Welcome to our club!

We are a group of concerned citizens of the Greenville area who like to have fun while helping others. Our service emphasis is on youth and international friendship. Join us on Thursday to see for yourself!

Do Good - Have Fun

We meet Thursdays at 6:00 PM
The Mountain View Brasserie
10697 State Route 32
Greenville, NY  12083
United States
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In The News
3/22           Tracy Young - Millinery Treasures
3/29           CYL youth baseball - Bryony Pfleging
4/5             Business/Board meeting
4/7             District Assembly
4/12           Greene County Transit -Barbara Lindsay
4/19           open
4/20-22    District Conference - Saratoga
4/26          Anne Rhodes - Huyk Preserve
5/3            Paul Macko - Town of Greenville
At our March 14 meeting, we were joined by Renee Mandarano, Volunteer Coordinator for Eddy Alzheimer's Services, who spoke about their Care Teams. The Eddy received a grant from the New York State Department of Health to expand the Care Team program, which had been successful in the Capital District, to the outlying counties of the area. They have established teams in Catskill, Roxbury, Vorheesville, Colunbia County, and other areas. There are 24 teams in the Capital District.
Care teams are usually faith-based and most teams have four people. The Greenville team started with seven people, and is now down to one person, so they are seeking new members. All clients are local residents. The team decides as a group how far to travel, and take turns visiting the clients. There is a three-hour training required. Each team meets every six weeks, and each team member gives two hours of service per month to the clients. The care teams do not offer crisis respite or direct care. They focus on the caregiver, and give companionship and break time to the caregiver by interacting with the person with dementia. They might do activities such as adult coloring, looking at photo albums, and the like. The Greenville team currently has four clients. Everything is planned six weeks in advance. Care team members can also connect clients with additional services. Catholic Charities has funds available to pay for direct care. There is a national shortage of home health workers at the present time. Clients are identified through Catholic Charities or through the Alzheimer's Association. For more information, or to volunteer for the Greenville Care Team, Renee can be contacted at 518-238-4162 or Renee.Mandarano@sphp.com.
At our March 7, meeting, we were joined by Jason Reinhard and Jared McAneny from the Greenville Youth Soccer program. Jason reported that 250 children from kindergarten through ninth grade are involved in the summer program . They play 12 games against teams from Cairo. The cost is $40 for each player, $30 for those under six years,. with a family maximum payment of $100. They play on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at the Vanderbilt Town Park. The town and the league recently added another soccer field to the town park, on the western side of the existing field. They were helped by GNH Lumber, K&B Enterprises, and Greene County. All coaches are volunteers. Each team is sponsored by a local business for a cost of $150. This pays for shorts, t-shirts, and socks for each player . There are currently 15 teams. Sponsorships are available. The club voted to sponsor a team this summer. Jason will drop the application off to Robin at the bank. Doing this will further our goals of helping the youth and spreading awareness of Rotary in our community. Jared reported on the travel soccer program. This was started three years ago. Previously youth from Greenville who wished to play soccer at a more competitive level joined with students from Coxsackie in the Henry Hudson program. Greenville Travel Soccer does not compete with the summer recreational program. They play in the fall, winter, and spring. There are no cuts to the teams. They work to keep the costs minimal, as play at this level is family funded. They program has increased from one team to 11 teams this spring, with ages from U10 to U19.
Both the recreational summer soccer and the travel soccer programs help to strengthen the competitiveness of our school teams.
Looking for something to do this Friday night? Three spots remain for the Greenville Rotary Club's canvas Paint and Sip. We are painting a spring tree with a rainbow. Cost is $30 including instruction, all supplies, refreshments, and a $10 donation to Rotary. Email greenvillenyrotaryclub@gmail.com if you would like to attend.
At our February 22 meeting, Catherine Sielaff, a St. John's University student who is also a GCS graduate and attended RYLA as a student, spoke to the club about the community service work she has been doing .  Each St. John's student is required to participate in a service program.  Catherine has traveled to Italy, where she volunteered at a refugee camp outside of Rome, and to Greece, where she worked in a shipping port with a baking company which provided baked goods and a baking school for people there.  Greece has a 25% percent unemployment rate.  This year, she is planning to travel to Nicaragua with the St. John's Global Medical Brigade. 
According to their website, Global Medical Brigade at St. John's is "an international movement of students and medical professionals working alongside local communities and staff to implement sustainable health systems. We work in remote, rural, and under resourced communities in Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua and Ghana who would otherwise have limited to no access to health care. Each community receives a brigade every 3 to 4 months where hundreds of patients are provided access to healthcare and volunteers deliver public health workshops. Electronic patient records are collected for future visitations and to monitor overall community health trends. In conjunction with our Medical Program, Global Brigades also supports communities with economic development, sanitation and clean water projects, and uniquely implements these programs in a holistic model to meet a community’s health and economic goals. Our model systematically builds community ownership and collaboratively executes programs with the end goal of sustainably evolving to a relationship of impact monitoring. To learn more, please visit www.globalbrigades.org. "
The group is currently trying to raise $100,000 for medical and sanitary supplies to bring with them to Nicaragua.  They are planning to bring items such as blood pressure equipment and toothbrushes.  They are working with corporate sponsors - for example, they will purchase 50,000 toothbrushes, and Colgate-Palmolive will donate an additional 25,000 toothbrushes. 
All the Rotarians in attendance were impressed with Catherine's passion and presentation, and agreed that her project fullfills our goals as a club, as well as meeting the goals of Rotary International's avenues of service.  Rotary's areas of focus for service are as follows: 
  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies
It is clear that the St. John's University Global Medical Brigade project in Nicaragua meets most of these areas.  At our March 1 meeting, the club voted to donate $200 to this project.
Below, Catherine Sielaff is pictured with Rotarian Todd Hilgendorff, who was her principal when she attended Greenville High School.

