District 7150 & RI Officers

  DG - Elise Hereth
  AG  Area 7 - Charlie Smith
  DGE Lizzy Martin D7180
  DGN - Bob Balk D7180
  DGND - Pamela Baker Gratton D7180
  SEC - PDG Pete Cardamone
  Treas - Tara Renner
 RID [22/24] - Drew Kessler
 RIDE [24/26] - Christine Etienne
Rotary International Ofc/Dirs
  RIP [23/24] - Gordon R. McInally
  RIPE [24/25]  Stephanie A. Urchick
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Hwy Cleanup

Skantarians Tidied up Hwy 20 ... by Ward
On Saturday morning of the 3rd, five hardy Rotarians suited up to clear the trash along Hwy 20, from the western village limit to County Line Rd.  They collect five trash bags full of discarded treasures of unknown origin and value, which is to be donated to NY State Highway Department.  We understand that Marv wore long pants this year (we're not too sure of reason why, but we at itching to know).  
     The magnificent five were:  Marv, Jay, Ed, Joe & Chuck O. Kudos to the crew their contribution to the beautification of our town & village.
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Food for Polling Workers

Skaneateles Rotarians Voting with Meals
Skaneateles Rotarians, partnering with the Skaneateles Bakery, provided lunch and coffee for the 27 local poll workers at the committee's 3 polling stations.  All were wearing their "I Voted" stickers and masks. The three masked food barriers are Rotarians; (L/R) John O, Craig F. with Chris Grilli, owner of the Skaneateles Bakery (provider of the food & coffee).  Also were Rotarians; Rosemary M. & Bill B. who took the orders at the polling stations, and project organizer, Jay S. who also doubled as food barrier and photographer.
     "Service Above Self" Rotarians partnering with local business in Community Service, for this that served us at the polls.
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Bsltimore Woods Oct17

Baltimore Woods Accessible Trail ... by Ward
On October 11,  work began to establish a stone dust accessible trail that connects the Backyard Wildlife Trail, Harrison Loop, and Faust Wildflower Garden behind the Interpretive Center. This dream is becoming a reality thanks many volunteers and to Skaneateles Rotary Club taking the lead on a grant that brought four local rotary clubs together; Skaneateles Sunrise, Marcellus, and Camillus Solvay Geddes Rotary Clubs who each contributed helping hands and funds which were matched by the Rotary District 7150 through an annual grant program designed specifically for projects that benefit the local & international communities. 16+ Rotarians from the participating clubs showed up for the work parties on weekends of Oct 17&18 and Oct 24 & 25)  The Rotary  District 7150 Grant was prepared and managed by Rotarian, Dale Drake  Way to go Rotary!  
Who is the masked wheelbarrow man?
Many photos of volunteers at work can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.
Learn more about Baltimore Woods at: https://baltimorewoods.org
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Beyond the pancakes

Beyond the Pancakes
The sad news is we are canceling our annual Father’s Day Pancake breakfast with the health and safety of everyone in mind.
The good news is we have come up with a way to raise money without having our traditional pancake breakfast, by utilizing an on-line fundraising service called Rallyup.  (Please note:  we originally planned to have a raffle option, but this has been canceled because it isn’t legal to do on-line in NYS). 
The community needs are greater than ever as a result of COVID-19. 100% of the funds donated will go to local food pantries and school and community outreach meal programs. (Please be aware: because we are utilizing a free service, it may either prompt or attempt to add a tip to your donation.  Look carefully for this and delete.  We do not benefit from the tips; they go to the service).
Here is how it works:
  • Go to  https://go.rallyup.com/feedskan  for the easy details.
  • Choose a donation amount, or create your own amount.  At checkout, watch for the tip option and delete.
  • Share this with everyone you would normally invite to the breakfast (and more!)
Rotary will surprise some donors after the campaign by giving out some Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce gift certificates (thanks to donations from generous sponsors).  This is intended to infuse dollars back to business owners who have been hit hard by the virus as well. 
These are unprecedented times – our community needs Rotary more than ever!  And we need your help to make this successful.  In addition to donating, you can help by encouraging your friends and family to give as well.  Please share this message in any way you choose (via email or Facebook or word-of-mouth!) 
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Christmas Benefit - 2019

