Rotary celebrates 15 years
WILMINGTON- The Rotary Club of the Deerfield Valley celebrated its 15th anniversary of being a chartered Rotary Club at the Wilmington Inn. Mike Pasternak, charter member and the club’s first president, drove from his home in Burlington to attend the event. He regaled the club with tales of the early days of the club’s history.
Rotary began with just a handful of people with a vision to serve the Deerfield Valley community.
The club has grown exponentially since then, has been involved in many service projects, volunteer programs, and raised thousands and thousands of dollars for the benefit of the Deerfield Valley. Pasternak told the club that he was thrilled to see how the club had grown and the impact it has made in its short history.
Rotary funds scholarships and school trips, donates to non-profit organizations, volunteers at numerous community events, delivers summer meals to kids, provides free winter coats to those in need, helps to pack and deliver food with the Lions Club, organizes the town’s Memorial Day barbecue and ceremony, delivers Valentine cookies to the elderly and shut-ins, organizes the Best Dam Run to provide funds for the fuel assistance program, and many other activities.
The club meets the first three Wednesdays of the month for breakfast meetings from 8 to 9 at the Deerfield Valley Rescue building. Rotary is always looking to welcome new members: people who want to help serve the community and make a difference.