Rotary Club of Skaneateles

    Central New York, U.S.A

Club Information
Welcome to our Club!

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)
     Please join the Skaneateles Rotary Club as it collects canned and dry goods to replenish local food pantries (Skaneateles and Spafford) during this time of continued high demand. Residents can arrange to have their food donation picked up by emailing Rotarian Ed Evans at, or texting/calling at 425-503-9044. Residents are asked to leave food at their front door by 10 a.m. Saturday, April 17.
     When Rotarians collected food last year at this time,  the community response was overwhelming and helped fill the pantries.  The club hopes for the same this year. “Thanks you so much for once again coming to the aid of those in need of our help,” said Rotarian Andy Stevens, who is running the drive.
     Monetary donations are also welcome. Checks should be made out to "Skaneateles Rotary Foundation" with “Food Bank” in the memo field and mailed to Skaneateles Rotary Club, P.O. Box 316, Skaneateles, NY 13152. To donate on line, go to
Top requests:
(ANY non-perishable groceries are appreciated, but these are in highest demand):
 Canned vegetables, canned fruit, pasta, mac and cheese, elbow macaroni, chunky soup, baked beans, canned kidney beans, peanut butter, granola bars, graham crackers, jam/jelly, mayonnaise, cake and brownie mix, snacks, crackers and cookies, salad dressing, shampoo, dish soap (not dish washer soap).
THE POWER OF ROTARY ... be a part of it  
     Did you ever have an idea or a dream that seemed to out of reach.  Though the Power of Rotary, often these dreams and ideas can suddenly become real.  For an example; a little over twelve years ago, one Skaneateles Rotarian had an idea of leveraging a Texas centered organization he knew of, Rotarian Books For The World (BFTW), who glean, sort, pack and ship gently used children’s and text-books to third world countries.  By using the power of Rotary, that one Rotarian managed to bring together hundreds of Rotarians from nearly 100 clubs across 5 New York & Canadian Rotary Districts to form CNY-BFTW & WNY-BFTW organizations to bring this idea and dream to fruition. The concept quickly took hold and Rotarians and their families & friends volunteered well over 20,000 hours to make the one idea grow into reality.  
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.
The best of both worlds
“Preserve the past, build for the future” 
Library plans are met with enthusiasm ... by Lori Ruhlman
Excitement about the future of the Skaneateles Library has as much to do with the historical building on Genesee Street as it does with a new site on Fennel Street, community members learned at a recent Zoom meeting.
     The goal is “to build a right-sized library for our community … and to bring new life to our current building,” Library Board Vice President Susanne Guske said during a presentation for the Skaneateles Rotary Club and others.
     Many have expressed relief and enthusiasm over the dual plan, which is described as a “win-win.” 
     Guske shared a map showing the first-choice location (announced in October 2020) at 75 Fennell Street between Skaneateles Town Square (Ace) and SAVES, with a circle around the area that is merely within a five-minute walk.

Skantarians Tidy up Hwy 20 ... by Ward
On Saturday morning of the 7th, eight masked Rotarians and one guest (Carolyn Legg) suited up to clear the trash along Hwy 20, from the western village limit to County Line Rd.  The first treasure was found by Carolyn, who picked up a quarter in the Hill Top parking lot and gave it to Project Coordinator, Marv Langley, to add to the club's community service funds.
      John Moran reported the among the treasures found were; a carbide wheel found by Ed (who guessed it was from a very small bench top vehicle). John also reported that the most popular beer cans to be pitched along the by-way were Pabst Blue Ribbon (probably some visitors from Wisconsin), and the most popular older adult beverages were 3 cans of premised manhattans (likely belonged to Jack).
     In all, fun was had by all on a beautiful sunny morning and out town is a wee bit brighter for the efforts.  Rotarians at their best .... Serving the community.
April 2021
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