Rotary Club of Skaneateles

    Central New York, U.S.A

January 2018
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We meet Thursdays at 6:30 PM
The Sherwood Inn
26 W. Genesee St
Skaneateles, NY  13152
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$11.500 Raised for Skaneateles Outreach and the Skaneateles & Sprfford Food Pantries. 
     President Mary Giroux welcomed more than 200 Rotarians, their spouses & guests who gathered in the Skaneateles Country Club to support the needy in our Skaneateles Community. Beautiful seasonal music was provided by musician Win Price. Rev Craig Lindsey, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church offered a heartwarming blessing.
     After a delicious turkey dinner, master of ceremonies, Bill Conole, thanked everyone for participating in our club’s annual event to raise funds for the Christmas need & wishes of those in our community who are less fortunate than we are. Bill gave special thanks to the SCC Staff for the terrific holiday venue & dinner. Bill noted that since it’s inception more than 80 years ago has orchestrated an annual Christmas Party to raise funds for those in our community who need help at this special time of year. To do this our club partners with the staff of the Skaneateles Outreach Office & the Skaneateles & Spafford food pantries to identify & assist the families & individuals in our community who are destitute this holiday season.
     A great time was had by all during our raffle. About 150 attendees won raffle prizes. The gala celebration was concluded by everyone singing Silent Night.
     Thanks to all of members our 2017 Rotary Christmas Benefit was a big success. We raised more than $11,500, all of which immediately went out for the Christmas needs in our community. Our members pitched in to sell tickets, to engender enthusiasm for people to come to the dinner, by soliciting our merchants for raffle gifts & by contributing their own gifts. Most of all our members must be saluted for the time & effort they devoted to make this most worthy venture so successful this year.
SHELTER BOXES - Oct 23, 2017
The two Skaneateles Rotary Club's funded two Shelter Boxes through a District 7150 Grant this year. These Shelter Boxes contain shelters and other necessary materials to house a family in regions of our world who have lost everything due to natural disasters and conflicts. As a part of the project, the clubs arranged with the SSD and a ShelterBox USA Rotarian representative, Tom Deuson, to set up and display a Shelter Box in the High School commons. The Interact club supplied much of the setup labor, and are planning to raise funds during the school to donate to ShelterBox USA. Rotarians and Interactors working together to meet a great need in our world.  To learn more about the ShelterBox organization, visit
THANK YOU .... by Mary Giroux, Event Chair
A huge THANK YOU to all for a truly wonderful and successful 49th Father's Day Pancake  Breakfast.  I shake my head in amazement at how everything came together on Sunday morning just before we opened our doors to welcome friends, family and neighbors.  Thanks to the effort of club members and volunteers we served 2629 hungry patrons delectable eggs, perfectly flipped pancakes and tasty sausages.  And, we saw lots of smiling faces!  Thanks again to one and all!
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.
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. 
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.
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.
Skaneateles Bookleggers - Five Skaneateles Rotarian Bookleggers and a community volunteer sorted and packed 24 cartons of books at the Skaneateles Middle School Library Thursday, Dec. 21st.  Those included were:  David Piper, Bill Conole, Chuck Williams, Cathy Powell, Carolyn Widas & Ward Vuillemot.  Good books, good volunteers and a good time for a good cause.
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.
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