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If you are not a member of our club but would like to visit us as a guest, please email rotarylakeplacid@gmail.com and we will contact you.  Our meetings are held at the Hampton Inn, 801 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid NY and in line with current public health guidelines.  Meetings are each Thursday at 7:20am unless a special event/meeting is planned.
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If you're reading this then you are breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack for the famous Adirondack black fly.  While we may like spring and summer, black flies are part of the package.  Here in North Elba/Lake Placid there is a black fly control program headed by John Riley.  John visited our club with a presentation that told us everything we wanted to know and more.  While not a fashion statement, some say that a head net is de rigueur in those months.  Since 1994, the control program has focused on targeted waterways with preventative measures.  See the FAQ here https://on.ny.gov/3wv9HQ0.  And for a really deep dive, take a "bite" at John's presentation here https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ZgiA30pPUjwr3ExY6xVMyx1Sy-yHvOuM/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=114952308540517625750&rtpof=true&sd=true
 
With thanks to an anonymous donor, our club has donated $5,000 to the "WIC "N" PICK" program which is a community outreach program guiding families in our area toward enjoying the benefits of better nutrition.  Today, Krista Berger visited with us to provide information about the program's acceptance and successes.  WIC is the nation's most successful and cost effective public health nutrition program.  WIC approved foods provide essential vitamins and minerals to support growth.  Participation in the program has not only taught recipients about better nutrition but participants have bonded and are now forming small support groups that help with managing many daily activities to improve quality of life.  Visit the program's website https://essexcountyny.gov/Health/wic/ to see the complete range of services that are offered.  Combating food insecurity is one of the major themes for our club in the coming months.  Shown L to R are Donations Chair Peter Beatty, Krista, Int'l Services Committe Chair Chandler Ralph and Club President Kate Thompson.
The Lake Placid Olympic Museum will make the Olympics come alive for the whole family.  Museum Director Courtney Bastian presented an overview of the many exhibits which focus on our town’s role in two Olympics.    Click to view Courtney's presentation https://bit.ly/49z2bSx  This is just a fraction of what you'll explore on your visit.  Here's a short video on the Museum's "Continuing the Legacy" campaign https://bit.ly/3Suoamy    Before you go, visit the Museum's website for the latest on exhibits and special events:  http://lakeplacidolympicmuseum.org
Sawyer Bailey & Carolyn Koestner informed us about the Clean Water Safe Roads project and provided an update on how salt impacts Mirror Lake.  Per AdkAction and the AuSable River Association:  Each year an estimated 193,000 tons of road salt is applied to roadways in the Adirondacks, posing a threat to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, water quality and the safety of drinking water.  While road salt is a crucial tool for ensuring safe winter travel, decades of salt overuse has had negative consequences for the fragile ecosystem and the health of people in the Adirondacks. Click https://bit.ly/47XN3g1 to view the presentation and to find out what you can do individually and through your town to reduce road salt usage.
Dr. Adam Dewbury is ANCA's Local Food Systems Program Director handling several roles in his position with the goal of strengthening food systems in order to drive economic growth, sustain regional farms and food businesses and increase access to local food. Adam works closely with farmers, food entrepreneurs and regional partners to identify gaps in the regional food system and provide opportunities for learning and growth.  On the consumer side, Adam directs a process to enhance the value of the assistance provided by SNAP program to develop healthier eating habits.  More information on the initiatives being done by the Adirondack North Country Association visit https://www.adirondack.org/  Here's a link to Adam's page on the ANCA website: https://www.adirondack.org/staff/adam-dewbury/
Hannah Hanford, Executive Director of the Adirondack Health Foundation and a member of the Rotary Club of Lake Placid, gave an overview of the Cornerstone Campaign. She highlighted the planned renovation of the two patient care floors which will include updating all major infrastructure, HVAC, and windows, improving infection prevention, and remodeling patient bathrooms to include a shower, as well as relocating the Renal Dialysis Center to a larger, more accessible location on the ground floor level, freeing up space for 4 new additional patient rooms. For more information about the Cornerstone Campaign visit https://www.ahfcornerstone.org/
Our donations from proceeds our our Dam Duck Race are already at work. These are plyo boxes. A plyo box is a piece of training equipment used for plyometric exercises, which are a type of explosive power training that uses muscle elasticity to produce rapid, forceful movements. A plyo box can be any elevated platform suitable for plyometric exercises, but it needs to be level, sturdy, and capable of handling repeated strong yet softer impacts. Donated to Adirondack Health Medical Fitness Center.
The carousel widget will show the images from our holiday party.  A nice evening of nice conversation, tasty hors d'oeuvres, libations and no pretenses.  Ugly sweaters were encouraged.  Over $500 was raised for a project of our International Service Committee -providing blankets for South African children in need.  A beautiful wood cut of Lake Placid, created by Debbie McLean, was also auctioned off as a fund raiser.  The Cambria Hotel provided a comfortable venue for our group.  In our photo album library, look at images from our 2013 holiday party.  Do you see the difference?  Guys were wearing jacket and tie.  We were a bit more casual this year.
 
