1 President: Tony Recco President-Elect: John Collis Vice President: Barb Evans Past President: Joel Gray September 8, 2015 Club established 1919 Club 4856 Treasurer: Dave Burke Secretary: Missy Graves Dist 7150 Gov: Henry MacDonald ADG (Area 3): Clark Speicher Announcements: May Next week s program will be presented by Democratic Congressional Candidate Kim Myers. Followed by: May 24: Donald S. Goddard: new Rome Lab Director May 31: Claudia Tenney Republican Candidate for House of Representatives April 26: Board of Directors meetings are on the 2nd Monday of each month at 5:30PM. Location: Ava Dorfman Senior Center on Black River Blvd. The Thursday night fellowship Rotary dinner meeting These are once a month meetings and will be held at different restaurant locations on the 3 rd Thursday of each month at 6:00PM. This month s dinner is May 19. We will be dining at Gone Coastal. Follow Turin Rd. to Stokes Elementary. The next street from the school has a sign that says Lee Center. Turn left and follow the road for approximately 2 miles. The restaurant is on the right side of the road. Food Drive collections are on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. We collected $67.00 for The Rome Rescue Mission at the May 10 meeting. 50/50 Barb Evans ticket was picked and but she did not draw the queen of hearts to win the pot of $5.00 or the Jack to win half. Rotarian honoree Rotarian Frank Barrows (Ft. Stanwix) will be honored at the Beeches for a Breakfast meeting of the Rome Chamber of Commerce. The breakfast will be held on June 9 at 7:00AM and the cost is $35.00 each. They request that some Rome Rotary members attend this. Dues coming due The membership price has gone up to $ per year. If paid in entirety by June, a $20.00 decrease will be extended.
2 Sustaining member donations Bill is asking for these donations to be given before April 11 when he has surgery or during the month of May when he will be back. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards One of the young people picked as a candidate for this year s award ceremony was from RFA, Brianna Tebo. She was recognized. Congratulations to her! Longtime Rotarian and our friend Kay De Simone is in the Bethany House at 800 W. Chestnut St. Room 2212 Rome NY after sustaining a fall at home. It would be a good thing to send her cards. Her spirits are low. Congressional Candidate appearances Make a note of the following dates: May 17, May 31, and June 7. There will be Congressional candidate appearances at these meetings. Tickets at $15.00 each are required to attend these meeting which include lunch. Locations for tickets are: our next meeting, Savoy restaurant, Ava Dorfman Sr. Cen., Capitol Theatre, Jervis Library, Chamber of Commerce, and Woodforest Bank. Canalfest is coming! Program coordinators would like members to start thinking about a part to play in the upcoming Canalfest. Canalfest will be held on August 5, 6, and 7 this year. Duck Ticket sales will be handled by Carla Till and Joyce Midlam this year. They will be looking into tables to sell tickets in Rome. Gate donations will be handled by Carol Mooney. Fishing Derby logistics will be handled by Keith Butters, Jeannie Packer (And husband) Canalfest T-Shirts If you don t have one of these, you can get one from Missy Graves. They are $16.00 each. Missy also has Rotarian at work shirts for $15.00 each. Canalfest meeting for May 12 at Noon in Spresso s coffee house 160 Brooks Road Oneida Financial Center in Griffiss Park. Farewell Dinner for outgoing Exchange Student Because of the Candidate appearances at our meetings, Mathilde Crampon will give her farewell address at the Presbyterian Church Potluck Dinner on June 10 at 5:30PM. Please bring a dish to pass. Other Youth Exchange News Octavia Santoro will be our incoming exchange student. She is from Brescia, Italy. Three host families are needed. If you can help contact Sam Pendergrast. As of this week, there are no host families for her.
3 Scholarships Scholarship essays are due next week. Please give them to Tiffany Martin. Guests No guests today This month we have three! Shelley Gray Stanley Newton John Weber Program Today s program was presented by Dave Gordon who is running for a seat in the NY Congressional District 22. He was removed from the ballot but intends to fight to get back on. Dave Gordon is a graduate of New Hartford High School and currently a resident of Utica. He first attended MVCC studying Liberal Arts and Science and then obtained a degree from Bryant & Stratton College in Insurance.
