Rotary Club of Webster

 
 
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Webster

Webster

Where Life Is Worth Living

We meet Thursdays at 6:30 PM
See upcoming events
Currently searching for new permanent meeting place
Phone - (585) 678-1378
Webster, NY  14580
United States
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Club Information

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Webster

Webster

Where Life Is Worth Living

We meet Thursdays at 6:30 PM
See upcoming events
Currently searching for new permanent meeting place
Phone - (585) 678-1378
Webster, NY  14580
United States
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PO Box 236
Webster, New York 14580
 
Home Page Stories

The Spoke...just a hub of activity here at Webster Rotary

Present: Dolly, Brian, Spencer, Dolly, Donna, Bill, Kathy, Joe, Don, Robyn, Ross, Rich, Terry, Tom, Herb, Dennis, Ray.

 

Bill started the meeting after the pledge and invocation with a report on the North Avenue project and thanks Dolly, Brian, Spencer, Susan, Tom for coming out and helping. They had 30 people painting from 1 to 530 and then Ron Noyes and Bill finished it up the next day. Go Bill!

 

Herb reminded everyone that we have adopt a highway at 7:30 on the seventh With a rain date will be the 14th and Dolly said we have three Interact students helping.

There will be no meeting on the 12th as Penfield is not available those wishing to attend the miracle field wine fundraiser should go online and purchase their tickets for that night. We will be back at Penfield country club on the 19th with the speaker from Children Awaiting Parents and on the 26th we’re hoping to do a little bit of a Halloween fun meeting.

 

Pen Web is having their annual brew and pairing on 16 November which is one of our meeting nights right there at Penfield so it’s strongly suggested we forgo the meeting and socially attend the Pen Webs dinner for $40 apiece. Members who went last year said it was an amazing dinner.

 

The dictionaries are in for the dictionary project and they are stamped and the sign-up sheet was passed around for members to take their schools.

 Ray reported on the membership meeting and feels we needed to take a club assessment, change your meeting format especially if we want to attract younger people and consider monthly dues instead of once a year.

Brian passed out pancake breakfast tickets and posters. President Joe reviewed the budget and Rich suggested that he creates a budget work out between charities and club since we are a 501C 4. Herb gave us a balance that he thinks is accurate and current for the moment for what is in the checkbook. Joe will redo the budget and separate them out differently for us.

 

Rich reported on the garlic festival that 12,000 to go to the Miracle field, 1800 down to the Hope House, the community chest and miracle field also. President Joe and went over the committee list and then asked for a chair person to have for those committees. Dolly gave a report on interact and that she would try to get emails of the parents as prospective members.

 

The 50-50 Donna pulled the seven of diamonds so the game goes on.

 

 Happy dollars: Ray for membership

 Bob gave five dollars for a good vacation

Pres. Joe for creative good conversation about the budget

Kathy for the BOD meeting and her art of dying conference that she was heading to in New York City

 Dolly is happy that she is short on cash LOL

Tom was interested in Kathy’s conference

Dolly M for a 20 mile bike ride

 Rich for his aunt Faith from Montreal and that he has a house in Columbia from hurricane Matthew that they are heading to repair

 Don for Bill and the painted house

 Bill’s was for Ross’s marvelous PowerPoint and for Tom Smock and Dolly’s ladders

Terry is for Rich going to South Carolina and a safe trip to Montreal

Donna’s was a lovely meeting

Dennis for Bill Ruoff he is the most benevolent person he’s known

Ross for the good looking house on North Avenue and lunch for this family at the Glen Iris Spencer for increasing membership

Brian for Bill Rouff, a great meeting and Joe as president instead of him

Herb for the best round of golf is it in 25 years at Shadowlake

Robyn for Jordan’s burial and all the friends that helped make it beautiful and the fact that Rotary is about a bunch of good people worrying about other people.

 

See you on Oct 19th at Penfield Country Club

The Spoke stuff!!!
Meeting on Sept 28th at PCC and present were: Dolly K, Dolly M, Ross, Bill, Don, Robyn, Barry
Howard, Prez Joe, Donna, Herb, Dennis, Spencer, John, Terry, Rich, Tom, Brian and our guests
the Nye Family, Kathy,Bruce, Rob and Sheila.
Prez Joe asked Rob Nye to tell us a little bit about their interest in Rotary. Bruce was a rotarian
in the Caledonia club for many years then moved to the Carolinas and enjoyed Rotary there.
The family moved the parents to Webster to be closer so they could watch out for them and they
are looking for the opportunity to interact with our group.
Robyn gave an update on the Recovery Walk and said they had a great time and were the top $
$ team. She thanked the Rotarians who came out and those who supported the walk. Team
Jordan is ready for next year!
Camp Haccamo weekend is fast approaching with the opportunity to help serve lunch on
Saturday the 7th at noon.(let Dolly K know if you will be there) Sunday the 8th is the Hike for
Haccamo so please go to www.camphaccamo.org to sign up or just donate. Josie Waverly
concert is Nov 17th and Prez Joe asked if the club would sponsor a table of ten for $315 for the
event. Bill R moved to purchase the table and Dolly second.
John Schuler gave an update as to him sending Shelter Box and Rotary International checks for
the Hurricane relief fund. Ross moved that we send an additional $1000 to Shelter Box since it
was in this years budget and Puerto Rico is in such dire shape they could use it. It was
approved quickly!
Bill gave an update on the Project on North Ave and thanked Rich, Brian, Dolly, Spencer and
Susan for helping scrape and prime. Sunday Oct 1st will be painting day and Immanuel
Lutheran Church will be hosting a light lunch at 12 for volunteers
Ray is attending the membership meeting and next week will be our workshop to go over
financials, committees, and the Pancake Breakfast. Set up will be Nov 11th and the breakfast
Nov 12th. Rich sent out 3 boxes to the troops please remember to bring stuff in.
Barry Howard was our speaker and gave an update and history on the Webster Chamber of
Commerce. He thanked Rotary for being a member and mentioned that the Chamber is truly the
voice of business as it is solely run by members not town funds to support it and the Chamber
wants to make Webster a Community of Choice. Some of the things the Chamber has been
responsible for over the course of its existence are creating Branch banking for NYS, convincing
Xerox to move out to Webster, and petitioning phone changes so calling across the street would
not be long distance due to the exchange number you had. Our own Bill Rouff instigated the
replacement of the WEBSTER plantings and stonescape and will the help of Tony Infantino of
warm 101.3, they raised $6000 by 8am that morning of the drive! Go Bill! The Chamber also
helped creat the Business Improvement District and the Webster Economic Development
Alliance which is a one of a kind organizations consisting of the School District, Town, Village,
Chamber and BID. The Chamber also host after hours networking, Power Hours, and Breakfast
before Business for its members and interested guests. Barry also mention that the Chamber is
experts in the Health Care Insurance field so anyone wishing to figure out what is best for them
should call him..No charge.Thank you Barry for an interesting presentation!
John won the 50/50 and pulled the 6 of spades.
Happy Dollars raised $129
Ross, for the guests and speaker
Tom, Ditto
Dolly M, climbing St Regis trail this weekend
Dolly K, Guests and speaker
John, welcome to the Nye’s and for Barry
Dennis, Happy Family Reunion, speaker
Joe, Nye Family, and Barry
Terry, speaker and guests and for her Aunt who passed away yesterday at age 94
Brian, Barry, Nye’s, and he filled his recycle toter twice cleaning stuff out
Bill, speaker, guests and the North Ave project
Rich, see Terry above
Spencer, speaker/guests and that his daughter is doing well after her Blood sugar event and a
trip to NYC
Don, Bill’s project and guests
Donna, NFL
Robyn, beautiful song recorded by her gospel choir for Jordan’s burial this Saturday, for the
speaker and guests and the Recovery Walk.
Stay tuned for all the latest news and enjoy this Fall weekend!
The Spoke
 
( not as creative as The John Doerner Spoke but still
 
 bringing the facts!!!)
 
