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Rotary is an opportunity to build lifelong friendships and experience the personal fulfillment of providing volunteer service to others. We host a Make A Difference Day pasta dinner (last Saturday in October) and Savor the Flavor of Fairport (first Sunday in March). We meet on most Mondays at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Eagle Vale Golf Club, 4344 Fairport Nine Mile Point Rd., Fairport, NY 14450.
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President Daryl Wraps Up 2013-14 Rotary Year

Incoming President Sara presents the gavel to outgoing President Daryl 2014The end of June brought figurative good-byes to outgoing Club President Daryl Christiansen as he officially became Past President Daryl (PP Daryl, in Rotary shorthand). Figurative, in that we’ll still be seeing him and Marybeth at club meetings and events.

In his farewell speech, Daryl highlighted some of our accomplishments of the past 2013-14 fiscal year:

  • We joined with other Rotary Books for the World volunteers to package discarded textbooks for shipment to Rotary clubs in third world countries.
  • We surpassed our fundraising goal for The Rotary Foundation by 33%, helping world-wide programs, such as End Polio Now, to be more successful.
  • Fireside chats were re-established to acquaint new members with longer-term members while learning Rotary culture and acronyms.
  • Our Public Relations committee has become more active in finding ways to let others know about us.

Daryl ended his speech with the announcement that, effective July 1st, he would be serving as an Assistant District Governor (ADG) for Rotary District 7120’s Area 10.

Thank you, Daryl for your leadership this past year, for your unfailing good humor and for being willing to continue to lead Rotarians. The District is getting a valuable resource.

Fairport Rotary Enjoys Membership Growth

nine of Fairport Rotary Club's newest members

Pres. Daryl (4th from left) joins new Fairport Rotary Club members (l to r) Ned, Dom, Lou, Ken, Diane, Tom, Kate, Neils and Ed at Joey B’s in Fairport.

New members joined us one at a time. We folded them into our meetings and our activities, not thinking about how many there were until April 14th, when our Membership chair Maureen Hall requested a group photo of those who  recently joined Fairport Rotary Club.

Pictured here with President Daryl are some of the folks who became Fairport Rotarians in the past couple of years– Ned Hill, Dom Cecconi, Lou Falvo, Tom Wolanski, Kate Tally, Niels Hansen and Ed Bradford. Other new members are Sam Irvine, Bill Boselli, Brett Havens, and Jon Wordingham.

That’s 13 new members in two years! Thirteen more people looking to put service above self!

After the club meeting on April 14th, which featured Nancy Van Apeldoorn of Lap Robes for Veterans, the new members attended the club’s Board of Directors meeting to see how we conduct our business.

Will you join us?

WROC-TV News 8 Spotlights Savor the Flavor 2014

On Feb. 25th, WROC-TV’s News 8 anchor Mark Gruba interviewed our own President-elect Sara Visingard, who told viewers about our upcoming Savor the Flavor of Fairport charity fundraiser. Click on the image to see the video.

WROC-TV News 8 interview with Sara Visingard

Recap: the event is March 2nd from 1-4 pm at Eagle Vale Golf Club — 19 local restaurants/food shops, 17 wineries, 5 breweries, 2 distilleries, a silent auction and Michael Warren Thomas of NY Wine Spotting – all to help charities.

Tickets are available from any Fairport Rotarian, at Lisa’s Liquor Barn, at the door or thru this website on our Savor the Flavor 2014 page.

Hope to see you there!

Savor the Flavor of Fairport 2014 Helps Local Charities

Want to support local charities while tasting foods, wines, beers and spirits provided by local businesses?

Want to ask Michael Warren Thomas, of “New York Wine Spotting,” a question about wine?   

Want to bid on a variety of goodies, such as food, hockey, golf, the Rochester Philharmonic, beauty services and more, in a silent auction?

Then Savor the Flavor of Fairport 2014 is for you.

Join us as on Sunday, March 2nd between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. at Eagle Vale Golf Club at 4344 Fairport Nine Mile Point Rd in Fairport, NY.

Details on tickets, participating businesses, auction items, sponsors and the charities we support are on our Events page – Savor the Flavor of Fairport 2014.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday, March 2nd!

Paul Harris Fellow Explained

Sara Visingard receives Paul Harris Fellow recognition from PDG Norma ReillyOn January 6th, Past District 7120 Governor (PDG) Norma Reilly surprised our President-elect Sara Visingard with a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) recognition for her work in leading a fundraiser that netted $10,000US for Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines. Tacloban City, which is in Rotary District 3860, was in the news for being especially hard-hit by the typhoon last November.

This recognition was well-deserved.

