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"SERVICE ABOVE SELF"
Presently our weekly meetings are by video conference.  If you are not a member of our club but would like to visit us as a guest, please email rotarylakeplacid@gmail.com and we will contact you.  In-person meetings are held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Lake Placid or other locations TBD.  We will resume in person / hybrid meetings at a date to be determined and in line with applicable public health guidelines.  Meetings are each Thursday at 7:20 AM.
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Brian LaVallee teaches Technology Engineering and Art at the Lake Placid Middle High School.  At today's Club meeting, Brian explained a program involving robotics and other technologies   Students participate as part of Team 7030 - The ROBOlympians.  Studens learn the intricacies of design, graphics, media presentations and game strategy in a high pressure problem solving situation that incorporates various learning disciplines - including fun - to develop problem solving methodologies.  Click "read more" for pictures of the team in competition.
At today's meeting, Emily Kilburn Politi presented an overview of the activities of the Lake Placid Institute for the Arts & Humanities http://www.lakeplacidinstitute.org.  The Institute involves numerous school districts within the Adirondacks to encourage students with interest in photography and/or poetry to showcase their talents.  Student works get published and are also placed in a public gallery display.  In addition, the Institute runs a chamber music seminar and conducts roundtable breakfast sessions (open to the public) offering a chance to hear and interact with notable people from various disciplines such as John Bogle, Gov. Madeline Kunin and James Burrows. 
Whilte gloved or purple gloved, Rotarians Chandler Ralph and Don Woodlief are shown cleaning historical and valuable glass negative photographic plates at the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society.  Also participating in the project on this day are Martha Spear, Society Director Courtney Bastian and former Director Carla Eilo.  This is just another small way Rotarians participate in many activities in our community as part of our service to make our village and town a better place.
With relaxation of COVID restrictions, we held a hybrid meeting on May 27 with 10 Rotarians online and 12 in person.  Rotarian Sean Donovan gave an engaging presentation - with exhibits - on the manhunt for Major James Call, a former Air Force officer.  Major Call murdered Lake Placid PO Richard Pelkey and was the subject of a nationwide search, finally being captured in Nevada.  Sean provided details of Call's method of operation, how he evaded the searchers for months and also spoke about the theory that Call was linked to the murder of Marilyn Sheppard in Cleveland, for which Dr. Sam Sheppard was convicted and later acquitted.  The Sheppard murder is said to have inspired the TV series "The Fugitive." 
Sean is shown 2nd from right in the top row.
At our evening "social" this week, Marco DiGirolomo from Senior Planet introducted us to the wide variety of free programs and opportunities offered by an organization dedicated to helping seniors with computer skills.  From learning how to master P2P sites like PayPal and Venmo to being safe on social media.  There's even a free help desk that can be of valuable assistance in solving a computer issue.  Check out https://seniorplanet.org/locations/north-country/
 
The Rotary Club of Lake Placid is proud to name John Armstrong, a junior at Lake Placid High School as the winner of the Kate Smith Music Scholarship Award for 2021.  In addition to being listed on a plaque of past winners prominently displayed at the school, John will receive a scholarship award of $1,000 towards his college plans.  John is seeking appointment to one of our nation's military academies as he continues to explore his passions for music and several team sports.  Via Zoom, John sang "Some Enchanted Evening" at our club's May 6th meeting.  
Dean Dietrich and Haley Breen paid the club another virtual visit this week now that construction is proceeding daily on the Main Street Project.  It's both useful and important to keep up to date on the status of the project as construction locations and activities change on a daily basis.  What's the best thing to do for residents and visitors alike?  Simply click this link and don't forget to subscribe to the daily email updates so you're in the know:  http://villageoflakeplacid.ny.gov/content/Generic/View/141
 
A very informative presentation today by Peggy Wittberger, Nick George and Sara DeSimone to inform us about the mission of High Peaks Hospice that the care hospice provides when someone reaches an end of life condition.   Hospice eases the burden on caregivers and serves as a resource to address the challenges a household may face, including bereavement care.  High Peaks Hospice has served our area since 1986.  http://www.highpeakshospice.org
 