Present: District Governor Don Milton, his life partner Ruth Cronkwright, Herb, John, Dolly K, Prez Joe, Robyn, Brian, Amy Winslow, Norie Willink, Donna, Ross, Terry, Tom, Rich, Bill, Ange and Lil Campisi, AG Linda Kohl, Mark Wyse from Ontario Walworth Club, Dolly M, Karen Collins.
President Joe started the meeting with I can't remember who leading the pledge and Ross doing his usual thoughtful invocation. President Joe asked for a motion on the floor to send more money to help with the flood disaster from Hurricane Harvey and Irma. A motion was made for the club to send $2000  to Rotary International to help with both disasters and to send our yearly $1000 to Shelter Box now. Ross moved and the motion was seconded by John and passed with all but one yea. Rich then gave a report on the Garlic Festival and said they saw 3700 through the door but the group had set a quota of $20000 gate fees to be met in order to continue with the festival. The amount was shy of $18,000 and Rich will not be chairman of the group next year. The fate will be decided soon.
Robyn suggested that the club consider having the October 12th meeting be a social one so the group could support the Miracle Field's Wine Tasting event. It is at the Webster Arboretum and is $40 which included food and wine. 
Adopt a highway is Oct 7 at 7:30 at the Gazebo park and then to complete your Rotary day... head over to Camp Haccamo Sunshine Campus to help serve lunch at 12 noon for the adult retreat weekend. Let Dolly K know if you are free to help.
Then...wake up the following morning and head to the Hike for Haccamo at the Sunshine Campus with registration starting at 9:30 and Walk at 10.
Linda Kohl then introduced Governor Don with a little information on his past as a faculty of empire state college, he joined the Penfield Rotary club 40 years ago. His lifetime partner Ruth Cronkwright is a member of the Fairport Rotary. District Governor Don then thanked Rich for his work with the shelter box, Ross Willink for everything he has done in his course of Rotary, and Bill Ruoff who he has known forever, and Dolly who was the secretary to him when he was running Camp Haccamo . He also recognized Mark Wyse as the past District Governor, Linda Kohl and Herb as the foundation chairs, and Linda Kohl as our assistant governor. He then went to talk on how Rotary international president Ian Reisley wants the making a difference team for 2017 to 2018 to focus on membership, foundation goals, and strategic development plan for clubs with visions, goals and measuring what was successful and what was not. Governor Don also mentioned the Atlanta International Conference where the main focus was talking about eradication of polio and the 42,000 members that were there had the opportunity to listen to Bill Gates speak and be committed to the match two for one for polio funds for the next three years.
President Riesley also talked about every Rotarian in the world planting one tree by the end of April in order to re-forest the planet as people of action campaign. District Governor Don also said he would like Webster to get a presidential citation and commanded us for always having our dues paid on time so we just need four more categories to get that citation.Don's initiative is to address child hunger and he really wants the district grants to be utilized by all the clubs and his hopes how to recruit alumni of past Rotarians to help exchange students and scholarship recipients to become Rotarians later in life.
Ruth gave us an update on the upcoming district conference to be held May 4 fifth and sixth at Saratoga New York and promised a lot of fun for all. She wanted everyone to go on the district website and check out the video of Don promoting the conference as it is very entertaining. Governor Don also mentioned that everybody needs to have three bones it which phone a backbone and a funnybone in order to get along in life. President Joe then proceeded to have Governor Don award Brian Winslow who is Paul Harris the word for making the level of contribution needed to Rotary international foundation.
Dolly gave us an update on Jim Isaac and said he is doing well from his knee surgery and should be home shortly but is appreciative of all the cards and communications from the club. Chuck Mertz is also doing well and Carol is all set in her new place. Bill Ruoff then talked about working on the house at 93 North Ave. they're scraping this weekend and will be painting on October 1 around 11:30- 12 o'clock start time he will have more details to follow.
Lil Campisi won the 50-50 and pulled the king of spades so the game continues. Happy dollars for today were; lots for Governor Don and his lovely partner Ruth, for other guests Linda Kohl and Mark Wyse, Brian for his Paul Harris award, Rich for the garlic festival, Donna was just happy to be here, Mark was happy that they were able to help out at the garlic Fest with his band and also thankful for all of our support for their upcoming charity dinner. Ross and Bill both were happy for each other's participation at their wellness on Wednesdays where they did a PowerPoint on the Webster Rotary. You go boys! More people congratulated Brian with their happy dollars, Bill Ruoff also was happy for Helen's 90th birthday and the fact that he was scraping the house and for working with Ross. Kathy was thankful for two weeks in Hawaii and our guest Ruth was happy for renewing friendships and Don was happy for being amongst friends and Robyn was happy that her gospel choir recorded a beautiful song to play at Jordan's burial on the 30th. She also mentioned that Jordan pranked them all by having somebody's phone ring at the only half rest of silence in the whole song. Next weeks meeting will be at Penfield Country Club and the speaker will be Barry Howard from the Webster Chamber of commerce. $129 was collected for happy dollars!
Thank you All!
The Spoke stuff!!!
Meeting on Sept 28th at PCC and present were: Dolly K, Dolly M, Ross, Bill, Don, Robyn, Barry
Howard, Prez Joe, Donna, Herb, Dennis, Spencer, John, Terry, Rich, Tom, Brian and our guests
the Nye Family, Kathy,Bruce, Rob and Sheila.
Prez Joe asked Rob Nye to tell us a little bit about their interest in Rotary. Bruce was a rotarian
in the Caledonia club for many years then moved to the Carolinas and enjoyed Rotary there.
The family moved the parents to Webster to be closer so they could watch out for them and they
are looking for the opportunity to interact with our group.
Robyn gave an update on the Recovery Walk and said they had a great time and were the top $
$ team. She thanked the Rotarians who came out and those who supported the walk. Team
Jordan is ready for next year!
Camp Haccamo weekend is fast approaching with the opportunity to help serve lunch on
Saturday the 7th at noon.(let Dolly K know if you will be there) Sunday the 8th is the Hike for
Haccamo so please go to www.camphaccamo.org to sign up or just donate. Josie Waverly
concert is Nov 17th and Prez Joe asked if the club would sponsor a table of ten for $315 for the
event. Bill R moved to purchase the table and Dolly second.
John Schuler gave an update as to him sending Shelter Box and Rotary International checks for
the Hurricane relief fund. Ross moved that we send an additional $1000 to Shelter Box since it
was in this years budget and Puerto Rico is in such dire shape they could use it. It was
approved quickly!
Bill gave an update on the Project on North Ave and thanked Rich, Brian, Dolly, Spencer and
Susan for helping scrape and prime. Sunday Oct 1st will be painting day and Immanuel
Lutheran Church will be hosting a light lunch at 12 for volunteers
Ray is attending the membership meeting and next week will be our workshop to go over
financials, committees, and the Pancake Breakfast. Set up will be Nov 11th and the breakfast
Nov 12th. Rich sent out 3 boxes to the troops please remember to bring stuff in.
Barry Howard was our speaker and gave an update and history on the Webster Chamber of
Commerce. He thanked Rotary for being a member and mentioned that the Chamber is truly the
voice of business as it is solely run by members not town funds to support it and the Chamber
wants to make Webster a Community of Choice. Some of the things the Chamber has been
responsible for over the course of its existence are creating Branch banking for NYS, convincing
Xerox to move out to Webster, and petitioning phone changes so calling across the street would
not be long distance due to the exchange number you had. Our own Bill Rouff instigated the
replacement of the WEBSTER plantings and stonescape and will the help of Tony Infantino of
warm 101.3, they raised $6000 by 8am that morning of the drive! Go Bill! The Chamber also
helped creat the Business Improvement District and the Webster Economic Development
Alliance which is a one of a kind organizations consisting of the School District, Town, Village,
Chamber and BID. The Chamber also host after hours networking, Power Hours, and Breakfast
before Business for its members and interested guests. Barry also mention that the Chamber is
experts in the Health Care Insurance field so anyone wishing to figure out what is best for them
should call him..No charge.Thank you Barry for an interesting presentation!
John won the 50/50 and pulled the 6 of spades.
Happy Dollars raised $129
Ross, for the guests and speaker
Tom, Ditto
Dolly M, climbing St Regis trail this weekend
Dolly K, Guests and speaker
John, welcome to the Nye’s and for Barry
Dennis, Happy Family Reunion, speaker
Joe, Nye Family, and Barry
Terry, speaker and guests and for her Aunt who passed away yesterday at age 94
Brian, Barry, Nye’s, and he filled his recycle toter twice cleaning stuff out
Bill, speaker, guests and the North Ave project
Rich, see Terry above
Spencer, speaker/guests and that his daughter is doing well after her Blood sugar event and a
trip to NYC
Don, Bill’s project and guests
Donna, NFL
Robyn, beautiful song recorded by her gospel choir for Jordan’s burial this Saturday, for the
speaker and guests and the Recovery Walk.
Stay tuned for all the latest news and enjoy this Fall weekend!
The Spoke
 
( not as creative as The John Doerner Spoke but still
 
 bringing the facts!!!)
 
Present: Herb, John, Dolly K, Don, Prez Joe, Robyn, Brian, Dennis, Donna, Ross, Terry, Tom, Rich, Bill, Bob, Jim Issac
President Joe started the meeting with Robyn leading the pledge and Ross doing his usual thoughtful invocation. President Joe asked for a motion on the floor to send a specific amount to the Houston Rotary Club to help with the flood disaster from Hurricane Harvey. A motion was made for the club to send $1000 with the option of any other member that wanted to contribute on their own to make a check out to Webster Rotary and it will be added to the total sum sent to Houston. Motion was seconded (is that a word?)and passed.
Robyn then took the floor to discuss the upcoming Rocovery Fitness Family fun 5 k walk/ run in Jordan's memory. The event is 9/23 and anyone wishing to donate can go to        https://runsignup.com/Race/48425/Donate/HOLmC9e4pOwkTF4g         
Anyone wishing to walk just check with Robyn.
President Joe passed around a pad of paper with the various committee needs for the club and encourage everyone to participate in at least one committee. The group will support all the events but a few people need to manage the events. Since Kathy and John were in Hawaii Robyn signed them up for every committee.lol
Foundation chair Ross noted the following people as having paid their foundation dollars for the current term:
Bob Goldstein(he knew better not to pay right away. Haha)
Ray Manginell
Brian Winslow
Ross Willink
Don Pegelow
Donna Hepburn
Thanks to all that have gotten theirs in so quickly and when you are able please give your check made out to the Rotary Foundation( right Ross?)
Bob Goldstein won the 50/50 and because I was chatting with Herb I didn't hear the card he pulled but either way the game goes on..sorry Bob
Happy Dollars 😊💰😊💰😊💰😊
John today was the last day he would be 65
Tom happy for cow pastures
Jim Isaac happy to be here
Dennis happy for the Winslow party wanted to make it a Regular thing
Bob happy to give Bill money to happy dollars
Bill happy to give 2 dollars of Bobs money
Donna happy to be seated between two studs(not 2x4's)
Joe happy for the generosity of the club for Houston
Ross forgot what he was happy for
Dolly happy for a good camping 2 weeks
Terry has no idea what she is happy for
Rich was not happy
Brian was happy that his last son got married, both Shauna and Andy are now practicing dentists and that he has a new car with gps!
Herb was happy it was his maternal grandmother's 125th Birthday if she was still alive
Robyn was happy for the article in last Saturday's paper and the fact that her gospel choir is going to sing in Italy and that she is staying at the cat house. She also forgot to say thank you for the Paul Harris Award the prior week!
 
Bill Rouff brought up a project for the group to consider in helping a house on North Ave get the tlc it needs along with 3 church groups helping. The group asked for a more detailed scope of the project and a date before committing but is definitely interested in helping. More to follow.
Enjoy your holiday weekend!🎉🏕🚲🏌️⛷🍻🍷🍩🍦🌭🍔🌽👙😎
Attending:
Discussion Items:
 President Joe reviewed upcoming events and activities including:
o Camp Haccamo “Prom Night” on Thursday, Aug. 17. Dinner at 5:30 and a headcount is needed. Plans for car pool call for meeting at BJ’s parking lot at 4:15.
o District Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 8 at Lima CC.
o Adopt-A-Platoon. Rotarians are reminded to bring a donation item each week such that we might be able to support sending a package to troops each week. Cash is acceptable to help pay postage.
o Saturday, Sept. 23 is the “ROCovery Fitness Friends and Family 5K” at Seneca Park. Rotarians are invited to join “Team Jordan” and on-line registration is available at <https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Rochester/3rdAnnualROCoveryFitnessFriendsandFamily5kRunWalkandCookout>. Note that a donation from Webster Rotary in Jordan Leavitt’s memory has been made.
o We’re reminded that Jordan’s Birthday Picnic is Wednesday, Aug 16 at Kiwanis Park.
o Save the Date! Rotary’s Camp Haccamo Challenge Walk is scheduled for Sunday, October 8th, 9:30am at the Sunshine Campus.
o We’re reminded of plans for the August 31st meeting devoted to organization and budget.
 President Joe reviewed the following Committees and positions that he’s seeking to fill, including:
o Vice-President’s position
o Rotary Foundation [Herb, Ross, Donna]
o The Spoke [Robyn & John]
o Membership
o Adopt-A-Platoon (liaison and gift packages)
o Interact / Scholarship
o Literacy / Dictionary Project / Little Libraries
o Pancake Breakfast (Sunday, Nov.2)
o Annual Christmas Party
o Charities Dinner [May 11 at K of C Center; Marketing, Ticket sales, Raffle, “Entertainment”]
o Robynpalooza Golf Tournament [Robyn]…likely June 29 at Ontario CC.
o “Green Space” including Webster Arboretum, Camp Haccamo garden, Adopt-a-Highway.
Guests: __Lil Campisi, Katie Peake & Parents__________________
Angelo Campisi
Rich Comins
Terry Comins
Joe Corona
John Doerner
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Kathy Doerner
Herb Gauch
Bob Goldstein
Donna Hepburn
Jim Isaac
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Dolly Kujawa
Dolly Maguire
Marlene Manginell
Ray Manginell
Don Pegelow
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Joe Pustulka
Bill Ruoff
John Schuler
Spencer Shull
Tom Smock


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Robyn Whittaker
Ross Willink
Brian Winslow
Dennis Zink
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August 10, 2017
 A presentation was made to scholarship winner Katie Peake and her parents, Cindy & Todd. Katie outlined her college plans and goals to join the medical profession as a Forensic Pathologist.
Action Items:
 Robyn inquired as to interest in scheduling programs for the coming year’s Rotary meetings. A brief brainstorm generated the following possible focus areas:
Police Department representative
Chamber of Commerce representative
Historical
Medical / Health
Humor
Tours [perhaps quarterly or when Penfield CC is unavailable.
Don Milton, District President (9/21?)
Next Meeting: Thursday, August 24 Picnic at Winslow’s
 “Our 3 guests” (9x)
 “Go Bills and Yankees”
 “Terry’s niece is expecting a baby”
 “For everything”
 “Katie’s parents and younger daughter to be Interact Pres.”
 “Go Bills”
 “Katie’s plans to enter the medical profession”
 “Recent Gospel Choir performance”
 “Ross’s grandson getting married”
 “Guests and new Interact President”
Mark your Calendar!
8/17 – Camp Haccamo Prom Night
8/24 – Picnic at the Winslow’s
8/31 – Workshop at Penfield Country Club
9/8 – District Golf Tournament (Lima CC)
9/8-10 – Garlic Festival
10/8 – Camp Haccamo Challenge Walk
5/11/18 – Charities Dinner
50/50 : John Schuler - 4 of clubs
The Spoke
Rotary’s Most Widely Read Newsletter
June 29, 2017
Submitted by Joseph Corona
 
