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The Ken - September 16

The Ken September 16, 2019

Attendance: Holly Nowak

Split Club: Ed Hackeral

Fine Master: Jim Logan

Invocation: John Coogan

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Dick H sat in for Donna and began our meeting with the Pledge followed by “God Bless America” encouraged by Chuck P. John gave another heart felt invocation from his own heart, no notes as he too was asked step in for missing colleque. Our guests today were: speaker Bob Artis, Jim Tyrpak from the Rotary Buffalo Club, Steve Blass and Chris Pilozzi from our Charter club.

Announcements: Fall Shred It is rapidly coming upon us 10/12 at Kenmore West. Pat will have signs next week to start spreading around the Town. Holly sent a thank you card around the room from Cradle Beach.

Our guest Jim Tyrpak won the split club and John Coogan missed the Ace.

Jim Logan came up to assess fines and to trip us up on Labor Day trivia. Jim started off by fining himself for his and Cheryl’s first grandchild, Bryson James. Paul was fined for not sitting with Jim. Mike Ford thanked Paul and Cathy for a fun time golfing at the Chamber Golf Outing. Mike won the longest Drive and closest to the line. Tom was fined for requesting a special lunch. John Coogan got his 2nd Hole in One at NFCC. Dick H confessed to being off for 3 weeks on paternity leave.

Jim Tyrpak made a wonderful introduction on the many accolades Bob Artis, our District Governor achieved throughout his life. Bob began his program with a lovely prayer for our one and only Donnas’ speedy recovery. This was the first time it was mentioned that our main gale was not well. Pat emailed me earlier this week to let me know that all is well with Donna. Donna, we all send our love. Bob continued his enthusiastic discussion on how he got introduce to and fell in love with Rotary many years back. And to his marvel is now our District Governor, 1 out of 525 Districts throughout the world. Dick used a gavel that Bob brought in to ring our session to order. This particular gavel has great significance. In 1977, the International Assembly was held in San Francisco. Each district was presented with a handmade gavel comprising of wood with extreme relevance. Some of the wood was from the Capital when it was in Philadelphia. Another from a British Cone tree that is the oldest tree on the planet. Another from a beam in Boston’s’ North Church where Paul Revere gathered. Lastly some of the wood came from Paul Harris’ desk. The sceptic writer that I am asked if he was BS’ ing me. I don’t want to be any part of fake news. He assured me it was true. Bob gave many examples of how important our theme this year of “being connected” can be used to our benefit. He talked about his difficulties in tracking down one of the first people to be vaccinated with our Polio program. He was connected so he eventually found her and had her speak at an RI Convention. He had Dick pick a business card from his duffle bag. Then asked Dick to email that person, from Germany, to get “connected” then Dick picked one for our president Donna to connect to that person. This guy went so fast I couldn’t keep up to him and I am trying to pass on his passion in this meek post and I am failing miserably. All I can say is you missed a chance to hear a real pro speak. Meeting adjourned.

The Ken September 23
The Ken September 23, 2019
Attendance: Gary Roberts
Split Club: Tim Glor
Fine Master: Jim Logan
Invocation: Chuck Patterson
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Dick H sat in for Donna again and began our meeting with the Pledge followed by “God Bless America” led off by Chuck P.  Chuck also gave the invocation.  Guests today were Heidi Nichlaus from Hearts and Hands, Steve and Brendan Blass and Anna Castinquay.
Holly announced that she toured the Wurlitzer Building for our Wine Event. They were very accommodating and Holly was impressed. Her committee will meet 1st week in October. Larry is attending the Youth Conference October 19 for all that is related to youth in Rotary. RYLA, Youth exchange, Interact and Rotaract. Anyone who would like to be involved can contact Larry. Shred it is October 12, 10:00 – 2:00.
Anna asked for contributions for The Global Autism Program. They train parents in Ecuador in techniques to deal with Autistic children. We suggested she visit our website and apply for funds from our Foundation. It sounds like its right up our ally.
Dick won the split club and Paul missed the Ace.
Jim Logan took confessions. Tim Glor was at son Allan’s wedding in Culpepper, VA. Jim was looking for Eddie M to fine him for being a Legal Elite. Jim the tested us on our knowledge of the month of September.
At this time Larry introduced our speaker today, Heidi Nichlaus. Heidi represents Hearts & Hands a neighbor helping neighbor volunteer organization. Their mission is built upon an interfaith coalition, trained volunteers of Heats and Hands – Faith in Action connect frail or vulnerable individuals in underserved communities with needed services: to uphold their dignity, to improve their quality of life, to enhance their ability to live in their home of choice and to assist their primary caregivers. Heidi spoke with passion and energy to us this afternoon.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken September 9
The Ken September 9, 2019
Attendance: Gary Roberts
Split Club: Holly Nowak
Fine Master: Paul Chisolm
Invocation: Rick Graham
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Donna began our meeting with the Pledge.  Great to see a full house. Chuck Patterson led us in “God Bless America” and Rick Graham gave our invocation. Our guests today were Kathleen Shelby from St. Louis and our speakers Kevin and Tim Devine. Announcements: Pat Griffin has Shred It on course for October 12. Mike Ford was to say something about membership but drew a blank. Audrey stepped in to announce that Mike and Audrey are the committee. They are looking for new members and retention of existing members. Please help them with any suggestions. Holly and Scott Swan are in search of a 2020 Wine Event venue. Donna said our Rotary district 7090 is having a Rotarians in Action day at Fox Valley Country Club September 28 at 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Also, Rotary Leadership Institute at NCCC October 5 from 8:00 – 4:15. Please visit the Rotary7090.org website for details. Donna received this year’s Rotary flag at the Presidents dinner. District Governor Bob Artis spoke and will be speaking to us September 16, next meeting. He is a very good speaker. Let’s all show up and show him our support. Billygans Café is closed so our satellite club will need some place to meet. The Niagara County Central Rotary Club invited those members to meet with them every Thursday at 7:15 at Olympia at 3312 Niagara Falls Blvd. Lastly, we decided to put off the Greenway Trail hike. This is a bummer because it could have been fun. However, it never got off the ground. Let’s table this make an event out of it.
Pat Griffin won the split club and Mike Austin just missed the Ace of spades with Ace of clubs.
Paul took the floor as fine master. Paul immediately fined Gary for something. Then asked Holly to boast a bit about and organization she founded. It is disrupt Buffalo.  Disrupt is an organization exchange designed to energize, inform and empower people in the HR field. Donna confessed that she is indeed married. She showed us a picture and everything. Chuck confessed to being on a west Mediterranean vacation. He had a great time, however a computer and cell phone were stolen. How disruptive. The perps must have come from Holly’s crowd. Paul proceeded to test us on a topic, but for the life of me I do not remember what that topic was. But we raised money nevertheless.
At this time, Mike Ford introduced our speakers. Kevin Devine and his brother Tim gave us a presentation on means to recovering over- billing by the Utility Companies. They can help you negotiate for retroactive, historical refunds as far back as 15 years or as few as three years for billing discrepancies. This sparked many questions and they answered them all. To learn more, visit Kevin at sustainabletomorrows.org. Great presentation. Meeting adjourned.
The Ken 8/26
The Ken August 26, 2019
Attendance: Phil Michalowski
Split Club: Ron Levea
Fine Master: Mike Austin
Invocation: John Coogan
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Donna began our meeting with the Pledge.  We had a light crowd so Donna waived the song. Our guest today was Zoey Griffin, fresh from RYLA. Holly thanked everyone who helped out with Sunshine Day last week. It was another success. We have some ideas that we will implement for next year.  Art announced he and Barb are celebrating their 50 year anniversary. Shred It is all set for 10/12. There will not be a meeting Monday September 2.
Art won the split club and Paul C. missed the Ace.
Mike Austin took over as the fine master. Art donated for his anniversary. Paul and Sue contributed for missing Sunshine Day. Holly told Mike that I suggested to her son, Will, that he should join the necking club at school.  Can’t believe he told on me. Last time I give him advice. Mike A confessed to shooting his lowest round of golf at Niagara Falls Country Club. Witnessed by John Coogan, Jim Logan and Paul Chisolm. Phil moved his daughter to Charlotte, NC and witnessed as she was presented her boots and uniform and was sworn in as a Sheriff for Mecklenburg County. Mike quizzed us on Labor Day fun facts.
Larry asked Zoe to come up and give a few words on her RYLA experience. She really enjoyed it. They spent a lot of time with corporate games, getting them used to life in that arena.  Larry then gave us an overview on the bread fruit project (www.treesthatfeed.org). Larry and Char visited a Rotary Club in Chicago and presented them a check from Fiona’s son for $500 that his Interact club raised for this project. Also, keep in mind our Greenway Trail Hike is Thursday 9/12. We will finalize the details at our September 9 meeting.
Meeting adjourned.
The Ken August 5

The Ken August 5, 2019

Attendance: Cathy Piciulo

Split Club: Ron Levea

Fine Master: Mike Austin

Invocation: Tim Glor

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Donna began our meeting with the Pledge. Chuck led us off singing “God Bless America”. Our guest today is Joana Fejzaj.

Announcements: Chuck has the elections for the Foundation set for 8/19. Pat and Donna came up with Thursday September 12 for our Green Way Trail exposure walk. The walk is to make our residents know this is there for their recreation. Please start thinking of anyone who would like to hike with us. We are working out the details but I’m sure it’ll be a blast after. We’ll meet at the Intermodal Hub and walk to Isle View County Park 2.3 miles, and for those who want to extend it to Grand Island Bridge 3.3 miles, you may. I challenge Audrey and Chris to a race (of course I get a 10 second / mile / year older I am as a handicap). We should make book whoever wants in to raise a little $$$. Larry asked about the Peace Bridge event. It appears this ties into Rotary or service clubs etc. Our team is looking into if this is something we want to participate in. Holly has Sunshine Day all set for Wednesday 8/114. Pat has gourmet lunches for those committing their time.

Chuck won the split club and missed the Ace.

Mike Austin was fine master. Confessions: Gerry Gentile bragged about his beautiful 4th grandchild. Jim Logan says hi from Brian Ahern and gave our club $20 for our kitty. What a class act. Always. Mike Ford is back in the work force. That’s great Mike. They’ll be lucky to have you. Tim Glor returned from Arlington, VA for a bridal shower. They attended our National Cemetery and witnessed the changing of the guard. Very impressive. Donna paid $5 for her wedding anniversary. Mike proceeded to test us on Erie County Fair trivia.

At this time we had the pleasure to have Joana Fejzaj pitch in for Leo Nupolu-Johnson’s program on the Liberian Learning Center. Joana spent her youth in war torn Liberia. She immigrated to Canada and took advantage of the wonderful opportunities there to learn, especially with the amount of books that are available. The only books she had access to, were government issued. They are looking to raise money to provide part of the infrastructure and services that Liberia requires to achieve its educational development goals, a coalition of partners in Canada and Liberia, led by Empowerment Squared, has created a vision for the Liberian Learning Center. Please visit them at www.empowermentsuared.org to learn more. Joana was a fabulous presenter that knew her topic well.

Meeting adjourned

The Ken July 29
The Ken July 29, 2019
Attendance: Sue Jandzinski
Split Club: Tim Glor
Fine Master: Donna DiFrancesco
Invocation: John Coogan
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Donna began our meeting with the Pledge. She waived the song. Our guests today were Darcy France and Gary’s colleague Christy.
Announcements: Pat has an assignment sheet for Cradle Beach 8/21. Donna sent out committee lists. Dawn Mirand sent in her resignation. We need speakers.
Bill Brucker won the split club. Darcy missed the Ace. Donna filled in for fine master. She gave us animal trivia questions.
 Larry introduced Darcy to speak to us about Kenya Relief. Kenyarelief.org. Kenya Relief operates a medical / surgical clinic, orphanage and school in Migori, Kenya. They also organize and send over 20 mission teams each year. These teams include but are definitely not limited to medical / surgical teams, educational teams, ministerial teams and project / construction teams. They also offer child sponsorship, stateside volunteer opportunities and many other areas of involvement.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken July 22

The Ken July 22, 2019

Attendance: Sue Jandzinski

Split Club: Phil Michalowski

Fine Master: Phil Michalowski

Invocation: Chuck Patterson

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Donna began our meeting with the Pledge followed by Chuck’s version of “God Bless America”. Very nice attempt. Our guest today was Katherine Selby from St. Louis. Chuck presented us with the sleight of officers for our Foundation. They are: Ed Markarian and Pat Griffin for a 3 year term. The proposed officers are: President, Chuck Paterson - VP, Ed Markarian - Treasurer, Ed Markarian - Secretary, and Mike Hettler. We will be voting August 5. Thank you gentleman for your service to our foundation.

Dick announced that Shred-It will be 10/12/2019 and is all set. Donna has the speaker list on Google Drive. There are many open meetings available for speakers. Pat will have a signup sheet for Cradle Beach next week. He will procure sandwiches and perhaps some apples for our lunch. It’s not lunch without the crunch. Bob Artis, our District Governor, will speak to us 12/16. Our final announcement, Donna will have a committee list that you can look over and get on the committee you are interested in.

Our guest spoke about a way her club and many other clubs are raising money for Alzheimer’s. It is called CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust). Money is raised by donating your spare change at each of our weekly meetings. The change is sent to CART. Many clubs do this and the money given to the research of Alzheimer’s is staggering.

Art won the split club and Jim Logan missed the Ace.

Fine master Phil took confessions. Tim Glor went to Nashville for his son’s bachelor party. He had a great time in a great city. Larry helped pull off a 60th birthday party for a college friend in the Finger Lakes. You were fined for no pin. Phil gave was word definitions for British slang terms. Lots of fun.

Without a speaker we finished up a tad early today.

Meeting adjourned

The Ken July 15

The Ken July 15, 2019

Attendance: Pat Griffin

Split Club: Cathy Piciulo

Fine Master: Phil Michalowski

Invocation: Chuck Patterson

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Donna began our meeting with the Pledge followed by Cathy who led us in a nice tempo version of “God Bless America”. Chuck Patterson was ambushed to give our invocation and did a fine job. Guests today were Samantha Galba, Sue and Brian Hettler. Donna was able to thank Gary in person for putting together the picnic at Elmlawn. It sounds like he did a Youmans job.

Larry introduced Samantha to give us an update on her RYLA experience. Samantha gave a heartfelt talk confirmation about her time on Campus. She said the speak ups were the best part. She got real emotional when she told us because she struggled with opening up to people. The exercise aloud her get through it and feel the relief.

Donna had the pleasure of introducing Matt Dewitt into or club. Matt's category is finance. Let's all reach out had nurture Matt as he gets his bearings on the Rotary pulse.

Ted passed out dues. Mike Hettler won the 50 / 50 and Gary missed the Ace.

Phil M took confessions. Chuck Patterson gave happy dollars for his enjoyment at the firework picnic. Donna and many others followed suit. Ted was out west on vacation. Phil fined himself on the birth of his granddaughter, Audrey Rose. Larry chucked in a few dollars for having Samantha speak and that his niece won many awards at the Irish Dance competition. Larry also had a reunion that Mike and Cathy p attended for Mike and Larry were in the same class at Ken East. Phil came up with a new format for fines. Word definition. Quite a challenge and many of the well-read Rotarians had the answers.

At this time, we had the pleasure of hearing from past RYLAian Brian Hettler as he speak about his unbelievable adventure as he continues to make this world a grander place. Mike introduced his son with such pride he must feel when listening to Brian speak of is endeavors. We have heard from Brian many times while he was setting up fresh water wells for the people in Peru. Now Brian is a topologist working in the Amazon. He gave us a little perspective on the size of this region being greater than that of the entire United States. Brian is with Amazon Conservative Team, ACT (www.amazonteam.org). Their mission is to partner with the indigenous and other local communities to protect tropical forests and strengthen traditional culture. Their vision is to see a future where healthy communities exist in harmonious relationship with each other, contributing to the well-being of the planet. As you would only expect, this discussion went well past 1:30 and no one excused themselves. Wow, what a journey. Many questions followed.

Meeting was adjourned.

The Ken - July 8
The Ken July 8, 2019
Attendance: Phil Michalowski
Split Club: Joe Arcara and Holly Nowak
Fine Master: Phil
Invocation: Larry Coon
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Donna began our meeting with the pledge. Due to the light attendance, we forgave our song. John gave our invocation. There were no guests today. Holly announced that Sunshine Day at Cradle Beach is 8/21. Holly also, was having a debriefing meeting tonight at her house. Audrey was asked by the Rotary Greenway Steering committee to promote our section of the Trail. This is between Riverside Park and Mississippi Mudds. We are thinking to set a day for us all to hike it and bring guests. That could be a great social event. Chuck Patterson passed the task of feeding us lunch for Sunshine Day to Pat Griffin. It looks like he’ll get Wegemans sandwiches. We need someone to sit in for Sue J for attendance next week. Sue will be covering us at the hole in one event at Sheridan. We still need others to cover a couple of slots for that event also. New member Matt Dewitt will be inducted in our club next week. Please pay Donna for any past parties you’ve attended and are still outstanding on. Our Christmas Party will be at Park Country Club 12/6 this year. Donna thanked Gary and Mike Austin for hosting the fireworks party.
Matt won the split club and Holly missed the Ace.
Phil took confessions and levied a few fines.
Donna led us in discussions on a few items for our opened meeting. Larry is ordering “T” shirts so we can promote Rotary. Audrey asked to be off the Wine Event and added to the membership / retention committee. Matt volunteered to relieve  president elect Dich H. as chairman of the Shred It event. Way to go Matt. Thanks for stepping up.
At this point we ran out of time so meeting was adjourned.
The Ken June 24
The Ken June 24
Attendance: Dick Hanaburgh
Split Club: Chuck P
Fine Master: Dick Hanaburgh
Invocation: John Coogan
The Ken: Audrey Meyers
President Donna opened our meeting at 12:49 PM.  Chuck and Cathy led is in “America the Beautiful”.  Guests today were Tina from M&T Bank (taking over the Delaware Sheridan location for Rene) & Matt Dewitt.  “Hole in One” on 7/15 signup sheet (WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!).  Mike announced the Rotary / Elmlawn Fireworks on July 3, gates will open at 6 PM, dinner at 7/7:30, please RSVP so Mike can email you an entrance pass.  Pat announced Shredit will be 10/12 or 10/19.  Larry announced Grand Island Anniversary Dinner.  Donna reported that the Rotary Club of Kenmore-Tonawanda’s event went well last week, all new members received their Pins and Certificates, and channels 2, 4, and 7 were there, they need 15 members before they separate and become their own independent clubs, they currently have 9 members.  Chuck & Donna volunteered for Ride for Roswell.  No meeting 7/1 due to the fireworks get-together at Elmlawn on the 3rd.  7/8 will be a working meeting.  Speaker list is ready to go PLEASE FILL SPOTS AND GET SOME SPEAKERS IN.  Director’s duties will be out this week.
Joe Arcara won the Split Club.  JOHN COOGAN WON THE ACE OF SPADES AGAIN!!!!  (insert eyeroll) … Just kidding!!!  Congrats John!
John confessed an impossible surprise party for Jo-Jo’s milestone birthday.  Jeff confessed that Gretchen and their son are on a four-wheeling adventure.  Mike Austin confessed that John carried him on their two-day golf tournament and that no one wanted to golf with Chisholm.  Rene confessed that she is leaving M&T Bank and Tina will be taking over for her.  Rene is looking at all opportunities available to her right now and has enjoyed her time with Kenmore Rotary.  (Thank you, Rene, for being a part of our family and for all you have done for our club!)  Joe confessed to 4 days in Ellicottville and that a mailbox attacked his wife’s car.  Dick confessed to a night out with his wife for their 7-year anniversary, which reminded Mike Austin it was his 7 year freedom anniversary so he paid a happy fine. 
Audrey introduced Olivia Hill and Alan Rosenhoch from Invest Buffalo Niagara.  Invest Buffalo Niagara is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.  Their mission is to help grow businesses in the Buffalo Niagara region.  They focus on helping existing businesses expand, and by promoting the region to both domestic and international businesses in hopes of attracting them to the region.  Since their inception in 1999, they have celebrated 363 wins with $6.2 billion in capital investments made, and 45,000 new jobs.  Their services are free to their clients.  They do customized research, introductions to key people in the area, assist in finding Real Estate, and help answer tax and duty questions, and hand hold through the process.  Almost 100 Canadian companies have expanded into the Buffalo Niagara Region with the help of Invest Buffalo Niagara.  They’re funded by private investors and some public.  There will be a new international focus beginning 7/1 to help expand businesses from Germany, France, and the UK into the Buffalo/Niagara region.  Some examples of wins include: Frank Ralphs (from Montreal Canada) which brought 56 jobs, $2.1m investment capital, Sentient Science (from Idaho Falls, ID) which brought 86 jobs, $10.5m investment capital, Athenex (from China) which brought 450 jobs and 1.72g.  To help be an ambassador for the Buffalo Niagara region (both personally and for your business) please visit:
https://buffaloniagara.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/BuffaloNiagaraAccolades.pdf
The Ken June 17

The Ken June 17, 2019

Attendance: Phil Michalowski

Split Club: Ron Levea

Fine Master: Dick Hanaburgh

Invocation: Larry Coon

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Donna began our meeting promptly. We gave our Pledge. Cathy led us in “God Bless America”. Larry gave our invocation. Guests today were Darcy France, Shelia Gueti and Christy Sharky. There is a signup sheet for the “Hole in One” contest at Sheridan Park Goff Course. Our Rotary club needs to have 2 volunteers from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm July 15 to sell chances for a hole in one prize. We talked about the Installation of officer’s party Wednesday evening. Ride for Roswell needs volunteers. Larry said RYLA went real well as expected last week.

Mike Ford won the split club and Cathy missed the Ace.

Dick H came up as fine master. John Coogan confessed to being in Aruba last week. Phil’s daughter became a North Carolina Deputy Sheriff and his son’s family is expecting in July. Dick quizzed us on trivia.

Larry introduced Darcy and Sheila. Shelia is a junior at Kenmore West. She is the president of Interact. You have seen her at many of our Rotary events like Shred It. She and Darcy explained the projects they do at school. They include events like carnation sale for St. Valentine’s Day, Kiss a senior, where they wrap up Hershey kisses and present them to graduating seniors, and Purple pinky. All proceeds go to community programs. The Interact club recognizes 1 student each quarter for exemplary acts of kindness. Each recipient gets their name posted on the school bulletin board and has a letter sent to their families. They also get a lunch gift card. Sheila asked that our Rotary club donate funding for the 4 quarterly gift cards. Sheila was a confident speaker that gave us all a little insight as to what Interact does.

Meeting adjourned

The Ken June 10
The Ken June 10, 2019
Attendance: Phil Michalowski
Split Club: Ron Levea
Fine Master: Dick Hanaburgh
Invocation: Rick Graham
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Donna began our meeting promptly. We gave our Pledge. Donna thought better and waved the song without tone accurate members present. Rick Graham gave our invocation. Guests today were Charlie Galotti from Perth Australia.  Charlie brought his wife, Rosetta and sister and brother-in-law Joe and Rebecca Cole. We exchanged Rotary flags and was invited to Perth anytime. Mike Billoni and Christy Sharky were our other guests. Donna thanked Holly for subbing for her last week. Kevin Crosby asked that we attend our satellite clubs charter ceremony June 20 at 9:00. It will be held at the Intermodal Hub Public Facility at 36 Young Street in NT. I Googled this and it is a public bathroom. Sounds a little creepy but what the heck. The Ride for Roswell is June 22 and they need volunteers. Contact them at www.rideforroswell.org to learn more. Tim Glor mentioned that Jacquie is very involved with this project. Gary procured Webster’s Kitchen at 110 Webster June 19 at 6:00 for the Installation of officer’s dinner. This should be well attended. A great night out in a fabulous location to hang out with your Rotarian friends without a gong or long winded characters promoting their organizations. Mike Austin has the Independence Day fireworks party at the cemetery 7/3. Mike Billoni’s Grand Island Rotary Club is having a 60th Anniversary party at the Launch Club 6/26 at 6:00. Ron thinks our club sponsored Grand Island. Mike will look into this. Sue J read a thank you letter from Thomas Edison’s Children’s Garden chair. They purchased a “Little Free Library Exchange Box”. With it, they will rent out books where the proceeds will go towards a fresh water well in Burkina Faso, Africa. They will dedicate this 6/17 at 10:00 if anyone is interested.
Gary won the split club and guest, Joe Cole missed the Ace.
Dick H. took over as Finemaster. There were no confessions. Dick gave each table a couple of clever riddles. Lots of fun and made a little money.
At this time, Donna introduced Arlene Kaye, founder and owner of Fashion Lab NY. FLNY is located at 1205 Hertle Ave. They give young women a place to experiment creatively and invent through the Art and Science of Fashion. They provide the tools and direction to inspire their uniqueness, and encourage their own sense of style. The Fashion Lab NY process will engage students to discover, explore and invent your vision of Fashion. Arlene runs summer camps and allows the students to apply their designs with sewing machines to teach them to sew. For more information please visit www.fashionlabny.com. Great program.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken - June 3
The Ken June 3, 2019
Attendance: Cathy Piciulo
Split Club: Ron Levea
Invocation: John Coogan
Finemaster: Dick Hanaburgh (First time as Finemaster 😊)
The Ken: Audrey Meyers
Holly filled in for President Donna today and started the meeting promptly at 12:45. Cathy kept our tempo upbeat as we sang God Bless America (probably our best version of that song yet!).  Guests were Kristy Sharkey (a colleague of Gary’s), Matt Dewitt, and our speakers, Lieutenants Damon & Allison Bethel from the Salvation Army. 
Holly asked for announcements: Gary announced that the Installation will be at Webster’s Patio on 6/19 with a cost of $60 per person.  Cash bar from 6pm-7pm and dinner will be at 7 pm.  Please sign up and pick your dinners so he can get our reservation in.  Audrey announced that the Riverside Park clean up day on May 21st with Kenmore West, Buffalo Olmsted Parks, and Roteract was A LOT of hard work, but was a success.  Thanks for Dan Hamlin from Roteract (and Buffalo Medical Campus Rotary), Pat Griffin, Ed Hackerl, and Jeff Markarian for showing up (hope your blisters have healed by now😊 and I apologized you were pooped on Jeff!).  Cathy was the lucky winner of $13 from our split club, and Jim Logan had a shot at the ACE… he pulled the 10 of hearts.  Ron announced that there are 31 cards left and $318 in the pot already!  First time Finemaster Dick did a great job in putting us to sleep with questions on sleep.  Confessions: Dick announced that he and his wife welcomed a son to their family on May 18th (Which is why his topic was sleep).  Baby Richard 4th (Mac for short) and mom are doing well.  Tim Glor announced that he was able to visit the Indy 500 for the first time over Memorial Day Weekend.  He also had the change to visit his brother and attend his brother’s Rotary meeting.  Ted handed Dick $20 to be donated to the Boy Scouts to thank the local Boy Scout who showed up during winter to shovel Ted’s driveway while Ted was dealing with a bum foot.  The local Scout left without payment after shoveling. 
It was very clear that Lieutenants Damon & Allison were very passionate about the Salvation Army.  The Major was unable to come as he was out of town and asked them to take his place.  They talked about how the Rotary and Salvation Army would have a very serious battle called “the Battle of the Bells” around the holidays.  This was a competition to see who could raise the most money ringing the bells for the Salvation Army.  Damon admitted that Rotary always won.  The Salvation Army was formed in 1865 in England and serves poor and needy families along with assisting those with addictions towards recovery.  Pastors are known as Officers, and they explained some of the symbols on their uniforms.  One star = Lieutenant, two stars = Captain (achieved after 5 years of satisfactory service), and the SS = Save to Serve.  Major is the top level in the system.  There are 4 Corps that serve the Buffalo area, 1 to serve Tonawanda, and 1 Adult Rehab Center on Military Road.  The Rehab Center gives adults a place to stay for 6 months as they are reintroduced to Jesus and sobriety.  Adults are fed and housed and are employed to work during the 6 months.  They make $6 a week and will either drive a truck for the Salvation Army, or work in the store, or in the sorting center.  They bring in an average of $44 million a year from the collection and resale of used clothing and other items.  There is a Summer Day Camp program held in Buffalo for children.  There is also a 5-day Summer Camp program for kids held in Penn-Yann NY.  There are many additional programs including some for senior citizens.  Lieutenant Damon confessed that he is passionate about the program because it has impacted his life in many ways.  He is a former Defensive End/Defensive Tackle and when he came into money, he fell into drugs and partying and on the wrong path.  He ended up in the Adult Rehab Center and got back on track.  He said one proud football memory is being one of the few who can say they sacked Charlie Ward in a Florida State game
The Ken - May 20

The Ken May 20, 2019

Attendance: Sue Jandzinski

Split Club: Audrey Meyers

Fine Master: Paul Chisolm

Invocation: John Coogan

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

It was good to be back on our home field. Donna began our meeting with the Pledge. We embarrassed ourselves with an “I know what I’m doing but really didn’t version of “Oh Canada” in honor of our guest speaker today. She is Cathy Henry and her husband Dr. David Henry of the St. Catherine’s Rotary Club. Fiona Barretto and Matt Dewitt were our other guests.Donna announced that the Kenmore Tonawanda Rotary Club is now a charter club. Their president, Chris Pilozzi, who has been a guest here several times suffered a stroke. Her husband is filling in for her as president but would love some help if anyone could contact them to help run a meeting or 2. They meet at the Billegan’s Cafe on Niagara Street in Tonawanda every other Thursday morning. Gary Roberts is trying to get the installations of officer’s party off the ground. Details to follow. Mike Ford had Dan Wiles contact him to help out with the service organizations day at Sheridan golf course July 15. We need to cover from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Audrey thanked everyone for their support for the Wine Event. Final accounting will be done but she is expecting to Net over $12K. There will be a debriefing in July while it’s fresh on our minds to make any adjustments for next year. Riverside Park cleanup day was held last week. Audrey lined up Kenmore West Students to meet at 9:00. They got an over view of the Olmsted Park system then chipped in to clean up a baseball diamond to be ready for games that evening. Larry is asking for RYLA applications. The week long leadership camp is coming up quick, June 9-15 at Fredonia. Dr. Dave thanked us for having him and extended a welcome to his club in St. Catherin’s.

