Rotary Club of Skaneateles

    Central New York, U.S.A

August 2016
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We meet Thursdays at 6:30 PM
The Sherwood Inn
26 W. Genesee St
Skaneateles, NY  13152
United States
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Skaneateles Rotarians, family members & friends moved their Thursday meeting to the Falcon Stadium, in Auburn, for a Doubledays ball game on August 25th. With over 35 folks attending, enjoying soda, beer, hots, peanuts, a great ball game; fun and fellowship was had by all. DG Pete & Denise joined the excitement. It was a "home-run", which I am sure we will want to repeat in future years.  
   As an extra treat, our two STEP (Short Term Exchange Program) Rotary YE students; Amelia Huba, of Skaneateles and Alexandra Menses, of Koeflach, Austria attended and exchanged banners along with President, Bill Huba (pictured L-R: Bill, Alex & Amelia)

Skaneateles Rotarians & friends (Bookleggers) packed over a pallet load (28 cartons) of children, world history, biography and reference gently used books from the unsold books following the Annual Skaneateles Library Book Sale. Our thanks and appreciation go out to many folks who gave up a few Sunday hours to accomplish this labor or love, and to the Skaneateles Library Association for the continued support and cooperation.

Skaneateles Rotary's Newest Member
Kelly Hall was inducted by Amy Tormey, Membership Chair,  into the Skaneateles Rotary Club, last weeks, on June 7, 2016.  Kelly is sponsored and mentored by Bill Conole, and he has a classification or Marketing Consultant.  Amy welcomed Kelly into our membership and presented her with a Rotary Plaque & and is very own Rotary hat, shirt & apron, which will set her up with the proper attire for our  community service projects. We welcome Kelly into the meaningful, exciting and fund world of Rotary and Service Above Self.

CHANGING OF THE GUARD ... by Bill Conole
June 23, 2016 - In a warm, emotional farewell address, outgoing President Cheryl Silvestrini thanked all of her Rotary Club friends for making her second six month tenure as Club President so enjoyable and fruitful. Cheryl emphasized that she feels privileged to be part of such an active, loyal & friendly club. Cheryl said she was honored to serve our club as President for the past six months. Cheryl thanked several club members for their camaraderie and assistance. Cheryl particularly thanked our club's "Mr Rotary" Ward Vuilemot for always being there whenever she needed help. In handing the gavel over to our incoming President Bill Huba Cheryl said she is positive that our club is in good hands with Bill Huba's steady, experienced leadership.
   Incoming President Bill Huba thanked Cheryl for her gracious comments and pledged to do his best to serve our club in the coming year. To add to our festive evening Bill had wine and dessert served. In closing our ceremony President Bill raised his glass and proposed a toast of gratitude to outgoing President Cheryl. Our members rose and joined Bill in his toast to thank Cheryl and to welcome Bill as our new President.  

Spring Fling ... by Amy Tormey
Last Thursday’s (May 19, 2016_ Spring Fling at the Welch Allyn Lodge was justwhat our membership needed: A beautiful setting,good food, great music, and the opportunity to talk, relax, and meet newpeople. We had 30 members, 32 guests, plus 4 of our Youth Exchange students in attendance.
     First, we enjoyed drinks out on the deck overlooking the pond and inside near the fire while listening to the incredible musical talent of Loren Barrier. Then we had a delicious buffet dinner and the winners of theraffle were announced. Gard Lorey won agolf umbrella donated by the Skaneateles Country Club; June Vuillemot won agift basket from Lockwood Lavender Farm; and Cathy Powell won a $30 giftcertificate to Osteria Salina in Auburn. After dessert and coffee, Loren kindly offered to play forus again.
    Many people danced while others continued to chat and enjoy drinksfrom the cash bar.
It was a special night for our hardworking club and very specialguests! 
Thank's to Loren Barrigar and to everyone at the Lodge forproviding a memorable event!

Chris Cheney, sponsored by Jean Sardino, was inducted into our membership on May 5, 2016.    Chris' classification is:  "Real Estate". Chris  and his wife, Shauna Teelin reside at 300 White Heron Circle, Fayetteville.  Chris is employed by RealtyUSA in Skaneateles. We welcomed Chris into our Happy Band of Skantarians!

