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The Ken – July 24

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The Ken July 24

Attendance: Mike Ford

Split Club: Gary Roberts

Invocation: John Coogan

Fine master: Ted Purvis

The Ken: Rene Rebmann

 

President Tom Lang started meeting. We gave our Pledge and Chuck led us in “God Bless America”. John Coogan gave the Invocation. Larry Coon introduced the guest speaker Matthew Falcone a UB student who recently attended Ryla. Tom reminded members that the Moon Dance is scheduled for 8/29/17 and there is a sign-up sheet at the attendance table. Those attending the Moon Dance should arrive by 5:45pm and the boat leaves at 6pm. Holly asked that members interested in helping at Sunshine day on Wednesday 8/16/17 should sign up at the attendance table.  Set up for Sunshine day starts at 11am, Lunch is served from 12noon to 1:30pm, and games are from 2pm to 4pm. Tom asked Holly to describe Sunshine Day for guests attending the meeting and members who are new to the Club.  Sunshine day is a fun day at camp and the best session there. There are ponies, a dunk tank, games, gifts, and a carnival on site. Rotarians and other volunteers set up the event, serve lunch, and help the kids throughout the day. There will be several Boy Scout volunteers and Larry’s crew will be 8 to 10 students. Art asked if Tom the president will be in the dunk tank this year. Tom thanked all Rotarians who assisted last week with the Hole In One event for Meals on Wheels. Scott announced there will be a Shred It committee meeting immediately following the luncheon.  Dick Hanaburgh has agreed to co-chair Shred It.  Holly won the Split Club and Ted missed the Ace of Spades (4 of spades). Ted was Fine Master and asked for confessions.  Mike pointed out he was filling in for Larry at the Attendance Table and that Gary left in him.  Mike went on to say he was at the Adirondack’s fishing and hiking and when he came back he went golfing with Paul, Mike, and Jim. Scott was fined for inviting the Fine Master to sit at his table. Larry was fined for messing up the Head Table.  Art was fined because he was worried about the dunk tank at Sunshine Day. Trivia Topic Buffalo Bills (1990-1993); Ron’s Table- Who was the 3rd string QB behind Kelly and Reich? (Gale Gilbert), Chuck’s Table- What year did Bruce Smith miss the most games due to a knee injury? (1991), Mike’s Table- In the 1992 Championship game against the Miami Dolphins who was responsible for most points? (Steve Christie), Holly’s Table- What year did Thurman Thomas win MVP? (1991), Tom’s Table- What Buffalo Bill was voted MVP in the 1992 Pro-Bowl? (Steve Tasker), final general question to the club- In the Wild Card game against the Oilers one of the scores should not have counted which player made the score? (Beebe, he ran out of bounds). Larry introduced the guest speaker Matthew Falcone a student at UB. Matt has volunteered for Rotary and Purple Pinkie events and also attended Ryla. Matt is a graduate of W. Seneca East High School.  Matt has raised money for environmental causes.  He co-founded the UB Rotaract Club.  Speaker Topic- Tonawanda Coke soil studies: The plant located at River Rd has been there for 100 years. Coal is shipped in to the plant, placed in Coke ovens, to be purified, and used to make steal. Coke was fined for environmental laws (Clean Air & Clean Water).  The trial and investigations found that people living in the vicinity of the plant head higher rates of developing cancer and in some cases cancer’s that were rare. Coke was tried and convicted for violating environmental laws.  This was the first case when someone actually went to jail for violating the Clean Air Act. In addition, Coke was required to spend 12MM for cleanup studies. Matthew and his team are working closely with the affected areas to obtain soil samples for the studies. The primary concern is to minimize impact on the residents. Soil samples are collected and sent to ALS an environment testing company in Rochester. Soil testing sites are confidential.  There is a community meeting schedule for 7/26/2017 in the community room at 3200 Elmwood Ave. Any homeowner/landowner can volunteer to have their soil tested.  Soils will be collected beginning 8/7/17 and will last for a period of 10-15 days.  The data collected and results of the testing will be shared with the property owners. Matt took a few questions and provides a sign-up sheet for anyone interested in having their soil tested. https://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/featured/2017/06/24/128953/grand-island-soils-to-be-tested-for-pollutants

Meeting was adjourned.

 

Thank you,

The Ken July 24 Rene Rebmann 2017-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
The Ken July 17
Attendance: Ron Levea
 Split Club: Larry Coon
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine master:  Ted Purvis
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Tom began our meeting after a lunch of Italian Tacos. We gave our Pledge and Chuck led us in “God Bless America”. John Coogan gave an awe inspiring invocation.
Guests today were Joyce Delong and Katherine Smith of Buffalo. Brian Ahern came with a loaf of bread to bare and our speaker, Mark Wolffer from Amherst Alarm.
Holly announced that Sunshine Day is August 16 and Tom announced that Moon dance is 8/29.
Our guests Joyce and Katherine pitched Buffalo Rotary Club’s fund raiser the “Duck Derby” is August 27 at Canalside. You rent a tiny rubber duck. They will put your number on it. They will toss hundreds off the Blue Line Bridge at Canalside and the first 3 ducks over the line will win $250, $125 and $75 respectively. All proceeds will go to Rotary Reads Kids club. Good luck with that. Visit www.buffaloduckderby to enter. Ted pitched Rotary Club of Amherst’s fund raiser car show this Saturday. Tom took back the floor and presented Mike with a Presidents Plaque and his terms Rotary flag. Thank you Mike. It was a great year.
Fine master Ted took confessions. Susan J. missed her first board meeting. Mike through Paul under the bus. This was an inside private gesture that would not be explained. Ted fined John Coogan for his thoughts. Ted quizzed us on hockey draft trivia and fine us all happy dollars to have Brian and his bread back today.
Rick Graham won the split club and guest Katherine Smith missed the Ace of Spades. Mike Austin won the loaf of Brian bread.
At this time Mark Wolffer presented to us the importance of complying with the carbon monoxide requirements. That is mandated through all new construction. Amherst Alarm will handle all you sales and installation of such equipment. Visit them at www.amherstalarm.com
 
Meeting adjourned
The Ken July 17 Jeff Markarian 2017-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Markarian
The Ken July 10
Attendance: Barb Henry in for Gary
 Split Club: Dick Hanaburgh in for Larry
Invocation: Tom Lang
Fine master:  Ted Purvis
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Tom Lang began our meeting after a bit of a scramble for table attendants. Barb and Dick stepped up to the plate and sat in. We gave our Pledge. Barb led us in “God Bless America”. In lieu of an invocation, Tom asked for a moment to wish Harold White all are best for his recovery.
Dan Wiles made an announcement on behalf of all the service clubs of Kenmore and Tonawanda. It’s that time of year again where we raise money for the paramedics by offering a chance to win $25,000. As golfers come up to the 8th hole par 3 at Sheridan Park, we ask for a $5 chance to get within 20’ of the pin. If they get on the green they receive a sleeve of balls with our clubs name and logo on it. If they are inside 20’, they are invited back for a try on the same hole to get a hole in one. We raise about $2k per year. A signup sheet has been circulating and we are close to having our Kenmore Rotary day (Monday) complete.
Fine master Ted P. came up to hear confessions and levy fines. I gave my $25 bid for bread at our last meeting. Rene is still making installments on hers. Barb Henry had cataract surgery on her left eye that went real well. Barb, I though you had a wincoln not cataract. Mike Ford has a friend in town from Hawaii and therefor watched the fireworks from the other side of the fence from his pales in Rotary. Evidently Mike needed to keep his world separate. Mike is also going on a vacation with the outlaws and something about playing football and a tournament…. Eddie took son Billie to Cleveland for a U2 concert. Ed was certain Billie was the youngest one in the crowd. Larry missed a few weeks with traveling and RYLA. Joe Arcara was going Boston to watch the Red Sox and the Yankees. There were no more fines, but Ted thanked Art for all he has done as treasurer over the last years.
Tim Glor won the split club and Art missed the Ace.
Tom took over the meeting and laid the groundwork he has set for his year as president. The theme this year is “Make a difference”. Tom wants to increase membership from 47 or 48 to 55. He feels more social events and interesting meetings should help. Tom wants to start on a project to help the Veterans. His wish is to cross pollinate students in the Interact clubs with us and the VA drug court. Tom wants to present Vets with flowers on Memorial Day personally and lay flowers on the graves of Vets on Labor Day. To show our appreciation for their service.
Good luck Tom and you know you can count on all of us for your support.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken July 10 Jeff Markarian 2017-07-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Markarian
The Ken June 26
Attendance: Ron Levea
 Split Club: Donna Di Francesco
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine master:
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike began his last meeting as President with an enthusiastic gong. We gave our Pledge and Chuck led us in “God Bless America”. Tom asked if we might be able to sing a tad better as his term is about to start. The general consensus was that this is probably the best it gets. Mike asked Ron for guests today. Ron squirmed a little and I know why. Nancy Chisolm and son Carl were in attendance and Ron did not want to spoil the surprise that was going to unfold later in the meeting. But Ron was able to greet Ben Burk.
Today’s first announcement was from Gary. The July 3rd fireworks party is all set. I will send a general email with the parking pass you will need to enter Elmlawn. Holly solicited Sunshine Day which is 8/16 at Cradle Beach. Signup sheets will be at the attendance desk for the next few meetings. Tom Lang wants to meet with the program committee after today’s meeting.
Bob Blatz won the split club and Nancy missed the Ace of Spades. Brian Ahern made 2 loaves of bread that Gary raffled off. The winners were yours truly and Rene.
Mike thanked Brian as this is his last meeting. He and Pat are moving to Boston. Please keep in touch. There haven’t been many new members that acclimated and helped the club as much as Brian and Pat. Thank you. Mike wanted to thank his board for helping him out this year. A special thanks to Art who will step down as treasurer. Mike also thanked Rene for, as Mike put it, a thankless job as secretary. Mike had many to thank for him and Debbie getting together. As they are coming up to a year since they met at Sunshine Day. I told you Mike, There is a lid for every pot.
Mike had the honor of inducting Paul Chisolm into the Paul Harris brotherhood. This award is presented to a Rotarian that particularly emanates what Rotary is all about. Paul has always been an impressive man for me to look up for his leadership and ability to be involved with so many good causes.
Tom Lang took the floor and introduced Phil Michalowski as our newest members. Please reach out to Phil and make him feel at home in his new organization.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken - June 26 Jeff Markarian 2017-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

The Ken June 19

Attendance: Barb Henry

Split Club: Donna Di Francesco

Invocation: Chuck Patterson

Fine master: Ted Purvis

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

President elect Tom Lang stepped in for Mike today and conducted our meeting. First the pledge, then Barb led us in singing “America”. Chuck gave our invocation and asked us to please keep Harold White in our thoughts. Harold was just released from the hospital with heart ailments and is on oxygen. Barb said she will keep us up to date on Harold’s progress. Good luck buddie. We sang Happy Birthday to Audrey.

No guest’s today other than our speaker. Tom asked to post Michael Foster as a new member. Michael spoke at our club with his wife Melisa about the Kenmore Village Improvement Society.

Gary announced that the fireworks will be at Elmlawn again Monday July 3. You can get in around 6:00. Food won’t get there until around 7:00. It is $20 / person. You will need a pass to get in. Please send me the pass and I can email it to the membership. Audrey will get us a final audit on the Wine Event shortly. Cradle Beach aka Sunshine Day is August 16. New members, this is not to be missed. This is our real hands on event where we set up lunch and games for disabled and under privileged children at Cradle Beach.

Fine Master Ted Purvis approached the bench to solicit money. Chuck was first to confess that he mistakenly said that it was Renee’s birthday instead of Audrey’s. Audrey confessed to a promotion at Evans Bank to business development. It is wonderful to see our fellow Rotarians rise through the ranks. John Coogan was in Aruba. It was Jo Jo’s birthday and one of the other friends they went with. Needless to say, John is a tad tired of “Happy Birthday”. Mike Ford was also away. Traveling with his mother and mother-in-law. How did that go Mike?

Audrey won the split club and Dick H won the chance to draw the Ace of Spades. No luck, the pot continues to grow.

Tom introduced our speaker Christine Mathieu of People Inc. Christine is the Legacy officer of their foundation. She was a financial advisor and a personal coach…..then the lights went out. Bam I was sound asleep so I can’t really tell you much more about her topic. I’m sure you can fill in the blanks at www.people-inc.org.

Meeting adjourned

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The Ken June 5

Attendance: Barb Henry

Split Club: Donna Di Francesco

Invocation: Chuck Patterson

Fine master: Ted Purvis

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Mike began our meeting with the Pledge followed by “God Bless America” that Chuck Patterson started. Guests today were Joe DiPaulo from Buffalo Rotary, Phil Michalowski (let this be Phil’s 2nd announcement for membership), Celia O’Brien and Gigi Grizanti of Western NY Veterans Housing Coalition (WNYVHC).

Announcements came from Joe Arcara. Joe is putting together the June BBQ aka Presidents and officers swearing in party this Monday at 6:00. It will be at Pat and Brian Ahern’s house again. The BBQ dinner is out of this world. $20.00 / person. Rain or shine. Let’s support our peeps. Tim plugged his and Jacquie’s near and dear project. Love Fest is combing with Ride for Roswell. Go to give.roswellpark.org and find the details to ride, party or just back Tim and Jacquie. Mike announced there is no meeting Monday in lieu of the BBQ and that there will be a board meeting Wednesday same place and time you all meet. Also, Mike confirmed Elmlawn will do the fireworks Monday July 3 again. Details to follow.

At this time Ted took the reins as Finemaster asking for confessions. Brian confessed there is a contract on his house all ready. That is no surprise and that is why I remind you to move you schedule around so that you can partake in this serine, Zen like arena for Monday’s BBQ. Paul’s picture was in the paper for attending the Memorial Day parade. Gary was behind Paul but got 2nd billing. Tim Glor mentioned that his nephew Jeff Glor with CBS news is working his way up the ranks as main anchor man. I was fined for mixing up the BBQ date that was in the body on the event invitation that no one reads anyways. However pay attention to the email blasts and I’ll send a new event out so there is no mistaking that the BBQ is Monday 6/12. The rest of Ted’s fines were a blur but out of the corner of the room came a very impressive dissertation responding to one of Teds questions about the gold standard. As it turns out it was Phil, our soon to be new member. Phil you are going to fit right in. Ted was able to raise money with some fun filled razing of the group. Nice job pale.

Jerry Gentile won the split club and Brian missed the Ace. Joe Acara and Jerry won Brian’s homemade white bread.

Paul introduced our speakers today. Celia O’Brien President and COO and Gigi Grizanti, VP of hosing & development of Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition. Both dynamic speakers describing the services WNYVHC provides. WNYVHC was founded in 1987 to provide housing for homeless veterans and Veterans with special needs. Another informative discussion.

Meeting adjourned

The Ken June 5 Jeff Markarian 2017-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
The Ken May 22
Attendance: Scott Mason
Split Club: Bob Blatz
Invocation: Rick Graham
Fine master: Mike Ford
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike began our meeting with the Pledge followed by “God Bless America” that Chuck Patterson started us out but was soon overcome by our guest who sang with an operaesque rendition that made us really sound pretty god. Rick gave our invocation. Guests today were our speaker Melisa Forester and her husband, Michael.
First announcement was made by Mike on behalf of Larry. We still have an opening for RYLA June 19-25. Details are on our website. There will not be a meeting Monday in honor of Memorial Day. Joe Arcara is putting together the Presidents Party and installation of officers that will be held at Brian and Pat Ahern’s house June 12. By now you all received the email blast with the details. Damon was going to have a finance / audit meeting after today’s meeting. Mike Austin announced that there will be fireworks Monday July 3 at Elmlawn again.
Mike Ford was our fine master today. Mike focused right on Tom Lang and busted him for a Trump – like tie. Scott Mason was fined for suggesting that women pay double fines. Art was fined because Mike has been waiting for a pin since he joined. Brian paid happy dollars for purchasing a carpet a carpet from me that his dog soiled with tar earlier in the week. I wanted to pay the fine but Brian insisted. Mike quizzed us on strokes for stroke awareness month. We all got a lot out of this. Most important, get to a hospital right away.
Bob B won the split club and Art missed the Ace. No Bread today.
Paul introduced our speaker today, Melisa Foster. If you have noticed many nice flowers and neat things around Kenmore, you can thank this organization. They have been around for 10 years and have over 1,000 people over seeing our neighborhood. They put on many functions. Last was a dog show at Mang Park. Keep up the good work.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken May 22 2017-05-26 04:00:00Z 0
The Ken May 15
Attendance: Scott Mason
Split Club: Bob Blatz
Invocation: Rick Graham
Fine master: Rene Rebmann     
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
It was good to be back at home field. Mike began our meeting with the Pledge, followed by Chuck P. leading us in “God Bless America”. Rick Graham gave our invocation. Guests today were Phil Mikolowski, giving our club a test drive and our speaker from UB’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Tom Ulbrich.
Our first announcement was from Audrey. Audrey was beaming with the success of our Wine Tasting event. The preliminary audit has it as the best year yet. We netted about $15,500. Audrey thanked especially, Shari and Rick for the sponsorship success and Sue J. for the program book. Rumor has it Tom was a great MC.  John Coogan sponsored the band. Good music always adds to the success of any party. Great job Wine Event committee.
Oh, and here comes Larry. He’s lucky there was tenderloin left.
Mike thanked Tom for conducting our meeting last week and Brian is wondering if we have dates for the Presidents party. It sounds like he is willing to have it this year. For those that missed last years, Brian house is a wonderful setting for this party. The topic of the stocks came up. They are still at Brains house, which is ok. Brian and Pat have been together for a while and whatever. But, I am concerned what Tom’s potential suitors will think if they see those in his house.
We were pleased to have a rookie Fine Master today, Rene R. Rene, in Holly’s fashion, excused all the women from fines today. Rick Graham was first to confess that Joanie and his sister gave him grief for not winning any baskets, while Rick’s other guests cleaned up. Tom received and read a thank you card for MC-ing the Wine event, but I understand there was an undertone of disagreement on his judgement of professional quarterbacks. Mike confessed that Madison was able to attend a full day work shop at Shae’s for her role in Beauty and the Beast. Mark Tremont confessed to their 2nd grandchild born health and strong 7 weeks ago. Mark also shared his active travel schedule. Paul tadled on Jim Logan for winning a healthy raffle. Sue J. announced Kenmore Mercy opened and dedicated their new healing garden. Rene fined Larry for coming in late and Scott for strong arming sponsors. Rene quizzed us on football trivia. As it turned out, Rene, you’re a natural. Great job.
Ron won the split club and Bob pulled his name for the chance at the Ace but didn’t pull the Ace. Sue and Jerry won Brian’s bread.
Paul introduced Tom Ulbrich from UB’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL). The CEL recognizes and supports the power of entrepreneurship to unlock human potential, create jobs, inspire wealth and invigorate the greater Western NY economy and community. Tom’s topic today focused on the quickness of change in how we get and what we do with information. Many questions followed. We stayed a little over but no ne minded.
Meeting adjourned.
The Ken May 15 2017-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
The Ken May 8
Attendance: Scott Mason
Split Club: Bob Blatz
Invocation: Rick Graham              
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Tom Lang sat in for Mika as we began our second meeting at the Paddock Golf Dome. We gave the Pledge of Alienage. Barb led us in singing “God Bless America” and Rick Graham gave our invocation. Tom thanked all the students and their families for joining us today.
Audrey gave a final nudge for the Wine event.
Larry came up and also thanked the young minds for joining us and let them know how proud our community is that they go beyond the call of duty to succeed in community service and also to keep their grades high. Larry asked Tom Schwob to begin the middle school student award program to acknowledge the following individuals for remarkable grades and activity in community affairs:
Franklin Middle School: SOPHIA McSHANE / Principal: Chris Ginestre, Mom: Katie / Stepfather:  TJ / Father: Alex (Also little 4 yr. old brother Max)
 
Hoover Middle School:    TYLER McLeod   / Principal Carm Persico, VP:  Michelle Jaros / Mom: Jill / Dad:  Norm / Grams: Velma and Joyce 
 
St. Andrew's Country Day School:   BRIAN ERICK / Principal: Colleen Politowski / Mom: Carolyn   Dad:  Brian    
 
St. Christopher's School:   EVELYN GRAPES /   Vice Prin: Mark Bandelian / Mom: Maria Dad:  Shawn  
 
St. Amelia School:   ANNA PUCHALSKI / Principal: Jim Mule / Mom:  Sheryl Dad:  Tom    
 
St. John the Baptist School:   MARY SHORT / Principal: Cindy Jacobs / Dad:  Joe    
 
This very inspirational meeting was adjourned right on time
The Ken May 8 Jeff Markarian 2017-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
The Ken April 24
Attendance:
Split Club: Bob Blatz
Invocation: Rick Graham              
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike began our meeting at the Paddock Golf Dome with a gong from an app on an iphone. We gave our Pledge. There was no song. Rick gave our invocation, paying tribute to the fine young men and woman we were fortunate to have with us today. As you know, our meeting today was to give scholarship money to several Ken-Ton High School students. Because of the presentations there were many guests.
Mike called on Shari to give an update on the Wine Event. However Shari had a just taken a bite of her lunch so she asked Eddie to chime in. Well he too was in the middle of a bite. He was able to thank Audrey, Shari, Sue and their great committee for this year’s event. It appears we will have a very successful event. We can still use about 10 more baskets and a few more bodies in the door. The Wine and Beer Tasting Event is May 10 at 6:30. Details are on our website.
One of our regular guests, Darcy France bragged about our Shred-It event. Scott beamed and mentioned the final audit is not complete with Art out of town, but we all know it was a record hall. Larry gave an update on the Slap Shot week end he just helped put together. Slap shot is a jump start for 15-18 year olds into the Rotary mentality and should lead to Interact and ultimately the RYLA program.
Jim Logan won the 50 / 50 and Eddie missed the Ace.
Mike asked Tom Schwob to come up and start the program. Tom thanked us for the money we were able to raise through our fund raisers for the scholarships we were about to present. The presentations were as follows:
St. Joe's Collegiate Inst.  Benjamin Galkiewicz,   Robert Scott, parents Deanna and Jerry Galkiewicz
 
Kenmore East - Taylor Nash,    Patrick Heyden, Principal, mother Melissa Esposito
 
Kenmore West - Paige Phillips,   Dan Charland, Asst. Principal,    Interact advisor: Darcy France,   parents Jeanne and David Phillips
 
Cardinal O'Hara HS - Benjamin Borzynski,   Mary Holzerland, Principal, mom Marina Borzynski
 
Charter School Applied Tech - D’Zare Triplette, Principal Laura Errington, parents Chiquita and Darren, sister DeJa
 
Mount St. Mary Academy - Claire Rosenecker, Julie Wojick, Asst. Principal, parents Mary and Tom,  
also grandparents: Joe and Sheila R. and Eileen Collins
 
Larry explained to the guests in the room some of the projects we are involved. Next week we will present Middle School students recognition for high achievements.
 
