Posted by Sherry Miller on Dec 11, 2018
Showing Rotarians Work and Brave the Weather!
Grand Island Rotary tried something new this year – G I Chamber had Light Up Boulevard parade as Holiday Season started (Dec. 1). Surprising number of spectators watched us march, including 3 Interactors, with Rotarians at Work banner, lighted truck with reindeer followed in gloom. Yes, it was drizzling, but not bitter cold, got good comments on our hardiness! We have learned a lesson: next year we need a Hot Air Balloon Burner to really Light up the Boulevard, and our marchers!
   
We Showed Rotarians at Work (in the Rain) Sherry Miller 2018-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherry Miller on Nov 14, 2018
Helping Light Up the Boulevard
Grand Island Rotary will help the GI Chamber of Commerce and other Island organizations bring in a well lit Holiday Season on Saturday, Dec. 1, 5 PM, after that unique Rudolph’s Run. Our truck with hundreds of lights – some modern LED’s, some old strings ‘almost antiques’, brings light to Grand Island Boulevard, then leads Rotary & Interact walkers plus everyone to the Town Holiday Tree Lighting in Town Center near Rotary Gazebo. Santa will be in Town Hall for kids, eats & treats in Town Center, lots to do. Maybe you will need gloves, ear muffs, scarfs; even so, come enjoy warm community spirit.
    
Light Up the Boulevard for Holidays Sherry Miller 2018-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Nov 01, 2018
Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build a better world (Promoting peace, Fighting disease, Providing clean water and hygiene, Saving mothers and children, Supporting Education, and Building local economies). To support these efforts and end polio forever, over 1 million Rotarians have provided untold hours of effort and over Three Billion dollars through the Rotary Foundation in the past 100+ years. Steady, yearly, contributions keep this tremendous effort going. Having every Rotarian giving ($25 or $100 or more!) and working (local, District or International projects) will insure this tremendous Tradition of Service continues into the future. The number and scope of projects supported might overwhelm the mind – except that when we do it, one check at a time, one hour of service at a time – we can look back and see tremendous accomplishment!
          
Support Rotary Foundation and its Projects Henry G. Kammerer 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Faye Teluk on Oct 30, 2018
Five Ukraine teachers, educators, were shown several aspects of educating youth and young adults in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, medicine by Grand Island Rotary last month. Part of the Open World exchange program – U.S. Congress sponsored, having brought more than 26,000 current and future leaders from post-Soviet era countries to US to see our free enterprise and democratic processes in action. Science wings of schools in Alden, Lancaster and Grand Island, technology training of young adults at the Northland Industry center and at Cannon Design on Grand Island, plus aspects of WNY life (and the Falls!). Meetings and dinners with Buffalo Medical Corridor and Grand Island Rotary Clubs. A busy week for Ukrainians, an interesting and informative week for G I Rotarians also.
      
Ukraine Educators see STEM in Action in WNY Faye Teluk 2018-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Oct 28, 2018
Thank goodness for TOUGH GI High School Students and Advisor Mandy Myers. Yes, our Fall Beaver Isle Pkwy clean up had a 'bit of rain'. But 10 students and 7 Rotarians showed TRUE GRIT and got the job done, even extending onto the ramps near bridge. It is sometimes difficult, and please don't touch the road kill, but we thank all who braved the cool, damp, and allowed all to be more proud of our highways. Pray for good weather in May when we are back.
    
Adopt-A-Hiway in Rain! Henry G. Kammerer 2018-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Oct 11, 2018
Five Ukraine teachers, educators, will be here in Western NY as guests of the US Congress and of Grand Island Rotary from Oct 12 – 20. Rotarians will show them several aspects of educating our youth and young adults in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, medicine. Science wings of schools, technology training centers, plus several unique aspects of WNY life. How do you start such a tour? Dinner at the Dnipro Ukrainian Center on Genesee St. of course! Remember the Dnipro River flows thru Kyiv on its way thru the heart of Ukraine on its way to the Black Sea.
    
GI Rotary Welcomes Ukrainian Study Group Henry G. Kammerer 2018-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Sep 26, 2018
Rotary Action: Fund Raising and So Much More
For 30 years, 1988 – 2018, Rotary Clubs like Grand Island have worked under Rotary International and governments, foundations to ERADICATE POLIO. Polio, long gone from North America, still produced millions of disabled folks a year, 30 years ago. Money ($700 Million from Rotary just since 2010) and Rotary volunteers helped the dramatic reduction such that now less than 20 wild Polio cases per year, and in only 3 countries. As the Eradicate Polio goal nears, here is an example of Actions Rotarians around the world take beyond ‘just’ raising $’s. Improving organization and record keeping, key to successful Polio vaccination and other health care improvement, Pakistan Rotarians are giving cell phones to local health workers so that vaccination teams can be sent rapidly to critical areas and results logged in, called back promptly. Rotary efforts include thoughtful Action, in addition to their massive money raising.
    
Rotary Action - Beyond Fund Raising Henry G. Kammerer 2018-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Sep 08, 2018
Rotary will be there at Taste of Grand Island, Saturday, Sep 22, near the Rotary Gazebo in Town Center, Whitehaven Rd. Get raffle tickets on the Big Lottery Tree, one sure to give you exciting chances for a variety of Lottery winnings, plus taste the empenadas that are a hit at Tonawanda Canal Fest (from the Salvation Army booth there) – we will also have unique Grand Island scene coasters. All as Rotary raises funds to support High School scholarships, Miracle League field upkeep, and so much more.
    
Taste of Grand Island Offerings! Henry G. Kammerer 2018-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Aug 11, 2018
G I Rotary will make their annual donation to help with upkeep of the Miracle League field on Grand Island, on Sunday, Aug. 19, 1:45 PM as another game is about to start. The Miracle League field, Tee-ball size, with a special rubberized surface to eliminate injury if a player stumbles or falls, allows wheelchair bound or other challenged youth, to have the thrill of participating in ball games. Next to the ball field is a unique handicapped-accessible playground, also with rubberized, safe, surface. Rotary is proud to have helped with financing, construction, and maintenance of both facilities – come out Sunday afternoon, Aug. 19, and see, maybe participate in, the joy that is brought to challenged kids.
    