Steve Sama, representing the Housing Development Corporation, addressed the Club regarding the Fawn Valley Housing Project.  From an article in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise dated 2/20/21 by Elizabeth Izzo:                      "This development is being undertaken by the Homestead Development Corporation, an organization led by Sama, North Elba town Councilwoman Emily Politi, local real estate agent Whit Bissell, former Lake Placid mayor and current mayoral candidate Jamie Rogers, and accountant John Huttlinger Jr. It’s one of three housing developments currently in the works in housing-crunched Lake Placid, and the second planned for Wesvalley Road. The HDC’s goal, according to its application to the Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Review Board, is to “help develop more affordable housing stock in Lake Placid” — specifically housing for “skilled trades, professional workers and their families who are challenged to find housing near their workplace.”
Parmalee Tolkan, President of the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society address our club this morning with some of the Society's history and to update us on activities and events which make the Society's location at the former New York Central RR station building a most interesting place for locals and visitors alike.  The Society is a membership organization created in 1948 for the purpose of documenting and preserving the history of the Village of Lake Placid and the Town of North Elba in New York State.  The Society is located at what will be the terminus of the new rail trail.  Please visit the Society's website at http://www.lakeplacidhistory.com to learn more about the many activities the Society is involved with.
Local author TJ Brearton ( http://tjbrearton.net ) was guest at our Thursday evening "social" meeting, holding forth with his story of what it takes to be an author in today's mix of hard copy books and digital media.  Tim spoke of his fondness for the Adirondacks and how he comes by his muse to develop story lines where the boundaries of right and work are blurred and characters carry with them serious flaws.   Tim has written over 20 books including eight novels set in the North Country.  A story not set in the Adirondacks is Into Darkness, focusing on FBI Special Agent Shannon Ames who must capture a serial killer who targets reporters.  This is a mystery involving deception at almost every turn, calling for intuition and out of the box approaches to apprehend the murderer.  Tim spoke to us about the journey to publication - a journey involving literary agents, publishing executives, book retailers - a whole litany of people who work to get a book into your hands (or in the case of audio books0, your ears.  It was a very interesting hour with a lot of questions from those who joined our session.
Peter Labelle, Chairperson 2020-2023 for Rotary District 7040 International Service projects, along with Grants Subcommittee Chair Elizabeth (Bette) Miller, presented an update on several international service projects at our March 18th meeting.  From the web page of the Committee ( https://www.rotary7040.com/page/international-service ):  "While we serve in countless ways, we’ve focused our efforts in six key areas to maximize our impact. These areas encompass some of the world’s most critical and widespread humanitarian needs, and we have a proven record of success in addressing them:   Peace and conflict resolution/prevention, Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy and Economic and community development."  Please click "Read More" to see several images from Peter's presentation.
 
Our final trivia night of 2020 - 2021 continued to raise funds for the expansion of literacy projects in our area.  The evening began with a remembrance of Mary Kelley who taught at Lake Placid Elementary School for 37 years.  Mary's obituary, as posted by the M.B. Clark Funeral Home is here: http://bit.ly/3rp3ZI6   For the final scores from the contest and for some pictures from the night's salute to Mary, please click the "read more" button below.
Rotarian Randy Quayle (L) presents LPCSD Superintendent Roger Catania with gift cards for the teachers and all support staff to recognize overcoming all the challenges in keeping things going during this difficult school year.  Rotarians and the communities they are in. Partnership at its best.
Catherine Bemis, St. Agnes' school principal, is shown with Mary Liz Alexander accepting gift cards on behalf of the entire staff at St. Agnes School.
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Emergencies don't take holidays
Floods, earthquakes, severe storms happen 24/7/365.  A gift to ShelterBox, a Rotary sponsored program. can provide several different types of urgently needed emergency equipment.    Just use the link on the left side of this page to download the ShelterBox gift form showing many ideas . Your one gift will bring much help and aid to those in need.  Learn about ShelterBox by visiting https://www.shelterbox.org 
 
 
 
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2019 Dam Duck Race Video
Highlights from our 2019 Dam Duck Race.  
We hope we'll be able to have a "live" event
in 2021 that will be exciting to watch and a
great fundraiser for our community projects.
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