Rotary Club of Lockport
President Schratz introduces two freshly inducted young Rotarians, Elizabeth Schratz (center) and Chris Parada (right) as part of the Palace Theater team.
New Rotarians inducted Ellen Roth 2017-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul and Joel Lehman on Aug 30, 2017
LOCKPORT — The Rotary Club of Lockport welcomed home a local student who had spent the previous year studying in Austria at its weekly meeting Monday, while saying goodbye to an international student visiting from Argentina through the Rotary Youth Exchange program.
Katie Dickenson, 17, a Lockport High School graduate who will attend Hofstra University in the fall, presented her experiences living for a year in Bludenz, Austria to club members during a lunch meeting at the Lockport Country Club.
Dickenson, who will study music education at Hofstra, wore a traditional Austrian dress called a ‘dirndl” for her presentation, covered by her Rotarian blue jacket, which was adorned with dozens of pins and buttons from her travels all over Austria and Europe.
“I learned so much more than I could have ever imagined,” Dickenson said about the experience, where she lived with an Austrian family of five. “I have a more open view to the world now. Now I see the bigger picture.”
 Since 1929, Rotary International has sent young people around the globe to experience new cultures. Currently, about 9,000 students are sponsored by Rotary clubs every year. Typically, students are sent to another country for a year-long stay, generally living with multiple host families during the year and being expected to perform daily tasks within the household as well as attend school in the host country.
Dickenson’s experiences included a Eurotour through 16 cities. She took high school classes, studied German and made friends on every continent except Antarctica. The Lockport High School graduate showed Rotarians photos from Christmas in Austria, and of course shared her experiences hiking and skiing high in the Alps. She said she volunteered at the Winter Special Olympics which took place in Austria last winter and traveled to Munich, Germany with her host family.
As Dickenson returns home, Lockport Rotarians said farewell to Lorena Baez, a Rotary Youth Exchange student from Curuzú Cuatiá, Argentina, located in the northeastern part of the South American country.
Baez, 17, lived with two Lockport families while studying at the high school, and took part in a Discover America tour along with 83 other international students studying in the U.S. through the Rotary program.
“I expected to come to USA to experience a new life style, learn new things, visit new places, improve my English, discover myself and become more independent and mature,” Baez said. “Right now, a week before going back home, I can say that during this year I achieved all of that and more.”
Baez plans to return home to finish a semester of high school, then will study at a university in Buenos Aires next fall.
She noted during the meeting Monday that her favorite city on her tour was San Francisco and she particularly enjoyed Arizona and the Grand Canyon. But she added that Niagara Falls was beautiful and the winters didn’t bother her too much.
As Dickenson returns to Lockport and Baez travels home, Lockport native Becca Holz left Monday for her year in Austria through the Rotary Youth Exchange program.
The Holz family has hosted several exchange students recently, and through those relationships the Lockport High School student knew she wanted to participate, too.
“While on exchange I don't really expect much of myself but to gain a second home here. I expect to grow independently and become more mature. After working hard towards this exchange every student expects to come back home with a whole new view on their life that impacts future choices,” Holz said. She’ll live in the town of Salzburg.
Smiling as they hugged Rotarians Monday between bites of cake, both Baez and Dickenson return home with a lifetime of memories thanks to the international exchange program through the Rotary Club of Lockport.
“I’ve learned how community matters, no matter where you are,” Dickenson added.
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Paul E. Lehman                                             Written by,
Rotary Club of Lockport                               Joel M. Lehman
Public Image Committee Chair
1st photo: (left) Katie Dickenson ; (right) Lore Baez  2nd photo: Becca Holz

Rotary Exchange Students Review Their Time Abroad Paul and Joel Lehman 2017-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Award Given to Jose Santiago Paul Lehman 2017-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Play 9, Dine, and WHINE at the Historic Lockport Town and Country Club Nancy Kasprzak-Whitmore 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jackie Davis on Jun 28, 2017

LOCKPORT ROTARY Holds Annual Bushels of Books Program

The third annual Bushels of Books program of the Lockport Rotary Club was a delightful experience. Rotary held its story time and book distribution on June 23 at the Lockport YMCA. The children were divided into two age groups of K-2nd an 3-4th graders, and were supervised by the excellent staff of the YMCA Afterschool Program. Reading Rotarians were children's author Cyndy Cotten, Maria Biano, and Jackie Davis. The program was coordinated by Rotary Literacy Chair Jackie Davis, YMCA Youth director Laurie Ferris.

