Mammoth Rotary donates $2,500 to Sandy victims

Imagine lining up dollar bills stretching from Mammoth Lakes to Staten Island, N.Y., and that would be just short of the amount of money the local Rotarians are sending to Superstorm Sandy victims.

“Rotary is all about helping people and placing ‘service above self,’” said Mammoth attorney Mike Bornfeld after he led an effort to send $2,500 to hard-hit Staten Island.

The Mammoth Rotary Club raised the money Nov. 3 at its poker tournament. The following week, the club sent a check to the Rotary Clubs of Staten Island.

“Supporting a Staten Island Rotary group was the fastest and most efficient way to put the money to work and help those impacted by the storm,” Bornfeld said.

That’s a journey of 2,716 miles from Mammoth, according to Google Maps. But in the world of Rotary the world shrinks a bit, at least figuratively.

Members of the local club unanimously endorsed the idea and asked Bornfeld to identify a Rotary group on Staten Island best positioned to receive and effectively use the contribution.

After a little research and a few phone calls, Bornfeld said he concluded that the Staten Island Rotary Foundation was clearly the best recipient of the funds.

The check for $2,500 was mailed on Nov. 9.