Annual Donation to Miracle League Henry G. Kammerer 2018-08-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Jul 27, 2018
An excellent picnic meeting of Grand Island Rotary last evening (7/25) at the home of John & Linda Harbison. A chance to honor seniors from this year at Grand Island High School. Maria Schnettler and Elizabeth Kretevski received $1000 scholarships to help their further education, while they and 7 others – Sara Wolcott, Arthur Meaney, Abigail Czerwonka, Jenna Tavano, Megan Shickluna, Yusaf Mojawalla and Megan Staley, all received Student Recognition Awards in honor of their service in the local and nearby communities. Those awards, plus induction of new Rotary member, Faye Teluk, made for a full evening, but we still had time to eat (of course, we always do)! The combination of students, 13 Rotarians, several parents and other friends produced a full evening of fellowship.
    
Picnic Meeting to Honor Students Henry G. Kammerer 2018-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Jul 19, 2018
Well, I didn't have my Iphone camera handy at the 7/18 breakfast meeting of GI Rotary at Grand Island's new Holiday Inn Express. So there is no photo of Director Brian Graham explaining results of Member survey we had just completed (almost 100% response!) showing both our successes and where we can get better. As we document future events and activities here, you will see results of that survey. Then we had a tour of this new venue – here’s where my forgetting Iphone camera means I have to show you stock photos of some features. Good meeting room for us (next to buffet!), rooms taking advantage of its park-like setting, good exercise room, unfortunately no stock photo available of the unique handicapped accessible pool! Looking good for future meetings here!
    
New Rotary Year - New Venue Henry G. Kammerer 2018-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Jun 21, 2018
Wonderful End to a Great Rotary Year
Grand Island Rotarians journeyed down to Derby on cliffs overlooking Lake Erie (actually the ‘new’ boutique SunCliff) to enjoy dinner and celebrate a successful year! Past Member Dr. Dave Johnson has a new career turning a palatial 1920’s site into a new venue. Members and their spouses enjoyed the view, a special tour, plus excellent food, as they gave special Paul Harris recognition to Directors Chris Learman & Hank Kammerer, plus special thanks to outgoing President Mike Heigel. John Harbison was singled out for his recent award from the GI Lions Club, and Dick Earne, as Incoming President, got great support for his plans in 2018 / 19. From the photo, you might think Dave Johnson is expounding on a great vintage of chardonnay; no, he is explaining about sanding, painting, and dealing with Planning Boards as SunCliff becomes a reality! 
  
Wonderful End to Great Rotary Year Henry G. Kammerer 2018-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Jun 12, 2018
Great Event to end Rotary Year
President Mike Heigel has worked with Past Member (and Past President) Dave Johnson, to arrange a President’s Dinner night we will remember for some time. A new dinner & conference venue on cliffs overlooking Lake Erie – SunCliff in Derby! What a grand way to celebrate a turn-around year for Grand Island Rotary. Before a note-worthy dinner, a tour of this newly refurbished venue with its wonderful setting as the sun sets into Lake Erie. Wednesday, June 20, we are all looking forward to it!
    
Ending Rotary Year with Style Henry G. Kammerer 2018-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
SHRED-IT is Here! – Saturday, June 9
 
Safe, reliable, document destruction done while you wait, or just as safe - after you drop off your boxes of those old financial or tax papers. Saturday, June 9 at the Key Bank end of the Tops Parking lot, Grand Island. Only $10 per box to give you peace of mind and free up some file cabinet or storage space! Grand Island Rotary offers this activity to raise funds, particularly for its support of the Miracle League Field at Veterans Park, providing accessible sports and playground for challenged youth. The SHRED-IT activity is sponsored by Christine A. Learman, CPA, PC.
  
 
Document Destruction: Shred-It! June 9 Henry G. Kammerer 2018-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on May 24, 2018
No Recipe for Polish Sausage – Instead Fascinating Business Background
Skip Wardinski, 3rdGeneration President of Wardinski Meats provided a great evening for G I Rotarians at the Launch Club on May 23rdas Club President Mike Heigel knew Skip from business contacts. Thus from Skip - little hints about what makes their sausage and hot dogs so delicious, but more importantly, an overview of challenges in his industry. The influx of national ‘cut-rate’ items, the need to source high quality meats, staffing an operation with real workers, useful yet economical employee benefits (give-away price for dogs slightly undersize!). A delightful evening showing the advantage of Rotarians having contacts thru-out the business world.
    
Wardinski Sausage Business from Inside Henry G. Kammerer 2018-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on May 19, 2018
Great Help to get Beaver Isle Pkwy Cleaned Up for Spring!
Yes, the weatherman threw us a curve (rain exactly in the 8 – 10 AM cleanup time, sun after!), but with the help of 10 GI Hi School students, Beaver Island Parkway got a Spring Clean-Up by Grand Island Rotary and their helpers. We’ve said it before: it takes cooperation and Partnering for a small service Club to accomplish good works. So Rotarian Chair, Sherry Miller, arranged High School students (who wanted community-service time anyway) to help our Spring Parkway cleanup. They were not deterred by rain – they smiled, tho maybe unhappy with the conditions. We thank them for their help – we couldn’t have done it without them!
    
With Help! We got Parkway Cleaned Up! Henry G. Kammerer 2018-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherry Miller
Our Semi-Annual Cleanup of Beaver Isle Pkwy is here, May 19. Join us 8 AM in the front parking lot of Kaegebein School at Love Rd and the Parkway. A quick cup of coffee, then fan out for an hour or two to bag up the trash and scraps along that beautiful roadway toward Beaver Island park. Several High School students will join us for this project to beautify an important entrance to Grand Island's most scenic park. Sure, it's a bit of effort, but in a good cause, and some walking along the grassy berms of the roadway will probably do us some good!
    
Beaver Isle Pkwy Cleanup Sherry Miller 2018-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Apr 28, 2018
International service came home to WNY at the GI Rotary, Apr. 25, meeting at the Launch Club. Current UB student, Matthew Falcone, (and member of the Rotary-guided Rotaract Service Club at UB) journeyed to Tanzania in 2015, saw the critical need for purifying water there – GI Rotarians had seen the same need 10 yrs ago in Ethiopia, as girls were forced to scoop water from a cattle field for their families. We financed a well then; a big help, but expensive and needing constant maintenance. Now a grad student in Civil & Environmental Engineering at UB, Matt Falcone is working on a reliable, long term solution – a parabolic solar trough device using plentiful, strong, sun light of tropics to sterilize water without expensive chemicals that need constant replacement. His work needs trials on-site in Tanzania to refine the device, but is real progress. We in Grand Island Rotary saw the benefit of Rotarians working with service minded, students from Rotaract groups who have those new, bright ideas that will truly help the world. You can learn more about Matt Falcone’s effort to return to Tanzania at the University at Buffalo Crowdfunding Tanzania project.
    
