Posted by Vern Anderson on Feb 14, 2014
A WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE
The Williamsville Rotary Club will be holding their annual celebration and wine tasting event on Saturday March 29, 2014. Hours are from 7pm to 10 pm. The event will be held at the Park Country Club, 4949 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville NY 14221. Raffle tickets are also available for the Grand Prize of a full years groceries from Wegmans. Event tickets are $35.oo and the raffle tickets are available for $ 35.00. Some of the past recipients of this fund raiser are Amherst Youth Center, Gateway-Longview, Gilda's Club of WNY, scholarships, meals On Wheels, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and many other organizations. Come and join your friends for an evening of wine, food and friendship. FOR TICKETS, CONTACT TIM HENDERSON AT 839-3179, firstname.lastname@example.org. or any of your Williamsville Rotary friends.
Posted by Vern Anderson
Service is the lifeblood of any organization. Everything flows from it, and is nourished by it.
Posted by Vern Anderson on Feb 24, 2014
This week’s speaker was Ms. Donna Ringholz, the Executive Director of Bornhava in Amherst, NY. Bornhava is an early intervention and preschool program, nurturing and educating children with developmental disabilities in partnership with families to prepare the students for a full and productive life through encouragement and support. Bornhava is a Danish word meaning: "a high-quality early childhood program with a home-like environment."
Bornhava is approved by the NYS Education Department to provide programming for young children with developmental disabilities and to offer support and resources for their caregivers. Established in 1983, Bornhava's intent is to offer a home-like atmosphere where high quality therapeutic and educational interventions are provided for children with special needs from birth to 5-years of age. The focus is not only on the specific needs of these children, but also on family involvement and interaction with typical children.
Currently, Bornhava's staff serves approximately 150 children, with a commitment for personalized attention to address each of their unique strengths and weaknesses. Intervention plans are developed for children with mental and physical challenges, sensory deficits, communication delays, and various developmental disabilities. These comprehensive services to children and their families are made possible through the Departments of Health in Erie and Niagara County, the NYS Education Department, and private donations.
Highlights of Ms. Ringholz’s presentation included:
· Bornhava started in 1983 with 9 children and 6 staff members.
· The school uses developmentally appropriate practices to support, e.g., five-year olds with two-year old capabilities.
· Bornhava serves Erie, Niagara, and Orleans counties.
· The main facility is on Chateau Terrace in Snyder, but the school has other smaller facilities to reduce transportation costs.
· There are 7 major funding sources; parents are not required to pay.
· The school has integrated classrooms where “normal” children are grouped with developmentally disabled children
· School cares for children up to five years old.
· About 125 children attend the school.
Posted by Vern Anderson on Jan 02, 2014
Posted by Vern Anderson on Feb 17, 2014
This week’s speaker was Marlene Killian, a private piano and voice teacher in Williamsville. She has a B.M. (Bachelors Music) degree from SUNY - Fredonia, an M.M.E. (Masters – Music Education) degree from Indiana University, and a French teaching certification from Buffalo State College. She was a full-time vocal music teacher for many years and also worked in the field of Arts Management at Theater Place and with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Upon adopting two daughters from China she started a private business at her home.
In August 2013 when both girls started college, Ms. Killian was able to realize her dream of traveling to Africa. She went on an adventure trip involving a climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro followed by a 5-day safari. She prepared for the climb for several months and thought that reaching the summit of the 19,370-foot (5,895-meters) mountain would be the greatest experience of her life. Little did she know that her trip would evolve into a passionate mission to help the African people.
While in Africa, Ms. Killian witnessed deplorable living conditions first-hand. Most Tanzanians live in shacks with no electricity, running water or paved roads. They survive mainly on subsistence agriculture, working on tiny plots of land with primitive tools.
Nkowe Secondary School is in the rural Lindi Region in southeast Tanzania. There are few teachers in the school and often 100 students are packed into a classroom. Many students drop out of school because their families cannot afford the nominal annual fee charged by all government schools. Learning takes place solely by copying notes from the chalkboard, all written in English. Most of the students have a very poor understanding of the English language and so they “blindly” try to memorize their notes. They are unprepared for the national examinations and, therefore, most of the students don’t pass. Without a basic high school diploma, jobs are impossible to find. In order to find work to support a family, a high school diploma and a good command of the English language are necessary because the best paying jobs are in tourism.
Being a teacher, Marlene Killian understands that education is the way out of poverty. Before leaving Tanzania, she promised to help at least one school and she chose the school that was the poorest. Ms. Killian is in regular contact with the headmaster of the Nkowe Secondary School and he has compiled a complete list of all the textbooks needed by his students.
Nkowe Secondary School Project is a branch of Journeys of Solutions, Inc. (www.journeysofsolutions.com), an existing umbrella charity (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization ) with its office in Webster, NY. Ms. Killian’s fledgling charity is connected as well with the SUNY-AB Buffalo Tanzania Education Project. The Chinese Club of WNY has supported the charity since its inception.
Posted by Vern Anderson on Feb 03, 2014
Dr. Dyson is the Park Professor and Distinguished Professor of Roman History and Archeology, Roman Italy and Western Empire Archeological History and Theory at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Dr. Dyson has a Diploma in Classical Archeology from Oxford and both an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Yale. From Middlefield, Conn., he taught at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) from 1963 to 1991 and has been on faculty at SUNY-AB ever since.