4 Dave has been a licensed sales fepresentative for Liberty Mutual, an Oneida County Legislator (2 yrs), and is President and CEO of Partners Trust Insurance Agency. Dave also owns Gordon s tap room Pub located at 413 Burnett St. Utica. His community service includes the Lions Club and Francis J. Bellamy Community Awards Committee. The followinginformation came from Dave s talk and his website which is: The Issues The environment Dave feels that the people should follow the advice of scientists when it comes to protecting the environment. Specifically the extraction of carbon. The Infrastructure Dave s plan calls for allocating a greater amount of financial assistance to: 1. repair and replacing our crumbling bridges. 2. resurface our potholed and sink holed roads. 3. replace our outdated and unfixable traffic lights. 4. provide financial relief to address and fix our crumbling sewer and water lines. Putting people to work on the infrastructure creates jobs and the economy is strengthened. Taxes and Job Creation With a national deficit of 19 trillion dollars, we can no longer afford to ignore the serious economic consequences of runaway spending, disastrous trade deals, and a tax plan that benefits those that need it least. Trade deals such as NAFTA, CAFTA, and TPP encourage corporations to move American jobs to countries that pay lower wages while still selling their products to Americans at the same price. Great for the corporations, not great for America. We must find a way to implement major reductions in spending while still protecting the most vulnerable of our citizens. A new tax plan that more fairly taxes our citizens will in the long run produce greater economic results. Immigration Protecting our borders from those who would do harm against us and our way of life must be a top priority. With proper vetting and establishing stringent guidelines for those seeking refuge in our country is a matter of the greatest national security. If the process is done right, we can feel safe in once again opening our doors and hearts to those who need our help. Healthcare There is no question that the affordable care act needs reforming to benefit people and not the insurance companies with their high deductibles and catastrophic policies. My plan, Healthcare+, increases the current Medicaid threshold and reduces barriers creating an interstate health exchange that produces better rates. We would enact federal oversight requiring a minimum standard of coverage equal to or greater that provided by the policies available in the state with the highest quality of care. Taxes
5 Induction ceremony Our newest member, Kelly Fleming, was inducted at today s meeting. Kelly is originally from Oswego County. She has been a resident of Rome for 23 years and has raised her children here. Kelly has a Bachelor s degree in Human Services from SUNY Oswego and SUNY Empire State College. She has worked for Mohawk Valley Community Action, HUD as a service coordinator, an Intake Coordinator with REIL, Executive Director of the Rome Art and Community Center, and now MVCC as Service Volunteer Generation Coordinator. Joyce Midlam will be her mentor. A Rotary Minute The following Rotary History bites are from a booklet published by The Rotary Foundation called Every Rotarian every year. (Club success booklet) Weekly Rotary Foundation thoughts and success stories Appreciation and Recognition Opportunities Rotary Foundation sustaining member: an individual who personally contributes $ or more each year to the Annual Fund. These contributions also count toward Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society, Major Donor, and club recognition. Paul Harris Fellow: given in appreciation to anyone who contributes outright or cumulatively, or in whose name is contributed a gift of $1, or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. Recognition consists of a certificate and pin. An optional medallion is available for $ Certificate of Appreciation: occasionally a donor contributes $1, and wishes to recognize a business or organization. In these instances, a certificate of appreciation is given. Multiple Paul Harris Fellow: recognition is extended at subsequent $1, levels. ($2,000.00, $3, etc) Recognition is in the form of a pin with additional stones corresponding to the recipient s recognition amount level. (starting with 2,000.00, one sapphire, two sapphires, three, sapphires, four sapphires, one ruby, two rubies, three rubies) Projects like these are only possible with our ongoing support to the Annual Fund. Paul Harris Society: district administered recognition for those who personally contribute $1, or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. Individual districts handle these. Paul Harris Society contributions are eligible toward Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member, Paul Harris Fellow, Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and Major Donor recognition. Paul Harris Society: a district administered recognition for those who personally contribute $1, or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. Individual districts handle all associated recognition for this program, and inquiries should be directed accordingly. Paul Harris Society contributions are eligible toward Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member, Paul Harris Fellow, Multiple Paul Harris fellow and Major Donor recognition.
