Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Rotary Club presents grants, honors members

Rotary District 6400 Governor John Chambers
congratulates Doing the Right Thing award
winner Joyce Rochowiak,along with
Rotary President Rachel Kozlowski. 
The Belleville Rotary Club awarded three financial grants and recognized the contributions of several members at the meeting last week.
The club members presented a $500 check to Gabby Burton and Martha Honoian from Friday Fill-up, a group that helps provide meals for children in food insecure households. The group provides a backpack to students which contains two breakfasts, two lunches and three snacks, plus an item to help the family stretch the food budget through the weekend. Friday Fill-up is headquartered at Trinity Episcopal Church.
For more information about Friday Fill-up, or to help the efforts of the group, visit

The Rotarians also presented a $1,000 grant to the Belleville High School Robotics Club represented at the meeting by teacher and club advisor Aaron Lang.  The grant will fund a new motor and parts for the robot the club members are building for competition this year.
“The Belleville Rotary Club has a history of investing in the futures of Belleville area students, annually providing scholarships to local students and donating dictionaries to third-graders throughout the school district,” said Ray Eissenger, the Rotary member who handles publicity for the club.
“Those graduating students interested in applying for one of this year's seven scholarships should obtain an application at,”he added.
A third grant of $5,000 was presented to Bill and Valerie McNeece of Haiti Outreach Missions which provides clean water filters to a community in Haiti.  These filters are vital to the health of that community, reducing the incidence of community illnesses by up to 70, percent, Eissenger noted.
The grants were funded through the Charles B. Cozadd Rotary Foundation.
Following the grant presentation, Rotary District 6400 Governor John Chambers honored Judge David Parrott for reaching another milestone in his contributions to the Rotary Foundation and Joyce Rochowiak was presented the “Doing the Right Thing” award in recognition of her unstinting service to the community and especially to Rotary in Belleville.
The club also celebration the installation of the newest member, Patti Monroe from Brown Funeral Home Services.