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Pelham Rotarians Chalk Up Banner Year For Community Service

Rotarians collect funds for the Salvation Army during the club's "Service Above Self" event. Photo Credit: Provided
Rotarians and honorees at a recent "Tastings" fundraiser last year. Photo Credit: Provided
Rotarians gather at one of the club's many events in 2015. Photo Credit: Provided
Rotarians participate in a free CPR class last year. Photo Credit: Provided
Rotarian Betty Bucher presents a scholarship to Pelham Manor High School senior Jordan Salama. Photo Credit: Provided

PELHAM, N.Y. -- The Pelham Rotary Club is celebrating what it calls a “banner year” of community volunteerism.

This year’s theme was “Service Above Self,” the club said.

Among the many successful programs, projects, and events listed by the charitable organization were:

  • The awarding of a $10,000 Scholarship to Pelham Manor High School senior Jordan Salama.
  • The honoring of two high school scholars each month.
  • The raising of $35,000 at a “Tastings” fundraiser to provide life- saving medical help for children brought to the U.S. from foreign countries or treated in their own countries, as well as local children in need. The DeCicco family, which owns a chain of high-end supermarkets, and Village of Pelham police Det. John Hynes were honored at the October event.
  • The donated of $1,250 each to the soup kitchens of HOPE Community Services in New Rochelle and Community Services Associates in Mount Vernon.
  • The donation of $500 to Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital’s coat drive for children.
  • Bell ringing in Pelham that collected more than $2,000 for the Salvation Army.
  • The training of close to 40 members of the community in CPR.

According to Pelham Rotary President Bob Rendon, the organization is comprised of “wonderful individuals who volunteer their time and talent for the good of the community.”

“Their families also often join us in special projects,” he said.

Betty Bucher, past president and current chairwoman of the annual “Tastings” committee added: “We all have a common goal: to help where help is needed, and to enjoy a camaraderie on all of our volunteer committees.”

For more information about the club, visit its website at, or contact Rotary President Bob Rendon via email at

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