Tuesday November 7 Dine in, Take out, Drive through 5-7
Featuring pasta, sauce, meatballs, tossed salad, bead-sticks, dessert and beverage.
Annual fundraiser for Pittsford food cupboard and other charities.
We came again on Wednesday, April 4, 2017, to the Pittsford Community Library for hot breakfast and fellowship.
Our guest speaker was John Strazzabosco, Jeanne’s husband, who spoke to us about the impacts of poverty in our community.
We were also joined by former Rotarian and Grace's son, Taylor Soong, and Mohammed Ahamed, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Nazareth College. As always, our lovely Exchange student from France, Julie Possion attended today's meeting.
Come join us this Friday, 5pm-7pm, April 7th at Lemoncello for First Friday Fellowship!  The address is 137 West Commercial Street, East Rochester, NY 14445.  Support one of our own sponsor restaurants who helped us have such a successful event last month!
We received several late silent bid items thanks to the generosity of Charlie Fitzsimmons, so we auctioned these off at our meeting.  Jeanne opened the binds until to 8:30 AM for Black and Blue gift certificate Value = $100,  JoJo’s  gift certificate   Value = $  75, Trata gift certificate Value = $  75, and Village Bakery gift certificate Value = $  30
We welcomed District Governor-Elect Don Milton who joined us to say a few words about the upcoming 2017-18 Rotary year which starts on July 1 and Assistant District Governor Susie Rose also joined us to talk about her 3 years as ADG for our Club.
Pres. Elect Whit Merrill announced Club meeting formats for 2017-18.
At today's meeting, we welcomed Will Price and guest speaker, Mara Ahmed, a film maker & Pittsford parent.  Mara Ahmed was born in Lahore, Pakistan. She has lived and been educated in Belgium, Pakistan and the United States. She has an MBA and a second master's degree in Economics. She worked in corporate finance for many years before launching her career in film. It was in 2004 that Ahmed resigned from her job as a Senior Financial Analyst at a Rochester company in order to focus on art and film.
There continues to be a lot happening behind the scenes in preparation for the 14th Annual Taste of Pittsford extravaganza thanks to Jim Murphy, Harold McAulliffe, Jeanne Strazzabosco, Lynn Freshman, Pam Wright and many others. Please be certain that you have signed up to play a role during the evening if you have not done so already. At today's meeting, a few more bottles of red and white wine were donated for auction baskets of our silent auction. Please continue to encourage everyone you know to attend.
Our guest from Canandaigua Rotary Club, John Spare, joined us today, to present an 8-minute video on the District 7120 Convention in Erie, PA from May 19 – 21.  We watched DG Tom Rogers and Conference Co-chair Bob Palumbo discuss the conference at the Ambassador Center (7794 Peach St. -- Erie, Pa. -- 16509). Check-in begins Friday at noon.  The Conference ends Sunday at 1:00 PM. Join the District for an outing or a round of golf with your fellow Rotarians. Make new friends, renew acquaintances, and have fun at Casino Night. You will be supporting a great cause while you play for fun. The cost will include registration for the conference itself, the cost of your hotel reservation, and any optional events you choose to attend.  These costs are outlined below:

Registration itself (required): $175 through Mar. 31;  $200 Apr. 1 and later.  
Friday Dinner:  Included
Friday Golf Outing (optional): $75 (cart included)
Friday All-In Casino Night: Starter chips included
Saturday Breakfast:  Included
Saturday Picnic (optional): $25
Saturday Luncheon Cruise (optional): $30
Saturday Reception & Banquet: Included (cash bar)
Sunday Brunch: Included
Pat Mallery brought photos of the latest Interact Club activity.  This time, the Interact Club volunteers were dry and warm compared to when they dipped into the freezing waters of Lake Ontario at the 2017 Polar Plunge. Pete Crooker and Pat drove them to the Salem Nutrition Center.  There, they prepared and served lunch to the homeless. Exchange student Julie Poisson, and today's guest, Victoria Soong (daugher of Rotarian Grace Soong), were both volunteers at Salem.
We welcomed our guest speaker, veteran Alvin Herdklotz, who spoke about the history of the Rayson-Miller Post in the Town of Pittsford.
We met again on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, in the Pittsford Community Library for breakfast and fellowship. Rotarians brought in 3 bottles of wine for auction baskets for our March 13 “Taste of Pittsford” gala at Nazareth College.  There continues to be a lot happening behind the scenes in preparation for this annual extravaganza thanks to Jim Murphy, Harold McAulliffe, Jeanne Strazzabosco and others.  Please continue to encourage everyone you know to attend and sell those tickets.
Whit Merrill is coordinating attendees for upcoming District 7120 District Training Assembly on Saturday, Apr 8 at  Newark High School.Save the date for the Rotary District 7120 Conference on Fri, May 19 to Sun, May 21 at the Ambassador Center, in Erie, PA.
We welcomed our Nazareth College Scholarship Award winners, Angela Tona and Monica Grisdale, who were accompanied by Sandy Halbstein and Jamie Fazio, Development Coordinators at Nazareth College.
Angela Tona is a senior studying Social Work, Interfaith Studies, and Music. Currently a full-time intern with the Metro Justice Center, her passion for service and knowledge has led her to serve at multiple agencies in the city of Rochester such as Asbury Dining and Caring Center, SWAN, the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, and others. She has taken advantage of many opportunities abroad in countries such as Turkey, India, Germany, and Poland studying the history of Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism. Angela plans to spend a year serving with Americorps after graduating in May of 2017.
Monica Grisdale is a junior occupational therapy student at Nazareth College with a minor in psychology. She dedicates time to the community through her volunteer work with the Special Olympics, Best Buddies at Nazareth College and various events for children who attend Rochester City schools.
We met again on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in the Pittsford Community Library for breakfast and fellowship.
FYI, if Pittsford Schools close or delay Wednesday morning due to weather conditions, we do not meet.   
Kevin O’Grady talked us about the benefits of being an annual club member sponsor from January 1 through December 31.  Pres. Matt was a “Ruby” level club sponsor in 2016 and will be once again this year.  Do consider a club sponsorship at a level that is right for you.
Today's guests were Rotarian Rachel Baker August, of the Rotary Club of Rochester, and former Pittsford Rotarian Colleen Farley.

Of course, tickets are on sale for the March 13 “Taste of Pittsford” at Nazareth College.  There continues to be a lot happening behind the scenes in preparation for this annual gala event thanks to Jim Murphy and his team.  Please continue to sell tickets.

In fact, some Rotarians already brought in a bottle of wine or two for several baskets that we can create to be auctioned off at The Taste.
Save the date -– Saturday, May 6  for R-Community Bike Drop.   More to come from Steve Wilterdink in the weeks ahead.
Save the date -– Saturday, May 20 for our Annual Fishing Derby.   More to come from Kevin O’Grady in the weeks ahead.
Save this date -- Wednesday, June 28 at The Highlands for our annual Change-over dinner.  
We welcomed Joan G. Malley, the Managing Director of Harbor House of Rochester.  The Mission of Harbor House of Rochester, Inc. is to provide temporary lodging for families of adult critical care patients who live outside the Rochester area and are receiving care at the University of Rochester Medical Center or other area hospitals. Harbor House provides a “home-away-from-home” environment of safe and supportive living that eases the emotional and financial burdens on families.
The Harbor House of Rochester is a four-bedroom facility, located two short blocks south of the University of Rochester Medical Center. You will find the peaceful home situated in the quaint Upper Mt. Hope neighborhood at 89 Rossiter Road.