Paul C took the reins as fine master today. First fine was for all who missed the student recognitions the last 2 weeks. Confessions – Mike Ford was in Disney for a vacation. Audrey and Chris were in S. Dakota for business and pleasure. Audrey exchanged flags with their club. Cathy Piciulo attended a theme costume birthday party and won a best costume for a murder mystery theme. Holly’s son Will was getting an award at Ben Franklin. She also confessed to being quoted in Discover Card ad. Lastly, Holly blew in Paul on a particular matter and gave Paul a chance to tell his side of the story. Pat Griffin mentioned an article in “The Rotarian” about Niagara Falls. Pat added that he and Karen went to see the Tubes at the Riv.

Mike Austin won the split club and Chuck missed the Ace.

Larry came up to introduce our speaker Cathy Henry. Unfortunately it was already 1:15 and I could tell she was anxious to get to her program. Cathy with help from Fiona gave a strong push for our involvement with the Trees That Feed the World Foundation. They want to plant fruit Trees, mainly breadfruit trees in 17 Countries. The trees are an incredible source of nutrients and bare a lot of fruit to feed so many of the people in these undernourished countries. Let’s keep this project in the forefront and an incentive as we continue our fundraising events. Learn more at www.treesthatfeed.org .

Meeting adjourned

The Ken - May 13
The Ken May 13, 2019
Attendance: Ron Levea
Invocation: Tim Glor
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Today’s meeting was at the Paddock Dome where we recognized 6 Junior High School students for their accomplishments as they prepare for High School. We gave our Pledge and Tim Glor gave the invocation. Donna immediately handed the meeting off to Tom Schwob who gave the presentations.
The recipients are from top row across: Wilson Hendershot from St. Andrews, Nicholas Patkalitsky from St. Cristopher, Allie Gartz from Ben Franklin, Emily Mical from St. John’s, Genevieve Blumberg from Hoover Middle, and Maximillian Riso from St. Amelia and a group shot of all the winners. It was great to hear from their administrators all they have accomplished. Larry was able to give all in the crowd a little bio on what Rotary is and does. I always like the part that the United Nations is made up of 193 sovereign nations, The Red Cross and Rotary. Take that Kiwanis.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken - May 6
The Ken May 6, 2019
Attendance: Ron Levea
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine Master: Mike Ford
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Today’s meeting was at the Paddock Dome where we recognized 6 High School students that earned $750 scholarships from us. Proceeding a delicious cold cut lunch, Donna welcomed our students, their parents and their principals to our weekly meeting. We gave our Pledge to several tiny flags that Donna had the wherewithal to think ahead to bring. John Coogan gave a wonderful invocation. Our Rotarian publicist recommended that we pass on any form of singing for not to scare away unfamiliar ears. Larry introduced Tom Schwob who was a little frazzled as he just had to break up a yogurt fight at his school before coming here to present the awards. Tom got right down to business. It was real neat to hear of the student’s achievements and bio’s from their principals. Going across the page, the recipients were: Erin Watson from MT. ST. Mary’s, John Federice from St. Joe’s, Thomas Appenheimer III from Cardinal O’Hara, Jordan Goodwin from Kenmore West, and Cheyenne Mohr from Kenmore East and lastly, Audrey Steele from CSAT. After the presentations, Larry got up to give a Rotary ra ra. I don’t think I have ever been prouder as a Rotarian, than when Larry introduced Alexis Linck-Entwistle. Alexis a great friend to our Club. She is a UB Rotaract who asked for our help in finding her a place to stay while she attended UB. Larry hooked her up with Pat and Pat set her up in one of his apartments. She told Pat she loved the place but was a tad lonely. Pat advised her to get a cat. Low and behold, the apartment had a fire and Alexis lost everything, including the cat. She surprised us Monday and attended our meeting to thank us for our contributions to getting her back on her feet. As Larry was trying to get the essence as what being a Rotarian is to the parents and administrators attending, Alexis gave a heartfelt thank you, showing all in attendance, first, what we do. With our contributions, we resurrected a broken spirit. I can tell you there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  Another grand meeting.
 
 
The Ken - April 29
The Ken April 29, 2019
Attendance: Bill Brucker
Split Club: Dick Hanaburgh
Invocation: Rick Graham
Fine Master: Mike Ford
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
 We started our meeting today with the Pledge. Kathy led us in a fine rendition of “God Bless America” Rick Graham gave our invocation. Guests were: Bob Artist with Clarence Rotary Club, Speaker Jeff Bagel, Matt Dewitt, Kristy Sharkey, a colleque of Gary’s. Gary had another guest but I did not get his name. This is Matt’s 3rd visit and has put in his application for membership.
Bob Artist, our district’s 7090 incoming President, advertised the theme for this year’s district Conference will be a Cruise through the Caribbean. For details, go to www.rotary7090.org. Bob also has happy socks that his club is selling all profits will go to the Polio program.
Announcements: Audrey will have a signup sheet for you to use if you can help out the night of our Wine Event. Riviera Has helpers. Also, we have 273 tickets sold. It looks like this will be a fun event. Audrey also has Kenmore West, Buffalo Olmstead Park and the City of Buffalo Alliance helping with the spring cleanup project in Black Rock 5/21 from 9:30 – 12:00. I’ll get more details out as I get them. Mike Ford was having a new member happy hour at Jovis the other day. I will report as to it’s success. Larry asked for our help with an Interact student whose apartment burned down and lost everything. Gift cards and cash would be great.
Dick won the split club and Tim lost the Ace. Paul C has a bottle of Johnny Walker blue donated by the Ahrens for our Wine Event. What a great gesture. Thanks Pat and Brian.
Mike Ford took over as fine master. I confessed to being in Hilton Head. Scott Swan made Audrey pay a fine because his emails were being hawked by the competition. Donna celebrated 25 years at Rainbow. Sue J’s oldest son is graduating from Baldwin Wallace and is in the Lacrosse play offs. Sue will keep us up to date on their progress. We were running out of time but Mike was able to raise a little money on football draft questions.
Audrey introduced our speaker Jeff Bagel. It was a real treat today to have Jeff speak to us. Jeff is a principal with eAdvancement Consulting where he provides high quality counsel that helps non-for-profit organizations. He is the author of the 2017 Best Seller “Annual Fund Raising Plans Made Simple”. Jeff gave us some guidance on contributing to organizations. He suggest searching for the company on guidstar.com. You are able to see the P & L of company and the site will tell you how they use the money donated.
Great program.
Meeting adjourned.
The Ken April 15
The Ken April 15, 2019
Attendance: Bill Brucker
Split Club: Mike Austin
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine Master: Mike Ford
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
 We started our meeting today with the Pledge. Chuck led us in signing “God Bless America” John gave our invocation. Guests were: Chris Pilozzi, Lisa Freeman, Melisa Di Francesco, Donna’s daughter, Pat’s wife Linda Griffin and her sister, Karen Battaglia and Matt Dewitt.
Gary began our Armenian Raffle. We are selling 50, $10 changes to win a $200 gift card. This will help us raise money to purchase a special gift for the Wine Event. To be continued. Dick announced the Shred – It event was a record haul. We grossed $10,800. He thanked all who helped out. Rene announced that the Wine Event sponsors are accumulating. We are at $11,000. The Riviera took a table. They sold 21 tickets that brings the tickets sold to 210. Baskets are down. Donna reminded us there is no meeting in honor of Easter. Then the next 2 meetings will be at the Dome for Student Recognition. Pat Griffin, club secretary, announced the board will be 2 light for next year and that we need someone to be president elect. Donna mentioned that Dick H has agreed step up. Thank you Dick.
Dick H won the split club and Mike Ford missed the Ace.
Mike came up to be our Fine Master. Mike took confessions from Paul C. Paul missed Shred – It because he was golfing. Paul was fined before confessing due to a rat in the bunch. Dick confessed to leaving Shred – It a tad early to go to a Lamaze type class to prepare for their 2nd child soon to be welcomed into this world. Good luck pale. Mike Austin boasted about more of Maddison’s accomplishments in track and field. Maddison got a first in the high jump and tied for first in the 100 meter. Mike tested us on Masters Tournament knowledge and fined us accordingly.
Mike Introduced Lisa Freeman with Compass House. Lisa is the executive president. The Compass House Emergency Shelter meets the basic needs of runaway and homeless youth ages 12-17 through immediate access to crisis counseling, meals and a temporary place to stay. They are the areas only shelter for both male and female youth. Trained, caring professionals are always on hand to listen and provide support. All services are voluntary, confidential and free. To learn more about what they do and how you can help please contact them atwww.compasshouse.org. Great program
At this time
 
Meeting adjourned.
The Ken - April 8
The Ken April 8, 2019
Attendance: Bill Brucker
Split Club: Chuck Patterson
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine Master: Mike Ford
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
 We started our meeting today with the Pledge. Chuck led us in signing “God Bless America” John gave our invocation. Guests were: Alisha Ferri, Audrey’s colleague who will help at Shred – It. Chris Pilozzi, chairperson of our satellite club. Kevin Crosby District 7090 director and president of Buffalo sunrise group. Our speaker Lynn Riker and Matt Dewitt. Donna had Kevin jump right in and introduce our satellite clubs chair, Chris Pilozzi. They are an extension of our club. They have 8 members and they meet every other Thursday at Billegan’s. The long term goal is that they will break off once they get established.
Dick H announced Shred – It is all set. He is expecting cars to arrive at 9:45 ish so please get there early just in case. He has procured Paula’s donuts for the morning and pizza for the afternoon. His boosts on social media reached 1600 people. Audrey is having a walk through for the Wine Event at the Castle 4/17 at 2:00. All are welcome but not mandatory.
Donna won the split club and John Coogan missed the Ace.
Mike Ford took over as fine master. Joe Arcara confessed to being in FLA for several weeks. Welcome back Joe. Chuck confessed to driving here today with his top down. Audrey admitted she will miss Shred – It but has Alisha subbing for her. Reach out to make Alisha feel at home. Mike quizzed us on WrestleMania / NCAA basketball topics. Yes, you read this right. WrestleMania.
Mike introduced Lynn Riker, the Director of clinical outreach at the center for Hospice and Palliative care. Hospice cares for individuals suffering from serious illness, as well as their families and caregivers. They’re there to help to provide an integrative, holistic (physical, emotional, social and spiritual) approach to care that focuses on the whole person rather than on individual symptoms. Lynn asked us to please reach out to her at any time we feel we need their services. She can be reached at lriker@palliativecare.org, hospicebuffalo.com or her cell, 716-472-8890. Lynn made a lot of sense as to what Hospice does.
Meeting adjourned.
The Ken - April1
The Ken April 1, 2019
Attendance: Dick Hanaburgh
Split Club: Chuck Patterson
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine Master: Holly
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
 We started our meeting today with the Pledge. Chuck led us in signing “America” and John Coogan gave the invocation. Our only guest was John Duerr.
Donna started our program today by thanking Gary Roberts for hosting a fabulous social. It sounds like fun was had by all. Holly announced the Wine Event Sponsorships are up to $10,975 with 214 tickets sold. Only 20 baskets so far so please help manage that. The committee will have 4 or 5 special gifts items. A nice TV, $500 gift certificate for Markarian Rugs, A night out including tickets to an event at the Riviera theater, dinner at JT’s and a stay over at the Hotel Henry, 4 tickets to the Irish Classic theater and dinner at Jovis are some of the special items we will have to offer in this category. Then there will be a 50/50 raffle and sheets of tickets to enter into the basket drawings. The team is playing around with packaging these together to give the allusion of a better chance to win. Dick has Shred –It ready with signs, and social media advertising. This will be next Saturday. 10:00 – 2:00.
Our guest John Duerr won the split club and Holly missed the Ace. Before introducing our fine master, Donna welcomed Tom Lang in attendance. At this time, Holly took the floor. First confession was from Chuck Patterson. He gave happy dollars because Mary Kay was involved in a horrific accident and came out unscathed. Phew. Larry is still taking Slap Shot applications. Mike Ford took his 7 year old to Adventure Landing. Audrey is working with Kenmore West and East students to help out with the Green Way trails project. She will get us the dates and would love to see Rotarians helping out. Looking at 5/21. Rene fined herself $5 because she is turning 50. Rene, you are well preserved. John and Gary were fined for their antics at the Social. Let’s put it this way; they seem to be very fond of one another. Holly quizzed us on spring topics.
Larry introduced our speaker, John Duerr. John purchased the Philip Sheridan building from the school department. He made a successful bid and has cleared a public referendum. This will be a senior living Campus with multi use areas. The second floor will use the classrooms as apartments. Presently there is a day care with 100 students and Buffalo Turners Gymnastics with 150 kids. They hope to retain them. Buffalo Turners is even considering expanding. John would like to resurrect the auditorium to use for shows and concerts. John shared with us 1 obstacle they encounter. The survey showed there was an old tank buried with 6,000 gallons of old, unusable heating oil that had to be disposed of. That took many months. All and all, John is looking forward to transforming this building. Insightful program
Meeting adjourned.
The Ken - March 25
The Ken March 25, 2019
Attendance: Rene Rebmann
Split Club: Scott Swan
Invocation: Chuck Patterson
Fine Master: Holly
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
 We started our meeting today with the Pledge. Kathy led us in a fine rendition ofteh National Anthem. Rene welcomed our only guest today, Scott Dermeyer. Scott is a friend of Ted and is a DJ. Mike Ford is changing the date of the membership / social to 4/30 at Jovi’s. Bring a potential member and they get a free drink. Holly gave us an update on the Wine Event. All going well. Please help out filling the sponsorships. Think of your vendors who sell to you regularly. Perhaps they have a budget for this purpose. Also, we only have 9 baskets with a goal of 30 - 40 needed. Larry has the Rotaract kids, ages 15 – 18 attending a Slap Shot retreat the first week end in May. Contact Larry if you know of a young person that would like to be involved with this tremendous group. Larry thanked us for the past issues of The Rotarian. Keep them coming. Dick has Shred It under control for 4/13 between 10:00 – 2:00. Donna has lawn signs. Please get them and promote this event. Donna also mentioned the Rotary Summit has been canceled. Gary can use a couple more attendees for the social at Webster’s Kitchen Saturday night. Cathy mentioned the Ken – Ton Chamber of Commerce is recognizing those who go out of their way to help others, May 18. If you know of a good deed done or just someone who is always ready to help, contact Cathy.
Phil won the split club and Art missed the Ace.
Holly stepped up as fine master. Rick confessed to being with 900 kids somewhere. And that he is scheduled to be on the ship that was caught in the storm off Norway this week. Mike Ford confessed to a Splash Lagoon retreat, a football event he was in and that his position at Elderwood was cut. Mike is now a free agent. I am sure with the talents he has shown with his involvement in our club, this won’t last long. Good luck pale. Ron Levea was in Florida scooping out the baseball teams and followed some of the PGA tournaments. While away, Ron’s granddaughter won the balance beam in the NY state gymnastics and came in 2nd place all around. Ron, that is huge!! Phil is taking his Brenda to Italy for their 25th anniversary so he put in the $16 dollars   he won from the split club.  He was told that was not allowed so he took it back and paid $20 happy dollars. Larry spoke to Amherst Rotary about the Interact program. Mike A. has Madison doing high jump in May. Holly tabled her spring questions because we ran out of time.
Phil came up and presented his hobby of coining. April 21-27 is National Coining week. Phil started coining as a young boy. He found an odd coin and was attracted ever since. We are coming up to the Great American coin drop. This is where the rare coins are put back into circulation. Rather casually, the coiners will just buys things and pay for them with rare coins. Just as an attempt to excite someone into this fun hobby. Phil passed around several coins from his collection. It was real neat to see what we just take for granted. There appear to be many layers to another one of our Rotarian brothers.
Meeting adjourned.
The Ken - March 18
The Ken March 11, 2019
Attendance: Scott Swan
Split Club: Rene Rebmann
Invocation: Chuck Patterson
Fine Master: Pat Griffin
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
 We started our meeting today with the Pledge. Chuck led us in signing “When Irish Eyes are smiling”. That really hurt. Chuck wanted to do another, patriotic song. Nevertheless, we made sure that didn’t happen. Chuck I hope the swelling above your eye has subsided.
We had no guests. Donna began the announcements by fining herself for not welcoming Art back last week. Art has been out for health reasons. Great to have you back Art. There will be a Rotary Summit 4/6 at NCCC. Please visit our district website to register. www.rotary7090.org. Audrey will have a full Wine Event committee meeting Thursday 3/28 at Jovi’s. Some may stay after for dinner if you’re interested. Holly has been tied up so Audrey and Renee are stepping up to sell sponsorships. Sue will take the art work for the ads. Let’s all try and help out. Gary procured Webster’s Kitchen, 110 Webster St., NT, at 6:00 as our next social event for March 30. $75.00 / person which will include 4 course dinner with wine pairing. We need 30 people to breakeven. We are getting close. Pat has signs for our Shred-It event 4/13. Dick has it on facebook. Please like, share and possible comment to boost it. When the timing is right, Dick will pay to boost this event to our defined demographics.
Gary won the split club and Rene missed the Ace. The drawings were out of order. Not sure why we had them before the fine master. Perhaps this is a new habit and you will be fined if you win. If that’s the case, beware of revolution.
Pat Griffin stood in as fine master at the last minute. Pat initially fined anyone $1 who wasn’t here last week. Then in preparation for March Madness, Pat tested us on college basketball trivia.
We did not have a speaker again today. We are trying to get speakers. Please let us know if you have anyone that would like to present. Donna spoke to Kevin Crosby regarding the Tonawanda satellite club. They meet every other Thursday at Billegan’s at 7:30. And finally, Buffalo Rotary is having a trade show as an event 4/18 at 5:30.
Meeting adjourned.
The Ken March 11
The Ken March 11, 2019
Attendance: Pat Griffin
Split Club: Scott Swan
Invocation: Chuck Patterson
Fine Master: Mike Ford
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
 We started our meeting today with the Pledge. Chuck led us in “America”. Chuck also gave the invocation. There were no guests today.
Donna brought in Kenmore Rotary Flags today. We should all have one for when we travel. Most destinations have Rotary Clubs. Take in a meeting, meet new people and share what we do as you can also share with us what they do.
Announcements: There will be a Rotary District Summit at NCCC 4/6. You can learn about every aspect of Rotary. Register at www.rotary7090.org. Gary is going forward with a cooking demonstration couples event. March 30, 6:00 at Webster’s Kitchen. The logistics will be set up to bring your gift baskets in for the Wine Event. The cost is $75 / person. Great food and drinks. Audrey and Holly attended Williamsville’s Wine Event at Park Country Club. It was nice, they had a dance band. They did not have as much wine tasting or food available. Also, they only had a few items to win. The feeling was that ours is more festive. Audrey said that if you are not able to come up with a basket concept, donate funds and the Wine team will go on line and get one for you. Sponsorships are slow. Let’s get to work and remind everyone that this will be a new venue. Dick H has the Shred it event all set and is on facebook. Dick is going to boost the post to a specific demographic to help spread the word. Mike Ford took over as our fine master. Audrey paid happy fines for her first double digit run as she is training for another marathon. Gary was fined for allegedly putting his foot in his mouth. However, I did not see or hear anything. Mike proceeded to ask questions pertaining to Woman’s Health Month.
Scott won the split club and missed the Ace.
Dr. Steve Anderson gave a wonderful overview at what they do at Summit Center. In summary “They make Lives better”. They help children and families throughout WNY by providing behavior therapy, autism therapy, and many other programs and services to help them lead happier, more independent lives. I have watched them first hand help Shamus, our very close friends son who is severely disabled. Shamus is 26 years old now and is a happy semi-independent young man. Another tremendous speaker.
Meeting adjourned.
The Ken - March 4
The Ken March 4, 2019
Attendance: Dick Hanaburgh
Split Club: Scott Swan
Invocation: Chuck Patterson
Fine Master: Mike Ford
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
 We started our meeting today with the Pledge. Chuck led us in “God Bless America”. Chuck also gave the invocation. There were no guests today.
Announcements. Gary would like us to start thinking about another couples event. He’s thinking about a cooking class that he’s had is eye on. There was good interest throughout the group so Gary will get more details. Pat, Audrey and Donna attended the Rotary District Regional meeting last week end at the Marriot. Donna’s seminars were a little off. Better for new members. Pat said his was great. A big concern was retaining members. Pat suggested that we make up at other meetings to see what ideas we can scam. Audrey was going to meet with Pat, Mike Ford and Larry to go over how to develop something. I didn’t catch what they’re developing. Audrey also mentioned that she, Rene and Holly are going to the Williamsville wine event to spy. Dick was holding a brief Shred-It meeting after today’s meeting.
Mike Ford took over as the Fine Master.  He first took confessions. Paul Chisolm was immediately fined for trying to covey Holly’s wishes that Mike’s topic would be on women’s accomplishments in light of this being Woman’s month. Audrey paid $6 to fine Tom. I was find for miss spelling. Cathy P and husband Mike went to Sweden this summer for her niece Hali and Joachim Siettengrens wedding. The Siettengrens’ recently came to Michigan for a family reunion and announced they are expecting. No joakim. Mike then tested our knowledge about famous Women throughout History.
Gary won the split club and Pat missed the Ace.
We did not have a speaker today so we just chatted. Kathy asked about the progress of our Charter Club “Rotary Club of Tonawanda’s” We are not sure so we are looking into this and will report back. Donna will bring our Rotary flags in to pass out. They are nice to have in case we attend a meeting out of our area. Larry still needs past issues of The Rotarian.
Meeting adjourned.
The Ken February 25
The Ken February 25, 2019
Attendance: Pat Griffin
Split Club: Paul Chisolm
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine Master: Tom Lang
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
 We started our meeting today with the Pledge. Chuck passed out song sheets for us and he picked “The Star Spangle Banner” for our song for today. Immediately following, there was a motion on the floor to NEVER pick that song again with a light crowd. John Coogan gave a heartfelt invocation.
Guests today were, our speaker Racheal Maloney from Metro Rail and a colleque of Mike Ford, Sarah Kielaczek.
Announcements: Donna announced on behalf of Sue J that Kenmore Mercy Hospital is making flower arrangements to pass out and would love any vases or even mason jars that they can have. Donna also thanked Mike Austin for filling in for her last week. Rene and her team has the Wine Event gaining momentum. Riviera has it on their website. Dick is going to get it published on our website. Fliers and store front signs are available. Rene is going to hit Delaware vendors to set up signs. Additional posters will be at Donna’s office. We need to get sponsors. Sponsor brochures are available at our meetings or contact Rene. Dick also is massaging Shred It, spring semester. Shooting for April 13. Larry would like any old issues of The Rotarian you might have available. He wants to give them to The Interact members.
Tom Lang took the gavel to levy fines. Tom had something on Audrey. In her absence he texted her. The response was that of a rather unusual emoji. Ones that don’t come with the phone. Mike Ford confessed to attending Syracuse / Duke Game. Dick received a promotion (in duty only). Dick is now the Camping and Program Director of WNY Scouting. Chuck P and Mary Kaye were in Cancun for 2 weeks. Larry just arrived. Tom fined Larry then quizzed us on Presidential trivia.
Paul drew is number for the split club and Dick H. missed the Ace.
At this time, Donna introduced Rachel Maloney. Rachel is the senior transportation planner of NFTA-Metro. They are in the exploratory phase of expanding the Metro Rail 7 miles from University Station to the I-990, including 10 new stations. Their intension is to take it down Niagara Falls Boulevard. Buffalo Light Rail system is the only one in the world that has not been expanded. After her program filled with some great ideas, Rachel opened the floor for comments. Comments she got and they were not very favorable. The pulse of the room was that this should be well thought over before executing. Rachel agreed. If this pie in the sky idea will not show positive results, they will abandon the plan. Great speaker. Great program
Meeting adjourned
The Ken February 11
The Ken
2.11.2019
Rick – Invocation
Cathy – song
Holly – Ken writer
Audrey/Pat – Finemaster/Attendance and 50/50
 
Announcements:
There is a Regional Rotary Workshop on the 28th of February from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Marriott.  Members are encouraged to attend – registration ends Friday.
Posters and Flyers for the wine tasting event where at the meeting for members to take.  Please see Holly for any ideas on Sponsors to purchase sponsor ticket packages or to donate baskets.  Jeff will be sending a flyer and the brochure out to everyone in email.
Confessions:
Mike A.’s daughter went to cheer finals.
Jeff’s son is in Canada with a broken-down truck but it’s okay because he is skiing his way back.
Cathy let us know the Ken-Ton Chamber had a successful State of the Town event at the Tonawanda Castle last Wednesday, they had over 175 people attend.
Scott FINALLY closed on his house – they are getting settled in and may need area rugs from Jeff.
Finemaster: Audrey took the LEADERSHIP of this role today to help in place of Tom and Mike F who could not make it.  She asked the group questions about Leadership Buffalo which only the members that have gone through it could answer – so it was a good meeting for fines (and more fun).
Jim L. won split and Audrey drew her own ticket for ACE of spades.  She got a 4 of Diamonds so the pot remains at $203.00 with a little bump next week!
Speaker:
Scott S. introduced speaker Sarah Bachwitz from Empower Camp.  Sarah is a very accomplished young woman, a Leadership Buffalo graduate, 30 under 30 in 2017, and a Buffalo Niagara Partnership 360 Spotlight.  She also walked the Gobi Desert as part of a water fundraising campaign while working at HSBC.  During this trek, she made a commitment to start the Empower Camp for girls.  It is now a reality. 
Empower Camp is a non-profit organization dedicated to always pursuing their vision, providing scholarships to camp, ensuring others feel their energy, believing in feedback, and not standing still!  (literally and figuratively).
They had 27 girls, ages 13 to 18 from 16 different schools attend camp in 2018, they are adding a day next year and piloting a trek for women aged 21+ of Mt. Phelps.  The camp for girls includes challenges, power zones, and real chats through the course of the 2-day experience. 
They are always looking for volunteers (18+), they have a supply list on their website, and, of course for everyone to spread the word about the camp to get girls interested in attending! www.empcamp.com
 
The Ken February 4
The Ken February 4, 2019
Attendance: Pat Griffin
Split Club: Audrey Meyers          
Invocation: Chuck Patterson
Fine Master: Tom Lang
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
 It is always fun before our meetings as we engage each other in idle chit chat, anticipating the meal of the day. Today, Jovi’s surprised us with chicken Casino. A tad odd but not too bad. We began the meeting with the Pledge, Chuck Patterson led us in singing “America” and Chuck also gave the invocation. Chuck asked that we keep Art Travers in our prayers. Art had some surgery and is expected to be back shortly. Our only guest today was the speaker Gary Steeves of Resurrection Village Ministries. Audrey passed along a message from Rene, marketing director for our Wine Event. The Poster / flyers are finished and will be at the meeting Monday. It is live on our website. Please take a look it at www.kenmorerotary.org. It will also be on the Facebook page. Please like and share to promote this event.
Tom Lang was our Fine Master Today. First confessions were for Super Bowl winnings. Not too many big winners. Gary was fined for groping. I was fined for not knowing how to spell groping. Rick was fined for teasing. There were a few others in there also. In honor of Black History Month, Tom asked us questions on famous African American leaders.
Paul won the split club and John Coogan won a chance at the Ace of Spades. Audrey was expecting a handsome well-dressed John C to pull the chance but turned around to find the little scrawny rug peddler, yours truly. I felt lucky and bought the chance from John. Not a good idea.
At this time, Holly introduced Gary Steeves from Resurrection Village Ministry. Gary started his illustrious career as a Chemist. He has a patent on a product that is in most of our cell phones. Upon reflection, he wanted his life to go in another direction. After much thought, Gary decide he wanted to be a Pastor. He taught himself and was trained and ended up in Buffalo with the RVM on the East Side. The problems they have identified are: 83.8% non-white, poverty level is 39.5%, 24.4% are in fair to poor health, obesity is over 80%, no local healthcare providers and no local fitness facilities or parks. Their solution is to provide professional health and well-being resources through synergistic partnerships (including professional health care providers) and creative grassroots programs. The Resurrection Village believes individual well-being leads to community well-being. This man was born to be a pastor. He mesmerized the entire audience. Great program.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken January 28
The Ken January 28, 2019
Attendance: Gary Roberts
Split Club: Pat Griffin     
Invocation: Chuck Patterson
Fine Master: Mike Hettler
The Ken: Sue Jandzinski
 
We opened the meeting with the Pledge and Chuck led us in OUR RENDITION of “God Bless America”. Our guests today were Mark Simon from UNYTS, Greg Stevens and Kevin Crosby from the Niagara River Greenway Project.  Announcements – Past President, Roger Moore’s wife passed away in Florida last week; Rick Graham read a challenge from the president of Rotary International that was published in this month’s Rotarian magazine – encouraging clubs to engage in a special service project which will benefit their community.  With that being said, Audrey announced that she is planning on presenting a project involving the Niagara River Greenway Project at next month’s Rotary Board meeting.  Pat Griffin announced a workshop for new Rotarians is scheduled for February 28th [6:30-8:30 pm] at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott; Jeff Markarian had a question on how to make out checks to Rotary [who to make them payable to – Kenmore Rotary, Kenmore Rotary Charities etc]; Larry Coon reported on the success of last week’s Purple Pinky Project – the event raised $1,400, which is matched by Kenmore Rotary making it $2,800 – which is then matched by Gates Foundation with the grand total of $5,600 – great job and a shout out to Bill B. for holding down the fort and Hoover and to Audrey for bringing the donuts!  Jim Logan was beaming with joy when he announced that he and his wife will be 1st time grandparents in August; Cathy Piciulo invited all to the State of the Town [Town of Tonawanda] address with Supervisor Emminger next Thursday, February 7 at the Tonawanda Castle. 
 
