By Joe Kreitz, Immediate Past President
The work the Ridgefield Rotary Club has done in the past few months on behalf of the deserving service organizations in our town is indeed something of which we can all be very proud. In January we held the 15th annual Taste of Ridgefield. Just when we thought it might be running out of gas after 15 years, we made more money than we had for the previous 5 years, about $30k. This was followed by the Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Festival in early May . We’ve never done anything like this before and nothing of this magnitude has ever been undertaken in our town before. We ended up making about $40K, which we shared with the Community Center.
All the money we make on these events goes back 100% into the community in the form of grants to local worthy organizations. We touched over 30 organizations, did Amber Alerts and gave scholarships and youth awards. The project we have underway right now, Fly The Colors, in partnership with the Marine Corps League, is really catching on. All profits from this project will go to help meet the needs of returning veterans. The wonderful Gift of Life campaign raised enough money to save at least two lives of children with congenital heart defects, who otherwise would have died, while memorializing two young lives so tragically lost at Sandy Hook.
Given all this local activity, one might think we’ve overlooked support of our wonderful worldwide Rotary Foundation. Such is not the case .