The Victor-Farmington Rotary Club recently completed its annual pre-Christmas season projects, resulting in the delivery of 1,400 gifts to low-income families, shut-ins and less fortunate members of the community.
There were two annual major projects for 2018: the Rotary Giving Tree and the Christmas Stocking Project. Rotarians personally donate gifts, and work to secure donations from local citizens and businesses.
The centerpiece of the club’s activities continues to be the Rotary Giving Tree, which has been set up at the same location for 29 years. The project initially started with the former Wade’s Market on state Route 96 in Farmington. When Tops took over the site three years ago, it continued the tradition of partnering with Victor-Farmington Rotary for this community service project. Store manager Steve Elliott and employees work to make the project a success.
Local citizens can retrieve cards from the tree that identify people from nursing homes, social services facilities, inner-city schools and programs operated by charitable groups. The week before Christmas, Rotarians distribute the gifts to those who might otherwise be forgotten during the holiday season.
The Christmas Stocking Project provided 100 stockings filled with toys and school supplies for children from single-parent, low-income families at Wilson Commencement Park and Sojourner House in Rochester. The club also delivered stockings to children at Friendship House in Middlesex. In all, over 230 stockings were distributed. The club provided over 200 sets of winter hats and gloves for children at these locations.
This year’s efforts supported the Ontario County Health Center in Hopewell, Wilson Commencement Park and Sojourner House, Friendship House, and local residents in need.
After the gifts were delivered, the club dispensed with its traditional meeting in favor of a Christmas party at the residence of Rotarian John Summers in Victor.
When Paul Harris founded Rotary in 1905, he told Rotarians to have fun while performing their service projects. Victor-Farmington Rotary is working to follow that tradition.
As the year comes to a close, the club switched its attention to the international phase of its service projects. Two incoming Rotary district governors, Ros Kelly from Australia and Miguel Angel Perez Jr. from Argentina, will visit the club in January. They will spend time in the local area, and learn about the Victor-Farmington community and its residents. The club’s current Rotary exchange student, Joaquin Ellena, will be involved in the program.