International service brought Home! Henry G. Kammerer 2018-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Mar 19, 2018
Interesting program coming to GI Rotary at their Mar. 28 dinner at the Launch Club. A nature trail along the Niagara River from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario sure sounds like a great idea. Would Grand Island be involved? Well, we are the STAR of the Niagara River region, aren’t we? Why wouldn’t we be involved! Greg Stevens and Gerald Kelly will described the Niagara Greenway’s plans and hopes for this project. Grand Island should / must be involved!
   
A Nature Trail thru Us! Henry G. Kammerer 2018-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael W. Heigel on Mar 07, 2018
Waving Dollar Bills at Rotarians makes for Success!
 
(But only when we organize and use Partnering.) Grand Island Rotary’s Meat Raffle to support Growing Readers, was a great success. GI Rotary is now a small group, yet we had a full house at the K of C Hall, bidding for excellent meat packages, waving Dollars at our Runners! That’s because we were PARTNERING with a G I School committee dedicated to buying ‘Read-to-Me’ books local pediatricians will give to new parents, encouraging them to read to their toddlers. The combined forces brought out both attendees and workers. We in Rotary thank all who came / bought / ate (and will eat) supporting Growing Readers, and we see that PARTNERING between Rotarians and School committee made the project successful.
    
Meat Raffle - A Partnering Success Michael W. Heigel 2018-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Feb 23, 2018
Great article on Rotary’s role in ERADICATING POLIO from the world in the Toronto Sun of Feb. 16, 2018. Here’s the highlights: In 1979 there were still 400,000 cases in world. Public health groups had cleared the developed world – BUT! Rotary International stepped up, started 3rd World vaccinations with help from Bill Gates Foundation so that by 2017 ONLY 22 cases in entire world, even Nigeria almost clear. Only Afghanistan & Pakistan are left – Rotary volunteers are now surveying bus stops and border stations to vaccinate every youth among travelers and refugees in those countries. An example – Ramish Ferris, polio in Pakistan 40 years ago, now a Canadian citizen and Rotarian, shown back in Pakistan giving vaccination drops to child in a camp in Pakistan. Rotarians can change the World!
Search on ‘Toronto Star polio article’ to see details.
   
So Close to Eradicating Polio Henry G. Kammerer 2018-02-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Earne on Feb 01, 2018
Grand Island Rotary is encouraging Grand Islanders to buy and donate packages of underwear, socks, etc for homeless men at Buffalo City Mission, and women & children at the batter women's shelter, Cornerstone Manor. Hampers will be placed at churches, schools, Tops, Town Hall and G I Library to receive those contributions. Men at City Mission, women and children at their shelter, all are in need of new underwear, socks, etc, particularly in this winter season. Please help us help them.
  
Undie Sunday All Week Long Dick Earne 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael W. Heigel on Jan 08, 2018
Meat Raffle for Fun and School Success!
 
On Saturday, Mar. 3, Grand Island Rotary will host a Meat Raffle, primarily to support Growing Readers, a G I school program to develop literacy among Grand Island youth. While patrons are having a fun evening: wildly bidding and taking chances of excellent meat packages, they will also be supporting a program to buy ‘Read-to-Me’ books and have local pediatricians give them to new parents, encouraging them to read to their toddlers and youth. The program has been shown to really make youth interested in reading themselves, giving a proper start toward school. A FUN time, great EATING after, and a worthy LITERACY project gets support! Tickets are $10, giving you beer/wine/pop – bring a cooler and some $1 bills to the K of C Hall, Whitehaven Rd. Grand Island; when you leave you will have great eating awaiting you, and you will know you have helped Growing Readers become good students. Call (716) 773-6020 or Email: Meatraffle2018@gmail.com for tickets or information.
        
Meat Raffle: Fun and School Success! Michael W. Heigel 2018-01-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Dec 13, 2017
Holiday Concert showed more than talent – students thinking KINDNESS! G I Rotary combined their December meeting with Kaegebein School Holiday Concert, preceded by dinner in cafeteria. Tables were decorated with KINDNESS CHAINS where Early Act members and other students had made a link after they performed a Random Act of Kindness at Home or School. School teachers and administrators are finding that the negative: Don’t Bully does not work nearly as well as the Positive: Try Random Acts of Kindness! A great chance for Grand Island Rotarians to see what really works well in developing kindness and service in youth, while minimizing awful instances of bullying.
   
 
Encouraging Kindness in Youth Henry G. Kammerer 2017-12-13 05:00:00Z 0
During the Oct. 25 meeting of G. I. Rotary at the Buffalo Launch Club, Mike Ludwig described his progression from a 'Dry Wall Installer' to a successful Entrepreneur. Mike, along with his wife and with financial advice from Christine Learman CPA, created and grew Island Pet Lodge to the leading pet care facility on the Island. Features such as 'Doggie Day Care', television set playing animal shows for their guests, suites to allow doggie pairs to stay together while boarding, supervised and cushioned outdoor play yard, all left the non-pet-owners at the Rotary Meeting shaking their heads in disbelief. However it did show everyone what it takes to have a successful pet boarding operation in this age. These 'Vocation Successes' stories are part of the Rotary mission to help develop vocational service, along with community and youth service, among its Members and the larger Community. The photo shows Rotary Member John Harbison, Rotary President Mike Heigel, with speaker Mike Ludwig and Rotary Director and advisor to Island Pet Lodge, Christine Learman. Then a photo from Island Pet Lodge showing pure enjoyment during a stay there.
  
Success as an Entrepeneur Henry G. Kammerer 2017-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Oct 23, 2017

World Polio Day is this Tues, Oct. 24. Polio? ? ? you say, we haven't heard about that disease in 60 years! Of course, that's right - the vaccines wiped it away from US and North America quickly - no more iron lungs, no heavy leg braces. But it remained a crippler in South Asia and Africa. Rotary, the Gates Foundation and World Health Org. have been fighting it for almost 30 years - so close now - only 11 new Wild cases in the entire world so far this year (Pakistan & Afghanistan). We and all 1.2 million Rotarians urge you to help ERADICATE POLIO!

Update on Polio Eradication Henry G. Kammerer 2017-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Oct 01, 2017
Taste of Grand Island success!  Rotary made a great start on fund raising for student scholarships and our commitment to help maintain the Miracle League field and Handicapped Playground. So many good folks bought chances for a Tree of LOTTERY TICKETS, and a tub of UPSCALE LIQUOR, putting over $1200 in our treasury! Club Members had supplied the top-shelf bottles, Rachel and Madison Carpet One provided the pastries to sell and helped insure that Tonawanda Salvation Army soup kitchen got a big helping of excess pastries! Watch for more fund raisers to support community service works by Grand Island Rotary.
  
