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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?!