Rotary Club of Skaneateles

    Central New York, U.S.A

May 2017
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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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Why Rotary is Investing in Zero and Beyond ... from RI Weekly
When was polio last in Europe? If you guessed 2002, the year the region was certified polio-free, you’re wrong. The last time polio affected a child in Europe was 2015. Outbreaks like the one that occurred in Ukraine that year are why, although we are so close to eradicating polio, we still need $1.5 billion more to finish the job. Learn about the steps needed to ensure polio is truly gone forever.
$6,000 for CNY Alzheimer's Association ... by Lori Ruhlman
The Skaneateles Rotary Club presented a check for $6,000 to Catherine James, chief executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Central New York chapter, at its meeting Thursday, April 6. The check represented funds earned at the club’s March 9 International Women’s Day event at the lodge.
     James thanked the club and the Skaneateles community for joining the effort to combat the disease. “It is the only disease in the top 10 diseases that has no cure … and no way to slow the progression,” she said.  In addition to being devastating to individuals and families, it is devastating to our society, she said. “It cost $259 billion last year.”
     The vision of the Alzheimer’s Association is “A world without Alzheimer's disease,” she said.
     She shared the history of the disease and the push for more research to eliminate it altogether. “We are calling for a cure by 2025,” she said.
     James said that the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Huling Hummel, who was the keynote speaker at the Rotary event on March 9, was humbled by being invited. “She speaks in the Finger Lakes region and also around the country” as someone afflicted with the disease, James said.
     The audience at the International Women’s Day event was riveted as the Hummel told of her personal journey with Alzheimer’s disease. Hummel put a personal face on a disease that 5 million Americans are living with today.
Hummel was 50 and studying for her doctorate when she first experienced symptoms.
Rotarian Amy Tormey said the Skaneateles Rotary Club chose to focus on Alzheimer’s after it became a focus of Rotary International.   “Rotary International has taken on Alzheimer’s right along with polio and malaria,” she said. 
     The Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter is the only organization in our region dedicated to the elimination of Alzheimer's disease and the support of individuals who have been diagnosed with it. The Chapter was founded in August 1982, the result of a local community seeking more information about Alzheimer's disease. In 1983, it became affiliated by the national Alzheimer's Association.
Disabled Dewitt Rotary donated $1444 and Skaneateles Rotary donated $ 500 to purchase magnetic signs for the vans to generate awareness to veterans and to solicit volunteers.The DAV transport vans cover all of Central New York, Mohawk Valley and up north. Volunteer drivers are very much needed by DAV !  BTW. kudos to our own John Moran is one of the many volunteer that drive these vehicle.
Pictured l-r are: Debb Parker, Dewitt Rotarian and volunteer DAV driver; Sue Reisman, Dewitt Rotarian; Bill Conole, Skaneateles Rotarian; and Dewitt Rotarians Mark Matt and Ken Souser
Skaneateles 2016-17 District Grant ... from Mission of Miracles website
Portable Dental Unit .... Mission of Miracles
Bill Dawson, a member of Christ Church in Manlius, first started assisting the dental team on the 2015 Mission of Miracles. With other volunteers, he helped to sterilize implements, keep records, and distribute toothbrushes and supplies donated by Central New York parishes. A retired electrical engineer, he also discovered he could be especially useful repairing important medical equipment. But when one of the two portable dental kits began to fail, Dawson concluded that it was beyond repair—and a replacement was needed.
     “To acquire a high quality unit,” Dawson recalled, “the local team in El Salvador would have to import one, which presents significant costs and logistics challenges.” So the Mission of Miracles team began to explore options to replace the broken unit. Dr. Gard Lorey, a Skaneateles dentist and long-time Mission volunteer, ultimately secured funding for the unit with a [District 7150] grant from the Skaneateles Rotary Club.
     When volunteers with the fourteenth Mission of Miracles head to El Salvador this weekend, they will be transporting the new portable dental unit, which is valued at several thousand dollars. The unit, which travels in a wheeled case slightly larger than a typical suitcase, includes a vacuum unit for suction, as well as an air compressor and foot pedal controls to drive dental drills. When this year’s Mission wraps up, the local Salvadoran team will continue to use the unit—hopefully for years to come. “When you plant a seed you don’t know what might sprout from it,” says Dawson. “It has worked out well!”
Dictionary & Thesaurus Project:  ... by Ward
For the past seven years, the Skaneateles Rotary club has distributed Dictionaries and Thesauruses to the State Street School 3rd graders and  5th graders. Principal Steve Wedrick and Club President, Bill Huba, along with Ward Vuillemot distributed 105 Dictionaries and 93 Thesauruses on January 18th. 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 
Members of the Skaneateles Rotary Club saw first-hand (times four!!!) the results of their sponsorship of Boy Scout Troop 61 during a ceremony at the end of their weekly meeting last night.  Four young men became Eagle Scouts as Rotarians and about 60 additional guests looked on.
     The Skaneateles Rotary Club has been sponsoring this troop since 1933, according to Bob Sheppard, troop committee chairperson. The Rotary Club provides funding and support to organizations and groups locally and internationally.
     The Eagle Court of Honor was for; Christopher Niebuhr, Jim O’Connell, Dan O’Connell,
and Rex Ramsgard. All graduated in June of 2016.
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting.
     The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention, water and sanitation, and maternal and child health. The ranking also recognized Rotary's role in the effort to eradicate polio.
