Posted by Cindy Amell on May 28, 2019
 
 
This week we welcome Adirondack Theatre Festival with an update from Executive Director Chad Rabinowitz.
 
We will also be issuing 5K checks to both the Conkling Center and the Prospect Center.
 
And…..in case that is not enough, we simply ran out of time last week to award our Rotarian of the Year award (and yes the recipient was there – or was he or she????)  We will attempt that again this week!
 
NO MEETING JULY 4TH
 
Who was our Citizen of the Year?  None other than our guest speaker – Brian LaFlure.  Boy did we surprise him and his Wife Nancy.  Well deserved and what a fun time presenting it. 
 
LARAC – June 15 and 16.  Sign up now on our website…all hands on deck for this one.  Let’s show dough boy Kevin how quick we can sign up and spare him the begging.  Don’t make him beg – its not becoming!
 
Changeover for the district – Saturday June 22 at the Maybee Farm in Rotterdam.  We are bringing our dough trailer and cooking the food.  What a great chance to show the district what we have!!  What is this you may ask?  It is a celebration of this year’s rotary presidents and officers and the Current DG Tammy Heckenberg.  We then introduce new presidents, officers and of course our new DG Larry Jones.  Please see Cindy if interested in attending.  You may also register on the District Website.
 
Getting rid of Clothes?? – reminder that Rotary has a big blue clothing bin located in the Hewitts parking lot on Quacker Rd.  All proceeds go towards the Rotary Gift of Life fund which provides lifesaving heart surgeries for young children.  It is an easy way to donate and help save lives.
 
Don’t forget – PP Art Norton would probably love visitors and cards while he is at The Warren Center recuperating.  He will be back with us before you know it.
 
Saturday June 1 is the Feeder Canal canoe and kayak race.  Registration opens at 8:30am.  $20 solo/ $25 Tandem.  Come support the Feeder Canal!  This does not have to be a race.  Just enjoy a trip down the Canal – without falling in!  www.feedercanal.org for more info.
 
Saturday June 8th the Glens Falls Hospital will be sponsoring an Aloha Family 5k and 1 mile fun walk.  Let’s get a team together.  I have signed up!  Join me. You can see Cindy Sherwood for more details and check out www.runsignup.com/gfh5k to register.
 
Spinoffs May 28, 2019 Cindy Amell 2019-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on May 21, 2019
 
 
This week we welcome Brian LaFlure - Director and Fire Coordinator of the Warren County, Office of Emergency Services, where he is responsible for all facets of emergency management throughout the county, including fire response, emergency medical services, Hazmat response, civil defense, WMD, Mobile Communications vehicle response, first responder training, and more. Chief LaFlure has over 47 years of experience in the emergency services sector, and routinely supports state-wide and nation-wide initiatives, including the Department of Homeland Security’s First Responder Electronic Jamming initiatives. He founded, and is the Chairman of the Adirondack Regional Interoperable Communications Consortium, which now coordinates emergency communications across 14 counties, over 35% of the area of New York State. Chief LaFlure also currently serves on New York State Interoperable Communications Board, a number of working groups, and is a credentialed COML, COMT, for deployment as needed. He lives in Queensbury with his wife Nance and daughter Tina.
 
This week we award both our Rotarian of the year award as well as the Citizen of the year award.
 
We may not have time for Happy dollars this week – just saying!! 
 
Thank you to Don Krebs and his volunteers for highway cleanup this past Saturday.
 
Thank you to PP Dave Bogue and all the volunteers for cooking and serving at Petfest this past Saturday as well!
 
Changeover for the District – Saturday June 22 at the Maybee Farm in Rotterdam.  What is this you may ask?  It is a celebration of this year’s Rotary Presidents and officers and the Current DG Tammy Heckenberg.  We then introduce new presidents, officers and of course our new DG Larry Jones.  Please see Cindy if interested in attending.  You may also register on the District Website.
 
Getting rid of Clothes?? – reminder that Rotary has a big blue clothing bin located in the Hewitts parking lot on Quacker Rd.  All proceeds go towards the Rotary Gift of Life fund which provides lifesaving heart surgeries for young children.  It is an easy way to donate and help save lives.
 
Don’t forget – PP Art Norton would probably love visitors and cards while he is at The Warren Center recuperating.  He will be back with us before you know it.
 
Saturday June 8th the Glens Falls Hospital will be sponsoring an Aloha Family 5k and 1 mile fun walk.  Let’s get a team together.  I have signed up!  Join me. You can see Cindy Sherwood for more details and check out www.runsignup.com/gfh5k to register.
 
Spinoffs May 21, 2019 Cindy Amell 2019-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Bechard on May 14, 2019
Last Thursday, we had visitors John Crawford and Denny Galloway from the Lake George Club.  Denny found a photo Album of the Glens Falls Rotary Club from 1962-1963.  Art Norton, a current member of our club was included in this album.  What a great treasure for our club!  We will give this to our historian Jackie Touba for safe keeping.
 
Exchange Student Lautie gave a great presentation on his life in Argentina and his experiences as a student in Glens Falls.  What a great program we have for our exchange students.  Thanks to all those who help with this effort. 
 
This week –The Interact Club Students will give us an update on their Rotarian activities.
 
District Day of Service is Saturday May 18.  All Rotarians in the district are being asked to help.  This year the district is working at the Backstretch of the Saratoga Race Track. If you would like to volunteer with our club Rotarians, this is a great opportunity to meet members from other clubs.  
 
Changeover for the district – Saturday June 22 at the Maybee Farm in Rotterdam.  What is this you may ask?  It is a celebration of this year’s rotary presidents and officers and the Current DG Tammy Heckenberg.  We then introduce new presidents, officers and of course our new DG Larry Jones.  Stay tuned for more details.
 
We are selling Fried Dough the following two dates:  May 11 and May 18  Signups are available for May 11 for Jenkinsville Mountain Mayhem Soccer Tournament.  Please consider helping out!  May 18 is the Petfest in City Park.  The Interact club of Glens Falls High School will be helping with this event
 
Don’t forget – PP Art Norton would probably love visitors and cards while he is at The Warren Center recuperating.  He will be back with us before you know it.
 
Winter Raptor Fest is May 18 and 19 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Saving land and birds for people – sponsored by the Friends of the IBA
 
Saturday June 8th the Glens Falls Hospital will be sponsoring an Aloha Family 5k and 1 mile fun walk.  Let’s get a team together.  You can see Cindy Sherwood for more details and check out www.runsignup.com/gfh5k to register.
 
Storage for Lyme Booklets – PP Steve Borgos mentioned last week that he looking for a place to store Lyme literature.  If you can help him out, please contact Steve.
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Karin Green
May 10
 
Gordon Woodworth
May 15
 
John Schutze
May 16
 
Alisha Hanley
May 20
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
 
 
Pet Fest
Glens Falls City Park
May 18, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
 
Speakers
 
 
 
 
May 16, 2019
Interact Club Students
Interact Club
 
May 23, 2019
Brian LaFlure
The Many Facets of the Office of Emergency Services
 
May 30, 2019
Chad Rabinowitz
Adirondack Theater Festival
 
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Russell Hampton
ClubRunner
ClubRunner Mobile

 
“Be the Inspiration”
 
Spinoffs-May 14, 2019 Tim Bechard 2019-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Goodspeed on May 07, 2019
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Calling all runners and walkers! If you participated in the Rotary 5K and Corporate Challenge this year, the pictures are in! If you would like to see yourself and your friends and family in real live-action shots on the course click here to go to our Rotary 5K race album to find your special moment.
We have over 800 pictures of race day available for you to download and memorialize your success in a favorite frame on your wall of fame!
We hope you enjoyed the day and thank you for participating in this year's event supporting The Prospect Center and The Conkling Center.
Rotary 5K and Corporate Challenge Pictures Have Arrived Jim Goodspeed 2019-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on May 07, 2019
           
 
This week our exchange student Lautie will tell us about his year so far in our neck of the woods!  Maybe he will share a little bit about his family back home as well, as did Henrique.
 
Paul Harris Awards were issued last week.  Charla Jennings received her Paul Harris and PP Harrison Freer received his Paul Harris plus two.  Congratulations to both recipients and it is wonderful that they support the RI foundation. 
 
District Day of Service is Saturday May 18.  All Rotarians in the district are being asked to help.  We can do so by helping at the Racetrack in Saratoga.  They need painting and cleaning up in the Backstretch where the summer employees live.  Stay tuned for more info. 
 
Changeover for the district – Saturday June 22 at the Maybee Farm in Rotterdam.  What is this you may ask?  It is a celebration of this year’s rotary presidents and officers and the Current DG Tammy Heckenberg.  We then introduce new presidents, officers and of course our new DG Larry Jones.  Stay tuned for more details.
 
