Board of Directors
April Board of Directors Meeting
Butcher Block Steak and Seafood Restaurant - Conference RoomApr 20, 2015
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Weekly Meeting -- Audrey Crucetti
Adirondack Room, The Butcher Block Steak and Seafood RestaurantApr 22, 2015
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Weekly Meeting -- John Bernardi (United Way)
Adirondack Room, The Butcher Block Steak and Seafood RestaurantApr 29, 2015
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Livingood's RestaurantApr 29, 2015
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary International Fishing Classic Set for June 5-7, 2015
The Rotary Club of Plattsburgh is set to kick off the 29th annual Rotary International Fishing Classic June 5-7, 2015, and anglers can now register ONLINE.
Registration forms and informational brochures will also be available at local bait and tackle shops in upstate New York and Vermont on both sides of Lake Champlain soon. Team and individual registration deadlines at the registration outlets, online and by phone must be submitted before 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2015. The tourney will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 5, and run until 12 p.m. (noon) on Sunday, June 7, when all weigh stations officially close at noon. The tournament headquarters will be located at the Plattsburgh City Docks, 1 Dock Street, next to the Plattsburgh Boat Basin. All weigh stations will open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. and close for the day at 6 p.m. both Friday and Saturday (open until 8 p.m. at the tournament headquarters).
The final awards ceremony will also be held at tournament headquarters at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 7. MORE
Posted by From a speech by Past RI President Cliff Dochterman
In a single word, Rotary means "opportunities." Through Rotary membership, you can discover dozens of opportunities to enhance your life and enrich the lives of family and friends. There may be opportunities to establish close friendships with individuals around the world whom you would never have met, except through the magic of Rotary. There are opportunities to share with many others a common belief and philosophy of service, without any thought of personal return.
There are opportunities to work side-by-side with other community leaders whom we highly respect. There are opportunities to stretch your horizons by listening to interesting programs and enjoying the good times at the weekly meetings. There are opportunities to represent your profession and demonstrate how high ethical standards are a vital part of your day-to-day occupation.
There are opportunities to travel into virtually every land and find an open door and a cordial welcome to a totally new world of Rotary fellowship. There are opportunities to make your small part in the world really count through the achievements of the great and noble activities of Rotary's programs of service. There are opportunities to touch the lives of thousands of people whom you will never know, except through the rewarding glow of satisfaction which comes from knowing that somewhere, someone needed your help, and you took the time to do something. There are opportunities to join in the search for world peace and goodwill through the dynamic work of The Rotary Foundation.
And finally, all of these opportunities add up to one conclusion: Rotary helps you become a better person and makes the quality of your own life just a little richer and more meaningful.
What a wonderful feeling it is to have all of these opportunities knocking at your door—just because you are a Rotarian!
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