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Rotary Club Vero Beach Oceanside promotes early literacy to new moms

Tiffany Smidley, R.N., IRMC Orthopedics, center, and her baby, Elliette, born on Aug. 29, receive a book, being held by Tiffany's little sister, Amber Figner, 8. Also, from left, Peter Hoffman, IRMC Auxiliary president; Pat Hahn, IRMC Stork Club chairman; Susan Smith, Rotary VB Oceanside Literacy chair; Tammy Adams, Rotary VB Oceanside vice president and Service chair; and Cynthia Grabenbauer, director of Marketing and Publicity for the Vero Beach Book Center.

Tiffany Smidley, R.N., IRMC Orthopedics, center, and her baby, Elliette, born on Aug. 29, receive a book, being held by Tiffany's little sister, Amber Figner, 8. Also, from left, Peter Hoffman, IRMC Auxiliary president; Pat Hahn, IRMC Stork Club chairman; Susan Smith, Rotary VB Oceanside Literacy chair; Tammy Adams, Rotary VB Oceanside vice president and Service chair; and Cynthia Grabenbauer, director of Marketing and Publicity for the Vero Beach Book Center.

VERO BEACH - The Oceanside Rotary Club, through the generosity of the Vero Beach Book Center and cooperation from the Indian River Medical Center, recently donated 81 copies of Touch and Feel Baby Animals books for distribution to new moms. The books are being given to each new mother during the month of September - International Literacy Month - along with a Rotary bookmark with helpful suggestions promoting the importance of reading to children and a pencil from the Book Center.

Tiffany Smidley, R.N., IRMC Orthopedics, (see photo) center, and her baby, Elliette, born on Aug. 29, just received the book, being held by Tiffany's little sister, Amber Figner, 8. Also, from left, Peter Hoffman, IRMC Auxiliary president; Pat Hahn, IRMC Stork Club chairman; Susan Smith, Rotary VB Oceanside Literacy chair; Tammy Adams, Rotary VB Oceanside vice president and Service chair; and Cynthia Grabenbauer, director of Marketing and Publicity for the Vero Beach Book Center.

"We're so grateful for the assistance of the wonderful staff and auxiliary at the Indian River Medical Center in helping our Rotary club promote our literacy efforts," Smith said.

Donating dictionaries, building schools, or acting as tutors, Rotarians are active in efforts to promote literacy around the world. Each year, Rotarians carry out thousands of projects to the following:

*Expand and improve early childhood literacy and education programs for both boys and girls;

*Improve the ability of teachers to teach and empower schools to meet the needs of students in the community;

*Increase access to adult learning programs for both men and women;

*Reduce barriers to literacy;

*Promote positive community environments for literacy.

Newly chartered in March 2009, the Rotary Club of Vero Beach Oceanside made quite an impact in the community in its first year. One of six Rotary Clubs in Indian River County, it's 20-plus members dedicated hundreds of volunteer hours and contributed more than $4,000 toward local charitable groups that included the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of the Beaches, Dasie Bridgewater Hope Center, Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts, Literacy Services of Indian River County, The Rotary Foundation & PolioPlus and The Samaritan Center.

Rotary Club of Vero Beach Oceanside is one of 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto "Service Above Self," Rotary's main objective is service - in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

Rotary clubs are free to develop autonomous service programs locally, nationally and globally; plus, all Rotarians are united in a worldwide campaign to eradicate polio.

Rotary Club of Vero Beach Oceanside meets every Tuesday from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Indian River Shores Town Hall Community Room located at 6001 N. A1A and Fred Tuerk Drive in Vero Beach. For more information, call VB Oceanside Club President Maureen Labadie at (772) 589-3025 or visit www.rotarycluboceanside.org or www.rotary.org.



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