Posted by Tina Pavlot on Feb 01, 2019

Here is What You Missed at This Week’s Rotary Meeting (I apologize in advance if I've misspelled names or left out details. I rely on the website to cross reference member info. The new website already looks incredible and I look forward to it's completion!) 


Meeting Recap 01/31/19     


  • Randy Wilson, District Governor Elect, from the Rotary Club of Sauquoit
  • Travis Rubbers – former Rotarian from out of the area
Rotarians in the News
  • Fellow Rotarian Joe Marino is running for Utica City Mayor
  • Gina C. was mentioned in reference to the Abraham House
  • PP Dave Jones was mentioned in reference to the Utica Roadrunners
  • Dick Matea was mentioned in reference to a Heart Run & Walk ad
  • Martin Brown turned 100 in September
  • Our deepest condolences go out to Larry Calabrese who unexpectedly lost his wife Annabella. Please keep him in your thoughts.
  • It is too late to register, but tomorrow is the District Foundation Gala. Enjoy, all those who attend.
  • A benefit for former Rotarian Melissa Kehler, who is battling cancer for the third time, will be held February 10 from 2-6 p.m. at Daniele’s, New Hartford. Contact Deborah Burke for details.
  • The Member Mixer will be held Wednesday, February 20th from 5:30 – 7:30 at the Uptown Theatre for Creative Arts. All Rotarians are encouraged to attend and if you bring a potential new member as your guest you will be entered in a drawing to win $100. Please bring in your magazines to Jill Koch to have on display at the event.
  • The website is still under construction. More to be announced as it progresses.
  • The Recap News Committee is looking for additional members willing to help with the recap news on a rotating basis. If interested, contact Michelle Brandstadt, Tina Pavlot or Deb Burke.
  • President Dave thanked Brymer as the Sergeant of Arms. Deb Burke will take over for February but the position is open for the month of March.
  • We have 6 students going out on the youth exchange program this summer.
Program: Maria Pavelock introduced Alex Simon, the Director of Development at the Masonic Medical Research Institute. She highlighted their involvement and enrichment to our community. Alex explained that their research is funded through fundraising, grants and the state of NY. He mentioned the current areas of work: hypertrophy, CHD, diabetes, cardiac immunology and electrophysiology and areas they hope to expand into: cancer, autoimmunology, gastroenterology and autism. They currently employ roughly 40 individuals and hope to increase that to 100 in the next 3 – 5 years. They are looking for interns for the summer. It is a 10-week paid internship from 5 – 15 hrs/week.
Alex SimonMaria Pavelock, Alex Simon, David Bagley