6 Major Donor: The Rotary Foundation recognizes those individuals or couples whose combined personal giving has reached $10, regardless of the gift designation. Major donors may elect to receive a crystal recognition piece and pin(s) commemorating the gift at each new recognition level. Arch C. Klumph Society: Donors who contribute $250, or more may have their photographs and a short profile shown in the Arch C. Klumph interactive gallery at Rotary International s World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois. Donors receive a special lapel pin and a certificate signed by the president of Rotary International and the chair of the Rotary Foundation. They are invited to a special event at the annual RI Convention. (250,000. To 499,999 Trustee s Circle; 500, ,999. Chair s circle; 1,000,000. And above Foundation Circle) Benefactor: A benefactor is one who informs the Rotary Foundation in writing that he or she has made a provision in his/her estate plans for the Rotary Foundation or who makes an outright gift of $1, or more to the Permanent Fund. Benefactor recognition consists of a certificate and insignia to be worn with a Rotary pin. Bequest Society: The Rotary Foundation recognizes individuals or couples who have made commitments in their estate plans totaling $10, or more. Donors may elect to receive an engraved crystal recognition piece and a Diamond Circle pin to commemorate the commitment at each new recognition level. (10-24,000 level 1; 25-49,999. level ,999. level 3; ,999. level4; ,999. level 5; ,999 level 6; 1,000,000. And above - level 7) Community Events & Activities Spaghetti Dinner May 2 from 3:00-6:00PM at the Ava Dorfman Senior Center to support the Walk to end Alzheimer s organization. The cost is $5.00 per person. Musical Selections with the B Sharp Music Club This concert will be held on May 8 in the RACC living room at 7:00PM. No charge! The singers include Jon Frederic West, a top heldentenor; Sharon West, a lyric soprano; Linda LoRusso, who has performed with numerous musical groups; Peter Costianes who has been involved with many local groups as a bass/baritone. The musicians include Sar-Shalom Strong who is a classical pianist who has performed solo and as a collaborative pianist; Dan Evans who has been a professional jazz pianist for over 50 years. The group will perform musical theater and jazz selections such as Porgy and Bess medley, Georgia, Girl from Ipanema, Take the A train, If ever I should leave you, old black magic, watch what happen and Satin doll. Classical selections such as Le Charme, Little Blue Boy, Porgi amor, The Lake Isle of Innisfree, Ireland mother Ireland, Go! Let my tears flow now, green eyed dragon, Sonata in B-flat major K, 570, and prelude for Akiko.
