September 25, 2018 – Marvin L. Joslyn, Rotary District 7150 Governor 2018-19 makes a visit to our club to share his goals for Rotary in our district. Please make sure to attend this special meeting! Marv joined the Baldwinsville Rotary Club in 2008. He served as President of the club in 2011-2012. He and his wife have been active in many committees and he currently is the co-treasurer. He held the position of Assistant Governor from 2012-2015. Marv has also served on the District Conference Committee. He is a Paul Harris Fellow (+1). Marv and Janet have discovered the many rewards of shared Rotary experiences. They reside in Baldwinsville and have 2 children. Marv is enthused about the opportunity to work with other Rotarians to continue to grow District 7150 and make it known as an organization that truly serves the needs of our local communities and people throughout the world.
October 2, 2018 – Rich Synek from FeedOurVets.org joins us. Feed Our Vets was founded by Vernon Center, NY Postmaster and Navy Veteran Rich Synek. One day, a World War II Veteran came into Rich’s Post Office and bought a single stamp. When Rich asked him why he didn’t buy a book of stamps, the man broke down and confessed that he and his wife only had enough money to eat properly for two weeks out of each month, and that the last few days of the month, the couple had nothing to eat at all. That night, Rich and his wife, Michele, went out and bought groceries for the Veteran and his wife, and brought the food to their home. When they realized how widespread the problem of Veteran hunger is, they established the first Feed Our Vets Food Pantry. They have been feeding Veterans ever since. Rich is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Marine Corps League, AVERS (American Veterans for Equal Rights), National League of Postmasters (NLPM), National Association of Postmasters of The United States (NAPUS), and is a Master Mason.
October 9, 2018 – Thomas M. Griffith from the Central New York Community Foundation joins us. The Central New York Community Foundation was established in 1927 to serve as a permanent community endowment built by the gifts and charitable legacies of individuals, families and businesses for the betterment of the region. It is the largest charitable foundation in Central New York with assets of more than $272 million. It has invested more than $190 million in community improvement projects since its inception. As a grantmaker, civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives, the Community Foundation strives to strengthen local nonprofits, encourage better understanding of the region and address the most critical issues of our time. Its vision is to create a vibrant Central New York community that provides opportunity for everyone and builds a hopeful, prosperous region for future generations.
October 16, 2018 – Renee McCaffrey from Sarah’s Guest House joins us. Sarah House, as it was known, was founded in 1994 by Mary Keough. Mary was inspired by her nephew Billy Johnson to open CNY’s only adult Hospital Hospitality House. Billy was 22 when he was diagnosed with leukemia. He and his family traveled to New Hampshire and Minnesota for his bone marrow transplants. It was during these travels that Billy learned of the Hospital Hospitality House concept. People often need to travel away from home for necessary medical care – not everyone can afford to stay in a hotel. He discovered a “home away from home” for families and patients – an affordable and compassionate alternative to a hotel. Billy shared the idea with his aunt Mary and soon an opportunity arose. Father Ahern of Most Holy Rosary asked Mary and her husband Dick if they had a purpose for a vacant caretaker’s house next to the convent, and Sarah House was born. It was a small 4 bedroom house that was located right next door that was torn down in 2010. Sarah House opened its doors in 1994. Billy and Mary’s dream has allowed us to serve more than 1,000 individuals for more than 3,000 nights per year – people from all over the world…providing them with a home like atmosphere while they or their loved one receives medical care.
October 23, 2018 – Virginia B. Carmody, Executive Director Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County joins us. Through the leadership of the Central New York Community Foundation, a community-wide literacy initiative was launched and has evolved into the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County. They are a community coming together around shared problem-solving and promoting the vision of 100% literacy through 100% community engagement. In Onondaga County, over 200 community members met in extensive planning sessions to establish a community-wide literacy plan with a focus on specific community literacy outcome indicators and priority recommendations. In summary, the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County is NOT a new program, it’s a community mandate to connect and maximize available literacy resources across the lifespan.
October 30, 2018 – Andrea Marshall & Sam Rowser from On Point for College join us. Most of On Point’s students are low-income, first-generation college students ages 17-29, who are recruited at high schools, community centers, youth homeless shelters, and refugee sites throughout the community. A third of our students have no parents in their lives. More than half are no longer in high school, and have no guidance counselor to assist them when they come to us. Without On Point, for many of these students, there would be no college. On Point further exceeds the odds by maintaining a 70% freshman to sophomore persistence rate – exceeding the national average. We also help over 300 students and graduates find employment – including full, part-time, and seasonal jobs and internships – each year.
November 6, 2018 – Blessed U. Sikhosana from Syracuse University joins us to share about her work with Girls education in Zimbabwe. Blessed is the founder and driving force of the Blessed Sikhosana Foundation, which funds sustainable developments, such as sponsoring and educating village girls, as well as clean water and medical projects in rural areas of Zimbabwe. A dedicated advocate for African refugees in Central New York, she assists them with housing, employment, and educational issues. “We have received 20 donated computers and are looking for space on Syracuse’s North Side to establish a computer center,” she says. “Our refugee children are having difficulties passing their Regents examinations, and we hope a computer center will help, especially for those who are having trouble with English.”
November 13, 2018 – Cindy Meili, Veterans Outreach Coordinator for the Town of Elbridge and Skaneateles will visit. You may have seen the banners of along Route 5 highlighting active servicemen and servicewomen. Cindy is the person headed up this campaign. Watch this video to learn more, and then attend our meeting to dialogue with her.
December 4, 2018 – Annual CSG Rotary Club Holiday Party We meet again at Twin Trees Too! starting at 6:00pm for our get together.