Join us at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights at the Mountainview Brasserie for our meetings! If you are interesting in attending, contact us here or at greenvillenyrotaryclub@gmail.com. Here are some of our upcoming speakers:

2/22 Catherine Sielaff - St. John’s University student/former Interact member - community service projects

3/1 Cecile Plattner - Cuba Travel

3/8 Greenville Summer Soccer - Jason Reinhard

3/15 Alzheimer’s Care Team - Renee Mandarano

3/22 Tracy Young - Millinery Treasures

3/29 CYL youth baseball - Bryony Pfleging

4/12 Greene County Transit

Current and past Interact members, exchange students, and students who attended RYLA are invited to the Rotary Club's annual International Dinner.  It will be held at the Plattners' home at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 11.  The game room in the basement will be open for ping pong, foosball, etc. Rotarians' significant others are also invited.  For more information, contact cecileop at aol dot com.
Ruth Pforte, of the Greene County Department of Human Services, was our speaker at the December 21 meeting. Ms. Pforte is the coordinator for volunteer services. She spoke about the various volunteer opportunities for local folks to serve our seniors. She also encourages older adults to stay active and involved by volunteering. The RSVP program offers a variety of volunteer jobs, including meal site help, meal delivery, crafting, medical transportation, telephone reassurance. Volunteers can also help at local agencies, such as the Athens Cultural Center, Community Action, Community Hospice, Chamber of Commerce, Greene Medical Arts, libraries, and nursing homes. In 2016, 275 volunteers gave 22,000 hours, served 54,533 meals and provided 2,072 rides.
Currently, the most urgent need for volunteers is for medical transportation. Volunteer commitment can be as little as two hours per month.
The Department of Human Services also offers seniors assistance with state, federal and county programs as well as providing the hamlet bus for transportation.
One of our programs is the Senior Angels, which gives aid to seniors with no local family members, such as holiday gifts, Thanksgiving dinner, and emergency assistance.
The Greenville Rotary Club presented Ms. Pforte with a check for the Senior Angels program.
The Rotary members also serve local seniors on their own time - our member Bill Von Atzingen is currently a driver for meal delivery, and Walt Ingalls has delivered meals in the past. Our server at the Mountainview Brasserie, Emily Fagan, was instrumental in bringing the hamlet bus to Greenville as part of her Girl Scout Silver Award project!
March 2018
Club Executives & Directors
Vice President
Youth Exchange Officer
Board Alternate
Board Alternate
Sargeant at Arms
Past President
Five Way Test
Is it the Truth?

Is it Fair to All Concerned?

Will it Build Good will and Better Friendship?

Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned?

Is it Good for the Environment?
Rotary International Avenues of Service

We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.

  • Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
  • Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. Learn more in  and the .
  • Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest. Learn more in .
  • International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
  • Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as , , , and .
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Rotary International Convention 2018
Inspiration Around Every Corner
The Rotary International Convention will travel to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where there’s Inspiration Around Every Corner, 23-27 June. Toronto is a diverse city with lots to offer, including vibrant cultural, art, entertainment, and culinary scenes. You’ll learn about new ideas, hear different perspectives, and gain new skills through engaging speakers, breakout sessions, and exhibits in the House of Friendship.  We have been discussing car pools, van rentals, other ways of attending this convention as a group.  I will have more information at a later meeting.  Put it on your calendar!

To take advantage of early registration savings, be sure to register before 15 December at riconvention.org. http://www.riconvention.org
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Make Ups:

Catskill-Tuesday Noon

Cairo - Thursday Evening 

Coxsackie Athens -Wednesday Noon

Hudson - Monday Noon

Kinderhook - Tri Village -Wed. Evening

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Philmont – Wed. Evening

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