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Lockport - Rotary

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We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Lockport Town & Country Club
717 East Avenue
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Lockport, NY  14094
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Rotary Club of Lockport Announces Grant Availability
The Lockport New York Rotary Foundation is requesting proposals for grants up to $4,000 available to not-for-profit organizations.  Proposals must be consistent with one or more Rotary International’s Areas of Focus: disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development and/or peace and conflict prevention/resolution.
Details about these areas of focus may be obtained through contacting Rotarian Julie Coy at  Funded projects must not begin until a future date to be determined, but not before August 1, 2016, and must be totally complete and paid for prior to May 1, 2017. Please submit your completed application (Click on Community Grants in the lower left corner on this page), to Julie Coy at 5838 S Transit Rd, Lockport, NY 14094 by December 1, 2015.

Marie Bindeman receives a certificate of appreciation at the Rotary Club of Lockport's November 3rd Noon-time meeting from District Governor, Kevin Crosby for her contribution to the District Conference in Ellicottville, October 30-31, speaking on the topic of expanding membership.

Beverly Federspiel shared "the state of the Lockport Public Library" this past Tuesday. Did you know that in middle income neighborhoods the ratio of books to children is13:1 while in low income neighorhoods the ratio is 1:300?
The Rotary Club of Lockport was approved for a District Grant, to create a new literacy program, that was launched at the beginning of the school year. “The Remarkable Reading Club” is the name of our new district grant literacy program. The grant provides funding for the Salvation Army to transport school aged children from the After School program at their location, to the Lockport Public Library for an afternoon of educational fun. The Rotary district grant also covers the cost of staff, transportation, books and materials for the Remarkable Reading Club. The club will run for ten weeks of the school year, and each child will receive a brand new book at the end of the program.


Lockport Rotarians and their families are invited to a night of fellowship and celebration –

What? Lockport Rotary’s Holiday Party and Member Recruitment Event

When? Tuesday, December 1st, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Where? Kenan House

How much? $20 per person includes a delicious selection of hot and cold appetizers catered by Mericana/Zambistros. Cash bar.

Please consider inviting a community member who may potentially be interested in becoming a member of the Rotary Club of Lockport. Our club will cover the cost of any potential member’s attendance.

Yours in Rotary,
Marie Bindeman
Chris Marra


Two speakers from Apex Clean Energy, Taylor Quaries, Development Manager (left) and Dan Fitzgerald, Senior Project Manager (right) join Rotary President, David Greenfield following their presentation on Lighthouse Wind, a wind energy project proposed for the Town of Somerset in Niagara County and the Town of Yates in Orleans County.

Rotarian, Dr. Ryan Schoenfeld, presented the program at the regular meeting of the club on September 15th. Topic: "All Kinds of Kinds." Dr. Schoenfeld has made significant changes in the culture and reputation of North Park Junior High School where he serves as principal. Staff and students have changed their attitudes about each other and developed an appreciation for the qualities everyone has within. Rotarian, Julie Coy, shared her personal profile assessment when called upon by Dr. Schoenfeld while other members completed the exercise. Learn more at: . 

In the interest of building goodwill and friendship, our president-elect and program chair, Julie Coy, invited Rotarian Janet Walker (right) and her mother, Margo Bittner (left), a rabbinical assistant to present a program on practices of the Jewish faith at this week's Rotary meeting. A graduate of Toastmasters, Margo held our apt attention with a 20-minute program. Daughter, Janet, did real well with her shofar-blowing demonstration! Rotary meetings are well worth attending to break from the day-to-day routine and expand one's knowledge of  the community and its people.

New Rotary Club of Lockport member, Dick Maigret, shared his bio with the club on September 1st at our regular meeting. He had also completed his full member requirements. President David Greenfield removed the new member yellow ribbon from Dick's member button. Dick looks wistful while Dave appears gleeful. Dave, this is not the Navy tradition of poking a pin into the chest of new sailors crossing the Equator for the first time!

Dr. Kevin Crosby, District Governor, Rotary District 7090, enthusiastically welcomes Patricia Barrows to membership in the Rotary Club of Lockport.


Rotary Club of Lockport Announces Recipients of $8,000 in College Scholarships

Austin McFall, 2015 graduate of Lockport High School, has been selected this year to receive a Rotary Club of Lockport Academic College Scholarship of $2,000 per year for four years for his studies in business and finance at Niagara University at Niagara University, NY.  He is the son of Michael and Ronda McFall of Lockport.

