September 19, 2014

Rotary Clubs buy Freezer for the Estuary

Rotary Freezer 002

Pictured from left to right are: John Donnelly, OS Rotary; Keith Wescovitch, President OS Rotary; Gerri Lewis, President-elect OS Rotary; Paula Ferrara, Executive Director ESCI; Maria Varga, President Clinton Rotary; Kevin Brewer, President Deep River Rotary and Bill McLaughlin, OS Rotary.

Recently The Rotary Club of Old Saybrook became aware of a desperate need for a new heavy duty shelf freezer for The Estuary Council of Seniors Inc. at the Old Saybrook facility. A heavy duty freezer is an integral piece of equipment used in the storage of meals in support of the “Meals on Wheels” program. ESCI provides nearly 100,000 meals a year to folks in The Estuary region.

After learning of The Estuary’s need for a new freezer, The Rotary Club of Old Saybrook applied for a matching grant from the Foundation of Rotary District 7980 www.rotary7980.org for money to replace the freezer. A grant in the amount of $2,500.00 was awarded.  The Rotary Club of Old Saybrook then invited the Rotary Clubs in The Estuary District to join in this effort.  The Rotary Clubs of Chester, Clinton, Essex, and Deep River each contributed $500.00, with The Rotary Club of Old Saybrook www.osrotary.org making up the difference to provide ESCI with $5,200.00 to purchase and install the new freezer.

The freezer has been purchased, installed and is in full operation, doing its job of storing the meals for “Meals on Wheels.”