Posted by Michelle Brandstadt on Nov 15, 2019
Here is what you missed at this week’s Rotary meeting!
Meeting Recap 11/14/19
Reception Desk: Deb Burke & Dan Murphy
Leading in Song: Linda Iannone
Invocation: Darby O’Brien
  • Randy Wilson – District Governor; Sauquoit Rotary Club
  • David Edlestein – WUTR TV sports anchor
50-50 Winner: Marie Masca (new member)
Rotarians in the News: Roger Breslow
  • Utica OD: Bob Dellecese was pictured in front of the new Utica College Veterans Memorial; Nick Passalacqua’s firm sponsored Ride for Joe event to raise money for those affected by severe medical conditions
  • Facebook: Phil Bean was spotted dining at Canal Side Inn
Member Induction: New member Marie Masca, sponsored by Kristine Theodorakos. Marie works for Total Solutions in outside sales.
  • DG Randy Wilson thanked our club for its efforts with the Pin Down Polio and Veterans Dinner events; he’s also selling tickets for an Amish rocker raffle to benefit the Sauquoit Rotary Club
  • Hope House dinner service on Friday, Nov. 15
  • Member Mixer on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 5-7 p.m. at Delta Hotels by Marriott Utica
What Have You Done to make Rotary Proud:
  • Jerry Krause, Deb Burke, Elizabet Nassar and Bill Luley helped raised funds at the Cycle Nation event the American Cancer Society
  • Mary Ann Hallak-Serwatka did a superb job with the Veterans Appreciation Dinner
  • Bob Dellecese helped dedicate the new Utica College Veterans Memorial
  • Deb Burke and Brymer Humphreys helped take down over 1,000 flags along the Memorial Parkway
  • Jerry Krause: Community Service Award
Israel Acosta introduced Kelly Blazosky, Oneida County Tourism President. Kelly has served as president for 10 years. Oneida County Tourism, celebrating its 35th anniversary, is responsible for promoting tourism in the area and enhancing the area’s public image. The organization is funded by the Oneida County Hotel Occupancy Tax. It runs two welcome centers—one at Thruway Exit 31 and one at Union Station—as well as overseeing several campaigns to market the area. In 2018, travel related spending in Oneida County increased 5.9%, generating $182 million in state and local taxes. To learn more about Oneida County Tourism, check out its website at
Next week’s program: Daniel Shumway – author of several Utica-related history books