He and his wife, Pauline, live in a late Federal period style 1840’s home in the Village of Williamsville, which was built by a carpenter for his family.
Posted by Vern Anderson on Feb 03, 2014
This week’s speaker was John Murphy, Broadcaster and “Voice of the Bills” on the Buffalo Bills Radio Network and host of The John Murphy Show on WGR radio. He has also served as commentator for Buffalo Bisons baseball, Canisius College Golden Griffins, SUNY-University at Buffalo Bulls , and Niagara University Purple Eagles in the 1980s.
Murphy served as Sports Director at WBEN from 1984 to 1992 and hosted a talk show on the station until 1995. In 1989, Murphy succeeded Rick Azar as WKBW-TV's 6 PM sports anchor, joining Irv Weinstein and Tom Jolls in WNY’s most popular (at the time) newscast. Murphy was named Sports Director in 1992. He held the position for 18-years, until September 2007. During his time at WKBW-TV, he made a cameo in the film Bruce Almighty, the only anchor to do so.
Murphy remained off television until his WKBW non-compete contract clause expired, after which he joined WIVB-TV in March 2008, as its Sports Director. Murphy left WIVB in June 2012 to focus full-time on his Bills duties. He serves as the play-by-play voice of the Buffalo Bills radio network, a position held since the retirement of Van Miller following the 2003 season. Murphy is best known for his association with the Buffalo Bills. From 1984 to 1989, and again from 1994 to 2004, Murphy served as the Bills' color analyst, alongside Miller. Starting in July 2012, he has hosted The John Murphy Show, a Bills-themed talk show on WGR in Buffalo.
John Murphy is originally from Lockport and currently resides in Orchard Park. He is married to the former Orchard Park Town Supervisor (and former WKBW Consumer Affairs reporter) Mary Travers. The couple has two children.
Highlights of Mr. Murphy’s presentation included:
· He thanked our Rotary Club for supporting the Family Justice Center where his wife volunteers
· Enjoys being involved with the Bills
· Super Bowl was the most watched TV program ever: over 111 million viewers
· Discussed some specific changes in Bills personnel
· Management has solidified 4 key positions
· Other additions will be accomplished mainly through the draft
Posted by Vern Anderson on Jan 27, 2014
This week’s speaker was Carol Horton, VP Marketing & Public Relations – The Buffalo News. Carol is a Board member of the Buffalo Better Business Bureau, and the Buffalo Zoo – Cotillion Committee. Her prior employment included various responsibilities with Gannett’s The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA). She has also had responsibilities as TV, including cable, News and Weather Anchor, TV Weekend Producer, Assistant Editor for a magazine, and as a Radio News Director. She spoke about the changing nature of providing news content and the need to speak to different audiences in ways they want.
Highlights of Ms. Horton’s presentation included:
· A number of handouts that demonstrated publication targeting, e.g., Buffalo magazine
· Buffalo News (“BN”) Paywall launched in October 2012
· A key business issue is how to get paid for creating news content in e-form (internet)
· BN has identified three groups in which it needs to establish and sustain a strong position:
o “Stephanie”—young, single, hip, attuned to electronic communications
o “Janet”—middle aged, both print and electronic media users, wanted by advertisers
o “Bill”—loves print media (where BN and all papers make the most money)
· BN penetration (i.e., at least one access to a BN publication during the last 30 days) in the WNY market is 78%. This compares to 20% for other papers in other markets.
· The consumer is still confused about print/ digital options, especially vs. websites
· Warren Buffet (Berkshire Hathaway owns Gannett Publications which owns BN) loves newspapers: he grew in a newspaper family, met his wife working at a newspaper, and believes they contribute to a strong community.
Posted by Lee Broad on Jan 20, 2014
This week’s speaker was Philip Wiggle, CSE, CME, CPA / Business Professor at Medaille College. He teaches Strategic Management at Medaille, is a Business Coach to local businesses, and is a Professional Speaker. A 1959 UB graduate, he worked for an international CPA firm for several years, then joined a Fortune 500 client of that firm in New York City. Phil then founded a CPA firm in Amherst. His 1st client? The Little White House restaurant, which was located for many years in this very building. Concurrently, Phil has written newspaper columns for over 25 years and has been a Professional Speaker throughout the United States and Canada since 1985.
Highlights of Mr. Wiggle’s presentation included:
· The need to choose a strategy that is relevant to your business and strengths.
· Understanding key costs—those costs that drive/ determine profitability.
· Several illustrative client stories
Posted by Lee Broad on Jan 13, 2014
This week’s speaker is Kelly Mueller, Director of Programs and Mission Delivery – Upstate New York / American Diabetes Assoc. Kelly will give a presentation on the prevention and management of diabetes, how the ADA has partnered on fund raising with Rotary in Rochester, and the potential for a partnership with our Club’s 2014 Golfing event. She will meet with members of the Golf Committee before the Club meeting.
Highlights of Ms. Mueller’s presentation included:
· If the body does not produce sufficient insulin, the body tries to rid itself of excess glucose in ways that are harmful.
· Excessive glucose can cause lacerations in small blood vessels. This is why the eyes and small capillaries are often seriously affected.
· Diabetes costs the US economy $245 billion each year.
· Latin Americans and Hispanics have a higher risk of contracting diabetes.
· The American Diabetes Association was started in 1921 and is working on achieving its 2012-1015 strategic plan.