     The Foundation ranked No. 5 on CNBC's list in 2015.
Annual Christmas Turkey Dinner Fundraiser - On Thursday evening December 1st 200 Skaneateles residents joined us for the Skaneateles Rotary Club's Annual 2016 Christmas Fundraising Turkey Dinner at the Skaneateles Country Club.
      The club's efforts and the generosity of our guests paid off by raising almost $10,000 for the Skaneateles Outreach Office, and the Skaneateles and Spafford Food Pantries.
The Rotary Foundation of Skaneateles continues to strive to give service not only to the local community, but also to the world in need. Shown here is a picture of Dr. Gard Lorey, D.D.S., being presented with a portable Dental Unit which he will be taking on the Miracle of Mission's annual trip to El-Salvador this winter.
     The unit was funded from a 'matching grant' from the Rotary District Rotary7150 with our local Rotary and will be a permanent addition to the Mission's care providers throughout the year.
Hundreds showed up for the combined Skaneateles Rotary and HS Interact Club Halloween event Monday night.  Rotarians, led by Brad McLennan, served cider and donuts while Interact Club students put on Haunted Hallways.
     The Interact Club and the Rotary Club are grateful to State Street School and its staff for the use of that school over so many years. Karen Price, Interact Club advisor, said club members decided the high school could add new elements of excitement.  In addition, it was easier for students and staff who didn’t have to transport five truck loads of decorations to Waterman from the High School.
     Having the event in the high school is helping create more school wide enthusiasm, said Interact Club President Joe Benedict.
Jill Tietjen in Skaneateles ... by Lori Ruhlman
Skaneateles was lucky to have Jill Tietjen spend the day interacting with students in Skaneateles Schools, and then speaking with adults at the Skaneateles Rotary Club – thanks to funding by the Skaneateles Education Foundation.
     This engineer, author and inspirational speaker is reaching into the past and into the future at the same time, connecting generations. 
With one hand she is reaching into the past – as far back as the 1800s – and with the other she is reaching into 2050 and beyond. Her reach spans decades … generations … centuries.
      She is preserving the legacies, accomplishments, and stories of women who made remarkable differences in our world – especially in the areas of science and technology. And, she is inspiring young women and young men to be passionate, determined and persistent so they can make those same kinds of differences.
      She is passionately dedicated to encouraging young women/men to pursue careers in STEM fields. She knows that without this inspiration, there will be a major and very critical gap in the workforce in years to come.
     The former president/CEO of the National Women’s Hall of fame has nominated 25 women who have been inducted.
See much more about Jill here:
Sept 22, 2016 - MC Lee Bennett opened the Skaneateles Rotary club’s tribute to Bill Stevens by proclaiming to Bill that “this is your night—our opportunity to honor you” Lee noted that in Bill's 27 years in Rotary Bill has been a worker & a leader both here & at the District level & most importantly a friend to everyone on our club. Lee introduced Randy Wilson from the Sauquoit Rotary Club. Through their joint efforts, Bill & Randy made our District 7150 Youth Exchange program one of the best in our nation. Randy recounted how Bill’s efforts built our successful & highly acclaimed District YE Program.
     Lee spoke of Bill’s YE efforts and cited the 2000 District Conference where Bill arranged & managed this large event by coordinating several special programs. During this conference Bill shepherded the many YE guests. Lee summarized Bill’s many contributions to our Skaneateles Club with the phrase “always willing----any time any place”. Bill  served our club as our Club President[95-96], Board Member Club Treasurer & Secretary & Foundation Board member. Lee praised Bill as a “hands on Rotarian” willing to do any job from flipping pancakes, to book sorter for Books for the World & to USA bus chaperone for 30 days. Through the years Mary & Bill hosted numerous YE students & served as the “party house” for during numerous YE weekends. Randy Lee with an emotional salute to Bill for his tireless service to the Rotary YE Program & for their long and warm friendship.
   Lee Bennett noted that his decades long friendship with Bill included almost all areas of their lives. Lee stressed that the most meaningful aspect of their friendship is their shared love of Rotary. Now their many shared Rotary activities are rich memories. Lee said “he will personally miss Bill but the Rotary Club of Skaneateles will miss Bill even more. We are better Rotarians & people because of you.
     Before presenting Bill Stevens with his Paul Harris Fellow +3, Bill Conole gave a brief overview of the PHF Award , it’s history & the qualifications for receiving the award. Fittingly Bill Stevens is receiving his PHF+3 on the centennial of the founding of the Paul Harris Foundation in 1916. Bill Conole noted that, through his ongoing contributions, Bill Stevens made the YE “Change the World” come to life. Bill Conole that Bill Stevens is exceptionally worthy recipient of the this Award.
     Bill Stevens warmly thanked his many Rotary friends for his memorable sendoff. Bill thanked his wife Mary & his daughters Lori & Jane for their love & support.
CLICK HERE or visit our website Photo Albums to see pictures of the event.
from --- Rotary Youth Exchange Newsletter
An exchange is not only about a student going abroad, it is about all the people that make this exchange possible, and the ones that are impacted, directly and indirectly.” Discover how Marcellin Niset, Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Belgium to Alaska, USA, was inspired through his experience and the people he met to become an ambassador for peace.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
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.
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.  
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Director 2016-18
Director 2016-18
Director 2015-17
Director 2015-17
Director 2015-17
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Youth Exchange Chair
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Worthy Cause Chair
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Chairperson, Skan. Rotary Foundation
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