We are selling Fried Dough the following two dates:  May 11 and May 18  Signups are available for May 11 for Jenkinsville Mountain Mayhem Soccer Tournament.  Please consider helping out!  May 18 is the Petfest in City Park.  The Interact club of Glens Falls High School will be helping with this event
 
Getting rid of Clothes?? – reminder that Rotary has a big blue clothing bin located in the Hewitts parking lot on Quaker Rd.  All proceeds go towards the Rotary Gift of Life fund which provides lifesaving heart surgeries for young children.  It is an easy way to donate and help save lives.
 
Don’t forget – PP Art Norton would probably love visitors and cards while he is at The Warren Center recuperating.  He will be back with us before you know it.
 
Book Sale – Queensbury Sr Center this Thursday 9-7pm and Friday 9-noon with special pricing.  Come support the Center!
 
Winter Raptor Fest is May 18 and 19 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Saving land and birds for people – sponsored by the Friends of the IBA
 
Saturday June 8th the Glens Falls Hospital will be sponsoring an Aloha Family 5k and 1 mile fun walk.  Let’s get a team together.  I have signed up!  Join me. You can see Cindy Sherwood for more details and check out www.runsignup.com/gfh5k to register.
 
Storage for Lyme Booklets – PP Steve Borgos mentioned last week that he looking for a place to store Lyme literature.  If you can help him out, please contact Steve.
 
Spinoffs May 7, 2019 Cindy Amell 2019-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on Apr 30, 2019
 
 
This week our exchange student Henrique will tell us about his year so far in our neck of the woods!  Maybe he will share a little bit about his family back home as well.
 
Fishing derby was NOT a washout – We had about 75 kids come and fish with us.  The rain held out although it was a bit chilly.  Thanks to all who came to help.  We especially appreciate our rotary friend Stu who came to help as he does each year.  He weighs and measures the fish.  Although he is not a Rotarian, he is a friend we can count on.  Special thanks to Tim Bartlett for his first year chairing the event – following in the footsteps of Don Krebs who has chaired it for many years. 
 
We are selling Fried Dough the following two dates:  May 11 and May 18.  Signup is available for May 11 for Jenkinsville Mountain Mayhem Soccer Tournament.  Please consider helping out!  We need many hands on deck and this is a super fun event.  May 18 is the Petfest in City Park.  The Interact club of Glens Falls High School will be helping with this event.  But we still need a few more hands on deck.
 
Birthday Week is being celebrated this Thursday.  Bring your check in the amount of your years on this planet.  Make the checks out to……Glens Falls Rotary Foundation.  NOT Scotia Rotary Foundation! 
 
PAT’S PIGS are retiring to pasture…not the meat market!  Most have lost their “bottoms” and it’s time for change.  If you are a creative person and have a new idea on how to collect for our Library Book program, please come chat with me.  This could be a fun simple project for one lucky Rotarian.
 
Don’t forget – PP Art Norton would probably love visitors and cards while he is at The Warren Center recuperating.  He will be back with us before you know it.
 
Winter Raptor Fest is May 18 and 19 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Saving land and birds for people – sponsored by the Friends of the IBA
 
Our club now has an Opiod Task Force Committee under the leadership of co-Chairs PP Barb Sweet and PP Jim Goodspeed.  Please stay tuned for more details on how you can get involved.
 
Saturday June 8th the Glens Falls Hospital will be sponsoring an Aloha Family 5k and 1-mile fun walk.  You can see Cindy Sherwood for more details and check out www.runsignup.com/gfh5k to register.
 
Thanks, and see you all this Thursday.
Spinoffs April 29, 2019 Cindy Amell 2019-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on Apr 23, 2019
 
 
This week we welcome Bill Moon (BBBS) & Paulette Kershko (Warren County) who will discuss the U-CAN Family Pilot program in Warren County Family Court
 
Fishing derby is April 27th.  That’s this weekend!!  Sign up now!! We still need help.  Please note the signups list the time till 10am, but we will still need help probably till 11.  We need to give out the prizes to all the little ones and get those fish measured.  We appreciate those who can stay till the end!   Thanks to Tim Bartlett for chairing this event.
 
We are selling Fried Dough the following two dates:  May 11 and May 18  Signups are available for May 11 for Jenkinsville Mountain Mayhem Soccer Tournament.  Please consider helping out!  We need many hands on deck and this is a super fun event.
 
Don’t forget – PP Art Norton would probably love visitors and cards while he is at The Warren Center recuperating.  He will be back with us before you know it.
 
Paul Harris recipients last week included:  Brian Corcoran with his First Paul Harris.  PE Tim Bechard with his first Paul Harris.  PP Jean Lapper received her Paul Harris plus one, as well as Don KrebsCindy and Jim Amell each received their Paul Harris plus 3.  Lastly, Dave Lebel received his Paul Harris plus 6.    For all new members, Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary in1904.  The Paul Harris award indicates that $1,000 has been given to the Rotary Foundation.   Each additional “plus” number indicates an additional $1,000 donation.  We congratulate all those who have earned this honor.  Thank you all for your support of the foundation!
 
PP Steve Borgos was our Charter Day award winner!  Congratulations to a well deserved Rotarian. 
 
Winter Raptor Fest is May 18 and 19 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Saving land and birds for people – sponsored by the Friends of the IBA
 
Our club now has an Opiod Task Force Committee under the leadership of co-Chairs PP Barb Sweet and PP Jim Goodspeed.  Please stay tuned for more details on how you can get involved.
 
Saturday June 8th the Glens Falls Hospital will be sponsoring an Aloha Family 5k and 1 mile fun walk.  You can see Cindy Sherwood for more details and check out www.runsignup.com/gfh5k to register.
 
Thanks and see you all this Thursday.
Spinoffs April 22, 2019 Cindy Amell 2019-04-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on Apr 08, 2019
 
 
This week Lindsay Stanislowsky will be here to talk to us on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association.  Wear Purple – the official color of Alzheimer’s!
 
Next week we are awarding our Charter Day Award to a lucky Rotarian.  Did you know our club celebrates its 100th anniversary soon?  PP Harrison Freer will be in charge of this as the Nominating chair of this award.
 
Next Week we are also presenting our Paul Harris Awards.  Congratulations and thank you to all of those who will be receiving them.  Please come to the meeting and see who it will be.  This is a great honor for all.  Paul Harris was the founding father of Rotary and the awards go to those who have reached $1,000 contributions to the foundation – or more – either through direct giving or matching dollars. 
 
Rotary 5k – Down to the wire - Sign up now!!.  We need many hands on deck to make this a success.  The date is Saturday April 13th at SUNY ACC.  If you are new to the club this is a fun event to help at and work with other Rotarians.  Reach out to PP Jim Goodspeed to see what you might enjoy helping with at the event.  Packing party at the Conkling Center April 11 from 4-6.  We have enough help for this…..
 
New Date for Fishing derby is April 27th.  Please note in your Calendar and thanks to Tim Bartlett for chairing this event.
 
Charla is keeping us informed….Earth day is April 20th at Glens Falls City Park – next to Crandall Library 12-4pm.  Live music, food, speakers, kids activities.   Also Winter Raptor Fest is May 18 and 19 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Saving land and birds for people – sponsored by the Friends of the IBA
 
Our club now has an Opiod Task Force Committee under the leadership of co-Chairs PP Barb Sweet and PP Jim Goodspeed.  Please stay tuned for more details on how you can get involved.
 
Saturday June 8th the Glens Falls Hospital will be sponsoring an Aloha Family 5k and 1 mile fun walk.  You can see Cindy Sherwood for more details and check out www.runsignup.com/gfh5k to register.
 
Thanks and see you all this Thursday.
Spinoffs April 8, 2019 Cindy Amell 2019-04-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on Apr 02, 2019
 
 
This week Bob Henke will talk about his Observations from his career with the DEC  I hear he is a riot!  Please come join us.
 
We also celebrate Birthdays this week.  For all you new members here is how it works.  If you celebrate an April Birthday – you sit at the Birthday Table.  We ask you contribute by check the amount of your age.  It is a lot for Art Norton!  The money goes towards our scholarship program for HS students graduating.  Checks payable to the Scotia Rotary Foundation.  You then get to pass out cake and collect $1 for each slice.  If you can’t make this weeks meeting, many Rotarians simply mail their check in or drop it off at a later date if they so desire.
 
Norm Dascher, CEO of the Hyde Collection – is our newest club member.  Please be sure to introduce yourself if you haven’t already 
 
Past Fellow GF Rotarian Charles Appleyard passed away recently.  I always say that the past Rotarians help make the club what it is today – so thank you Charles.
 
New Date for Fishing derby is April 27th.  Please note in your Calendar and thanks to Tim Bartlett for chairing this event.
 
Charla is keeping us informed….Earth day is April 20th at Glens Falls City Park – next to Crandall Library 12-4pm.  Live music, food, speakers, kids activities.   Also Winter Raptor Fest is May 18 and 19 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Saving land and birds for people – sponsored by the Friends of the IBA
 
Thank you to Patti Pepe for all her hard work organizing our BBBS Bowl for Kids sake.  We did great and raised more than Kiwanis this year!  More importantly – we are helping the youth in our area..
 
We received a Thank you from the YMCA for our support of their annual campaign.  We are helping send kids to summer camp.  It’s a good thing as Martha Stewart would say!
 