This very inspirational meeting was adjourned right on time
The Ken May 1 Jeff Markarian 2017-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Markarian on Apr 28, 2017
The Ken April 24
Attendance: Dick Hanaburgh
Split Club: Pat Griffin
Invocation: Gary Roberts             
Fine Master: Tom Lang
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike began our meeting with the Pledge. Barb led us in “America” and Gary gave our invocation. Gary told us Pat Hoffman’s service will be at Roberts, Dengler on Delaware at 11:00 May 6.
Announcements first from a very enthusiastic Scott Mason who was delighted with the help and the outcome of Shred-It. At one point we had to turn people away because the trucks were full. There was a lot of modifying of procedures because of so many cars. Great job Scott this event is a success because of your stewardship. Initial audit brings this event to $9,332. Audrey also thanked us on our continued efforts on the Wine Event. We are at a record high for sponsorships. Audrey thanked Mark Tremont on filling our major auction item, the wine cooler, with wine. We still need baskets and names of attendees.  This event is May 10 at 6:00.
Mike reminded us that our next 2 meetings will be for student recognition. Remember it is at The Paddock Dome. We have a larger room this year. And by the way their food is wonderful so I’m sure we’ll get a great lunch. Barb in Larry’s absents, asked us to bring Shred-It lawn signs to the meeting so we do not lose track of them.  This roving reporter is going to be all over any of you who stumble into Jovi’s by mistake. There will be spies watching.
Gary was asked up to continue the Armenian Raffle from last week. We had 13 spots left. John Coogan, Gary signed you up for 2 tickets. Please settle up with the treasurer. BTW, you didn’t win. It killed Gary to announce that Rick Graham’s number was drawn. Evidently Gary caught wind of Ricks chiming up that Gary missed the first half of the raffle.
Before Finemaster Tom Lang came up, Mike felt it urgent to hack on him about his lawyerly attire. Many in the room thought Tom dressed as if he was in a barbershop quartet. Being that president Mike is exempt from fines, Tom just had to take it. Art was immediately fined for commenting on Tom’s shirt. Any person that volunteered at Shred-It was exempt also. I was fined for doing a crouching dragon yoga stretch in the lunch line. Tom, I was just lining up my internal organs to accept the fuel I was about to intake. Don’t you? Ron Levea confessed to listening to an Armenian poet on Saturday afternoon. I was fined again for reciting an Armenian poem from Omar Kham. “A loaf of bread, a bottle of wine and thou”. There is a picture that goes along with this poem. If you saw it you would take the bread and wine and leave thou. Joe Starck tried to bribe Tom with cookies. Today’s trivia we were quizzed on had to do with celebrities born on or died on April 24. Oh and then Pat had an overwhelming desire to thank Barb for her donation to the Christmas Party. Pat and Linda used Barb’s timesharing unit and had a blast.
George Allen won the split club and Dick missed the Ace. In Brian’s absence, we had no bread to raffle off.
Paul was not able to get a speaker for this meeting so he decided to get one of our new members to tell us about themselves. Today we were very fortunate to have our newest member, George Allen III speak to us. George is no stranger to Rotary. His grandfather and father were Rotarians. George has been in the construction Industry in every facet. He started out working at Elmlawn as so many of our youths do. He worked as a rugger for us for a while. George lived in Tucson and did home building.  He was a super intendant on many large construction projects you have seen in town. Savarino’s ECDC. 95 Ferry. JM Hayes’ project at Washington and Sinclair where they did a complete gut and remodel. As in many cases, the super intendant works 70 hours and is paid for 40 so George decided to hang his own shingle and open his home improvement company. He has the ability to do many of the phases himself and has aligned himself with all the better contractors that he is sure will uphold is high standards. George is licensed and insured. There are already several Rotarians employing George with projects. Welcome aboard George. I never met an Allen I didn’t like.
The Ken April 24 Jeff Markarian 2017-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Markarian

The Ken April 10

Attendance: Dick Hanaburgh

Split Club: Brian Ahern

Invocation: Gary Roberts

Fine Master: Jim Austin

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Mike began our meeting with the Pledge. Barb led us in “America” and Gary gave our invocation. Gary asked that we remember Pat Hoffman, past President Ed Hoffman’s wife who passed away. She was a lovely person. Guests today were Julia Fink and Patty Notara.

Rick announced we are looking good with the Wine Event. They are pleased with sponsorships but would like more baskets and attendance. Gary will do the Armenian raffle the next 2 weeks. You can buy $10 chances (# of chances are usually 50) for a chance to win a 42” TV. The money we raise helps us purchase the main auction item. This year it is a professional wine cooler filled with all kinds of wines.

Scott also is on track with Shred-It. He still can use volunteers. Remember, the spring shred-It brings out many more people so he can use the help. Brian is working the signup sheets. The date is April 22. Larry, announced as he walked in the door at 12:45, that he has lawn signs.

John Coogan received his check for drawing the Ace last week. John confessed to winning the NCAA basketball pool this week that made our check insurmountable. Nevertheless, congrats John. John always buys lots of tickets so I’m sure we are still ahead of him. Larry got real good exposure in the Town for the “Purple Pinky” program he put on. More to educated the public what it is all about. Thank you Mike Ford for participating. Also a director of youth somewhere asked Larry to speak about our RYLA program somewhere. I’m sure he did and did a great job doing it. Brian would like to host a bread making class to show us how he makes this mouthwatering bread.

Mike introduced his dad, Jim Austin as today’s Finemaster. Rick Graham confessed to his niece being on TV and his grandson was selected for the Ontario Hockey League out of 1200. They choose 300. Great accomplishment. Tim Glor announced that he and Jacquie had a wonderful time as Shari’s guest at the Boys and Girls Club event at Klienhans. Don’t we all miss Shari? Audrey and our accountants Joe, Ed and Ted? Mike was also there with Gary as his date. Mike arranged for a ride in case the evening didn’t go well. I guess it did and there was something mentioned about breakfast??? Paul confessed to a wonderful dinner at Ahearn’s with the Patterson’s. Jim proceeded to quiz us about April Fools history. We went around the room and whoever told a funny prank was exempt from fines. There were many funny pranks, but Rene’s was the best when her manager took clients out for lunch and she called the restaurant in advance and asked them to decline his card. Rene, you are so naughty.

Gary won the split club and Art missed the Ace of Spades on a new deck. Bob Blatz and Ron won the fig, anis bread.

At this time, Mike introduced our speaker Julia Fink. Julia is the owner of Welcome Buffalo magazine. This magazine is rarely read by WNY’ers because it is in Hotels. 93 to be exact. She started the magazine 31 years ago with 39 Hotels. Tourism is very important to our community. Over twelve million people vacation here a year. We offer world class restaurants, boutiques, events, theaters, and professional sports. Julia was kind enough to present us all with a hard copy of the magazine. Let me tell you, it’s no rag.

Larry closed the meeting by reminding us he and Brian desperately need volunteers for the Big Picture Mentoring Program. They would like 6 and would like to test the waters for the rest of the year. It hibernates through the summer. Then we will be ready to go for the ’17 – ’18 school year. 1 hour on Wednesdays at noon. You will meet with the same high school student every week. How can you not develop a relationship with an individual you otherwise would never have had a chance to?

Another great meeting. Meeting adjourned
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The Ken April 3
Attendance: Dick Hanaburgh
Split Club: Brian Ahern
Invocation: Larry Coon
Fine Master: Jim Prichard
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike began our meeting with the Pledge. Barb led us in “God Bless America” and Larry gave our invocation. Funny thing, there were a lot of customers at my store when I got back after Rotary thanks to Larry’s kind words. There were many visitors today that included Christine Koch – Principal of Kenmore West and Big Picture, Anne Blenk – Big Picture coordinator, Chris Watson, Big Picture Internship coordinator, Melinda Roth Sanderson, NYS mentors with Lynn Marinelli and Nancy Mueller White, Harold’s daughter in law.
Rick Graham has us all real excited about perhaps beating the record of 2013 Wine Event‘s revenues. There are many sponsorships sold. We still need more baskets and seats sold. Please drop the baskets off with a brief description to Elmlawn. Scott is also on track with Shred-It. Please help Scot and volunteer for an hour. There is a signup sheet or contact Scott at smason@realtyusa.com. Pat brought in lawn signs. MandT bank has a large electronic sign advertising this event. Thank you Rene. Mike thanked me and Gretchen for hosting the gift gathering party. We love having this group at the house.
Jim Prichard was fine master today. Paul was pleasantly pleased that we had several varieties of pies at the gift gathering party that he matched dollar for dollar to anyone who admitted to having a piece of pie at the party. Jim fined Rick for interrupting.  Appropriately with all this giving back to the community that has been going on and with the Variety Club telethon just ending, Jim quizzed us on fun facts relating to Variety Club. We learned some neat trivia and raised some money.
Ron Levea won the split club and, yes, John Coogan picked the Ace, with many cards still in the deck I might add. Chuck Patterson won the first loaf of Brian’s bread and Jim Prichard won the second. FYI, half of my family prefers this bread thinly sliced and toasted the others like it thicker. Either way it sure makes mornings exciting.
At this time Larry introduced half of our program. As I am sorting this all out, it appears Brian’s wife Pat introduced Melinda Sanderson of NY mentoring (more on this later) to Brian. That got us thinking about the Big Picture Program. Big Picture is a very specialized High School in the Ken-Ton district. They are in their 5th year. There are 15 kids per grade 9-12 in the program.  All though these kids are self-motivated, they don’t feel comfortable in a large school setting. The students participate in core content classes 3 days per week and also learn in a real-world setting through internships 2 days per week. The internships provide valuable learning experiences for the students and help to identify avenues for students to pursue as a long term career.
This sequad into Brian introducing Melinda Sanderson who is with NYS mentoring. Children today spend on average 7 minutes alone time with an adult per week. In 1984 Mario Cuomo started this program and put his wife Matilda in charge. It ended in 1995. In January of 2015, Andrew Cuomo, in honor of his father, started this program back up. Mentees are 46% less likely to start using illegal drugs. Mentees are 52% less likely to skip classes. Mentees are more trusting of their parents or guardians, and less likely to lie to them and feel more supported and less criticized by peers. Brian and Larry are aggressively trying to get 6 club members so that we can be mentors. They are shooting for Wednesday’s at noon. Let’s try it out soon and get familiar with it before summer recess. Any referrals. You do not need to be a Rotarian. Please contact Larry at 870-9721 or Brian Ahern at 847-372-3633.
Another great meeting. Meeting adjourned
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The Ken March 27
Attendance: Ron Levea
Split Club: Holly Nowak
Invocation: Tim Glor
Fine Master: Holly Nowak
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike began our meeting with the Pledge. Chuck led us in “America” and Tim gave a warm invocation. Today’s guests were our speaker Meg Lauerman and Kevin Robinson visiting us from Key Bank.
Mike began our announcements by congratulating Mark Tremont on the birth of his granddaughter. Also, student recognition is May 1 and May 8 at Paddock Dome. I look forward to this because I get to see Tom Schwob who presents the awards to outstanding middle school and high school achievers. Rick Graham announced that sponsorships for the Wine / Beer Event are up slightly. 2013 we netted $13K, last year $11K. Keep selling tickets. We need a final count by May 5 for Branccetis. Saturday will be the basket gathering party at my house. 6:00 at 109 Henning Drive, Orchard Park, NY. We have food and beverage and yes Paul, pies. For those that cannot bring the baskets to my house, Mike will accept them at his office. Please write a brief description what the basket is. That helps the committee set up. The special auction item will be a wine cooler filled with a montage of nice wines. Scott said Shred - It is on track. April 22, 10:00 – 2:00.  Please volunteer to man (or woman… Holly)  the event. 9:30 set up. Brian will have a signup sheet to assure we have enough people. Spring Shred-It has a larger turnout due to tax season. Art teased Scott how much money Shred-It will make and Scott replied how awkward it was that the house accountant didn’t know. Lawn signs are on order and some other signs are already out. Brian begged Mike to please get the %!@% stocks out of his house. Brian, I admit, I feel the pain. I would not like that grueling looking appliance adorning my house.
Fine person, Holly took her inaugural task of fining us for accomplishments and or brags. Mike Ford confessed to brining his 5 year old son to Splash Lagoon and had to play interference so Mike’s wife wouldn’t hold him back from the rides. Mike trust me, feed her some cold medicine and take your son off. They usually don’t get hurt too bad. Mike A took Madison to Beauty and The Beast and reported it was a great performance. I confessed to being rushed to the ER for a shrimp reaction. No Shrimp Saturday. Holly waived fines for all the woman in the room in honor of National woman’s month. She proceeded to quiz us on women’s progress over the years and it’s real creepy how not so long ago, women had many challenges. Great first time fine mastering and it appear Holly raised a lot of money.
Split club was won by new member George Allen, WTG George. Dick H. missed the Ace and Paul C, Jerry G, Dick H, and Tom L won the 4 loaves of bread Brian made earlier in the day. Paul introduced our speaker Meg Lauerman. Meg is with Continental 1. This is a real small organization very actively lobbying local and National politicians on the essentials of tying Route 219 together. We need a North South Interstate. There appears to be great momentum with the current administration. Meg made so much sense on the validity of this argument. Please learn more at www.continental1.org.
Meeting adjourned.
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The Ken March 20

Attendance: Ron Levea

Split Club: Holly Nowak

Invocation: Tim Glor

Fine Master: Ed Markarian

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

President Elect Tom stepped up to the plate for Mike and began our meeting promptly with the Pledge followed with a fine rendition of “God Bless America” started off by Chuck Patterson. Tim gave our invocation.

Tom asked for announcements. I started off by reminding everyone that the gift gathering party is approaching quickly. It is at my house, Saturday April 1 at 6:00. Please email me, jeffmarkar@aol.com, or register on line so we have enough food. We are planning on sausages from around the world with all kinds of goodies. Scott announced Shred –It is well under way. All he needs are volunteers the day of the event. Larry announced that Greg Eminger from Amherst East is having a golf outing May 8. They are looking for sponsors and / or golfers. Yeah, like every other organization in WNY is. Glad we’re out of that arena. Larry is also asking if anyone can think of a student 15-18 years old that want to participate in slap shot, they can contact Larry. It is the last weekend in April. Larry and Char are so active in this wonderful event that can really shape a young person. Also, Larry has a mentoring program that he needs adult mentors for young people that do not have many competent adults in their lives. Please contact Larry for the details.

With no further announcements, fine master Ed Markarian proceeded to hear confessions. First of all, Ed will be missing next week so Holly will have her inaugural fine master duties. She assured us she will raise money. Ed was happy to confess that his daughter Kristen, who started her college career working to be a kindergarten teaches has just applied to law school. Best wishes Kristen, pops would be very proud. Art was fined for agitating Scott to boast about Shred-It. Ron confessed to being on his annual baseball training camp visit to Florida. Paul confessed to a great birthday dinner at Park and was presented a large pie. I’m not following this Paul and pie deal but I better make sure there will be pie at the party April 1. John Coogan confessed to missing our meeting last week because he forgot to adjust his clock. Bread aficionado, Brian announced that Pat is taking the Hospice job in Boston. We wish Pat all the best but are saddened to have a great Rotarian moving on. Susan jabbed Tom, for Audrey’s sake, about the re-signing of Tyrod Taylor. Mike Ford was also bummed out but not so much with the negotiated contract. And finally Pat confessed that Larry won a clock as a door prize at an event he attended. How appropriate. Eddie questioned us on interesting trivia on Lincoln Continentals seeing that President elect Tom just purchased one.

John Coogan won the split club and Pat Griffin missed the Ace and I won the sourdough, rye bread. Still warm I might ad.

Tom took back the meeting and introduced our speaker. Pasquale Maggiore pinched hit for Karen Sorrentino of UNYTS. UNYTS is western NY’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center. What they get stays in WNY. Pasquale’s message today concentrated on giving blood. They can always use more blood. Area hospitals use 60,000 units of blood per year. In addition to emergencies and lifesaving transplants, blood is needed on a regular basis for people with cancer, heart disease and leukemia. Premature babies and children needing surgery also require blood transfusions. To find a blood drive near you, please visit www.unyts.org and click GIVE BLOOD. Very eye opening program that inspired many questions.

Meeting adjourned

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The Ken March 20

Attendance: Ron Levea

Split Club: Holly Nowak

Invocation: Tim Glor

Fine Master: Ed Markarian

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

President Elect Tom stepped up to the plate for Mike and began our meeting promptly with the Pledge followed with a fine rendition of “God Bless America” started off by Chuck Patterson. Tim gave our invocation.

Tom asked for announcements. I started off by reminding everyone that the gift gathering party is approaching quickly. It is at my house, Saturday April 1 at 6:00. Please email me, jeffmarkar@aol.com, or register on line so we have enough food. We are planning on sausages from around the world with all kinds of goodies. Scott announced Shred –It is well under way. All he needs are volunteers the day of the event. Larry announced that Greg Eminger from Amherst East is having a golf outing May 8. They are looking for sponsors and / or golfers. Yeah, like every other organization in WNY is. Glad we’re out of that arena. Larry is also asking if anyone can think of a student 15-18 years old that want to participate in slap shot, they can contact Larry. It is the last weekend in April. Larry and Char are so active in this wonderful event that can really shape a young person. Also, Larry has a mentoring program that he needs adult mentors for young people that do not have many competent adults in their lives. Please contact Larry for the details.

