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Meeting are cancelled thru April 30, 2020
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Westfield, NY 14787
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We had a very interesting program from a fellow Rotarian, Ravi Bansal (member of the Buffalo Club), who is planning a trip around the world in a single-engine airplane, to raise awareness and funds for the Rotary Cancer Hospital in Ambala, India. In case you missed it, check out his website to learn about his brave and ambitious mission!
This week was the final Scholars of the Month event for this club year.  As always we were awed by the students involved...from Brocton Central School, Garrett McFadden...from Chautauqua Lake Central School, Delaney Brooks...and from Westfield Academy and Central School, Hunter Howes.  Congratulations to the soon-to-be graduating seniors and their families!  Also a special thank you going out to Dan, Luci, and the school administrators who make it all possible! Dan added that our club will be contributing $2,000 to our participating schools for scholarships for this graduation season--thanks to Rotarians for supporting this!
Our program was provided by Marsha Holland, Second Assistant Fire Chief of Westfield, and also 2016-2017 President of Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firefighters.  Marcia spoke of the Safety Village, a project near and dear to her heart, as well as W-M Rotarians!  All K-4 classes from Westfield go, where they learn about fire safety, bike safety, poison safety, parking lot safety. She told us about a little girl who learned bike safety at the CCSEV, and was later involved in a bicycle accident. Her helmet was severely damaged, but she did not suffer any trauma. The girl donated her helmet to the CCSEV to use as a demonstration. CCSEV also offers the babysitting course, first aid and CPR. Our club sponsors students to go to the Safety Village every year--our donation covers a class and a half of students to participate!
This week we were honored to welcome and celebrate with our May Scholars of the Month and their families!  These talented and hard-working young adults will be graduating in a month, and as any Rotarian who was at the meeting can attest….our future is in good hands!  Our May Scholars are: from Brocton Central School, Mackenzie Maines; from Chautauqua Lake Central School, Brittany Fardink (April SOM) and Joel Vinciguerra (May SOM), and from Westfield Academy and Central School, Joshua Kitchen.  Congratulations to all!
Sydney Lachajczyk from CLCS was unable to attend due to a sporting event, but we were introduced to Madeline Brogan from Brocton High School, Keeshawn Smith from Maple Grove, Kaylee Thornton from Sherman Central School, and Jasmine Kiswani from WACS.  It was great to hear about their experiences and feedback about SLAPSHOT!
Our April Scholars of the Month were: from Brocton Central School--Johnethen Spicer, CLCS--Brittany Fardink (unable to attend), and from WACS--Elizabeth Franchina.
Our guest speaker was Katie Huba, Mercyhurst North East Oasis Program, Interim Director.  This one-year to two-year program gives adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities the opportunity to earn a proficiency-based certificate in a college setting. The unique, non-credit program gives students the opportunity to learn academic and vocational skills alongside traditional students pursuing similar vocational interests. Students are also provided the opportunity to learn important social and “soft” skills that are pivotal for employment.
Fellow-Rotarian Don Dowling, recently spoke about his near-the-top-of-his-bucket-list item...writing a novel!  Don also had copies on-hand for members and guests to purchase autographed copies.  If you haven’t gotten yours yet, but would like to, let Don know.  “The Gold of Vanishing Creek”, a western novel.
For our program this week, we welcomed our February 2017 Scholars of the Month and their parents! Pictured at right from Westfield Academy and Central School is Maxwell Bates and from Chautauqua Lake Central School is Joseph Parker.
For our program this week, we went on a little “field trip” across the street to FairPoint Communications, where Mike gave us a tour of some of the behind-the-scenes equipment that keeps internet and phone service going addition to the museum!  Really fun and interesting—thank you to everyone who played along with our spur-of-the-moment program adventure!
Jefferson Westwood, Director of the Michael C. Rockefeller Center at SUNY Fredonia.  In addition to overseeing operations, programming, marketing, and fundraising for the center, he also heads up SUNY Fredonia’s undergraduate degree program in Arts Administration.  Jefferson provided a very informative program about the additions and renovations that were completed at the Rockefeller Arts Center in the fall  of 2016.
For our program this week, we welcomed and formally inducted two new members—Barbara Fay and Mary Swanson.  Welcome aboard, Ladies...we all look forward to serving with you!
Introducing the Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club's Scholars of the Month from Brocton Central School, Kendralyn Matonic; from Chautauqua Lake Central School, Emily Brown; and from Westfield Academy and Central School, Alaina Cockram.
Our meeting program was by Michele Starwalt (also Dunkirk Rotary Club president) about Chautauqua Striders.  Michele told Rotarians about all of the wonderful programs offered by the organization for local youth. 
