Rotary Club
of Grand Island, NY

Volume 4 | Issue 1  (August 2021)

GI Rotary Bulletin  
Think what Rotary Has Done!
Help Increase our Membership

Upcoming Events for Grand Island Rotarians & Friends

August Dinner Mtg
Morning mtg with DG
Sept. Dinner mtg
Pedal for Polio
Parkway Cleanup
Oct. Morning mtg
Oct. Dinner Mtg
Aug. 25, 6:00 PM
Sep. 15, 7:15 AM, Zoom
Sep. 29, 6:00 PM
Oct. 2
Oct. 9, (Tentative)
Oct. 13. 7:15 AM
Oct. 27, 6:00 PM
Buffalo Launch Club  
Zoom,Sherry sends code
Buffalo Launch Club
Both sides of Border
Kaegebein Parking Lot
Zoom,Sherry sends code
Buffalo Launch Club
Another Great Launch Club Summer Dinner Mtg:
Tonawanda Coke & WNY Environmental Health Study
We have a very good program at our second Summer Dinner Meeting, Launch Club, Wed. Aug. 25, 6 PM! Professor Tammy Milillo, from both the Departments of Chemistry & Environmental Public Health at UB, will give us background and current work in that study, as we see the 'Tonawanda Coke' remains thru the windows of the Launch Club! A very good dinner last month, plus program from Soma Cura on wellness, yoga, salt rooms! Building on that successful dinner meeting, we will DO IT AGAIN on August 25. Dinner at Buffalo launch Club, Wed. Aug. 25, 6 PM, as we gather for good food & fellowship, plus an interesting program and a chance to re-live the success of the Grand Island 'Night Out' on Aug 3. Also an ideal chance for you to bring the school supplies (or financial contribution) that you might have for the DECA school supplies (program explained in the bottom part of this Bulletin). Tell Sherry by Aug. 23 you are coming so the Launch Club is prepared for us! 
Grand Island Town 'Night Out'
Fine showing for G I Rotary at the town-wide event on Aug. 3. Our booth, nicely planned by Dave Garcia, and President Sherry, and with tent plus tables from Jerry Barlow, attracted many kids for the games and prizes. As Chair Dave Garcia said in the wrap-up of the event: 'Some asked, What is Rotary? Community events are a great opportunity to raise the profile of our local Club.' Yes, a good chance to introduce the Rotary name and activities to all Town residents.
It was also great to see the Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island organization play an important part of the celebration. Their booth included information about their important service to provide food help to distressed Islanders. It was also the lead in to the BIG DUNK TANK set up by the Town organizers, that gave kids and others a chance (for a $ or more) to 'dunk' Town notables, or willing volunteers. The Neighbors Foundation received over $200 as the proceeds of those 'dunking'. 

Part of the Pleasure of 'Night Out'; Seeing:

Rebuilt Gazebo - Reliving our 1980's Contribution!

You remember the distress we all felt on dismantling of the 1980's Gazebo, Grand Island Rotary donated to the Town (our $'s and design by Rotarian Frank Vacanti - built by Ken-Ton BOCES). Have you seen the new Town-built Gazebo, enlarging and modernizing, but retaining the basic design of 'our' old one. It was a fitting backdrop to the musicians of the Erie County Wind Ensemble who performed during the Night Out festivities. 

It's Worth it For You to:

Learn More about Rotary!

Sometimes we get all wrapped up in local, Grand Island Rotary activities, and actions. There is so much more to Rotary. Here is a way to find out more:
The Rotary continuum starts at the club level and grows. There is a much larger Rotary world that is just waiting for you to embrace once you understand what it is all about. Come and join us at the upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) sessions being offered via ZOOM in September, October and November, 2021. It is open to all Rotarians and Rotaractors in District 7090. It is an excellent opportunity to meet new Rotary friends (albeit virtually) and expand your Rotary experience.
RLI is made up of three parts, covering six topics per part – Here is an outline of the topics in the First Part, to show you how learning more of Rotary helps YOU learn and develop more of YOURSELF.
My Leadership in Rotary As a Rotarian, I am, by definition, a leader. Join us as we explore the characteristics of leadership, motivational techniques, and leadership styles. How do I best lead? 
My Rotary World As a Rotarian, I am part of a worldwide organization of like-minded people. Take some time to truly understand the purpose and structure of Rotary. Can these resources help me? 
Ethics and Vocational Service I am ethical, recognize and promote ethics in others, and seek opportunities to service through my vocation. You can see that I am a Rotarian.
Our Foundation I am “doing good” in my local community and around the world. Learn about the basic goals and programs of The Foundation. I am a force for good in the world! 
Engaging Members I make my club and Rotary stronger by my active participation. Engaged club members have fun, make friends and effectively serve. This is why I joined Rotary! 
Creating Service Projects I am a vital part of a worldwide service organization of business, professional and community leaders meeting needs in communities. I can build, run and promote service. 
Go to to learn more or talk to President Sherry.
There is also a 'District Conference' the weekend of October 21 - 23, a chance for Rotarians from Western NY and Southern Ontario Clubs to exchange ideas (partly in-person, partly by Zoom). Please go on that District web site listed above and see all that is going on beyond Grand Island, but still close to our shores.

UB Rotaract needs Rotary or Buffalo Stuff to Auction!

We would really like the donation of Rotary or Buffalo brand items to support the UB Rotaract Club. They will be running a school raffle the 2nd week in September. Please, if you have items like water bottles, cozies, T-shirts, etc, (with Rotary or Buffalo logos) consider donating them so the UB Rotaract Club can raise $'s for their charitable activities. Get items to President Sherry who will answer any questions and arrange delivery.

 Help DECA Students help Needy Students!

The Grand Island High School DECA Club has their annual School supply collection - August 13 to 25th. They succeeded last year (with our help) preparing backpacks for local children whose parents were having difficulty facing a new school year. Let's help them again this year! All the supplies students need are shown in their flyer. Please consider dropping off supplies at locations shown in the flyer. Or, maybe even better, financial contribution would allow DECA to order bulk purchases of specific needs. We will plan a way to safely give DECA help, individually or as a Club.
Grand Island Rotary Club Officers and Directors for 2021 - 22
President - Sherry Miller
Past President - Dick Earne
Treasurer - 
Secretary - Mike Billoni
Director - Brian Graham
Director - Christine Learman
Director - 
Bulletin Editor, Executive Sect. - Hank Kammerer
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