Audrey Meyers and Gary Roberts presented Mark Simon [UNYTS] with a check for $5,000 for his organization.  The donation is a result of proceeds from last year’s Wine Event. 
 
January’s Finemaster Mike Hettler, took to the podium and began by basically asking all to take out $5 and report on 1 positive thing that has happened to you this year.  We were running late and quickly went through the room – Mike generated $74 in fines today!  Rick Graham won the split club and Mike Hettler missed the ace of spades.
 
Audrey introduced our speakers – Past District Governor Kevin Crosby had Greg Stevens speak to us about the Niagara River Greenway Commission.  Greg provided an update on the progress of this initiative along with upcoming opportunities that we and other Rotary clubs may be interested in participating in.  WNY Rotary clubs located near the Niagara River Greenway and Erie Canal have collaborated on a multi-year community service project to help develop, promote, and maintain the trails, parks, and recreational areas of the Greenway. In addition to Rotary clubs, this project is expected to involve WNY Rotaract, Interact, and EarlyAct clubs.
Very interesting topic that took us until 1:40. 
The Ken January 14
The Ken January 14, 2019
Attendance: Gary Roberts
Split Club: Pat Griffin     
Invocation: Gary Roberts
Fine Master: Mike Hettler
The Ken: Sue Jandzinski
 
We opened the meeting with the Pledge and Chuck led us in OUR RENDITION of  “God Bless America”. Our guests today were Debra Miller, John Hathaway and Claire Bassette from Mt. St. Mary’s Academy. Tom Lang announced that we are looking for a President-elect to begin his/her term under Donna’s current Presidency.  If anyone is interested, please let Tom or Donna know ASAP.  January’s Finemaster Mike Hettler, took to the podium and began by asking for any announcements/confessions.  Chuck Patterson was first to offer up that he celebrated a birthday this past weekend but was secretive about sharing the year, Sue announced that her son that is a Senior at Baldwin Wallace University has once again named a captain of his lacrosse team – and Mike H shared that his wife also attended BW, Mike Ford celebrated his wife’s birthday over the weekend and for some reason Jim Logan was also fined?  Mike Hettler entertained us with some trivia surrounding current events – let’s just say, our guests were a huge help in answering some of the questions!
Tom L. won the split club and ??? missed the Ace.
Larry Coon and Chuck presented MSMA with their $200 check to assist in purchasing bagpipes for the all-girl marching band [only one in WNY] and to Anne Wadsworth for the Girls Education Collaborative.  Larry Coon introduced Ann Wadsworth, the Executive Director of Girls Education Collaborative to share the mission and projects that her organization is working on.  The Mission: Our mission is to help communities bring transformational change to girls’ lives thru the power of holistic, quality education. Anne discussed how the Girls Education Collaborative is helping to create environments where girls have the opportunity to realize their potential.  The GEC brings together local and global participants around grass roots, community driven projects where girls education is at the core; addressing the needs of adolescent girls, through a holistic approach the GEC addresses the inter-connected needs of the most marginalized girls and their communities – such as health, public infrastructure, agriculture and community development. The GEC acts like a portal – connecting resources and expertise to communities where it is currently difficult to access such assets. The schools motto “To Empower A Girl for her Bright Future” was established by the Immaculate Heart Sisters and is how the girls approach every day.  For more information, please check out the organizations website www.girlsedcollaborative.org. Meeting adjourned
The Ken January 7
The Ken January 7, 2019
Attendance: Gary Roberts
Split Club: Pat Griffin     
Invocation: Gary Roberts
Fine Master: Mike Hettler
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
We began our first meeting of the year with the Pledge. Chuck led us with “God Bless America”. Our guests today were Mike and Ryan Scillo, Dave Arcara our speaker, Robin Selino and our own, Barb Henry. Great to have Barb joining us today.
Donna announced that we need speakers for the last week in February and all of March. Dick H. has our spring Shred It on track for April 13. Audrey was hoping to have a full Wine Event meeting this evening, but canceled due to attendance. This meeting got away from us, but there is great enthusiasm with this committee. This will be a great evening. Audrey said that Kevin Crosby is asking that we help volunteer at stations for Ride for Roswell. This entails sitting at a corner somewhere and cow belling and cheering the riders. Tons of fun and heartwarming.  There was even talk about having a team this year. Lastly, Audrey has Greg Stevens coming with Kevin Crosby 1/28 to give us an update on the Greenway Trail. We want to get Kenmore East, West and Roosevelt to help our club volunteer for a project along the trail. Planting flowers and general maintenance. Tom was having a past president’s meeting immediately after our meeting.
Mike Hettler was our fine master today. Mike went around the room and allowed us to share what we did that was exiting over the holiday weeks. The general activity was spending time with family. Lots of fun and raised a little money.
Dick H won the split club and Scott Swan missed the Ace.
Joe Arcara introduced Robin Selino to continue discussing the revisions to 2019 tax laws. Robin is the senior manager in the Tax department and Arcara, Zucarelli, Lend and Associates. The last time Robin spoke, the forms were not finished. They appear to be done and ready. You will submit post cards with schedules attached. Tax rates are lower, deductions are fewer and this should be easier to generate once we have it figured out. There were many questions that Robin answered and we finished on time.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken December 17
The Ken December 17, 2018
Attendance: Dick Hanaburgh
Split Club: Sue Jandzinski             
Invocation: Rick Graham
Fine Master: Mike Austin
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
We began our meeting at 12:45 with the Pledge. Chuck led us in singing “America” and Rick gave our invocation. We had visiting Grand Island Rotarian, Sherry Miller as a guest. Mike Archambault came later to present.
Larry thanked our guest Sherry for coming in and for all her effort with the Grand Island Interact Club. Kenmore West was having their Interact Christmas Party today. Larry was a little skittish on the details as if he was embarrassed that we may want to come. I suggested that we clean up our distribution list where the “Ken”, our meeting invites and our general communications go. Ron is not getting the “Ken” or invites. TBD.
Mike came up as fine master. Sue received a call from Colvin Cleaners to donate about 50 coats. Rick Graham’s grandson won the hockey tournament at school. Pat Griffin is back to being employed. He drives in circles. Tom Lang was fined because Mike was happy to have him here. Paul was fined for a Ho – tie. Mike went around the room with fact or fiction. Ed M. missed the Ace and Mike Ford won the split club. Gerry won the box of chocolates that I unfortunately did not get who gifted them.
Our speaker today was Mike Archambault. I have no idea who this guy was. Evidently most did so I didn’t want to be embarrassed and ask. There was no introduction. Nevertheless he thanked us for our $2,100 donation to operation Santa. The pieces are starting to come together. He was either a volunteer fire man or was with the Knights of Columbus. He wanted to invite us to party. But the party was last week. Really nice man and mentioned this program started 21 years ago. Then he started to cry about a nice gesture a couple of cops did. Pat G chimed in about how mean this particular officer was. I guess I better start sitting closer to the front.
Merry Christmas. No meeting until January 7, 2019
Meeting adjourned
The Ken December 10
The Ken December 10, 2018
Attendance: Dick Hanaburgh
Split Club: Sue Jandzinski             
Invocation: Rick Graham
Fine Master: Mike Austin
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
We began our meeting at 12:45 to a full house with the Pledge. Upon better judgement, Donna waived our song for we were without qualified pitch. Dick introduced today’s only guest, our speaker, Brian Pearson.
Donna still has hats and T- shirts. Please, if you ordered one, pick it up and pay for it. Operation Santa raised $1,145 and the mystery auction the night of our party added another $730. We were able to present a check in the amount of $1,875 for Operation Santa. Please bring any gifts to the Kenmore Fire Department on Nash in Kenmore. Donna read a letter, from an annual donor at the Christmas Party, that we helped many years ago who fell on hard times. Donna also read a letter from Joe Starck jr.’s boss, Ron Rassman, from Great Lakes Towing. Ron wrote that he knew how much this event was a part of Joe, that he wanted to contribute $200. Gary Roberts spoke to Carol and she knows how hard we work on this program. Please remember, you can make contributions to Operation Santa in Joe Starck’s name.
Rick Graham went over the recipients of funds from our Foundation. That list was sent out in a previous email. It is a good feeling that we can help a lot of people with our efforts in our Club.
Mike Austin was fine master.  No confessions. Last week Mike jinxed the Sabres by asking Sabres trivia. This week Mike gave us Santa’s trivia. He’s hoping he doesn’t jinx Christmas.
Gary Roberts pulled his # twice to win the split club but missed the Ace.
Joe Arcara introduced Brian Pearson, president of Valuation Advisors, LLC. Valuation Advisors, LLC conducts valuations of privately held businesses for a wide range of financial and tax transactions. Including mergers and acquisitions, estate and gift taxes, fairness opinions, shareholder disputes, matrimonial issues, buy/sell agreements, incentive compensation plans and various other employee, tax and litigation matters. Brian’s program went over so if you would like to know more about him and VA, LLC, contact him at bp@valuationpros.com.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken December 3, 2018
The Ken December 3, 2018
Attendance: Sue Jandzinski
Split Club: Dick Hanaburgh          
Invocation: Rick Graham
Fine Master: Mike Austin
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
We began our meeting at 12:45 to a full house with the Pledge. Cathy led us in “God Bless America”. Rick Graham gave our invocation and asked that we keep Joe Starck and Dick Van Slyke in our prayers. 2 outstanding Rotarians that have passed away. Our only guest today was Robin Selino, our speaker.
There was a Wine Event planning meeting after this meeting. Audrey, Holly and Rene are running a very large committee with some wonderful tweaks. I am real impressed with all of our young members input and enthusiasm. This should be a successful event. Tim Glor saw that past member Arnie Mortinson’s wife passed away. Donna thanked Paul for bringing split club tickets today. She also thanked everyone who attended our Christmas Party. That was a blast bidding on blind gifts. We had a lot of fun. There is still time to make a donation in someone’s name for operation Santa. Eli’s church is having a coat, hat and glove drive. Let Donna know if you have anything that Eli’s new congregation can have.
Mike Austin was the fine master. Paul and Mike Ford were exempt for all the hassles they have had to put up with from pass fine masters. Cathy confessed to either wining a dinning for a year pass or was selling chances to win a dinning for a year pass. To be clarified. Larry just arrived and was barking out something from the food line as if he was in his own kitchen. Rick Graham’s grandson won their first hockey game at the prep school he attends. Phil M had a couple of confessions. First, his son and wife are expecting Phil’s 3rd grandchild. Phil ran a half marathon and the Turkey Trot and lastly, Phil is about to re-join the Volunteer Fire Department after a 12 year absence. Dick H is expecting his 2nd child. Mike fined Holly, Cathy and Mike Ford for some shenanigans at the Christmas Party. Sounds like there was some collusion on the bidding for gifts. Mike Austin, a 10 year season ticket holder was happy to do Sabres trivia on their 10 game winning streak.
I won the split club and Jim Logan missed the Ace.
Joe Arcara introduced our speaker, Robin Selino. Robin is a colleque of Joes at Arcara, Zucarelli, Lend and Associates, www.A2zcpa.com. Robin is the senior tax manager and gave a wonderful overview as to what to expect with this year’s new tax laws. One could sense the anxiety in Robin’s presentation. She admitted it is because the IRS is not even close to having the forms and dialogue in place yet and tax season is right around the corner. As you would expect, the meeting went over. So many questions. For a more detailed explanation, hire her. She was awesome.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken - November 19
The Ken November 5, 2018
Attendance: Scott swan               
Split Club: Bill Brucker    
Invocation: Tim Glor
Fine Master: John Coogan
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
We began our meeting at 1:00 with the Pledge. Chuck led us in “God Bless America”. Tim Glor gave our invocation and asked that we keep Joe Starck in our prayers.
First announcement was from Gary. There will be a gift gathering party at the Knights of Columbus on Kenmore Ave. December 2 at 1:00 pm. Bring a wrapped gift to get in and enjoy the raffle, food and drinks. Mike Ford announced there will be a “Caring for Caregivers” event Thursday, November 29 from 10 am to 2 pm.  Caregivers of those with dementia are invited to join them for a day of pampering. Let them care for your loved one while enjoy free massages, lunch from Be Healthy Buffalo, Buffalo Meal works and a presentation by Katie Bandeau from Alzheimer’s Association of WNY. To register, contact Mike Ford 835-2543 x 129. Kathy P reminded us that this Saturday is small business Saturday. Please support the small business in our community. Chuck P requested that we encourage people to apply for Funding from our Foundations. Application are on the website. And finally, Donna’s colleague, Eli is opening his church Sunday, Nov. 25, 10:00 am at 1862 Seneca Street. There will be a signup sheet at our table Monday for the Christmas Party at Park Country Club November 30. Bring a wrapped gift with a minimum value of $25 and we’ll have fun with that.
John Coogan was our fine master today. Mike Ford went to wedding in VA. Lost things to talk about after 7 ½ hours. And Chuck P is back from Cancun. John gave us Turkey questions and raised some money.
Scott won the Split Club and Donna missed the Ace.
We did not have a speaker today. Larry explained what is going on with the Rotary Youth Exchange. Larry announced that the KW Youth Exchange applicant was interviewed by Jill Norton from Buffalo Sunrise Rotary Club. She confirmed that she's an excellent candidate.  If our club wants to consider sponsoring her, we'd need to provide or obtain 2 to 3 host families for the subsequent inbound YE student to live with during the '19-'20 school year. If anyone knows of such families please get in touch with Larry (Lorenzocoon@yahoo.com) as soon as possible. If we cannot, Jill's club might sponsor her. I was later informed that instead, our club could consider sponsoring a short term exchange student this summer which is a one month "direct exchange" so host families are not needed. It's also a no cost option for the sponsoring Rotary Club. Sounds like an easy way to get our feet wet with the YE program. Stay tuned. 
Meeting adjourned
The Ken November 5
The Ken November 5, 2018
Attendance: Scott swan               
Split Club: Bill Brucker    
Invocation: Tim Glor
Fine Master: Paul Chisolm
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
We began our meeting promptly with the Pledge and Cathy led us in singing “God Bless America”. Tim Glor gave our invocation. Guests today were, our friend Fiona from Amherst Rotary and our speaker Eli Ortiz. Audrey invited everyone to attend the first Wine Event planning meeting today at Jovi’s at 5:30. I attended the meeting and we have an enthusiastic, large committee under super leadership of Holly, Rene and Audrey. Donna has the date of November 30 as our Christmas Party at Park Country Club. 6:00. No meeting 11/12/18 in honor of Veterans Day. Rick Graham has applications for applicants wishing for contributions from our foundation. Finally, Larry is working on sending a student abroad via Rotary Youth Exchange. We would have to take a student for a school year in return. Detail’s to follow as they become available.
Paul stepped up as fine master. Tim Glor confessed to a trip to Hawaii he and Jacquie took. Ron took a trip to Arizona. Mike Austin confessed to Bella’s missing out on the final in her cheerleading contest. But also confessed that Debbie and the kids requested his presence to a cat birthday party. Mike, don’t you have standing excuses ready in your wheelhouse for just these circumstances. You can always use me. Tell her I just called and am in a ditch and you need to get me out, otherwise you would love to come. Paul find Sue for bribing him during lunch. Paul took Audrey’s last dollar for something and I was fined for not being able to put a top on the name tag box. I was fined again for telling him I only know how to take tops off. Paul went around the room asking what happened on today’s date in history.
Mike Ford won the split club and Rick Graham missed on the Ace.
Our scheduled speaker, John Boronkay, had to cancel at the last minute. But Donna was able to bring one of her colleagues in, Eli Ortiz. Eli is a missionary for “Light of the World Church”. He went to Church one Day in Mexico and they talked about how many people throughout the world have buildings and people interested in Christianity but no one to teach. He went home, packed up his stuff, wife and children and went to Texas. From there he was called to go to Vermont. Finally they needed someone here so off again he went. His disposition and positive outlook on life and his faith made these moves tolerable. He was asked how he gets people to join his congregation. Eli sometimes has to go door to door. So often people are interested in talking to him. He and his wife made Mexican rice pudding in the streets and people came from all over. This was another great program pulled from the hat.
 
Meeting adjourned
The Ken October 29
The Ken October 29, 2018
Attendance: Rene Rebmann     
Split Club: Mike Austin                  
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine Master: Jim Logan
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
We began our meeting promptly with the Pledge. Donna waived the song with no one to lead. John gave a heartfelt invocation. John prefaced his words with a story that he, his daughter and granddaughter were in the vicinity of the shooter at Squirrel Hill. He’s talking real close. It touched him and it was evident in the lovely, creative, tactful way he presented our invocation. Our only guest today was our speaker Oscar Pedroso.
Our first announcement was Donna wishing Pat a Happy Birthday. Well we got our song in after all. Also, Shirts and hats that you ordered a ways back are in. Please arrange with Pat to pick them up. I’d say get them at the meeting, however most members don’t come. Holly, with a nudge from Audrey reminded us that they will have their first Wine Event meeting Monday 11/5 at 5:30 at Jovi’s. Lots to work out. Venue, concept, time etc. It sounds like many people are on board so even if you are not willing to commit to the committee, you can still speak your peace. And you get to hang out with us.
With no further announcements, Jim took over as fine master. Audrey confessed that after hearing donuts were being served at the Shred It event, she was disappointed that they were gone when she arrived. Phil M. came to the rescue and got more. Audrey had four. I thought she looked about a gram heavier than normal. Pat got an early birthday wish with the Red Sox winning the World Series. Also, Pat and Linda had a wonderful evening with Pastor Rick from the Riverside Baptist Church at the Joe Bonamassa concert. Mike Austin tried to sell Pat some Real Estate he has on the corner of Delaware and Brighton. Mike also bragged about his daughter is winning all the cheerleading competitions. The last one is this week. Good luck. I blew in Audrey for a picture of her in Buffalo Spree. It was at the Buffalo Leadership event. Pat threw out the gauntlet to all members to try to catch Paul, Ron and me for attendance. We are at 90%. Holly confessed that her business turned 3 years old this week. I have heard great things about you and your business Holly. Keep it up. And finally Rick Graham has been traveling a lot lately but especially liked the Ridin’Hi Ranch in the Adirondacks. Jim quizzed us on Halloween questions.
Rick Graham won the split club and Rene missed on a full deck for the Ace.
Audrey introduced today’s speaker, Oscar Pedroso. Oscar was a client of Audrey’s so she was able to watch his company from its infancy. When Audrey introduced Oscar, an immigrant, the first college graduate in his family, a graduate from U of R, an entrepreneur, I started to self-conscious. This young man is very impressive. Oscar and his partner Dave Brenner started Thimble, www.thimble.io .Thimble teaches children to learn the STEM theories with real cool hands on learning kits.  Thimble believes making is for everyone. They strive to be the optimal guide path to making through their inclusive learning environment – a makerspace without physical boundaries. They succeed when their subscribers apply the skills they have mastered using Thimble’s kits and community to create their own project, a process that includes supporting users who extend, personalize, and remix their own kits for their own objectives.
This was another remarkable presentation.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken October 22
The Ken October 22, 2018
Attendance: Dick Hanaburgh     
Split Club: Mike Austin                  
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine Master: Jim Logan
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Donna began our meeting with the Pledge. Chuck, with help from Kathy led us in singing “America”. John Coogan gave our invocation. We were honored today to have Melissa Schrock, our District Governor, as our guest and program today. Donna had to switch protocol a bit because Melissa had to get to a computer by 2:00 for a new kind of on-line Rotary meeting, “Rotary Club of Social Innovations”. The meeting consists of a conference call from 75 members all over the world. Donna introduced Melissa Shrock. Melissa started by stating the obvious. She’s not a man. Not old. And works 40-50 hours a week. She knows what it’s like to be busy. Her point being is not to profile who we want as new members. Just people that want to work with in our Rotary culture. She is never seen without a Rotary shirt, pin or any other medium promoting Rotary. Her enthusiasm about Rotary makes people want to know more. Once they inquire, they are an easy sale. Melissa’s first clients are the ones already in the room. Keep them here.
Melissa debriefed us on the District Conference held this last week end. It was very different from a wonderful point of view. It was one day, full of events and inexpensive. 400 people attended. They made 32 “no sew” blankets. Served 57 meals for young people at a young person’s shelter. Made several toiletry boxes for people in shelters. After being at the young person’s shelter and realized they were in need of such items, she returned with the ones just put together at the DC meeting. Donna and her daughter Mellissa led the charge of a group that cleaned up the shores of Lake Ontario. All this before the conference banquet where Rotary International’s President Barry Rassin spoke.  Our Interact student from UB, Matt received a Paul Harris award from Barry Rassin. After the program, they wrapped the evening up with a Shark Tank session. Rotaract, Interact and Earlyact participants presented concepts to a panel that gave away $1,500, $1,000, and $500 in startup money. The first place winner was an Interact club from Canada that was just chartered that morning. Their concept was an ap for iphone’s and Androids that will allow grandparents and grandchildren to interact. 2nd place went to a team working on a Purple Pinky event. Lastly, the third place winner was a young man that was challenged. He had a hard time presenting his ideas so Melissa’s daughter helped him get through it. It sounded like an action packed day. Melissa’s enthusiasm was contagious.
At this time Donna continued with announcements. Pat gave us an update that Linda is doing real well. Rene, on behalf of Holly announced there will be a Wine Event planning meeting Nov. 5 at 5:00 at Jovi’s. The more the merrier. Big committees lead to successful events. Rick Graham has 2 applications in for our Foundation’s contributions. He needs them in by November 30. Donna wanted to reiterate what a great time she had at the District Conference. She was especially moved by the memorial garden for approximately 25 Rotarians from our district who passed away this year. Each had a stamped dragon made from Mellissa’s metal shop with an image of the deceased. Donna brought in the one made for Harold. We will give this to Harold’s family.
Jim Logan took the floor as fine master. Most of us were fined because Mike Ford stayed at Elmlawn’s Fall Festival the whole time by himself trying to promote Rotary. Mike Hettler confessed to a cruise from Budapest to Prague. I believe he took the Danube River. Paul Chisolm and Nancy went to Boston to visit The Ahearn’s. They played golf and saw a show. Brian is in a new Rotary club now and bakes them bread. Ouch, kind of like he’s cheating on us. Jim gave us month of October trivia.
Larry was here on time today and won the split club and the Ace of Spades. Char, it was for $381 and don’t let him tell you differently.
Great meeting with such an exciting speaker.
Meeting adjourned
 
The Ken, October 15
The Ken October 15, 2018
Attendance: Renee Rebmann   
Split Club: Mike Austin                  
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine Master: Joe Arcara
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Donna began our meeting with the Pledge, Chuck changed things up today and led us in singing “America”. Our only guest was our speaker, Luanne Brown. John gave our invocation and asked that we remember Bill Holler who passes away this week.
Announcements. Linda Griffin is home recovering from some surgery. We are glad to hear she is on the road to feeling better. Keep an eye on your buddy Pat. Membership chairman, Mike Ford, will have a Rotary table at Elmlawn’s Fall Festival Sunday from 10:00 – 3:00. By now you should have received Donna’s emailed signup sheet.
Remember the District Conference is this week end at Niagara-On-The-Lake. Go to rotary7090.org for more details.
District Governor, Melisa Schrock will be at our regular meeting Monday.
Dick Hanaburgh was not here to report on the Shred-It event last Saturday. It looks like we will be grossing $5.5K. Report to come. Joe mentioned that Larry’s helpers were a large part of our success. Thank you Larry. Final announcement, Rick Graham will need requests for donations from our foundation in by November 30. Applications are on our website.
Joe Arcara filled in for Jim Logan as fine master. Confessions: Audrey went to Orlando for a banking convention. Not at all surprising, she won a leadership award and got to see behind the scenes at Disney. That would be so cool. Chuck confessed to bringing his name tag home by mistake. Cathy Piciulo attended a New Urbanism conference. She was able to be involved in many aspects of Urbanization. It was very impressive. Joe quizzed us on baseball trivia. Oh and Larry just arrived.
Jerry won the split club and Phil missed the Ace.
Audrey introduced Luanne Brown. Luanne is the executive director of Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network, Inc. www.bppn.org. BPPN is a not-for-profit organization that has been around for 30 years. The programs operated by BPPN focus on improving maternal and infant health outcomes for high need women and their families, and to help reduce racial and ethnic disparities in those outcomes. This program shed a light on challenges that are unfamiliar to most of us in the audience. Great program.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken October 1
10/1/2018
Dick Van Slyke Attendance & Mike Austin Ace of Spades
 
President Donna called the meeting to order promptly at 12:45 PM.
Chuck led us in God Bless America and Cathy said we actually sounded good!
 
John Coogan led the invocation
 
Guest: Jim Tyrpack Assistant Governor
 
Announcements:
* Shred It on 10/13... PLEASE SIGN UP SO WE KNOW WHO IS HELPING!
* President Donna read a letter received from Jim Austin.  He is resigning his membership and it was NOT an easy decision after 38 years as a member.  He treasures his memories and will still come around for certain events and lunches.  WE THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR YEARS OF SERVICE AND FRIENDSHIP JIM!
* Audrey made a Wine Committee Announcement.  Lots will be changing this year possibly to include date of event, venue, auction, sponsorships, etc.  All who want to have input, please join the committee.  First meeting will be 11/5/2018 @ 5:30 @ Jovi's.  Please let Rene or Holly or Audrey (one of the tri-chairs) know if you would like to help... we may ask you if you don't contact us :)
*Saturday 10/6 @ 9am will be the Elmlawn 5k Run & Sunday 10/21 from 10-3 will be the Elmlawn Fall Fest
* Jeff gave an update on Joe Starck... He's no better and no worse.  Carol Starck was asking about shred it so there's a chance we could see one or both drive through
* Gary talked to Tony Decillis and he's doing great!
 
Jim Logan was fine master today.  He started off with $1 to Chuck for not controlling his phone during announcements.  Gary was fined $2 initially for being a tattle tale on Jim.  Mike Ford confessed to a great letter about Elderwood that made the paper!  Dick confessed to being ordained online and marrying his best friend AND his wife... there were many inappropriate comments after that one.  Coogan confessed to 5 Birdies on Saturday and was fined $2, and then another $2 for having a total score of 79.  Jim then asked a bunch of questions about the month of October.  Gary was fined another $3 for some smart remark and then another $1 for his proficiency with Google... Thanks Gary!
 
