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Posted by Donna Banach on Dec 04, 2014

 ImageHAMBURG — As the Warm The Children Program continues this year, under the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Hamburg in partnership with the Town of , The Sun and Evans Bank, positive feedback on the many shopping experiences that have taken place over the past few weeks continues to pour in.

Now in its 19th year serving children in the Southtowns, donations from the community help ensure that many families will be able to have their children dressed appropriately to face winter’s colder temperatures, by receiving new warm clothing. Working with volunteer shoppers, each family is able to visit the Target Department Store in Orchard Park and personally select brand-new outerwear, including coats, jackets, snow pants, gloves, mittens and scarves.

One of the more recent success stories involved Warm The Children assisting the Buffalo Peace House organization, a not-for-profit housed on the campus of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Athol Springs. Buffalo Peace House offers temporary housing for up to one year for legal refugees seeking asylum from their home countries, due to a variety of reasons, including but not limited to war, abuse and political persecution. Almost all of the families who reside in the former nunnery have children. Currently, there are three families from Colombia who have a total of seven children, five of whom attend Blasdell Elementary School. There is also one family from Africa who has a child. Coming from areas that experience mostly warm, even tropical weather, these temporary Hamburg residents had no warm winter clothing, prior to their recent shopping trip to Target with their volunteer shoppers.

“The volunteers and the children had so much fun shopping for the clothing,” said Naima Moussa, who runs the Buffalo Peace House on a day-to-day basis. “The kids were very excited to go shopping and pick out their new clothes. They and their parents are so grateful for being in such a caring and giving community and they truly cherish their new coats, boots, hats and gloves.”

Following last month’s unprecedented winter storm, which dumped several feet of snow in most of the Southtowns area, the children quickly put their new winter outerwear to use, as they experienced all that Mother Nature had to offer when it comes to snow, ice, wind and other winter weather conditions.

“The big snowstorm was exciting at first, but after awhile I think the excitement dwindled, simply because of the massive amount of snow that came in such a short period of time,” said Moussa. “They definitely put to use all of the new clothing they had and used it stay warm and dry.”

Thanks to the kindness of donations from hundreds of donors who contribute to Warm The Children, other families will be experiencing the opportunity to participate in the program, over the next few weeks. Warm The Children aids youngsters who reside locally, including children who live in Hamburg, Angola, Blasdell, Boston, Brant, Derby, Eden, Evans, Farnham, Lake View and North Collins. The Rotary Club of Hamburg coordinates and sponsors the program by collecting and distributing donated funds to buy clothing for families who have been vetted by local churches, schools and social agencies, with children ages birth to three years receiving $60 worth of new clothing, while those ages 4-18 receive $90 worth.

All money donated to Warm The Children goes toward the purchase of children’s clothing, with no administrative costs taking away from donations. Hamburg Rotary Club members coordinate all of the administrative duties and handle any costs associated with those tasks, with assistance coming from the Town of Hamburg Lions Club and Evans Bank.

The need for donations to Warm The Children continues to persist, with donations of any amount being accepted by making checks payable to “Warm The Children” and mailing them to Evans Bank, located at 5999 South Park Ave., Hamburg, NY 14075. 

Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer shopper is asked to send an e-mail to and include the volunteer’s name and daytime phone number.

Posted by Donna Banach on Oct 28, 2014

Woo hoo! Another new member inducted to our Rotary Club of Hamburg. Welcome Kevin Neubeck!



From left are Dale Stanley, club president, Kevin Neubeck and Dave Evans, sponsor.

Posted by Donna Banach on Oct 24, 2014

Cathy Rybczynski, Town Clerk (Town of Hamburg, NY) and Rotarian Dina Liberta (Rotary Club of Hamburg) celebrate World Polio Day October 24, 2014.Image

Posted by Donna Banach on Oct 07, 2014


GENEROUS DONATION Representatives of the American Gift Fund Louise Y. Mokadam Family Foundation present a check for $2,500 to the Rotary Club of Hamburg for the Warm the Children Program. Pictured from left are: Rotarians Earl Knauss and Liz Angelbeck, Bon and Chris Mokadam of the Foundation, and far right, Rotary Club President Dale Stanley accepting the check.

As the Warm the Children Program kicks off this year under the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Hamburg in partnership with the Town of Hamburg Lions Club, The Sun and Evans Bank, organizers are grateful to the American Gift Fund, Mokadam Family Foundation for one of the largest donations in recent history at $2,500. Bon, son of Louise Mokadam, for whom the Foundation is named, and his wife Chris were present at the Oct. 7 meeting of the Rotary Club of Hamburg at J.P. Fitzgerald’s restaurant Oct. 7 to personally present the award to the Rotary Club to benefit the Warm the Children Program.

“We are very grateful to the Mokadam family for this wonderful donation,” said Liz Angelbeck, coordinator of the Warm the Children Program. Their generosity will help us as we raise the amount we are spending on each child in need this year.” The program, in its 19th year based in Hamburg, will ensure that many Southtowns families will be able to have their children dressed appropriately to face the worst of winter’s chill by receiving new warm clothing and outerwear. The families will meet with a volunteer from the program at the Target Department Store in Orchard Park and personally select the brand new winter coats, jackets, mittens, pants and more paid for by Warm the Children.

Thanks to the kindness of donations big and small from hundreds of donors who contribute to Warm the Children, numerous local families will have the opportunity to participate in the program.  Warm the Children is a national program and was introduced locally in 1996 by the editor and publishers of The Sun after learning about it at a New York Press Association convention. It has been supported by the readers of the Sun and the Southtowns community ever since. A former journalist, Mack Stewart founded and launched the program that would partner with local newspapers to provide clothing for families in need. Each newspaper was charged with publicizing the program and drawing support from their readership. Warm the Children was coordinated by Sun editorial staff for a decade, handing over the reins to the Rotary Club of Hamburg in 2007.