The Rotary Club of Lockport collected approximately 175 new books, at 5 different locations. Special thanks to DeSalles Catholic School, the YMCA, The Palace Theater, and the Lockport High School Interact Club for serving as collection sights, in addition to Rotary.

Bushels of Books was advertised on LCTV's Community Bulletin Board, Facebook, and Clubrunner. Members of Rotary, and the local community donated new books for some of Lockport's youngest readers.

A number of Rotarians volunteered to place a Rotary Club logo in every book. The children of the YMCA After-School program were very exited to enjoy a story time, and receive a new book as a gift. Children's author Cyndy Cotten autographed copies of her books. Maria Biano, a retired Spanish teacher read in both English and Spanish at the children's request. Jackie Davis, a local voice teacher, sang one of the children's elementary school songs prior to reading her selection.

The children were invited to select a new book following the story time. It was a wonderful event. The reminder of the books will be given to each child attending the YMCA Day Camp, which begins next week.

Education and literacy are among Rotary's areas of focus. The motto of Rotary International is Service Above Self.

The last photo is of 3 hard-working Rotarians, (Left to right) Maria Biano, Cynthia Cotten, and Chair of the Literacy Committee, Jackie Davis. 

Bushels of Books...2017 Edition Jackie Davis 2017-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Bob Lipp achieves 50 years of Rotary membership! Paul E. Lehman 2017-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Lehman on May 22, 2017
At the May 18th Paul Harris Awards Dinner held at Spring Lake Winery, Lockport, Jackie Davis (left) presented the award to Kathleen Granchelli, Director, YWCA. Dave Greenfield presented the Paul Harris Fellow Award to Rotarian, Janet Walker. Bob Hagen (far right) presented the award to Dr. Jeffrey Schratz.
2017 Paul Harris Dinner Paul Lehman 2017-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
Tracey Farrell, City of Lockport Assessor, was inducted as a new member on Tuesday. President Julie Coy (left) and Past-President and sponsor David Greenfield (right) do the honors.
Tracey Farrell is our Newest Member Paul Lehman 2017-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Winners of Rotary Club of Lockport’s scholarships were announced at the regular meeting of the club on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017. The students and their parents were introduced to the club during the meeting.
Mary Pagan, daughter of Paula and Robert Pagan, Lockport, and a senior at Lockport High School will receive $2000 for each of 4 years while she pursues studies at D’Youville College towards a 5-year degree preparing to be a nurse practitioner.
Olivia Hansen, daughter of Amy and Brian Hansen, Lockport, and a senior at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart will receive a $2000 vocational scholarship for each of 2 years as she studies nursing at LeMoyne College.
Rotary has provided scholarships to local students for many years using self-contributed funds and those raised through the Valentine Raffle and Mothers’ Day Rose sale.
In the photo, Dr. Ryan Schoenfeld (left) congratuates Olivia Hansen while Steve Cotten (far right) congratuates Mary Pagan on their success.
Area Students are Recipients of Rotary Scholarships Paul Lehman 2017-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
April 29th, 14 Rotarians and 9 other people participated in CPR training conducted by Action CPR, LLC. It is hoped that this will lead to further community service in this area by our club.
Rotary offers it's First CPR Class Paul Lehman 2017-05-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Lehman on Apr 25, 2017
SCRABBLEFEST 2017: Bottom line - it was a lot of fun! We had nine Rotarians and six wonderful friends of Rotary( Kathy Greenfield, Jane Lehman, Jeff Schratz, Lizzie Schratz, Mary Beth Wilson and Jake Hayes.) Scripts was a great venue to play Scrabble and sit and chat with friends. We celebrated 100 years of the Rotary Foundation and raised a little money for the Literacy volunteers. The big winner was Jake Hayes. Ellen Roth and Jeff Schratz were the runner ups. Kevin Roth won for most points for one play (41). Thank you to everyone for their support. We hope to do this again some time.
Scrabblefest 2017 Paul Lehman 2017-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 21, 2017
Rotary Club of Lockport member and Foundation Chair, Dave Kinyon, explained the success and ongoing enhancement of the Lockport Locks. Our own Erie Canal is over 200 years old. Dave discussed the work of the Locks Heritage District Corporation at our breakfast meeting this morning.
Dave Kinyon Discusses Lockport Locks Heritage Paul McAfee 2017-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 07, 2017
We proudly inducted new member Mohammed Mere, Assistant Administrator, Eastern Niagara Hospital today. Welcome Mohammed. With Mohammed is his sponsor, Jim Currie, and our President Julie Coy.
New Member Mohammed Mere
Inducting New Member Mohammed Mere Paul McAfee 2017-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 28, 2017
Members of the Rotary Club of Lockport visited the Challenger Learning Center in Lockport, NY, today for a tour of the new facility. Our tour guides were Kathy Michaels, Executive Director, and Jocelyn Welton, Mission Commander.
"Born out of the tragedy that took the lives of the Challenger crew on January 28th, 1986, Challenger Learning Centers were created by the families of the crew as a living memorial to their spirit of exploration. The families knew that a lasting memorial, dedicated to educating students in science, match, and engineering, could play a vital role in America's future."
What an amazing experiential learning environment, mostly for 5th grade through 12th grade, but what adult wouldn't enjoy a mission to rendezvous with Comet Halley?
Rendezvous with Comet Halley! Paul McAfee 2017-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 21, 2017
Our Rotary Club of Lockport had a visitor last week as the guest of member Paul Lehman.