Rotary 5k – Down to the wire - Sign up now!!.  We need many hands on deck to make this a success.  The date is Saturday April 13th at SUNY ACC.  If you are new to the club this is a fun event to help at and work with other Rotarians.  Reach out to PP Jim Goodspeed to see what you might enjoy helping with at the event.  Packing party at the Conkling Center April 11 from 4-6.  We have enough help for this…..
 
April 4th Chicken Dinner– Support the Glens Falls Senior Center and fellow Rotarian Kim Bren and skip the cooking this evening!  Chicken and Biscuit dinner at the West Glens Falls Firehouse, Veterans Rd, Queensbury.. 4-7pm  $10.  It’s famous folks.
 
April 6th is our District Assembly.  April 6, 2019 7:30am - 3:00pm First Reformed Church 10 North Church Street, Schenectady
Join Rotarians from around the District for our annual District Training Day and Grant Management Seminar.  This event is free to all Rotarians and includes a light breakfast and lunch. 
New Member Orientation - 1:30 - 3pm:  Perfect for any Rotarian who has joined Rotary in the past few years.  Untangle your questions about Rotary, learn about Rotary's alphabet soup, come to understand the incredible and vast array of programs at both the District and International level, plus info about what your own club is up to.  More info to follow on how to register.  See Cindy if interested in attending. 
 
 
GF Brewfest Saturday April 6 at the Queensbury Hotel.  4-7 PM.  Proceeds benefit both the Adirondack Theatre and the Feeder Canal Alliance, For which our fellow Rotarian Jeanne Williams is the Director of.  See Jeanne for further details.  Want to have even more fun?  Check out Taps and Apps at Seasoned Friday April 5th  - all to benefit the Feeder Canal Alliance.
 
Hey folks our club is now up to 100 members!  We are once again climbing and welcoming new Rotarians to do the good work of our club.
 
Our club now has an Opiod Task Force Committee under the leadership of co-Chairs Barb Sweet and Jim Goodspeed.  Please stay tuned for more details on how you can get involved.
 
Thanks and see you all this Thursday.
Spinoffs April1, 2019 Cindy Amell 2019-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on Mar 26, 2019
 
 
This week fellow Rotarian Karin Green will be telling her about her recent travels around the world.  These are always fun!  Please plan on joining us.
 
We will be inducting Norm Dascher, CEO of the Hyde Collection. 
 
Rotary 5k – Sign up now!!.  We need many hands on deck to make this a success.  The date is Saturday April 13th at SUNY ACC.  If you are new to the club this is a fun event to help at and work with other Rotarians.  Reach out to PP Jim Goodspeed to see what you might enjoy helping with at the event.  Also mark your calendar for the Packing party at the Conkling Center April 11 from 4-6.  Please email or call PP Jim Goodspeed to sign up for this.
 
April 6th is our District Assembly.  April 6, 2019 7:30am - 3:00pm First Reformed Church 10 North Church Street, Schenectady
Join Rotarians from around the District for our annual District Training Day and Grant Management Seminar.  This event is free to all Rotarians and includes a light breakfast and lunch. 
New Member Orientation - 1:30 - 3pm:  Perfect for any Rotarian who has joined Rotary in the past few years.  Untangle your questions about Rotary, learn about Rotary's alphabet soup, come to understand the incredible and vast array of programs at both the District and International level, plus info about what your own club is up to.  More info to follow on how to register.  See Cindy if interested in attending. 
 
We welcomed our three newest GF Rotarians last week. – Andy and Janice Holding, as well as Gabrielle Grasmeder.  We formalized our induction ceremony with a handshake and welcome from all upon departing our meeting!
 
PP Harrison Freer and his committee are still taking nominations through this Thursday, March 28 for club awards.
 
Does anyone remember “Imperial Color” and work for them?  We have a fellow Rotarian from out of town who is looking for some information on the company.  If so, please see me.
 
Visitors and Guests Chair, Bob McMillen, gave us a great tutorial on how to welcome our guests.   I think we all passed!  We say hi to each person as they are named and we save the applause till the end.  Let’s see how we do this week.
 
GF Rotary Board meeting this Thursday March 28 7:30 at the Conkling Center.  All are welcome to attend.
 
GF Brewfest Saturday April 6 at the Queensbury Hotel.  4-7 PM.  Proceeds benefit both the Adirondack Theatre and the Feeder Canal Alliance, For which our fellow Rotarian Jeanne Williams is the Director of.  See Jeanne for further details.  Want to have even more fun?  Check out Taps and Apps at Seasoned Friday April 5th  - all to benefit the Feeder Canal Alliance.
Spinoffs March 25, 2019 Cindy Amell 2019-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on Mar 19, 2019
 
 
This week we are having Duane Vaughn, ED, Tri County United way speak to us.
 
We will be inducting three new members – Gabrielle Grasmeder, Janice Holding and Andrew Holding.  Andrea Hebert as our Membership Chair will be changing things up a bit based on member suggestions.  Each new member will be telling a little bit about themselves.  We are also asking that after they are inducted we welcome them with a standing ovation.  We are also having them position themselves at the door when we exit the room so that each of you can personally introduce yourselves and welcome them to the family of rotary.
 
Rotary 5k – Sign up now!!.  We need many hands on deck to make this a success.  The date is Saturday April 13th at SUNY ACC.  If you are new to the club this is a fun event to help at and work with other Rotarians.  Reach out to Jim Goodspeed to see what you might enjoy helping with at the event.  Also mark your calendar for the Packing party at the Conkling Center April 11 from 4-6.  We will have a signup for this as well
 
Big Brothers Big Sisters
We're down to the wire, folks! Our Rotary Rollers team will be bowling this Sunday, March 24th to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks. If you made a pledge, please bring it this week! If you would like to donate online, please go to: http://www.mentoringinfo.org/bowl, click on the donate button, type in Rotary Rollers and donate to the team. We need all your help to bring home the pin! Thank you for your generous support!
 
April 6th is our District Assembly.  April 6, 2019 7:30am - 3:00pm First Reformed Church 10 North Church Street, Schenectady
Join Rotarians from around the District for our annual District Training Day and Grant Management Seminar.  This event is free to all Rotarians and includes a light breakfast and lunch. 
New Member Orientation - 1:30 - 3pm:  Perfect for any Rotarian who has joined Rotary in the past few years.  Untangle your questions about Rotary, learn about Rotary's alphabet soup, come to understand the incredible and vast array of programs at both the District and International level, plus info about what your own club is up to.  More info to follow on how to register.  See Cindy if interested in attending. 
 
Global Grant Update as written by PP Dave Bogue to me.   This is a $150,000 grant we started and finished for a water project in Haiti. 
You know, it was my Presidential project that I launched during my year in Partnership with Pure Water for the World…and Bob Rosoff, God bless him, helped me with his grant experience and carried it on. It progressed through Barb Sweet, then Bob’s and Harrison’s years as President, and now finally closes in yours. Five years, five Presidents later and we finally have a completed project. I’m proud of all the people who worked tirelessly over the last 5 years to make this happen. It was a lot of dedicated Rotarians across the US and the Globe, a tremendous number of person hours and dedication but I think we collectively made a difference in a lot of families lives in Haiti. Perseverance and commitment matters. We need to celebrate this achievement, and hopefully illustrate to and “Be the Inspiration” for our next generation of member Rotarians on how we can (and do) make a difference. Thanks to you for “carrying the water” over the finish line.!”
 
 
Spinoffs March 18, 2019 Cindy Amell 2019-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on Mar 11, 2019
This week – Join us this week to learn more about the Opioid Recovery Task Force.  Ashley Scroggy and Charlie Duveen of the Salem Rotary club will be our guest speakers.
 
PDG (Past District Governor) Fred Daniels  will be speaking to our Interact Act Club at the Glens Falls High School March 19th.  He will be encouraging them to attend the District Youth Peace Summit on May 11th.  Our Interact Act club is our club sponsored rotary club consisting of high school students at the GF High School.
 
The kids will also be volunteering for WACM – World Awareness Children’s Museum on the Immigrant stories project.
 
Did you hear about Hanna Hawkins from the Interact club?  She was recently honored by  the Post Star for the Teen Excellence Honoree award  for 2019.  She was one of many chosen for the award.  Congratulations to a fine young lady.
 
Want to live in a tiny house?  Or maybe just see one and learn more about them?  Join Habitat for Humanity this Thursday after our lunch meeting at the Tiny House Groundbreaking.  15 Henning Rd. Saratoga Springs.  Adam Feldman is the director of Habitat for Humanity and a fellow Rotarian in our club.
 
Rotary 5k – We will be putting up a sign up on our website soon.  We need many hands on deck to make this a success.  The date is Saturday April 13th at SUNY ACC.  If you are new to the club this is a fun event to help at and work with other Rotarians.  Reach out to Jim Goodspeed to see what you might enjoy helping with at the event.  We need a lot of hands for a lot of different Jobs. Also mark your calendar for the packet Packing party at the Conkling Center April 11 from 4-6.  We will have a signup for this as well
 
Big Brothers Big Sisters – yes we are bowling!  Sunday March 24th.  See Patti Pepe for more information.  We have a team in place and all we need to do now is fundraise!  We are once again challenging Kiwanis.  We can do this folks!
 
