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We meet Tuesdays at 6:15 PM

J. P. Fitzgerald's Restaruant

4236 Clark St.
Hamburg, NY 14075
United States

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Posted by Barbara Stanley on Mar 09, 2014

Planning meetings will be held at 7pm at the Comfort Zone Café on the following days: 

March 24th, April 14th, May 5th, May 19th, June 9th, June 23rd, July 7th and July 14th. 

Anyone may attend. 

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 Dec 16, 2013

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

February 25th - Fundraising Committee meeting at 5 pm followed by Induction of new members

March 4th - Kevin Davis will be presenting on the Rotary Foundation

March 11th - Rotary Youth Exchange Are Officer will present with a German Exchange Student

March 18th - Regular meeting

March 25th - Jim Loomis- Expanding role of funeral directors and pre-paid arrangements



Posted by Barbara Stanley on Jan 26, 2014

For the 11th year, the Rotary Club of Hamburg is hosting a Breakfast with the Bunny for  

children, parents, grandparents, and anyone interested in an Easter holiday event.  The breakfast will be held April 12th at Oakwood Manor, 2985 Lakeview Rd. (across  from the Hamburg Ice Arena).  A pancake and sausage breakfast with other “breakfast goodies” will be served.  Face painting will be provided free of charge by the 

Hamburg YES students and a theme basket auction will be available with outstanding baskets. Our own Easter Bunny will be present to delight the children. Photos with the Bunny can be taken using your own camera at no charge. 


Two seating times are available:  9:00 am to 10:30 am and 10:45 am to 12:10 p.m.


Presale tickets are recommended due to limited seating and may be obtained by calling 649-8603 or by email at  Walk-ins will be accommodated on a space available basis.  Tickets cost $4.00  for children 2-10 years old and $7.00 for ages 11 and up.  Advance sale tickets will be available for pick- up at Brierwood Wine and Spirit Shoppe, 5452 Southwestern Blvd., at the corner of Southwestern Blvd. (Rte 20) and

Rogers Rd.


All proceeds, as usual, go to local Hamburg area charities and your support is appreciated.


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 Barbara Stanley on Dec 16, 2013

The Rotary Club of Hamburg is raffling 2 tickets to see One Direction.  The concert is being held on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at 7pm at the Rogers Center in Toronto.  The raffle will be held at the Burgerfest on July 19th.  Proceeds will go to local charities.  Tickets cost $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00.  Contact Barb for more information or for raffle tickets at 716-725-9858 or 
Posted by Barbara Stanley on Jan 09, 2014

Interested in being a Rotarian?  See how Rotarians across the world have made a difference in so many lives!

Posted by Donna Banach on Jun 07, 2013

Posted by Donna Banach on Jun 07, 2013

Posted by Donna Banach on Jun 07, 2013

Few Americans think about polio these days; for many it has gone the way of the steam locomotive and black-and-white TV. But this crippling viral disease still threatens children in parts of Africa and Asia. Twenty-five years ago my organization, Rotary International, joined with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to try to bring an end to it once and for all. We’re almost there: Last year saw only 223 new cases worldwide. That’s a drop of more than 99% from the 350,000 cases reported annually in the 1980s.

Read more of this story in the Harvard Business Review, June 2013, here:

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. 


Posted by Eileen Hotho on Aug 07, 2012


Rotary Club of Hamburg, Hall of Presidents 1942-43 through 2013-14   

1942-43 - W. Howard Vanderhoef
1943-44 - Donald B. Korst
1944-45 - Hugh E. Gates
1945-46 - J. Leo Goodyear
1946-47 - W. Kenneth Eaton
1947-48 - Wilber A. Hillwig
1948-49 - Edward C. Fallon
1949-50 - P. Walter Meisenheimer
1950-51 - Harold E. Harris
1951-52 - William J. Lattimer
1952-53 - Sidney B. McAllister
1953-54 - William A. Fleming
1954-55 - Willard J. Magavern
1955-56 - F. Gilbert Gregory
1956-57 - Spencer W. Ravel
1957-58 - Paul C. Riefler
1958-59 - James S. Merson
1959-60 - Richard C. Van Orsdale
1960-61 - Lyle C. Mertz
1960-61 - Pierce J. Fleming
1961-62 - William J. Gunnell, III
1962-63 - Harry H. Hatten
1963-64 - Dr. Wesley C. Luther
1964-65 - Grover O. Ellwood
1965-66 - Lawrence T. Wilson
1966-67 - Edgar T. Drullard
1967-68 - J. Bruce Forbush
1968-69 - Vincent G. Mansell
1969-70 - Raymond W. Mitchell, M.D.
1970-71 - George V. Dawley
1971-72 - John W. Richardson
1972-73 - Hugh A. Sampson, P.D.G.
1973-74 - William S. Beatty
1974-75 - Richard S. Murray
1975-76 - Richard E. Hauck
1976-77 - Edward B. Kahl
1977-78 - Herbert R. Kusche


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