PLAINVILLE – The Rotary Club of Southington served up some kindness this holiday season, offering a luncheon for seniors at Plantsville Congregational Church and bringing more than 65 pizzas to Southington High School during Southington Community Services’ Christmas shopping event.
Fred Kuriger, past president of The Rotary Club of Southington, said that both events occurred last Wednesday as part of the Rotary Community Service Projects.
“We have been doing these two projects for at least 10 years; it has become a tradition,” said Kuriger. “We do service projects every year; it’s what rotary is all about. Our motto is service above self. It’s very fulfilling to live up to that motto. Southington has been a great town and many ways and we’re just paying it forward.”
The Senior Luncheon was held at noon at Plantsville Congregational Church.
“We served about 70 seniors a delicious turkey dinner with all the fixings,” said Kuriger. “There was singing by Jerry Limmer, a magic act by The Amazing Andy and even a visit from Santa. All the seniors also received a goodie bag and many received raffle prizes. A great time was had by all.”
That same night, members of the local Rotary Club went out to Southington High School, where Southington Community Services was holding their Christmas shopping event.
“We served 65 pizzas to the families in attendance,” said Kuriger.
Christine Kuriger, service project chair for The Rotary Club of Southington, said that 20 to 25 local Rotarians helped to prepare and serve the meals for the senior luncheon. Another 15 club members served pizza.
“Southington Community Services puts on a great event at the high school,” explained Fred Kuriger. “They have arts and crafts and gifts that underprivileged children can ‘shop’ for to pick out as gifts for their parents. Then, once they are finished shopping and wrap up their gifts, we provide them with pizza.”
Christine Kuriger said that pizza was served to 250 children and their families that night. Southington Community Services also provided children with hand-knitted hats and mittens.
The Rotary Club of Southington has several other upcoming service projects planned.
On Dec. 21, the Rotary Club of Southington will be bell ringing at Stop & Shop for The Salvation Army. This money will then be donated back to Southington Community Services.
On Jan. 18, The Rotary Club of Southington will be teaming up with the Bristol and Plainville clubs and “Harvest Pack”, a non-profit organization which sends supplies oversees. Last year, they packed 15,230 meals for Haiti.
On Feb. 23, The Rotary Club of Southington will be participating in Hartford HealthCare’s Family Fun Fest at The Aqua Turf Club. There, they and the local Lions Club, will join forces to provide information about opioid addiction. They will also provide people with Deterra bags, which de-activate medications placed in them once people no longer need their prescriptions in order to prevent abuse.
On Feb. 25, The Rotary Club of Southington will have their Mardi Gras fundraiser, which will seek to raise money to help replace the playscape at Memorial Park. The club pledged $100,000 to help replace the playscape. The location of this fundraiser will be announced at a later time.
On Earth Day, April 22, The Rotary Club of Southington will be leading cleanup efforts and handing out seed packets.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.