The Rotary Club of Ballston Spa makes a donation to Rebuilding Together Saratoga County on behalf of DA Collins to pay it forward. Every year, DA Collins generously assists the Rotary Club of Ballston Spa by lending a generator with four powerful lights, so the Club can brighten the parking lot of Curtis Lumber for the annual Christmas tree sales Thanksgiving to Christmas. Rebuilding Together Saratoga County is a volunteer driven, registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that brings communities and volunteers together to make free repairs to the homes of low income property owners, particularly the elderly, disabled and veteran, allowing them to live in warmth, safety and independence while respecting their dignity.
On Tuesday, November 20, 800 fresh cut balsam trees arrived to the Curtis Lumber Parking Lot. Ballston Spa Rotarians, Ballston Spa Interact (Rotary sponsored Ballston Spa High School Club) and volunteers from Saratoga Bridges all lending a hand to unload the trees and prepare for the sale. The tree sale is the major fundraiser for the Ballston Spa Rotary Club to support local community organizations and nonprofit donations. Most trees are $40 and on sale now until Christmas. Thanks to all who helped unload and who purchase a tree from Ballston Spa Rotary.
Ballston Spa Rotarians get involved in the community serving a variety of items at the summer Curtis Lumber Car Shows and the Village Way We Were Car Show in October. It is a great way to fundraise and fun raise, at the same time! Thanks to all who come out to enjoy the day. Rotarian pictured from left to right : Derik Roy, Harry Armer, Pete Champagne, Jere Blackwelder and Tony Mariani
The Rotary Club of Ballston Spa annually installs its new officers, however this year was a celebration to remember. Maplewood Manor was the chosen site in honor and memory of our longtime Secretary Patty Rutland. Patty gave her heart and soul to the residents of Maplewood as well as Rotary. Ballston Spa Rotary dedicated a beautiful bench for the garden area for everyone to enjoy time together. President John Cromie was awarded the Rotarian of the Year for his diligent efforts to develop the club with new members and initiate the two meetings-a-week pilot program. Scott Farron, Student of the Year and Steve Springer, Citizen of the Year were awarded for their long list of accolades and service to the school and community. Residents joined in to listen to the music of NiteHawk and danced the evening away!
The Rotary Club of Ballston Spa celebrated its 90th Anniversary. Members and friends joined together to relay stories of today and yesteryear.