Lena Mangoff-Lazanja

Rotary Club gives back to AMA Sportsmen’s Association

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The partnership between the Rotary Club of Amherstburg and the AMA Sportsmen’s Association has continued thanks to a donation from the local Rotarians.

The Rotary Club presented a cheque for $10,000 to the AMA Sportsmen’s Club last Tuesday night with the money to be used from 2017-19.

The money was held in trust from the former Amherstburg Classic golf tournament with Rotary past president Lena Mangoff-Lazanja stating many volunteers at the tournament came from the AMA Sportsmen’s Club.

Mangoff-Lazanja added an additional 20 volunteers from the Sportsmen’s Club help out at Ribfest.

“It was wonderful to have that much support,” said Mangoff-Lazanja.

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The Rotary Club of Amherstburg donated $10,000 to the AMA Sportsmen’s Association with the money spread out between 2017-19. From left: Pat Pettypiece and granddaughter Adelynn, Rotary Club past president Lena Mangoff-Lazanja, AMA Sportsmen’s Association president Rod Ferriss and association vice president Ken Tytgat.

Rod Ferriss, president of the AMA Sportsmen’s Association, said the $10,000 over three years will be of great assistance.

“It helps us a lot,” said Ferriss.

Much of the proceeds will assist the AMA Sportsmen’s Club in presenting the Bob Meloche Memorial Fishing Derby held annually in June.

“It’s something we look forward to every year,” said Ferriss.

Ferriss noted that volunteers help make the Sportsmen’s Club and its projects run.

“Without the community and volunteer efforts, nothing would survive in the town of Amherstburg,” said Ferriss.

The Bob Meloche Memorial Fishing Derby is a highlight for children and families annually, Ferriss added.

“It is something Bob would be proud to have this carried on in his name and carrying on the fishing derby for the kids on Father’s Day,” said Ferriss.

Rotary Club says thanks to Ribfest volunteers, donates to House youth centre

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Rotary Club of Amherstburg gave thanks to those who helped during Ribfest, made a donation to a local non-profit group and also honoured one of their own.

All in one meeting.

The local Rotarians held their weekly meeting last Wednesday night at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 but that meeting was larger than normal as over 30 people attended with many having been volunteers at July’s Ribfest that was held in Centennial Park.

Rotary Club of Amherstburg past president Lena Mangoff-Lazanja (left) presents a cheque for $950 to House Youth Centre activities co-ordinator Rebecca Vander Vaart last Wednesday. The proceeds came from can returns from Ribfest.

Rotary Club of Amherstburg past president Lena Mangoff-Lazanja (left) presents a cheque for $950 to House Youth Centre activities co-ordinator Rebecca Vander Vaart last Wednesday. The proceeds came from can returns from Ribfest.

Past president Lena Mangoff-Lazanja chaired the meeting as president Laura George-Jurilj was absent after having surgery. Mangoff-Lazanja said the event could not happen without all of the volunteers that turn out annually.

“It would not be the success that it is without all of your help,” she told the group assembled around the table.

Mangoff-Lazanja said the Ribfest is one of the largest weekend events in Amherstburg, something she is proud of. Carl Gibb, the Rotarian that heads the Ribfest committee, echoed Mangoff-Lazanja’s comments about the volunteers.

“You people are just amazing,” said Gibb. “We’d never pull it off without your help. “It is so nice to have people that are so loyal and help us out.”

Gibb said attendance was down 4,000 people “but we still made money. It’s a credit to all of you people and all of the work we did.”

The Rotary Club and its Ribfest committee thanked the volunteers that worked the event at the Rotary Club's Oct. 26 meeting. Back row (from left): Bob Pillon, Ann-Marie Favot, Cathy Thomas, Carl Gibb. Front row (from left): Tony Ross, Lena Mangoff-Lazanja, Dan Hunt and Gene Sliepenbeek. Absent are Barb Brookbanks and Rotary Club president Laura George-Jurilj.

The Rotary Club and its Ribfest committee thanked the volunteers that worked the event at the Rotary Club’s Oct. 26 meeting. Back row (from left): Bob Pillon, Ann-Marie Favot, Cathy Thomas, Carl Gibb. Front row (from left): Tony Ross, Lena Mangoff-Lazanja, Dan Hunt and Gene Sliepenbeek. Absent are Barb Brookbanks and Rotary Club president Laura George-Jurilj.

Mangoff-Lazanja read greetings from George-Jurilj, which stated: “I wish I could join you all in celebrating another successful year of Ribfest. Another year full of hard work, sacrifice, planning and dedication, not to mention time. The months, weeks and days leading up to the Ribfest and of course the weekend of the event you all gave so freely of your time – time away from friends, family and other commitments, time I know can be hard to find. I cannot begin to thank you for your time and efforts, without each one of you our event wouldn’t be the huge success it is.

“It’s amazing what can happen when people come together with a common vision and a common purpose. You have all shown the true definition of ‘Rotary at Work.’”

Gibb was also recognized, with Lazanja pointing out the work he does not only for the Ribfest but other Rotary events as well.

“There’s really no words. We really appreciate everything (Carl) does for the club,” said Mangoff-Lazanja. “Part of the reason this event has worked year after year after year is because of Carl.”

The Rotary Club presented the House youth centre with a cheque for $950 as House members helped at the Ribfest. The money came from the return of empty beer cans that were cashed in.

The club also paid tribute to Lazanja, who served as president for a total of four non-consecutive years. Gibb noted that “we’re a small club” and they appreciate Mangoff-Lazanja’s willingness to serve as president for as long as she did.

Mangoff-Lazanja was presented a metal lantern that was crafted by Hazen Price, who is also a tinsmith at the Park House Museum. The Rotary Club is a major funder of the Park House.

Rotary Club past president Lena Mangoff-Lazanja admires a new lantern she received as a gift Oct. 26. It was crafted by Park House Museum tinsmith and fellow Rotarian Hazen Price.

Rotary Club past president Lena Mangoff-Lazanja admires a new lantern she received as a gift Oct. 26. It was crafted by Park House Museum tinsmith and fellow Rotarian Hazen Price.

George-Jurilj also had a message for Mangoff-Lazanja, with that message read by Gibb: “I wouldn’t be where I am today in my Rotary life if not for Lena. One because she nominated me for president, and two because she has given me her unwavering support. She has set a great example for not only the role as president, but as a true Rotarian. Her dedication, perseverance, knowledge and passion through her terms as president are something I truly admire. She has left me with some very big shoes to fill in my time as your president. But I know with her as one of my greatest cheerleaders I will be able to serve you all very well. Thank you Lena for all your service in Rotary. You have many wonderful accomplishment you should be very proud of.”

Mangoff-Lazanja praised the work of the group as a whole, stating nothing could be accomplished without the work of everyone.

“You guys made it easy for me,” she told her fellow Rotarians.

Mangoff-Lazanja added she served as president as long as she did because of her fellow Amherstburg Rotarians and the support she received from District 6400.

“It’s a family,” she said.