With no further announcements, fine master Ed Markarian proceeded to hear confessions. First of all, Ed will be missing next week so Holly will have her inaugural fine master duties. She assured us she will raise money. Ed was happy to confess that his daughter Kristen, who started her college career working to be a kindergarten teaches has just applied to law school. Best wishes Kristen, pops would be very proud. Art was fined for agitating Scott to boast about Shred-It. Ron confessed to being on his annual baseball training camp visit to Florida. Paul confessed to a great birthday dinner at Park and was presented a large pie. I’m not following this Paul and pie deal but I better make sure there will be pie at the party April 1. John Coogan confessed to missing our meeting last week because he forgot to adjust his clock. Bread aficionado, Brian announced that Pat is taking the Hospice job in Boston. We wish Pat all the best but are saddened to have a great Rotarian moving on. Susan jabbed Tom, for Audrey’s sake, about the re-signing of Tyrod Taylor. Mike Ford was also bummed out but not so much with the negotiated contract. And finally Pat confessed that Larry won a clock as a door prize at an event he attended. How appropriate. Eddie questioned us on interesting trivia on Lincoln Continentals seeing that President elect Tom just purchased one.

John Coogan won the split club and Pat Griffin missed the Ace and I won the sourdough, rye bread. Still warm I might ad.

Tom took back the meeting and introduced our speaker. Pasquale Maggiore pinched hit for Karen Sorrentino of UNYTS. UNYTS is western NY’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center. What they get stays in WNY. Pasquale’s message today concentrated on giving blood. They can always use more blood. Area hospitals use 60,000 units of blood per year. In addition to emergencies and lifesaving transplants, blood is needed on a regular basis for people with cancer, heart disease and leukemia. Premature babies and children needing surgery also require blood transfusions. To find a blood drive near you, please visit www.unyts.org and click GIVE BLOOD. Very eye opening program that inspired many questions.

Meeting adjourned

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The Ken March 20

Attendance: Ron Levea

Split Club: Holly Nowak

Invocation: Tim Glor

Fine Master: Ed Markarian

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

President Elect Tom stepped up to the plate for Mike and began our meeting promptly with the Pledge followed with a fine rendition of “God Bless America” started off by Chuck Patterson. Tim gave our invocation.

Tom asked for announcements. I started off by reminding everyone that the gift gathering party is approaching quickly. It is at my house, Saturday April 1 at 6:00. Please email me, jeffmarkar@aol.com, or register on line so we have enough food. We are planning on sausages from around the world with all kinds of goodies. Scott announced Shred –It is well under way. All he needs are volunteers the day of the event. Larry announced that Greg Eminger from Amherst East is having a golf outing May 8. They are looking for sponsors and / or golfers. Yeah, like every other organization in WNY is. Glad we’re out of that arena. Larry is also asking if anyone can think of a student 15-18 years old that want to participate in slap shot, they can contact Larry. It is the last weekend in April. Larry and Char are so active in this wonderful event that can really shape a young person. Also, Larry has a mentoring program that he needs adult mentors for young people that do not have many competent adults in their lives. Please contact Larry for the details.

With no further announcements, fine master Ed Markarian proceeded to hear confessions. First of all, Ed will be missing next week so Holly will have her inaugural fine master duties. She assured us she will raise money. Ed was happy to confess that his daughter Kristen, who started her college career working to be a kindergarten teaches has just applied to law school. Best wishes Kristen, pops would be very proud. Art was fined for agitating Scott to boast about Shred-It. Ron confessed to being on his annual baseball training camp visit to Florida. Paul confessed to a great birthday dinner at Park and was presented a large pie. I’m not following this Paul and pie deal but I better make sure there will be pie at the party April 1. John Coogan confessed to missing our meeting last week because he forgot to adjust his clock. Bread aficionado, Brian announced that Pat is taking the Hospice job in Boston. We wish Pat all the best but are saddened to have a great Rotarian moving on. Susan jabbed Tom, for Audrey’s sake, about the re-signing of Tyrod Taylor. Mike Ford was also bummed out but not so much with the negotiated contract. And finally Pat confessed that Larry won a clock as a door prize at an event he attended. How appropriate. Eddie questioned us on interesting trivia on Lincoln Continentals seeing that President elect Tom just purchased one.

John Coogan won the split club and Pat Griffin missed the Ace and I won the sourdough, rye bread. Still warm I might ad.

Tom took back the meeting and introduced our speaker. Pasquale Maggiore pinched hit for Karen Sorrentino of UNYTS. UNYTS is western NY’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center. What they get stays in WNY. Pasquale’s message today concentrated on giving blood. They can always use more blood. Area hospitals use 60,000 units of blood per year. In addition to emergencies and lifesaving transplants, blood is needed on a regular basis for people with cancer, heart disease and leukemia. Premature babies and children needing surgery also require blood transfusions. To find a blood drive near you, please visit www.unyts.org and click GIVE BLOOD. Very eye opening program that inspired many questions.

Meeting adjourned

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The Ken March 13
Attendance: Michalene Bernat
Split Club: Jeff Markarian
Invocation: Tim Glor
Fine Master: Ed Markarian
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
We began our meeting with the Pledge followed by a much nicer rendition of “God Bless America” in the key of Chuck Patterson. Tim gave our invocation. Our only guest today was our speaker John Bradley of Alcott HR.
Mike announced that 5/1 and 5/8 will be student recognition Days. This is where we honor Junior High and High school students and present them with scholarship money. Most likely at the Paddock Dome. I announced that I will host the Gift gathering party this year at my house. April 1 at 6:00. Rick Graham reminded us not to wait too long to get us the gifts because there is a lot of logistics that go into putting them together.
Ed Markarian was the fine master and took confessions from Tom Lang. Tom received an outstanding service award for his work he does with the Riviera Theater. Tom was not fined but confessed to purchasing a fully loaded Lincoln. That was a finable offense. Brian confessed to not having bread today. His power was off. Scott was fined for a quote Art said he made, hacking on the wine event. Mike A. blew Art in for swearing. There was no fine, but was kind of creepy, that a room full of men except for Michalene, who had no part of the commotion, had a conversation about Gary Roberts’s lower lumbar. To wrap up, Eddie fined everyone without a pin on.
Michalene won the split club and Mike A. lost on the Ace. However no bread today.
Paul Chisolm introduced our speaker, John Bradley of Alcott HS. There was a caveat in having him speak to us today. We had to get permission from Holly. Holly had no problem and as it turns out, John said Holly is the best in her field and they would employ her on certain challenges. It was interesting again, figuring out all the regulations that is required from us. But he stressed as did Holly when she presented, you better. They will assume you are not in compliance and you have to prove you are. One regulation is the new hourly rate implemented this year for salaried employees. It’s a tangled web and you cannot do it yourself.  Alcott HS is a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) in where they co hire the employees. You benefit with the purchasing power you gain in the numbers you bring.
John’s second part of his program dealt with Rotary Youth Exchange. He is very involved with that for our District. There is a misconception that we have to host the students wherein Rotary just mediates in putting the families together. This could be another form of community service for our club to think about.
Meeting adjourned
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The Ken March 6
Attendance: Holly Nowak
Split Club: Tim Glor
Invocation: Tim Glor
Fine Master: Ed Markarian
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike started out this large boisterous group on time with the Pledge and Chuck Patterson led us in “God Bless America”. We had 2 guests. Our speaker Mark Mistretta, Capital Facilities Manager of the New York State Parks and Bill Mikolowski from who knows where.
Mike announced the board was meeting Wednesday at Platka’s at 8:15 am. Rick Graham reminded us we need baskets for the Wine Event. Please remember to describe them so we can make placards. I am hosting a basket gathering party April 1 at 6:00. If you cannot attend, you can get the baskets to Elmlawn. Sue J. announced that Shari will attend the event??? Gary Roberts will be doing the Armenian Raffle soon. This is where we raise money to buy a gift to raffle off at the Event. You buy chances, usually 1-50 for a set price. Gary will draw a number and you will when a prize. This usually takes place over 2 weekly meetings. Art announced that Scot called him and asked that he wishes us luck on the 2nd biggest fund raiser we have. Of course this was met with some debate. Tom Lang thanked the 15 people who attended the Wine Tour Sunday. They were even greeted at one of the wineries by a former RYLARIAN who know Larry and Char.
Eddie was the fine master for the week. The first fine was from Dr. Werner. Doc’s first meeting was February 7, 1957. This February 7, 2017 Venice Sunrise Club was honored to have him share his 60th year of perfect attendance. He mentioned he has a wager going on with a Rotarian at his new but 2nd favorite club who has 61 years of perfect attendance. Doc gave 60 happy dollars for 60 years of perfect attendance.  Ed took many other confessions. But started by fining himself for poor attendance. Rick was fined for tatteltaling. George Allen was fined just so his sponsor Ed could give him his first fine. Tom paid it. Jim P has been getting many spots on the Entecom stations suggesting Entecom for advertising. Gary was fined for being an Armenian wanna be. Art confessed to being on a 2 week cruise. Mike Ford had to miss the wine tour due to a fund raiser for Susan’s cousin. He was moved by the large donation Chuckie Basil contributed. Pat Griffin paid for doing junior achievements. Brian Ahern attended Amherst rotary meeting and the Rotarian that visited our club and made us aware of her Tanzanian trip asked why he didn’t bring his infamous bread. Eddie wrapped up by fining everyone that missed the Wine Tour $1.00.
Chuck Patterson won the split club and I picked a card for Joe Starck but missed the Ace. John Coogan won the first loaf of Bri-bread and Gary won the 2nd loaf.
At this time Paul introduced Mark Mistretta. Mark is the Capital Facilities Manager of the NY state parks. Marks program was about the Niagara Falls parks and the outer harbor Parks. NY State has invested $82 million already in turning the Parks around. It was impressive how the Parks commission is concentrating on organic trails, bridges, dams and walk paths. So much has been done to make this a destination, you must come down and stroll around. They are leaving the large hotels for the city of Niagara Falls. The Whirlpool steps are complete. Next year Devils Hole stairs will be completed. That will complete a 4 mile hike down one set of stairs, a hike along the river where there are class 5 rapids, a walk up the other set of stairs and back to your car. Very inspiring presentation.
 
Meeting adjourned
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The Ken – February 27

Attendance: Bill Brucker

Split Club: Tom Lang

Invocation: Larry Coon

Fine Master: Paul Chisolm

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Mike started our meeting after a pasta puttanesca lunch. We gave our Pledge and Barb led us in singing God Bless America”. No guests today. We were glad to see Shari was able to break away and be with us.

Rick announced that the Wine Event Sponsors are coming through. We could still use more. Of course, we need baskets. You cannot wait until the last minute on these because there is a lot of logistics in putting them out. Rick reminded us there will be beer tasting also. The committee is deciding if they should raffle off a wine refrigerator filled with wine instead of a TV this year. Stay tuned. Tom brought us up to date. The wine country tour will leave at 11:30 from Jovi’s parking lot Sunday. Please be there at 11:15. Tom procured a smaller bus that can take 24 people. He is at 15 now. If you want to come, there is still time. Please4 notify Tom. Scott was holding a Shred-It meeting after this meeting.

Paul Chisolm, fine master, asked for confessions. Mike Ford needs a new pin to attach to his name tag. Mike that is cheating. You need to wear the pin throughout the day so people will inquire and you can boast about Rotary. I confessed by updating on Jeffrey’s progress skiing throughout the west. Colin met him in Reno, they went to Lake Tahoe, skied all week. Upon his arrival back at the Reno airport he was told that his flight out was for March 26. He messed up on- line. Needless to say that was a scramble getting him home. Brian confessed to a trip to Boston for Pat’s second interview. Good luck to Pat. Larry has information on RYLA June 11 – June 17. Char was caught reading a book on how to be a better spouse. The group confirmed she was just previewing the book for Larry. Sue Jandzinski has spent the last few week ends watching their son play Lacrosse. Been there Sue, other than the travel, those are some fun times. John Coogan was surprised that JoJo took him up on his suggestion that she meet him in Florida. She was all set to go but he never made the reservations. John, Char has a book for you. Chuck paid a fine for, as he said, “slumming it” when asked to sit at the power table. Shari was fined for barking that men are high maintenance. Paul raise a little more club revenue by asking us George Washington questions.

John Coogan won the split club. He actually bought more tickets that he won in the split. Ted lost the ace drawing. Brian gave away 2 loaves of farrow seed, hazelnut sour dough bread.

Ted introduced David Gross. David owns Sales Tax Solutions and Consulting LLC.www.staxsolutionsandconsulting.com. David says sales tax services should be available and affordable to every Business. They can help any business in any industry become sales tax compliant, assist in their success, and prepare them to be audit-ready. Another dynamic speaker.

Meeting adjourned

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The Ken February 20

Attendance: Bill Brucker

Split Club: Michalene Bernat

Invocation: Tom Lang

Fine Master: Paul Chisolm

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

This Presidents day meeting was greeted by a 12 man crew. Tom started us off after a lunch of Italian tacos. We gave our Pledge and our speaker led us in song “It’s a Grand Old Flag”. Tom also asked for a moment of silence to reflect. There were no guests today.

Michalene precluded her announcement by thanking Rene and Jim P for sitting in for her while she was not well. Mike pleaded for Wine Event baskets. She asked for us to be creative and preemptive. Let’s not wait to the last minute. Gretchen and I will host a gift basket gathering party sometime in April where you can bring your baskets or drop them off at Elmlawn. Barb will have a Shred-It meeting after next week’s lunch. And a final reminder that Jeremiah Davis submitted his application for membership. Let this be his second notice to the membership.

Paul was our Finemaster today. Mike Ford was fined $5 for some secret confession. With no other confessions Paul asked us Valentine’s Day questions. I didn’t know we were such a romantic group.

Barb won the split club, Paul missed the Ace. Brian’s first loaf of bread, a fig and anis, sour dough went to Barb and Mike Ford took home the chocolate and sour cherries loaf.

At this time Mary Lou Froth from AAA spoke to us on driver safety, especially for older drivers. There have been many changes in driving habits that she made us all aware of. Mostly regarding pedestrians, cyclists, skate boarders and in line skaters. Triple A offers safe driving classes. By completing these, you get discounts on your insurance. Mary Lou touched on the tender subject of the time when a senior must stop driving. She suggested you do it over time. Also, AAA has formulas that you can show a senior driver the cost savings by not owning a car. Those savings can be used to procure a driver when you need to a ride. Mary Lou was a lovely women that had lots of passion in her presentation.

Meeting adjourned

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The Ken February 13, 2017

Attendance: Bill Brucker

Split Club: Jim Prichard

Invocation: Tom Lang

Fine Master: Paul Chisolm

Mike started our light crowd out with the Pledge. Mike took one look at our crowd and didn’t want to attempt a song. Tom Lang asked that we give a moment silence in honor of St. Valentine’s Day to reflect on all our loved ones who are no longer with us.

Tom also is putting the final touch on our great mid-winter social event. Again, this will be a tour of the Niagara Wine Region. Limo bus leaves Jovi’s 11:00 am March 5. Signup sheets are at the meetings or notify Tom. Mike reminded us to start pushing our 14th annual Wine Event. This is one of our larger events of the year so please look to see how you can support it. There are brochures available to hang in you windows at work. I can email you the pdf if you want to print one out. There has been an event created on our website to download the registration form. There is a glitch that is being worked out tomorrow so you can register on the website.  Rick Graham chimed in that we depend on sponsorships from our members and those trends have been going down. He suggested we ask our vendors to help support this.

Paul Chisolm took over as Finemaster. Confessions were first heard from Tim Glor. Tim and Jacquie vacationed in the Dominican Republic recently. Also, Tim’s son took a job in FLA with Ernst and Young therefor leaving the teat. Brian warned us that his sour dough bread today was “Adventurous Souls”. One of the ingredients is cricket flour. Go figure, must be the protein. I bragged about Jeffrey’s trip out west. The Lake Erie shipping lanes are closed for the winter so Jeffrey and 2 of his friends are skiing all over the continent. They are living in tents. His friend’s dad just treated them to heli-skiing in British Columbia. I am of course nervous for him but proud of the task. Tom Lang thanked Jim for taking him to the Hockey game and something came up about a sausage and a beer. Mike asked if stamps would be an appropriate Valentine’s Day present. I suggested a brand, stamps might come off in the shower. Paul Fined Tom additionally for assuming men would prefer steak over sea bass. Paul gave President Lincoln trivia and it was very interesting.

Jim Logan won the 50 / 50 and Jim Prichard drew his own number but missed the Ace. Joe Starck won the Adventurous soul bread.

Paul introduced our program. Rick Hillman and his dad’s friend Mike gave a tremendous program about the Buffalo River. They touched on the value of our grain elevators. The elevators were essential for the well-being of our nation. So much so that the United States Armen Forces guarded them. Buffalo processed more immigration than Ellis Island. I really need to verify that before I use that at the next cocktail party. If true, which I am sure it is, puts it all in perspective. Rick and his dad own many of the boats that adorns our waterfront. The Spirit of Buffalo, River Queen and Harbor Queen to name a few. They give tours for all types of events. According to trip advisor, The Spirit of Buffalo and Buffalo and Buffalo River History are consistently ranked top things to do in Buffalo. Another great program that went over and no one cared.

Meeting adjourned

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The Ken February 6
Attendance: Bill Brucker
Split Club: Rene Rebmann
Invocation: Larry Coon
Fine Master: Paul Chisolm
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike began our meeting with the Pledge.  Chuck Patterson led us in singing “God Bless America” and Larry Coon gave our invocation. To begin with, 2 weeks ago a very nice young man sat in on one of our meetings to see what we are all about. His name is Jeremiah Davis. He is a chiropractor and decided to join our club. Let this be Jeremiah’s first posting to the membership.
Mike confessed to be suffering from Super Bowl depression. Nevertheless he conducted our meeting. The board met this week. Tom Lang is finalizing our tour of the Niagara Wine Region. He has procured a limo to pick us up at Jovi’s 11:00, Sunday March 5th. The cost is $50.  Please confirm with Tom as soon as you can. The limo will bring us back to Jovi’s. Tom would like us to wrap up the day with dinner at Jovi’s. For those that are interested, let Tom know so he can have Mark prepare for us. The cost would be split by those dinning. Rick Graham announced that Bob Werner called him and said that this week he will have 60 years of perfect attendance. Bob, you received a round of applause. Great job. Rick also presented a check to Mike Austin for $5000. Mike will put this to good use refurbishing the Elmlawn Chapel. Next the Riviera team came up to receive their check for $4000. Jim Prichard, Gary Rouleau, Tom Lang and Rene Rebmann. Jim accepted the check and said they will use this money towards their large capital project. Larry introduced Fione from Amherst Rotary. Fione is putting a group together to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Polio eradication. For more information, email her at africannalaikq@yahoo.com
Fine master Paul C took the floor. Jim P was fined for picking on Gary. Tom Lang was fined for retribution and John Coogan was fined for taking Paul’s drink. There was the ongoing inside pie joke that Gary was fined for. Bill Bruker was fined for being late to the attendance table. Bill asked if he could pay the fine with revenue from the table. No such luck. Jerry was fined for his phone going off. Gary’s rang at the same time. Probably someone shopping for cadaver management. I did not get who won the split club. Rene lost the chance for the Ace. Brian raffled off 2 loaves of bread and auctioned 1 loaf. It was sour dough with figs and anis. Rene drove a hard bargain but I eventually out bided her.
Paul introduced Brad Hahn. Brad is the Executive Director of Explore Buffalo. Explore Buffalo invites everyone to experience Buffalo’s great architecture, history, and neighborhoods. They offer walking tours, Museum tours and a winter speaker series. In 2016, 18,000 people took their tours. The tours are given by trained docents. There will be 90 docents by this summer. Great program
 
Meeting adjourned
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The Ken January 30
Attendance: Gary Roberts
Split Club: Donna DiFrancessco
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine Master: Jim Logan
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike began our meeting with the Pledge. Chuck Paterson led us in “America” and John Coogan gave our invocation. Guests were Pat Sullivan from Niagara County Central Club, Deoddrick Barnes from The Boy Scouts and Sandra Yeater from the Buffalo Rotary Club.
Tom announced that first of all no tie is ok for the younger generation, which proved to be a finable offense from a fine master that does not agree. Tom secondly asked us to sign up a tour of the northern wine country, in NY. The wine tour will meet at Jovi’s at 11:00, March 5, bus to wine country and back here around 5:00. You will then be done with Rotary’s portion of the event, but feel free to hook up for a dinner somewhere. Audrey gave an announcement on behalf of past member Nick Alberera about a 13th annual event sponsored by his new club, Buffalo Rotary, March 9 at 5:30 – 8:00. Sorry Audrey, I was admiring your new haircut and didn’t get anything about what the event was for. My bad. But I did get the gauntlet you subtlety laid down when you pumped up the Wine event. Scott Mason picked up on that too. Nevertheless, Audrey has fliers, advertising this event, so please post in them in your places of business. And Paul’s announcement was not understood, but not by admiring his hair (both of them) but I just didn’t think it made sense???
Larry touched on the purple pinky project he has started in the schools. He thanked Mike Austin, Pat Griffin and my son Brian for helping out. Appropriately, Sandra Yeater came to our meeting, representing our district 7090 to honor us for all of our efforts in raising money to eradicate Polio. And a special thanks to Larry for events like these he painstakingly puts together.
Fine master Jim Logan waived a fine to Larry for being Larry late but pounced on Tom Lang for his comment on younger gentleman don’t wear ties. As Jim was adorned with coat and tie. Jim P confessed to a part in a movie he was in that was shot at the Riviera Theater, “Stage Freight”. Chuck Patterson confessed to being in Hawaii. Jim and Art, more of an announcement, reminded us the value of a gift to our foundation in the name of a deceased member. The family is comforted that you remembered their loved one and it helps our foundation. Jim abandoned the rest of the fining process in order to give our speaker her time.
Joe won the split club, I missed on the Ace, Larry and Rene won the loaves of organic spelt bread hand made by Brian A.
 