Seven Skaneateles Rotarians Receive Paul Harris Fellow Awards
On March 17, 2016, Rotary International Director, Jennifer Jones assisted Rotary Foundation Chair, Bill Buterbaugh, in honoring seven Skaneateles Rotarians with new, and enhanced Paul Harris Fellowship award. 
    Cheryl Silvestrini and Amy Tormey are new Paul Harris Fellows in appreciated for their outstanding leadership contributions to the club and community.  
    Chuck Williams, Bill Conole, Steve Schwartz, Jack Hyatt and Duane Weaver were recognized, with extended PHFs for their continued financial support of the Rotary Foundation and its many educational and humanitarian programs. Without this support, Rotary could not do "good works" in our would.
    We offers our thanks and congratulations to each of them for their extraordinary Service Above Self.

Skaneateles Rotary's 2nd Annual International Women's Day Celebration
     The Skaneateles Rotary Club held a double celebration Thursday, March 3, when it packed the Sherwood Inn for International Women’s Day.
     The event, chaired by Amy Tormey,  drew more than 90 people, including 60 guests and 30 Rotarians and their families.
     Keynote speaker was Carrie Lzarus, an award-winning achor and reporter for News Channel 9 WSYR. Her FAMILY HEALTHCAST was one of the first daily local health and fitness preorts in the nations, and the first in Central New York.
     The participants celebrated the great women in the Skaneateles area community, and it paid tribute to Rotary with the slogan “Be a Gift to the World”  
     The event raised nearly $1,000 for the Skaneateles Rotary Foundation. The International Women’s Day Committee and the Rotary Board of Directors will donate the money to a designated cause. The committee is recommending it go to St. Joseph’s Hospital, which is raising money to purchase a 3D imagining unit for the Breast Cancer and Surgery Program, which was outlined at a Rotary meeting the week before the event.

Dale Drake Inducted into Skaneateles Rotary Club 
Amy Tormey, Membership Chair, to officially inducted Dale Drake into our club who is sponsored by Lee Bennett.  Assisting was Cheryl Silvestrini, Club President.  Dale and his wife Stacy live in Skaneateles.  Dale's classification is: IT Program Mgr., Amy presented Dale with a Rotary Plaque & a Rotary hat, shirt & apron. We welcome Dale into the world of Rotary.
Pictured L-R:  Amy, Dale, Cheryl & Lee

Dictionary & Thesaurus Project:  
Annually, the Skaneateles Rotary club distributes Dictionaries to the SCD 3rd graders and Thesauruses to the 5th graders. Principal Steve Wedrick and Club President, Bill Blessing, along with Ward Vuillemot distributed 107 Thesauruses and 94 Dictionaries on Dec. 22nd. View the pictures that show show the joy and excitement of the students in the Photo Albums on our website.  Lower left side of the Home Page .... or CLICK HERE 

Greatest Generation, WWII Veterans - Attendees of the Skaneateles Rotary Club's Dec 17, 2015 meeting were honored to be joined by not just 1 but 3 members of the Greatest Generation, WWII veterans: Marvin Langley, US Army Captain; Dana Coye, US Army Staff Sergeant and Rotarian; and Joe Phillips, US Navy Petty Officer 3rd class. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the engaging personal account of his wartime experiences presented by Captain Langley, our guest speaker. We humbly thank these heroes for their service. When Captain Langley completed his presentation members gave him a standing ovation & saluted him as being a true representative of America's Greatest Generation.... by Alice Purdy
Pictured left to right are: Joe Phillips, Marvin Langley & Dana Copy.

Annual Skaneateles Rotary Christmas Fund Raiser Dec. 03, 2015
​Skaneateles Rotarians, family members and guests gathered at the Skaneateles Country Club for their Annual Skaneateles Christmas Fund Raiser to raise just under $12,000 to support the local Food Pantries and the Community Christmas Basket. These funds are distributed immediately following the event to supply food, gifts and clothing to our community members in need during the Holiday Season. Merry Christmas to all.
     Over 220 folks attended and were treated to a bountiful turkey dinner, prior to a drawing of well over 100 gifts supplied by local merchantes and businesses.  Holiday Spirit and Giving at its Best!

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