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Monti Meeting Happenings
August 29, 2017             6:30pm            Albella’s Restaurant
 
Call to Order
President Barbara Carr called the meeting to order at 6:30pm followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and The Rotary Four Way Test.  She then welcomed all members and introduced guests.
 
Guests: Bejan Kerendian, Cathy Paty
 
Montigram Editor Report
 
This Montigram is packed with information from the past few weeks.  Please take a moment to look at all the good that Rotary is doing locally and beyond! Truly doing "Service Above Self!"  Come join us in making our community and world a better place for all!  
 
President's Reminders
 
President Barbara Carr shared upcoming dates and reminders with the club.  Remember to visit our website or view in this newsletter our upcoming events. http://monticellonyrotary.org/events/calendar
 
The Liberty Rotary is holding its 5th Annual Spirit, Beer & Wine Tasting a the Downtown BARN in Liberty (14 Darbee Lane) on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 6pm.  (Live Music by Cathy Paty!) Tickets are limited so be sure to call for information and reservations.  Contact Liberty Rotary President Judy Siegel at (845) 798-2188 or hassiegel@aol.com The Monticello Rotary Club made a $250 donation to the Liberty Scholarship event. 
 
We received notes from David Braunstein and CC DeCosto to thank us for the scholarships they received from the Monticello Rotary Club.  Wish them luck with their future endeavors. 
 
Rotary Means Business will be meeting soon.  President Carr will forward information once the first "meeting" is established.  Please stay tuned for more information regarding this new program. 
 
Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
President Carr sent out information under separate cover (see below).  More will be reported at the August 5, 2017 meeting with specific efforts. VP  Lori Orestano-James will be our Club Contact for continued efforts on this project and liaison for outreach in working with Liberty Rotary, Interacts and others to unite in this needed effort.  
 

Also, our club is joining forces with the Liberty Rotary Club to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Local groups are headed to Texas to assist the regions affected by Hurricane Harvey, according to a press release from the Liberty Rotary Club and Monticello-based nonprofit Operation Endeavor....  The groups are working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to plan a response for areas that aren’t receiving as much assistance as the urban areas. Aid efforts are also being coordinated through Rotary Clubs in the Houston area.

The five-member team includes Stuart Hirsch, director of operations for St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency Services in Connecticut. The other members on the team are Naval Corpsman Lawrence Smira and paramedical and rescue professional Charles Atwell, Charles Lee Miller and Thomas Andryshak. Hirsch, a Liberty Rotarian, is also the president of Operation Endeavor. Gary Silver, Susan Kraycer and Gary Siegel are other Liberty Rotarians on Operation Endeavor’s board of directors.
The Liberty Rotary Club has contacted thousands of Rotarians in the New York region to donate to the effort.

Monticello Rotary is proud to join the effort! We're asking members and friends to contribute to Operation Endeavor by making a donation online via this link:

https://www.youcaring.com/hurricanevictimsoftexasusa-914276

OR you can make a check payable to Monticello Rotary Club with "Operation Endeavor" noted in the memo space and bring it to a meeting.

THANK YOU for your support!

Please help in any way you can.  United with Texas throughout this difficult time is what is most important.  "Operation Endeavor" has a Rescue Crew with feet on the ground already providing services to those in need.   They have reported back to Gary Siegel of Liberty Rotary as to what the needs are so we can assist appropriately.  We are lucky to have Rotarians on the "Operation Endeavor" Board of Directors as well as participating in the mission with feet on the ground in Texas.  Please remember that "Shelter Box" is also working with Rotary International to assist in this cause and would appreciate your consideration as well.   
 
Member Happenings
Congratulations to Les Kristt on being honored for his work in our community and Service Above Self by the Sullivan County Partnership on October 5, 2017 at 5:30 at The Sullivan in Rock Hill. 
 
Congratulations to Richard Sush on being honored at the Town of Thompson Democratic Committee Annual Gala Cocktail Party and Dinner for his commitment and Service Above Self on behalf of our community.  The event is on October 11, 2017 at 5:30pm at Ciao Bella Restaurant in Monticello. 
 
Guest Speaker
 
Cathy Paty, President/CEO of the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce shared the wonderful work the SC Chamber is doing.  There are a plethora of ways the Sullivan County Chamber can help you and your business, clubs or organizations!  Here were some of the highlights from the meeting: 
 
  • Chamber Guide
  • Post/Search for Job Opportunities
  • Hot Deals/Promotions
  • Calendar Listing (Check out the Monticello Rotary Scholarship Golf Outing Posting just submitted!) 
  • Chamber and community growth over the past 5 years
  • Representation of Members with numerous groups and boards (reciprocal)
  • Developed a 3 year Strategic Plan
  • New Customer Advantage Progam
  • Look for New Streamlined Pride Awards Event in November
Past Meeting Speakers: 
 
Alzheimer's Association: Susan Buckles and Sheila Lashinsky 
 
Susan Bunce and Sheila Lashinsky joined us at our August 22, 2017 meeting to speak with to us about the Alzheimer's Association.  Susan gave those in attendance a great deal of information about this disease.  Here are some of the key points shared: 
  • There currently is no cure for Alzheimers
  • Medications are available to help with symptoms but only prolongs the symptom on-sets (approximately 18 months)
  • 5 million people in the US have been diagnosed with the estimation that by 2050 16 million will be affected by Alzheimers
  • Every 66 seconds, someone develops Alzhiemers
  • Caregivers give approximately 18.2 Billion hours of care a year
  • Music makes a difference in how people with Alzheimers respond to surroundings (Alive Inside - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HLEr-zP3fc )
Sheila shared what our local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is doing. Some highlights are: 
  • Music Socials
  • 24 Hour Helpline
  • Service Assistance for those in need
  • Fundraising efforts - They have a bus to transport those interested in participating in this year's Alzheimer's Walk.  Monticello Rotary will work on creating a team to assist in this venture.  The team will include the Monticello and Fallsburg Interact Clubs.  We will reach out to our neighboring Rotary Clubs to explore if they are interested in joining us.  We have a donation can available at each meeting as well.  Our member contact for this event is Janet Kaplan. THe walk is On Saturday October 7, 2017. 
Committee Reports
 
Monster Run – Les Kristt
Les Kristt gave an accounting on this years event and was proud to announce that we garnered more funds than in years past.  The event is growing and he thanked all those who volunteers and assisted in making this event the success it was. 
 
Orshii Boldiis reported that we still have a limited amount of Monster Run T-Shirts available.  Please contact him directly or attend a meeting to purchase.  The shirts are $10.00 each.
 