Jerry Gentile had a shot at the ACE but pullsed the 6 of diamonds instead.
 
Jim Tyrpak announced World Polio Day on 10/24.  The Canadian Clubs approached the American Clubs in an attempt to coordinate efforts to light the Peace Bridge purple on that day.  There will also be an event from 6:30-8 @ the Yacht Club.  if you would like to register to attend please go to BuffaloNYRotary.org.  District Governor wants to get more clubs involved in community projects.  On 11/8, all clubs are invited to participate in a day of caring.  She's only asking for 1-2 hours, more if you like.  Donna will forward more information on this shortly.
 
Rick Graham was our speaker today.  He gave an update on the Kenmore Rotary Foundation.  He read a report dated through 8/31/2018.  Our current value at that time was $829,018.  We had a 12 month return of 12.32%.  Asset allocation is 18% cash, 18% fixed income, and 63.5% Equity (which we plan on further reducing in the future).  Overall we're doing "pretty good".  We gave away a total of $30,041 in 2017 (some of the beneficiaries included Elmlawn ($3500), Boy Scouts ($6500), Kenmore Mercy ($6500), Buffalo Science Museum ($8500), Town of Tonawanda ($3500), and Kenmore Rotary ($200).  Chuck Paterson will be President of the Foundation for a term of 1 year.  Ed Markarian will be Vice President for a term of 1 year.  Larry and Paul Chisholm have agreed to renew their terms.  Barb Henry has come off of the Foundation Board.  In 2018 we will distribute $28,710.  Applications MUST BE IN BY 11/1/2018.  All applicants can find the application on our website. Nice job RIck!
 
Larry gave another plug for the district conference on 10/20.  $100 (Canadian) includes breakfast, lunch, & cocktail party at Niagara on the Lake.  You can come in the morning and be done by 7 PM technically.

Audrey J Meyers
AVP | Business Development Manager

 
The Ken September 24

The Ken September 24, 2018

Attendance: Dick Harbaugh

Split Club: Phil Michalowski

Invocation: Gary Roberts

Fine Master: Mike Ford

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Donna began our meeting with the Pledge, Chuck changed things up today and led us in singing “America”. There were no guests. Mike Austin will have a fall festival Sunday October 21, 11:00 – 3:00. Rotary will have a booth. Mike Ford said he will station the both (I was going to use “Man the Booth”, but somehow better judgement prevailed). I’m sur Mike could use help. Larry announced that our District Conference will be held October 20 at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Rotary International’s president Barry Rassin will be there. This is THE head guy. Not the District Governor or the assistant to the District Governor. President of Rotary International. To register go to www.Rotary7090.org. We must let our district know there are other Rotarians other that Larry and Char. I’m already selling Gretchen on it. Donna announced that next week we will have Assistant Area Governor Jim Tyrpak and then October 22 our District Governor Melisa Schrock will be coming. Donna also thanked Tom for a wonderful evening on the Cotter fireboat and dinner at the Saturn Club. Finally, Gary passed me a flier to mention. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is having celebrity Chef, Fr. Paul D. Seil cooking in the Daily Bread food truck, while Mike Aloisio, from Jonny’s meats will person the grill Thursday Oct. 11, 5:00-7:30. RSVP stevebiegner@gmail.com

Mike Ford improvised as fine master again today. Audrey helped Pat find a job. Uber or lift or I was missing something. It seemed a tad sleazy so I left it at that. Donna went apple picking for her first time. Larry and Char decided to go to a birdwatch festival Sunday but tuned into the Bills game. Needless to say, they will watch birds another day.

Audrey won the split Club and Mike Ford missed the Ace.

Dona asked Dick to come up and give the details on our upcoming fund raiser, Sred-It. Dick thanked Scott for helping him take the reins. Dick asked that we Like and share the event on our facebook page. We might change the route a bit so we do not block traffic on Delaware Rd. Our Rotary hats and Rotary shirts should help distinguish that this is our event. Price came up. We are deciding if we set a price or ask for a contribution. Sign-up sheets will be at the head table Monday.

Meeting adjourned

The Ken September 17

The Ken September 17, 2018

Attendance: Dick Harbaugh

Split Club: Phil Michalowski

Invocation: Gary Roberts

Fine Master: Mike Ford

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Donna began our meeting with the Pledge, new member Cathy P. led us in “God Bless America”. Gary gave our invocation. Our only guest was Wendy Miller Backman of Senior Wishes. Tom announced the fire boat details. As it turned out, it was a terrific event. The weather cooperated. The ride was awesome, diner at the Saturn Club was over the top. Another very successful couple’s event. Donna is trying to get our District Governor to speak at our meeting. Details to follow. Dick will speak to us Monday about Shred it that is coming up 10/13.

Mike Ford stepped up as fine master. With no preparation he was able to raise some money and have a lot of fun. Paul was fined for his phone ringing during the meeting. As it turned out, it was Mike Hetler’s. Both were fined. Chuck Patterson received his new name tag. He is classified as a philosophy reader. We asked him to speak at a meeting. We could all us a good nap. Paul thanked the four some that took his place at the Chamber Golf Outing. He had a conflict with another tournament and as it turned out he had his best round ever. Audrey was fined $5 for nothing. Gary was fined for sticking up for Audrey. Anyone, except Audrey, who went to the Bills game Sunday was exempt from fines. Mike played fantasy football trivia.

Joe Arcara won the split club and Paul C missed the Ace. Tom suggested the person who draws the split club can offer it up to the person who draws the Ace chance for a chance to win big. TBD.

Donna introduced Wendy Miller Backman from senior wishes. Senior Wished was founded by United Church Home Society in 2013. Their mission is to foster respect and appreciation for seniors by granting life enriching wishes. Wendy gave many examples of heart felt experiences.

Great program.

Meeting adjourned

The Ken September 10
The Ken September 10, 2018
Attendance: Dick Harbaugh
Split Club: Phil Michalowski
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine Master: Tom Lang
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Donna began our meeting with the Pledge, Chuck led us in “God Bless America” and John Coogan, substituting for Gary Roberts, gave our invocation. Guests today were, Ellen Burkhardt with Harmac Medical Products, John McClive with Buffalo Rotary and Mike Billoni with the Buffalo Medical Campus Rotary Club.
Donna wasted no time inducting our newest member, Cathy Piciulo. Cathy is with our Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce. Welcome Cathy. Great to have you as a member. Chuck asked for one more golfer to round out a four some at the Chamber Golf outing. Tim Glor joined in.  Mike Billoni asked if anyone has old coats they could donate to Colvin Cleaners for their “Coats for Kids” program. Tom Lang re-capped our boat ride on the Cotter fireboat is all set for 9/19. 5:15 to leave at 5:30 sharp. Dinner to follow at the Saturn Club. No shorts or jeans. Pat Griffin is ordering name tags. If anyone lost or has an incorrect one, notify Pat.
Tom Lang stepped up and took the reins as our fine master. Ted confessed to attending a rap concert. He said it was worth every minute to see his friend’s son following his dreams as the bands drummer. There seems to be a pattern with Ted. It appears he likes live music. WTG buddy. There were a couple other fines that Pat and Rick Graham were involved in but too much commotion for me to follow. Tom went around the room and gave everyone a chance to share what they did over the weekend.
Mike Billoni won the split club and Art missed the Ace.
At this time Donna introduced Ellen Burkhardt. Ellen has been with Harmac Medical Products, Inc. for many years. They are located in the Baily, Ferry, and Genesee corridor. Ellen spoke on how CEO and president, John Somers had a vision to beautify the neighborhood the plant and 400 of his employees live. She showed before and after images of then and now. Ellen showed us a quadrant that is a farm where they get the kids from the neighborhoods involved with sowing and reaping the fruits of the garden. Mike Billoni made a good comment that there are plenty of markets around selling soda and chips but not nutritious food. So many people are on board. One couple who are farmers are getting the grants, purchasing properties and pulling the trigger on so many means of planting. They just procured an old warehouse that they are converting to a grow house where they will grow mushrooms and many other wonderful foods. Habitat for Humanity is all over this neighborhood also. Many moving parts. What tremendous insight John Somers has and an incredible team to pull this off.
Once again a heartfelt program on a dreary Monday to uplift your spirits.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken August 27

The Ken August 27, 2018

Attendance: Ron Levea

Split Club: Gary Roberts

Invocation: John Coogan

Fine Master: Mike Ford

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Donna began our meeting with the Pledge and Cathy led us in “God Bless America”. John Coogan gave our invocation. Cathy Piciulo was present as her third notice for membership. No guests. Gary Has the Edward M. Cotter fireboat lined up for September 19 at5:30. Please be there no later than 5:15. It holds 35 people. Dinner will follow at the Saturn Club. $50 for both or $30 for just dinner. We are keeping it to members and significant others for now. We will open it up to guests if there is room. Signup sheets will be at the meetings or contact Gary. Cathy pitched the Ken Ton Chamber Golf Outing September 13 at Glen Oaks Golf Course. We have heard great things about this course under new ownership.

Mike Ford took the floor as fine master. Art has a new puppy and he was in the news and was on TV. Must be a special puppy. Scott Swan missed a few meetings. Scott and Julie had their second child. A boy named Elliott. Congratulation Scott and Julie. Ted gave happy dollars for a good report from his surgeon that his foot is mending real well. Jim thanked Mike Hettler for organizing past presidents badges. These should be worn with honor for your contributions to our club. Tim Glor’s youngest son got engaged. Paul’s son and daughter-in-law just completed negotiations on a new house. Mike Hetler’s son, Brian had a prize winning article a map presentation. Very interesting read. Here is a link to that article http://blog.digitalglobe.com/news/how-digitalglobe-technology-helps-protect-isolated-tribes-deep-in-the-amazon-rainforest/?utm_source=Blog&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=ACT.

Mike Ford won the split club and Ed H missed the Ave.

Donna had an opened meeting. Shred – It is set for 10/13. Donna has all the committees organized and will send to the membership. Donna, I’m not sure DOC’s is working for all. If you want to send it to me I can email it to the membership. The wine and cheese evet is being tweaked a tad. Holly is deciding to chair this and hoping Audrey can assist her. Gary has a good handle on this too. Please get involved to dilute the responsibilities. All great events start with a large committee. There will be a new venue this year. We may work with a Charity to help us. Gary also gave an overview of the direction Operation Santa is going. We will be partnering with the Knights and the Fire Department. Gary will ask one of the guys from the Fire Department to come in and give us the details. Thanks for spearheading this Gary. Time was running out, I’m sure there was more to discuss. No meeting next week.

Meeting adjourned

The Ken August 6
August 6, 2018
This is the first publication posting for proposed new member, Catherine D Piciulo, Executive Director of Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce, sponsored by Damon Piatek.
 
President Donna gonged us into the pledge of allegiance at approximately 12:40 PM.  Chuck led the club in singing God Bless America.  Chuck also provided our invocation.  Ron Levea announced our only guests: Catherine Piciulo, Greg Robinson (a visiting Rotarian from San Francisco), and his sister Laurie who is an accountant at the Buffalo History Museum.  President Donna exchanged our flag for a flag Greg brought from San Francisco.
 
Announcements: Welcome back Ted!  No meeting Monday, August 13 due to Sunshine day on the 15th.  Board meeting at 8 am on Thursday, August 9th at Plaka.  Please sign up for Sunshine day ASAP so Chuck knows how much food to order.  If you want to order a Rotary T-Shirt, please let Secretary Pat Griffin know.  Amherst Rotary club is having their car show.  It’s $15 to register.  If interested Ted has details.
 
Phil was our Fine-master.  He asked for confessions first.  President Donna confessed to celebrating her 30th wedding anniversary.  Ted made a generous $20 donation in honor and love for his wife as she took care of him, the house, and the fur babies as he recovered.  Joe donated $5 as he confessed to an 8 day river cruise in France.  Holly confessed that she moved to a new house and thanked Ed Markarian for his legal help (Ed volunteered to pay Holly’s fine for her).  Holly also confessed to a trip to Washington DC.  Our guest, Greg, donated 4 happy dollars in honor of his trip to Buffalo to celebrate his 40th high school reunion.  Phil fined us over Travel and Civil War Trivia.
 
Holly was our speaker today.  She gave a nice presentation around Cradle Bach Camp in Angola NY, and Sunshine day.  Holly was a counselor at cradle beach about 25 years ago.  Cradle Beach is an overnight camp that focuses on children from low income households and children with developmental disabilities.  Each camp session lasts 10 days.  Cradle Beach is fortunate enough to have camp counselors from all over the world (all counselors go through a one week training prior to opening for the season).  Holly said this was the hardest job she has ever worked as well as her favorite job.  She learned to appreciate diversity and how to appreciate children’s abilities vs. disabilities while employed with the camp.  Jim Kelly has always been a big supporter of the camp, so much so that the camp named the BIG HOUSE after him.  The Amish fix up the tree house every year.  There are many kids who did not want their time at Cradle Beach to end, so they come back to be staff. 
 
Cradle Beach has been putting on Sunshine Day for the past 60+ years.  There are many other surrounding Rotary Clubs that sponsor their own form of Sunshine Day at the camp.  This year, Holly is asking for volunteers to arrive around 11 AM to help set up and possibly to take a tour of the camp.  After setup, we will eat a Panera lunch which Chuck has arranged.  The kids come out for Sunshine day between 2-4.  After that, we clean up and go home.  We will not have ponies this year, but Holly is looking to add air brush for tattoos instead.  Next year Holly’s goal is to add something else, like a bounce house.  Many members added the faxt that we used to have a motorcycle there with a side car, so that might be an idea too.  Amherst Rotary Club has also mentioned partnering with Kenmore for the day and possibly sponsoring something.  Jeff Markarian also recommended we take an assessment of the games that are currently out there to see what needs to be replaced or freshened up.  Larry has committed to bringing six kids to help us run games this year.  Holly thinks it might be a good idea to rotate helpers in shifts at each location so people don’t get burned out and so everyone attending has something to do.
 
Sunshine day is a lot of fun and a great way to give back.  If you’ve never attended, I highly recommend coming out to Cradle Beach on August 15th!  Thanks Holly!
The Ken July 30
The Ken     7/30/2018
Sergeant at arms-Ron Lavea
Split club-Dick Hanaburgh
Ken writer-Pat Griffin
Guest- Cathy Piciulo
Donna gonged the bell to open the meeting at 12:44 pm. Song was avoided so not to embarrass ourselves  and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Invocation by John Coogan , please keep Joe Stark and Tony Decillis in our prayers. Fine master Paul Chisholm did a fine job stumping us with his riddles ,Tom Lang seems to be pretty good at solving them. Now we know what he does in his spare time.Tim Glor retired last week, congratulations Tim! Art fined himself for not being the oldest member ,good to know. Mike Ford confessed for something that is a mystery? Damen was fined for volunteering Paul to head toastmasters. We received a resignation letter from Dick Van Slyke a Rotarian since 1965. You will be missed Dick. Please sign up for Cradle Beach Sunshine Days Wed 8/15 12-4.We need a count for lunch.
Sue won the drawing $13 and Dick drew the Q of spades. We are in it till next week!
Tom Lang introduced our guest speakers Jennifer Zolnowski , Dedira Miller and Noelle Forzani from Hope Project of WNY. Located in Eastern Hill Mall, Dedira started the donation 6 years ago at her house and quickly outgrew it. They provide a resource for struggling families. Their needs are gently used clothing, shoes, coats, baby items, gift cards .Their big fundraiser is Mal-O-Ween at Eastern Hills Mall on 10/27 , sounds like a fun time and great cause. Very informative program. Meeting was adjourned at 1:35 pm.
The Ken July 23

The Ken July 23, 2018

Attendance: Ron Levea

Split Club: Dick Hanaburgh

Invocation: Chuck Patterson

Fine Master: Paul Chisolm

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Donna began our meeting with the Pledge. Chuck Patterson led us in a nice sounding rendition of “God Bless America”. Chuck also gave an impromptu invocation. There were no guests.

Donna will have signup sheets next week for Sunshine Day at Cradle Beech 8/15. I gave an update that Joe Starck was able to attend the Whistler family reunion but is still having complications. Donna told us that Joe Suppa resigned and that we really should concentrate on attracting new members. Donna asked if anyone knew a person of interest that won the Jim Logan golf outing at our wine event. Audrey know the perp and was going to contact him.

Paul Chisolm took the floor as fine master. Mike Ford played golf with Jim Logan, Mike Austin and Chuck Patterson. He had a great round going but fell apart on the 18th hole. Evidently he landed an approach shot onto the patio we had our party at last month and blew up tables and glassware sending members and their guest’s scurrying to take cove. Kind of Dangerfield- esque. I was fined again for no name tag. Tom Lang was in court so missed Donna’s first meeting last week. Paul gave each table the option of “On this Day” or British Open questions. We did not have a speaker so he went round and round. Probably a good haul.

Ron won the split club and I lost the Ace.

Meeting adjourned

The Ken July 16

The Ken July 16, 2018

Attendance: Ron Levea

Split Club: Dick Hanaburgh

Invocation: John Coogan

Fine Master: Paul Chisolm

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

We began our meeting with the Pledge and waived the song. John Coogan gave our invocation and asked us to give special prayers to Joe Starck who is dealing with some complications and Tony DeCillis who just had quadruple bypass surgery.

Guests were Greg Stevens CEO of Niagara River Greenway Commission and Kevin Crosby, past District Governor.

Donna read Thank You cards from Emily Markarian for the opportunity we gave her at RYLA and from Second Chance Sheltering Network that we gave money to. Donna reported that Barb Henry is having a hard time getting to the meetings. Barb, let us know if you need a ride. Donna suggested that we take a look at the article in the “Rotarian” regarding membership.

Paul Chisolm took confessions from Joe Arcara whose In-Laws are in from FLA for a couple of weeks. Yes folks you heard that right. In Laws staying for a couple of weeks. How did that happen? Nevertheless Joe’s sister-in –law dragged him to the Casino where won some money. Sue J. missed a couple of weeks for her 30 year High School reunion. Boys, don’t do the math Sue definitely doesn’t look 47. Jim Logan was hit up for all the bogus fines he levied on Paul last month. I was fined for no name tag. Paul fined himself for shooting a 90 at Park CC. This was Paul’s best round ever. After our confessions, Paul played “on this Day” trivia.

John Coogan won the split Club and Audrey missed the Ace.

Our program today was introduced by Paul Chisolm. Past District Governor Kevin Crosby had Greg Stevens speak to us about the Niagara River Greenway Commission. This is a comprehensive plan focusing on the development of a greenway of interconnected parks, river access points and waterfront trails along the east bank of the Niagara River from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. Very interesting topic that took us until 1:35.

Meeting adjourned

The Ken July 9
The Ken July 9, 2018
Attendance: Ron Levea
Split Club: Phil Michalowski
Invocation: Phil Michalowski
Fine Master: Paul Logan
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Donna began her first meeting promptly with a resounding gong. We did not have someone we could trust to lead us in a song so it was waived. Phil gave an impromptu invocation that was heartfelt. We had 2 guest. Lisa and Galen Engle from Broken Arrow, AZ.
Announcements: Let’s keep brother Joe Starck in our prayers as he is still ailing.  Gary debriefed us on the fireworks party at Elmlawn. Great time and well attended.  Please pay if you have not done so yet. Holly is enthused about Sunshine Day at Cradle Beach, August 15. Holly gave an outline about Cradle Beach to our guests and new members. Chuck will like an apprentice to help him with the lunch. Pat and I suggested new member Joe Suppa. He is incredible in the food department and may give him an opportunity to show off his skills.
Paul Chisolm took the floor as fine master. Dick H confessed to missing our last meeting because he was traveling home from having Father’s Day with his dad for the first time in 10 years. Rick Graham won at the Casino, did a 2 week cruise through the Baltic Sea, celebrating his and Joanie’s 50th anniversary. Larry had to leave RYLA early to be with Char’s dad in Chicago. Char’s dad passed away. Our deepest condolences to Char. Mike Ford missed the last meeting because of training for the Charter School he is involved in. Phil was exempt from fines for buying Paul a pie. Sleazy was the general consensus of the audience. Paul fined anyone who missed the installation dinner. It was kind of redundant because most of them weren’t here today to be fined. Phil was chatting with a friend whose son just got back from RYLA and was real impressed with the program. Gary was also exempt from fines for putting together the Fourth of July Party. Paul quizzed us on Independence Day questions. I was bummed because I read “John Adams” this year but couldn’t retain some of the questions Paul asked.
Phil won the split club and Bob B missed the Ace. Donna had an open meeting today so it gave her a chance to outline her term this year. We are still in need of a new office space. Damon and Mike Hettler have spaces available. We will work out the details. Thank you guys. Kevin Crosby is looking for a liaison of all the local clubs to be on his steering committee for the Niagara Greenway project. It’s about beautifying trails and parks in the area. There is a signup sheet for attendants to help with the Hole in One contest at Sheridan. Our club has Monday 7/16. We have it on Google sheets, however I was not able to edit it and enter new data. We might need to have a briefing on how to manage this program as we are using it often now. Donna went over the committees and was quite impressive on her delegating abilities. Sounds like we have it all covered, whether the chair wanted it or not. Gary touched on Ricks thoughts of the future of the Wine Event. Gary would like to continue it but tweak it. He seems to think there will be enough people interested to help pull it off. We most likely will be partnering with the Fire Department and the Knights for Operation Santa. Last year went well and the party was great. Tom L agreed to stay on the social event committee. I sense a lot of momentum for our projects has been created because we get to know each other better at these events.
Great meeting Donna.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken June 18

The Ken June, 18

Attendance: Pat Griffin

Split Club: Ron Levea

Invocation: John Coogan

Fine Master: Jim Logan

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Tom began our meeting with the Pledge and Chuck led us in “America” to music. Pretty bad but the essence was achieved. John Coogan gave the invocation. John asked that we keep Char and Larry in our thoughts as Chars’ dad is in rough shape. We also hoped Ted a speedy recovery from a broken foot.

Tom announced that there is not a meeting Monday in lieu of the Presidents Party Thursday. And no meeting July 2 in lieu of the July 3 event at Elmlawn. If you cannot make either of these events, please make up at any of our local Rotary club meetings. It’s always good to cross pollinate with other clubs. We will help the local civic clubs with the hole in one contest held at Sheridan Golf Course 7/16. We will need volunteers to man a par 3 (8th hole?) and sell chances for a hole in one prize. The money goes to the Town’s Paramedics. Holly has Sunshine Day set for 7/15. There will be a dunk tank. No ponies but perhaps reptiles. Chuck will do the lunch, but would like a helper that would apprentice for next year. Fair enough since Chuck has done this for many years.

We were able to induct Scott Swan as our newest Rotarian. Welcome aboard Scott.

Jim Logan took the floor to hear confessions and levy fines. I confessed that Emily had a great time at RYLA. She would like to thank all of us on sponsoring her on this once in a lifetime chance to be part of a great leadership camp. Paul C confessed to winning a 2 day golf event that Brian Ahern partnered with at PCC over the week end. Brian made his infamous bread that Paul ate by himself. They either won their flight or did extremely well. Paul stole Jim’s glove during the event and showed us the tremendous wear pattern. Paul took up a collection to buy Jim a new glove. Jim told us they raised $4. All that was ignored but Paul was fined for their atrocious fashion faux pau with images he passed around. Ouch. Ed H won a large skin in the same tournament. Chuck confessed to also getting a loaf of Brian’s bread. Jim quizzed us on US Open trivia.

Rene won the split club and I missed the Ace.

Our speaker had to cancel due to an emergency so we had the pleasure of learning about our newest Rotarian. Scott is the manager at Lake Shore Savings Bank Kenmore Branch. He grew up in Clarence. Scott served our country for 6 ½ years in the 101st airborne division, 3 ½ years in Iraq. Scott loves to learn. He is thinking about getting his PHD. Scot is married with a 3 year old daughter and a son on the way. It looks like we have a great individual to represent us in the community. Great getting to know you Scott. We will make a donation in Scotts name to Mikey’s Way, an organization dear to Scott.

Meeting adjourned

The Ken - June 11

The Ken June, 11

Attendance: Pat Griffin

Split Club: Ron Levea

Invocation: Tim Glor

Fine Master: Jim Logan

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Tom began our meeting with the Pledge and waived the song. Tim Glor gave our invocation. Today’s guest was our speaker Matt Green.

Our first announcement by Tom was to start thinking of a place we can send Rotary correspondence to and a place we can keep some Rotary items. We have been using Pat’s office for this, but Pat sold the business. There has been and will be a signup sheet for the installation of officer’s party at Park Country Club being held 6/28 at 6:00. Let’s show our support. We all signed a get well card for Joe Starck. Joe is still a tad under the weather. Our Independence Day party will be held at the cemetery 7/3. Details to follow. Tom thanked us for his term as president this year, whose term will be over in 2 weeks. Great job Tom. Thank you for your leadership.

Fine master Jim Logan took confessions. Phil had his daughter and grandchildren over the week end. They had to deal with excavating 2 dead birds from his skimmer. Mike Ford who recently turned 40 confessed to missing last week. Elderwood had a food truck. Tim and Jacquie went to NJ. They toured went to Carnegie Hall, Museum of Modern Art and a gold event his brother took him to. Mike A. took the kids to Pittsburg. They saw pigmy hippos. Mike’s 16 year old daughter thought that meant the hippos can have several wives. Jim quizzed us on North Korea facts.

Art won the split club and Rene missed the Ace.

Mike Ford introduced our speaker Matt Green. Matt Green was trained in marketing. He started Soma Cura Wellness Center (www.somacura.com) to follow his dreams. They do yoga, give massages and offer healthy drinks in their café. Matt went in depth, on the advantages of yoga. More less to concentrate on a pose in order to get your mind off more stressful thoughts. Matt starts every day with simple meditation. He had a very calm Zen to his character as he presented his program. Nomesta.

The Ken June 4
The Ken June, 4
Attendance: Gary Roberts
Split Club: Pat Griffin
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine Master: Jim Logan
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Tom began our meeting with the Pledge followed with Chuck leading us in “God Bless America”. John Coogan gave our invocation. Guests today were my daughter Emily and Herbert Schmidt III and Bob O’Connor of Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village. Announcements: Rick Graham was having the final meeting of the Wine event tonight. Gary announced the Installation of officers and President’s picnic will be Thursday 6/28 at Park Country Club. Starting time will be 6:00. $15 per person with a cash bar. Please make reservations. Gary also announced the 4th of July picnic will be at Elmlawn again July 3. Details will follow. Tom asked us to sign up on Google Drive for the events. However, I went on my Google Drive and did not see them. We will tweak that. There will not be a meeting 6/25 or 7/2. Larry announced that on 6/19 at 5:30, UB Rotaract will have its Charter Ceremony Event on the fantail of the USS Little Rock. $25 / person. Visit www.ubrotaractcharteingceremony.eventbrite.com for details.
Jim Logan took the floor as our illustrious fine master.  Pat was fined for stalling on announcing my daughter as a guest. Pat claims he was waiting for the chatter to die down. Next, Gary was fined for exposing his legs by wearing shorts. At which time Gary stood up and model walked around to show them off. I think I got a hair in my salad. Larry and Char visited the Johnson Winery with the Rotary Country Exchange group as a sendoff to them visiting. Larry mentioned that there is another Kenmore Rotary Club in Australia. Donna boasted of a great time she had with her daughter in Maine traveling around and whale watching. Pat complained because he had to cover the shop. Rene and Wayne were having dinner when their daughter called to say she had just hit a deer and was wondering what the insurance company meant by $1000 deductible. Ouch, obviously no fine and we were thrilled there were no injuries. Jim asked the table interesting questions regarding Memorial Day.
Dick H won the split club and John missed the Ace.
Paul Chisolm introduced our speakers, Herbert Schmidt III and Bob O’Conner. They are with the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village. Here, you can travel back to time when life moved at a gentler pace, when families worked and played together. You can experience that heritage on their beautiful 35 acre site. You can tour historical homes, a rural church, and one room schoolhouse. They show how textiles were made and iron forged in the blacksmith house. Please visit their website www.BNHV.org. This sounds like a great day to escape back in time.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken May 21

The Ken May 21

Attendance: Dick Hanaburgh

Split Club: Bob Blatz

Invocation: Rick Graham

Fine Master: Art Traver

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Tom began our meeting with the Pledge followed with Chuck leading us in “God Bless America”. Rick Graham gave our invocation and asked that we keep the Elwell family in our prayers as Mary has passed away. You never met a greater family. A family that illustrates the meaning of humanity. I personally have been touched by Gordy and Mary throughout my life. Guests today were Bill Mueller, Frankie Mercado, Jack Stoerr and Griffin Jones, our speaker. Scott Swan is still listed as a guest but he’s one of us now. Tom will let Donna decide if we want to help out the local civic clubs 7/17/18 at Sheridan for the annual hole in one contest. I’m sure we will so we’ll need people to cover the table. Details to follow.