April 6th is our District Assembly.  There is no sign up yet on the district website but will be soon.  This is a great opportunity for new members to learn more about Rotary and the District.  If interested in attending please see President Cindy.
 
 
Spinoffs March 10, 2019 Cindy Amell 2019-03-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 04, 2019
This week – We meet at the Park Theatre.  Remember – no parking in the lot directly next to the Theatre. There is plenty of parking on the streets and in the lot of Sawyers – as well as the parking garage.  Come listen to the Queensbury High School Jazz band perform for us.
 
 
We have four new candidates for membership who were voted on at the Board meeting.  Unless we have any objections to the following candidates over the next week, we will proceed with their induction. Andy and Janice Holding are sponsored by Charles Adams.  Andy owns A.R.H. Construction Company.  He is involved in the Open Door, Katrina Relief, Neighbor to Neighbor, Hope for Haiti, Feeder Canal Alliance and Rotary work projects.  Janice Holding worked for R.J. O'Brien Insurance Agency.  She is the leader of Bay Road Church of Hope for Haiti Mission and  Co-Leader of Bay Road Church Neighbor to Neighbor among other activities.  Gabrielle Grasmeder is the daughter of our Member Kathy Grasmeder and is sponsored by Cindy Amell.  Gabrielle is a Student at SUNY ADK and is very familiar with Rotary and is looking to do some community volunteer work so she reached out to us.  Norm Dascher is the new CEO of the Hyde Collection and is sponsored by Cindy Amell.  Norm will be a nice addition to our Club as a representative for our Museum.  All four candidates have been visiting our lunch club meetings.  Reach out and introduce yourself if you haven’t already.
 
Board Report from the February Board meeting – We voted to give  a Master Chef Sponsorship of $500 to the World Awareness Children’s Museum for their International Cuisine Dinner and Auction on Sunday May 5th.   We will be advertised in their Event Program.  We also voted to give $500 to the Honduras Water project for the Colonie-Guilderland Rotary club.  Kirk Pogie is spearheading this project and came and spoke to our club recently about this project.  As PP Harrison mentioned at the club meeting last week – we are going to need to either raise our yearly dues or add an additional weekly fee to our lunch meeting for each person to offset our expenses.  We simply are not able to keep up with our club expenses.  The board will keep you posted on our decision.  We welcome any suggestions.  This is your club and we want to keep it running smoothly for all!
Stay tuned for more involvement with the Habitat for Humanity house build.  PE Tim Bechard will be spearheading this when he returns.
 
Our 5K is coming up soon – April 13.  Stay tuned for signups online to help.
 
March 24 is our BBBS Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2019
For several years, the Glens Falls Rotary Club has participated in the annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks. We have an ongoing rivalry with Glens Falls Kiwanis Club and the SGF Rotary Club for the “Pin of Prestige”. Kiwanis has held it the last two years and it’s time to bring it back to our Rotary Club! If you are interested in participating as a bowler, please contact Patti Pepe, our team captain, at [email protected] or (518) 222-5048. You don’t have a be a good bowler to join in! It’s all about the fun! If you would like to make a donation to our Rotary team, the Rotary Rollers, please go to www.mentoringinfo.org/bowl . Go down to the middle of the page and click on “Donate to a Bowler”, when the box opens up, type in Rotary Rollers then click on “Donate”. Your contribution stays local and helps give children a one-on-one caring mentor to guide them on a path to success. Thank you!
This Thursday March 7th is our District Membership Summit.  If interested in attending please visit the District Website.  It will be very informative.
 
"Be the inspiration!"
Cindy
 
 
 
 
Spinoffs March 3,2019 Cindy Amell 2019-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on Feb 18, 2019
This week – Fellow Rotarians Tom Burdick and Dawn Vavala will come and speak to us about the Rotary Program – Gift of Life.
 
IMPORTANT!!!!!!
 
March 7th we will be holding our club meeting at the Park Theatre.  We will be listening to the Queensbury HS Jazz band. 
 
 
Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2019
For several years, the Glens Falls Rotary Club has participated in the annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks. We have an ongoing rivalry with Glens Falls Kiwanis Club and the SGF Rotary Club for the “Pin of Prestige”. Kiwanis has held it the last two years and it’s time to bring it back to our Rotary Club! If you are interested in participating as a bowler, please contact Patti Pepe, our team captain, at [email protected] or (518) 222-5048. You don’t have to be a good bowler to join in! It’s all about the fun! If you would like to make a donation to our Rotary team, the Rotary Rollers, please go to www.mentoringinfo.org/bowl . Go down to the middle of the page and click on “Donate to a Bowler”, when the box opens up, type in Rotary Rollers then click on “Donate”. Your contribution stays local and helps give children a one-on-one caring mentor to guide them on a path to success. Thank you!
 
Here is the new board for the Rotary year 2019-20 under the leadership of Tim Bechard as voted on and accepted at the February 14th lunch meeting.
President:  Tim Bechard
President elect:  John Fitzgerald
VP Programs:  Tom Lyons
Treasurer:  Brian Corcoran
Secretary:  Kevin O’Brien
Immediate Past Pres:  Cindy Amell
Directors:        Kim Heunemann
                        Ed Fitzgerald
                        Mike Woodbury
                        Lee Pollock
                        Jennifer Brink
Past Pres Rep:  Jean Lapper
Foundation:
President:  Tim Bechard
Vice President:  Tom Lyons
Treasurer:  Brian Corcoran
Secretary:  Kevin O’Brien
Directors:        John Fitzgerald
Cindy Amell
Joan Tarantino
                        Suzanna Bernd
                        Cynthia  Sherwood
 
UPDATE YOUR PROFILE on the Glens Falls Website!  Insert your picture, update personal info, add info under your Bio (hey, even I need to do this)!.   This is helpful to new members to get to know our members.  Dave Bogue or Charles Adams will be happy to assist – as will I.  The membership committee is going to be following up with all Rotarians to see we get this accomplished in the near future.  We will be taking pictures of Rotarians this week so brush your hair and wear a clean shirt!
 
Mark Your Calendar:
 
Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl FOR Kids Sake -  March 17
District assembly April 6th – more details to follow
Rotary 5k – April 13
Fishing Derby -  May 4th
 
 
Spinoffs February 18, 2019 Cindy Amell 2019-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on Feb 11, 2019
This week –This is our Social meeting with some fun to go along with it.  Free valentine candy to all who attend.  PP Art Norton and I will be having some fun with all of you!  Be there.
We will also be presenting our slate of officers for the 2019-20 Rotary year beginning July 1stPP Harrison Freer as the nominating committee chair will present them.
 
We have the pleasure of inducting three new members today.
Ryan Haig from Amsure Insurance is being sponsored by Jennifer Brink.   Alisha Hanley from the Queensbury Senior Center is being sponsored by Marissa Mulari from the Capital Region club.  Julia Steciuk from Northeast Power Systems is also sponsored by Marissa.  Join us in welcoming our three newest members.
 
UPDATE YOUR PROFILE on the Glens Falls Website!  Insert your picture, update personal info, add info under your Bio (hey, even I need to do this)!.   This is helpful to new members to get to know our members.  Dave Bogue or Charles Adams will be happy to assist – as will I.  The membership committee is going to be following up with all Rotarians to see we get this accomplished in the near future.
 
Want to know the final numbers for the Bell Ringing:
 
Kiwanis $5,603 – Kettle cash $1,503  Checks: $4,100
Rotary $6,269 – Kettle cash $ 1,539  Checks; $4,590
It was close folks and more importantly we all raised money to help those in need in our community.  Thank you all for your generous donations.
 
Mark Your Calendar:
 
Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowlathon -  March 17
District assembly April 6th – more details to follow
Rotary 5k – April 13
Fishing Derby -  May 4th
Note:  Saturday supper is canceled in March.  They have another group scheduled to assist.  We will look into another date if possible.
 
 HURRY – Deadline extended to Friday February 15th!!.    114th Rotary International Birthday Party – The Hyde Collection Thursday February 21 6-8pm.  $30 per ticket.  Catered by Docs from the Park Theatre.  This is limited to 60 Rotarians in the District so be sure to sign up right away.  Signups are through the District website.  Thank you Glens Falls Rotary club for being the sponsor!  Come enjoy fellowship with your fellow Rotarians, meet some new ones and get a complete tour of the entire museum. – even the Hyde House!
 