Golf Outing - Bob Ernst
 
Plans are underway and brochures were distributed for this years event.  
Please check out the link on our website page or Facebook page for details. 
 
http://monticellonyrotary.org/SitePage/scholarship-golf-outing-2017 
 
Bob is asking for volunteers to assist.  Please contact him if you are able to help. All proceeds benefit the Rotary College Foundation Scholarship
Four member teams are being sought with Registration at 9 and Shot Gun Start at 10am at Tarry Brae Golf Course.  Steak Dinner (BBQ) when Golfing is completed. 
 
Friendship Friday - Barbara Carr
Another successful Friendship Friday was held on Friday September 1, 2017! A great opportunity to network and enjoy the company and fellowship of others! Our next Friendship Friday is October 6, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:00pm.  Stay tuned for more information!
 
Youth Exchange - Helen Diehl
Helen shared postcards from Leo who thanked the Monticello Club for her wonderful experience this past year.  Leo is currently in a BA/FA Program to work with students at a Summer Camp.  
 
 
 
Montigram Voice Lori Orestano-James 2017-09-04 04:00:00Z 0
Our club is joining forces with the Liberty Rotary Club to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey.
 
Local groups are headed to Texas to assist the regions affected by Hurricane Harvey, according to a press release from the Liberty Rotary Club and Monticello-based nonprofit Operation Endeavor.

The groups are working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to plan a response for areas that aren’t receiving as much assistance as the urban areas. Aid efforts are also being coordinated through Rotary Clubs in the Houston area, the release said.

The five-member team includes Stuart Hirsch, director of operations for St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency Services in Connecticut. The other members on the team are Naval Corpsman Lawrence Smira and paramedical and rescue professional Charles Atwell, Charles Lee Miller and Thomas Andryshak.   Hirsch, a Liberty Rotarian, is also the president of Operation Endeavor. Gary Silver, Susan Kraycer and Gary Siegel are other Liberty Rotarians on Operation Endeavor’s board of directors.

The Liberty Rotary Club has contacted thousands of Rotarians in the New York region to donate to the effort. 

Monticello Rotary is proud to join the effort!  We're asking members and friends to contribute to Operation Endeavor by making a donation online via this link:

https://www.youcaring.com/hurricanevictimsoftexasusa-914276

OR you can make a check payable to Monticello Rotary Club with "Operation Endeavor" noted in the memo space and bring it to a meeting.

THANK YOU for your support!

 

Operation Endeavor is a nonprofit that provides rescue, emergency medicine and trauma training and supports disaster preparedness in developing regions of the world.

Monticello Rotary Club Joins Forces with Liberty Rotary Club to Aid Hurricane Harvey Victims Barbara Carr 2017-09-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lori Orestano-James on Aug 08, 2017
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Monticello Rotary In Pictures
 
There will be no stories in this newsletter.  Instead this newsletter is designed as a photo collage of the wonderful events our club has been involved in since our last meeting. Included are pictures from our 39th Annual Monster Run, our special meeting to see Bye, Bye Birdie at Forestburgh Playhouse and our Region 5 BBQ Meeting hosted by the Liberty Rotary Club.  These pictures along with others will be posted as a link on our website shortly.  All pictures can be downloaded by opening the link and/or this Montigram on a separate browser page.  If you have any trouble with this, feel free to contact me directly and I will be happy to help you through the process. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Montigram Voice Lori Orestano-James 2017-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lori Orestano-James on Aug 06, 2017
Oh what a night....
 
A great time of friendship and fellowship was had by all at the Monticello Rotary's Friendship Friday Mixer held at BHR in Rock Hill, New York on August 4, 2017.  Members and guests enjoyed good food, drinks and company!  If you missed it, you missed a terrific time.  You won't want to miss the next Friendship Friday on September 1st with location TBD! 
 
Rotary Members and Guests at this month's Friendship Friday (L-R front row) Janet Kaplan, Barbara Carr, Barbara Sush, Eileen Ernst (L-R middle row) Richard Sush, Judy Siegel, Irving Kaplan, Bob Ernst, Lori Orestano-James (L-R back row) Doug Muller, Gary Siegel
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Posted by Lori Orestano-James on Aug 01, 2017
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Monti Meeting Happenings
August 1, 2017             6:30pm            Albella’s Restaurant
 
Call to Order
President Barbara Carr called the meeting to order at 6:30pm followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and The Rotary Four Way Test.  She then welcomed all members and introduced guests.
 
 
Guests: Bejan Kerendian, Honorable Anthony Kane,  Susan Goodreds, Janice Valentino
 
Montigram Editor Report
 
We have a lot of great events and activities as we move forward this coming month.  Please be sure to check our calendar so you don't miss out on what is going on!  
 
Food - Glorious Food - Venue Update
 
Lori Orestano-James presented on behalf of the Dinner Committee.  Changes that the club requested such as "Family Style" service of salads along with 2 main entree selections (with standard Grilled Salmon with Veggies or Grilled Chicken (or Salmon) Caesar were met with a positive response from the club members.  In addition, thanks Mike for the delicious "bar nosh" you served prior to the meeting.  
 
As a reminder - The Monticello Rotary Club now meet weekly at Albella Family Restaurant, 50 Jefferson Street, Monticello, New York. 
Please remember to park in the side parking lot (to the left looking at the building) or use the spaces toward the left on the "Party Room" side of the building. 
 
Don't forget that we will be meeting at the Forestburgh Playhouse on August 8, 2017 for our meeting.  Fellow Rotarian Franklin Trapp welcomes our club with a delicious meal, a wonderful Cabaret show (Time of My Life - 30 Years of Dirty Dancing) and a fabulous Main Stage show (Bye, Bye Birdie!).
  
 
 
President's Reminders
 
At the July 18, 2017 meeting, President Barbara Carr shared several upcoming events and flyers (Please see attached).  In addition, she shared information about Region 5 events.  Please see the Club Calendar for further information.)
 
In addition, President Carr welcomed Jim Akin after his return from an illness.  We are glad to see you back. 
 
Guest Speaker
 
The Honorable Anthony Kane, Susan Goodreds and Janice Valentino representing Hospice of Sullivan And Orange Counties were our guest speakers for our meeting.  Their presentation was inspiring as they shared with us the wonderful works of this organization. Judge Kane shared that he believes that Hospice is the most important organization he has ever been part of.  He said when the family is unable to take care of their loved one, Hospice assists and improves greatly the end of life care for the patient and family.  Hospice helps with positive family relationships , medical needs and spiritual needs during this difficult time.  Judge Kane stated, "Hospice makes end of life acceptable and productive." 
 