Ms. Munakdacha Jaleni visited during our breakfast meeting. Muna is from Lagos, Nigeria. She is attending the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. 
Munakdacha Jaleni
Ms. Munakdacha Jalani Visited Last Week Paul McAfee 2017-02-21 05:00:00Z 0
Our recent Rotary Club of Lockport guest speaker was George Fritz, owner of Mills Jewelers​ in Lockport, NY. George is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.

George reviewed the 88-year history of Mills Jewelers, from its founding in 1929 until today. George started working at Mills Jewelers at the age of 15 in 1972, later purchasing the store after the second of the two founders passed away. He brought old photos, newspaper articles, and ads, from the walls of the stores that tell the store's history.
Mills Jewelers Owner George Fritz Shares History Paul McAfee 2017-02-21 05:00:00Z 0
2017 Valentine's Fundraising Raffle Paul McAfee 2017-02-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 07, 2017
The Rotary Club of Lockport inducted new member Ray Geiser, Administrator at Heritage Manor in Lockport, NY, today. Club President Julie Coy, and Past President David Greenfield, presented Ray with his pin and membership package.
Ray Geiser
Ray Geiser, New Rotary Club of Lockport Member Paul McAfee 2017-02-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 07, 2017
At the lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Lockport, NY, today, Rotary club member Paul McAfee conferred a Paul Harris Fellow recognition award on Gordon Bellinger. 

Gordon served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970. He served in the 18th and 20th Engineer Brigades in Vietnam in 1968-1970, earning the Bronze Star award. The Bronze Star is a United States decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for either heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone.
Vietnam Veteran Gordon Bellinger Receives Paul Harris Fellow Recognition
Vietnam Veteran Grodon Bellinger Receives Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Award Paul McAfee 2017-02-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 01, 2017
Our guest speaker this week was Christopher Prucha, Director, Ground Water Protection, Waste Management. 

Our Rotary Club of Lockport members learned about landfills today. The focus of the talk was the Model Cities Landfill in Niagara County.
Model Cities Landfill
Groundwater Protection & Model Cities Landfill Paul McAfee 2017-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Valentine Raffle 2017-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 16, 2017
At our Rotary Club of Lockport breakfast meeting this morning, Ms. Kim Davidson talked to us about the warning signs of dating violence. Ms. Davidson spoke from the heart, having lost her daughter, Kari Ann Gorman, to dating violence.
January 17, 2017, Rotary Club of Lockport Breakfast
Learning About Teen Dating Violence Paul McAfee 2017-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Lehman on Jul 05, 2016

New Officers, 2016-17

(Some of) our new officers for 2016-17: (left to right) Dan Wilson, assistant secretary; Ellen Roth, vice president; David Greenfield, immediate past president; Julie Coy, president; Gene Urban, secretary and Ellen Schratz, president elect. Missing: Carrie Witenzellner, sergent at arms; Bob Shaw, treasurer and Jay Dry, assistant treasurer.