 
Ever been to a District Conference?  This is a great opportunity to meet other Rotarians from our district and come back with some great ideas going forward! 
The Conference of clubs will be held in Essex Junction, VT  May 3-5.  It is being held at the beautiful Essex Resort and Spa.  If you would like more info please see President Cindy.  Jim and I will be attending and would love to see more Glens Falls Rotarians there as well! 
Rotary7190.info/conferenceofclubs
 
See you Thursday,
Cin
“Be the Inspiration”
 
 
Spinoffs February 12, 2019 Cindy Amell 2019-02-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on Feb 04, 2019
This week –Alisha Hanley, Executive Director of the Queensbury Senior Citizens, Inc. will be here to tell us all about the Center.  She will be bringing her Program Director, Rachel Wade, as well.  Alisha will be inducted the following week as one of the newest members of our Rotary Club.
 
Thank you to PP Barb Sweet for playing the Presidential Role while I was away last week.  And…..she won the 50/50.  Congrats Barb!
 
Birthday week this week!  Yes you can have your cake and eat it too!  If this is your birthday month we invite you to sit at the Birthday table, help pass out cake and make a donation to our Scholarship fund in the amount of your age.  Pays to be young in this club! Checks made payable to Glens Falls Rotary Foundation.
 
We have the pleasure of inducting three new members on February 14th. .
Ryan Haig from Amsure Insurance is being sponsored by Jennifer Brink.   Alisha Hanley from the Queensbury Senior Center is being sponsored by Marissa Mulari from the Capital Region club.  Julia Steciuk from Northeast Power Systems is also sponsored by Marissa.  Join us in welcoming our three newest members.
 
UPDATE YOUR PROFILE on the Glens Falls Website!  Insert your picture, update personal info, add info under your Bio (hey, even I need to do this)!.   This is helpful to new members to get to know our members.  Dave Bogue or Charles Adams will be happy to assist – as will I.  The membership committee is going to be following up with all Rotarians to see we get this accomplished in the near future.
 
Mark Your Calendar:
 
Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowlathon -  March 17
Saturday Supper at Christ United Methodist Church -  March 23
Rotary 5k – April 13
Fishing Derby -  May 4th
 
 HURRY – Must buy your ticket by February 13th.    114th Rotary International Birthday Party – The Hyde Collection Thursday February 21 6-8pm.  $30 per ticket.  Catered by Docs from the Park Theatre.  This is limited to 60 Rotarians in the District so be sure to sign up right away.  Signups are through the District website.  Thank you Glens Falls Rotary club for being the sponsor!  Come enjoy fellowship with your fellow Rotarians, meet some new ones and get a complete tour of the entire museum. – even the Hyde House!
 
Ian Williams has a trip scheduled from October 20th to 25th for the Pure Water for the World Haiti trip.  Anyone is welcome to join him.  This would be a truly hands on experience.  See Ian for more info.
 
Ever been to a District Conference?  This is a great opportunity to meet other Rotarians from our district and come back with some great ideas going forward! 
The Conference of clubs will be held in Essex Junction, VT  May 3-5.  It is being held at the beautiful Essex Resort and Spa.  If you would like more info please see President Cindy.  Jim and I will be attending and would love to see more Glens Falls Rotarians there as well! 
Rotary7190.info/conferenceofclubs
 
See you Thursday,
Cin
“Be the Inspiration”
 
 
Spinoffs February 4, 2019 Cindy Amell 2019-02-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on Jan 30, 2019
This week –June Waters will be giving us an update on the World Awareness Children’s Museum. 
 
We have the pleasure of introducing three new applicants for membership.
Ryan Haig from Amsure Insurance is being sponsored by Jennifer Brink.   Alisha Hanley from the Queensbury Senior Center is being sponsored by Marissa Mulari from the Capital Region club.  Julia Steciuk from Northeast Power Systems is also sponsored by Marissa.  All three have attended club meetings and met with a membership committee member in advance.  If no objections are received we will proceed with induction on February 14th.
 
5K Application Prep –under the leadership of PP Jim Goodspeed we managed to finish the job in 1 ½ hours!  Thank you to the following: Fred and Maryellen F., Charles A., Cindy A., Joan T., Dave L., Charla and David, Missy and Jim G and Lee P.
 
Don Hess Memorial Service will be February 2nd at 11am at the First Presbyterian Church in Glens Falls.  All are welcome to come. 
 
Ian Williams has a trip scheduled from October 20th to 25th for the Pure Water for the World Haiti trip.  Anyone is welcome to join him.  This would be a truly hands on experience.  See Ian for more info.
 
Last Week – Missed Gordon at 50/50!  It took two to do his job – John F and Dave L….but it was noted that with Gordon absent his table was packed with Rotarians more than ever!  Hmmmm…
 
Frieda Toth did a plug on her library fundraiser to get a “pie in the face”.  Well, - she got it folks and I saw the pics to prove it.  All for a worthy cause….
 
Ever been to a District Conference?  This is a great opportunity to meet other Rotarians from our district and come back with some great ideas going forward! 
The Conference of clubs will be held in Essex Junction, VT  May 3-5.  It is being held at the beautiful Essex Resort and Spa.  If you would like more info please see President Cindy.  Jim and I will be attending and would love to see more Glens Falls Rotarians there as well! 
Rotary7190.info/conferenceofclubs
 
114th Rotary International Birthday Party – The Hyde Collection Thursday February 21 6-8pm.  $30 per ticket.  Catered by Docs from the Park Theatre.  This is limited to 60 Rotarians in the District so be sure to sign up right away.  Signups begin early this week and registration is through the district website.  Check your email for details. 
 
Board meeting report – The board voted to donate $100 each from the Foundation budget to the RI Foundation on behalf of Don Hess and Bob Krug.  A donation of $750 was made to the Hyde for their generous support of our Rotary Birthday Party.  A donation of $500 will go the snack pack program at the Queensbury Middle school for kids who need food to cover school vacations and weekends.  Stay tuned for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowlathon in March – we will support our Team to the tune of $500.  Lastly – we are finalizing the list of candidates for the Board of Directors for the 2019/20 rotary year.  Just one last board member slot to fill.  PP Harrison will present the slate officially on February 14th. 
 
See you Thursday,
Cin
“Be the Inspiration”
 
 
Spinoffs January 28, 2019 Cindy Amell 2019-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on Jan 22, 2019
This week –Come listen to Fellow Rotarian, Kirk Pogge from the Guilderland Rotary club tell us about their Global Grant to build a community filter in Trojes, Honduras
 
 
5K Application Prep – NEW DATE!  Sunday January 27th 1pm at the Association for the Blind.  144 Ridge Rd.  No more than two hours and it is relaxing work – no heavy lifting! We have 8 folks signed up but we are willing to take more.  It will get done faster with more help! See PP Jim Goodspeed for further information.
 
Don Hess Memorial Service will be February 2nd at 11am at the First Presbyterian Church in Glens Falls.  All are welcome to come. 
 
Ever been to a District Conference?  They are a great opportunity to meet other Rotarians from our district and come back with some great ideas going forward! 
The Conference of clubs will be held in Essex Junction, VT  May 3-5.  It is being held at the beautiful Essex Resort and Spa.  If you would like more info please see President Cindy.  Jim and I will be attending and would love to see more Glens Falls Rotarians there as well! 
Rotary7190.info/conferenceofclubs
 
114th Rotary International Birthday Party – The Hyde Collection Thursday February 21 6-8pm.  $30 per ticket.  Catered by Docs from the Park Theatre.  This is limited to 60 Rotarians in the District so be sure to sign up right away.  Signups begin early this week and registration is through the district website.  Check your email for details. 
 
$800 a month???Are you cleaning out old clothes for the first of the year?  If you donate them in the big blue box located on Quaker road at the Hewitts gardening center, the proceeds go to the Rotary Gift of Life. As the headline reads – the Rotary district makes around $800 a month through this program! This helps us bring children from other countries to Albany Medical Center for life saving heart surgeries.  We do this year round.   So look for the big blue box with the Rotary wheel and dump your old clothing, pillows, bedding, shoes, and blankets in it. 
 
See you Thursday,
Cin
“Be the Inspiration”
 
 
Spinoffs January 22, 2019 Cindy Amell 2019-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on Jan 14, 2019
This week – Diane Shugrue, President and CEO of the Glens Falls Hospital will give us an update.  Please come join us. 
 
SOUND SYSTEM UPDATE – so as you may have noticed we do not have a sound system yet for our luncheon meetings.  I assure you we are purchasing one!  To update you – the Queensbury Hotel does not provide the sound system for us or any groups using the Q any longer.  They have adopted a new model plan where they have hired an outside company to run all of their sound system needs.  PP Dave Bogue is looking for a sound system that is portable, lightweight, and affordable and will project in both the smaller and larger rooms at the Q. We plan to use this system at fundraising events as well.  We also have our own screen now which is smaller than the Q provided.  Again, the screen is part of that extra fee we would need to pay to use it.  Lucky for us we already had one in storage! 
 
5K Application Prep – Sunday January 20th 1pm at the Association for the Blind.  144 Ridge Rd.  No more than two hours and it is relaxing work – no heavy lifting! We have 8 folks signed up but we are willing to take more.  It will get done faster with more help!
 
Don Hess Memorial Service will be February 2nd at 11am at the First Presbyterian Church in Glens Falls.  All are welcome to come. 
 