Susan Goodreds spoke to our members about the upcoming Forestburgh 5K Run-Walk scheduled for August 12, 2017 which is the largest fundraiser for the Sullivan/Orange Hospice.  She encouraged our members to join in on the event to help Hospice reach its goal for this years race. More information on the event can be found at www.forestburgh5K.com . 
 
Janice Valentino is the Director of Marketing and Development for Sullivan/Orange Hospice.  We learned that costs of services of Hospice are more expensive in Sullivan County than in Orange County due to the Medicare Reimbursement formula because Sullivan County is further away from New York City.  Currently, Hospice is serving about 200 families per year in Sullivan and Orange County.  
 
Ms. Valentino also told us of two programs that Hospice is currently involved with.  First is the Camp Chrysalis.  This is a 3 day camp for Sullivan County youth ages 5-17 years of age who are in need of "grief services."  Follow this link for further information. http://hospiceoforange.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Camp-Flyer-2017-FINAL.pdf 
 
The other program is a "We Honor Veterans" Program.  Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc. has reached the top tier of Community Partner Level IV of “We Honor Veterans,” a campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Through this program Hospice gratefully acknowledges our military and service men, women and families. They aim to create a veteran centered organization through education, strategic partnership, resources and veteran recognition. Their mission is to serve our Nation’s Veterans who have served us. 
 
Janice shared what it is like to witness when the Veterans receive an Honor Salute or is presented with a beautifully hand crocheted red, white and blue afghan made by the "Chain Gang" in Wurtsboro, NY.  She said that the Veterans enjoy the card made by students and are truly grateful for this program. For more information visit the following link: http://hospiceoforange.com/veterans-care/ 
 
Janice also reminded us that we are losing 1 in 4 Veterans every day.  Judge Kane also reminded us that the Sullivan/Orange Hospice is a non-profit indicating that it is not true of all Hospice organization.  
 
President Carr presented our speakers with a token of appreciation from our club and thanked them for all they do for those is our community.  This organization truly follows the Rotary principle and shows "Service Above Self" in all that they do! 
 
Member Happenings
 
This is a new section of the Montigram Voice.  As long as we are made aware, we will post news about our members.  
Congratulations:  Dr. Joe D'Abbraccio on the opening of your new office!
 
Committee Reports
 
Monster Run – Les Kristt
Les reported that the race is laid out.  He shared that we have an increase in Race Sponsorships.  There is an increase in outreach through Social Media.  We need volunteers to assist the day of the race.  In addition, we need to help get the runners out for the day of the event.  Registration is available online.
 
As a reminder - we will be holding our usual Pre-Registration on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Sign-in Table location (next to Monticello Pizza Hut) from 10AM - 2PM.  Please let Orshii Boldiis know if you can help out on that day!
 
Janet Kaplan is putting together a raffle for this years Monster Run.  The Raffle Basket theme is "Health & Wellness (how appropriate!) There are a number of wonderful items donated already but more is needed.  If you are able to make a donation to the cause, please contact Janet.  Janet gave out raffles to sell for those members present at the meeting.  Tickets at $5 each or 3 for $10 dollars.
 
Annual Dues: If you have not taken care of payment of your dues, please do so ASAP.
 
 
Friendship Friday - Barbara Carr
Barbara reported that the next Friendship Friday is August 4, 2017 at 5:30pm until 7– BHR in Rock Hill.  Members are encouraged to bring guests to learn about Rotary, our club and activities.
 
Rotary Night at Forestburgh PlayhouseGary Tugender
Gary shared that tickets are still available for our clubs annual Night at Forestburgh Playhouse meeting.  The show is the ever popular, Bye, Bye, Birdie!  Tickets and dinner are priced at $62 per person.  If you are a season ticket holder or just want to attend for dinner, the cost is $28 per person.  Please be sure to contact Gary as he needs to finalize the count with Forestburgh Playhouse.
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Posted by Lori Orestano-James on Jul 25, 2017
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Monti Meeting Happenings
July 25, 2017              6:30pm            Albella’s Restaurant
 
Call to Order
President Barbara Carr called the meeting to order at 6:30pm followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and The Rotary Four Way Test.  She then welcomed all members and introduced guests.
 
 
Guests: Bejan Kerendian, Lijia Kerendian-Livian
 
Montigram Editor Report
 
We have a lot of great events and activities as we move forward this coming month.  Please be sure to check our calendar so you don't miss out on what is going on!  
 
New Meeting Location
 
We officially moved in to our new meeting location.  We now meet weekly at Albella Family Restaurant, 50 Jefferson Street, Monticello, New York.  The Dinner Committee (Joe D’Abbraccio, Jacob Lerner, Janet Kaplan and Barbara Carr, and Lori Orestano-James) met with Mike, the owner of Albella Family Restaurant) to discuss menu options an club needs.  Mike has some great ideas to help create an inviting atmosphere for our members and visiting guests. 
 
Those who were at the meeting noticed the addition of "Bar Nosh" prior to the official meeting.  This will allow our members and guests to network prior to our meetings while having a "little something" to curb their appetite until serving of dinner.  Speaking of dinner, Mike will provide its club members and guests to entree choices which will rotate each week.  In addition, available every week is the choice of Grilled Salmon with Vegetables, and a Caesar Salad with either Grilled Chicken or Grilled Salmon.  Sign in with one of the wait staff at the bar when you arrive to place your order.  
 
We will be meeting in the "Party Room" which is a private room off the main dining room.  Mike has requested that we park on the left side of the front parking area and/or the left side lot and enter through the secondary door.  Making a right as you come through the door will bring you to our private area without having to walk through the restaurant dining room.  Mike also shared that he will be doing some upgrades to the private room area over the next few months (post summer season) to make the room a better meeting space for all.  
 
Mike and his family have been great supporters of the Monticello Rotary Events always donating gift certificates and sponsoring vents.  We look forward to our continued relationship, great meals and wonderful fellowship!
 
 
President's Reminders
 
At the July 18, 2017 meeting, President Barbara Carr shared several upcoming events and flyers (Please see attached).  In addition, she shared information about Region 5 events.  Please see the Club Calendar for further information.)
 
Guest Speaker
 
Our guest speaker was our very own, Joe D'Abbracchio who spoke about our ClubRunner and Facebook accounts.  Joe demonstrated how to navigate our website to find information, how to post to Facebook and shared our new Google Drive Account for us to share photos and such.  Remember to bookmark our page www.monticellonyrotary.org .  You can  visit our page to keep updated with Monticello Rotary Happenings!  
 
