DISTRICT MANAGED GRANT
Renovate & Refurnish
A Community Room
for Tri-Town Youth Services
Deep River Rotary
With Matching Funds from Rotary District 7980
Supporting a Vital Organization
Rotary supports groups that are hands-on & doing the
important work in the community.
Tri-Town Youth Services Bureau is one of those groups, providing
vital services for youth & families of Chester, Deep River, and Essex.
Parent Advisory Group Family Counseling Youth Action Council
Youth Asset Development Mentoring Babysitter Training
Juvenile Review Board Truancy Prevention Girls Circle
Substance Abuse Prevention Suicide Prevention Bullying Prevention
From Wish to Idea
Tri-Town Executive Director Allison Abramson visited a
Chester Rotary meeting in March, 2018 and was asked to list
any projects with which Chester Rotary might be able to help.
Cute Room -- But No Longer Used
Many of the requests on the Tri-Town wish list related to a
no-longer-used toddler room and a long-term goal of creating
a versatile community room that would serve all ages.
Going Big on The Possibilities
Any contribution to the community room would be good, but
with a District grant and support from all three Rotary clubs
in the Tri-Town area, the project could redo the entire room.
This project was a perfect opportunity for Rotary to do
something big that would not get done without Rotary.
Three Club Collaboration for a
DISTRICT MANAGED GRANT
Chester Rotary presented the plan to the Rotary Clubs of
Deep River & Essex who agreed to join the project.
CHESTER DEEP RIVER ESSEX
Chester served as the lead club for the proposal with Jan
Taigen writing the grant, which was awarded. The district
would now match the funds contributed by the three clubs.
The Room Before
The room had a
lot of potential,
but would not
be an easy re-do.
Rotarians Get to Work
Prepping & painting the room was the first step
of the project. Wall prep was a big job since the
toddler room had glued-on decorations, wall
shelves, and a dark painted design.
With a chalkboard wall
How many Rotarians does it
take to paint a room? 11
3 rounds spackle, 3 coats primer,
2 coats paint, 3 coats chalkboard
Thanks to all!
A bonus of the collaboration was finding out about Simply
Sharing, an organization run by Essex Rotarian Alison Brinkmann.
Simply Sharing donated many of the furniture pieces including
two couches, two work tables, a cabinet, and more.
Rotarians helped with moving day for the donated furniture.
Thank you Simply Sharing!
The New Community Room
The cozy furnishings of the Community Room
were chosen to create comfort and support
The room now features two sofas, two work
tables, ottomans, a snack shelf, chalkboard wall,
whiteboard, and magnet strip for display.
Rethinking the Other Room
The original plan for the community room was to buy tables
& chairs that would be stored and only brought out to use
But then a new idea arose:
Replace the massive boardroom
furniture to convert the former
boardroom to a room that could
be used for many activities.
New Activity Room
With this new plan, tables can be moved to fit a variety of
activities, creating new purpose and use for this room.
Smart TV for Instruction
A smart TV installed in the Activity Room will aid instruction
and presentations, including parent clinics, babysitter training,
substance abuse prevention, and more.
Thank you Chester Rotarian
(Bob the Builder) for
A New Library Nook
The resource library, formerly on wall shelves, was relocated
to a hallway nook with two custom bookcases built by Chester
Rotarian Ron Woodward. Bookcases feature drawers and the
Thank you Ron!
Additional items will support enriched activities for youth, teen & family
events, counseling, youth service projects & more:
A collection of games Sewing machines
For youth or family events or counseling Four machines for service project or crafts
Whiteboards, Big & Little Chalkboard Wall Welcome benches
Programs, note-taking, games, or art For creative expression & messaging On the front porch
If we build it… they will come
This project started with a simple wish list and ended with two
rooms and a library redone for better comfort and function,
plus added resources to enrich programming.
The value of this project will reach every person served by
the important work Tri-Town does for our community.
Room Room signs thank the Rotary clubs
of Chester, Deep River & Essex
F for their support of this project.
Special thanks to those Rotarians who also helped with
the work for this project including painting, carpentry,
furniture moving & assembly, installations, and more:
Ron Woodward Angela Jones John Ivimey
Alison Brinkmann Lynette Bester Deb Vilcheck
Bob Babicz Tim Tobin Ted Taigen
Andrew Landsman Pete Yuhasz Fran Curto
Bruce Maguire Allison Abramson Jan Taigen
The Rotary clubs of Chester, Deep River, and Essex applaud
Tri-Town Youth Services for their important work and believe they
can be the inspiration to bring out the best in our tri-town youth.