Rick Graham started our announcements with a commentary about our Wine Event. All good things must come to a head and is it time we re assess the return on sweat equity of this event? Tom announced that there will not be a meeting next Monday in honor of Memorial Day. Gary Roberts wanted a show of hands of attendees at Park CC for the installation of officers’ party 6/28. It appears this will be well attended as it should. Our officers put a lot of time into running our club. We should show our support. Besides we’re a fun group to hang out with. The topic of the stocks came up. The general consensus was probably a good idea cousin Eddie stored them for the year. It could have been awkward if Tom brought a guest to his house and they would be there, marked with many names as if he was a dominant individual and the markings were his submissive conquests. Kind of creepy. Gary also reminded us there will be a 4th of July party in the cemetery. Details to follow.

Tom used a little bit of Shakespeare to introduce our fine master Art. First, confessions. I confessed to the twins graduating Saturday. Emily in Rochester at 9:30 and Ellie from Niagara at 2:00. We pulled it off. Emily was awarded the female career athlete ever from St. John Fisher. Sue J was not to be surpassed. Her son made first team LAX from Baldwin Wallace. Chuck was at Mary Kay’s sons’ wedding in Cancun. Tim Glor confessed to 3 of his nephews were honored to the Hall of Distinction at Kenmore East. Pat Griffin was in Yellowstone. Had a great time. Then he announced that he sold his business. We wish you all the best Pat on your next chapter. Phil contributed some happy dollars for his son’s engagement and that he was ill for Shred It and couldn’t attend. Larry put in some happy dollars for his guests. Art proceeded to quiz us on our Rotary officers.

Jim Logan won the split club and our guest Griffin Jones missed the Ace.

Larry introduced Griffin Jones to present our program. Griffin’s company is Fertility Bridge. I’m not sure about anything Fertility Bridge does. Griffin spent the whole time pumping us up on the opportunities that are here in Buffalo. He is able to live here but conduct business all over the world. He suggests to be specific, narrow in your profession. Learn all there is to know about it and use the internet to put it all together. This kid could sell! I had to leave at 1:35 so cannot report on what Larry was addressing as I left. I’m sure he was introducing the young guests of his perhaps Interact or Rotaract. Sorry Larry.

Meeting adjourned.

The Ken May 7
The Ken May7
Attendance: Art Traver
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Today we had High School Student recognition at the Dome so we broke protocol. Tom started out by welcoming all the families, advisors and students.
We conducted a little Rotary business. Audrey gave a final rally for the Wine Event Wednesday. I’m embarrassed to say I dropped off a basket to Mike Austin’s office today. Oh well, it’s ready for next year. We all want to keep brother Joe Starck in our prayers. Joe had a couple of stints put in and is recovering. Carol, let us know if there is anything you need.
President Tom asked Tom Schwob to present the awards. We give out 6 students scholarships in the amount of $750 for their exemplary efforts in school and community service.
The recipients are:
Lily Stafford from Mount St. Mary
Nathan Kohler from St. Joe’s
Elijah Blumberg from Kenmore West
Emily Caruana from Kenmore East
Alyssa Kolacz from Cardinal O’Hara
Lilly Gleason from the Charter School for Applied Technology
Tom had Larry come up to give a pep talk on what Rotary does for the community and around the world. He said that the United Nations is made up of 193 Sovereign states, The Red Cross and Rotary.  Pretty impressive way to get the crowds attention. I hope that is true. Nevertheless, Larry chewed their ears until 1:30 .
Meeting adjourned.
The Ken - April 30
The Ken April 30
Attendance: Dick Hanaburgh
Split Club: Bill Brucker
Invocation:  Tim Glor
Fine master:  Larry Coon
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
President Elect Donna ran our meeting today. She led us off with the Pledge, followed with Tim Glor’s invocation. No song. Guests today; Ken-Ton School Superintendent Stephen Bovino, assistant Super-Intendent John Brucotto and Scott Swan. This is Scott’s 3rd and final club wide announcement for Scott. Scott you are now finable.
Announcements: Rick Graham, gift baskets are coming in but we still need more. Donna reminded us the next 2 meetings will be at the golf dome. Larry has the head count and menu figured out. Larry asked that we mingle and sit with the families and nudge them on what Rotary is about. There was a thank you card for Paula’s Doughnuts for donating the doughnuts at Shred-It. Tom asked for volunteers to be on the Installation of Officers party at Park Country Club. Larry and Char did Slap Shoot up in Ancaster, Ontario this week end. A blast as always. FYI, this is a leadership retreat for kids under the age of our Interact High School kids. Our club sponsored 4 students. The Science Museum was a great success. They had a large “Kenmore Rotary” sign as you walked in.
Larry was fine master today. Mike A. confessed that Madison won U16 Nike soccer Championship. Afterwards she ran in her relay for track. Keep her busy Mike. Tim Glor confessed that his 3 nephews were inducted into the Kenmore East Hall of distinction. Way to go! Holly confessed to slacking. She went on an all-girls vacation somewhere hot. A highlight was a boat ride out to an Island. Sue J’s son scored a defensive goal from the mid field that sent the game into overtime for his LAX team. Said he practiced the shot a ton but it hardly goes in. Perseverance!  Dick H was promoted to activities and summer camp with the Scouts. He assured us he is not pulling Stu on us and will stay here. In honor of our Super Intendant and his colleque, that support our Interact club, Larry tested us about the moneys raised from purple pinky through Interact.
Donna won the split club and Phil missed the Ace.
At this time, Larry introduced our speakers Steve Bovino and John Brucotto. Steve is the Ken-Ton School Superintendent. Steve has been a teacher many years and worked his way up to Super. John also was a teacher, has his law degree and is the CFO for Ken-Ton schools. They encouraged us who can vote to come out on May 15, 7:00 am – 9:00 pm at Hoover Middle to vote for the budget, Board of Education Election and 2 additional referenda’s. One is the annual bus purchase. This will seek to replenish the districts aging fleet. The other is the sale of Phillip Sheridan School, which would save the district the expense of maintaining it while also proving one time revenue. There were many questions addressed from the floor. Very interesting program.
Meeting adjourned.
The Ken - April 23
The Ken April 26
Attendance: Dick Hanaburgh
Split Club: Bill Brucker
Invocation:  Tim Glor
Fine master:  Larry Coon
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Tom began our meeting with the Pledge. I was asked to lead us in song. My feelings were hurt when a sudden gasp was heard through the crowd. We sang “God Bless America”. Tim Glor gave our invocation.
Guests today were; Rebecca Henderson and Lynn Bachman with Clothe Me, Scott Parker from the Colorado Rotary Club, Theona Beretto of Amherst Rotary, and our new member to be, Scott Swan. Let this be the 2nd of the required 3 club wide notifications for Scott.
Tom was glad to see that Paul C actually unloaded a box at Shred-It. Dick H Thanked everyone that helped out with Shred-It. He passed the compliments of a good job onto his team, but it takes a great leader to ignite the team. We grossed $8K. Rick G acknowledged the Wine event is getting close. Sponsors, please pay. We could use 30-40 more people, so sell tickets. Dawn is asking for about 20 more baskets. Audrey suggested to me to go online for basket ideas. Saturday will be Rotary Day at the Science Museum. Remember to have your Rotary Card. You can go at any time. Holly has a Fashion Show coming up. I’ll get you the details as they become available. We have 1 more meeting at Jovi’s then 2 at the Golf Dome for the student awards. We will need a head count and a menu to give them. We will have the 4th of July party again and will help man the hole in one contest at Sheridan again. Details will follow. Larry announced Slap Shot will be this week end in Ancaster, Ontario. There are still openings. Also, Our Rotary District is having group meetings at ECC city campus May 5. Paul wanted to make sure Phil M’s $20 contribution went to Shred-It. Lastly, our guest, Theona announced Amherst Rotary is having a Sproctoberfest May 23 at Park Country Club. Contact Amherst Rotary Club for the details.
Larry Coon was fine master. Larry missed Shred-It because Char was in the hospital. Larry announce everything is going to be Ok but Char will have a little recovery. He thanked everyone for their inquiries. Mike F confessed to taking his flag football on the road to Canton. OH where they lost the Championship game in overtime. Rick tattle taled that Paul was way overdressed Saturday at Shred-It. $1 to Paul but $10 to Rick for being a bully. Ted and Janel celebrated the end of tax season by traveling to Warsaw to pick up their new Golden Retriever. Tom got a deferral for wearing sunglasses to start our meeting. Larry startled us by announcing our fine topic today was to find out about our pee. It turned out it was PE for President elect Donna. Donna went to Mt. St. Mary’s High School, graduated in 1980 likes to garden and sew. She has 2 sons, 2 daughters and a grandchild. I feel like I’m profiling her eHarmony site. BTW Donna, you and Pat should talk more.
Art won the split club and I missed the Ace.
Renee Rebmann introduced our speaker today. Rebecca Henderson is president and CEO of Clothe Me Coop. CMC exists for the sole purpose of blessing WNY families with low cost, gently used and new children’s clothing, shoes & other infant and child items. They are affiliated with the Kenmore Alliance Church at 175 Bonnet in the Town of Tonawanda. This co-op has grown and is continuing to grow at a great pace. Great program.
Meeting adjourned.
 
The Ken April 9
The Ken April 9
Attendance: Dick Hanaburgh
Split Club: Bill Brucker
Invocation:  John Coogan
Fine master:  Mike Ford
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Tom began our meeting with the Pledge followed by “America”. John Coogan gave the invocation. Dick H announced our guests today. Mitch Flynn and Justine Jopp, both with Ride for Roswell.
Our first announcement was from Tom. He thanked Chuck and Mary Kay for a beautiful evening Friday night. Everyone had a blast. Word has it there was a cherry cobbler that Paul was claiming it was a pie. He was not being very sensitive to all the other pies. It is clear the crusts are different. Tom’s only complaint was that John Coogan parked his jag in the president’s spot. John, I would park in the Mayors spot or maybe even the Chief of Police’s spot, but never our president’s spot. Lastly, Tom mentioned the speaker lists will be on Google Drive. If you have a speaker, please use that to enter the program. Other announcements: Rick Graham is happy with the sponsorships for the Wine Event. Could use more. Please get the sponsors money in. And we must have the names of the people so it goes smoothly at the greeting desk. We still need some wine to fill the cooler. Rick reminded us our day at the Science museum is 4/28. Art will have our Rotary cards by then to show at the admissions gate. You can go anytime, there will also be discounts offered to become an annual member. There will be a signup sheet next week. Dick will have a Shred-It meeting after the meeting today and one more after next week’s meeting. Please pick up signs and place them at your place of business. Dick will email signup sheets this week.
Mike Ford was thrown into fine mastership at the last minute. He welcomed Gary back from heart surgery. Gary said that this proves he has one. Mike fined himself for a great turnout at his flag football fund raiser. Their team went all the way. Paul had fine money from Phil M for not being able to attend this meeting. Mike A. confessed to being a Sabres season ticket holder. He’s happy to say he does not have to suffer through any more games. Chuck confessed that Mary Kay’s son’s wedding is coming up. They will attend the wedding then gypsy around for a few weeks. Holly is on vacation next week. Rick Graham won the jackpot at the Casino this week end. Dick forgot he was attendance this week so thanked Ron for stepping up. And tomorrow is Dick’s daughter’s birthday. He won’t forget that. Mike quizzed the room on the college draft. More precisely the quarterbacks that are available.
Art won the split club and Dick missed the Ace.
Mitch Flynn and Justine Jopp took over and presented their program on Ride for Roswell. The ride is one of the nation’s largest cycling events – a life changing experience for riders, for volunteers and for the cancer patients who benefit from the funds raised. Mitch took us through the history of raising funds for this event starting in 1996 up to today. All fund goes to facilities and patient care and research. The ride this year is June 23. Great program.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken March 26
The Ken March 12, 2018
Attendance: Ron Levea
Split Club: Damon Piatek
Invocation:  John Coogan
Fine master:  Ed Markarian
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Tom began our meeting with the Pledge followed with “America”. John Coogan gave the invocation. John asked to remember Reverend Don Garrett, a past Rotarian who passed away. John also asked that we keep Gary Roberts in our thoughts as he is having a heart procedure done.
Guests today were Scott Swan of Lakeshore Savings Bank, Your honorable Pat Mang, Kenmore Mayor, Jerry Ushold, Town of Tonawanda Chief of Police, and paramedic Mike Baumgartner.
Announcements: First of all there will not be a meeting next week, the day after Easter. Dick has Shred It running well. We have 3 trucks this time. Please help out 4/21 directing traffic and ushering the cars through. Larry is working on the signs. Kevin Hardwick tagged us on Facebook. Dawn will be having another Wine Event committee meeting shortly. We are in desperate need of gift baskets and nice bottles of wine to fill the cooler with. We also need sponsors. Please pair up to fill the tables. Chuck needs your reservation for his basket gathering party so he knows how many smoked pork tenderloins to procure. Tom reported on Kevin Crosby’s progress on setting up a satellite Rotary Club in Tonawanda. There was some concern that they might delete our pool of members but Counsel Ed reminded us that it is our duty to sponsor them. It benefits everyone when there are more clubs. Once they get 8 members they can get their own charter. Rick has 4/28 as our day at the Buffalo museum (I assume that is the Science Museum). One caveat was that we need to show our Rotary membership card. Many of us have no idea where their cards are. Art to the rescue. He will make cards for everyone. State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger sent us a thank you for all we do in the community. Sue J is having an event 4/28 in the parking lot at Kenmore Mercy Hospital between 10-2. I apologize but I didn’t get what the event was so Sue if you can shoot me the details I can email the membership.
Ed took the floor to assess fines. Rick Graham confessed that his grandson got into a prep school and is doing great in a sport (I better not sit by the kitchen door, anytime Jen wheels in and out I can’t hear a thing). Paul paid $2 for National Pie Day. Paul is proud that his niece graduated from the culinary program at NCCC and took a job at Park Country Club. Mike Austin’s daughter, a sophomore in High School, is on the 4 x 100 relay in track. Donna had a great time at the Rotary Leadership Institute. Ron is back from scouting the baseball teams in FLA. Chuck won a tall tales award from Toastmasters. Larry fined himself because he wasn’t here to meet his guest Scott. Damon was in Baltimore. Eddie quizzed us on more Mac questions. Next Ed drew the winner of the Armenian Raffle. The winner is Jim Logan who wins a $200 gift certificate to Jovi’s
Phil M. won the split club and Mayor Mang missed the Ace
Tom presented $1500 to the Paramedics and Town Police department. Jerry and Mike thanked us and explained that the money will go to purchasing Active Shooter Kits. These kits are filled with tourniquets, special gauze and gels to stop the bleeding in the event of a mass shooting. There are also instructions included. This team will come to any organization and train you on how you can help in these situations. Come to think of it, this might be the event Sue is hosting at KMH.
Paul Chisolm introduced Pat Mang our town Mayor. Pat gave us a state of the town update. The Town board is made up of the Mayor and 4 trustees. Their salaries are minimal. They are part time. The population is 15,500. The budget is $18M. 25 Policeman, 34 public workers, 19 part time ?Fireman (Jen came through the door again). This year they will be milling the streets, doing sewer work, installing remote water meters, engineering the west side of Elmwood, making it more more pedestrian friendly and harvesting many trees. Lastly, Pat most likely will take down the water tower. The tower hasn’t been used in 20 years and it is extremely expensive to paint. This was a tremendous update on our Town which is one of the last full service towns in America,
Meeting adjourned
The Ken March 19
The Ken March 19, 2018
Attendance: Bill Brucker
Split Club: Dick Hanaburgh
Invocation:  Mike Austin
Fine master:  Ed Markarian
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Tom began our meeting with the Pledge followed with “America”. Mike Austin gave the invocation. Mike asked that remember past Rotarian Garden Tresh who passed away this week.
Guests today were our speaker Gina Burkhardt, Gabe Maldacena visiting from Amherst East and Scott Swan, just a nice guy that wanted to know what Kenmore Rotary is all about.
Tom asked sponsor Pat Griffin to come up with our newest member Joe Suppa. Tom inducted Joe to a brotherhood that is worldwide. I know Joe will get a lot out of our Rotary club.
Tom announced that our Town Supervisor, Joe Eminger was meeting with Kevin Crosby regarding a startup of a new Rotary Club in Tonawanda. There will be a meeting March 26 at 5:30. Place TBD. There was some interest from the membership to perhaps get them to join our club. We will have a presence at their meeting to inquire into the details.
Larry introduced Mark Falzone. Mark is a Rotaract member and a UB graduate. Mark has been to Tanzania and is interested in going back to research projects the Rotaract clubs and Rotarians can participate in. Mark needs 10K to swing this. There was good discussion. Even our speaker suggested a Crown Funding Link.
Chuck promoted his Gift Gathering Party. They are offering a smoked pork tenderloin with al the fixins. It looks to be a good crowd building. Rick Graham is asking for 18 bottles of wine for the wine cooler. Bring them to the meeting or to Chucks and Rick will collect them. Rick is 1K short on sponsors so please combine forces and sponsor a table. And lastly, we need baskets. Rick suggested that we publish the baskets to give members ideas.
Gabe asked to announce Amherst East’s mix and mingle 3/22 at 6:00 at Risotto’s. Gabe invited Mark Falzone as his guest and asked him to bring any other Rotaract with him.
Eddie took the floor and concluded the Armenian Raffle, We were a little short but Eddie said he’ll work it out. Most likely the drawing will be next week. Eddie concluded with Mack questions.
Scott Swan won the split club and Jim Logan missed the Ace with a full deck.
Paul introduced our speaker, Gina Burkhardt, president and CEO of Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, BCAT. BCAT is a place of hope and opportunity, offering after-school arts programs and adult vocational training. Currently they are training in the field of pharmaceuticals. She encouraged any of us to stop out and mingle. Unfortunately many of the students are African American and are not familiar seeing friendly Caucasian adult males. Gina was a great speaker and very encouraging.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken March 5
The Ken March 5, 2018
Attendance: Art Traver
Split Club: Damon Piatek
Invocation:  John Coogan
Fine master:  Ed Markarian
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Our meeting today was a dual effort from President Elect Donna DiFrancessco and Tom. Donna was a natural, however she took a mulligan on the gong. We gave our Pledge and Chuck led us in a great rendition of “God Bless America”.  John gave the invocation.
Guest were Kathleen Nightingale, our speaker and Mike Ryan from the Buffalo Rotary club. Mike has 38 years perfect attendance.
Announcements: Rick needs sponsors for the Wine Event. You can pair up with someone. We are down from last year. The brochures will go out soon. Our large auction item is an 18 bottle wine cooler. We need nice bottles of wine to fill that up with. The wine cooler is purchased by us. A large portion of the funds used to buy the cooler come from the Armenian raffle. Eddie will start that Monday. 50 numbers at $10 each. We’ll continue until all 50 numbers are taken. Then we will draw the winning number for a prize. Gary is looking for silent auction items to raffle off at the Wine Event.
Chuck and Mary Kate’s gift basket gathering party is taking off. April 6 at 5:30. Smoked tenderloin and many other goodies. Rick has April 28 set for the Science Museum tour. Details to follow. Dick was having a Shred-It meeting after today’s meeting. Larry would like any lawn signs left behind brought to Monday’s meeting.
Without any more announcements Eddie took the gavel to access fines. Art was fined first for a fake welcome to see Eddie. Tom and Donna for a bad gong. Donna, I saw the whole thing. Tom clearly disrupted your back hand as he was hovering over you. Chuck was away in Mexico but was exempt from fine for hosting the Gift gathering party. Art confessed that he did not give Mike Ryan back his change for lunch. Eddie proceeded to quiz us on March Madness questions.
Jim Logan won the split club and guest Mike Ryan missed the Ace.
Donna asked Mike Ford to introduce our speaker Kathleen Nightingale. Kathleen was in banking working for Wells Fargo analyzing numbers, until she realized she really enjoyed analyzing minds. She change careers. Wrote a book “Lose the Diet” and grew a nice company helping others with stress, anxiety and a multitude of issues. Her card reads “Feeling stuck, worried or lacking clarity? Help has arrived”. Kathleen has helped people from addiction to changing careers to improving their golf game. I took many of her cards and already passed them all out. Great program. Kathleen has a passion for Mustangs and she shed a little light on the demise of the beautiful animals out west. She asked us to contribute her $50 to a “save the horses” charity.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken - February 26
The Ken February 26, 2018
Attendance: Bill Brucker              
Split Club: Paul Chisolm
Invocation: Larry tagged off to John
Fine master:  Mike Ford
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Tom began our meeting with the Pledge. We passed on a song and John C pulled another invocation out of the hat as Larry was in the middle of a bite. Guests today were Kate Heidinger from Kevin Guest House and Ann Marie Orlowski with Cradle Beach Camp.
Tom announced that we have been getting tremendous coverage in the Ken Ton Bea newspapers. Dawn was holding a Wine Event committee meeting this evening at Jovi’s. Chuck and Mary Kay are graciously hosting a gift basket gathering party April 6. There is plenty of time to think of a nice basket creation. Rick Graham is getting the pulse on a Science Museum tour. It appears there is interest. Details TBD. Dick H. has shred It underway but had to change a committee meeting day. Tom again reminded us to check in on the Kenmore Rotary facebook page. Please like and share. Paul Chisolm had a bottle of Dom Perignon donated by the Ahearn’s for a raffle item at the Wine Event. Thank you Brian and Pat. Larry asked for suggestions from us that he can pass along to the District Leaders meetings. Or email Tom at kenmorerotarypresident@gmail.com.
Mike Ford took the stage as fine master. Rick G and Tom fined for a picture in the paper. Holly confessed to missing several meetings. Between the flu and her business growth kept her away. Great to have you back Holly. Pat was fined for a peculiar question. John C. is about to a grandpa again. I think I heard fall. Sue J’s son continues to excel in college lacrosse. He has to be tuff kid. Audrey was in FLA for a weekend last week. For some reason, Mike lets Audrey pick her fine. However Audrey did blow in John for staying on a 40’ boat in FLA. Paul was fined for rescheduling a meeting. Larry added Purple Pinky money from the UB Interact. Mike asked us to spell PeoyonChang or pay.
Rick won the split club and Dick missed, again, on the Ace.
We were able to present funds to 2 organizations near and dear. Kevin Guest House and Cradle Beach received $1500 and $500 respectfully.
At this time we were pleased to have one of our own present our program. Dawn Mirand spoke on behalf of her affiliation with the Stanley G. Falk School. The Faulk School is an approved New York State Education Department Special Day School that provides educational supports for students aged 5-21 who have special learning and behavioral need. Course curriculum is aligned with New York State’s Learning Standards and classroom instruction and related services reflect their students Individualized Education Programs. Students receive first-rate instruction in highly structured 6:1:1 classroom settings.
A talented public speaker with a great message.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken February 12
The Ken February 12, 2018
Attendance: Bill Brucker              
Split Club: Paul Chisolm
Invocation: Larry
Fine master:  Mike Ford / Rick Graham
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Tom began our lightly attended meeting with a loud gong. We gave our Pledge and Larry gave a fine invocation. We waived the song, probably in lieu of the light crowd. We could have hurt someone. Our guests today were Jim Jones from the Town of Tonawanda and Walt Ludwig, President of Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Sarah representing the Kenmore Bee was present to take a few pictures.
Dick has our Shred It event on track for 4/21. He will have a brief meeting after our regular meeting 2/26. Dawn also has our Wine event for 5/10 ready to go. She too will meet with her committee after our meeting 2/26. Rick has ordered the wine cooler as one of our prizes again. Dawn announced that Chuck and Mary Kay will host our gift basket gathering party April 6 or 7th. Details to follow. We always need baskets. Tom thanked Mike Ford for lining up 3 speakers for March. No meeting next week.
Tom asked Rick Graham to present Walt and Sue a check to Kenmore Mercy Hospital from our foundation in the amount of $6500. Walt thanked us and explained that the money will help the hospital expand to 2 more lactation rooms for employees and guests of the hospital.
In a peculiar turn of events, Mike Ford asked Rick to pay a hefty fine or come up to administer the fine. Rick chose the latter. I confessed to Gretchen’s God Daughter Trisha Mangan representing the US in a couple of the skiing events at the Olympics. Sue J reminded us that #9 Falzer from WNY is also representing the US in Hockey. Quick witted and cheating from Mike’s agenda, we had a lot of fun and raised some money.
Rick G won the split club and Bill Brucker missed the Ace.
Larry briefly (??) introduced our speaker. Representing the Town of Tonawanda, Jim Jones. Jim is the engineer supervisor. He has been with the Town for 30 years. First part of Jim’s program were the Towns trees. Every tree in the Town has to be inventoried. We have 30,000 trees. 6,000 in the parks and the rest on the streets. There is a grid on the website that identifies each tree. They had a problem with the Emerald Ash bug. Trees are so important for absorbing water and provides oxygen to the air. The second part of Jim’s program was a discussion converting the incinerator on 2 Mile Creek road into a road and park setting. The Town burnt all their trash there between 1930-1982. Then the trash had to be hauled off to landfills. This area is being called Pirson Route and is becoming a green re forested area to walk, bike and picnic.
Lastly, Jim touched base on what we should do with the 3 private cemeteries in the Town. Failing Cemetery, Workley Cemetery and St. Peters Cemetery. The Town has to maintain them. There are no living heirs left to people buried there. Pat G wants to look for gold fillings that must be abundant throughout.
Jim gave a great talk and is a wealth of knowledge. We are lucky to have him at the Town. Tom and Rick presented Jim a check in the amount of $5K to be used for planting trees. Rotary has a challenge going on about some incentive if we encourage tree planting.  Great program
Meeting adjourned
 
The Ken February 5
The Ken February 5, 2018
Attendance: Bill Brucker              
Split Club: Paul Chisolm
Invocation: Moment of Silence
Fine master:  Mike Ford
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
After a loud gong, Tom began our meeting with the Pledge. We followed with “God Bless America” led off by Chuck Patterson. Tom asked for a moment of silence to reflect on all those less fortunate.
Our guests today were Jim Moribitto from the Clarence Rotary Club and our speaker Suzanne Desfosses-Gilliam.
Jim made an announcement on behalf of our District 7090. He encouraged us to learn and try to qualify for our Districts Grants. Rotary’s Foundation is the finest foundation of all similar groups. There is a ranking system and we get 4 out of 4 stars each year. Learn more about how to qualify at www.rotary.org. He also is pushing the “End Polio Now” campaign. Bill Gates has given us $750M so far. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation studied many organizations and chose us because of our record. When we started our campaign to end Polio, there were 350,000 cases. We are now down to 22. Somewhere in this world, there are children inoculated and will not got Polio because of Rotary.
Rick Graham announced that the Science Museum will offer a tour of the facilities to us. Stay tuned with details. Rick also reminded us to be thinking about baskets for our Wine Event. Meetings are planned and we are under way. Dick H. has Shred It scheduled for 4/21. His meetings will begin at the end of February.
Fine Master, Mike Ford took confessions. Sue J’s. son was named captain of his College Lacrosse team. Rick Graham confessed to not winning any super bowl sheets. As it turned out, he did win one but thought it unnecessary to confess because it was only $100. Mike Austin was on TV for coaching while at a Sabres Game?? Paul C attended the Robotics program at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Paul was real impressed. Mike hit us with Super Bowl questions. He did tell us last week to pay attention to the game. Fun time collecting some money.
Art won the split club and Rene missed the Ace.
Mike Ford introduced our speaker, Suzanne Desfosses-Gilliam. Suzanne is president of Touching Hearts at Home. Their mission is to help seniors, people with disabilities, and those who are battling illness, to preserve their quality of life and remain independent in their own homes around the greater Buffalo area. Susanne had passion in her program and kept us all well informed.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken - January 29
The Ken January 29, 2018
Attendance: Audrey Meyers     
Split Club: Chuck Patterson
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine master:  Paul Chisolm
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Meeting adjourned.
Tom began our meeting with the Pledge. We followed with a wonderful rendition of “America” led off by Chuck Patterson. John Coogan gave the invocation. Our guests today were Veterans from Kenmore’s American Legion Post, Ted Balbierz, Wayne Baumgartner, Carl Marranca, Mike Walsh and Jack O’Conner from the Veterans Court.
Tom’s first order of business was to vote on our slate of officers. Bob Blatz will be the President Elect. The motion carried unanimously. Thank you Rotarians for your efforts to run our club.
Our first announcement is that the wine committee will meet again shortly. I mentioned that Gretchen and I will not be able to host the gift basket gathering party this year. The girls are graduating college then, both on the same day but different schools. Awkward. Audrey asked if anyone might be able to host.
Tom met with the Kenmore Sun, a local newspaper to invite into our meetings and perhaps post some of our programs. They are interested. Dick H asked us to follow our Facebook page. “Like”,“Share” and “Comment” are great ways to boost our awareness. Larry gave Ted P an envelope with $1750 worth of dead presidents from the proceeds of the Purple Pinky event the high school Interact ran. Larry received a nice ovation. Remember Rotary International matches that and the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation doubles RI’s.
Our fine master Paul Chisolm started out by fining himself for a bad topic last week. This week he quizzed us on Rotary news. We knew a lot but he had many follow ups in his arsenal to eventually raise some money.
Art won the split club and Dick missed the Ace of Spades.
Today, we were able to present our Veterans money from gifts to Kenmore Charities in honor of Harold White. The Braunshidle requested and received $2000. Commander Ted Balbierz accepted this gift. He explained this gift will go to computers that are desperately needed.
Jack O’Conner, representing The Veteran’s Court, received $1500. Jack gave an overview of the Veterans Court. What started here in Judge Russel’s chambers is now a model for several hundred Courts that help give our Veterans a second chance. It is the least we can do. Many enthusiastic questions to follow.
Meeting adjourned.
The Ken January 22
1/22/2018 The Ken
 
Attendance: Audrey Meyers
Split Club:  Chuck Patterson
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine Master: Paul Chisholm
The Ken: Donna DiFrancesco
 
Mike Austin filled in for Tom, and led us in the Pledge, followed by an off-key rendition of  God Bless America led by Chuck. Guests today were our speaker, Amy Moritz, Buffalo News sportswriter/athlete, Dawn Kane a friend of Mike Austin's, Jerry from The Delaware and Ted's new colleague, Kathy .
 