Annual Christmas Benefit -Dec 12, 2019

$13,000 was raised for the Skaneateles Outreach and the Skaneateles & Spafford Food Pantries at the Skaneateles Rotary Club's annual Turkey Benefit Dinner held at the Skaneateles Country Club.
     Co-Presidents, Mary Giroux & Cheryl Silvestrini welcomed more 205 Rotarians, their spouses & guests who gathered in the Skaneateles Country Club to support the needy in our Skaneateles Community. Rotarian Dan Roche led us in song and the Rev Becky Coerper, Rector of the Skaneateles Episcopal Church offered a heartwarming blessing.  
     Following a fabulous turkey dinner (one turkey per table) and good fellowship, many gifts, donated by local merchants and Rotarians, were raffled off by Rotarian, Bill Conole.
     Check out the many pictures of folks celebrating the Christmas Holiday, while raising lots of funds to help other, less fortunate, to have a happy holiday. 


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New SRC Mbrs 11/14/19

Skaneateles Rotary Club Continues to Grow
Nov 14th, the Skaneateles Rotary Club added to new members to their ranks of individuals to seek to Connect the World through Service Above Self.  They are:
  • Andrew Stevens, a past member of the Cortland Breakfast Rotary club (7/09 - 12/18).  Andy and his wife, Angela, make their home in Skaneateles.  He is sponsored into our club by Bill Buterbaugh.
  • Edward Evans, a past member of the Hamilton Rotary club, is sponsored by Craig Froelich and lives in Skaneateles with his wife Brenda.
 We look forward to Andy's and Ed's participation in our efforts to serve our local and world communities.  
Pictured L/R:  Criag Froelich, Ed Evans, Amy Tormey (membership chair), Doug Powell (president), Andy Stevens and Bill Buterbaugh.
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Meet Rotary

"Rotary" Arrives - Oct 5, 2019
This year the Skaneateles Rotary club put together a multi-club grant with the Skaneateles Sunrise, Chittenango, Cazenovia, Fulton Noon, Baldwinsville and Dewitt Clubs (30+ D7150 Rotarians attending the event). Altogether, with a District match, the grant totals $11,000 and will benefit the Clear Path for Veterans puppy development program. This program raises and trains service dogs which are then provided to qualified veterans at no cost to enhance their lives. Clear Path is naming one of their new puppies scheduled to arrive on October 3rd "Rotary" in honor of our grant. "Rotary" is a little boy Labrador retriever pup.  The grant was initiated and written by Skaneateles Rotarian, Mary Gioux.
     To learn more about Clear Path for veterans, visit their website at: http://www.clearpath4vets.com
Pictured is Mary Giroux introducing "Rotary"
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august membership month 2019

Membership & Club Development 
... from RI Membership Moment
August is Membership and New Club Development Month. This is the perfect time to celebrate your club’s members and consider the many options available for strengthening your membership. The following ideas can get you started:
    Show your Rotary pride by adding a Proud Member frame to your profile picture on Facebook. 
    Watch RI President Mark Daniel Maloney speak about growing Rotary and share his short membership video at your next club or district meeting. 
    Welcome new members to your club with
 Rotary Basics. The online course covers all things Rotary in an interactive, multimedia format. The course was designed for new members, but it’s also a good refresher for long-time members who want to test their Rotary knowledge. 
    Encourage local businesses, nonprofits, and government groups to get involved in Rotary by offering corporate memberships. Learn more about this innovative membership model in the 
Guide to Corporate Membership.
    Did you know you can start a satellite club with as few as eight members? The Guide to Satellite Clubs explains what a satellite club is, how it can benefit your community, and steps for starting one. 
    Passport clubs encourage their members to visit other clubs and participate in their activities as a way to get  fresh ideas. Learn more about this club model in the new
 Guide to Passport Clubs
    The newly updated Club Flexibility page has great ideas and tips for how your club can stay relevant to current and future members. 
    Finally, Rotary has a series of membership courses available in the
 Learning Center — from managing Online Membership Leads to Building a Diverse Club. Each course includes self-guided learning modules that let you explore real-life scenarios you might experience in your club. All membership courses are highlighted in purple.
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Pancake Breakfast 2019

Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast Sunday, June 16
The Skaneateles Rotary Club will hold its 51st Annual Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast at the Austin Park Pavilion Sunday June 16, from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  The Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast is an annual family and community event serving up all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages, orange juice, milk and coffee. Guests enjoy listening to the community band while having a great time with dad, family members and friends.
     The proceeds from this and other Rotary events go towards the club’s Worthy Cause programs such as International Youth Exchange, Local Food Pantries and Outreach Programs, the YMCA and Community Center, School Scholarships as well as many other local charities and organizations.  Funds also support many  community service projects like the Rotary Pavilion constructed at the Town Conservation Area, renovations of the public restrooms under the Clift Park  gazebo, and many improvements to the Austin Park play and recreation facilities.
      Tickets may be purchased from Rotarians at  TOPS  as well as at the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce, SECNY Credit Union and Rolands, or at the door. Adults, $8; Children ages 6 through 12, $4; and age 5 and under free
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2019 IWD

Skaneateles Rotary Club's 5th Annual International Women's Day Celebration

An International Women's Day Celebration at 6 p.m. at the Lodge at Welch Allyn on Thursday, March 7, will provide an opportunity to connect, reflect, refuel and be entertained. Keynote speaker Linda Larsen will speak on “Staying right side up when everything is upside down.”
     This is the Skaneateles Rotary Club’s fifth annual such event, and it promises to be fun – starting with a cash bar, music by Loren Barrigar, and food stations to allow conversation.  Everyone will gather in the auditorium at 7:45 p.m. to hear the popular Larsen speak.
    “She is as inspiring as she is hilarious,” Rotarian Amy Tormey said of Larsen, who delivers a message of wellness and empowerment with great humor. “I just can’t emphasize enough how fortunate we are to have Linda here, and how wonderfully accommodating she has been for us.”
     People can attend the full evening, including food stations and cash bar, beginning at 6 p.m. (total package $75, reservations required, see below) or drop in at the door to hear Larsen speak in the Lodge auditorium at 7:45 p.m. ($30). 
To see why Linda Larsen is a star, go to: https://www.lindalarsen.com.
     Purchase tickets at: https://skaniwd19.eventbrite.com until Monday, or contact Amy Tormey at amy.a.tormey@gmail.com
     Larsen delivers personal and professional messages in fun, fast-paced and memorable ways that have taken her around the globe.  Larsen, BSW, MFA, CPAE, is one of only 232 people worldwide to be inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame®, joining such notables as General Colin Powell, President Ronald Reagan and Brian Tracy.
Local sponsors are making the evening possible.  They include:
      4M Precision Industries, Inc, Tessy Plastics Corporation, WHMB, Law P.C.,The Sherwood Inn, The Patisserie, Smiles of Skaneateles, CNY Healing Arts Wellness center & Spa, Achilles Heel Training, Delmonico Insurance Agency,  and Fleur- de- Lis Florist.
     A growing number of vendors will make this fun and informative as they focus on all aspects of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, occupational, social, and spiritual, said Tormey.
   ....by  Lori Ruhlman


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Pancake & YE 1

The Skaneateles Rotary Club’s Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast shines a spotlight on our community. Stars of the show are often our Rotary Youth Exchange Students: those who are here from other countries and those who are going abroad from Skaneateles. This year’s inbound students, Kashyap Lalwala and Eduarda (Duda) H. de Freitas, will be serving coffee and juice this year and helping the Interact Club give away free balloons in honor of the 50th anniversary. Here they are in their Rotary jackets. Rotary students all over the world have jackets that they decorate with mementos from their year abroad. These two have had a wonderful year and wish to thank their great host families!
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2018 IWD Event

Skaneateles Rotary Club Celebrating International Women's Day
Rotary members, friends, guests and students were all at the Lodge on Thursday evening to celebrate International Women's Day.  Dr Sally Roesch Wagner gave an inspirational talk followed by two of the Ambassadors from the Matilda Joselyn Gage Foundation's program which focuses on empowering and inspiring young women to become agents of change.  Many thanks to Amy Tormey and everyone else that worked on the fourth annual IWD Celebration making this event a great success.
    Pictured with Rotarian Kathy Crelot (center) are key note speakers;  Vanessa Johnson (left) and at right is Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner (right)
    Lean more about the event by CLICKING HERE to following the story on Spectrum News Central NY, and CLICK HERE to read Lori Ruhlman's news release of the event.
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2018 IWD Event