 
Continuing a tradition that started during the pandemic, our club brought pizzas to show support and thanks to the hard working staff who care for the residents at Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid.  This will be followed very soon by a delivery of presents that have been requested by each resident.
 
 
The Adirondack Park is perhaps the only place east of Indiana where one can experience a truly dark sky at night.  Today John Winkler outlined the different forms of light pollution and how it impacts the lives of both people and animals.  A project is underway to educate and remediate sources of glare, skyglow and light trespass by choosing wisely types of illumination and placing lights in a way where the output remains useful but focused.  One of the attached pictures shows how the Adirondacks stand out as dark alongside the rest of our geographic area but how the Tri-Lakes communities "stand out" amongst the darkness.  Very useful information was learned about the project and what individuals can do now to reduce the level of light pollution in our area, enabling the stars to really "shine" at night.  A recent article in the Lake Placid news provides more background.  https://bit.ly/41gAydN  For more information or ways you can help, write http://darkskieslp@gmail.com
At this week’s meeting, Naj Wikoff gave us the history behind the installation of several pieces of artwork in place around Lake Placid in conjunction with the 1980 Winter Olympics.   Did you know Olympic rules establish that a program of the Arts is to be held concurrently and in the same vicinity as the games themselves.   Through the persistent efforts of Placidians like Shirley Seney, Bob Peacock and Jack Barry, a well-received program was created in keeping with International Olympic Committee Rule 35.  It wasn’t an easy task as this article from the NY Times Archive will attest.  Many of the initiatives put in place are still in use today.  The arts program was delivered on time and on budget.  Did you also know that the use of a three-tiered podium for the top three finishers in a winter Olympic sport originated at the 1980 Winter Olympics?  https://nyti.ms/47DqIoU
13 teams and about 100 excited and smart players turned out for our Fall Trivia Night.  MC Sean Donovan, assisted by the Rotary "Clue Crew" challenged the players on categories including pop culture, geography, Blue Line geography, music and more.  It was a close race with the Literacy Bombers capturing third place after a run-off.  Once again the Irish Mafia came out on top but it was close as the Mixed Bag team fell two points short.  While it's fun to keep score, once again funds were raised to benefit literacy projects in our area.  We were at the new Cambria Hotel in Lake Placid.  Many players came early to socialize and enjoy fine dinners served in the Haystack Bar & Bistro.  A spacious ballroom made for an excellent event venue with light snacks provided by the hotel.  Congratulations to all our players and the winners of our many door prizes.
   