The Lockport Rotary Club annual college scholarship budget of $10,000 per year is a major commitment of the Lockport NY Rotary Foundation, the tax exempt fundraising and community benefit 501(c)3 corporation established by the Club.  In addition to Austin, several students will continue to receive scholarships awarded in previous years.
Shawn Moore, Lockport High School graduate, will receive his second year of a $2,000 per year four-year Rotary Club of Lockport Academic Scholarship for his studies at SUNY Genesee in Genesee, NY.

Elizabeth Koplas, graduate of Starpoint Central School, will receive her third year of the Rotary Club of Lockport Arthur H. Showalter Memorial Academic Scholarship of $2,000 per year for four years for her studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Jacob Dittenhauser, graduate of Canisius High School, will receive his third year of a Rotary Club of Lockport Academic Scholarship of $2,000 per year for three years for his studies at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.

Rotary Club of Lockport Scholarships are presented in memory of Arthur H. Showalter, Summer G. Evans, Eleanor Depeau, Samuel Selzer, Howard Lehmann and Donald O. Nixon, former Lockport Rotarians who were dedicated to youth and education.
Lockport Rotary Scholarships are awarded to graduating students living in the Lockport, Newfane or Starpoint school districts and attending the district high school or a regional private or parochial high school.  Selection is based on scholastic achievement, character, leadership in school, extra curricular and community activities, and poise and presence in an interview with the scholarship committee.
Austin and his parents were honored at the Lockport Rotary Club luncheon meeting at Lockport Town and Country Club on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.  All Lockport Rotary Club scholars are invited to return to visit club membership meetings throughout their college careers and beyond as their long term relationship continues.
Members of the Rotary Scholarship Committee are Dr. Ryan Schoenfeld, Chair; Dr. Larry Cappiello; and Nancy Kasprzak-Whitmore.  The committee noted that each year, surprisingly few students apply for the scholarships until Rotary makes an extra effort to remind schools of the opportunity. Students are welcome to make early inquiry and explore the website: for more information.

Immediate Past President, Jackie Davis (right), was recently interviewed by Marian Hannigan (left) for LCTV's program "Community Forum."  She shared about Rotary, and our  club winning the Presidential Citation, the Lighthouse Award, and the Governor's Trophy.

What an incredible time it is to be a member of the Rotary Club of Lockport!  It is hard to believe how quickly this Rotary year has flown by.  We, as a club have had many successes, and reasons to rejoice.  The last quarter, we witnessed the fruition of some major Rotary funded projects:  the ground breaking ceremony for the Salvation Army’s new additional facilities that included and Rotarians Jose SantiagoDan Wilson, Mayor Anne McCaffrey, and other dignitaries …. the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Culinary Training Center, that included Rotarians Dave Kinyon, of the Town of Lockport IDA, Mayor McCaffrey and myself, as both President of our Lockport Rotary, and as a board member of the YWCA, in addition to several dignitaries and politicians…... It was wonderful to see the glittering new Rotary funded kitchen equipment and to meet some of the participants in the culinary program…..Our club hosted the annual State of the City Address and listened to an excellent presentation from Rotarian Mayor McCaffrey…
Rotary membership, worldwide, seems stuck at 1.2 million, losing members in the US and regaining to this level - where we were in 2003.  Let's not take ourselves for granted, Lockport! We need a self-conscious look at ourselves...even when we are thriving.
The Rotary Club of Lockport has had a wonderful first quarter for the 2014-15 Rotary year.  In this past quarter, we inducted two new Rotary Club members as a Business Class membership, and had two new individuals apply for Rotary Club membership. Our Giving Committee arranged for us to purchase the dining room set for the new Homeless Veterans facilities, and we as Club participated in the popular “Ice Bucket Challenge” to raise funds for ALS.  Several of our club members sold special edition newspapers on streets throughout the city on “Make a Difference Day” to raise funds for the United Way.  We worked to revitalize our committees, and have nearly 100% of membership signed up for at least one committee.



Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community's business and professional men and women. The world's Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.

The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is a not for profit corporation that promotes world understanding through international humanitarian service programs and educational and cultural exchanges. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who share its vision of a better world. Since 1947, the Foundation has awarded more than US$1.1 billion in humanitarian and educational grants, which are initiated and administered by local Rotary clubs and districts.

The Rotary Club of Lockport was chartered on May 1, 1919 with Charles A. Upson elected as the first club president and George C. Lewis elected as secretary. The club started with 25 charter members and grew to over 70 members within two years. Currently the club has over 50 members.


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Rotary Club of Lockport
P.O. Box 1199
Lockport, NY  14095