Rotary Club of Palmyra-Macedon
"Service Above Self" Chartered 1950

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     There were plenty of tears and cheers to go around as President Kim Clement presided over the Pal-Mac Rotary Club changeover picnic at Gravino Park in Macedon on Wednesday evening, June 28.

     Rotarian Margaret Brooks introduced this week’s guest speaker, Harry Merryman, CEO of Lakeview Health Services, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides housing and support services to individuals coping with chronic mental and physical health challenges in our area.

     The speaker noted that the organization began in Naples, New York some 40 years ago and has since grown to its current size, offering more than 450 housing units in a six-county area covering Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, Livingston and Tompkins counties.

     With its headquarters in Geneva, Ontario County, Lakeview Health Services provides residential programs on three levels: Community Residences, which provide 24-hour support within a home setting; Supportive Apartment Programs that provide resources and assistance to help individuals reach personal goals and develop life management skills; and one SRO (Single Room Occupancy) facility in Tompkins County, aimed primarily at those with a mental illness who have not been successful in other living arrangements.

     The most recent facility to join Lakeview’s residential programs is Woodland Commons, a 60-unit apartment complex located on Route 31 in Macedon, just east of the Village.  Thirty apartments in this building will be dedicated to supportive housing for individuals recovering from mental illness, while the remainder are available to anyone in the community who qualifies for affordable housing. Currently, occupancy in this new facility stands at nearly 75 percent, Harry stated.

     If you would like to learn more about Lakeview Health Services and the many programs and services it offers, you may visit their website at


  Rotarian Jenn Preston introduced this week’s guest speaker, Ron Palladino, who was joined by his wife, Tina, for our meeting. Ron spoke to us about SOAR – which stands for “Strengthening Our Area Residents” – a grassroots organization serving the communities of Clyde, Savannah and Galen in eastern Wayne County. The group is composed of individuals, organizations, businesses, and other partners whose aim is, “to improve the health and well-being of (these) communities, promote economic development, and beautify the surroundings” of the area.
     Among the various groups and agencies that have collaborated on numerous civic improvement activities are Wayne County and the Town of Clyde, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County, NYS Department of Conservation, and the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge.
     A major initiative of SOAR currently is “Closing the Gaps on the Erie Canal”.  Recent projects in this effort include development of a hiking and biking trail along the abandoned line of the old West Shore Railroad and construction of a playground at Lauraville Landing. One major sign of the group’s success in this area, Ron noted, is a recent announcement to include the SOAR plan in the state budget for development of the Buffalo-to-New York City Empire State Trail.
     Thank you, Ron, for sharing your time to inform us about this important grassroots effort to improve the quality of life in our area of the Empire State. If you would like to see evidence of these efforts, take a look at the SOAR Facebook page.

 TJ Chamberlain introduced this week’s guest speaker, Beth Claypoole, Executive Director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County in Newark. TJ is a member of that agency’s Board of Directors.
   Beth is no stranger to Pal-Mac Rotary – she has spoken to our Club in the past, and is personally acquainted with several members. She provided an informative update on the many programs and services offered to residents of the Wayne County area, quipping, “We do a lot more than provide tips on how to roast a Thanksgiving turkey!”
   The mission of the CCE educational system is to “enable people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work”. Through workshops, seminars, you tube videos,  CCE offers practical advice and information on areas ranging from farming and gardening, food preservation and nutrition, to 4-H youth programs and activities, and – currently – how to cope with Deer Ticks during this summer season.
   To aid in this educational effort, Beth’s CCE agency publishes an informative newsletter “three-to-four times a year” and maintains an up-to-the-minute calendar of events on its website. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, or just learn more about the Cooperative Extension and its programs, log on to the website,

   Pam Dean introduced this week’s guest speaker, Dr. David Hannan of Newark, who provided members with an extensive and informative look at the history of the dread disease Polio, and efforts by many organizations, including Rotary, to eradicate it. 
   A 30-year member of the Rotary Club of Newark, Dr. Hannan is a Past President of that Club and has served as Board President of Camp Onseyawa, as well as being active in many Rotary projects and activities. Among these, none is more important than Rotary’s role in the effort to eradicate Polio from the earth.
   Dr. Hannan noted that the Polio virus has been around for thousands of years and has no cure, although it is preventable with a vaccine. The disease mainly affects children under the age of five, and until it can be ended forever every child remains at risk.


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