Katherine Rhodes (L) was inducted into the Rotary Club of Lake Placid NY by past Co-President Heather Perkins.  Katherine is sponsored by Mercy Care for the Adirondacks where she is the Elder Care Manager.  We're very happy to have Katherine as a member of our club and judging from the pictures, she's happy to be on board.  Welcome Katherine!
Todd Ormiston,  Executive Director of  Camp Treetops and North Country School, joined the Rotary Club for breakfast.  He shared their approach to helping young people to develop.  The North Country School strives to create a community that gives children self-confidence, knowledge, skills and values to lead satisfying and productive lives while contributing to their world.   Founded in Lake Placid in 1923 the school recently added new facilities: the Waler P Breeman Performing Arts Center and the Teaching and Learning Kitchen.  Click https://bit.ly/3u3h9AD to learn more about North Country School and their events. 
Today we welcomed NCPR Reporter Amy Feiereisel to talk about community engagement and the ways in which North Country Public Radio seeks to connect with those who work and live here.  Amy defines this process as talking and listening to those in NCPR's service area to create content that better serves them.  This leads to reporting on issues that matter and content which listeners want to interact with.  We were taken through the methodology that goes into preparing a series such as North Country at work http://ncpr.org/work or a listener participation survey to develop a North Country Ice Cream Map.  We also saw a short video of a presenter at a recent Howl Story Slam - a series of events where our North Country neighbors relate a meaningful tale from personal history.  You can't get much more engaged than that.  Hear more from Amy and other NCPR reporters plus uniquely curated music shows at ncpr.org or by downloading the NCPR app from your app store.  
Former and now seasonal residents of Lake Placid, George and Marie McBride discuss the very serious issue of human trafficking in Thailand & SE Asia.  Residing most of the time in Chiang Mai, George & Marie devote considerable time to educating people via working with http://www.globalreliefassociation.com to provide support for victims of trafficking and also engaging in prevention programs to deter traffickers.  We recorded their presentation.  The content may be disturbing to some individuals so caution is advised.    Also see https://www.worldschildren.org/child-trafficking-statistics/
 
Rotarians Mary Liz and Randy present Lake Placid Central School District's Patricia Damp with a check to support a grade level trip to The Wild Center in Tupper Lake.  Patricia's program offers a funded trip to this world-class museum to stimulate an interest in reading.  The importance of our funding this trip enables all students to benefit from this experience.  It allows for families who could not afford the entry fee not to feel stigmatized by having to be subsidized.  Our Literacy Committee derives the funds for these gifts from events such as our Trivia Nights.  We'll be having a Trivia Night in November - please watch for details.
We had a return visit from Carolyn Walton, Founder/Exec Dir of The Woods Program to update us on the program's partnership with the Lake Placid Central School District and recent outings with boys and girls from the school district.  The Woods Program's goals are to take kids on a camping experience in the woods and detach from their cell phones to embark on a self-discovery mission.  As the website for program says, connections are fostered through immersion.  "Disconnect to connect."  Our Rotary Club is taking a marked interest in the work being done here.  Please visit the program's website for the bigger picture:  https://www.thewoodsprogram.com/
Stories from behind the badge this morning with Essex County NY Sheriff, Dave Reynolds, a seasoned law enforcement professional.  Policing today is much more than the what's depicted in TV shows.  Changes within society and the law have thrust police into many new roles.  While the Sheriff's Department performs traditional activities such a managing the county jail, civil actions such as evictions and road patrol, there are expanded responsibilities and programs which have caused the 98+ individuals under Reynolds' command to become involved with many social service activities, particularly in managing those who are incarcerated.  Sheriff Reynolds told us that many of the programs he has implemented are being copied by other police agencies in NY State and around the nation.  Today we were introduced to the broad range of activities a sheriff's deputy will deal with daily in a job that carries with it many dangers but can also be quite rewarding.  The Rotary Club of Lake Placid thanks Sheriff Reynolds and the men and women who wear the badge for their dedicated service to the public.
Please enjoy this short video that shows all the fun and excitement had by everyone at Lisa G's on September 23rd.  A lively crowd enjoyed a tasty buffet dinner and then lined the river banks to watch 1.750 ducks battle it out in getting to the finish line.
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A thank you to Rick and Kate Thompson for hosting our August social.  The rains stayed away to allow us to enjoy good food, good conversation and good music.  
 
A Rotary wheel unexpectedly turns up at the summit of Colorado's Mt. Evans (14,130 ft above sea level).  It was placed there in 1941 by Rotarians in what is now District 5450 in honor of the Rotary International convention that was hosted by the Denver Rotary Club in June of that year.  It was to be dedicated by then Rotary International President Armando de Arruda Pereira of Sao Paolo but due to weather and travel issues, it actually was dedicated in August by the succeeding RI President, Tom Davis of Butte, MT.
 