In addition, remember to "Like" us and "Follow" us on our Facebook Page (Rotary Club of Monticello, NY).  This is a great place to post when you attend Rotary Events and to stay current with what we have been doing. 
 
The feedback from the members in attendance was terrific and have requested to have Joe come back and review what was covered.  We all agreed that we will need to wait at least until after August 1st when he has officially opened Catskill Veterinary Services, PLLC!  We will wait Joe and wish you much success! 
 
Member Happenings
 
This is a new section of the Montigram Voice.  As long as we are made aware, we will post news about our members.  
Get Well Wishes: Jim Akins
Congratulations: Marty & Lauren Miller of the birth of their second grandchild. 
 
Committee Reports
 
Monster Run – Les Kristt
Les reported that the race is laid out.  He shared that we have an increase in Race Sponsorships.  There is an increase in outreach through Social Media.  We need volunteers to assist the day of the race.  In addition, we need to help get the runners out for the day of the event.  Registration is available online.
 
As a reminder - we will be holding our usual Pre-Registration on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Sign-in Table location (next to Monticello Pizza Hut) from 10AM - 2PM.  Please let Orshii Boldiis know if you can help out on that day!
 
Janet Kaplan is putting together a raffle for this years Monster Run.  There are a number of wonderful items donated already but more is needed.  If you are able to make a donation to the cause, please contact Janet and/or bring the item to the meeting Tuesday night. 
 
Next Committee Meeting – August 1, 2017 at Albella’s Restaurant at 5:30pm
 
Annual Dues: If you have not taken care of payment of your dues, please do so ASAP.
 
 
Friendship Friday - Barbara Carr
Barbara reported that the next Friendship Friday is August 4, 2017 at 5:30pm until 7– BHR in Rock Hill.  Members are encouraged to bring guests to learn about Rotary, our club and activities.
 
Rotary Night at Forestburgh PlayhouseGary Tugender
Gary shared that tickets are still available for our clubs annual Night at Forestburgh Playhouse meeting.  The show is the ever popular, Bye, Bye, Birdie!  Tickets and dinner are priced at $62 per person.  If you are a season ticket holder or just want to attend for dinner, the cost is $28 per person.  Please be sure to contact Gary as he needs to finalize the count with Forestburgh Playhouse.
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Posted by Lori Orestano-James on Jul 25, 2017
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Region 5 Barbecue
Hosted by Liberty Rotary Club
 
At Hanofee Park in Liberty, NY
(Our beautiful lakeside setting!)
Please join us for some fun and fellowship on
Wednesday, August 9th at 6:00 p.m.
Burgers, Hot Dogs, BBQ or Teriyaki Honey Chicken, Sides, Dessert and Beverages (beer, wine, sodas, water…)
$15 per person
Club Presidents, please R.S.V.P. the number attending from your club to Liberty Rotary President, Judy Siegel jsiegel523@gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you there!
 
From Route 17 Heading North:
Take exit 100. At stop light turn left and proceed to next light which is the intersection of Route 52. Turn right and proceed through the first light(ShopRite / Rite Aid) to the second light. Turn left onto Sunset Lake Rd. Hanofee Park is approximately ¾ of a mile on the right.  Pavillion is just before the lake on the left, with parking to its right.  Additional parking across the street from the park.
 
From Route 17 Heading South:
Take exit 100 and take route 52 towards Loch Sheldrake(3rd turn on turn circle). Proceed to the third  light(One light beyond Rite Aid/ShopRite) and turn left onto Sunset Lake Rd. Hanofee Park is approximately ¾ of a mile on the right.  Pavillion is just before the lake on the left, with parking to its right.  Additional parking across the street from the park.
 
 
 
 
ROTARY DISTRICT 7210 SEVENTH ANNUAL FUN-RAISER
Saturday, August 12 th – Dutchess Stadium – Fishkill, NY Join DG Jim, Rotarians, Family and Friends from around our District for a Fun-Filled Day at Dutchess Stadium at the right field patio area. Game time is 7:05 PM HV Renegades vs. Brooklyn Cyclones (NY Mets Affiliate)FIREWORKS AFTER THE GAME! Gates open at 5:30 PM All you can eat food and soft drinks 6 to 8 PM! One Lucky Rotarian gets to throw First Pitch! Free Raffle of Renegades Tickets & Other Items! All this for only $29.00 per person! Please mail this form and check payable to Rotary District 7210 to Steve Laubach 7th Annual Fun-Raiser PO Box 676 Highland, NY 12528-0676 Please send reservation and payment no later than Aug 9th. Thank you! You will pick up your tickets at the will call window at the stadium on game day.
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Posted by Lori Orestano-James on Jul 18, 2017
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Monti Meeting Happenings
July 18, 2017              6:30pm            Albella’s Restaurant
 
Call to Order
President Barbara Carr called the meeting to order at 6:32pm followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and The Rotary Four Way Test.  She then welcomed all members and introduced guests.
 
 
Guests: Bill James, Vic Desher and Bonnie from Livingston Manor Rotary
 
Montigram Editor Report
 
The Monticello Rotary Club has had a very active past few weeks with much coming up in the next few weeks as well.  We have had our installation of the 2017-18 Officers, our Annual Club BBQ, RYLA, and finally our first official meeting of the year lead by our new President Barbara Carr. 
 
We have a new meeting location.  We will be meeting at Albella’s Restaurant, 50 Jefferson Street, Monticello, New York.  The Dinner Committee (Joe D’Abbraccio, Jacob Lerner, Janet Kaplan and Barbara Carr, researched desires of the members and explored local options.  One of the overwhelming responses was location, location, location.  The Monticello location will provide a more centralized spot for our membership.
 
At the July 18, 2017 meeting, President Barbara Carr shared several upcoming events and flyers (Please see attached).  In addition, she shared information about Region 5 events.  Please see the Club Calendar for further information.)
 
