The Rotary Club of Ellicottville, NY
The Rotary Club of Ellicottville provides help & service to many local groups and has the designated 501(c)(3) charity organization The Foundation for Youth providing Youth programming for the Ellicottville area.
Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization. Its more than 1.2 million members volunteer their time and talent to further the Rotary motto, Service Above Self.
The Rotary Club of Ellicottville meets most Wednesdays at 5:30 PM at the American Legion
6500 Maples Road, Ellicottville NY
All are welcome but call to confirm (716) 989-7169 if you would like to attend.
How Do We Help?
The Rotary Club of Ellicottville is dedicated to the local community providing help and assistance to benefit all in Ellicottville. Many visiting Rotarians have commented that they are impressed with the extent our engagement in our local community compared to clubs with a larger number of members. With Rotary’s two affiliates “The Foundation for Youth” and “Family Support for Ellicottville” Rotary drives many projects and programs in Ellicottville. With a core of volunteers 100% of funds raised go to support local projects. Rotary has two major fundraisers that support their many projects “Tuscan Moon” – the Saturday before Labor Day and “Bob McCarthy’s Irish Christmas” – the first Friday in December. Please see our events page for more information.
Since our formation in 1999 the Rotary Club has helped the Ellicottville Memorial Library with a $50,000.00 building grant which created the Rotary Center in the Library. We continue our support yearly through funding the Library’s summer intern; the summer reading program; purchases of IPAD, Kindle & computers; a speed router for WiFI as well as numerous “Kid friendly programs”. In recent years we have upgraded computers and provided drones and robotic building kits to bring new technology discovery for kids of all ages.
Other youth programs at the Library are funded by the Foundation for Youth as requested and in 2013 we established the Young Writers & Illustrators Club that provides a fun & educational environment for a number of students via workshops throughout the year. During the summer months we support the park program and an after park reading program complimented with student workshops and activities. The Rotary Tree funded by a few donors stands in the Library Foyer and drove the Arts in Education project at Essex Arts Center creating leaves for the tree by an ECS class every year for a number of years
We provide school supplies to students at the start of the school year and support lunch programs, travel and special projects for those in need at ECS. Every year we award several $500 scholarships for outstanding graduates of ECS or BOCES. Special requests for eye glasses, hearing aids or clothing are fulfilled as needed. We also fund the Rotary “Slapshot – Leadership Program” which provides a unique experience for two or more students every year.
We provide funding for many local organizations including The Ellicottville Historical Society, The Alley Katz, the Ellicottville Food Bank and many other specific donations supporting the local Women’s Shelter, Meals on Wheels, etc.
Our annual Rotary Halloween Party at the American Legion provides a safe fun environment for more than 200 kids.
We have established the Rotary Auditorium at the Ellicottville Town Center a space to enhance the Nannen Arboretum by providing an auditorium and patio for the entire community to enjoy.
Through “Family Support for Ellicottville” we provide a “quiet helping hand” to those less fortunate in the community by providing funds for unexpected medical expenses like transportation to treatment locations We also provide Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner every year to help make these holidays special for all.
Santa’s Workshop also aided by “Bob McCarthy’s Irish Christmas” brings Christmas joy to many families in the community at special times of the year.