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2022–2023
President: Mary Kane
President-Elect: "Les Six"
Vice President: Angela Sullivan
Treasurer: Kati Flynn
Secretary: Joanne Lamoureux 

Stories
News 2022-10-12
October 12, 2022
Reporter:  Kelly Buck


Wednesday’s meeting:
Gladys Brangman
Business Leaders of Colors (BLOC)
 
Coltivare and on Zoom
Join the Zoom meeting


WELCOME & TRADITIONS

President Mary Kane opened with the Four-Way Test.
 
Kelly Buck; photo Mike Brown
Kelly Buck gave a “tale for the day” instead of a thought.  Last week she noticed all of the colorful flags in the church community room, and made the connection of St. Catherine of Siena Church to Siena, Italy.  Every year since 1633, there has been a famous horserace in Siena’s medieval circular piazza or townsquare.  The competition, called Palio di Siena, is between 17 districts or contrades.  Each of these contrades has its own flag and emblem that are flown during the race.  They are also present in each district, helping to guide visitors and tourists.  Kelly showed off a scarf she bought in Siena that also shows the 17 flags.
 
Paul Martin introduced his guest Eric Machan Howd, MA, MFA.  He is Director of the Office of Extended Studies at Ithaca College.  There were no visiting Rotarians.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rotarians were invited to sign cards for Brian Wilbur and Ann Coyne.
 
Frank Towner; photo Mike Brown
President Mary advised the group that the Funds for Action committee, consisting solely of Perri LoPinto right now, is working to create a systematic way to raise money, increase awareness and interest in the club, and our “do goodery” to attract more members.  She thanked everyone for all they’ve done so far—keep it up!
 
Frank Towner reminded the club how critical it is to increase membership.  The Membership & Engagement Support committee is hosting the first Visitors Day on November 9th.  Every Rotarian has been asked to bring just ONE person that day to learn more; register your guest online here.
 
Bob Gravani reported back on another successful Fall Highway Cleanup day last weekend.  Twenty-two hearty souls collected 36 bags of trash along Route 13 from the East Shore Dr. exit to Triphammer Rd.:  Mary-Lynn Cummings (co-chair), John Barradas, Ray Brisson and guest Maria Formoso, Walt and Jeanne Cottrell, Jeremiah Craig, Geoff Dunn, Juliet Gibbs, Richard Kops and grandson Sulian, Barbara Romano, Jeff True, John Vineyard, three members of the Cornell Rotaract Club, and Chris and Mark Haase from the Sunrise Club.
 
Richard Kops; photo Mike Brown
Richard Kops gave an update on the Share the Warmth project.  It’s underway and the familiar red boxes will be set out around the county on Saturday, November 5th.  Online signups for volunteers to set up the boxes, collect clothing, sort clothing, and help with clothing distribution are available now.
 
Loretta Goss thanked everyone who came out for the Cancer Resource Center’s 2022 Walkathon at Cass Park in September.  The Rotary team raised $700 for the cause.
 
Jean McPheeters introduced new member Gail Belokur, Interim CEO of the United Way.  Gail spent her summers on Cayuga Lake and is an Ithaca College alumna.  She has three children, and her husband is a former law enforcement officer.  Welcome Gail!


LAST WEEK’S PRESENTATION

Dr. Amy Kremenek; photo Mike BrownGary Ferguson then introduced today’s speaker, Dr. Amy Kremenek, the new president of Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3).  
 
Amy has been on the job for four months now, and has spent significant time meeting with small faculty and staff groups to learn what they love about TC3, what they would change, and other feedback.  Next up are the students followed by community members.  After those conversations, a forward-looking plan for the college will be presented.
 
Enrollment right now is about 4,000.  There are 300 students in residence halls but they have 800 beds, so are looking to increase housed student ratios.  Tuition is currently $5,200 a year.  Enrollment is a big concern; it has dropped significantly since the pandemic decimated the student body.  They have been working hard and have seen some increases: FTE is up 5.5%.  New student numbers have gone up about 18%, and transfers are at 11% growth.  Nine per cent of the student body is Black, and 13% is Hispanic.  57% come from Tompkins and Cortland counties, and 4% from New York City.  TC3 is the number one transfer school to Cornell.
 
Infrastructure on campus is aging as many buildings were constructed in the 1960s.  They have made $4 million in improvements to date.  TC3 has an excellent new childcare center that will help in attracting and retaining students and staff.  They are increasing their marketing and advertising, targeting primarily adult students.  Most of the student body is under age 25, making TC3 a “young” school.
 
Building partnerships and retaining students are Amy’s biggest priorities.  As Rotary well knows, TC3 runs Coltivare’s hospitality-culinary program that is unique among SUNY community colleges.


HAPPY DOLLARSBob Langhans; photo Mike Brown

  • Mary Kane: $17, counting 17 days after COVID.
  • Jean McPheeters: $30, she is teaching a class at Cornell next semester.
  • Perri LoPinto: $10, the Legacy Foundation is celebrating its 77th anniversary tomorrow.
  • Jeremiah Craig: $5, for being a new club member AND for a women’s cowboy boot giveaway.
  • Bob Langhans: $5, for his condo in Fort Myers Beach which was untouched, but everything around it is gone, thanks to Hurricane Ian.
  • Bob Sprole: $5, happy for TC3 and Dr. Kremenek’s remarks.
President Mary announced that Happy Dollars on November 2nd and 9th will go towards Ukraine relief.
 
We meet at Coltivare next week!


NEW MEMBER APPLICATION

Name:  Jeremiah Craig
Business:  Jeremiah Craig Media, LLC
Position:  Owner
Sponsor:  Heidi Goldstein


THANK YOU ROTARIANS

Newsletter Reporter:  Kelly Buck
Photographer:  Mike Brown
Greeter:  Kelly Buck
Newsletter Editor:  Loralyn Light
 
Set-up/Tear-down:  Harlin McEwen, Ron Provus, Gary Reinbolt, Dave Martin, Brad Carruth
Set-up Zoom:  Bez Thomas
Recording Archive:  Paul Martin; click here
Club Service Facilitator:  June Losurdo
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