Rotary club thanks Scout volunteers with picnic

Posted: Oct 11, 2021 8:00 AM

The Newtown Rotary Club hosted a picnic at Dickinson Memorial Park on September 21 to show appreciation for Troops 270 and 370 of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Both BSA troupes have volunteered for various community projects that Rotary has run in the past. Most recently they have helped with the plantings on the Fairfield Hills Fruit Trail.

During the picnic, the older BSA Scouts took a moment to talk with the young Scouts about the importance of giving back. They encouraged the young scouts to participate in an upcoming volunteer opportunity with Rotary to innovate for pollinator gardens at local elementary schools on Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, Rotary members David Freedman, Daniel Honan, Judy Grabarz and President Alex Villamil work diligently to grill hot dogs and burgers for their guests to enjoy.

After everyone sat down to break bread and connect, Villamil stood up to express Rotary’s gratitude to the many volunteers.

“We want to thank you for everything… for helping us and the community,” he said. “It’s our way of saying ‘Good job, keep it up.'”

Villamil concluded by saying, “I hope one day you will be Rotarians. “

Newtown resident Rob Sibley was on hand with the Boy Scouts and congratulated Rotary for reaching out to BSA troops for volunteer opportunities and for doing everything possible to show their appreciation for their work.

“This is how you build relationships,” Sibley said.

Villamil agreed and added that “this is the start of something” between the partnership of civic organizations.

For more information on the Newtown Rotary Club and to help volunteer, visit or by e-mail to [email protected]

Journalist Alissa Silber can be reached at [email protected]

Members of BSA 270 and 370 stand at attention, saluting or putting their hands over their hearts, as they take the pledge of allegiance at the Newtown Rotary Club Picnic at Dickinson Memorial Park on 21 September. – Bee Photos, Silber

At the volunteer picnic, Newtown Rotary Club President Alex Villamil delivers a speech and applauds the BSA troops for their work in helping them with community projects.

From left to right, Newtown Rotary Club members Judy Grabarz, Alex Villamil, David Freedman and Dan Honan help grill hot dogs and burgers for the volunteer picnic at Dickinson Memorial Park on September 21.

Fifth-grader Claire Hoyack of Cub Scout 470 munchies Oreos with her mom and leader Karen Hoyack during the Rotary Club picnic. The Hoyaks also helped organize the Fruit Trail in Fairfield Hills.

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