 
Rotarians Charlotte, Stephanie, and Lee were at the Octoberfest themed aid station at this year's Lake Placid Ironman.  Thus the Tyrolean hats. Despite what you may be thinking, nothing stronger than Gatorade was handed out to the athletes.  
The first social of the 2023 - 2024 Rotary year was held at The Boat tasting room in Lake Placid.  Our social events are held on the third Thursday of each month and provide an opportunity to just gather and talk outside of the usual meeting structure.  These social events are open to guests and are a great way for someone who is thinking about joining Rotary to meet the club members in an informal setting.
Today we had the pleasure of inducting Daci Shenfield as a Companion Member in our club.  Daci stands between Membership Chair & Past President Heather Perkins and Club Treasurer John Huttlinger..  Daci is the daughter of another Past President, Tina Leonard.  Our club has worked closely with Daci and the Lake Placid NY Rotary Foundation in establishing the Tina Leonard Award which is given annually to a student in our school district who has shown the strength to overcome disabilities and challenges in their life.  Welcome Daci!
Last done in the height of the pandemic (2020), it was time for another cleanup at Mill Pond Park in Lake Placid.  Heat and humidity didn't stop volunteers Mary Liz, Andrew, Peter, Randy, Krista and visiting Rotarian Kier from doing that was needed to be done so that there's a clean play area for the kids.
Our 30th Changeover Event (June 22, 2023) as we thanked the past year's leadership and congratulated our incoming leadership team.  A Paul Harris Fellow Award was presented to past Co-President Harris Semegram.  There's a carousel of pictures from our event playing on the left side of this page.   Good food, lots of Rotary comradery and another evening of good times when the Rotary Club of Lake Placid gets together.   We're looking forward to our Duck Race on September 23rd, many, many informative and interesting speakers, fun social events and of course continuing our strong history of sponsoring and taking action on projects to better our Lake Placid/North Elba community.
 
The 2023 Tina Leonard Award was presented to Grace Ericson, shown here with Tina's son and daughter, Joe Leonard and Daci Shenfield.  Essays were submitted to the selection committee with the submitters identity hidden  in order to impartially focus on each essay.  Grace's essay showed how a series of life events tragically impacted her in a very personal and stressful way. The selection committee - which included four members of Tina's family, felt that Grace's story personified what the Award stands for.   Yet at the same time, Grace learned the skills, drive and determination to pursue a path forward for success and to help others.
ur June 15th meeting featured Sue McKinney, a visiting Rotarian from the Uptown Oakland (CA) club. Sue divides her time between the US and Vietnam where she works with the Rotary Vietnam Project to help stop the very serious global issue of human trafficking. We had a very enlightening presentation which included a video which you can see here.  https://youtu.be/OBE-XYzLUjc  Sue told us how people from areas of extreme poverty can be duped into being ensnared into being sold just like a piece of property numerous times over. This is not something that happens in other parts of the world.  Sue said that if you know the code words, etc. we would find that human trafficking exists even here in the Adirondacks.  If you suspect that a person is being trafficked, report it anonymously to the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.  
We were fortunate to have been contacted by Sue McKinney via Rotary's International Travel and Hosting Rotary Fellowship https://www.ithf.org/  Sue was visiting Lake Placid for an event and while here, offered to speak to our club about the very serious issue of human trafficking.  On a lighter note, Sue offered to teach a basic lesson in Mah Jong.  So accompanied by some good food and wine, the game table was set up.  Similar to gin rummy, mah jong is a game of skill, strategy and luck.  Very interesting and rumor has it that this may turn into a regular game among club members.
Rotarian Debbie Erenstone and her husband Jeff are principals at Mountain Orthotic and Prosthetic Services.  Mountain O&P is a dedicated supporter of Operation Namaste, a 501(c)3 whose mission is to help determined people achieve mobility by providing tools and support to Orthotic and Prosthetic practitioners around the world.  Jeff travels worldwide as part of his work with https://www.operationnamaste.org/.  Recently Jeff, Debbie and the kids visited Nepal, a nation of scenic beauty and culture that frequently suffers from devastating earthquakes.    Nepal is one such country in need of quality prosthetic care.  Debbie presented a slideshow of the family's trip to Nepal, showing glimpses of the people, their traditions, and of course the Himalayas.  Here are just a few of what our club had the opportunity to view:
Rotarians had a table at this year's Community Day, joining over 40 other organizations to highlight and thank the many volunteers who make Lake Placid a great place to visit and live.  Shown here are (L to R) Martha Spear, Greg McNally, Chandler Ralph and Susan Friedmann
Today we welcomed Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Director of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative (ADI).  The Adirondack Diversity Initiative works to make the Adirondacks a welcoming and inclusive place for both residents and visitors while ensuring a vital and sustainable Adirondack Park for future generations.  Tiffany brings to her role as Director extensive experience in the performing arts and organizational leadership.  Approaching her Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) work through the lenses of both the arts and culture, she uses positive disruption through inclusion as a way to influence her work.  While fairly new in her role with ADI, Tiffany has maintained a presence here for many years as the first woman of color to serve as Director of the Lake Placid School of Dance.  In her conversation with us today, Tiffany focused on the opportunity to make the Park a more welcoming environment for all.   https://www.diversityadk.org
Wearing appropriate safety vests and armed with pickup tools and the requisite orange bag, Lake Placid Rotarians and friends took to the designated stretch of Route 73 for cleanup operations.  Reports indicate that this year the amount picked up for disposal was a little more than in past years.  In this case more is not better.  This road patrol finished the two mile stretch of highway in a little under two hours, undeterred by the current crop of very hungry black flies and mosquitoes.
 
