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Rotary Club of Potsdam, New York, U.S.A., District 7040

Potsdam

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Ponderosa Steakhouse
185 Market Street
Potsdam, NY  13676
United States
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Cora Capozzi of St. Lawrence Central School, a student in the Health Careers program at BOCES Seaway Tech, is the Rotary Club of Potsdam BOCES Student of the Month for October. At a Rotary luncheon honoring Capozzi, she met with Potsdam Rotarians and was commended for her academic excellence by Seaway Tech School instructor Richelle Cisco. Left to right: Potsdam Rotary President Duane Pelkey, Cisco, Capozzi and Rotary Vocational Service Chair Paul McGrath.
Brandon LaShomb was installed earlier this year as the 2019-2020 vice president of the Rotary Club of Potsdam. LaShomb graduated from Norwood-Norfolk Central School in 2008 and from SUNY Potsdam in 2012, where he received a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a minor in music business. After graduating from college, LaShomb worked locally at entry-level positions, and then moved to New York City. But it was not long before he decided Potsdam was his home, and he started with Community Bank N.A. in 2015. There, he advanced from Electronic Banking, through Trust Services, to Commercial Banking. LaShomb says he is a firm believer in community involvement and networking. He credits his success to his relationship with Rotary, the St. Lawrence Leadership Institute, and community support. He looks to augment the growing number of professionals in the area through chairing the St. Lawrence County Young Professional Network. LaShomb also serves as the treasurer of the Potsdam Community Dog Park and as a committee member of the St. Lawrence Leadership Institute. LaShomb is the son of Kimberly and John LaShomb Sr., and the grandson of Gordon and the late Eileen Perry, and Barbara and the late William LaShomb.
Duane Pelkey was installed earlier this year as the 2019-2020 president of the Rotary Club of Potsdam. Pelkey graduated from Massena Central in 1983 and SUNY Potsdam in 1989 with a degree in writing, minoring in psychology. He started his career with KeyBank in Watertown, got his first branch management assignment in the Binghamton area, and first joined Rotary in 1991. Pelkey managed a number of progressively larger branches for financial institutions throughout the Southern Tier. He was working for Fleet Bank in 2001, when Community Bank made one of its many acquisitions and he joined them as a commercial lender. Back in the North Country since 2006, Pelkey has sat on numerous boards and volunteered for many worthwhile organizations. He currently works as a commercial banker out of Potsdam, and he and his wife, Laurean, co-own a year-round ice cream and frozen yogurt shop in Potsdam.
Lindsey Besaw of Brasher Falls Central School, a student in the Criminal Justice program at BOCES Seaway Tech, is the Rotary Club of Potsdam BOCES Student of the Month for September. At a Rotary luncheon honoring Besaw, she met with Potsdam Rotarians and was commended for her academic excellence by Seaway Tech School instructor Juddy Plumb. Left to right: Potsdam Rotary President Duane Pelkey, Besaw, Plumb and Rotary Vocational Service Chair Paul McGrath.
Amber Clark was inducted as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Potsdam at its October 30 meeting. She has worked at 3 Bears Gluten-Free Bakery & Café since its inception and at Cubby T. Clown & Company, where she is known as "Rooster." She is also a personal care assistant / direct support professional / home health aide for Community Health Center of the North Country and the Resource Center for Independent Living. Clark grew up in the Brasher Falls area and was involved with Girl Scouts, theater (both on- and back-stage), Students for Environmental Awareness, Supporting Peers Options to Resist Tobacco, and anything pertaining to music. She was introduced to the Potsdam Rotary Club by her close friend Beck Tessier. "After realizing how similar its' goals are to my previous engagements, and how welcoming the other members are, deciding to join was one of the easiest decisions I've made all year," says Clark. Photo caption: Amber Clark was inducted as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Potsdam at its October 30 meeting. Left to right: President Duane Pelkey, Clark and her new member sponsor, Beck Tessier.
The Rotary Club of Potsdam recently made a $200 donation to the Potsdam Fire Department in recognition of the department’s support of the club’s annual Rubber Ducky Pluck. The proceeds from the event send children with disabilities to summer camp at Dodge Pond and benefit other Rotary community projects. Above, Potsdam Fire Department Chief Timothy L. Jerome (center) accepts a check from Rotary Vice President Brandon LaShomb, while Jerome's grandson, Ryan Jerome, assists.
Taylor N. Robertson of Potsdam, N.Y., was inducted as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Potsdam at its April 24 meeting. She works in the Admissions and Financial Aid Office at St. Lawrence University.
 
Robertson graduated from Chateaugay Central School in 2008 and the University of Rochester in 2012, with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and a minor in legal studies.
 
After graduation, she worked for her alma mater in the departments of Epilepsy, Emergency, as well as Budgets and Planning, before returning home to the North Country in 2016.
 
