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November 20, 2023 Rotary Meeting

Today's Chairwoman: 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 Mike Roberts

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Marion Beckerink introduced guests Zena Coughlin, Patricia Graves and Marissa Troxell


Ruth Lundin mentioned that the Board has approved an international project proposed by Greg and Sue Jones for 1200 water Filtration system in rural Mexico. They will be working it as well as working project. They go into the mountains and install these systems. The cost is $1,500. David and Marissa Troxell may join them as well. 

Marion Beckerink is working on a draft pamphlet for prospective members showing Rotary in action.

Ruth mentioned that we should show people are reporting makeup meetings. Makeup can be part of attending other meetings, service projects, etc. Make sure you let Lisa Goodell about any makeup.  

Emily Cava of the Social Committee mentioned there is a Holiday party on 12/9 at the Northwest Ice Arena at 5:00 after the mini golf pub crawl from noon to 5:00.

Sharon Hamilton indicated the signup for greeters and 50/50 is full for the year because we don‘t have a lot of regular meetings until 2024. Greg and Sue Jones offered to cleanup after the meeting today.  

Ruth also mentioned the Board has decided not to raise the price of this lunch for the December 4 Acappella program at 11:00 at First Lutheran church, even though the cost for this event is closer to $25 

John Healey of the Nominating committee indicated that Lisa Goodell will be stepping down from her position of club Secretary effective the end of June.

Marion Beckerink brought up the Books and Bibs project is having a bag stuffing meeting on November 29 from 5-7 at the Rotary office.

New Member Induction:

Kenneth Omeruo was sworn in as a new (returning) member by President Ruth. Becky Robbins was the sponsor. 

Kenneth is from the Igbo tribe of Nigeria. He moved to Jamestown in August of 2014 and became a US citizen in 2018. Kenneth holds a BS degree in Microbiology Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria. While Kenneth was living in Nigeria he began Emerging Media a tech focused media and publicity company which counted tech companies from Nigeria, US, UK, Israel South Africa and Dubai amongst its clients.  

Kenneth started the Nigerian Innovation summit, TechTrends Africa blog and African Innovation Academy which are a few avenues to champion technology, innovation and Entrepreneurship in Africa. He is also a member of International Society for Professional Innovation Management which is the largest global community dedicated to innovation management. Here in Jamestown, Kenneth has worked at Cummins and Weber Knapp and now manages his rental properties while spending more time raising a family. As a former Rotarian, Ken assisted Chris Anderson in website and other communication projects.  

Ken indicated he was pleased to be joining the club and the camraderie it represents.

Youth Exchange: 

Cheri Maytum-Krull brought the Rotary Exchange youth weekend with exchange students from the district. Ten amazing kids from the district were involved. They met Saturday morning at St. Luke’s and then went to the National Comedy Center. They also went out to dinner, a movie, and ice skating and bumper cars. Cheri thanked Marion Beckerink for being there the Lisa and Chris Anderson. Kelly and Keith Martin from the arena. The Northwest arena staff was very helpful.  

50/50 Drawing Winner of $41 was Tory Irgang

Sergeant At Arms: 

Doug Conroe mentioned at the first Thanksgiving there were 52 pilgrims but only 5 females. 22 men and 25 children.     

Happy Bucks:

Dan Heitzenrater,  Marion Beckerink, David and Marissa Troxell, Stacey Rasmussen, Joaquim, David Painter, Greg Jones, Amy Rohler, Randy Sweeney, and Walt Pickut.

Sukanya Burman of Sukanya Burman Dance

Tory Irgang introduced Sukanya Burman of Sukanya Burman Dance.

Sukanya Burman was born and raised in Kolkata, India. 

She has degrees from St. Xaviers College and Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She is a professional dancer with roots in dance that is native to India as well as Modern dance. Sukanya has received recognition both in the US and abroad for her artistic talent and innate leadership. 

She and her husband have been living in the Jamestown area full time since 2020. She has become a recognized leader, locally, regionally, and statewide for dance and the arts, as well as an advocate for the nonprofit sector. She has heightened the awareness of funders regarding the importance of supporting organizations led by artists of color. She is a member of DanceForce and NYSCA. 

In 2023, Burman established Sukanya Burman Dance, a contemporary dance company located in Jamestown NY, that mobilizes the expressive techniques of Indian diasporic dances and modern dance to explore compelling ideas and create shared visual experiences. Sukanya Burman Dance aims to explore different ways of movement in the human body to tell stories relevant to our world today.

Sukanya’s presentation included discussion of dance as a tool for social change. Dance is described as a sport with body movements. Dance has been around for thousands of years.  Dance is divided into theatrical dance and participatory dance. Classical dance includes ballet, but it is the newest of classical dance from the 15th century. Russia became the center of ballet. Modern dance emerged, in the beginning of 20th century, as a rejection of ballet. In the 1920s the dance transformed and then into Post Modern dance including Contemporary dance. Dance evolved to include more of an activism. There has been a need for other voices in Dance Arts. She moved to Jamestown during the pandemic. Chautauqua County has limited dance opportunities post high school. The dance company is a 501c corporation and tries to price their programs for lower income students. They did their first dance performance in November. Their studio is located on Second St. above Chautauqua Music.