The Rotary Club of
Irondequoit, NY
Chartered 1967

January 29, 2020

Meeting Notes
Hope Lodge event last week was a big success due to the great leadership of Kim Miranda.  20 members participated in prepping and serving food to the residents of Hope Lodge, an American Cancer Society program that provides a place to stay for cancer patients.  
Kim Miranda had a busy week as she also volunteered with a group called Sleep in Heavenly Peace making bunk beds for those in need.   This group also had a fundraiser "Pajama Party" that Judene Scheidt and President Bob attended and had them walking down streets in their pajamas...
Lee Steinfeldt is heading up the club's High School Scholarship program again this year.  Lynn Wozniak and Jennie Gugino volunteered to serve on the committee that solicits application from all 3 Irondequoit high schools and chooses winners within each school based on the student's demonstration of "Service Above Self".
President Bob placed the order for the RED Rotary shirts for those still needing one.
On Tuesday, Feb. 11th,  President Bob and B.J. Cunningham will attend an event at Gigi's Playhouse.  All club members are invited to join them at 5:30 pm.  The club will make a donation to this organization that supports those with Down Syndrome.  The money for the donation comes from our general fund plus money from the District Governor he gave us to support literacy.
Program Notes
Ginny Nacy from Drug Free Irondequoit: Together updated us on the progress happening with this community coalition focused on preventing and reducing substance abuse among youth in the town.  
Drug-Free Irondequoit: Together, (DFI) a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 community coalition, was founded by Ginny who approached a sampling of sector leaders in May, 2016- a year after her son passed away from a heroin/fentanyl overdose.  The goal of DFI is to reduce substance use among youth with an emphasis on brain development and a long-term goal of overall reduction of addiction.
The Coalition:
  • Engaged multiple sectors of the community in the coalition in the assessment, planning and evaluation process.(e.g. town government, youth, schools, law enforcement, businesses, youth serving organizations, faith community, civic groups etc.)  
  • Increased community awareness on youth substance use through the Hidden in Plain Sight Display (HIPS), which demonstrates ways that drugs can be hidden in common items used by youth.  
  • Has received a one year grant from OASAS (Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services) to increase coalition capacity of under represented groups and work with diverse populations by defining health disparities and develop strategies for substance use reduction projects with communities adjacent to Irondequoit, specifically in the 14621 and 14609 zip codes.  
  • Is in process of re-applying for the Drug Free Communities Grant through the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and Substance abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Outreach:  DFI: Together has participated in approximately 20 tabling and outreach events during the past year including but not limited to school Open Houses, the Senior Health Fair Expo, youth sporting events, National Night Out and Overdose Awareness Day, Narcan Training in conjunction with Rotary, and Bridge the Ridge.

Substance Use Reduction Efforts: The group continues to work on substance use reduction in the areas related to alcohol, nicotine, marijuana and prescription drugs.  Most recently, a small video series was created with information provided by four community members:  The Chief of Police, a youth pastor, a pediatrician and a person in recovery.  The series specifically addressed alcohol use but included reference to other substances as well.  One of the goals of this was to bring a forum effect to social media so it can be viewed at any time and by more individuals than what typically attend a one time event. 
Through all of these efforts, the coalition provided an opportunity for community members to begin to talk more openly about the subject of addiction and continue to support efforts in removing the stigma associated with this disease.  Taking into consideration an understanding of being more culturally responsive, one of our main goals is to increase the capacity to ensure that all members of the community are represented in order to facilitate on-going conversation and open discussion.  
Norb Rappl is grateful that his twin daughters are helping clean out the house for a future move.  Mark Hiscock had a great time in SW Florida.  Jennie Gugino is proud that her home town of Fredonia was called "Best Small Town" by HGTV.  Lots of members with kudos to Kim Miranda for the Hope Lodge event last week and her and Dan Dwyer for "new member energy". Lynn Wozniak is tired but proud to have participated in March for Life rally in Washington, DC last week.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Rocco Leone
February 19
Lynn Wozniak
March 19
Christopher Sekula
Kirsten Sekula
March 7
Bob Spatola
Lorraine B Spatola
March 27
Join Date
Raymond Holla
February 1, 2002
18 years
Jason Miller
February 7, 2013
7 years
Therese Corrigan-Bastuk
March 1, 2002
18 years
Jim Kozlowski
March 4, 1998
22 years
Christopher Sekula
March 6, 2019
1 year
Bob Spatola
March 7, 2007
13 years
Peter Mendick
March 12, 2004
16 years
Norbert Rappl
March 27, 1967
53 years
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Feb 26, 2020 6:15 PM
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Mar 25, 2020 6:15 PM
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Upcoming Events
Volunteer Night At Gigi's
Feb 11, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Valentine Party -Legacy at Cranberry Landing
Legacy at Cranberry Landing
Feb 12, 2020 7:00 PM
Board Meeting
Feb 19, 2020 5:00 PM
Business Meeting
Feb 19, 2020 6:15 PM
St. Patrick's Day Party at St. Ann's
St. Ann's Home
Mar 11, 2020 7:00 PM
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