At this time Annette Pinder gave us a program on her wonderful magazine, “Buffalo Healthy Living”. This is a free color monthly magazine and NYS Benefit Corporation. Their mission is to provide evidence-based information to improve the health, fitness and nutrition for people of all ages. They can be found 2,000 locations, including Wegemans and Tops. This was an informative program that warranted many questions.
 
Meeting adjourned
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The Ken January 16
Attendance: Michalene Bernat
Split Club: Pat Griffin
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine Master: Jim Prichard
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike began our meeting with the Pledge, there was no song and Jim Prichard gave our invocation. We gave a big welcome back to Pat Griffin. Guests today were Pam Chrzanoski our speaker, Damon Piatek, Kate Haedinger, Stuart Schnettler and Jill O’Malley with Ken Ton closets.
 It was an honor to induct George Allen, Jr and Daemon Piatek into the club. Please welcome these new members.
Our first announcement was regarding the wine tasting committee. They will meet Tuesday here at Jovi’s at 5:30. Tom Lang announced the wine tour will be Sunday, March 3. We are sorting out the logistics, but it appears we will meet at Jovi’s around 11:00, ride up to Wine Country, then come back and perhaps go to dinner. The wine tour will be $50.00. We will make an event so all the details will be available soon. There are a lot of people going so this could be a blast. Larry announced the details for the Purple Pinkie Project are as follows: Both the Kenmore East Interact Club and the Kenmore West Challenge / Interact Clubs will be painting pinkies purple and accepting donations on behalf of Kenmore Rotary to help eradicate the polio disease. Thurs Jan 26th from 10:15 to 1:00 at Lindbergh and Edison Elementary Schools. Fri Jan 27th same times at Franklin Elementary and Middle Schools and Hoover Elementary and Middle Schools. Please call Larry Coon if you'd like to help at one of the locations at 870-9721. Also, Hoover Middle School will be conducting a canned goods and non-perishable food drive for the food bank next week.  Larry is asking if any of our members have donations to contribute that he will gladly accept them and get them delivered. Please bring them to the regular weekly meeting on Jan 23rd or make other arrangements with him.
At this time Jim Prichard came up to take confessions of our illustrious duties this past week and to fine us accordingly. Paul was first fined for, again being Paul. Jim fined himself for a lot of press he’s been getting for the Riviera Theater. Ted P was fined for imitating Larry and being substantially late. I confessed to feeling guilty about winning 2 Ace of spade drawings back to back. I broke Protocol and will donate $100 to RYLA. Jim was hacking on Tom Lang’s casual attire. So much that he had us all comment on our thoughts and was fined accordingly. Tom, I thought you looked good.
Damon won our split club and a loaf of bread donated by Brian. Bill Brucker broke in a new deck of cards, but lost the draw. Art won the 2nd loaf of Brains’ bread. Please do not take the bread lightly. These loaves are really good.
Mike presented Jill O’Malley a $2500 check from our Foundation for Ken Ton closets. KT closets is a 100% volunteer, nonprofit organization. This year they supplied cloths, toiletry packs and school supplies to 700 children in the Tonawanda’s. Jill will purchase socks and underwear, purchase a heavy duty cabinet for supplies and produce a video of children using Ken Ton closets with the grant from us.
Ted P introduced Pam Chrzanoski and Kate Haedinger from Kevin Guest House. Pam gave us an update on an organization that is also near and dear to Kenmore Rotary. KGH is going through an expansion. They purchased the building next to them. This year they serviced 1200 people and turned away 1400. The expansion will minimize the amount of people they have to turn away. Pam really sparked our interest for perhaps cooking a dinner one night for the guests.
Another inspiring program.
Meeting adjourned.
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The Ken January 9, 2017

Attendance: Barb Henry

Split Club: Donna Di Francesco

Invocation: John Coogan

Fine Master: Tom Lang

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Mike began our meeting with the Pledge, Barb led us in “America” and John Coogan gave our invocation. Please remember Shari McDonough’s family as her father Jerome McDonough passed away. And please keep John Riordan in our prayers as he is struggling with a 1 in million immune deficient disease.

Guests today were David Evans from Niagara County Rotary Club and our speaker Althea Luehrsen with Leadership Buffalo.

Mike announced that there will be a board meeting at Palatka’s, Wednesday at 8:00 am. Audrey is having the first wine tasting event planning meeting 1/24, 5:30 at Jovi’s. Holly is emailing me the details about an HR event she is involved in at Helium Comedy Club. I’ll be sure to send it out so we can support her. Dawn Mirand will retire this week. She is confident in the progress she has made with our school district. I have updated her new email address in our roster. Dawn has many things to keep her busy. Larry Coon is looking for volunteers at the end of January for the Interacts “purple pinky” event. Larry please forward me the details. Remember, Rotary matches Interacts money raised and The Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation will double match Rotary’s contribution. Sue Jandzinski announced the Kenmore Mercy Foundation received $100 K from the medical staff.

Tom Lang stood in as Finemaster. Tom immediately fined Paul…for being Paul. Audrey tried to persuade Tom by mentioning how much she likes Tom as the Finemaster. John Coogan is a grandfather again. His son had a baby last week. All is well, no fine for grandchild but a heavy fine for a new Jaguar in the parking lot. Brian mentioned his bread was not auction worthy. I confessed to banging the corners of the Virgin Islands. Tom blushed and didn’t much recover. After confessions, Tom allowed us to share what we did for New Year’s Eve.

Ron Levea won the split club and I drew the Ace of Spades for the second time in row.

At this time, Brian introduced our speaker Althea Luehrsen from Leadership Buffalo. Making Buffalo Better. They are a non-profit organization founded in 1987. Their mission is to unite existing and emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives in order to increase their knowledge of community issues, broaden their vision and enhance their ability to lead. Althea left us with applications if we want to participate.

Meeting adjourned

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The Ken December 19, 2016
Attendance: Barb Henry             
Split Club: Michaelene Bernat
Invocation: Chuck Patterson
Fine Master: Mike Ford
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike began our meeting with the Pledge, Barb led us in “God Bless America” and Chuck Patterson gave our invocation. Guests today were new applicant George Allen and our speaker Jack O’Connor.
Announcements. No meeting for the next 2 Mondays. Operation Santa toys are at Paul’s office. Please keep John Riordan in our thoughts as he is still battling for recovery.
Paul made a motion to accept the slate of officers previously published. Chuck Patterson 2nd the volte. They were accepted unanimously. Jim Prichard made a motion to cast 1 ballet, seconded by Art Traver. Motion passed.
Fine master Mike Ford sheepishly took the podium as fine master because he ravished us last week for the Kenmore Rotary record for most fines levied. Ted P confessed to being sentimental in the room we had the Christmas party in at the Park because he had is wedding there, and on December 28 he will surprise Janel with a party for their anniversary. Jim Prichard thanked the rug rat for lending the Riviera a rug for the Rick Springfield concert. Mike fined Audrey for getting many more “likes” on a picture of her on facebook than Paul got on a picture of him. Now, let’s be honest, who would you rather look at?
Jim Auctioned 2 sets of tickets to “The Pirates of Penzance” donated back to the club by Mike Ford. Art Traver and Paul battled for them, each buying a set. Thanks guys.
I didn’t get who won the raffle but Art won the chance for the Ace but missed and also won the drawing for a loaf of Brian’s bread.
Gary introduced a friend of his, Jack O’Connor. Jack volunteers his time for the Buffalo Veterans Court. Gary is a veteran of the Vietnam War. So many of our vets from Afghanistan, Iraq and even still Vietnam struggle from the aftermaths of what they have been exposed to. When they get in trouble often times they are sent straight to jail. Judge Russell and Jack O’Conner understand that doesn’t help them. They came up with a strategy as to when the Veterans get arrested they are asked if they are Veterans. If so the arresting officer indicates that. They are placed into 1 of 28 cells, freshly painted and cleaned up by Veteran volunteers. Once placed in the cell, Jack or a member of their team visits them and gets them into the program. Judge Russel will hear their case. Instead of sending them to jail. Judge Russel gets them into counseling. The Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court is a hybrid drug and mental health court that serves veterans who are struggling with addiction and / or mental illness by diverting them from the traditional criminal justice system into a specialized veteran’s court. 
It is a collaborative effort among the Western New York (WNY) Veterans Project, Buffalo Police Department, Buffalo Veteran’s Administration Health Care System, Buffalo Criminal Courts, Buffalo Drug and Mental Health Treatment Courts, Erie County Pre-trial Services and the C.O.U.R.T.S  Program (Court Outreach Unit Referral and Treatment Service), and the Buffalo Veteran Mentor Group (a separate nonprofit organization). In most cases they stay with the program. Judge Russell has sent over 4,000 to ECC.
Another great presentation.
Meeting Adjourned.
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The Ken December 12
Attendance: Barb Henry
Split Club: Donna DiFrancesco
Invocation: Chuck Patterson
Fine Master: Mike Ford
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
  Mike began our meeting with the Pledge, Barb led us in “America” and Chuck Patterson gave our Calming invocation. Chuck asked that we keep Pat in our Prayers for a speedy recovery from surgery. And also, let’s pray for brother John Riordan who is still in the hospital.
  Guests today were George Allen. Let this be George’s 2nd of 2 required postings before becoming a member. Another guest today is Gary Rouleau. This is Gary’s first posting as he too is joining the club. Gary is affiliated with the Riviera Theater.
  Tom gave our first announcement. Tom thanked everyone for their participation in the Christmas party. He said we made $2,100 to go to Operation Santa. And, look forward to the next event February 26. This will be a tour of a vineyard in Niagara-On-The-Lake. Details to follow. Jim has extra tickets for Pirates of Penzance. Mike Ford purchased the auctioned items and is not able to use two of the dates. Friday, January 20 (maybe Saturday January 21), 8:00 shows and Sunday matinee January 22, 2:30 show. These tickets will be auctioned off at the Monday 12/19 meeting. Paul asked for us to make a motion to accept the following officers: Tom Lang, President, Donna DiFrancesco, president elect, Ted Pervis, Treasurer, Joe Arcara and Susan Jandzinski for a 3 year term. Paul asked that we make a temporary amendment for the time required for nominations to be posted. Both motions passed. Thank you to these members for stepping in to run our club.
 Mike Ford might have made a record hall in fining with as heavy hand. Paul was fined for an obnoxious piece of pay personally served to him at the Christmas Party. Paul accepted a $50 fine. Audrey gave a $20 happy fine for being presented with a Paul Harris award at the Christmas Party. Audrey has been such a large part of our club. She has served on the board and she and Chris attend most of the events. Congratulations Audrey. Paul was fined again for interrupting Mike to give a pie pan to Chuck. Paul confessed to having a wonderful time with his grandson Christmas shopping. Tom was fined for accusing Mike not to have what it takes from the lower anatomy to fine him. $20. Susan J. interrupted the meeting with an announcement just in. Kenmore Mercy Hospital was chosen the top hospital out 115 in NY. They use many qualifiers to rate. Great job to KMH.
Susan won our raffle and soon to be new member, George Allen missed the Ace. Brian drew tickets for 2 loaves of bread. Won by Jim Logan and Donna D.
 At this time, we were fortunate to have another member, Brian Ahern to present to us his organization, Charity Strong. www.charitystrong.org. Brian got motivated when arriving in Buffalo to put this together. As their mission statement says, “CharitySTRONG’s mission is to assist public charities in achieving the highest standards of board leadership, governance and oversight so that they can provide critical services in communities in New York State. We do this by connecting volunteers who want to join nonprofit boards to organizations that can use their help and by offering education and training for current and prospective nonprofit board members.” There many questions to follow. Good luck Brian in the endeaver.
Meeting adjourned
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Attendance: Barb Henry
Split Club: Michaelene Bernat
Invocation: Chuck Patterson
Fine Master: Gary Roberts
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike began our meeting with the Pledge, Barb led us in “God Bless America” and Chuck Patterson gave our invocation. Guests today were George Allen. George applied for membership. Let this be the first of 2 required postings. Ted Purvis introduced his friend David Gross.
Paul announced the election for officers is December 19. Please forgive them for lacking the 90 days’ notice. Rick Graham will meet with the foundation board to go over 12 requests they have for grants. Tom Lang reminded us of the Christmas Party this Friday.
Gary Roberts was ambushed to be the fine master today. First confession was in the form of a bribe. Eddie gave Gary a check for Art in order to ask us to read and vote for his brother Bills wattpad story. Please go to www.wattpad.com. Search for Bills page “elaroadshow”. His story is “Eden”. Read it and click on the star to vote. To be voted on, the author has to be in the top 100 horror stories. This is a chance to win $20,000 and to have a TV series made from your story. Mike is worried about Audrey and Tom’s dispute over our illustrious quarterback. There seems to be a difference of opinion on his abilities to lead the Bills. Tom thanked Mike for a nice time at the Sabres game. Someone was fined for stealing Gary’s cookies. Jim Prichard acknowledged the Riviera Theater was a busy place this week end. I sat with Rick Graham and he said that he was there over the weekend and Jim really works the crowd for the events. Gary quizzed us on Buffalo history. Good job on no notice.
Jerry Gentile won the split club and John Coogan missed on the Ace.  Brian gave us added value to the price of our ticket. Brian pulled Mike Austin’s name for another wonderful loaf of his fine, warm, homemade sour dough bread with lots of goodies mixed in. I offered Mike $5 for the club to take it off his hands.
At this time, we were very fortunate to have one of our own members speak to us. Holly Nowak, MBA, SHRM-SCVP, gave a thought provoking program on her company HMN Resources, www.hmnresources.com. HR (Human Relations) – The business function of an organization that leads the strategy and operations related to the “people”. Holly started the company after serving WNY over 20 years in the human resource field. As I listened to her presentation, I was shocked by all the regulations that are in place for companies with more than 10 people. Holly and her team keep up with the implementations and allow you to run your company. Holly has advised hundreds of small business owners, executives and management teams in a range of industries and sectors spanning private, public and nonprofit on HR practices. I would be very comfortable employing Holly or recommending her after this program. Well done presentation.
Meeting adjourned
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The Ken November 28, 2016
Attendance: Ron Levea
Split Club: Holly Nowak
Invocation: Tim Glor
Fine Master: Tom Lang
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
  We started our meeting on time with the Pledge, followed by “America” led off by Barb Henry. Tim Glor gave our invocation. He asked that we keep past, long time Rotarian Charley Lamorte in our thoughts as he bereaves the loss of his wife.
 Today’s guests was Jim Prichard’s colleague Gary Roleau. Good to see Mike Ford back from shoulder surgery and Harold White taking a Monday off from hanging with his son.
Tom Lang announced December 9 is the Christmas Party at the Park Country Club. The signup sheet is at the front table. Tom still needs auction items. Also, Operation Santa is well underway. We need Rotarians to sponsor a family. Rick Graham has a meeting of the foundation 12/6 to review the grant requests. Six organizations have requested money. Paul Chisolm has notified the past President’s that nominations for board members are due for the election 12/19.
 Tom Lang was our fine master today. He first fined Art for moving his chair. Mike Ford gave us an update on his rotator cup surgery. Mike Austin barked about Tyrod Taylor. I was fined for something that I can’t remember. In respect to our Albright-Knox Art Gallery representatives, Tom quizzed us on art history. It was pretty impressive how much we knew. So much that Tom had to revert to remedial, petty fines in order to keep in budget.
  Bob Blatz won the split club and the chance at the Ace. And a surprise addition to our protocol, Brian Ahern drew 2 numbers to present 2 loaves of sour dough bread that he baked that morning. The smell from the bag with the bread was so obvious, I heard one of Jovi’s lunch crowd asking Mark that they wanted to order whatever he was cooking that smelled so well.
 Paul took the floor to introduce Erin and her colleque Eric Jones from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Eric is the Public art coordinated for the museum. Albright – Knox was built in 1905. Designed by E.B. Green, is the 6th oldest museum in the country. They host 120,000 visitors a year, 30% are from outside Erie County. One of Eric’s projects, taking Art to the streets, was to accept 3 buildings in rapidly changing neighborhoods and give them a temporary makeover. They repurposed hundreds of yards of donated fabric into enormous tapestries to shroud the structures’ facades. The community-fueled project, sponsored by the Albright – Knox Art Gallery and executed by Brooklyn- based artist Amanda Browder will temporarily sheathe the former Richmond Methodist Episcopal Church at Richmond and West Ferry, the historic Eckhardt Building at 950 Broadway, and the Albright – Knox’s Clifton Hall in patchwork outfits seemingly lifted from your neighborhood AMVETS store. Eric was a passionate presenter that we all enjoyed over his allotted time.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken - November 28 Jeff Markarian 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Markarian on Nov 18, 2016
The Ken November 14, 2016
Attendance: Ron Levea
Split Club: Tim Glor
Invocation: Tim Glor
Fine Master: Ed Markarian
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Jovi’s broke with tradition and served hamburger and fries for lunch today. We started the meeting on time with the Pledge followed by “America” helped out be Barb. Tim Glor was double duty today and gave our invocation. Guests today were Donna Fernandes and Ted Pietrzak from the zoo, Tony Billoni from Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and prospective new member George Allan.
First announcement was from Tony Billoni. Tony came to advertise the Rotary Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is having their chili bowl January 29 from 2-5. Visit them at www.rotarybnmc.org for all the details. Tom Lang will have a signup sheet for the Christmas party at our front desk the next few meetings. Tom still needs auction items. Tom also has a signup sheet for operation Santa Claus. This is to take a family. And finally, Tom is looking for a late February date for a Niagara Wine Region tour.  Rick Graham announced there is only 2 more weeks to get the grant requests in for our foundation.
Eddie was our fine master today. Tom Lang and Jim Prichard were Audrey’s guest in the Evans Bank box to watch the Sabres game. Mike A, met up with them before the game. At one point, Audrey texted Mike to save her. Pat confessed to being at the game with Larry Coon. Ed did not fine Pat but charged him for taking some of his fries. Brian Ahern played 108 holes of golf in Scottsdale. Brian is going to get me some information of an event for veterans Pat is working on with Hospice. I’ll be sure to email everybody. With no further confessions, Eddie quizzed us on Buffalo Zoo questions.
 