December 11, 2018 – Mary Beth Frey Executive Director of the Samaritan Center joins us. The Samaritan Center is a 501c3, interfaith effort of community members committed to serving the hungry and those in need in order to promote their welfare dignity and self sufficiency. It is rooted in the belief that sound nutrition is the first step in enabling people to cope and become productive, self-sufficient members of society. Since 1981 Samaritan Center has worked to fight hunger in the greater Syracuse community by providing nutritious hot meals to anyone in need 7 days a week – no questions asked.
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September 18, 2018 – Erin Zacholl from Helping Hounds joins us. Helping Hounds Dog Rescue provides a compassionate approach to dog rescue by matching homeless dogs from over crowded shelter systems with loving homes. The Helping Hounds Dog Rescue’s mission is to take unwanted, neglected, abused, stray or homeless dogs from high-kill shelters and provide them with emotional, medical, behavioral and physical support so they can be adopted into loving permanent homes.
September 11, 2018 – Amie Zwecker, Marketing and Development Manager of LAUNCHCNY joins us. LAUNCH is a local nonprofit formerly known as the Learning Disabilities Association of Central New York. They serve children, teens and adults with learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, ADHD, autism and more. Their youngest client is four and the oldest is 82. They have been serving the Syracuse community since 1985. They currently have a program, Adult Social Recreation, that is planning a trip for their clients. They are asking Rotary Clubs, businesses, foundations and individuals to help them raise $4,500.
September 4, 2018 – Ellen Beckerman, Executive Director at The Haven at Skanda joins us. The Haven at Skanda provides a loving home to rescued and endangered animals where they can relax, live in their own natural rhythms of life, and emerge into who they really are. We offer programs to kids and adults where they can experience the brilliance of animals, and discover new possibilities. The Haven provides preventive programs and education to the public, so that together we can create networks of support so no animal ever need suffer. We do not duplicate services already provided in the community, but seek to meet unmet needs.
August 28, 2018 – Paula Miller, Executive Director of The William G. Pomeroy Foundation joins us. The William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s statewide Legends & Lore Marker Grant Program, launched in partnership with the New York Folklore Society to promote cultural tourism and commemorate legends and folklore. The New York Folklore Society fosters the study, promotion, and continuation of folklore and folklife of New York’s diverse cultures through education, advocacy, support and outreach.
August 21, 2018 – Bill Pfohl, the Communications Officer for Hospice of Central New York joins us. Hospice of Central New York, as our community’s expert resource at the end-of-life, provides comprehensive comfort care to patients and families through unique interdisciplinary services, bereavement counseling, education and collaboration. Hospice of Central New York commits to quality end-of-life care, accessible to everyone, and effective collaboration with community partners.
August 7, 2018 – Assistant District Governor Bill Conole and Mary Giroux will join us to make a presentation on the Rotary Leadership Institute Program. (RLI) is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world. RLI seeks to have Rotary Clubs in its member districts identify those Rotarians who appear to have the potential for future club leadership (not necessarily as club presidents) and provide those so identified with a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills so important in voluntary organizations.
July 31, 2018 – Torrey Lansing, Development Associate for Joseph’s House for Women joins us. Joseph’s House for Women is headed into their 5th year of service in the Syracuse Community. They are a home for homeless pregnant women, and have helped over 75 women and this summer they will have their 50th baby that will call Joseph’s House their first home.
July 17, 2018 – Tom Kehoskie and Bob Feyl from the Aviation Historical Society of CNY will visit to share their vision for a museum located right here in Camillus. Their mission is to advance public knowledge of the art of collecting, preserving, restoring and displaying aeronautical memorabilia, aircraft, aircraft engines, engine and aircraft components and related equipment including documents, writings, paintings, photographs, etc…
July 10, 2018 – Tori Shires, Chief Development Officer at the Rescue Mission (and also a new Rotarian in the Baldwinsville club) will join us to share about the work being done in Syracuse with the disadvantaged and homeless. The Rescue Mission was founded in Syracuse in 1887, and has a long history of serving those in need. While our programs have evolved over the decades, our values of faith, hope and love form the foundation of our service.
July 3, 2018 – Democrat John W. Mannion will run for the 50th district state Senate seat that may soon be vacated by John DeFrancisco. Mannion, 49, is a biology teacher in the West Genesee Central School District. Mannion is the second Democrat to announce his candidacy. Mannion lives on the west side of Syracuse with his wife, Jennifer Brady Mannion. They have three teen-aged children. He is president of the West Genesee Teachers Association and a member of the Onondaga County Teachers Association. He has also taught at Nottingham High School and Christian Brothers Academy.
June 19, 2018 – Nicole Anzalone, AuD, CCCA, FAAA of Preferred Audiology Care right here in Camillus will share some of the amazing new technologies available for those who are having difficulty hearing clearly. There are custom-fit hearing aids, bluetooth enabled devices and even help for tinnitus. You won’t want to miss this presentation!
June 12, 2018 – Darlene Endy from Road2RecoveryCNY will join us and share about her mission to help those in our community. Central New York is in the midst of a major opioid addiction epidemic. As such the resources for treating addiction and long-term recovery programs are limited, leaving a large population without access to care and recovery. R2RCNY’s vision is to create a nonprofit fund dedicated to supporting young adults, addicted to opiates, and in need of financial support to get their addiction treated and into long-term recovery. They help support this population into recovery programs that have proven success and result in sustainable change and lasting recovery.
