December has traditionally been a busy month for the Victor-Farmington Rotary Club, and the year was no exception.
Rotary members spent the month with various activities to help brighten the holiday season for those who might otherwise be forgotten.
The club sponsored its 28th annual Giving Tree to collect gifts donated by community residents for shut-ins, the elderly, low-income families, single parents and inner-city children. This year the club delivered over 1,000 gifts to locations and organizations including the Ontario County Home, Wilson Commencement Center, Friendship House of Middlesex, Abraham Lincoln School No. 22 in Rochester and residents in the local community.
Rotarians secured gifts to fill an additional 330 Christmas stockings, which were stuffed with toys and distributed to local charitable organizations. Boy Scouts from Troop 325 in Fairport continued their tradition of helping the Rotarians stuff stockings.
This year’s Giving Tree was located at Tops Market in Farmington. Tops stepped in as the venue when it replaced Wade’s at that location. An additional Rotary tree was placed at the Railside Market and Cafe in Victor, which was specifically designated as a collection point for mittens, gloves and underwear for Rochester children ages 3-6 in preschool programs. The club became involved after social workers from the Rochester City School District contacted them requesting assistance.
The club maintained its regular schedule of weekly programs while engaged in its various holiday projects. Joanne Miller, of Legacy at Fairways, recently held a presentation and discussed the background and operational aspects of the senior citizens living facility to Victor-Farmington Rotarians at a lunch meeting.
Dale Dewey, a longtime Victor resident and Senior Corps of Retired Executives mentor, explained how SCORE helps small businesses — both those in a start-up stage and those already operational — with professional guidance to insure long-term viability during a recent Rotary lunch at Ravenwood Golf Club.
The club dispensed with its traditional meeting in favor of a gala Christmas party at John and Marybeth Summers’ Victor residence.
In keeping with the holiday festivities of the season, a large group from the club attended Monsignor Schnacky Community Players’ performance of Frank Capra Christmas favorite, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The performance was at the St. Catherine’s Church Hall in Mendon and benefitted Bloomfield Rotary Club.
Rotarians recently sorted, wrapped and delivered the gifts collected through the club’s efforts to several local, charitable organizations. The wrapping party featured Boy Scout volunteers, pizza, cookies and snacks.
When Paul Harris founded Rotary in 1905, he advised Rotarians that in addition to their service projects they should always remember to have fun doing them. The Victor-Farmington Rotary club continues to follow that advice.