Taste of Grand Island Success Henry G. Kammerer 2017-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Sep 11, 2017
Grand Island Rotary offers folks attending the Taste of Grand Island, Sat. Sep. 23 chances to make their visit really memorable! Take chances on a Tree of LOTTERY TICKETS, and a tub of UPSCALE LIQUOR, perhaps you will walk away with days of pleasure – both Dollars and Great Drinking. And you will feel good about buying the raffle tickets also – they will support High School Scholarships, the maintenance fund at the Miracle Field and Handicapped Playground, plus other community service works by Grand Island Rotary.
    
Raffle Opportunities at Taste of Grand Island Henry G. Kammerer 2017-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer
Simple Words – A Huge Impact: Grand Island Rotary heard some simple words Wed. evening at the Launch Club from 2017 / 18 District Governor Reg Madison; Making A Difference sounds simple and obvious, but the implication is Huge. Rotary really does Make A Difference: a million or more service minded folks around the world doing service projects. Many, probably most, of those projects are at home – pick-up along Beaver Isle Pkwy, helping Salvation Army raise funds, youth collecting for cancer patients at Roswell; then including raising $’s to COMPLETELY ERADICATE POLIO around the World in a few more years. A simple message to give heart to our efforts and inspire us to do even more. It was also great to have District Governor Reg present ADDITIONAL Paul Harris awards to long time Members Skip Mazenauer and Jerry Barlow. Their service and effort over the years has been much appreciated and certainly warranted the Paul Harris (our Founder) awards representing the equivalent of several Thousand $'s extra effort for Rotary.
  
Simple Message - Huge Impact Henry G. Kammerer 2017-08-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Aug 17, 2017
Very fine summer party at the Heigels – a chance to talk: some about current events, some about more pleasant things. And equally important to hear a range of music: jazz / Caribbean / pop swirling around us thru the trees and over the water. Note that Skip and Dick Earne seem more interested in talk than the inviting water next to them. Others enjoy the shaded trees plus canopy; Grand Island Rotary enjoying a great summer afternoon, Using the dessert cake to acknowledge the Rotary theme for 2017 / 18: Making A Difference – thru community service here in Grand Island and elsewhere. Thru all those pleasant conversations - a commitment to have Grand Island Rotary Make A Difference thru its service.
    
More pleasant summer meetings! Henry G. Kammerer 2017-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
Pleasant summer picnic meetings of GI Rotary are not just for enjoyment – active, service-minded students were honored and heard from at their most recent picnic meeting. Olivia Turck received Scholarship Check from Chairman Mike Lockett (over 55 years we have presented High School Scholarships); she aims for a Physician Assistant career, starting at Daemen College. Unfortunately our other Scholarship winner Jacob Masucci could not attend. Another excellent High School student and member of Interact (Rotary Service Club at H.S.): Grace Federico described the exciting / challenging / thought-provoking weekend she spent at ‘SLAPSHOT’ (Student Leadership Award Program for Students High On Training) an experience sponsored by US and Canadian District 7090 Rotary Clubs in Ancaster, Ontario. Her glowing words further our commitment to that great program. Grand Island Rotary is proud of its support, both currently and in years past, of youth excellence at Grand Island High School. OK, there is excellent socializing around the pool and under the trees, also!
  
Beyond 'Just' a Summer Picnic Meeting Henry G. Kammerer 2017-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Jun 24, 2017
Celebrating a New Member
 
During the President’s ‘Change-Over’ Dinner this week, GI Rotary welcomed as a New Member Major Celestin Nkounkou of the Tonawanda Salvation Army Corps. Major Celestin and his wife Stephanie (also a Salvation Army Major) were welcomed by Incoming President Mike Heigel and President-Elect Kerri Nowak. Majors Celestin and Stephanie’s leadership of Tonawanda Corps in their many services to all of God’s people in this area fits beautifully with Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self. Major Celestin has thanked us for our past service ringing the Bell at the Red Kettle Drive in the Holiday Season and challenged us to look deeper for more that we can do in our community. Now if only he could get the service of crows to lift him to GI Rotary meetings at the Radisson – less than a mile as the crow flies – over 9 miles by auto – are aerocars ever coming? ? ?
  
Celebrating a New Member Henry G. Kammerer 2017-06-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Jun 22, 2017
An old setting – a new restaurant – a new year for GI Rotary. Excellent way to celebrate a year finished, a new year starting, as Dan Flaim ‘retires’ and Mike Heigel assumes President of Grand Island Rotary. Marcy Casino on Delaware Lake looks peaceful in an archive shot, it was hopping on June 21st as The Terrace restaurant attracted GI Rotarians and numerous patrons. PDG Dick Earne installed Mike Heigel as President to replace Dan Flaim, Kerri Nowak was installed as President for 2018 / 19. Of special note, Dan Flaim received a Paul Harris Award, as Past District Governor Pravin Suchak described the way it signifies donations that have been made to the Rotary Foundation, a fund that has led the way for world-wide efforts for clean water, fighting disease, poverty and coming close to FOREVER ELIMINATING POLIO!
    
G I Rotary celebrates year-end and new year coming! Henry G. Kammerer 2017-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
Grand Island is doing its best to be a center for basketball fun and challenging sport in Western NY, with sponsorship of yearly Gus Macker Tourneys. Takes a lot more than just putting backboards, nets, along our main street – Twelve Rotarians and some of their friends ran the check-in, registration tables on June 10th. Useful, rewarding, service to the community, even tho it required being at work 7:30 AM on a Saturday morning. But that’s the meaning of ‘Service Above Self’! Were the other two, not in the photo, taking a quick nap? Remember - it was early morning.
G I Rotary helps Grand Island put on Gus Macker 3 on 3 Tourney Henry G. Kammerer 2017-06-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine A. Learman on Jun 06, 2017

We are here for you again! You must have old tax, financial records that need to be safely, reliably, destroyed. Saturday, June 17 in Key Bank parking lot near Grand Island Tops market, for only $10 per box, GI Rotary offers this useful public service. Clean out your unneeded papers, but ones you don't want anyone else to see! Shred-It truck service is sponsored by Christine Learman, CPA, Accounting and Tax Services.

