Contributed by Tom Seeley / Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary


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Bulletin #2009-06                Date:  August 7, 2008



Club Assembly
August 14 –  District Governor visit
August 21 – Jonathon Beach Photography
August 28 – Philip D’Angelo: School rankings
September 4 – Club Assembly
September 11 – State of the Housing market
September 18 – Rotary on the Web

Suggestions for future programs are always welcome.  Please forward your ideas to Toni at

News & Notes

Camping highlight of Scouting programs offered by local council

Youths join Scouting for many reasons.  While our Club hears primarily about the Sea Scouts and their efforts to learn about boating, one of the primary reasons youths join other Scout programs is for the camping program.

All Scouts in Skaneateles are members of the Hiawatha Seaway Council, which serves youths aged 5 to 21 over a geographic district that stretches from Onondaga County north and east, covering also Oswego, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Lewis counties.

The Hiawatha Council offers overnight and day camping experiences.  Overnight camping is available at two facilities – Camp Woodland in Constantia and Sabbatis in the North Country.  Camp Woodland is used primarily for Cub Scouts – boys age 5 to 11 in Kindergarten through 4th grade.  It is located on six acres and features programs in archery, BB Gun shooting, crafts, swimming and fishing in Kibbie Lake, and orienteering.

Further north is the Sabbatis Scout Reservation, which is a 400-acre facility in the heart of the Adirondacks with access to more than 1 million acres of state land for hiking and canoeing.  Increasing in popularity is the Adirondack Scout Trek program, also located at Sabbatis.  The program offers to fully equip those seeking high adventure opportunities with canoes, tents, food, guides, stoves and fuel.

The Council also offers a week-long day camp locally at Gillie Lake in Camillus.

The cost of the programs ranges from $35 to $200, which some families are unable to afford.  To ensure camping is available to all scouts, the council offers Camperships which any scout who demonstrates a need can qualify for.  To qualify, applicants for a campership must perform some type of service to their community.

For more information about local scouts visit

DG calls on local clubs to join ‘Pennies for Polio’ campaign

As many of us recall, earlier this year Rotary International announced a challenge grant in the amount of $100 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio.

This year, Rotary International has asked each club to raise $1,000 per year over the next three years to match the $100 million pledged by the Gates’.  Clubs are free to raise the money in any way they choose.

Locally, District 7150 has announced a “Pennies for Polio” campaign.  Clubs interested in joining the campaign are encouraged to designate a Pennies for Polio chair.  The chair would work  with local schools and banks to collect pennies at various locations throughout the community.

The Pennies for Polio campaign would kick off in the 3rd or 4th week of October.  The District PR Chair Bob Stronach will develop a media campaign, including a uniform canister wrapper  to support the initiative that will be distributed in September and October.

DG Larry Calabrese will discuss this campaign in greater detail next week.  In the interim, for more information, contact ADG Jim Gascon at 422-1152 or

Club Business & Dates to Remember
Call to Order; Pledge of Allegiance & Invocation
Introduction of Guests/Visitarians
Happy Dollars & Fines

District Major Events
August  – Youth Exchange Welcome Picnic (date and time TBA)
August 29 – Club Social Event Steak & Steamers at Skaneateles Country Club
Sept. 12-14 – District Conference, EdgeWood Resort, Alexandria Bay
November 1 – Rotary Leadership Institute, Canandaigua

Old Business

Committee Reports

Club Administration
President – Tom Seeley
Treasurer – Toni Feldmann
Secretary – John Paddock

Service Projects
Food Pantry – Daryle Pickering
Sea Scouts – John Paddock
Programs – Paul Frickey
Early Act – Tom Seeley
Fire Equipment – Chris Bruna
Service Committee – John Rooney
Winterfest & Craft Fair – Seeley/Krauter
Membership (& Retention) – Beckwith/Feldmann
Foundation/Community Recognition Torrisi/Krauter
Social Chair – Maggie Gilson
Sergeant at Arms – Daryle Pickering

New Business

Pennies for Polio
Do we want to join or go in different Direction
Who will chair Polio effort
Contribution in DG’s name to RI Foundation

Evening Club Programs

TODAY –  Dirk Young Twin Birch, owning and operating dairy farm in Skaneateles

Officers & Directors

President – Thomas W. Seeley
President-Elect – John Rooney
Past President – Marion Krauter
Treasurer – Toni Feldman
Sergeant-at-Arms – Daryle Pickering
Secretary – John Paddock

Committee Chairs
Club Service – John Rooney
Food Pantry – Daryle Pickering
Membership – Sidney Beckwith
Program Chair – Toni Feldman
Rotary Foundation – Paul Torrisi
Social Chair – Maggie Gilson
Youth Exchange/RYLA – John Paddock

Sidney Beckwith, Christopher Bruna, Dave Cutten, Robert DeWetter, Toni Feldmann, Paul Frickey, Maggie Gilson (visitor), Douglas Hill, Marion Krauter, John Paddock, Daryle Pickering, John Rooney, Thomas Seeley, Paul Torrisi, Michael Wahlrab, Rhett Weiss

Exchange Students
Sarah Bierbaum (Germany), Lucas Grob (Switzerland), Eddy Tasia (Belgium), Nico Avalle (Argentina)

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Rotary International:
Skaneateles Rotary:
Thomas W. Seeley 685-2311  Fax: 685-2460