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Olean

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We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Bartlett Country Club
32 Euclid Avenue
Olean, NY  14760
United States
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Members Present: Parker Suddeth, Al Wagner, Joe Higgins, Doug Price, Jeri Fedora, Lindsey Horn, Elena Bombedier, Sue Payne, Marjorie Shaumafell, Patti Gulnac, Barb Lias, Jody Spears.  Prayer was lead by Barb and pledge was lead by Al.
 
Jody introduced Jeff Andriano who introduced Thomas Baker who gave an overview of the Audio Visual Production program at BOCES. He also introduced Natalie Salvo and Eli Hendricks who are both in the  New Visions Program and gave us information on that program also through BOCES. Natalie ad Eli also informed us about Olean interacts recycling project and their interest in becoming involved in one of the international Rotary programs.
 
Doug Price motioned that we use our matching grant to help the Community Gardens of the Olean Food Pantry and Barb Lias seconded the motion was carried. Work will begin on the paper work required to receive the grant and help build the high tunnels for the Gardens.  
Members present:Rick Moore,Barb Lias, Joe Higgins, Doug Price, Al Wagner.Eric Garvin, Lindsey Horn, Parker Suddeth, Margorie Schaumlaffel, Risa Michienzi,Patty Gulnac, Janice Simpson,Elena Bombadier,Sue Payne, Theresa Schaffer, Dennis Casey, Jody Spears.
 
Tory lead the pledge   Barb said the prayer
 
Tory and friend were present and working on starting Roteract at their college
 
Discussion on grant submission projects was held;  Joe Higgins presented a plan from the food pantry to build high tunnel for the community garden of the Olean food pantry. Genesis house is not looking for help with a particular project this year.  Interfaith care givers, the Department of Aging and St Vincents will get to us by next week.
We have decided to post pone helping Oxford house until the political climate is more favorable. Refurbishing the gazebo was also mentioned.
The April auction was discussed with a tenative date of the 17th. Committees were formed :  Publicity headed by Barb Lias, Patron ads headed by Eric Garvin and Venue by Patty Gulnac, Sue Payne and Janice Simpson
Rotary team that helped install shelving at the Olean Food Pantry purchased with a matching grant from Olean Rotary and The Local Rotary District.
 
MEMBERS PRESENT attending ARE IN BOLD: Al Bernstein, Elena Bombardier, Ed Bysiek, Dennis Casey, Carmen DiGilio, Rich Esposito, Tony Evans, Jeri Fedora, Eric Garvin, Patti Gulnac, Joe Higgins, Barb Lias, David Meyers,  Risa Micheinzi, Kim Payne, Sue Payne, Douglas Price, Theresa Shaffer, Jenice Simpson, Sandra Sleggs, Jody Spears, Brittany Thierman, Rin Wada, Al Wager, Carl Vahl,  Mary Kay Worth
 
Approved Leave of Absence none
 
HONORARY MEMBERS attending  ARE IN BOLD: Alice Cauvel, Paul Cauvel, Nancy Crawford,  Brent Driscoll, Jim Gulnac, George Hendrix, Mary Hirsh-Schena, Robin Land,  Gerard (Jerry) leFeber, Dan McDowell, Rich Reilly, Marjorie Schaumlaffel
 
Guests:  Lindsay Horn (Community Bank employee, 2nd or 3rd meeting attended. Interested in joining.)
 
Make-up meeting details:  Mary Kay Worth (Make up for today: ROLEAN AUG 1 prep and Distribution), Eric Garvin (Make up for today: Club service in filling in for Tresurer duties & StrOlean prep with Health Dept permit)
 
 
MEMBERS PRESENT attending ARE IN BOLD: Al Bernstein, Elena Bombardier, Ed Bysiek, Dennis Casey, Carmen DiGilio, Rich Esposito, Tony Evans, Jeri Fedora, Eric Garvin, Patti Gulnac, Joe Higgins, Barb Lias, David Meyers,  Risa Micheinzi, Kim Payne, Sue Payne, Douglas Price, Theresa Shaffer, Jenice Simpson, Sandra Sleggs, Jody Spears, Brittany Thierman, Rin Wada, Al Wager, Carl Vahl,  Mary Kay Worth
 
Approved Leave of Absence none
 
HONORARY MEMBERS attending  ARE IN BOLD: Alice Cauvel, Paul Cauvel, Nancy Crawford,  Brent Driscoll, Jim Gulnac, George Hendrix, Mary Hirsh-Schena, Robin Land,  Gerard (Jerry) leFeber, Dan McDowell, Rich Reilly, Marjorie Schaumlaffel
 
Guests:  Kathleen Covey ( sister & guest of T Shaffer); Kim Nichols (3rd meeting, interest in joining our club)
 
Make-up meeting details: Mary Kay Worth (Make up for today: attended Aug 14 Aurora Rotary Club reorganization meeting), Carl Vahl (Make up for today: Rotary event prep for StrOlean) 
Location: Bartlett Country Club, noon
 
Meeting Presider:      President Patti Gulnac
 
Prayer: Dennis Casey
 
Pledge: Sue Payne
              
50/50 Raffle:  Winner – Teresa Shaffer - $7 donated back
 
Fines:  Happy dollars collected by Fine Master Al 
 
Club business:
>Guests introduced
 
>Program: Membership month by Dennis Casey. See separate story.
 
