Lake Placid Rotary Supports Essex County WIC

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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 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.
Lake Placid Rotary Supports Essex County WIC Harris Semegram 2024-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

Not Just A Rainy Day Activity - The Olympic Museum

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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  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    Before you go, visit the Museum's website for the latest on exhibits and special events:
Not Just A Rainy Day Activity - The Olympic Museum Harris Semegram 2024-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

Don't Be Salty ADK

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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 to view the presentation and to find out what you can do individually and through your town to reduce road salt usage.
Don't Be Salty ADK Harris Semegram 2024-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Helping Farmers & Consumers

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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  Here's a link to Adam's page on the ANCA website:
Helping Farmers & Consumers Harris Semegram 2024-01-18 05:00:00Z 0

Adirondack Health's Cornerstone Campaign

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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
Adirondack Health's Cornerstone Campaign Hannah Hanford 2024-01-04 05:00:00Z 0

Our Donations at Work

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.
Our Donations at Work Harris Semegram 2024-01-02 05:00:00Z 0

The 2023 Holiday Party

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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.
The 2023 Holiday Party Harris Semegram 2023-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

Bringing Holiday Cheer

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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.
Bringing Holiday Cheer Harris Semegram 2023-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Goes To The Dogs OR Meet Some New Rotary Dogs

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The RCLP family gained two new members on Saturday.  Sue & Harris welcomed Penny, a 1 year old Airedale mix, rescued via PawSafe in Eastford CT.  Chandler and Dave have Ella, an English Setter puppy joining their pack, bringing the total tail wagging count to three in their home.  Got a cute picture of an animal friend who rules your roost?
Rotary Goes To The Dogs OR Meet Some New Rotary Dogs Harris Semegam 2023-12-18 05:00:00Z 0

Count on Rotary for some Hot Cocoa

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Continuing the tradition, Rotarians set up a table on Main Street during the Holiday Stroll to offer shoppers and strollers cups of hot chocolate to chase any chill away.
Count on Rotary for some Hot Cocoa Harris Semegram 2023-12-10 05:00:00Z 0

The Dark Skies Project

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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.  For more information or ways you can help, write
The Dark Skies Project Harris Semegram 2023-12-07 05:00:00Z 0

1980 Winter Games Arts Olympiad

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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?
1980 Winter Games Arts Olympiad Harris Semegram 2023-11-30 05:00:00Z 0

A Fun Crowd at Fall Trivia Night

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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.
A Fun Crowd at Fall Trivia Night Harris Semegram 2023-11-15 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome Katherine Rhodes

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!
Welcome Katherine Rhodes Harris Semegram 2023-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

North Country School / Camp Treetops

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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 to learn more about North Country School and their events. 
North Country School / Camp Treetops Kathleen Thompson 2023-11-02 04:00:00Z 0

North Country at Work / Community Engagement

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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 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 or by downloading the NCPR app from your app store.  
North Country at Work / Community Engagement Harris Semegram 2023-10-26 04:00:00Z 0

Marie & George McBride Discuss Human Trafficking in Thailand

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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 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
Marie & George McBride Discuss Human Trafficking in Thailand Harris Semegram 2023-10-19 04:00:00Z 0

Our Literacy Program Supports Lake Placid 3rd Graders

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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.
Our Literacy Program Supports Lake Placid 3rd Graders Harris Semegram 2023-10-12 04:00:00Z 0

An Update About The Woods Program

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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:
An Update About The Woods Program Harris Semegram 2023-10-12 04:00:00Z 0

Breakfast with Essex County Sheriff Dave Reynolds

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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.
Breakfast with Essex County Sheriff Dave Reynolds Harris Semegram 2023-10-05 04:00:00Z 0

The 2023 Dam Duck Race

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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.
This video runs four minutes   
The 2023 Dam Duck Race Harris Semegram 2023-09-23 04:00:00Z 0

Our August Social

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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.  
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2023 Dam Duck Race Stephanie Pianka 2023-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

A Rotary Wheel at the Mountaintop

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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.
A Rotary Wheel at the Mountaintop Harris Semegram 2023-08-08 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary at Lake Placid Ironman

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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.  
Rotary at Lake Placid Ironman Harris Semegram 2023-07-23 04:00:00Z 0

July's Social at The Boat

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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.
July's Social at The Boat Harris Semegram 2023-07-21 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome Daci Shenfield

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!
Welcome Daci Shenfield Harris Semegram 2023-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

Cleanup at Mill Pond Park

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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.
Cleanup at Mill Pond Park Harris Semegram 2023-07-08 04:00:00Z 0

30th Annual Changeover Event

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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.
30th Annual Changeover Event Harris Semegram 2023-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

Grace Ericson is the 2023 Tina Leonard Award Recipient

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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.
Grace Ericson is the 2023 Tina Leonard Award Recipient Harris Semegram 2023-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Vietnam Project - Stop Human Trafficking

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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.  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.  
The Rotary Vietnam Project - Stop Human Trafficking Harris Semegram 2023-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

Could this be a new "thing" for our club?

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We were fortunate to have been contacted by Sue McKinney via Rotary's International Travel and Hosting Rotary Fellowship  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.
Could this be a new "thing" for our club? Harris Semegram 2023-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

The Erenstones Visit Nepal

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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  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:
The Erenstones Visit Nepal Harris Semegram 2023-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

Community Day 2023

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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
Community Day 2023 Harris Semegram 2023-06-04 04:00:00Z 0

Tiffany Rea-Fisher  - The Adirondack Diversity Initiative

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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.
Tiffany Rea-Fisher - The Adirondack Diversity Initiative Harris Semegram 2023-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

Spring 2023 Highway Cleanup

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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.
Spring 2023 Highway Cleanup Harris Semegram 2023-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

High Peaks Hospice - Comfort & Peace

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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
High Peaks Hospice - Comfort & Peace Harris Semegram 2023-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

Shipman Youth Center Cleanup 2023

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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.
Shipman Youth Center Cleanup 2023 Harris Semegram 2023-05-20 04:00:00Z 0

Li-on Battery Recycling - Big Success

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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:  Thanks to Stephanie, Bill, Bridget, Tracey, Heather, Charlotte, Martha, Hannah, Susan, Lee, Chandler, Sean, John and Greg for volunteering.  
Li-on Battery Recycling - Big Success Harris Semegram 2023-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

Tulips In Bloom

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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.
Tulips In Bloom Harris Semegram 2023-05-12 04:00:00Z 0

Trivia Night Returns In Person

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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!
Trivia Night Returns In Person Harris Semegram 2023-05-09 04:00:00Z 0

Nadia Phillips - 2023 Kate Smith Award Winner

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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
Nadia Phillips - 2023 Kate Smith Award Winner Harris Semegram 2023-05-04 04:00:00Z 0

Bluseed Studios - Community Arts Center

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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  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.
Bluseed Studios - Community Arts Center Harris Semegram 2023-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

John Huttlinger, Jr. - The Beginning of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts

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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:
John Huttlinger, Jr. - The Beginning of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts Harris Semegram 2023-04-25 04:00:00Z 0

Update - the "End Polio Now" Tulips

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Many boxes were sold to club members and others as part of the 2022 "End Polio Now Tulip Drive."  A thank you to all who contributed and then worked the soil with the tulip bulbs that were purchased.  Now that we're into the Spring season, tulips are starting to appear:
Update - the "End Polio Now" Tulips Harris Semegram 2023-04-20 04:00:00Z 0

DG Michel Wong Kee Song Pays Us A Visit

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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.
DG Michel Wong Kee Song Pays Us A Visit Harris Semegram 2023-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Event

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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  Click "Read more" to see all the places where Li-on batteries might be in your home.   
Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Event Harris Semegram 2023-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Rotarian May Chow Harris Semegram 2023-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

Disconnect to Connect - Wilderness Immersion

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We asked Carolyn Walton, Founder and Executive Director of 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:
Disconnect to Connect - Wilderness Immersion Harris Semegram 2023-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

The Fascinating Monarch Butterflies

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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 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
The Fascinating Monarch Butterflies Harris Semegram 2023-03-30 04:00:00Z 0

An Ethiopian Dinner - International Service Committee

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A tasty Ethiopian feast was held as a fundraiser for our International Service Committee on March 23.  James Beard semi-finalist chef Alganesh Michael prepared spiced beef, curried chicken, curried lentils, shiro, collard greens and injera.   This delicious food was enjoyed by all with one guest proclaiming it "the real deal."  Chef Alganesh zoomed in to talk about her background and discuss the dishes she had prepared.  Paired with several wines (including an Ethiopian variety), it was an enjoyable evening with great conversation.  Truly a different kind of fundraiser and a successful one at that.  Visit chef Alganesh at  Dinner photo credits Andy Flynn / The Lake Placid News.
An Ethiopian Dinner - International Service Committee Harris Semegram 2023-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

March Trivia Night Results

Thanks to all our players who helped raise over $700 to benefit area literacy projects.  It was a fun, past-paced event.  Here are the final scores (one team did not finish).
March Trivia Night Results Harris Semegram 2023-03-14 04:00:00Z 0

The Adirondack Rail Trail

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We heard from Brian Woods, Exec. Director of the Adirondack Rail Trail Association who took us through this major all season recreational plan in the North Country.  Built over the former NYCRR trackage from Lake Placid to Tupper Lake, the trail will provide an accessible location for all sorts of activities in a healthy lifestyle.  It's sure to bring new visitors and economic opportunities to the area as well as relieving some pressure on existing trails that are being impacted by overuse.  Brian presented a demo of a local business guide and trail map highlighting things to do and see on the trail as well as businesses in the tri-lake area via this project to further connect our communities.
The Adirondack Rail Trail Harris Semegram 2023-03-03 05:00:00Z 0
Caleb Mihill Talks About Receiving The Tina Leonard Award Harris Semegram 2023-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

It's Not So Secret

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A glimpse into the scope and activities of the US Secret Service was provided this morning by our guest, retired Secret Service Special Agent Andy Orringer.  Andy took us through the origin of the USSS (to track down and arrest counterfeiters) through its expansion into the protective details of the President and Vice President, candidates for these offices and foreign dignitaries.  The USSS employs about 6,000 people: 3,200 special agents, 1,300 uniformed officers and >2000 technical and support personnel.  We learned about the different types of crimes the USSS investigates and the USSS organizational structure.  Andy was posted to several field offices in the USA and also served as a liaison officer in Canada and other countries.  Andy also answered members' questions as he provided a very informative presentation.  If you'd like to find out more about the Secret Service, sign up for their newsletter
It's Not So Secret Harris Semegram 2023-02-16 05:00:00Z 0

Vocational School Project in Ghana is Underway

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One of our club's projects in the 2022 - 2023 is to support the construction of a vocational school in Ghana.  The project's goals are shown in the Certificate of Appreciation as shown here.  Always nice to see one of these projects in progress and learning about the benefits our support will help bring.
Vocational School Project in Ghana is Underway Harris Semegram 2023-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

Barkeater Trails Alliance

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The mission of the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) is to build, maintain and advocate for a system of community and backcountry trails for ski touring, mountain biking and other human-powered activities in the eastern High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park.  At this week's meeting we heard from Josh Wilson, Executive Director.   Your favorite story poster wasn't at the meeting but using something called the Internet, the best thing to do is refer you to BETA's website for the full story and picture gallery.  Trails through our park don't get there by themselves you know.  So please visit, check out their activities and see the ways you can participate.
Barkeater Trails Alliance Harris Semegram 2023-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

Peacock Park Communication Board

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Patricia Friedlander is a licensed speech therapist / speech-language pathologist in Lake Placid.  Seeing an example on Facebook, Patricia sought funding from the community to place a communication board at a Lake Placid location that's visited by people whose communication skills are impaired for various reasons.  Known as "Smarty Symbols" with localized images and bi-lingual, the intent is to increase communication awareness and  reduce communication frustrations.  As Patricia said at our meeting, a project such as this is a great example of Rotary's 4-Way Test.  For more information, read this story in the Lake Placid News
Peacock Park Communication Board Harris Semegram 2023-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

January 2023 Trivia Night Results

Final scores from this month's event.  Over $500 was raised for the Literacy Committee.  A fun evening with some very challenging questions.
January 2023 Trivia Night Results Harris Semegram 2023-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

Our Assemblies Are More Than Just Committee Reports

Coming off a fun virtual trivia contest the night before (raising money for literacy efforts in our area), our club proudly presented a check for $1,500 to Catherine Bemis, Principal of St. Agnes School.  Catherine will be using the funds to order new reading materials to introduce and further enhance student experiences with the joy of reading.  Shown presenting the award are Mary Liz Alexander and Randy Quayle of our Literacy Committee.  We also welcomed back a former club member, Carolyn Walton.  Carolyn briefed us on a program she is developing with area schools to introduce the positive aspects of wilderness experiences via hands-on camping experiences.  Please visit her website (parts of which are under construction) to learn more about what interesting experiences await participants  and as featured in the Lake Placid News
Our Assemblies Are More Than Just Committee Reports Harris Semegram 2023-01-12 05:00:00Z 1

Announcing the theme for the 2023 - 2024 Rotary Year

From Rotary International:  

Rotary International President-elect R. Gordon R. McInally called for members to capture the world's attention and lead the way toward possibilities far beyond our current expectations.

