A recent meeting of the Victor-Farmington Rotary Club featured a presentation by Ed Hemminger, commander of Farmington Amvets Post 332.
Hemminger spoke on the role of Amvets, a congressionally chartered organization, in providing services to local veterans.
There are an estimated 20 million veterans in the U.S. Amvets membership is open to all who served in the U.S. military, including the Reserve and National Guard.
Its mission statement sets forth an objective to “enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American veterans who have served honorably,” and to “improve the quality of life for them, their families and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services.”
The Farmington chapter was founded by local veterans four years ago. Members meet at Farmington Town Hall each month, as the chapter does not have a permanent building.
Hemminger, a Phelps native, has been acting commander for the past six months and recently became the designated commander. He is a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was director of informational services for Ontario County.
Hemminger outlined the support activities Amvets provides for veterans in the local area. He said all funds raised by Amvets go to these projects, which include Blue Star Mothers, Finger Lakes Community College scholarships, a monthly veterans luncheon, personal care kits for female veterans and the Farmington Veterans Memorial.
The club meeting included a presentation to Rotarian Galen Powers. Past District Gov. Ellen Hughes, chair of the District 7120 Rotary Foundation, presented Powers with a major donor pin and crystal in recognition of him donating over $10,000. Powers is the second club member to receive the award, joining Karen Parkhurst, club secretary.
Eight Rotarians attended the recent district changeover dinner at the RIT Inn and Conference Center at the end of June. District Gov. Mike Slovak from Bath Rotary Club passed the gavel to incoming District Gov. David Hannan, of the Newark Rotary Club.
Past District Gov. Don Milton from Penfield Rotary Club said the district will award Child Hunger Project grants of $500 to six clubs: Avon, Honeoye Lake, Newark, Penfield, Rush-Henrietta and Victor-Farmington.
Victor-Farmington Rotary will use the funds as part of a cooperative project with the Victor Farmington Food Cupboard. The club will match the $500 to provide food prep items and vouchers to children at the weekly farmers market in the village of Victor.