Celebrating 103 Years of Service Above Self

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Ithaca Rotary Club Launches Fundraiser for Puerto Rico Recovery with 25 Area Sponsors

The Rotary Club of Ithaca, with the help of more than 20 local restaurants, is raising $10,000 for disaster recovery in Puerto Rico by organizing a raffle that features a dozen dinners valued at $100 each as the grand prize. Four other gift certificate prize packages valued from $150 to $500 are also available, for a total of five prizes. Only 200 tickets are being sold until February 14 at $50 each, and are available online at www.rotarydozendinnerdraw.org and in person at The Pack 'N Ship Store, 101 East State Street, The Commons, Ithaca.

The 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,” Gray said.

The funds will be used for a variety of water and sanitation disaster recovery projects in Puerto Rico, which suffered catastrophic infrastructure damage from Hurricane Maria last September.

“Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation do such tremendous work around the world and our Club wants to raise the profile of these initiatives in our community,” added Nancy Potter, co-chair of the Rotary Club of Ithaca’s International Service Committee, which is organizing the fundraiser. “Ticket buyers have a 1 in 40 chance of winning a fabulous prize and your generous contribution supports long-term recovery for Puerto Rico.”

The participating restaurants are featured at www.rotarydozendinnerdraw.org and are listed below.

The winners of the Dozen Dinner Draw raffle will be selected at a gala Valentine’s Day gourmet dinner that will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14, at the Country Club of Ithaca, 189 Pleasant Grove Road, Ithaca. All are invited to this Dozen Dinner Draw event; need not be present to win. Reservations for the dinner at $45 per person can be made by calling 607-257-0010.

The 25 Dozen Dinner Draw sponsor restaurants are: Agava, August Moon Spa @ La Tourelle, Coltivare, Country Club of Ithaca, Gola Osteria, Inn at Taughannock, Joe's Restaurant, John Thomas Steakhouse, Kilpatrick's Publick House, Little Venice, Mahogany Grill, Maxie's Supper Club & Oyster Bar, Mercato Bar & Kitchen, Mix, Monks on the Commons, Moosewood Restaurant, Nikki Green Restaurant, Northstar House, Sahara Mediterranean Restaurant, Tamarind, Taverna Banfi, The Antlers, The Boatyard Grill, The Heights Restaurant & H Bar, and Zaza's Cucina. All are featured at www.rotarydozendinnerdraw.org

For more information, contact Nancy Potter at potternancy20@gmail.com or 607-591-5811.

Ithaca Rotary Makes Award Presentations
Three Pride of Workmanship awardees honored

On October 25, the Rotary Club of Ithaca presented its 20th annual Pride of Workmanship awards to three deserving individuals in Tompkins County. The award recognizes area employees whose outstanding work performance in their organization is “above and beyond the call of duty” and is instrumental in the achievement of the organization’s performance goals.

Rotary’s Pride of Workmanship committee chair Kati Flynn Torello announced the 2017 winners and congratulated them for their exemplary work ethic:

  • Mary Ellen McKeon of Tompkins County Public Library
  • Kelsey Rossbach of United Way of Tompkins County (and fellow Rotarian)
  • Carrie Coates Whitmore of Tompkins Cortland Community College

Rotary Club of Ithaca Inducts New President
June Losurdo of Cornell is service club’s leader thru June 2018

The Rotary Club of Ithaca is pleased to welcome its new president for the 2017-2018 year. June Losurdo, director of development at Cornell Engineering, stepped into the leadership role on July 1. Losurdo observed her 15th year in Rotary this year.

Losurdo grew up in King Ferry, New York and graduated from Michigan State University. She is married to Frank Losurdo and they live in Ithaca, NY. Their son John is a junior at Michigan State University.

June has over 25 years of experience in alumni affairs and development with career highlights including Radcliffe College, The University of Chicago, and the American Cancer Society. She moved back to central New York in 2000 as the Community Executive for the American Cancer Society, and soon joined the Ithaca Rotary Club. Since then, she has been active in her community, serving for 13 years on the board of the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) for Lansing Central Schools; as a 7-year board member for the Corporate Development Committee for Lansing Central Schools; and as a 6-year board member of a national organization, Engineering Development Forum.

“It is an honor to be the leader of the Ithaca Rotary Club. The experiences of the members are vital to the club’s health, and networking with community leaders has always been a highlight of our club,” said June. “I look forward to the year and making my mark on this club as it celebrates its 103 year.”

Elected club officers assisting President June in 2017-18 are:

  • President-Elect: Mary Berens
  • Vice President: Frank Towner
  • Treasurer: Bill Hawley
  • Secretary: Joanne Lamoureux

The Rotary Club of Ithaca has more than 175 members. Throughout its history, the club has supported many community needs through hands-on projects, and raises funds for community grants, scholarships, youth programs, and the Rotary Student Exchange Program.

Ithaca Rotary Club Names Rotarian of the Year 2016-17
Scott Russell recognized for 25 years of service to Rotary Club

Scott Russell receives Rotarian of the Year from Dale JohnsonAt its June 28 meeting, long-time Ithaca Rotary member Scott Russell was named Rotarian of the Year for 2016-17. The award is given every June in honor of an active club member who exemplifies the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”

Scott (at left in the photo) was chosen for the honor by outgoing Rotary president Dale Johnson (at right in the photo), who said he selected Scott because “Scott celebrated 25 years as a Rotarian on July 1. He was club secretary for many years, having taken over on an unscheduled basis when the then-secretary was unable to continue.”

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