McInally, a member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland, revealed the 2023-24 presidential theme, Create Hope in the World, during the Rotary International Assembly in Orlando, Florida, USA, on 9 January. He urged members to promote peace in troubled nations, help those affected by conflict, and maintain the momentum of initiatives begun by past leaders.  For the complete story ; 

Announcing the theme for the 2023 - 2024 Rotary Year Harris Semegram 2023-01-09 05:00:00Z 0

An Award to Laura Coffin & Greg McNally's Induction

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Our first meeting of 2023 was a busy one.  We welcome Greg McNally as our newest club member and we look forward to his contributions to our many projects.  We also heard from Laura Coffin on receiving an award from the Educational Opportunity Fund and how Laura is restructuring the LP Elementary School reading program to further the joy of reading while improving literacy levels.  Jeff Erenstone presented on Operation Namaste which provides technology and support to deliver prosthetic services to underserved areas of the world.  Learn more at
An Award to Laura Coffin & Greg McNally's Induction Harris Semegram 2023-01-05 05:00:00Z 0

Caroling at Elderwood

The Rotary Club of Lake Placid NY brings gifts to residents of Elderwood along with pizza for the staff. A group of Rotarians and members of the Northern Lights Choir joined together to sing some Christmas carols.
Caroling at Elderwood Harris Semegram 2022-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

Holiday Village Stroll 2022

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Lake Placid's Holiday Village Stroll once again sees Debbie at Mid's Park, assisted by Mae and Holly, at the ready to provide hot chocolate to strollers and shoppers an a crisp December day.  Always fun and welcomed by everyone who enjoys a cup.
Holiday Village Stroll 2022 Harris Semegram 2022-12-16 05:00:00Z 0

A Visit From Mayor Art Devlin

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The Ecumenical Food Pantry is located in a space which is difficult for the loading / unloading of food and supplies.  The Thrift Shop is in a cramped area which doesn't provide a good experience when shopping there.  There's always a need for some folks to be able to obtain used furniture at no or minimal cost.  Mayor Devlin has an ideal to utilize space on the grounds of the Shipman Youth Center to have a building which would house the Pantry, the Thrift Store and have a furniture "depot."  Mayor Devlin has already scoped out the design for a building which would have easy access, good parking and have a welcoming atmosphere.  It's all conceptual now and the cost has to be dealt with (in light of increased expenses everywhere).  Our club was very interested in what Mayor Devlin had to say as he mentioned what possible sources of funding could be obtained.  This is a great, forward-thinking idea and our club looks forward to helping bring this to a reality for the betterment of our community.  
A Visit From Mayor Art Devlin Harris Semegram 2022-11-10 05:00:00Z 0

Mentoring For Family Development

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Speaking to our club today, Ed Dempsey called our attention to ADK Bridges to Empowerment, an alliance which establishes a structured program of volunteer mentors to provide guidance to families who need a little direction.
Mentoring activities include financial literacy counseling, helping people navigate community services, and teaching life skills such as time management, organizing, and parenting.  This is a developing program in our area and Ed is looking to hear from persons who might like to be among those who offer a "helping hand" to others.  Ed can be reached at
Mentoring For Family Development Harris Semegram 2022-11-03 04:00:00Z 0

Parks and Housing - Project updates

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North Elba Councilwoman Emily Politi paid us another visit, providing updates on two projects currently underway here.  Affordable housing is a big issue nationwide, not just in our community.  But the Homestead Development Corporation has found a way to provide quality homes at a reasonable entry point for aspiring home owners.  The Makeover McKinley project as as its goal the transformation of an existing park into an area with new playground equipment, pickleball courts and improved accessibility for those with mobility issues.  Emily's presentation may be found in our public files space   For more information about these projects, there are contact links at the end of the presentation.
Parks and Housing - Project updates Harris Semegram 2022-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

Planning for FISU 2023

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A return visit from Lori Fitzgerald this morning.  If we had to list all the things Lori is involved with, we would run out of space on this website.  Club members were keenly interested in Lori's updates as to expectations for the 2023 World University Games, happening in not to many weeks here in Lake Placid.  Covered were expectations as to crowd size (athletes, support staff, onlookers), housing for athletes and visitors alike as well as demands on the town and village infrastructure.  Needless to say, the large numbers of people who will be descending on our little town will create certain conditions that we'll have to deal with - such as road closures (especially Main Street), limited parking and so on.  Lori also talked about projects the Development Commission and the Arts Alliance are dealing with and various issues that are faced in terms of project funding or the need to engage certain professional expertise to deal with community issues (housing, transportation and what Lori called "over tourism."  Another interesting talk but as Rotarians, we know we'll be called upon to assist wherever we can and we'll step up to the plate.
Planning for FISU 2023 Harris Semegram 2022-09-22 04:00:00Z 0

Thursday Night Socials

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It was a a chilly evening at the John Brown Farm Historic Site but our Thursday Night Socials continued with a group gathering under the pavilion tent.   Good food and a hot game of dominos which lasted beyond sundown.   Fun times with good friends.
Thursday Night Socials Harris Semegram 2022-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

The 2022 Dam Duck Race

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What a great day and a great time for all.  Right now we don't have the final tally but thanks to our very generous donors and ticket purchasers, it looks like we're on course for a record-breaking total of funds to make available through our Donations Committee.  The 2022 team is sorting out the details, reviewing notes on what when right and where enhancements can happen.  There will be more pictures posted at a later date, but in the interim, you can check out our Facebook page for more stuff
The 2022 Dam Duck Race Harris Semegram 2022-09-12 04:00:00Z 0


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Sawyer Cresap is the Exec. Dir. of AdkAction and at today's meeting, Sawyer took us through several of the projects that are making a difference to Adirondack communities.  From seeking to improve broadband, delivering meals to those in need or stressing the need to have pollinator-friendly native plants, AdkAction seeks to plan and develop projects that matter and improve the quality of life now and for the future.   We invite you to learn more about AdkAction by visiting their website or downloading their latest annual report
AdkAction Harris Semegram 2022-08-25 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Members May Chow and Marcy Miller

This morning we welcomed two new members to the Rotary Club of Lake Placid, May Chow and Marcy Miller.  Both May and Marcy say they are excited to have been inducted into the club and we look forward to their contributing their skills and talents on our various committees, Welcome May and Marcy.  In the picture (L to R) are Kate Thompson (May's sponsor), May, John Huttlinger (Treasurer),  Marcy, and Harris Semegram (Marcy's sponsor).
Welcome New Members May Chow and Marcy Miller Harris Semegram 2022-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

Mimi Wacholder - 2023 FISU World University Games

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Former championship figure skater and now coach/yoga & pilates instructor/event planner joined us today to talk about her role as Manager of Ceremonies for the upcoming World University Games.  Mimi (pronounced "Mimmie") took us through the huge amount of coordination required to bring these events to home and mobile screens.  Mimi has worked in production for ABC Sports and as Public Affairs Coordinator for the Olympic Authority (ORDA).  Mimi is no stranger to the pressures getting events to happen per plan.  Over the last decade-plus, she has coordinated events including:  the premiere of The Wild Center, Tupper Lake NY (20,000 in attendance) the Opening Ceremonies of the Empire State Games, University Galas — as well as over 200 weddings, conferences and family celebrations of all types and sizes.  When we're watching the events next January, we'll appreciate all the behind the scenes work that took place.  Did we mention that Mimi was a member of the US Figure Skating team in the Nancy Kerrigan/ Tonya Harding days and a principal performer in the Ice Capades.
Mimi Wacholder - 2023 FISU World University Games Harris Semegram 2022-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

A Project For Rotary Year 2022 - 2023 and beyond

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Lithium-ion batteries, while powering many of the devices and toys we enjoy (and depend on) create issues on many levels when it comes to proper and safe disposal.  Introducing a project for this Rotary year, At our first assembly, Club Pres. Bill Flederbach's presentation outlined how our Club can participate with ESRAG (Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group) through a turnkey solution package. We'll create a path for the community to have local solutions/programs for implementation as our contribution in supporting the environment -  one of Rotary International's Seven Areas of Focus.
A Project For Rotary Year 2022 - 2023 and beyond Harris Semegram 2022-07-14 04:00:00Z 0

The Road Crew is Back

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On a nice sunny day in July, the Road Crew assembled at Mt. Van Hovenberg to spread out on our designated stretch of Rt. 73.  In addition to picking up unsightly trash from the roadside, the Road Crew was looking for some prizes hidden along the way by club President Bill Flederbach.  Is that the Rotary wheel painted on the road to show we've tagged it as ours?
The Road Crew is Back Harris Semegram 2022-07-09 04:00:00Z 0

Not Horsing Around

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Our annual Horse Show Breakfast this year was enjoyed by all as we welcomed Phillip Richter, Chair of the Lake Placid Horse Shows.  On a seasonable morning (great weather for the horses and riders), we were given many insights as to the future of equestrian shows here in Lake Placid and worldwide.  Participants and spectators alike always remark that the Lake Placid shows are a premier event on the circuit and with some planned enhancements to the show grounds, these shows will continue to be a feature of summer in the Lake Placid area.  We're already looking forward to next year's breakfast, marking the start of the Rotary Year, full of events and club projects.
Not Horsing Around Harris Semegram 2022-07-07 04:00:00Z 0

Concluding the Rotary Year - 2022 Changeover Event

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Our Changeover Event was held at the spectacular Mt. Van Hovenberg Lodge where we recognized outgoing club leadership and welcomed our new officers and directors.  A recap of a year in transition was done followed by a delicious dinner and fellowship.  Quite nice to have this social event.  We also recognized Martha Spear & Bridget McKillip with Paul Harris Awards, Chandler Ralph received our Eagle Award as Rotarian of the Year, leading up to the presentation by Debbie Erenstone (L) and Chandler Ralph (R) of the prestigious Service Above Self Award to Dr. David Balestrini for his many efforts in making our community a great place to live and work.  And a thank you to Kate Thompson, Stephanie Pianka, and Martha Spear for putting the event together and setting the stage for our club to move into Rotary Year 2022 - 2023.
Concluding the Rotary Year - 2022 Changeover Event Harris Semegram 2022-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

Adirondack Health CEO Aaron Kramer

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Closing out our 2021 - 2022 speaker series was Aaron Kramer, CEO of Adirondack Health (AH).  Simply put, providing excellent and caring health care services in a rural area such as the Adirondacks is challenging on several levels.  From overall health of the population AH serves, to recruitment of providers, to financial pressures, and to being flexible to respond to emergencies or planning for the upcoming World University Games, the job of a hospital CEO can be a daunting task.   Since becoming CEO in September 2021, Aaron has already made his mark on several levels.  Aaron joined us to highlight some of the many services AH offers, a look into the future for AH and what the community can do to support AH, one of only two hospitals in NY to receive a 5-star patient experience rating (Becker's Hospital Review, March 2022) and is a Joint Replacement Center of Excellence (Healthcare Facilities Accredtation Program (HFAP - on site survery, March 2022).
Adirondack Health CEO Aaron Kramer Harris Semegram 2022-06-23 04:00:00Z 0

Caleb Mihill Receives First Annual Tina Leonard Award

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Tina Leonard's Family writes about Caleb:  "This student was chosen because they had their military dreams and aspirations shattered due to an underlying physical ailment, but then that student volunteered and found a different passion to pursue that will still bring them to do some of the same things they had always wanted, but through journalism instead of military service."  The Tina Leonard award keeps Tina's legacy and spirit alive as it annually will recognize young persons in our community who are overcoming obstacles and achieving success.  For more information about the award and how to support it, visit
Caleb Mihill Receives First Annual Tina Leonard Award Harris Semegram 2022-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

Our Donation At Work In Cambodia - Dr. Steve Tilliss

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Dr. Tillis joined our meeting via Zoom from Colorado to show how our recent donation to the Cambodian Community Dream Organization via Together We Can Change The World is showing visible help to children in the villages around Siem Reap via providing the basics of dental hygiene.  Conditions are such that these children's teeth are decaying and with the accompanying pain it is very difficult for these children to focus on schooling, etc.  Improving oral health (which is done in school) is a not so small step to in the mission of bettering the health and education of impoverished women and children throughout Southeast Asia.   Watch the video and visit these websites: and
Our Donation At Work In Cambodia - Dr. Steve Tilliss Harris Semegram 2022-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

LPPD Chief Chuck Dobson Meets With Rotary

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Newly installed Chief Chuck Dobson, a veteran of the LPPD, visited with us to talk about the many large events his 12-person Department must cover (Ironman, University Games, Can-Am Tourneys) as well as current issues such as homelessness, school safety, and substance abuse.  Also discussed was the mental impact of dangerous and sometimes tragic situations on his officers and measures taken to help cope and be an effective community servant.  Chief Dobson took many questions and received much positive input from the group.  A very informative and thought-provoking presentation.  Chief Dobson is pictured in this 2015 photo seen in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
LPPD Chief Chuck Dobson Meets With Rotary Harris Semegram 2022-06-09 04:00:00Z 0

Tony & Nancy Corwin Talk Maple Syrup

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Speaker/Guests at our first meeting in June were Tony & Nancy Corwin, proprietors of South Meadow Farm Lodge & Maple Sugarworks.  The production of maple syrup is something closely associated with the Adirondacks.  Tony and Nancy took us through several stages of the production process and provided an overview on the past sugaring season.  We had a discussion of how the changing climate has impacted the time when the maple sap is running as well as an explanation of the relatively new system of grading for maple syrup.  A bottle or jug of maple syrup should be refrigerated after opening but left closed, the product will be quite good for a long period of time.  It takes about 40 years for a maple tree to grow before it is big enough to tap.  Tony and Nancy also spoke to the sugaring process itself and what changes have been seen in recent years.  
Tony & Nancy Corwin Talk Maple Syrup Harris Semegram 2022-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

