Pres. Matt was not sure what to expect last week with our guest speaker, Daphne Pariser spoke about her “Humans for Education” initiative in Kenya. But what a pleasant surprise. We Club members are now proud owners of two cows - Gaven and Cory - which will make a difference to the Kenyan villages they support. Thanks to the tremendous generosity of last week's attendees.
Dear Matt,I would like to personally thank you for allowing me to present at your Rotary club. I really enjoyed myself and was overwhelmed by the generosity of your club. I look forward to staying in contact and sharing photos of your cow in December. As our organization is continuing to grow we are always looking for volunteers or interns. If you potentially know anyone who may have the ability to volunteer a few hours a week in any of these areas, please let me know: finance, education, grant writing, secretarial duties, and web design. Lastly, I was wondering if you happen to personally know any Rotarians working in Kenya? I would love to get more involved in the community over there.Again, I really appreciate everything you have done for the organization and myself so far. I actually had tea this morning in the mug you gave me after my presentation!
Thank you, Daphne
Humans for Education
Pete Crooker briefed us on the Pasta Supper (November 8), the Habitat “HIP” house dedication (November 19), the Habitat pie sale and the East Street clean-up this past weekend. Harold McAuliffe also provided a “word” or two on the Dictionary Project so far this week with our third graders. Steve Wilterdink briefed us on Rotary Foundation Giving.
Sharon Garofanello introduced our guest speaker, Rekha Shrivastava, who spoke about methods to relieve stress, pain and anxiety. Rekha is a certified hypnotist and rehabilitation counselor with 20+ years of experience at Unity Health Systems. Rekha has interacted with physicians, dentists and many other professionals as clients to help them deal with vexing everyday problems like obesity, stress, pain, smoking, addiction, PTSD, relationship issues, children's emotional problems, OCD, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression and so on. She also demostrated a 15-minute group hypnosis session.
President Matt is encouraging everyone to get immersed in Rotary Club of Pittsford activities. October and November, in fact, are among our busiest months as a Club. Rotarians can make a huge difference in our community by becoming involved with Rotary projects over the next two months.
To that end, if you have not witnessed Harold McAulliffe, a true maestro, in action with our local third graders, please do sign up to support the “Dictionary Project” in Pittsford Central Schools. You will not be disappointed. Distribution is slated to start next Monday, October 17. You may even learn a new word or two. We could use several more members to assist.
Don’t forget that Pam Wright is soliciting volunteers for the annual Halloween-Fest with the Town of Pittsford on Sunday, October 23, at St. John Fisher College. Be a child again and enjoy the afternoon with children dressed as goblins and other spooky creatures.
Pete Crooker spoke about our Pasta Supper (November 8) sponsorship drive. Sell those Pasta Supper sponsorships! The Habitat “HIP” house dedication is on November 19. However, there are still several construction days open. Please go to the Habitat website to volunteer for any of the following days:
- Wednesday, 10/19
- Wednesday, 10/26
- Thursday, 10/27
- Friday, 10/28
- Tuesday, 11/01
- Wednesday, 11/02
- Thursday, 11/03
- Wednesday, 11/09
- Saturday, 11/12
Sharon introduced our guest speaker of the week, Daphne Pariser, the President of “Humans for Education.” Over the past year Humans for Education focused on its first project, Mpopongi Primary School. It has provided the school with a water filter and helped to rebuild 7 classrooms. They also trained families to be self sufficient by investing in cows. They purchase a cow for $200, then train the families to feed, grow and sell the cow for profit. Once sold, they purchase more cows to grow and sell.
Monroe County Sheriff Department Captain Paul DeLella, his wife Mary of Monroe County Victims Advocate, President of the Pittsford Volunteer Fire Department Todd Long, and Monroe County County Clerk Candidate Cheryl Rozzi were a few guests. Emcees were Presidents of both Clubs, Matt O'Connor and Joseph Rosensheim. Singing sensations, Manny and Lynn Freshman, started the evening's program by leading the "The Star Spangled Banner". President Matt presented a check to Todd Long. And President Rosensheim announced that other Monroe County Rotary Clubs will pursue a similar Teddy Bears picnic.
