Welcome to Lake Placid New York and the beautiful Adirondack State Park
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.  Our meetings are held at the Courtyard by Marriott, 5920 Cascade Rd., Lake Placid NY and in line with current public health guidelines.  Meetings are each Thursday at 7:20am unless a special event/meeting is planned.
A Lake Placid Trolley rider waiting on her ride at the Cascade Acres shelter
Bus Shelter in place at the Four Seasons Apartment location
Side view of shelter at the Four Seasons location.
From an idea to concept to design to construction, two of the three initial bus shelters from our club's major community project are in place.  Signage and glass panels have to be installed, but the thoughts, plans and hard work of our bus shelter committee have become a reality.  We thank our many donors who funded this project, especially the Uihlein Foundation, for their generosity.  We know these shelters are a welcome and useful convenience, to be used by town/village residents and visitors alike.   Sometimes good things take a little time to happen but we did it!  
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Wearing appropriate safety vests and armed with pickup tools and the requisite orange bag, Lake Placid Rotarians and friends took to the designated stretch of Route 73 for cleanup operations.  Reports indicate that this year the amount picked up for disposal was a little more than in past years.  In this case more is not better.  This road patrol finished the two mile stretch of highway in a little under two hours, undeterred by the current crop of very hungry black flies and mosquitoes.
Nicholas George, Executive Director of High Peaks Hospice addressed this week's meeting to provide an insight on how hospice offers care that helps the whole family when a terminal diagnosis is received.  End-of-life care is a difficult subject to discuss but hospice provides a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains and trained volunteers to help with the whole range of needs - physical, emotional, social and spiritual.  Under hospice care, the terminally ill are able to fill their time with dignity, in comfort and in the location of their choice, whether it be at home, a nursing facility, or hospital. Hospice services are covered by the Hospice Benefit under Medicare with no copays or deductibles.  No one is refused care due to inability to pay. http://www.highpeaks hospice.org
Rotarians, armed with various tools of not-so mass destruction, took to the grounds of the Shipman Youth Center to clean up winter and spring debris.   This annual activity - and sometimes it's twice a year - is an on-going commitment by our club to this very important Lake Placid institution.  he Shipman Youth Center is a not-for-profit community organization providing support to children and youth ages 10-18. The center was inspired by Thomas Shipman, a designated Lake Placid youth police officer who died unexpectedly in 1995.  Programs include home work time and assistance, community services, recreational services, weekly family style dinners, dances, and guest speakers. SYC provides a supervised safe and exciting environment where local children can grow and develop as individuals.
Saturday May 13 brought 14 Rotarians to the North Elba Recycling Center where a collection point was set up to accept Lithium Ion (Li-on) batteries for recycling.  Over 225 lbs. of batteries were collected! Li-On batteries require special handling to recycle and as such are not included with household waste.  Our club partnered with Redwood Materials for special to ensure safe handling of these batteries in facilities that are set up for this.  It's quite specific so here's something from the EPA to explain further: https://www.epa.gov/recycle/used-lithium-ion-batteries  Thanks to Stephanie, Bill, Bridget, Tracey, Heather, Charlotte, Martha, Hannah, Susan, Lee, Chandler, Sean, John and Greg for volunteering.  
From the box to planting to blooming. Our "End Polio Now" tulips say hello and remind you that Rotary clubs across the world continue to work hard to eradicate polio.
Another fun night as Trivia Night returns in-person at the Craig Wood Golf Clubhouse.  MC Sean Donovan kept the players on their toes with some very challenging questions developed and carefully documented by our question selection team.  And once again, funds were raised to support various literacy projects in the Lake Placid / North Elba area.  Congratulations to teams Irish Mafia and Scatterbrains who wound up in a tie for first place.  Rounding out the standings were the Literacy Bombers, Komodo Dragons, and team "Don't Have A Name Yet."  Thanks for playing!
