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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.  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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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.
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
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Shelter Box
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 
 
 
 
A Statement from Rotary International
As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status.  https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/diversity-equity-and-inclusion
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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