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Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 6:30 PM
The Sherwood Inn
26 W. Genesee St
Skaneateles, NY  13152
United States
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Nancy Lewis Honored by Skaneateles Rotary Club with a Paul Harris Fellow Award – 
Skaneateles High School teacher, Nancy Lewis was honored June 23rd as a Paul Harris Fellow for her years of support of the Rotary Youth Exchange program and students in the schools and her home. Nancy has been the “special go- to-person” for YE students attending the HS. Additionally, Nancy and her husband Chuck have hosted, some on very short notice, a number of the students over the years. Nancy was presented the award by Chuck O’Neil, President Bill Blessing and Amy Tormey; “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given to the furtherance of better understanding he friendly relations between peoples of the world”.

Pictured with Nancy (center) are participants and presenters Chuck O’Neil, Lori Ruhlman, Amy Tormey and Bill Blissing. Also participating was fellow teacher Patrick Brown.  


Change of the Guard: From Cheryl Sylvestrini to Bill Blessing. July 2, 2015 ... by Skip Plank 
     “I truly thank all members in our club for the great support and kindness you gave me this year. I only wish that I could report that I learned this year how to crack an egg with one hand. But I still can’t!” Cheryl Silvestrini. With that quote, Cheryl continued documenting the remarkable year that the Skaneateles Rotary Club experienced. She gave praise to Bill Conole for speakers and Skantarian articles, Guido van der Ven, Christmas Food Pantry, Robin Jowaisas, Pancake Breakfast, Amy Tormey for membership and her work on women’s forum, Ward Vuillemot for new web site, facebook page and help in securing Rotary matching grants, Bill Buterbaugh for RI Foundation and PolioPlus giving, Lee Bennett for student exchange program and to members and officers of the Rotary Board and Skaneateles Rotary Foundation Board.
     Cheryl, in an emotional tone, reflected that it is with sadness that her year has ended. But she felt very fortunate and honored to lead and work with such a talented and committed membership.  “Each week you all “light up Rotary” with extraordinary deeds and accomplishments, no president can ask for more. Thank you all so very much!!!”
     Cheryl’s final action was giving Bill Blessing the Rotary presidential gavel and her best wishes……then a warm embrace!!

Two More Extraordinary Women Inducted into our Club 
Last week we welcomed Mary Giroux and Alice Purdy into our club.  Mary is a human resource consultant and a part time alpaca farmer who resides in Onondaga Hill. She is sponsored by Bill Conole, while Alice is sponsored by Robin Jowaisis. Alice is a financial analyst who resides in Skaneateles with her husband Jerry and daughter Alison.  Alison participated in a short term exchange to Innsbruck, Austria last summer. The Purdys will be one of the host families to Daniela from Sicily next year, and Alice is interested in getting more involved with Youth Exchange. Both women are interested in getting involved in our community service opportunities.  They are sure to be great Rotarians!  ... by Amy Tormey
Picture from left to right are: Mary Giroux; Bill Conole, Mary's sponsor; Amy Tormey, Membership Chair; Alice Purdy; and Robin Jowaisas, Alice's sponsor.

Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellowship Reorganizations - June 4, 2015 - The Skaneateles Rotary club recognized four of their members for their generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation and its many international programs.  They included their newest PHF Bill Blessing, and three multi PHFs; Umesh Patil, Chuck O'Neil and David Lee.  
Pictured from the left are:  Bill Buterbaugh, RF Chair; Cheryl Sivestrini, President; Umesh Patil; Bill Buterbaugh; Chuck O'Neil and David Lee.

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
Immediate Past Pres
Sergeant at Arms
Director 2015-16
Director 2015-16
Director 2015-16
Director 2015-16
Director 2016-17
Director 2016-17
Director 2016-17
Director 2016-17
Youth Exchange Chair
Rotary Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Membership-Rtn Chair
Comm Service Chair
Interact Chair
PR Committee Chair
Program Chair
Worthy Cause Chair
RYLA Chair
Youth Exchange Officer
Club Admin
Fundraising Chair
Trustee, Skan. Rotary Foundation
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