7 2016 Jazz Concert series At Rome Art and Community Center on May 20. Doors open at 7:00PM and the concert runs from 7:30-10:00PM. Music from the I-90 Bop Connection Band. Their harddriving sound is descended from artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich and Sal Nistico. The members of I-90 have individually performed with such jazz legends as Chuck Mangione, the Count Basie Orchestra and Maynard Ferguson. Call for price and reservations Homeland Oneida Area Civic Chorale will present this multi-media montage on May 22 at 4:00PM at Oneida High School. There will be visual images with musical selections and spoken narration weaving our nation s history into the texture of the work. Tickets are $10.00 and are available from Chorale members, Glen Bahr, at W.J. Hinman Jewelers 115 Main St., Oneida or call Ft. Stanwix Nat l Monument Calendar Junior Ranger Day: June 18. This is a fun filled day of activities for kids and families based on the Junior Ranger program. Experience the life of a soldier, learn to fire a cannon, and master 18 th century toys and games. Every kid in the Park: all year. Fourth graders access : to complete an activity thereby obtaining a free entry pass to more than federal recreation areas including national parks. Rome Community Theater Vasha and Sonia and Mahsa and Spike Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha. June 2-4: 7:30PM; June 5: 2:30PM Purchase tickets at the box office on the date of the performance. Reserve a seat by calling the Box Office, , one week before the performance from 6:00-9:00pm. You can purchase online at
8 The Capitol Theatre In the Cinema Capitol Next to the Capitol Theatre Eye in the sky May 12: 7:30PM; May 13 & 14: 4:00 & 7:30PM; May 15: 1:00 & 4:00PM; May 16, 17, & 18: 7:30PM stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and onthe-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from capture to kill. But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute reaching the highest levels of US and British government over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. Also starring Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi, Jeremy Northam, Iain Glen and Phoebe Fox, the film is directed by Gavin Hood. Adults: $7.00; Friend and Students: $5.00 Also at the Capitol Whiteman: the king of Jazz August 11:12:00 Noon, 2:30PM, 5:00PM; 7:30PM; August 12: 4:00 & 7:30PM; August 13: 1:00PM, 4:00PM, & 7:30PM; August 14: 4:00PM & 7:00PM; August 15: 7:30PM One of the greatest all-star revue musicals of the late '20s and early '30s, Paul Whiteman's The King of Jazz now comes to Cinema Capitol's screen, painstakingly restored by Universal Pictures. Pages of the Great American Songbook with such hits as "It Happened in Monterey," "Song of the Dawn," "Happy Feet" and George Gershwin's immortal "Rhapsody in Blue," played by Whiteman's band. John Boles, Laura La Plante, Jeanette Loff, and the Whiteman Rhythm Boys (including Bing Crosby) are among the film's featured stars. Adults: $7.00; Friend and Students: $5.00 District 7150 & RI News Rotary Month Celebrations Rotary Month Celebrations January: Rotary Awareness month. February: World Understanding month August: Membership & extension mo. March: Literacy month. September: New generations month April: Magazine month October: Vocational service mo. May: Promote Internat l. Convention mo. November: Rotary Foundation/World June: Rotary Fellowship month. Interact month July: Literacy and New Year month December: Family month
9 The following information and excerpts from various Rotarians, newsflash, Foundation minutes, and District newsletters Rotary District Websites Official Website, Rotary7150.org. Rotary International Website, Rotary.org. Rotary Leadership Institute, Youth Exchange calendar: D7150 Calendar of Events list of events from Credo/Newsletter RYLA Conferences: Cazenovia College Additional questions about RYLA: Larry Richardson: District newsletter articles Please send future newsletter inputs directly to editor Lizzy Flinn-Brown at: From District 7150 FYI: District group leaders: District Governor: Henry "Mac" MacDonald District Secretary: Val Collins District Treasurer: Sue Reisman Youth Service Leadership of PDG Herb Jerry, Rotary District 7150 is actively involved in Interact with District Chair Jenny Doan: A club for young people in their community or school. Rotaract with District Chair Tom Taylor: this club gives young people exposure to new cultures and customs and promotes global understanding and peace. Students spend time in another country living with different host families and attending classes at the local schools. Rotary Youth Leadership Award with District chair Larry Richardson: An intensive training program for young adults ages The program usually involves seminars, camps, or workshops organized by Rotarians and held over 3-10 days. Rotary Global Rewards Program For more information visit:
10 From the District 7150 April Newsletter Ensure recognition for your Interact clubs Interact clubs are making a positive difference in schools and communities around the world. Leaders of sponsor Rotary clubs and districts should make sure their Interact clubs get the recognition they deserve by verifying that they qualify for a Presidential Citation. First, ensure that the Interact club status is active in Rotary's database by checking the Listing of Club-Sponsored Organizations report in Rotary Club Central. If a sponsored club is not listed, submit the Interact Club Certification Form by 1 March. Then, verify by 15 April that your Interact clubs have qualified for the citation. You'll find a list of sponsored Interact clubs in the Club & District Administration section, under Reports. Also from the April Rotary District 7150 Newsletter Rotary districts mobilize to support survivors of Ecuador, Japan quakes After a series of three earthquakes -- two in Japan and one in Ecuador -- killed hundreds of people, injured thousands, and caused billions of dollars in damage late last week, Rotary members in those regions have created disaster relief funds to help survivors. In Ecuador, the powerful 7.8-magnitude quake that struck Saturday night has killed more than 400 people, with 2,500 injured. Those figures are expected to rise. Rotary District 4400 established a service fund to raise money for relief efforts. Contact District Governor Manuel A. Nieto Jijon for information on how to donate. In Japan, District 2720 created a disaster relief fund after two quakes hit southwestern Japan, causing landslides and killing dozens. Contact District Governor-elect Masami Maeda to learn how to donate. Rotary International The Rotary International Conventions Future locations for Rotary International Conventions: Seoul, Korea on May 29-June 1, 2016 Atlanta Georgia USA on June 10-14, 2017 Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 24-27, 2018 ROTARY FOUNDATION CENTENNIAL The Rotary Foundation turns 100 in ! Our Foundation stands at the forefront of humanitarian service, having supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, and provide basic education as well as the historic project dedicated to eradicating polio worldwide. Polio update: US. Govt 2016 news flash The United States Congress approved a total of $228 million for the 2016 federal budget to support the global effort to eradicate polio. The funding represents a $10 million increase over the level of funding approved in fiscal year Rotary s Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Force for the United States leads our efforts to inform the U.S. government and other funding sources of the urgency and benefits of supporting the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
11 The Rotarian April 2016 issue Global grant project is growing tall in Korea Paul Engleman Tuesdays at 1:00PM student from the Andong Yeongmyeong School wait to join Rotarians from the clubs in Andong to work in a greenhouse. They plant seeds and harvest lettuce leaves. The leaves are then taken to a restaurant owned by another Rotarian. From the money that they earn, the students invest in more seeds and equipment. The Rotarians are mentors at the school through training projects for students with autism and intellectual and emotional disabilities. The project began in The students learn crop cultivation, beginning with the fundamentals of growing lettuce indoors and the learn to package and transport crops culminating in selling vegetables to businesses around Andong. The project between the school and the Andong Agriculture Technology Center is supported by a global grant from the Rotary Foundation. The Rotarians funded the construction of the horticultural facilities where the training takes place, financially support the instruction provide by faculty at the school and volunteered as mentors for the students and business consultants and monitors for the project. The aim is to provide students with a foundation to pursue careers in horticulture and gain financial independence. Not only is the program a challenge for the students to learn new things, the grant application process involves learning for the members of the Rotary Club of Andong-Central. Global grants were a new concepts for us and no one in the club had ever done anything like this before. The program has continued beyond the initial grant. Rotary member Sin states that we are working to expand the program beyond students and provide vocational training to adults with disabilities. Rotary Club of Rome Organization and contact information: Board of Directors Pete Costianes Pat DeMatteo Dave Kobernuss Sandra Lattimer Nancy Neiley Don Schlueter New Membership Committee Co chairs: Pat DeMatteo & Don Schlueter Membership Development, Mentoring, & Orientation: Keith Butters, chair Rotary Foundation Bill Tuthill chair Polio Fundraising Mike Occhipint chair International Student Day Co-chairs: Pete Costianes & Franca Armstrong with Carla Till & Keith Butters Rotary Readers Jeannie Packer chair With Glen Bahr
12 Carla Till chair Children s Christmas Party Shelly & Joel Gray co-chairs With Karin Tuthill & Joyce Midlam RYLA RFA Rotary Interact Nancy Neiley chair With Danielle Pugliano Rotary Youth Exchange Sam Pendergrast chair Science Fair Harry Winberg chair Scholarships: Tiffany Martin chair Pres. Elect Rome Rotary, PO Box 655, Rome, NY Rome Rotary Website: Newsletter Address: For any questions (if you need an immediate response): Find us on Facebook: Submit your participation points to: From your editor Jeannie L Packer