On June 26, Rotarians and family members gathered to recognize Walter Ingalls as he retired from Rotary International after 53 years.  Walter served our club in many roles, most notably as club president and our youth exchange officer.  As the instigator of our successful youth exchange program, Walt is responsible for generations of international friendship among Greenville families and students and the wider world.  He is truly an inspiration and a peacemaker!
Shown below, l. to r., Johann, our 2017-18 exchanf=ge student from Germany, Judy Goodsell (immediate past YEO) and Ingalls.
Good-Bye Walter Ingalls! 2018-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
We participated in the Greenville Memorial Day parade this week, in order to honor our departed service members and to help the community to get to know Rotary and what we do. We highlighted ShelterBox, our disaster relief partner. The Greenville Rotary Club sponsored two shelter boxes this fiscal year.
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PDG Louis Turpin will visit our meeting tomorrow to share with us his recent experiences on the ground with ShelterBox USA at various emergencies.  He is also delivering the ShelterBox which we will be using in our Memorial Day Float.  Please welcome him with a great turnout!  Image result for shelterbox
Louis Turpin of ShelterBox to Speak at Tomorrow's Meeting cec 2018-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Come Support our Interact Club at their Car Wash!
Re-scheduled to Saturday, June 9, 2018
9 a.m. to noon at Scott M. Ellis Elementary School
 
Car Wash Fundraiser for Warminster Inferno Girls Soccer Team
 
Interact Car Wash Cecile Plattner 2018-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Support our Interact Club at their Car Wash 2018-04-27 04:00:00Z 0
Upcoming dates: 
4/27:  Arbor day.   1 p.m. tree planting in front of Boy Scout building.  High School Play "Thoroughly Modern Millie" featuring our exchange student, Johann.
4/28 and 4/29.  HS  Play
5/2:  Scholarship committee, 12:30 p.m, HS library
5/3:  Speakers and Guests:  Paul Macko, Town of Greenville Supervisor, and Interact co-presidents.  Meeting preceded by Board meeting at 5:45.   Polo shirt orders due. Bring "Rotarian" magazines. Trees and shrubs for Rotarians to be distributed.
5/6:  Community Partners clean up day in Greenville
5/12:  Interact Car Wash 9-noon at Scott M. Ellis
5/16:  Community partners annual meeting
5/28:  Memorial Day Parade
5/31:  Senior banquet, Rotary scholarships announced
6/2:  C-A Rotary "Taste of the Hudson Valley"
August:  Our new event Greenville Business Women's luncheon.  Robin, Cecile and Debbie on committee.
September:  Tag Day
9/29:  Greenville Day
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Tracy Young Shares Her Hats with our Club 2018-04-27 04:00:00Z 0
Recent meeting speakers: 
4/8:  Cypress Creek Renewables on community solar in Greenville.  Very honest and informative.
4/12:  Greene County Transit - Who knew we had daily public transportation from Greenville to Catskill?  For route information and services for seniors and handicapped, visit:  www.greenecountytransit.com. ; Members of Windham Rotary visited.
4/19:  Barbara Licata spoke on conditions in her winter home of Boqueron, PR.  Fortunately, the Caribbean side of the island where she lives was not impacted as severely by Hurricane Maria as the Atlantic coast was.  Judy Goodsell spoke about Paul Harris, whose birthday was that day.
4/26:  Huyck Preserve:  Ann Rhoads came and spoke about the preserve in Rensselaerville and their mission of education, research, conservation, and preservation, as well as the community programs and resources available at the 2,000-acre preserve. www.huyckpreserve.org
Recent Meeting Speakers 2018-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Support our Neighbor Club at their Major Fund Raising Event 2018-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Paint and Sip Cecile Plattner 2018-03-17 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Alzheimer's Care Team Seeks Volunteers in Greenville Cecile Plattner 2018-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
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.
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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.
Greenville Youth Soccer Programs Cecile Plattner 2018-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
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.
 
