Posted by Vern Anderson on Dec 03, 2013
Don't forget the Rotary Christmas party on December 16, 2013.
Party starts at 6:00 PM and will be held at Salvatore's Italian
Garden. Bring your spouse and or friends.
Posted by Vern Anderson on Dec 02, 2013
This week’s speaker is Daniel J. "Danny" White who was named University at Buffalo Director of Athletics by U.B. President Satish K. Tripathi on May 8, 2012. With an aggressive plan for the athletics program, Danny immediately laid the blueprint to capitalize on the unlimited potential of UB Athletics as the largest public institution in the state of New York and the flagship of the SUNY system.
Since his arrival at SUNY- Buffalo, Danny addressed coaching changes adding experience and depth through recent hires Felisha Legette-Jack (women’s basketball), Sandy Calfo (rowing), Stu Riddle (men’s soccer), Bobby Hurley (men’s basketball), John Stutzman (wrestling) and Trena Peel (softball).
Through a collective effort of athletics senior administration, coaches and staff, Danny recently introduced a comprehensive strategic plan that outlines a path for success in the coming years. Most notably the vision is to build America’s next big time college athletics brand.
Danny is overseeing a number of capital projects that will create new as well as upgraded facilities on the athletics blueprint. These include the recently dedicated $1-million Murchie Family Football Center and soon to break ground, a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art Ortman Tennis Center. Also in the works is a transformational capital project, the first in the 20-year history of UB Stadium to include a sport medicine
He has also been active on the external front most notably initiating a new 3-year radio broadcast partnership deal with CBS Sports Radio THE FAN 1270 AM. With an aggressive mission to expand coverage into the metropolitan New York area where a significant alumni base resides, Danny also introduced plans for Bulls radio broadcast deals with both WFAN and Bloomberg.
Prior to Buffalo, Danny served as Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Mississippi from 2009-12. From 2007-09, Danny was Associate Athletic Director for Development at California State University-Fresno. He was Assistant Athletic Director for Development at Northern Illinois University from 2006-07. Danny began his career in athletic administration as a Development Associate for the UMAA Foundation at Mississippi in 2005.
A collegiate basketball player at Towson University and the University of Notre Dame, Danny was Director of Basketball Operations for men’s basketball at Ohio University for the 2003-04 seasons before being promoted to Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach for the 2004-05 campaign.
Danny is a 2002 graduate of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He earned master’s degrees in both business administration and sports administration from Ohio University. He is working to complete a doctorate in higher education from Mississippi. He and his wife, Shawn, have four children: Aidan, Molly, Caitlin and James.
Highlights of Danny’s remarks included:
· UB has great potential, but needs coaching
· College football has become a media giant
· UB is largest and most comprehensive university in NY
· UB is a member of 62 AAU institutions
· Overall, UB’s academic programs rank in the Top 100 in the US
· UB has over 220,000 alumni
· UB is located in a big area—WNY—not a small college town
· UB is within 500 miles of the Top 50 markets in the US
· UB football has had a record attendance at home games
Posted by Vern Anderson on Nov 24, 2013
This week’s speaker was Michael J. Billoni, Marketing and Public Relations Director of the Food Bank of Western New York, a position he has held for the past 7-years.
Mike graduated from the State University of New York at Morrisville with a degree in Journalism, spent 12-years in the newspaper business as a reporter and editor for the Tonawanda News and the former Buffalo Courier-Express. In 1982 he began a 14-year career with the Buffalo Bisons baseball team, working with the Rich family on the building of a downtown ballpark and leading the Buffalo franchise to the top drawing team in minor league baseball history, drawing more than 1-million fans for 5 straight seasons.
While serving as Vice President and General Manager of the Bisons, Mike’s responsibilities also included public relations, publicity and event marketing. Upon his retirement from the Bisons in 1996, he was inducted into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame. He then spent nearly 3 years successfully managing a foundation of a local not-for-profit agency, again relying on his local public relations contacts.
In 1999, he founded and became the principle of Billoni Associates, which specializes in writing, public relations, marketing and event management. Among other projects, he worked on the public relations for local heavyweight boxer, “Baby Joe” Mesi, authored the biography of Robert E. Rich, founder of Rich Products and was a special assistant to Gene Vukelic, chairman of Try-It Distributing.
Mike, who has always wanted to use his God-given talents to give something back to the community, handles all aspects of development and fund raising for the Food Bank organization which feeds more than 101,000 hungry Western New Yorkers each month. The Food Bank distributes more than 1-million pounds of food each month through 340 member agencies.
Mike and his wife, Debbie, have lived on Grand Island for 4 years.
Highlights of Mike’s comments included the following:
· The Food Bank of Western New York is 30 years old.
· The Food Bank belongs to a national network of over 200 food banks that support each other as needs arise.
· The Food Bank of Western New York serves over 90,000 people and 36,000 households in a typical year.
· The Food Bank recently instituted a Weekend Backpack Program in response to the finding that many children do not have enough nutritional food to eat over the weekend. This has been expanded to provide food for the entire family, not just the children. This program is currently implemented in 15 schools and includes 900 families.
