Celebrating 102 Years of Service Above Self

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235 South Cayuga St.
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Ithaca, NY  14850
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Mira Maiya Singh Rana
May 03, 2017
Public Health Project: Toilet Construction and Health Training in Nepal
Prof. Brian Wansink
May 10, 2017
“Healthier by Design” with the Director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab
Dr. Josephine McAllister, Dermatologist
May 17, 2017
“Sun Protection in the Age of Skin Cancer”
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Three RYLA Students Speak to Ithaca Rotarians

Rotary Youth Leadership Academy 2016: The Ithaca High School students spoke about their experience at the annual event held at SUNY Oneonta during Ithaca Rotary's regular weekly meeting, November 2, 2016:

(Left to Right) Fiona Okumu, Rotarian and youth advisor Richard Kiley, Khiry Brown, and Rebekah Barrett.



Rotary Awards 3 for their Pride of Workmanship

PRIDE OF WORKMANSHIP 2016 awardees, with Vocational Service Committee chair, Joan Schnaper (far left):

(Left to Right) Hope Mosier, a rehabilitation counselor at Lakeview Mental Health, nominated by Rotarian Dan Weed.
Jack Mitchell, building superintendent of the Dewitt Mall, nominated by Alison Van Dyke and building tenants.
Jennifer Bickham, the cook at Coddington Road Community Center, nominated by Heather Mount.



Nineteenth Annual City of Ithaca Pride of Ownership Nominations Due

ITHACA’S Nineteenth Annual Pride of Ownership Awards program, recognizing owners of properties within the city of Ithaca who have developed projects or taken care of their properties in ways that enhance the physical appearance of city neighborhoods and commercial areas, is seeking nominations for this year’s awards. The program is a joint project of the Ithaca Rotary Club and the City of Ithaca.

Do you own property in the city? Have you made improvements lately? Nominate yourself, a neighbor, or be nominated by others. Projects may range from major structural work to small but significant improvements. Commercial projects, owner-occupied housing, rental housing, and institutional facilities (education, religious, government) are eligible. Awards focus on how properties appear from the street and public right-of-way, improve their local surroundings, and thereby improve quality of life for the city as a whole.

Nominations must be received at the City Clerk’s Office, 108 East Green Street, no later than 4:30 pm on Monday, November 7.

For more information or an application, contact a member of the 2016 Committee: Susan Blumenthal at 272-3931 or susanb@twcny.rr.com; John Barradas at 277-2755 or jb@barradasandpartners.com; Frost Travis at 273-1654 or ftravis@travishyde.com; Margaret Hobbie, 220-5334 or mhobbie@verizon.net; Brett Bossard 351-1554 or brett@cinemapolis.org or Scott Whitham, 379-9175 or whitham@whithamdesign.com.

Additional forms are also available on the internet: Go to www.cityofithaca.org and click on “Announcements.”



Thank You From Rotary & Savage Clubs for Laff Support
Fundraiser event raises money for community grants, youth arts programs

The Ithaca High School Men’s Chorus hamming it up in full voice on the Kulp Auditorium stage, at the 2016 LAFF performance.

THE ITHACA Rotary Club, the Savage Club of Ithaca, and the ICSD Department of Fine and Performing Arts gratefully thank and acknowledge all of the individuals, performers, and 46 sponsoring businesses and organizations who made the 7th annual Little Apple Fall Follies (LAFF) event on October 1 a big success. Proceeds from the event benefit community grants and youth arts projects.

Special thanks to the following sponsors:


Rotary Club of Ithaca Announces 2016 Grant Awardees
Community grants program funds seven worthy local causes

The Ithaca Rotary Club is pleased to announce the awardees for its 2016 round of community grants. Seven grant requests were funded at a total of $5,900. Funds for these grants are raised through Rotary’s annual Little Apple Fall Follies (LAFF) event held this past Saturday during Ithaca Apple Festival Week.