 
 
St. John's University Medical Brigade - Catherine Sielaff speaks to club cec 2018-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

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

Speakers at Upcoming Meetings 2018-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
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.
International Dinner for Rotarians, Interact and RYLA students 2018-01-04 05:00:00Z 0
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!
Rotarians Learn About Volunteer Opportunities with the Greene County Department of Human Services 2017-12-24 05:00:00Z 0
The Mountainview Brasserie is closed for the month of January.  Our schedule for the month is up on our calendar.   January 4 - dinner and meeting at GCS with special events; January 11 - International Dinner at Plattner home with Interact; January 18 - visit to Cairo Rotary at Bavarian Manor Restaurant with speaker C-D school head; January 24 - visit to Windham Rotary Club at Vesuvio Restaurant; January 25 - no meeting.
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Speaker: Sylvia Hasenkopf of North River Research on holiday traditions in history.
Join us at the Mountainview Brasserie on Thursdays at 6 p.m.!
December 28 Meeting 2017-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Our holiday party this year was a big success!  Thank you to everyone who attended, especially Santa and all the children.  Our gift auction raised $375 for our club's activities.
 
Holiday Party 2017 2017-12-16 05:00:00Z 0
Events coming up:
12/14 Christmas Party
12/21 Speaker: Ruth Pforte from the Greene County Department of Human Services on volunteer opportunities and the Senior Angels program
12/28 Speaker: Sylvia Hasenkopf of North River Research on holiday traditions in history.
Join us at the Mountainview Brasserie on Thursdays at 6 p.m.!
Holiday Events Schedule 2017-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
Annual Tree Lighting Event Photos 2017-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
Santa Comes to Greenville on Friday!
His holiday helpers, otherwise known as Rotarians, spouses, and Interact Club members, have been hard at work getting ready.   Here are the Interacters helping to light the trees on Saturday. 
Santa is Coming on Friday! 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Our third annual Trunk or Treat event was held at GNH Lumber on October 31.  Rotarians, Interact student, and other community members dressed up, decorated their trunks, and permitted over 500 children to experience safe, walkable Trick-or-Treating on Halloween.  We were pleased to welcome the Greenville Volunteer Fire Company and the Greene County Sheriff's K-9 unit this year. 
Trunk or Treat 2017 2017-11-02 04:00:00Z 0
 
At our October 26 meeting, we were pleased to have as our speaker Lieutenant Tracey Quinn from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.   Lt. Quinn presented the Law Publication materials which were sponsored by our Rotary Club, along with other local businesses.  These materials are being distributed to local children and adults at community events, fairs, and the department hopes to have them shared through local schools.  The printed booklets and comics are designed to be preventative in nature.  Quinn thanked our club for its support, and suggested if we would like to continue to support the educational programs of the department, we could sponsor a child to attend the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute summer camp on Keuka Lake.  Each summer the department sends 20 local children to the camp.
Lt. Quinn also spoke about the opioid addiction epidemic in our area, which is an interest of our club.  Greene County has the third highest rate of drug addiction in New York State.  Most opioid addicts begin with prescription drugs, and then move on to heroin as the prescription drugs are too expensive to obtain.  Fentanyl is used to cut the heroin, which creates the danger for overdose.  The Sheriff’s office is concerned that we may soon have a meth problem our area, as addicts may turn to methamphetamine because they are afraid of dying.  
Club members asked many questions of Lt. Quinn, and discussed what additional activities we could do to impact this problem.  It was decided to ask Marty Kelly of Kelly’s Pharmacy to speak at a future meeting in order to educate us further.
Greenville Rotary-Sponsored Educational Materials in Use by Greene County Sheriff 2017-10-26 04:00:00Z 0