International Women's day event to empower and inspire all ages
A fun community event will send sparks of light into the future with embers from the past
See below! Gather your friends and colleagues and sign up by Friday.  Let’s empower our youth. Opportunities like this don’t come around nearly as often as they should. 
  • Celebrate International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 8, and learn how one CNY area organization is empowering the next generation by shining a spotlight on a woman from Central New York who blazed a trail more than 150 years ago.  (6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lodge ... sponsored by Rotary ... social hour (cash bar), music, great company!). 
  • Matilda Joslyn Gage has been called “the woman who was ahead of the women who were ahead of their time.”  Sally Roesch Wagner, the founder and executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, will speak, along with two young women who are a part of the foundation's Girl Ambassador Program.
  • The community-wide celebration will focus on the future by “empowering and inspiring young women to become agents of social change.” In addition to Wagner, former Auburn Mayor Melina Carnicelli, founder of First Amendment-First Vote and lead organizer of Women March in Seneca Falls, will give comments about her non-partisan program for teenage girls.
  • The Skaneateles event will support leadership programs for high school girls. 
It begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Lodge.  Music is by Loren Barrigar. Tickets are $50, part of which goes toward fundraising. We can reserve tables.  Gather your friends and colleagues together.
CHICK HERE to read more online 
For more information, contact Amy Tormey at amy.a.tormey@gmail.com or loriruhlman@msn.com .  
To get tickets, please go to www.iwd.yapsody.com
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Valentine Dinner 2020

Skaneateles Rotary Annual Valentine’s Dinner
Thursday, February 13, 2020
6:00 p.m. at The Sherwood Inn
Spouses & Significant Others Welcome!
$25 per person
RSVP by Feb. 4th to Cheryl at 761-9027 or email: cherylsilvestrini@rocketmail.com
(please specify your dinner choice)
Chicken Francaise (lemon-butter sauce), Pasta Primavera or Top Sirloin Steak
CLICK-HERE to down-load the event flyer
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2018 Women's Day Celebration

A Community Wide Celebration "Empowering and inspiring young women to become agent of Social change"
Featuring: Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, Founder and Executive Director of Matilda Joselyn Gage Foundation.
(Author, Lecturer, and Feminist Studies Expert)
Door Prizes and Raffles, Silent Auction, Cocktails and Dinner
Musical Performance by:  Loren Barrigar
Location: Welch Allyn Lodge, Skaneateles NY
Date:  March 8, 2018
Time:  6 - 9 PM
Contact Amy Tormey for Sponsorship Opportunities
or additional information @  amy.a.tormey@gmail.com
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Memorial Day 2017

Memorial Day Parade -  Rotarian Veterans Participate .... by Mary Giroux
Fellow Rotarians Bill Conole, Robin Jowaisis and John Moran, all veterans of the Vietnam Era braved the chilly temperatures and teeming rain to march in the 2017 Skaneateles Memorial Day Parade honoring fallen service members of the United States Armed Forces.  Also marching but not pictured were Dale Drake and Roy MacDonald. The parade began at the American Legion Post on Jordan Street with ceremonies at St. Mary's Cemetery and Lakeview Cemetery.  The final destination was Shotwell Memorial Park, the site of  honor rolls of men and women that have served in conflicts throughout the years. After a new wall of honor for service members of the Middle East conflicts was dedicated a flyover concluded the ceremonies.
Thank you to all Rotarians that have served our country.
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Memorial Day Parade - 2017