Mike asked for announcements and Dawn announced the wine committee had their first meeting on Jan. 16. The Wine Tasting will be held on May 9 at Banchetti's Restaurant again. Discussions were held on the basket gathering party, contributions of baskets by club members, along with donations of bottles of wine for the wine refrigerator. There may be a few additions to this year's tasting. Stay tuned. Dawn also announced an open house at the old Roosevelt School (now Stanley G Falk School) on Thursday from 5-7. It has been converted into a special education school. If you plan on attending, tell them you're a guest of Dawn's. Larry made an announcement about the Purple Pinky dates, 23rd and 24th, at area schools. Several Rotarians have already volunteered but he could use more. He explained to our guests what this project is all about and how successful Kenmore Rotary has been with raising money.  Last year we collected $2,000 over 2 days. Let's do better this year. Thank you, Larry, for all your time and effort! Rick will present some foundation checks next week. He is waiting on some responses.
 
Paul took to the podium to access fines. Larry confessed to being out to dinner with Char at the Buffalo Roadhouse and seeing Ted and Janell. Larry proceeded to get Ted's attention by lobbing peanuts at him. Mike Ford confessed to Channel 7 being at Elderwood regarding flu prevention. No further confessions so Paul proceeded to quiz the group on January facts. Those who were already on Larry's list of volunteers for Purple Pinky were exempt. Whew! We found out that the creation of the CIA was on January 22, 1946, and that the famous Roe v. Wade was in January of 1973. One more week as Finemaster for Paul!
 
Mike announced our speaker, Amy Moritz, who has been a sportswriter for 20 years and at the Buffalo News for 18 of those. She got into sports not through playing them herself, although she tried as a middle schooler, but because of the love of sports by her mother and grandmother. Even though she didn't make it as a young athlete, she still had the desire in her early 30s, so she went on to participate in triathlons, even though she didn't know how to swim. Her first one was in 2008. She has since written a book, "I Thought You'd Be Faster: The Quest To Become An Athlete". She was very upbeat and a pleasure to listen to. Her charity of choice is Carolyn's House, a housing and homeless shelter in NIagara Falls. Another great speaker! Meeting adjourned.
The Ken January 8
The Ken January 8, 2018
Attendance: Audrey Meyers     
Split Club: Rene Rebmann
Invocation: Dick Hanaburgh
Fine master:  Paul Chisolm
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Tom began our first 2018 meeting with the pledge followed by a nice rendition of “America” led off by Chuck Patterson. Guests today were our speakers from Kevin Guest House, Pam Chrzanowski and Kate Heidinger. And last time as a guest, new member Joe Suppa.
Tom announced there will be no meeting next week in honor of Martin Luther King Holiday. Harold White’s service is Thursday at 11:00 at Deerhurst Presbyterian Church. We are sending a card to Barb and a card to Harold’s family. Truly a grand Rotarian who will be missed. Audrey announced that Dawn Mirand has agreed to chair this year’s Wine Tasting Event. This is one of our largest events so stay tuned and contribute. Thank you Dawn for your leadership and thank you Audrey for a job well done. Larry would like some help for our Purple Pinky event 1/23 and 1/24. An email with the details has been sent out.
With no further announcements, Paul took the floor to access fines. Joe Suppa confessed to beating me in racquetball after I pledged to take him at the last meeting. Ed M. confessed to writing a check for lunch today drawn from a bank neither of our illustrious bankers, both who were working the table, were affiliated with. Probably from the Bank of Armenia. Paul quizzed us on Buffalo Bills trivia since their inception. Fun questions and we raised some money.
Bob Blatz won the split club and Joe Suppa drew the 2 of spades, 1 off.
Ted Purvis introduced our speakers from Kevin Guest House, Pam Chrzanowski and Kate Heidinger. Kevin Guest House is the first independent healthcare hospitality house in America and has served as a model for more than 600 houses across the county, including the very first Ronald McDonald House. Their mission is to provide a comfortable and supportive home away from home for patients and their families. Pam explained their new marketing campaign “Who is Kevin” is underway. Kate gave details on the day to day operations at KGH. They thanked us for the money we donated and that it went to a security system. Kate and Pam mentioned it would be a great help if we could make dinner at the facilities some time for the guests. We had a positive conversation about this and it appears we will get board approval to do it. Great inspirational program.
Meeting adjourned.
The Ken December 18
The Ken December 18, 2017
Attendance: Scott Mason           
Split Club: Dick Hanaburgh
Invocation: Chuck Patterson
Fine master:  Audrey Meyers
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Tom began our meeting with the Pledge followed by God Bless America led by Chuck P. Chuck also gave our invocation. He asked that we keep Harold’s family in our thoughts with his passing. The only guest was Joe Suppa who will be our newest member next time we meet.
Tom announced that we will keep you informed on the details of Harold’s service later in January. Rick reminded us that we can make contributions to our foundation in Harold’s name. Kenmore Rotary Foundations or Kenmore Rotary Charities Inc. for the fund to go to Kenmore Rotary.
Tom is pleased to say that 90 families were helped this Christmas season with our involvement in the Town’s Fire Departments Operation Santa. It was a joint venture where we benefited by acquiring names of families that genuinely needed support. Rick Graham asked a good question regarding the contribution we get every year from a person who, several years back, benefited with our program. And yes, this individual still contributed. Tom reminded us that we will not meet again until January 8. Larry and the Interact club of Kenmore East and West could use some help January 25 and 26 around lunch time for the purple pinky program.
At this time Audrey took over as fine master. She removed her jacket that was zipped up to the neck and revealed a Buffalo Bills Jersey to show her appreciation for a great game Sunday. Sue J. was also in Bills attire. Audrey was a tad concerned that her fines were a bit much last week so she fined herself $20 for Chis being named poker player of the year. Immediately, new member to be, Joe Suppa, pounced asking to sell her a new house. Mike Ford had 2 confessions. First to thank Mike Austin for taking him to the Hockey game. Mike A. complained he tore a hamstring jumping up and down for the 4 goals we got. Mike F. also wanted to report that his mother’s house caught fire over the week end. No one was injured but we can only imagine the mess she’s in. No fine to Mike F but $1 per goal to Mike A. Ron Levea confessed to buying a Tyrod Taylor autographed mini helmet. I confessed that this afternoon I was finally going to beat Joe Suppa in racquetball. Well, that didn’t happen. In admiration for Chris’s skills in his profession, Audrey quizzed us on poker trivia. Surprisingly, the group knew a lot. Congrats to Chris.
Bob Blatz won the split club, Art missed the Ace. But Art did win an auxiliary raffle item presented by Phil Michalowski. It was small and beautifully wrapped. Only could imagine what was inside. Art, please share. Thank you Phil.
Our speaker was tied up in a Town emergency so Tom had an opened meeting.  Tom said we couldn’t have elections because of a lack of board members. Tom assured us that this is being resolved. We do need a secretary. There was some discussions in the room from members contemplating. One in particular was Pat Griffin. Probably prompted by the awkward moment of silence following the request for help. Tom also asked that we be prompt with paying our dues. It helps our cash flow. Rick asked about the status of the Salvation Army’s membership. Bryden is still current but is being trained and has a rough time getting to the meetings.
With no further business to the good of Rotary, meeting adjourned.
Jeff Markarian
The Ken - December 11
The Ken December 11, 2017
Attendance: Scott Mason           
Split Club: Dick Hanaburgh
Invocation: Chuck Patterson
Fine master:  Audrey Meyers
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Tom began our meeting to another full house in usual fashion. We gave our Pledge and Chuck led us in an awful rendition of “God Bless America”. It wasn’t subtly awful, it was extreme awful. Jovi patrons on the other side actually grabbed their children and ran out.
Guests today were, Joe Suppa, a potential new member. Dawn’s brought Lou Anne Voght and Todd Potter. And our speakers, Evelynn Kessler and Adriane Garr.
Tom announced that the Christmas party was a success. He thanked all who took a family for Operation Santa. Please get Tom the gifts by Wednesday 12/13/17 so he can disperse them. Tom thanked Audrey for creating the donation envelopes disguised as Christmas cards. They were successful. We came up a little short on the auction so the donations are very helpful. There were cards at our tables today. Please see if you can help out. You can donate in honor of someone else. Ted blew Audrey in and said she made a donation in Larry’s name.
Larry gave an update on Harold Whites progress. Harold is at Millard Fillmore Suburban for tests. He’s having a bit of a rough time so please keep him in our thoughts. Larry informed us that RYLA dates for 2018 are June 11 – June 17. You have to be between 19 and 26 years old. Applications are on our website.
Sue Jandzinski bragged that once again, Kenmore Mercy Hospital was voted #1 local Hospital of the year by The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit hospital watchdog organization.
With no further announcements, Tom asked Audrey to access fines. Audrey asked for the Rotarian woman to come up and with score cards, levy the appropriate amounts. Mike Hettler confessed to his daughter’s wedding. John Cogan informed the panel of judges that he had to go to Florida. Pat Griffin attended the Army / Navy football game. Rick Graham was fined because he made Joanie go to the Christmas Party not feeling well. They assessed anyone who did not attend the Christmas Party $1. With council from Mike Hettler, Audrey fined President Tom for his feelings towards Tyrod. Gary tadled on Larry. Evidently, Larry won a nice raffle, in which he gave lots back to the organization. Audrey then hammered us on details about our female Rotarians. Quit an impressive group. All in all it looked like a nice haul.
Dawn won the split club and Dick missed the Ace.
Holly introduced Evelynn Kessler and Adriane Garr of International Child Advancement (www.childadvancement.org). Both women work at M&T bank. Adriane was the only sibling of 6 that was born in the US. Her family is from the Congo. Her dad attended college in the United States. After graduation, he went back to the Congo. In order for Adriane to have a proper education, she had to leave the Congo and her family behind. She moved to France and stayed with an uncle and eventually made it to the US. She was educated here, hired by M&T and in 2011 started International Child Advancement. IAC’s goal is to empower disadvantaged children through education. Livelihood provision, vocational training and mentoring. This was a very interesting program.
Meeting adjourned
Jeff Markarian
The Ken - November 13
The Ken November 13, 2017
Attendance: Ron Levea
Split Club: Joe Arcara
Invocation: Tom
Fine master:  Dick Hanaburgh
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Tom began our lightly attended meeting with the Pledge. He waived the song but asked for a moment of silence for all our Veterans.
Our guests today were our speaker Molly Dryer and others who came to hear her program. They were Tony Billoni from BNMC Rotary Club, Dan Halin – UB Rotaract, and Erin Moscoti with UB Sustainability program.
Tom thanked Larry and Phil for their service with the Veterans over the weekend. They visited and spent time with 3 Veterans. Tom asked us to check our email. He has sent out through google drive, signups for our Christmas Party auction items. There was also a signup sheet at the sign in table for reservations to the party. Larry received an email regarding the Rotary leadership convention. Our club pays for you if you are interested in Attending. Please see Larry for the details. Dick announced that Shred-It netted $5580. Great job.
Dick made his debuted as fine master today. Larry confessed to his battery on his fob died so he couldn’t get into his car while visiting the Veterans. Needless to say he stayed with one Vet so long until they got this straightened out the guy was afraid he wouldn’t be able get rid of Larry. Rene for leaving last week’s meeting early. Dick went table to table questioning us on Dave Andrychuck trivia in honor of Dave’s indictment into the hockey Hall of Fame over the week end.
Ron won the split club and Joe missed the Ace. Go figure 2 guys at the head table pulling their own names? I’d like an audit.
At this time, Larry introduce Molly Dryer. Molly was at UB and was involved in the Rotaract program there. Molly has a vision of restoring and revitalizing the eco system of LaSalle Lake at the UB North Campus. Her specialty is sustainability. Molly gave a real neat explanation of the natural order lakes should have to eliminate erosion. So much dominoes off good sustainability. We had a slide show showing the awful erosion on the windward side of the lake. Eventually, without any attention there will be problems. Molly’s project started out as her senior Thesis and is now gaining momentum. She is asking for any contributions of money and efforts to plant trees and shrubs. This was taken quite favorably at today’s meeting. I’m sure we will participate.
Greta program.
Meeting adjourned
Jeff Markarian
The Ken - November 6
The Ken November 6, 2017
Attendance: Ron Levea
Split Club: Tim Glor
Invocation: Gary Roberts
Fine master:  Art Trevor
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Tom began our meeting to another full house in usual fashion. We waived the song and Gary gave a very nice impromptu invocation. Rene introduced Bob Ardus (SP). Bob is our nominee for our District Governor. Holly introduced Ann Marie Orlowski from Cradle Beach.
Audrey announced that Buffalo Sunrise was having an event at SoHo about Puerto Rico Monday from 6:30-9:30. It would be nice to hear what they have to report. Tom will have a signup sheet at next meeting for the Christmas Party 12/1 at Park Country Club. Tom is going to be vigilant in getting nice auction items. A dinner and an event always get lots of action. Rick Graham reminded us that we have 3 weeks to distributing our grants. There are not many organization requesting our help. Our guest Bob Ardus pitched Rochester Rotary Clubs 92 Eastern Cities Fellowship dinner December 6 at 5:00-8:30. Go to www.rochesterrotary.org for the details. Larry announced the deadline for reservation to a Dan Wiles Party is coming up. Contact Larry for the details. Larry also added a neat event coming to The Elm Street Bakery in East Aurora 11/16 showcasing Crossroads Springs. An organization we are familiar with that provide scholarships to orphans in Kenya for post and secondary education.
Art Trevor stepped up as fine master. John was fined for sucking up to Art. Tim and Jackie attended the Roswell event recognizing the 11 days of Hockey fund raiser that went on earlier this year. They raised $1 million and also saw Julie and past president Keith Waldron. Mike Ford for not being prepared. Art asked Audrey to levy his fine. Gary confessed but was not fined that he spoke to Dr. Werner. Doc says hello and is doing well. Mike Hettler confessed that son Brian presented to the Columbian officials for a National Geographic event on ingenious people. Again no fine. Joe Arcara told us about Therese’s trip to Israel where she rode on a camel. Joe, aren’t there camels in Italy. Larry paid for missing Shred-It and the district Conference but did send Interact students in his place. Paul was fined for something private. Joe was fined for talking business. Audrey missed 4 meetings so Art asked Mike Ford to suggest the fine. Let’s just say it was not in balance to Audrey’s fine for Mike. Art asked the tables about our Rotary Club politics. We had fun and raised a little money.
John Coogan picked his own number for the split club and Dick missed the Ace,
Holly introduced Anne Marie Orlowski. Anne Marie is the CEO of Cradle Beach. We all know Cradle Beach. It is one of our hands on events where we put on a carnival for the kids every year. Cradle Beach provides hope, opportunities, and life changing experiences for children with special needs and children who are economically disadvantaged to help them reach their full potential. Another dynamic speaker.
Meeting adjourned
Jeff Markarian
The Ken - October 31
The Ken October 30, 2017
Attendance: Donna DiFrancesco
Split Club: Damon Piatek
Invocation: Ed Hacherl
Fine master:  Paul Chisolm
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Tom began our meeting to another full house in usual fashion. We gave our Pledge but had no song. Ed H. gave our invocation. Our only quest today was our speaker Marisa Wigglesworth of the Buffalo Society of Natural Science aka The Science Museum. To welcomed back Joe Starck. Joe has been back a couple of weeks but it’s just great to have in attendance. Tom even waived all fines for Joe. Tom thanked the Shred-It committee and everyone who showed up to help out in the in climate weather. Preliminary figures have us netting $6700. Tom went out on the limb by singling out Phil, Ed M., Ron, Pat, Holly, Audrey, Joe A. and John Coogan as stalwarts of the day. He probably missed someone and is sorry, but wanted these folks recognized. Even Paul C loaded a box. Dick H. also thanked everyone and is looking forward the next event. I hope I am not the only one noticing the enthusiasm and the willingness of Dick Hanaburgh’s participation in our club. Thanks buddy.
Tom reminded us about the open house at Brownshidles VFW post 11/5 from 1:00 – 5:00. Put together by the service clubs of the Ken – Ton area. Lastly, Tom asked us to be thinking about auction items for our Christmas Party 12/1 at PCC. He really wants to jump start our efforts. Rick Graham has 2 requests in for grants from our foundation. Anyone interested, please have them fill out an application from our website and submit 11/29.
Jim Logan took the stage as fine master. Jim thanked Paul for stepping for him last week. First anyone not at shred-It pay $2. Tim Glor with pride confessed that his nephew Jeff is the CBS anchor for prime time. Jeff is a former Kenmore East grad and RYLA participant. Wouldn’t it be great to have him speak? Phil presented Tom a package of box cutters for the next Shred-It. Rick Graham. Something about the weather. I confessed to spending all day Sunday splitting and stacking wood only wake up Monday and found it all fell into a pile. Gretchen and Jeffrey re stacked it while I was at work on Monday. Mike Ford played in a flag football game at New Era Stadium through Try-It Distributors. Sue J. thanked everyone for their kindness they displayed towards her 8 year old daughter at Shred-It. You really made her feel included. Finally, John Coogan was boasting about a golf tournament this summer where he won several prizes. Unbeknownst to John, his audience was to be our Finemaster. Jim continued with Halloween questions that most tables answered correctly.
Holly won our split club and Jim missed the Ace.
Today’s program was brought to us by Marisa Wigglesworth. President and CEO of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences and the Tift Nature preserve. Marisa is a diehard Flyers fan, growing up in Philadelphia. As a child she was always playing in the woods stimulating her love of science. She loves the direction the Society is going within our community. The Tift Nature preserve was a brownfield turned into a bird and wildlife sanctuary. In the past, the Science Museum never really changed. It was always the same dead things behind glass. Now they are moving things around. About nine years ago the leaders of the Society committed to reopen and turn every exhibit into a Science Studio where things happen. They just opened Buffalo in Space. Next to open will be the Kellogg Observatory’s telescope. It will be completed in the spring of 2018. In conjunction with these, they will continually bring in the short term traveling exhibits. So keep your ear to the rail for all the exiting events happening at another one of Buffalos treasures. Marisa chose the Science Museum to donate our $50 to.
Meeting adjourned
Jeff Markarian
The Ken - October 23
The Ken October 23, 2017
Attendance: Pat Griffin
Split Club: Audrey Meyers in for Damon Piatek
Invocation: Ed Hacherl
Fine master:  Paul Chisolm
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Tom was back today in front of a full house. We gave our Pledge and waived the song. Ed gave our invocation.
Today’s guests were Jim Millard and Walt Ludwig from Kenmore Mercy Hospital.  Chris Scaliso was also a guest. Larry passed around a Veterans Day card for Autumn Jenkins. Autumn was president of the Ken West Interact Club. She has helped Kenmore Rotary in the past in so many ways. Autumn has joined the Army.
Dick announced that Shred-It is all set for Saturday at 10:00. People do get there early so please show up about 9:45. Rick Graham asked if coffee and donuts were on the agenda. Pat will nudge Donna for this task, as if she doesn’t have enough to do. Larry has an Interact meeting after our meeting.  He’s going to see who will be able to help out. Pat brought in lawn signs. Tom summarized the Veteran’s email that went out advertising the VFW’s annual joint service club Thanksgiving Dinner that will be on Tuesday the 14th of November at the Grill at the Dome at 6:00 p.m. Cash bar from 6-6:30 p.m. Full turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a slice of pie at 6:30 p.m. Cost this year is $18.00 per person (checks payable to Grill at the Dome) and will be collected that night. I sense Tom’s pet projects are the Veterans programs and we should all try to support him.
Tom is also anxious to upgrade the Operation Santa auction items for our Christmas Party at PCC December 1. He will initiate a google doc for these events so we can all see who is in and what they can contribute. Lastly, Tom was sad to announce that Shari McDonough has sent in her letter of resignation. It goes without saying how much we will miss her enthusiasm and involvement. Bummer.
At this time, Paul Chisolm took over as fine master. Ted P confessed to watching Notre Dame beat up on USC in South Bend, Indiana. Mike Ford had his family in town and had a great time at the Bill’s game. Gary was fined for throwing Sue J under the bus. Ed M was fined for commenting on Paul’s tie. Paul quizzed us on Kenmore Mercy Hospital facts and fined anyone who did not sign up for Shred-It.
Ed Markarian won the split club, pulled his number again and re pulled Art’s chance at the Ace. No luck. Kenmore Mercy Hospital raffled off 2 nice fleece jackets that went so fast I didn’t get who won them. Thank you KMH.
Susan Jandzinski introduced Jim Millard, President and CEO of KMH. Jim touched on the good news and bad news for the hospital. First the bad news, There is a lot of uncertainty in Health care these days. Hospitals continue to close. Access to good physicians is a real challenge. For some reason, we cannot pay them as much as they can be paid in other communities. Even Rochester and Syracuse can pay much more. Peculiar. Margins for Hospitals are extremely thin (2%). Lots of bureaucracy, 900 pieces of data for Medicare requirements alone. And they must be prepared for mass casualties. The good news is KMH is well prepared going forward. They are very solvent. 34 k visitors to the emergency room compared to 2K years ago. KMH has invested in large capital equipment: MRI machine, Macro Robotic surgery for orthopedics and others. They have won many Quality and Service awards. ICU unit is specially trained for around the clock care. Won a stroke care National award. Ranked highest satisfaction in WNY.
Jim introduced Walt Ludwig who will take over for Jim at the end of the year when Jim retires. Jim threw us a curve ball, he chose the Boys and Girls club as his charity for us to donate to in honor of him presenting to us.
Meeting adjourned
Jeff Markarian
The Ken - October 16
The Ken October 16, 2017
Attendance: Donna DiFrancesco
Split Club: Damon Piatek
Invocation: Ed Hacherl
Fine master:  Jim Logan
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike Austin stood in to run today’s meeting. We gave our Pledge, Chuck led us in singing “America the Beautiful” and Ed H. gave our invocation and asked us to keep the people of California suffering with the wildfires in our hearts.
Guests today were our Speaker, Susan Evans, her husband, who could not get a word in to even get his name and Damon’s colleque Christopher Scalisi.
Mike recognize a couple of Rotarians missing in action. Audrey, Bill Brucker and especially to see Joe Starck up and about. Dick H. was holding the last Shred-It meeting after this meeting. Mostly on track. Shred – it still has the date wrong on their web site. But we are ready to go for Saturday. The weather is supposed to be good. Please come and help out. Ed had another announcement regarding a Boy Scout event but I didn’t get it. Please shoot me an email with any events your organizations are holding so I get the details correct. Daman was sponsoring an interesting event at his office this Thursday. Wall Art and Jazz. A special email went out with the details. Mike Austin pitched an open house at Journeys End for Thursday Oct. 26. From 5 – 7. That’s at 2495 Main Street Suite 530. Rick Graham reminded us to spread the word to organizations that could use a grant from us. Applications are on our website and are due in 11/30/17.
Jim Logan was the fine master today. Tim Glor confessed to being on his honeymoon in Paris and up the Rhone River. Mike A vacationed in California. Jim fined Kenmore East alum for their loss to Ken West. Also, if you did not attend the Greycliff Conservatory tour on Saturday. Jim said it was very nice. Paul was fined for having a pie delivered to his table. As it turned out it was cheesecake. With much debate, deliberation and googling, Paul still paid. Gary was fined for something pertaining to his Harvey Weinstein impression. Jim asked several Frank Lloyd Wright trivia questions. There was no change for my fine so I felt compelled to quote from the book “Living in a Frank Lloyd Wright House”.. One of his customers called complaining the roof on their new house was leaking right over her desk. His reply was to move the desk.
Mike Ford won the 50 / 50 and Sue J missed the Ace.
Mike Ford introduced Susan Evans. Susan first apologized for being a die heart Steelers fan. A retired English teacher, Susan did not need the microphone. She wandered the room and captured us all with her story of being diagnosed, being treated and eventually beating Ovarian Cancer. She is the author of the book “Don’t Write the Obituary Yet”. A truly wonderful person.
Meeting adjourned.
Jeff Markarian
The Ken - October2
The Ken October 2, 2017
Attendance: Pat Griffin
Split Club: Ed Hacherl
Invocation: Ed Hacherl
Fine master:  Jim Logan
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
We started our meeting in usual style. Chuck led us in “America” and Ed Hacherl gave our invocation.  We had no guests.
Announcements: Dick H., Shred It is on track for 10/28; Tom has a signup sheet going around for the Greycliff Conservancy tour 10/14 at 3:00. Email Tom, Donna or Holly if you would like to attend. Ted has Amherst Rotary entertainment books for $25 if you are interested.
Jim Logan took over as fine master. Jim was pleased that no one took a knee during our pledge and anthem. Jim ran into Auggie and said he is doing well and to say hello to us. Pat confessed to a trip to Orlando and Texarkana and 30 years in business. Congratulations Pat. Chuck Patterson was on a cruise to Key West and Cozumel. He reported that some shops were opened, but was pretty messed. Ted bragged that Business First had a “Top Attorney” listing and Eddie was on it. No fine was levied. Jim gave an exception to anyone who knew some Rotary Four way test. Most paid.
Dick won the split club and Mike Ford missed the Ace of Spades.
Tom began our open meeting brain storming Operation Santa. This has been near and dear to us for many years. Started by Joe Starck. It has been weak lately. There was healthy discussion to re-energize it. Perhaps earlier requests for families. Trying to get the major auction items back again. It was a healthy discussion.
Rick Graham took over to discuss our Foundation. Its current value is $766,618, with last year’s return of 11.25%. Last year’s beneficiaries were: Ken-Ton closet, $2860 for 4 cabinets, Gerard Place $5592 for 2 AED machines, Schofield Residence, $6K towards a new welcome center, Buffalo Zoo, $5K toward the reptile house development, Elmlawn Cemetery, $5K toward rehab of the Chapel and Riviera Theater, $4K for their efforts. With a total of $28,452 granted to worthy causes. At the August 29 Board Meeting Rick Graham, Chuck Patterson and Mike Hettler agreed to a new 3-year term through 2020. Pat Griffin and Barb Henry’s term runs through 2019 and Larry Coon’s through 2018. They recommended the following officers to serve a one year term: President, Rick Graham, Vice President, Chuck Patterson, Treasurer, Ed Markarian, and Secretary, Mike Hettler. This year we are expecting to grant $29,976. There will be a link on our website for requests from organizations that want to apply. Thank you ladies and gentleman for your efforts in managing our Foundation.
Meeting adjourned.
Jeff Markarian
The Ken September 25
The Ken September 25, 2017
Attendance: Art Traver
Split Club: Bob Blatz
Invocation: Rick Graham
Fine master:  Mike Ford
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
We started our meeting in usual style. Barb led us in “America” and Rick Graham gave our invocation. Rick asked us to keep Joe and Harold in our thoughts as they are recovering. Guests today were Ben Burke with the Boy Scouts and our speaker, Jim McAuliffe.
Tom has a tour at Greycliff Conservatory all lined up for 10/14 at 3:00 and dinner to follow at The Public House. $50.00 for the tour and dinner. Daemon would like our support as he is running for town assembly. And Scott is on track for Shred It 10/28. Please volunteer.
Mike Ford was the fine master today. Rick Graham confessed to being invited on a ride aboard the tiki bar at Canalside. As he was boarding, he recognized several people and realized this was a surprise party for his 70th birthday. Congratulations Rick. Daemon took most of the summer off and ultimately did 11 days in Disney. Ted confessed for not blowing in Eddie M. Then fine boy pounded on me again for referring to him as fine boy. He’s like gum on my shoe I can’t shake him (and not fine master next month). Audrey, be lucky you were busy. He wanted some sort of revenge.
Boy Scout guest, Ben won the split club and Ron missed the Ace. Rene just walked in. I’m glad there were Italian tacos left for her.
Tom asked Holly to introduce our speaker, Jim McAuliffe. Jim is CEO and President of KOIKE Aronson Inc. Ransome. KOIKE is headquartered in Arcade, NY and has operations around the world. They are manufactures of Gas, welding, cutting and positioning solutions. They have over 90 years of experience and have one of the broadest lines within the industries that they serve such as, Steel Service Centers, Heavy Equipment Manufacturers, General Fabrication Shops, Power Generation Plants, Shipyards and Offshore, Pipe and Vessel, Transportation and Educational Industries. This is a very impressive company. Thank you for taking the time to tell us about KOIKE, Jim asked us to contribute his $50 to the leukemia / lymphoma fund.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken September 18
The Ken September 18, 2017
Attendance: Barb Henry
Split Club: Bob Blatz
Invocation: Rick Graham
Fine master:  Mike Ford
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
We started our meeting in usual style. Barb led us in “God Bless America” and Rick Graham gave our invocation. Our guests today were Reg Madison and his wife Loretta. Also present were Steven Bovino, Ken – Ton school superintendent and his assistant, John Brucotto. Tom wants us all to remember 2 fantastic Rotarians that are not up to their game 100%. Joe Starck and Hal White. Please keep them in your thoughts. Joe hopes to get to the meetings once he’s back from the beech. Miss you guys.
Scott Mason is on target for Shred-It for 10/28. He can use volunteers. Rick Graham will have a Foundation meeting at Jovi’s 10/2. They are getting ready to disperse our funds, so if there is an organization you think we might consider, get them to submit a request. $30K will be given out 11/30. I thanked Jim Logan for sponsoring and Ed Hackerl and Ed Markarian for including me to a day of lunch, golf and a ton of laughs that Jim provide as an operation Santa auction item. This was very generous of Jim. Gary is planning another club function at Greycliff Saturday 11/30 at 3:00. By the show of hands, it looks like this will a well-attended event.
Fine master Mike Ford came up to impose fines. Donna first confessed to being a grandma soon. JoJo Coogan had a surprise 60th birthday party for John. John also paid happy dollars that his condo in FLA was not damaged. I was fined for shushing Ted when he tried interrupting us while we were engaged in an intense conversation. I was fined for getting an acronym wrong. I was fined for something else, but I got bored with fine boy rambling on I did not know what the fine was for.
Joe Arcara won the Split Club and Ted missed the Ace of Spades.
At this time, Tom asked Larry to introduce Reg Madison.  Reg had a dynamic command of the floor. Born in Alberta, moved to Ontario. He was active in broadcasting and financial services. Coached hockey and baseball. A 3 times Paul Harris recipient. His accolades go and on. Reg joined the Brantford Sunrise club in 2003 and 14 years later is our District Governor. Reg reminded us of the awards that are available to us. They are the Rotary Citation. Only 16 out of the 67 District clubs submitted for this. Lighthouse award, only a few get and Governors trophy, only the top goal setters receive. Reg really wants to help us support RI Goals. 1. Support and Strengthen clubs. 2. Increase Humanitarian services and 3. Enhance Rotary’s public image. Most people do not know we helped eradicate Polio. Finally, Reg would love to get many of us to attend the District Conference. It is at the 5 star resort, White Oaks Resort and Spa. We’ll get great exchange on the UIS dollar. It is surrounded by world class golf and wineries. And there are wonderful speakers and programs. The dates are October 27-29. This guy was great to hear. Sorry to those that missed out.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken September 11
The Ken-September 11
 
