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B’ville Rotary sends sweets for soldiers at Hancock

Annual cookie exchange turns into opportunity to give back to nation’s finest

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville donated more than 400 homemade cookies to the Gregory J. Harris Military Courtesy Room at Hancock International Airport recently. Shown from left is courtesy room volunteer Sue Widowski, Rotarian and cookie exchange coordinator Janet Joslyn, and additional courtesy room volunteers Barb and Larry Craft and Amy Borio-Alt.

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville donated more than 400 homemade cookies to the Gregory J. Harris Military Courtesy Room at Hancock International Airport recently. Shown from left is courtesy room volunteer Sue Widowski, Rotarian and cookie exchange coordinator Janet Joslyn, and additional courtesy room volunteers Barb and Larry Craft and Amy Borio-Alt.

— For the Valentine’s Day holiday, the Rotary Club of Baldwinsville organized their group’s cookie exchange in which members sign up to bring in four dozen baked treats that everyone splits up and takes home, or to the office, for all the enjoy. It’s an opportunity for fellowship, exchanging recipes and a good time for all involved.

This year the club learned about the Gregory J. Harris Military Courtesy Room at Hancock International Airport, a space provided for soldiers and veterans to find respite while traveling through the area. The facility offers food, drinks, places to rest with pillows and blankets, television and video games to pass the time and sundries anyone might need while traveling. All items are donated or purchased with donated funds.

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville immediately took up the task of collecting donations for the soldier’s, soliciting other clubs in their district to help. It was perfect timing since the focus of Rotary’s efforts this year is to help veterans and the disabled, two groups that could really use additional support services.

So this year’s second annual cookie exchange turned into a mini-exchange and major donation with more than 400 homemade cookies being delivered to the Military Courtesy Room. If possible, some might even be shipped to Afghanistan for troops there to enjoy.

For more information on the Gregory J. Harris Military Courtesy Room visit gregharrismcr.org.

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday and at 12:15 p.m. for lunch every Wednesday 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 club at bvillerotary1@yahoo.com or find us on Facebook. To find a local Rotary meeting in the Central New York region, log on to rotarydistrict7150.org for a quick club search.

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