This scholarship award has been given each year since 1994 to a Lake Placid High School Junior or Senior who has demonstrated excellence in vocal and/or instrumental music. This year's winner is Nadia Phillips. Nadia received a $1,000 award to use towards college applications or other college related expenses. Nadia was chosen by a committee including the LPHS music faculty, guidance counselor and principal as well as a representative from Rotary. At our May 4th meeting, Nadia performed Beau Soir by Debussy. Our congratulations to Nadia and her family.  Please enjoy this video of the presentation and Nadia's performance  https://youtu.be/471Z-t2UFcE
Bluseed Studio's Lisa Crocker joined us today, presenting an overview of the non-profit community arts center in Saranac Lake.  What does BluSeed do?  What doesn't it do.  Operates an art gallery/event space, runs an art thrift store, has studios for ceramics, textile and printing, provides classes and workshops for kids and adults as well as hosts live music and performance events.  So much going on that you should visit their website at https://www.bluseedstudios.org/  On the website you'll find a link to their Bluskies Spring Silent Auction, in progress now through May 6. Click "Read more" for some of the images from Lisa's presentation deck.  And join the mailing list while on their website.
A bonus post via The Adirondack Explorer and Our Story Bridge.  Club member John Huttlinger, Jr. shares the illuminating story of the creation of the LPCA in the 1970’s, including his personal connection to the project as well as how the arts center has become a beloved and welcome addition to the community. This is part of North Elba Narratives - Telling Tales Oral History Project.  Listen here:  https://bit.ly/3N8cLI9
DG Michel Wong Kee Song, along with his wife Suzanne, visited our club today.  As is customary when a District Governor visits, our meeting featured DG Michel speaking to us on on some Rotary history. Did you know that Rotarians participated in the draft of the San Francisco Conference, consulting on what became the United Nations charter in 1945. DG Michel spoke of the worldwide purpose of Rotary but not to overlook key elements of a local club meeting - community service and to have fun while doing that.  Please click on "Read More" for pictures from today's visit.
The Rotary Club of Lake Placid is sponsoring a lithium-ion (Li-on) battery recycling event on May 13th. Make this a part of your spring cleaning!
Time: May 13, 2023, 9am – 3pm
Location: North Elba Town Transfer Station, 74 Recycle Circle Lane, Lake Placid
For full details, click this link https://rotarylakeplacid.org/SitePage/lithium-ion-recycling-event  Click "Read more" to see all the places where Li-on batteries might be in your home.   
We asked Carolyn Walton, Founder and Executive Director of https://www.thewoodsprogram.com/ to come back to our meeting to give us more insight into the workings of her program, the local schools involved with this project and her observations of the positive behavioral changes of the student participants.  To untether today's youth from their electronic devices in order to experience the wonders of nature and to begin to experience various character and confidence building exercises is challenging, especially when there is to cell phone service and other modern conveniences.  A very interesting presentation which generated a lot of insightful questions from those in attendance.  More:  https://bit.ly/3m8kWJu
Charlie Reinertsen is a photojournalist with a passion for depicting nature stories and whose work has been featured in many print and digital publications in addition to his work at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake.  At this week's meeting Charlie made a detailed and fascinating presentation about the life cycle of monarch butterflies and their migration from a habitat in Mexico.  Charlie showed several photographs from a trip to this biosphere reserve showing this phenomena as the monarchs overwinter in this habitat before they begin a multigenerational journey of thousands of miles when warmer weather comes to northern climates.  You can see the full presentation here https://youtu.be/wgBj7gOf-_o and a selection of photos from Charlie's trip to the Oyamel forests in Mexico is here for you to enjoy.   See more of what Charlie does at his website http://twolined.com
2023 - 2024 Area Governor Martha Pritchard Spear presents a video of her participation in the Rotary District 7040's Annual Conference
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Celebrating Four Lake Placid Rotarians
A short video celebrating four of our club members who are 80 years old in 2022
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 
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