Rotary has charitable tradition
The Lake George Rotary Club has an extensive record of assisting organizations that are involved in enhancing the lives of local citizens.
Recent grant recipients include: the Association for the Hearing Impaired, Caldwell-Lake George Library, Caritas, House of Grace, the Lake George Land Conservancy, Glens Falls Literacy New York, Mito Hope & Help, North Country Ministry, Operation Santa Claus, Project Life Saver, Under the Woods Foundation, the Warren County Historical Society, and Lake George Women in Need.
Lake George Rotary spokeswoman Joanne Gavin said that this week that local citizens are as generous as ever.
Just weeks ago, she said, the club’s annual Rotary Radio Days raised a record sum of $10,000 — through the generosity of local businesses — about 25 percent more than in 2012.
About half of the proceeds of this fundraiser go towards high school scholarships, and the other half towards miscellaneous Rotary projects, she said.
“For a relatively small club, Lake George Rotary raises a lot of money for charitable purposes,” she said. “We appreciate the generosity of the local communities in helping us to assist those in need — not only in Lake George, but the region as well.”
The Rotary Club meets at 6:15 p.m. every Monday in the Lake George Holiday Inn. For details, contact the club’s secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-4310.
In another milestone of local generosity, the Lake George Rotary Club donated $500 to North Country Wild Care to help the group acquire pre-release conditioning enclosures — cages — for their use in humanely rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife.
Such specialized enclosures are considered a vital part of the rehabilitation process, as they allow orphaned wild animals to become accustomed to the sights, sounds, and temperatures of their release environment. For both orphaned and injured wildlife, these devices give the opportunity for the creatures to obtain more exercise - to fly, climb, run and jump in an environment free from predators while they improve their fitness level.
North Country Wild Care members rehabilitate a wide range of mammals and birds such as squirrels, opossums, fawns, raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, wolves, rabbits, as well as songbirds, raptors, water and game birds, each with their own natural history and caging needs.
Considering that wildlife are accustomed to unlimited freedom and choices, any enclosure is restrictive and stressful, a representative of North Country Wild Care said. Thus, Wild Care members are particularly grateful to the Rotary Club for contributing toward more and larger enclosures, the spokesperson continued.
North Country Wild Care is a non-profit organization that supports home-based licensed wildlife rehabilitators. Working out of their homes in nine upstate counties, members are rehabilitate and return animals to the wild.
Winter training sessions and educational programs to schools, civic groups and community organizations are also provided at no charge.
In an effort to better respond to calls for wildlife in need, the members developed an Emergency Wildlife Hotline — (518) 964-6740 — which is manned 24/7, including holidays.