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Posted by Vern Anderson on Dec 22, 2014

Posted by Vern Anderson on Oct 29, 2014

Posted by Vern Anderson on Nov 03, 2014

David Colligan is the Director of the Buffalo Waterfront Development and will update us on what is going on there at our Monday November 3, 2014 Meeting.

Posted by Vern Anderson on Oct 27, 2014

 Francis Kowsky is SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus. For many years, he taught the history of art and architecture at Buffalo State College. He has written books and articles on 19th century American architects. The New York Times called his book Country Park and City: The Life and Architecture of Calvert Vaux “a handsome effort to rescue from comparative oblivion the architect who shared – sometimes more than equally – with Frederick Law Olmsted in the design of Central Park and other New York amenities. His book The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux and the Buffalo Park System (University of Massachusetts Press and the Library of American Landscape History, 2013) examines the celebrated urban park plan that the designers of Central Park created for Buffalo in 1868-1870 and the 30 years association that Frederick Law Olmsted and his firm had with the Great Lakes city. Frank Kowsky has been a member of the New York State Board for Historic Preservation and has prepared many nominations for listing buildings in the National Register of Historic places.  His book illustrates the development, details and synergy by which the Olmsted park system of the City of Buffalo was designed.  The author was interested in parks and Olmsted and when he came to Buffalo, it was an opportunity to pursue this interest by writing the book.

  • The Buffalo Park system is in the national register. Calvert Vaux discovered Frederick Law Olmsted.
  • Olmstead tried to find himself and had various vocation until Calvert Vaux told him that he had a talent for designing landscapes and he partnered with Olmstead to win the competition for the design of New York’s Central Park. The philosophy behind it was that people in cities needed a place which gave them a country type landscape and experience to come together and relax in.
  • Olmstead and Vaux also designed Prospect Park as their second endeavor.
  • William Dorsheimer in the summer of 1868 invited Olmstead to Buffalo. Vaux was in Europe at that time. Olmstead recommended 3 parks for 3 different perspective:
    • Delaware Park was created similar to Central Park,
    • The parade, also called the Humboldt Park, and currently Martin Luther King Jr. Park; was created for socializing and sports.
    • The third park was for access to the waterfront which is why it was called the Front Park. All 3 parks were connected by parkways and the drive around the parkway to all 3 parks totaled 6 miles.
  • The Delaware Park was at its peak during 1901.
  • The Parade was a symbol for providing a place where anybody irrespective of their social status could came and join in the social activities of the community. As such there was a big dance hall created in this park. This only lasted for 30 years but due to a fire and a little bit of beer drinking on Sundays it was not considered totally kosher to continue. Humboldt parkway was at one time a globally renowned street but it has decayed now. There are plans to redo it on top of the expressway and turn the expressway into a tunneled road.
  • Front Park has pretty much depleted due to a variety of reasons including all the roads and heavy traffic around it. The noise pollution as a consequence of the resulting traffic is also quite high in that area.
  • The parks had different paths for horse riders, vs cars vs pedestrian. The American Elm was chosen as the tree of choices and they have been replanted several times.
  • When the book was being published they took some current photos and Gates Circle which still looked similar to how it was planned originally.It was an interesting challenge to get the shot from the roof of one of Kalieda Health’s property.
  • After Olmstead’s death in 1904 Frank Lloyd Wright built the Darwin Martin House in Parkside.
  • The title of the book came from a quote from Olmstead.
  • The cemetery forest lawn was already present in 1868 when Olmstead came to Buffalo.
  • The golf course came into play around 1916.
  • The presentation was full of pictures of before and after views of the three parks through the various stages of the parks lives in the past century.
Posted by Vern Anderson on Oct 20, 2014

  • Wings-Flights of Hope was founded by Joe DeMarco
  • Joe was a co-pilot with Dr. D’Angelo and mason contractor by profession. Once he saw the impact of these flights it was a turnaround moment for him and he gave up his contracting business to focus on wings.
  • Wings is run by donations and volunteer pilots.
  • Wings has two planes (one courtesy of Ingram Micro) and some of the pilots have their own planes.
  • They fly patients as well as families any time and anywhere in the Northeast corridor . Beyond the 2 hour radius they work out a link service and work with other pilots to get the patients closer to their destination.
  • Mostly handle cancer and transplant patients who cannot user commercial airline services either due to immune deficiency, financial constraints or in the case of transplant patients time sensitivity to organ availability.
  • All they require is proof of a valid appointment and a doctor’s release  that it is ok for the patient to fly.
  • For legal and liability reasons they ask the patient and family to sign a liability waiver.
  • They do not charge as compared to mercy flights which does have a per trip charge. Wings is a free service and solely dependent upon their fund raising and donations.
  • There is a fund raiser for wings on November 7th. Information can be found on the wings website.
  • Joe Demarco Founder & Pilot – Website for more details
Posted by Vern Anderson on Oct 13, 2014

This week’s speakers from the new Independent Health Association (IHA) Family Branch YMCA location (Tech Drive adjacent to Erie Community College were introduced by John Crawford.  Will Gallagher, V.P. Operations further introduced Steve MacAller, Executive Director.

