Waterloo Rotary to honor Anne cassim

Whether it’s creating a floral centerpiece or lending a hand with a project, Waterloo Rotarians know they can always count on Anne Cassim. Although she is not a Rotarian, Anne Cassim exemplifies the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self,” said Tim Lincoln, Waterloo Rotarian. Anne Cassim was an easy choice when club members decided to award their first ever Service Above Self honor, she said.Cassim will be honored at a dinner at the Waterloo Holiday Inn on Nov 9. The public is invited but should contact Hughes at 315-539-3674 or email jhughes10@rochester.rr.com by November 1 for reservations.Anne and her husband, Jeff, have lived in Waterloo since 1979, when they established Cassim Farms farm produce at their home on Yost Road. Anne also can be found selling her produce at farmer’s markets in Seneca Falls. She previously served as a supervisor for Friendly Ice Cream for 10 years. Community Service is Anne’s passion. She served as a 4-H leader for 10 years, has volunteered for the Community Christmas Project for 10 years and raised Guide Companion dogs for 10 years. She has served as a member of Celebrate Commemorate since its inception. Rotarians know they can count on her to work on Pumpkin Express, Rural Urban Dinner, Empire Farm Days food booth, caroling at nursing homes, decorating for various Rotary functions and dinners, and Cork and Fork. She and Jeff hosted the first inbound Waterloo Rotary Exchange Student.In her spare time, Anne enjoys babysitting her grandchildren three days a week, doing crafts and horseback riding. Anne said she loves being outdoors, as long as the temperatures are not below zero. Anne is married for 42 years to her husband Jeff, who serves as Waterloo Rotary’s Foundation Chair. They have two grown daughters, Erin Hoeksema (Ryan) and Kate (Matt) Shaffer, four grandchildren, a companion dog, Milo, two cats and a parrot.Waterloo Rotary meets every Monday at 6:30 pm at the Holiday Inn. New members are always welcome.

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