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The Rotary Club of Ithaca is pleased to introduce three new members who have recently joined the service club. These community members bring professional experience from the business sector and volunteer in Tompkins County. Ithaca Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self.” Membership is open to all community members who share in this belief; new members are accepted year-round.


“The Ithaca Rotary Club is delighted to welcome these individuals,” said Rotary Membership Chair Ron Provus. “Our members come from all walks of life and have a wide variety of interests to match those of Rotary. As members of Ithaca Rotary, individuals give of their time and skills to positively impact the needs of our community.”

Ithaca Rotary welcomes:

ImageSince 1994, Betty Falcão has served as director of the Health Planning Council, a program of the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County. She holds a master’s degree in public health administration and planning from the University of California-Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree in music history from the University of Maryland at College Park. Betty is a 2009 recipient of Rotary’s Pride of Workmanship Award, and is a volunteer VITA tax preparer. She moved to Ithaca 35 years ago after a military childhood that took the family to Austria and Portugal.


ImageSean Iddings is vice president of investment management at Fingerlakes Wealth Management. He grew up in Groton, NY, and his love of guitar led him to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he received a bachelor’s degree in music therapy. After graduation, he spent two years in South Korea, teaching English in a rural town and in Seoul. After experiencing many exotic areas around the world, Sean found a greater appreciation for the Ithaca area and moved back. He is now training for his fifth marathon, and enjoys living a healthy lifestyle, playing guitar and investing.



ImageRenee Spear became executive director of Catholic Charities Tompkins/Tioga in October 2012. She grew up in Johnson City, NY and resides in Candor. Renee holds an undergraduate degree in education with a minor in exceptional psychology and coaching, and a master’s degree in education, both from SUNY College of Cortland. She has worked in the human services field, mostly with people with disabilities, for over 25 years. Renee serves on the Human Services Coalition board, and is in the Hall of Fame at Johnson City and Binghamton Arena for achievement in basketball.

New Rotary members are invited to serve on projects and committees that are beneficial to Ithaca and the global community. Activities range from a few hours to longer time commitments. New members meet fellow Rotarians at weekly luncheon meetings held at the Holiday Inn downtown beginning at 12:15 pm every Wednesday. The public is welcome to attend a lunch meeting to learn more about Rotary. The cost for guests is $13.