Shred-It available again! Christine A. Learman 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
G I Rotary now has youth service clubs at 4 Grand Island schools: Interact Clubs at the High School and Connor Middle School, plus EarlyAct Clubs at both Keigebein and Huth Elementary Schools. All of these combine fun and socializing with service projects - collecting book bags for Guatemala, putting 'Sticker-Shock' stickers on beer cases at the super market to combat underage drinking, Adopt-A-Hiway cleanup along Beaver Island Parkway. These and many other activities in this school year were wrapped up with a celebration early in May as Rotary District Governor, Marlee Diehl from Albion joined us and the students, to present the Middle School Interact Club with its charter. Service is the core of these Clubs, but fun must be part also, so the year-end celebration included pizza and Balloon Man, Fred Farnham from Welland Rotary! Service, with a good helping of fun, gives the youth a great start in developing habits of service in later life, thus making for a rewarding life and a useful Citizen.
    
Youth Service Clubs growing on Grand Island Henry G. Kammerer 2017-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael W. Heigel on Apr 11, 2017
Best Day Ever at Niagara Falls – GI Rotary’s Member, Mike Heigel, is using his professional tour guide expertise to show you and your friends – Features of Niagara Falls you’ve never seen before!  Even if you’ve lived here all your life. Saturday, April 29, be ready to spend all day seeing and hearing wonderful stories while Mike and his other experienced tour guides ‘bus’ us around the Falls area. Lunch, Maid of the Mist boat ride, other features included. Please set that day aside and begin lining up friends and relatives to join you. Posters are available to spread the word, talk to Mike for those posters or more info, 912-7128. For tickets ($100 / person) call Mike: 912-7128 or Email him: Mheigel@roadrunner.com 
Best Day Ever at Niagara Falls Michael W. Heigel 2017-04-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Apr 01, 2017
The Early Act Club – 3rd, 4th, 5th grade students at Grand Island's Huth Rd School (one of two Early Act Clubs sponsored by Grand Island Rotary) showed a wonderful start toward interest in community service, by collecting snacks for pediatric patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Rotary, a world-wide organization, emphasizing Service Above Self as its motto, is proud to sponsor Early Act Clubs which encourage youth to begin thinking community service. These students were particularly happy with the mound of snack bags collected from Huth Rd School families, and at the end of March delivered them to the pediatric floor of the Cancer Institute – hoping those bags brightened the day of kids fighting cancer, as much as a snack bag brightens their day coming home from school! To further encourage the Early Act students, we have supplied them with distinctive Tee shirts! Thanks, Mary Haggerty and Kerri Nowak for your efforts with these Early Act clubs.
 
  
Developing Community Service Habits in Young Students Henry G. Kammerer 2017-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Mar 23, 2017
Last evening G I Rotary was fortunate to hear from Russ Certo, developer and head of MOG (Medically Oriented Gym) at Grand Island Physical Therapy. Even as changes occur at national level in health care, more important to most individuals will be clustering of the right professionals with the right service at the right time to provide an opportunity for each to live a long, healthy, active, life. Having medical professionals, physical therapists, fitness and exercise experts, employee wellness plus nutrition counselors and providers, all available thru a coordinated organization will help bring us wellness, even in this modern, hectic (and cost-conscious) world. Russ and the MOG have joined TRILOGY, an association of community service suppliers, both in and outside classic healthcare providers, to bring a better solution for community health.
Bringing all Health / Medical Aspects Together! Henry G. Kammerer 2017-03-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Mar 10, 2017
Touring and Seeing the New Way of Teaching STEM
G I Rotary was treated to a fine tour of the new Science and Technology Wing of G I High School this week. It was hosted by Brian Graham, G I School Superintendent, and Rotary Club member. A room full of Computer Aided Design stations is just the start – or really the culmination of the teaching process! Build ‘toys’ – model bridge, cardboard chairs, ping pong basket ball game; but build them, not for fun: for a challenge and only after creating CAD layouts and optimizing material use. A new way of school instruction, yes; it’s a way to prepare students for technology in the new world. Technology today needs more than just math and chemistry. We were impressed, with both the facility and the teaching methods. (Oh, and the breakfast pizza was great also.)
    
Seeing the New Way of Teaching STEM Henry G. Kammerer 2017-03-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Feb 21, 2017
Undie Sunday – a great success! Over 20 large bags, stuffed with packages of new underwear and socks were delivered to Buffalo’s City Mission and St Lukes Mission of Mercy last week, as G I Rotary completed a project to help the homeless and abused. it’s! For over 10 years GI Rotarians have embraced this project, this year’s chair, Kerri Nowak, enlarged the one day project into a week (Undie Sunday for a Whole Week) and added a new feature – Red Clothes Hampers to be a distinctive drop-off spot for the collection. It worked! Adding collection spots at the schools helped also – EarlyAct students (Rotary’s service club for elementary students) at Huth Rd show off these distinctive hampers. Take a consistently good project, add a few new features, involve students, schools, churches and the community, the result: a real help for the folks that society forgot, pushed to the side and abused in our inner cities, an area that is as much a part of our larger community as the pleasant parks, woodlands and boating sites in our upscale suburb!
  
New Features make a Good Project, Great! Henry G. Kammerer 2017-02-21 05:00:00Z 0
G I Rotary has teamed with Trinity United Methodist Church on Grand Island to sponsor a Blood Drive, Sunday, Feb. 26, 9 AM - 12:30. The UNYTS Blood Drive Bus will solve the problem for those who have work or other commitments keeping them from donating during the week. Sunday morning you may be free, or have time before or after church; blood is always needed. Feel good about spending a half hour providing a life-saving supply of blood to the community. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the Trinity Church office, 773-3322 or by going on-line to unytsblooddonor.org and entering sponsor code: 003034. Grand Island Rotarians have a tradition of helping their community in many ways, here is a new way we Serve Humanity!
Blood Drive Sunday, Feb. 26 Jason Myers 2017-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kerri Nowak on Jan 25, 2017
Help the homeless and abused between Feb 5 and 12! Bring NEW, UNUSED, underwear and socks packages to bins that Grand Island Rotary will set up in Grand Island schools, churches, Tops, library and Town Hall; it’s Undie Sunday for a Whole Week! New Socks, Underwear for men, women and children are welcomed and needed. GI Rotarians will take them to City Mission of Buffalo and St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy. Please help them with NEW underwear, that means so much. Watch for Clothes Hampers around the Island from the 5th to 12th, pick up a package or two, drop them in the hampers and Rotarian Kerri Nowak at Huth Rd School, plus other Rotarians, will see to it that those near the bottom get some help! 
 
