By Alex Karsanidi, Rotary Club of Ridgefield

The Rotary Club of Ridgefield held another successful Amber Alert Enrollment this past Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Summerfest ’64 street fair with over 125 children registered.  Registration sessions are generally held semi-annually to provide an opportunity to update the photos of registered children to reflect changes in appearance as they grow.

The AMBER Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe recovery of the child.  — Website of Rotary Club of Danbury

A well deserved thank you goes out to all the volunteers who made this event a success, which comprised Rotary Club members, two prospective members (Charlie Schuller and Bill Maxwell who was joined by wife Lesia), plus the parents of the recipient of this year’s Rotary Club Scholarship, Irene and Fred Franklin — all of whom spent more time and showed more enthusiasm than I could have hoped for.

The Rotary Club members present were: Joel Third, Joe Kreitz, Rainer Gonet, Bill Iannuccilli and Kathy Graham.

All of our volunteers handled the constant flow of children and parents with a smile and patience which I am sure was tested at times. Several people served multiple shifts, so my hats off to them.

The Rotary Club of Danbury provided equipment, training and technical assistance.

We also need to remember our sponsor, Union Savings Bank, without whose financial support this event would not have happened. Plus we need to recognize the landlord of the store we used, Urstadt Biddle Properties, without whose generosity we would not have been at such a central location right in the middle of all the action.

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