Memorial Day Parade -  Rotarian Veterans Participate .... by Mary Giroux
Fellow Rotarians Bill Conole, Robin Jowaisis and John Moran, all veterans of the Vietnam Era braved the chilly temperatures and teeming rain to march in the 2017 Skaneateles Memorial Day Parade honoring fallen service members of the United States Armed Forces.  Also marching but not pictured were Dale Drake and Roy MacDonald. The parade began at the American Legion Post on Jordan Street with ceremonies at St. Mary's Cemetery and Lakeview Cemetery.  The final destination was Shotwell Memorial Park, the site of  honor rolls of men and women that have served in conflicts throughout the years. After a new wall of honor for service members of the Middle East conflicts was dedicated a flyover concluded the ceremonies.
Thank you to all Rotarians that have served our country.
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Chris as new member

Chris Peteras - Skaneateles Rotary's newest member 
On May 18, 2017, Membership Chair, Amy Tormey, formally inducted Chris Peteras into The Skaneateles Rotary club. Chris' sponsor is Gard Lorey Pictured is club president, Bill Huba, presenting Chris with his membership plaque. Amy presented Chis with is pin, hat & apron. Amy urged Chris to share the gift of Rotary with his friends. 
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Former Exchange Student

Former Exchange Student (1984-85)
At our meeting of May 18th, 2017, President Bill introduced a visiting former exchange and her husband from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ana Ligia Barbosa de Carvalho e Silva proudly spoke about her experience as an exchange student in 1984-85. Timer Whittingham was the club president that year. She worked at the Pancake Breakfast and still has the Rotary apron she worn at the event.
     Ana cherishes her time in Skaneateles. She warmly spoke about her host families, the Benoits, the Egerts & the Richardsons. Ana is a lawyer & is currently studying for her doctorate in applied linguistics. Ana's husband Pedro is a Colonel Brazil's Air Force and is an flight instructor in Brazil's Air Force Academy.
     Ana urged everyone to support Rotary's Exchange Student Program. Ana passionately proclaimed that more than ever our world needs the peace & understanding that Rotary's exchange student program fosters.
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SRC grows by 4 members

Skaneateles Rotary grows by four members
At our May 4th meeting, three new members were inducted in to Rotary; Jamie Ciaccio, Marv Langley & Ken Slentz. In addition Tim Donovan's transferred his membership from the Auburn Rotary Club. Pictured are Left to right are: Tim, Jamie, Marv and Ken.
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Skan Bookleggers at Middle School

Skaneateles Bookleggers - Seven Skaneateles Rotarian Bookleggers and on HS Student sorted and packed 22 cartons of books at the Skaneateles Middle School Library Wednesday morn, May 3rd. Good books, good volunteers and a good time for a good cause.
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ShelterBox in Peru

Rotary, ShelterBox in Peru to help flood victims … from RI News
Rotary International has been working with its partner ShelterBox to provide relief to flood victims in Peru. 
     Since February, flash flooding and mudslides have damaged and destroyed thousands of buildings, including homes, schools, and churches in several countries in western South America.
Rotary and Rotaract in Peru have reported widespread destruction there. A ShelterBox response team is working with local authorities and Rotary to assess the damage and determine how to help people in the northwest region of the country.
     The floods in Peru have killed more than 100 people. According to the Los Angeles times, relief agencies estimate that 700,000  people have been left homeless.  Heavy rains are expected to continue for the rest of the week. 
     Where flood waters have receded, they’ve left behind a thick layer of mud. This can lead to serious health problems and irritation of the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract, ShelterBox officials say.
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Why Rotary is Investing in Zero and Beyond

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.
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IWD 6000

$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.
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Rotary's Role in Ending Polio

A new book in the field of public health highlights Rotary’s role in the global effort to wipe out polio, and places it in the context of humanity’s relentless struggle to contain the world’s epidemics.
    In “The Health of Nations: The Campaign to End Polio and Eradicate Epidemic Diseases” (Oneworld Publications), British journalist and Sunday Times best-selling author Karen Bartlett surveys the global landscape of epidemics past, present, and future. Beginning with the 1980 eradication of smallpox, she guides us through more timely threats such as the Ebola and Zika viruses, and looks ahead to a future without malaria, measles, or polio.
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Shelter Box MG