Robertson is a member of the Potsdam Community Band, the St. Lawrence University Wind Ensemble, the Potsdam Dog Park Committee, the Chateaugay American Legion Auxiliary, and the American Association of Notaries.
 
She is the daughter of Patti Kavanaugh-Robertson and Tod Robertson, and the granddaughter of Jeanette and the late Ken McGowan, and Olive and the late Frank Kavanaugh.
The Rotary Club of Potsdam will honor Chamil Perera and Romeyn Prescott, both of Potsdam, with the Paul Harris Award, and Emily Brouwer of Potsdam and Kate Mikel of Norwood with the Service Above Self Award, at its annual dinner on Wednesday, June 5, at the Elks Lodge, 10 Elm St. in Potsdam, N.Y.
 
Perera and Prescott will be honored as Paul Harris Fellows for their demonstrated commitment to the goals and purposes of Rotary and "in appreciation of their tangible assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world."
 
Brouwer and Mikel will be honored with the Service Above Self Award in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Potsdam community.
Duane Pelkey will also be installed as 2019-2020 president at the event.
 
All Rotarians; family, friends and colleagues of the honorees; and community members are invited to attend the dinner.
A social hour gets underway at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.
 
Tickets are available by advance purchase only for $30 per person. Checks can be made out to “Potsdam Rotary” and sent to Potsdam Rotary, PO Box 912, Potsdam, NY 13676. All reservations must be received by Friday, May 31. Please call Michael Griffin at 315-265-5584 with questions.
Dylan Bradley of Potsdam Central School, a student in the Software Development and Business Design program at BOCES Seaway Tech, is the Rotary Club of Potsdam BOCES Student of the Month for March. At a Rotary luncheon honoring Bradley, he met with Potsdam Rotarians and was commended for his academic excellence by Seaway Tech School instructor David Wells. Left to right: Potsdam Rotary Vice Duane Pelkey, Past President Mary Sue Foster, Bradley and Wells.
Abbagail McCargar of Canton Central School, a student in the Cosmetology program at BOCES Seaway Tech, is the Rotary Club of Potsdam BOCES Student of the Month for December. At a Rotary luncheon honoring McCargar, she met with Potsdam Rotarians and was commended for her academic excellence by Seaway Tech School instructor Niki Rutledge. Left to right: Potsdam Rotary President Samantha Polnak, McCargar, Rutledge and Rotary Vocational Service Chair Paul McGrath.
 
Jonathan Russell of Massena Central School, a student in the Building Trades program at BOCES Seaway Tech, is the Rotary Club of Potsdam BOCES Student of the Month for November. At a Rotary luncheon honoring Russell, he met with Potsdam Rotarians and was commended for his academic excellence by Seaway Tech School instructor Larry Ashley. Left to right: Potsdam Rotary President Samantha Polnak, Ashley, Russell, and Rotary Vocational Service Chair Paul McGrath.
During Potsdam's recent Fright Fest, Potsdam Rotarians were on hand in front of Chilly Delight to distribute more than 300 books to children in Halloween costumes. Potsdam Rotary also donates children's books to the Potsdam Holiday Fund. Left to right: Potsdam Rotarians Carol Hunter, Brandon LaShomb and Mary Sue Foster.
Brandon LaShomb of Parishville was recently inducted as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Potsdam. He is a commercial banking associate for Community Bank N.A. in Potsdam. LaShomb is a 2008 graduate of Norwood-Norfolk Central School and a 2012 graduate of SUNY Potsdam, where he received a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a minor in music business.
 
After graduating from college, LaShomb worked out of the area, but it wasn’t long before he decided Potsdam was his home and he found his place with Community Bank in 2015. There, he worked in Trust Services for two years and was recently promoted to the Commercial Banking department, where he now works with fellow Rotarian and new member sponsor Duane Pelkey. Youth ministry through his church has also played a big role in LaShomb's life and he is eager to once again give back in service to the community through Rotary.
 
Photo caption: Brandon LaShomb was recently inducted as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Potsdam. Left to right: Rotary President Samantha Polnak, LaShomb’s new member sponsor, Duane Pelkey, and LaShomb.
Hayden Irish of Canton Central School, a student in the Metal Working Technologies program at BOCES Seaway Tech, is the Rotary Club of Potsdam BOCES Student of the Month for September. At a Rotary luncheon honoring Irish, he met with Potsdam Rotarians and was commended for his academic excellence by Seaway Tech School instructor Nanci Collins. Left to right: Potsdam Rotary President Samantha Polnak; Irish; Collins; and Rotary Vocational Service Chair Paul McGrath.
Samantha Polnak of Potsdam was installed as the 2018-2019 president of the Rotary Club of Potsdam at its annual dinner in June. During the ceremony, Duane Pelkey of Madrid was also installed as vice president and Mary Sue Foster of Hannawa Falls was recognized as outgoing president. Romeyn Prescott of Potsdam will continue as secretary and Shawn Seymour of Hannawa Falls will continue as treasurer.
 
 
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