Rotary Club of Lockport
December 2017
Shelley Unocic
Dec 19, 2017 8:00 AM
Cornerstone Ice Arena
No Meeting This Week
Dec 26, 2017
Happy Holidays!
Club Assembly
Jan 02, 2018
Scholarship Winners
John & Marlene Gehl
Jan 09, 2018
Walking the Camino de Santiago
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

LOCKPORT ROTARY Holds Annual Bushels of Books Program

The third annual Bushels of Books program of the Lockport Rotary Club was a delightful experience. Rotary held its story time and book distribution on June 23 at the Lockport YMCA. The children were divided into two age groups of K-2nd an 3-4th graders, and were supervised by the excellent staff of the YMCA Afterschool Program. Reading Rotarians were children's author Cyndy Cotten, Maria Biano, and Jackie Davis. The program was coordinated by Rotary Literacy Chair Jackie Davis, YMCA Youth director Laurie Ferris.

The Rotary Club of Lockport collected approximately 175 new books, at 5 different locations. Special thanks to DeSalles Catholic School, the YMCA, The Palace Theater, and the Lockport High School Interact Club for serving as collection sights, in addition to Rotary.

Bushels of Books was advertised on LCTV's Community Bulletin Board, Facebook, and Clubrunner. Members of Rotary, and the local community donated new books for some of Lockport's youngest readers.

A number of Rotarians volunteered to place a Rotary Club logo in every book. The children of the YMCA After-School program were very exited to enjoy a story time, and receive a new book as a gift. Children's author Cyndy Cotten autographed copies of her books. Maria Biano, a retired Spanish teacher read in both English and Spanish at the children's request. Jackie Davis, a local voice teacher, sang one of the children's elementary school songs prior to reading her selection.

The children were invited to select a new book following the story time. It was a wonderful event. The reminder of the books will be given to each child attending the YMCA Day Camp, which begins next week.

Education and literacy are among Rotary's areas of focus. The motto of Rotary International is Service Above Self.

The last photo is of 3 hard-working Rotarians, (Left to right) Maria Biano, Cynthia Cotten, and Chair of the Literacy Committee, Jackie Davis. 

At the May 18th Paul Harris Awards Dinner held at Spring Lake Winery, Lockport, Jackie Davis (left) presented the award to Kathleen Granchelli, Director, YWCA. Dave Greenfield presented the Paul Harris Fellow Award to Rotarian, Janet Walker. Bob Hagen (far right) presented the award to Dr. Jeffrey Schratz.
Tracey Farrell, City of Lockport Assessor, was inducted as a new member on Tuesday. President Julie Coy (left) and Past-President and sponsor David Greenfield (right) do the honors.
Winners of Rotary Club of Lockport’s scholarships were announced at the regular meeting of the club on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017. The students and their parents were introduced to the club during the meeting.
Mary Pagan, daughter of Paula and Robert Pagan, Lockport, and a senior at Lockport High School will receive $2000 for each of 4 years while she pursues studies at D’Youville College towards a 5-year degree preparing to be a nurse practitioner.
Olivia Hansen, daughter of Amy and Brian Hansen, Lockport, and a senior at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart will receive a $2000 vocational scholarship for each of 2 years as she studies nursing at LeMoyne College.
Rotary has provided scholarships to local students for many years using self-contributed funds and those raised through the Valentine Raffle and Mothers’ Day Rose sale.
In the photo, Dr. Ryan Schoenfeld (left) congratuates Olivia Hansen while Steve Cotten (far right) congratuates Mary Pagan on their success.
April 29th, 14 Rotarians and 9 other people participated in CPR training conducted by Action CPR, LLC. It is hoped that this will lead to further community service in this area by our club.
SCRABBLEFEST 2017: Bottom line - it was a lot of fun! We had nine Rotarians and six wonderful friends of Rotary( Kathy Greenfield, Jane Lehman, Jeff Schratz, Lizzie Schratz, Mary Beth Wilson and Jake Hayes.) Scripts was a great venue to play Scrabble and sit and chat with friends. We celebrated 100 years of the Rotary Foundation and raised a little money for the Literacy volunteers. The big winner was Jake Hayes. Ellen Roth and Jeff Schratz were the runner ups. Kevin Roth won for most points for one play (41). Thank you to everyone for their support. We hope to do this again some time.

Hearts and Hands Speaker Challenges Us to Community Service Need

Executive Director Cathy Oczek of the Hearts and Hands organization was with  us Tuesday, March  28th. She spoke about the niche the organization fills in helping seniors (60 and older) who have no one other than this organization to call on for "Sunshine Services" transportation, light yard work, repairs and food pantry. Lockport is the last area of NW New York to participate but is building in demand and coresponding need for volunteers.

Contact the organization M-F, 9-1pm at the Dale Center in Lockport: 716-514-9976.


Rotary Club of Lockport member and Foundation Chair, Dave Kinyon, explained the success and ongoing enhancement of the Lockport Locks. Our own Erie Canal is over 200 years old. Dave discussed the work of the Locks Heritage District Corporation at our breakfast meeting this morning.
We proudly inducted new member Mohammed Mere, Assistant Administrator, Eastern Niagara Hospital today. Welcome Mohammed. With Mohammed is his sponsor, Jim Currie, and our President Julie Coy.
New Member Mohammed Mere
Members of the Rotary Club of Lockport visited the Challenger Learning Center in Lockport, NY, today for a tour of the new facility. Our tour guides were Kathy Michaels, Executive Director, and Jocelyn Welton, Mission Commander.
"Born out of the tragedy that took the lives of the Challenger crew on January 28th, 1986, Challenger Learning Centers were created by the families of the crew as a living memorial to their spirit of exploration. The families knew that a lasting memorial, dedicated to educating students in science, match, and engineering, could play a vital role in America's future."
What an amazing experiential learning environment, mostly for 5th grade through 12th grade, but what adult wouldn't enjoy a mission to rendezvous with Comet Halley?
Our recent Rotary Club of Lockport guest speaker was George Fritz, owner of Mills Jewelers​ in Lockport, NY. George is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.

George reviewed the 88-year history of Mills Jewelers, from its founding in 1929 until today. George started working at Mills Jewelers at the age of 15 in 1972, later purchasing the store after the second of the two founders passed away. He brought old photos, newspaper articles, and ads, from the walls of the stores that tell the store's history.
The Rotary Club of Lockport inducted new member Ray Geiser, Administrator at Heritage Manor in Lockport, NY, today. Club President Julie Coy, and Past President David Greenfield, presented Ray with his pin and membership package.
Ray Geiser
At the lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Lockport, NY, today, Rotary club member Paul McAfee conferred a Paul Harris Fellow recognition award on Gordon Bellinger. 

Gordon served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970. He served in the 18th and 20th Engineer Brigades in Vietnam in 1968-1970, earning the Bronze Star award. The Bronze Star is a United States decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for either heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone.
Vietnam Veteran Gordon Bellinger Receives Paul Harris Fellow Recognition

New Officers, 2016-17

(Some of) our new officers for 2016-17: (left to right) Dan Wilson, assistant secretary; Ellen Roth, vice president; David Greenfield, immediate past president; Julie Coy, president; Gene Urban, secretary and Ellen Schratz, president elect. Missing: Carrie Witenzellner, sergent at arms; Bob Shaw, treasurer and Jay Dry, assistant treasurer.


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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Director 2018 Public Information
Director 2019 - Spokes Editor
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
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