A sparkling fall day and a low tide Ė perfect for collecting litter along  Branfordís riverbanks and marshes! Local Rotarians, celebrating Make a Difference Day, really made a difference by collecting nearly one ton of litter. Thatís a lot of Styrofoam and plastic!


   Organized this year by Jeff Clark, the group of volunteers met at the Montowese Street bridge and fanned out up and down the river. Two Alcoa representatives combined work with fun by collecting litter by canoe. Alcoa is one of the companies, along with Guilford Savings Bank and Invitrogen, that encourages its employees to volunteer for community service.  More than eighty Rotary groups throughout the state participated in similar cleanup events on October 4th in coordination with Save the Soundís annual beach and river cleanup.


  On October 15 our Branford Rotary will celebrate 80 years of community service. The goal of Rotary volunteers is to improve the quality of life in their local communities and around the globe. Networking is the key to their successful programs. Fundraising events, such as the famous Festival food booth and book sale and an annual auction raise money for numerous projects. At this point they have raised nearly $100,000 for the long awaited Shoreline YMCA. In the past they have participated in the construction of the Volunteer Services Center on Harrison St. and the playscape at Parker Park.


   Many of Rotaryís projects have an educational focus. Rotary helped Branford High School develop its Interact Club, awards an annual scholarship and sponsors the Student of the Month program. All children in our townís third grades are presented with personal dictionaries. Rotary also helps Connecticut babies by contributing to Read to Grow, a Branford agency which distributes books and information about the importance of early literacy.


   Seniors are also high on Rotaryís list. Each year Rotarians prepare a holiday dinner for our senior citizens. A welcoming arbor was constructed in the garden at Orchard House, our regional adult day care center. Rotary members also help those in need by holding annual food collections for the Community Dining Room and the Branford Food Council, and organize a winter collection of coats and blankets. There are countless other projects and other beneficiaries of Rotaryís attention.


   Rotarians judge the things that they think, say and do by a four step test based on: truthfulness, fairness, building goodwill and friendship, and benefit to all concerned. There are 30,000 Rotary clubs in 160 countries. Letís hope that they are all making such a positive difference.



President Jack Srebnik  481-7331 X1 

Mailing address: Branford Rotary Club

                                P.O. Box 593

                                Branford, CT, 06405

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