Our guest speaker was our very own, Lori Orestano-James who spoke about the Monticello Central School District Hall of Distinction.  Lori (the HOD Chairperson) shared that the HOD, which is in its 5th year, has inducted a wide array of honorees.  The HOD Committee looks for nominees who the students will view as role models, be motivated by the nominee’s accomplishments, and aspire to emulate.  The nominations are on a rolling basis and the nomination process is open to the public.  Nomination specifications and application can be found at: http://www.monticelloschools.net/alumni/HOD/hod.cfm
 
The HOD Committee is a group of volunteers who facilitate the collection of potential applicants, select the honorees and plan the formal induction ceremony and surrounding events.  They plan class speaking opportunities and school visits.  Fellow Liberty Rotarian and Science Teacher at the Robert J. Kaiser Middle School, Gary Silverman, works with the students on the Virtual Hall of Distinction also found on the district website.  An additional event is a dinner for the honorees and their families.  Funds are raised from local sponsors to cover the costs of this dinner which is held the evening of the Induction Ceremony.    Lori requested that if any individual business, person or Monticello Rotary was interested in sponsoring any or all of the dinner to please contact her directly.  There is a reception immediately following the dinner which is open to the public to meet, greet and congratulate the honorees (Cash bar with hors d’oeuvres sponsored by the school district.  Lori also shared that many of our Monticello Rotary Members have served on this committee (Randy Katz, Marty Miller, and Les Kristt – Former Chairperson). Please feel free to contact Lori directly should you have any questions regarding this great event.
 
Janet Kaplan shared information regarding the Alzheimer’s Walk and raising funds for this worthy cause.  She is seeking out donations for a “Raffle Basket” as well as potentially forming a Rotary Team.  Watch the Montigram (or better yet – come to the meetings) for updates on this event.
 
Committee Reports
 
Monster Run – Les Kristt
Les reported that the race is laid out.  He shared that we have an increase in Race Sponsorships.  There is an increase in outreach through Social Media.  We need volunteers to assist the day of the race.  In addition, we need to help get the runners out for the day of the event.  Registration is available online.
 
Next Committee Meeting – July 25, 2017 at Albella’s Restaurant at 5:30pm
 
Annual Dues – If you have not taken care of payment of your dues, please do so ASAP
 
 
Friendship Friday - Barbara Carr
Barbara reported that the next Friendship Friday is August 4, 2017 at 5:30pm until 7– BHR in Rock Hill.  Members are encouraged to bring guests to learn about Rotary, our club and activities.
 
Annual BBQ – Alex Rey
Alex reported that the turn-out for the event this year was not as expected.  He will explore options on how to solve some of the concerns.  He thanked all those involved and reminded the membership to turn in any outstanding funds on tickets so he can finalize the accounting on the event.
 
Rotary Night at Forestburgh Playhouse – Gary Tugender
Gary shared that tickets are still available for our clubs annual Night at Forestburgh Playhouse meeting.  The show is the ever popular, Bye, Bye, Birdie!  Tickets and dinner are priced at $62 per person.  If you are a season ticket holder or just want to attend for dinner, the cost is $28 per person.  Please be sure to contact Gary as he needs to finalize the count with Forestburgh Playhouse.
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Posted by Lori Orestano-James on Jul 18, 2017
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Region 5 Barbecue
Hosted by Liberty Rotary Club
 
At Hanofee Park in Liberty, NY
(Our beautiful lakeside setting!)
Please join us for some fun and fellowship on
Wednesday, August 9th at 6:00 p.m.
Burgers, Hot Dogs, BBQ or Teriyaki Honey Chicken, Sides, Dessert and Beverages (beer, wine, sodas, water…)
$15 per person
Club Presidents, please R.S.V.P. the number attending from your club to Liberty Rotary President, Judy Siegel jsiegel523@gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you there!
 
From Route 17 Heading North:
Take exit 100. At stop light turn left and proceed to next light which is the intersection of Route 52. Turn right and proceed through the first light(ShopRite / Rite Aid) to the second light. Turn left onto Sunset Lake Rd. Hanofee Park is approximately ¾ of a mile on the right.  Pavillion is just before the lake on the left, with parking to its right.  Additional parking across the street from the park.
 
From Route 17 Heading South:
Take exit 100 and take route 52 towards Loch Sheldrake(3rd turn on turn circle). Proceed to the third  light(One light beyond Rite Aid/ShopRite) and turn left onto Sunset Lake Rd. Hanofee Park is approximately ¾ of a mile on the right.  Pavillion is just before the lake on the left, with parking to its right.  Additional parking across the street from the park.
 
 
 
 
ROTARY DISTRICT 7210 SEVENTH ANNUAL FUN-RAISER
Saturday, August 12 th – Dutchess Stadium – Fishkill, NY Join DG Jim, Rotarians, Family and Friends from around our District for a Fun-Filled Day at Dutchess Stadium at the right field patio area. Game time is 7:05 PM HV Renegades vs. Brooklyn Cyclones (NY Mets Affiliate)FIREWORKS AFTER THE GAME! Gates open at 5:30 PM All you can eat food and soft drinks 6 to 8 PM! One Lucky Rotarian gets to throw First Pitch! Free Raffle of Renegades Tickets & Other Items! All this for only $29.00 per person! Please mail this form and check payable to Rotary District 7210 to Steve Laubach 7th Annual Fun-Raiser PO Box 676 Highland, NY 12528-0676 Please send reservation and payment no later than Aug 9th. Thank you! You will pick up your tickets at the will call window at the stadium on game day.
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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!
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Members Present: Orshii Boldiis,William Brinkerhoff,Barbara Carr,Joe D'Abbraccio,Helen Diehl,John Greenbaum,Janet Kaplan,Randy Katz,Fouad Kerendian,John Kiefer,Les Kristt,Jacob Lerner,Marty Miller,Pam Sussman,Gary Tugender,

 

Guests: Angela Dutcher, Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County

Dana Taylor, Supervisor of Special Programs/Innovation Instigator

 

Announcements, Old & New Business:

Dana Taylor, Supervisor of Special Programs/Innovation Instigator from Monticello Schools spoke to us about the Career Pathways Fair which will showcase business, 2 year, 4 year and technical schools to show that there are many pathways for students to follow.  If your business is interested participating please contact Dana at 845-794-8840, ext. 30847 or email dtaylor@k12mcsd.net

 

November 19th - Holiday Food Drive at Shoprite 9am - 1pm: please email Pam to let her know what time you can be  there to help.

 

The Liberty HS Interact Club will be hosting a VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT on Sat, 12/3 from 9-1pm at the LCHS Gym. All area schools, Rotary  and Interact clubs are invited to form teams and come join us in this event! Cost will be $5 per person on a team w/ 6-8 players per team. Entrance will be $1 per person OR bring a canned good for our local food pantry.

 

Rotary Holiday Party—Dec. 13, River Edge, We are inviting Liberty, Livingston Manor and Shawangunk Ridge Rotary Clubs. This will be cocktail style party with entertainment.

 

Les reported that The Long Beards will again be donating 25 turkeys, 21 will be going to the Evergreen Housing and 4 will be going to Judge Finn for her to distribute. Again Thank you to the Long Beards.

