Upcoming Speakers & Topics
Club Assembly
Feb 21, 2018 12:00 PM
& Board Meeting
Tom Deuson
Feb 28, 2018 12:00 PM
ShelterBox Ride
Induction of New Members
Mar 07, 2018 12:00 PM
BOCES Student of the Month
Mar 14, 2018 12:00 PM
Club Assembly
Mar 21, 2018 12:00 PM
Events Chairs: Please be prepared to give updates on upcoming fundraisers and projects.
Rebecca Fern
Mar 28, 2018 12:00 PM
Program Manager of Foster Care, Children's Home of Jefferson County (update on child placements)
NO NOON MEETING
Jun 13, 2018
Changeover Dinner & 90th Anniversary Celebration at 5:30 p.m.
 
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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
Elks Lodge
10 Elm Street
Potsdam, NY  13676
United States
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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.
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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