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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Car Show to Aid Camp Haccamo

camphaccamo.org - logo squared for blogLike to look at vintage and fancy cars? Like to show your own car? Like to vote on the best cars, enter raffles, enjoy food and live music outdoors and help children with special needs? Like to help others when you can’t be present? Then Camp Haccamo’s 3rd Annual Car Show is the place for you on May 30, 2015 at the American Legion Post #330, Trimmer Rd., Spencerport, NY from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Rain Date is May 31st.

“Wait, what is Camp Haccamo? What special needs?” you might ask. Camp Haccamo is a free overnight summer camp program for children and young adults with a wide range of disabilities and special needs, giving them an enjoyable camp experience they’ll never forget. It’s the only area summer camp program that serves behaviorally challenged people. Located in Rush, NY on Rochester Rotary’s Sunshine Campus, Camp Haccamo is supported by 16 Rotary Clubs – including ours – in Monroe County (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Camp-Haccamo/1439148716323056).

Full Car Show details are in the event (includes car registration) flyer and the sponsorship flyer. Yes, sponsorship – you or your business or organization can send special-needs children and young adults to Camp Haccamo even if you cannot attend the show.

In short, gates open at 8:00 a.m. Spectator donation is $3 (children under 12 are free). Car registration runs from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The registration fee at the gate is $20. Spectators can vote in 16 award categories. Winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m.

We’ll be at the show along with other area Rotarians, staffing the entrance and registration tables, parking show cars, directing spectator parking, selling T-shirts and dashboard plaques, and selling raffle tickets. It’ll be a day of outdoor fun.

We look forward to seeing you at the Car Show on May 30th!

Support Local Charities

Savor the Flavor logo 2015 - 303x185Want to help local area charities but your free time is already limited? Want to try new-to-you restaurants and wineries but feel swamped by the sheer number of them? Interested in learning about food and wine pairings? Like auctions?

You’re in luck! You can do all of these at the same time by attending our 7th annual Savor the Flavor of Fairport on Sunday, March 1 from 1-4pm at Eagle Vale Golf Course, 4344 Nine Mile Point Road, Fairport, NY.

Our Savor the Flavor of Fairport 2015 page has the details, including ticket prices.

Your ticket purchases this year will go toward helping some of the same charities helped by our previous Savor the Flavor events and/or to new ones that meet our Charitable Giving criteria (see our sidebar at right for funding request information).

Some of the local charities & activities supported by Fairport Rotary:

Advent House Learning for Life (BSA)
Camp Haccamo Learning Links at Pines of Perinton
Dictionary Project Literacy Volunteers
Fairport Baptist Homes Perinton Ambulance
Fairport Challenger Baseball Perinton Youth Hockey
Fairport Halloween Parade Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
Fairport High School Interact Club Safe Journey
Fairport High School Robotic Team Seneca Waterways Council (BSA)
Fairport Little League SOFI (Senior Options for Independence)
Fairport Student Scholarship Sojourner House
Honor Flight of Rochester The Wolf Foundation (CDS Monarch, Wounded Warrior Project & Warrior Salute
International Youth Exchange & Scholarship Program Veteran’s Memorial at Potter Park

We look forward to seeing you at Eagle Vale Golf Course on Sunday, March 1 between 1 and 4 p.m.!

Be a Gift to the World in 2015-16

2015-2016 theme for Rotary International: Be a gift to the world

Rotary International pin featuring the 2015-16 Rotary theme: Be a Gift to the World.

Rotary International President-elect K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran encouraged fellow Rotarians to be a gift to the world in the coming year.

“All of you have been given so many gifts,” Ravi said.  He exhorted us to “…take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become — and Be a Gift to the World.” Ravindran  revealed his presidential theme for 2015-2016 Rotary year on January 18th at the annual five-day Rotary training meeting in San Diego, California. He challenged us “to … transform the lives of others. The time is so short, yet there is so much to be done.”

Fairport Rotary Club members will be busy finding ways to make this happen.

Will you be a Gift to the World?

President Sara Visingard Lights Up Rotary

PresiRI theme for 2014-15 - Light Up Rotarydent Sara kicked off the 2014-15 Rotary year on June 30th with the announcement that Rotary International’s theme for the coming year is Light Up Rotary.

“And light up Rotary we shall,” she said,  adding that she has met hundreds of business and community leaders through Rotary. “You get out of Rotary what you put into it…. I ask each of you to make sure your Rotary light shines brightly.”

To help us shine, Sara outlined her club goals for the coming year:

  • Focus on membership engagement, retention and recruitment to help our members know they are valued for themselves, not for the membership numbers. With each of our members present and involved, we can do more, give more, make a larger impact and have more fun,
  • Continue to get the word out about Rotary so that no one in our community is left asking, “What is Rotary?” Consistent with our goal to be visible, we also must be snazzy,

Pres. Sara debuts apron w ne Rotary logoAt this point Sara made us smile and cheer by debuting a new blue apron bearing the Service Above Self motto and the new Rotary logo.

She continued her list of club goals for the coming year:

  • Revitalize our projects, ideas and commitment to our club. Bring in your suggestions for new projects, ideas, fundraisers, and group(s) that we could find a way to partner with,
  • Rekindle support for Interact, a Rotary-sponsored club at Fairport High School for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about,
  • Encourage our members who haven’t been recently involved with Camp Haccamo in a while to connect with this Rotary camp that serves children and young adults with special needs in a way that no other camp does. Let’s make a difference in the lives of others.

Sara had no doubt that, together, we’ll continue to Light Up Rotary.

Won’t you join us and help to light up the world?

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!

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.

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.