ImageLarry Robinson of Cornell is service club’s leader thru July 2014

The Rotary Club of Ithaca is pleased to welcome its new president for the 2013-2014 year. Lawrence W. Robinson, professor of operations management at the Johnson School at Cornell University, stepped into the leadership role on July 1. Robinson has been an Ithaca Rotarian for 15 years.


“Rotary gives me a chance to get away from academics and the West Hill, and get to know a broader range of Ithacans,” said Robinson. “For a long time, I’ve admired how Rotary quietly helps out with both local and international causes, without a lot of self-promotion. I’m looking forward to contributing this coming year and beyond.”

Robinson plans to launch several new small club fundraisers and community service projects this year, and wants to increase the fellowship at weekly meetings. Among all the Ithaca Rotary activities that President Larry will oversee this year, there are several large events coming up this fall – Rotary Harvest, Share The Warmth, Little Apple Fall Follies, and Pancake Day, the club’s largest fundraiser held annually on election day.

Elected club officers assisting President Larry in 2013-14 are:

  • President-Elect: Brett Bossard, Executive Director of Cinemapolis; joined Rotary in 2008
  • Vice President: Anthony Hopson, Assistant Vice President for Community/Government Relations and Civic Engagement at Ithaca College; joined Rotary in 2009.
  • Treasurer: Grace Dalton, Branch Manager at First Niagara Bank; joined Rotary in 2010.
  • Secretary: Mary-Lynn Cummings, Director of Space Planning at Cornell University; joined Rotary in 2002.
  • Immediate Past President: James Brown, Executive Director of the United Way of Tompkins County; joined Rotary in 1998.

The Rotary Club of Ithaca, founded in 1915, has more than 175 members. Throughout its history, the club has supported many community needs through hands-on projects, and raises funds for community grants, scholarships, youth programs, and the Rotary Student Exchange Program. Ithaca Rotary gathers every Wednesday at 12:15pm for luncheon meetings at the downtown Holiday Inn. The public is welcome to attend to learn more about Rotary; cost is $13. 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.