June 5, 2018 – Kerin J Rigney from the DeWitt Town Board will talk about how infrastructure affects the lives of people in the Syracuse, NY and it’s relevance to the future of I-81. It’s time for a frank discussion about why the suburbs should support a community grid in the heart of Onondaga County — our city of Syracuse. Protests from some business owners and suburban political leaders lead us to believe that maintaining Interstate 81 as an elevated highway or spending money on tunnel is in our best interest. But before hopping on that bandwagon, let’s consider carefully the benefits of the community grid in the long term for the entire region and our responsibility for future generations.
May 29, 2018 – Derrick Pratt, Program Director at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum and member of the Old Erie Canal Community Working Group visits. The Old Erie Canal Community Working Group is an organization that aims to foster partnership and growth in and around the 36 mile Old Erie Canal State Park, which runs from DeWitt to Rome, between municipalities, local businesses, tourism sites, and other interested parties. Ultimately, its goal is to develop the Old Erie Canal corridor as a major tourism and recreation destination, which will promote the growth of all of Central New York. Over the organization’s 7 year history it has made great strides in promoting the Erie Canal and reaching its goals, including the founding of a number of successful bicycling programs as well as its most recent venture, the Old Erie Canal Boat Float. The Boat Float was started last year and is a 10 mile paddle from DeWitt to Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum that aims to promote the Canal as a recreational paddling destination for kayaks and canoes. Last year was a tremendous success for a first time event, drawing over 100 boats into the water, and this year looks to be even more successful.
May 22, 2018 – Bob Langston and Cindy Kissane will visit and share about a local project coming up in June called Workcamp. It is hosted at West Genesee HS and co-sponsored by Onondaga Hill Presbyterian Church. The Workcamp will be benefiting between 60-65 homes and families in the community. Syracuse hit the news in 2015 for a distinction no one wants: it had the highest concentration of African- and Hispanic-American poverty in the nation. The report also revealed that 31 percent of Syracuse residents lived below the federal poverty line, and one of every two children lived in poverty there. Equally important, Syracuse has welcomed more than 4,000 refugees since 2010, which has fueled the rate of poverty. Workcamp will make a real difference here through a variety of projects: painting, building wheelchair ramps, fixing sagging porches, etc.
May 15, 2018 – Neil H. Ringler, Interim Chair, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry will visit to share important information about Onondaga Lake. Since our club is right next to the lake, we should know more about how it impacts our local community. This should be a fascinating presentation!
May 8, 2018 – Kyle Washington, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategic Officer of Sonostics.com will visit and tell us about his company. Everyone knows that they need to get up and exercise more. But work is consuming an increasing amount of our lives, and people are either working more hours at one job or they are holding down two. And many of these jobs require either sitting or standing for extended periods of time.
May 1, 2018 – The Town of Onondaga and the Town of Onondaga Historical Society have declared 2018 as the “Year of the Rock,” commemorating the anniversary of the Split Rock Explosion that took place on July 2, 1918. As part of the centennial, Richard Miller, wrote a four-part series, of which his first publication, “Flames Like Hades”. Miller’s book is the result of 30 years of dedicated research, with the intent of turning some of the mystery of the event into historical fact. As Natalie A. Williams-Dardaris, Town of Onondaga Historian points out, this was “a literally earth-shaking event” as the eruption of The Split Rock explosive factories rattled the town and involved scores of injuries and a deaths of 60 people. But most of the stories about the night of the explosion have been oral stories, which are easily lost to time. Now, Miller’s books hopes to shed a new light on the events and maybe even bring this local history into the national awareness.
April 24, 2018 – Rick Rarick from Matthew 25 Farm will present on the work they are doing in the community. They are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity, with farm locations in Tully (Hamlet of Vesper) and LaFayette (Hamlet of Cardiff), New York. They work to ensure that no Central New Yorker goes without fresh produce. To accomplish this, they grow, harvest and distribute fresh vegetables and fruit to those in need throughout CNY. We also advise others on growing and preserving their own fresh produce.
April 10, 2018 – Andy Zepp from the Finger Lakes Land Trust will visit. The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) was founded in 1989 to protect forests, farmlands, gorges, and shorelines in the Finger Lakes region of New York. We have saved over 19,000 acres by creating public nature preserves and helping landowners to conserve their beloved properties. We are a small nonprofit organization. The Land Trust’s conservation work is designed to benefit everyone who lives or travels to the region. Our preserve lands are open 365 days a year, free of charge for anyone who wants to explore.
April 3, 2018 – Danielle LaTour, Community Development Manager for the Northeast Region of the American Cancer Society, Inc. will join us to share the latest information on the fight against cancer, and things that we can do to help and also keep ourselves healthy!
March 27, 2018 – Matt Seubert from AccessCNY joins us to share about the work that they do in the Syracuse community. AccessCNY offers person-centered services that empower individuals of all ages and abilities to reach their full potential as part of our shared community. Services are provided with dedication, compassion, innovation, and commitment. AccessCNY provides services to over 3,000 individuals in five primary areas: programs for individuals with developmental disabilities or acquired brain injuries (ABI), services for those with mental health issues, clinical services for those with disabilities, preschool education and Consumer Directed Homecare. All services empower individuals to reach their unique level of independence.
March 20, 2018 – Richard Scheutzow from Nickels Energy Solutions, LLC will share information on renewable energy. NES focuses on designing solar power installations and reducing energy usage for residential and commercial property owners in Central New York. Nickels Energy Solutions was founded by Steve and Kevin Nickels – two brothers born and raised in Syracuse, NY.