 
Rotarians: Bob Goldstein, Dennis Zink, Herb Gauch, Spencer Shull, Tom Smock, Rich Comins, Kathy Doerner, Ang Campisi, Terry Comins, Brian Winslow, John Schuler, Joe Corona, Ray Manginell, Donna Hepburn, Bill Ruoff
 
Visitors: Lynne Goldstein, Judy Zink, Mary Gauch, Kathy (Mary’s sister), Sue Thomas, Pat Font, Karen Collins, Lil Campisi, Amy Winslow, Helen Ruoff
 
Pledge of Allegiance: Brian Winslow
 
Song: God Bless America led by Kathy Doerner
 
Prayer: Brian Winslow
 
Location: Hedge’s
 
 
Miscellaneous
  • Brian recognized our guest for our changeover dinner
  • Brian recognized those that we lost this year: Shirley Isaac, Henry Kujawa, and Jordan Leavitt
  • Brian also shared that Dolly Maguire recently lost her sister
  • Kathy provided a report that we raised between $5,000-$6,000 for Robynpalooza
  • Rich provided an update on the Tour du Lac cyclists; no homes will be needed nor storage as they will be at the Holiday Inn Express; Webster Rotary will host them on 7/20 at a place to be determined
  • Red Wings game will be re-scheduled
  • Brian also shared some updates from the District changeover dinner from Monday evening; Rotary is moving in a different direction and asks the question What do Rotarians do?; District 7120 met the $100 per member Foundation goal; RI President asks What do we do in our communities?
 
Happy Dollars raised $192
 
Upcoming Schedule
  • 7/6 – Independence Day week; no meeting
  • 7/13 – Webster Firemen’s Carnival
  • 7/20 – Host Tour du Lac cyclists; place to be determined
  • 7/27 - Meeting
The Spoke
Rotary’s Most Widely Read Newsletter
June 22, 2017
Submitted by Joseph Corona
 
 
Rotarians: Donna Hepburn, Bob Goldstein, Don Pegelow, Bill Ruoff, Herb Gauch, Dennis Zink, Rich Comins, Tom Smock, Ang Campisi, Ross Willink, Terry Comins, Brian Winslow, Joe Corona, Dolly Kujawa, Ray Manginell, John Doerner, Kathy Doerner
 
Visiting Rotarians: DG Tom Rogers
 
Visitors: Sandy Rogers, Karen Collins, Lil Campisi, Eric Muth, Kim Muth, Victoria Muth
 
Pledge of Allegiance: Brian Winslow
 
Prayer: Ross Willink
 
Location: Penfield Country Club
 
 
Miscellaneous
  • Brian provided an update on attaining $100 per person donation to the foundation district wide; currently it would require $3.60 per person in the district to attain the goal; Herb suggested that we donate $5.00 per person
  • Continue to keep Robyn and her family in your prayers
  • Kathy provided us an update on Robynpalooza; 72 golfers registered and registration starts at 11:00 on Friday
  • Rich read a thank you letter from Matt Fisher (Adopt a Platoon) for the recent package they received
  • Rich also shared that he has been speaking with Ian Forbes as they are running the Tour du Lac and will be here 7/20 and they need places for 11 riders and a garage
 
DG Tom Rogers Visit
  • DG Tom Rogers joined us to present a Paul Harris Fellow to Kim Muth for her efforts with the Interact Club
  • DG Tom Rogers also shared with us that Webster has contributed $3,000 to the foundation
 
50/50 Winner
  • DG Tom Rogers won the 50/50 winner and donated the monies to Polio Plus
 
Happy Dollars
  • Ray – for Kim Muth
  • Brian – for Tom and Sandy visit, Kim Muth, and everyone attending
  • Ross – for Kim Muth
  • Terry – for Kim Muth and Tom and Sandy visit
  • Kathy – for Kim Muth and Tom and Sandy visit
  • John – for a successful golf outing
  • Rich – for Kim Muth and Tom and Sandy visit
  • Karen – for Kim Muth and Tom and Sandy visit
  • Ang – for Kim Muth and Tom and Sandy visit
  • Herb – for Kim Muth and Tom and Sandy visit
  • Dennis – for Kim Muth and Tom and Sandy visit
  • Donna – for Kim Muth and Tom and Sandy visit
  • Tom – for Kim Muth and Tom and Sandy visit and successful golf outing
  • Dolly – for Kim Muth and Tom and Sandy visit
  • Joe – for Kim, Eric, and Victoria Muth and Tom and Sandy visit; for Brian’s last week as President
 
Upcoming Schedule
  • 6/26 – District Changeover Dinner @ Woodcliff
  • 6/29 – Changeover Dinner @ Hedges
  • 7/6 – Independence Day week; no meeting
  • 7/13 – Webster Firemen’s Carnival
  • 7/20 – Rochester Red Wings vs. Toledo Mud Hens
  • 7/27 - Meeting
The Spoke
Rotary’s Most Widely Read Newsletter
June 1, 2017
Submitted by Joseph Corona
 
 
Rotarians: Brian Winslow, John Schuler, Herb Gauch, Ray Manginell, Terry Comins, Joe Corona, Rich Comins, Tom Smock, Dolly Kujawa, Ross Willink, Don Pegelow, Donna Henderson, Bob Goldstein, Bill Ruoff, Dennis Zink
 
Visiting Rotarians: Lee Loomis
 
Pledge of Allegiance: Brian Winslow
 
Prayer: Ross Willink
 
Location: Penfield Country Club
 
 
Charities Dinner Recap
  • Herb provided Charities Dinner recap
    • Tickets + extra dinners - $22,175
    • 50/50 - $750
    • Gift cards - $290
    • Total Revenue - $23,215
    • Webster Columbus Center - $1,493
    • Caterer - $3,357
    • Gift Cards - $140
    • Prizes $9,100
    • Total Expenses - $14,090
    • Total Profit - $9,125
  • Brian asked us to consider if it makes sense to continue with Charities Dinner; can we find other avenues that can help us fundraise?
 
Lee Loomis – Camp Haccamo Update
  • Lee Loomis joined us to review where we stand with Camp Haccamo
  • Committee was formed in 2015 to review Camp Haccamo and relationship with Sunshine Campus
  • In 2015, a letter was sent to all Presidents asking for feedback on the camp and 2 options were provided; Option A – continue with 2 week camp or Option B – hire Sunshine Camp to run 1 week camping session under the Camp Haccamo name but we would be out of the camping business
  • After all feedback was gathered, a vote was taken and by a 2 to 1 margin option A was selected and we remained in the camping business
  • Since this vote, a Go Forward Plan was put together and 1st week of camping season is dedicated to youth (up to age 18) and 2nd week of camping season is dedicated to adults (18-30)
  • Additionally, Causewave (formerly Rochester Ad Council) was hired to run annual appeal and create a brand platform that we can use and leverage
  • Multiple committees were created including Adult Retreat Weekend, Public Relations, Rotary Engagement, and Camper Engagement
  • An orientation program and director’s handbook was created for all club director’s on the Camp Haccamo board
  • A concerted effort is being made to create a road map of activities and milestones so that the Operations Committee functions are documented
  • Each officer and director is required to create a Personal Improvement Plan and each club is asked to have 2 members on the board; 2 new executive positions were created: Assistant Treasurer and Assistant Secretary
  • Updated agreement with Rochester Rotary Charitable Trust
  • Created an Adult Retreat Weekend which runs Columbus Day weekend; this year it had 61 campers and this was focused on the population age 30+
  • We will continue to partner with Sunshine Camp to run Adult Retreat Weekend; we are the only Adult Retreat weekend in Western New York
  • 2016 Annual Appeal brought in $5,000; part of the Causewave output was also to solicit support from camper families and assess special needs population (youth 4,500 and adults 10,000)
  • Camp Haccamo is unique in that it encompasses all needs: physical, mental and emotional/behavioral
  • Costs $173,000 per year to run camp; Foundation $1.6M with rate of return between 4% and 6%; running $60,000 deficit annually
  • How can Rotarians help: car show, Annual Volunteer Day, Carnival Night, Prom Night, Adult Retreat Weekend, Haccamo Challenge, Josie Waverly dinner and concert, Annual Appeal
 
Rich Updates
  • Don’t forget to bring in your Garlic Festival volunteer sheet and troop donation
  • Prayers for Carol Mertz as she is in intensive care with low salt levels
 
50/50 Winner
  • Dennis Zink was the 50/50 winner but pulled the Queen of diamonds
 
Happy Dollars - $48
  • Ray – Lee’s presentation
  • John – brother-in-law is out of hospital
  • Dennis – Lee’s presentation
  • Terry – Lee’s presentation
  • Herb – Lee’s presentation; great Charities Dinner
  • Brian – Lee’s presentation; good District Conference; DC visit and his son is almost complete with becoming pediatric dentist
  • Lee – 12 presentations and 5 to go and has commitment from all to assist at Adult Retreat Weekend
  • Tom – Lee’s presentation; great Charities Dinner
  • Dolly – Lee’s presentation; great Charities Dinner; being happy
  • Ross – Lee’s presentation
  • Joe – Lee and Dolly’s commitment to Camp Haccamo
  • Bob – Webster is officially at $100 per member to Foundation
  • Donna – 7 year old and 9 year old great baseball players
  • Bill – Shelter Box; Polio Plus; Adopt a Platoon; Surprise, AZ event
  • Don – Lee’s presentation; Foundation
 
Upcoming Schedule
  • 6/8 – Regular meeting – location TBD
  • 6/15 – Regular meeting with Paul Harris presentation – Penfield CC
  • 6/22 – Regular meeting – Penfield CC
  • 6/23 – Robynpalooza @ Ontario CC 1:00 shotgun start
  • 6/26 – District Changeover Dinner @ Woodcliff
  • 6/29 – Changeover Dinner @ Hedges
The Spoke
Rotary’s Most Widely Read Newsletter
April 27, 2017
Submitted by Joseph Corona
 
 
Rotarians: Rich Comins, Spencer Shull, John Schuler, Herb Gauch, Joe Corona, Don Pegelow, Bob Goldstein, Donna Hepburn, Dolly Kujawa, Dolly McGuire, John Doerner, Kathy Doerner, Brian Winslow, Ross Willink, Robyn Whittaker
 
Pledge of Allegiance: Brian Winslow
 
Song: America The Beautiful
 
Prayer: Ross Willink
 
Location: Penfield Country Club
 
 
Miscellaneous Items
  • Ron Kampf (sp) is running a shoe drive; donate wearable shoes that will be donated to worthy charities
  • Brian read a new RI policy regarding raffling guns or doing events that have a gun association and a petition that would allow Rotary clubs to continue to raffle guns and have events with gun associations as long as licensed users are present and run the event
  • Rich provided the volunteer sheet for Garlic Festival; you are encouraged to bring the sheet in as soon as you can so that they can prepare the assignments; bring to Rich or Dolly McGuire
  • Dolly K discussed that the Thomas Interact ceremony is scheduled for 5/10 at 6:30
  • Provide Robyn the head count for Charities Dinner by Tuesday 5/2
 
