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We meet Tuesdays at 6:15 PM

J. P. Fitzgerald's Restaruant

4236 Clark St.
Hamburg, NY 14075
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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 Sep 16, 2014


Posted by Donna Banach on Aug 07, 2014

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

September 23rd - Regular meeting

September 30th - No regular meeting.  Road cleanup.  Please meet at the Quality Inn on Camp Rd at 4:30p

​Bring gloves. Party afterwards at Jim's barn.

October 7th - Regular meeting

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 Aug 01, 2014


Posted by Donna Banach on Jul 23, 2014

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

Posted by Donna Banach on Jul 22, 2014

Bison's versus Pawtucket Red Sox.  Discounted tickets $9.  Tailgaters Delight from 5p to 7p is $26.50 and includes game ticket  plus all you can eat hot dogs, hamburgers, salads and Coco-Cola products. Ticket order form is located under "download" on right side on this website. If you have questions, please contact Burt Mirti at 716-846-2034 or


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 May 03, 2014


Written by Pat Castiglia

The eleventh annual Breakfast with the Bunny sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hamburg was held on April 12, 2014 at the Oakwood Manor on Lakeview Road in the Town of Hamburg.  This event is considered to be both a community event and a fund-raiser to  celebrate the Easter season and the arrival of spring.

As in other years, children and parents had as much food and beverages as they wished.

The children visited with the Easter Bunny who gave them a plastic egg filled with candy. The hall was decorated in a manner that allowed many opportunities for photos in addition to photos with the Bunny at no cost. Face painting was available and was provided by the Youth Engaged in Service (YES) club of Hamburg.

One of the major events at the Breakfast was the theme basket auction.  This year there were 60 wonderful theme baskets with no basket worth less than $50 and most worth about $100 or more.  There were baskets designed for children as well as adults and once again the price of the tickets was very reasonable.  Theme baskets and gift certificates were donated by local merchants and Rotary club members.  Another feature was a raffle with the first prize being four select tickets to Beauty and the Beast at Shea’s Theater on May 3rd.  The second prize was an autographed picture of Fred Jackson. A 50/50 raffle was also held.

All Rotary club members participated in the event.  Chair people were:  Pat Castiglia, General Chair; Sid Jack, Chair of Decorations; Tom Swarthout, Theme Basket Chair; Chi Chi Hoelscher chair of the Beverage Center: Jeff Kusche, Chair of  Kitchen Preparations; Kent Hilton, Chair of the Raffles, and Lisa Avery, Ticket Chair.  Funds raised go to support the club’s charitable giving including funds for:  the Warm the Children effort, the Hamburg Counseling Center, the scholarship fund, the Hamburg Library building fund, as well as other local charities and entities seeking support from Rotary.

For more photos see Photo Albums in the left column.

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 Barbara Stanley on Jan 25, 2014

Rotary Club of Hamburg thanks all who supported us once again to keep kids warm

By Eileen A. Hotho, Warm the Children Committee

The Warm the Children Committee of the Rotary Club of Hamburg wishes to thank all of our generous donors who made it possible for about 360 children living throughout the Southtowns to have brand new coats, boots and other warm clothing to fight one of the most frigid winters in recent history. The Committee is pleased to announce that the annual goal of $25,000 was met and exceeded, with a few thousand extra dollars to serve as seed money for the 2014 fund drive which will kick off in September.

This year, 2014, will mark the 19th year of the program based in Hamburg. The Warm the Children Program serves children living in Hamburg, Angola, Blasdell, Derby, Boston, Eden, North Collins, Lake View, Evans and Brant.  The program was launched by The Sun and Erie County Independent in 1996 and the newspaper continued an active role until 2007. Since that time, Warm the Children has been sponsored and coordinated by the Rotary Club of Hamburg, which collects and distributes donated funds to buy clothing for families who’ve been referred by local schools, churches and social agencies. Each child accepted into the program receives new clothing selected by the children and parents assisted by volunteer shoppers who accompany them to the Target Department Store in Orchard Park. Children age birth to 3 years receive $50 worth of new clothing, while those ages 4 to 18 receive $80 worth. 

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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