Please join us this Thursday directly following the luncheon meeting for a discussion on LYME disease and how our club can help educate the public on this horrible illness.  Contact PP Steve Borgos if you have any questions.
 
The Membership committee will meet directly following this Thursday’s meeting.  Interested in being on the Membership committee?  If so, please plan on joining us!
 
Ever been to a District Conference?  They are a great opportunity to meet other Rotarians from our district and come back with some great ideas going forward! 
The Conference of clubs will be held in Essex Junction, VT  May 3-5.  It is being held at the beautiful Essex Resort and Spa  If you would like more info please see President Cindy.  Jim and I will be attending and would love to see more Glens Falls Rotarians there as well! 
Rotary7190.info/conferenceofclubs
 
Jackie Touba is our Club historian and she has requested that anytime you see any Rotary news in the Post Star to please cut it out and see that she gets it.  Jackie has done a wonderful job of gathering all Rotary News and with our 100th anniversary of our club coming up in a few short years – it is nice to have and know our history!
 
See you Thursday,
Cin
“Be the Inspiration”
Spinoffs January 14, 2019 Cindy Amell 2019-01-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on Jan 08, 2019
Spinoffs January 3, 2019
 
This week – Come listen to our Rotary Exchange Student, Joe Ritchie, tell us about his experience!  Our youth are the future of Rotary…
 
5K Application Prep – Sunday January 20th 1pm at the Association for the Blind.  144 Ridge Rd.  No more than two hours and it’s relaxed work – no heavy lifting! Please consider signing up to help – we could use a few more bodies.
 
Jackie Touba is our Club historian and she has requested that anytime you see any Rotary news in the Post Star to please cut it out and see that she gets it.  Jackie has done a wonderful job of gathering all Rotary News and with our 100th anniversary of our club coming up in a few short years – it is nice to have and know our history!
 
What does Hockey and Lyme disease have in common?  Come to a hockey game at the Cool Insuring Arena some night when the Lyme Action Network hosts one of their fundraisers.  You get to see a game and support the cause!
 
Well…the bell ringing has ended and here are the totals…With a few counter top kettles still out – we collected from both our club members and the generous donations of all those shoppers at Walmart….$6,130.36!  $1,680.36 in cash and the rest in checks.  Be proud folks – we are helping a lot of people long past we collect and give…
 
 
See you Thursday,
Cin
“Be the Inspiration”
Spinoffs January 3, 2019 Cindy Amell 2019-01-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by cindy Amell on Jan 08, 2019
This week – Come listen to our Rotary Exchange Student, Joe Ritchie, tell us about his experience!  Our youth are the future of Rotary…
 5K Application Prep – Sunday January 20th 1pm at the Association for the Blind.  144 Ridge Rd.  No more than two hours and it’s relaxed work – no heavy lifting! Please consider signing up to help – we could use a few more bodies.
 
Jackie Touba is our Club historian and she has requested that anytime you see any Rotary news in the Post Star to please cut it out and see that she gets it.  Jackie has done a wonderful job of gathering all Rotary News and with our 100th anniversary of our club coming up in a few short years – it is nice to have and know our history!
 What does Hockey and Lyme disease have in common?  Come to a hockey game at the Cool Insuring Arena some night when the Lyme Action Network hosts one of their fundraisers.  You get to see a game and support the cause!
 Well…the bell ringing has ended and here are the totals…With a few counter top kettles still out – we collected from both our club members and the generous donations of all those shoppers at Walmart….$6,130.36!  $1,680.36 in cash and the rest in checks.  Be proud folks – we are helping a lot of people long past we collect and give…
 
 
See you Thursday,
Cin
“Be the Inspiration”
spinoffs jan 8 cindy Amell 2019-01-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by cindy Amell on Jan 08, 2019
This week – Come listen to our Rotary Exchange Student, Joe Ritchie, tell us about his experience!  Our youth are the future of Rotary…
 5K Application Prep – Sunday January 20th 1pm at the Association for the Blind.  144 Ridge Rd.  No more than two hours and it’s relaxed work – no heavy lifting! Please consider signing up to help – we could use a few more bodies.
 
Jackie Touba is our Club historian and she has requested that anytime you see any Rotary news in the Post Star to please cut it out and see that she gets it.  Jackie has done a wonderful job of gathering all Rotary News and with our 100th anniversary of our club coming up in a few short years – it is nice to have and know our history!
 What does Hockey and Lyme disease have in common?  Come to a hockey game at the Cool Insuring Arena some night when the Lyme Action Network hosts one of their fundraisers.  You get to see a game and support the cause!
 Well…the bell ringing has ended and here are the totals…With a few counter top kettles still out – we collected from both our club members and the generous donations of all those shoppers at Walmart….$6,130.36!  $1,680.36 in cash and the rest in checks.  Be proud folks – we are helping a lot of people long past we collect and give…
 
 
See you Thursday,
Cin
“Be the Inspiration”
spinoffs cindy Amell 2019-01-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on Dec 04, 2018
Spinoffs
 
This Week –Acting Director, Jocelyn Blanchard, from SAIL will fill us in what is going on there.  SAIL stands for Southern Adirondack Independent Living.  Come join us for lunch.
 
Well is looks like Clark Griswold will get his holiday bonus after all – well actually I am talking about our wait staff.  Through your generosity we collected $421!  Thank you all!
 
Last week if you missed it –we had a nice little roast for PP Dave Bogue.  As a thank you for all his help with our website we played a little game of “Let’s make a Deal”  Fun was had by all and Dave received a bottle of wine, death wish coffee, cookies and some fun holiday boxers – oh and a date with Bo Derek.  Yep that was hard to get!
 
Who won our ugly holiday outfit contest?  Well…PP Bob Rosoff for his 1980’s daughters Hanukah sweater and Lee Pollack for his very tacky acrylic Christmas sweater.  Of course we think it is tacky – he may not!   Others wore some funny Santa hats (Don Krebs and PE Tim Bechard) and of course PP Dave Bogue’s pants were covered in mistletoe.
 
Thank you to all who rang the bell on Saturday.  Ed Fitzgerald was our fearless organizer of this endeavor and he did a great job for his first time.  Thank you Ed!!  And a special thanks to those who picked up two shifts to be sure we were all covered.  It was a perfect mild day.  Note:  Courtney and Daughter Lela brought their cute little dog – GG – all dressed up for Christmas.  That was a definite draw – they probably raised the most during that hour!  Everyone –  quick – go get a dog and get it trained for next year!  Even cats will work…
 
Welcome our two newest Rotarians – Neil Lebowitz and Lynda Albright – both of whom rang the Bell for us on Saturday.  Way to set the bar high folks!!
 
Friday December 7th we will be delivering books to the Queensbury Elementary Students.  Please sign up on our club website. We need a few volunteers from 8:30-10:00am.
 
Dec 13 and 20th we meet at the Park Theatre.  We will be enjoying our two HS musical groups on the Stage!  Well…they will be on the stage.  Same lunch price.  Same lunch time. I will send out parking info a little later.  There is plenty of parking nearby
 
NO Meeting Thursday December 27th.
 
There will be a memorial service this Sunday Dec 9th at 3pm at Heritage Hall at the Cool insuring Arena for Doug Burch.    All are invited.
 
Thank you to all the Bell Ringers – we will be collecting from our membership at this weeks meeting to add to the pot.  We have a challenge on with Kiwanis and Lake George Rotary.  We can do this!!  Also if you are willing – Captain Leo will deliver small kettles to folks office’s to put on their desks to help collect additional monies. It is an easy way to collect a little extra for the needy.
 
Salvation Army needs help still filling baskets in December.  See our website for times
If you have trouble signing up to help, please reach out to Ed Fitzgerald.  He can sign you up.
 
Please consider shopping for a family for the Warm the Children program.  It’s easy and quick and you would be surprised at how grateful the recipients are.
 
District News:  This Saturday is a hockey game with proceeds going to the Polio fund.  See the district website for more info.  And….Sunday your ticket purchase can help the Lyme Initiative.  Let’s go watch some hockey! 
 
We received a nice Thank you from the YMCA for our support of their summer youth program through their recent campaign.
 
Board Meeting Update:  The board will not meet in December and will resume in January at a new location – The Conkling Center.  Thank you to Joan for offering up her facility and a thank you to SAIL for the many years of hosting us.  We are working on a proper way to thank them.  The foundation board voted to donate $500 to the Hyde for the Annual Rotary Birthday Party which our club is hosting and will be held there February 21st.  More info to follow on that fun event.  This is a district event.  Our club now has 92 members and 4 honorary members.  We are once again growing.  Welcome to Suzanna Bernd who is now a member of our Foundation board.  The Q will be keeping our lunch price the same for the year 2019.  Thank you to them for that.  The Q is a wonderful place to meet and the new renovations are lovely.  They are very accommodating to moving offsite if we need to for any meetings.
 