50/50 Winner
  • Rich Comins was the 50/50 winner but pulled the 5 of diamonds
 
Happy Dollars
  • Brian – one of his clients attended Rory McIlroy’s wedding in Ireland
  • Don – Brian’s story
  • Donna – Brian’s story
  • Herb – great time in Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach
  • Dolly K – article in Webster Herald on his nephew who is a Naval captain
  • Dolly M – beautiful day
  • John – great time in Hilton Head
  • Kathy – road trip to Iowa from Hilton Head and home in 2 days
  • Robyn – moved into her loft
  • Ross – successful eye doctor visit; no macular degeneration
  • Rich – Kathy’s road trip
  • Spencer – Ross’ successful eye treatment
  • John – for sitting at Joe’s table
  • Joe – for being back after a couple of weeks on the road for work
  • Dennis – for a beautiful day
 
Upcoming Schedule
  • 4/29 – Adopt a Highway at 7:30 @ Gazebo parking lot; Sunshine Camp cleanup starting at 9:30, let Dolly K know if you will be able to attend
  • 5/4 – Regular meeting – will review Charities Dinner assignments
  • 5/5 – Charities Dinner @ Columbus Center
  • 5/11 – Regular meeting
  • 5/13 – Gear Up Rotary bike ride
  • 5/19-21 – District Conference in Erie, PA
  • 5/25 – Regular meeting
  • 6/1 – Regular meeting – Lee Loomis guest speaker
  • 6/8 – Regular meeting
  • 6/15 – Regular meeting
  • 6/22 – Regular meeting
  • 6/23 – Robynpalooza @ Ontario CC 1:00 shotgun start
  • 6/26 – District Changeover Dinner @ Woodcliff
  • 6/29 – Changeover Dinner
The Spoke
Rotary’s Most Widely Read Newsletter
March 16, 2017
Submitted by Joseph Corona
 
 
Rotarians: Joe Corona, Dennis Zink, Rich Comins, Robyn Whittaker, Dolly Kujawa, Ross Willink, Brian Winslow, Bill Ruoff, Don Pegelow, Herb Gauch, Kathy Doerner, Bob Goldstein, Spencer Shull, Tom Smock, Donna Hepburn, Ray Manginell
 
Visitors: Norie Willink, Amy Winslow, Helen Ruoff, Denny & Kathie Brunner
 
Pledge of Allegiance: Joe Corona
 
Prayer: Ross Willink
 
Location: Penfield Country Club
 
 
We were entertained by “Heartstrings.”  Denny and Kathie Brunner are a guitar and fiddle duet.  They were joined by the vocal stylings of Bill Ruoff, Dolly Kujawa, Kathy Doerner, and Robyn Whittaker.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
 
Denny and Kathie can be reached by email at fiddlinkatie@aol.com or by phone at 315-986-2635
 
Miscellaneous
  • Dolly McGuire’s mother-in-law passed away recently
  • Rich updates on Adopt a Platoon – Kong is leaving for Afghanistan; he has sent 2 emails to Fort Drum and he has yet to hear back
  • Rich updates on Garlic Festival – the 3 charities that will benefit are Miracle Field, Hope House, and Community Chest
  • Rich announces return of Tour du Lac on 7/20; ride will benefit Wellspring Niagara Cancer Institute, more details to follow
 
50/50 Winner
  • Dennis Zink won 50/50 and pulled the Joker and then pulled 2 of hearts
 
Happy Dollars
  • Tom – Storms have passed and sunshine has returned; Pat’s doctor visit is tomorrow
  • Spencer – Electricity is back and the grandkids stayed over during power outage
  • Bob – Great entertainment and never lost power
  • Don – Great entertainment
  • Bill – Great entertainment
  • Ross – Great entertainment
  • Dolly K – Never lost power and hosted the Ruoffs as guests
  • Kathy – Great entertainment
  • Robyn – Successful pasta dinner for Relay (raised over $1,500); prayers for Penny Swingly; great entertainment; returns to the cat house Wednesday
  • Rich – Great entertainment
  • Donna – Happy day
  • Herb – Great entertainment and surviving the storm
  • Dennis – Great entertainment
  • Ray – All firefighters safe after a fire in the city during the day
  • Brian – Great entertainment and surviving the storm
  • Joe – Great entertainment
 
Upcoming Schedule
  • 3/23 – Penfield Country Club – Fritz Sierk on Patagonia
  • 3/26 – Foundation Brunch at Ravenwood
  • 3/30 – Induction of Dolly McGuire & John Doerner – Location TBD
  • 4/8 – District Assembly @ Newark High School
  • 5/5 – Charities Dinner
  • 5/13 – Bike tour
  • 5/19-21 – District Conference in Erie, PA
The Spoke
Rotary’s Most Widely Read Newsletter
March 23, 2017
Submitted by Joseph Corona
 
 
Rotarians: Ray Manginell, Joe Corona, Dennis Zink, Rich Comins, Robyn Whittaker, Herb Gauch, Ross Willink, Dolly McGuire, Tom Smock, Dolly Kujawa, Donna Hepburn, Bob Goldstein, Don Pegelow, Brian Winslow
 
Visitors: Dolly McGuire, Fritz Sierk
 
Pledge of Allegiance: Brian Winslow
 
Prayer: Ross Willink
 
Location: Penfield Country Club
 
 
Fritz Sierk – Owner of The Coach Sports Bar
  • Eight years ago when Fritz turned 40 his step mother bought him the gift of Outward Bound
  • Fritz chose the most difficult trip he could find; goal was to learn and experience something
  • He selected Patagonia which is the mountainous region between Argentina and Chile for a 23 day trip
  • Unfortunately, lost suitcase in Detroit on his way to South America
  • They hiked through the mountains and lived on a glacier; they carried all of their equipment and food in and each carried a pack of 60-80 pounds
  • Their hikes lasted 7-10 hours per day with 12 hours being their longest day
  • Group consisted of 5 women and 7 men along with their guides
  • The trip was the end of December through the end of January
  • They consumed over 5,000 calories each day and rested each hour for 5 minutes; by the end he lost 20+ pounds
  • Each member of the team went through Solo – 36 hours of solitude where you are provided minimal rations and are meant to not do anything
  • Trip started at 3,000 feet above sea level and summit was 11,000 above sea level; camp was at 9,000 feet above sea level
  • He prepared by hiking every day; showers were any time they found a lake or waterfall; typical water temperature was 23!
  • Mountain was called Tronador – Thunder Herd in Spanish; it had a peak in Argentina and Chile
  • They had to build walls of ice and snow to protect them from the wind and cold; they were 4 to a tent and had to use the refuge a couple of times due to incoming storms
  • They trained daily in case of falls into the crevasse; bigger guys were at the end as anchors
  • When they came back down the mountain, they did service work in town by helping to clean the water supply.  As a thank you the town provided Pepsi and a traditional Argentinian meal
  • The group still keeps in touch via Facebook
 
50/50 Winner
  • Bob Goldstein was the 50/50 winner but pulled the 4 of diamonds
 
Happy Dollars
  • Ray, Don Bob, Donna, Dennis, Joe, Ross, Dolly M, Tom, Dolly K - Speaker
  • Herb – Grandson scored 2 goals in a tournament; Mary is able to drive
  • Robyn – Back at the cat house
  • Rich – Terry’s back in surgery at RGH due to some complications; their sister from Syracuse is recuperating from a hand infection
  • Brian – Isaac recently installed a new furnace and AC system
 
Upcoming Schedule
  • 3/26 – Foundation Brunch at Ravenwood 12-3 $30
  • 3/30 – Induction of Dolly McGuire and John Doerner at Shadow Lake (Lake Room); it is a guest night!
  • 4/8 – District Assembly @ Newark High School; thus far Robyn and Joe will be attending there is room for 4 more
  • 4/11 – Joint meeting with Kiwanis and Lions @ Hedges 6:00 cocktails; 6:30 dinner
  • 4/20 – Regular meeting
  • 4/27 – Regular meeting
  • 4/29 – Adopt a Highway at 7:30 am @ Gazebo parking lot; Sunshine Camp cleanup starting at 9, let Dolly K know if you will be able to attend
  • 5/4 – Regular meeting
  • 5/5 – Charities Dinner @ Columbus Center
  • 5/11 – Regular meeting
  • 5/13 – Gear Up Rotary bike ride
  • 5/19-21 – District Conference in Erie, PA
  • 5/25 – Regular meeting
  • 6/1 – Regular meeting
  • 6/8 – Regular meeting
  • 6/15 – Regular meeting
  • 6/22 – Regular meeting
  • 6/23 – Robynpalooza @ Ontario CC 1:00 shotgun start
  • 6/26 – District Changeover Dinner @ Woodcliff
  • 6/29 – Changeover Dinner
THE SPOKE
ROTARY’S MOST WIDELY READ NEWLETTER
THIS EDITION FOR MARCH 9, 2017
PRESENT: DOLLY M., DOLLY K., ROBYN, RAY, ROSS, BOB, DENNIS, BILL, HERB, KATHY, BRIAN
VISITING ROTARIAN: JIM ISAAC
GUESTS: AMY WINSLOW, NORIE WILLINK
Prayer: Ross
Well Folks, here I sit in my office high atop the venerated Hawley building in downtown Village of Webster; have I ever told you that this building on East Main Street, for years, housed the Hawley Hardware store, owned and operated by ‘Bob’ Hawley who was mayor of the village for over thirty years; over the hardware store were several rooms which served such clientele as beauty salons, apartments, and for some, like myself, office space.  Tonight I sit in the dark, not by choice as there has been a power blackout such as the town and village have never seen; well, hardly ever, discounting World War II and several ice storms.  This time it seems somewhat eerie as there is complete darkness as far as the eye (even in the dark) can see; also, in my mind’s eye (a different eye) there are visions of figures walking in single file, akin to the Senecas and Mohawks that traversed these same lands many thousands of years ago; or, farmers dressed in bib overalls astride their tractors, tilling the fertile soil that gave birth to so many apple orchards.
Another day, another great day, for today, after two days of nonstop snow we now witness a snowy December in the middle of March, talk about March madness!  This afternoon, I sit in my office high atop the Hawley Building looking in all directions and everything within view is covered with a blanket of white; so beautiful, a masterpiece of Nature’s incomparable beauty; I wonder what dear Ward Mann would have thought of such a painting?
Our meeting of March 9th was held at Jeremiah’s Restaurant in Penfield; it was a fairly well attended affair considering the windstorm and the goofy weather.  President Brian kicked it off by telling all about his ‘cardiac experience’ (3/1/17); so now he officially belongs to the Stent Club which probably has more members than either political party; thank our lucky stars for doctors and dentists for they can fill the human body with more parts than an auto store carries.  Good luck, Brian and to Donna Scott who also joined that club on the same day as did Brian.
$Happy!  Brian (Big Bucks) happy to be here; Herb, for the general (hopefully referring to Brian); Dennis,(Big Bucks) for Brian; Bob, $1 for each stent; Robyn, for Brian, sold her house, closing tomorrow; Dolly M., for Brian; Jim Isaac, for Brian, and thanks to those who attended the Euchre Tournament which netted $875; Dolly K., (Big Bucks) for Brian; Ross, for his chauffer being back, the power back on, and one bed again; Amy, for the return of the Drill Sergeant, Bill, for Brian.
A surprise and added bonus was a friend/guest of Robyn – a Magician!
The mustached fellow with the ready smile, expansive voice, and quicker than the eye hands plied us like warm taffy as he played card tricks, coin tricks, paper money tricks and formed balloons into animal shapes (this guy was not only good, he was very friendly and kept us in stitches.  His name is Chris Wilkinson, he plays to groups like ours and birthday parties, anniversaries and other gatherings.  Very good surprise and a great ending to a welcome night, thank you Robyn.
Meeting of March 16th: We will be back at the Penfield Country Club and this will be a St. Patrick’s Day type event; there will be entertainment, so bring someone with you, this promises to be more Irish than you could have ever hoped for.
The Spoke
Rotary’s Most Widely Read Newsletter
March 2, 2017
Submitted by Joseph Corona
 