New officers 2016-17 Paul Lehman 2016-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome President Julie Coy Paul McAfee 2016-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Lehman on May 29, 2016
Over 100 Lockport Rotarians and guests gathered at the Lockport Town and Country Club on Thursday, May 26th, to celebrate the accomplishments of 3 outstanding volunteers and to present Paul Harris Fellowships to them. Two non-Rotarian community members and one Rotarian were honored.
The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905. The Fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution of $1,000 to the humanitarian and educational programs of The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Club of Lockport is able to designate a Paul Harris Fellow to recognize a person or organization who demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of the Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace. To be recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow is Rotary’s highest honor.
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2016 Paul Harris Awards Paul Lehman 2016-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor, Kevin Crosby presents 3-year Rotary Leadership Training completion pins to David Greenfield and Ellen Schratz Paul Lehman 2016-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Three levels of classes made up of Rotarians from District 7090 met at Niagara County Community College on Saturday, March 19th. Third year graduates received certificates from District Governor, Kevin Crosby (far left), including Lockport's Ellen Schratz (2nd from left) and David Greenfield (far right). Sorry I don't have the others' names.
Kevin Crosby, Ellen Schratz
Leadership 2016-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Lockport Rotaract Meeting article in today's (4/11/16) Lockport Union Sun & Journal.
Service Above Self
Great Article 2016-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Jackie Davis introduced new member, Joyce Miles, Managing Editor, Lockport Union Sun and Journal several weeks ago (We sort of like to spread these postings out when we have a lot of them). We have not presumed that Joyce will serve on the Public Image Committee...although she would be welcome!
New Member 3/1/16 2016-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Past President, Jackie Walker (left) and President David Greenfield (right) introduce new member, # 69, Eric Lindquist, at today's Rotary luncheon. We also heard a very poignant autobiographic presentation by Darlene DeCarlo as our speaker. Contact any Rotarian if you'd like to know aout our speakers and about Rotary Club of Lockport's presence in our community.
New Member Eric Lindquist
New Member! 2016-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Our Exchange Student 2016-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul McAfee on Feb 26, 2016
Tammy Lee Demler, Host of WNY Tonight on LCTV, met live on February 24, 2016 with leaders from the Rotary Club of Lockport (NY).
Interviewed live on-air by Tammie Lee were David Greenfield, President, Eric Connor, Major Jose Santiago and Jackie Davis, Immediate Past President.
Rotary Club of Lockport Public Image Director Paul Lehman organized the broadcast interview.
In the past five years, the Rotary Club of Lockport has contributed $297,635 to local and global causes. These include $48,000 for college scholarships, $12,500 for youth leadership training, $12,000 for international youth education exchange programs, $3900 for literacy programs, $51,450 for the Salvation Army, and much more. 
Rotary provides program for LCTV's WNY Tonight 2-24-16 Paul McAfee 2016-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Lockport inducted two new members today(1/19/16): Carrie Wittenzellner (right) (Sponsor, Pat Barrows) and Paul McAfee (left) (transfer). They pose, here, with President David Greenfield (center). We hope to utilize their many talents in "being a gift to the world."
New Members! 2016-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
In the interest of building goodwill and friendship, our president-elect and program chair, Julie Coy, invited Rotarian Janet Walker (right) and her mother, Margo Bittner (left), a rabbinical assistant to present a program on practices of the Jewish faith at this week's Rotary meeting. A graduate of Toastmasters, Margo held our apt attention with a 20-minute program. Daughter, Janet, did real well with her shofar-blowing demonstration! Rotary meetings are well worth attending to break from the day-to-day routine and expand one's knowledge of  the community and its people.
Rotary Weekly meetings are well worth attending to expand our perspective on the community and its people Paul E. Lehman 2015-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
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