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

 
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Wednesdays 12:05 p.m.
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Weekly except last Wednesday of the month at:

American Legion

128 Cuyler Street, Palmyra 

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 Parkwood Heights
 
1340 Parkwood Drive, Macedon

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Thanks to the Club and all who helped hand out the Dictionaries to the 3rd graders and Thesauruses to the 4th graders. The children are always so excited to get these. Our exchange students are always the hit of the day, the kids have such interesting questions for them.

     Rotarian Nancy Schrader introduced this week’s guest speaker, Susan Barnes, business manager for Elder One’s Silver Hill Center, located in Newark. Elder One is a part of Rochester Regional Health that is designed to provide senior citizens in our area with services that allow them to remian in their own home and maintain their independence without compromising medical care or safety.
     Elder One provides coordinated services for seniors as an alternative to nursing home care or assisted living arrangements. Susan detailed the medical care services provided at the Newark center,  as well in-home services provided by a team of qualified professionals.
     These services are available to eligible residents of Monroe, Wayne or Ontario counties, who are in need of nursing home level care.
     If you are interested in learning complete details of the Elder One program, you are invited to call 585-922-2831, or log onto the website, www.ElderONE.org.

DG Don Milton pins our newest club member Ann Young at her induction.
 
Program
   District Governor Don Milton presented us this year’s banner - “Rotary Making a Difference” and recognized President Gary, Past-President Kim, Assistant Governor Pam Dean and Anne Morrell for their work with Rotary.  He promoted “Flex Your Club” – new rules to help advance membership by making meetings more flexible and reminded us of the need for a strategic plan for each club. 
   Don commended Pal-Mac Rotary for their participation in the Rotary Foundation.  He talked about Polio Plus and how the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matched 2 to 1 Rotary’s donation of $150 million to Polio Plus.  The Gates’ Foundation gave $300 million for a total of $450 million!
   He mentioned the upcoming district conference – the first weekend in May at Saratoga Springs and brought up Friendship Exchanges as great opportunity for cultural exchange.  We have a new program on Rotary Club Central to log in donations and volunteerism - “People of Action.”  We all need to better publicize what we do in Rotary. 
   He also noted that RI President Iain wants to work on environmental sustainability by planting trees.  The hope is that each member worldwide will plant a tree or sapling on April 22, 2018.


     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 www.lakeviewhs.org.

 

 
  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.

 
 

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