Celebrating 104 Years of Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Coltivare Restaurant
235 South Cayuga St.
Ithaca, NY  14850
United States of America
Deb Mohlenhoff, Leadership Tompkins
Mar 27, 2019
Cultivating Future Community Leaders
Lynn Wooten, Dean of Dyson School at Cornell
Apr 10, 2019
Leadership Education in the Dyson School
Upcoming Events
Club Board
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Mar 13, 2019
Mar 19, 2019
Mar 6, 2019
Mar 12, 2019
Feb 27, 2019
Mar 05, 2019
Feb 20, 2019
Feb 26, 2019
Feb 13, 2019
Feb 19, 2019
Feb 6, 2019
Feb 12, 2019
Like Us on Facebook
Contact Us
Enter your email address and the message you want to send.
* fields are required

Winners Announced for 2nd Annual Dozen Dinner Draw

The Dozen Dinner Draw (DDD) winners were pulled from a hat at our Club’s Valentine’s Day Gala dinner, held on Valentine's Day at the Country Club of Ithaca. The grand prize of a dozen dinners went to John Foote. John is a visiting lecturer at Cornell University and Executive Director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP). He purchased his golden ticket from President Mary! Congratulations, John!

Runners up were, second place prize to Gail and Nat Lyman, third to Mary Kane, and fourth place prize to Ted Schiele. Final stats showed half the tickets were purchased by Rotarians, with the balance going to AguaClara staff, and friends of both organizations. All told, the gala event and DDD were a great success!

At the Club's February 20 meeting, Linda Brisson expressed thanks on behalf of Team DDD 2019, for all the support given to the Dozen Dinner Draw, which wrapped up at the Feb. 14 Country Club gala. The after dinner presentations featured Dennis Gray reporting on the rebuilds in Puerto Rico made possible by $10K raised for DDD 2018, and AguaClara staff showing off the sophistication, simplicity, and scalability of the organization’s water purification technology.

For the second year in a row, the Rotary Club of Ithaca is partnering with local restaurants, theaters, and spas to raise $10,000 for international relief work with the Dozen Dinner Draw (DDD). In 2018, this successful fundraiser supported disaster recovery in Puerto Rico. This year the recipient will be AguaClara, a Cornell-based program bringing clean water to remote communities worldwide.

Photo of Rotarians selling tickets for the DDDThe Dozen Dinner Draw, initiated by the Ithaca Rotary Club’s International Service Committee, is modeled on a similar raffle organized by a Rotary Club in the Toronto area. When Dennis Gray, a former member of that club, relocated to the Ithaca area, he was impressed with the variety of fine dining establishments in Tompkins County and thought the raffle would be a great fit for the community.

“The purpose of this is to raise funds for international service projects so that we can have a more significant impact on what our Club does on the international stage with Rotary,” Dennis said.

The participating prize partners are featured at www.rotarydozendinnerdraw.org.

PHOTO: (Top) Club President Mary Berens with DDD Grand Prize winner John Foote. (Above) The DDD planning team, l-r back row, Walt Cottrell, Maricelis Acevedo, Dennis Gray, Ray Brisson; front row Linda Brisson, Jessica Gosa.

About AguaClara

The recipient of the 2019 DDD funds will be Cornell University’s AguaClara Program and AguaClara Reach (aguaclara.cornell.edu/).

AguaClara technologies are the only 100% non-electric municipal-scale water treatment solutions that are sustainable in underserved communities globally. They are built and can be repaired, locally in the targeted communities. They use locally available materials such as cement, PVC pipe, and sand.

Designs are modular, making it easy to remove parts for maintenance or repair. Operation and maintenance are simple enough to be carried out by a local operator. Water is safe: it meets World Health Organization standards for drinking water quality. Operation and maintenance are affordable, even where people earn less than $2 per day.

$10K Raised by DDD-2018

The International Committee of the Ithaca Rotary Club is sincerely grateful for the support given to the 2018 Dozen Dinner Draw (DDD). Thanks to the commitment and support of participating businesses, ticket buyers, and volunteers the committee raised $10,000 for Puerto Rico Disaster Relief and Recovery.

Partnering with the San Juan, Puerto Rico Rotary Club and "Pisadas De Amor" (nonprofit), the funds helped to rebuild 12 senior-homes damaged by Hurricane Maria. Additionally, a $1,000 Donation was made to Shelter Box for a family in need in Dominica, which was also greatly impacted by the hurricane.

Share the Warmth 2018 collects over 3,600 items
Catholic Charities report shows the program helped 805 adults and 631 children

The following tally of clothing items collected during the Share the Warmth program was provided by Catholic Charities.

Adults, 805
Children, 631

  • Coats Adults, 519
  • Coats Children, 334
  • Sweaters, 771
  • Snow-pants, 164
  • Boots, 304
  • Hats, 542
  • Gloves/Mittens, 439
  • Scarves, 427
  • Blankets, 66
  • Socks, 29
  • Pants, 3
  • Shoes, 12
  • Shirts, 6
  • Vest, 4
Bulletin Subscribe
Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.

Centennial Video