Rotary completes '10 days of service'

Students at Frenchtown School show off their new dictionaries. Members of Trumbull Rotary Club distributed the books to every third grade student in town last week. - John Florian photo
Students at Frenchtown School show off their new dictionaries. Members of Trumbull Rotary Club distributed the books to every third grade student in town last week. – John Florian photo

The Trumbull Rotary Club lived up to its motto “Service above Self” this month. Over a 10 day period, the club raked leaves, served the homeless, educated kids, and supported veterans and victims of domestic violence.

TT-p1 Rotary1 4c 11-20This past Saturday, hundreds of volunteers came out for the annual Fall Cleanup.Volunteers from local scout troops, churches, schools and Interact clubs joined Rotarians to rake leaves for a dozen Trumbull homeowners, including the elderly and disabled.

A day earlier, Rotarians were in Trumbull schools, distributing 800 dictionaries to every third grade student in town. This program, which is now in its ninth year, encourages students to use the tools that can make reading more rewarding and fun. Kids love having a book for their own, and appreciate the fun facts, such as learning the longest word, according to Trumbull Rotary members.

Thursday night, Rotary hosted its seventh annual dodgeball tournament at Madison Middle School. Eight teams competed for the title, including local companies, clubs and neighborhood groups. The Honey Badgers took home the title for the fourth consecutive year, with a team from People’s United Bank finishing a close second. This event raised thousands of dollars for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.

And earlier this month, a hundred Rotarians and guests came out for the annual Beer and Wine Tasting at Tashua Knolls Restaurant. Sampling a variety of wines supplied by Stepney Wine & Liquor, attendees raised thousands of dollars for The Center for Family Justice.

“We have 86 members in our club, and everyone pitches in,” said Trumbull Rotary President Karen DelVecchio. ”But in addition to these big projects, fundraisers and initiatives, I’m just as proud of the club members who find opportunities to light up the life of individuals through everyday acts of kindness. Visiting neighbors, reading to kids, serving meals. It’s really what makes us a great club.”

In addition to the events above, club members also cooked and served breakfast at the Thomas Merton House in Bridgeport, and later this month, they’ll be working with Habitat for Heroes to build a home for a returning veteran. Anyone interested in giving back to the community is invited to learn more. The

Trumbull Rotary Club meets for breakfast every Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Trumbull Library. Learn more at trumbullrotary.org.