  
Undie Sunday all Week Long! Kerri Nowak 2017-01-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Jan 19, 2017
Mike Heigel of Grand Island Rotary received a pin, certificate and commemorative book at the Jan. 18, 2017 dinner meeting to acknowledge his reaching a second, higher level of giving to the Rotary Foundation; the Paul Harris +1 Pin. His contributions, plus credit for extra giving by Grand Island Rotary, brought him to the $2000+ giving level. The book “Doing Good in the World” documents 100 years of The Rotary Foundation and its service to humanity. Recently famous for its drive to Eradicate Polio from the Entire World, The Rotary Foundation does thousands of projects; locally making grants for: College Scholarships and improving literacy with school books in Niagara Falls, and internationally: funding for providing clean water wells from Haiti to Ethiopia, in addition to Polio Eradication! As the grant-making charitable arm of Rotary world-wide, the Foundation provides the funds for both local and far distant projects, helping individual Clubs make a meaningful difference at home and abroad.
  
Additional Level of Donation to Rotary Foundation Henry G. Kammerer 2017-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Dec 30, 2016
Rotarians are great, and particularly when working together, they accomplish great things. BUT there is nothing like youngsters to attract donations to the Salvation Army Kettle. Our Grand Island Rotarians did their best, but Interact and Early Act members from GI schools really made the difference, as we collected over $1400 for Salvation Army during Holiday weekend sessions at our local Tops Market. Rotarians – Mike Lockett, Jason Myers and others, keep up the good work, but use photogenic kids whenever possible!
    
Ringing Bell for Salvation Army Kettle Henry G. Kammerer 2016-12-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Oct 23, 2016
Not Your Grandpa’s Rotary!
Packaging surplus food into useful small family packs, stitching up menstrual pads for girls in poor areas; doesn’t sound like old Rotary, does it! Yet that’s what was happening at Saturday’s District 7090 Conference in Batavia – hands on work, not just talk and party. Having pre-arranged bulk stock of pasta and other foods, scoop measured amounts into bags that are then heat sealed, making family sized meal packages that local food pantries can distribute. Or sewing up pads of cloth for girls that have no money or access to sanitary pads, that most expect to buy easily at the neighborhood store. Great examples of what Grand Island Rotary and other Clubs in WNY, Niagara Peninsula Ontario, are doing – creating service projects in new, unique ways.
  
Not Your Grandpa's Rotary! Henry G. Kammerer 2016-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Sep 13, 2016
An excellent meeting with our Rotary District 7090 District Governor, Marlee Diehl at the Buffalo Launch Club – she, a focused, dynamic, speaker gave several key take-a-ways: the unique value of Rotary in leading the eradication of Polio, making an extra push for donations to Rotary Foundation in it’s 100th year all the more worthy; the tremendous range of local projects done, from Grand Island’s Miracle League and book donations, Niagara C. Central’s dictionaries for kids, to water purification in foreign lands. Then there is the working / learning / networking / fun side of Rotary: Marlee’s description of the District Conference in Batavia, Oct 21 to 23, certainly a must do event. GI President Dan Flaim, after thanking Asst. Governor of our area, John Cooper of Niagara Falls, then gave DG Marlee Diehl a Grand Island Rotary coffee cup to remind her of the excellent evening and meal at Buffalo Launch Club that evening.
  
Stirring District Governor's Visit Henry G. Kammerer 2016-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Aug 26, 2016
Scientific American magazine in their ‘100 years ago’ column this month, gives a reminder of the SCOURGE OF POLIO then; now it’s ancient history, forgotten, in Western World. However it still disables and destroys hope in such places as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. Rotary International, with we 23 Grand Islanders, plus 1.2 million more service-minded men and women, has committed $70 million to lead the fight to finally ELIMINATE POLIO world-wide.
There is a precedent: Smallpox, another disease absolutely dependent on human carriers, was wiped out 25 years ago. Rotary, with WHO (World Health Org.) and Bill Gates Foundation believe we can truly make the world Polio Free in a few years. Dollars, of course, we do need to donate to fund the effort; but Rotarians on the ground in outlying, sometimes dangerous, areas, administering polio vaccine drops; then going back in two years - giving drops again to make sure. Succeeding generations may forget Polio, we hope they will not forget Rotary and its role: Serving Humanity.
    
Near the End for POLIO Henry G. Kammerer 2016-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer
Rotary International Encourages Club FLEXIBILITY
Some would claim that Rotary, with its elaborate Rotary International structure, has been a tradition-bound organization with ‘rules’ – dignified, worthy, rules to be sure, but ’rules’. Today, one needs tradition, but one also needs flexibility. Earlier in 2016, Rotary International leadership altered, reduced those rules, particularly encouraging Clubs to amend bylaws to make meeting schedules, and what constitutes a meeting (traditional ‘sit-down’ meals or service projects or ?) flexible. The Calendar on this Web Site now includes a schedule of meetings, service and other projects for much of 2016 / 17, that follow this new plan. Grand Island Rotary intends to remain the premier service club in its community by adopting this FLEXIBILITY.  Perhaps some items on this calendar may change, Club Members: examine the plans, help make flexibility an asset, not chaos!
Flexibility can extend to additional membership categories, such as: associate, corporate, family, memberships. But hey, Grand Island Rotary needs time to get flexible meeting arrangements set, give us time to get to flexible membership!
Flexible Meeting times and venues! Henry G. Kammerer 2016-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Jun 30, 2016
President's Dinner, Wed, June 29 '16 at Crazy Jake's, No. Tonowanda, provided a great chance to Celebrate Rotary - review a successful year under President Amber Storr and welcome Dan Flaim as President for 2016 / 17. Amber reviewed a number of great projects from the past year - almost all shown below in Stories on this web site, so we don't have to repeat them here! She did present a Rotarian of the Year award to Hank Kammerer, who, "coincidentally", is the author of this and most other stories on this web page (and on Grand Island Rotary Facebook page) and he is also Bulletin Editor, sending out precious tidbits of info and events almost every week, some of which actually help Members stay informed of the doings of Grand Island Rotary. Hank proudly admitted to being a 47 yr Member of GI Rotary (let's face it, he did NOT join as a 6 yr old, he was 33 when joining, do the math yourself). Seriously tho, he did express appreciation for the Award, the beer glasses, and strongly encouraged all to CELEBRATE AND BE PROUD OF ROTARY as he has done through these years. Dan Flaim was installed as President for 2016 /17 by Past District Governor Dick Earne; Dan outlined some great ideas for the coming year and looks for good attendance at the Summer Picnic meetings hosted by Members, which occur in July and August.
  
