2. The Volunteer Center will once again be receiving a donation from the 50/50 raffle, with the funds going to the Christmas Bureau this time and hope even more people will plan to attend. For just $6 per person (ages 13 & up), $5 for kids ages 5-12, free for 4 and under and a max of $25 per family, participants receive a dinner with spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and drinks.

Spaghetti dinners will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month through May at the First United Methodist Church, Charlotte Street, Baldwinsville.

Future 50/50 raffles will be: Dec. 7 to benefit the Rotary Club for Senior Citizen Christmas Party; Jan. 4 to benefit the Rotary Club for Dictionary Project (for all B’ville third graders); Feb. 1 to benefit the Rotary Club for Polio Plus – a Worldwide Polio Eradication Effort; March 7 to benefit the Baldwinsville Food Pantry; April 4 to benefit the Rotary Club for Baldwinsville High School Scholarships; and May 2 to benefit the Canton Woods Senior Center

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville is part of a network of community service clubs that make up Rotary International and meets Wednesdays at the First United Methodist Church of Baldwinsville on Charlotte Street. Anyone interested in learning more about Rotary is invited to attend; email bvillerotary1@yahoo.com or find Baldwinsville Rotary on Facebook.

Lizzy Flinn-Brown is the public relations chairperson for the Baldwinsville Rotary Club. Contact her at 470-2107 or by email at ebrown@syracuse.com.

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