March 13, 2018 – Bodie Centore, a 7th grader at Onondaga Hill Middle School in the Westhill School District is participating in the St.Baldrick’s Day fundraiser on March 25th at Kitty Hoynes. It is his 7th year and he is trying to raise $20,000 for children’s cancer research. children’s cancers are different than adults. Some are so unknown that there are not treatments effective enough to cure them. Bodie will join us to ask for the club’s help and support.
March 6, 2018 – It’s a dog day! Guiding Eyes For the Blind will visit and tell us about how our canine friends serve our community. Guiding Eyes for the Blind works to enrich the lives of the blind and visually impaired by providing them with superbly bred and expertly trained guide dogs. Guiding Eyes breeds, raises, and trains guide dogs and trains students to work with guide dogs that have been carefully selected to match their individual needs. Our training programs and life-long follow-up support are completely free of charge and are made possible through the generous support of individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations.
February 27, 2018 – Chris Gardner from FMF&E Wealth Management, LLC will join us to talk about his new book A Very Personal Finance Story. The book begins with the birth of Chris and Lori Gardner’s micro-preemie identical twin boys and their fight for survival. Throughout the book, Chris weaves together experiences from his own life with financial topics to present a unique and very personal look at family, love and money.
February 20, 2018 – Executive Director, Suzanne Williams, and Outreach Coordinator, Sarah Allen from Syracuse Habitat For Humanity will join us and give an update on some of the programs and initiatives that they are planning for 2018. Syracuse Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating houses, so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which people can live and grow into all that God intended.
February 13, 2018 – Amanda E. Perrine, the new Director of the Maxwell Memorial Library will join us to share her vision for community outreach through the library’s many programs and resources. The library offers opportunities to become involved with book clubs, preschool and toddler story times, volunteer service, and an active Friends group that supports the library through regular fundraising events. Maxwell also has an excellent summer reading program for babies through teens, with the ever-popular Wild Wednesday family nights. All activities, programs, and services are free.
February 6, 2018 – Srdan Lukic from local organization Fight For Hearts joins us to share about their mission in the Central New York area. Founder and CEO of Fight For Hearts. Srđan Lukić was born with a Congenital Heart Defect and survived 3 open heart surgeries. With B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA (non-profit Management track), Srđan works as a regional Engineering Manager for an RF Consulting company. Combination of work experience, education as well as time served on the board of directors of Syracuse Friends of Boxing (non-profit), helped Srđan start Fight For Hearts. Srđan has boxed competitively from 2003-2012, finishing his career with 54 bouts, 3 NY State Golden Gloves titles, and representing USA two times in international competition.
January 30, 2018 – Pam Weaver. the NY Deputy Executive Director for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children will visit and share vital information with us about her organization. Thirty-two years ago, police could enter information about stolen cars, stolen guns, even stolen horses into the FBI’s crime database – but not stolen children. Several tragic cases began to awaken the nation to the problem that there was no coordinated national system for addressing missing children cases. In 1981, 6-year-old Adam Walsh was abducted from a Florida shopping mall and later found brutally murdered. When Adam first disappeared, his parents, John and Revé Walsh, turned to law enforcement to help find their son. To their disbelief, there was no coordinated effort among law enforcement to search for Adam on a state or national level and no organization to help the family in their desperation. In January 1984, the Walshes and other child advocates incorporated The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® (“NCMEC”) in the District of Columbia as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation to help find missing children and prevent child victimization.
January 23, 2018 – Eric Bacon from the Camillus Parks & Recreation will speak about the various programs and events that are available to the community. Did you know our community offers 12 parks providing: – Athletic Facilities – Playgrounds – Picnic Areas and Shelters – Walk/Hike/Bike Trails – Open green space – Erie Canal – Beach Swimming – Skiing/Snowboarding?
January 16, 2018 – John Bruzdzinski & Stephanie Bingham from Big Brothers Big Sisters will share the story of their mission in the Central New York area. PEACE, Inc.’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of Onondaga County helps children, who face adversity, change their perspectives and give them the opportunity to reach their potential in life. We do this with professional mentor managers matching children with community volunteers and guiding them through one-on-one mentoring relationships. We partner with families, volunteers, organization and the community to inspire positive changes in all.
January 9, 2018 – Ian Richardson from the Hillside Children’s Center will join us and share about his organization. Hillside Family of Agencies is family driven, youth-guided, trauma-informed, and culturally competent. They promise to provide compassionate, comprehensive, innovative and effective services to help families in the communities they serve reach their full potential. They partner with youth, adults and their families to provide individualized health, education and human services through an integrated system of care.
December 12, 2017 – Thomas Deuson from ShelterBoxUsa will join us to share about his organization. ShelterBox is a global organization made up of people who believe in shelter as a human right – that shelter from the chaos of disaster and conflict is vital. When people are plunged into crisis, normality is suspended. But good, quality shelter can cut through the chaos. This is why we provide the tools that enable people to rebuild homes and transform their lives. We do things differently. We were born different. We started life as a small organization in the UK and have grown to make a big impact across the world. We don’t follow the crowd – we’ve carved our own path that leads straight to the families we support.
November 28 – John and Caity Ginnan are nationally appointed U.S. missionaries to New York. Together they lead Youth Alive® New York. Youth Alive® provides churches statewide with the leadership, network and resources to grow movements of middle, junior high and high school age students reaching students. This ministry works cross-denominationally with churches, their pastors, youth leaders and supporters, students as well as schools, school administration and a host of youth and community related organizations in order to accomplish its mission: to activate student leaders for the social and spiritual renewal of every school and community. In an effort to support schools, Youth Alive also supports a school assembly resource, The Seven Project, as a fully customizable resource for today’s public schools. The Seven Project has been presented to tens of thousands of students in public schools nationwide.