The Skaneateles Rotary Club, supported by the Skaneateles SR Rotary Club, has applied for a Rotary District Matching RF Grant, to fund six Shelter Boxes.
   Each ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for a family, thermal blankets and groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, mosquito nets and a children’s activity pack. 
   Every item is durable, practical and brand new. The box itself is lightweight and waterproof and has been used for a variety of purposes in the past - from water and food storage containers to a cot for a newborn baby. A standard, packed box weighs 120 lbs. and has dimensions of 33" x 24" x 22". They are sealed and banded for transit and security. 
    Should the grant be approved for the District MG committee, the funds ($6,000) will be sent to ShelterBox USA.  Once the grant project has be closed out, in late 2017 or early 2018,  the District with reimburse the matching funds of $3,000.
    To learn more about the Shelter Boxes, CLICK ON the picture above, or visit their website at: http://www.shelterboxusa.org/index.php
    Your Rotary foundation contributions as work!    .... by Ward
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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
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Portable Dental Unit - 2016-17 Grant

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!”
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2017-18 Rotary Theme

2017-18: ROTARY THEME: Making a Difference   
In 2017-18, we’ll answer the question “What is Rotary?” with RI President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”
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PolioPlus turns 30

Rotary PolioPlus turns 30 … from RI website / Ward
This year marks 30 years since Rotary launched PolioPlus, its campaign to rid the world of polio. Beginning on Rotary's anniversary, 23 February, Rotary members worldwide will be holding events to celebrate three decades of polio eradication progress.
     Since 1985 Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of cases from 350,000 annually to fewer than 400 in 2014, and they remain committed until the disease is eradicated. Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2 billion children worldwide. In addition, Rotary's advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute over $10 billion to the effort.
     Before the global scope of PolioPlus, individual clubs with Rotary funding were attacking the disease closer to home.
In 1979 Rotary members and delegates of the Philippine Ministry of Health looked on as volunteers administered drops of the oral polio vaccine to children in the Manila barrio of Guadalupe Viejo.
     When James L. Bomar Jr., then Rotary president, put the first drops of vaccine into a child's mouth, he ceremonially launched the Philippine poliomyelitis immunization effort. Bomar joined Enrique M. Garcia, the country's minister of health, in signing the contract committing Rotary International and the government of the Philippines to a joint five-year effort to immunize around 6 million children against polio at a cost of about $760,000.
     In a 1993 interview, Bomar recalled how the brother of one of the children he'd immunized tugged on his pant leg to get his attention and said, "Thank you, thank you, Rotary."
The success of this project set the stage for Rotary's top priority to rid the world of polio. Since Rotary introduced its PolioPlus campaign, the number of polio cases worldwide has dropped 99 percent, and the virus remains endemic in just three countries -- Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
Footnote:  There were only 35 cases of polio in 2016/wtv
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Rotary.org new look

Check out Rotary.org’s modern, new look
... from Rotary.org
Rotary.org, our public-facing website, has a fresh, contemporary look that clearly answers the often-asked question: “What is Rotary?” It’s the first step in a two-part update to our entire website: first Rotary.org, and then My Rotary.
     For many people, our website is their introduction to the great work that Rotary members do to improve lives around the world. It’s meant to create an emotional connection that inspires potential members, donors, and partners to get involved. The latest changes to the public site do that, and more.
     Some of the updates will be obvious: a modern design, increased use of imagery and graphics to tell our stories, and better organization of content to help readers find out who we are and what we’re doing. Other changes, like the improved readability and speed of the site, will be a welcome surprise.
     These upgrades are made possible partly by the dues increase the 2016 Council on Legislation passed to allow Rotary to provide additional support to clubs and districts. As part of our work to refresh My Rotary, we’ll also update Rotary Club Central and the Club and District Administration pages — more information about these improvements will arrive in the coming months.
Visit www.rotary.org to see all the enhancements to our public site.
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RF in top 10

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.
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Skaneateles Bookleggers

In the past week, some of our Skaneateles Rotary Bookleggers, sorted and packed two full pallets of books at the SHS, which will make their way to the children of the world through CNY Books for the World.  Kudos to:  Gary Ozminkowski, Mary Giroux, Bill Conole, Dave Piper, Roy MacDonald and Ward.... and to the SHS maintenance crew, which assisted us with the sort/pack set up in their facilities.
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Kelly Hall - new member

