The Stamford Rotary Club celebrated its 90th anniversary at Royal Greens Restaurant at Sterling Farms in Stamford over the weekend. The Rotary Club is know for its commitment to local, national and international service.
"This is the year of our 90th year so we wanted to come together and celebrate 90 years," said Chairperson for the scholarship committee Jamiss Sebert. "We had an 85th birthday party, but we're really getting ready for a 100 years and this is kind of a dress rehearsal, at least for me it is."
"I'm thankful for the members of Rotary, particularly the people who have gone out of their way to be friendly and helpful," said Robert Salomon. "It's a great birthday, happy birthday rotary!"
Along with its commitment to funding and assisting charitable projects, the club also gives out 8 to 10 college scholarships a year to local youth. Long-time members reflected on their most treasured memories.
"We've done so many different projects," said Michael Zucker. "The ones I like a lot are the ones from our Christmas in April program, where we used to go to people's houses and help fix them up in April."
"The very very most recent thing that we did was make a $500 donation to a clean water project in India and of course Rotary International for the last 30 years has been renowned for ending polio in the world," said Sebert.
Members say although the slow economy has stunted membership within the past couple years, it has not stopped them from giving back.
"Businesses have been cutting back in terms of how many people they could let join clubs because they are so busy working, so that has affected the membership too," said Zucker. "It's important to get new members, because sometimes members move away and people get so busy they can't keep up their membership in the club, so it's important to get new members every year and to keep the size of the club up so we can do some good projects."