 
Rotarians: Robyn Whittaker, Rich Comins, Dolly Kujawa, Joe Corona, Kathy Doerner, Tom Smock, Bob Goldstein, Herb Gauch
 
Visiting Rotarians: Jim Isaac
 
Visitors: Dolly McGuire, Pat Font
 
Pledge of Allegiance: Tom Smock
 
Location: CDS Life Transitions Center  860 Hard Road
 
 
Taryn Mullen – Executive Director of CDS Wolf Foundation
  • Taryn is responsible for public relations and marketing for CDS along with fund raising efforts.  She has been with CDS 7 years.
  • Lou & Phyllis Wolf, the Quackenbush Family, and the Donahue Family started CDS in 1977.  This year is their 40th Anniversary.
  • The goal of the Life Transitions Center is to provide opportunities to people with diverse needs after the age of 18.  CDS has 26 residences and also one for veterans.
  • Taryn provided us a wonderful tour of their beautiful facility that was built in 2008.  They were originally located on Perinton Parkway.
  • We started in the Town Square, which included a media center, Dave’s Snacks (which is run by the students), an art studio, a dance and music studio, and a fitness and aquatics center.  As you walk through the facility, you will see many pieces of art that are available for purchase.  The media center provides the students an opportunity to Skype with local students in school.
  • Most of the students that visit the center use public transportation to get there and you may have seen the CDS buses in the community; recognizable by the butterfly!
  • Besides the residences, they have 4 other sites: 1 on Creek Street, 2 in Perinton, and a training facility on Blossom Road.
  • Many of the students that go to the Life Transitions Center have been to Camp Haccamo.
  • Fitness is a very important aspect of their life with 95% of the students using the fitness facility and they have goals that they want to attain.
  • The aquatic center is fully handicapped accessible and at the time it was built NYS didn’t believe pool therapy was necessary.  Because of this, the aquatic center was built through a $1M capital campaign.  Many veterans and seniors also use the facility.
  • As we progressed through the facility we come upon Flutter, the restaurant that is fully staffed and run by the students.  In fact, some of the students have progressed to jobs in the community as a result of their experience at Flutter.
  • CDS has 2 major fundraisers: Strikes for Abilities this Sunday at Empire Lanes and is celebrating its 10th anniversary and their 30th Annual Golf Tournament on 7/17 at Monroe Golf Club.  They also have business reach out to them to partner on fundraisers.
  • One other component to CDS is Unistel Industries.  Unistel provides work opportunities in the fields of mailing, packaging, fulfillment, and light assembly.  It has 80 employees and they do work for Wegmans, Dinosaur BBQ, and the NYS Prison System.
  • Additionally, they have a contract with Harris RF to assemble the dust cap for military radios and they have partnered with Harris RF for 10+ years.  They are always looking for new partnerships.
  • At the Blossom Road facility, they are producing and packaging over 55 different spices.  Their largest client is the U.S. military.  Branded Salute Seasonings, you can purchase them at Wegmans and a broader array online.  The proceeds benefit veterans.
  • iCircle is one of the newer parts of the CDS umbrella.  They provided managed long-term care serving Monroe and Wayne County.  The have 6 organizations in total under the CDS umbrella.
  • CDS employs 700+ employees and is celebrating their 40th Anniversary!  If you are looking for volunteer opportunities, you can contact Deb Beam at CDS.
 
Miscellaneous
  • Robyn updated us on Brian and that he is home and feeling great after his surgery.  He hopes to return next Thursday!
  • Herb – 59 tickets are out for Charities Dinner and we are in a good position at this point in time but we want to stay ahead of the game!
  • Grant application – we need to figure out which grant we want to apply for soon as the application is due in April
  • Dolly – 4/29 is cleanup day at Sunshine Camp; let Dolly know if you can assist
  • Rich – Garlic Festival update that the proceeds will benefit Miracle Field and we elected to help support Hope House with our portion of the proceeds
  • District Conference – if you are interested in attending the conference, the early bird expires 3/31 where the registration fee is $175; on 4/1 it increases to $200
  • Herb notified us that Mustafo from NEQ contacted him and offered to come in and talk to us about the recent conversations related to Union Hill and Webster emergency services; we all felt it would be a good idea and Herb will check with him and his availability
 
Upcoming Schedule
  • 3/9 – Penfield Country Club – Surprise Guest
  • 3/16 – Penfield Country Club – General Assembly
  • 3/23 – Penfield Country Club – Fritz Sierk on Patagonia
  • 3/26 – Foundation Brunch at Ravenwood
  • 3/30 – Induction of Dolly McGuire – Location TBD (possibly Hedges)
  • 4/8 – District Assembly @ Newark High School
  • 5/5 – Charities Dinner
  • 5/13 – Bike tour
  • 5/19-21 – District Conference in Erie, PA
The Spoke
Rotary’s Most Widely Read Newsletter
February 23, 2017
Submitted by Joseph Corona
 
 
Rotarians: Ross Willink, Donna Hepburn, Rich Comins, Bill Ruoff, Don Pegelow, Bob Goldstein, Terry Comins, Dolly Kujawa, Herb Gauch, John Schuler, Joe Corona, Brian Winslow, Tom Smock, Dennis Zink, Ray Manginell, Robyn Whittaker
 
Visiting Rotarians: Jim Isaac
 
Visitors: Dolly McGuire, Karen Collins, Steve McAlpin
 
Pledge of Allegiance: Dennis Zink
 
Prayer: Ross Willink
 
Location: Penfield Country Club
 
 
Miscellaneous
  • Rich discussed a recent Garlic Festival meeting where they discussed the donation program of the festival
  • The festival will benefit Miracle Field and also a charity of each club’s choice; we may consider Camp Haccamo, Hope House, Comfort Care, etc.
  • Rich emailed Captain McGrath and Mike Plummer trying to schedule a meet and greet with our Adopt a Platoon; targeting end of March/early April
  • Tom ran into Nate’s mother at the Webster Rec Center and she said Nate is doing great and is looking to possibly go to Brazil to work on a pure water project
 
Special Guest Steve McAlpin
  • Steve McAlpin is a Webster resident who spent a tour in Bosnia and Afghanistan
  • In Afghanistan, he was based at Bagram Base – February 2002
  • Bagram Air Base is the largest in Afghanistan and was built by the Russians
  • He was charged with getting supplies for Afghanistan and expanding the base
  • They had 23 translators on base to assist
  • There were 2 “Allies” on base: Gen Baba Jaan (warlord) and BG Sherl Alam
  • He was allowed to attend many cultural events
  • He also worked on battle damage assessment
  • One of his favorite saying is Mushlail Nast, which means No Problem!
  • He started a project on base where he started a school to help educate the Afghan children
  • He is a special ed teacher by trade and started Humanitarian Assistance Program
  • The program requested items from churches and donations to help their school
  • He recruited 17 teachers to help out and ordered 208 desks for the school
  • He worked with Colonel Ed Dorman and allowed Steve to teach if he could teach; helped to teach conversational English
  • School taught men Afghan men 17-29 and girls which was forbidden by the Taliban
  • The school was outdated and students had books that were 23+ years old
  • With the assistance of Jawad, his translator, he was able to teach the Afghan children
  • Many students didn’t know why America was in their country or even where America was located; they brought in a globe to show them where America was located because they thought most students would think the world is flat if you brought a map
  • Unfortunately, the school was forced to close and Colonel Kassem Saleh told them “Teaching English to Afghans is stupid”
  • Steve was then transferred to Kabul where he started painting
  • He painted “Window of Opportunity” which show many of the contrasting things that were taking place in Afghanistan; the humanitarian efforts vs. the effects of the Taliban
  • The painting has 5 Americans that represents the 5 points of the star and 21 people to represent the 21 gun salute
  • He sent the painting to President George W. Bush and the painting ended up on display in George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
  • During President Bush’s term, he received over 43,000 gifts and 300 are on rotation in the museum but Steve’s painting is the only permanent display
  • Steve travels with Reagan, a service dog, due to suffering from PTSD; Reagan’s jacket and leash are made from one of Steve’s old uniforms
 
50/50 Drawing
  • Steve McAlpin wins the 50/50
 
Happy Dollars - $76
  • Dolly, Dolly, Karen, Bob, Don, Bill, Donna, Ross, Dennis, Tom, John, Brian, & Joe – for our guest Steve McAlpin
  • Jim – Penfield and Rochester Rotary euchre tournament tickets
  • Terry – for Steve McAlpin and for upcoming surgery
  • Rich – for Steve McAlpin and Steve’s parents have been great supporter of Charities Dinner
  • Robyn – for Steve McAlpin, great Valentine’s party, and Brian with no facial hair
  • Ray – for Steve McAlpin and for feeling better after the flu
  • Herb – for Steve McAlpin and for his new car lease
 
