(Chittenango, NY – July 2012) Hello. My name is Marilyn Anderson, and I am the president of the Chittenango Rotary Club. Four years ago, our family hosted a Rotary Youth exchange student, and that experience piqued my interest for what else Rotary does. I was impressed with their water well project in Ghana, and also the many local organizations that they support.

There is also a strong bond of camaraderie working together on fundraisers and projects. I served as the Youth Exchange Officer and on the board of directors before becoming president.

There are some new projects we are going to do this year. We will have our first duathlon Aug. 25 – visit dunangoforacure.com for more information. We are sponsoring “Rachel’s Challenge,” a character-development program for Chittenango Central School District students in kindergarten through 12th grades Oct. 1 through 3, and on Oct. 6, we are planning our first “Turkey Shoot” at the Canastota Conservation Club.

No turkeys will be killed at this event, just turkey targets. More information is coming soon.

We plan to hold our popular Casino Night in the winter and the well-attended annual Lobsterfest in May.

June 11, 2013, marks the 60th anniversary of our club’s inception, and we are hoping to do something special to celebrate this impressive milestone.

This past year, as we have for many years before, we supported many community organizations; among them were Boy & Cub Scout Troops, CAP for Madison County, Central Association for the Blind, Chittenango Area Association of Churches (Backpack program), CHS After Prom Party, CHS Select Choir, CLCBM, CNY Lyme Support, Dollars for Scholars, Toys for Tots, Francis House, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice of CNY, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Madison County Children’s Camp, Madison Oneida BOCES, Mike Mann Open, National Child Safety Council, Office for the Aging, Oz-Stravaganza, Sullivan Food Cupboard, Town of Sullivan, International projects – El Sauce – Nicaragua, Medical Ministry International, Operation Walk, RYLA, Youth Exchange, high school graduate scholarships, dictionaries and thesaurus given at school, Bear Country Little League, High Esteem/Camp Goodwill, Christmas tree lighting in Chittenango and concerts in the park.

If you would like to know more about our club, write Chittenango Rotary Club, P.O. Box 335, Chittenango, N.Y, 13037 or visit rotarydistrict7150.org and look for the Chittenango Club.

Marilyn Anderson of Chittenango is president of the Chittenango Rotary Club.

By martha

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