November 21 – Colleen Deacon, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Representative for the Central New York Region will share some of the initiatives that the Governor is rolling out. Deacon headed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s regional office in Syracuse, and previously worked in the administration of former Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll. She emerged in the public spotlight after winning a three-way Democratic primary for Congress, earning the party’s ballot line in the Nov. 8 election against U.S. Rep. John Katko, R-Camillus. Deacon has lived almost her entire life within a block of her childhood home, a 4-bedroom colonial on Crawford Avenue on Syracuse’s East Side. Her parents still live in that house.
November 7 – Mary Kate Intaglietta, the Executive Director of Paige’s Butterfly Run, Inc. will join us to share her organization’s efforts in raising awareness and support of pediatric cancer in our community. Each year over 60 children will be newly diagnosed at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The impact of a diagnosis is far reaching, as it affects not only the child but their family and community. Our mission – to help local families who have already heard “your child has cancer”, as well as those who will soon hear those dreaded words. As a result of community support, they’ve raised over $2,500,000 to support cancer research and patient programs at The Center since 1997.
October 31 – MOST (Museum of Science & Technology) President, Toni Martin will share some her new initiatives that have increased attendance and community support for Syracuse’s Museum of Technology. “I love that there’s something for every age here,” she said. “I would like to make the MOST another destination for people who want to go out and have a great time.” Martin, 60, who is from Mexico and currently lives in Syracuse, said she’s always loved the MOST and she used to bring her four daughters to the museum frequently when they were young.
October 24 – Tracy Klefbeck, the new principal at West Genesee High School will join us and share her goals for the new school year and tell us about some of the many programs that are offered to students and their families. Tracy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and her Masters of Science in Education from SUNY Oswego. She holds certifications in New York State for Elementary Education 1-6 and she just completed her Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership at Le Moyne College this past May.
October 10 – Dale Johnson from Tillie’s Touch will share about his organization. This new organization’s purpose is to assist in making a child’s dream of playing a sport possible. Tillie’s Touch will provide the necessary equipment for any child when the family is unable to do so. Since the inception of the organization in 2009, Tillie’s Touch has also found that there is a strong need for school supplies that some families in the area just cannot afford. As a result of this Tillie’s Touch has extended its reach to not only sporting equipment, but school supplies as well. Each August, we organize a school supply give away for local children and their families. An average of 400 back packs filled with school supplies are given away to children in the local community during a youth day picnic.
October 3 – Stephanie Fox, the Director of Community Engagement at Hopeprint will share their mission with us. Hopeprint’s focus is on the empowerment of resettled refugees to thrive. While there are a number of entities working hard to assist resettled refugees in surviving (i.e. food access, government services, healthcare, etc), we are focused on the post-resettlement time period and empowering them along the next steps towards a thriving life. We welcome them into our “family” through our hospitality gatherings and homes, mentor them along the steps to their goals for a thriving life, and connect with community resources that exist to support their endeavors. Think of it as the guides and fellow journeymen along the pathway from a life of survival to a life of thriving.
September 26 – Jenni Gratien, Executive Director of Chadwick Residence will visit us. Chadwick residence helps women at risk routinely transition from shelter to success. Their residents live, learn and grow with education and housing assistance. Chadwick Residence opened its doors to homeless women and children in the fall of 1986. It was named in honor of former patron and board member Axilda M. Chadwick, who was a longtime advocate for women, the elderly, education and literacy. For nearly three decades, women have successfully completed programs in nursing and childcare while others have received degrees from Onondaga Community College, Le Moyne College and Syracuse University. Helping the women reach their goals fulfills the Chadwick Residence mission to empower women to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve independence and self-sufficiency.
September 19 – Greg Michel, Executive Director of Onondaga Earth Corps will share his organization’s mission with us. The OEC models itself on the highly successful and effective Youth Conservation Corps model that has been in operation throughout the United States since the 1930’s to address critical environmental and human service needs. OEC crew members participate in urban forestry projects, storm water management projects, private property management and community environmental education and outreach. Urban forestry projects include tree inventories, neighborhood outreach, tree planting, and tree care. Storm water management projects include rain gardens, rain barrel construction, demonstration of a green roof, and neighborhood outreach. As well, Onondaga Earth Corps is helping train the next generation of preservationists. Young people gain experience in carpentry, masonry, preservation craft, and remodeling skills.
September 12 – Ryan Harriott & a guest will present a program on The Women’s Opportunity Center. The WOC originated from a group formed in a local woman’s kitchen in 1979 that helped displaced homemakers enter the workforce after divorce, separation, or widowhood. Since then, the WOC has been part of the statewide Displaced Homemakers Program, which presently includes 13 centers across New York State. Since 1979, the WOC has helped over 15,000 women and men overcome obstacles and achieve success through employment and training services. The Women’s Opportunity Center is celebrating 35 years of Service to the community this year.
September 5 – Several board members from Two Brothers’ Light Inc., will attend our meeting and share the personal story behind their local organization. Two Brothers’ Light (TBL) works to bring support services to local community members who have been struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. TBL wishes to lift up and help heal those who have suffered the devastating loss of a loved one to suicide or those who are healing from a loved one’s attempt at taking their own life. This meeting is held at 6:00pm at Twin Trees Too on Milton Ave. in Solvay.
