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    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.
Flocking for August 11 2017-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
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!
Flocking for July 14 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Flocking for July 7 2017-07-08 04:00:00Z 0
Flocking for June 30 2017-07-08 04:00:00Z 0
 
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