Our meeting program was by Kirk Young, Vice-President for Institutional Advancement and Enrollment Management at Jamestown Community College.  In this position, Kirk oversees the offices of Admissions, Recruitment, Public Relations, Marketing, Athletics, and JCC Foundation! It was a very informative program, and gave an overview of the countless opportunities offered by JCC.
Congratulations to our December Scholars of the Month and their families!  This week, we celebrated with Jani Barney – Westfield Academy and Central School, Maximillian McKee – Chautauqua Lake Central School, and Logan Kelley of Brocton Central School.  In addition, Jason Delcamp presented a $200 check donation to our PolioPlus Challenge from the Brocton Interact Club, which the Interactors raised by holding a “Crazy Hat & Pajamas Day” at BCS
Our annual Holiday Party was held at Brazill's on Main, and featured entertainment by The Westwinds! It was a fun and festive evening...a good time was had by all!
Our Pace Against Polio 5K was a huge success...thank you to everyone who helped out, participated in the event, and donated to this worthy cause.  We are THIS CLOSE!
We had two very interesting and inspiring programs the last two weeks, with Westfield-Mayville Rotarians as our guest speakers! Ben’s program. “Curbside Service” was powerful, emotional, and inspiring...and if you missed it, there were tears in the house and a standing ovation at the end.  Jim spoke to members about hearing loss and how impactful that can be on someone’s everyday life.  Thank you to both of these guys for sharing a part of their personal lives with us!
Congratulations to our November Scholars of the Month and their families! We celebrated with: from Brocton Central School, Nicolas Dohre; from Chautauqua Lake Central School, Jaclyn Doyle; and from Westfield Academy and Central School, Hailey Garske.
We had one of our own Rotarians addressing the club this week about something he is very passionate about.  Doug Richmond talked to us about antique guns, and even brought in a few to show us!  It was a very interesting program, and we especially enjoyed the photo he shared of when he was seven-years-old!!  Thanks Doug! 
We enjoyed a very informative program by Pete Pascale, Administrator of Westfield Memorial Hospital, who visited our Club to tell us about the “RED” campaign—Renovate our Emergency Department. To learn more and/or help make a difference, call 716-793-2338 or visit
This week, the District 7090 Visioning Team visited our club and worked through the visioning process with us.  It was very interesting to see the thoughts and ideas that came out of it!  Mike will be compiling and presenting the initial results at the Club Assembly on December 6. 
Stay tuned!
We were so pleased to welcome and celebrate with our October Scholars of the Month!!  Joining us from Brocton Central, Denali Smith; from Chautauqua Lake Central School, Samantha Bauer; and from Westfield Academy and Central School, Emmanuelle Knappenberger. Congratulations to these talented students and their families!
In lieu of a program at this meeting, we celebrated long-time Rotarian, Harry Barton and his wife Connie, as they plan to move to the west coast to be nearer to their daughters.  Harry joined our club in the mid-70s, sponsored by Kem Dengler.  Over the years, he has served as treasurer, secretary, president-elect, and president.  The most memorable event that he helped plan during his years as a Rotarian was the 33K ski marathon, which lasted for several years...until the snow did not cooperate! We all wish Harry and Connie the best, and look forward to them visiting us now and then!
This week was a Club Assembly and Jim Wakeman offered a very informative program about the Polio Plus Challenge that we have underway.  This is a very exciting initiative and a great opportunity to educate our local community members about polio eradication in the world, as we raise funds to make it happen.  Many thanks to Jim for taking on a leadership role in this project!
We were happy to welcome our first round of Scholars of the Month for this school year, in addition to their parents! This week’s honorees were: from Brocton Central School, Molly Kucharski; from Chautauqua Lake Central School, Taylor Phelps; and from WACS, Maddison Knapp.

This week, we had an interesting program by Bruce Robinson, a self-employed consulting forester.  His firm offers various services, including marketing timber and supervising logging operations in 13 communities in WNY/PA. Bruce discussed that ‘community forestry’ means; the complexity in a village of trying to grow trees, as they are always in a compromised situation due to wires, space, etc.
Audrey Dowling (Don’s wife) joined us this week, and told us about how the local Art Trail came to be...and about the collaborative effort of many area artisans to not only bring it to reality, but to keep it going and growing. Please get out in support of our local artists this coming weekend for their 8th annual  “Open Studio Tour”.  For more info, visit their website:
This week, we learned a lot about our special guest presenter, Patrick Swanson.   A native of Chautauqua County and graduate of Sherman Central School, Patrick went to Wake Forest University and law school at the University of Memphis. He and his wife returned to WNY to raise their family. Patrick is running for re-election in November.
