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Ludlow Rotary exceeds flood relief goal

The Ludlow Rotary Club recently raised nearly $2,800 for Vermont flood relief, which exceeded the locally-established goal of $1,000 by a wide margin. The funds were raised through Rotary Club contributions, donations from its members and in response to a public appeal, and through donation boxes located through October at the Berkshire Bank, Heritage Family Credit Union and Java Baba's and at the Ludlow Rotary Club's Annual Chili Cook-off event held on Oct. 8.

In addition, the Ludlow Rotary Club's sister club in Ludlow, England, donated $1,000 toward this effort.  Other Rotary Club's in Vermont, New Hampshire and Canada also participated in this flood relief effort, thereby qualifying all of these funds for a very generous match by Rotary International, the world-wide organization of more than 1.2 business, professional, and community leaders. Including this match, the aggregate funds to be made available from Rotary Clubs for Vermont flood relief efforts are expected to be in the $200,000 to $250,000 range.

Ludlow Rotary Club President Mary Crowley was delighted with the results of this fundraising effort, commenting that she "was pleasantly surprised that so many people chose to anonymously support Vermont flood relief by stuffing the donation boxes with larger denominations."

Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.  Clubs are non-political, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races and creeds.  Rotary's main objective is service - in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

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