Upcoming Schedule
  • 3/2 – Tour CDS Monarch Life Transition Center (860 Hard Road) @ 6
  • 3/9 – Penfield Country Club – Surprise Guest
  • 3/16 – Penfield Country Club – General Assembly
  • 3/23 – Penfield Country Club – Fritz Sierk on Patagonia
  • 3/30 – Induction of Dolly McGuire – Location TBD
  • 4/8 – District Assembly @ Newark High School
  • 5/5 – Charities Dinner
  • 5/13 – Bike tour
  • 5/19-21 – District Conference in Erie, PA
THE SPOKE
ROTARY’S MOST WIDELY READ NEWSLETTER
This Edition For January 26, 2017
Present: Brian, Terry, Dolly M., Bob, John, Herb, Bill, Don, Donna, Tom, Ray, Dennis, Kathy, Ross, Robyn
Flag: Brian                               Prayer: Ross
Locale: Penfield Country Club; Menu: Salad, Chicken French, Potato Crusted Tilapia, Grilled Prime Rib (coffee extra)
WELCOME BACK !
Hey, it’s good to be back, a quick “Howdieee” to my longtime friends in Webster Rotary and our new found friends who, lately arrived, unfortunately missed out on the Grantland Rice, Henry Clune, Graham McNamee, Heywood Hale Broun style of prose that formerly emanated from the lithe and supple fingers that played across the keys of my Remington Electric Typewriter (with the spool of white eraser tape) which until of late have sat with dust cover on my highly polished oak desk in my office here high atop the Hawley Office Building in downtown Village of Webster, New York.  From my vantage point in my paneled office with the ceiling to floor windows I can look out over the sea of houses dotting the landscape, formerly farm land that was covered with apple and peach trees; the blue revolving light situated on the cupola that rests on the roof of this building shines its beacon over the snow covered ground and out over Lake Ontario where it bounces off the sheen of the tranquil waters like a skimming pebble and can easily be seen by our Canadian neighbors to the North.  During World War II this office was occupied by Secret Service members and the blue light was used to send messages to their counterparts in Canada when tracking foreign agents seeking to cross the lake to gain entry into the United States, acting as saboteurs, to damage our factories and cause disruption to the war effort.  Before it became a blue light, it was a white searchlight that was used to spot smugglers from Canada who used small type powered boats to dump kegs of whiskey and rum overboard into the shallow waters of the lake just offshore of Oklahoma Beach in Webster.  The smugglers usually would hightail it back to Canada unless intercepted by the Coast Guard or Sheriff’s Patrol but the kegs of booze would be confiscated and stored in warehouses in Charlotte where it was found, later, that most of it was used at political rallies.
When it was agreed that Joe Corona would henceforth take on the painstaking mission of composing our weekly SPOKE, I quietly retired into the shadows and, except for rare occasions, relegated my Remington to the dustbin of history, never saying a fond farewell to my faithful readers across the globe (the basis for our masthead); so now, permit me this opportunity to saddle up Ol’ Mossback, and ride off into the sunset as I bid you all a good bye knowing that as we tip one last glass at the Last Chance Saloon, you will have had the pleasurable reading of this missive (and that is undoubtedly why it’s not written anymore!).
As any good cowpoke would do when it was time to turn the reins over to the newer tenderfoot, I tip my Stetson a mite to Joe not only a sayin’ what a good job he’s a doin’ but I’m surely wishin’ him well.  Thank you, Joseph.
President Brian called for a moment of silent prayer as our way of commemorating the life of Henry Kujawa, friend of Rotary, and, friend to all; Henry, referred to, fondly, as Saint Henry is the husband of Dolly Kujawa and attended countless meetings where he was always the good sport.  A mild mannered man, friend to all who knew him, spent his working years as an educator, his military years as a Navy Aviator and his political years as a Webster Town Board member and Town Supervisor; how he ever had the time to be a father to seven children, God only knows and that is why he is a saint.  (Ross included Henry in his prayer this evening).
The memorial service for Henry Kujawa will be held on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at 7pm at the United Methodist Church located at 169 East Main Street in the Village of Webster.
ADOPT A PLATOON:  Dennis mentioned an article about a local helicopter detachment that is being deployed to Afghanistan; following up on the article, Dennis proposed that we consider adopting this unit under our ADOPT A PLATOON designation just as we have been doing with forces from Fort Drum.  The club voted to go forth with this proposal, watch for further developments.
TIMEFRAME FOR UPCOMING MEETINGS:
  1.  FEB. 2ND  AT BRIAN’S HOUSE, 200 JUDSON ST., CORNER COBB ST. IN THE VILLAGE; 6:30 PM, A WORK SESSION MAKING LITTLE LIBRARIES; BRING YOUR ELECTRIC SCREWDRIVER OR DRILL ONLY TOOLS NEEDED, BRIAN HAS ALL OTHER TOOLS.  DESSERTS NEEDED, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO BRING.
  2. FEB 9TH AT WEBSTER PUBLIC LIBRARY; DECISION AS TO WHAT TO EAT WILL BE MADE AT FEB 2ND MEETING.
  3. FEB 16TH  AT PENFIELD COUNTRY CLUB, JACKSON ROAD; VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY AND MEETING - $25 PER PERSON – BRING YOUR VALENTINE.
  4. FEB 23RD  AT PENFIELD COUNTRY CLUB
NOTE: JOE, WOULD IT POSSIBLE TO MAKE A MONTHLY CALENDAR POSTED IN THE NEWSLETTER WITH PERTINENT DATES?
PP ROBYN ANNOUNCED, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE ORIGINAL GOLF DATE SLATED TO HELD AT EAGLEVALE HAS BEEN SCUTTLED FOR REASONS LEFT UNSAID HERE.  THE ORIGINAL DATE WAS TO BE JUNE 21ST, BUT NOW A NEW DATE IS UNKNOWN UNTIL ENOUGH GOLFERS SIGN UP FOR HER TOURNAMENT.  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO CONTACT OTHER GOLF CLUBS TO FIND OUT PARTICULARS; SO FAR HERB WILL CONTACT BROOKWOOD, TERRY/LIMA AND JOHN/WEBSTER.
ROTARY BIKE RIDE: MAY 13TH; A MULTI-MILED EVENT; 53 MILES, 26 MILES, OTHER CATEGORIES, IN CONJUNCTION WITH WEBSTER PARKS AND RECREATION AND FRIENDS OF WEBSTER TRAILS; MORE ON THIS LATER FROM ROBYN.
DISCUSSION ON MAKING A BUSINESS CARD FOR THE CLUB.
MORE DATES:
  1. APRIL 29, ADOPT A HIGHWAY
  2. MAY 5, CHARITIES DINNER
  3. MAY 13, BIKE RIDE
  4. MAY 20 DISTRICT CONFERENCE IN ERIE, PA.
 
50/50 TICKET HELD BY DOLLY MAGUIRE DID NOT DRAW THE ACE OF SPADES.
 
$HAPPY: TOM, JUST HAPPY; ROSS, HIDDEN FIGURES MOVIE; ROBYN, NO SURGERY ON HER FOOT; KATHY, FOR HER 8TH GRADE SCIENCE TEACHER – HENRY KUJAWA; JOHN, FOR HENRY AND HIS DAUGHTER ADOPTING A DOG; HERB, $6 – ONE FOR EACH GOAL HIS GRANDSON SCORED IN A HOCKEY TOURNAMENT; BRIAN, FOR DOLLY MAGUIRE AND JOHN DOERNER JOINING OUR CLUB; DENNIS, FOR DOLLY; BOB, FOR LEAVING EARLY; TERRY, FOR HENRY, GOOD NECK X-RAY, PISTOL PERMIT; DOLLY M, FOR HENRY AND DOLLY; BILL, FOR HENRY; DON, FOR HENRY; DONNA, FOR BEING HERE.
$HAPPY TOTAL: $55
 
KATHY AND ROBYN SEE ADDITIONAL E-MAIL, THANK YOU.
YOURS IN ROTARY, BILL RUOFF (RIDING OFF IN THE SUNSET, CURTAIN FALLS)
The Spoke
Rotary’s Most Widely Read Newsletter
January 19, 2017
Submitted by Joseph Corona
 
 
Rotarians: Terry Comins, Herb Gauch, Ross Willink, Spencer Shull, Bob Goldstein, Dennis Zink, Ray Manginell, Joe Corona, John Schuler, Don Pegelow, Brian Winslow, Bill Ruoff
 
Visitors: Dolly McGuire
 
Pledge of Allegiance: Dolly McGuire
 
Prayer: Ross Willink
 
Location: Penfield Country Club
 
 
A big thank you to Jim and his team at Penfield Country Club for a job well done and a fabulous meal.  Dennis shared a very beautiful thank you that he sent to Jim!
 
Happy Birthday!!!
  • Donna on 1/19
  • Brian on 1/22
  • Herb on 1/23
 
Correspondence
  • We received thank you cards from the students at Klem North for the dictionaries
  • We received thank you cards from Nathan Rick and him mother for the scholarship dinner
  • We received a thank you card from Jim Isaac and his family for all of the thoughts and prayers that were sent to his family on Shirley’s passing
  • We received a thank you from Stacy Snider at Maplewood for the greeting cards that Dennis dropped off
  • We received a thank you letter from Tracy Dreisbach at Camp Haccamo for the recent donation in memory of Shirley Isaac
 
50/50 Drawing
  • Joe Corona wins the 50/50 and drew 6 of clubs
 
Miscellaneous
  • Thomas Interact advisor Kim Muth had her baby
  • Henry Kujawa is hanging strong
  • Dolly McGuire will be joining us
  • Kathy & Robyn are talking to John Doerner about joining us
  • Brian motion to nominate Kathy for Vice President, 2nd Bob Goldstein, unanimous carry
  • If you know any high school seniors encourage them to apply for the scholarships
  • John suggested a March meeting dedicated exclusively to committee meetings
  • Dennis ordered charities dinner tickets today; Cinco de Mayo theme
 
Happy Dollars - $30
  • Dennis – trip to Florida
  • Bob – grandson made the all county band
  • Spencer – Dolly McGuire joining
  • Ross – not having to do The Spoke this week
  • Herb – Dolly McGuire joining, upcoming birthday
  • Terry – great meal
  • Dolly – great meal
  • Bill – he and Helen celebrated their 57th anniversary on the 16th; Henry hanging strong
  • Brian – Dolly McGuire saying yes to joining, son’s birthday was last week, hopefully John Doerner joining, apology dollar for dinner
  • Don – Henry hanging strong; Dolly McGuire joining us
  • John – great turnout at meetings
  • Joe – Happy Birthday to Donna, Brian, and Herb
  • Ray – Dolly McGuire joining us and hopefully John Doerner
 
Upcoming Schedule
  • 1/26 – Penfield Country Club with a surprise guest
  • 2/2 – Brian’s house (200 Judson Street) for assembly of the little libraries
  • 2/9 – Webster Library tour
  • 2/16 – Valentine’s Day Dinner at Penfield Country Club
  • 2/23 – Penfield Country Club with guest speaker Steve McAlpin
  • 4/8 – District Assembly at Newark High School
  • 5/5 – Charities Dinner
  • 5/13 – Bike tour
  • 5/19-21 – District Conference in Erie, PA
 
Webster Rotary Spoke
The official voice of Webster Rotary
Meeting of 1/12/2017
 
Webster Rotarians present: Rich, Terry, Herb, Bob, Ray, John, Spencer, Tom, Don, Brian, Ross
Prospective Rotarian: Dolly McGuire
President Brian called the meeting to order and asked Spence to lead us in the pledge to our flag and me for the prayer.
Health Report: If you see our past president today she might give you the boot, because that’s what she is wearing as a result of an unfortunate accident leading to a broken foot.  Best Wishes for rapid healing, Robyn.
 Continue to offer your prayers for Dolly and Henry.
Discussions:
Lending Library- The first topic of discussion was the constructing of boxes for the lending library.  Brian suggested that because he has all the necessary equipment in his garage that we meet there and set up an assembly line.  No decision was made.
Garlic Festival-Rich reported that the Garlic Festival Committee had a meeting to distribute the proceeds from the festival. The profit was $11,000, $5,000 to the miracle field, $3,100 beep baseball $2,900 Kiwanis. Next year’s festival will be September 9-10.  Some minor changes are planned, same site, one entrance, more handicapped parking, better signage to site, information on charities supported by festival, May 15 application deadline for vendors, extra charge if application is not timely. Webster Rotary plans to sell coffee and donuts.  Location no yet decided- maybe outside of building.
Charities Dinner-A reminder that the Charities Dinner is Friday, May 5.  Format, etc. will remain the same, line up your prospective attendees.
Arboretum-Plans are generally on hold until spring when we will have a workday.  There are still plans to build a pavilion but it’s questionable as to whether we should build a bridge.  The bridge would not be “over troubled waters” in fact the trouble is there no water to build the bridge over.  It was reaffirmed that the trees are to be dedicated only to Webster Rotarians who are members at the time of their death.
20/20 Ray drew the 9 of clubs.
Happy Dollars: Brian-Sons 33rd birthday, Daughter-in-law (Colleen) defense of her PhD thesis “Interferon Regulatory Factor 8 as a major negative regulator of myeloid-derived suppressor cell production and function in neoplastic diseases”, Herb-8 year old grandson 1st hockey goal, Bob-happy, John-Happy, Don-Happy, Ray-Dolly back, Colleen, Spencer-happy to be here, Tom-Dolly back, warm weather, prayers because he’s taking grandson to zoo, Terry-warm weather, Dolly back, Brian’s daughter-in-law thesis , Rich-Dolly back, Dolly-good to be back, Ross-Colleen, Dolly back.
Board Meeting-Wednesday, 1/18/2017
Rotary regular meeting-Thursday 1/19/2017 at Penfield Country Club
The Spoke
Rotary’s Most Widely Read Newsletter
January 5, 2017
Submitted by Joseph Corona
 