 
Table Attendance: Art Traver
Split Club: Dick Hanaburgh
Invocation: Rick Graham
Fine Master: Mike Ford
The Ken: Donna DiFrancesco
 
The meeting started at 12:40 with the pledge and singing of God Bless America, led by Barb. Rick paid tribute to the 911 victims and to all who suffered through the hurricanes. Our only guest was our speaker, Tim Callan from the Town of Tonawanda Planning & Development Department.  Tom thanked all who attended the Moondance Catamaran social. It was another fun evening. He announced there will be a Shred-It meeting after the regular meeting today, and asked that all involved please stay after. October 14 is tentatively scheduled as our next social gathering for a tour of Graycliff and dinner afterward. More on this to follow. Tom asked for announcements. I brought in the mailer from Schofield Residence, and on the cover was a picture of Ed Gray, Administrator, and our own Tom and Rick. They were there for the dedication ceremony of the new Welcome Center at Schofield, made possible in part by our donation. Looking good, guys! Rick announced he had an invitation to the Donor Appreciation Night at the Buffalo Zoo on September 21 from 6-8 p.m. He is unable to attend, so if anyone would like to go, please contact either Rick or Paul. RSVP's must be in by September 15. Also, he announced something to do with the Foundation, happening on October 2, but I didn't catch it. Sorry.  Chuck has a flier from NSDAR regarding a Jazz Series. If interested, see him.
Ron visited with Mark Mondanaro and he is recovering well after his fall. Good to hear! Mike was called up to levy the fines. First order of business was Gary's announcement that Tom showed excessive PDA on the Moondance. Phill even had pictures on his phone as proof. Gary kindly paid the fine. Art chimed in that he wanted to pay a happy fine of $10 because he was glad to see that Tom's date was female. Wow! Fines were levied for no pin, no name tag and not going on the Moondance. There was one trivia question put before the group, which was what was the average score of all 13 football games played on Sunday. We had to pick a winning and losing score. Winning score was right on, and we were off by a couple on the losing end. We all paid the fine. Our speaker drew Dick's number for the split club AND for the Ace of Spades. He didn't win for the Ace. Tom announced our speaker, Tim Callan, who presented on Solarize Tonawanda. Tim first thanked the Rotary because in 1994 he was chosen for Rotary's Ambassadorial Scholar Program and traveled to Australia. It's an opportunity he is forever grateful for and wanted us all to know how thankful he is. He then presented his program, which is called Solarize Tonawanda. It's a clean energy community program for residential only homes to sign up to have solar panels installed. They are working with 2 companies who install the panels and they will come out and give you a free estimate. This program runs until November 24. You can find out more on the website www.solarizetonawanda.org. Very informative program. Tom announced that at the next meeting we will be visited by District Governor Reg. The board meeting will be held ahead of the regular meeting at Jovi's at 11 a.m.  Meeting adjourned.
 
The Ken - August 28
The Ken August 28, 2017
Attendance: Barb Henry
Split Club: Chuck Patterson
Invocation: Ed Hackerl
Fine master:  Mike Hettler
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
We started our meeting in usual style. Barb led us in “God Bless America” and Ed Hackerl gave our invocation. Our only guest today was our speaker Mark Natalie.
Tom announced the Moon dance is all set for Tuesday. I am writing this Thursday and it was a wonderful evening. Thank you Tom for pulling this off. The couple’s events we have are truly a lot of fun. Scott is in a bit of a scramble. Larry’s Interact helpers are tied up the day we are scheduled for Shred-It. Scott and Art are working out the details Please stay tuned.
Mike Hettler came up to impose fines after a Rotary fine record from last week. I confessed to being empty nest. Tim Glor confessed his marriage to Jacquie. Tim sold his building and is in semi-retirement phase. Tim you worked so hard all these years, it’s great to see this. You deserve it. Jim Logan was away for 2 weeks on an Alaskan last journey cruise. Jim advised us, if we were to do this take it in July rather than August. It rained every blanety blank day. Ted Purvis mentioned his brother-in-law is fine in Austin TX. Why shouldn’t he be, Austin is 200 miles west of Houston. Pat Griffin gambled with a rubber ducky at the Buffalo Rotary Rubber Ducky race at canal side. Pat is easily amused. Dawn’s daughter got engaged this week. Also, Dawn accepted a part time associate faculty position at Bryant and Stratton. Dawn was involved with some other events but I missed them. Mike Ford got a new car. Ed and I were fined for no name tags.
John Coogan won the split club and Dawn missed the Ace of spades.
Mike Ford introduced our speaker, Mark Natalie from the American Heart Association. Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in NY, and stroke is the #5. Mark explained that the symptoms of a heart attack is different between men and women. For men it is like an elephant is on your chest, with woman, it can be as simple as an achy jaw. More woman suffer heart attacks than men. Only 20% is hereditary. The rest is healthy living and diet. Sodium is a real factor. Visit their website, www.americanheart association.com to learn more how you can prevent this over whelming disease. Very informative program.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken - August 21
The Ken August 21, 2017
Attendance: Dick Hanaburgh
 Split Club: Chuck Patterson / Phil Michalowski
Invocation: Ed Hackerl
Fine master:  Mike Hettler
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
We started our meeting in usual style. Chuck led us in “God Bless America” and Ed Hackerl gave our invocation. Our guests today were Tricia Hughes and Caitlyn Eagan from the Alzheimer’s Association.
Tom thanked everyone who helped out with Sunshine Day. Especially Holly. Also, Moondance is Tuesday 8/29. Seats are filling up so if you want to go, please email me and I’ll put you on the list. Lastly Dick announced he and Scott will hold the first shred-It meeting today after our regular meeting. The fall Shred-It is 10/14.
Our Finemaster today is Mike Hettler. Mike took confessions. Ted celebrated his aunt’s aunt and uncle’s 60th wedding anniversary. Paul’s phone and car died but he was still able to come in 2nd at the clubs member tournament. Mike Austin and John were not to be out done. They golfed at John’s club and Mike got closest to the pin. And Mike celebrated his and Debbie’s 1 year anniversary of meeting each other. Mike Ford got an autograph signed by Tyrod Taylor for his son and got a new puppy. Art confessed to just purchasing his first cell phone. We asked Art not to mention that to too many people. Art apologized for missing a few meetings. He was on vacation. Mike Hettler proceeded to beat up almost everybody pretty good.
The split club was won by Pat Griffin and Ron missed the Ace of Spades.
At this time, Art asked Mike to introduce our speakers. Tricia Hughes and Caitlyn Eagan from the Alzheimer’s Association. Tricia is no stranger to Rotary. Her dad was a Rotarian. Tricia and Caitlyn went over the difference between dementia, the inability to think reason, and remember where Alzheimer’s is not a disease but a group of symptoms that accompany certain diseases. Alzheimer’s touches so many people. Please visit their website, www.alz.org to learn more.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken August 7, 2017
The Ken August 8, 2017
Attendance: Chuck Patterson
 Split Club: Dick Hanaburgh
Invocation: Ed Hackerl
Fine master:  Ed Hackeral
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
We started our meeting in usual style. Barb led us in “God Bless America” and Ed Hackerl gave our invocation. And just an extra boost wishing Hal White to get well. Holly introduced our only guest, our speaker, Doug Elia from TM Montante Group.
First announcement was from Holly urging us to sign up for sunshine Day Wednesday 8/16. No meeting Monday 8/4. Chuck is doing Panera Bread sandwiches, so a head count is important. Tom announced the signup sheet for Moondance is also at the front table. This will be 8/29. Be there no later than 5:45. $20.00 / person. We are reaching out to potential new members to join us as our guest. Scott and Dick have a Shred – It meeting following the 8/21 regular meeting. Dick made an announcement about 2 events the Scouts are having. Their Golf outing 8/28 and the 20th annual Sporting Clays Classic 9/9/17. Details for both events are on their web site www.wnyscouting.org
Ed Hackerl was acting fine master today. Mike Austin confessed to being away on vacation and was able to watch a Yankee’s game from the first row behind the dugout. Now that he mentioned that, that would be real cool. Donna D. celebrated her 29th wedding anniversary. Ted bragged that his nephew, a Navy Seal threw out the first pitch at a Yankees game. Ed gave each table riddles to solve.
Split club was won by Rick Graham and Ed H. missed the Ace of Spades.
At this time, Holly introduced our speaker, Doug Elia. A Clemson graduate and President of the Montante Construction segment of the Group. TM Montante Group is made up of Montante Construction, TM Montante Development and Montante Solar. Doug touched on all three aspects of this local Group.  Their mission is to Build Smart, Build Efficient and Build Better. Doug took us through many of the impressive projects they are involved in throughout WNY. Another fine piece of the Buffalo Renaissance.
Great program.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken - July 31
Attendance: Gary Roberts
50/50: Larry Coon
Song: Chuck Patterson
Moment of Silence: Tom Lang
Finemaster: Ted Purvis
No guests present.
Sunshine Day is August 16th and all is in good order.  The kids at camp truly look forward to this day.  Please let Holly know if you will be attending and for how long you can attend.  The time runs from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm that day.
There will be no meeting on the 14th, see Sunshine Day above.
The Moondance Catamaran boat ride is on Tuesday 8/29 and is $20 per person. Please arrive no later than 5:45 or you will miss the boat!  Please be sure to sign up/RSVP.
Ron confessed to having incorrect trivia facts from the week prior – Gilbert lost, not won 5 Superbowls. (Honestly, I can’t exactly remember what this was about and I’m not a football fan, so thank you to Ron!)
Holly confessed to a new office space and Ted fined her double what she thought she should pay – so goes business.
Joe confessed he and Therese have been married for 50 years – Congratulations Acara’s!!
Paul confessed to missing last week’s meeting due to a golf outing (Shocker!) and that he came in 2nd place in the tournament.
Fines: Ted went out on a high note.  Rick got fined for suggesting Tom help with Pony rides.  Jim Logan was practicing being a masseuse and got fined for that.  Larry has been making it on time to meetings, so he got fined.  Gary was being too quiet.  Mike Ford assumed he’s be fined – so he was.  Pat was fined for hoping to be fined.  Ted asked about Phil’s wife and then Ted agreed to pay fines for Larry and Jim (??).  And Ed looked guilty so he got fined.  All others with no pin or name tag were fined.
 
Since John Coogan wasn’t there, Larry won 50/50 pulling his own ticket. 
Jim Logan was picked for Ace of Spades but did not get it.  Later we found out Phil had the card.
 
Phil Michalowski presented on his business PGM Jewelers which opened in 1971.  His business is right down Delaware Ave from Jovi’s at 2943 Delaware Ave.   He designs and creates all original jewelry, selling not only to consumers but also to other jewelers.  He describes himself as more of a jewelry manufacturer and he does not sell maintenance policies, rather, if he made it he services it for life.  Phil understands that everyone has different ideas about what they want when it comes to jewelry and he works to get those ideas out.  He also knows that it is important to work with a jeweler you trust. 
Phil walked us through the process and passed around some of the molds and casts he works on.  He discussed how 3D printing is changing his industry and work, creating a new realm of possibilities.
Everything is recycled and sent back to the refinery, he created a low environment footprint and only has a bag or two or garbage every other week. 
Thank you Phil and Welcome to the Club!!
Like him on Facebook!
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The Ken August 7
The Ken August 8, 2017
Attendance: Chuck Patterson
 Split Club: Dick Hanaburgh
Invocation: Ed Hackerl
Fine master:  Ed Hackeral
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
We started our meeting in usual style. Barb led us in “God Bless America” and Ed Hackerl gave our invocation. And just an extra boost wishing Hal White to get well. Holly introduced our only guest, our speaker, Doug Elia from TM Montante Group.
First announcement was from Holly urging us to sign up for sunshine Day Wednesday 8/16. No meeting Monday 8/4. Chuck is doing Panera Bread sandwiches, so a head count is important. Tom announced the signup sheet for Moondance is also at the front table. This will be 8/29. Be there no later than 5:45. $20.00 / person. We are reaching out to potential new members to join us as our guest. Scott and Dick have a Shred – It meeting following the 8/21 regular meeting. Dick made an announcement about 2 events the Scouts are having. Their Golf outing 8/28 and the 20th annual Sporting Clays Classic 9/9/17. Details for both events are on their web site www.wnyscouting.org
Ed Hackerl was acting fine master today. Mike Austin confessed to being away on vacation and was able to watch a Yankee’s game from the first row behind the dugout. Now that he mentioned that, that would be real cool. Donna D. celebrated her 29th wedding anniversary. Ted bragged that his nephew, a Navy Seal threw out the first pitch at a Yankees game. Ed gave each table riddles to solve.
Split club was won by Rick Graham and Ed H. missed the Ace of Spades.
At this time, Holly introduced our speaker, Doug Elia. A Clemson graduate and President of the Montante Construction segment of the Group. TM Montante Group is made up of Montante Construction, TM Montante Development and Montante Solar. Doug touched on all three aspects of this local Group.  Their mission is to Build Smart, Build Efficient and Build Better. Doug took us through many of the impressive projects they are involved in throughout WNY. Another fine piece of the Buffalo Renaissance.
Great program.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken July 24

The Ken – July 24

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The Ken July 24

Attendance: Mike Ford

Split Club: Gary Roberts

Invocation: John Coogan

Fine master: Ted Purvis

The Ken: Rene Rebmann

 

President Tom Lang started meeting. We gave our Pledge and Chuck led us in “God Bless America”. John Coogan gave the Invocation. Larry Coon introduced the guest speaker Matthew Falcone a UB student who recently attended Ryla. Tom reminded members that the Moon Dance is scheduled for 8/29/17 and there is a sign-up sheet at the attendance table. Those attending the Moon Dance should arrive by 5:45pm and the boat leaves at 6pm. Holly asked that members interested in helping at Sunshine day on Wednesday 8/16/17 should sign up at the attendance table.  Set up for Sunshine day starts at 11am, Lunch is served from 12noon to 1:30pm, and games are from 2pm to 4pm. Tom asked Holly to describe Sunshine Day for guests attending the meeting and members who are new to the Club.  Sunshine day is a fun day at camp and the best session there. There are ponies, a dunk tank, games, gifts, and a carnival on site. Rotarians and other volunteers set up the event, serve lunch, and help the kids throughout the day. There will be several Boy Scout volunteers and Larry’s crew will be 8 to 10 students. Art asked if Tom the president will be in the dunk tank this year. Tom thanked all Rotarians who assisted last week with the Hole In One event for Meals on Wheels. Scott announced there will be a Shred It committee meeting immediately following the luncheon.  Dick Hanaburgh has agreed to co-chair Shred It.  Holly won the Split Club and Ted missed the Ace of Spades (4 of spades). Ted was Fine Master and asked for confessions.  Mike pointed out he was filling in for Larry at the Attendance Table and that Gary left in him.  Mike went on to say he was at the Adirondack’s fishing and hiking and when he came back he went golfing with Paul, Mike, and Jim. Scott was fined for inviting the Fine Master to sit at his table. Larry was fined for messing up the Head Table.  Art was fined because he was worried about the dunk tank at Sunshine Day. Trivia Topic Buffalo Bills (1990-1993); Ron’s Table- Who was the 3rd string QB behind Kelly and Reich? (Gale Gilbert), Chuck’s Table- What year did Bruce Smith miss the most games due to a knee injury? (1991), Mike’s Table- In the 1992 Championship game against the Miami Dolphins who was responsible for most points? (Steve Christie), Holly’s Table- What year did Thurman Thomas win MVP? (1991), Tom’s Table- What Buffalo Bill was voted MVP in the 1992 Pro-Bowl? (Steve Tasker), final general question to the club- In the Wild Card game against the Oilers one of the scores should not have counted which player made the score? (Beebe, he ran out of bounds). Larry introduced the guest speaker Matthew Falcone a student at UB. Matt has volunteered for Rotary and Purple Pinkie events and also attended Ryla. Matt is a graduate of W. Seneca East High School.  Matt has raised money for environmental causes.  He co-founded the UB Rotaract Club.  Speaker Topic- Tonawanda Coke soil studies: The plant located at River Rd has been there for 100 years. Coal is shipped in to the plant, placed in Coke ovens, to be purified, and used to make steal. Coke was fined for environmental laws (Clean Air & Clean Water).  The trial and investigations found that people living in the vicinity of the plant head higher rates of developing cancer and in some cases cancer’s that were rare. Coke was tried and convicted for violating environmental laws.  This was the first case when someone actually went to jail for violating the Clean Air Act. In addition, Coke was required to spend 12MM for cleanup studies. Matthew and his team are working closely with the affected areas to obtain soil samples for the studies. The primary concern is to minimize impact on the residents. Soil samples are collected and sent to ALS an environment testing company in Rochester. Soil testing sites are confidential.  There is a community meeting schedule for 7/26/2017 in the community room at 3200 Elmwood Ave. Any homeowner/landowner can volunteer to have their soil tested.  Soils will be collected beginning 8/7/17 and will last for a period of 10-15 days.  The data collected and results of the testing will be shared with the property owners. Matt took a few questions and provides a sign-up sheet for anyone interested in having their soil tested. https://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/featured/2017/06/24/128953/grand-island-soils-to-be-tested-for-pollutants

Meeting was adjourned.

 

Thank you,

The Ken July 17
The Ken July 17
Attendance: Ron Levea
 Split Club: Larry Coon
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine master:  Ted Purvis
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Tom began our meeting after a lunch of Italian Tacos. We gave our Pledge and Chuck led us in “God Bless America”. John Coogan gave an awe inspiring invocation.
Guests today were Joyce Delong and Katherine Smith of Buffalo. Brian Ahern came with a loaf of bread to bare and our speaker, Mark Wolffer from Amherst Alarm.
Holly announced that Sunshine Day is August 16 and Tom announced that Moon dance is 8/29.
Our guests Joyce and Katherine pitched Buffalo Rotary Club’s fund raiser the “Duck Derby” is August 27 at Canalside. You rent a tiny rubber duck. They will put your number on it. They will toss hundreds off the Blue Line Bridge at Canalside and the first 3 ducks over the line will win $250, $125 and $75 respectively. All proceeds will go to Rotary Reads Kids club. Good luck with that. Visit www.buffaloduckderby to enter. Ted pitched Rotary Club of Amherst’s fund raiser car show this Saturday. Tom took back the floor and presented Mike with a Presidents Plaque and his terms Rotary flag. Thank you Mike. It was a great year.
Fine master Ted took confessions. Susan J. missed her first board meeting. Mike through Paul under the bus. This was an inside private gesture that would not be explained. Ted fined John Coogan for his thoughts. Ted quizzed us on hockey draft trivia and fine us all happy dollars to have Brian and his bread back today.
Rick Graham won the split club and guest Katherine Smith missed the Ace of Spades. Mike Austin won the loaf of Brian bread.
At this time Mark Wolffer presented to us the importance of complying with the carbon monoxide requirements. That is mandated through all new construction. Amherst Alarm will handle all you sales and installation of such equipment. Visit them at www.amherstalarm.com
 
Meeting adjourned
The Ken July 10
The Ken July 10
Attendance: Barb Henry in for Gary
 Split Club: Dick Hanaburgh in for Larry
Invocation: Tom Lang
Fine master:  Ted Purvis
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Tom Lang began our meeting after a bit of a scramble for table attendants. Barb and Dick stepped up to the plate and sat in. We gave our Pledge. Barb led us in “God Bless America”. In lieu of an invocation, Tom asked for a moment to wish Harold White all are best for his recovery.
Dan Wiles made an announcement on behalf of all the service clubs of Kenmore and Tonawanda. It’s that time of year again where we raise money for the paramedics by offering a chance to win $25,000. As golfers come up to the 8th hole par 3 at Sheridan Park, we ask for a $5 chance to get within 20’ of the pin. If they get on the green they receive a sleeve of balls with our clubs name and logo on it. If they are inside 20’, they are invited back for a try on the same hole to get a hole in one. We raise about $2k per year. A signup sheet has been circulating and we are close to having our Kenmore Rotary day (Monday) complete.
Fine master Ted P. came up to hear confessions and levy fines. I gave my $25 bid for bread at our last meeting. Rene is still making installments on hers. Barb Henry had cataract surgery on her left eye that went real well. Barb, I though you had a wincoln not cataract. Mike Ford has a friend in town from Hawaii and therefor watched the fireworks from the other side of the fence from his pales in Rotary. Evidently Mike needed to keep his world separate. Mike is also going on a vacation with the outlaws and something about playing football and a tournament…. Eddie took son Billie to Cleveland for a U2 concert. Ed was certain Billie was the youngest one in the crowd. Larry missed a few weeks with traveling and RYLA. Joe Arcara was going Boston to watch the Red Sox and the Yankees. There were no more fines, but Ted thanked Art for all he has done as treasurer over the last years.
Tim Glor won the split club and Art missed the Ace.
Tom took over the meeting and laid the groundwork he has set for his year as president. The theme this year is “Make a difference”. Tom wants to increase membership from 47 or 48 to 55. He feels more social events and interesting meetings should help. Tom wants to start on a project to help the Veterans. His wish is to cross pollinate students in the Interact clubs with us and the VA drug court. Tom wants to present Vets with flowers on Memorial Day personally and lay flowers on the graves of Vets on Labor Day. To show our appreciation for their service.
Good luck Tom and you know you can count on all of us for your support.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken - June 26
The Ken June 26
Attendance: Ron Levea
 Split Club: Donna Di Francesco
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine master:
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike began his last meeting as President with an enthusiastic gong. We gave our Pledge and Chuck led us in “God Bless America”. Tom asked if we might be able to sing a tad better as his term is about to start. The general consensus was that this is probably the best it gets. Mike asked Ron for guests today. Ron squirmed a little and I know why. Nancy Chisolm and son Carl were in attendance and Ron did not want to spoil the surprise that was going to unfold later in the meeting. But Ron was able to greet Ben Burk.
Today’s first announcement was from Gary. The July 3rd fireworks party is all set. I will send a general email with the parking pass you will need to enter Elmlawn. Holly solicited Sunshine Day which is 8/16 at Cradle Beach. Signup sheets will be at the attendance desk for the next few meetings. Tom Lang wants to meet with the program committee after today’s meeting.
Bob Blatz won the split club and Nancy missed the Ace of Spades. Brian Ahern made 2 loaves of bread that Gary raffled off. The winners were yours truly and Rene.
Mike thanked Brian as this is his last meeting. He and Pat are moving to Boston. Please keep in touch. There haven’t been many new members that acclimated and helped the club as much as Brian and Pat. Thank you. Mike wanted to thank his board for helping him out this year. A special thanks to Art who will step down as treasurer. Mike also thanked Rene for, as Mike put it, a thankless job as secretary. Mike had many to thank for him and Debbie getting together. As they are coming up to a year since they met at Sunshine Day. I told you Mike, There is a lid for every pot.
Mike had the honor of inducting Paul Chisolm into the Paul Harris brotherhood. This award is presented to a Rotarian that particularly emanates what Rotary is all about. Paul has always been an impressive man for me to look up for his leadership and ability to be involved with so many good causes.
Tom Lang took the floor and introduced Phil Michalowski as our newest members. Please reach out to Phil and make him feel at home in his new organization.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken June 5

The Ken June 5

Attendance: Barb Henry

Split Club: Donna Di Francesco

Invocation: Chuck Patterson

Fine master: Ted Purvis

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Mike began our meeting with the Pledge followed by “God Bless America” that Chuck Patterson started. Guests today were Joe DiPaulo from Buffalo Rotary, Phil Michalowski (let this be Phil’s 2nd announcement for membership), Celia O’Brien and Gigi Grizanti of Western NY Veterans Housing Coalition (WNYVHC).

Announcements came from Joe Arcara. Joe is putting together the June BBQ aka Presidents and officers swearing in party this Monday at 6:00. It will be at Pat and Brian Ahern’s house again. The BBQ dinner is out of this world. $20.00 / person. Rain or shine. Let’s support our peeps. Tim plugged his and Jacquie’s near and dear project. Love Fest is combing with Ride for Roswell. Go to give.roswellpark.org and find the details to ride, party or just back Tim and Jacquie. Mike announced there is no meeting Monday in lieu of the BBQ and that there will be a board meeting Wednesday same place and time you all meet. Also, Mike confirmed Elmlawn will do the fireworks Monday July 3 again. Details to follow.