August 22 – Kim Bermel from HOPE for bereaved, Inc. will join us to share her mission. HOPE for Bereaved currently offers 12 monthly support groups with each addressing a different type of experience. Some groups include widows and widowers, children, parents, survivors of a loved one completing suicide and LGBT. HOPE for Bereaved group sessions attempt to ensure no grief goes unresolved. Therese Schoeneck founded HOPE for Bereaved in 1978 after the death of her daughter, Mary, in a car accident. At the time, Central New York did not have a support group available for parents dealing with the death of a child. Determined that something positive would come from Mary’s death, she formed a bereaved parents support group that eventually became HOPE for Bereaved. Each year, HOPE touches the lives of people of all ages in our community and beyond.
August 15 – Karen Macier and Marti Hahn from District 7150 will be making a 15 minute presentation on the Rotary Leadership Institute. The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world. RLI seeks to have Rotary Clubs in its member districts identify those Rotarians who appear to have the potential for future club leadership (not necessarily as club presidents) and provide those so identified with a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills so important in voluntary organizations.
August 8 – Katie Clift from West Genesee High School was accepted to attend Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA) at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, from June 14-20. She was among over 200 teachers from around the world who embarked on the learning adventure of a lifetime. She went through real-life astronaut training, including a high-performance jet simulation, scenario-based space missions, land and water survival training, and a state-of-the-art flight dynamics program. She will share techniques to encourage students to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers and use creative ways to bring lessons learned at Space Academy into the classroom.
July 25 – Our new District Governor, Phyllis Danks will visit and share her vision for District 7150.
July 11 – Gretchen BeVard from GMB Consulting Services, LLC in Camillus will tell us about how her company is helping to “green” the CNY region through energy saving and cutting edge technologies. GMB Consulting Services was started in March of 2015. Gretchen wanted to start a company that would specialize in what has become her passion: sustainable and energy efficient buildings.
June 20 – Matthew Urtz, Madison County Historian, and a member of the Cabinet of Freedom for the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF), will be the speaker. Matt will be speaking about cultural organizations in the county, the Timbuctoo exhibit from Lake Placid, and other 2017 summer heritage events.
June 13 – Our very special guest will be Ruth Johnson Colvin, the founder of the non-profit organization Literacy Volunteers of America, now called ProLiteracy Worldwide in Syracuse in 1962. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in December 2006. She turned 100 in December 2016. As Ruth recently told CSG member Blair Frodelius, “I have been honored by being a Harris Fellow, and I’m always impressed with what Rotary does for so many needs, including my passion for literacy. You probably know that my husband and I have been in 62 countries, having worked as volunteers in 26 developing countries, and so often we’d contact the local Rotary group, to let them know of the literacy needs in their country.”
June 6 – Patti Marvin from the West Genesee SEPTSA will talk about her work with the families in our area with the Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association (SEPTSA) are designed to help parents advocate for special needs children. It is a place for parents and teachers to exchange information on various programs, funding, ever-changing state and federal laws and to support each other on the many problems of adjustment, growth, and development our members face. The West Genesee Special Education PTSA was founded on February 2, 2009, and represents students K-12 in the West Genesee School District.
May 30 – Mackay Rippey will give a presentation on the local dangers of Lyme disease and how to protect yourself when enjoying the great outdoors of Central New York. Lyme disease can affect many body systems including the joints, heart, and brain. It is a progressive disease which becomes more debilitating and harder to treat the longer a person has been infected.
May 23 – Laurie Black from Early Childhood Alliance will visit and share what they do to help youngsters in CNY. The goal of the ECA is: All young children in Onondaga County are healthy, thriving and ready to succeed in school; all families of young children are supported in their parenting and have the knowledge, skills, confidence and resources they need to raise their children in healthy and nurturing environments.
May 16 – Mary Alice Smothers from PEACE Inc. will share about the many programs her organization offers the community. Incorporated in 1968, PEACE, Inc. is a non-profit community-based organization with the mission of helping people in the community realize their potential for becoming self-sufficient. PEACE, Inc. believes in the strength of the human spirit and is dedicated to changing lives by teaching people how to help themselves and support those around them. To this end, PEACE, Inc. provides a continuum of services for the entire family from infants to the elderly. The majority of individuals we serve have incomes placing them at or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
May 9 – Diana Abdella from the CNY Veterans Parade & Expo will share her experiences honoring veterans at the Great New York State Fair each autumn. Here’s a video showing what happens at the parade. The purpose of the CNY Veterans Parade and Expo is to thank veterans for their military service and to recognize their importance in our communities.
May 2 – Sue Potrikus from the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps will speak about her organization’s efforts to clean up Central New York’s Onondaga Lake water system. Hundreds of community volunteers have become environmental stewards of Onondaga Lake since the formation of the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps in summer 2012. The Corps is an expanding organization of community volunteers who are contributing to restoration projects that are creating or improving wildlife habitat in the Onondaga Lake watershed. The Corps seeks to inspire future stewards of Onondaga Lake and its watershed through a hands-on, experience-based program that offers citizens and organizations the opportunity to participate in activities that help restore and sustain Onondaga Lake and its value as an Important Bird Area.
April 25 – Geoff Herbert will speak about his journey growing up with a profound binaural hearing loss. As he puts it, “I have a lot of experience with special needs programs, disabilities, and general struggles with being different. Through years of hard work, I overcame many obstacles and eventually became a radio DJ for more than 10 years — possibly the only deaf radio personality in America. I still work in media, now as a producer for Syracuse.com, but I also speak to schools and special needs groups about my own experiences and attempt to inspire them to know they can do anything their heart desires. I’ve been a keynoter at Disability Mentoring Day in Central New York, a frequent guest speaker at Syracuse city schools and a featured speaker at TEDxBuffalo.”
April 18 – Emil Cost from Camillus will join us to share his experiences in playing with big bands in Central New York during the heyday of swing music. He played trombone with the Jack Edwards band in the late 1940’s and just turned 90! He’s not slowing down and is trying to form a new band in 2017.
