Parkinson’s Dance Program Receives Grant from Rochester Rotary

Rochester Rotary Charities recently presented Take Root Dance with a $2,000 grant to support its free Dance for Parkinson’s program in the Rochester Area Dance for Parkinson's Disease (PD) participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. The class specifically designed for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and is an aesthetic experience that uses the elements of narrative, imagery, and community to develop artistry … [Read more...]

Don G. Pixley Memorial Scholarship Announced

Rochester Rotary Announces Don G. Pixley Memorial Scholarship in Honor of Family’s Donation to Rotary International Polio Fund In honor of lifelong Rochester area resident, Don Pixley, Rochester Rotary announces the Rochester Rotary Don G. Pixley Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be available to graduating seniors from Rochester area high schools who have overcome significant challenges or disabilities. The former director of the Pixley Funeral Home, Pixley contributed … [Read more...]

Rochester Rotary and Kiwanis Host Kentucky Derby Party to Benefit Neighborhood House

On Saturday, May 4, from 5:00-9:00 p.m., the Rochester Rotary and Rochester Kiwanis will be throwing a Kentucky Derby themed party and fundraiser on behalf of Neighborhood House, hosted at the Chapman House. Get ready for a fun evening of dancing, raffles, and more; with special musical guests The Jello Shots performing. A 50/50 Raffle and a Chance Auction will also be taking place, as well as a hat contest for ladies, and a bowtie and blazer contest for the gentlemen. Guests will be able to … [Read more...]

Wine & Beer Tasting April 12 with VIDEO

Rochester Rotary Annual Wine & Beer Tasting Raises Tens of Thousands for Charity   Rochester knows that Spring is coming when Rotary’s Wine & Beer Tasting tickets go on sale. Now in its 7th year, The Annual Wine & Beer Tasting has become a staple event in the community’s April calendar. “The Wine & Beer Tasting is our biggest event of the year,” said event chair Kyle Johnson. “And it keeps getting bigger and better. We already have over 20 local restaurants sign up to … [Read more...]

Rochester Rotary Spring Wine & Beer Tasting Features Top Wine & Craft Beer Selections

Now in its 6th year, The Rochester Rotary Wine & Beer Tasting has become one of Rochester’s biggest Spring Events “We had people calling and emailing us in February, asking when tickets are going on sale,” said event leader John Gaber. “The enthusiasm is beyond anything we considered when we started this a few years back. But with the efforts of our club members, the generous support of Bordine’s and dozens of other local businesses, it’s become quite a sensation.” The 2018 event … [Read more...]

All Four Rochester High School Interact Clubs Earn Coveted Rotary Presidential Citation Award Again

On November 11, Rotary International honored all four Rochester High School Interact Clubs with the Rotary International Presidential Citation Award for the 2016-2017 academic year. This marks the third consecutive year that all four Interact Clubs have distinguished themselves for this landmark achievement, which illustrates the depth of commitment at every level, from the students and faculty advisors to the school administrators and local Rotary Club. The recipients of the Presidential … [Read more...]

Rochester Rotarian Walking Across America to Help Prevent Heart Disease

The 1.2 million global members of Rotary are People of Action. From taking on the mission to eradicate Polio to providing clean drinking water, they see possibilities everywhere. That’s why no one should be surprised when, on October 1, local Rochester Rotarian Chuck Woolaver takes the first of over 5 million steps in a walk across America. As a tall, slim person in his 50’s, few would pick Chuck as candidate for heart disease. However, in 2015, a severe blockage in his legs suddenly … [Read more...]

Rochester Adams Interact Club Sends Fellow Student to College

Club Awards Outstanding Rochester Student This Spring, the Rochester Adams Interact Club broke new ground for high school philanthropy and awarded a fellow Rochester Adams student with a $2,000 scholarship to Oakland Community College (OCC) – enough to cover almost a full year of tuition. Each year, the Adams Interact Club raises money for various community and international projects – a few hundred dollars for winter coats, a couple hundred dollars to buy mosquito nets for populations … [Read more...]

Rochester Rotary Hosts Christmas Party for Neighborhood House Children

On Saturday, December 10, Rochester Rotary invited children supported by the Rochester Neighborhood House, a local non-profit dedicated to assisting neighbors during times of hardship, to their very own Christmas Party. The party took place at the River Crest Banquet Center, where Rotary holds their weekly meetings, and included a lunch, games, a visit from Santa, and most importantly, a gift for every child. A week before the party, the Rotary Club learned that there would be several more … [Read more...]

Dr. and Mrs. Roger Byrd named Grand Marshalls

Dr. and Mrs. Roger Byrd named Grand Marshalls of the 2016 Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade During his 30 plus years of involvement with the Rochester Rotary, Roger Byrd has helped build many floats for the Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade. Little did he know that one day he and his wife Mary Jo would lead the Parade down Main Street as its Grand Marshalls. "We were very surprised, we never expected to be asked," Mary Jo said in reaction to the news.  Dr. and Mrs. Byrd have lived in … [Read more...]