Need help around the yard? At work? The Harwood Rotary Interact club, a student-led, Rotary-sponsored group, is organizing a fall day of work on Friday, Nov. 8, or Saturday, Nov. 9.

Harwood students from a number of clubs will join the Interact Club in raising money for causes such as women’s education in developing countries, assistance to refugees, and community organizations in Waterbury and the Mad River Valley.

The Interact Club is looking for residents and businesses that could use help with work or chores such as stacking wood, raking leaves, fall cleaning, or other household and business tasks. Students are available for any size job. Anything with work for the students can contact Ellen Berrings at 583-8147 or

A minimum donation of $11 per hour, per student is requested. All donations will be used to better the community and/or the lives of those in need.

• November 16 is the annual Waterbury Rotary Club-sponsored turkey drive for the food shelf. Last year, the club collected 110 turkeys! Can we do more this year? Other food needed: nonperishable food items such as gravy, stuffing, fruit, vegetables, hot chocolate, cranberry sauce, juice, dessert and pancake mixes; and perishable items including hams, rolls, cheese, fresh potatoes and apples.

Rotarians will be set up in front of the food shelf on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

• Have you purchased a raffle ticket to win a Surly Fat Tire Bike or $1,000 cash? Second prize is $300 and third prize is $100. Tickets are $10 each or six for $50. The drawing is Nov. 19.

Money from this effort will help fund Rotary’s services to its communities — scholarships, student exchange programs, holiday events, donations to schools and the senior center, concerts in the park, and support of other local service organizations. 

Waterbury Rotary meets Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. at the Senior Center on Stowe Street, except the second Tuesday of each month, when there is a board meeting. On two Tuesdays, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17, the club will meet at 6 p.m. at the senior center. People are welcome to find out more about Rotary.

— Tami Bass

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