Posted by Vern Anderson on Jan 27, 2014
The Lancaster-Depew Mix & Mingle will be held on January 30, 2013. Therefore there will be no meeting on Monday night January 27, 2013
Posted by Lee Broad on Oct 21, 2013
This week’s speaker is Francisco M. Vasquez, Ph.D. , President/CEO of Child and Family Services. Dr. Vasquez hails from the state of Arizona. He and his wife, Janet, have been residents of the City of Buffalo for the past 25 years.
Dr. Vasquez received his Bachelor of Science Degree as well as his Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in Arizona. He received his Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
In his remarks, Dr. Vasquez noted:
· A focus in America is on what we do. It symbolizes our productivity and contribution to society and demonstrates our self-reliance.
· None of us has done everything on our own. Others have helped us.
· Many in society do not have the kinds of help many of us have received and key to our own success.
· 3 personal stories
· Emphasized that none of us would choose to be vulnerable and dependent, but those are the circumstances for many people.
Posted by Lee Broad on Sep 16, 2013
Cecilie is the Williamsville Rotary Club's Exchange student from Denmark and she covered several topics during her PowerPoint presentation:
· Denmark’s geography and population
· The four seasons in Denmark
· Typical Danish foods
· Her family, house, and neighborhood
· Denmark as a welfare state—many services; taxes at 50+%
· Her spare time activities: soccer and handball
· Danish Christmas
· Her first four weeks in the US
Posted by Lee Broad on Aug 26, 2013
Program: Mr. Joel Kanick, President & CEO of Kanick And Company. Mr. Joe Raymond, VP of Sales, Kanick and Company.
Joel Kanick was one of the first HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) certified professionals in the eastern U.S. He is the primary architect and developer of interfaceMD Custom EMR Solutions (electronic medical records), which was built to match the present and future framework of the Federal and State health care legislation.
Mr. Kanick is a graduate of Canisius College with a B.A. in Information Systems. He has a 20-year professional career in the computing services industry, having held positions in project management, network administration, application development, and business consulting. Mr. Kanick has also been active as volunteer coach for the Southline Little League (baseball).
Medical records belong to patients. They must be given to patients at a nominal charge in a timely fashion. Healthy-Link, funded by NY State and Federal grants along with insurance companies, is building a network that will allow doctors, facilities, etc. to share patient information electronically. This will help doctors using different electronic medical record (“EMR”) systems to communicate.
Dentists, long-term care facilities, and private practitioners use different EMR systems. Same for the various federal agencies. For example, the VA has a system that cover veterans only, and that system is over 20 years old.
Many doctors rushed out to purchase EMR’s when the requirement to move to electronic records was first established because there was a financial incentive, in the form of reimbursement grants, to do so. Many are unhappy with those systems and are replacing them. 20% of doctors have no EMR system.
Posted by Lee Broad on Aug 19, 2013
Guest Speaker Mr. Kevin Crouse, District Governor 7090, 2013-14
Kevin was a charter member of the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club, where he served As Club President in 1995-96. He is currently a member of the Brantford Sunrise Rotary Club.
At the District level, Kevin served for six years as the New Generations Director of Youth Services and Chair of the SLAPSHOT Committee. A four- time Paul Harris Fellow, Kevin created, administered and conducted the SLAPSHOT program, a program for 14 — 18 year-olds that has been sold out every year since its inception 8 years ago.
Kevin has served as a teacher, coach and administrator at the elementary and secondary levels for 35 years, developed a variety of teacher resources as Resource Development Director for two provincial organizations, won the Mr. Ontario and Mr. Canada titles, wrote a book on Food and Fitness for the Forty Plus, and currently lives in Brantford with the love of his wife, Rebecca. They have four children and five grandchildren.
Kevin has three university degrees — a Bachelor of Arts in English and Math from Wilfred Laurier University, a Bachelor of Physical Education, and a Master of Science in Teaching from McMaster University.
In his remarks, Governor Crouse emphasized youth and the many Rotary activities directed at them. The District Conference will dedicate a significant portion of its agenda to youth. He discussed his vision for “Engage Rotary/ Change Lives” and what it means. He offered his plan of action as outlined in a bookmark that he distributed. The challenges of maintaining and growing membership were acknowledged.
Michael Sirianno summed up last year’s fundraising effort and presented to District Governor Crouse one check in the amount of $2,000 toward Polio Plus and another check in the amount of $1,500 for Rotary International Foundation .
Posted by Edward Stachura on Jul 15, 2013
Tonight's (07.15.2013) speaker, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, came to the U.S. in 1985 to work at the Somalia Embassy in Washington, DC. When civil war broke out in Somalia in 1991, Mr. Mohamed remained in the U.S. and earned a BA in History and an MA in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After serving in various government jobs in WNY, including as the Civil Rights Compliance Specialist with the NYS Department of Transportation, Mr. Mohamed was recruited by then Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed as Prime Minister of Somalia on October 14, 2010. What happened next is an up-lifting story of national devotion, the harsh reality of poverty and drought on the African continent, and the politics of rebuilding a severed nation-state
Posted by Edward Stachura on Jul 22, 2013
Tonight's (07.22.2013) speaker is motivational speaker Nancy Rizzo.