    At our meeting on October 12, our new District 7210 Governor, Jim Damiani, visited our club meeting.  Mr. Damiani hails from the Nanuet/West Nyack Rotary Club and is a real estate agent with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty.  
    During his visit, DG Damiani and past president of our club , John Ingalls, installed Jessica Snyder as a  new member.  Ms. Snyder is the owner/manager o f Snyder Property Management in Greenville.
    In a special ceremony, John Ingalls was presented with a Paul Harris fellowship to recognize his long term contributions to the Rotary Club of Greenville and the Greenville community.  Mr. Ingalls was president of the Greenville Rotary Club from 2013 to 2017.  In order to receive the award, which is named after the founder of Rotary International, Paul Harris, a significant donation must be made to the Rotary Foundation.  Our club decided to make this donation on Ingalls’ behalf to recognize his exceptional service to the club, as well as to honor his belief in the tremendous value of the humanitarian work of The Rotary Foundation.  Ingalls is an owner of GNH Lumber, Inc., a graduate of Sage College and a veteran of the US Navy.
    It was also noted that Mark Wilcox, vice president of the Greenville Rotary Club, has achieved a memorable 32 years of perfect attendance at Rotary meetings.
    A successful wine auction was held at the meeting, in order to raise funds for the club to sponsor a second Shelter Box to provide housing and necessities for victims of the latest hurricane in Puerto Rico and the fires in California.  The Rotary Club had previously purchased a Shelter Box to help with the storm in Texas.   Sturdy green ShelterBoxes contain family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements and provide people with temporary shelter until they are able to start the process of rebuilding a home. ShelterKits contain all of the essential tools people need to start repairing and rebuilding homes straight away, as well as the items that help transform shelter into a home, like cooking sets, solar lights and activity sets for children.
    District Governor Damiani noted in his after-dinner speech that Shelter Box, an organization founded, staffed, and run by volunteer Rotarians, is active in ten different countries right now.  He stated that that is proof that Rotarians take on tough challenges.  Due to the work of the Rotary Foundation and Rotarians around the world, there were only eight cases of polio world wide last year.  This is compared to 350,000 cases 30 years ago when Rotary took on the challenge of eradicating the disease.  The organization has committed to provide $1.2 billion over the next few years to finish the fight against polio.
Damiani reminded our club that under the leadership of the new Rotary International president, Ian Risely, Rotary has faced the problem of our changing environment.  Risely has challenged each Rotarian to plant a tree before Arbor Day of 2018.  One tree absorbs 40 pounds of carbon per year, so with 1.2 million new trees planted in the next few months can make a huge impact on the carbon in our atmosphere.   The Greenville Rotary has accepted this challenge, and is planning a tree planting in a public area as well as on private property, under the leadership of club member Robert Snyder.
John Ingalls Honored during District Governor Visit; Second Shelter Box Sent to Disaster Victims 2017-10-12 04:00:00Z 0

    Greenville Rotarians began their program year by welcoming new officers to the club, and welcoming a new youth exchange student to town.  A new board of directors was installed on August 31.   John Ingalls, who has been president of the club for several years, relinquished his gavel to Cecile Plattner.  Mark Wilcox will take over as vice president, and LouAnn Dolce and Robin Frechette will continue as secretary and treasurer, respectively.  Dianne Lewis will take over as sergeant-at-arms from Wilcox.
    On September 7, the club was joined by this year’s exchange student, Johann from Germany.  Johann comes from northern Germany, near Hamburg.  He is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Rotenburg.  Johann will be living with three different families in the school district this year.  Currently, he is a member of the varsity soccer team at GCS.  He thinks our school is very friendly and different from school in Germany.
    On August 31, Hurricane Harvey was battering the Gulf coast of Texas.  The Rotary Club members voted to sponsor a Shelter Box to help the people there.   On September 7, as Hurricane Irma threatened Florida, the Rotarians were pleased to hear that Shelter Box is preparing to assist there as well.  Shelter Box is an international disaster relief charity that provides immediate emergency shelter and other lifesaving aid to survivors of a disaster or humanitarian crisis.  Shelter Box aid is tailored to each disaster, but typically includes a tent, thermal blankets and  groundsheets, water purification equipment, solar lights, cooking utensils, a tool kit, mosquito nets, and children’s activity packs.  In Houston, Shelter Box tents are being used to provide privacy to families who are living in large shelters such as the convention center.  Rotarians from the Hudson Valley who volunteer with a Shelter Box response team have recently been deployed to Florida from Texas.
Rotary Club of Greenville Welcomes New Exchange Student, Leadership 2017-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
Flocking for September 1 2017-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
Greenville Rotary Club's response to Hurricane Harvey 2017-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Flocking for August 25: This week the flock is gathered in Greenville - check it out along Route 81 and 32! The last photo shows the flamingo roost on King Hill Road from the previous week. Thanks to all our supporters and flocking "victims!" We have flocks available for this coming Friday, September 1.
Most Recent Flockings! 2017-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
An e-mail we recieved from the family who got flocked on Friday, August 18:
 