Kelly Hall was inducted by Amy Tormey, Membership Chair,  into the Skaneateles Rotary Club, last weeks, on June 7, 2016.  Kelly is sponsored and mentored by Bill Conole, and he has a classification or Marketing Consultant.  Amy welcomed Kelly into our membership and presented her with a Rotary Plaque & and is very own Rotary hat, shirt & apron, which will set her up with the proper attire for our  community service projects. We welcome Kelly into the meaningful, exciting and fund world of Rotary and Service Above Self. ... by Ward
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Spring Fling

SPRING FLING ... by Amy Tormey
Last Thursday’s (May 19, 2016_ Spring Fling at the Welch Allyn Lodge was justwhat our membership needed: A beautiful setting,good food, great music, and the opportunity to talk, relax, and meet newpeople. We had 30 members, 32 guests, plus 4 of our Youth Exchange students in attendance.
     First, we enjoyed drinks out on the deck overlooking the pond and inside near the fire while listening to the incredible musical talent of Loren Barrier. Then we had a delicious buffet dinner and the winners of theraffle were announced. Gard Lorey won agolf umbrella donated by the Skaneateles Country Club; June Vuillemot won agift basket from Lockwood Lavender Farm; and Cathy Powell won a $30 giftcertificate to Osteria Salina in Auburn. After dessert and coffee, Loren kindly offered to play forus again.
    Many people danced while others continued to chat and enjoy drinksfrom the cash bar.
It was a special night for our hardworking club and very specialguests! 
Thank's to Loren Barrigar and to everyone at the Lodge forproviding a memorable event!
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Pancake Breakfast - 2016

PANCAKE BREAKFAST - SAVE THE DATE! ..... by Chuck O'Neil, Chair ; Mary Giroux, Vice-Chair
Believe it or not, the annual Father's Day Pancake Breakfast is only 10 weeks away! Father's Day this year is June 19th, so please mark that date in ink on your calendar, as well as Friday, June 17th AM and Saturday, June 18th AM for set-up, and Monday, June 20th AM afterwards for tear down. This year will mark our 48th consecutive year holding our Club's biggest fund raising event and we need every Rotarian to participate to insure its continued success! Our event has raised cumulatively over $500,000 since our first Breakfast in 1968, adjusted
for inflation! So please schedule to be in town that weekend to help out at this "fun filled" community event! This service project, which supports many worthy causes, only works if every Rotarian makes a full commitment!

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Dale Drake

Amy Tormey, Membership Chair, to officially inducted Dale Drake into our club who is sponsored by Lee Bennett.  Assisting was Cheryl Silvestrini, Club President.  Dale and his wife Stacy live in Skaneateles.  Dale's classification is: IT Program Mgr., Amy presented Dale with a Rotary Plaque & a Rotary hat, shirt & apron. We welcome Dale into the world of Rotary.
Pictured L-R:  Amy, Dale, Cheryl & Lee
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Cyclists rain over 4 Million for PP

Cyclists raise over $4 million in Miles to End Polio ride
The campaign to eradicate polio got a major financial boost from the annual Miles to End Polio bike ride, held as part of El Tour de Tucson, on 21 November in Arizona, USA. Rotary General Secretary John Hewko and a team of eight RI staff members helped raise $4.4 million. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match the funds 2-to-1, bringing the total contribution to PolioPlus to more than $13.5 million.  Read more by CLICKING HERE.
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Greatest Generation

Greatest Generation, WWII Veterans - Attendees of the Skaneateles Rotary Club's Dec 17, 2015 meeting were honored to be joined by not just 1 but 3 members of the Greatest Generation, WWII veterans: Marvin Langley, US Army Captain; Dana Coye, US Army Staff Sergeant and Rotarian; and Joe Phillips, US Navy Petty Officer 3rd class. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the engaging personal account of his wartime experiences presented by Captain Langley, our guest speaker. We humbly thank these heroes for their service. When Captain Langley completed his presentation members gave him a standing ovation & saluted him as being a true representative of America's Greatest Generation.... by Alice Purdy
Pictured left to right are: Joe Phillips, Marvin Langley & Dana Copy.
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2015 Christmas Fund Raiser

Annual Skaneateles Rotary Christmas Fund Raiser Dec. 03, 2015
​Skaneateles Rotarians, family members and guests gathered at the Skaneateles Country Club for their Annual Skaneateles Christmas Fund Raiser to raise just under $12,000 to support the local Food Pantries and the Community Christmas Basket. These funds are distributed immediately following the event to supply food, gifts and clothing to our community members in need during the Holiday Season. Merry Christmas to all.
     Over 220 folks attended and were treated to a bountiful turkey dinner, prior to a drawing of well over 100 gifts supplied by local merchantes and businesses.  Holiday Spirit and Giving at its Best!
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Nancy Lewis PHF

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.  

