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Jim & Margaret Finen
Sep 25, 2019
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Teresa Veramendi & Eileen Raymond
Oct 02, 2019
Justice for All Poetry Slam (Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton)
Tedra Cobb
Oct 23, 2019
Importance of voting in local elections
 
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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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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.
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).
 
 
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