Posted by Joe Caruso on Oct 30, 2019
Read President Joe's weekly newsletter on current Rotary Club of Utica happenings and how Rotarians Share Rotary!
image  October 28, 2019
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
Fellow Rotarians, RSVP for this week’s Rotary meeting today with the link that follows below to confirm a) that you are attending; in this way, we can provide our gracious meeting hosts at the Yahnundasis with a number so that we can all limit waste of food and resources. Click Thursday Meeting Lunch RSVP today! We look forward to seeing you!
Community Bowled over by
Utica, North Utica-Whitestown Rotary Clubs Polio Fundraiser
Last Wednesday (10/23), on the eve of World Polio Day, nearly fifty Rotarians and friends of the Rotary Clubs of Utica and North Utica/Whitestown gathered at Vista Lanes in Yorkville for our Second Annual Pin Down Polio event, and had a lot of fun doing it. The event raised $1,814 towards Rotary International’s fight to eradicate polio worldwide, which was matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a whopping $5,442! District Governor Randy Wilson and Janet Wilson, and our exchange student Felix and his Clinton family the Walters were among those who joined in the fun. Great work, Rotarians, especially event chairs Stephen Turnbull and Steve Karboski, and thanks to our sponsors.
LAST WEEK, we welcomed Melanie Francis of the American Cancer Society as our guest speaker.  Thank you for presenting, Melanie, especially during our recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Come back and join us any time.
THIS WEEK at the Yahnundasis (Thurs., Oct. 31), join us for our luncheon meeting when our speaker will be the inimitable, always entertaining, fellow Rotarian and past president of the North Utica-Whitestown Rotary Club, Steve Karboski, who will speak to us about the importance of funeral pre-planning. (Please see yellow RSVP at the top of this newsletter and reply today!). Another great opportunity to bring a guest, and SHARE ROTARY!  See you there!
Areas 2 & 3 Rotary Clubs Clean up along the Casimir Pulaski Highway
Fifteen Rotarians from the Utica, North Utica Whitestown and Rome Rotary Clubs joined forces this past Saturday morning to clean up a portion of the Casimir Pulaski Highway, aka “The North-South Arterial.” This was the second such arterial cleanup undertaken by the clubs. The first took place last May, and the clubs plan to continue this twice a year project next year. Both cleanups were organized by Utica Rotarian Stephen Turnbull, who also supplied the crew with coffee and donuts. Hard hats off to our fellow Rotarians, who say they had a great time providing a vital community service, and got a unique look at this historic pathway through Utica, formerly the route of the Chenango Canal.
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Please look to the Rotary Club of Utica Facebook page and/or
       website for a more complete recap of last week’s meeting.
imageVeteran Appreciation Dinner & Trivia Night – Saturday, November 9: Mary Ann Hallak, chair of Utica Rotary’s veteran services committee, is graciously hosting this wonderful event at Cornerstone Community Church on Plant St./Oneida Square (Plymouth-Bethesda Church). Volunteers appreciated. See poster below for more info. What a great way to thank our Vets! Be sure to catch Mary Ann on WKTV Newstalk, Wednesday (10/20) noon!
imageCycle Nation: The Rotary Club of Utica has a team in the upcoming Cycle Nation event to be held Thursday, Nov. 7th at Thrive Athletic Center (New Hartford) to raise money to fight heart disease and stroke with the American Heart Association. Utica Rotarians David Bagley, Deb Burke, Jerry Kraus, and Elizabeth Nassar will be representing our club in the 2-hour cycling event, and has a goal of raising of $1,000. If you'd like to help our team reach its goal, please see or email any of the team members.
Upcoming Events: Great opportunities to invite a guest and SHARE ROTARY!
  • Thurs., Oct. 31st: Weekly Rotary Luncheon, noon, Yahnundasis.Our speaker will be Steve Karboski of the Rotary Club of Utica-Watertown.
  • , Nov. 9th: Veteran Appreciation Dinner & Trivia Night, Cornerstone Community Church. Volunteers needed.
  • Fri., Nov. 15th: Hope House Dinner. Volunteers needed for meal prep and service.
  • Thurs., Nov. 21st: New Member Mixer. Delta Hotel (formerly Radisson)
  • Fri., Dec. 6th: 50th Annual Special Needs Christmas Party. Sign up to volunteer!
New Member Mixer: Have you invited your prospective member? Reach out TODAY and invite that special someone who can benefit from Rotary and help us carry out our good works. The always fun event will be Thursday, November 21st (5:30-7:30) at the beautiful, recently remodeled Delta Hotel (formerly the Radisson) in downtown Utica.
Looking forward to seeing you Thursday noon at the Yahnundasis for another inspiring and entertaining gathering of fellowship.
Rotary Connects the World!
In Rotary Service,
Joe Caruso
President, 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Utica, NY USA
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Please see the next pages for additional announcements.