Victor-Farmington Rotary Club held a club assembly to review its upcoming activities before the 2017-18 Rotary year ends on June 30.
Rotary International recently announced that its commitment to eradicating polio worldwide won best nonprofit act in the Hero Awards of the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign, an international global citizens’ movement to tackle the world’s most important issues.
The campaign, an initiative of PeaceJam Foundation, is led by 14 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including the Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu. PeaceJam Foundation seeks to inspire 1 billion acts of peace by 2020.
Each year, the campaign picks two finalists in six categories for their work to make a measurable impact in one of 10 areas considered most important by the Nobel laureates.
Rotary and Mercy Corps were finalists for the best nonprofit act category. Rotary and five other winners will receive recognition at a June ceremony in Monaco.
Bonnie Cottone, club president, distributed handwritten letters and drawings from second-grade students at Victor Primary School during the assembly. Students previously received pine tree seedlings from Victor-Farmington Rotary for planting in conjunction with Arbor Day activities.
Tim Niver, director of Victor Farmington Library, participated in the assembly. Victor-Farmington Rotary and the library have an ongoing joint project to provide used books to disadvantaged children, low-income families, senior citizens and shut-ins in the local area.
Niver updated the club on the vote for a 1.5 percent increase per $1,000 in assigned property values. Local residents will vote on the library’s budget on June 21 in an election at Victor Village Hall. He discussed the history of the special tax budget for the library, as well as possible plans for future expansion. The continuing growth of the Victor and Farmington communities led to a significant increase in library use by local citizens. Niver said over 400 people visit the library on any given day.
The library offers many services involving the educational, cultural, social and reading needs of the community that go beyond the distribution of books. Several Rotarians talked about their own experience with the library and assistance provided by its staff.
Victor-Farmington Rotary’s exchange student, Claudia Deiana, of Italy, participated in the assembly and updated members on her recent activities that included the rotary district conference in Saratoga Springs.
The assembly served as final club activities for Carla and Neal Scheer, of Farmington, who will relocate to Florida this summer. Cottone thanked them for their service to Rotary, and extended best wishes from the club to them as they move on to a new phase in their life.