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When Joni Blackman -- a longtime Rotarian and the director of the Fenton History Center since 2004 -- gets passionate about a topic, she takes it all the way. For the Rotary Club of Jamestown's Oct. 5 meeting, members traveled to the Fenton Mausoleum at Lake View Cemetery. There, they met Blackman, who was dressed up as Reuben Fenton's second wife, Elizabeth Scudder Fenton. In character, Blackman told Mrs. Fenton's story to a rapt audience. With her husband, Mrs. Fenton said, she had "caught myself a real gem" -- Fenton was eager to make a name for himself by helping others, a quality Mrs. Fenton loved. She spoke about her husband's time as the Town of Carroll supervisor, as a U.S. Congressman, as Governor of New York, as a U.S. Senator, and as the founder of the Republican Party in Chautauqua County. But she also spoke about her husband as a sort of one-man business incubator: Fenton would regularly make loans of $1,000 -- the equivalent of about $25,000 today -- to entrepreneurs and allow them to live at the mansion while they got their businesses off the ground. Mrs. Fenton also spoke of her husband's legacy: during his tenure as Governor, Cornell University was founded, a free public school system was initiated, and relief measures were sanctioned that benefited veterans. When Fenton died, Jamestown all but shut down for three days. More than 10,000 people lined the streets from what is now the Fenton History Center to Lake View Cemetery to see him laid to rest. After Mrs. Fenton finished speaking, she invited Rotarians to see the inside of the Fenton Mausoleum, the only mausoleum at Lake View Cemetery to contain a basement.

During the Sept. 28 meeting of the Rotary Club of Jamestown, Paul Cesana and his wife, Tish Brady, were honored as Paul Harris Fellows. The occasion marked the second such time that Cesana has been named a Paul Harris Fellow. A longtime Rotarian, Cesana recently retired after 27 years as the executive director of The Resource Center. Brady is the chief operating officer at Catholic Charities of Western New York, a position she has held for the last 15 years. Paul Harris Fellows are Rotarians or individuals who make contributions, or who have had contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Donations are used to purchase polio vaccines in support of Rotary's worldwide polio eradication campaign. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation matches gifts to The Rotary Foundation on a 2:1 basis. In Cesana and Brady's case, this match enabled the purchase of 5,000 doses of the vaccine. Pictured above are, from left, Rotary Club of Jamestown president Michael S. Moots; Cesana; Brady; and Rotarian Dudley "Spud" Ericson.

"Every hero has a story." That was the message during the Prendergast Library's 2015 Summer Reading Challenge, held between June 20 and August 15. The challenge's theme was "Every Hero Has A Story," and enabled children to meet local heroes, such as nurses and firefighters, learn about their professions, and participate in corresponding literacy programming. Earlier this year, the Rotary Club of Jamestown sponsored the reading challenge with a gift of $2,500. During the club's Sept. 28 meeting, members learned that the program had been a resounding success. Tina Scott, the executive director of the library, and Annie Greene, the manager of public services there, spoke to club members about the challenge and said that throughout the summer, participating readers logged 179,902 minutes read and 39 participating teenagers read 330 books. And best of all, the challenge reached approximately 2,400 children and nearly 2,000 parents in the community. Pictured above are, from left, Annie Greene, Tina Scott, and Rotary Club of Jamestown President-Elect Gary Padak.


The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on 25 September that Nigeria is now polio-free and has been officially removed from the list of countries where polio is endemic. It’s been 14 months since any cases of polio caused by the wild virus have been detected there.

With Nigeria’s historic achievement, polio remains endemic in only two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. That means transmission of the virus has never been stopped there.

Nigeria was the last country in Africa where polio was endemic. The continent celebrated its own first full year without the disease on 11 August. Once three years have passed without a case in WHO’s entire African region, officials will certify polio eradicated there.



During its Sept. 21 meeting, the Rotary Club of Jamestown heard a presentation from the Rev. Luke Fodor of St. Luke's Episcopal Church about the Children of the Book Reading Camp, which was held at the church between June 29 and July 25. Earlier this summer, Rotary Club of Jamestown sponsored the reading camp with a gift of $2,500. Rev. Fodor said the camp was a success, with as many as 20 children participating each week. As part of the camp, children enjoyed group activities; attention from certified teachers who worked with the children to teach them phonics, writing, and reading; and partner reading with community volunteers.
"This was intended to create a transformative relationship for both the kids and the community," Rev. Fodor said of the program. "This program emotionally impacted every person in the parish. One child told me, 'I wish this were my home.' That's what this community, working through this program, enabled us to do. It honestly turned into a life celebration and a real opportunity for engagement with children and families who might not otherwise have it. It mobilized people in our community and it was an incredibly humbling experience."
From left are Willow Fodor; the Rev. Paul Fodor; Rotarian Cheri Krull, a member of the club's Literacy Committee; and Rotarian Sally Martinez, chair of the club's Literacy Committee.