At this time Ted took the reins as Finemaster asking for confessions. Brian confessed there is a contract on his house all ready. That is no surprise and that is why I remind you to move you schedule around so that you can partake in this serine, Zen like arena for Monday’s BBQ. Paul’s picture was in the paper for attending the Memorial Day parade. Gary was behind Paul but got 2nd billing. Tim Glor mentioned that his nephew Jeff Glor with CBS news is working his way up the ranks as main anchor man. I was fined for mixing up the BBQ date that was in the body on the event invitation that no one reads anyways. However pay attention to the email blasts and I’ll send a new event out so there is no mistaking that the BBQ is Monday 6/12. The rest of Ted’s fines were a blur but out of the corner of the room came a very impressive dissertation responding to one of Teds questions about the gold standard. As it turns out it was Phil, our soon to be new member. Phil you are going to fit right in. Ted was able to raise money with some fun filled razing of the group. Nice job pale.

Jerry Gentile won the split club and Brian missed the Ace. Joe Acara and Jerry won Brian’s homemade white bread.

Paul introduced our speakers today. Celia O’Brien President and COO and Gigi Grizanti, VP of hosing & development of Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition. Both dynamic speakers describing the services WNYVHC provides. WNYVHC was founded in 1987 to provide housing for homeless veterans and Veterans with special needs. Another informative discussion.

Meeting adjourned

The Ken May 22
The Ken May 22
Attendance: Scott Mason
Split Club: Bob Blatz
Invocation: Rick Graham
Fine master: Mike Ford
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike began our meeting with the Pledge followed by “God Bless America” that Chuck Patterson started us out but was soon overcome by our guest who sang with an operaesque rendition that made us really sound pretty god. Rick gave our invocation. Guests today were our speaker Melisa Forester and her husband, Michael.
First announcement was made by Mike on behalf of Larry. We still have an opening for RYLA June 19-25. Details are on our website. There will not be a meeting Monday in honor of Memorial Day. Joe Arcara is putting together the Presidents Party and installation of officers that will be held at Brian and Pat Ahern’s house June 12. By now you all received the email blast with the details. Damon was going to have a finance / audit meeting after today’s meeting. Mike Austin announced that there will be fireworks Monday July 3 at Elmlawn again.
Mike Ford was our fine master today. Mike focused right on Tom Lang and busted him for a Trump – like tie. Scott Mason was fined for suggesting that women pay double fines. Art was fined because Mike has been waiting for a pin since he joined. Brian paid happy dollars for purchasing a carpet a carpet from me that his dog soiled with tar earlier in the week. I wanted to pay the fine but Brian insisted. Mike quizzed us on strokes for stroke awareness month. We all got a lot out of this. Most important, get to a hospital right away.
Bob B won the split club and Art missed the Ace. No Bread today.
Paul introduced our speaker today, Melisa Foster. If you have noticed many nice flowers and neat things around Kenmore, you can thank this organization. They have been around for 10 years and have over 1,000 people over seeing our neighborhood. They put on many functions. Last was a dog show at Mang Park. Keep up the good work.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken May 15
The Ken May 15
Attendance: Scott Mason
Split Club: Bob Blatz
Invocation: Rick Graham
Fine master: Rene Rebmann     
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
It was good to be back at home field. Mike began our meeting with the Pledge, followed by Chuck P. leading us in “God Bless America”. Rick Graham gave our invocation. Guests today were Phil Mikolowski, giving our club a test drive and our speaker from UB’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Tom Ulbrich.
Our first announcement was from Audrey. Audrey was beaming with the success of our Wine Tasting event. The preliminary audit has it as the best year yet. We netted about $15,500. Audrey thanked especially, Shari and Rick for the sponsorship success and Sue J. for the program book. Rumor has it Tom was a great MC.  John Coogan sponsored the band. Good music always adds to the success of any party. Great job Wine Event committee.
Oh, and here comes Larry. He’s lucky there was tenderloin left.
Mike thanked Tom for conducting our meeting last week and Brian is wondering if we have dates for the Presidents party. It sounds like he is willing to have it this year. For those that missed last years, Brian house is a wonderful setting for this party. The topic of the stocks came up. They are still at Brains house, which is ok. Brian and Pat have been together for a while and whatever. But, I am concerned what Tom’s potential suitors will think if they see those in his house.
We were pleased to have a rookie Fine Master today, Rene R. Rene, in Holly’s fashion, excused all the women from fines today. Rick Graham was first to confess that Joanie and his sister gave him grief for not winning any baskets, while Rick’s other guests cleaned up. Tom received and read a thank you card for MC-ing the Wine event, but I understand there was an undertone of disagreement on his judgement of professional quarterbacks. Mike confessed that Madison was able to attend a full day work shop at Shae’s for her role in Beauty and the Beast. Mark Tremont confessed to their 2nd grandchild born health and strong 7 weeks ago. Mark also shared his active travel schedule. Paul tadled on Jim Logan for winning a healthy raffle. Sue J. announced Kenmore Mercy opened and dedicated their new healing garden. Rene fined Larry for coming in late and Scott for strong arming sponsors. Rene quizzed us on football trivia. As it turned out, Rene, you’re a natural. Great job.
Ron won the split club and Bob pulled his name for the chance at the Ace but didn’t pull the Ace. Sue and Jerry won Brian’s bread.
Paul introduced Tom Ulbrich from UB’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL). The CEL recognizes and supports the power of entrepreneurship to unlock human potential, create jobs, inspire wealth and invigorate the greater Western NY economy and community. Tom’s topic today focused on the quickness of change in how we get and what we do with information. Many questions followed. We stayed a little over but no ne minded.
Meeting adjourned.
The Ken May 1
The Ken April 24
Attendance:
Split Club: Bob Blatz
Invocation: Rick Graham              
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike began our meeting at the Paddock Golf Dome with a gong from an app on an iphone. We gave our Pledge. There was no song. Rick gave our invocation, paying tribute to the fine young men and woman we were fortunate to have with us today. As you know, our meeting today was to give scholarship money to several Ken-Ton High School students. Because of the presentations there were many guests.
Mike called on Shari to give an update on the Wine Event. However Shari had a just taken a bite of her lunch so she asked Eddie to chime in. Well he too was in the middle of a bite. He was able to thank Audrey, Shari, Sue and their great committee for this year’s event. It appears we will have a very successful event. We can still use about 10 more baskets and a few more bodies in the door. The Wine and Beer Tasting Event is May 10 at 6:30. Details are on our website.
One of our regular guests, Darcy France bragged about our Shred-It event. Scott beamed and mentioned the final audit is not complete with Art out of town, but we all know it was a record hall. Larry gave an update on the Slap Shot week end he just helped put together. Slap shot is a jump start for 15-18 year olds into the Rotary mentality and should lead to Interact and ultimately the RYLA program.
Jim Logan won the 50 / 50 and Eddie missed the Ace.
Mike asked Tom Schwob to come up and start the program. Tom thanked us for the money we were able to raise through our fund raisers for the scholarships we were about to present. The presentations were as follows:
St. Joe's Collegiate Inst.  Benjamin Galkiewicz,   Robert Scott, parents Deanna and Jerry Galkiewicz
 
Kenmore East - Taylor Nash,    Patrick Heyden, Principal, mother Melissa Esposito
 
Kenmore West - Paige Phillips,   Dan Charland, Asst. Principal,    Interact advisor: Darcy France,   parents Jeanne and David Phillips
 
Cardinal O'Hara HS - Benjamin Borzynski,   Mary Holzerland, Principal, mom Marina Borzynski
 
Charter School Applied Tech - D’Zare Triplette, Principal Laura Errington, parents Chiquita and Darren, sister DeJa
 
Mount St. Mary Academy - Claire Rosenecker, Julie Wojick, Asst. Principal, parents Mary and Tom,  
also grandparents: Joe and Sheila R. and Eileen Collins
 
Larry explained to the guests in the room some of the projects we are involved. Next week we will present Middle School students recognition for high achievements.
 
This very inspirational meeting was adjourned right on time
The Ken April 24
The Ken April 24
Attendance: Dick Hanaburgh
Split Club: Pat Griffin
Invocation: Gary Roberts             
Fine Master: Tom Lang
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike began our meeting with the Pledge. Barb led us in “America” and Gary gave our invocation. Gary told us Pat Hoffman’s service will be at Roberts, Dengler on Delaware at 11:00 May 6.
Announcements first from a very enthusiastic Scott Mason who was delighted with the help and the outcome of Shred-It. At one point we had to turn people away because the trucks were full. There was a lot of modifying of procedures because of so many cars. Great job Scott this event is a success because of your stewardship. Initial audit brings this event to $9,332. Audrey also thanked us on our continued efforts on the Wine Event. We are at a record high for sponsorships. Audrey thanked Mark Tremont on filling our major auction item, the wine cooler, with wine. We still need baskets and names of attendees.  This event is May 10 at 6:00.
Mike reminded us that our next 2 meetings will be for student recognition. Remember it is at The Paddock Dome. We have a larger room this year. And by the way their food is wonderful so I’m sure we’ll get a great lunch. Barb in Larry’s absents, asked us to bring Shred-It lawn signs to the meeting so we do not lose track of them.  This roving reporter is going to be all over any of you who stumble into Jovi’s by mistake. There will be spies watching.
Gary was asked up to continue the Armenian Raffle from last week. We had 13 spots left. John Coogan, Gary signed you up for 2 tickets. Please settle up with the treasurer. BTW, you didn’t win. It killed Gary to announce that Rick Graham’s number was drawn. Evidently Gary caught wind of Ricks chiming up that Gary missed the first half of the raffle.
Before Finemaster Tom Lang came up, Mike felt it urgent to hack on him about his lawyerly attire. Many in the room thought Tom dressed as if he was in a barbershop quartet. Being that president Mike is exempt from fines, Tom just had to take it. Art was immediately fined for commenting on Tom’s shirt. Any person that volunteered at Shred-It was exempt also. I was fined for doing a crouching dragon yoga stretch in the lunch line. Tom, I was just lining up my internal organs to accept the fuel I was about to intake. Don’t you? Ron Levea confessed to listening to an Armenian poet on Saturday afternoon. I was fined again for reciting an Armenian poem from Omar Kham. “A loaf of bread, a bottle of wine and thou”. There is a picture that goes along with this poem. If you saw it you would take the bread and wine and leave thou. Joe Starck tried to bribe Tom with cookies. Today’s trivia we were quizzed on had to do with celebrities born on or died on April 24. Oh and then Pat had an overwhelming desire to thank Barb for her donation to the Christmas Party. Pat and Linda used Barb’s timesharing unit and had a blast.
George Allen won the split club and Dick missed the Ace. In Brian’s absence, we had no bread to raffle off.
Paul was not able to get a speaker for this meeting so he decided to get one of our new members to tell us about themselves. Today we were very fortunate to have our newest member, George Allen III speak to us. George is no stranger to Rotary. His grandfather and father were Rotarians. George has been in the construction Industry in every facet. He started out working at Elmlawn as so many of our youths do. He worked as a rugger for us for a while. George lived in Tucson and did home building.  He was a super intendant on many large construction projects you have seen in town. Savarino’s ECDC. 95 Ferry. JM Hayes’ project at Washington and Sinclair where they did a complete gut and remodel. As in many cases, the super intendant works 70 hours and is paid for 40 so George decided to hang his own shingle and open his home improvement company. He has the ability to do many of the phases himself and has aligned himself with all the better contractors that he is sure will uphold is high standards. George is licensed and insured. There are already several Rotarians employing George with projects. Welcome aboard George. I never met an Allen I didn’t like.
The Ken April 10

The Ken April 10

Attendance: Dick Hanaburgh

Split Club: Brian Ahern

Invocation: Gary Roberts

Fine Master: Jim Austin

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Mike began our meeting with the Pledge. Barb led us in “America” and Gary gave our invocation. Gary asked that we remember Pat Hoffman, past President Ed Hoffman’s wife who passed away. She was a lovely person. Guests today were Julia Fink and Patty Notara.

Rick announced we are looking good with the Wine Event. They are pleased with sponsorships but would like more baskets and attendance. Gary will do the Armenian raffle the next 2 weeks. You can buy $10 chances (# of chances are usually 50) for a chance to win a 42” TV. The money we raise helps us purchase the main auction item. This year it is a professional wine cooler filled with all kinds of wines.

Scott also is on track with Shred-It. He still can use volunteers. Remember, the spring shred-It brings out many more people so he can use the help. Brian is working the signup sheets. The date is April 22. Larry, announced as he walked in the door at 12:45, that he has lawn signs.

John Coogan received his check for drawing the Ace last week. John confessed to winning the NCAA basketball pool this week that made our check insurmountable. Nevertheless, congrats John. John always buys lots of tickets so I’m sure we are still ahead of him. Larry got real good exposure in the Town for the “Purple Pinky” program he put on. More to educated the public what it is all about. Thank you Mike Ford for participating. Also a director of youth somewhere asked Larry to speak about our RYLA program somewhere. I’m sure he did and did a great job doing it. Brian would like to host a bread making class to show us how he makes this mouthwatering bread.

Mike introduced his dad, Jim Austin as today’s Finemaster. Rick Graham confessed to his niece being on TV and his grandson was selected for the Ontario Hockey League out of 1200. They choose 300. Great accomplishment. Tim Glor announced that he and Jacquie had a wonderful time as Shari’s guest at the Boys and Girls Club event at Klienhans. Don’t we all miss Shari? Audrey and our accountants Joe, Ed and Ted? Mike was also there with Gary as his date. Mike arranged for a ride in case the evening didn’t go well. I guess it did and there was something mentioned about breakfast??? Paul confessed to a wonderful dinner at Ahearn’s with the Patterson’s. Jim proceeded to quiz us about April Fools history. We went around the room and whoever told a funny prank was exempt from fines. There were many funny pranks, but Rene’s was the best when her manager took clients out for lunch and she called the restaurant in advance and asked them to decline his card. Rene, you are so naughty.

Gary won the split club and Art missed the Ace of Spades on a new deck. Bob Blatz and Ron won the fig, anis bread.

At this time, Mike introduced our speaker Julia Fink. Julia is the owner of Welcome Buffalo magazine. This magazine is rarely read by WNY’ers because it is in Hotels. 93 to be exact. She started the magazine 31 years ago with 39 Hotels. Tourism is very important to our community. Over twelve million people vacation here a year. We offer world class restaurants, boutiques, events, theaters, and professional sports. Julia was kind enough to present us all with a hard copy of the magazine. Let me tell you, it’s no rag.

Larry closed the meeting by reminding us he and Brian desperately need volunteers for the Big Picture Mentoring Program. They would like 6 and would like to test the waters for the rest of the year. It hibernates through the summer. Then we will be ready to go for the ’17 – ’18 school year. 1 hour on Wednesdays at noon. You will meet with the same high school student every week. How can you not develop a relationship with an individual you otherwise would never have had a chance to?

Another great meeting. Meeting adjourned
The Ken April 3
The Ken April 3
Attendance: Dick Hanaburgh
Split Club: Brian Ahern
Invocation: Larry Coon
Fine Master: Jim Prichard
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike began our meeting with the Pledge. Barb led us in “God Bless America” and Larry gave our invocation. Funny thing, there were a lot of customers at my store when I got back after Rotary thanks to Larry’s kind words. There were many visitors today that included Christine Koch – Principal of Kenmore West and Big Picture, Anne Blenk – Big Picture coordinator, Chris Watson, Big Picture Internship coordinator, Melinda Roth Sanderson, NYS mentors with Lynn Marinelli and Nancy Mueller White, Harold’s daughter in law.
Rick Graham has us all real excited about perhaps beating the record of 2013 Wine Event‘s revenues. There are many sponsorships sold. We still need more baskets and seats sold. Please drop the baskets off with a brief description to Elmlawn. Scott is also on track with Shred-It. Please help Scot and volunteer for an hour. There is a signup sheet or contact Scott at smason@realtyusa.com. Pat brought in lawn signs. MandT bank has a large electronic sign advertising this event. Thank you Rene. Mike thanked me and Gretchen for hosting the gift gathering party. We love having this group at the house.
Jim Prichard was fine master today. Paul was pleasantly pleased that we had several varieties of pies at the gift gathering party that he matched dollar for dollar to anyone who admitted to having a piece of pie at the party. Jim fined Rick for interrupting.  Appropriately with all this giving back to the community that has been going on and with the Variety Club telethon just ending, Jim quizzed us on fun facts relating to Variety Club. We learned some neat trivia and raised some money.
Ron Levea won the split club and, yes, John Coogan picked the Ace, with many cards still in the deck I might add. Chuck Patterson won the first loaf of Brian’s bread and Jim Prichard won the second. FYI, half of my family prefers this bread thinly sliced and toasted the others like it thicker. Either way it sure makes mornings exciting.
At this time Larry introduced half of our program. As I am sorting this all out, it appears Brian’s wife Pat introduced Melinda Sanderson of NY mentoring (more on this later) to Brian. That got us thinking about the Big Picture Program. Big Picture is a very specialized High School in the Ken-Ton district. They are in their 5th year. There are 15 kids per grade 9-12 in the program.  All though these kids are self-motivated, they don’t feel comfortable in a large school setting. The students participate in core content classes 3 days per week and also learn in a real-world setting through internships 2 days per week. The internships provide valuable learning experiences for the students and help to identify avenues for students to pursue as a long term career.
This sequad into Brian introducing Melinda Sanderson who is with NYS mentoring. Children today spend on average 7 minutes alone time with an adult per week. In 1984 Mario Cuomo started this program and put his wife Matilda in charge. It ended in 1995. In January of 2015, Andrew Cuomo, in honor of his father, started this program back up. Mentees are 46% less likely to start using illegal drugs. Mentees are 52% less likely to skip classes. Mentees are more trusting of their parents or guardians, and less likely to lie to them and feel more supported and less criticized by peers. Brian and Larry are aggressively trying to get 6 club members so that we can be mentors. They are shooting for Wednesday’s at noon. Let’s try it out soon and get familiar with it before summer recess. Any referrals. You do not need to be a Rotarian. Please contact Larry at 870-9721 or Brian Ahern at 847-372-3633.
Another great meeting. Meeting adjourned
The Ken March 27
The Ken March 27
Attendance: Ron Levea
Split Club: Holly Nowak
Invocation: Tim Glor
Fine Master: Holly Nowak
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike began our meeting with the Pledge. Chuck led us in “America” and Tim gave a warm invocation. Today’s guests were our speaker Meg Lauerman and Kevin Robinson visiting us from Key Bank.
Mike began our announcements by congratulating Mark Tremont on the birth of his granddaughter. Also, student recognition is May 1 and May 8 at Paddock Dome. I look forward to this because I get to see Tom Schwob who presents the awards to outstanding middle school and high school achievers. Rick Graham announced that sponsorships for the Wine / Beer Event are up slightly. 2013 we netted $13K, last year $11K. Keep selling tickets. We need a final count by May 5 for Branccetis. Saturday will be the basket gathering party at my house. 6:00 at 109 Henning Drive, Orchard Park, NY. We have food and beverage and yes Paul, pies. For those that cannot bring the baskets to my house, Mike will accept them at his office. Please write a brief description what the basket is. That helps the committee set up. The special auction item will be a wine cooler filled with a montage of nice wines. Scott said Shred - It is on track. April 22, 10:00 – 2:00.  Please volunteer to man (or woman… Holly)  the event. 9:30 set up. Brian will have a signup sheet to assure we have enough people. Spring Shred-It has a larger turnout due to tax season. Art teased Scott how much money Shred-It will make and Scott replied how awkward it was that the house accountant didn’t know. Lawn signs are on order and some other signs are already out. Brian begged Mike to please get the %!@% stocks out of his house. Brian, I admit, I feel the pain. I would not like that grueling looking appliance adorning my house.
Fine person, Holly took her inaugural task of fining us for accomplishments and or brags. Mike Ford confessed to brining his 5 year old son to Splash Lagoon and had to play interference so Mike’s wife wouldn’t hold him back from the rides. Mike trust me, feed her some cold medicine and take your son off. They usually don’t get hurt too bad. Mike A took Madison to Beauty and The Beast and reported it was a great performance. I confessed to being rushed to the ER for a shrimp reaction. No Shrimp Saturday. Holly waived fines for all the woman in the room in honor of National woman’s month. She proceeded to quiz us on women’s progress over the years and it’s real creepy how not so long ago, women had many challenges. Great first time fine mastering and it appear Holly raised a lot of money.
Split club was won by new member George Allen, WTG George. Dick H. missed the Ace and Paul C, Jerry G, Dick H, and Tom L won the 4 loaves of bread Brian made earlier in the day. Paul introduced our speaker Meg Lauerman. Meg is with Continental 1. This is a real small organization very actively lobbying local and National politicians on the essentials of tying Route 219 together. We need a North South Interstate. There appears to be great momentum with the current administration. Meg made so much sense on the validity of this argument. Please learn more at www.continental1.org.
Meeting adjourned.
The Ken March 20

The Ken March 20

Attendance: Ron Levea

Split Club: Holly Nowak

Invocation: Tim Glor

Fine Master: Ed Markarian

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

President Elect Tom stepped up to the plate for Mike and began our meeting promptly with the Pledge followed with a fine rendition of “God Bless America” started off by Chuck Patterson. Tim gave our invocation.

Tom asked for announcements. I started off by reminding everyone that the gift gathering party is approaching quickly. It is at my house, Saturday April 1 at 6:00. Please email me, jeffmarkar@aol.com, or register on line so we have enough food. We are planning on sausages from around the world with all kinds of goodies. Scott announced Shred –It is well under way. All he needs are volunteers the day of the event. Larry announced that Greg Eminger from Amherst East is having a golf outing May 8. They are looking for sponsors and / or golfers. Yeah, like every other organization in WNY is. Glad we’re out of that arena. Larry is also asking if anyone can think of a student 15-18 years old that want to participate in slap shot, they can contact Larry. It is the last weekend in April. Larry and Char are so active in this wonderful event that can really shape a young person. Also, Larry has a mentoring program that he needs adult mentors for young people that do not have many competent adults in their lives. Please contact Larry for the details.

With no further announcements, fine master Ed Markarian proceeded to hear confessions. First of all, Ed will be missing next week so Holly will have her inaugural fine master duties. She assured us she will raise money. Ed was happy to confess that his daughter Kristen, who started her college career working to be a kindergarten teaches has just applied to law school. Best wishes Kristen, pops would be very proud. Art was fined for agitating Scott to boast about Shred-It. Ron confessed to being on his annual baseball training camp visit to Florida. Paul confessed to a great birthday dinner at Park and was presented a large pie. I’m not following this Paul and pie deal but I better make sure there will be pie at the party April 1. John Coogan confessed to missing our meeting last week because he forgot to adjust his clock. Bread aficionado, Brian announced that Pat is taking the Hospice job in Boston. We wish Pat all the best but are saddened to have a great Rotarian moving on. Susan jabbed Tom, for Audrey’s sake, about the re-signing of Tyrod Taylor. Mike Ford was also bummed out but not so much with the negotiated contract. And finally Pat confessed that Larry won a clock as a door prize at an event he attended. How appropriate. Eddie questioned us on interesting trivia on Lincoln Continentals seeing that President elect Tom just purchased one.

John Coogan won the split club and Pat Griffin missed the Ace and I won the sourdough, rye bread. Still warm I might ad.

Tom took back the meeting and introduced our speaker. Pasquale Maggiore pinched hit for Karen Sorrentino of UNYTS. UNYTS is western NY’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center. What they get stays in WNY. Pasquale’s message today concentrated on giving blood. They can always use more blood. Area hospitals use 60,000 units of blood per year. In addition to emergencies and lifesaving transplants, blood is needed on a regular basis for people with cancer, heart disease and leukemia. Premature babies and children needing surgery also require blood transfusions. To find a blood drive near you, please visit www.unyts.org and click GIVE BLOOD. Very eye opening program that inspired many questions.

Meeting adjourned

The Ken March 13
The Ken March 13
Attendance: Michalene Bernat
Split Club: Jeff Markarian
Invocation: Tim Glor
Fine Master: Ed Markarian
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
We began our meeting with the Pledge followed by a much nicer rendition of “God Bless America” in the key of Chuck Patterson. Tim gave our invocation. Our only guest today was our speaker John Bradley of Alcott HR.
Mike announced that 5/1 and 5/8 will be student recognition Days. This is where we honor Junior High and High school students and present them with scholarship money. Most likely at the Paddock Dome. I announced that I will host the Gift gathering party this year at my house. April 1 at 6:00. Rick Graham reminded us not to wait too long to get us the gifts because there is a lot of logistics that go into putting them together.
Ed Markarian was the fine master and took confessions from Tom Lang. Tom received an outstanding service award for his work he does with the Riviera Theater. Tom was not fined but confessed to purchasing a fully loaded Lincoln. That was a finable offense. Brian confessed to not having bread today. His power was off. Scott was fined for a quote Art said he made, hacking on the wine event. Mike A. blew Art in for swearing. There was no fine, but was kind of creepy, that a room full of men except for Michalene, who had no part of the commotion, had a conversation about Gary Roberts’s lower lumbar. To wrap up, Eddie fined everyone without a pin on.
Michalene won the split club and Mike A. lost on the Ace. However no bread today.
Paul Chisolm introduced our speaker, John Bradley of Alcott HS. There was a caveat in having him speak to us today. We had to get permission from Holly. Holly had no problem and as it turns out, John said Holly is the best in her field and they would employ her on certain challenges. It was interesting again, figuring out all the regulations that is required from us. But he stressed as did Holly when she presented, you better. They will assume you are not in compliance and you have to prove you are. One regulation is the new hourly rate implemented this year for salaried employees. It’s a tangled web and you cannot do it yourself.  Alcott HS is a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) in where they co hire the employees. You benefit with the purchasing power you gain in the numbers you bring.
John’s second part of his program dealt with Rotary Youth Exchange. He is very involved with that for our District. There is a misconception that we have to host the students wherein Rotary just mediates in putting the families together. This could be another form of community service for our club to think about.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken - March 6
The Ken March 6
Attendance: Holly Nowak
Split Club: Tim Glor
Invocation: Tim Glor
Fine Master: Ed Markarian
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike started out this large boisterous group on time with the Pledge and Chuck Patterson led us in “God Bless America”. We had 2 guests. Our speaker Mark Mistretta, Capital Facilities Manager of the New York State Parks and Bill Mikolowski from who knows where.
Mike announced the board was meeting Wednesday at Platka’s at 8:15 am. Rick Graham reminded us we need baskets for the Wine Event. Please remember to describe them so we can make placards. I am hosting a basket gathering party April 1 at 6:00. If you cannot attend, you can get the baskets to Elmlawn. Sue J. announced that Shari will attend the event??? Gary Roberts will be doing the Armenian Raffle soon. This is where we raise money to buy a gift to raffle off at the Event. You buy chances, usually 1-50 for a set price. Gary will draw a number and you will when a prize. This usually takes place over 2 weekly meetings. Art announced that Scot called him and asked that he wishes us luck on the 2nd biggest fund raiser we have. Of course this was met with some debate. Tom Lang thanked the 15 people who attended the Wine Tour Sunday. They were even greeted at one of the wineries by a former RYLARIAN who know Larry and Char.
Eddie was the fine master for the week. The first fine was from Dr. Werner. Doc’s first meeting was February 7, 1957. This February 7, 2017 Venice Sunrise Club was honored to have him share his 60th year of perfect attendance. He mentioned he has a wager going on with a Rotarian at his new but 2nd favorite club who has 61 years of perfect attendance. Doc gave 60 happy dollars for 60 years of perfect attendance.  Ed took many other confessions. But started by fining himself for poor attendance. Rick was fined for tatteltaling. George Allen was fined just so his sponsor Ed could give him his first fine. Tom paid it. Jim P has been getting many spots on the Entecom stations suggesting Entecom for advertising. Gary was fined for being an Armenian wanna be. Art confessed to being on a 2 week cruise. Mike Ford had to miss the wine tour due to a fund raiser for Susan’s cousin. He was moved by the large donation Chuckie Basil contributed. Pat Griffin paid for doing junior achievements. Brian Ahern attended Amherst rotary meeting and the Rotarian that visited our club and made us aware of her Tanzanian trip asked why he didn’t bring his infamous bread. Eddie wrapped up by fining everyone that missed the Wine Tour $1.00.
Chuck Patterson won the split club and I picked a card for Joe Starck but missed the Ace. John Coogan won the first loaf of Bri-bread and Gary won the 2nd loaf.
At this time Paul introduced Mark Mistretta. Mark is the Capital Facilities Manager of the NY state parks. Marks program was about the Niagara Falls parks and the outer harbor Parks. NY State has invested $82 million already in turning the Parks around. It was impressive how the Parks commission is concentrating on organic trails, bridges, dams and walk paths. So much has been done to make this a destination, you must come down and stroll around. They are leaving the large hotels for the city of Niagara Falls. The Whirlpool steps are complete. Next year Devils Hole stairs will be completed. That will complete a 4 mile hike down one set of stairs, a hike along the river where there are class 5 rapids, a walk up the other set of stairs and back to your car. Very inspiring presentation.
 
Meeting adjourned