Over the past number of years the Rotary Club of Ellicottville has been providing equipment and
monetary support for many local organizations. Working with the Ellicottville Memorial Library for over
15 years the Club initially provided a $50,000.00 donation to the building fund establishing the Rotary
room in the library. The Club also provides yearly financial support funding the youth Intern program
every summer along with support for the Summer Reading Program and other child friendly programs.
Rotary is committed to keeping the library technologically current through donations of computers and
equipment. Over the years they have also provided technology teaching tools like Robotics and Drone
kits via Rotary District Grants.
The community as a whole benefits from the essential programs for all ages. With the pandemic
changing how we all learn and work there was a need to improve WiFi access 24/7 at the Library. To
this end the Rotary Club of Ellicottville applied for and received a district grant to provide another
technology upgrade. New indoor and outdoor wireless access points have been installed so that Wi-Fi
access is stronger both inside the building and in the parking lot. Just as a reminder, the internet is
always on at the Library – even if they are closed, so you can surf the internet to your heart’s content.
Along with the new WiFi installation the Rotary Grant provided new 27” monitors along with new, faster
SSD hard drives on all of the patron desktop computers. The screens are a huge improvement over the
old smaller monitors and the speed of the computers allows for lightning fast downloads, which Laura
described as an awesome improvement.
The Rotary Club of Ellicottville, working with Laura Flanagan, developed a list of equipment needed to
accomplish this enhancement. The Rotary Club of Ellicottville then submitted and received a matching
grant from Rotary District 7090. The Rotary District Grant has been used in the past to support
numerous projects at the Ellicottville Memorial Library, Ellicottville Central School, the Ellicottville Food
Pantry, the Village Park and the Rotary Auditorium at the Ellicottville Town Center to name a few.
This particular grant provided the upgrade to the computers and paid for the installation of the new
WiFi access points. Both Rotarians and Friends of Rotary did the minor set up of the equipment but left
the wiring to the professionals.
The Rotary District 7090 provides a matching grant of up to $2,000.00 to Clubs that meet the criteria
annually. The Rotary Club of Ellicottville contributed $2,500.00 for a total of $4,500.00 to modernize the
equipment and improve internet access.
Laura said “We are thrilled to have your continued support of the Rotary Club of Ellicottville. I hope our
community realizes that this exceptional organization changes lives, lifts people up, and makes this
community a better place.”
The Ellicottville Memorial Library services the Ellicottville Community with many unique programs yearround while providing computer access to all who need it.

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