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The Belle Vernon Area Rotary Club recently made a $5000 donation to the Pennsylvania Rolling Thunder Chapter 5. Taking part in the check presentation ceremony recently were, from left, Theresa McCulloch, Rotary Club present, and Rolling Thunder Chapter 5 members Bernie Caffery, Leonard Maharowski, Loretta Nicholoson, Gary Nicholson, and Diana Winters. Rolling Thunder is a United States advocacy group that seeks to bring full accountability for prisoners of war and missing in action service members of all U. S. wars.

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The Belle Vernon Area Rotary Club and the Belle Vernon Area High School Interact Club have jointly donated $1,000 to the Monessen Salvation Army Worship & Service Center to help the organization make up a shortfall in its annual Christmas Kettle fundraising drive. A $500 donation from the Rotary Club was matched by the Interact club. Presenting the check to Monessen Salvation Army Capt. Joel Thwaite are Rotary Club President Theresa McCulloch, left, and Erin Sassak, representing the Interact club.

The club also made a $1,000 donation to the Belle Vernon Cemetery Assoc. to be used toward construction of a veterans' gazebo in the cemetery. Shown during the check presentation ceremony representing the cemetery association were Sam Cover, left, and Fred Exely.

The Belle Vernon Area Rotary Club recently made a $5,000 donation to help fund a new sheltered lift to aid disabled veterans at the Broad Avenue facility serving Belle Vernon American Legion Post 659 and VFW Post 699. Rotarian Sam Cover, front right, recently presented the donation to Walt Nogay, Post 659 secretary-treasurer. Also present, rear from left, Sam Smichnick; Mike Komlos, VFW Post 669 commander; Brian Zampatti; and Carmen Saccia, Post 659 commander.

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The Belle Vernon Area Rotary Club recently awarded Paul Harris Fellowships to Mark Frederick, Lisa Doria, Ruth Habel, and Sam Cover. Shown with the awardees are, from left, Fred Exely. Shown during the presentation ceremony were, from left, Fred Exely, Frederick, Doria, Ruth Habel, John Habel and club President Theresa McCulloch.