>District Governor club visit next week! Please try to attend and let President Patti know if you are bringing a guest.
 
>StrOlean THIS FRIDAY at the Silent Policeman. We are selling hot dogs. Dennis is chairing this event. Working and prep counts as a make-up! Just communicate!
 
Dates & Details See Speakers and Events Calendar
 
4 Way Test to close the meeting: All.
 
Adjournment:  1pm
Location: Bartlett Country Club, noon
 
Meeting Presider:   President Patti Gulnac
   
Prayer: George Hendrix
 
Pledge: Dennis Casey
              
50/50 Raffle:  $13.50 Winner – Mary Kay Worth - back to the pot!
 
Fines:  Al Wager served as fine master, beginning by leading the club in a birthday song for Martina (July 21 while on the US tour). Dennis paid BIG for the whoops on Martina pick-up from her cross country trip. Carl and Mary Kay quickly adjusted to her arrival a day earlier than planned. Al put in extra travel bucks and Jeri paid for her visit with her mom. THANKS EVERYONE!
 
Club business:
>Eric Garvin sat in the treasurer seat today, filling in for vacationing Jodi.
 
>Al Bernstein gave his classification speech. (photo below) Al is the Catt Co Clerk which means he wears many hats, including over-sight of the DMV. Al is well known in the community theatre circles, both on stage and off. He is currently directing a show for Olean Theatre Workshop. Al is also committed to service and making a difference in the community. His wife, Paula, often works right along side of Al! 
 
>Briana Casey presented. See separate story.
 
>Martina Scattu presented. See separate story.
 
>Dates to keep in mind: Friday, Aug 18 StrOLEAN; Wednesday, Aug 30 Business after hours @ Bartlett;  Tuesday, September 12 Raymour & Flannagan Fund Raiser
 
>A sign-up sheet was routed for volunteers to help with hot dog and water sales at the Silent Policeman site in Lincoln Park on Fri Aug 18. Dennis Casey is heading up the tent sales and event. 
 
>Mini grant approval for shelving is expected soon. MK will coordinate volunteers for assembly and arrange press coverage.
 
>Silent Policeman Signature Project update- MK has given our stone carve instructions NOT to paint the arrows on the 2 remaining sides so a process for others to weigh in on PAINT or NO PAINT can be made by actually comparing. 
 
>Great conversation in a very full room. (We may need to move to the BIG ROOM! Now isn't that a good problem to have?
 
Dates & Details See speakers and events calendars!
 
4 Way Test to close the meeting: Led by President Patti
 
Adjournment:   1:02 pm
The role and duties of the secretary of each club is critical. Typically, one person has been filling this responsibility. It is time, though, to consider breaking the responsibilities into smaller, more manageable duties. Members are asked to consider and step up and speak up. Needs include:
  • Weekly attendance/record keeping at the noon meeting. This includes notes for makeups and collecting fines for missed meetings.
  • Assisting the treasurer with the 50/50 raffle tickets at the noon meeting.
  • Taking meeting minutes. A Minute Minder form is available and a useful tool. 
  • Putting minutes into the Clubrunner Bulletin and publishing. Requires training.
  • Monthly entering attendance into Clubrunner. Requires training.
  • Attending monthly board of directors meeting
  • Take board of director minutes and prepare, present for approval at the next meeting, and archive in Clubrunner. (Later requires training.)
  • Annually prepare and distribute dues statements for members. (It was done successfully this year electronically through Clubrunner.)
  • Ordering new member badges.
  • Ordering other club supplies as requested by the president.
  • Scanning correspondence and archiving in Clubrunner. Requires training.
MEMBERS PRESENT attending ARE IN BOLD: Al Bernstein, Elena Bombardier, Ed Bysiek, Dennis Casey, Carmen DiGilio, Rich Esposito, Tony Evans, Jeri Fedora, Eric Garvin, Patti Gulnac, Joe Higgins, Barb Lias, David Meyers,  Risa Micheinzi, Kim Payne, Sue Payne, Douglas Price, Theresa Shaffer, Jenice Simpson, Sandra Sleggs, Jody Spears, Brittany Thierman, Rin Wada, Al Wager, Carl Vahl,  Mary Kay Worth
 