Behind The Mic with NCPR's Mitch Teich

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Mitch Teich is Station Manager for North Country Public Radio (NCPR).  This morning Mitch spent an hour with us in a broad-ranging discussion about NCPR's presence and its diverse programming from in-depth original news features to a broad spectrum of music.  We learned about Mitch's journey through public radio and the role public radio plays in providing listeners with content that is unique and thought-provoking.  We had some techhie stuff on how NCPR reaches its listeners on the FM band and through the internet.  Mitch also commented on the future of terrestial radio, the influence of the talk radio format and how he reacts and learns from listener comments - both pro and con.  NCPR recently won 7 regional Edward R. Murrow awards for overall excellence and other categories.  Visit and be part of the important role NCPR has in the North Country.
Behind The Mic with NCPR's Mitch Teich Harris Semegram 2022-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

May Is Skin Cancer Prevention Month

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Per the Skin Cancer Foundation, an estimated 1.8 million cases of SCC (squamous cell carcinoma) are diagosed each year - that's 205 cases per hour.  At today's meeting, Rotarian Dr. Henri Gaboriau from Adirodack Health walked us through several situations where, with proper attention, skin cancer is preventable.  Dr. Gaboriau discussed his practice which includes plastic/reconstructive surgery, sinus infections of ear, nose and throat in addition to cosmetic procedures.  To focus on preventing skin cancer from developing and what to check for, Dr. Gaboriau suggests starting by visiting  
May Is Skin Cancer Prevention Month Harris Semegram 2022-05-19 04:00:00Z 0

Training in Emergencies in Tamale, Ghana

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We were joined today by Abby Saferstein and Dr. Amanda Klinger, both from NYU Langone Health to talk about an international services project in Northern Ghana, initiated by the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club.  This is a project to bring healthcare and healthcare education to the remote northern areas of Ghana as part of a goal to advance global health equity.   The full presentation deck may be viewed here: This is a project which our International Services Committee will explore in the near future to see how we can join with the Westport Sunrise Club, The Tamale (Ghana) Rotary Club, NYU Grossman School of Medicine and the University for Development Studies in Ghana.
Training in Emergencies in Tamale, Ghana Harris Semegram 2022-05-12 04:00:00Z 0

The knee bone's connected to the.......

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A thank you to Dr. Bart Szczech (Adirondack Health / Lake Placid Sports Medicine) for a fascinating presentation on knee and hip pain and treatment protocols. Dr. Bart explained causes of these conditions (impacting a growing percentage of the population) and via his presentation deck described how joints deteriorate, his approach to surgical procedures and measures to deal with arthritis and osteoporosis. Dr. Bart certainly had the focused attention of our members -those in the room and on Zoom. Today's talk continued our series of presentaions on health related topics.
The knee bone's connected to the....... Harris Semegram 2022-05-05 04:00:00Z 0
John Brown Farm - I Love My Park Day Harris Semegram 2022-05-05 04:00:00Z 0

The 2022 Kate Smith Award

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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 in Andrew Scanio.  Andrew received a $1,000 award to use towards college applications or other college related expenses.  Andrew was chosen by a committee including the LPHS music faculty, guidance counselor and principal as well as a representative from Rotary.  At our April 28th meeting, Andrew performed vocal and trombone selections.  Our congratulations to Andrew and his family.
The 2022 Kate Smith Award Harris Semegram 2022-04-28 04:00:00Z 0

Two Awards to Benefit Area Children

At our 4/28 meeting, the Literacy Committee presented awards of $1,000 each to the Adirodack Family Book Festival and the Educational Opportunity Fund of the Lake Placid Central School District.  The Book Festival is planned to be a celebration of community, diversity and storytelling at historic John Brown Farm.  The EdOp Fund identifies "next level" initiatives to address opportunity gaps (economic, social, cultural) facing our school district's children.  Click "Read More" for images from the presentation ceremony.
Two Awards to Benefit Area Children Harris Semegram 2022-04-28 04:00:00Z 0

WHAT????  Hearing Loss - A Silent Epidemic

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Another health related presentation, focusing on the increasing number of individuals experiencing hearing loss.  Not just as part of an aging process but impacting younger people as well due to excessive levels of noise all around us.  Today, author Monique Hammond provided insights as to causes of hearing loss, why this is a quality of life issue and what can be done to protect our hearing.  Hearing loss has been shown to lead to mistakes in following critical directions and recently as a possible cause of dementia.  
WHAT???? Hearing Loss - A Silent Epidemic Harris Semegram 2022-04-21 04:00:00Z 0

Busy Town, Busy Supervisor

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Derek Doty joined us this morning to discuss topics from housing to dog control to the future of KLKP (that's the call sign for the Lake Placid Airport, btw). Lots of questions for Derek and we're looking forward to his working with our Bus Shelter Committee on placement of shelter #3 in a spot where it will get good utilization.  We're glad that Derek found time in his busy schedule to talk with us and we know his door is always open to hear items of concern from residents and business owners alike.
Busy Town, Busy Supervisor Harris Semegram 2022-04-14 04:00:00Z 0

Update on Mirror Lake's Health - Ausable River Association

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AsRA's Leanna Thalmann updated us on the on-going initiatives to keep Mirror Lake healthy and alive with continued efforts to focus on minimizing salt runoff into the lake.  Heavy concentrations of salt and chorlide will prevent the lake from "turning over" each year.  If the lake doesn't "turn over" and refresh, the levels of oxygen in the lake will severely diminish and impair or prevent the lake's being a habitat for lake trout and other cold water species.  A dead lake is not good for recreation, tourism and the economy.  Area residents are asked to take the Mirror Lake Salt Survey to guide AsRa and its partners on measures to take to maintain a healthy Mirror Lake (and other area waters.
Here is the link for the Salt Survey   Complete the survey for a chance to win a $100 gift card from The Bookstore Plus or Green Goddess.
Update on Mirror Lake's Health - Ausable River Association Harris Semegram 2022-04-07 04:00:00Z 0

What's A Community School?  Tim Seymour, LPCSD Superintendent

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Eight months into his job as the Superintendent of the Lake Placid School District, Tim Seymour outlined his plans for greater involvement of the Lake Placid schools as the lynchpin of partnerships between schools and other community activities and resources.   Tim's vision is to establish a point of coordination among the wide variety of activites which happen in our town and village, leading to more efficient use of resources and available funds in a cycle of continuous improvement of educational opportunities.  Greater parental and community involvement along with incorporating teaching methodologies that stimulate critical thinking are important to the long-term health of our community.
What's A Community School? Tim Seymour, LPCSD Superintendent Harris Semegram 2022-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

Elizabeth Cooper - Exec. Director, Adirondack North Country Association

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The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), welcomed Elizabeth Cooper as its Executive Director in July 2021.  At our meeting today, Elizabeth’s presentation provided detail on how ANCA is helping to position the economy of the North Country’s local communities for sustained wealth and growth.  Elizabeth spoke about ANCA’s 4 program areas:  food systems, clean energy, the entrepreneurial economy, and the Adirondack Diversity initiative. ANCA provides guidance and education utilizing cutting-edge resources to help small businesses emerge, grow and thrive. Visit them at or contact Elizabeth at  or call her at 518-265-3957. Learn how you can support ANCA’s efforts by becoming a member or learn about having ANCA help your business or the business of someone you know to grow.  
Elizabeth Cooper - Exec. Director, Adirondack North Country Association Harris Semegram 2022-03-24 04:00:00Z 0

The 2022 Adirondack Family Book Festival

Mark your calendars for August 20, 2022 from 10a to 4p at the John Brown Historic Site.  At today's meeting, Martha Swan (John Brown Lives!) along with Bambi Pedu and Karen Armstrong from the Lake Placid Public Library provided details about this Festival which will feature award-winning children's book authors and other activities in a fun-filled day of activities, hands-on art making and discovery.  Children's and young adult authors and illustrators will meat their readers of all ages, read aloud, and talk about their work.  We also had an overview of the "best kept secret on Main Street," our library.  Click the read more button for the full presentation.
The 2022 Adirondack Family Book Festival Harris Semegram 2022-03-17 04:00:00Z 0
Dmitry Feld discusses the invasion of the Ukraine Harris Semegram 2022-03-16 04:00:00Z 0

DEI Actions of the Cornwall Sunrise Rotary Club

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Jenn Deschamps is the current President of the Cornwall Sunrise club.  Recently Jenn made a presentation to the District 7040's DEI committee about her club's efforts in implementing the overall DEI intitiative from Rotary International.  Jenn's presentation to us today described issues which faced her club and the path taken to arrive at a solution. A solution which recognized the concerns of club members, needs of the communities served while building connections and staying true to Rotary's 4-Way test.  Click on "Read More" for some of Jenn's presentation.
DEI Actions of the Cornwall Sunrise Rotary Club Harris Semegram 2022-03-10 05:00:00Z 0
March 2022 Trivia Night Results 2022-03-07 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 7040 Youth Exchange

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The objective of Rotary Exchange Programs is to foster world peace and international understanding. It is hoped that the participants will experience firsthand, the challenges and accomplishments of other countries, by living with and meeting people of different cultures. Rotary Exchange students are  between the age of 15 and 18, spending one academic year living in another country, usually with two or more host families. Students become part of those families and their community. These Rotary accredited families are volunteers who will welcome and care for you, supervise your year and introduce you to their culture and lifestyle.  At our March 3 meeting, Yourth Exchange District Coordinator Francine Allard and Program Chair Patrick Mahaffy Zoomed in to provide information for clubs who are considering to participate in the program.  Patrick also shared many interesting anecdotes about his experiences in Brazil as part of his participation as a student.
Rotary District 7040 Youth Exchange Harris Semegram 2022-03-03 05:00:00Z 0

Cardiology in the Adirondacks

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At our 2/24/22 meeting we welcomed Dr. Anthony Tamontano, Medical Director of Cardiology at Adirondack Health (AH).  Dr. Tramontano took us through AH's Cardiology Department's services and an overview of the diagnostic tools employed to provide care and treatment of heart related medical conditions.  His presentation images and readouts from these tools, showing what providers look for to diagnose heart disease and apply solutions - either invasive or non-evasive.  His PowerPoint presentation may be accessed here:  Having a healthy heart is a combination of diet, activity and certain lifestyle behaviors.  
Cardiology in the Adirondacks Harris Semegram 2022-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

COP26 / The Youth Climate Summit

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A different perspective of the climate change summit (COP26) recently held in Glasgow.  At today's meeting Elodie Linck and Witter Swanson presented two stories to us.  First, a very local perspective of what school districts and youth groups in the Adirodacks are doing to heighten awareness of climate change and its impact to our area.  Then we heard about what actions were taken with the multi-national gathering in Glasgow so teens, millenials and Gen-Zers could bring back to their home countries about what's happening to the planet. To see the scope of activities, visit these two Wild Center pages:  and
COP26 / The Youth Climate Summit Harris Semegram 2022-02-17 05:00:00Z 0

Michael Barrett, Exec. Director, Adirondack Mountain Club

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In 2022, the Adirondack Mountain Club celebrates its 100th anniversary.  The Club's Executive Director, Michael Barrett, spoke with us at today's meeting, outlining the club's goals and objectives - both short and long term.  Recently the Club closed on the Cascade Ski Center property and will use it to provide a welcome/education center for all.  Michael also took us through several of the line item proposed for the NY State Budget, which features a $10 million committment to improve trails, provide for more summit stewards, develop DEI programs to make the Forest Preserve more welcoming, amoung other things.  Please visit this link for a webinar happening on February 23:
Michael Barrett, Exec. Director, Adirondack Mountain Club Harris Semegram 2022-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

The 2022 - 2023 Rotary Theme

This comes via a Facebook post from Plattsburgh Rotary, shared by our AG, Jenn Grisi.   Click "read more" for the full story - a little about the designer, Riki Salam, and the meaning of each of the visual elements.
The 2022 - 2023 Rotary Theme Harris Semegram 2022-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

Our Own Olympic Analyst

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Paul Wylie, silver medalist in figure skating at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, FR, gave a very engrossing "backstage" look at figure skating ant the road to the Olympics.  Paul talked about his background and the road which lead to his career in skating as well as afterwards his business achievements and now as Director of Sport for ORDA.  Most facinating was Paul's discussions of what it takes to be motivated to world competitive level, how technology has made training so different from 30 or 40 years ago and the deliberative process that goes into choosing music to accompany the performace.   Paul also had a PowerPoint covering the upcoming games in Bejing and alluded to some of the controversies which put additional pressures on our athletes.
Our Own Olympic Analyst Harris Semegram 2022-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

January 2022 Triva Night Results

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Click the "read more" button for the list of final scores from January's trivia night.  Over $1,000 was raised to benefit efforts in the area to improve literay in the community led by the efforts of the Literacy Volunteers of Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties
Our next virtual trivia event will be on March 3 and of course you don't have to be in the North Elba/Lake Placid area to play.  Invite friends and family from around the country to play.  Registration details will be sent via ClubRunner and posted to our Facebook page as the date approaches.  
January 2022 Triva Night Results Harris Semegram 2022-01-24 05:00:00Z 0

Our Man In Glasgow

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Our incoming club President, Bill Flederbach (CEO of ClimeCo, Inc) attended the recent COP26 conference in Glasgow.  Bill summarized his experiences at the summit with emphasis on what Rotary is doing worldwide to address mitigating issues facing the planet.  Additionally, Bill showed us his growing company's involvement and global reach with insights into several on-going projects.   As incoming President, Bill gave us a sneak peak at what he's looking at as a project arc for the 2022 - 2023 club year.
Some of the slides from the presentation deck may be seen by clicking the "read more" button.  To learn about Bill's company, visit http://www,  or follow on Facebook at
Our Man In Glasgow Harris Semegram 2022-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

