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Rotary Club calendar sales benefit Mt. Pleasant area nonprofits

| Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Representatives of several area groups were presented checks from proceeds generated by the Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant's 2013 Calendar Contest . They include (from left) Jerry Lucia, chief of the Mt. Pleasant Borough Volunteer Fire Department; Sue Rudnik of the Mt. Pleasant Cat Committee; Richard Snyder, executive director of the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society; Theresa Benedict of the Friends of the Mt. Pleasant Library; Lynne Horne of the Children’s Aid Home; Jennifer Gilpin and Pam Soforic, both of the Mt. Pleasant Area Senior Center; Dave Mohar of the Mt. Pleasant Area boys basketball program. They are flanked by George Wood and Tom Forsythe of the Rotary Calendar committee. Marilyn Forbes | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal

Seven local nonprofit organizations recently became recipients of donations from the Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant.

The club recently disbursed funds to the following groups from proceeds generated by its annual calendar sale:

• The Children's Aid Home

• The Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society

• The Mt. Pleasant Area boys basketball team

• The Mt. Pleasant Borough Volunteer Fire Department

• The Mt. Pleasant Cat Committee

• The Mt. Pleasant Friends of the Library

• The Mt. Pleasant Senior Citizen Center

Each of the benefitting entities took part in selling the calendars.

“We are so pleased to be able to help these worthy organizations,” said Tom Forsythe, the club's president. “It's a nice way for us to be able to help them, and we are happy to do it every year.

“These are all good charities and since they receive money based on how many calendars they sell, they are basically helping themselves.”

For the third consecutive year, club members have sold an annual calendar to the public. Organizations have the opportunity to participate in the sale. Those groups' members who sell the calendar earn a portion of the money generated from the sales for their organization.

“They helped us a great deal this year,” Forsythe said. “We sold about 800 calendars, which is up about 100 from last year.”

The seven nonprofit organizations were awarded checks at a recent lunch and celebration.

The amount of the check for each group was based on the number of calendars that group sold, Forsythe said.

Representatives from all of the groups were on hand to receive the donations. Many told the Rotarians how the funds would be applied.

“I want to thank the Rotary, on behalf of the historical society, for allowing us to be a part of this,” said Richard Snyder, the society's president and a past Rotary Club president. “This money will help us to complete our second log house, which we hope to have done by summer. With a few more checks like this, we may even get done sooner.”

Mt. Pleasant Borough Volunteer Fire Chief Jerry Lucia accepted the check on behalf of the department.

“My hat is off to the Rotary,” Lucia said. “We are glad that we could help you with this event.”

Theresa Benedict, a member of the Friends of the Library group, told those in attendance that the funds would go a long way in their quest to help the local library.

“The library needs help,” said Benedict, adding that her group has raised more than $7,000 to donate to the library. “Our state funding has been reduced and this money will help us to maintain the library in Mt. Pleasant.”

Forsythe said the club hopes to continue the calendar sale in years to come. Officials of other non-profit groups can contact the club if they're interested in taking part in the next sale, he said.

“We have a lot of good groups in the area, and this is a good way for them to help us while also helping themselves,” Forsythe said. “It's a great way for us all to work together.”

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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