Nancy Rizzo works with clients who are ready to start living the life they create in their heads but never take any action to get there. We take all those ideas, plans, best intentions, & endless conversations & finally get there more effectively, faster, & with fewer struggles than if you go it alone. It's time to stop that tug-of-war! You don't have to get stuck or settle, you just have to make another choice
Honors & Awards: Book: Contributing Author in Speaking Your Truth: Courageous Stories from Inspiring Women Vol III launched August 28, 2012 on Amazon. Awarded Best Sellers Listings in Eight (8) Categories including Hot New Releases, Motivational Self Help, and Personal Transformation. Nancy's Contribution: Trust: A New Way To Navigate shares her journey in paralyzing fear and leaping faith as she launched her coaching practice when everyone was asking, "What's a life coach?!?" You will learn the formula she created to keep her going and how to bring trust into your life. ABWA Ambassador Award 2012 (American Business Women's Association)
Organizations: New York State Women , Inc. Secretary 2012-2014 - ABWA American Business Women's Association - Canisius College Women In Business WIN - NAWBO National Association of Women Business Owners - Women in Business in Buffalo Mixers - The Heartlink Group, Lockport Chapter - Women On The Rise in WNY
Posted by Lee Broad on Jul 08, 2013
Guest Speaker: Our speaker tonight was former New Englander Dr. Stephen L. Dyson. 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.
Dr. Dyson spoke on "Age, Sex and Status: The View from the Roman Rotary Club." He provided a picture of entrepreneurial activity and small business that largely supported the entire Roman economy. Dr. Dyson also gave examples of how slaves were able to obtain their freedom and become prosperous and, often, citizens of Rome.
Posted by Vern Anderson on Jun 10, 2013
The Comptroller is the independent fiscal watchdog, elected by the residents of Erie County. The comptroller does not report to either the County Executive or the Legislature. However, the Comptroller does provide an independent source of financial information to all branches of government and the public .
The Office of Comptroller is comprised of 3 divisions: Administration, Accounting, and Audit and Control.
Erie County Comptroller Stefan Iwan Mychajliw (“Me-Hi-Lou”) is the son of Polish and Ukrainian immigrants, the youngest of 7children, who grew up in blue-collar beginnings near the corner of William and Fillmore on the east side of Buffalo.
Comptroller Mychajliw’s father and paternal grandparents were born in the Ukraine and came to America in 1965. They settled in the Broadway-Fillmore section of the city. The nucleus of the neighborhood is the Broadway Market and numerous Catholic churches, including Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church (Fillmore and Oneida) where Mychajliw was baptized.
While attending Buffalo Public School Bilingual Academy #33 and the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts High School, Mychajliw spent his youth at the Babcock Boys and Girls Club and Seneca-Babcock Community Center.
He has a lengthy career looking into the interests of taxpayers, following his education at Syracuse University, in his role as an investigative journalist at WKBW-TV and WGRZ-TV in Buffalo. His award-winning investigative reports uncovered cases of fraud, waste, and abuse in Erie County government that led to government reforms that better served taxpayers.
To lead by example, Comptroller Mychajliw’s 1st hard hitting review was of his own department: the Office of Erie County Comptroller. The top to bottom review revealed troubling inefficiencies. Numerous reforms were implemented to re-organize and create effective efficiencies, which included hiring a CPA to lead the Audit Division for the first time since 1986.
Mychajliw was elected Erie County Comptroller in November 2012. He is the proud father of a 7-year-old daughter, a 2nd-grade student. Mychajliw is 39-years old.
Posted by Kathy Behan on May 06, 2013
Scott Hunt, President of Jack Hunt Coin Brokers, Inc. Scott explained that the Family business was started in 1968 in his parents second floor office. “Through 1979, our business was primarily a wholesale numismatic operation. In 1980, emphasis shifted to bullion, coins and scrap precious metals. Since then, Jack Hunt Coin Broker, Inc. has bought and sold over 35 million troy ounces of silver, gold and platinum. We have developed our reputation in the scrap and bullion business through an emphasis on fast and honest service. This diligent effort has enabled us to become one of the top scrap purchasers and bullion wholesale distributors in the United States. Since the spring of 1987, Jack Hunt Coins has been a United States Mint authorized purchaser of US Silver Eagle Coins. One of the major building blocks in the development of our reputation is our financial strength. Years of successful business have allowed us to develop a strong financial base. Jack Hunt Coin Broker, Inc. is a member of The American Numismatic Association (ANA) , Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA), National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA), and several other national and regional industry organizations.” [This paragraph copied from the About US section of the Jack Hunt website. www.jackhunt.com ].
Posted by Vern Anderson
Service is the lifeblood of any organization. Everything flows from it, and is nourished by it.