Jim Prichard won the split club and Ed Hackeral missed on the Ace.
Eddie introduced Donna Fernandes, the curator for the Buffalo Zoo, 3 or 4 curators removed from Marlin Perkins. Donna has spoken to us before as the zoo takes on new projects. The project they are involved in now is the new Amphibian and Reptile Center. They want to keep the existing footprint; terrazzo floors, brick walls and brass railing. But need to have independent pods for each species they have. Currently, the same boiler handles the whole building. Please visit their website to keep up with all the great tings the zoo is doing.
Meeting adjourned
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The Ken November 7, 2016
Attendance: Ron Levea
Split Club: Holly Nowak
Invocation: Jim Prichard
Fine Master: Ed Markarian
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike began our meeting with the Pledge, Barb led us in “God Bless America” and Jim Prichard gave our Calming invocation. A big welcome back to Tim Glor who seems to be mending well. Tim announced that he proposed to Jacquie and she accepted. Tim and Jacquie are looking forward to a summer wedding.
Our quests today were Douglas Love and his associate Jeanine Tramont, Marks sister-in-law, from Explore & More. More on that latter.
Tom Lang is asking for gifts to raffle off at the Christmas Party. Dinner and shows / events are real popular items to peddle. Rick Graham is still taking requests for grants from our Foundation.
 With no further announcements, Eddie took the floor as November Finemaster. Tom Lang was his first victim because he sighed when Eddie took the floor. Eddie next fell on his sword by fining himself for paying last week’s fine with a check from an abandoned bank. I confessed to Emily’s winning the Empire 8 Conference in field hockey at St. John Fisher and that Emmie was the MVP. Off to Boston for the NCAA sweet 16. I’ll keep you posted. Pat was fined for picking on Tom (Linda honest, he wasn’t doing nothing). Mike confessed to his 5 year old daughter winning a Cheerleading contest. Gary was fined for such a clean car. Holly confessed to a great year. One year in her new business, a new car, she just got back from Las Vegas, picked up 3 new clients. However, on the way back from Vegas someone was coughing near her and she picked up their cold. Tim thanked everyone for the kind thoughts during his recovery. Mike Ford was a tad bummed when his son took a liking to St. Bonaventure instead of his alma mater Canisius. Eddie fined himself again for his brother Billie getting a WATTY. This is a writers contest on the medium of Youtube. WTG.
The split Club was won by Tim Glor and Ed missed the Ace.
At this time, Mike introduced Douglas Love. Douglas moved from LA to Buffalo about a year ago and finds it to be a very welcoming town. Doug is the CEO of Explore and More, www.exploeandmore.org. Explore and More is a children’s museum founded in 1994. The museum is based in East Arora but will be moving into a 43 thousand square foot museum at Canalside in 2018. They believe happy curiosity is the hallmark of childhood. It’s a belief that makes us ask a question: What can a museum be. It can be a place where learning feels like playing – “where do not touch” becomes “try it out”. All the play zones will be about Buffalo.
Another great program.
Meeting adjourned
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Posted by Jeff Markarian on Nov 02, 2016
The Ken October 31
Attendance: Dawn Mirand
Split Club: Gary Roberts
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine Master: Jim Logan
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
  Tom Lang ran our meeting today to an awfully light attendance. We gave our Pledge and sang “God Bless America” led by Barb Henry. John Coogan gave the invocation. We all are keeping John Riordan in our prayers as he is back in the hospital.
Dawn welcomed our only guest, our speaker from the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, Douglas Love.
Rick Graham announced that we are still taking applications for grants from our foundation. You have up to 11/30 to submit a request.
Tom Lang reminded us of the Christmas Party 12/9, 6:00 at Park Country Club.  Tom has a play at Shae’s he would like to pair up with a dinner if someone is willing to donate. Tom said we had about 10 show up for the Happy Hour Bills game held at Jovi’s Sunday. Tom fined Gary, out of order I might add, for coming to the party and heading right to the food, then to the bar to order a girly drink, before he said hi to anyone.
At this time, Jim Logan stepped up to the podium as fine master. Jim took confessions from Barb Henry. Barbs’ Salvation Army Choir gave a concert downtown over the week end. Pat confessed to turning 60 years old. Lind took him on a nice get away at Mt. Morris in Letchworth State Park. Jim fined Pat the conventional $5 for birthdays and another fine for picking on Scott Mason. You big bully. Barb was fined for telling Pat to lie about his age; Four Way Test. Jim proceeded to question us on Halloween facts.
Damon Piatek has 4 UB men’s and women’s basketball season tickets. If anyone would like to see a game, contact Damon.
Barb won our split club and Michalene missed on the Ace.
At this time, Paul introduced Douglas Love from the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site to tell us where they will be using our gift of $2500 and to talk about the mansion. Douglas said our money will go towards a fund to establish the Michael J. McDermott board room. The TR house reflects one of the most amazing and improbable moments in American history. It’s the story of a man thrust into national prominence following a great tragedy. A man who went on to become one of the most influential U.S. Presidents of all time. As always, Douglas gave an informative and lively presentation. Of course he chose the TR house for our charitable contribution in his name.
Meeting adjourned
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The Ken October 24
Attendance: Dawn Mirand
Split Club: Audrey Meyers
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine Master: Jim Logan
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
We began our meeting with a light crowd to a limp gong with the Pledge. Chuck led us in singing “America”. John Coogan gave another heart felt invocation.
Dawn greeted our guests, Patrick O’Sullivan, our speaker and John Rademaker from a Rotary club in Texas.
Ron Levea reported that John Riordan was re admitted into the hospital. He did not have many details but promised to keep us in the loop.
Tom Lang has a Bills / Patriots happy hour at Jovi’s Sunday. Mark will have a light fare for us. Bring guests. Starts at 12:30. Gary Roberts, there will not be a communal bar tap. It is Buy your own.
Mike A. announced for Rick Graham that the foundation needs all applications for grants in soon.
Ted has entertainment books for Amherst East Rotary. They were selling real well.
Fine master Jim Logan first confessed to his daughter getting married Saturday. Jim said the first time he had lone time with his son-in-law, while golfing, Jim ricochet a shot off a tree that whistled right over this young man’s head. Jim Prichard confessed to being on Bauerle for a Ghost Hunters event at the Riviera. Larry won $10 at the District Governor’s Conference. With no more confessions, Jim tested our intelligence with Trivia. Needless to say, he raised quite a bit of money for the till.
Audrey did the split club, won by Chuck Patterson and Joe Arcara missed the Ace of Spades.
Mike brought Sue up to say a few words regarding $2500 Rotary gave Kenmore Mercy Hospital for a transport chair. Sue brought along the Sales rep, John Rademaker for the manufacturer of the chair. John explained the need for Striker Medical to research a more modern, effective chair. They cost $2550 each but is revolutionary in design. Much easier on the care giver. Especially transporting the patient.
At this time Larry reported on our District Conference that was held this week end at Batavia Downs. Larry and Char had a great time reacquainting with fellow Rotarians and making new connections. Friday was a tailgate party with fun comfort foods. Lots of meeting and greeting. Saturday had several service projects. Larry and Char created packages of food. There were sewing session, technology sessions and even a session on how to bet.  Larry reminded us that “The Gift of Life” is the only service project we do as a district. The money raised goes towards heart surgery for children around the world. The surgery costs $5k each. District 7090 hopes to raise $15k so we can get heart surgeries for 3 children. Larry, keep us in the loop on this. At 6:30 there was a formal dinner, however you could come dressed in any fashion and feel comfortable. Larry was pleased that after dinner, instead of a lot of bla bla, they were able to bet at the track. They re- convened back for dessert and coffee. Sunday was a trip to Letchworth State Park. Larry touched on VTT, Vocational Training Teams. This is where a team leader, has to be a Rotarian, cross pollinates with others any way related to his field to gain a wide span of knowledge about the given trade. In late February early March, they will have a Fruit Farmers symposium. So any one fruity should get in touch with Larry for the details. Thanks to Larry and Char for representing us.
Meeting adjourned
The Ken October 24 Jeff Markarian 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Markarian on Oct 20, 2016

The Ken October 17

Attendance: Dawn Mirand

Split Club: Audrey Meyers

Invocation: John Coogan

Fine Master: Jim Logan

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

We started our lively, happy meeting right on time with the Pledge followed by singing “America” led by Chuck Patterson. John Coogan gave our invocation with special thanks for both Bills and Sabres victories.

Dawn greeted our guests, Hank Sokol from Buffalo Rotary and Lou and Mary Knotts from Calspan.

Hank asked for a few minutes to advertise Buffalo Rotary’s fund raiser. This is a play directed by Mary O’Connell and Company. Many of the Buffalo Rotarians have been schooled to perform and this will be their debut. October 26Th, 7:00 and the North Park Theater. Visit www.buffalorotaryevents.com for further details. Hank also mentioned that Buffalo Rotary has 3 slots opened for student exchange. They need to know by 12/31.

Tom Lang announced that the Christmas Party is less than 2 months away. Please consider auction items. Tom added that Jovi’s will show the Bills / Patriots game October 30 for us to get together. They’ll serve food. Damon Piatek said he launched a small business organization in June. They will have an event soon. Please contact Damon for the details. Let’s support these early organizations.

Jim Logan took confessions. Mike Ford had a great time with his son at the Elmlawn fall festival. Mike also took his son to his first UB football game. Mike Austin confessed he was interviewed for an article in the News about Elmlawn Fall fest. They entertained 1,200 – 1,500 guests. Mike Austin was fined for leaving the stocks at the Ahearn’s since the Presidents’ Party. Chuck Patterson was proud to announce that Mary Kay’s daughter Colleen got married Saturday and that Adam and Leanna are expecting their 3rd child. Pat Griffin wanted to appeal his fine that he was at South Padre Island on vacation. Audrey said that she and Chris had a great time with Eddie at Sky High in Ellicottville climbing the rope courses and zip lining. Afterward they enjoyed a lovely dinner at the Ellicottville Brewing Company. I thought that was an Operation Santa auction item but Audrey was quick to remind me that was a Wine Tasting event item. Nevertheless, please be creative and put together events so you too can enjoy the camaraderie. Damon was in Cleveland where Obama was speaking. Damon was able to meet Kal Penn, the associate director of White House office of Public Liaison. Jim acknowledged it was great to see Jerry Gentile. Jerry told us he is engaged to be married. Congratulations buddy.

Now to the best part of the meeting. John Coogan won like $10 bucks in the split raffle, however, yours truly nailed the Ace. Take that Coogs. $503. It pays to play.

At this time Paul introduced Lou Knotts. Lou is the CEO of Calspan. Calspan is a 70 year old company. It is a leader in aeronautics’ testing. In order to develop the world’s greatest innovations, Calspan’s clients must overcome many technical challenges to transform their creative concept, into a commercially viable product. To resolve such road blocks, innovators within the aerospace, automotive, commercial transportation and motorsports industries seek out the assistance of Calspan. The meeting extended to 1:40 and needless to say no one left.

 

Meeting adjourned

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Posted by Jeff Markarian on Oct 12, 2016
The Ken October 10
Attendance: Barb Henry
Split Club: John Riordan
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine Master: Paul Chisolm
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike began our meeting in front of a light crowd with the Pledge followed by “Oh Canada” in honor of our District Governor and then “God Bless America” Barb announced the guests today were District Governor Marlee Diehl, Marlee’s husband Bill and Kathy Avino, Mike Fords colleague.
Announcements: Tom Lang is having our next social October 30. It will be the New England / Buffalo game at Jovi’s. Mark will have light fare. Tom also reminded us we need auction items for our Christmas party. Entertainment and dinner packages work well. Scott was looking for Art for the actual Shred-It numbers. Art disappeared. Ted is selling Entertainment books for Amherst East Rotary club. Rick Graham reminded us that Our Foundation has 6 weeks left to accept applications for our donations. Finally Mike announced that there was a board meeting yesterday at Palatka’s at 8:00 am.
Paul Chisolm was the Finemaster. He asked Marlee to pick a number 1-6 (representing the tables that were full). She picked 4, therefore they were exempt from fines honoring the Canadian Thanksgiving. Paul tested us on Rotary knowledge to try and embarrass us in front of the DG. We did a pretty good job
Ron won the split club and Art missed the Ace.
Marlee Diehl was introduced and gave a sermon-esque program on our district. Her #1 initiative is membership. Marlee gave credit to John Germ, RI President from Chattanooga, TN for our Polio eradication program. His father contracted Polio when he was young. John watched his father struggle with the disease as he kept working hard to provide for his family.  They started in 1 Island in the Philippines and realized it spreads too easily. They have to stretch their efforts around the globe. As of now there were 19 cases left, however Nigeria has reported a few more. There is a task force there now trying to head it off. North America is way behind membership than the rest of the world. Rotary council will have a webinar 10/11 and 10/18. Please visit www.7090rotary.org to register. Marlee told us the Foundation has 1 billion dollars in it and has given away over 3 billion in donations since its inception. Marlee also really wants a good attendance for the District Conference October 21- 23. It will be at the Batavia Downs and Gaming facilities. Again, please visit 7090rotary.org for all the details.
Meeting adjourned
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The Ken October 10
Attendance: Barb Henry
Split Club: John Riordan
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine Master: Paul Chisolm
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike began our meeting in front of a light crowd with the Pledge followed by “Oh Canada” in honor of our District Governor and then “God Bless America” Barb announced the guests today were District Governor Marlee Diehl, Marlee’s husband Bill and Kathy Avino, Mike Fords colleague.
Announcements: Tom Lang is having our next social October 30. It will be the New England / Buffalo game at Jovi’s. Mark will have light fare. Tom also reminded us we need auction items for our Christmas party. Entertainment and dinner packages work well. Scott was looking for Art for the actual Shred-It numbers. Art disappeared. Ted is selling Entertainment books for Amherst East Rotary club. Rick Graham reminded us that Our Foundation has 6 weeks left to accept applications for our donations. Finally Mike announced that there was a board meeting yesterday at Palatka’s at 8:00 am.
Paul Chisolm was the Finemaster. He asked Marlee to pick a number 1-6 (representing the tables that were full). She picked 4, therefore they were exempt from fines honoring the Canadian Thanksgiving. Paul tested us on Rotary knowledge to try and embarrass us in front of the DG. We did a pretty good job
Ron won the split club and Art missed the Ace.
Marlee Diehl was introduced and gave a sermon-esque program on our district. Her #1 initiative is membership. Marlee gave credit to John Germ, RI President from Chattanooga, TN for our Polio eradication program. His father contracted Polio when he was young. John watched his father struggle with the disease as he kept working hard to provide for his family.  They started in 1 Island in the Philippines and realized it spreads too easily. They have to stretch their efforts around the globe. As of now there were 19 cases left, however Nigeria has reported a few more. There is a task force there now trying to head it off. North America is way behind membership than the rest of the world. Rotary council will have a webinar 10/11 and 10/18. Please visit www.7090rotary.org to register. Marlee told us the Foundation has 1 billion dollars in it and has given away over 3 billion in donations since its inception. Marlee also really wants a good attendance for the District Conference October 21- 23. It will be at the Batavia Downs and Gaming facilities. Again, please visit 7090rotary.org for all the details.
Meeting adjourned
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The Ken September 19

Attendance: Dawn Mirand

Split Club: John Riordan

Invocation: John Coogan

Fine Master: Jim Logan

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Mike began our meeting on time with the Pledge. Barb Henry and Bryden Swires aka Sonny and Cher, changed things up with “You’re a Grand old Flag”. John Coogan gave a great invocation. Jim Austin interrupted our meeting with kind and touching words for son Mike and presented a birthday cake.

Mike Austin presented Shari a check from Kenmore Rotary Charities to the Elmlawn Memorial Park Fund in their efforts to re-tree Elmlawn.

Scott Mason thanked everyone for helping with Shred-It. Preliminary figures are that we made $6500. Scott had Audrey keeping track and had set a goal of $5000. As you see, we exceeded that. This was a great effort on all the Rotarians. And Especially to Scott, who has fine-tuned this event beautifully. Scott asked me to list the cast of characters that showed up. They were: Brian Ahern, Joe Arcara, Mike Austin, Paul Chisolm, Larry Coon, Donna DiFanncessco, Tim Glor, Rick Graham, Pat Griffin, Dick Hanaburgh, Barb Henry, Tom Lang, Ron Levea, Jim Logan, Ed Markarian, Scott Mason, Audrey Meyers, Holly Nowak, Chuck Patterson, Ted Purvis, Rene Rebmann, Gary Roberts and Art Traver. Lots of Larry’s Interact kids showed up under the reins of Darcy France. Larry reminded everyone to return the signs and to snag some extra ones after the election.

Gary reported that the Darwin Martin event went real good. He said that pictures from Shred It and the Darwin Martin house are on our Facebook page. Check them out.

The Christmas Party is 12/9 at Park Country Club. Please think of auction items. They help us raise the money we need for Operation Santa.

Fine master Jim Logan took confessions. Pat apologized to Barb for driving right past her while she was all alone setting up cones and getting ready for Shred It in the rain. Art confessed that Wednesday will be his 5th anniversary of turning 64. Jim Prichard said the Riviera Theater will be celebrating 90 years for the next 90 days. Elmlawn is co-sponsoring a 5K run through the park 10/15 and 10/16 is fall fest from 10-3. Dawn said we can all check out the new turf at Sparkie Field 10/15 for the East / West game. Bryden confessed to having to MC an event in Spanish.

John Riordan drew Arts’ # for the split club and Dawn was real close on the Ace.

Our speaker canceled on us so Mike went around the room so that we can all share what’s been happening in our lives.

Meeting adjourned

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The Ken September 26
Attendance: Dick Hanaburgh
Split Club: Bob Blatz
Invocation: Rick Graham
Fine Master: Tom Lang
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike was back conducting our meeting. We gave our Pledge, Bryden led us in “God Bless America” and Rick Graham gave our invocation. Rick asked us to keep Tim in our thoughts. Gary reported that Tim is in a back brace and will be for 3 more months.
Guests today were Susan Taylor from Buffalo Rotary and Gary, Jim Prichard’s colleague from the Riviera Theater.
Susan Taylor announced that Buffalo Rotary is teaming up with O’Connell & Company in their presentation of Gentleman prefer Divas October 10. This is a cabaret-style format filled with great music. The twist is Mary Kate O’Connell is coaching several of the Rotarians to perform. Buy tickets at www.buffalorotaryevents.com.
Tom Lang announced that we are all set for Thursday night’s tour at the Darwin Martin House. I am writing this Ken Friday the day after the event. Let me tell you, it was one of our finest. We gathered in the Greatbactch room for a 15 minute movie overview. Then we wondered outside as our Docent began our tour outlining so many of the features we see every time we drive past this magnificent structure and didn’t get. As we went inside it all came together. The talent Frank Lloyd Wright had to mess with our concept of space. The illusion to always feel you are outside in nature. After, we met at Amici’s on Elmwood for a spectacular dinner. Please patronize this establishment. Gary and Donna worked out such a deal, The Amici’s must have comped at least half the expense.
Scott wrapped up announcements with a reminder to volunteer Saturday for Shred-It. He needs as many people he can get. These people come in fast and furious and they take shredding their documents very seriously.
Tom Lang took confessions. Brian and Pat’s son was married and they spent time in Tuscany. Brian also came in 2nd at Park’s tournament. Mike confessed to not being able to play with Brian. Ed Markarian joined LinkedIn and received many invitations. One in particular was from Gary Roberts. Ed did not recognize this ancient image. We all wondered what his eHarmony picture looks like. Jim Prichard played in the Sabres golf tournament. Jim was also on TV pitching the Riviera Theater. Larry paid a fine because Tom was dressed properly. I confessed to celebrating my 60th birthday by riding my bike to Niagara on the Lake which turns out to be 60 miles. Dick Hanaburgh‘s birthday was also Saturday. No pins were fined as well as not attending the Darwin Martin Tour.
Holly won the split club and Mike missed the Ace.
Rick Graham took over the podium to give an update on our foundation. Members with terms ending this year are Jay Geasling, Jim Logan and Ed Markarian.
Members with terms ending next year are Tim Glor, Mike Hettler, Chuck Patterson and Rick Graham.
Current officers are Rick Graham – President, Chuck Patterson – Vice Pres., Tim Glor – Treasurer, Mike Hettler – Secretary.
Donations made by the Foundation in 2015 – Salvation Army - $5000 for smart whiteboards, James Ryan Foundation - $4500 for vests, Kevin Guest House - $7500 for a security system, Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America - $2500 for radios, Let kids be kids - $2500 for bicycles in Africa, Boys & Girls club of Buffalo - $5000 for furniture and carpeting. This was a total of $27,000.
At the 8/31 meeting, Jay Geasling and Tim Glor indicated they will be leaving the board this year. Ed Markarian agreed to another 3 year term. This created 3 openings. Nominated were Pat Griffin to a 3 year term, Barb Henry and Larry Coon to a 2 year term. They nominated the following officers to serve a 1 year term: President – Rick Graham, Vice President – Chuck Patterson, Treasurer – Ed Markarian, Secretary – Mike Hettler. Jim Logan motioned to accept these officers, John Riordan seconded, motion passed.  
This year we will have $28,840 to donate. Please ask organizations you know that need Capital projects to visit our web site and download a request.
Rick Graham thanked Jim Logan and Jay Geasling. Ed thanked Mike Hettler for staying on as secretary. Mike reminded us that we can only spend what we make off the foundations returns. To keep the foundation in mind when planning your contributions and bequests.
Meeting adjourned
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The Ken September 19

Attendance: Dick Hanaburgh

Split Club: Bob Blatz

Invocation: Rick Graham

Fine Master: Mike Ford

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Paul stood in for Mike today and started our meeting promptly with the Pledge. Barb led in singing “God Bless America”. Rick Graham reminded us of Tim Glor’s injuries and gave a warm invocation. Guests today were David Evans from the Niagara Central Club and our speaker, Kellie Cavo.