Posted by Donna Banach on Sep 16, 2014


Posted by Donna Banach on Oct 28, 2014

Meetings are subject to change depending on events that are scheduled.

November 4th - Election Day.  Regular meeting

November 11th - Veteran's Day. Regular meeting

November 18th - Regular meeting

November 25th - Regular meeting

Posted by Donna Banach on Jul 13, 2014

Rotary Club of Hamburg presents

Dennis George “Quizmaster” at

Annual Western New York

Team Trivia Extravaganza

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Doors open at 6:00 pm – Event starts at 7:00 pm                                                            

Oakwood Manor, 2985 Lakeview Rd, Hamburg, NY 14075

Teams consist of 3 to 5 people with a limit of 25 teams. Entrance fee is $150 per team.  Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams.  The fee includes two tickets for spectators, pizza, snacks and soda.  A cash bar will also be available.  As space permits, spectators and cheerleaders are permitted to attend at $10 per person.    This event is for adults 21 yrs. of age or older.

Many opportunities to win awesome prizes including split clubs and raffles of a bicycle, a wheel barrel of cheer, electronics and much more!

To enter, download the form to the right of this story.  Send one check per team with the team name and phone number noted in the memo, make payable to                                 Rotary Club of Hamburg, and mail to P.O. Box 340, Hamburg, NY 14075.

Have a question?  Please contact Barb Stanley at 725-9858 or

Proceeds support local community services including, for example, Hamburg Counseling Services, Inc.and scholarships awarded to graduating seniors of Frontier and Hamburg High Schools.


Posted by Donna Banach on Aug 08, 2014

Bring Sunshine into young lives! Image

Sunshine Day at Cradle Beach Camp is a long tradition and commitment for the Rotary Club of Hamburg.  


Posted by Donna Banach on Jul 23, 2014

Showin' some Southtowns love at in Hamburg for and my sister Rotarian Donna!

Posted by Eileen Hotho on Jul 01, 2014

Posted by Barbara Stanley on Jun 21, 2014

Article submitted by Eileen Hotho

The Village of Hamburg will mark the 129th birthday of the hamburger at Burgerfest on Saturday, July 19th from noon to 11:30 p.m. Located along Main and Buffalo Streets (Rte. 62) and in the Municipal Parking Lot; the festival offers something for people of all ages and interests. Distinctive food offerings will be found at The Taste of Hamburg which showcases samples of the best offerings of about 25 local restaurants.

The one-day festival includes live music in three locations throughout the day with the headliners on the Hamburg Gaming Main Stage being ImageJJ Swing playing from 7:30 to 11:30 pm. There will be various children’s activities and inflatable rides at First Niagara Bank Kids Space, the Key Bank Classic Car Show, the Lake Shore Savings Bank Burgers, Buns & Beds Parade, the Labatt beer tent and the Uncle Joe’s Hamburger-eating contest. Live music begins at noon with Terry Buchwald, followed by Nerds Gone Wild at 2:30 - 4:30 and Tom Stahl & the Dangerfields from 5-7 pm. Rock ‘n Roll to the Rescue and Nickel City Road Show entertain on Main Street from noon to 4 p.m. during the Classic Car Show hosted by the Rotary Club of Hamburg. On Main and Buffalo Streets there will be an Arts & Crafts Show and numerous booths with local merchants and not-for-profits from noon to 7 p.m. The Car Show has 27 classes and in addition to the class awards there will be special awards including the Best Car from Hamburg, the Best Specialty Vehicle etc.. Call Tom at 627-4411 for more information. Registration on the day of the show is $15, $12 if pre-registered. Enter onto Main Street from the Center Street side.

Posted by Barbara Stanley on Feb 27, 2014

Written by Eileen Hotho

Two new members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Hamburg on Tuesday 2/25/14. Linda Catalano is a native of Hamburg and is employed as an independent associate, small business CDLP and group benefits specialist with Legal Shield. She was sponsored by Rotarian Jerold Bastedo. Robert Lalka is a sales account manager for Bimbo Bakeries and lives in Hamburg. He was sponsored by Rotarians Dennis Lalka and Thomas Johnston. The new members were inducted into the Rotary Club at ceremonies at J.P. Fitzgerald’s Restaurant on Feb. 25 by Elaine James, Assistant Governor of Rotary Area 13. Pictured are, from left: Bastedo, Catalano, James, Hoelscher, Rob Lalka and Dennis Lalka. The Rotary Club of Hamburg was founded in 1942 and meets Tuesday nights at J.P. Fitzgerald’s at 6 p.m.

Posted by Eileen Hotho on Aug 09, 2012


Rotary Club of Hamburg celebrates 70 years of ‘Service Above Self’ 

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. This year, the Rotary Club of Hamburg marks its 70th year of service. 

Rotary began in Chicago in 1905 when a businessman named Paul Harris formed a club with a unique blend of commerce and social consciousness. It grew to become Rotary International - the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 32,000 clubs in 200 countries or geographical areas today 

Our Rotary Club was chartered in 1942 in Hamburg and continues to provide service to the community through projects such as Warm the Children, which provides warm winter clothing for children in need; and funding for not-for-profit organizations such as the Hamburg Counseling Service, the Hamburg Paleontological Society’s Penn Dixie Fossil Site and the Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program. Rotary also funds a literacy program for children, provides college scholarships and mentors the next generation of community leaders through RYLA (Rotary’s leadership Program) for college-age young adults and SLAPSHOT for high school students. 


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