Rotary Club of Skaneateles

    Central New York, U.S.A

January 2019
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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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Cider & Donuts for Trick or Treaters
Skaneateles Rotary Club had a great event at the Skaneateles High School last Halloween night during their annual Haunted Hallways. Our club provided and served 12 dozen doughnuts (576 doughnut quarters) and 12 gallons of apple cider donated by Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards. 
 The decorations looked great as Karen Price’s Interact kids did a super job. We had 11 volunteers from our club for setup, serving, and cleanup. A good time was had by all. Fun, treats and goblins aplenty for young and young at heart.
A big thank-you to all participants.
 .... Brad
Youth Exchange Students Welcomed at Annual Picnic
Gard Lorey SRC YE chair, extended a huge welcome to our 2018-19 exchange students and host families during our Annual Club picnic. Tymon is from Poland and Han is from South Korea. Both Tymon and Han expressed their gratitude and happiness as exchange students. Gard talked about the exchange program and how it hinges on the availability of host families. Current host families were thanked and Gard asked that people spread the word about the need for host families.
PolioStoppers Topped $16,000
The PolioStopper project just topped out at $16,000 raised for the eradication of Polio.  Past RI President (2016-17), John Germ contacted Ward, this past week, for 30 PolioStoppers for which he is making a $3,000 contribution to PolioPlus.  The PolioStoppers are a mix of the 2016-17 Theme pin, 4 Way Test and End Polio Now inserts, which will be completed and shipped by month end.
Youth Exchange Student from Poland
Skaneateles RC's Exchange student Tymon (nickname Simon) from Poland gave Rotarians a brief tour of his country during his welcome speech Thursday. He spoke proudly of Poland’s natural beauty and diversity — from the Baltic Sea to mountains — and of the ancient history found in castles from the 13th and 14th centuries. Simon is excited to learn more about the United States and Skaneateles this year. What does he think of Skaneateles so far? It is beautiful, he said, and the people are friendly. ... by Lori Ruhlman

Prosthetic Hands - Dr. Dayaprusad Kulkarni, center, told the Skaneateles Rotary Club members how their donations have helped give prosthetic hands to young people. “It costs $250 to change a life,” said Kulkami, who creates and prints 3D prosthetic hands. Skaneateles Rotarian Umesh Patil knew of Kulkami’s work (he had spoken before at Rotary and Rotarians had funded him) and so when he met a young girl without a hand, he immediately knew to connect her family to Kulkami.  

     Dr. Dayaprasad kulkarni, center, with the Rotary club president Bill Conole, left, and board member Umesh Patil who donated $250 for a prosthetic hand.  
by... Lori Ruhlman

Skaneateles Bookleggers on tho Job
Seven Skaneateles Bookleggers met at the Jordan Fall Festival to glean 18 cartons of children books Sunday.  Fun had by all.  Included were; Bill, Mary, Ward Cheryl, Chuck, Brian and Carolyn Legg behind the camera.  This completes another pallet of books from Skaneateles to children of the world.  Rotarians and friends at work for their World Community.
Last week, Gard introduced us to our two incoming YE Students; Tymon from Poland and Han from S. Korea.  Tymon presented Pres. Bill with a banner from his sponsoring RD, Jelenla Gora, Poland.  Members will be able to meet and greet them at our picnic on Oct. 4th..  This banner along with many more can be viewed on our website's Photo Album or by Clicking Here.  Photo by Alice (L-R Tymon, Bill, Han & Grad) ....  Ward
Skantarian Bookleggers at Work ... by Ward
For the 9th straight year, Skaneteles Rotarians (BookLeggers) completed a very  successful book staging, gleaning & packing Sunday afternoon at the Skaneateles Library book sale.  WHAT A TEAM!
   Three full pallets of excellent; children, reference, history and fiction books were packed and staged for pickup.  That's 72 cartons or about 3 ton of books to be sent to developing countries.  A banner year and a great to kick off a new Rotary year.
A special thanks go to the Skaneateles Friends of the Skaneateles Library who help make this all possible.
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!
On Tues, June 5th, seven Skaneateles Rotarians made their way to Clear Path for Veterans, in Chittenango, NY to cut and assemble two 8 foot picnic tables to be used on the Clear Path grounds. They were met by Matt Foster, CP grounds maintenance manager and a volunteer, who supplied the equipment and direction for the project. The materials and labor were supplied by Skaneateles Rotarians; Mary, Robin, Roy, David, Danny, Marv & Ward. The day was successful, enjoyable and an eye opener of the Clear Path has, and is, accomplishing for our veterans. CLICK HERE to view Photo Album of the event.  To learn more of the Clear Path for Veterans project, facility and their mission, visit their website at:
Dana Coye - 94 Years Young
Skaneateles Rotarians surprised Dana Coye with a cake and celebration for his 94th birthday.  Dana joined Skaneateles Rotary Club in June of 1962, served as club president in 1973-74 and is a Paul Harris Fellow.  He chaired the Pancake Breakfast for a number of years, and has been a active part of all 49 all breakfasts, since its inception as a Fly-In breakfast at the Skaneateles Aerodrome.  Way to go, Dana!
4/5/18 - Amy Tormey presented generous check to Me Melina Carncicelli of the 1st Amendment 1st Vote Organization. The check Amy presented represented a portion of the proceeds from our very successful Women’s Day Dinner. Melina will be making a presentation on the 1st Amendment, 1st Vote program on May 24th. Pictured are Melina Carncicelli (2nd from left) and with Amy are some of her IWD committee members; Mary Giroux, Cathy Powell & Suzanne Hutchinson.
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.
$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 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.
$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!”
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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