Thank you from Stove Team

StoveTeam is a nonprofit organization started by a Rotarian in Eugene, Oregon that facilitates the placement of safe, affordable, fuel-efficient cookstoves in collaboration with local communities to support families and protect the environment. StoveTeam's innovative model for assisting entrepreneurs in Latin America has won numerous awards for creating local employment while improving health and reducing air pollution. To date, local projects started by StoveTeam in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Mexico have produced more than 78,000 stoves, improving the lives of more than half a million people and preventing nearly one million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. StoveTeam is currently focused on the expansion of our Justa stove project in Guatemala. The Justa cookstove (pronounced “hoo-stuh”) is built in place inside the home by local stove technicians trained by StoveTeam. Each stove benefits an average family of nearly 8 people and provides meaningful employment, while contributing toward a solution to climate change and deforestation.  Our club has donated $500 which has made 5 Justa model stoves possible in Guatemala.  See project photos at this link:
Thank you from Stove Team Harris Semegram 2022-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

Remembering Dick Brewer

The Rotary Club of Lake Placid NY is saddened by the loss of Charter Member Richard Brewer.  Richard was always available to help with projects or provide guidance on many things during club meetings, assemblies and board meetings.  Dick regularly reminded members of assigned obligations and published the duty roster as part of his work on the club service committee.  He was very involved with membership, providing historical and actionable information via service on the membership committee.  Recently he has been an active participant on our DEI committee, at the club and district level.   We miss him and may his memory be for a blessing.  Here is a link to his obituary as seen in the Albany Times-Union
Please click "read more" for a some pictures as shared by Paula and Anna.
Remembering Dick Brewer Harris Semegram 2022-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

Dr. Emily Szczech Speaks on Breast Health

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The CDC says each year about 255,000 women get breast cancer and 42,000 women die of the disease.  About 1 out of every 100 breast cancers diagnosed in the USA is found in a man.  Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older.  This is an important health topic in our area and today, the Breast Health Director at Adirondack Health, Dr. Emily Szczech discussed the challenges a breast cancer diagnosis presents in a rural area and what is being done at Adirondack Health in terms of patient education, preventative measures and caring treatment.  Click the button below for several of the slides from her presentation dack and Dr. Emily's contact information if you'd like to reach out.
Dr. Emily Szczech Speaks on Breast Health Harris Semegram 2022-01-06 05:00:00Z 0

 A Species of Special Concern

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A very interesting and informative presentation about an iconic symbol of the Adirondacks, the common loon, was provided at today's meeting by Jennifer Denny. Communications-Education Coordinator for the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation  From the ACLC's website: Common Loons are a Species of Special Concern in New York State and are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Their populations face numerous threatss, including environmental mercury pollution, shoreline development, fishing line entanglement, lead poisoning from ingestion of toxic fishing tackle, and human disturbance.   Loons live 20-30 years, and are fish-eating birds at the top of the aquatic food web. They are a signature species for understanding environmental quality and the health of aquatic ecosystems on a regional and global scale.   
A Species of Special Concern Harris Semegram 2021-12-16 05:00:00Z 0

Hot Cocoa at the 2021 Holiday Stroll

Continuing a tradition, our club once again served shoppers and passers-by hot cocoa during the 2021 Lake Placid Holiday Stroll. We'll be giving the $80 in donations to the Shipman Youth Center. Shown are Debbie Erenstone and her daughter Holly, an honoroary club member. Not shown because she took the picture is our newest member, Stephanie Pianka. And a thank you to ROOST for providing the cocoa.
Hot Cocoa at the 2021 Holiday Stroll Harris Semegram 2021-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

Human Rights Month

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Our incoming President, Bill Flederbach, is CEO of ClimeCo Corporation .  ClimeCo's mission statement, from their website: "To create environmental asset revenue streams through customized strategies to develop and support the continued growth of clean air technologies."  But they also are recognizing that December is Universal Human Rights Month.   On ClimeCo's Facebook page there is a posting talking about this and provides some resources for further study.  Click the button below to see their posting (which is now also on our Facebook page).
Human Rights Month Harris Semegram 2021-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

Literacy Volunteers of Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties

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We welcomed the LVCEF's Executive Director, Karen Dispos-De Boos to our meeting to fill us in on the LVCEF's activities.  There's a lot to talk about re the value the programs bring to children and adults alike..  Click the button below for highlights from Karen's presentation as well as an explainer brocure listing even more accomplishments.
Literacy Volunteers of Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties Harris Semegram 2021-12-02 05:00:00Z 0

Aquatic Invasive Species in the Adirondack Park

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Dan Kelting and Zoe Smith from the Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith's College joined us today with Dan presenting some very informative graphics on a growing problem in our area.  Uncontrolled spread of invasive species has negative consequences to our economy, much of which is based on tourism and water related activities.  A series of images may be found by clicking the "read more" button below and by vistiting  Learn about what plants and animals are considered as invastive and the job the watershed stewards do to keep invasive out of our waters.  Dan and Zoe welcome your questions and will gladly provide you with information on how you can help this critical ecological project.
Aquatic Invasive Species in the Adirondack Park Harris Semegram 2021-11-18 05:00:00Z 0

Our Man In Glasgow

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Bill Flederbach is in Glasgow this week. Here Bill is seen with RI President Shekhar Mehta and his wife, Rashi.  Bill wants us to know that RI is working on some great environmental projects incluing 9 mangrove restorations.  Bill is CEO of ClimeCo and is working with RI and the esrag group on CFC destruction and plastic recovery programs.  We're looking forward to hearing a full report from Bill in just a few weeks at a future meeting.
Our Man In Glasgow Harris Semegram 2021-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month

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A very informative program today from Erica DeNicola-Scher of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York.  Our meeting was 100% Zoom with Erica taking us through an understanding of what epilepsy and seizures are along with some general guidelines on how to help someone having a seizure.  "Epilepsy" covers a broad range of situations and, as one of Erica's slide said - it's more than just seizures.  Click to expand images and visit 
November is Epilepsy Awareness Month Harris Semegram 2021-11-04 04:00:00Z 0

Mike Pratt Provides the Details....

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We're quite appreciative of the amount of time the very busy Mike Pratt, CEO of the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) spent with us at today's meeting.  In addition to providing an overview of ORDA's activities at the Olympic Venues in our area and at the Bellayre facility in the Catskills, Mike gave us insights into the strategic thinking and planning that has gone into venue improvements, creating for vistiors and athletes - in additiona to us locals - experiences that are modern and sustainable for years to come.  Quite an interesting hour with Mike, full of information and things we can look forward to enjoying.
Mike Pratt Provides the Details.... Harris Semegram 2021-10-21 04:00:00Z 0

Trivia Night - October 2021

People were happy, as we were, to have Trivia Night be in-person again, with questions posed by MC Martha Spear.  First Place went (again) to the Irish Mafia, captained by Tricia Preston.  Second place went to Mary Johnson's Literary Bombers and third place tie resulted in two playoff rounds between Roger Catania's Ed Oppers and Bill Barnes' Indian Rockers.  A suspense filled coin-toss had to be used to award 3rd place to the Ed Oppers.  Of course proof of vaccination was required with masks worn when not seated at a table.  Thank you to the Saranac Waterfront Lodge for hosting.
Trivia Night - October 2021 Harris Semegram 2021-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

Tina Leondard's Blog Posts

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A few weeks before Tina's sudden passing, she had mentioned in one of our weekly meetings how pleased and proud she was to begin blogging on her Tina Leonard Real Estate Website.  Perhaps you haven't had a chance to read it.  Tina's daugher, Daci, has provided the link to the blog page.  Take a few moments read it and share in Tina's thoughts about some life experiences:
Tina Leondard's Blog Posts Harris Semegram 2021-10-15 04:00:00Z 0

Jacinthe Paillé - D7040 Literacy Chair

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Jacinthe Paillé is from the Rotary Club of D7040 Quebec.  At our October 7th meeting Jacinthe "zoomed" in with her presentation as the 2021 - 2022 District Literacy Chair .  Jacinthe uses Padlet to create a "wall" of the many programs she wants to share and discuss with other educators and students.  Here's a snapshot of the wall but to see it "live" and explore its content, please click
Jacinthe Paillé - D7040 Literacy Chair Harris Semegram 2021-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
Remembering Tina Leonard Harris Semegram 2021-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
We Are Saddened By Our Loss Harris Semegram 2021-09-27 04:00:00Z 0

Gary Smith - Adirondack Film

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It's the 20th anniversary year for the Adirondack Film Festival.  At today's meeting, Gary Smith paid us another visit to update on this year's festival and some upcoming events as the festival's organizers work to make this a standout event among all the other film festivals in the world.  Please visit for more details on this year's festival.  Gary told the club about a project backed by Amazon Prime that will begin filming in our area.  A multi-episode series that looks to be quite interesting.
Gary mentioned several seminars that are in the works as well.  
Gary Smith - Adirondack Film Harris Semegram 2021-09-23 04:00:00Z 0

Lake Placid Community Day

Coming right on the heels of the Duck Race (do webbed feet have heels?  Inquiring minds want to know), several Rotarians staffed a table at the Lake Placid Community Day celebration.  Left to right are Kate Thompson, Susan Friedmann, club co-President Heather Perkins, Mary Liz Alexander and Chandler Ralph.  Also thanks to Rotarian Martha Spear who was co-chair of the entire event.  In addition to letting folks know about our club, information was also available about the Lake Placid New York Rotary Foundation.
Lake Placid Community Day Harris Semegram 2021-09-13 04:00:00Z 0

Put It In The Books

That's what Howie Rose says at the end of a game when the Mets win and that's what we say as the Lake Placid community wlll benefit from the proceeds of the 2021 Dam Duck Race.
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Winner's List - 2021 Dam Duck Race Harris Semegram 2021-09-11 04:00:00Z 0

Northern Power & Light - the renewable energy movement

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At today's meeting, Emmett Smith, a founder of Northern Power and Light, spoke to the club about the local renewable energy movement - hydro power and the power grid.  Emmet's company provides electricity from a small, family run hydro business via New York's Community Renewables Program.  The Foley and Smith families have been involved in Adirondack hydroelectric power projects since the 1970s. As owner-operators, they’ve worked to contribute to strong communities and healthy ecosystems, while producing distributed renewable power for the Niagara-Mohawk electric grid.  More information on how to get involved with this project may be found at the company's website:  Here's a link to Emmett's podcast (listen for free) looking at the Texas black out, exploring similarities between the Texas and New York electricity systems and what we can learn from outages in the South.
Northern Power & Light - the renewable energy movement Harris Semegram 2021-09-02 04:00:00Z 0
John Brown's Farm / John Brown Lives! Harris Semegram 2021-08-26 04:00:00Z 0

Remembering Mary Kelley

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At our 8/19 meeting, our club presented a donation to help establish an area in the LP elementary school library to honor Mary's memory and how she touched the lives of so many students.  We heard - both in person and via Zoom - wonderful and heartfelt stories of Mary's relationship with her students and the admiration of Mary felt by students, parents and the community.  Please follow this link  to a recent story in the Lake Placid News:   Shown (clockwise from left) are Heather Perkins, Nora Matthews, Natalee Colby, Tim Kelley and Shelly Vancour.  Not pictured is Stacey Martin.
Remembering Mary Kelley Harris Semegram 2021-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to Lee Lamparski

Congratulations to Lee Lamparski on being named a Paul Harris Fellow, recognizing Lee's continued support for the Rotary Foundation.
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Presentation to the Educational Opportunity Fund Harris Semegram 2021-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to Bridget McKillip

At our August 12th meeting, Bridget McKillip was recognized and honored with being named a Paul Harris Fellow in light of her continued contributions to The Rotary Foundation.   Congratulations Bridget for this achievement and thank you for all the work you do for our Rotary club.
Congratulations to Bridget McKillip Harris Semegram 2021-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

Age-Friendly Health System

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Today's presentation by Carrie Reardon, AVP Patient Care at Adirondack Health discussed an initiative which provides health care that is a systematic approach that recognizes increased risk factors faced by aging patients while preventing needless decline while in hosptial and restores health.  It is a system that elicits patient goals and preferences while identifying, coordinating and supporting family caregivers.  Clinical staff are specifically trained and expert in the care of older adults.
Age-Friendly Health System Harris Semegram 2021-07-22 04:00:00Z 0

Highway Cleanup July 2021

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Lake Placid Rotarians and their friends marshall up at the entrance to Mt. Van Hovenberg and head out on Route 73 to help keep our area looking good.  We won't go into detail so let's just say there are always interesting things that make their way into the orange trash bags.  
Highway Cleanup July 2021 Harris Semegram 2021-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
The Bus Shelter Committee Wishes To Acknowledge... Martha Spear 2021-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

Shop Class?  Not What It Used To Be

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Brian LaVallee teaches Technology Engineering and Art at the Lake Placid Middle High School.  At today's Club meeting, Brian explained a program involving robotics and other technologies   Students participate as part of Team 7030 - The ROBOlympians.  Studens learn the intricacies of design, graphics, media presentations and game strategy in a high pressure problem solving situation that incorporates various learning disciplines - including fun - to develop problem solving methodologies.  Click "read more" for pictures of the team in competition.
Shop Class? Not What It Used To Be Harris Semegram 2021-06-10 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Turns Negative!  (not)

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Rotary members Don Woodlief and Chandler Ralph are shown cleaning glass plate negatives as part of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts restoration and archive project.  Also assisting on this activity were Martha Spear, Courtney Bastian (LPCA Director) and former LPCA Directo Carla Elio.  Our Rotary members have assisted the LPCA with the project on several occasions in the past and are always happy to help out as needed.
Rotary Club Turns Negative! (not) Harris Semegram 2021-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