Most of the time however, Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) recognitions can be baffling to new Rotarians. That the recognitions are often erroneously called Paul Harris Awards is only part of the confusion.

At our club meetings, a PHF recognition most-often involves a Rotary member being called to stand at the podium with the member’s sponsor while our president tells us of the member’s dedication for giving $1000 to The Rotary Foundation. The member receives a pin with a sapphire in it with room to add more sapphires or rubies depending on future donations, a medallion and a certificate signed by the Rotary International president. The recipient always beams. Fellow club members always cheer.

A new member might think the PHF recipient bought the award. They may wonder why anyone would happily publicly acknowledge it and why others cheer it. Isn’t it better when others notice how wonderful a person is and give recognition the way Norma did to Sara?

Except we’re talking apples and oranges here.

Paul Harris founded Rotary International (RI) in 1905, so it would seem fitting that an award with his name on it would be the highest recognition RI could give. But the Paul Harris Fellow is not an award, and it is not the highest recognition given by Rotary (Service Above Self is the highest). It is an acknowledgement that $1000 has been donated to The Rotary Foundation by a member or by a club in someone else’s name.

That $1000 supports Rotary International’s efforts such as ending polio worldwide, disaster recovery, health, hunger and humanity grants, ambassadorial scholarships, group study exchanges, and peace fellowships.

It’s the donation that matters, not where it came from. It takes dedication to scrape together $1000 or more and give it away.

Clubs set their own recognition criteria. Some clubs use dues to top-up a member’s donation and speed the recognition. Some of Fairport’s club dues fund PHF recognition to members of the community for outstanding community effort on behalf of Rotary. FHS educator Cate Carr, past Perinton Supervisor Jim Smith and Van Bortel Subaru founder Kitty Van Bortel are some of our community PHF recipients. PHF is a way we can acknowledge local efforts while simultaneously supporting RI.

In the case of President-elect Sara’s PHF for her disaster relief fundraising, PDG Norma and her husband Gary Reilly donated $1000 to The Rotary Foundation in Sara’s name.

Our members aren’t buying themselves awards. They are making a difference in the world.

A Paul Harris Fellow goes beyond the pin, the medallion and the signed certificate. A Paul Harris Fellow recognition is a gift that keeps giving.

It’s a gift that you can give. Join us today.

ROC the Day for Camp Haccamo

2 hours 25 minutes left to Roc the Day for Camp Haccamo!

Perhaps you’ve heard of ROC the Day, 24 hours devoted to donating to local not-for-profit charities, brainchild of the United Way of Greater Rochester.  2013′s ROC the Day is today – December 11th.

Camp Haccamo, located in Rush, NY needs your help to continue to provide a free, weeklong, overnight camping experience to individuals aged 7 to 30 with special needs and a chance for respite for campers’ families.

For three weeks each summer, 90 campers a week get to enjoy an aquatic playground, archery range, a climbing tower, Miniature golf, swimming, boating, fishing, photography, music, and a radio station.

Camp Haccamo is supported by the 14 Rotary Clubs of Monroe County. But we can’t do it alone!

Your donation to Roc the Day/Camp Haccamo will make a difference in other peoples’ lives.

www.roctheday.org/CampHaccamo

2 hours 13 minutes left…

November is Rotary Foundation Month

Enzo and Terry discuss Rotary Foundation

Terry agrees with our Past Pres. Enzo (right) that Rotary Foundation does important work

Why are Rotarians in 162 countries focusing on the Rotary Foundation this month? The short answer is: because it’s time to give to the Foundation so that the Foundation can give back to us.

But wait! Most people join Rotary to meet people and volunteer in their own communities. Who needs a Foundation to do that? We do, so that we can make positive, lasting changes in our communities and the world.

The Rotary Foundation funds international activities such as Rotary International’s partnership with the WHO, UNICEF, the CDC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio. In 1988, polio existed in 125 of 196 (64%) of the countries in the world. Today, polio exists in three countries. Per a rotary.org article, as of June 25, 2103, Rotary clubs worldwide contributed $1.2 billion to end polio. That happened because Rotarians gave to the Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation works on the local level as well. Each club can apply for a Foundation grant to support their own humanitarian projects, scholarships or training. We give to the Foundation so that all clubs can benefit.

Rotary Foundation does not spend money to make money. Donations are invested for three years and then disbursed to programs and grants. A portion of the interest income pays for promoting and managing the Foundation. All – 100% – of the donations made by Rotarians goes to projects, scholarships and training.

Why are we focusing on giving to the Rotary Foundation in November?  Because now is the time to make a positive difference that will last for years.

See your club president to become a part of that difference today.