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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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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.
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.
Tanya Krise of Parishville and Becky J. Tessier of Massena were recently inducted as the newest members of the Rotary Club of Potsdam. Krise is the Commercial Insurance Sales Executive for Northern Insuring Agency in Potsdam and Massena. Tessier is the Senior Sales Executive in the Personal Lines Division at Northern Insuring Agency in Potsdam and Massena.
Mitchell Davis of Canton Central School, a student in the HVAC/R program at BOCES Seaway Tech, is the Rotary Club of Potsdam BOCES Student of the Month for April. At a Rotary luncheon honoring Davis, he met with Potsdam Rotarians and was commended for his academic excellence by Seaway Tech School instructor Mark Murphy. Left to right: Potsdam Rotary President Mary Sue Foster; Rotary Vocational Service Chair Paul McGrath, Davis and Murphy.
The Rotary Club of Potsdam invites the North Country community to its 14th annual Potsdam Rotary Scholarship Golf Tournament on Friday, May 11, at the Potsdam Town & Country Club. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 11:30, and a clam bake celebration afterward. Registrations for foursomes are now being accepted at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-potsdam-rotary-golf-tournament-tickets-32944546024The cost includes greens fees, carts, lunch, and a clam bake dinner (also available without dinner). The event will take place regardless of weather. Please let us hear from you by April 28.
 
Brooke Ayers of Parishville-Hopkinton 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 February. At a Rotary luncheon honoring Ayers, 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 Mary Sue Foster; Rotary Vocational Service Chair Paul McGrath, Ayers, Plumb, and Colleen Ayers, Brooke’s mother.
Maria Summer of Canton 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 March. At a Rotary luncheon honoring Summer, she met with Potsdam Rotarians and was commended for her academic excellence by Seaway Tech School instructor Amber Farrand. Left to right: Potsdam Rotary President Mary Sue Foster; Rotary Vocational Service Chair Paul McGrath; Summer; her mother, Tricia Jacob; and Farrand.
The Rotary Club of Potsdam will host its second annual Scholarship Gala to benefit BOCES Seaway Tech Programs. The Red Carpet/Hollywood themed fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 7, at the Elks Lodge in Potsdam.
 
A 6 p.m. cash bar will be followed by an Italian pasta buffet dinner, prize drawings and dancing to tunes by DJ Todd Truax. The $25 per-person ticket includes chances to win one of several prizes, including a Kindle Fire, Ausable Chasm tickets, comedy night tickets, auto gift and detail basket, and a foot spa basket.
 
The Rotary Club of Potsdam Rotary Club was founded more than 90 years ago on the basis of community service by business leaders in many professions. A monthly award, named the Rev. William and Crystal Cuthbert Vocational Award, after its founder, has received several district awards.
 
The club presents the monthly award to Seaway Tech students in one of 15 programs. This event will raise money for the end-of -the-year awards, one to a student in each program.
 
The following businesses have generously sponsored specific programs: Community Bank, Harris Medical, Warner CDJR, Danko, Today’s Hair, SUNY Law Enforcement Program, Chilly Delight, SUNY Continuing and Higher Ed, St. Lawrence Centre, Hyde Stone, NRC, and Valley Water Solutions.
 
Tickets can be purchased from any Potsdam Rotarian or online at http://bit.ly/2FGl5wv. For more information, call 315-212-1803 (Erica Leonard, chair) or 315-212-1234 (Mary Sue Foster, President).
The Rotary Club of Potsdam has announced its first “Four Way Test Essay Contest” for middle school and junior/senior high school students.
 
Prizes will be awarded for first ($100) and second ($50) places in the two categories. The deadline for entries is May 1, 2018.
 
All Rotarians employ the following "Four Way Test" in the things they think, say and do:
 
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build good will and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
 