"Well we got Flocked again. Carla called and said check the front porch I think we got a delivery, I said noooo the men know to leave everything on the side porch noooo she says the message says front porch okay so I go out. WHAAAAAAAT MY BIRDIES ARRRRRE BACK. YEAYYYYYYY OH I SO LOVE THEM. THE BEST THING IS THAT THE LAST FLOCK MUST HAVE BROUGHT A NEW FLOCK BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY MORE. Ohhhhhh how am I going to get any work done today , I sooooo love sitting on the porch looking at these darlings. People are passing and beeping and I am waving and laughing. They certainly bring a lot of joy. Here are some photos . There are even two that are farrr off in the front meadow . Sooooooooo Coooooool. Loving Life.😘"
Our Flock is Appreciated!!!! 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Flocking for August 11:
This week the flock flew all the way to the shores of Lake Onderdonk in Berne. The rest of the flock stayed in Greenville, migrating east on Route 81. Flocking for August 11:
This week the flock flew all the way to the shores of Lake Onderdonk in Berne. The rest of the flock stayed in Greenville, migrating east on Route 81.
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Flocking for August 4 2017-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
Flocking for July 27: Our flock landed at three different homes in Greenville Country Estates this week! We have permission from the HOA do do flockings there, so if you have a friend in Country Estates who would enjoy a visit from our pink friends, go to www.greenvillenyrotaryclub.org. Flocking for July 27: Our flock landed at three different homes in Greenville Country Estates this week! We have permission from the HOA do do flockings there, so if you have a friend in Country Estates who would enjoy a visit from our pink friends, go to www.greenvillenyrotaryclub.org.
Flocking for July 27 2017-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
This week we "flocked" two houses near Sunny Hill. I am sure the resort's visitors will enjoy our feathered friends!
Flocking for July 21 2017-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
 
Our flock landed in Greenville this week, on Route 81 and North Road. I hope the host families are enjoying their visitors!
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The Content/Young family
 
Judy Goodsell recieves her award from Nan Greenwood
 
The McAneny and Hutchins/Churchill families
 
 
 
 
Emma McAneny
 
From left to right, Oswald, Alex C., Grace, Alex G.
 
