Three new professionals join local service club


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.”

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Ithaca Rotary welcomes:


ImageJohn Barradas is an Ithaca-based architect with more than 20 years of experience. He is a graduate of Cornell’s College of Architecture, and the University of Massachusetts’ College of Visual and Performing Arts. His dual background in architecture and art is a source of inspiration for his work. John has worked at a number of firms, including HUNT EAS in Horseheads. He is a two-time Ithaca Rotarian, and sits on the club’s Pride of Ownership selection committee.







ImageTina Nilsen-Hodges is a graduate of Binghamton University, and has been teaching since 1989. She moved to Ithaca in 2002 to pursue her interest in the budding field of education for sustainability. Tina taught at the Clune Montessori School and for Ithaca College’s Partnerships in Sustainability Education program before becoming principal and superintendent of New Roots Charter School. She lives at EcoVillage at Ithaca with her husband and two sons, and serves as advisor for the Rotary Interact Club at New Roots.




ImageDr. Melzar “Mel” Richards is a native Ithacan. He received his BS in biology from Cornell, and his DDS from Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. After a one-year residency at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, he served two years in the Army Dental Corps at West Point. He has been working in private practice in Ithaca since 1975. Mel is a trustee of PRI/Museum of the Earth, and is an avid singer, performing with such groups as Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, Ithaca Community Chorus, and the Savage Club.



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 Country Club of Ithaca (Ramada Inn on Triphammer for December 2013) 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.


For more information about the Ithaca Rotary Club and membership, please call Ron Provus at 607-351-8539 or Additional information about the Rotary Club of Ithaca may be found