Rotary Club of Skaneateles

    Central New York, U.S.A

Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
Skaneateles

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 6:30 PM
The Sherwood Inn
26 W. Genesee St
Skaneateles, NY 13152
United States of America
We currently meet via Zoom due to COVID-19. Guests are invited to join our meetings by contacting our President: David Lee (email link by clicking on his name) listed under Club Executives & Directors (below - right column)
This Year's Pancake Breakfast (2021) - Canceled
The Skaneateles Rotary Club has canceled this year’s Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast, deciding that it is just too soon to attempt to serve more than 3,000 people in one venue.
     We want to wish all dads and families a happy Father’s Day this year, and we hope you will put the pancake breakfast on your calendar for next year! What a feast of fun and community (not to mention pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee, and juice) we will have a year from now. 
     The breakfast is one of Rotary’s biggest fundraisers each year.  Last year, the community came through in a huge way to help us raise funds in new ways – so our support of community projects, groups and organizations could continue.  THANK YOU.
     To support the club as it more quietly raises funds, CLICK the DONATE button at the top of this page, or write a check to: Skaneateles Rotary Foundation, and mail to:  Skaneateles Rotary Club, P.O. Box 316, Skaneateles, NY 13152
 
YOUTH EXCHANGE ALUMNI
ZOOMS-IN FROM BELGIUM ... by Lori Ruhlman
With the same exuberance he brought to Skaneateles as an exchange student in 2011-12, Thomas Boxho spoke to Skaneateles Rotarians on Zoom Thursday night.  Boxho was 17 when he left Belgium for a year in Skaneateles.  It was a decision that changed his life and made him a better person, he said. “I tell people ‘Do it! Jump in. Don’t be afraid!’ It changes you. I had the best year of my entire life.”
Pictured: Thomas Boxho during one of the highlights of his stay here:  performing with a great cast and crew in “Noises Off,” directed by his host father, Micky Kringer.
     Boxho got degrees in international law and Political Science in Brussels (in English!), but also continued in drama after leaving the US.  A highlight while here was performing on the Skaneateles High School stage. (It was a highlight for those who saw him perform, too!)  Boxho has been back to visit six times and keeps in touch with host families -- including Rotarian Roberta Williams, the Kringers, and the Leesmans.
     Our club’s youth exchange program, which sends local students abroad and hosts students from all over the world, has received national recognition for its success. It is one of many programs the club supports through  money raised each year at the Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast – our biggest fundraiser.  To see what else the club supports, and to make a donation in lieu of the breakfast this year, please CLICK the DONATE button above, or write a check to: Skaneateles Rotary Foundation, and mail to:  Skaneateles Rotary Club, P.O. Box 316, Skaneateles, NY 13152
ROTARY USE "ZOOM" TO
RECONNECT WITH YE ALUMNI .... by Lori Ruhlman
Rotarians recently enjoyed an in-person meeting while making use of a great lesson learned in the pandemic: with Zoom, speakers can be from anywhere! Exchange student Lucas Grob (2007-2008, from Switzerland) joined the meeting from his home in Zurich. Grob thanked the Rotary Club, the Skaneateles community, and his host families for the year that changed his life. He lived with the Loreys, Frackenpohls and Trapanis. Host brother Tyler Lorey is now a Rotarian, and helped set up the on-line reunion. “Lucas is the brother I never had, and one of the dearest friends I’ve ever had.” Lorey said Grob was “the number one influencer for me to become a Rotary Youth Exchange student to Chile.” (Tyler was a junior the year the Grob was here). In the years since his stay here, Grob has received his master’s degree and PhD in food processing engineering. He impressed Rotarians with descriptions of his research, which began in chocolate and is now focused on developing alternative proteins.
Rotarians Restock Local Food Pantries .... by Lori Ruhlman
Rotarians in the Skaneateles Rotary Club restocked local food pantry cupboards this spring, thanks to all of the community members who contributed to the club’s recent food drive.About 80 large boxes of food were donated to the Spafford and Skaneateles food pantries, “topping off shelves -- and then some,” said Rotarian Andy Stevens.  “Staff at both locations were very appreciative.”
In addition, more than $3,500 was collected for the pantries.
 
2020 Holiday Basket
a Resounding Success!   ... by Lori Ruhlman
Thank you, Skaneateles Rotary club members! Did you hear the news? We topped $20,000 in our Holiday Basket Virtual Fundraiser, shattering records and expectations. Thanks to amazing collaboration among the committee members, club members and others in the community, we provided our local food pantries (and Skaneateles Oureach) with MORE than they expected in their efforts to make the season bright for local families in need.
     During a pandemic, we successfully found new ways to reach out to the community.
     A special thanks to Jay Stith, our club’s community service chair, for getting the Holiday Basket committee off to a great start.
     Thanks to Holiday Basket Committee Chair Roberta Williams for believing from the start that we would not only break records, but top $20,000.    
     Thanks to all Rotarians who donated time, talent & treasure to help us reach into the community to all our families, friends and neighbors who contributed so much to make this one of our most wide-reaching, inclusive fundraisers ever.
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Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Treasurer
Secretary
Immediate Past Pres.
Sergeant at Arms
Exec-Secretary
Co-Exec-Secretary
Director 2020-22
Director 2020-22
Director 2020-22
Director 2020-22
Director 2019-21
Director 2019-21
Director 2019-21
Director 2019-21
Youth Exchange Chair
Rotary Foundation Chair
Membership-Rtn Chair
Membership Chair
Comm Service Chair
Interact Chair
PR Committee Chair
Bulletin Editor
Program Chair
Worthy Cause Chair
RYLA Chair
Youth Exchange Officer
Elect-Media Chair
Club Admin
Fundraising Chair
Grants Chair
Chairperson, SRF 2019-21
Treasurer, SRF 2021-23
Vice Chair, SRF 2020-22
Secretary, SRF 2021-23
Trustee, SRF 2019-21
Trustee, SRF 2020-22