Latke fest 2pm-4:30pm Sunday December 9 at Temple Beth El, 3 Marion Ave, Glens Falls.  Latkes are potato pancakes. There will also be salads, soda, coffee, baked goods.  There is a contest for the best latkes and the best toppings to go on the latkes with first prize being the coveted Golden Latke trophy. There will be 8-10 cooks vying to be the winner.
 
 
A North Country Holiday Concert”December 9th – Come listen to the Glens Falls Symphony perform at the Glens Falls High School at 4pm.  Tickets $25-36 and $10 for students and children.  Excited guest performers – National Fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel  and Newfoundland guitarist Keith Murphy will join the symphony and Children’s choir. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spinoffs November 30, 2018 Cindy Amell 2018-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on Nov 25, 2018
Spinoffs November 23, 2018
 
This Week – Social Meeting!  Dress in your ugly Hanukah or Christmas sweater – or just be festive wearing the holiday colors!  Don’t make me be the only one…prizes will be given.  Let’s have some fun.  We will also be putting stickers on the books going to Queensbury Schools.  We will be inducting two new members – Lynda Albright and Neil Lebowitz.  Be sure to introduce yourself.  Remember we are super nice to them till they join – then it all changes! Let’s sell these last few Carwash tickets to support our Rotary Interact club - $10 each.  Bring your cash and Jennifer will work the room.  These kids are awesome and could be our future Rotarians – let’s show them our support!
 
It is time to thank our Lunch Staff with our annual holiday tip.  I know we will be generous – this covers several of the staff for the full year – this is a bonus for them!  Remember poor Clark Griswold –how disappointed he was when he didn’t get his Christmas bonus?  Hopefully Cousin Eddy won’t visit us…
 
Dec 13 and 20th we meet at the Park Theatre.  We will be enjoying our two HS musical groups on the Stage!  Well…they will be on the stage.  Same lunch price.  Same lunch time.
 
NO Meeting Thursday December 27th.
 
Sign up:
 
Bell Ringing Dec 1st – We still need time slots filled. See our website to sign up.
 
Salvation Army needs help still filling baskets in December.  See our website for times
 
If you have trouble signing up to help, please reach out to Ed Fitzgerald.  He can sign you up.
 
Please consider shopping for a family for the Warm the Children program.  It’s easy and quick and you would be surprised at how grateful the recipients are.
 
Through the generosity of the many friends of Doug Burch, we received $475 in donations which will be used for the HS Scholarships in the spring.
 
Thank you to the following volunteers who helped to build the Habitat for Humanity house (so far still standing) – Michelle Chandler, Don Krebs, Tricia Freer, Jean Lapper, Kathy and Tim Bechard. 
 
Thank you to the following volunteers who helped serve the Saturday night Supper – Alex and Charles Adams, Brian, Stephanie, Molly and Brennan Corcoran (yep – the whole family minus the dog) and Jim and Melissa Goodspeed.
 
“A North Country Holiday Concert” – December 9th – Come listen to the Glens Falls Symphony perform at the Glens Falls High School at 4pm.  Tickets $25-36 and $10 for students and children.  Excited guest performers – National Fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel  and Newfoundland guitarist Keith Murphy will join the symphony and Children’s choir. 
 
Spinoffs November 23, 2018 Cindy Amell 2018-11-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Goodspeed on Oct 28, 2018
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The Rotary 5K Corporate Challenge is a run/walk held each year in mid-April at SUNY Adirondack. This year, race day is April 13, 2019. The course winds around the exterior of the campus, providing scenic views of the campus, as well as, surrounding mountains and countryside. Race registration is available at www.active.com. Click here to register https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=57511154 or by hard copy printable applications available on the club website home page at www.glensfallsrotary.org.
Rotary 5K Corporate Challenge 2019 Jim Goodspeed 2018-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Timothy Bechard on Oct 28, 2018
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Spinoffs   October 25, 2018
 
Our meeting at the Park Theater – Our meeting at the Park Theater went off without a hitch.  Thanks to Dave Bogue and Mike Woodbury who spent numerous hours getting this organized for us.  The food was great and audio visual was outstanding with a large screen and not one, but two portable microphones that worked flawlessly.  I had a little trouble ringing the bell as the hammer was lost missing.  Rumor has it that we may not be able to use the Queensbury Hotel for two (2) additional meetings, so will need another place to meet.  If you have any feedback about the Park Theater, please let one the board members know your thoughts. 
 
John Mucha and Charles Adams presented how the Rotary Foundation works and why it is important to not only our club but to the world.  Several examples of projects were presented that involved Rotary being the catalyst to provide sanitation and clean water that affected the lives of thousands of people.  International projects such as building a dam, water filtration systems, handwashing training, and hand hygiene sanitation were discussed. Please keep the Rotary Foundation in mind when donating for this year.
 
This week– Thursday Nov. 1st – October Board Meeting 7:30 AM SAIL.  Foundation Board Meeting at 8:00 AM. 
 
Thursday Nov. 1st - Regular Membership meeting at the Queensbury Hotel.  Cindy Amell, President will be back from her vacation.   
 
November – Rotary provides books to the Queensbury 3rd grade.  Date to TBD.  Watch for a notice for signing up on our website.
 
November 8th Foundation Event – This is being held at the Glen Sanders in Scotia.  Since November is Foundation month, a large portion ($90/130) of the cost will be considered to be a donation to the Foundation.  Your attendance and contribution will be greatly appreciated.
 
November 10thHabitat for Humanity Build (this is currently full) and Serving Dinner at Christ United Methodist Church in downtown Glens Falls from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. (one more volunteer is needed.  Contact Jim Goodspeed or use our website to sign up.
 
Upcoming Speakers:
 
Nov. 1st – Cindy Amell, Radium Girls
 
Nov. 8th – Dave Palmquist, Rotary District Historian
 
Nov. 15th – Ed Bartholomew, President of EDC Warren County
 
 
Spinoffs October 25, 2018 Timothy Bechard 2018-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
Spinoffs October 25, 2018 Timothy Bechard 2018-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on Oct 22, 2018
 
Don’t forget – Park Theatre this Thursday for our lunch meeting.  I will be in Cedar Keys Florida with the First Man (Jim) paddling with the gators!  Behave for the substitute President – PE Tim Bechard.
Oct 25 –PP PDG John Mucha and Charles Adams– Come learn about the Rotary Foundation.  NOTE:  MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE PARK THEATRE.  Be Sure to wear your Paul Harris Pins and Medallions.  Let’s show our Rotary Foundation Pride!!
In Memory of Doug Burch – Donations can be made to the Glens Falls Rotary Foundation for the Scholarship awards.  We had a very nice celebration of Doug’s life at last weeks meeting.  Many wonderful stories were told and Gordon Gave a wonderful few words with a moment of silence.  Doug’s sister and brother in law were in attendance.  Doug will be missed…
 
Tim Bartlett attends RLI – Here is what he says:  AMAZING!!!

First, it filled in some blanks about what Rotary is all about. I came out of it knowing a lot more about so many topics, from how the Rotary Foundation functions to member engagement to our areas of focus. There was not a wasted moment.

Second, it gave me a great opportunity to get to know some of my fellow Rotarians throughout the District (including some Rotaractors--I didn't even know that Rotaract was a thing). The fact that the lessons were student-led discussions rather than simple lectures contributed a lot to this. As a bonus, I rode down with Charles, so I had an opportunity to get to know a member of my own club much better, as well.

Third, it served as a major source of inspiration. There was a piece on service project planning and it really got my creative juices flowing, so I have a couple ideas for projects (albeit, incredibly ambitious ones) that I'm currently letting marinate and hope to start bouncing around soon.

I would seriously encourage every new Rotarian to attend at some point. I'm so grateful that Charles reached out directly to encourage me to go. I wasn’t all that enthusiastic about waking up at 5:30 on a Saturday morning, but I'm super happy that I did.
 
If you would like to attend next year – the club will pay for a limited number to attend!
 
District Foundation Event – Thursday November 8th.  Glens Sanders in Scotia.  More information can be found on the district website.  Please consider supporting this fundraising event for our RI Foundation.  A Large portion of your ticket will go towards your foundation giving.
 
Saturday Suppers has returned!   We still need one more volunteer!  We gather at Christ united Methodist church downtown Glens Falls and serve dinner to those in need.  November 10th.  4:30-6:30pm You can sign up directly on the GF rotary club website. Check your calendar and give it a try!  Thank you PP Jim Goodspeed for organizing
 
Habitat for Humanity – Saturday November 10th.  9am till 3pm.  We still need one volunteer!  No skills are required.   Thanks to Tim for organizing.  Sign up on our website.
 
Glens Falls Symphony – Concert Sunday Nov 4th 4pm at the Glens Falls High School.  Come hear guest soloist mezzo soprano Vera Savage and the orchestra.
 
Congratulations Jackie Touba for receiving the Sapphire Gem Award from the Lake George Chamber of Commerce this Thursday Oct 25th
 
Scrabble Tournament – to benefit Literacy NY in Glens Falls  Join us in a Rotary Table October 27th.  10-1pm.  See PP Harrison for further details.
 
