The Rotary Club of
Irondequoit, NY
Chartered 1967

February 2, 2022

Meeting Notes
Foundation Bullet:  WHAT IS A ROTARY FOUNDATION GLOBAL GRANT SCHOLARSHIP?  Established in 1947, the original Ambassadorial Scholarship program was designed to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. With the launch of the Rotary Grants model, scholarships are now used to fund study by graduate students whose career goals support an area of focus. The funding is the same as a humanitarian global grant with a minimum scholarship amount of $30,000. Upon returning home, Rotary Scholars share with Rotarians and others their experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country, and what career they will go into in order to meet the seven areas of focus and spread good will and understanding.
2022 District Grant project:  See Terri Bastuk with any ideas for a grant project this year.  Total project cost is usually around $3000 ($1500 from District, $1500 from our club).
Valentine's Day:  our club will be sending Valentine's Day Cards to the approx. 43 residents of the Legacy at Cranberry Landing.  This is in addition to cookies and carnations like we did last year.  Please see B.J. Cunningham if you would like to help with the cards.
Meeting Location:   Terri Bastuk & Tom Kosanke are managing this project.  They have sent out Requests for Proposals to several potential meeting venues and are having meetings with potential locations.  Covid has made this always difficult task much more complicated.  Every effort is being taken to find a home for our meetings ASAP but they are realistically looking to have something by March.
Strategic Plan:  The workshop was held last Saturday and was a very successful effort.  10 members (a good mix of "seasoned" and "new") were led by 3 District facilitators who did an excellent job moving us through the 5 hours of work.  Much information and creative ideas have been identified.  Areas of focus are:  Members, Club Experience, Business & Operations, Service & Social, and Club & Rotary Image.  Within each area of focus, several objectives have been identified based on our recent SWOT analysis along with lists of action items to accomplish these objectives.  All this information will be consolidated and reviewed with the Club Board.  The items will be prioritized and then committees will be formed to work on the highest priority objectives. 
The workshop identified the club's Vision (how we see our club in 3-5 years):  The Rotary Club of Irondequoit is a dynamic service organization made up of compassionate, action-oriented members who reflect  the diversity of our community.  We facilitate and inspire positive change locally and globally, all while having fun and building lasting relationships.  
Click HERE for a copy of the workshop summary.
Raise A Glass Foundation:  Craft Beer Competition is still on for Feb. 12-13.  Rotarian volunteers needed - Please see Tom Kosanke if you can volunteer.
SPEAKERS NEEDED for upcoming meetings.  Remember, since we are on Zoom, the speakers can be from ANYWHERE so please be creative.  Send any ideas to Kim Miranda.
Program Notes
Ellen Smith, Executive Director of Keeping Our Promise (KOP), started this organization as a result of assisting one Army captain in Syracuse, NY gather donations for his interpreters back in 2013.   
From the KOP website: 
KOP's mission is: To provide comprehensive resettlement assistance to endangered wartime allies who served U.S. interests in conflict and war zones.   KOP offers the following resettlement services to help our wartime allies: (1) Finds and furnishes apartments for newly-arrived families. (2) Offers Caring Circles for each family to navigate the necessities of their new lives in Rochester, and to learn about our wonderful museums, parks, and natural beauty of the Western New York region. (3) Assists with school enrollment. (4) Explores skilled-trades training with every adult, and assists with enrollment and training programs. (5) Helps with finding employment, and referral to employment services.  (6) Offers modest car grants so SIVs can get to work.  (*Each family must have a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer time back to our community to qualify for a car grant, and car grants are donation-dependent).  (7) Works with local programs offering free skilled trades programs and English classes for families who need extra help. (8) Offers a children's horse riding program and camp where they may meet other SIV children with shared experiences, and to learn that they are not alone.
Ellen shared many stories of individuals and families and their heart-breaking stories but also many highlights of lives saved by the work of KOP.  The US relied on Afghan and Iraqis for help in:  Combat and base interpreters, Security guards, logistics, cooks, drivers, and cleaners.  Since 2014, KOP has resettled 220 families (over 600 individuals) - over 220 people since August.  Donations are needed for their work to continue.  It takes $10,000 - $14,000 to resettle a family ($6000 for an individual).  Monetary and other donations (cars, furniture, cell phones, in-kind...) are needed.  This is a wonderful organization and our club will be looking into ways that we can help.
Many contributions for: our speaker, the Strategic Planning exercise, and everyone's health.  Kim Miranda is planning a trip to Las Vegas.  Terri Bastuk enjoyed taking her granddaughters to the Rochester Museum & Science Center.  Peter Mendick mourns the 27th anniversary of his mother's passing.  
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Patrina Freeman
February 16
Rocco Leone
February 19
Lynn Wozniak
March 19
Bob Spatola
Lorraine B Spatola
March 27
Join Date
Raymond Holla
February 1, 2002
20 years
Jason Miller
February 7, 2013
9 years
Therese Corrigan-Bastuk
March 1, 2002
20 years
Jim Kozlowski
March 4, 1998
24 years
Bob Spatola
March 7, 2007
15 years
Peter Mendick
March 12, 2004
18 years
Norbert Rappl
March 27, 1967
55 years
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