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Make Up Opportunities 
AM CLUB Hybrid meetings at Venue 31 - Meetings at 7:30 on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
FALCONER — Meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 AM at the Falconer Fire Department Exempt Hall located at 1 Coleson Drive Falconer NY, 14733.
WESTFIELD / MAYVILLE — Currently meeting on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 5pm via ZOOM. Contact Janese Berkhouse at 716-397-8801 for Zoom details.
Meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM - Zoom Teleconference Meetings - Effective until further notice - Fredonia, NY 14063
Committee meetings or social events can also be used as make-ups.
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October 23, 2023 Rotary Meeting
Today's Chairperson: President Ruth Lundin led the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of the National Anthem and the recitation of the Four-Way Test.
Invocation: The invocation was given by Paulette Klein – “Virtue is the only way for anyone to make progress.”

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Brent Sheldon guest of Stacey Hannon; Jen Swan-Leuze, guest of Max Eimiller; Amy Pembridge, guest of Lisa Goodell; and Patricia Graves, guest of Marion Beckerink.


If you attended the AM Rotary Football Fundraiser or participated in Highway Cleanup, please send an email to Lisa Goodell and she will credit you with a make-up.

Joni presented a video of RI President reminding us to send our donations for World Polio Day October 24 so “TOGETHER WE CAN END POLIO.” Joni will send in $195 representing all this past year’s speakers’ honorariums. The Foundation goal is $50 million. 

Ken Omero has applied to return to membership. If there are any objections, please notify the President within the next 10 days.

There will be a free reception at the Clay House, given by the International Art Collective on Nov. 3. Free classes will be given the following day. Contact Ruth Lundin for additional information.

There will be a Youth Exchange Parents Meeting Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7pm in the Undercroft at St. Luke’s Church. 

The Literacy Committee will meet by ZOOM on November 16.

Next week we will NOT have a noon meeting, but we will gather for a social evening from 5-8 at Southern Tier Brewing Company. You are responsible for ordering and paying for your own refreshments.

Thanks to Pat Kinney for serving as this week’s greeter and Dick Johnson for selling 50/50 tickets.

50/50 Winner: Andy Goodell won $40.00 and promptly donated it to the Club! 

Sergeant At Arms: The Club had a special treat today with the return of Greg Jones as Sergeant at Arms.

He received many dollars from all of us including Joelle Washer for missing many meetings; Phil Cala who has now retired from the County Court, but promptly said yes to part-time work as public defender. Joni Blackman paid for the success of the Blind Association’s White Cane fund-raiser. Everyone who had been on Chautauqua Lake this summer paid, Andy Goodell was fined for the renewal of his cousin Roger’s contract extension as NFL Commissioner. Sue Jones paid for being the only person in the room who attended the original Celoron Amusement Park, and everyone who uses BPU Electric services paid for the $17 million windfall from New York State to upgrade the grid. Everyone who has visited Tim Horton’s five times in the past year paid a dollar for the proposed new Tim Horton’s in Brooklyn Square. And congratulations to our exchange student Joaquin who scored four goals for the Southwestern soccer team! Everyone who didn’t wear their Rotary pin paid $1.00. Quizzes included how much money did our Club members pledge in 1988 for the first polio plus fundraiser? - $55, 414 (Chris Anderson’s table paid). What was the lead story in this month’s Rotary magazine? Pat Kinney’s table couldn’t come up with the answer which was Lifeline Rotary helping stop suicide.

GREG ALSO REMINDED EVERYONE TO UPDATE THEIR PAGE ON THE ROTARY WEBSITE AND THIS INCLUDES ADDING YOUR PHOTO. He will be sending out instructions on how to do it and will be available to help you if you need it.

Happy Bucks: 

President Ruth paid for the current humane society fundraiser. $5.00 per ticket – contact Marion Beckerink.

Diana Meckley gave us a quick rundown of her travels over the past two months. She and Lew traveled to the last of the fifty states on their bucket list and most recently attended the hot-air balloon festival in Albuquerque, NM.

