Fall service projects attract many to Rotary mission (SLIDESHOW)

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The Trumbull Rotary Club is all about service, and many people in the local community pitched in this fall to make a difference. Whether raking leaves for seniors, serving breakfast to the hungry or reading to local schoolchildren, Rotarians stayed true to their motto: service above self.

“Every person in town has an opportunity to be a gift to the world,” said Deborah Cox, president of the Trumbull Rotary Club. “This past month, many of our neighbors joined with our club to give of their time, talent, and knowledge to improve lives in our community and across the globe.”

Projects this month included: the “Great Fall Clean Up,” a dictionary giveaway, the Merton House Breakfast, Read Aloud Day, beer and wine tasting, and the library’s candlelight vigil.

Under clear skies at the Great Fall Clean Up, Rotarians and friends raked leaves for 16 senior citizens in Trumbull this past weekend. Teams from the Boy Scouts, Crossroads Community Church, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, THS Interact Club and Sacred Heart University joined in with their rakes, blowers and tarps.

Rotarians Charlie Clifford and Nate Shay coordinated this effort.

This past Friday, Nov. 13, Rotarians distributed dictionaries to every third grader in Trumbull. Even in today’s digital age, the kids look forward to having their own dictionary. In addition to spelling, vocabulary and definitions, the children enjoy looking up facts, trivia and the longest word. Rotarians Nancy Kuhn, Mike Rappa and Archana Uppal led the charge, in conjunction with third grade teachers and school administrators.

At the Merton House Breakfast, which is held once a month, club members prepare and serve breakfast for the hungry and homeless, making a hot meal including pancakes, eggs, coffee and juice. As many as 150 people come out for this meal, and for many it may be the only hot meal they enjoy that day. Rotarians Chuck Cornell, Art Payne, Ron Rubano and Beth Stoller help plan these meals, with support from Chips! Family Restaurant.

During Read Aloud Day, which was held October 23, dozens of service-minded Trumbullites joined in reading specially-selected age-appropriate books to each elementary school class in town. This year’s theme was the American Revolution, and some Rotarians even came dressed in period costumes. Rotarian Jim Lang worked closely with school officials to ensure a great day.

At the rotary’s beer and wine tasting fundraiser event at Tashua Knolls on Oct. 22, there was plenty of laughter and fellowship. Thousands of dollars were raised to support needy children in the Trumbull community. Rotarian Faith Douglas and a team of volunteers created a special evening, while friends at Stepney Wine and Liquor offered a great selection to taste.

Earlier in the month, the Trumbull Rotary sponsored a candlelight vigil with the Center for Family Justice to bring awareness to domestic violence.  Rotarian Steve Hodson spoke at this event, along with many other Trumbull officials.

In addition, the Trumbull Rotary worked on many other programs this fall, supporting veterans, students, senior citizens and the needy in town, Fairfield County and around the world. The club meets for breakfast every Friday at the 7:30am at the Trumbull Library, and anyone is welcome to pop in.

For more information, please visit TrumbullRotary.org