 
Rotarians: Robyn Whittaker, Dennis Zink, John Schuler, Herb Gauch, Tom Smock, Rich Comins, Terry Comins, Dolly Kujawa, Bob Goldstein, Donna Hepburn, Bill Ruoff, Don Pegelow, Ross Willink, Kathy Doerner, Ray Manginell, Marlene Manginell, Brian Winslow, Joe Corona
 
Visiting Rotarians: Jim Isaac
 
Visitors: Judy Zink, Terry Schuler, Mary Gauch, Karen Collins, Lynn Goldstein, Norie Willink, John Doerner, Amy Winslow
 
Pledge of Allegiance:  Rich Comins
 
Prayer: Marlene Manginell
 
Location: Penfield Country Club
 
 
Miscellaneous Items
  • Next board meeting is 1/18 at the Atlantic
  • Next week’s Rotary meeting will be at Penfield CC and will be an assembly
  • Robyn has some programs lined up for February and March
 
50/50 Drawing for Rich’s Cookies - $51
  • Amy won 1
  • Don won 1
  • Mary won1
  • Ross won 2
  • Joe won 1
 
50/50 Drawing
  • John Schuler wins the 50/50 and drew 7 of diamonds
 
Happy Dollars - $52
  • Kathy – she and Robyn joined a gospel choir
  • Robyn – great trip to New Orleans
  • Dennis – nice venue
  • John – niece adopted a baby
  • Herb – nice holiday season
  • Tom – Robyn’s trip to New Orleans
  • Rich – his birthday
  • Terry – Rich’s birthday, being here, and Rich’s cookies
  • Karen – Rich drove them to her sister’s home in Pennsylvania
  • Jim – thank you for the support for the concert
  • Dolly – Henry’s 85th birthday, great holiday season
  • Bob – grandson got 1500 out of 1525 on state exam
  • Marlene – holidays over
  • Donna – holidays over
  • Bill – Happy New Year
  • Don – Happy New Year
  • Ross – Happy New Year, great to have son in law as a dentist, great grandson Noah’s 1st birthday
  • Brian – Donna is feeling better, holiday company & full house, getting back into the groove
  • Joe – being part of cookie row, reuniting the Van 5, Happy New Year
 
Next week’s meeting is at Penfield Country Club
The Spoke
Rotary’s Most Widely Read Newsletter
December 29, 2016
Submitted by Joseph Corona
 
 
Rotarians: Kathy Doerner, Kolly Kujawa, Marlene Manginell, Ray Manginell, Joe Corona, Herb Gauch, Terry Comins, Dennis Zink, Tom Smock, Spencer Shull, Robyn Whittaker, Ross Willink, Brian Winslow, Bill Ruoff
 
Visitors: John Doerner, Mary Gauch, Pat Font, Sue Johnson, Norie Willink, Amy Winslow, Isabel, Carlene, Nathan, Linda
 
Pledge of Allegiance:  Terry Comins
 
Prayer: Ross Willink
 
Location: Penfield Country Club
 
 
Miscellaneous Items
  • We were visited by our scholarship winners Isabel and Nathan
  • Nathan attends Univeristy of Pittsburgh and is studying electrical engineering.  He thanks Thomas for helping to prepare him for college.  He has joined Rotary Interact on campus.  He helps to collect snacks for city school kids in Pittsburgh
  • Isabel attends SUNY Geneseo and is studying Spanish and education.  She also thanks Thomas for helping to prepare her for college.  She has joined the Spanish and education clubs and is hoping to study abroad in Costa Rica in the future.
  • Both are very appreciative of the scholarship that Rotary provided!
 
50/50 Drawing
  • Bill Ruoff wins the 50/50 and wins $22
 
Happy Dollars
  • Brian – for his family gathering
  • Bill – for winning the 50/50, for his Rotary return after a little hiatus, for the song “It’s All About the Animals”
  • Dolly – for the holidays being over as well as no more cookies and happy that we were all here
  • Kathy – for the scholarship winners and the nice venue at Penfield Country Club
  • Robyn – for a healthy and safe New Year, our scholarship winners, and for her upcoming New Orleans trip for her brother’s 50th!
  • Ross – for our scholarship winners and Happy New Year
  • Spencer – for a great Christmas with family
  • Tom – for our scholarship winners
  • Dennis – for our scholarship winners and their families
  • Isabel – thank you for scholarship monies and dinner
  • Terry – for our scholarship winners and for being here after neck surgery
  • Herb – for our scholarship winners
  • Ray – for our scholarship winners
  • Marlene – for having her granddaughter over
  • Joe – for our scholarship winners and Happy New Year
 
Next week’s meeting is at Penfield Country Club
 
Webster Rotary Spoke
The official voice of Webster Rotary
Meeting of 12/1/2016
 
Webster Rotarians present: Rich, Herb, Marlene, Ray, Don, Spence, Tom, Robyn, Brian, Ross
Visiting Rotarians Jim Isaac (Rochester)
President Brian called on Don for the pledge to the flag and me for the prayer.  Brian raised the question as to whether there is anything we should be doing for the people devastated by the forest fires.  It was decided that the district usual initiates such action, and Brian would contact District Governor Tom.
Robyn suggested that we pin Shirley Isaac’s badge to our Rotary banner which she did, followed by a round of applause.
Christmas Party: Robyn reporting for Kathy, only 1 group home has responded and 18 guests have signed up so far.  Kathy will make some follow up phone calls.  Dennis has arranged for Santa to arrive at 6:15 P.M.
Brian said that we most of the needed tablecloths, etc. At next week’s meeting we will finalize the plans for the party.
Treasurers Report: Veteran sailor Herb said he would report on the “State of our Ship” and apparently everything is ship shape.  We have $30,600 in our account with outstanding bills for Rotary International dues of $2,000, Scholarship of $1,000 and $500 for Comfort Care.  We have paid for 2 shelter boxes $2,000, Camp Haccomo dues and donations to Sunshine Camp and Camp Haccomo  in memory of Shirley Isaac. This led to a discussion of whether we should be carrying such a large balance or should we spend it on  new projects.  Robyn said that the town was planning major improvements to Sandbar Park, including a board walk along the lake.  She wondered about giving Rotary visibility by having a Rotary bench on the board walk.  It also was suggested we might ask for a matching grant for a Gazebo at the Rotary Grove.
Membership Report: Robyn and Ray gave a report for the membership committee.  Robyn commented on the fact that there were only 11 at tonight’s meeting which just highlighted the need for new members.
She handed out a “Rotary Membership Satisfaction Survey” and bribed each member with candy kisses to complete it.
Some of the suggestions from the committee were:
 . Have place cards made for local businesses saying “We support Webster Rotary Club”
. Business cards for each Rotarian to hand out with Rotary information on the back.
. Greater use of social media, including bringing current members up to speed on Facebook and Twitter.
. Completing a brochure about the club including some group photos of current members.
. Having a separate info booth on Rotary at community events.
. Having different levels of membership eg. Partial membership, young professional membership, associate members friends of Rotary
. Recruit new members from local colleges-start and Rotoract club at a local college.
. Fill in gap in current membership by earmarking specific professions eg. Clergy, Attorney, Physician to more clearly reflect the makeup of the community
. Recognize some community members for their service to the area by giving them a plaque and present it at a special luncheon.
Bell Ringing,    Brian will check with Don Alhart on ball ringing for the Salvation Army.
New Fund Raiser
Robyn informed us about a potential fund raiser.  There will be a wine judging contest in Rochester and after the contest they give the leftover wine to some local charity.  The charity (eg) Webster and other local Rotary clubs who could hold a “Savor the Flavor” after the event and sell and serve the wine with food samples from local restaurants.  More on this later.
Weekly 50/50 –Rich Comins drew the 4 of clubs
20 week 50/50 #158 Mary Ann Frail $25, #114 Lisa Fisher $15, #154 Barb Bakin $10
Final Drawing of 20 week 50/50
$400 #72 Wendy Wright
$250 #134 Webster Rotary (unsold)
$150 #123 Keith Champrey
$75 #188 Christine Comins
$50 #129 Bpb and Austin Worham
$25 #181  Elizabeth Doerner
$25 #59 Dolly Kujawa
Happy Dollars
Don- For everyone
Herb- Thanksgiving, good report on Mary, upcoming daughter’s birthday
Ross-great article and photo by Jim Memmot in D & C
Robyn-Oldest son completed rehab program
Ray-A Happy Thanksgiving
Jim-Thanks for all the tickets purchased for Rotary Christmas Concert
Brian-Thanks to Robyn and Ray for presentation
Upcoming meetings and events
Tuesday 12/6 Eastern Cities Dinner
Thursday 12/8 Location? (Brian will e-mail and call regarding location)- Christmas party discussion
Thursday 12/15 Rochester Rotary Christmas Concert
-No Webster Club meeting
Friday 12/6 Webster Rotary Christmas Party
Thursday, 12/22 No meeting-Merry Christmas
Thursday 12/29 Christmas- re-giving, White Elephant meeting, Penfield Country Club Guest Night $25 per person
Thursday 1/5 Lillian’s- Scholarship winner’s reunion
 
Ross
 
 
The Spoke
Rotary’s Most Widely Read Newsletter
November 17, 2016
Submitted by Joseph Corona
 
 
Rotarians: Bill Ruoff, Don Pegelow, Bob Goldstein, Herb Gauch, Robyn Whittaker, Dolly Kujawa, Spencer Shull, Rich Comins, Kathy Doerner, Joe Corona, Brian Winslow, Ross Willink, Ray Manginell
 
Visitors: Terry Comins, Karen Collins, Judy Schwartz, Mathon Noi
 
Pledge of Allegiance:  Spencer Shull
 
Prayer: Ross Willink
 
Location: Lilian’s Restaurant
 
 
Upcoming Schedule
  • 11/24 – Happy Thanksgiving! (no meeting)
  • 12/1 – Lillian’s
  • 12/6 – Eastern Cities Dinner
  • 12/8 – Lillian’s
  • 12/15 – Rochester Rotary RPO Christmas Pops
  • 12/16 – Christmas Party
  • 12/22 – No Meeting
  • 12/29 – White Elephant Night; place to be determined
 
Miscellaneous Items
  • Brian expressed a big thank you to all who volunteered on Pancake Breakfast Sunday and those who sold and purchased tickets
  • Pancake breakfast profits look to be around $1,300; big piece was the reduction in costs from last year
  • All 3 50/50 winners gave all or a portion of their winnings back
  • Attendance was 196 people
  • Interact team was incredible
  • Couple of items needed for next year include a wisk and Rich will provide hot mitts
  • Kathy and Brian will meet with Dennis to work through details of the Christmas dinner
  • Couple of upcoming holiday events: 12/3 Christmas Village with a train ride with Santa and It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Foundation update: half have made donations; Bob will email those who have yet to contribute for this year; minimum for this year is $26.50; $100 becomes a sustaining member
  • Dictionary project is complete for 2016; Spencer and Bill shared letters from the school kids
  • Rich Comins has agreed to be the Donations chairman
 