Negativity with the Lake Placid Rotary (Not)`

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Whilte gloved or purple gloved, Rotarians Chandler Ralph and Don Woodlief are shown cleaning historical and valuable glass negative photographic plates at the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society.  Also participating in the project on this day are Martha Spear, Society Director Courtney Bastian and former Director Carla Eilo.  This is just another small way Rotarians participate in many activities in our community as part of our service to make our village and town a better place.
Negativity with the Lake Placid Rotary (Not)` Harris Semegram 2021-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

Lake Placid Institute for the Arts & Humanitites

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At today's meeting, Emily Kilburn Politi presented an overview of the activities of the Lake Placid Institute for the Arts & Humanities  The Institute involves numerous school districts within the Adirondacks to encourage students with interest in photography and/or poetry to showcase their talents.  Student works get published and are also placed in a public gallery display.  In addition, the Institute runs a chamber music seminar and conducts roundtable breakfast sessions (open to the public) offering a chance to hear and interact with notable people from various disciplines such as John Bogle, Gov. Madeline Kunin and James Burrows. 
Lake Placid Institute for the Arts & Humanitites Harris Semegram 2021-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

We've had a hybrid meeting

With relaxation of COVID restrictions, we held a hybrid meeting on May 27 with 10 Rotarians online and 12 in person.  Rotarian Sean Donovan gave an engaging presentation - with exhibits - on the manhunt for Major James Call, a former Air Force officer.  Major Call murdered Lake Placid PO Richard Pelkey and was the subject of a nationwide search, finally being captured in Nevada.  Sean provided details of Call's method of operation, how he evaded the searchers for months and also spoke about the theory that Call was linked to the murder of Marilyn Sheppard in Cleveland, for which Dr. Sam Sheppard was convicted and later acquitted.  The Sheppard murder is said to have inspired the TV series "The Fugitive." 
Sean is shown 2nd from right in the top row.
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Sharpen Your Computer Skills

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At our evening "social" this week, Marco DiGirolomo from Senior Planet introducted us to the wide variety of free programs and opportunities offered by an organization dedicated to helping seniors with computer skills.  From learning how to master P2P sites like PayPal and Venmo to being safe on social media.  There's even a free help desk that can be of valuable assistance in solving a computer issue.  Check out
Sharpen Your Computer Skills Harris Semegram 2021-05-21 04:00:00Z 0

Kate Smith Music Scholarship Award

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The Rotary Club of Lake Placid is proud to name John Armstrong, a junior at Lake Placid High School as the winner of the Kate Smith Music Scholarship Award for 2021.  In addition to being listed on a plaque of past winners prominently displayed at the school, John will receive a scholarship award of $1,000 towards his college plans.  John is seeking appointment to one of our nation's military academies as he continues to explore his passions for music and several team sports.  Via Zoom, John sang "Some Enchanted Evening" at our club's May 6th meeting.  
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Main Street Project Update

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Dean Dietrich and Haley Breen paid the club another virtual visit this week now that construction is proceeding daily on the Main Street Project.  It's both useful and important to keep up to date on the status of the project as construction locations and activities change on a daily basis.  What's the best thing to do for residents and visitors alike?  Simply click this link and don't forget to subscribe to the daily email updates so you're in the know:
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High Peaks Hospice

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A very informative presentation today by Peggy Wittberger, Nick George and Sara DeSimone to inform us about the mission of High Peaks Hospice that the care hospice provides when someone reaches an end of life condition.   Hospice eases the burden on caregivers and serves as a resource to address the challenges a household may face, including bereavement care.  High Peaks Hospice has served our area since 1986.
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Fawn Valley Housing Development

Steve Sama, representing the Housing Development Corporation, addressed the Club regarding the Fawn Valley Housing Project.  From an article in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise dated 2/20/21 by Elizabeth Izzo:                      "This development is being undertaken by the Homestead Development Corporation, an organization led by Sama, North Elba town Councilwoman Emily Politi, local real estate agent Whit Bissell, former Lake Placid mayor and current mayoral candidate Jamie Rogers, and accountant John Huttlinger Jr. It’s one of three housing developments currently in the works in housing-crunched Lake Placid, and the second planned for Wesvalley Road. The HDC’s goal, according to its application to the Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Review Board, is to “help develop more affordable housing stock in Lake Placid” — specifically housing for “skilled trades, professional workers and their families who are challenged to find housing near their workplace.”
Fawn Valley Housing Development Harris Semegram 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

The Lake Placid / North Elba Historical Society

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Parmalee Tolkan, President of the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society address our club this morning with some of the Society's history and to update us on activities and events which make the Society's location at the former New York Central RR station building a most interesting place for locals and visitors alike.  The Society is a membership organization created in 1948 for the purpose of documenting and preserving the history of the Village of Lake Placid and the Town of North Elba in New York State.  The Society is located at what will be the terminus of the new rail trail.  Please visit the Society's website at to learn more about the many activities the Society is involved with.
The Lake Placid / North Elba Historical Society Harris Semegram 2021-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

We Meet Local Author TJ Brearton at our Thursday Evening "Social"

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Local author TJ Brearton ( ) was guest at our Thursday evening "social" meeting, holding forth with his story of what it takes to be an author in today's mix of hard copy books and digital media.  Tim spoke of his fondness for the Adirondacks and how he comes by his muse to develop story lines where the boundaries of right and work are blurred and characters carry with them serious flaws.   Tim has written over 20 books including eight novels set in the North Country.  A story not set in the Adirondacks is Into Darkness, focusing on FBI Special Agent Shannon Ames who must capture a serial killer who targets reporters.  This is a mystery involving deception at almost every turn, calling for intuition and out of the box approaches to apprehend the murderer.  Tim spoke to us about the journey to publication - a journey involving literary agents, publishing executives, book retailers - a whole litany of people who work to get a book into your hands (or in the case of audio books0, your ears.  It was a very interesting hour with a lot of questions from those who joined our session.
We Meet Local Author TJ Brearton at our Thursday Evening "Social" Harris Semegram 2021-03-19 04:00:00Z 0

Update from the International Service Committee - District 7040

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Peter Labelle, Chairperson 2020-2023 for Rotary District 7040 International Service projects, along with Grants Subcommittee Chair Elizabeth (Bette) Miller, presented an update on several international service projects at our March 18th meeting.  From the web page of the Committee ( ):  "While we serve in countless ways, we’ve focused our efforts in six key areas to maximize our impact. These areas encompass some of the world’s most critical and widespread humanitarian needs, and we have a proven record of success in addressing them:   Peace and conflict resolution/prevention, Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy and Economic and community development."  Please click "Read More" to see several images from Peter's presentation.
Update from the International Service Committee - District 7040 Harris Semegram 2021-03-18 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Helps The Summer Reading Program

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Rotarians Mary Liz Alexander and Randy Quayle deliver a check for $1500.00 to Laura Coffin, Reading Specialist at Lake Placid Elementary School, to help support the school summer reading program.  The Rotary Literacy Committee made this donation with funds raised by the Trivia Night events.
Rotary Helps The Summer Reading Program Harris Semegram 2021-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

March Trivia Night / Remembering Mary Kelley

Our final trivia night of 2020 - 2021 continued to raise funds for the expansion of literacy projects in our area.  The evening began with a remembrance of Mary Kelley who taught at Lake Placid Elementary School for 37 years.  Mary's obituary, as posted by the M.B. Clark Funeral Home is here:   For the final scores from the contest and for some pictures from the night's salute to Mary, please click the "read more" button below.
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Lake Placid Rotary Says Thanks

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Rotarian Randy Quayle (L) presents LPCSD Superintendent Roger Catania with gift cards for the teachers and all support staff to recognize overcoming all the challenges in keeping things going during this difficult school year.  Rotarians and the communities they are in. Partnership at its best.
Catherine Bemis, St. Agnes' school principal, is shown with Mary Liz Alexander accepting gift cards on behalf of the entire staff at St. Agnes School.
Lake Placid Rotary Says Thanks Harris Semegram 2021-03-04 05:00:00Z 0

Evening Meeting - ADKArtrise

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At this week's evening meeting, Brittany Sternberg introduced us to ADKArtrise, a new venture in Saranac Lake seeking to provide a creative outlet for people of all ages and abilities using different types of media.  Their programs range from introducing youngsters to artistic opportunities to staging events for adults such as an "Art Date Night."  More information may be found at
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Linda Young Service Above Self

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Linda Young was presented with our Service Above Self award for her many years of leading a team of dedicated volunteers at the Lake Placid Ecumenical Food Pantry.  The award is presented annually to a non-Rotarian whose significant volunteer service has contributed to the betterment of our community.  With the pandemic increasing the demands on the food pantry, Linda has been there to answer the call.
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February Trivia Night Results

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Results are here from our February trivia contest where once again Team Irish Mafia takes first place.  Another night of interesting questions and putting some techy issues aside, another night of fun.  But more importantly, we've raised over $750 to support literacy initiatives in our community.
Thanks to all who played and we look to see you again on March 4 for our last virtual trivia night of the 2020 - 2021 season.  Click "Read More" for the list.
February Trivia Night Results Harris Semegram 2021-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

Caleb Mihill and Blue Bomber News

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Caleb Mihill is a Junior at Lake Placid High.  He's devoted quite a bit of time and effort to create and produce video content that is enjoyed by students and faculty alike.  His series is an alternative form of "morning announcements."  At our meeting today, Caleb presented a highlight reel from the 60+ episodes he's created thus far.  
Here's the link to Caleb's YouTube channel:
Caleb Mihill and Blue Bomber News Harris Semegram 2021-02-04 05:00:00Z 0


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Very interesting and informative presentation today by Mr. Kimball Daby, Superintendent of Lake Placid's Electric Company.   His talk included history about our electric service, rates, challenges for future service and some technical items - all of which were clearly explained.   The video of today's session (held via Zoom) may be accessed here:
WATT'S UP AT LAKE PLACID ELECTRIC  Harris Semegram 2021-01-28 05:00:00Z 0

Evening Meeting Guest Sharon Linnéa

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At the first of several planned evening meetings, we listened intently as author Sharon Linnéa read the opening to her book "Death By Tranquility," a murder mystery set in a fictionalized version of Lake Placid.  Sharon told us of how she gets her inspirations and ideas for her plot lines, turning characters on a page into three dimensional people.  A feature of the book is to include drink recipes as part of the story of bartenders turning into sleuths in the series "The Bartenders Guide to Murder."  More about Sharon can be found at
Evening Meeting Guest Sharon Linnéa Harris Semegram 2021-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

January Trivia Night Results

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Our first virtual Trivia Night of 2021!  15 teams, 54 players and almost $700 raised to support literacy initiatives.   Check your team's score and get ready to play with us again on February 4th.  Click the "read more" button to see the final standings.
January Trivia Night Results Harris Semegram 2021-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

Holiday Cheer at Elderwood

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A special holiday treat for residents receiving care at Elderwood of Uihlein.  Club members generously donated gifts of books, personal care items and games to each of Elderwood's residents in addition to a box of chocolates for everyone.  Rotarians chose what to provide from a wish list that was made available to the Club.  Several club members also sang Christmas carols to the residents by being socially distant and singing outside windows of the facility.  Shown here are Club members Bill & Linda  Flederbach, Chandler Ralph and Bridget McKillip making the delivery.  Elderwood staff, recognizing the devotion to their work, will be treated to a pizza lunch.
Holiday Cheer at Elderwood Harris Semegram 2020-12-17 05:00:00Z 0

The Beagle Freedom Project - Rescue & Rehab

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Our last meeting of the year had Joe Tastrom, representing the Beagle Freedom Project, inform us about the BFP's mission of rescuing and rehabilitating animals used in testing and research and subjected to other forms of unique cruelty, abuse and neglect. BFP strives to end this cruelty through its educational programs, campaign initiatives and lobbying efforts to make the world a better, safer and healthier place for both animals and people alike.  More information found at
The Beagle Freedom Project - Rescue & Rehab Harris Semegram 2020-12-17 05:00:00Z 0

Expanding Access to Local, Nutritious Food

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Our December 10th meeting saw Jori Wekin, co-founder of The Hub on the Hill bring us up to date on the organization's mission to strengthen the local food supply chain.  Find out more by visiting  The Hub covers over 2,100 miles each week delivering farm fresh, local food to the doorsteps of individuals, retailers, and institutions from the Canadian Border to NYC.
Expanding Access to Local, Nutritious Food Harris Semegram 2020-12-17 05:00:00Z 0

Spotlight On The Colonel

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This week's feature article in The Lake Placid News highlights the Colonel himself, Kerry Gates.  You may recall the video presentation from a few meetings ago.  Kerry, as a young lad of 7, was at Pearl Harbor with his family on December 7, 1941.  Click this link for Kerry's story:
Spotlight On The Colonel Harris Semegram 2020-12-10 05:00:00Z 0

The Importance of Local Newspapers

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On 12/3 we were joined by the Editor of The Lake Placid News, Andy Flynn.  Andy spoke to us about the importance of a local newspaper to the community.  Andy generously provides space in the paper for our Club's monthly column.  This provides a vary valuable channel of information to our community, in addition to our web page and social media.  Andy also informed us of upcoming workshops dealing with the art of crating a good press release, something that's important when the subject involves fundraisiting.  
The Importance of Local Newspapers Harris Semegram 2020-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

Jim Johnson - A Coach and a Miracle

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Our members and guests were treated to a presentation by noted basketball coach Jim Johnson who shared with us the story of Jason McElwain and the "miracle night" on a high school basketball court near Rochester NY.  Jim shared a short video about the night and you can see the video again or for the first time here:
Jim Johnson - A Coach and a Miracle Harris Semegram 2020-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

