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President: Bob Herrmann                                              May 11, 2010                                             Treasurer: Sandie Latimer

President-Elect: Joe Fusco                                                                                        Secretary: Debbie Adamo/Greg Mattacola

Vice President: Missy Graves                                                                                           Dist 7150 Gov: Fred Cholet (Dewitt)

Past President: Ron Townsend                              Club Established 1919                      AG (Area 2): Lou Steppello (Utica)

Next Meeting


When............ May 18, 2010 at 12:00 p.m.

Where........... The Franklin Hotel

Program....... Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Coalition – Joanne Burns



Upcoming Events:


May 25 – Rome Rotary Student Scholarships – The Franklin, 12:00 p.m.

May 27 – Rome Chamber Annual Meeting – Rotary to Receive Award for Cultural Vitality, The Beeches, 7:00 a.m.

June 1 - Rotary Meeting – a Business Meeting, The Franklin, 12:00 p.m.          


Attendance: Total Membership: 99. Please note that the newsletter now lists those present, not those absent from meetings: PRESENT: Adamo, Bahr, Baker, Bird, Bottini, Butters, Cantor, Cole, DeMatteo, Donovan, Evans, Fay, Fusco, Gray, Hairston, Haritatos, Herrmann, B., Herrmann, V., Latimer,  Martin, Matt, Mattacola, Normand, Occhipinti, Packer, Rapke, Simons, Toukatly,  Tracy, Trela, Tuthill, B., Waters, Waters, Winberg, Wolf.


Guests:  Sandra Engel, Ms. Khan, Judi Mullin, George DiFabio, Karen Miller, Sherry Lubey, Paula Gilroy, Danielle Wilcox. Barb Vacca, Cathy Gratch, Leonard & Betty Gratch & numerous other supporters of our Teacher of the Year – Leonard Gratch.


Visiting Rotarian: None


After Work Meeting 5/6/10:  Information not available at time of newsletter.


Make-ups:  All Make Ups submitted were recorded in the attendance records. 


Quote of the Week: “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”  Hunter S. Thompson          

Rotary Stuff


Did you know that six German Clubs were formed after Hitler came to power and came under pressure almost immediately to expel their Jewish members?


Announcements and Events


The Rome Area Chamber of Commerce annual breakfast meeting is May 27 – Rotary is getting an award from the Chamber at this meeting for its community accomplishments and contributions – please consider attending this important meeting to support the Chamber and Rotary.  Please call the Chamber at 337-1700 to rsvp. 

On May 20th, our Interact Club at RFA is hosting a dinner to raise funds for the Sudan Lost Boys, tickets are $10 and the dinner will be held in the RFA cafeteria. 

We raised $425 selling Duck Tickets at the Home Show – great job Debbie Adamo and all those who volunteered. 


Don’t forget to vote on the school budget on May 18. 


Board Meetings will be Third Monday of the Month at Savoy Restaurant at 5:15 p.m.





Teacher of the Year Program


Debbie Adamo ran the program for our Rotary Teacher of the Year award.  The recipient was Leonard Gratch, Kindergarten teacher at Denti Elementary School.  In her nomination of him, Leonard’s Principal, Sherry Lubey stated that Leonard was the most inspiring teacher she has encountered since coming to the Rome City School District in 1999.  She talked about his quiet dedication to his children and his ability to encourage the children to think for themselves and strive for excellence.  Superintendent Jeff Simons spoke glowingly of Leonard as well.  It is very clear from Mrs. Lubey’s and Mr. Simons’ words and the turnout from his colleagues and former principals, that Leonard Gratch has the deepest respect and admiration of those he works with.  In his acceptance speech, he thanked his former principals, many of his colleagues and the teacher he student taught with, George DiFabio.  He also spoke with love about his students, his family and the many blessings he has been given.  It was a stirring and emotional speech and even more proof that this award very well deserved by Mr. Gratch.  Well done Leonard, well done. 





President Bob, Leonard Gratch, Principal Sherry Lubey, Superintendent Jeff Simons.


Rotary International Theme for 2009–10

1 everything from here on down is 12 point new times roman(except the RRC which is 24)

2 lines above and 1 line below the address & 6 lines below the Rotary wheel

Rome Rotary Club

Post Office Box 655 • Rome • New York 13442-06551