Rotary Club of Lockport
March 2018
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Liz Midkiff
Mar 20, 2018 8:00 AM
Anti Human Trafficking Advocate
Najeeb Syed
Mar 27, 2018
Global Grant efforts of Rotary - St. Catherines South
Rotary Club of Lockport
Club Information

Welcome to our Rotary Club!

Lockport - Rotary

Service Above Self

Club meets on Tuesdays @ Noon, except third Tuesday @ 8:00 am
80 Main Banquet & Catering
80 Main Street
Lockport, NY  14094
United States
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The Great Things We Do
At our 8 January meeting, President Ellen Schratz welcomed new members Aaron Carlson and Maureen Wendt, from the Dale Association, and Kelly Aldinger, from M&T Bank.
Also, in December, we welcomed new members Heather Lindquist, Susan Przybyl, and Alyssa Neglia, all from the Kenan Center.
From DeSales Catholic School: "This summer we received a grant from the Rotary Club of Lockport for a literacy program using the Osmo Learning Systems with iPads. As part of the grant, Lockport Rotarians are helping our Kindergarten students work with the Osmos. Last week we introduced the students to the Rotarians and the Osmo Learning Systems, as you can see from all the smiles in the photos- it was a perfect match! Thank you to the Rotary Club of Lockport!"

We are pleased to announce the Rotary Club of Lockport is an all Paul Harris Fellow Club! Check out this presentation to our club from District Governor Reg Madison.

The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotary members and friends of The Rotary Foundation who elect to contribute $1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or approved global grants.

The purpose of the Paul Harris Society is to honor and thank individuals for their generous, ongoing support of The Rotary Foundation.

Monday Rotary Club of Lockport had a good turn out of volunteers from the club and 4 fine Interact youth from Lockport High School - to cook turkeys and serve a meal to at least 185 visitors to Salvation Army's facility. Thank you, Pat Burrows for organizing this...and Maria Biano, Cynthia Cotten, Steve Cotten, Julie Coy, Tracy Ferrell, Dave Greenfield, Larry Kalinowski, Dave Kinyon, Paul Lehman, Sue Lougen, Maynard Lowry, John McDonld, Ellen Roth, Ellen Schratz Chris Smith and Elane Sobieraski. Last photo of LCHS Interact Club (right to left) [Maria Biano peaking in !] Julie LaRose, Jared Pellicano, Hanna Sobieraski, Alyssa Edbauer, and Ben Flaherty.
Our speaker today was Colton Balcerzak, from Lockport Main Street, talking about their current programs.
At our meeting today, David Kinyon recognized John Rosenberg and Jim Currie as second-time Paul Harris fellows and Steven Sinclair as a first-time Paul Harris fellow. Congratulations to all three!
Greg Stevens and Jean Lecesse of the Niagara Greenway Commission spoke at the October 31st luncheon meeting. Lockport needs to stay connected through New York's system of trails and the Niagara River.
Lockport's Historic Palace Theater marked World Polio Day on its marquee.
As of the end of July, there were only 8 new cases of polio in the world. But, polio rises its ugly head anywhere there is an unvaccinated population.The Gates Foundation is matching Rotary's goal of raising $50 million each of the next 3 years with a 2:1 match (with match, that's up to $450 million!) to rid the world of polio. The rest of the world and private foundations are giving $905.304 million. The U.S. Government...$0.
Matt Schryver, Director of the Lockport YMCA spoke to us at our September 26th meeting about the new $16 M facility about to be built.
Vice-president Paul Lehman, completed the District 7090 Rotary Leadership Training (3 Saturdays) on September 23rd. He stands next to District Governor, Reg Madison (right).
(1st photo) September 19th - District Governor, Reg Madison, inducted into Lockport Rotary - Elizabeth Schratz and Chris Parada representing the Palace Theater, (2nd photo) - We were honored to have our District Govenor, Reg Madison from Brantford, Ontario at our breakfast meeting to inspire us and that he did!. (3rd photo) President Ellen Schratz (right) presented the governor with a check for Polio Plus. The world continues to push polio into a disease of the past.
Rotary was out in force for the United Way's "Make a Difference Day" , Wednesday, September 13th, with newspaper sales at Rt.31 & Day Road plus Lake Avenue and Old Niagara Road. Unfortunately, we only got a photo after the volunteering was completed (6:30 - 9 AM) at the Lockport Union Sun and Journal office. The US & J was a co-sponsor with the Niagara Gazette. Lockport Rotarians collected $632 for the Drive. Seated left, David Greenfield and right, Maynard Lowry were 2 of 12 Rotary volunteers selling $632 worth of papers at $1 each.
Members of the Kitenga, Tanzania community present Rotary members with the plaque that will hang in the school that has benefited from their donations. Ellen Schratz (Rotary Club of Lockport ) presents a check to Barbara Ochterski (Buffalo Sunrise Rotary) to continue help with this project. The school is expanding and needs a complete water system.
Tracey Connor spoke to us at Tuesday's (12 pm) meeting of Rotary - representing KidneySmart. Rotarian and husband, Eric Connor had his bad eating habits exposed in front of all of us! A few years ago, 1 in 10 Americans had kidney disease. Today, it's 1 in 7. Learn about the interplay of high blood pressure, diabetes, sodium and phosphorus at
Michael Norris, NYS Assemblyman and Rotarian gave Rotary Club of Lockport and update on his work at this week's luncheon meeting.

At this week's Rotary meeting we met our new incoming Rotary Exchange student, Diego Negro from Madrid Spain. In the left photo, he is flanked by Youth ervice Committee members, Cynthia Cotten (left) and Maria Biano (right).

Our speaker for the club meeting was Jason Evchich (right) assisted by Darren Vukovic (left). They are asking for support for completing a playground for children with disabilities in Pendleton through Mason's Mission Foundation.

Today, Marie Bindeman, Steve Cotten, Sue Longen, Paul Lehman and Bob Shaw (and his brother) volunteered on behalf of Rotary for the Flight of Five demonstration at the old Erie Canal locks.
Our inbound exchange student for this year, 15-year-old Diego Gonzalez Negro, from Madrid, arrived early this evening. Welcoming him at the Buffalo airport was his first host family, the Connors; his second host mom, Heather Dickenson, and her daughter, recently returned outbound student Katie; and Cyndy and Steve Cotten.
Returning Lockport Rotary Exchange student to Austria, Katie Dickenson (left) and exchange-completing, visiting Exchange Student, Lore Baez (right) pose at this week's club meeting. This is Lore's last meeting. Katie did a bang-up presentation and has been an excellent representative of Rotary during her year in Austria.
Pat Castiglia, District 7090's Annual Fund Chair and Chair of Polio Plus for 7090 as well, presents Lockport Rotary President, Ellen Schratz, with a check for $2000, representing the District match for our literacy program.
Maynard Lowry was recognized as a continuing member of the Paul Harris Society at this week's meeting. Bravo, Maynard!
Our outbound exchange student for the coming year, Becca Holz, took time from preparations to head to Austria soon to join us at this week's meeting.
Canadian cyclists participating in the Wellspring Tour du Lac, bicycling their way around Lake Ontario, spent the night in Lockport this past Friday. Rotary Club of Lockport welcomed them with a picnic supper. A good time was had by all.
New member John McDonald was welcomed today by President Ellen Schratz and David Greenfield.
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
President Elect
Vice President
Assistant Secretary
Assistant Treasurer
Director 2018 Public Information
Director 2019 - Spokes Editor
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
RI Convention Chair