North Country Healthy Heart Network

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A goal of the North Country Healthy Heart Network is to design, develop and implement strategies to raise awareness of and decrease the incidence of cardiac diseases, stroke and related illnesses.  At today's virtual Club meeting, Ann Morgan, Executive Director of the Healthy Heart Network presented an overview of the organization's history and current projects.  For more information visit and while you're there, take the simple 1 minute test on prediabetes - a growing medical issue in our area.  
North Country Healthy Heart Network Harris Semegram 2020-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

Demographics in the Northern Forest

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On Oct. 29 our club welcomed Rob Riley, President of the Northern Forest Center, who spoke to us about trends impacting population changes not just in the Lake Placid area but across what's called the Northern Forest.  We were shown very interesting charts and data to consider as rural areas focus on how to attract a mix of tourists and those who seek to move to an area where there's an affinity with the environment.  Click here for Rob's presentation:   The Annual Report of the Northern Forest Center may be found here: 
Demographics in the Northern Forest Harris Semegram 2020-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Troop Commander Speaks To Our Club

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Our club welcomed NYSP Major. Tony Oliver, commander of Troop B, to our virtual meeting on October 22.  Maj. Oliver spoke about the history, mission of the NY State Police as well as the high physical, mental and ethical standards Troopers are expected to maintain.  Maj. Oliver replied in depth to several questions from our club including how troopers handle specific situations in the field and current issues such as use of body cams.  We thank Maj. Oliver for his time today as well as his service over a 30 year career with the NYSP.
Troop Commander Speaks To Our Club Harris Semegram 2020-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Kelly Charles-Collins

On October 15, Attorney/Educator/Motivator Kelly Charles-Collins spoke with our club on several topics which are frequently in today's news cycle such as diversity and unconscious bias.  Club members were shown a video which stressed how "words matter" and raising individual awareness to certain behaviors which may impair personal relationships in our everyday activities.  
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We Have A Plan Harris Semegram 2020-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
Our Bus Shelter Project Harris Semegram 2020-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

2020 - 2021 Changeover Picnic

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Our changeover dinner was held at the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds on July 2, 2020.  Tina Leonard and Tracey Coolidge were inducted as Co-Presidents for the new Club year.  To see more pictures, please scroll down to the Photo Library section/
2020 - 2021 Changeover Picnic Harris Semegram 2020-07-02 04:00:00Z 0

The Adirondack Diversity Initiative

Our guest speaker this morning was Nicole Hylton-Patterson, informing club members about the creation and purpose of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative (ADI). Ms. Hylton-Patterson said the goal of the ADI  is to help our region be more welcoming and inclusive to visitors and residents to the Adirondack Park, benefitting the economic and political health of the region.   Through a series of upcoming lectures and programs, the ADI will seek to elevate "cultural consciousness" on several levels with emphasis to be found in a series of programs called "The Black Experience in the Adirondacks.  More about the ADI may be found in the press release from the Adirondack Council:  Find out more about Nicole in this story from NCPR:
The Adirondack Diversity Initiative Harris Semegram 2020-06-25 04:00:00Z 0

Asgaard Farm - History & Mission

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David Brunner spoke to our club on June 18th about the history and mission of Asgaard Farm in Ausable Forks NY. David says that the small-scale sustainable farming being done at Asgaard is an example of "good food, good business and great for the environment." Asgaard Farm also functions as business incubator for agricultural efforts in our region.   This link will take you to a video of David's presentation including the Q & A session with our members   The video is 42 minutes in length.
Asgaard Farm - History & Mission Harris Semegram 2020-06-23 04:00:00Z 0

First Day of Food Drive

Our first Saturday morning collection day helped fill up the Lake Placid Food Pantry's shelves but there's a need for constant re-supply.  Click for more info including a list of what's needed.
First Day of Food Drive Harris Semegram 2020-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

Mill Pond Park Cleanup 2020

Rotarians volunteered after gaining special permission to enter and clean up Mill Pond Park to get it ready for enjoyment when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.  Here's a very short video showing what was done.  Thanks to Martha Spear for providing the pictures.
Mill Pond Park Cleanup 2020 Harris Semegram 2020-06-07 04:00:00Z 0

Kate Smith Scholarship Award

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The Rotary Club of Lake Placid congratulates Anne Smith on her winning this year's Kate Smith Scholarship Award.  Anne was presented with a check for $1,000 towards her college education.  Click here for a 12 minute video of Anne's performance prefaced by history of the Kate Smith Scholarship Award and remembrances from a club member who got his first job working for Kate Smith at her Camp Sunshine. 
Kate Smith Scholarship Award Harris Semegram 2020-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Masked Band of Rotarians Do A Highway Cleanup

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Despite overcast skies and a small threat of rain, our Club's designated portion of New York Route 73 saw a group of Rotarians out in force on the road as it was time for the Spring Highway Cleanup.  All were masked and we observed social distancing as we went about cleaning up bottles, cans and other trash that accumulated over the winter months.  Click the button below for our group pictures.
Masked Band of Rotarians Do A Highway Cleanup Harris Semegram 2020-05-16 04:00:00Z 0

Helping Our Community via the Census

When you respond to the census, you help your community get its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs. Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and this creates jobs. Right now our response rates are low. Look for yourself: If you've completed your response, great. Talk to your friends and neighbors - participation is VERY important. Go to
Helping Our Community via the Census Harris Semegram 2020-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

Talking About The Future Of Our Community

At our May 7th virtual meeting, Dean Dietrich, Chair of the Lake Placid/North Elba Community Development Commission interacted with our members on how the Commission provides assistance in several areas impacting how our community will evolve in the years to come.  For more information, please visit
Talking About The Future Of Our Community Harris Semegram 2020-05-07 04:00:00Z 0


We're still conducting  our weekly meetings, discussing ways we can help our community in these interesting times in addition to catching up on what our members are doing.  Today we were pleased to induct our newest Rotarian, Laurie Dudley.  In place of our usual picture of the induction ceremony, here's a screen grab with Laurie in the upper left Zoom box.
Zoomduction Harris Semegram 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

Food Insecurity - Emergency Food Packages Can Solve A Need

Think of how good it feels to share a meal with someone. Now imagine that you get to provide good food for a week for a neighbor who has been impacted by the COVID 19 crisis and now urgently needs this food assistance.  Please click "read more" for this story about Adirondackers helping Adirondackers.  A link to AdkAction in included in our list of COVID-19 resources at right.
Food Insecurity - Emergency Food Packages Can Solve A Need Harris Semegram 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Getting To Know You

At our February 27th meeting, Co-President Mary Liz Alexander (L) shared stories about her family and her path to be a distance runner, participating in several marathons.  New club member Kate Thompson let us know that she's been coming to the Lake Placid area for years and how it became an obvious choice on where to retire to after a successful career in computer sciences.
Getting To Know You Harris Semegram 2020-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

Pizza boxes have more than just a pie

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Once again our Club hosted its annual Valentine's Day pizza party for residents of The Greenwood Apartments.  Please click below for pictures of this event, enjoyed by residents and Rotarians alike. Special thanks to all who participated and to Bridgit McKillip for organizing the event.
Pizza boxes have more than just a pie Harris Semegram 2020-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Hurricane Dorian Update - We've Met The Challenge

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The following is from Hannah Hanford of the Saranac Lake Rotary Club. Members of the Rotary Clubs of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid as well as generous community donors raised over $5,000 in relief funding for the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian. These contributions qualified for a $5,000 challenge match from the Cloudsplitter Foundation resulting in more than $10,000 going to Bahamians impacted by the storm. Pictured receiving the match gift are Hannah Hanford and Franny Preston of the Saranac Lake Rotary Club, Chenelle Palyswiat of the Cloudsplitter Foundation and Chandler Ralph of the Lake Placid Rotary Club. 
Hurricane Dorian Update - We've Met The Challenge Harris Semegram 2020-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome Kate Thompson

The Rotary Club of Lake Placid NY welcomed Kate Thompson as our newest member, shown here with John Huttlinger during the installation ceremony.  We look forward to Kate's involvement and contributions to our Club's community goals.
Welcome Kate Thompson Harris Semegram 2020-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

Lake Placid Rotary's Social

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The Lake Placid Rotary Club held a social event at the Crown Plaza Hotel as part of our membership drive in our community.  Potential members were informed about our Club's history and what we do in our town as well as hearing some personal stories from members about what being in Rotary means to them
Lake Placid Rotary's Social Harris Semegram 2020-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
Update On Mirror Lake's Health Harris Semegram 2020-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

Gift to the Literacy Volunteers

At our January 9th meeting, the Literacy Volunteers of Franklin & Essex Counties, represented here by Linda Carela (2nd from right), received a check for $500.  The Literacy Volunteers benefit from proceeds of our Club's successful Spring and Fall trivia nights.
Gift to the Literacy Volunteers Harris Semegram 2020-01-11 05:00:00Z 0
Two More Gifts to Benefit Our Community Harris Semegram 2019-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
Hot Chocolate at the Village Stroll Harris Semegram 2019-12-15 05:00:00Z 0

Reporting On The Situation in Haiti

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Club member Betsy Brown recently returned from a USAID short-term assignment in Haiti.  Betsy provided historical context for the situation on the ground today.  Many questions were posed by members present who were very interested in learning about ways to support humanitarian assistance to Haiti.
Reporting On The Situation in Haiti Harris Semegram 2019-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

Another Great Trivia Night

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The Irish Mafia returned to the winner's circle once again to claim top prize in our Fall Trivia Contest.  A well-attended evening with 17 teams tackling some very challenging questions.  Team Scatterbrains took second place via a tie-breaker question given to them and third place finishers Team Ausable Aces.  Thanks to all who came out enabling the Rotary Club of Lake Placid to continue contributing to the Literacy Volunteers of Essex and Franklin Counties as well as the Lake Placid School System.
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Status of the Iconic Adirondack Loon

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Dr. Nina Schoch presented scientific research data on the current and future state of the loon population in our area in light of environmental threats to this iconic bird.  For more information, visit www.adkloon.or or their Facebook page at  Dr. Schoch is shown with Sergeant-At-Arms Joe McAvoy who presented her with a gift of appreciation from our Club for today's informative talk.
Status of the Iconic Adirondack Loon Harris Semegram 2019-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

Fall Highway Cleanup

Rotary members (L to R) Sue Friedmann, Harris Semegram, Rene Jacoby, Krista Frei, Alec Friedmann, Ben Kernan and Steve Detwiler (not pictured) attacked a section of Route 73 on a crisp morning with pickup tools and bare hands as part of our 
Club's contributions to our community and to our "service above self" mantra.
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Great Pictures from our Teddy Bear Picnic Harris Semegram 2019-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
Bountiful Basket - Auction Item of the Week Harris Semegram 2019-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
Literacy and Fitness - A Winning Combo Harris Semegram 2019-08-22 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Connects The World

That is the theme for Rotary's activities as presented to our Club at a recent meeting 
by District Governor (2019 - 2020), Gerry Lambert.
Rotary Connects The World Harris Semegram 2019-08-20 04:00:00Z 0

National Geographic For Kids

The Literary Committee has donated funds raised at Trivia Night to purchase a subscription to National Geographic For Kids for every LPES 3rd grader.  Shown accepting our donation is LPES 3rd Grade teacher, Patricia Damp.
National Geographic For Kids Harris Semegram 2019-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
First Meeting of the New Rotary Year Harris Semegram 2019-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
26th Annual Installation of Club Officers Harris Semegram 2019-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

Donation to Educational Opportunity Fund

Sibyl Quayle is shown receiving the Club's $1,000 donation to the Educational Opportunity Fund, made at our June 13th meeting.  Also pictured (L>R) are Club members Sean Donovan, Mary Liz Alexander and Randy Quayle.
Donation to Educational Opportunity Fund Harris Semegram 2019-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Lake Placid/North Elba Volunteer of the Year - Bob Hanna Harris Semegram 2019-06-03 04:00:00Z 0
Lake Placid / North Elba Community Day Harris Semegram 2019-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome Rene' Jacoby

On May 30th, the Rotary Club of Lake Placid welcomed its newest member, Rene' Jacoby.  Ms. Jacoby is shown below holding her Rotary membership packet and is joined by Sue Friedmann, Mary Liz Alexander and Bob Hanna.
Welcome Rene' Jacoby Harris Semegram 2019-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

Two Awards

The Rotary Club of Lake Placid recently presented two awards to outstanding members of our community.  The Kate Smith Award for excellence in music was presented to Lake Placid High School Senior Cooper Holmes.   Our Club's Literacy Committee awarded $1,500 to  Ms. Laura Coffin, the Reading Specialist at the Lake Placid Elementary School for her summer book program.  Ms. Coffin (left), assisted by her son Will, is presented with the check by Mary Liz Alexander and Randy Quayle.
Two Awards Harris Semegram 2019-05-20 04:00:00Z 0

2019 Kate Smith Award to Cooper Holmes

Lake Placid High School senior Cooper Holmes is the recipient of our Club's Kate Smith Award for achievement in music.  In this video, Cooper sings "Enjoy The Trip" from the Broadway musical "Bring It On" after being presented the award at our Club's May 16, 2019 meeting
2019 Kate Smith Award to Cooper Holmes Harris Semegram 2019-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

