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FYI, if Pittsford Schools close or delay Wednesday morning due to weather conditions, we do not meet.
Kevin O’Grady talked us about the benefits of being an annual club member sponsor from January 1 through December 31. Pres. Matt was a “Ruby” level club sponsor in 2016 and will be once again this year. Do consider a club sponsorship at a level that is right for you.
Of course, tickets are on sale for the March 13 “Taste of Pittsford” at Nazareth College. There continues to be a lot happening behind the scenes in preparation for this annual gala event thanks to Jim Murphy and his team. Please continue to sell tickets.
In fact, some Rotarians already brought in a bottle of wine or two for several baskets that we can create to be auctioned off at The Taste.
Save the date -– Saturday, May 6 for R-Community Bike Drop. More to come from Steve Wilterdink in the weeks ahead.
Save the date -– Saturday, May 20 for our Annual Fishing Derby. More to come from Kevin O’Grady in the weeks ahead.
Save this date -- Wednesday, June 28 at The Highlands for our annual Change-over dinner.
We welcomed Joan G. Malley, the Managing Director of Harbor House of Rochester. The Mission of Harbor House of Rochester, Inc. is to provide temporary lodging for families of adult critical care patients who live outside the Rochester area and are receiving care at the University of Rochester Medical Center or other area hospitals. Harbor House provides a “home-away-from-home” environment of safe and supportive living that eases the emotional and financial burdens on families.
The Harbor House of Rochester is a four-bedroom facility, located two short blocks south of the University of Rochester Medical Center. You will find the peaceful home situated in the quaint Upper Mt. Hope neighborhood at 89 Rossiter Road.
Do encourage colleagues of yours outside of the Rotary family to come and see first-hand what we do as a civic service-oriented Club. We had at least two guests last week thanks to Jeanne Strazzabosco (Zena Dorsey) and Don Henderson (Akua Ajuvon). Pres. Matt invited both to return in the morning. Others who bring guests should definitely encourage them to return.
employee benefits consulting firm in Pittsford.
Tickets are on sale for the March 13 “Taste of Pittsford” at Nazareth College. There continues to be a lot happening behind the scenes in preparation for this annual gala event, thanks to Jim Murphy and his dedicated and motivated team. Please encourage all family, friends, neighbors and professional colleagues to join us for an evening of fine dining. This is the time to see the best of the Club in action.
Save the date -– Saturday, May 6 for our annual R Community Bike Drop. More to come from Steve Wilterdink in the weeks ahead.
We met again on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, as usual, in the Pittsford Community Library for breakfast and fellowship.
DGE Vinay Asthana and his wife Seema from India, our visitors last Wednesday and Western New York tourists last week, are now in California. Thanks to Bob Vukosic for acting as tour guide for much of the week. And Pittsford Rotarian Jai and Shashi Goel, their hosts for dinner on Friday evening, left for India last night. They return in a couple of weeks.
Many thanks to Peter Crooker, Jim Cameron, Eli Bannister and Whit Merrill (and sons) for their efforts last Saturday at the Saints Place warehouse.
Of course, tickets are on sale for the March 13 “Taste of Pittsford” at Nazareth College. There has been a lot happening behind the scenes in preparation for this annual gala event.
Paul Schenkel, Commissioner of Public Works for the Town of Pittsford, will return to the Club to speak to us about the first-ever Pittsford Community Garden we are sponsoring with Service Budget funds and a District 7120 Simplified Grant.
Do read outbound exchange student Sophie McCormick's latest report from down under (click here) -- and enjoy the photographs she sent us, (click here).
We reconvened for the second half of the 2016-17 Rotary year on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, as usual in the Pittsford Community Library for breakfast.
Vice President Sharon Garofanello informed Pres. Matt yesterday that her father, Joseph Garofanello, passed away Christmas week.
The obituary will be in Wednesday's paper. Calling hours are Friday, January 6, 2017, from 4:00PM to 8:00PM at Falvo Funeral Home in Webster. The funeral mass is Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 10:30AM at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Flower City Park in Rochester.
Please keep Sharon, her father and the entire extended Garofanello family in your thoughts and prayers.
JANUARY HAS ARRIVED! Whit is sponsoring a “First Friday” evening at the Erie Grill this coming Friday, January 6 at 5:00 pm.
Isabel Miller requests our assistance organizing the Saints Place warehouse on Saturday, January 14, instead of January 7.
Tickets are on sale already for the March 13 “Taste of Pittsford” gala at Nazareth College.
We had a wonderful holiday celebration complete with raffles and auctions last Thursday, December 1, at Monroe Golf Club. Many thanks to Club members who kindly donated live auction baskets -- and yes, one ornamental tree of scratch-offs -- to the festive evening.
