Rotarians celebrate 60 years of service

LAKE GEORGE Dozens of community leaders and local citizens gathered Monday evening to pay tribute to a service club thats raised an estimated half-million dollars or more for charity and had fun doing it for decades. The celebration, held in a pavilion in Usher Park, celebrated the Lake George Rotary Clubs 60 years of existence. Although the club members could have spoken for hours about their accomplishments, the celebration speeches were concise and the club members, true to form, enjoyed socializing while eating a banquet prepared by East Cove Restaurant. Club President Tammy Heckenberg said she was happy about the community turnout for the event, which meant a lot to the Rotarians, particularly the long-time members. I couldnt be prouder, she said. This celebration represents a lot of people and their talents who made this club successful and beneficial to area communities for 60 years. State Sen. Betty Little sent a proclamation highlighting the the Lake George Rotary Clubs record of service. Your programs contribute to the betterment of life in the community, region, and beyond, she said in the statement. The club , she said, had a distinguished record of accomplishment in its work helping others. Your members involvement is characterized by an impressive commitment, unbridled enthusiasm and unremitting dedication to service, she said. All but a few of the the 23 active club members attended the event, serenaded by the Sunglow Polka Band, consisting of John Herzog and Ray Rabl. Highlights included toasting Joe Garry, owner of the Roaring Brook Ranch, who had tallied 42 years of perfect attendance as a Rotarian. Lake George Supervisor Lou Tessier said the club played a vital, beneficial role in the region. Club official Nancy Jefts of Brant Lake said the club donated $70,000 to 11 charities this year through the groups determined fundraising work. We do amazing things because all 23 members are working members, she said. We get a lot done. Club official Denny Galloway said Mondays celebration exemplified Rotarys ideals. Theres a lot of warmth and good fellowship here tonight, he said. And thats what Rotary is about.

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