At last week’s Rotary meeting, Poker Tournament Chair Mike Bornfeld proposed that the Club donate all of the $2,500 proceeds of the Nov. 3 Poker Tournament to Rotary Clubs in Staten Island, New York, that are working hard to recover from the devastation of superstorm Sandy. Club membership unanimously endorsed this idea and asked that Bornfeld identify the Rotary group on Staten Island best positioned to receive and effectively use the contribution. After a little research and a few phone calls, Bornfeld concluded that the Staten Island Rotary Foundation was clearly the best recipient of the funds.
A check for $2,500 was mailed on Nov. 9.
“Rotary is all about helping people and placing ‘service above self.’ Supporting a Staten Island Rotary group was the fastest and most efficient way to put the money to work help those impacted by the storm,” Bornfeld said.
Joe Marchese, speaking for the Rotary Foundation of Staten Island was enthusiastic in his thanks: “your generous donation will help many families begin to rebuild their lives. Thank you all in the Mammoth Lakes Rotary for helping us in Staten Island. I don’t get out to Mammoth Lakes often, but you have some of the best skiing in the country and the next time I’m there I will be sure to come to your meeting and thank all of you personally.”