Richard Colby and Pat Mallery highlighted Tuesday's, December 6, “Candlelight Night” in the Town of Pittsford. Lynn Freshman had a wonderful evening with RI President John Germ at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center for the 91st Eastern Cities Dinner.
Don’t forget to read Sophie McCormick’s latest account of life “down under” (click here) as our outbound exchange student in Australia.
Remember to register with Sharon Garofanello for the Holiday Party on Thursday evening, December 1 at Monroe Golf Club. The dinner promises to be festive and fun with raffles and a sing-a-long with Lynn and Manny Freshman. We need to provide Monroe Golf Club an approximate count on Wednesday!
Our District Governor Tom Rogers and his wife Sandie, plus Assistant District Governor Susie Rose and husband Michael, will be our guests of honor at the party, always a treat for all of us. Lisa Hernes, our caterer, and her husband are joining us too.
Pete Crooker presented the “Golden Meatball Awards,” a post-Pasta Supper Club tradition to Eli Bannister. The Golden Meatball award is given to one Rotarian and one non-Rotarian who exemplified service above self in their service work at our Annual Election Night Pasta Supper.
President Matt spoke of the Habitat Dedication last Saturday, Nov. 19. Habitat's newest homeowner, Kareny Morales, shared with everyone that her "resolution was to become a homeowner by the end of this year, and we all helped her make it happen. Habitat home dedications are the culmination of an incredible amount of work from Habitat's home buyers, coaches, sponsors, and volunteers. The powerful example set by the Habitat Interfaith Partnership and Pittsford Rotary over the course of building this house (and 6 other houses before it), have shown the direct positive impact that can be accomplished when people come together to see that they have more in common than they are different, build bridges among communities, roll up their sleeves, and put love into action.
Co-chair Pete Crooker authored a heartfelt thank-you on behalf of fellow chair Don Henderson. Pete’s message to the Club follows.
Don Henderson and I wish to express our sincere gratitude for the great effort club members turned in for the 50th Annual Election Day Pasta Supper Tuesday evening.
Surplus food has been donated and everything has been wrapped up except for some of the members who have yet to settle up with ticketmaster Harold McAulliffe.
In a nutshell, 2016 ticket sales relative to 2015 sales ended as follows:
“Take Out” tickets collected = 106, up 31 over last year;
“Drive Thru” tickets collected = 240, up 48;
Total tickets collected = 691, up 108.
Many offered praise for "not just your average pasta fund raising meal, but an excellent one."
Don and the entire kitchen crew -- and Luke Stuart and his take-out/drive-thru squad -- really made the supper a fabulous success.
As far as sponsorships went, we had 19 Bronze/Silver/Gold sponsors, resulting in $3600. The first-time “Poster Sponsor” effort resulted in 7 new backers, yielding an additional $350.
In closing, I have enjoyed working with Don and club members and friends of Rotary for the past 15 years as co-chair of the supper; I am looking forward to a much smaller role hereafter.
President Matt adds a personal thanks to all of our participating membership and our outstanding Co-chairs Peter and Don. You all absolutely exemplify our motto of “Service above Self.”
Monroe County Sheriff Department Captain Paul DeLella, his wife Mary of Monroe County Victims Advocate, President of the Pittsford Volunteer Fire Department Todd Long, and Monroe County County Clerk Candidate Cheryl Rozzi were a few guests. Emcees were Presidents of both Clubs, Matt O'Connor and Joseph Rosensheim. Singing sensations, Manny and Lynn Freshman, started the evening's program by leading the "The Star Spangled Banner". President Matt presented a check to Todd Long. And President Rosensheim announced that other Monroe County Rotary Clubs will pursue a similar Teddy Bears picnic.
The annual Rotary Club of Pittsford Golf Scramble was held at Victor Hills Golf Club on August 8, 2016. Proceeds benefited the Pittsford Food Cupboard, Rotary International Foundation and other Pittsford Rotary Club service projects.
We had an absolute perfect day for golf. Over 60 golfers participated in the scramble format. Registration started at 9 am. Continental breakfast was served during registration. The shotgun start was at 10 a.m. The golfers enjoyed blue skies, lunch at the turn, beverages & snacks that were delivered all day long. At the end of the day, they had a delicious steak and chicken dinner.
Participants joined in the putting contest and the Woodcliff getaway raffle. A million thanks to Rotarian John Bernacki for donating our raffle prize. Over 40 door prizes were awarded, and each golfer took home a bottle of wine. They all had a great time!
Our Winners were:
1st Place: Team McCoy at 9 under
2nd Place: Team Turner at 7 under
1st Place Mixed: Team YMCA at 2 under
Putting Contest: Steve Schmidt
Closest to the rope: Al Shaw
Closest to the pin: Steve Schmidt
Woodcliff Get-A-Way Weekend : James Keogan