Helping to Solve Food Insecurity

A $1,000 donation has been made to the ADK Backpack Program which  provides backpacks filled with non-perishable, child friendly food to families who are food insecure - an issue that impacts almost 22% of children in our area. Pictured below (L to R) are Susan Friedmann, LP Middle School Principal Theresa Lindsay, LP Attendance Officer & Admin. Assistant Patty Mayberry and Susan O'Brien, EAT ADK Committee Member.
Helping to Solve Food Insecurity Harris Semegram 2019-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome Brett Hanselman Harris Semegram 2019-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Helping Children in Zagreb Harris Semegram 2019-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Another Great Trivia Night Harris Semegram 2019-04-24 04:00:00Z 0

Helping at the Shipman Youth Center

Several Rotarians recently helped with clean-up activities at the Shipman Youth Center. as part of the United Way Day of Caring.  The Shipman Center benefits from Rotary's support, providing activities for children and youth ages 10 to 18.  Click "read more" for some pictures.
Helping at the Shipman Youth Center Harris Semegram 2019-04-18 04:00:00Z 0

Food Insecurity

At our April 4th meeting, Sue O'Brien spoke to us about the Backpack Program Food Drive to help alleviate food insecurity.  The Backpack Program provides backpacks filled with non-perishable, child friendly food to families who are food insecure - an issue that impacts almost 22% of children in our area.
Food Insecurity Harris Semegram 2019-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

Very Busy March 28th Meeting

The Rotary Club of Lake Placid had a very busy breakfast meeting today, hearing about a new idea to improve doctor - young patient communications, listening to a Rotary Exchange student make some observations about time spent in an area school, concluding with several members receiving Paul Harris awards.  
Very Busy March 28th Meeting Harris Semegram 2019-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Help Preserve History

Lake Placid Rotarians assist at the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society by cleaning glass panes containing images of our town's history
Rotarians Help Preserve History Harris Semegram 2019-03-16 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Participate in Dr. Suess Day at LPES

Several Rotarians recently participated in Dr. Suess Day at the Lake Placid Elementary School.  Dr. Seuss Day is a celebration of the joy of reading organized by Reading Specialist Laura Coffin in order to kick off a month long program to encourage reading at LPES.  Sean Donovan, Debbie Erenstone, and Sibyl Quayle read to individual students, while Roger Catania and Randy Quayle had the opportunity to read to an entire class.  Debbie reported that she read to several students in Mr. Martin's class and had a great time! Pictured below is Roger reading to a 1st grade class and Sean reading with a 3rd grade student.
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Valentine's Day Party

Our Club recently gave some Valentine's Day love to residents of The Greenwood Apartments in Lake Placid
Valentine's Day Party Harris Semegram 2019-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

Empire State Winter Games

Ben Kernan was LP Rotary's correspondent at the Adaptive Hockey finals at the Empire State Winter Games.  Continue reading to see Ben's report.
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Rotary Donation to St. Agnes School

Literacy Committee Co-Chairs Mary Liz Alexander and Randy Quayle and Host for the Trivia Night, Sean Donovan are seen at a recent club breakfast meeting presenting a check for $500 to St. Agnes School Principal, Catherine Bemis.  The money was raised by the LP Rotary Club at their most recent Trivia Night event.  Catherine Bemis reported to the Rotary Club that the money will be used to support various reading programs at St. Agnes School.
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LP Elementary School Benefits from our Trivia Night

Club members Randy Quayle and Mary Liz Alexander present a 
check for $1,000 to Stephanie Crosby (2nd from left) and Sibyl
Quayle (2nd from right) representing the Educational Opportunity
Fund.  These proceeds from our Trivia Night will be used by the 
LP Elementary School to provide additional services and
equipment to benefit the students.
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A Special Choral Performance Harris Semegram 2018-12-20 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation - Did You Know This? Harris Semegram 2018-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Autumn Highway Pickup Harris Semegram 2018-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

Trivia Night Winners

The team from the Raquette River Brewery was victorious in a very challenging Trivia Night competition on October 2, 2018.
Trivia Night Winners Harris Semegram 2018-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome Cindy Caner Harris Semegram 2018-09-27 04:00:00Z 0

2018 Teddy Bear Picnic

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The Rotary Club of Lake Placid was pleased to host the 2018 Teddy Bear Picnic on September 23rd.  We had a great turnout on a very sunny first day of Autumn.
check out our video:
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Trivia Night Is Coming! Harris Semegram 2018-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
A Different Rotary Moment Harris Semegram 2018-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

Changeover Dinner July 1, 2018

On July 1, 2018 at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, club leadership changed hands with Martha Spear turning over the presidential gavel to Sue Friedmann.  Click the Changeover Dinner link in our photo albums area for more pictures.
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A BIG THANK YOU to all the incredible volunteers who helped make this 15th year's Dam Duck Race our most successful ever!
Glorious weather, crowds of people from near and far, great food, a beer garden, a bucking bronco, a money cube, great prizes, and of course, our special favorite lemonade stand, this takes our annual biggest fundraiser to a whole new level of success. It couldn't happen without you! Thank you, thank you, thank you!


The much-needed storage shed on the grounds of the Shipman Youth Center, is now complete thanks to a few highly dedicated volunteers.
A BIG thank you to Randy Quayle, Bob Hanna, Gene Genegal, Mary Liz Alexander & Bill Barnes.
We will now have a permanent home for all our Rotary items that need storing throughout the year.
Ducks are warm and dry!


Trivia Committee: Randy Quayle (left) and Mary Liz Alexander (right)
Presenting a $2,500 check to Mary Dietrich (center left) & Sibil Quayle (center right)
for the Education Opportunity Fund to purchased unbudgeted, yet need items for our
local schoolchildren. The money was raised at the recent Trivia Night.


Congratulations to Trivia Night's winning team, "The Literacy Bombers"
From left to right: Cynthia Gallagher, Kathy Curit, Kathy Briggs, Maureen Sayles, Cheryl Schiller, Gen McLaughlin, Bonnie Birk, RoseAnn Hickey
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SPRING TIME HIGHWAY PICKUP 2018-05-05 04:00:00Z 0
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LPHS Students Receive Scholarship Donation

At a recent Rotary Club breakfast meeting two students from the Lake Placid High School received financial support for their upcoming trip to Quebec, Canada.  The two students, Elise Pierson and Camille Craig, both received checks for $315.00 to help pay for their 1 week language (French) emersion experience.  Club members, Roger Catania and Randy Quayle, are seen presenting the check to the two students.
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Nora Galvin Visits Lake Placid Rotary

Norah Galvin, age 10, came to speak at a recent Rotary breakfast meeting about her inspiring volunteer project: "Star Boxes". Nora is pictured being congratulated by Rotarian Amy Quinn.  You can read Nora's complete text from her presentation on the next page of this article.
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ROTARY CLUB NEWS: Bob Hanna’s 30-year Rotary journey


My Rotary journey started in 1987 when I joined the Schenectady-East Rotary club.

Over the past 30 years, I've visited over 100 different clubs on four continents. Some visits were organized to engage other clubs in a project my club was spearheading while other visits were associated with my various roles as Membership Chair and Area Governor. Or, they were just a simple visit when my wife, Suzanne, and I were on vacation. Read more...

ROTARY CLUB NEWS: Bob Hanna’s 30-year Rotary journey 2017-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Holly Gets Her Rotary Badge!

The youngest member of the Lake Placid Rotary, Holly Erenstone, received her official member's badge from Gene Gengel, Martha Spear, and Bob Hanna.
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Our November 2017 Trivia night was the biggest ever. Grossed over $, 4000 with 21 teams. It takes a lot of Participation by Rotary members (and some spouses) to put it on. A big Thank YOU TO ALL, with extra Congrats to MaryLiz & Sean.
"The Irish Mafia” winning team:
From Left to Right
Carol Brown, Mary Kelley (captain), Trisha Preston, Andrew Smith, Steve Reed, John Niederbuhl, Carol Niederbuhl and Don Morris.
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The motley crew who volunteered their time to help keep our 2-mile stretch on Rt. 73 clean. It's unbelievable to see the junk people toss out of their car windows, car parts, beer cans, and umpteen cigarette butts! Thanks to all who helped!
Don Woodlief
Dick Foster
Don McMullen
Susan Friedmann
Al Dunham
Ric Brown
Paul Shurtlefe
Steve Detwiler
Bob Hanna
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Thanks to Steve Detwiler, Debbie Erenstone and DJ O'Neal the IRON lung was successfully transformed to the Rotary District's stewardship.

The Club has had the IRON Lung since Bill Stowe's second term as President. The Club used it in local parades and several polio fundraisers. It will be on display at the 2017 District Conference - Sept 29-30th at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, Hogansburg, NY

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Andy Robinson facilitating the group
Randy Quayle (left) and Bob Hanna (right) presented feedback from the afternoon group exercise.
Rotary Strategy Planning Meeting held on Saturday, September 23rd.
Sixteen members attended the day-long meeting.
In the morning, Andy Robinson, professional facilitator from Plainfield, Vermont, led the group through several exercises to help generate areas of primary importance for future strategic planning.
After a delicious potluck luncheon, the group spend split up into three groups exploring each of the key areas in greater depth.


WELCOME AND CONGRATULATIONS to our 2 newest members of the Lake Placid Rotary:  Harris and Susan Semegram.  Picture below from left to right:  President Martha Spear, Harris, Susan, Susan Friedmann, and John Huttlinger.
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Club President, Martha Spear, announced that next Thursday, August 10, our weekly breakfast meeting will be held at the Shipman Youth Center (61 Cummings Road, Lake Placid, NY).  It will be a Pot Luck breakfast meeting (7:20 - 8:30 am).  The club will return to the Courtyard at Marriott for the following breakfast meeting.
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Rotary President, Martha Spear (center) together with Gene Gengal (right) recognizing and honoring Bob Hanna (left) with a distinguished award for his relentless, on-going volunteering work for the Club. 
Many congratulations to Bob! Thank you for all that you do for the good of Rotary and for our Club. 
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The 14th annual Rotary Club of Lake Placid Dam Duck Race was a quacking success as usual thanks to a great team of volunteer and generous donors.  As always our greatest thanks goes to the magnificent Lisa Grigoriadis of Lisa G’s, who donated her fine establishment for the 14th year in a row to help raise money for the Lake Placid community.  Coordinators of the event, Debbie McLean and Tina Leonard, reported a net profit of over $12,500!!
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THANK YOU for Supporting the

Dam Duck Race

Your generosity makes all this possible.

Proceeds from this event have benefited

the following organizations...

Adirondack Community Youth Group

Lake Placid Elementary School Playground

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks

United Way of the Adirondacks

Together we Can Change the World

Ecumenical Charity Fund

Lake Placid Beautification Fund

North Elba Christmas Fund

Shipman Youth Center

Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service

High Peaks Hospice

Lake Placid After School Prom

Red Cross

Northern Forest Explorers

Songs on Mirror

Homeward Bound Adirondacks

Lake Placid Olympic Museum

Literacy Volunteers

Projects over the Years.....

Local Park Rehab Project

Train in Jewtraw Park

Bike Racks on Main Street

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Donation to LVA (Literary Volunteers of America)

Marie Despres from the Literacy Volunteers of America accepting a $1,000 donation. 
The money was raised at our recent highly successful Trivia Night.
Picture: Left: Sean Donovan (Trivia Night MC); Center - Marie Despres; Right: Mary Liz Alexander (Trivia Night Organizer)
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A Hearty Welcome to Another New Member

Welcome to another new member to our Club, Bridget McKillep.
Sponsored by Heather Perkins, Bridget's induction took place on June 8th.
Bridget went to LP High School & Suny Potsdam. She currently works from the Pratt Agency as a Insurance provider.
She is an out doors person and wants to "get out and give back to the community." 
John Hutlinger performing the induction ceremony (left); Bridget McKillep (center) and her sponsor Heather Perkins (right)
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A Hearty Welcome to our Latest Member

Sponsored by Dick Brewer, we offer a hearty welcome to our latest recruit, Don McMullen, as he joins our steadily growing club. We look forward to having him get involved with many of our worthy projects.
Picture: Dick Brewer - left, Don McMullen - center, John Huttlinger - right
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Donation to Educational Opportunity Fund

As a result of a hugely successful recent Trivia Night, our Club is thrilled to donate $2,000 to The Educational Opportunity Fund for their backpack food program. 
Pictured here left to right:
Sean Donovan (Trivia Night MC), Sibyl Quayle and Kari Lansing (representing EOF), Mary Liz Alexander (Trivia Night Organizer)
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Dam Duck Race is Coming:  Saturday, June 17

The 4 Lake Placid Elementary School students who won the recent Lake Placid Rotary "Dam Duck Race" poster contest were given their rubber duck prizes by Rotarians Mary Liz Alexander and Randy Quayle.  The student pictures are being used to decorate the LP Rotary posters which will announce the upcoming event scheduled for Saturday, June 17 at Lisa G's Restaurant.  Seen in the picture from let to right include:  Mary Liz Alexander, Tommy Sheehan, Norah Galvin, Aiden Briggs, Lily Powers, and Randy Quayle.
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Don McMullen Receives Service Above Self Award

Don McMullen recently received the Rotary "Service Above Self Award" in order to recognize his volunteer work for the past 25 years coordinating the Lake Placid Outing Club, as well as many other activities benefitting the youth of our community.  Presenting the award to Don included Bob Hanna, Randy Quayle, and Bill Barnes.
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Surprise Visit from Rotary International 2019-20 District Governor 2017-04-20 04:00:00Z 0
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Literacy Committee Donates $$ to LPES Summer Reading Program