We still need transportation to and from 5 different weekend activities for Leo, our Exchange student. It is the clubs responsibility to transport our exchange student. It should not fall on the host family nor is it fair to Helen to have to do all the driving. Please contact Helen to let her know how and when you can help. There is also a form that needs to be completed and sent.

 

November 11-13                       Millbrook/UN Weekend

November 18-20                       West Point Weekend                                                            

January 27-29                          Phoenicia Winter Weekend

March 10-12                             Monticello Weekend (drives not needed)

March 31-April 2                      Red Hook / NYC Weekend

April 28-30                                New Paltz Weekend & District 7210 Conference                                                                 

 

Friendship Friday was held at  Frisson’s on Broadway. Although only 4 members  attended, Barbara, Jacob, Fouad, and Gary; we had some good conversations.  So, it was a success! This is a good opportunity to introduce prospective members about what Rotary is all about.  Think about who you might invite at our next Friendship Friday, December, 2nd.  Place TBA.

Let’s show some support! Peter Walsh, Monticello Rotary member and Aaron Kaplan, son of Rotarian Janet Kaplan will be performing in the production of Assassins at Sullivan County Community College Thursdays and Saturdays from November 10-20. A different production, Topdog/Underdog will be presented on Fridays and Sundays from November 10-20.  For more information check out http://sunysullivan.edu/suny-sullivan-to-present-two-theater-performances-in-repertory/

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  • Again welcome to our prospective transfer member Juliette McKerrel from Wayne Bank.

  • Rolland “Boomer” Bojo, Catskill Regional Medical Center has shown interest in becoming a member, hope to see him at a meeting soon.

  • Last week we voted to share the cost of a Shelter Box between Livingston Manor,  Liberty & Monticello clubs. Since then, Livingston Manor has donated $1,000 for an entire Shelter Box.  Gary Silver has now suggested the following : Liberty & Monticello clubs now donate--$333.33 per club, and have the Monticello and Liberty and Fallsburg Interact Clubs each donate $111.11. The vote was passed.

  • Monticello’s Teachers 2nd Annual 5K Tinsel Trot-- Proceeds to benefit the MTA Scholarship Fund and the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless.  It is to be held in Rock Hill on Dec. 10. Last year our Club donated $250.00 and we voted to do so again.

  • Last week Helen reported that we need transportation to and from 5 different weekend activities for Leo, our Exchange student. It is the clubs responsibility to transport our exchange student. It should not fall on the host family nor is it fair to Helen to have to do all the driving. Please contact Helen to let her know how and when you can help. There is also a form that needs to be completed and sent.

November 11-13                       Millbrook/UN Weekend

November 18-20                       West Point Weekend                                                            

January 27-29                          Phoenicia Winter Weekend

March 10-12                             Monticello Weekend (drives not needed)

March 31-April 2                      Red Hook / NYC Weekend

April 28-30                                New Paltz Weekend & District 7210 Conference                                                                                              

  • Rotary Holiday Party—Dec. 13, River Edge, We are inviting Liberty, Livingston Manor  and Shawangunk Ridge Rotary Clubs. This will be cocktail style party with entertainment.

  • November 19th - Holiday Food Drive at Shoprite 9am - 1pm: please email Pam to let her know what time you can be  there to help.

  • Friday, Nov 4th is Friendship Friday 5:30 – 7:00 @ Fanatics (Fussion) (aka Trotters) on Broadway, Monticello

    So far we have held 4 events which were a lot of fun. We will continue the 1st Friday of every month. Please bring a friend or two to introduce them to Rotary in a friendly atmosphere.

  • Rotary District Leadership Institute—Mount St. Mary College, Newburgh, NY, Nov.5, 7:30 AM—3:30 PM

  • Rotary Foundation Brunch, Nov. 6, Thayer Hotel, West Point, NY, Susan Davis, a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar will speak, $50.00/per person

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Posted by Lori Orestano-James on Aug 01, 2016
Monti Meeting Happenings
August 9              6:30pm            River Edge Restaurant
 
Call to Order
President John Greenbaum called the meeting to order at 6:35pm followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and The Rotary Four Way Test.  He then welcomed all members and introduced guests.
 
Committee Reports
 
Monster Run – Les Kristt
Les reported that this year's Monster Run was a huge financial success.  He thanked everyone for their work and support.  We had 250+ runners and volunteers helping us reach our goal.  
 
Orshii shared how moving it was when a hush came across the crowd preparing to run as they heard the National Anthem sung by fellow Rotarian Lori Orestano-James. 
He said he was proud of the efforts of all and thanked everyone for making this the best year ever. 
  
 
See Pictures from meetings and race in this bulletin
 
Student Exchange Program – Helen Diehl
Helen updated the club on the progress of our Student Exchange Student from France. Tentative Youth Exchange Weekend will be April 21-23, 2017
 
Friendship Friday - Barbara Carr
Barbara reported that we had two potential new members attend the Friendship  Friday on August 5, 2016 at 5:30pm at the  River Edge Restaurant.  PDG Nick Constantiino joined us as we shared what we do in our communities with those wishing to learn more about our organization. 
 
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Orshii Boldis
This is a friendly reminder that dues are due!!!!$$$$!!!!!
 
Youth Exchange Weekend/Student - Helen Deihl
Helen reported that we have 2 host families for our Exchange Student from France.  In addition to seeking out one additional family, we are in need of changing our Exchange Student Weekend event due to a calendar conflict.  Helen will follow up and report more information at a future meeting.  If you are wiling or know of a host family, please contact Helen directly. 
 
What’s Coming Up
Next Meeting:NO MEETING on Tuesday
Rotary District Meeting Hanofee Park Wednesday Night
 
Guest Speaker Overview
Guest Speaker: 
 
Happy Dollars: Happy Dollars were given by those in attendance for the following:
 
Thanks forGood Dialogue regarding meeting locations
Thanks for the fellowship of our club
Great Work for the Monster
Great job by Lori James on the  Montigram
Good luck on the Monster Run
For Irving Kaplan being here at the meeting
Janet Kaplan’s daughter got marriage
Orshii Boldis for planning of the Monster
Jacob Lerner on the Monster
Rick Stein on the Monster
Helen for her committment to the Youth Exchange Weekend and Exchange Student Program
Allie Linen thank you note
Barbara Carr for being brave in quitting her job
Sad dollar for Doug because Barbara quit her job
Everyone in the room who worked on the Monster Run
Help for the work on the Monster Run
A lot to watch in the next 100 Days (political scene)
Monster Both Les and Orshii and all for stepping up
Doc Stein Itinerary 
Preparation and those   who are actively  working to make the race the success
Phil Ginsberg – Fixed our blow up sign thank you
 
 
 
We’re In The Money
50/50 Winner: Richard Rubin
 
Meeting Ajourned: 8:05pm
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Posted by Lori Orestano-James on Jul 15, 2016
The Monticello Rotary Club held its July 12, 2016 at the Forestburgh Playhouse.  While there, club members enjoyed a delicious dinner while seeing the fun-filled “The Rhythm is Gonna Getcha!” cabaret.  Afterwards, the club was further entertained by the side-splitting performance of “The Addams Family.” 
Founded in 1947, the Forestburgh Playhouse is the oldest continuously operating professional summer theatre in New York State. Under an agreement with the Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers, the Playhouse employs professional actors, often with Broadway or other major credits, as well as a company of non-union professionals who earn credit toward their own eventual membership in the Actors’ Equity Association.