Approved Leave of Absence
 
HONORARY MEMBERS attending  ARE IN BOLD: Alice Cauvel, Paul Cauvel, Nancy Crawford,  Brent Driscoll, Jim Gulnac, George Hendrix, Mary Hirsh-Schena, Robin Land,  Gerard (Jerry) leFeber, Dan McDowell, Rich Reilly, Marjorie Schaumlaffel
 
Guests:  Carrie Matejka
 
Make-up meeting details:   7/23 Taste of Olean/Art in the Park SOCIAL make-up: Patti, Carm, Jeri, Elena, Brittany, Carl, Al W. , Jenice, Mary Kay - will be applied to specific meeting dates on club runner or banked for future use.  7/22 Rebuilding Together Al B. Barb makeup meeting attended in St Martins counts for 7/18 meeting.
Location: Bartlett Country Club, noon
 
Meeting Presider:   President Patti Gulnac
  
Prayer: Al Wager
 
Pledge: Dennis Casey
              
50/50 Raffle:  Winner – Theresa $7 back to the pot! Fines:  Al Wager collected happy dollars. Extras:  Joe Higgins (Birthday song), Dave Meyers (great & busy summer), Doug Price (granddaughter;s birthday), Jody Spears (golf success)
 
Club business:
>Guest introductions
 
>Board of Director's meeting immediately following lunch
 
>Raymour & Flanagan fund raiser, Tues Sept 12, 5-7pm The company will make a significant donation to the foundation. They provide snacks and beverage. We can invite others and fund raise. Mary Kay is the contact person for this event.
 
>Strolean Friday August 18. Lincoln Park at the site. President Patti has registered us for the opportunity to raise funds at the site. Our Stone Carver, Isaiah, will be carving. Members volunteered to serve on a committee to prepare: Elena, Al Wager, Theresa. Ideas discussed. Mary Kay will make inquiries about the possibilities of using our electric grill for a hot dog sale. 
 
>Business After Hours Wed August 30 at the Bartlett, 3-9pm. Planning details will follow in subsequent meetings.
 
>Club Service needs: Secretary (Mary Kay has been filling in and would like to step away to focus on other Rotary service. See secretary responsibilities article that describes how duties could be shared and more manageable.) President-elect (This is a critical position in our succession planning that comes with lots of District support and fun through training and networking with others.)
 
>Olean Food Pantry  Shelving Mini Grant Mary Kay reported that we are expecting notice from the District 7090 Grant committee that Rotary International has released the funds and the work of the conditionally approved grants can begin. A committee will be needed to assist in the completion of the ordering details and assembly details. Mary Kay wrote the lion's share of the grant and President Patti completed and submitted it by the deadline. The project cost is$2783.32. The District is poised to match our contribution of $1391.66 to complete this project. *Grant monies are funded through OUR OWN contributions to the Rotary Foundation. A percentage is returned to the District after a 3 year lag. Our club has not accessed these funds in years and is positioned and energized now to make this an annual initiative. Doug Price and President Patti will attend the mandatory  District grant management training this fall for the 2018 grant year eligibility. 
 
>Club Assembly Focus: Membership See separate story with photo of Dennis Casey. 
 
>Fellowship and fun conversations over meals.
 
Dates & Details See Events and Speakers. 
 
4 Way Test to close the meeting: All
 
Adjournment:  1:04pm
MEMBERS PRESENT attending ARE IN BOLD: Al Bernstein, Elena Bombardier, Ed Bysiek, Dennis Casey, Carmen DiGilio, Rich Esposito, Tony Evans, Jeri Fedora, Eric Garvin, Patti Gulnac, Joe Higgins, Barb Lias, David Meyers,  Risa Micheinzi, Kim Payne, Sue Payne, Douglas Price, Theresa Shaffer, Jenice Simpson, Sandra Sleggs, Jody Spears, Brittany Thierman, Rin Wada, Al Wager, Carl Vahl,  Mary Kay Worth
 
Approved Leave of Absence none
 
HONORARY MEMBERS attending  ARE IN BOLD: Alice Cauvel, Paul Cauvel, Nancy Crawford,  Brent Driscoll, Jim Gulnac, George Hendrix, Mary Hirsh-Schena, Robin Land,  Gerard (Jerry) leFeber, Dan McDowell, Rich Reilly, Marjorie Schaumlaffel
 
Guests:  Lindsay Horn (interest in joining 2nd meeting)
 
Make-up meeting details:  Carl Vahl (7.18.17 - planning for pasta fund raiser)
 
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