At the September 14 meeting of the Rotary Club of Jamestown, Greg Peterson, an attorney with Philips-Lytle LLC and Jamestown's own interviewer extraordinaire, spoke about a series of interviews he performed with members of the 1964 and 1965 Buffalo Bills American Football League championship teams. He has interviewed several players from that championship team, including Jack Kemp, Booker Edgerson, and Paul McGuire. During his presentation, Peterson played a video featuring vignettes from his interviews with these Buffalo Bills legends, along with clips of coverage from the championship games and the seasons leading up to them. His presentation was timely, as the Buffalo Bills honored the 1964 and 1965 AFL Championship teams at halftime during their Sunday, Sept. 13 win over the Indianapolis Colts. During the celebration, 18 surviving members of those championship teams took a bow at midfield and enjoyed a standing ovation from the sellout crowd at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Pictured above are, from left, Rotarian Mark Baldwin; Rotarian Mark Olson, arguably the Club's biggest Buffalo Bills fan; and Greg Peterson.

At the August 31 meeting of the Rotary Club of Jamestown, Rotarian Mark Baldwin, a longtime educator at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, spoke about Roger Tory Peterson and how various locations throughout Jamestown laid the foundation for Peterson's life's work as the most prominent American nature educator of the 20th Century and would have been 107 years old on August 28. His book, A Field Guide to Birds, was named one of the most influential books of the 20th Century because it forever changed the way we view nature and interact with the natural world. Peterson was a tireless advocate for nature and education about the natural world. Baldwin said several locations throughout Jamestown were important to Peterson's life, including his boyhood home at 16 Bowen Street and the old reservoir at the top of Swede Hill. It was there in April 1920 that Peterson had a life-changing encounter ... while with a friend, he spotted a mass of motionless brown feathers on the side of a tree. The boys were able to walk right up to this mysterious mass and Peterson was able to touch them before the feathers woke up and away flew a Northern Flicker woodpecker! At the 100 Acre Lot on Curtis Street, Peterson identified his first yellow warbler. He got special permission from Jamestown's police chief to stay out after curfew so he could catch moths at Lakeview Cemetery. He spent a week working at Dahlstrom's ... then got a job at Union National Furniture Company after a cousin showed a painting of his to the art director. All of these locations are local landmarks today and still play an important role in Jamestown life. Pictured above are, from left, Ardy Baldwin; her husband and Rotarian Mark Baldwin; Joni Blackman, Rotarian and executive director of the Fenton History Center; and Gary Padak, the vice president of the Rotary Club of Jamestown.

On Monday, August 17, 2015 the Jamestown Noon Rotary Club was honored by a visit from the Rotary District 7090 District Governor, Kevin J. Crosby, Ph.D.  Mr. Crosby shared his thoughts on the Rotary theme for this year, “Be a Gift to the World.”  His message to Rotarians is “Rotary is what you do as members.”  In his 10 years of Rotary involvement Mr. Crosby has come to realize the wide spread affect Rotarians have on both their local and international communities.  Rotarians are involved in programs for clean water, developing youth and youth leadership, promoting world peace, literacy, responding to natural disasters and the PolioPlus Campaign for the eradication of Polio throughout the world.
Mr. Crosby also discussed the Rotary goals and strategies for 2015-2016. Goals included developing stronger, more vibrant clubs through growth incorporating diversity of age and culture.  He complemented the Noon Club on the number of female members, which is far above the international average.   Strategically he is encouraging clubs to focus on engagement in the club rather than on attendance, which has been the traditional focus.   He did stress, however, the importance of attendance.  He also discussed plans for a “Food Truck” model for providing resources and services to clubs, leveraging technology, greater use of Club Central, encouraging innovation and encouraging all Rotarians to learn more about Rotary.  He is looking for the expansion in developing young leaders and long-term strategic planning and succession planning (which our club has in place).  He encouraged the club to strive for both the President’s Award and the Light House Award this year.  He also put in a plug for this year’s Conference in Ellicottville.  He ended his presentation with the definition of the meaning of life…doing what gives your life meaning at this moment.  Be a Gift to the World.
At the end of his presentation, the Jamestown Noon Rotary club presented District Governor Crosby with an unrestricted donation of $1000.00 to the Rotary Foundation.  The District Governor immediately designated the donation to the PolioPlus Campaign, where it will become a $3000.00 donation through the generosity of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
District Governor Crosby makes his home in Lockport, New York, where he is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Buffalo-Sunrise.  He is a Partner at Full Circle Studios, LLC, and is involved with the Girls Educational Collaborative, Inc, the Buffalo-Niagara Chapter of the Association for Talent Development, the Summit Academy, and several international service projects in Malawi and Tanzania.  He doesn’t take himself too seriously, likes Hawaiian shirts, and on occasion talks to Paul Harris.
Be a Gift to the World - District Governor Kevin J. Crosby of Rotary District 7090 outlines goals and strategies for the 2015-2016 Rotary year at the Jamestown Noon Rotary Club meeting on August 17, 2015. Pictured are (standing) Walter Pickut, Lisa Yaggie, Club President Michael Moots, (seated) District Governor Kevin Crosby and Assistant District Governor Sharon Hamilton.

Once again on August 16 we held the opening of our handicapped camp in conjunction with two fabulous partners, The Resource Center and Camp Onyahsa. This camp is attended by adults with special needs that without this opportunity would never experience summer camp on Chautauqua Lake. For those of us who attend the opening "campfire" emotions of the campers ranges from shear joy to tears of worry in facing a new experience. At the end of the evening all that remains are the smiles!
Thanks to Jon Obrian and his committed staff who are so dedicated to making this an experience that brings joy to our special campers!
 Jon and his Indian friend arriving by canoe to give the campers a short history of Chautauqua Lake and our native Indian heritage.
If you have a campfire you must sing with the help of Tim Edborg and Randy Graham.
And a few photos.


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