        Four students from Greenville High School and three local families were honored at the June 22, 2017 meeting of the Greenville Rotary Club for their participation in the Rotary International Youth Exchange program. The four students--Oswald, Grace, Alex G., and Alex C.-- are living out Rotary’s goal of international friendship.     
    Oswald, who is visiting Greenville from his home in Taiwan, spoke about his experiences during the past school year. Originally disappointed that he would be living in a rural community rather than in New York city, he now says he would never want to come to New York State without visiting Greenville. His favorite experience in Greenville was participating in team sports and the friendships he made with classmates and fellow athletes. After leaving Greenville, Oswald will be traveling the USA with other exchange students in an optional Rotary-sponsored tour. The McAneny, Content/Young and Hutchins/Churchill families were honored for hosting Oswald in their homes during the past school year.
    Alex G. is participating in the Summer Exchange Experience, a new Rotary Youth Exchange program. For three weeks this summer, Alex and her family will welcome Carla, a student from south central France.  Then Alex will travel to France to stay with Carla’s family for three weeks.
    Alex C. is one of two local students who will be abroad for 10 months during the upcoming school year. She will live in center city Milan, Italy, staying with a host family of five and attending a high school for the classics. Alex is particularly pleased to be going to Milan because of her intense interest in the fashion industry.  She is also looking forward to the Rotary’s European tour next summer.
    Grace will be living in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands are an autonomous community of Spain, located in the Atlantic Ocean off the northwestern coast of Africa. Las Palmas, the most populous city in the Canary Islands and the ninth largest city in Spain, has a population of nearly 400,000. Grace is excited both to be living in a large city and to be near the beach! She will be studying at a social sciences high school and is pleased to know that there will be another American Rotary exchange student in school with her. Her host Rotary club in the Canary Islands is welcoming five exchange students, who will frequently fly to mainland Spain for Rotary events.
    Judy Goodsell, the Greenville Rotary Club volunteer who directs the local Youth Exchange Program, was also honored at the meeting.  She was presented with a certificate for advancing world peace from Rotary District 7210 by the district youth exchange officers, Nan and David Greenwood.
    One of the highlights of the evening was a talk by Emma McAneny, a Greenville Rotary Youth Exchange student in 2009. Emma spent 10 months living and studying in the suburbs of Milan, Italy, in a town on Lake Como.  She thanked the Rotary Club for the transformational experience of complete immersion in another culture. The rich art and history of Italy sent her on a journey that led to her current path in life as an architecture student.  Emma also credits her exchange experience with teaching her the quality of persistence.
    The Rotary-sponsored student exchange activities are supported in part by the current “flamingo flocking” money-earning project. For more information about Rotary, visit our Facebook page,  or join our meetings at the Mountainview Brasserie each Thursday at 6 p.m.
 
Youth Exchange Students and Hosts Honored at Rotary Club Dinner 2017-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
The brewery bus tour scheduled for July 8 has been postponed until the fall.  Hopefully we will be able fill our 24-passenger bus at that time.  Thanks for your interest!
Brewery Bus Tour postponed until fall 2017-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
Flocking For June 16 2017-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
At our June 15 meeting, we were joined by two of the Greenville High School graduates who were awarded Rotary Scholarships this year. Alexandra, left, will be attending Hofstra University to study journalism, Japanese, and political science. Amanda, right, will be attending SUJY Cobleskill to study agriculture business and education. Charlie DeTillio, the third scholarship recipient, was unable to attend this meeting. #flamingosatwork
GCS Scholarship Recipients 2017-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

If you're wondering where the money raised by our roaming flamingo flock is being used, here is one example:

Christine and Lenore have been selected to represent Greenville High School and the Greenville Rotary Club at this year’s annual Rotary Youth Leadership Award and conference. RYLA is a program that originated with Rotary International and has subsequently been adopted by our local Rotary. RYLA encourages service leadership in youth by recognizing and rewarding deserving 11th grade students who are chosen to attend the RYLA conference as an “award” for their past and present leadership and service activities. Christine and Lenore are important members of our Interact Club which is why they were selected. They will attend an all-expense paid camp where they will be inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life-long friends through fellowship activities and discuss ethical and social issues that affect our students and communities today. Congratulations to Christine and Lenore! #GHSBlog#I'vebeenflocked#flamingosatwork