April 11 – Katie Benson, Director of the Maxwell Memorial Library in Camillus will speak about the many programs and opportunities offered by the library which is celebrating it’s 99th year in 2017!
April 4 – Dereth Glance, Executive Director of the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) will give us an insiders look at what happens to all of our recyclables. We’ll also find out how OCRRA helps home gardeners with composting. Just in time for spring planting!
March 28 – Susanne Greehagen will present a fascinating talk entitled “Live Oaks & Dead Folks”, a “Virtual Tour of Oakwood Cemetery.” She will introduce the club to some of the famous and infamous residents of Syracuse’s most historic cemetery.
March 21 – Rick Rarick from Matthew 25 Farm will present on the work they are doing in the community. They are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity, with farm locations in Tully (Hamlet of Vesper) and LaFayette (Hamlet of Cardiff), New York. They work to ensure that no Central New Yorker goes without fresh produce. To accomplish this, they grow, harvest and distribute fresh vegetables and fruit to those in need throughout CNY. We also advise others on growing and preserving their own fresh produce.
March 7 – Neil MacMillan author of “Haunted Onondaga County” will give a fascinating program on the various locations and buildings in our community which are said to host spirits.
February 21 – Carol Charles from Vera House will present an overview of the programs they offer to the community. It is the mission of Vera House, Inc. to end all domestic and sexual violence, to assist families in crisis, to support those affected by domestic and sexual violence to live safe, self-sufficient lives, to empower women and children, and to promote a culture of equality and respect in all relationships.
February 14 – Dan Golden, Director of the Solvay Public Library will share some of the new programs and developments which our taking place in our local community. As Dan recently said, “Communities such as Solvay and Geddes need a resource that satisfies various informational and entertainment materials that residents are unable to purchase for themselves. They need a place where they can safely seek out knowledge, entertainment and continuing education. The value of the Solvay Public Library stems from its role as a place where the community can discover, learn, and grow.”
February 7 – Whitney Lash-Marshall, Executive Director of Baltimore Woods Nature Center will speak about the wide variety of programs offered to the public. Baltimore Woods Nature Center is a not-for-profit place-based nature education organization. Their mission is to connect people with nature, both from the headquarters on 180 acres of land in Marcellus, NY, and from satellite programs in urban areas.
January 31 – Dr. Leslie Kohman, from the Upstate Cancer Center will describe what Cancer is, what it does, and how we treat it. The presentation will review some recent statistics on Cancer and trends in the rates of Cancers that we see today. Cancer screening methods will be discussed as well as what new services can be offered to outpatients and their families. New cancer technologies will be explained, integrative and complimentary cancer techniques will be addressed and the benefit of being treated in a Commission on Cancer accredited cancer program will also be discussed.
January 24 – Liz and Dave Bebee from the Camillus Erie Canal Park will share some of their stories. Offering visitors a variety of informational and entertaining options ranging from over 10 miles of scenic wooded paths and walkways, to boat rides along the historic Erie Canal, the Park is the perfect setting for a leisurely stroll or an evening dinner cruise.
January 17 – Carrie Scholz from Health Navigation of CNY will present a program. Health Navigation of CNY is here to support individuals and their loved ones who have health care needs, and to facilitate successful navigation through the complex healthcare system.
January 10 – Stephanie Montero and Jeff Parker from Arise Inc. will give a presentation about The Ombudsman Program, an effective advocate and resource for older adults and persons with disabilities who live in nursing homes, assisted living and other licensed adult care homes. Ombudsmen help residents understand and exercise their rights to good care in an environment that promotes and protects their dignity and quality of life.
January 3 – Adam Sudman from My Lucky Tummy and With Love Restaurant will speak about his initiatives in bringing ethnic cuisine to the Syracuse community. His two projects include a pop up food court that looks to our Refugee & New American communities for culture, perspective & a beautiful meal that circles the globe; and a Teaching Restaurant & Entrepreneur Incubator from Onondaga Community College – with a new national cuisine every 6 months! (This meeting is at 6:00pm at Twin Trees Too in Solvay)
2016 Past Speakers
December 20 – Andrew Lunetta from A Tiny Home For Good Inc. will speak about affordable housing for those who would otherwise be homeless. Well maintained, dignified, and safe housing is a struggle to provide for those who rely on day-to-day labor or temporary assistance as is the case with many facing homelessness. Instead individuals turn to the streets and emergency shelters as permanent residencies. A Tiny Home for Good, Inc. builds and manages tiny homes. Built on vacant city lots, the homes are 300 square feet and are equipped with all the amenities of a regular home. Each home is rented to one individual who has faced homelessness. Rent is determined on a sliding scale dependent on the resident’s income. Each resident is connected with a professional care manager through a partnership with one of the several care management organizations in the Syracuse area.
December 13 – Kerry Quaglia from Home Headquarters will speak about how her organization meets the needs of underserved Central New Yorkers by providing low-interest home loans and grants, homeowner education and counseling, and real estate services designed to make safe and affordable home ownership a reality.
November 29 – Warren Pfohl from David’s Refuge will speak about his organization. David’s Refuge provides a place of respite free of charge for parents and guardians who care for children with special needs or life threatening medical conditions, allowing them the much needed time to rest, reflect and recharge from the stress of full-time caregiving.
November 22 – Kristin Earle, Development Director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Central New York Chapter. The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.
November 8 – In honor of Election Day (finally!), club member Blair Frodelius will present a program of patriotic songs highlighting the stories behind each one and leading a sing-a-long.