Not only were we privileged to have District 7090 Governor Marlee Diehl and her husband Bill with us; but we also honored three members of our club for 50+ years of membership. Steve Elliott, Jim Mead, and Jack Dean were all given District Governor Citations and pins. In addition, Jim Wakeman was given the “Unsung Hero” Award from DG Marlee. It was a very special day indeed!
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Our annual visit from the Chautauqua Scholarship winners!  Such talented musicians, and a worthy cause for our club to support!
Five years after coming to Westfield as our inbound exchange student from Puebla, Mexico, Omar de la Barerra came back to visit his host family and friends. Pictured here with his host-mom and Rotarian, Adele Harrington, and sister Mackenzi Habig.  Omar is entering his fourth year of college in Mexico, and hopes to return to the US next year for an internship!
We were happy to have our 2016 RYLArian, Mackenzi Habig, with us. She told Rotarians about her recent experience at RYLA at SUNY Fredonia.  Mackenzi thanked the Westfield-Mayville Club for this life-changing experience, and hopes that other young adults from our club area will consider attending in the future. 
This week we welcomed Jason Schmidt, local attorney and candidate for Chautauqua County District Attorney, and his campaign manager Tom Tarpley.  Although an election year, Jason spoke of many concerns that the DA’s office is currently facing—the surge in drug crimes and the significant increases in criminal cases that the office is contending with.

Our annual Installation Banquet was held at Noble Winery! Adele passed the gavel to Mike, and installed President-Elect Janese Berkhouse, Secretary Cindy Harper, Treasurer Tom Berkhouse, and Directors Luci Petrella, Pete Bills, Harry Barton, Dave Travis, Dan Smith, and Tracy Bennett.  Helen honored Harry Barton for his many years of selfless service to Rotary and the entire Westfield community.  Harry and Connie plan to move to the west coast this fall to be closer to their two daughters.  They will be missed by all of us!! We also said “Farewell” to our exchange student, Adam, who is returning to the Czech Republic after spending the academic year with the Manzella family.  Adele thanked Dave Travis for being her “Unsung Hero” and greatest mentor during her year as president of our club.  And finally, a beautiful Lake Erie Sunset was enjoyed by all!  Thank you to Linda for coordinating such a relaxing and enjoyable dinner and venue!

Dan presented Adele with the Lighthouse Award which was given to our club at the DG Changeover on June 26.  Many thanks to everyone for their efforts throughout the year, making it possible!
We had two more of our SLAPSHOT students with us this week, from Brocton, Timothy Skinner and from CLCS, Taylor Phelps.  Congratulations to all of these talented students and their families!
We were humbled and honored to celebrate with our June Scholars of the Month: from Brocton, Matthew Dow; from CLCS, Elizabeth Carlson; and from Sherman Central, Bridget Yaw.
We had a busy but very exciting meeting on Tuesday! John Boronkay, District Grants Spending Plan Subcommittee member, came to our club to present the reimbursement check for our 2015-2016 grant (YWCA Girls’ Program project) to Foundation Chair, Jim Wakeman.  We also had a special visit from our exchange student, Adam who gave an interesting program about his home country!  He has been such fun this year, and it was nice hearing from him.  As if that wasn’t enough...we had a great “regular” program by Joseph Schneider about stamp and coin collecting.  Thank you all who attended and were a part of this special day!

we heard from the recent SLAPSHOT (Student Leadership Award Program for Students High On Training) participants from Sherman Central—Jacob Martin and from WACS—Anne-Catherine Schaaf. Not in attendance: Timothy Skinner from Brocton Central and Taylor Phelps from CLCS.  Regarding SLAPSHOT, Anne-Catherine said, “There was a wide variety of activities, and leadership was a part of it all.”  Jacob added, “We went there as representatives and human beings, and came home a family.”
We were thrilled to honor several local students at this week’s meeting!  Joining us were May Scholars of the Month from Brocton Central—Timothy Coccarelli, from CLCS—Abigail Andriaccio, from Sherman Central—Morgan Motherwell, and from WACS—Meghan Bodenmiller.  Also joining us from WACS was Jonathan Wilson, Scholar of the Month for June.
We had a very interesting program from Nancy Kay called “Writing Romance Novels: Separating Fact From Fiction”.  She provided insight on the process of becoming an author and getting books published. Nancy Kay stayed after the meeting to answer additional questions and for a book signing, but if you missed it her website is
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