Nicholas George, Executive Director of High Peaks Hospice addressed this week's meeting to provide an insight on how hospice offers care that helps the whole family when a terminal diagnosis is received.  End-of-life care is a difficult subject to discuss but hospice provides a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains and trained volunteers to help with the whole range of needs - physical, emotional, social and spiritual.  Under hospice care, the terminally ill are able to fill their time with dignity, in comfort and in the location of their choice, whether it be at home, a nursing facility, or hospital. Hospice services are covered by the Hospice Benefit under Medicare with no copays or deductibles.  No one is refused care due to inability to pay. http://www.highpeaks hospice.org
Rotarians, armed with various tools of not-so mass destruction, took to the grounds of the Shipman Youth Center to clean up winter and spring debris.   This annual activity - and sometimes it's twice a year - is an on-going commitment by our club to this very important Lake Placid institution.  he Shipman Youth Center is a not-for-profit community organization providing support to children and youth ages 10-18. The center was inspired by Thomas Shipman, a designated Lake Placid youth police officer who died unexpectedly in 1995.  Programs include home work time and assistance, community services, recreational services, weekly family style dinners, dances, and guest speakers. SYC provides a supervised safe and exciting environment where local children can grow and develop as individuals.
Saturday May 13 brought 14 Rotarians to the North Elba Recycling Center where a collection point was set up to accept Lithium Ion (Li-on) batteries for recycling.  Over 225 lbs. of batteries were collected! Li-On batteries require special handling to recycle and as such are not included with household waste.  Our club partnered with Redwood Materials for special to ensure safe handling of these batteries in facilities that are set up for this.  It's quite specific so here's something from the EPA to explain further: https://www.epa.gov/recycle/used-lithium-ion-batteries  Thanks to Stephanie, Bill, Bridget, Tracey, Heather, Charlotte, Martha, Hannah, Susan, Lee, Chandler, Sean, John and Greg for volunteering.  
 
From the box to planting to blooming. Our "End Polio Now" tulips say hello and remind you that Rotary clubs across the world continue to work hard to eradicate polio.
 
