Enjoy local tastes at Rotary Club’s Savor the Flavor

Enjoy local tastes at Rotary Club’s Savor the Flavor

Supt. Judy Paolucci and Meghan Williams are both members of the Rotary Club. The pair spoke to The Valley Breeze & Observer about Rotary Club community projects and its upcoming fundraiser, Savor the Flavor. (Breeze photo by Jacquelyn Moorehead)

SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Rotary Club will bring the flavors of area restaurants to Bryant University on Sept. 24 for the group’s 5th annual Savor the Flavor event.

Rotary members Meghan Williams and Smithfield School Supt. Judy Paolucci said Savor the Flavor is the club’s main fundraiser of the year, and provides the money needed to continue its charitable efforts in Smithfield.

Williams described the event as a one-of-a-kind night where those in attendance can sample food and beverages from local restaurants.

Paolucci said there will also be a penny raffle, an auction and other chances to win gift baskets while enjoying the local flavors.

“This event generates enough funding for the Rotary to do its projects for the year,” Paolucci said.

Paolucci said the Rotary Club works mostly on projects that benefit the Smithfield community and scholastic efforts.

“It’s inspiring. The things we can do to help the community and make a positive change in the world,” she said.

A significant project the Rotary Club is working on is the “celebration packages,” or birthday bags stuffed with everything needed for a birthday party including gift cards for food, cake and a present.

Paolucci said the Rotary Club will work with social workers or within the school to identify students or families in need to provide the packages.

“It’s cool, it’s a different type of project that brings happiness into people’s lives,” she said.

Williams said the Rotary Club also works in schools to provide backpacks filled with toiletries and groceries to students as well. She said the process is the same as with the celebration bags.

Rotarians also collect and donate baskets for families in need for Thanksgiving.

“Really, service is at the center of what Rotary does,” Paolucci said.

Savor the Flavor will be held Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. at the Bello Grand Hall at Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike. Tickets are on sale at www.eventbrite.com for $35 presale, $45 at the door, or four tickets for $100.

The Rotary Club meets weekly on Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. at Bryant University’s Fisher Student Center. Paolucci said the group enjoys breakfast and plans community service projects to help the community.

She said the Rotary Club is always looking for new members who can offer new perspectives or bring new ideas to the group.