Pres Cin
 
 “Be the Inspiration”  as you all are to me…….
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spinoffs October 22, 2018 Cindy Amell 2018-10-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on Oct 15, 2018
We are trying a new format and it is a work in progress.   A big shout out to PP Dave Bogue for the design. Take a look around at all the information and we welcome any input to improve it!
 
For those who did not get the news, our fellow Rotarian Doug Burch, passed away late last week.  There will be no funeral services or calling hours.  We will have a moment of silence at the Thursday meeting and an opportunity for any to share a story or thought about Doug.  He will be missed.
Oct 18thRobert Kent and the Opiod Crisis.  This was rescheduled from an earlier date. - General Counsel for the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASAS).  He is responsible for the statewide implementation of the Governor's Combat Addiction Campaign, the Federal Opiod Grant program and the Medicaid Redesign Team for opiod treatment.  He’s a Great Speaker.
Oct 25 –PP PDG John Mucha – Come learn about the Rotary Foundation.  NOTE:  MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE PARK THEATRE.
Thank you Rotarians:  Highway cleanup under Don Krebs great leadership had lots of help from PP PDG Fred Carvin, Russ O’Connor,  PP Jim Goodspeed, PP Steve Borgos and Dave Schwenker.  And we can’t forget our friend Stu Don’s friend who enjoys helping his fellow Rotarians.
Saturday we had a large crew help to clean out the “Greasy” dough trailer.  Thanks to Gene and Kerri L., John F., PP Dave Bogue, PP Kevin O., PP Bob  Rosoff, PP Donna F.,  David Bogue  Jr. and myself. 
Two new members proposed: 
Adam Feldman from Habitat for Humanity – sponsored by Charles Adams. Adam has attended several of our meetings and was our guest speaker recently.
Captain Leo Lloyd from The Salvation Army, sponsored by Charles Adams. Leo attended a meeting recently and looks forward to being a part of our organization.
Unless we hear of any objections within one week, we will proceed with inducting them both.
 
District Foundation Event – Thursday November 8th.  Glens Sanders in Scotia.  More information can be found on the district website.  Please consider supporting this fundraising event for our RI Foundation.  A Large portion of your  ticket will go towards your foundation giving.
 
Saturday Suppers has returned!  This is a service project.  We gather at Christ united Methodist church downtown Glens Falls and serve dinner to those in need.  November 10th.  4:30-6:30pm You can sign up directly on the GF rotary club website. Check your calendar and give it a try!  Thank you PP Jim Goodspeed for organizing
 
Habitat for Humanity – Saturday November 10th.  9am till 3pm.  We need 10 volunteers and no skills are required.  Please consider helping us.  Thanks to Tim for organizing.  Sign up on our website.
 
RLI – Rotary Leadership Institute - October 20th.  FREE – your GF rotary club will pay your entry fee.  SUNY School of Public Health Rensselaer.  See Tim Bechard or Charles Adams for more info.  To register you can go directly to the District 7190 website.  This is a great way to learn about the big picture of Rotary.
How about some Bulldog Pride – Our very own Gordon Woodworth is being inducted in the 2018 Hall of Fame.  Come celebrate with Gordon.  Saturday October 20th 6:00pm at the Queensbury Hotel.  $30 tickets are available at the school admin center on Bluebird Road South Glens Falls.   Autographs will be taken at lunch meetings…….
Prospect Center Fundraiser – “Lake George Aficionado” October 18  6-10pm  at the Lake George Club.  An autumn evening with delectable cuisine, spirits, entertainment, auctions and more!  For more info. Visit www.prospectcenter.com
 
Scrabble Tournament – to benefit Literacy NY in Glens Falls  Join us in a Rotary Table October 27th.  10-1pm.  See PP Harrison for further details.
 
Pres Cin
 
 “Be the Inspiration”  as you all are to me…….
 
 
 
 
 
Spinoffs October 15, 2018 Cindy Amell 2018-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
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Learning to read and discover new words and meanings can be an exciting new adventure, especially for 3rd graders. The kids in Glens Falls were presented with new dictionaries last week by club members marking the 10th year we have been helping kids learn and grow in our community. Pictured above is Past President Rotarian Jean Lapper presenting new Dictionaries to the kids at Jackson Heights school.
Annual Dictionary Project Launched in Glens Falls Elementary Schools Dave Bogue 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Amell on Sep 18, 2018
September 18, 2018
 
This week–  Sept 20 – Rotarian Phil Kellerman – currently with the Oley Foundation and formerly harvest Of Hope - will talk about the current controversy over immigration – very timely topic.  As a fellow Rotarian, Phil is aware of the guidelines of Rotary as to being politically neutral and will NOT provide any personal opinions.  Description: There are an estimated 10 million persons in this country who have no permission to be here legally   This includes some 800,000 “Dreamers” - foreign born children who have grown up in the U.S. that have sought protection with DACA cards.   The presenter will explain the complexities and problems with our current immigration system, and what is occurring politically to address undocumented personas as well as immigrants who want to come to this country.   The human and economic impact of immigration will also be addressed.  
 
Spinoffs Sept 18, 2018 Cindy Amell 2018-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 13, 2018
 
The Rotary Club of Glens Falls Celebrates Community Service with High School Scholarship Program

Rotarians know that many of our local high school students selflessly provide community service to local organizations and worthy causes. To salute those students, the Rotary Club of Glens Falls created a scholarship opportunity for eligible seniors graduating from Glens Falls and Queensbury High Schools.

 
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Posted by Paulette Kershko on Sep 11, 2018
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Glens Falls Rotary Club Student Dictionary Project
 
On September 24-28th of 2018, The Glens Falls Rotary Club will offer third graders another opportunity this year for exploration and sharing of knowledge with the gift of dictionaries to students attending the Abraham Wing, Jackson Heights, Kensington, Big Cross and St . Mary’s/St. Alphonsus Regional Catholic Schools and in October of 2018, The Glens Falls Rotary Club will donate Scholastic books to the third graders in Queensbury Elementary Schools. This will be the 10th year for the club making such donations.  Rotary's International Literacy Project is based upon the belief that "...reading is the starting point for all economic and social opportunities this world has to offer.” See DictionaryProject.org
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Posted by Jim Goodspeed on Sep 11, 2018
Rotary 5K and Corporate Challenge Race 
 
Calling on all runners and walkers! The Glens Falls Rotary stages a 5K Road Race and Corporate Challenge in April of each year. Proceeds from the event are given to two deserving local charities each year as nominated by the club membership and decided by the Board of Directors . The race is held at the SUNY Adirondack campus on Bay Road in Queensbury.
Rotary 5K Jim Goodspeed 2018-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 10, 2018
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
(RYLA)
 
Do you have what it takes to become a dynamic leader and change not only yourself but the world? Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by District 7190 and the Rotary Club of Glens Falls where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Dave Bogue 2018-09-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paulette Kershko on Sep 10, 2018
“The Dictionary Project”
 
     "The idea for The Dictionary Project began in 1992 when Annie Plummer of Savannah, Georgia, gave 50 dictionaries to children who attended a school close to her home. Each year she continued to give this gift, raising money to help give more and more books so that in her lifetime she raised enough money to buy 17,000 dictionaries for children in Savannah. Early on, her project attracted the attention of Bonnie Beeferman of Hilton Head, S.C., who began a project of raising money by selling crafts to buy dictionaries for the schoolchildren of Hilton Head and the surrounding communities.
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Posted by Ian Williams on Aug 28, 2018
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      The President of the Rotary Club of Glens Falls for 2004-2005 year was Ray Agnew.  He attended the Rotary International Convention in Osaka, Japan that year and came back to the club excited about different opportunities for service that he’d learned about.  Amongst these were water-related projects.    He asked club member, Kay Walter to form a committee to explore how the club could become involved and the wheels were put in motion.
     The Water Committee forged a link with a Rutland, Vermont-based organization called Pure Water for the World (PWW).  They had started life as a club project of a Brattleboro, Vermont Rotary Club and had outgrown one club’s resources.  The project involved supplying bio-sand water filters to villages in Central America and has morphed into an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) that offers a suite of water, sanitation and hygiene solutions.  Those solutions supplied by PWW now include: installation of water filters, building latrines, hygiene education, field technician training, water testing and education amongst many others.
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Posted by Fred Carvin on May 06, 2018
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Who are We?
 
The Rotary Club of Glens Falls, NY came into existence in 1922 when Rotarians from the Troy area recruited 25 of the top community leaders to form our organization.  Men like Frank Smalley, C.V. Peters, Elmer West, Fred Chapman, and J. Thacher Sears were among the most prominent members of the local manufacturing, educational, theological and publishing industries. Other Charter Members were from the top of the legal and medical professions, public accountants, contractors, bankers and insurance representatives. Today, almost 100 years later, the Glens Falls Rotary still attracts the cream of the community. We are a diverse mixture of men and women from all walks of life. The only criteria that measures us is our desire toward service and the aspiration to make ourselves, our community and our world a better place for all.
 
History of Glens Falls Rotary Club - Who Are We? Fred Carvin 2018-05-06 04:00:00Z 1
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