March 2015

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Skaneateles, NY  13152
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RI 2015-16 THEME ANNOUNCED - Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravendran asked Rotary members to use their talents, expertise, and leadership to transform the lives of other when he announced this them for 2015-16, Be a Gift to the World, during the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.   District 7150 DGE, Henry "Mac" MacDonald, of Auburn RC, was in attendance.

CNY Books for the World Update
Since its inception in Skaneateles Rotary and its introduction of the CNY BFTW project at PDG Larry's conference in 2008,  386 pallet-kits have been completed snf 5 kits in process across five CNY districts  In our district 7150, 44 Rotary & Interact clubs have participated along with 22 other individual or community organizations provide support of funds and/or books.  Some of the 1st books came from the Skaneateles HS Interact Club and the first pallet organized by the Tully Interact Club.
    Since my last BFTW update to you, we have shipped two additional 26 pallet loads and have a half load in our Bossong's warehouse space.  The project had a strong end-of year with extra kudos to our Eastern 9 clubs, working for banding together under the leadership of Roger Skinner, supplied 12 pallets in the last half of the year.  Also to the other clubs that participated in 2014. We are looking forward continued success in 2015.  In 2014 we processed 51 pallets (6 - Dist 7040, 17 - Dist 7150 & 28 - Dist 7170).
   I just returned from the Rotarian BFTW, Booklegger's Summit in Houston, Tx, where  the various USA Rotary managed book collection centers, similar to CNY BFTW, met and shared ideas, successes and challenges.  A major highlight is that PDG's and DGE's from South Africa and Pakistan were in attendance and shared the stories and successes of their Rotarian managed BFTW distribution centers.  Lot's of good news and feedback coming from that way.  Also, kudos to CNY BFTW for quality and packaging of books.  Our customers (the Children of the World) are being well served by our continued efforts.
    yesLastly, but certainly not the least, our hardworking and active CNY BFTW committee met on January 22nd and made the decision to reduce the CNY BFTW per pallet fee to $150.  This is a direct result of recently reduced transportation and other costs.  Contact at: with our inquires and pallet-kit orders.
Please review our website for more and complete information on the life changing project.
Yours in continued Rotary Service,
PDG Ward Vuillemot, CNY BFTW Coordinator      cell: 315-247-4447

MULTIPLE PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS RECOGNIZED -  Two of our members were recognized, at our Jan 8th meeting, for their continued generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation.  Their contributions are used to "Change and Save Lives" through the many international and regional humanitarian and education programs of TRF.  John O'Sullivan received his PHF+1 pin and Robin Jowaisas received inn PHF+3 pin.  Please extend you personal thanks to these Rotarians for their continuing support of the principals of Rotary.  Pictured left to right:  RF Chair, Bill Buterbaugh, John O'Sullivan, Prez Cheryl Silvestrini & Robin Jowaisas

CHRISTMAS BENEFIT PROCEEDS - The proceeds for this year's Christmas Benefit Dinner were distributed this week to The Spafford and Skaneateles Food Pantries and the Skaneateles Outreach office to help bring a little extra holiday cheer to some of our community families in need.
     The Food Pantry funds will go a long way and helping the Food Pantries supply around 150 households, with about 300 individuals, with Christmas dinners.  The Skaneateles Outreach will supply 30 families, which includes about 100 children, with Christmas baskets including clothing and toys. 
    Pictured below is our President Cheryl Silvestrini presenting checks to both Skaneateles Food Pantry and Outreach office. 

Built as a stage coach stop in 1807, the Sherwood Inn, located in the Village of Skaneateles, has been a favorite place to meet for over two centuries. Overlooking the pristine Skaneateles Lake, the historic Inn was the perfect setting for the Skaneateles Rotary Club’s ‘Charter Night’ ceremony in 1927, and continues today as the primary location for the Club’s regular weekly meetings. 
     From its humble beginnings 88 years ago, the Skaneateles Rotary Club has left an indelible mark on the local community and in the world, through its member’s “service above self” efforts in support of local and international Rotary initiatives. Local projects have included: the restoration of the Village’s lake front Gazebo restrooms; the building of a public pavilion at the Skaneateles Conservation area; new fencing and backstop for a little league field; the construction of a community built playground area; a community brochure and map; and providing dictionaries and thesauruses to students. International projects supported include: 500 sewing machines for rural India, water projects in several countries, and the “CNY Books for the World” project. Started in 2008 as a germ of a project by one Club Rotarian, the “CNY Books for the World” project is now a massive multi-district Rotary effort which, to date, has resulted in the movement of 700,000 pounds of books to Africa and other developing nations.
     With strong support and involvement of the Skaneateles School District, the Club also enjoys a vibrant and active Youth Exchange program and Interact Club. Since 1996, 73 in-bound exchange students have attended Skaneateles High School, becoming a part of the fabric of our community, while 99 Skaneateles students have traveled abroad. Our Club and community are clearly creating a more peaceful world through Youth Exchange. Our 35 energetic Interact Club members participate in many service projects and fund raising activities throughout the year. Recent national and international efforts have included fund raising for victims of Hurricane Sandy and for the John Dau Foundation’s medical clinic in South Sudan. Both of these projects involved the creation of logos for popular t-shirts and a community wide awareness campaign.
     In order to support the many worthy organizations in our Skaneateles community and throughout the world, our Club conducts two major funding efforts annually. Our record breaking Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast, started in 1968 and entering its 47th year, serves over 3,300 breakfasts every year. And each December, our Club hosts a holiday dinner event, for the benefit of our local Food Pantries, and Outreach Program. 
     Our Rotary Club enjoys a long and proud history of serving the Skaneateles community and our world, while having fun.  To engage in Rotary is to change lives!  Why not consider attending one of our weekly meetings to experience breathtaking scenery, warm conversation, and a vision of a better world?! 


Club Executives & Directors

President Elect
Grants Committee Chair
Sergeant at Arms
PE Nominee
Director 2014-15
Director 2014-15
Director 2014-15
Director 2014-15
Director 2015-16
Director 2015-16
Director 2015-16
Director 2015-16
Youth Exchange Chair
Rotary Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Interact Chair
Comm Service Chair
RYLA Chair
Youth Exchange Officer
Membership-Rtn Chair
Program Chair
Club Admin
PR Committee Chair
Fundraising Chair
Worthy Cause Chair
Elect-Media Chair
Chairperson, Skan. Rotary Foundation
Vice Chair, Skan. Rotary Foundation
Secretary, Skan. Rotary Foundation
Treasurer, Skan. Rotary Foundation
Trustee, Skan. Rotary Foundation
Trustee, Skan. Rotary Foundation
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