Holly announced that her organization SEAWNY.org is having an event today. Scott is all set for Shred It next Saturday 10/1 at 10:00 – 2:00. Scott passed out signs and can use volunteers. They come fast and furious to shred documents.

Fine Master extraordinaire, Mike Ford t6ook confessions. Paul C. for missing meetings. Rick Graham for his annual fishing trip. Rick’s group caught over 100 fish, mostly Walleyes. Ted Purvis was on vacation out west. And I confessed to winning skins in a golf tournament. Mike then quizzed our tables on famous events or birthdays on today’s date.

Jim Austin won the split raffle and Gary missed the Ace.

Paul introduced our speaker Kellie Cavo of Gerard Place. Gerard Place provides transitional housing and supportive programs for homeless, single-parent families. They strengthen the community by empowering individuals and families toward self-sufficiency via community education and outreach. To learn more, please visit their website at www. Gerardplace.gov.

Meeting adjourned

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The Ken 9/12/16

Attendance: Dick Hanaburgh

Split Club: Bob Blatz

Invocation: Chuck Patterson

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Fine Master: Mike Ford

Mike started our meeting on time. We said the Pledge. Chuck gave a thoughtful invocation and Bryden changed things up with “America”. With Bryden, Barb and Chuck, we sounded pretty good.

Mike asked Chuck Patterson to come to the podium, where Mike presented Chuck with the Paul Harris pin for his induction into this elite group a couple of weeks ago. Our guest today was Gary Hoy, our speaker.

Tom Lang thanked us for our attendance at the social event held on the Moon Dance. With all that fun and camaraderie, the club ended up spending $60. WTG Tom. Next up is the tour of the Darwin Martin House September 9/29. There is an event with the details on our website.

Larry Coon knocked the wind out of our sails when he announced that Tim Glor was in a horrific accident several weeks back. He is recovering but we understand he has some fractured vertebrae. Tim, I hope you know we are all pulling for a full recovery. Please reach out to any of us if there is anything we can do.

Larry also announced that the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and service organization is desperately in need of volunteers to run a concession stand at the Bills home games. There is a little training involved. Ask Larry for the details if you are interested. Mike reminded us the Foundation meeting is 9/26 and the district Governor will be here 10/10. Finally the Christmas Party is December 9 at the Park Country Club.

Dick Hanaburgh was to send me details on the Boy Scouts Mud Run. I did not receive them. I’m sure they are on their website wnyscouting.org.

Mike Ford was having a hot dog sale at Elderwood Tuesday to advertise their Altimeters Walk Saturday. They end up at the zoo afterwards.

Fine master Mike Ford asked for confessions. Chuck confessed that his daughter received her PHD in Cancer Biology. John Coogan confessed to his and Jo Jo’s 35th anniversary. Mike Austin paid a happy fine for sailing with me and Gretchen. Mike brought a friend that he met at Cradle Beach. She was very impressed with our organization and what we do. Larry asked Mike to fine Tom Lang for his casual attire. I think it back fired and the fine was levied on Larry.

Mike then tested out football trivia.

Joe Arcara won the split club and Bryden missed the Ace of Spades.

At this time Larry introduced another dynamic speaker, Gary Hoy. Gary was a Special Ed teacher. Then trained Fortune 500 executives before starting 123 Video Pro. Gary gets himself involved in projects whole heartedly, and is now researching the effect of videos on websites. His tag line is “websites do not go viral – videos do”. It sounds like Gary has some interesting advice for our website. Please visit his at www.123videopro.com. Great program.

Meeting adjourned.

 

The Ken September 12 Jeff Markarian 2016-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Markarian

Attendance: Bill Brucker

Split Club: Michaelene Bernat

Invocation: John Coogan

Fine Master: Pat Griffin

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

The Ken 8/29

At 12:40 Mike started the meeting with our Pledge. John Coogan gave the invocation and Bryden led us in a slower than usual attempt of “God Bless America”. Our guests today was past president of our club, Augie Cosentino and his grandson Christopher Wilson. Larry introduced his guest Gary Hoy, who will speak to our club about video marketing on our websites. Bob Werner introduced his friend Donna Miller.

Announcements began with a thank you from Tom Lang for the wonderful turn out for tonight’s Moondance sail. Tom said there is room The Ken 8/29/2016

for more if there are any last minute takers. Please get there between 5:30 and 5:45. Gary Roberts is narrowing in on a tour of the Darwin Martin House. It looks to be 9/28 or 9/29 and sometime around 5:30 and 6:00 for an hour tour. We will have a dinner somewhere after. It is going to be around $40.00 per person. Details are still being worked out. Jim Logan was panicking with the ambiguity of Gary’s attempts. Scott is already getting Shred-It calls from past customers. Isn’t it great that our brand is gaining ground?

Fine Master Pat Griffin asked for confessions but interrupted himself, only as Pat can, by trying to get retaliation fines levied against Tom Lang. It sounded like Larry had something on Tom about a past speaker. Tom didn’t bite but paid a bribe so Pat would drop the subject. Inquiring minds such as mine will liquor Tom up tonight and try to get him to squeal. Stay tuned. Pat fined Jim for picking on Gary. Jim Prichard confessed to partaking in a movie being produced at the “Riv”. Jim will pay again if his line is used in the movie. Pat proceeded to question us on our Olympic trivia. We raise a few bucks. Good job Pat.

Jim P won the $17 split club and Eddie missed the Ace of Spades.

At this time Eddie introduced our speaker, Christopher Wilson, Augie’s grandson. Christopher has his bachelors in IT, and a Masters in organizational leadership. At one point Chris was asked how he is going to make this a better world. This got him thinking. Chris applied for the Peace Corp and after a thorough investigation and health testing, Chris was accepted. In 2014 Chris went to Tanzania, Africa. Chris was sent to a host family, learned Swahili and was assigned as a health volunteer. Quite a change for Chris who started as IT and is now in Health Care. At one point, in Africa, far away from all he knew, Chris received a call from a young lady who asked to bum a ride to a concert she knew Chis was attending. Once Chris saw her, he knew she would be his wife. They were married shortly after.

Chris had lots of time to think. He was always interested in herbal medicine and began researching it. He noticed there were not the many diseases in Africa that we have in the US. The diet and the quality of food there was very basic. Christopher started Soul in Wonder. Discover self. Expand self. Reinvent the world. To learn more about his Holistic Healing Services, please visit www.soulinwonder.com. Great program given by an inspiring mind.

Meeting adjourned.

The Ken 8/29 Jeff Markarian 2016-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Patterson
The Ken: Monday August 22, 2016
        This weeks meeting was at Marrotos since Jovi’s was unavailable.  The table was manned by Past President Paul Chisholm and Ron Levea , and Chuck Patterson was the writer of the Ken.  The Meeting opened at 12.45 pm but since no gong was present Jim just announced it.  We also skipped the patriotic song and pledge since we had no flag. Jim Austin, our new President was the master of Ceremonies   Next Chuck Patterson gave the weekly prayer, and then Ron Levea introduced Dave Evens from Central Niagara Rotary and Donna who was Bob Werners driver, we had on other visitors.
Next was announcements, a thank you to Larry Coon for bringing all the kids to help at Cradle Beach Day.  The Moon Dance boat ride on August 30th was promoted, cost $20/person, pay at the boat.  Shred-It was promted - date was moved then moved back - to be discussed at a meeting after the Rotary meeting.  Last everyone was reminded that Friday December 9th is the Christmas party.
Next was the split club and our visiting Rotarian was the winner winning $13 and then had the honor of drawing for the Ace of Spades but unfortunately he drew a 7 of hearts.
Finally we got to the fine master who was Paul Chisholm.  I was asked to bring up a lot of issues Paul could be fined for, but since he was the fine master and I wanted to keep a low profile I didn’t bring them up.  Joe Stark was fined for missing Sunshine Day.  Everyone was fined for no name tags - which didn’t seem fair since somebody forgot to bring them.  Paul though had a lot of other fines he leveed.  Brian Ahern for winning a club champinship at Park CC, Tim Glor for attending a 50th reunion, Rick Graham for being lucky at the Casino.
        Mike Austin then introduced Bob Werner as our speaker, and he talked about the many places our club had met and what the old days in Kenmore was like.  He talked about how we first met at the YWCA in the old Ebert mansion, from there to the Continential Inn, the Royal Knight which became Morgans, then the Philp Sheridan School, the Village Green and finally Jovi’s.  He also talked about our first President Frank Morgan, and our piano player Mike Fink and other early club members as Moores, Longs, Werners  and Thompsons, where their businesses were and what Kenmore was like at that time. Last he talked about our foundation and how F Paul Norton was instrumental in forming it.  The meeting was closed at 1:35 pm.
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The Ken 8/15/16
Attendance: Bill Brucker
Split Club: Mike Bernat
Invocation: Chuck Patterson
Fine Master: Tom Lang
 Mike began the meeting at 12:35 with the Pledge, Barb led us in singing “God Bless America” and Chuck Patterson gave the invocation. Mike asked Bill Brucker for guests. We had Mike Ryan from Buffalo and Chuck and Laurie Markarian were in from Florida.
Announcements: Holly and Audrey fine-tuned Sunshine Day at Cradle Beach. Tom Lang is selling the Moon dance for August 30. We need about 50 people to make this work so please think of friends, family or colleagues. $20 for admission and food. Cash bar. Gary Roberts inquired about interest in the Darwin Martin House tour somewhere around the first week in October. There were several interested. We are on a roll. And the sell is much easier as we do more. Pat announced a Shred-It meeting after this meeting today. Mike is still collecting clothing for KenTon Closets. Jim Prichard said KenTon Closets is also doing an electronic re-cycle drive. Please check out their website for the details.
Fine master Tom Lang first pardoned Michaelene for any fines. Mike has been filling in all month at the front table. Pat confessed to being hurt that he was fined last week for no reason. Tom fined him. Rick Graham was on a 2 week Rhine river cruise vacation. Brian Ahern bragged that Pat was named in the top 100 woman of WNY. Ted was fined for butting in. Art for taking the Moon dance signup sheet.
President Mike won the split club but Brian missed the Ace of Spades
At this time Mike introduced one of our own. Jim Prichard gave us an overview on what’s happening at the Riviera. First, the Riviera was built in 1926. It was called Twin Cities Riviera. Sheas purchased it in 1929 and changed the marquise to Sheas Riviera. Then Dipson bought it in 1939. All along, the Riviera was home of the mighty Wurlitzer. The organ was saved by the Organ Society. Rick James was going to buy the Riviera and turn it into a video recording studio. Many thought the organ would not survive. The organ society took over and only asked for a small percent of the earnings whenever the organ was used. Jim has spear headed many restoration projects at the Riviera. All done by volunteers and fund raising. It is now bigger than North Tonawanda. It is a destination. What started as a movie theater is now becoming a player in the concert, comedy and theater scene. They hope to add a dark theater to the property so theater companies can use to run shows.  You must visit them at www.rivieratheatre.org.Great presentation from a guy who speaks quickly, clearly and to the point. Well done Jim.
The Ken - August 15 Jeff Markarian 2016-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Markarian
The Ken 8/8/16
Attendance: Ron Lavea in for ?
Split Club:Michaelene Bernat in for ?
Fine Master: Tom Lang in for Mike Hettler
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
Mike started the meeting a little early today. We gave our pledge. Gary rushed the podium to give his invocation and convinced Mike not to do a song today. Gary gave the invocation off his iPhone. Pat interrupted somewhere through all this.
Ron introduced our only guest, Dr. Werner, who doesn’t want to be introduced as a guest.
Mike mentioned there will be a meeting Monday 8/15 even though Sunshine Day is Wednesday. Mike thanked everyone for attending the Presidents Party and especially Brian and Pat Ahern for hosting.  Mike also reminded us to bring clothing for Ken Ton Closets to the meeting or to drop off at Elmlawn.  Holly reminded us to sign up for Sunshine Day activities 8/17. A signup sheet was sent around the room. If you haven’t been to a meeting lately and want to join us for lunch, let Chuck Patterson know so he can have enough food.  Set up is at 11:00. Chiavetta’s BBQ will be 12:00 – 2:00 and the games are 2:00 - 4:00. There will be a dunk tank, new games and they are working on getting the horses back.
Tom Lang announced that he booked the Moon dance for August 30 at 2:00. $20.00 / person and includes food. Not sure about drinks. Stay tuned. And Scott said he will have the first Shred It meeting after our meeting 8/15. Shred It is 10/1 this year.
Tom Lang filled in for Mike Hettler at the last minute as fine master. Mike Hettler was the first fine. Mike Austin confessed to playing in a 3 day invitation at Park Club. He and John Coogan came in last where Gary Roberts and Jim Logan were runners up for first. Gary paid Mike $40 for deserts. Tom fined me for a Ken article (?) and Pat for being Pat. Tom asked each of us to share a story, joke or pay a fine. Dr. Werner schooled me on how to tell a joke. However, mine was kind of funny.  We made good fine money overall.
Rene won the split club and Michaelene picked her own number and missed on the Ace of Spades.
President Mike introduced Mike Wiener, President and CEO of the United Way. Mike joined the United Way in 2009. Mike holds Master degrees in Business Administration and Rehabilitation Counseling. The United Way is responsible for fundraising and the allocation of over $15 million dollars annually. These resources are utilized to address local health and human service priority indicators; encompassing income, Education, and Health/Wellness. This was a very informative meeting.
Meeting adjourned.
The Ken 8/8/16 Jeff Markarian 2016-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
 
The Ken 8/2/16
My store faces west. All day I have been squinting in the hot sun. Draining me of all my energy. Now, instead of plunging in Lake Erie to resurrect my spirits, I had to pull myself together to get to the Rotary BBQ. On my way I wondered how we are all going to park on North Forest. Thinking this was going to be a nightmare. As you probably can tell by my tone, I was spent. Well, as I approached Pat and Brian’s house, facing east so my eyes suddenly adjusted to normality, I drove into a Bohemian wonderland. Intertwined in the woods, was a long wide driveway that accommodated everyone. I went into the front door, still facing east, I was greeted by cool artwork displayed in an opened sprawl of Fen schwa. My spirits were rising. I grabbed a coke, said hello to several friends and proceeded to the back yard. It just got better. My blood pressure lowered. I was back.
 
We had a good turnout. We mingled, snacked and got reacquainted. Seven o’clock food was served. Smoked ribs, pulled pork, smoked turkey, coleslaw and a funky corn bread with real corn and pine nuts. Gretchen, you met you match. Afterwards, we gave our Pledge and John gave an inspiring invocation. Paul thanked his board and commended them on their stellar performance. A standing ovation was given. Chuck Patterson swore in the new board. Mike took the gavel and also thanked the new board. He thanked Paul for all that Paul did throughout his duel term. So many new, active members, great programs and over $68,000 donated to various organizations in the Town. Several gifts exchanged. Paul took back the floor to recognize another outstanding Rotarian. Our newest Paul Harris award goes to Chuck Patterson.
 
Coffee and deserts were served pool side as the temperature cooled down and the sun was setting. We divvied up the leftover food. Needless to say, I was very popular when I got home. Thank you to the Ahern’s for hosting and this committee for another great event.
 
The Ken 8/2/16 Jeff Markarian 2016-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Markarian

The Ken July 25

Attendance: Pat Griffin

Split Club: Michalene Bernat

Invocation: Gary Roberts

Fine Master: Ted Purvis

Mike started our large, rowdy group off today at 12:41. Mike was styling with his new specs. Good look buddy. We gave our Pledge and changed things up a little with Gary again asking for our prayers for more compassion and peace throughout the world. Then Chuck Patterson led us singing “America”

Guests today were Holly Mergenhagen, Esq., our speaker with Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. Dr. Werner with his daughters Sue and Karen. RYLArians, Brian Markarian and Stacy Rogers. And our friend from Buffalo Rotary, Mike Ryan.

Announcements: No meeting next week because we will meet Tuesday instead for the Presidents BBQ and swearing in of the new officers. We are only up to 24. The dead line for RSVP is Thursday 7/28. Chuck Patterson needs to know who will be attending lunch for Cradle Beach Sunshine Day 8/17. Trust me. Not a bad lunch, overlooking Lake Erie. Last year we cooled down after lunch with a stroll in the surf, before the camp started. Tom Lang announced Thursday 7/28 will be a Happy Hour at Jovi’s at 6:00. Light fare included. Bring a friend to show off how fun we are. Networking extraordinaire, Gary Roberts will buy any guest their first drink (don’t worry Gary, Art said you can expense it). Tom also announced that he is closing in on securing the Moon Dance sail ride for either a Tuesday or Thursday. Details to follow. Mike Austin challenged us to fill his car. The Ken Ton closets clothing drive is on. Bring a garbage bag of used clothing to the Party or the following meeting.

Ted Purvis, our fine master took the floor. Ted took confessions from Jim Prichard who went camping with the family (or at least that’s what I thought I heard. Joe Stark was talking so I couldn’t hear it), Mike Austin did a stay-cation, but did get a Pittsburg Pirates game in. Damon Piatek went to Myrtle Beach. Art confessed to hearing his sump pump working for the first time in a long while. Ted went through the tables testing our football knowledge in preparation for the upcoming season.

Brian Markarian picked his own number for the 50/50 and Rene missed on the Ace of Spades.

Larry Coon introduced Stacy Rogers and my son Brian. Stacy and Brian thanked us for sending them to RYLA. They set up a slide show to show the activities they were involved in. Lots of team building and heart felt bonding was achieved throughout the week. Please mark in you calendars to sign someone up you know that qualifies. The applications are on our website. This is another fantastic perk you get by being a Rotarian.

Mike tried to introduce our guest, Molly Mergenhagen from Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. However, Molly asked if she could introduce herself. Molly studied law at UB. After graduation she got involved with the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. Their mission is to connect people, ideas and resources to improve lives in WNY. This is a 501©3 public charity dedicated to helping donors make the most of their generosity. To learn more, the website is www. CFGB.org. Molly kept trying to conclude her program on time but Pat kept asking questions. I finally had to tell him to stop asking so many questions.

Meeting adjourned.