Amy Rohler invited people to attend The Alice Experience on Nov. 1 in the undercroft of St. Luke’s. Alice stands for Asset Limited Income Constrained Employees. You will find it quite eye opening. Call the United Way to reserve your free seat and the video lasts about 90 minutes. 

Randy Sweeney paid for his attendance at the Harmony Express concert who honored our longtime member and their longtime member Bill Larson. He also paid for recognizing one of our members on the television in a commercial for stairlift chairs – none other than John and Jean Lloyd.

Andy Goodell paid a happy buck in honor of our wonderful Police Dept. who caught the person who stole Andy’s car (with the keys in it) and very little gas in it. While Andy was filling out the Police report, they caught the person 1 ½ miles away. Great work!

Kim Ecklund, the Republican-endorsed candidate for Mayor of the City of Jamestown

Becky Robbins introduced Kim Ecklund, the Republican-endorsed candidate for Mayor of the City of Jamestown,

In elected office, she has served as City Council Member at Large in Jamestown since 2004. She is the Finance Committee Chair and a member of the Jamestown Local Development Corporation. She is a member of the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Commission, the Public Works Commission, and the Riverfront Management Commission, among other committees. She worked as a member of the Task Force on Efficiency and Cost Reduction.

Kim has worked for 34 years at eSolutions Furniture (formerly Bush Industries) in various finance positions.

Personally, Kim is Vice President and Public Relations Division Director of the Jamestown Babe Ruth World Series Committee. She is an 18-year mentor through Chautauqua Striders and a planning member of the annual Buddy Walk.

A lifelong Jamestown resident, Kim graduated from Jamestown High School, Jamestown Community College and SUNY College at Fredonia. Kim is married to her husband Keith.

Kim Ecklund, running for Mayor of the City of Jamestown against Eddie Sundquist answered the question, “Why Run for Mayor?”

Kim’s first answer was regarding finances – her concern for what is going to happen when the ARPA funding runs out? What will happen to those projects in the future? She expressed great concern for the homeless and their housing needs and what the city will be able to do about those problems in the future. Most of the homeless have significant concern for being separated from their partners and families and local agencies are hard at work to solve these concerns.

Ecklund also expressed great concern for the four members of the Police Dept. and the four Fire Dept. hires in the future when the money for their salaries is used up.

Kim expressed great concern for the City’s lack of a permanent city controller, which is currently being filled part time by the very capable former comptroller Joe Bellitto. Kim has stepped in as well to fulfill some of the financial obligations because of her role as Chairman of the Finance Committee. The city has not yet closed the books on 2022 and then must work on 2023. She was questioned regarding the reason no one has been hired to which she answered a candidate must have both budget and government financial experience AND be a city resident to be considered for the position.

Ecklund explained that the city is continuing to apply for grants to help ease its financial situation.

An attendee commented to the candidate on their observation that our community is collapsing; there seems to be no vision for the future. A second attendee asked if the city had a Vision Committee. Ecklund replied that there was no official Vision Committee, but her campaign slogan is “People Over Politics,” which includes neighborhood table talks – small discussion groups in the neighborhoods to help solve local problems. 

Audience members continued to ask how we get Jamestown to thrive? What is our niche? Ecklund answered we must get people to come downtown and support small businesses.

Another question from the audience was where does she stand regarding the building of a new YMCA? She replied, where is this city going to come up with $30 million and importantly, what is going to happen to the huge building presently housing the YMCA downtown?

Ecklund addressed the issue of dilapidated housing stating that new fines have been instituted that should remedy landlords ignoring the upkeep of their properties both inside and outside. She reminded the audience that blight and crime is present in every city neighborhood. Ecklund also noted that the city has a new nuisance officer who is hard at work working on noise and firework complaints that would otherwise take police officers away from more pressing problem solving.

The last question was do we have a dedicated Drug Task Force and the candidate answered that our police are working with local police agencies, as well as county and state agencies.

Please tune in to the ZOOM recording here to hear the entire presentation.