Posted by Joe Caruso on Oct 23, 2019
Read President Joe's weekly newsletter on current Rotary Club of Utica happenings and how Rotarians Share Rotary!
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
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!
Fellow Rotarians ,                                  October 21, 2019                                                                   
LAST WEEK, we celebrated one of Utica Rotary’s signature events of the year: the PRIDE of WORKMANSHIP Awards, which honors employees selected by their employers for excellence in their work. Congratulations to our five award winners:
Hien Chau, The Fountainhead Group; Wendy Gagliardo, Resource Center for Independent Living; Barbara Laible, The Observer Dispatch; Thomas Monaghan, Mohawk Valley Community College; and Rebecca Ruben-Navarro, Adirondack Financial Services. Special thanks to committee chair Roxanne Mutchler and her committee for a superb job. As the motto goes: “Do it once, do it well.  Build a Better America”.
THIS WEEK at the Yahnundasis (Thurs., Oct. 24), join us for our luncheon meeting when our speaker will be Melanie Francis of the American Cancer Society.
(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!
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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.
imagePin Down Polio! – Wednesday, October 23rd
It’s the night before World Polio Day and all though the Lanes (that’s  Vista Lanes, 550 Oriskany Blvd in Yorkville), area Rotarians and friends are gathering for an evening of fun at our second annual Pin Down Polio event. Rotary Club of Utica’s Stephen Turnbull and North Utica/Whitestown Rotary’s Steve Karboski are co-chairs, so you know it’s gonna be fun – and will raise lots of money toward Rotary International’s campaign to end Polio worldwide. There’s still room if you’d like to field a team, join a team, or simply hang out. Check out the poster below for more info.  LET’S END POLIO NOW.
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!
imageAu Revoir, Karen Jennings Six!
Club secretary Karen Six has taken another job and will be leaving the area – and, sadly, the Rotary Club of Utica.  Karen has done a phenomenal job in this vital officer position; she will be sorely missed for her professionalism, as well as her cheerfulness, and for serving as an all-around example of the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.  Karen, we wish you every happiness in your new position, and we hope that you’ll visit with us for any of our evening or weekend events, projects or get-togethers.  We look forward to seeing you!
PLEASE NOTE: Your Rotary Club of Utica Board of Directors is seeking candidates for the office of secretary.  If this interests you, please see the job description later in this newsletter, and contact President Joe at
Upcoming Events:
Great opportunities to invite a guest and SHARE ROTARY!
  • Wed., Oct. 23rd: Pin Down Polio! with Area 2 and Area 3 Rotary Clubs; Vista Lanes, 550 Oriskany Blvd. This event doubles as our Monthly Member Mixer
  • Thurs., Oct. 24th: Weekly Rotary Luncheon, noon, Yahnundasis.Our speaker will be Melanie Francis of the American Cancer Society (and Thursday evening, join Rotarian Stephen Turnbull for dinner at Pumpernickel Deli [New Hartford Shopping Center] for a “Real Men Wear Pink” fundraiser to defeat breast cancer).
  • Sat., Oct 26th: Utica Rotary Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup: - 8am to 11am
  • , 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!
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
Share Rotary!
Please see the next pages for additional announcements. 
Open Position:
Secretary of the Board of Directors,
Rotary Club of Utica
The Rotary Club of Utica Board of Directors is looking for a member interested in taking on the duties of Secretary, a club officer position.  Responsibilities include the following tasks:
  • Preparing and sending the documents for the monthly Board meetings;
  • Taking the minutes of Board meetings;
  • Maintaining the membership on the Rotary Club of Utica, District, and Rotary International sites;
  • Setting up the Survey Monkey election link for the annual election of officers and tallying/reporting results;
  • Ordering name badges and other items for the Club; and,
  • Entering meeting attendance into the website.
  • Other duties as assigned by the President or the Board.
There is a stipend attached to the Secretary position, and the duties take a few hours per month in addition to meeting attendance.
Those interested should contact President Joe Caruso immediately via email at .