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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.  We will resume in person 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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March 4 2021 Trivia
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At this week's evening meeting, Brittany Sternberg introduced us to ADKArtrise, a new venture in Saranac Lake seeking to provide a creative outlet for people of all ages and abilities using different types of media.  Their programs range from introducing youngsters to artistic opportunities to staging events for adults such as an "Art Date Night."  More information may be found at https://www.adkartrise.com
Linda Young was presented with our Service Above Self award for her many years of leading a team of dedicated volunteers at the Lake Placid Ecumenical Food Pantry.  The award is presented annually to a non-Rotarian whose significant volunteer service has contributed to the betterment of our community.  With the pandemic increasing the demands on the food pantry, Linda has been there to answer the call.
Results are here from our February trivia contest where once again Team Irish Mafia takes first place.  Another night of interesting questions and putting some techy issues aside, another night of fun.  But more importantly, we've raised over $750 to support literacy initiatives in our community.
Thanks to all who played and we look to see you again on March 4 for our last virtual trivia night of the 2020 - 2021 season.  Click "Read More" for the list.
Caleb Mihill is a Junior at Lake Placid High.  He's devoted quite a bit of time and effort to create and produce video content that is enjoyed by students and faculty alike.  His series is an alternative form of "morning announcements."  At our meeting today, Caleb presented a highlight reel from the 60+ episodes he's created thus far.  
Here's the link to Caleb's YouTube channel:  http://bit.ly/3rt52WK
 
At the first of several planned evening meetings, we listened intently as author Sharon Linnéa read the opening to her book "Death By Tranquility," a murder mystery set in a fictionalized version of Lake Placid.  Sharon told us of how she gets her inspirations and ideas for her plot lines, turning characters on a page into three dimensional people.  A feature of the book is to include drink recipes as part of the story of bartenders turning into sleuths in the series "The Bartenders Guide to Murder."  More about Sharon can be found at http://www.sharonlinnea.com
A special holiday treat for residents receiving care at Elderwood of Uihlein.  Club members generously donated gifts of books, personal care items and games to each of Elderwood's residents in addition to a box of chocolates for everyone.  Rotarians chose what to provide from a wish list that was made available to the Club.  Several club members also sang Christmas carols to the residents by being socially distant and singing outside windows of the facility.  Shown here are Club members Bill & Linda  Flederbach, Chandler Ralph and Bridget McKillip making the delivery.  Elderwood staff, recognizing the devotion to their work, will be treated to a pizza lunch.
Our last meeting of the year had Joe Tastrom, representing the Beagle Freedom Project, inform us about the BFP's mission of rescuing and rehabilitating animals used in testing and research and subjected to other forms of unique cruelty, abuse and neglect. BFP strives to end this cruelty through its educational programs, campaign initiatives and lobbying efforts to make the world a better, safer and healthier place for both animals and people alike.  More information found at http://www.bfp.org
 
This week's feature article in The Lake Placid News highlights the Colonel himself, Kerry Gates.  You may recall the video presentation from a few meetings ago.  Kerry, as a young lad of 7, was at Pearl Harbor with his family on December 7, 1941.  Click this link for Kerry's story:  https://bit.ly/376cIXQ
On 12/3 we were joined by the Editor of The Lake Placid News, Andy Flynn.  Andy spoke to us about the importance of a local newspaper to the community.  Andy generously provides space in the paper for our Club's monthly column.  This provides a vary valuable channel of information to our community, in addition to our web page and social media.  Andy also informed us of upcoming workshops dealing with the art of crating a good press release, something that's important when the subject involves fundraisiting.  
A goal of the North Country Healthy Heart Network is to design, develop and implement strategies to raise awareness of and decrease the incidence of cardiac diseases, stroke and related illnesses.  At today's virtual Club meeting, Ann Morgan, Executive Director of the Healthy Heart Network presented an overview of the organization's history and current projects.  For more information visit https://heartnetwork.org/ and while you're there, take the simple 1 minute test on prediabetes - a growing medical issue in our area.  
On Oct. 29 our club welcomed Rob Riley, President of the Northern Forest Center, who spoke to us about trends impacting population changes not just in the Lake Placid area but across what's called the Northern Forest.  We were shown very interesting charts and data to consider as rural areas focus on how to attract a mix of tourists and those who seek to move to an area where there's an affinity with the environment.  Click here for Rob's presentation: https://bit.ly/3oHatAU   The Annual Report of the Northern Forest Center may be found here: https://bit.ly/34CAlWK 
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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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