The Centerville Rotary Club has been busy this fall doing what they do best - providing “Service above Self,” which happens to be the motto of Rotary. Hopefully you had a chance to participate in the annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser in October, which provides funds for the club’s service projects. Thanks to the generosity of the community, Centerville Rotary has been able to make some significant contributions to help others this fall.


Rotary club members assisted The Castle in Centerville by building steps to provide safer access to a raised garden area and donated funds to purchase program supplies. The Castle is a gathering place of trust and friendship which supports people with mental illness and disorders to achieve their highest level of competence and independence. “Club members were excited to work with this valuable organization located right in our backyard, and help community adults,” said Ron Hollenbeck, Centerville Rotary Club Community Projects Chair.


The club then donated 186 coats to the Operation Warm program, which provides new winter coats to children in need. Sarah Williams, executive director for Hannah’s Treasure Chest who coordinates the delivery said another source that usually provides coats was unable to this year, so Rotary’s contribution was more important than ever. The Club has provided over 400 winter coats in the past two years to keep kids warm!



Centerville Rotary Club president, Judy Budi noted the club has also recently distributed dictionaries and thesauri to local 3rd and 5th graders, donated funds to the Blue Star Mothers, adopted 20 children for Christmas, and provided funds for a literary project in Nigeria. “The club is doing amazing work to help people in our community and abroad through the generosity of the members and community,” said Budi.


For information on the activities or membership of the Centerville Rotary Club, check the websitewww.centervillerotary.comor find us on Facebook.