At a recent LP Rotary breakfast meeting Co-Chairs of the Literacy Committee, Mary Liz Alexander and Randy Quayle, presented a check for $1500.00 to Lake Placid Elementary School Reading Specialist, Laura Coffin to help support her summer reading program.  The money was raised by the Rotary at our Trivia Night events.  Laura also told our club about her plans to add reading "Little Free Library" stations at 3 different locations in Lake Placid.  This will be in addition to the summer reading program where students can take home 4-7 books for their summer vacation enjoyment.
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Christmas Dinner Party

Tina Clark and other Rotarians organized a fun filled LUAU Party to celebrate the Christmas Holidays.  More pictures from the party may be viewed in the website Photo Album site.
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Serving Hot Chocolate at The Holiday Stroll

Rotarians Gene (and Betsy) Gengel, Mary Liz Alexander, Krista Frey, Randy Quayle, Rick Brown, Sean Donovan all participated in helping to serve Hot Chocolate to the many participants in the Lake Placid Holiday Stroll Skating Party.  Much fun was had by everyone.
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Literacy Committee Donates $$ to Literacy Volunteers of America Randy Quayle 2017-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
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Kelly Metzgar Speaks to Rotary

One of our speakers this year was local transgender activist Kelly Metzgar (seen here with LP Club President Elect Martha Spear), who discussed the health care needs of transgender people.
Each week the Lake Placid Rotary Club hosts a speaker from our extended community.  In the past year, speakers have included a diverse range including Dr. Nina Schoch from Biodiversity Research Institute’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, Susan Mack from BT3 (Birth to Three Alliance), Thomas “Brody” Broderick of Northwood School regarding “Northwood on Main”, Dmitry Feld, Board President, and Jason Hooker, Executive Director, Shipman Youth Center, and Corey Hurwitch, manager of the Adirondack Regional Airport. 
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Bob Hanna Explains Attendance vs. Participation

Under the guidance of Rotarian Bob Hanna at our July assembly we reviewed Rotary's evolving Attendance Requirement which is now called Participation. Our Club has been a key contributor to this change. So Congratulations to ALL.  The following is a summary of the July Discussion
Participation vs Attendance
RI has attendance rules which are aimed at keeping members involved and participating. These rules have been softened in the 100 plus years since RI started and the emphasis is now more on Participation, recognizing that Attendance keeps us involved and knowledgeable of Rotary programs.
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Dam Duck Race Poster Contest Winners!!

The 2016 Dam Duck Poster contest was conducted at the Lake Placid Elementary School under the direction of Art Teacher, Rebecca Philion.  Many students from several different grade levels in Ms. Philion’s art club participated in the contest.  Included in the picture from left to right in the front row are the winners of the contest:
Xander Bickford (5th grade), Henry Mayberry (4th grade), Rebecca Philion (Art Teacher holding Lily Powers’ poster), and Mikey Mezzetti (2nd grade).  Back row:  Randy Quayle and Mary Liz Alexander (Rotary members and Coordinators of the Dam Duck Poster Contest).  Absent from the picture was Lily Powers (2nd grade) who was the 4th winner of the Poster Contest.
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Kris Hardman is inducted into the LP Rotary Club

Our newest member of the Rotary Club of Lake Placid, Kris Hardman, was inducted into our club at our Thursday, May 19 breakfast meeting.  Included in the picture below from left to right:  John Huttlinger (Co-Coordinator of the Membership Committee), Bill Barnes (President Elect and Membership Co-Coordinator), Kris Hardman, and Rick Brown (Sponsor for Kris):
Kris Hardman is inducted into the LP Rotary Club 2016-05-19 00:00:00Z 0

Work Day is Big Success!

Several Lake Placid Rotary Club members teamed up with visiting Rotarians from District 7190 and performed various volunteer work projects in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.  Work projects included building new split-rail fences at St. Eustace Church and at Jewtraw Park, building a new kitchen at the Saranac Lake Youth Center, painting and cleaning slides at the LP Train Station Historic Society Museum, and working on building a new kitchen at the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance building.  Seen in the picture below is Bob Hanna as he receives an appreciation award at the pizza party following the day of work, for his work organizing the District 7190 and LP/SL work day on May 13, 2016.
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Kate Smith Music Award Presentation

At our Thursday, May 5th breakfast meeting the Kate Smith Music Award was presented to LPHS Junior, Ashley Chris.  Ashley entertained everyone by singing 2 songs under the direction of Vocal Music Teacher, Kim Weems.  Ashley was presented with an engraved plaque which is kept at LPHS in their trophy case and a check for $1,000.00 to be used for college applications and visits.  Included in the picture from left to right:  Randy Quayle (Rotarian coordinator of the Kate Smith Award), Aurel Chris (Ashley's father), Ashely Chris, Kim Weems, Katherine Hudson-Sabens (Instrumental Music Teacher), and Mary Dietrich (Lake Placid School Board Chairperson).
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Another Highway Clean Up Completed!!

Thank you to Rotarian Steve Detwiler for organizing the most recent Highway Clean-Up.  There are now about 2 miles of very clean highway on Route 73!
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April Trivia Night Hugh Success

Thanks to hard work from Trivia Night Coordinator, Mary Liz Alexander, and many other Rotarians, the recently held Trivia Night was a great success with more than $3,000 raised for various Literacy related Rotary projects.
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Induction of New Rotary Member: Bob Miller

Bob Miller was recently inducted as a new member of our Rotary Club.  Included in the presentation ceremony from left to right:  Bill Barnes, John Huttlinger, Bob Miller, Steve Detwiler, Mary Liz Alexander, and Rick Brown.
Induction of New Rotary Member: Bob Miller 2016-04-03 00:00:00Z 0

CYC Youth Visit to Rotary Breakfast

Rotary welcomed guests from the Wilmington and Lake Placid youth leadership group CYC:  Connecting Youth and Communities, on 3/10/16.  From left to right are highs school students Paul Jarell, Joey Jamison and Sara Rose-McCandlish.   The vision of CYC is connecting youth and communities through advocacy, education and engagement to foster youth to be educationally and vocationally productive, civically, and socially connected as well as physically and mentally healthy. 
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Profile of our Youngest Honorary Member

Our club would like to recognize the youngest honorary member of our club, Holly Erenstone.  She is a regular attendee at our breakfast meetings, coming with her mother and club member, Debbie Erenstone.  Sargent-of-Arms, Joe McAvoy is seen in this picture visiting with Holly.  Joe has provided a detailed profile of our youngest member:
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Club Provides Support to St. Agnes School 2016-03-06 00:00:00Z 0

Presentations at March 3 Breakfast Meeting

Visiting District Governor, Claude LaLiberte presented a special pin to Gene Gengel to honor his many years of service, particularly in his present role as club Secretary.  Claude also presented a special recognition award to our Club President, Peter Beatty.  In addition, Co-chairs of the Literacy Committee, Mary Liz Alexander and Randy Quayle, presented a check for $1500 to LPES Reading Teacher, Laura Coffin, to support her Summer Reading Program.
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February 26 Lake Placid Rotary Newlsletter 2016-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
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Information For Upcoming 2016 RYLA Event

Rotarian Bill Barnes has provided some important information related to our upcoming RYLA Weekend scheduled for June 25-27, 2016.  For more detailed information see the notice in our website "DOWNLOADS" found on our "Homepage":
What is RYLA?
The Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) is a unique opportunity for high school students to gain insight and knowledge in life and leadership skills.  District 7040 Rotary Clubs sponsor students (ages 15-17) to attend this Youth Leadership Conference that gives them memorable and life changing experience.  The conference takes place at Paul Smith’s College on the shores of St Regis Lake where the students stay in the college’s newest dorm suites for two days.  The program culminates with a graduation and awards ceremony at the award-winning Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY.
For more informaition visit the District website at Then go to The Youth Services Tab, and select RYLA. The application process has been simplified and will be done online once formal registration opens.
If you have any questions or would like to chat with someone about this opportunity please call Bill Barnes at (617) 620-0727, or
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Donations Committee Provides Support to Many Great Projects!

Our donations committee has finalized the distribution of our yearly donations, which amounts to $7,000.  Below are three pictures that are from presentations of three of those awards.  The first is a presentation to the Lake Placid Science Olympiad Team of a check for $400.  This is a team that practices all year and then competes in a large regional science competition.  This year, both the High School and the Middle School teams traveled to compete in the State Championships.  The check was presented to the team's coach, Frank Brunner, on April 16, 2015.  The second picture is of a presentation of a check for $150 to Tim Chick of the Lake Placid North Elba Tree Board for all of the good work they do for our community.  From left to right in this picture is Tim Chick, Hannah Hanford, and Bob Hanna.  The third picture finds Rotarian Randy Quayle presenting a check for $500 from Rotary to Jon Fremante, Director of the Shipman Youth Center.  
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Posted by Randy Quayle
The LP Rotary welcomed 2 new members on April 2nd at our weekly breakfast meeting now held at the Hampton Inn in Lake Placid:  Carolyn Carbonaro and Amy Quinn.  Carolyn is the Sales Manager at the Mariott Courtyard Inn in Lake Placid and Amy is the Principal Attorney for Essex County.  Participating in the ceremony included our President Elect, Peter Beatty and Co-Chairs of the Nominating Committee, Mary Liz Alexander and Bill Barnes.
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Facebook page

Posted by Stephanie Battisti on Jan 12, 2012
 Check out our Facebook page by typing in Rotary Club of Lake Placid in Facebook search
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Welcome to our new website!

Posted by Thomas Dodd on May 03, 2011
We are all excited to see how ClubRunner will revolutionize the way we manage our day to day club activities, as well as communicate more effectively.
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Informative Kiosk Built at Jewtraw Park

Posted by Randy Quayle

The Lake Placid Water Shed Association has completed an INFORMATIVE KIOSK at Jewtraw Park. Our Lake Placid Rotary Club was instrumental in helping fund this project. Pictured are Ray Agnew, Gene Gengel and Bob Hanna from our club. In Addition Lisa G from the Mill Pond Business Association and the contractors who built the kiosk are included in the picture.



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RYLA 2014!!!

Posted by Randy Quayle
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Under the guidance and direction of Ray Agnew, Bill Rusak, Bob Hanna, Ernie Stretton, Sean Donovan, and many others, the 2014 RYLA weekend was recently held at beautiful Paul Smith's College.  The weather was great, the food and accommodations were "top shelf", the views were spectacular, and the experience will be long remembered and valued by everyone who participated.Image

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Jamey Rhoades Hits Jackpot!

Posted by Randy Quayle

Jamey Rhoades was the recent winner of the 50-50 drawing, presented by Sargent-Of-Arms, Joe McAvoy.


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2014 Canoe/Kayak Trip Enjoys Perfect Weather!

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Steve Detwiler lead 13 canoe/kayak enthusiasts on a leisurely paddle from St. Regis Landing to Paul Smith's College on Saturday, July 12.  Lunch followed the paddle.  Sunny weather, warm water, good food, and great companionship made for a great outing.

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2014 Dam Duck Race Hugh Success

Posted by Randy Quayle

Despite rainy conditions, the Dam Duck Race  raised over $13,000!  Many thanks to Dam Duck Race coordinators, Tina Leonard and Debbie McLean and everyone else who helped to make this such a successful event.  The water was high and the ducks were fast --- making it very challenging to catch the ducks at the end of the race, but no one got too wet!  See some pictures:Image

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"Dam Duck" Race Poster Contest Winners Announced

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Mary Liz Alexander and Randy Quayle awarded prizes to the four 5th grade students from the Lake Placid Elementary School who won the "Dam Duck" Race Poster contest.  LPES Art Teacher, Mary Johnson, coordinated the poster contest in all her 5th grade classes and the 4 winners were chosen by the Rotary Club.  Their pictures will be used on our Rotary Club "Dam Duck" Race Poster to help promote and advertise the upcoming event on Saturday, June 14th at Lisa G's restaurant.

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Literacy Committee Donates $500 to St. Agnes School

Posted by Randy Quayle

Literacy Committee Co-Chair, Mary Liz Alexander presented a check for $500 to St. Agnes School Principal, Catherine Bemis.  The money will be used to purchase books for the students at St. Agnes School.  The money was raised at a recent "Trivia Night" event.


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Sadden by News of Passing of Chris Brown

Posted by Randy Quayle

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Chris Brown.  For those who wish to contribute a Memorial Gift in his memory, please make a check payable to: Rotary Club of Lake Placid P.O. Box 1425  Lake Placid, NY  12946 .  Note in the memo line: Memorial-Chris Brown. Thank you very much.


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LP Rotary Makes Another Donation

Posted by Randy Quayle

Rotary Club President, Hanna Hanford, delivers a check of $300.00 to Father David Ousley from St. Eustace Church.  The money will be used to support the pure water project in the Dominican Republic under the direction of Paul Gutmann.  Paul has developed an inexpensive home water purification system which he will be distributing in the DR.Image

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Rotary Christmas Dinner: Thursday, Dec. 12

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Instead of our regular breakfast meeting, President Hannah Hanford announced that our annual Christmas Dinner is planned for Thursday, Dec. 12 at the Whiteface Lodge.  Come and enjoy the Christmas Cheer!

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Trivia Event Was Bigger Than Ever!

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On Thursday, Nov. 14 the LP Rotary hosted a Trivia Night at the Conference Center at the Visitor's Center at the LP Arena.  More teams enjoyed the event than ever before!

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RYLA Is coming: June 27-29, 2014

Posted by Randy Quayle

The Rotary Club of Lake Placid announces that we will be hosting the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) conference at Paul Smith's College this coming June 27-29, 2014.

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Rotary Volunteers at Maple Weekend at Whiteface Mt. Randy Quayle 0
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Building A Shed at Shipman Youth Center Randy Quayle 0
Rotary Club Locator App for your Smartphone Steven Detwiler 0