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  • The Lake Shore-Severna Park Rotary’s annual Family Fun Day on September 16 will combine beloved activities like face painting and pony rides with access to the Y in Pasadena’s swimming pool and the basketball court. In past years, the event was held at Pasadena Golf Center.
    The Lake Shore-Severna Park Rotary’s annual Family Fun Day on September 16 will combine beloved activities like face painting and pony rides with access to the Y in Pasadena’s swimming pool and the basketball court. In past years, the event was held at Pasadena Golf Center.

Rotary Club’s Annual Family Fun Day Promises A Variety Of Activities

Gracie Fairfax
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The Y in Pasadena will be filled with community members of all ages during the Lake Shore-Severna Park Rotary’s annual Family Fun Day on September 16 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. In the past, the event has been held at Pasadena Golf Center, but the Rotary decided to hold this year’s event at the more spacious Y in Pasadena at the suggestion of Matt Lewis, a Rotary member and the Y’s executive director. Because of the discounted rental price offered by the Y, this year’s event will include free admission.

“It truly solidifies not only Rotary’s commitment to the community but the Y’s commitment as well,” Lewis said. “Here at the Y, we like to partner with likeminded organizations and organizations with a similar mission, and Rotary’s mission of ‘Service Above Self’ really comes forth. … We’re all trying to do the same thing, so why work against each other? Let’s work together.”

Attendees can expect to find all the classic favorites the Rotary has offered year after year: face painting, balloons, pony rides and a petting zoo. Life-sized games of Jenga and Twister will provide fun for the whole family, and inside the Y, guests can enjoy the swimming pool, basketball court and other amenities.

“We’re hoping to have a little something for everybody,” Rotary volunteer Gloria Manges said.

The Rotary’s primary objective during Family Fun Day is community outreach, but any proceeds earned from the event will go toward buying dictionaries for third-grade students at local schools — a project the Rotary undertakes every year. Even in the age of computers, elementary school students benefit from having printed dictionaries accessible to them during the school day.

“The kids love them. We go in and hand them out, and we talk to the kids and they have all kinds of questions – unbelievable questions,” Manges said. “That’s a great part of what we do.”

As they seek to grow their involvement within the community, the Lake Shore-Severna Park Rotary wants people to feel they can come to them with their needs. For those interested in learning more about being a Rotary volunteer, there will be membership tables with materials explaining what the club has to offer its members.

Both the Y and the Rotary hope this event will reinforce that their entities are dedicated to being a resource for the community and are actively seeking to improve the lives of those who live in the area.

“Whether it’s a fundraiser to help send kids to camp or whether it’s an opportunity for us to volunteer our time down at [University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center],” Lewis said. “You name it. We want to make sure that we’re making this a better place.”


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