RYLA Leadership Conference Participants Selected Cecile Plattner 2017-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Now you can order a flamingo flock to land on your friend's lawn totally on line!   First, download the "Flock-A-Friend Order Form" under the Download Files menu to the right.  Fill it out and email it to our address - greenvillenyrotaryclub@gmail.com.  Then, select your flock size from the PayPal button above, and pay for your flock.  When we have received your payment and order form, we will contact you with the date of your flocking.  If you have a specific date in mind, please indicate on your order form.  Thanks!
How to Order a "Flocking" On Line Cecile Plattner 2017-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
   The flock of flamingos is making its way around Greenville and environs.  Last week the pink birds could be found roosting along Route 81 in Norton Hill - this week the flock has flown to Clarksville.   Where will they nest next?  If you'd like to make sure they land in the lawn of your friend or neighbor, download the Flock A Friend Order Form to the right, include your payment, and mail it to our post office box, drop it at the National Bank of Coxsackie in Greenville, or give it to any Rotary club member  OR  use the PayPal button above.   Thanks!  Let's keep the fun moving all summer!
Flamingo Flock Mysteriously Flies Around Greenville Cecile Plattner 2017-06-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 24, 2017
Our flock of flamingos has made its first landing in our community at the home of Sara and Brian on Route 403.   Thanks to Todd Hilgendorf and Dianne Lewis for sponsoring the first flocking!  If you would like to prank a friend or neighbor by having them wake up to flamingos in their yard, download the forms on the left and submit them to any Rotarian with your payment.  We are working on getting a Pay Pal button set up so that people can submit their flocking requests on our site.  If you absolutely hate flamingos, and shudder at the thought of them living on your lawn for a week, you can purchase "anti-flocking insurance" for only $10!
The Flamingos Have Landed! Cecile Plattner 2017-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
 

At our April 27 meeting, we were pleased to welcome six members of the Rotary Club of Windham. Diana Lawrence, the president of the Windham Club, spoke about their projects. This year, they sponsored one student to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy. Some of the events they sponsor are a paper shredding event, the Mountaintop Dog Day (which will be held August 5 at CD Lane Park), and the Pole Star youth fishing and hunting program. They also support two food pantries and distribute dictionaries in the elementary school Last December, the Windham Rotary packed 21 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Working with the VFW, they install a flag pole at the Windham Path.
During the meeting, a Rotary pin auction was held, with the income of over $200 split between the two clubs.

Before the meeting, members gathered to celebrate the spring resettlement of our "Greenville Duck," Paul Harris.  Paul is now back in his summer home outside the Mountainview Brasserie.
April 27 meeting 2017-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome to our New Exchange Student 2017-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

We were visited by 15 members of the Middleburgh Rotary club on April 20, 2017.  A special Rotary pin was auctioned off, and the proceeds were split between the two clubs.  Wes Andrews, president of the Windham club, shared with us the events and activities that their very active club undertakes.  They organize an Arts and Crafts show, Harvest Festival, Canoe and Kayak Regatta, Triathlon, and a 5K road race.  Additionally, at the holiday season they deliver poinsettias to shut-ins and decorate the parking meters in the village with candy canes.  They support two food pantries and participate in the Memorial Day presentation.  This year they are again participating in the youth exchange program.  The Middleburgh club applied for and received a district grant to buy banners for the village recognizing veterans, welcoming visitors to town, and encouraging people to shop local.  Then Judy Goodsell presented the activities that our club organizes, emphasizing our very successful youth programs.

Middleburgh Rotary Club Visit 2017-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
At our April 27 meeting, the Windham Rotary Club will visit us.  We have planned a special pin auction for that night.  All Greenville Rotary members are asked to wear their unique Rotary pins to the meeting.  We also hope to have a speaker at the meeting.
Windham Rotary Club visit Cecile Plattner 2017-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Flamingos are Coming! 2017-04-06 04:00:00Z 0
President-Elect Training 2017-04-06 04:00:00Z 0
At our February 23 meeting, Terry Buel, on of the co-owners of the Mountainview Brasserie, gave an interesting presentation on the challenges and rewards of their business and the restaurant industry. She attributed the success of the restaurant to the passion of the chef and co-owner, Max Suhner, and the loyalty and word of mouth recommendations of their guests. Terry was photographed with club president John Ingalls.
Terry Buel of the Mountainview Brasserie 2017-02-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 16, 2017
At the Thursday, February 16 meeting, club President John Ingalls installed new member Gail Guistina. In the photo, Gail and John are joined by her sponsor, Dianne Lewis
New Member Gail Giustina Cecile Plattner 2017-02-16 05:00:00Z 0
Our outbound Exchange Students for 2017-18 have learned of their destination countries: Alex will be living in Italy and Grace will be studying in Spain.
Outbound exchange students Cecile 2017-02-01 05:00:00Z 0