The 2016 grant recipients are:

  • Center for Transformative Action - $1,000
    ~ construction of a compost toilet for the Youth Farm Project
  • Community Arts Partnership - $550
    ~ sound system for the annual Spring Writes Festival and a new open mic initiative
  • Ellis Hollow Community Center - $1,000
    ~ materials and labor to repair a garage on the property for adequate storage space
  • Finger Lakes ReUse - $1,000
    ~ signage for delivery trucks
  • First Unitarian Society of Ithaca - $850
    ~ purchase seventeen infant car seats for the Babies First program
  • Newfield Central School District - $500
    ~ materials for Sources of Strength, a national suicide prevention program
  • Newfield Community Park - $1,000
    ~ surveying costs for the initial phase of a new community park

Ithaca Rotary’s community grants are intended to promote the quality of life in Tompkins County and the greater Ithaca area. These grants support organizations in the community that have special projects or needs which are not funded by general funding sources. Grants are usually awarded within the range of $200 to $1,000. The annual grants process is led by Club Service Chair Angela Sullivan.

Contributions to Rotary’s Community Grants program are gratefully accepted at any time. Donation checks may be made payable to Ithaca Rotary Club and mailed to P.O. Box 306, Ithaca, NY 14851. Please note “Community grants” on the memo line.



You’ve Heard About Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship, Now You Can Learn All About It!

Rotary Youth Exchange provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to meet people from other countries and to experience their cultures, thus promoting international understanding and peace.

The Ithaca Rotary Club still needs host families for our Rotary Exchange Students. Learn all about the program at this dedicated web site for District 7170: Rotary-Youth-Exchange.com!



Five professionals join local service club

The Rotary Club of Ithaca is pleased to introduce five individuals who have recently joined the service club. These community members volunteer in Tompkins County and bring professional experience from the business and not-for-profit sectors. Ithaca Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self.” Membership is open to all who share in this belief; new members are accepted year-round.

  (left to right) Melissa Coville, Heidi Fletcher, Rev. Dr. David Kaden, Sherrie Negrea, Gary Slade


Books for the World at the Friends’ Book Sale, May 2016

For the past many years, the amazing Friends of the Library Book Sale (booksale.org) has granted Books for the World access to remainders at the end of its semiannual event. This spring it was May 21 — the last Saturday, and May 25 — beyond the last day, when Rotarians were given access to comb the aisles for donations to be shipped to students overseas.

The Saturday team — Dan Weed, Dale Johnson, Bez Thomas, Janet Steiner, Edward Kokkelenberg, collected 2,857 children's books.

The Wednesday Team — Gary Reinboldt, Mary Grainger, Brad Olson, Heidi Goldstein, Dave Flaccus, Rob McKenzie, Dale Flinn, Janet Steiner, Edward Kokkelenberg collected 1,979 general interest books on Wednesday May 25.

In addition, the Cornell fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi ,Iota Chapter brothers lifted and shifted 96 cartons of books. 4Seasons Landscaping continued to donate their time and truck to get our cartons to Agway. And thanks to Andy Boerman, Agway Manager, who manages to work around our pallets while they are waiting for pick up.

The Ithaca Rotary Club began its participation in the Books for the World project in the Fall of 2010 and has collected and shipped over 82,000 books to countries where Rotarians unpack and distribute these books to teachers, schools, and librarians in 15 English speaking countries.




Highway Cleanup Conquers “Big Trash”

Thank you to everyone who participated in the trash pickup along Route 13 on Saturday, March 19. It was sunny. The temperature was cooler than normal but pleasant. Our efforts working from the Stewart Park exit to Cayuga Heights Road produced some 55 bags for the DOT to pick up. George, Dale, Bez, Walt, Frank (June's husband), June, and Bill were Rotarian "doo-ers". Many stories to tell and memories for the ides of March highway pick-up. I think we did a side of the highway that has not been done for years due to its steepness. Everyone gave of themselves as true Rotarians!
  — John Barradas



New Club Officers Voted In

At the January 13 meeting, the slate of officers for 2016–2017 was approved by a unanimous voice vote. The officers-elect are:

  • President: Dale Johnson
  • Past President: Jim Johnston
  • President-Elect: June Losurdo
  • Vice President: Mary Berens
  • Secretary: Joanne Lamoureux
  • Treasurer: Bill Hawley


The Newfield High School Interact Club collected and packed 1900 books as part of the Ithaca Rotary Club's Books for the World project. Book categories included children's books, adult books, textbooks, and reference books. The books will be sent to Rotarian operated warehouses in port cities along the African coast where they are distributed freely to schools and libraries. Brenda Barnstead, the Interact faculty advisor, is a Rotarian from the Horseheads Rotary Club.
Thanks, Interactors!



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