The Ken - July 25 Jeff Markarian 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
The Ken July 18, 2016
Attendance: Audrey Meyers
Split Club: Sue Jandzinski
Invocation: John Coogan
Fine Master: Paul Chisholm
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
  Tom Lang stepped in for Mike today and started our meeting a tad early. We said the Pledge, Bryden headed us in singing “God Bless America” and John Coogan gave a wonderful invocation without any previous notice he was to do it.
  Visitors today were John Dunn, an Elderwood administrator, Joe DiPaulo from Buffalo Rotary, Dr. Werner with Donna and our guest speaker, Jim Millard.
  Announcements today: Tom Lang is lining up a couples event sailing on the Moon dance for the end of August. Moon Dance is a Buffalo Harbor cruise on a catamaran. It enables you to see the sky line of Buffalo. Tom was asking if anyone could help man the eighth hole at Sheridan after our meeting for the hole in one contest. I think there were some takers. Bryden asked us to be thinking of charities that would be interested in our contributions. The application forms are on our website. Holly keeps pushing Sunshine Day at Cradle Beach August 17. Newer member Brian Ahern asked what this was. This is a hands on project where we go to Cradle Beach Camp for the underprivileged and handicapped children. We set up games, have horse rides and a dunk tank. We play with these kids for 2 hours. It means a lot to them. They get tickets they can turn in for candy and other prizes .For some of these children, this is the only time they get out of their homes. Let’s all support this. Final announcement was from Brian who is hosting the Presidents picnic August 2. We are up to 24 people. Please RSVP by 7/28.
  Paul Chisolm was the fine master today. First were confessions. Brian confessed he just didn’t want to get up early and play golf with Paul. Mike Ford played in the Fallen Warriors football tournament. He lost in the last second. Way to go Mike. Paul fined everyone without a pin on. Tom Lang was fined for mocking Paul. Mark Tramont paid for not being around much. Ted was fined because he tried to sit at another table. John Coogan would have been fined, but because he stepped in for the invocation, the fine was waived. Paul proceeded to test us on our Buffalo trivia.
  The split club was won by Rick Graham and Jim Logan missed on the Ace of spades.
  At this time Tom introduced Jim Millard, president and CEO of Kenmore Mercy Hospital. In 1941 Reverend Tim Ring and Dr. Stedemamm asked the Sisters of Mercy to raise money for a hospital. Sister Matilda and her friends went door to door and held fund raisers to create the capital nesseccary. In 1951, Kenmore Mercy Hospital was opened. The hospital did many upgrades through the ‘60’s, ‘70’s not so much in the ‘80’s, and more in the ‘90’s. In 1998, Bishop Mansell urged all the Catholic hospitals to merge into the Catholic Healthy System. This year they added a new ambulatory center. They are working on a new recovery room. Later this year they will make renovations to the lobby. Next year, a new MRI center will be created where the old ambulatory unit was. 2013 they opened a Tim Hortons in the hospital. All hospitals need to be ready for any catastrophic event, which Kenmore Mercy is. Health Grades rates hospitals and ranks Kenmore Mercy in the top 100.
Jim gave an informative talk that held our attention right up to 1:30. Jim’s charitable contribution will be Kenmore Mercy Foundation. Sue J made certain of that.
Meeting adjourned.
The Ken - July 18 Jeff Markarian 2016-07-21 00:00:00Z 0

Attendance: Pat Griffin in for ?

Split Club: Audrey in for ?The Ken – July 11

Invocation: Gary Roberts

Finemaster: Tom Lang

The Ken: Jeff Markarian

Mike Austin started his first Rotary meeting promptly after we all made tacos for lunch. We said the Pledge and Barb led us in “God Bless America”. Gary asked for a moment of silence in hope that we all find a peaceful ending to all the recent violence.

Mike gave a special welcome to Harold. Harold’s son takes off on Mondays so he and Harold spend the day together. Harold thought if his son would join Rotary, he could do both at the same time.

Announcements were next. There will be a board meeting this week at Plaka’s. You will be notified. Holly started getting us ready for Sunshine Day at Cradle Beach 8/17. Lunch and set up 12:00 – 2:00, games 2:00 – 4:00. Bring any one that wants to help man the games. This is a great way for High School kids to accumulate community service hours. The dunk tank is ordered, Pat is looking into the horses.

Mike passed around a signup sheet to cover the table for the hole in one contest at Sheridan next Monday.

Tom Lang announced the date for the Christmas party will be 12/ 9. Auction items will be needed. An event followed by dinner is always a good auction item. Tom also mentioned the next happy hour will be 7/28 at Jovi’s at 5:30. Light fare will be served. The social committee is trying to stimulate some ways to get us together in a more informal matter. Rotary International has adjusted their attendance requirements so these gatherings will be counted as a meeting. Please bring guests or potential members.

Gary Roberts reported on the success of the fireworks picnic. He said Jennifer and Mark did a great job with the food.

Scott Mason reminded us Shred – It is 10/1 and 4/22/17, 10:00-2:00.

Mike received an email update from Brian on the Inaugural party at his house. He has 24 confirmations. 2 have paid. Please pay.

Ron Levea won $13 split club and Holly Nowak missed the chance for the big pot.

Tom Lang filled in as fine master and thanked Audrey and Pat for filling in at the table. Tom took confessions from Harold for missing meetings to be with his son. Tom wanted to thank John Riordan and John Coogan for their terms on the board and thanked Ted Pervis and Ed Hackerl for stepping up to the plate to serve our club. Art blew in Jim Logan on his purchase of a new Cadillac and John Coogan for buying a new Jaguar. Neither were in attendance so they will be fined when they return. Tom fined Art for being a rat.

Tom had some fun brain teasers he tested on us. Some were answered correctly but most were not.

Mike passed out the committee lists and the duties list. I will attach a PDF to this document. Please look them over and mark your calendars as to when you are to produce. The budget is the same as last year. Mike has given a lot of thought for the club to perform several service projects for the causes in the Town. He will like to do something each quarter. The first project will be with Ken Ton closets (www.kentoncloset.org). Jill O’Malley presented to us a couple of weeks ago. The need any clothing you may be able to give. Please fill a garbage bag and we will get them to Ken Ton Closets. They cannot accept sox or underwear so if you can purchase new or give Ken Ton Closets a check for them to purchase new. The money would also be used to spend on school supplies. Mike will arrange a delivery time. Easiest is if you can drop off at Elmlawn. Mike can store them in the basement there. If you have to bring them to a meeting you can but try to get them to Mike. Rick Graham reminded us to get some publicity out of it also.

Tom took the floor again and talked about some couples events. A group sail on Moon dance. I suggested perhaps a Wednesday evening so we can watch the sailboats race. The Darwin Martin House, tour of local wineries and an event at the Riviera. All in attendance were positive to any of these.

Other comments were from Audrey. She suggested we have someone work on retaining members. Rick Graham said that the membership committee has that as part of their agenda. Ed wanted to know how many years Dr. Werner has perfect attendance. 59. And lastly, Larry asked if we can publish the upcoming speakers with their topics and even their website so if there is a potential guest that might be interested in the topic that we could invite them.

With no further business, meeting adjourned. Please look for the attachments to the Duties list and BBQ details

The Ken July 11 Jeff Markarian 2016-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Audrey Meyers
June 27, 2016 Meeting @ Jovi’s
Attendance: Michaelene Bernat
Spilt Club: Shari McDonough
Invocation: John Coogan
Finemaster: Rick Graham
The Ken: Audrey Meyers
President Paul began the meeting promptly at 12:30pm (He must have been trying to impress Nancy because that hasn’t happened in two years).  After we said the pledge and sang, John Coogan led our invocation. 
The following was announced:
  • Brian announced the Incoming / Outgoing Officers party on August 2nd.  It will be at his house.  Please get in your reservations and payments.  There will be food and wine provided.
  • Ken Weinstein announced a classic car show on July 24, 2016 from 10am – 4pm. At the Northtown Center at Amherst (1615 Amherst Manor Dr., Amherst, NY 14221.  Over 100+ Awards will be given.  Pre-registration $13, Day of $15.
  • Gary announced that the Town of Tonawanda will have a fireworks display on July 3rd.  Elmlawn will be having a private party for Rotarian families and friends.  Cost is $20 per person.   Food will be provided but bring your own beverages and chairs.  You will need one car pass to enter per car and can enter at the Brighton Entrance only.  Contact Mike Austin if you need another pass.
Before asking for confessions, Rick pointed out that Larry was late and should be fined.  Barb confessed that she was so proud of outgoing President Paul for all of the new members he brought into the club during his two years.  Larry confessed that he was so happy to see John Riordan’s maroon car in the parking lot when he arrived (we missed you John)!  Audrey confessed to being in Puerto Rico for a week.
Finemaster asked questions about incoming Rotarian Officers on the district and international level, along with some other trivia.  He ended his questioning at every table with the phrase “Ok cough up some money”. 
Rick won the split club and Michaelene had her shot at the Ace of Spades but pulled the 9 of hearts L
Incoming President Mike thanked Outgoing President Paul for his leadership and gave him a bottle of Scotch (the good stuff!).  He also gave the First Lady (Nancy) a nice bouquet of flowers.  The whole room stood in applause to recognize all of Paul’s work over the past two years…. Well done!
Duncan Tenner from Boyscouts was our speaker.  He has visited many Rotary Clubs and is a fellow Rotarian himself and is astonished at the comrodery that exists at each club.  He was amazed at how many new members Paul was able to recruit over the past two years.  Duncan drew similarities between Boy Scouts and Rotarians.  He talked of the importance of service clubs / organizations and how sad it is that they are dwindling.  He talked about how the millennium generation is suffering from not getting involved and it’s apparent that many only learn to care about self and forget about service.  He talked a bit about the history of Boy Scouts and how they began as far back as 1910.  He thanked our club for all of the support we have contributed over the past few years (we’ve given $12k since 2014!).  Duncan thanked Bob Blatz and Dick Hanaburgh for all of their hard work to keep the relationship strong between Boy Scouts and Rotary.  Dick spoke a bit about where our donated funds have gone within the Greater Niagara Frontier Council and talked about how they are trend setters and national is watching what they are doing.  He also talked about the impact Boy Scouts honors can have on your career path and how it is proven to stand out if you have Eagle Scout on your resume.  Dick also shared with us his personal Eagle Scout project, which was setting up a campfire program that is still used in his hometown today.  Great program and Rotary is happy to support our local Scouts!
The Ken - July 27 Audrey Meyers 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Markarian on Jun 22, 2016
Attendance: Jeff Markarian subbing for ?
Split Club: Dick Hanaburgh subbing for ?
Invocation: John Coogan
Finemaster: Mike Austin
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
The Ken – June 20, 2016
Paul started our meeting a tad early today. We said the Pledge and Chuck led us in “God Bless America”. John Coogan gave an inspiring invocation. I announced our guests for today, Bob Werner (honorary member) back from Florida, AJ Block and Brendon Blatz representing the Boy Scouts and our guest speaker Pat Whalen with the Niagara Global Tourism Institute.
Announcements: first from Mike Austin. Mike is massaging the details for the 4th of July Party at Elmlawn. A flier will be sent out. He said he is working on an adult bounce house. Jim Prichard announced that his email was hacked and obviously not to open it. Dick Hanaburgh is selling the Scouts Golf Outing Monday August 29th at Lancaster Country Club and Sporting Clays Invitational, September at the Tonawanda Sportsman’s. Please visit their website for the details wnyscouting.org. Mike Ford gave a final push for Elderwood’s Golf Outing at Glen Oaks, Monday 6/27.   And finally Chuck Patterson reminded us of the party at Brian Ahern’s house August 2 honoring outgoing President Paul and welcoming incoming President Mike Austin.
Mike Austin approached the podium to give out fines and to hear confessions. Mike first confessed to going to the Salvation Army golf outing 1 week early. He then thanked Bryden for a wonderful time golfing the actual day it was held. He was concerned that we might get arrested for Mike Ford’s errant shots. And they were extreme. So much that I put a helmet on. However, Mike F. did refuse to accept a very lucrative 50/50 split he won. That was an admirable act and represented Rotary well. I then confessed that my son Brian had a great week at RYLA. He was extremely anxious to go, however with the nurturing of Char and Larry, and the whole RYLA environment, Brian had a wonderful time. Jim Prichard and Ted Purvis, coincidentally, both spent their wedding anniversaries in NYC. Visiting Rotarian AJ Block spent 5 of the last 5 days at Rotary meetings. Mike tested our hockey trivia in lei of the NHL draft being held here in Buffalo Friday and Saturday.
Joe Arcara won the split club and Rick Graham missed the drawing. The pot is growing and the cards are fewer so buy more chances next week.
Paul introduced our speaker Pat Whalen. Pat spoke to us several years ago when he was with The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Pat is now the interim director of the Niagara Global Tourism Institute. The NGTI is a Niagara University-led initiative that seeks to leverage research and development to transform the regions travel and tourism industry. A real challenge for Pat is how to attract tourism in the region during 6 winter months. The other 6 months is fully occupied. Banks need 50% equity before they fund any project. He is the interim director, but I’m sure the job is his if he wants it. Pat is a dynamic leader that has great insight with these projects. To learn more, contact the assistant director Roscoe Naguit at rnaguit@niagara.edu. Another great program
Meeting adjourned.
The Ken June 20 Jeff Markarian 2016-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Audrey Meyers
 
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Attendance: Pat Griffin      Invocation: John Coogan
Finemaster: Jim Logan      Split Club: Audrey Meyers
 
President Paul started the meeting at 12:40 PM.  Chuck Petterson lead us in a song after the pledge.  Our Winemaster asked for confessions first.  Rick Graham confessed to winning over $600!  Pat Griffin confessed crossing his first (and last) Opera off of his bucket list.  Jim Logan confessed to Gary Roberts seeing his picture online in the Buffalo News.  After our confessions, our winemaster quizzed us on Rotary History and Fun Facts.... In the end, he charged us $2 each.
 
Our speaker was Eric Ensminger from Marketing Tech.  Marketing Tech is a marketing company with 17 employees located in Buffalo, New York.  Don Papay was the founder of the company in 1996 (the company started as Brittany Industries).  Some of the services offered by Marketing Tech: Printing & Finishing services, Large Format Printing, direct mail processing (which includes address services, inserting, and invoicing), digital services, "fat-head" printing, car wraps, brochures, catalogs, post cards, and promotional items.  Companies don't need as much printing as they used to, but Marketing Tech can help with all the printing needs any business may have.
 
Marketing Tech can also do automated marketing.  This type of marketing is not the future anymore, it's the here and now.  Automated marketing includes print, email, website, text, and they all drive traffic to each other.  Automated marketing is surprisingly inexpensive compared to the other marketing forms.  You also get reporting on automated marketing as well.  
 
Marketing Tech feels they are different from their competitors because the focus on getting it right the first time, customer service is unbeatable, and they have cloud based technology so they can access client info even when traveling.  Marketing Tech can support companies all over the world.
 
Respectfully submitted
Audrey Meyers
The Ken - June 13 Audrey Meyers 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Audrey Meyers
Meeting Monday 6/6/2016 @ Jovi’s
Attendance Pat Griffin                                  Split Club / The Ken Audrey Meyers
Invocation / Fine Master Gary Roberts
 
President Paul began the meeting at 12:40 PM.  During the Invocation, Gary had a moment of silence for the remembrance of Rotarian Ed Hoffman.
 
Fine Master Gary immediately fined President Paul for not sharing pie at Park Country Club and a whole slew of other atrocities.  Pat Griffin confessed to throwing the first pitch at the Bison’s Game on  Thursday night (he says he made it to home plate).  Mike Ford confessed to not screaming on a ride with his kid.  Bryden Swires confessed that he and his wife were both promoted to Captain.  Ron met Henry Winkler.  Gary moved on to fines after confessions.  He asked a bunch of questions about Buffalo Mayors… No one knew or cared what the answers were.
 
Bryden won the split club and Art took a shot at the Ace of Spades (he pulled the wrong Ace).
Larry coon was our speaker today and he presented on RYLA.  Anyone who knows Larry understands his passion for RYLA.  RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) is a one week training retreat for young people ages 19-25 that takes place at Fredonia State.  RYLA has been active since 1960.  At the retreat, the participants learn business skills, human relations, how to be a responsible business person, how to participate in community service projects, have fun and make friends.  Rotarians can volunteer to help bridge the age gap and share expertise and help cultivate future Rotary memberships.
There are still available spots this year if anyone knows of a young person that might be interested.  Larry can help connect the candidate with a sponsoring club.  Our Kenmore Rotary Club usually sponsors two spots.  This year we are sponsoring Jeff Markarian’s son and Stacey Rodgers (who has helped us with Sunshine Day, Shred it Events, and the Anti-Bullying Seminar).  Pat Griffin’s nephew Christopher is also attending thanks to the Buffalo Rotary Club Sponsorship. 
 
Larry and Char usually help and participate in running the retreat throughout the week.  They stay with a fellow committee member at his condo.  Larry’s favorite part is seeing the growth and results amongst the Rylarians.  “You can see the unbreakable bond between them by the end of the week” said Larry. 
At the end of the week, the Rylarians are given an evaluation form.  Some of the comments on the form were:
  • Enjoyed the freedom to work one on one with other participants
  • No one was judging me
  • Love the friends I’ve made
  • Love the speak ups (a chance to speak about hardships they’ve experienced)
  •  
Some students shared they learned confidence, communication skills, listening skills, leadership, and  how to work with other personality types.
 
All Rotarians are welcome to join the Rylarians on Thursday night during the retreat at Fredonia for a Rotary meeting that the Rylarians are responsible for providing the entertainment for.  It is usually a celebratory night that involves the parents as well.  If you’re interested in attending this year’s, it is June 16, 2016.  Please contact Larry for details.
Joe Starck spoke up after Larry’s presentation and announced on behalf of our club that we are all very proud of Larry for what he does with the community youth and RYLA.  Everyone agreed and thanked Larry for all he has done with RYLA. 
The Ken - June 6 Audrey Meyers 2016-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Monday 6/6/2016 @ Jovi’s
Attendance Pat Griffin                                  Split Club / The Ken Audrey Meyers
Invocation / Fine Master Gary Roberts
 
President Paul began the meeting at 12:40 PM.  During the Invocation, Gary had a moment of silence for the remembrance of Rotarian Ed Hoffman.
 
Fine Master Gary immediately fined President Paul for not sharing pie at Park Country Club and a whole slew of other atrocities.  Pat Griffin confessed to throwing the first pitch at the Bison’s Game on  Thursday night (he says he made it to home plate).  Mike Ford confessed to not screaming on a ride with his kid.  Bryden Swires confessed that he and his wife were both promoted to Captain.  Ron met Henry Winkler.  Gary moved on to fines after confessions.  He asked a bunch of questions about Buffalo Mayors… No one knew or cared what the answers were.
 
Bryden won the split club and Art took a shot at the Ace of Spades (he pulled the wrong Ace).
Larry coon was our speaker today and he presented on RYLA.  Anyone who knows Larry understands his passion for RYLA.  RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) is a one week training retreat for young people ages 19-25 that takes place at Fredonia State.  RYLA has been active since 1960.  At the retreat, the participants learn business skills, human relations, how to be a responsible business person, how to participate in community service projects, have fun and make friends.  Rotarians can volunteer to help bridge the age gap and share expertise and help cultivate future Rotary memberships.
There are still available spots this year if anyone knows of a young person that might be interested.  Larry can help connect the candidate with a sponsoring club.  Our Kenmore Rotary Club usually sponsors two spots.  This year we are sponsoring Jeff Markarian’s son and Stacey Rodgers (who has helped us with Sunshine Day, Shred it Events, and the Anti-Bullying Seminar).  Pat Griffin’s nephew Christopher is also attending thanks to the Buffalo Rotary Club Sponsorship. 
 
Larry and Char usually help and participate in running the retreat throughout the week.  They stay with a fellow committee member at his condo.  Larry’s favorite part is seeing the growth and results amongst the Rylarians.  “You can see the unbreakable bond between them by the end of the week” said Larry. 
At the end of the week, the Rylarians are given an evaluation form.  Some of the comments on the form were:
  • Enjoyed the freedom to work one on one with other participants
  • No one was judging me
  • Love the friends I’ve made
  • Love the speak ups (a chance to speak about hardships they’ve experienced)
  •  
Some students shared they learned confidence, communication skills, listening skills, leadership, and  how to work with other personality types.
 
