President: Mary Kane
President-Elect: "Les Six"
Vice President: Angela Sullivan
Treasurer: Kati Flynn
Secretary: Joanne Lamoureux 

News 2022-11-16
November 16, 2022
Reporter:  Gail Lyman

November 30th meeting:
Joel Malina, Vice President
University Relations, Cornell University
St. Catherine of Siena and on Zoom
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NOTE: you can watch previous meetings by going to our YouTube channel!
Mary Kane; photo Mike BrownThe meeting was called to order by President Mary Kane.  She led club members in the Four-Way Test, encouraging us to think about our past week in relation to the context of Rotary.
June Losurdo brought Cornell colleague and Visiting Rotarian Stephanie Hesler; Stephanie was President of the Geneva Rotary Club last year.
A guest of Mary Berens on Visitors Day, Lynn Swain joined us as a transfer from a club in Colorado.  Most surprising was her 30-year gap as a Rotarian (ask her for the back story!).
Gertrude Noden introduced her guests from Uganda and South Sudan who would be a part of her Words Into Deeds presentation, including representatives from the UNIFAT School, WASH Program, Give a Faith Foundation, Victory in Green Actions, and Concerned Parents Association (see the detailed list at the end of this newsletter).

Dale Flinn; photo Mike BrownTHOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Dale Flinn, in recognition of November being Rotary Foundation month, gave two relevant quotes:
“We should look to the Foundation as being not something of today or tomorrow, but think of it in terms of years and generations to come.  Rotary is a movement for the centuries.”  ~ Arch C. Klumph, founder of Rotary Foundation
“The first peace, which is most important, it that which comes from within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Sacred, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.  This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this.  The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations.  But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men.” 
~ Black Elk


Share the Warmth; photo Mike BrownRichard Kops needs more volunteers to fill slots for Share the Warmth.  As of this meeting, only 37 out of 122 slots have been filled.  For details on tasks, contact either Richard Kops ( or Loralyn Light (  To sign up online, go to our club’s home page,; scroll down the right column to Upcoming Events and click into Share the Warmth.  You’re then at the STW events page; click into the blue square to sign up!
Gertrude Noden announced that District 7170 has been awarded a Foundation Disaster Response Grant ($25,000) to benefit the refurbishing of air raid facilities at Lyceum #2 in Lviv, Ukraine!
 The Ithaca Rotary Club holiday celebration will be Thursday, December 8th, 4:30-6:30 PM at Coltivare.  Cost is $20 per person for specialty hors d’oeuvres and complimentary soft drinks; a cash bar will be available.  RSVP by December 3rd to Loretta Goss (
President Mary reminded us that we would not be meeting on November 23rd.


Joanne Lamoureux; photo Mike BrownJean McPheeters recognized Joanne Lamoureux as a Paul Harris Fellow +3.  Joanne shared that her first $1000 contribution was made in memory of her father, making it an honor to be a part of the Rotary Foundation.  She gave a heartfelt message including “Give what you can; give from your heart.”
Joanne then introduced Walt Cottrell as a Paul Harris Fellow +8.
President Mary stated that we will be recognizing Paul Harris Fellows over the next few weeks, possibly into January.


“Promoting Gender Equity” and “Water, Sanitation & Hygiene in East Africa”
Gertrude Noden; photo Mike BrownJean McPheeters introduced Rotarian Gertrude Noden, our presenter and founder of Words into Deeds, Inc.  Gertrude brings two decades as a classroom teacher and outreach program developer, wherein she nurtures primary through college-level students and educators to become world citizens through her innovative Human Rights Curriculum.
Using a Zoom interactive approach, Gertrude showed us the success of the youth empowerment project called “Promoting Gender Equity and WASH” that was supported in part by our club’s 2022 Dozen Dinner Draw at $12,500.  Bringing together youth and teachers from three schools and a women’s cooperative in Uganda and South Sudan, WID created a partnership of collaboration for producing and distributing reusable feminine hygiene kits and in-house made liquid soup for donation and selling in their schools and villages in the vicinity.
WASH Song; photo Mike BrownGertrude also featured the Upper Nile Institute for Advanced Technology (UNIFAT) Primary School in Gulu that is partnering with WID in community outreach WASH projects for 30 students in 4th through 7th grades.  Using a Zoom interactive approach, we listened to “What I Learned” testimonials on the importance of using best hygiene practices from the UNIFAT project, a heartfelt testimonial from a graduate of the Wawoto Kacel Women’s Co-op that partners with WID to provide opportunities for mothers who were COVID rape victims, and a statement from the President of the Ablukoi Foundation that partners with WID in launching a youth-led liquid soup production at the Abukloi Secondary School in South Sudan.
To learn more about how Words Into Deeds, Inc. prepares students to participate in action oriented leadership and global citizen programs, go to the WID website:


  • Joe Cassaniti; photo Mike BrownLinda Pasto: $20 for her son who is ending 20 years of active military service
  • Loretta Goss: $20 for Gertrude Noden securing the Foundation Disaster Response Grant
  • Dale Flinn: $100 for Rotary Foundation month and for sitting by himself for the first time at a Rotary meeting
  • Joe Cassaniti: for Handwashing Day
  • Kelly Buck: $10 for Visiting Rotarian Stephanie Hesler
  • Roger Segelken: for a newborn American citizen in his household
  • Bob Sprole: thanked Joanne for posting the club roster
  • John Vineyard: for Uganda presentation
  • Sarah Segal: for her new Rotarian name tag
  • Bob Langhans: for his partner’s new great-grandchild
  • Sherrie Negrea: thanking Gertrude for her Uganda presentation
  • Bez Thomas; photo Mike BrownJoanne Lamoureux: $30 for new member Lynn Swain
  • Bez Thomas: for today’s 3 technical glitches!
  • Linda Brisson: $20 for Uganda and the international Rotary grant
  • Mary Berens: for our international Rotary grant
President Mary ended the meeting thanking all that came to visit us.


Newsletter Reporter:  Gail Lyman
Photographer:  Mike Brown
Greeter:  Suzy Koontz
Newsletter Editor:  Loralyn Light
Set-up/Tear-down:  Brad Carruth, Ron Provus, Nancy Potter, Gary Reinbolt, Loralyn Light, Joe Cassaniti
Set-up Zoom:  Bez Thomas
Recording Archive:  Paul Martin; click here
Club Service Facilitator:  June Losurdo


Patrick Odongkara, Aaron Ondongkara, Charles Esser, Christine Akech
UNIFAT School Board of Directors
Rita Natongo, WASH Program Manager
Ntinda Rotary, Kampala Uganda
Susan Faith Achan
Give a Faith Foundation, Kampala, Uganda
Rene Carver
Words Into Deeds IT Support, Trumansburg, NY
Kenneth Ojara
UNIFAT IT Director
Dr. Denis Ofoyur
President, UNIFAT PTA
Victory Ocaya and 12 city youth mentees
Victory in Green Actions Limited, Gulu, Uganda
Director Ocen Brian, Financial Officer; Olara Geoffrey
Concerned Parents Association, Lira, Uganda
Santo Opiro
UNIFAT Head Teacher
30 parents on-site