The Forestburgh Playhouse operates during the summers only, from mid-June through Labor Day, and offers 3 different types of performance experiences: Broadway musicals and plays on the main stage, a youth theatre production performed at 11 AM on Thursdays and Saturdays, and musical cabaret performances presented with dinner in the adjoining Forestburgh Tavern during the week and a late-night cabaret Friday and Saturday after every evening performance.    
Special thanks to Rotarian Gary Tugender and his lovely wife, Mona, for organizing this special meeting.  In addition, a huge shout out to Rotarian and Forestburgh Playhouse owner Franklin Trapp for being a wonderful host.  And to the cast, crew and staff of the Forestburgh Playhouse – BRAVO!  It is clear why FBPlayhouse is the “Miracle in the Forest!”
 
 
 
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Monticello Rotary President shared the ups and downs of financial investments and stocks.  He shared the old adage, "Buy low; sell high!"  We thank him for filling in at the last moment with this informative presentation.  
 
Monticello Rotary continues to provide wonderful presentations on a myriad of subjects.  If you are a member and haven't been to a meeting lately, come and find out what we have been doing!  We'd love to see you! 
 
This weeks meeting will be at Forestburgh Playhouse.  We will be seeing (Ba-da-da-dum-snap-snap) The Addams Family!  Monticello Rotary member and Playhouse owner Franklin Trapp is looking forward to seeing us!  Thank you Gary Tugender for making the arrangements! 
 
 
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Installation Tonight at River's Edge @ 6:30
 
Chicken Plus BBQ @ DeHoyos Park in Monticello - starts at 4:00 - 6/28 
Sell your tickets
 
Monticello Rotary Night 
at FORESTBURGH PLAYHOUSE
Tuesday, July 12th  6:30 pm
The Addams Family - A New Musical Comedy

Caberet & Dinner & Show - $54.00
Caberet & Dinner (use your existing ticket) - $22.00

Send your confirmations with number of tickets requested 
and which ticket package to Gary at: tugs17@aol.com
(*please note - the tickets are non-refundable)
 
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On march 29, 2016 we had the pleasure of a presentation from the The Monticello High School Academy of Finance, which included Advisor Susan Bahrenburg and three seniors Ryan Katz & Cammeron Depuy Co-Treasures and Jaclyn Sorensen, co president

The Monticello High School Academy of Finance (AOF) is now a four-year program. Students are now able to take classes in their freshman year. Students are selected through an application process: Teacher and guidance counselor recommendations are required. Grades, attendance and discipline records will be checked. Eleventh and Twelfth grade students can take College level Accounting.

This program is a member program of the National Academy Foundation, which was founded in New York City by a partnership of schools and the financial services industry. There are over 600 Academy programs in the United States.

The Academy works with local businesses and both education and government leaders to design and offer financial education opportunities for Monticello High School students. This includes a comprehensive summer internship program.

The students have been helping community members complete their taxes for free. They have helped over 120 people so far with 3 weeks still to come.

At the end of 11th grade students are set up with a summer internship where they learn about many aspects of the business they are interning with.

This year the AOF students will host the inaugural community wide My School Color Run on Sunday, May 22, from 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m, to help raise money for AOF scholarship funds.

My School Color Run is an untimed 5-kilometer fun run for all ages that ends in a joyous blast of color. Participants will receive a t-shirt, sunglasses, a color pack and admittance to the after-party.Along the route, groups of students will be showering participants with colored powder at four checkpoints, making it a “colorful experience.” The color will wash off easily and will not stain clothes. The color is created from Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved food dye (red, blue, yellow, and green), mixed with water and sprayed through a 1-gallon sprayer.

Additionally, each participant will be provided with a single powder color packet that will be thrown in the air at the final color celebration at the end of the finish line. This color, also approved by the FDA, is made from food grade cornstarch. Participants with asthma or ‘dust’ allergies should remain away from the powder area. Sunglasses will be provided to all participants and must be worn during the run.

Following the run, participants are encouraged to stay for the AOF’s Color Celebration Barbecue which will feature a live DJ, refreshments and several vendor booths. For more information contact Rebecca Bass or Jaclynn Sorensen at Monticelloaof@gmail.com



 
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Monticello Rotary
75/25 Raffle
75% Heart -A-Thon/25% Winner
Benefiting
WSUL/WVOS Heart-A-Thon 2016
                             Drawing: Saturday, February 13, 1:30pm
Price: $10
10 Raffle tickets are being distributed to members at current meetings or sent snail mail. If you need more tickets (or didn’t receive them)
Please let Janet Kaplan know 845-798-0617 or JanetJahoka@gmail.com
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Join Us!!

Tuesday, December 15th
Monticello Rotary Holiday Party @
River Edge Restaurant
Please bring:
a toy
or
new clothing for children
or
an item for a senior in the Skilled Nursing Unit.
 
 
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Tuesday December 8th -(Tomorrow)

Nick Constantino

will be attending our meeting at River's Edge this week

and  discussing building membership

 and what it is to be a Rotarian.

Join Us!!
Tuesday December 15th - (Next Week)
Monticello Rotary Holiday Party @
River's Edge
Please bring:
a toy
or
new clothing for children
or
an item for a senior in the Skilled Nursing Unit.
 