All Rotarians are welcome to join the Rylarians on Thursday night during the retreat at Fredonia for a Rotary meeting that the Rylarians are responsible for providing the entertainment for.  It is usually a celebratory night that involves the parents as well.  If you’re interested in attending this year’s, it is June 16, 2016.  Please contact Larry for details.
Joe Starck spoke up after Larry’s presentation and announced on behalf of our club that we are all very proud of Larry for what he does with the community youth and RYLA.  Everyone agreed and thanked Larry for all he has done with RYLA. 
The Ken - June 6 2016-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Attendance: Scott Mason
Split Club: Bob Blatz
Invocation: Rick Graham
Finemaster: Joe Arcara
Ken: Jeff Markarian
The Ken 5/23/16
We had a late start to the lunch today but Paul was able to make up the time and move the meeting along. After the Pledge, Bryden led us in singing “America” followed by our invocation given by Rick Graham. Scott Mason introduced our speakers. They were; The Eminger family, Char Coon (our wonderful Rotary Anne), pass member Bill Holler, Andrea Scibetta from the Buffalo Niagara Medical Club, our guest, Jen Middleton and her friend Paul Frasier.
Joe Arcara announced that the Installation of new officer’s event will be held at Brian Ahern’s house August 11. Details to follow. Audrey passed along a card for us to sign congratulating Shari for graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in business. Gary Roberts thought it was a GED. Audrey will have a meeting of the Wine Committee wrap up. Lastly, Audrey announced that she will give a seminar for first time home buyers at her church Thursday, 5/26/16 at 6:00. The address is Riverside Baptist Church, 346 Ontario Street, Buffalo, NY. Please RSVP Audrey if you can attend abaker616822yahoo.com.
At this time, Paul asked Greg Eminger to present a $750 scholarship award to his daughter Hannah. We all know Hannah and all her accomplishments with Interact and Slap Shot. Larry added to Hannah’s achievements and Hannah thanked us.
Finemaster Joe Arcara stepped in for Ted Purvis and took confessions. I confessed that my son Brian graduated from St. Bonaventure and is off to RYLA. Jim Prichard had a record crowd of 3,000 for an event at the Riviera. Jim, you really put the Riv and the map buddy. Joe Arcara fined himself to brag that his 9 year old granddaughter came in third in the States. Rene and John Cogan can relate to that (past gymnasts). Mike Austin confessed that his kids didn’t do anything this weekend. Paul played golf all weekend even though it was his and Nancy’s 44th wedding anniversary. I said that I would love to have been there when he told her his plans. Joe fined anyone without a Rotary pin on (rookie move).Then Joe went through the room testing us on Buffalo trivia.
There was something peculiar about our start of the meeting. There was no split club and we started real late. Oh well, far be it for me to ask questions.
Larry re introduced Jen Middleton. Jen was a RYLA participant 10 years ago. Her mother forced her to fill out the application. It was the farthest thing from here desires of things to do. Well, it turned out to be a life altering event for her. She continued the projects they were all enthused about during the week camp. She was abscessed.  She organized school supplies to be shipped to Africa, she was instrumental in starting a Multiple Care Center. Hannah went to Africa a couple of times. She showed us slides of her trips. Her involvement brought her closer to her brother. She even was able to see the center that she helped build. At 1:40, my phone was blowing up so I had to adios. Don’t know what happed after that. I hope you’re not all still there.
 
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Attendance: Scott Mason and Dick Hanaburgh
The Ken May 9
Today we broke ranks and gathered at the Paddock Golf Dome for lunch in anticipation of a larger than normal attendance. We were honoring high achievers from the Ken – Ton Middle Schools. Most showed up with a parent or 2 and their Principals. And it goes without saying how proud you feel when you listen to their achievements.  Paul led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Paul then gave an overview as to what Rotary is and what we do. You can see the pride felt by our guests was equal to our achievements.
Paul introduced Tom Schwob. Tom presented the awards. Tom mentioned Rotary has been rewarding the students for 3 ½ decades. The recipients were as follows: Evan Haieck from Franklin Middle, Claire Bressette from Kenmore Middle. Clair is Tom Leous’ granddaughter. Madison Fox from Hoover Middle, Olivia Warrington from St. Johns and Thomas Struckman from St. Amelia’s. None of the students wanted to speak after their presentations. It will be fun to see what happens when Larry gets a hold of them in the Interact clubs once they get into High School. I’m sure we won’t be able to shut them up. Meeting was adjourned. Remember we will be back here 5/16 for the High School Scholarship presentations.
Lastly, a congratulations goes out to Ron Levea. Ron is our latest Paul Harris Inductee. WTG buddy.
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Attendance: Scott Mason
Split Club: Bob Blatz
Invocation: Rick Gram
Fine Master: Ted Purvis
The Ken: Jeff Markarian
 
The Ken May 2
We all gathered, had lunch and complied with our President as he began our meeting. We gave our Pledge followed by singing God Bless America. We sounded ok with the leadership of Barb and Bryden, but we still need Chuck Patterson to complete us. Rick Graham gave the invocation asking for special thoughts for the Hettler family. Sue’s dad, Allen Bagley was a fine Rotarian who recently passed away.
Our visitors were Demean Piatek, his last time eluding fines because next week he will be a member. And John Barcato, Ken-Ton deputy School Superintendent.
Announcements today were first from Audrey. The push is on. We need baskets, sponsors by the end of the week, people and payments. Also, they need help manning several stations that evening. A signup sheet was passed around.  It will cost less if you buy your tickets before the event. Scott Mason was having a final wrap up meeting after today’s meeting for Shred It. Jim Prichard announced the Riviera Theater is having their golf outing June, 6 at Tan Tara. Reach out to Jim for the details. Rick Graham was having a foundation meeting also after today’s meeting. Pat Griffin reminded us about the Rotary Training he and Larry are going to this week end in Niagara Falls. Paul confirmed the club will pay for it but to let him know. In conclusion, we will be meeting at the Paddock Golf Dome for the next 2 meetings for the scholarship presentations.
Ted Purvis was the fine master today. First were confessions. Eddie confessed to beating Larry as the last one here. However, Mark Tremont came in after Ed. Good to see Mark was able to make a meeting. Jim Prichard accepted an awarded on behalf of The Riviera Theater for The Organization of the Year. Tim Glor witnessed it. Vanessa Williams presented it. Jim said he dreamed about her all night. I mentioned I did not know Jim was a tennis fan. Sue J corrected me, wrong Vanessa. Mike Austin is friends on facebook with Jim and noticed many photos of Vanessa. Audrey confessed to rock climbing in Sedona, AZ. Ted then fined us all $5 in honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday.
I won the split club and John Coogan drew the Ace of diamonds.
At this time Paul introduced our own, Ken-Ton school Super Intendant Dawn Mirand. Dawn gave an over view of the budget of $157 million that was presented 4/12 and will be voted on 5/17 at Hoover Middle School between 7:00am – 9:00pm. It is a 1.23% increase. Which translates to $77 increase on a $100,000 home. They are applying for special funding due to the loss of revenue from the Huntley Plant. That should lower it to $68 per year. Dawn also touched on 4 propositions that will be voted on the same night. Proposition 1; the budget, Proposition 2; Bus purchase, Proposition 3; Capital Improvement Reserve Fund, Proposition 4; Student Ex officio board member. Dawn was a wonderful presenter. She chose the The Family Support Center.
Meeting adjourned.
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Attendance: Susan Jandzinsk
Split Club: Michaelene Bernat
Invocation: Tim Glor
Fine Master: Larry Coon
The Ken: Jeff Markarian

The Ken April 25

Paul started our meeting right on time. Bryden led us in singing “God Bless America”. Tim Glor gave the invocation.

Visitors were Joe Alber from Buffalo and Joe Kane from Clarence. Tim Grant was a guest of Gary Roberts.

Announcements were from Eddie, thanking me and Gretchen for hosting the gift gathering party. It is always wonderful to see you all outside our normal venue. Ed is pitching the full court press for our Wine Tasting Event May 11. We need a push in all capacities: sponsors, baskets, and attendance. Paul reminded us that we can drop off the baskets at his office, 3849 Delaware Ave. He also is stressing the need for baskets. We have 11 now and need 40 total.

Joe Albers let us know that there is a Rotary Leadership training Assembly in Niagara Falls, NY May 7. The cost is $45 per Rotarian. Joe said usually the club pays for it, however Art choked and Paul followed up with “if you want to go, let him know and he’ll see what he can do”. Somehow I got the feeling that the issue has yet to be determined. Nevertheless it is a valuable event. Pat and Larry are in. I would go just to hang out with those guys but Retail Saturday keeps me grounded. All are welcome to attend and learn all aspects of Rotary. Register on our districts website www.rotary7090.org. Mike Ford announced that Elderwood is having Chefs food truck on the campus 4459 Bailey Ave. Wednesday 4/27 from 5:00- 7:00. Oops, that was yesterday. Sorry Mike.

Larry was our Finemaster and heard several confessions. Dick Hanaburgh and his lovely wife gave birth to their first child Niamh. Congratulations Hanaburgh’s. Bryden flew home from Phoenix. They had to stop over in Baltimore. When Bryden boarded the plane he realized he got the pilots discount at the food counter. Can I borrow you Salvation Army shirt next time I fly? He also saw Rex Ryan’s brot

her Rob on his flight. Michaelene Bernat was also traveling. They were in Tucson then to Maryland to watch her daughter get another academic achievement award. Larry fined himself for eating the entire week end on the Rotary dime. Larry and Char were in Canada for the Slap Shot retreat week end. They had a great time and I’m sure Rotary would gladly feed you and Char for all you do to engage the young future Rotarians. With that Larry had some fun with Rotary trivia.

The split Club was won by Jim Prichard and Michaelene missed on the chance for the Ace.

Paul introduced our speaker Rebecca Poynton. Rebecca is VP of marketing for Veraview. Veraview is a 16 year old company. They are comprised of engineers and developers. Veraview puts the proper technology in the right space. To learn more please visit their website at www.veraview.com

Meeting adjourned

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Posted by Jeff Markarian
Split Club: Tim Glor
Attendance: Barb Henry
Finemaster: Larry Coon
Invocation: Tim Glor
The Ken – April 18, 2016
Paul started our meeting promptly after Jovi’s wonderful taco lunch. Bryden led us in signing God Bless America. Tim followed with a prayer. However, it was difficult for me to focus. Brian Ahern gave me a piping hot loaf of spouted purple barley sourdough bread with flax, pumpkin and sesame seeds. Thank you Brian. I will be your Ginny pig any time.
 A very enthusiastic announcement was made by Scott Mason. He was real happy with the help he got from you Rotarians on Shred It. And the results showed it. Scott figures we made a profit of $7500. He gave a huge shout out to Barb Henry for coming up with the idea. And I must confess I was suspicious myself. Scott challenged the Wine Event for another great success. Scott wanted to give special thanks to Jim Prichard, Brian Ahern for the print outs and the social media blasts. Donna D. for her emails and to John Coogan, Paul Chisolm, Joe Arcara, Rick Graham, Larry Coon and I couldn’t keep up with all else he was thankful for. PS Eddie accepted the throw down.
Larry Coon asked for help getting the Slap Shot kids to their retreat just outside of Hamilton. I believe it was 2 kids and you need to leave around 2:00.
Larry was the fine master and took many confessions. Rick Graham won a basket at Watson’s grand opening. He will re gift it for the wine event. Holly confessed that she had a great time at Shred It. Ron Levea’s friend showed up the wrong day to help with Shred It. Pat predicted Cubs – Red Sox World Series. With that Bryden taunted that he will be going to Phoenix on vacation and is going to the Razorback / Pirates game. John Coogan had a Trump tie on. Joe Starck couldn’t make Shred It so he donated $5 to the Wine Event (go figure).  Larry continued with Music Trivia and raised lots of money.
Brian Ahern won the Split Club, Gary lost on the chance at the Ace of Spades. Gary sold the last few numbers of the Armenian Raffle so we could have the drawing. New member to be Damon Piatek won.
Paul welcomed Shari McDonough back. For those that are new to our club, Shari is a Kenmore Rotarian. She has been instrumental in getting our largest Fund Raiser, The Wine Tasting Event, to the level we are at now. She is a remarkable leader who is now using her talents to help the Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo. Kenmore Rotary supports this club. The Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo started by Buffalo Rotary in 1926. In 1986 they started to let Girls in. The Boys and Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day. Their P&L showed a negative $308,141 when Shari started almost a year ago. To this date they are positive $91,777. Great job.
Thank you for sharing with us today Shari.
Meeting adjourned.
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Posted by Edward Markarian on Feb 03, 2013

Prayer:  Tim Glor

Sergeant at Arms:  Joe Starck and Mike Austin

Music: Barb Henry

Finemaster: Tony Decillis

Ken: Ed Markarian

February 11th Pod Assignments:

Sergeant at Arms:        Invocation:        Finemaster:         Ken Writer:

Tom Lippard                Tim Glor            Tony DeCillis        Ed Markarian

Joe Starck

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Posted by Robert Dimmig on Jan 27, 2013

Invocation: Rick Graham

Visiting Rotarians: Bob Dimmig

Sergeant at Arms: Scott Mason

Finemaster: Rick Graham

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Posted by Robert Dimmig on Jan 13, 2013

Writer: Bob Dimmig

Invocation: Rick Graham

Visiting Rotarians: Bob Dimmig

Sergeant-at-Arms: Scott Mason

Finemaster: Gary Roberts

 

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Posted by Robert Dimmig on Jan 06, 2013

Writer:  Bob Dimmig                                                                      

Prayer: Rick Graham

Visiting Rotarians: Bob Dimmig                                                               

Sergeant-at-Arms: Rick Graham                                          

Finemaster:  Rick Graham

Larry Ward had bypass surgery and is recovering well at McCauley Residence. After a couple weeks there, he will go to Weinburg Campus until he is able to drive again.

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Posted by Patrick Griffin on Dec 16, 2012

Writer:  Patrick Griffin                                                         

Prayer: Paul Chisholm

Visiting Rotarians: Jeff Markarian   

Sergeant-at-Arms: Tom Lippard                                  

Finemaster:  Rick Graham

 

 

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Posted by Jeffrey Markarian on Dec 09, 2012

Writer:  Jeff Markarian                                                                                                

Prayer: Tom Lippard

Visiting Rotarians: Jim Logan                                                                    

Sergeant-at-Arms: Shari McDonough                                                        

Finemaster: Paul Chisholm     

Get your ideas for our website into Stu, our club “webmaster”

If you are Chair of a committee, and are planning an event, please contact Stu so he can put the event on our site

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Posted by Patrick Griffin on Nov 25, 2012

Writer:  Pat Griffin                                                                                          

Prayer: Rick Graham

Visiting Rotarians: Ted Purvis                                                                   

Sergeant-at-Arms: John Riordan                                                                 

Finemaster: Gary Roberts      

Operation Santa Auction Items:

  1. Week long condo accommodations:  Heritage Oakes in Sarasota FL between May 1 & Oct 31, 2013.  2 Bdr/2Bath, sleeps 6. Golf @ mbr rates on premisis.
  1. $100 Dinner Cert. for Russell’s Steak House and 2 tickets to see the BPO, Sat. FEB 2, 2013:  “Pictures at an Exhibition, Alain Lefevre, Piano”  M&T Classic Series.
  1. Day of Sailing with J.&G. Markarian &    J. & C. Starck on Point Abino Bay & Dinner at Buffalo Canoe Club.
  1. Round of golf for 3 with Jim Logan  @Park Country Club,Lunch included.
  1. Tickets for 2 to see any performance at Daemen College’s “Musicalfare”, with dinner cert. at restaurant TBD.
 

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Posted by Audrey Meyers on Nov 18, 2012

Ken Writer:  Audrey Meyers                                       

Invocation: Rick Graham

Greeter/Split Club: Ted Purvis                                     

Finemaster: Gary Roberts   

Sergeant-at-Arms: Bob Dimmig 

Contact Joe Starck if you have any items for the live auction at the Christmas Party to benefit Operation Santa… Also accepting donations now! (Checks, Cash, and Credit Cards accepted)

                                  

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Posted by Audrey Meyers on Nov 11, 2012

Ken Writer:  Audrey Meyers                                       

Invocation: Rick Graham

Greeter/Split Club: Ted Purvis                                     

Finemaster: Mike Hettler   

Sergeant-at-Arms: Bob Dimmig    

2nd Publication: Scott Mason

Contact Joe Starck if you have any items for the live auction at the Christmas Party to benefit Operation Santa… Also accepting cash donations now!

                               

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Posted by Audrey Meyers on Nov 04, 2012

Ken Writer:  Audrey Meyers                                       

Invocation: Rick Graham

Greeter/Split Club: Ted Purvis                                     

Finemaster: Mike Hettler   

Sergeant-at-Arms: Bob Dimmig         

Contact Joe Starck if you have any items for the live auction at the Christmas Party to benefit Operation Santa

 

                          

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Posted by James Logan on Oct 28, 2012

Writer:  Jim Logan                                                      Invocation: Bob Nowak

Greeter/Split Club: Ed Markarian                               Finemaster:  Ed Markarian    

Sergeant-at-Arms: Tom Lippard                     

2nd Publication:

Bryden Swires (Salvation Amry)

In Honor of Laurie

When: We hope to honor her at the Christmas Party

Please work on notes of thanks and well wishes to Laurie for her service to our club.  We will compile them in a book to present to her. Scanned pictures of Rotarians and spouse can be included too. We think she'd really like that.  Send all notes and pictures to: kenmorerotary@aol.com.  Or mail in to the Rotary Office

             

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Posted by James Logan on Oct 21, 2012

1st Publication:  Bryden Swires (Salvation Amry)

 

Writer: Jim Logan                                 Prayer: Mike Austin

Greeter: Ed Markarian                                                                     

Finemaster: Tony Decillis     

Sergeant-at-Arms: Tom Lippard    

  

In Honor of Laurie

When: We hope to honor her at the Christmas Party

Please work on notes of thanks and well wishes to Laurie for her service to our club.  We will compile them in a book to present to her. Scanned pictures of Rotarians and spouse can be included too. We think she'd really like that.  Send all notes and pictures to: kenmorerotary@aol.com.  Or mail in to the Rotary Office

              

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Posted by Edward Markarian on Oct 14, 2012

Writer:  Ed Markarian                                                         

Prayer: Ed Hoffman

Music: Ted Purvis                                                                   

Finemaster: Ed Markarian      

Sergeant-at-Arms: Bob Nowak 

Please work on notes of thanks and well wishes to Laurie for her service to our club.  We will compile them in a book to present to her. Scanned pictures of Rotarians and spouse can be included too. We think she'd really like that.  Send all notes and pictures to: kenmorerotary@aol.com.

                                    

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Posted by Edward Markarian on Oct 14, 2012

Writer:  Ed Markarian                                                      Prayer: Ed Hoffman

Music: Ted Purvis                                                             Finemaster: Ed Markarian      

Sergeant-at-Arms: Bob Nowak                                     

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Posted by Anthony Decillis on Sep 30, 2012

Team October:

Captain:
Jim Logan  PROGRAM INTRO

Team:

Ed Markarian FINEMASTER               

Bob Nowak  VISITING ROTARIANS

Ed Hoffman  INVOCATION

Joe Starck  SGT @ ARMS

Bob Nowak GREETER       

Tony Decillis  KEN WRITER

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Posted by R. Charles Patterson on Sep 23, 2012

Team October:

Captain:
Jim Logan  PROGRAM INTRO

Team:

Ed Markarian FINEMASTER               

Bob Nowak  VISITING ROTARIANS

Ed Markarian  INVOCATION

Joe Starck  SGT @ ARMS

Bob Nowak GREETER       

Tony Decillis  KEN WRITER

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Posted by Audrey Meyers on Sep 16, 2012

Team August

Captain:
Pat Griffin  PROGRAM INTRO

Team:

Jim Austin   FINEMASTER                  

Bill Brucker  VISITING ROTARIANS

Shari McDonough  INVOCATION

John Riordan  SGT @ ARMS

Mark Mondanaro GREETER       

Chuck Patterson KEN WRITER

Ed Gray     SGT @ ARMS
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Posted by R. Charles Patterson on Sep 09, 2012

The Ken Writer:  Chuck Patterson                                                      

Prayer: Pat Griffin

Visiting Rotarians: Bill Brucker                                             

Sergeant-at-Arms: Ed Gray                               

Finemaster: Jim Austin       

Shari McDonough: INVOCATION

Mark Mondanaro: GREETER       

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