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"SERVICE ABOVE SELF"
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.
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Our Changeover Event was held at the spectacular Mt. Van Hovenberg Lodge where we recognized outgoing club leadership and welcomed our new officers and directors.  A recap of a year in transition was done followed by a delicious dinner and fellowship.  Quite nice to have this social event.  We also recognized Martha Spear & Bridget McKillip with Paul Harris Awards, Chandler Ralph received our Eagle Award as Rotarian of the Year, leading up to the presentation by Debbie Erenstone (L) and Chandler Ralph (R) of the prestigious Service Above Self Award to Dr. David Balestrini for his many efforts in making our community a great place to live and work.  And a thank you to Kate Thompson, Stephanie Pianka, and Martha Spear for putting the event together and setting the stage for our club to move into Rotary Year 2022 - 2023.
Closing out our 2021 - 2022 speaker series was Aaron Kramer, CEO of Adirondack Health (AH).  Simply put, providing excellent and caring health care services in a rural area such as the Adirondacks is challenging on several levels.  From overall health of the population AH serves, to recruitment of providers, to financial pressures, and to being flexible to respond to emergencies or planning for the upcoming World University Games, the job of a hospital CEO can be a daunting task.   Since becoming CEO in September 2021, Aaron has already made his mark on several levels.  Aaron joined us to highlight some of the many services AH offers, a look into the future for AH and what the community can do to support AH, one of only two hospitals in NY to receive a 5-star patient experience rating (Becker's Hospital Review, March 2022) and is a Joint Replacement Center of Excellence (Healthcare Facilities Accredtation Program (HFAP - on site survery, March 2022).
Tina Leonard's Family writes about Caleb:  "This student was chosen because they had their military dreams and aspirations shattered due to an underlying physical ailment, but then that student volunteered and found a different passion to pursue that will still bring them to do some of the same things they had always wanted, but through journalism instead of military service."  The Tina Leonard award keeps Tina's legacy and spirit alive as it annually will recognize young persons in our community who are overcoming obstacles and achieving success.  For more information about the award and how to support it, visit http://www.lpnyrf.org
Dr. Tillis joined our meeting via Zoom from Colorado to show how our recent donation to the Cambodian Community Dream Organization via Together We Can Change The World is showing visible help to children in the villages around Siem Reap via providing the basics of dental hygiene.  Conditions are such that these children's teeth are decaying and with the accompanying pain it is very difficult for these children to focus on schooling, etc.  Improving oral health (which is done in school) is a not so small step to in the mission of bettering the health and education of impoverished women and children throughout Southeast Asia.   Watch the video and visit these websites: https://theccdo.org and https://www.twcctw.org
 