Synopsis highlights of MacAller’s presentation (which was supported by PowerPoint slides):

  • YMCA founded in London, England in 1844 by George Williams
  • Boston 1851;  Buffalo 1852
  • Summer Camp 1886 (Camp Dudley) at Lake Champlain
  • YMCA has 21-million (+/-) members (men, women, children)
  • Largest provider of child day care
  • MacAller  is originally from California, moved to Rochester, NY before coming to Buffalo
  • Former positions with YMCA: Counselor, Life Guard, Director

Facts about the IHA-YMCA location:

  • Opened January 14, 2013
  • 8,000 member units (this equates to about 17,000 +/- individuals
  • 19 full-time staff, 200 part-time
  • Board management of 20 individuals
  • 92,000 square feet of building complex, which also includes 9,000 SF used by Buffalo Rehabilitation for physical therapy treatment
  • 2 swimming pools – zero depth entry to allow for ease of access by mobility constricted individuals;  and a 25-yard, 6-lane pool
  • 5 locker rooms (includes one assigned for families
  • 2 aerobic studios
  • Wellness Center, which includes a free health and wellness consultation
  • Participating with health insurance companies for membership discounts, incentives ( Independent Health, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Univera Health
  • Buffalo YMCA conducts an annual campaign to assist in its mission to provide YMCA benefits to those who may not have the full financial resources to pay the YMCA member fee
  • About 1 in 4 need assistance in the Y’s summer program:  1 in 3 for other programs

MacAller provided his business card to the Club, which also has an invitation to a tour of the YMCA  facilities.                                              


Posted by Vern Anderson on Oct 06, 2014

Hillside is an evidence-informed partnership model for youth at risk of dropping out.

For the past 27 years Hillside work Scholarship Connection has earned national recognition as a leading solution to the dropout crisis, delivering consistent measurable results for school districts and their students in the areas of high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment.

For the 2012-2013 school year more than 3,2000 students participated in the program. The results and community impact are compelling.

  • 96 % of Hillside work-scholarship Connection students employed with job partners graduated on time.
  • 589 students graduated on time in 2012-2013.
  • 58% of Hillside work scholarship Connection students entered college immediately following graduation, continuing on the path toward becoming independent, contributing members of our community, delivering consistent
  • 477 of Hillside Work-scholarship Connection youth successfully earned their Youth Employment Training Academy (YETA) certification througe HW-SC's Jobs Institute Program and were employed part time in year around positions, together earning approximately $2,050,000 in annual taxable wages to help support the local economy and their dreams for college.
Posted by Vern Anderson on Oct 06, 2014

Saria Hasnain was installed as a member of our club at Monday night's meeting on October 6, 2014.

Posted by Vern Anderson on Sep 22, 2014

The Annual Williamsville Rotary Golf Outing will be held on September 22, 2014

Where: Glen Oaks Golf Course at 715 Smith Rd. East Amherst, NY.

Registration: 11:00 AM till Noon.

Tee Time: 1:00 PM.

Cost: $100 per person includes greens fees & cart. Also includes lunch, steak and chicken dinner. (Mulligan tickets for sale).

Prizes: 1st and 2nd place teams, longest drive and closest to the pin.


Mail checks payable to Rotary Club of Williamsville, c/o  Schunk wilson & Co., CPA. 701 Seneca Street, Suite 604, Buffalo NY, 14210.

Those who are not golfing are WELCOME and encouraged to attend.  

The last two years, those who have gone, experienced a wonderful meal, many laughs and camaraderie!

Dinner is $40.00 per person.  Cocktails are not included but are available. 

Please reply to me if you are coming  no later than Thursday September 18th by 5:00pm.

Posted by Vern Anderson on Sep 15, 2014

Our  Speaker for 9/15/14 was Chris Jacobs,Erie County Clerk. Jacobs’ has taken a solutions-oriented approach to the Clerk’s Office. He has demonstrated the power of partnership in tackling long term problems plaguing the office. Most notable was his effort to correct the crisis in the Clerk’s Land Records Division-where all real estate transactions are recorded in Erie County. Upon taking Office, he quickly discovered a crisis, resulting in over one hundred thousand critical deed and mortgage documents un-returned to citizens and over $3 million dollars of un-cashed checks languishing in un-opened mail bins. To resolve this crisis, Jacobs’ immediately created a task force to identify short and long term solutions to the crisis. He closed his first year in office with a $2 million dollar surplus.

Some other things he spoke about were;

Veterans benefits provided be Erie County such as an identification card used for store discounts.

County DMV offices and the need to register at local offices to receive part of the fee rather than the NY State office

The ability to close mortgages via the internet rather than having to go downtown.

