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Lockport, NY  14094
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The Lockport Rotary Club will conduct its annual Valentine’s Raffle and dinner on Thursday, February 11th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Terry’s Corners Volunteer Fire Company located at 7801 Chestnut Ridge Road, Gasport, NY.

This annual event supports the Lockport Rotary Club’s scholarship fund and other Rotary sponsored projects. Annually, the Lockport Rotary Club awards up to $10,000 to area high school students.

Tickets are $100 per couple and the evening includes a wonderful dinner catered by Donna Eick of Divine Catering, 50/50 split club, fabulous basket raffle and a live auction. All ticket purchasers are also entered into a “reverse” raffle to win one of three cash prizes - first prize is $2,500, second $500, and third $250. You need not be present to win.

Tickets can be purchased through any Lockport Rotarian, or by contacting Valentine Raffle Co- Chairman Brian Sibiga at 716-531-1455 or by E-mail at: Checks for a ticket can be made payable to the Lockport New York Rotary Foundation and mailed to PO Box 1199, Lockport, NY 14095.


Rotarian, Cynthia Cotten and exchange student, Aude Kinet did a last minute bell-ringing stint on December 23rd at the Lockport location of Niagara Produce. Thanks, Jody Chesko-Sparks, President, Niagara Produce and Rotarian - for allowing our solicitation at your two locations!

"Can't wait to start a new beautiful journey in a different country and a different year. Feliz ano nova!" ...from Lesley Huntington, Rotary Club of Lockport's exchange student to Brazil 

Art Wing, St. Catherines, Ontario, Rotary District 7090 Rotary Foundation committee member spoke at the December 22nd meeting of Rotary Club of Lockport. One impressive factoid shared that makes one proud to contribute to the Foundation is that in the past 10 years or so, 1.5 billion children have been vaccinated for polio, worldwide through funding from Rotary and other important players!

(Left to right) Aude Kinet, Lockport Rotary's exchange student, Rotarian Ellen Schratz and Rotarian Jackie Davis helped with the club's November highway cleanup. This is the real deal, folks. No pink helmets here! By the way. Where are the men? (Photo by Vince Davis)

Brandi Lyness,SSVF Case Manager (left) and Anita L. Harutjunian, Outreach & Engagement Specialist Niagara County (right) were guest speakers at today's Rotary meeting representing the Veterans One-stop Center of Western New York, Buffalo, NY.

Rotarian, Steve Sinclair and chair of the Lockport High School-hosted basketball tournament, December 4th and 5th, presents the first place trophy to Lavette Warren (Hey...the host school is allowed to win!). Thanks, Ryan Schoenfeld, for the photo.

(Left to right): Dan Wilson, Chair of the Salvation Army Support Committee for Rotary Club of Lockport, Rotarian Dick Maigret, Jean Lowry (Rotarian Maynard Lowry's wife) and Sue Lougen pose by the red kettle at Tops on Transit Road in Lockport during a shift change last night. Rotary raises between $50,000 and $60,000 for Salvation Army. If you ever get tired of the ubiquitous red kettle solicitation that starts before Thanksgiving, know that funds raised in this way (outside of mail-in response) stay locally. It is heart warming to see people of limited means (presumably) put a few coins in and to hear testimonies about how a member was helped by the Salvation Army. Photo by volunteer, Paul Lehman

Monday's volunteer effort by Rotary Club of Lockport to cook turkeys and serve a meal at the Salvation Army in Lockport helped 95 visitors. (Left to right) Sue Lougen (Rotarian), Evan Chesko (son of Rotarian Jody Chesko), Ellen Roth (Rotarian) and Chairman of the Salvation Army Support Community Service Committee, Rotarian Dan Wilson. 

Oh, yes. There were members and potential members at the Rotary new member holiday party as well.  55, in fact.

(Left to right) Assistant Governor, Jackie Davis, President, Dave Greenfield and District Governor, Kevin Crosby welcome everyone who attended the Rotary Club of Lockport's new member holiday party, December 1, 2015 at the Kenan House in Lockport, NY.

Lesley Huntington, our exchange student is in Brazil, finally. She is on the viewer's extreme left. She looks happy! Hope the year is valuable to her and those she is in contact with.

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.

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.
February 2016
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Lockport, NY  14095