Our two Interactors who attended RYLA in June attended and talked about their experience. RYLA organizers asked all attendees to report back to their sponsoring clubs. Pat Mallery introduced them as we welcomed both Isha Kenkare (Sutherland HS) and Jessi Dirksen (Mendon HS) early in the program. They both had to get back to school without delay.
Jim Murphy announced that Amica granted a $2200 award to Saints Place. Isabel Miller, Saint's Place Executive Director, was not able to join us. However, they are also looking for a part-time driver, Monday through Thursday.
Peter Crooker spoke to us about preparations for our 50th Pasta Supper on Election day, Tuesday, November 8.
We need several more volunteers to assist with various tasks during the Teddy Bear Picnic on September 28, our next meeting. The planning is underway and the evening with our sister HF-Mendon Club appears to be shaping up to be another Rotary fellowship and service success. BTW, don’t forget to bring a stuffed animal next week.
Remember to e-mail Pres. Matt directly if you would like to attend the November 9 dinner with Rotary International President John Germ. WeOur Club paid for one table for our Club at the Convention Center that Wednesday evening right after the Tuesday Pasta Supper.
There was also a sign-up sheet for Saints Place for this coming Saturday, September 24, to help the staff organize the warehouse after their successful “Super Sale.”
Today's guest speaker, Richard Turner, works for Monroe County Planning and Economic Development Department as the Workforce Development Manager. Planning and Development provides and coordinates a broad range of programs focusing on job retention and creation, employment and training services, land use planning and resource conservation as well as housing and neighborhood preservation. The department integrates planning services with economic and community development activities through partnerships with local governments and the private sector. The Planning and Development Department consists of several divisions which include Community Development, Economic Development, Planning Division, and Workforce Development.
Suzie Rose, our Assistant District Governor, joined us as well. Suzie encouraged us to attend the Sept. 17, Sept. 24, or Oct. 1 District Membership Seminars in Bath, Newark or Rush. District Governor Tom Rogers will be attending our meeting next Wednesday, September 14. This is a meeting that you will not want to miss.
Luke Stuart was not able to attend our meeting this morning, but passed on the sign-up sheets for the September 28th Teddy Bear Picnic. He contacted the Sheriff’s office last month. Pres. Matt reached out to his counterpart at the Honeoye Falls-Mendon Rotary Club who is co-hosting the event with us.
Please e-mail Pres. Matt directly if you would like to attend the November 9 dinner with Rotary International President John Germ. We are looking to secure at least one table for our Club at the Convention Center that Wednesday evening.
There was also a sign-up sheet for Saints Place for Saturday, September 24, to help the staff organize the warehouse after their successful “Super Sale.”
Sophie McCormick, our outbound student, sent us an e-mail on her experiences in Australia to date. Sophie will be a regular correspondent. Click here to view the letter.
Harold McAulliffe won the $375 in our fellowship pot last week, so we started all over again this week.
The annual Rotary Club of Pittsford Golf Scramble was held at Victor Hills Golf Club on August 8, 2016. Proceeds benefited the Pittsford Food Cupboard, Rotary International Foundation and other Pittsford Rotary Club service projects.
We had an absolute perfect day for golf. Over 60 golfers participated in the scramble format. Registration started at 9 am. Continental breakfast was served during registration. The shotgun start was at 10 a.m. The golfers enjoyed blue skies, lunch at the turn, beverages & snacks that were delivered all day long. At the end of the day, they had a delicious steak and chicken dinner.
Participants joined in the putting contest and the Woodcliff getaway raffle. A million thanks to Rotarian John Bernacki for donating our raffle prize. Over 40 door prizes were awarded, and each golfer took home a bottle of wine. They all had a great time!
Our Winners were:
1st Place: Team McCoy at 9 under
2nd Place: Team Turner at 7 under
1st Place Mixed: Team YMCA at 2 under
Putting Contest: Steve Schmidt
Closest to the rope: Al Shaw
Closest to the pin: Steve Schmidt
Woodcliff Get-A-Way Weekend : James Keogan