Celebrate the Old - Welcome the New! Henry G. Kammerer 2016-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Jun 25, 2016
Interact Students at Connor Middle School on Grand Island placed 'Sticker Shock' labels on beverage cases at the Grand Island Tops Super Market to remind purchasers it is illegal to provide alcohol to youth. Allison Hill, Peyton Shearer, Maya Ruiz, Carissa Hoover, Amina Shaibi and Despina Minasidis all took part. These students were building on the start with service projects they got in another Rotary service by youth project: EarlyAct clubs in their elementary schools. Both Interact and EarlyAct represent programs where students themselves develop service projects on the model shown by Rotary Clubs over the years. The project was sponsored by One Island One Team Drug Abuse Prevention Coalition (and Erie Co. Alcohol Abuse Council) and led by Interact Club Teacher Advisors Carley Antonelli and Crystal Barnes. Oh, and the students got pizza and pop from Tops Manager Patty Bianco after their work!
    
Interact youth fighting underage drinking with "Sticker Shock' Henry G. Kammerer 2016-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine A. Learman
Shred-it is Here! – Saturday, June 11
 
Safe, reliable document destruction done while you wait, or equally safe: after you drop off your boxes of those old financial or tax papers. Saturday, June 11 from 10 AM till Noon at the Key Bank end of the Tops Parking lot, Grand Island. Only $10 per box to give you peace of mind and free up some file cabinet or storage space! Grand Island Rotary offers this activity to raise funds for its many projects supporting Island youth and community service. The activity is sponsored by Christine A. Learman, CPA, PC.
Shred-it is Here! Christine A. Learman 2016-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer
 
Grand Island Rotary continued their 25 yr tradition of honoring service-minded High School students at a 2016 Awards Dinner, May 31, at Buffalo Launch Club. Twelve students were honored, representing many aspects of service – to churches, youth and sports groups, medical or old age facilities and community activities. We Rotarians are, once again, impressed with their service activities, even as they work hard to maintain high academic standards. Our congratulations to they, and of course to their parents and teachers who foster and encourage in them, the ideal of Rotary: “Service Above Self”. Pictured below are the 12 students, Front row: Melanie Sweeney, Maya Harper, Julia Lawley, Michela Kozek, Gabrielle Robinson, Yaling Chen; Back row: Amber Schwinn, Emelie-Jo SCheffler, Benjamin Freedman, Adam Drefhout, Justine Cardone, Marissa Freedman; with Rotary Pres. Amber Storr on left and High School Asst. Principal T. Michael Carter on right. Rotary is particularly proud of Michaela Kozek who has been selected as a Rotary International Youth Exchange winner to spend the next year in Finland before returning for college in the US. She is studying Finnish language privately in addition to maintaining her high grades in high school (animal science) studies.
Honoring Service-Minded Students Henry G. Kammerer 2016-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer
Grand Island Rotary has always been strong on Youth activities (scholarships, Interact, EarlyAct, etc) but we can always learn from other successes in Youth area. GI Chamber of Commerce has run a hugely successful KIDBIZ program for 20 years. Their long time Chair, Jim Sharpe, described KidBiz to us at the 5/25 meeting. Getting youngsters, 2nd to 5th grade to think up their own way of selling a product or service, keeping a rigorous expense list (yes - pay parents gas mileage for any 'running' they do for supplies!), finding a partner to share business (and profit), making a full list of needs (selling supplies, tent, table, etc) really teaches them the start for modern business economics. Our Member, Mary Taggerty, Principal of Kaegebein School, echoed the praise and value of this project. This year's event is Saturday, June 25, 9 AM - 3 PM. I for one, am fascinated, never attended before - this year, for sure.    
Learning about other Youth Programs Henry G. Kammerer 2016-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on May 04, 2016
Grand Island Rotary has been proud of its long tradition of 'Adopt-A-Hiway' cleanup of the Beaver Island Parkway leading down to widely used Beaver Island State Park. As summer travel season approached we wanted to get the Parkway cleaned up, but we were short of Rotarians to do the job - G. I. High School students in Robert Simpson's Government Class came to the rescue! A long-time service project saved by energetic High School students - thanks all of you, a few Rotarians were available to help, but we couldn't have done it without the students. Thanks to all! Isn't it great to have trash in beautiful orange bags rather that spread along the roadway?
  
Parkway Cleanup - Getting Help Henry G. Kammerer 2016-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Feb 10, 2016
Pride / Horror / Hope / Help: GI Rotary Club Member Elias Tochan (a Syrian native) gave a gripping story last evening (2/10/16) at our Launch Club meeting. Palmyra, Syria had been the PRIDE of Syrian history & culture – a key (rich) city in the Roman empire route bringing spices and gems from the East. Elaborate statues and mosaics showed its rich history. Massive colonnades, Triumphal Arches survived for almost 2000 yrs, now the HORROR as they are destroyed by ISIS. Why? What they couldn’t cart off to sell on the archaeology black market, ISIS blew up! Elias certainly HOPES that some may be restored, and that the destruction finally energizes the world to HELP. Thanks for the evening, Elias, we are sure it was a tough story to tell, we also HOPE for recovery. Here’s an example of what Elias was talking about, Palmyra’s Colonnade & Triumphal Arch before, then in rubble after destruction by ISIS:
   
Pride, Horror, Hope in Syria - a Personal Story Henry G. Kammerer 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Feb 03, 2016

Sure, bringing refugees here is a sensitive subject: checking health and qualifications, avoiding those intent on harm, all very necessary. Hidden is the longer challenge: truly resettling them into productive US lives. John Harbison of our Club, plus Jason Myers of East Amherst Rotary described yesterday how Journey’s End Refugee Services (and others) are creating success stories here. Green Shoots for New Americans helps / trains refugees to ‘urban farm’ and make a profit from it! West Side Bazaar provides an incubator for their small businesses. Jason has been helping with the business practices side of a unique multilingual newspaper: Karibu News. Imagine a paper with articles on people and activities around the city – and those articles in English / French / Swahili / Arabic (and some other I don't recognize)! Its tough to imagine a huge wave of refugees from Syria and other ‘hot spots’. Surely we in WNY can take some, groups like Journey’s End can make them into useful souls here. Whether GI Rotary can run service projects to help (helping refurbish houses? ?) requires more thought and planning, we will try to do all we can. Meanwhile we help collect warm clothing for those that are here.
  