 
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This year's Rotary Scholarship Golf Tournament was a great Success. Bob Ernst, Chairman of the Monticello Rotary Golf tournament presented a $5,400 check to Gary Tugender, Chairman of the Monticello Rotary Club scholarship fund. The Monticello club gives out a number of scholarships to local High School Seniors in the Fallsburg and Monticello school districts. 
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Meeting Notes October 6, 2015
  • Andy Yeomans, Food Service Director for Monticello Central School district, is being proposed as a new member by Lori Orestano-James 
  • Bagel Festival, Jeff Siegel has indicated that he is no longer interested in running (being in charge of) the Bagel Festival.  He has opened it up to organizations that might be interested. There was some serious talk about our club doing this from our members. We tabled the idea and want to continue to discuss the opportunity and what it would mean to the club. Be ready to talk about the pros and cons at our future meetings.
  • The "Book Brigade," to help celebrate the Move to the new location of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will take place on Sunday, October 18 at 12:45. Prized Possessions from the old library will be passed, hand to hand, down the street to the new library. Opening ceremony at the new Library will be at 1:30.  ​If you haven't already done so, please let Joe know if you are helping transport food.
  • ​Les spoke with the Sullivan County Veterans Coalition about being the beneficiary of the Monster run this year. They were very positive and more discussions will take place shorty.
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Meeting Notes October 6, 2015
  • Andy Yeomans, Food Service Director for Monticello Central School district, is being proposed as a new member by Lori Orestano-James 
  • Bagel Festival, Jeff Siegel has indicated that he is no longer interested in running (being in charge of) the Bagel Festival.  He has opened it up to organizations that might be interested. There was some serious talk about our club doing this from our members. We tabled the idea and want to continue to discuss the opportunity and what it would mean to the club. Be ready to talk about the pros and cons at our future meetings.
  • The "Book Brigade," to help celebrate the Move to the new location of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will take place on Sunday, October 18 at 12:45. Prized Possessions from the old library will be passed, hand to hand, down the street to the new library. Opening ceremony at the new Library will be at 1:30.  ​If you haven't already done so, please let Joe know if you are helping transport food.
  • ​Les spoke with the Sullivan County Veterans Coalition about being the beneficiary of the Monster run this year. They were very positive and more discussions will take place shorty.
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  • Sullivan County Renaissance Visits Monticello Rotary Club

    Helen Budrock and Diana Weiner from Sullivan Renaissance (SN) reviewed the history and the mission of the not-for-profit.    In their discussion, they specifically highlighted the beautification projects that SN has funded in the Village of Monticello, viz., planting 300 trees, many of them on Broadway; picking up litter; and assisting in moving the Rotary Clock from the Post Office location to the intersection of Broadway and Saint John Street.  In planning for  the coming growing season, SN proposed for our Club to make  a commitment to maintain one of seven possible spots in or near the area of Monticello, which had previously been maintained by SN.  After review and discussion of SN’s request, the Club voted to support SN’s initiative, and not surprisingly, selected to maintain the planting area surrounding the Rotary Clock.  Since a number of us, including this correspondent, have limited gardening experience, it is hoped that the Club members who are gardeners, especially any who are Master Gardeners, will lead us in managing this endeavor
 
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Posted by John Greenbaum on Dec 07, 2014

Nice people doing nice things

 

On behalf of our Club, Vice President D’Abbraccio, presented a $1,000

check to Kathy Kreiter, CEO of the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless. As you know, the Federation was one of two charities that the Club provided funding to this year from proceeds raised from the Monster Run. Kathy Kreiter spoke and answered many questions about the Federation’s mission and purpose. She also discussed its day-to-day operations and how the Federation operates in conjunction with various state and federal agencies and other charitable organizations in assisting the indigent with shelter, food, clothing, transportation, and other basic necessities. Kathy offered several specific examples of how her organization serves the needy, oftentimes when no other private or public organization has the capability or capacity to do so in a timely or comprehensive manner. The Federation has only 2.5 full-time employees and limited financial resources to meet the large number of people needing its services. As with many not-for-profit organizations, the Federation receives fewer funding grants today than it did a few years ago.

 

 
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Kathy Kruger--Rotaplast: Rotaplast International, Inc. was started in 1992 by the San Francisco Rotary Club to facilitate short-term surgical programs in developing countries to treat children and adults with cleft lips and palate anomalies who would otherwise not receive surgical treatment. A typical mission spans ten days to two weeks, consists of about thirty members comprised of physicians, dentists, nurses and non-health care personnel who volunteer their services. Approximately one hundred patients are treated on each mission. Kathy, a nurse and a member of the Pleasant Valley Rotary Club, volunteered on a Rotaplast mission to the Philippines. She shared with us through stories and photographs her experiences in treating the patients on her mission, and also discussing how a mission operates and is funded. Rotaplast through donations has the financial capabilities to fund about fifteen missions per year, and since its founding has treated about 17,000 people. To learn more about Rotaplast and to make a donation please contact Kathy at nydkruger@aol.com. 

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Posted on Oct 13, 2014

Our guest speaker Susan Dollard is a Master Gardener Coordinator & Community Educator at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Sullivan County. Susan, a native of Monticello, was a teacher in the school district for thirty years, and she has been affiliated with the Cornell Cooperative since 2005. As an educator, some of Susan’s principal objectives are to teach children about gardening; to develop and foster having a healthy, nutritious diet; and, to better understand the importance of agriculture and what farmers do. The Cornell Cooperative provides to the Monticello School System books and other educational material about nature, healthy diets and agriculture. The curriculum and books are geared to students from Kindergarten through Grade 5. Susan aids the teachers in implementing the lesson plans, and she goes into many classes and assists in reading and reviewing the books and educational material offered by the Cornell Cooperative. Susan showed the Club members several of the books that the Cooperative provides the school system, and she presented from one of the books, Who Grew My Soup, a supplemental video. This past year, our Club donated funds to the Cornell Cooperative to purchase sixty-six books. The Cooperative is increasing its outreach by expanding recently into the Fallsburg School District.

 

Susan Dollard: Cornell Cooperative

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Les introduced his guest, Dan Sturm, the Town of Bethel Supervisor. Dan has been the supervisor for eight years; and previously, he was a councilman for seven years. Dan noted that all of the Club members should be interested in what is happening in Bethel, because our weekly meetings are actually held in the town. As with all communities in our area, Bethel was adversely affected by the 2008 economic recession, but during the past several years, the town’s economy has
improved. Many of the restaurants in downtown Kauneonga Lake, White Lake,
Smallwood and along Route 17B are doing well. The 2014 Mysteryland USA music festival at Bethel Woods was highly successful with 25,000 people attending the multi-day event. In 2015, Mysteryland’s attendance is expected to be 30,000. The town is also in the process of seeking grants to open a 125-acre park on the site of a former golf course. Dan cited two programs that improve the quality of life for a number of Bethel’s residents: an extensive program to clean the town’s roads in the summer; and in the winter, the town aids needy residents, by giving them up to $150 in assistance to help them pay their heating bills.
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