Rotary Club
of Grand Island, NY

Volume 2 | Issue 5  (3/8/2020)

GI Rotary Bulletin  
What GI Rotarians are thinking 
and talking about!
Breakfast Meeting at Eggsquisite, Wed, Mar 11!
Young Entrepreneurs who Developed Casey's Cabana-
Hear their Story!
Wed., Mar 11 at 7:00 AM, order your breakfast at Eggsquisite, then join your fellow Rotarians to hear the fascinating tale of High School students who took on more than a 'Summer job' - turning the old Bedell House 'clam shack' into Casey's Cabana on Ferry Rd.  Gabby Bergstrom & Luke Hess have an interesting and pertinent story of modern 'small business start-up' - come hear it.

Several words of thanks to our current 'POD Chief', Brian Graham, for the speaker he brought to our Feb 26 meeting. Cheryl Cardone, Asst. Director of Pupil Personnel Services, gave us a valuable introduction to the range and intensity of services offered to students (and their families) when students have personal, economic or home difficulties. All right, some of us mutter about school taxes, but this type of talk shows us the real value of all those extras that are now an important party of the public school system.  Whether they are 'homeless' students (did you know we have a few? ?), disabled or disadvantaged students (whose needs are so varied) or the disaffected, angry, student who may hurt himself or others, we can be very thankful for the range of services Grand Island schools give our students.  So come Wed. AM for another example of a valuable Brian Graham - originated program.

By the time you read this, our Meat Raffle will be history. We hope you helped!

Please Support the Neighbors Foundation - We Started It!

Pancake Breakfast
Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island, Inc.
Sunday, March 22, 2020
River Oaks Club House (Elldens)
9 AM – 1 PM
$5 Minimum suggested donation - More if you care to!
River Oaks is donating entire cost of this event,
Providing all proceeds to Neighbors Foundation
For their work in helping temporary needy of Grand Island
Upcoming Events for Grand Island Rotarians 
As We Approach Spring!
Third Annual Meat Raffle
Club Breakfast Meeting
Rotary Leadership Institute
Pancakes 4 Neighbors Found.
Club Dinner Meeting
March 7, 5 PM come early!
March 11, 7:00 AM
March 21, 8:30- 4:15 PM 
March 22, 9 AM - 1 PM
March 25, 6:15 PM
K of C Hall, Whitehaven Rd.
Eggsquisite Eats, G I Blvd
Niagara College, NOTL, ON
River Oaks Golf, (Elldens)
Buffalo Launch Club
Solving our Leadership Needs -
Yes, we have been talking for several weeks about Officers needed for this Club in 2020 / 21 (starting in July).   President-Elect Sherry Miller will be President in 2020/21, you knew that.  Please help her fill out a Leadership Team for that year (starting July 2020, AKA just 4 months away).  Secretary and an additional Director are about set.  We especially hope you might consider being part of a two person Co-President Elect team for 2021 / 22.  We all recognize the President's role is important and covers many aspects.  There is help and training; particularly when two share the role, it will be very do-able.  
Tremendous Response to Undie Sunday
Chair Sherry Miller, ably helped for publicity by Mike Billoni, produced the best collection ever of underwear, socks for the homeless, needy and abused in this year's Undie Sunday.  The collection we had to sort overwhelmed several large tables at the Thruway Welcome Center last week. Great work by the entire team, and a real tribute to the generosity of Islanders, when they are fully informed of the need.
Do you have thoughts of what Service Projects YOU would like to see the Club involved in?  Your Service Committee, Mike Malaney wants to know; send him an Email with this tab -

Gaining Personal Growth and Growth in Rotary

Our Rotary District 7090 has programs that can really help G I Rotarians - coming up right now in March is Rotary Leadership Institute. An opportunity to spend Saturday, March 21 at Niagara College, off the QEW in NOTL, gaining both personal and Rotary growth, in ways that help you be a better leader and help our Club.  A three part program featuring sessions for both personal development & Rotary details, with your Club paying the cost, this RLI program offers a unique chance to help both yourself and the Club. Deadline for this month's RLI is March 15 - Email President Dick NOE for more info at the button below, or go directly to the District site:
Help Us find High School Candidates for SLAPSHOT!
An outlandish title - but it WORKS:  
Student Leadership Awards Program for Students High On Training.  
A weekend (May 1 - 3) at an outdoors adventure camp in Ancaster ON, helping High School Students develop team play and leadership skills, and confidence to direct their peers into useful projects & outstanding goals.  We have sent several in the past, help us find the NEXT GENERATION of LEADERS. It would be ideal if the candidates were current Interact Members, but not necessary.  If you know of High Schoolers, Interact or otherwise that might be interested, contact President Dick at the button below.
Grand Island Rotary Club Officers and Directors for 2019 - 20
President - Dick Earne
President Elect - Sherry Miller
Treasurer - Dan Flaim
Secretary, Bulletin Editor - Hank Kammerer
Director, Membership Chair - Mary Haggerty
Director - Brian Graham
Director - Christine Learman
Director - Kyle Clayton
Scribe - Mike Billoni
POD Leader, Jan thru March - Brian Graham
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