Another fun night as Trivia Night returns in-person at the Craig Wood Golf Clubhouse.  MC Sean Donovan kept the players on their toes with some very challenging questions developed and carefully documented by our question selection team.  And once again, funds were raised to support various literacy projects in the Lake Placid / North Elba area.  Congratulations to teams Irish Mafia and Scatterbrains who wound up in a tie for first place.  Rounding out the standings were the Literacy Bombers, Komodo Dragons, and team "Don't Have A Name Yet."  Thanks for playing!
This scholarship award has been given each year since 1994 to a Lake Placid High School Junior or Senior who has demonstrated excellence in vocal and/or instrumental music. This year's winner is Nadia Phillips. Nadia received a $1,000 award to use towards college applications or other college related expenses. Nadia was chosen by a committee including the LPHS music faculty, guidance counselor and principal as well as a representative from Rotary. At our May 4th meeting, Nadia performed Beau Soir by Debussy. Our congratulations to Nadia and her family.  Please enjoy this video of the presentation and Nadia's performance  https://youtu.be/471Z-t2UFcE
 
Bluseed Studio's Lisa Crocker joined us today, presenting an overview of the non-profit community arts center in Saranac Lake.  What does BluSeed do?  What doesn't it do.  Operates an art gallery/event space, runs an art thrift store, has studios for ceramics, textile and printing, provides classes and workshops for kids and adults as well as hosts live music and performance events.  So much going on that you should visit their website at https://www.bluseedstudios.org/  On the website you'll find a link to their Bluskies Spring Silent Auction, in progress now through May 6. Click "Read more" for some of the images from Lisa's presentation deck.  And join the mailing list while on their website.
A bonus post via The Adirondack Explorer and Our Story Bridge.  Club member John Huttlinger, Jr. shares the illuminating story of the creation of the LPCA in the 1970’s, including his personal connection to the project as well as how the arts center has become a beloved and welcome addition to the community. This is part of North Elba Narratives - Telling Tales Oral History Project.  Listen here:  https://bit.ly/3N8cLI9
DG Michel Wong Kee Song, along with his wife Suzanne, visited our club today.  As is customary when a District Governor visits, our meeting featured DG Michel speaking to us on on some Rotary history. Did you know that Rotarians participated in the draft of the San Francisco Conference, consulting on what became the United Nations charter in 1945. DG Michel spoke of the worldwide purpose of Rotary but not to overlook key elements of a local club meeting - community service and to have fun while doing that.  Please click on "Read More" for pictures from today's visit.
 
The Rotary Club of Lake Placid is sponsoring a lithium-ion (Li-on) battery recycling event on May 13th. Make this a part of your spring cleaning!
 
Time: May 13, 2023, 9am – 3pm
 
Location: North Elba Town Transfer Station, 74 Recycle Circle Lane, Lake Placid
 
For full details, click this link https://rotarylakeplacid.org/SitePage/lithium-ion-recycling-event  Click "Read more" to see all the places where Li-on batteries might be in your home.   
 
 
We asked Carolyn Walton, Founder and Executive Director of https://www.thewoodsprogram.com/ to come back to our meeting to give us more insight into the workings of her program, the local schools involved with this project and her observations of the positive behavioral changes of the student participants.  To untether today's youth from their electronic devices in order to experience the wonders of nature and to begin to experience various character and confidence building exercises is challenging, especially when there is to cell phone service and other modern conveniences.  A very interesting presentation which generated a lot of insightful questions from those in attendance.  More:  https://bit.ly/3m8kWJu
Charlie Reinertsen is a photojournalist with a passion for depicting nature stories and whose work has been featured in many print and digital publications in addition to his work at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake.  At this week's meeting Charlie made a detailed and fascinating presentation about the life cycle of monarch butterflies and their migration from a habitat in Mexico.  Charlie showed several photographs from a trip to this biosphere reserve showing this phenomena as the monarchs overwinter in this habitat before they begin a multigenerational journey of thousands of miles when warmer weather comes to northern climates.  You can see the full presentation here https://youtu.be/wgBj7gOf-_o and a selection of photos from Charlie's trip to the Oyamel forests in Mexico is here for you to enjoy.   See more of what Charlie does at his website http://twolined.com
2023 - 2024 Area Governor Martha Pritchard Spear presents a video of her participation in the Rotary District 7040's Annual Conference
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A short video celebrating four of our club members who are 80 years old in 2022
 
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