The Fletcherizer
East Aurora Rotary Meeting
May 22, 2018
 
Karen Johnson-Stoj from the St. Matthias Pet Food Pantry was todays guest speaker. 
 
Karen and her friend, Debbie Smith started the Pet Food Pantry 3 years ago. The group is a 501C3 non-profit organization that supplies pet food and supplies to low income families. Initially, they raised money and purchased food and other goods from pet stores, but they are now fortunate enough to receive donations from Nestle Purina and Pet Supplies Plus. All pet food pantrys across the country combined supply about 44,000 lbs of food to needy families, as well as provide discounted rates for spay and neuter surgeries. Statistics show that animals aid in stressful situations immensely, and without the help of the Pet Food Pantry dogs and cats would be surrendered to shelters instead of residing in a loving and caring home.  Currently, the pantry is open the first and third Tuesday of each month. Volunteers are always welcome, please call Karen at 716-319-0070 or Debbie at 796-5979 for more information. 
 
Other notes:
 
There will be a RAAP Party Meeting after our regular meeting on Tuesday, June 5th. 
 
Gift of Life Program: New member, Amanda Larkowski, recently joined the board for Rotary's Gift of Life Program. This program was established about 50 years ago and supports children from over 70 countries who need life saving heart surgery for congenital heart defects. Amanda is currently selling chocolate hearts in support of Gift of Life. Please see Amanda if you're interested in joining or would like to make a donation. 
 
Induction Dinner will be held Wednesday, June 27th. This dinner will be held at The Roycroft Inn and will take the place of our Tuesday meeting for that week.
 
The lamp raffle has begun! Tickets can be purchased at The Roycroft Inn, also look for tickets at the Roycrofters-At-Large Summer Show at the Healthyzone Rink, members are also selling a select number of tickets. Tickets are $20/each and only 400 will be sold!
 
Murder Mystery Dinner is scheduled for November 3rd.