In their 750-word-maximum essays, students are asked to address these criteria in their everyday lives as well as in their future plans.
Applications can be found on the right under "Download Files." For further information, call Potsdam Rotary President Mary Sue Foster at 315-212-1234.
Joshua J. LaFave of Potsdam, N.Y., was inducted as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Potsdam at its February 7 meeting. He is the executive director of the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education at SUNY Potsdam. His experience for the past 13 years has included a comprehensive canvas of enrollment management functions. In his current role, he is responsible for all elements of the graduate student lifecycle, as well as the college’s special sessions and continuing education programs. A native of Norwood, N.Y., LaFave received his bachelor of science degree in business administration from SUNY Potsdam and his MBA from Clarkson University. He is also a graduate of the St. Lawrence Leadership Institute. Left to right: New member sponsor Duane Pelkey, Rotary President Mary Sue Foster and LaFave.
Maddison Sochia of Norwood-Norfolk Central School, a student in the Culinary Arts program at BOCES Seaway Tech, is the Rotary Club of Potsdam BOCES Student of the Month for January. At a Rotary luncheon honoring Sochia, she met with Potsdam Rotarians and was commended for her academic excellence by Seaway Tech School teaching assistant McKenzie Kimble. Left to right: Potsdam Rotary President Mary Sue Foster, Sochia, Kimble and Rotary Vocational Service Chair Paul McGrath.
Grace Larock of Massena Central School, a student in the Allied Health program at BOCES Seaway Tech, is the Rotary Club of Potsdam BOCES Student of the Month for December. At a Rotary luncheon honoring Larock, she met with Potsdam Rotarians and was commended for her academic excellence by Seaway Tech School instructor Leanne Saxby. Left to right: Potsdam Rotary President Mary Sue Foster, Saxby, Larock and Rotary Vocational Service Chair Paul McGrath.
Hannah Grant of Madrid-Waddington Central School, a student in the Software Development & Business Design program at BOCES Seaway Tech, is the Rotary Club of Potsdam BOCES Student of the Month for November. At a Rotary luncheon honoring Grant, she met with Potsdam Rotarians and was commended for her academic excellence by Seaway Tech School instructor Scott Wilhelm. Left to right: Potsdam Rotary President Mary Sue Foster, Wilhelm, Grant and Rotary Vocational Service Chair Paul McGrath.
The Rotary Club of Potsdam has donated $1,000 to the Potsdam Holiday Fund. The club will also provide about $1,000 in new books for the fund to distribute as holiday gifts to children. The Potsdam Holiday Fund is a non-profit organization of volunteers, providing new toys, warm clothing and food to families and senior citizens in need in Potsdam, Madrid, Hopkinton, Nicholville, Brasher Falls, Chase Mills, Fort Jackson, West Stockholm and Winthrop. Donations to the Potsdam Holiday Fund are still needed and can be sent to the Potsdam Holiday Fund, PO Box 827, Potsdam, NY 13676. To volunteer to deliver food or distribute and wrap gifts, e-mail the fund at info@potsdam holidayfund.org. Read more at http://www.potsdamholidayfund.org. Left to right: Rotary Club Book Co-chair Duane Pelkey, Rotary President Mary Sue Foster, Potsdam Holiday Fund President Pam Yurgartis and Rotary Book Co-chair Carol Hunter.
Mikayla Rusaw of Massena Central School, a student in the Education Careers Academy at BOCES Seaway Tech, is the Rotary Club of Potsdam BOCES Student of the Month for October. At a Rotary luncheon honoring Rusaw she met with Potsdam Rotarians and was commended for her academic excellence by Seaway Tech School instructor Sonya Taylor. Left to right: Rotary Vocational Service Chair Paul McGrath, Taylor, Rusaw and Potsdam Rotary President Mary Sue Foster.
Cody Wilby of Norwood-Norfolk Central School, a student in the Multi Occupations program at BOCES Seaway Tech, is the Rotary Club of Potsdam BOCES Student of the Month for September. At a Rotary luncheon honoring Wilby he met with Potsdam Rotarians and was commended for his academic excellence by Seaway Tech School instructor Matt Tebo. Left to right: Potsdam Rotary President Mary Sue Foster, Wilby, Tebo and Rotary Vocational Service Chair Paul McGrath.
The Rotary Club of Potsdam will honor Christa Carroll of Potsdam and Shawn Seymour of Hannawa Falls with the Paul Harris Award, and Robert R. Burns of Potsdam with the Service Above Self Award, at its annual dinner on Wednesday, June 21, at the Elks Lodge, 10 Elm St., in Potsdam, N.Y.
The Mortuary Science Club at SUNY Canton donated eight baskets filled with wonderful, various items for Potsdam Rotary's "Adopt A Senior" program. Pictured are Allison Phillips (l), of the Mortuary Science Club, and Erica Leonard, president of the Potsdam Rotary Club. Donations will be accepted for the Adopt a Senior program until December 15. You may take donations to Harris Medical, on Market Street in Potsdam.
Jordahn Roth, 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 Roth, 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 Erica Leonard, Roth, Vocational Service Chair Paul McGrath and Plumb.
 
The Potsdam Rotary Club meets at noon at the Potsdam Elks Club each Wednesday. Guests are welcome!

 

Erica Leonard of Parishville was installed as the 2016-2017 president of the Rotary Club of Potsdam at its annual dinner in June.

During the ceremony, Amanda Crump of Colton was also recognized as outgoing president.

Leonard grew up in the Potsdam area, but moved away for 15 years. She returned, so her daughter could attend Clarkson University and so Erica could give back to her community.

In the hotel business, Leonard is the general manager of the University Suites Hotel in Canton. She received her bachelor of science degree in industrial organizational psychology & business from Pennsylvania State University.
 
The Potsdam Rotary Club meets each Wednesday at noon at Ponderosa in Potsdam. Guests are welcome.
 
In the photo, Leonard (right) is pictured after her installment as the 2016-2017 president of the Rotary Club of Potsdam at its annual dinner meeting in June. She is pictured with past president Mary Sue Foster.
 
 
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