Building Minds in South Sudan – Mathon Noi and Judy Schwartz
  • Mathon lived in Rochester for 7 years and has lived in Buffalo for the past 8 years
  • He is married and has 2 children
  • He shared his incredible story about coming to the US as a refugee from South Sudan
  • He is a member of the Dinka tribe that was driven from their homeland and into a refugee camp
  • He shared with us the 60 Minutes piece on the Lost Boys of Sudan
  • He was 21 years old when he arrived in the US and arrived here with the assistance of the Catholic Family Centers
  • He became a US citizen in 2007; attended MCC and finished his accounting degree at Niagara and works for Citigroup
  • During his first trip back to Sudan, he met his father after being separated for 18 years.  Unfortunately, his mother was killed
  • He started Building Minds in South Sudan with his cousin Sebastian Maroundit
 
50/50 Drawing
  • Herb Gauch wins the 50/50 and draws the 3 of spades
 
50/50 Drawings
  • 18 – Don Johnson
  • 150 – Christy Comins
  • 197 – Terry Lally
 
  • 85 – Tracy Brown
  • 139 – Robyn Whittaker
  • 106 – Howard Fleischman
 
Happy Dollars - $52
  • Bill – speaker, respect for PDG Ed Cullen as he passed away this week
  • Don – speaker
  • Terry – speaker, challenge to Rich about Thanksgiving and Christmas invitation; not feeling well for the breakfast
  • Bob – speaker and pancake breakfast
  • Herb – speaker, granddaughter Madeline’s help at pancake breakfast
  • Ross – speaker, good news Dr. Lattamore’s help on his eyes, bad news – shot in the eye for macular degeneration
  • Ray – speaker
  • Kathy – speaker and glad to be back
  • Karen – speaker
  • Rich – speaker, invitation to Thanksgiving and Christmas by Terry
  • Spencer – speaker
  • Dolly – speaker and Josie Waverly contest this Friday
  • Robyn – speaker and moving back home
  • Joe – speaker and great pancake breakfast
  • Brian – speaker, great pancake breakfast, and escaping a speeding ticket by being a Rotarian
The Spoke
Rotary’s Most Widely Read Newsletter
November 10, 2016
Submitted by Joseph Corona
Special thanks to Bill Ruoff for providing notes!
 
 
Rotarians: Ray Manginell, Marlene Manginell, Rich Comins, Dolly Kujawa, Tom Smock, Bill Ruoff, Ross Willink, Brian Winslow, Dennis Zink, John Schuler, Robyn Whittaker, Donna Hepburn, Bob Goldstein, Spencer Shull, Herb Gauch
 
Visiting Rotarians: Jim Isaac
 
Visitors: Terry Comins
 
Pledge of Allegiance:  Herb Gauch
 
Prayer: Ross Willink
 
Location: Lilian’s Restaurant
 
Upcoming Schedule
  • 11/17 – Program – Building Minds in South Sudan
  • 11/24 – Happy Thanksgiving!
  • 12/1 – Lillian’s
  • 12/6 – Eastern Cities Dinner
  • 12/8 – Lillian’s
  • 12/15 – Rochester Rotary RPO Christmas Pops
  • 12/16 – Christmas Party
  • 12/22 – No Meeting
  • 12/29 – White Elephant Night; place to be determined
 
Miscellaneous Items
  • Brian is requesting a chairperson to head up a committee to oversee our charitable contributions (keeping track of who we contribute to, how much, when the funds are contributed, and how frequently)
  • Saturday 11/12 – speaker at Webster Museum Ted Ellstrum (Ross Willink’s brother in law and former Webster Rotarian) will speak on his World War II experiences while serving with the Army Air Corps flying missions “over the hump” (China-Burma-India) theater of operations
  • Robyn proposed enacting 2 major fundraisers in the future; Robyn was featured in Webster Living magazine
 
50/50 Drawing
  • Bill Ruoff wins the 50/50 and draws the 9 of hearts
 
50/50 Drawings
  • 67 – Joe Corona
  • 51 – Tom Bates
  • 81 – Pat Seeland
 
Happy Dollars
  • Jim – Penfield euchre tournament coming up, Christmas Gala on 12/15, thank you for the condolences and gift basket from Webster Rotary
  • Rich – President-elect Trump
  • Tom – being happy
  • Dolly – happy to be here
  • Herb – Veterans Day, daughter Tracey and Thad for 10 years of wedded bliss
  • Spencer – Veterans Day
  • Ross – Veterans Day and those still in service
  • Brian – good report on Andy – his wife is awesome
  • Dennis – for veterans
  • John – for a successful pancake breakfast, leaves in neighbor’s garage, going to Florida
  • Bob – for being here with all you lovely people
  • Terry – President-elect Trump, Marine Corps birthday, Veterans Day
  • Donna – pancake breakfast
  • Robyn – Veterans Day, no more political commercials, reign at the Villa will end Saturday
  • Bill – Veterans Day
 
 
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Webster Rotary Club Newsletter
“The Spoke”
Meeting of November 3rd, 2016
 
Members present:
President Brian, Rich Comins, Herb Gauch, Donna Hepburn, Dolly Kujawa, Don Pegelow, Bill Ruoff, John Schuler, Tom Smock, Robyn Whittaker, Ross Willink, and yours truly, DZ.
 
Guests:
Steve McAlpin and his service pooch Reagan. Yours truly ran into Steve at the asparagus display in the produce department at Wegmans on October 30th. I noticed his service dog and engaged Steve in conversation about service dogs and Steve’s military background. He is a retired major and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. At age forty-one he entered airborne training. He now lives in Webster.
I told Steve about our Adopt-a-Platoon program in detail including the great boxes we pack and send every week and the big party we have for our platoon when they return home. He was very impressed and said he was considering attending one of our meetings because a friend of his, Rich Comins, had previously invited him. I told him that Rich was the pillar of our Adopt-a-Platoon program. Lo and behold, four days later he was at our meeting. Let’s hope Steve joins our club or at least attends meetings periodically as his input to us as a veteran would no doubt be helpful in our military projects.
 
50/50 Club Winners
 
Week 15
#149 Nancy DiBella
#165 Judy Zink
#189 Robyn Whittaker
 
Week 16
#13 Terry Comins
#39 Heather Stokes
#16 John Anderson
 
Grand 50/50 Winner was non other than yours truly, DZ, drawing ticket #222. I subsequently drew the 5 of diamonds so the pot increases once again.
 
Our 39th Annual Pancake Breakfast will take place this Sunday, November 13th, at the Firemen’s Exempt on Sanford Street, as usual.
We pretty much have this event down to a science, however, your participation is very important to fill the slots of labor requirements so please sign up for your time. Yours truly will not be in Mexico therefore I will assume my usual high tech position as grand master of cleaning pots, pans, and trays.
 
The Rotary Foundation Polio Plus program is seeking a donation of $26.50 from each Rotary club (that’s right, $26.50 from each club, not each Rotarian). The Gates Foundation will double that donation to help eradicate polio once and for all.
The unusual number , $26.50, comes from the first donation made to the newly formed Rotary Foundation founded by Arch Klumpf 100 years ago next year.
 
Past president Robyn told us of a potential fund raiser to support the Rotary Foundation, a 26.5 mile cycle ride (not race). She knows of a local route used by others and it can be modified to fit the 26.5 mile (or thereabouts) route for participants. The entry fee would be, you guessed it, $26.50, and the proceeds would be donated to the Rotary Foundation. A date next May is under consideration and we will hear more about it from Robyn. Thanks, Robyn, for your never-ending enthusiasm and energy.
 
Forty-nine happy dollars were raised for various happenings, however, most dollars were contributed in memory of our beloved friend, Shirley Isaac, who passed away October 28th.
The program for the Celebration of the Mass of Resurrection for Shirley contained a poem entitled “The Dash” by Linda Ellis. It was very emotionally moving and I have included it as an attachment to this newsletter.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jim at this very difficult time and we pledge our support to him.
 
Our meeting this Thursday, November 10th, will once again be held at Lillian’s restaurant.
 
Yours in Rotary,
Dennis
The Spoke
Rotary’s Most Widely Read Newsletter
October 20, 2016
Submitted by Joseph Corona
 
 
Rotarians: Robyn Whittaker, Bob Goldstein, Don Pegelow, Bill Ruoff, Dolly Kujawa, Herb Gauch, Brian Winslow, John Schuler, Ross Willink, Marlene, Manginell, Ray Manginell, Joe Corona, Rich Comins
 
Pledge of Allegiance:  Dolly Kujawa
 
Prayer: Ross Willink
 
Location: Lilian’s Restaurant
 
Menu: Bob Goldstein
 
 
Upcoming Schedule
  • 10/24 – End Polio Day
  • 10/27 – Carolyn Reardon – elder law attorney
  • 11/3 – Program – Jim Wesley, Drug Supervisor Monroe County Crime Lab
  • 11/13 – Pancake Breakfast
  • 11/17 – Program – Education in Transforming Lives in South Sudan
  • 12/6 – Eastern Cities Dinner
  • 12/15 – Rochester Rotary RPO Christmas Pops
  • 12/16 – Christmas Party
 
Miscellaneous Items
  • Robyn is working on updating our Webster Rotary brochure
  • Oratorical contest for Rochester area college scholarship; reach out to Interact advisors to gauge interest
  • EBay auctions to benefit Rotary (10/26-27) – vintage posters, rare autographs, doll houses, and fine arts
  • Dictionary project – work with the schools to schedule the visit
  • Pancake breakfast – Brian has sign up sheets for volunteering for the pancake breakfast
  • Trunk or Treat will be 10/29 12-3 – need firm commitments from those who will participate; we will set up the shelter box as a spook house; Brian, Rich, Herb, and Bill will set up the box
  • Pen Web event Brew & Dinner Pairing at Penfield Country Club on Thursday 10/27; $40 per person or group of 12 $450
  • Robyn discussed the Webster Chamber of Commerce and possibly putting on a program with Lions and Kiwanis
 
50/50 Drawings
  • 168 – Susan Finn
  • 161 – Jim & Emily Payne
  • 102 – Tom Wesley
 
50/50 Drawing
  • Brian Winslow wins the 50/50 and draws the 9 of spades
 
Happy Dollars - $53
  • Joe – for beginning my journey with a dietitian
  • Rich – Saturday night is the Lions Club annual steak dinner, for his aunt’s 80th birthday who lives in Kentucky, visiting Ark Encounter (life size replica of Noah’s Ark) just south of Cincinnati
  • Ray – for being happy
  • Marlene – for becoming a part time employee at Mayer’s Cider Mill
  • Ross – for Amy’s birthday, for not having an appointment at the dermatologist tomorrow, 2 great quotes “Always give 100% unless you’re giving blood” & “If at first you don’t succeed, try again unless you are a parachutist”
  • John – for his upcoming trip to Florida
  • Brian – for Amy’s 60th birthday
  • Bill – for Schutt’s Cider Mill (Darren Schutt), healing Dolly’s arm, for Joe’s assistance on his wellness program
  • Don – for all here
  • Bob – for being happy
  • Robyn – for finding $20 at the cat house
  • Dolly – for Henry’s eye surgery, a great birthday, planning next year’s birthday
  • Herb – for Mary’s clean bill of health from the neurologist, for his oldest granddaughter (Mary Josephine) 14th birthday
 
 
 
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Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Secretary
Treasurer
Community Service
Rotary Foundation
Public Relations
Webmaster
Bulletin Editor
Special Needs Camp
Literacy Chair
Interact Representative Schroeder
Membership Chair
 
 
MAILING ADDRESS
 
WEBSTER ROTARY
PO BOX 236
WEBSTER, NEW YORK 14580