The Rotary Club of Ithaca is pleased to introduce four new members who have joined the service club during the last quarter. 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:

ImageDamita Chamberlain grew up in Westfield, NJ and moved to upstate NY twelve years ago. She holds a certificate in broadcast announcing for radio/television from The Center for Media Arts in NYC. Damita is the sales manager at the Holiday Inn Ithaca Downtown, and is the former Head Professional Concierge at the Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen. She and her husband Gregory are also partners in Chamberlain Appraisal Services and Property Management. In addition to being mother/ stepmother to six daughters, Damita is involved in Lake Country Players, a local community theater group, and is an active member at First Baptist Church of Montour Falls. She is a published poet, and is the creative mind behind the Watkins Glen Business and Professional Miss Twin Tiers Pageant.

ImageChristopher Kusznir was born in Harris, NY in the Catskills. He attended Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Ga., and graduated from Liberty High School in Liberty, NY. Chris came to Ithaca in 2003 as an Ithaca College freshman.  During his sophomore year, Chris and a friend started Moving Box Studios, a local digital media production company. He then left Ithaca College to pursue a real estate career with Audrey Edelman and Associates. Two years later, he accepted a position with Yellowbook USA as a media consultant. He now owns the Subway franchise on the Ithaca Commons. Chris has served on the Commons Advisory Board, and recently ran for Ithaca major. He and his partner Katrina Westerberg have a new baby girl.

ImageOral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Scott Noren was reared in Park Ridge, Ill. and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois – Chicago. He completed dental school at Loyola University of Chicago in 1990, and did residencies at Cook County Hospital, Louisiana State University in New Orleans, and Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. After serving his country in the army for six years, Scott purchased an oral surgery practice in Ithaca in 2005, where he is a successful surgeon. Dr. Noren is currently challenging Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand for her seat in the U.S. Senate. Scott and his wife Michelle have four children. His practice is a member of the NYS Surrogate Decision-Making Panel and the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce.


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 Noon every Wednesday. The public is welcome to attend a lunch meeting to learn more about Rotary.