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Rotary clubs meet district-wide challenge

Clubs present $3,825 check to Habitat for Humanity

Baldwinsville Rotary Club President Marv Joslyn, left, and president-elect Sally Fedrizzi, right, present a $3,825 check to Habitat For Humanity's Resource Development Director Kristin Earle. The money was raised by Rotary clubs throughout Central New York in one week's time.

Baldwinsville Rotary Club President Marv Joslyn, left, and president-elect Sally Fedrizzi, right, present a $3,825 check to Habitat For Humanity's Resource Development Director Kristin Earle. The money was raised by Rotary clubs throughout Central New York in one week's time.

— After reading an article about Habitat for Humanity’s struggle to complete a project damaged by vandals, Sally Fedrizzi, president-elect of the Baldwinsville Rotary Club, decided to take action.

Habitat for Humanity needed additional funds to complete a home for a disabled veteran after copper thieves did $10,000 worth of damage to the home still under construction. As a Rotarian she knew just where to turn to for help.

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville is just one of more than 33,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide. Divided into districts, Fedrizzi’s club belongs to District 7150, which spans from Auburn to Rome and is comprised of 46 clubs, including a e-club that meets online. The ability of Rotary Clubs to work together is part of what makes the international community service organization so successful at projects such as battling polio worldwide and aiding in disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti. Clubs all around the world pool their resources and manpower to get things done.

Fedrizzi called upon all the clubs in her district to contribute $250 each and give her an answer in a week’s time so the funds could be turned over to Habitat for Humanity quickly. In the meantime, many other individuals and businesses coming forward to help as well.

The following clubs contributed to the challenge that raised $3,825 in one week: Adirondack Foothills, Aurora, Baldwinsville, Camillus, DeWitt, Greater Utica Sunrise, Herkimer, Marcellus, North Utica Whitestown, Rome, Sauquiot, Skaneateles, Skaneateles Sunrise, Syracuse, Syracuse Sunrise and a private donation from a Rotarian. Habitat for Humanity visited the Baldwinsville Rotary Club’s evening meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 7, to receive the check.

“The power of this group of volunteers and the answer to my district challenge is really amazing,” Fedrizzi said. Quick action from organizations like this is not always an easy task since Rotary Clubs are run by volunteers, many of which are business owners and professionals doing community service in their free time.

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the First United Methodist Church of Baldwinsville on Charlotte Street. Anyone interested in learning more about Rotary is invited to attend a meeting, email the Baldwinsville club at bvillerotary1@yahoo.com, find a club near you at rotarydistrict7150.org or find Baldwinsville Rotary on Facebook.

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