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Overview - Community Service
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Community Service - The Third Avenue of Service

...by contributing to projects within your community that assist the young and the elderly, enabling them to live in good health and dignity.  Identify community needs and make the dreams for positive change a reality by personally participating in projects that will make a difference and raise the quality of life in the community.  Whatever the size of your community, from village to urban area, address the wide range of issues confronting modern society, from homelessness to  literacy.


Some of New London Rotary Community Service Committees


Rotary Centennial Playground at Toby May
Formerly the Environmental Project Committee, which identified and organized
at least one project per year to address environmental issues in New London;
this committee focuses is on maintaining the equipment and landscaping at the
Rotary Centennial Playground at Toby May Park. This project involves Rotary
volunteers for such projects as clean-up, planting trees, weeding and picking
up litter in public areas, in addition to adding or replacing parts on the playground

Outstanding Teacher
The Outstanding Teacher Committee seeks nominations from New London
public, parochial and private schools for an outstanding teacher. The committee
makes the final selection for the Outstanding Teacher from the proposed
candidates. The person is honored at a Rotary meeting in April, May or June.

Unsung Hero
The Unsung Hero Committee publicizes and takes nominations for some person
who has demonstrated the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self", without
recognition or compensation. The committee makes the selection for the Unsung
Hero to be honored. The person is honored at a Rotary meeting in April,
May or June.

Yale-Harvard Day
The Yale-Harvard Day Committee arranges for the recognition of the Yale
Harvard race at a joint Rotary, Kiwanis, Lyons Clubs meeting during the week
preceding the Yale-Harvard race, with a program dedicated to the 150+ year
old intercollegiate competition.

The Outreach Committee identifies opportunities for volunteer service in the
New London community, recruits Rotarians and organizes the project. The
primary outreach projects the club is committed to are dinner service at the
New London Community Meal Center on the second Tuesday of each month,
senior dinners in public housing, volunteer income tax assistance program and
the United Way Day of Caring. Other outreach projects may include supporting
New London-based charitable organizations with volunteer efforts; such as,
volunteering at YO one night a month.

Camp Rotary
The Camp Rotary Committee plans and arranges for the club supported summer
school program for New London middle school students with the help of
Connecticut College. The committee is responsible for publicizing the event in
the elementary and middle schools, arranging the details of the program (teachers,
counselors, facilities, transportation, meals, etc.) with the New London Public
Schools, Connecticut College, the New London Community Center and the
other organizations that provide activities and space for the program.

Student Recognition
The Student Recognition Committee arranges for the recognition of students
from the 12 New London public, private and parochial schools at a regular
Rotary meeting. This involves working with each school to schedule the attendance
of the student, teacher, principal and family members. The committee
also arranges for gifts and two copies of a certificate of recognition for the
individual school's Rotary Student of the Year.

Senior Dinner
The Senior Dinner Committee arranges for and serves annual dinner at the NL
Senior Center for resident seniors. This involves working with various local
agencies or restaurants to arrange preparation of meal, publicizing complimentary
dinner and scheduling club members to serve the dinner.

Holiday Children's Book Drive
The Holiday Children's Book Committee plans an annual children's book drive
culminating in a program for children enrolled in early education programs in
downtown New London in December. This involves publicizing the drive to
club members during the preceding months and encouraging members to donate
new children's books for donation to children's programs throughout New

The Literacy Committee plans and coordinates the purchase and presentation
of Rotary dictionaries to every third grade student in the New London pubic,
private and parochial schools. This involves contacting the grade schools to
arrange presentation date(s) in the third grade classrooms and encouraging
and scheduling members present the dictionaries to the children.