Newly installed Chief Chuck Dobson, a veteran of the LPPD, visited with us to talk about the many large events his 12-person Department must cover (Ironman, University Games, Can-Am Tourneys) as well as current issues such as homelessness, school safety, and substance abuse.  Also discussed was the mental impact of dangerous and sometimes tragic situations on his officers and measures taken to help cope and be an effective community servant.  Chief Dobson took many questions and received much positive input from the group.  A very informative and thought-provoking presentation.  Chief Dobson is pictured in this 2015 photo seen in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
Speaker/Guests at our first meeting in June were Tony & Nancy Corwin, proprietors of South Meadow Farm Lodge & Maple Sugarworks.  The production of maple syrup is something closely associated with the Adirondacks.  Tony and Nancy took us through several stages of the production process and provided an overview on the past sugaring season.  We had a discussion of how the changing climate has impacted the time when the maple sap is running as well as an explanation of the relatively new system of grading for maple syrup.  A bottle or jug of maple syrup should be refrigerated after opening but left closed, the product will be quite good for a long period of time.  It takes about 40 years for a maple tree to grow before it is big enough to tap.  Tony and Nancy also spoke to the sugaring process itself and what changes have been seen in recent years.  
Mitch Teich is Station Manager for North Country Public Radio (NCPR).  This morning Mitch spent an hour with us in a broad-ranging discussion about NCPR's presence and its diverse programming from in-depth original news features to a broad spectrum of music.  We learned about Mitch's journey through public radio and the role public radio plays in providing listeners with content that is unique and thought-provoking.  We had some techhie stuff on how NCPR reaches its listeners on the FM band and through the internet.  Mitch also commented on the future of terrestial radio, the influence of the talk radio format and how he reacts and learns from listener comments - both pro and con.  NCPR recently won 7 regional Edward R. Murrow awards for overall excellence and other categories.  Visit https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org and be part of the important role NCPR has in the North Country.
Per the Skin Cancer Foundation, an estimated 1.8 million cases of SCC (squamous cell carcinoma) are diagosed each year - that's 205 cases per hour.  At today's meeting, Rotarian Dr. Henri Gaboriau from Adirodack Health walked us through several situations where, with proper attention, skin cancer is preventable.  Dr. Gaboriau discussed his practice which includes plastic/reconstructive surgery, sinus infections of ear, nose and throat in addition to cosmetic procedures.  To focus on preventing skin cancer from developing and what to check for, Dr. Gaboriau suggests starting by visiting http://www.skincancer.org  
We were joined today by Abby Saferstein and Dr. Amanda Klinger, both from NYU Langone Health to talk about an international services project in Northern Ghana, initiated by the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club.  This is a project to bring healthcare and healthcare education to the remote northern areas of Ghana as part of a goal to advance global health equity.   The full presentation deck may be viewed here:https://bit.ly/39dBhpd This is a project which our International Services Committee will explore in the near future to see how we can join with the Westport Sunrise Club, The Tamale (Ghana) Rotary Club, NYU Grossman School of Medicine and the University for Development Studies in Ghana.
A thank you to Dr. Bart Szczech (Adirondack Health / Lake Placid Sports Medicine) for a fascinating presentation on knee and hip pain and treatment protocols. Dr. Bart explained causes of these conditions (impacting a growing percentage of the population) and via his presentation deck described how joints deteriorate, his approach to surgical procedures and measures to deal with arthritis and osteoporosis. Dr. Bart certainly had the focused attention of our members -those in the room and on Zoom. Today's talk continued our series of presentaions on health related topics.
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 in Andrew Scanio.  Andrew received a $1,000 award to use towards college applications or other college related expenses.  Andrew was chosen by a committee including the LPHS music faculty, guidance counselor and principal as well as a representative from Rotary.  At our April 28th meeting, Andrew performed vocal and trombone selections.  Our congratulations to Andrew and his family.
At our 4/28 meeting, the Literacy Committee presented awards of $1,000 each to the Adirodack Family Book Festival and the Educational Opportunity Fund of the Lake Placid Central School District.  The Book Festival is planned to be a celebration of community, diversity and storytelling at historic John Brown Farm.  The EdOp Fund identifies "next level" initiatives to address opportunity gaps (economic, social, cultural) facing our school district's children.  Click "Read More" for images from the presentation ceremony.
Derek Doty joined us this morning to discuss topics from housing to dog control to the future of KLKP (that's the call sign for the Lake Placid Airport, btw). Lots of questions for Derek and we're looking forward to his working with our Bus Shelter Committee on placement of shelter #3 in a spot where it will get good utilization.  We're glad that Derek found time in his busy schedule to talk with us and we know his door is always open to hear items of concern from residents and business owners alike.
 
Another health related presentation, focusing on the increasing number of individuals experiencing hearing loss.  Not just as part of an aging process but impacting younger people as well due to excessive levels of noise all around us.  Today, author Monique Hammond provided insights as to causes of hearing loss, why this is a quality of life issue and what can be done to protect our hearing.  Hearing loss has been shown to lead to mistakes in following critical directions and recently as a possible cause of dementia.  
 
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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
 
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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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