The cooperation between the clerks office Auto Bureau) with UNYTS.

Posted by Vern Anderson on Sep 08, 2014

Three new members were inducted into the Williamsville Rotary Club on Monday night, September 8, 2014. Pictured from left to right are Tom Vacanti, Paul Banas sponsor of Joe Catherine and Adam Guglielmi sponsored by Richard Wojtowicz. Welcome gentlemen.

Posted by Vern Anderson on Sep 08, 2014

John Chairello is a training Instructor at the Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy and was our speaker on September 8, 2014. He showed a power point presentation with regards to game concessions rules and policies as they pertain to carnivals and fairs. He pointed out some of the scams that are used to defraud contestants such as;

Basketball hoops which are too small for the ball to pass through or hoops rims that are oval shaped or tilted to one side.

Bottles that are weighted which makes it almost impossible to knock them off of the table with the baseballs.

Numerous other tricks that prevent contestants from winning prizes.

He also discussed the many rules and regulations governing the play of games. When rules are violated they are instructed to make the necessary corrections. If they repeat the violations, they can be ordered to shut down and possibly have the games and prizes confiscated.



Posted by Vern Anderson on Aug 25, 2014

James Bender Executive Director of Hearts and Hands an organization that provides in home service benefits to older adults was  our speaker at the August 25th meeting.  His organization offers benefits including but not limited to improving an older persons quality of life, enhancing their ability to live in their home of choice, maintaining and upholding their dignity and assisting the primary care givers. 

It is important to know what options families have for  relatives or friends. 

"Our services are delivered free of charge  through the best efforts of our dedicated volunteers. We are able to offer these services free of charge through the generous support of  the many Friends of Hearts and Hands like you, who believe in our Neighbor Helping Neighbor Volunteer Program."  A quote taken from the Hearts ad Hands press release package.

Some of their services include:

"Door through Door" transportation for medical appointments and routine errands.

:Phone Pal" and wellness checks.

In home supports: letter writing, bill paying, hair care and much more.

Routine house keeping.

Routine lawn care and snow removal

Minor handyman services.

The program is all volunteer and more information is available at (716) 406-8311.

Posted by Vern Anderson on Aug 20, 2014

The Classic Auto Show was held on Sunday August 10, 2014 from 8:00 am till 4:00 pm at the Northtown Center. (Formerly the Pepsi Center)

Posted by Vern Anderson on Aug 18, 2014

More Info to follow.

Posted by Vern Anderson on Aug 11, 2014

Our Speaker for Monday Night 8/11/2014 was Ron Talboys, President of Habitat For Humanity Buffalo. Some highlights are as follows:

The organization was founded in Americus, Georgia where the organizational headquarters are maintained.

There are more than 1500 affiliates in the United States.

Currently, Habitat operates in 84 countries around the world.

They have completed over 500,000 houses worldwide.

Habitat is the sixth largest homebuilder in the US and is the largest not for profit homebuilder .

Habit Buffalo was founded in 1985

By the end of 2012, they have built 235 houses in the Buffalo area

Over 90 cents of every dollar contributed is used to build houses.

Their biggest need is volunteers to build the houses. One third of the houses are new builds and two thirds are rehabs.



Posted by Vern Anderson on Aug 04, 2014

Speakers on Monday night, 8/4/2014 were Alex Arthur and Kelly Murello from the American Diabetes Association.

  • The purpose  of the ADA is to support people with diabetes with education covering all things related to diabetes.
  • They operate Camp Aspire in Rush NY which allows nearly 200 children to experience traditional camping activities.
  • The youngsters get to swim, rock climb more of camp life experiences.
  • They learn valuable skills in learning to care for their diabetes.
  • Nutrition,exercise and medical sessions are cleverly presented so children experience a positive attitude about living with diabetes.
  • The ADA subsidizes 50 % of the camp fees for each child through numerous fund raising events.
  • Two of the fund raising events are the Tour de Cure and the Step Out Walk to cure diabetes.

For more information, contact The American Diabetes Association at

Posted by Vern Anderson on Jan 02, 2014

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Posted by Edward Stachura on May 19, 2014

Speaker for May 19 is Brian J. Kulpa, Mayor of the Village of Williamsville.  Brian is also an associate with the consulting firm Clark Patterson Lee, and President of the Association of Erie County Governments.  He is past Deputy Mayor and past Trustee for the Village.  Brian is a graduate of SUNY – Buffalo, with  a Bachelor and Masters in Architecture, and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning.  With his background as an architect/planner he brings to his position as Mayor the required skill sets and focuses for maintaining Williamsville’s rich history while planning for the challenges of the future.  His vision for diverse improvements to the Main Street corridor is not without opposing discussion, but, as an elected leader, he understands the need to balance all views for the common interest and the quality of life in the Village of Williamsville. Brian, his wife Kate and two children enjoy the quality and opportunities of Village life. 

Posted by Vern Anderson

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