June 2017
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Officers from the Monticello and Fallsburg Interact Clubs were recognized at the June 6th meeting.   Congratulations to the clubs for an outstanding year!
Thank you Erik Rhulen for sharing your view of the Sullivan County Real Estate Market with our members at Tuesday night's meeting! 
Oh what a night!!   On Thursday, May 25th, the annual Polio Plus Dinner was held at the Eagle's Nest in Bloomingburg.  What a great joint effort by the Monticello, Liberty and Livingston Manor Clubs.   Kudos to Helen Diehl, chair o the event!    Mike McGovern, Chairman of the National Polio Plus Committee, was the keynote speaker and he delivered a powerful and moving message to the group.   And Les Kristt did an outstanding job as Emcee for the evening!
George Phillips from Reclaim New York presented to our May 23rd meeting.  Relcaim New York is a non-partisan, non-profit  organization that empowers New Yorkers through education and civic engagement to reclaim ownership of their government.  Receive updates and news from Reclaim New York at ReclaimNewYork.org/SignUp.
We were very happy to see Leo and her host "Mom" at the meeting!  
Rick Stein shared Rotary flags and magazines from his Rotary Club Visits in Japan!
At the "Night Out" held at the Ethelbert B Crawford Library, a donation of $750 was made to the Sullivan County Veteran's Coalition in the name of Jeff Bank.   This donation was part of a donation to the Rotary Club from Jeff Bank for their sponsorship  of our Annual Monster Race.   Jeff Bank employees will participate in the race, either walking or running, as part of Jeff Bank's Healthy Work Environment initiative.   

After the presentation, we were entertained by Dylan Foley, Irish Champion Fiddler.  
Mary Paige Lang-Clouse, Director of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Library was the guest speaker at our March 7th meeting.  She brought us up to date on the newest programs available at the library and she also spoke about the upcoming project to make the library a major meeting place for the community by providing a landscaped park in the area adjacent to the library building.  Mary Paige showed artist renderings and a short computer video of what the area will ultimately look like.  You can keep up to date with email notifications from the library by signing up on the website at http://www.ebcrawfordlibrary.org/
Rotarian Randy Katz was the guest speaker at our February 28th meeting.  He gave an amazing presentation with lots of interesting details and stunning photos of his recent trip to South Africa, that included a safari.  
Kathy Kreiter from the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless was the guest speaker at our February 11th meeting.  She has been a guest speaker at our club in the past and as usual she gave us an update on what's been happening at the Federation. The Federation for the Homeless has the largest food pantry and provides the largest number of meals in Sullivan County.  Kathy said that she has obtained more funding by actively seeking out and applying for new grants.  This has made it a little easier to run the organization.  They were even able to put a new roof on the building.  She said that in 2011 the Federation for the Homeless lost a major funding grant and almost had to close.  It was saved by Assemblywoman Gunther and others.  Today the Federation is thriving and growing with new programs and services, one of which benefits the youth in the community and will eventually provide a new revenue stream for the Federation.  Kathy answered additional questions and was well received by our members.
Rotarians Doug Muller and Joe D'Abbraccio made a $500 donation to the Federation.  Kathy was speechless.

The following discussion reviews the recent presentation of China City by Ms. Sherry Li. As part of the review, I have included some cursory research that I conducted, which may be helpful in providing you with some historical background as to how China City has evolved over the years.

On January 10, 2017, Sherry Li, the CEO of China City (also known as the Thompson Education Center), made an oral and slide presentation before the Monticello Rotary Club1. The proposed 575-acre development, called China City2, is on a parcel of land that is off Route 17, Exit 112, which borders Wild Turnpike in the Town of Thompson and extends to the town of Mamakating. China City will be an educational institution that offers college level courses to students primarily from China. It is expected that the student body will also include Americans, as well as non-Chinese foreign students.

China City will offer four majors: business; movie, media and arts; culinary; and nursing. Depending upon their majors and career goals, some students will matriculate for four years at the college, while other students will be at China City for only one year, while spending the other three years in China where they will graduate. Ms. Li indicated that China City has executed several letters of understanding. One is with Catskill Regional Hospital, regarding the nursing program; and another is with Phoenix, a Chinese media company that is educating 80,000 students. The college will grow in stages, and at its final phase will have a 2,500-student body.


The guest speaker at our December 6th meeting was Cindy Menges from Delaware River Solar, a new community solar energy company. Ms. Menges said that she's trying to spread the word about what her company does. She gave a slide presentation about the various types of renewable energy, why renewable energy is needed, and how Delaware River Solar fits into that picture in New York State.

The United States depends heavily on Coal, oil, and natural gas...”, said Cindy, “These are finite resources”. Ms Menges stress that we need to develop other sources of renewable energy and solar is one of them. Governor Cuomo's Energy Initiative seeks to have 50% of the energy generated by New York State come from renewable sources by 2030. New York State is also providing incentives to businesses and homeowners who switch to renewable energy sources. It is also hoped that the shift to renewable energy will spur economic development.

Ms. Menges concluded her presentation by talking about solar energy options that are available to businesses and residences in Sullivan County through her company.

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