Maumee Rotary Club Hosts Fundraiser To Support Foundation

Rotary Club of Maumee officers include (from left) Chaz Price, Melissa Tansey, Michele Free, Sharon Trabbic, Paula Birney, Jennifer Kiernan and Robbin Syrek. Not pictured are Justin Glover and Scott Mosher. Later this month, the club will host its annual fundraiser, which supports civic causes domestically and abroad. MIRROR PHOTO BY NANCY GAGNET

BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — At Compassion Toledo, a health clinic geared to helping the medically unserved, getting an ultrasound can be as important to a pregnant mother as it is to the doctor caring for her. One of the clinic’s physicians, Dr. Natalie King, recently administered care to a patient who was having complications with her pregnancy. Fortunately, Dr. King was able to conduct an ultrasound on-site, which proved useful in treating the patient. “She (the patient) had taken several buses to get here, so it was very hard for her,” said Dr. King. “If we would have had to send her somewhere from here for an ultrasound, I don’t think she would have gone, so she was very thankful and we were able to confirm things right away, which was very helpful to us.” Compassion Toledo opened in 2017 in South Toledo, and the ultrasound machine was purchased through a $40,000 donation from the Maumee Rotary Services Foundation. Rotary Club of Maumee president Michelle Free said that the donation to Compassion Toledo is one of many ways the club gives back to the community. “The Maumee Rotary Services Foundation is there so that when somebody comes to us with a financial need or support for a project, we have funding available – we’ve got immediate funds,” she said. The club is especially supportive of projects that members are passionate about, such as the Guatemala Orphanage Education Program and the Haiti Medical Mission. The club also supports many local projects, such as the St. Luke’s Hospital Diabetes Center, the Side Cut Park Rotary Pavilion and Window on Wildlife display, the Maumee Senior Center, Claire’s Day and more. “We are a volunteer-based organization with 1.2 million members or 35,000 clubs throughout the world,” said Free. “And we are among the top in how effective we are with donations. The money goes back out into the community.” The Maumee Rotary has also been a strong advocate for Maumee schools, supporting initiatives such as the Performing Arts Center and the Kazmaier Stadium Renewal Project as well as donating over $23,000 in scholarship money to graduating seniors from Maumee High School. “We are passionate about the education of our youth, which is why the scholarship is very important to us,” Free said. There are 90 members in the Maumee club and meetings take place weekly at Brandywine Country Club. On Saturday, February 23, the club will host its 38th annual Charity Auction, which supports the Maumee Rotary Services Foundation. Both live and silent auction items will be on hand for the event, which is themed around the popular board game Monopoly. Over 400 are expected to attend and local celebrities will be placed in “jail” while funds are raised to spring them from their jail cells. A swing band will provide live music accompanied by a sit-down meal. The organization hopes to raise $135,000 during the event. Donations both large and small are still being accepted for the silent auction. Some items already donated include a trip to the Mexican Rivera and a train trip to Chicago. Raffle tickets may also be purchased for a chance to win an Alaskan cruise. “We know in the end that this money allows us to do what we are passionate about – and that is to give back to the community,” said Free. • For sponsorship opportunities, e-mail Paula Birney at To register for the event, please visit online:

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