November 1 – Noel Frodelius-Fujimoto will talk about her experiences as a Rotary exchange student and the inside story of what it’s like to work at the Seattle Art Museum, who hold one of the world’s premier collections of Asian artworks. (This meeting is at 6:00pm at Twin Trees Too in Solvay)
October 25 – Join us as we watch a short video from the TedTalk series. Peter Sage is a well known international & serial entrepreneur, author, philosopher and teacher. His unique way of looking at and relating to life has inspired tens of thousands of people worldwide to Reinvent themselves. Whether by improving or turning around a business or developing a new and empowering psychology through practical yet profound shifts in awareness, Peter hopes his insights and teachings can offer something of value to those who seek it.
October 18 – Eric Bacon from the Camillus Parks & Recreation will speak about the various programs and events that are available to the community.
October 11 – Lynn Fox from Clear Path for Veterans will join us, along with a guest and their guide dog. Clear Path’s program is about the journey, not just about training a dog for service, emotional support or just general dog training. The path they guide you through focuses on social engagement, positive outlooks, finding home and building trust through relationships with a canine partner.
October 4 – John Tumino, founder of In My Father’s Kitchen. In My Father’s Kitchen, Inc. is a faith-based organization offering non-denominational and non-discriminatory assistance to homeless people through direct street outreach. As founders John and Leigh-Ann build relationships with chronically homeless individuals they identify and meet the unique needs of homeless people not yet ready to leave the streets and who refuse to stay in emergency shelters. As a result, IMFK provides food and basic necessitates to homeless individuals where they live on the streets, on a consistent and compassionate basis, until the homeless individual is comfortable accepting help and working with community agencies to secure housing. (This meeting is at 6:00pm at Twin Trees Too in Solvay)
September 13 – Bill Conole from Honor Flight The program recognizes and honors the sacrifices and commitments of Veterans, primarily from WWII, but also the Korean and Vietnam Wars as well. The program provides transportation for these veterans to visit the memorials in Washington DC and participate in recognition events.
September 6 – Bob Fangio from the Amaus Dental Clinic will speak about outreach to the poor who can’t pay for dental care. The free dental clinic, the only one in the Syracuse area, serves people without dental insurance who cannot afford to pay out of pocket for dental care. Patients include ex-convicts, people who’ve lost dental benefits after retiring, losing jobs or becoming disabled, and low-wage workers. (This meeting is at 6:00pm at Twin Trees Too in Solvay)
August 30 – Joseph’s House Joseph’s House promotes the sanctity of life and the dignity of women by providing a nurturing home for mothers facing an unplanned pregnancy. The physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of the mother and her baby are cared for through the loving direction of staff members and access to resources including, educational, occupational and spiritual in the Catholic tradition, giving them the opportunity to achieve their God-given potential.
August 23 – District Governor Peter F. Cardamone will visit us. He says, “For this year’s DG club visits, I want to spend time listening to club members on my club visits. My part of the meeting will be short. Please ask your members to come to this meeting prepared to tell me what is important to them and your club. Of what accomplishments are your club members most proud? How can we collaborate (Area Clubs and the District) as we share making “Rotary Serving Humanity” a reality?”
August 16 – Todd Freeman, Principal of Split Rock Elementary School will talk about community connections for student safety.
August 2 – Justin Bymaster of Aflac. Aflac is a Fortune 500 company, providing financial protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. When a policyholder or insured gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fairly, promptly and directly to the insured. For nearly six decades, Aflac voluntary insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. (This meeting is at 6:00pm at Twin Trees Too in Solvay)
June 14 – Samantha Waters, recipient of our Solvay High School scholarship will speak about her journey.
June 7 – Mike Waters from the Post Standard will present on SU basketball’s new season.
May 31 – Jeff Wright from Move Along Jeff Wright, was considering a career change after suffering a fractured L4 vertebra in an accident. Jeff is a multi-national design engineer & project manager who’s worked with top manufacturers like Whirlpool, GE, Bosch and many others while overseeing budgets in excess of $20 million. His injury caused him to look at other options and he had heard of Move Along and realized how important a role it played in the community. Jeff chose a new course: he left the 6-figure income, big-budget world of engineering and joined Move Along to help develop it into a regional player in the adaptive sports world. Jeff is now the Executive Director for Move Along, a local non-profit organization founded in 2009.
May 24 – Bob Balk from the Moravia Club will give a presentation on the Agitos Foundation. The Agitos Foundation is the leading global organisation developing sport activities for people with an impairment as a tool for changing lives and contributing to an inclusive society for all. Its vision is to lead the Paralympic Movement’s aspiration of driving change towards an inclusive society.
May 17 – David Vermilya & Debra Ancillotti, co-directors of the The Town Shop Youth Center in Camillus will speak about their work.
May 10 – Paul Baum from Camillus will speak about his life serving in the US military during World War II in Japan and the Philippines. He was recently featured on the front page of The Eagle Observer’s March 23rd issue.
April 26 – Matt Murphy is from the Marcellus Rotary Club and will be presenting on his club’s strategies for maintaining a robust Youth Exchange Program.
April 12 – Bob Burns from the American Legion will speak about the Boys State Program.
March 22 – Rick Rarick from Matthew 25 Farm in LaFayette will speak during our Tuesday meeting and luncheon. Matthew 25 is a small not-for-profit, public charity, with farm locations in Vesper and LaFayette, New York. They work to ensure that no Central New Yorker goes without fresh produce. To accomplish this, they both grow and distribute fresh vegetables to those in need throughout CNY. They also advise others on growing and preserving their own fresh produce.