December 2014

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We meet Thursdays at 6:30 PM
The Sherwood Inn
26 W. Genesee St
Skaneateles, NY  13152
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ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY - Dec 18, 2014 - The Skaneateles Rotary club held it's annual Christmas Party at the Sherwood Inn for members and guests. Musical entertainment was supplied by five wonderful students from the high school, and we wished our three Exchange student Happy Holiday. Twas fun, good fellowship, good music and good food.  Visit our Photo Albums, below and to the left, to view some of pictures of the happy event.
Happy Holidays to all, from the Skaneateles Rotarians.

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. 

A Paul Harris Fellow was awarded to Ms Jill Newton.  Dec 11, 2014 - Umesh introduced Jill’s family and many friends who joined us for dinner and for the PHF award ceremony. As part of the award presentation Pat Blackler, former Skaneateles Town Historian, reviewed some of Jill Newton’s many accomplishments. Pat praised Jill’s willingness to take the lead & serve as chairperson for many local fundraising boards. For several years Jill served as the Director of the Skaneateles Meals on Wheels Program. Currently Jill is the President of the Marcellus Skaneateles Art Guild. Through her many contributions to our community Jill is clearly living out the motto practiced by Rotarians and others;  Service Above Self.  President Cheryl noted that  Jill is a most worthy recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award. .... by Bill Conole
Pictured above are Jill (with flowers) with family and some of her many friends that attended

JOHN MAY IS MISSED - Long time Skaneateles Rotarian, John May died Dec. 5th.  John joined our club in Sept. 1989, and have been a very active and contributing member to Rotary throughout those years. John became a PHF in 1998  through his generous donations to The Rotary Foundation.   He will be missed by all of us. Our prayers and condolences go out to Dolores and the May family in this time of their grief.
     Calling hours on Tuesday, Dec. 9th  at 4 to 8 PM and Services held on Wednesday, Dec. 10th  at 11 AM, at Robert Gray Funeral Home.  In liew of flowers contribution may be made to the Skaneateles Presbyterian Church, or the Skaneateles Rotary Club.

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 600,000 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, 70 in-bound exchange students have attended Skaneateles High School, becoming a part of the fabric of our community, while 98 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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