 
Refugee Resettlement Done Right! Henry G. Kammerer 2016-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Kammerer on Jan 23, 2016
Continuing our tradition of interesting talks by our own Members, Maria DelSignore provided a wonderful set of tid-bits of her years running 'Maria's Card Shop' on Grand Island. She relived the saga of the explosion of interest in Beanie Babies with the background dealing with (and 'sometimes' profiting from) the quirks of the Beanie Baby inventor / promoter. Those of us that have never been 'behind the cash register' of a small retail store were fascinated by her description of running a small shop that she occasionally had to dash away from, to take care of home emergencies. But the highlight of the morning lecture was her unfolding and reminding us of her MOST NOTEWORTHY ACCOMPLISHMENT - the Grand Island scenes Afghan that she developed and had produced. Many of us have one tucked away, or gave one to out-of-town kids to remind them of their hometown! Of course, she also topped all of us who occasionally drop stories about our kids living 100's to a few 1000 miles away, as she described her visits to a daughter in Ireland, before traveling on to see relatives in Italy! Thanks, Maria, for a great description of segments of your life.
Saga of a Card Shop Henry Kammerer 2016-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Jan 07, 2016
We know fellow Rotarian Mike Lockett as a hard worker, his talent in filling chili quart containers is legendary – but do you really know his background? That’s the point of having occasional Vocation talks at GI Rotary meetings! This week Mike described his life and career, emphasizing his great luck (well really, his intelligence and test taking ability) in obtaining free, very high quality education all the way to a PhD, in the UK in 1960’s. That start, plus further hard work, intelligence on his part and migrating to US, give us his current status: retired from Praxair as a noteworthy engineer elected to prestigious National Academy of Engineers, Professor in Chem. Engineering at UB, and devotee, along with Julie, of Scotties. Thanks for the wonderful talk Mike.
Vocation Talks Open Windows to our Members! Henry G. Kammerer 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Chair Ron Sutton has added a distinctive and unique Grand Island item to the Art Auction, Saturday, Oct 24 at Byblos Resort on G I. Chain Saw artist / sculptor, Clair Talbot has created an Owl in a tree growing out of the Grand Island shaped logo, to provide a more local flavor to the art auction items. Of course, that's not all - school students at Huth Rd. and Kaegebein schools have prepared art and personalized some old school desks to add to the bidding excitement. There are several other tree trunks on Grand Island sculpted with eagles, people and other features to join the Owl when it finds a home.
 Bidding should be intense for this unique piece - be there Saturday evening, 7 PM to join the excitement! 

 

 

 

Unique Addition to Art Auction! Henry G. Kammerer 2015-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer
On Oct. 24, we will host an ART AUCTION at Byblos Resort Hotel on Grand Island. View, then bid on: art work, notable posters and reproductions, memorabilia, illustrations - all the things we need to brighten and complete the furnishing of our homes. And enjoy Hors D'oeuvres plus your favorite beverage while you view the offerings. Tickets ($10 each) are available from any Grand Island Rotarian. All profits will be used to fund scholarships that GI Rotary has given to deserving High School Seniors for over 40 years. GI Rotarians have raised, and given out, over $75,000 for Scholarships through these years, part of our way of improving the community around us, through Service Above Self.
    
Art Auction Coming! Henry G. Kammerer 2015-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry G. Kammerer on Jun 23, 2015
All schools and communities recognize their athlete and academic winners, Grand Island Rotary makes sure that students who have shown outstanding Service to their community are recognized also. A superb group of Grand Island High School students who followed the Rotary Motto of Service Above Self (whether they knew that phrase or not) were honored in May at our Student Recognition Dinner, hosted by GI Rotary and the GI High School PTSA. Yes, some of them were also excellent scholars, some were outstanding athletes, most importantly ALL had served the surrounding community: performing 100's of hours of service to church groups / hospitals / youth sport clubs and unique Grand Island groups such as Miracle League for disadvantaged youth, Relay for Life cancer support and Neighbors Foundation helping the poor. Chronicling their activities is too extensive for listing here; it took two full pages in the local paper, The Island Dispatch of June 19, 2015 for the twelve of them. We in Grand Island Rotary are proud to honor them: Julia Drozdowsky,  Katherine Fonte, Alexander Garey, Rebekah Gaydosh, Kathryn Gentz, Khristian Cole Kline, Thomas Major, Jake Matwijkow, Alexandra Miller, Meaghan O'Leary, Margaret Rustowicz, Benjamin Shaw.
GI High School Student Recognition Awards Henry G. Kammerer 2015-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary encourages New Members to bring new ideas, new challenges, and move the Club forward with new energy. New Member, Maria DelSignore, with a long interest in students and reading, plus roots in Niagara Falls, NY, thought Grand Island Rotary could help Niagara Falls public schools improve their library resources. She was told there were matching grants from Rotary International available to Improve Literacy - just submit a grant application! But how? We don't know - haven't done it - why don't you investigate! She did / she succeeded (yes, it took effort and some mis-steps), soon a Club commitment of $1500 was doubled with Rotary International funds; students at the Geraldine Mann School in the LaSalle District of Niagara Falls now have a large shelf of age-appropriate books. 
New Member Improves Literacy 2014-12-30 00:00:00Z 0
Grand Island has developed, under the auspices of The Miracle League of Grand Island & Western NY, a unique handicapped accessible ball field and playground facility. Grand Island Rotary Club joined other groups in being a founding, and continuing, supporter of this facility. We have often supplied Rotarians to operate the concession stand during 'Tee Ball' games and helped assemble the special equipment that allows wheelchair-bound children to enjoy swinging and gentle 'whirling' activities. Heart-rending at times, but quite rewarding, our support of this unique facility matches the Rotary Motto: Service Above Self

Support to Grand Island's Unique 'Miracle League' Handicapped Accessible Field Henry G. Kammerer 2014-12-28 00:00:00Z 0

Is Community Service of Interest to You?

Would you like to make a difference locally
or internationally? That is the Rotary Club of Grand Island! Since 1959, the Rotary Club of Grand Island, part of Rotary International, has been one of thousands of clubs worldwide, composed of over one million business, community and professional leaders, who have a passion to help the less fortunate. Whether that is financial and 'hands-on' support to the Miracle League Handicapped Accessible Ball Field, help with sponsoring a service Club 'Interact' at High School (and related clubs at Middle and Elementary schools), scholarships for High School students, book buying, literacy projects in Grand Island or areas schools, or International projects in Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, Bolivia; all these activities have been ongoing at Grand Island Rotary. Consider joining us for these rewarding activities.
Service Above Self - The Rotary Motto Henry G. Kammerer 2014-12-27 00:00:00Z 0
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