Rotary Club of Potsdam

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Mar 29, 2017
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Rotary Club of Potsdam, New York, U.S.A., District 7040


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We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Elks Lodge
10 Elm Street
Potsdam, NY  13676
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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.
The Rotary Club of Potsdam recently donated school supplies from their Back to School Drive to the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School.
The club collected three totes' worth of supplies for the school.
In the photo, Principal Ginny Doll (right) accepts the school supplies from Rotary President Erica Leonard.
Nicholas Salacka of Norwood-Norfolk Central School, a student in the Automotive Technology program at BOCES Seaway Tech, was the Rotary Club of Potsdam BOCES Student of the Month for November.
At a Rotary luncheon honoring Salacka, he met with Potsdam Rotarians and was commended for his hard work by Seaway Tech School instructor Mike Ellis.
Left to right: Ellis, Salacka, Potsdam Rotary President Amanda Crump and Vocational Service Chair Paul McGrath.
The Potsdam Rotary Club meets each Wednesday at noon at Ponderosa in Potsdam. Guests are welcome.
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March 2017
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Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...