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COG 2015-15

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!!
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CNY Books for the World Update

CNY Books for the World Update
Since its inception in Skaneateles Rotary and its introduction of the CNY BFTW project at PDG Larry's conference in 2008,  386 pallet-kits have been completed snf 5 kits in process across five CNY districts  In our district 7150, 44 Rotary & Interact clubs have participated along with 22 other individual or community organizations provide support of funds and/or books.  Some of the 1st books came from the Skaneateles HS Interact Club and the first pallet organized by the Tully Interact Club.
    Since my last BFTW update to you, we have shipped two additional 26 pallet loads and have a half load in our Bossong's warehouse space.  The project had a strong end-of year with extra kudos to our Eastern 9 clubs, working for banding together under the leadership of Roger Skinner, supplied 12 pallets in the last half of the year.  Also to the other clubs that participated in 2014. We are looking forward continued success in 2015.  In 2014 we processed 51 pallets (6 - Dist 7040, 17 - Dist 7150 & 28 - Dist 7170).
   I just returned from the Rotarian BFTW, Booklegger's Summit in Houston, Tx, where  the various USA Rotary managed book collection centers, similar to CNY BFTW, met and shared ideas, successes and challenges.  A major highlight is that PDG's and DGE's from South Africa and Pakistan were in attendance and shared the stories and successes of their Rotarian managed BFTW distribution centers.  Lot's of good news and feedback coming from that way.  Also, kudos to CNY BFTW for quality and packaging of books.  Our customers (the Children of the World) are being well served by our continued efforts.
    yesLastly, but certainly not the least, our hardworking and active CNY BFTW committee met on January 22nd and made the decision to reduce the CNY BFTW per pallet fee to $150.  This is a direct result of recently reduced transportation and other costs.  Contact at: wardtv37@mac.com with our inquires and pallet-kit orders.
Please review our website for more and complete information on the life changing project. http://cnybooksfortheworld.org/
Yours in continued Rotary Service,
PDG Ward Vuillemot, CNY BFTW Coordinator
wardtv37@mac.com      cell: 315-247-4447
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INITIATED IN SKANEATELES - In 2008, from a few boxes of gently used children's books, and an idea, the Rotarian CNY BFTW (Central New York, Books for the World) project has grown to include more the 125 Rotary and Interact clubs and community organizations across CNY.  It's region extends to the Canadian boarder and beyond, down to the PA boarder, east beyond Little Falls and west beyond Brockport.
   CNY BFTW has supplied a little over 18-40 ft sea-containers of gently used books to the children of the world. One Rotarian, one idea; working through the network and power of Rotary International can achieve wonders.  Rotarians working with their communities to make a better world. Service-Above-Self!
   Learn more of the important international Rotarian literacy project by visiting there website at: http://cnybooksfortheworld.org/
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Skaneateles Rotary Club

Skaneateles Rotary Club - 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 97 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, 75 in-bound exchange students have attended Skaneateles High School, becoming a part of the fabric of our community, while over 120 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. (1) Our record breaking Fathers Day Pancake breakfasts every year at which we feed around 3,000 folks every year. CLICK HERE to view a time-lapse video of one of our breakfasts. And (2) we host a dinner event, for the benefit of our local Food Pantries, and the Community Outreach Program.   
Our Rotary club enjoys a long and proud history of serving the Skaneateles and our world communities, while having fun CLICK HERE to learn more that history.  To engage in Rotary is to change lives!  Why not consider attending one of our weekly meetings to experience breathtaking scenery, warm conversations about our commitment to Service Above Self.
(Click Here to learn about Skaneateles Rotary Club's history)
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