Saturday, December 22, 2012

Greenville Rotary sends aid to Newtown

The Greenville Rotary Club is sending funds to the Newton, Conn. Rotary Chapter in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The members of the Newton Rotary Club established a fund dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook School tragedy and their families in the community. With the help of both local and national supporters, the club hopes to assist in the town's short term and long term needs.

West Milton Rotary Club President Larry Dehus reached out to the Newton Rotary President and agreed to send a $1,000 donation to help in the town's time of need. He invited other district Rotary Clubs to match his offer, and the Greenville chapter jumped on the chance to lend a hand.

“What the people of Newtown need right now is peace,” said Greenville Rotary President Diane Shuff. “What an incredible opportunity we have been given as a club.”

Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka declared the year's theme as “Peace Through Service,” which encourages its members to seek personal and community harmony through dedicated service. "Peace is something that we can find and that we can achieve, every day and in many simple ways,” Tanaka said at the 2012 International Rotary Assembly.

The Rotary Foundation funds international humanitarian programs throughout the world, the most famous project being PolioPlus, which has contributed to the global eradication of polio.

For more information about the Newton Rotary Club, please visit

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