Welcome to Lake Placid New York and the beautiful Adirondack State Park
"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.
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!  
 
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.
Over the dam they go
Great weather, a nice group plus lots of hard-working Rotarians made the 17th Annual Dam Duck Race a big success.   Thanks to our generous donors and race ticket purchasers, our club is going to be able to provide donations to many community projects in the 2022 - 2023 Rotary year.  And of course a big thanks to Lisa G's for once again hosting and in making available a delicious BBQ dinner.
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The Ecumenical Food Pantry is located in a space which is difficult for the loading / unloading of food and supplies.  The Thrift Shop is in a cramped area which doesn't provide a good experience when shopping there.  There's always a need for some folks to be able to obtain used furniture at no or minimal cost.  Mayor Devlin has an ideal to utilize space on the grounds of the Shipman Youth Center to have a building which would house the Pantry, the Thrift Store and have a furniture "depot."  Mayor Devlin has already scoped out the design for a building which would have easy access, good parking and have a welcoming atmosphere.  It's all conceptual now and the cost has to be dealt with (in light of increased expenses everywhere).  Our club was very interested in what Mayor Devlin had to say as he mentioned what possible sources of funding could be obtained.  This is a great, forward-thinking idea and our club looks forward to helping bring this to a reality for the betterment of our community.  
Speaking to our club today, Ed Dempsey called our attention to ADK Bridges to Empowerment, an alliance which establishes a structured program of volunteer mentors to provide guidance to families who need a little direction.
Mentoring activities include financial literacy counseling, helping people navigate community services, and teaching life skills such as time management, organizing, and parenting.  This is a developing program in our area and Ed is looking to hear from persons who might like to be among those who offer a "helping hand" to others.  Ed can be reached at eddempsey99@hotmail.com
North Elba Councilwoman Emily Politi paid us another visit, providing updates on two projects currently underway here.  Affordable housing is a big issue nationwide, not just in our community.  But the Homestead Development Corporation has found a way to provide quality homes at a reasonable entry point for aspiring home owners.  The Makeover McKinley project as as its goal the transformation of an existing park into an area with new playground equipment, pickleball courts and improved accessibility for those with mobility issues.  Emily's presentation may be found in our public files space https://bit.ly/3rn6iwW   For more information about these projects, there are contact links at the end of the presentation.
A return visit from Lori Fitzgerald this morning.  If we had to list all the things Lori is involved with, we would run out of space on this website.  Club members were keenly interested in Lori's updates as to expectations for the 2023 World University Games, happening in not to many weeks here in Lake Placid.  Covered were expectations as to crowd size (athletes, support staff, onlookers), housing for athletes and visitors alike as well as demands on the town and village infrastructure.  Needless to say, the large numbers of people who will be descending on our little town will create certain conditions that we'll have to deal with - such as road closures (especially Main Street), limited parking and so on.  Lori also talked about projects the Development Commission and the Arts Alliance are dealing with and various issues that are faced in terms of project funding or the need to engage certain professional expertise to deal with community issues (housing, transportation and what Lori called "over tourism."  Another interesting talk but as Rotarians, we know we'll be called upon to assist wherever we can and we'll step up to the plate.
It was a a chilly evening at the John Brown Farm Historic Site but our Thursday Night Socials continued with a group gathering under the pavilion tent.   Good food and a hot game of dominos which lasted beyond sundown.   Fun times with good friends.
What a great day and a great time for all.  Right now we don't have the final tally but thanks to our very generous donors and ticket purchasers, it looks like we're on course for a record-breaking total of funds to make available through our Donations Committee.  The 2022 team is sorting out the details, reviewing notes on what when right and where enhancements can happen.  There will be more pictures posted at a later date, but in the interim, you can check out our Facebook page for more stuff  https://www.facebook.com/rotarycluboflakeplacid
 
Sawyer Cresap is the Exec. Dir. of AdkAction and at today's meeting, Sawyer took us through several of the projects that are making a difference to Adirondack communities.  From seeking to improve broadband, delivering meals to those in need or stressing the need to have pollinator-friendly native plants, AdkAction seeks to plan and develop projects that matter and improve the quality of life now and for the future.   We invite you to learn more about AdkAction by visiting their website https://www.adkaction.org or downloading their latest annual report https://bit.ly/3wvSTp1
This morning we welcomed two new members to the Rotary Club of Lake Placid, May Chow and Marcy Miller.  Both May and Marcy say they are excited to have been inducted into the club and we look forward to their contributing their skills and talents on our various committees, Welcome May and Marcy.  In the picture (L to R) are Kate Thompson (May's sponsor), May, John Huttlinger (Treasurer),  Marcy, and Harris Semegram (Marcy's sponsor).
Former championship figure skater and now coach/yoga & pilates instructor/event planner joined us today to talk about her role as Manager of Ceremonies for the upcoming World University Games.  Mimi (pronounced "Mimmie") took us through the huge amount of coordination required to bring these events to home and mobile screens.  Mimi has worked in production for ABC Sports and as Public Affairs Coordinator for the Olympic Authority (ORDA).  Mimi is no stranger to the pressures getting events to happen per plan.  Over the last decade-plus, she has coordinated events including:  the premiere of The Wild Center, Tupper Lake NY (20,000 in attendance) the Opening Ceremonies of the Empire State Games, University Galas — as well as over 200 weddings, conferences and family celebrations of all types and sizes.  When we're watching the events next January, we'll appreciate all the behind the scenes work that took place.  Did we mention that Mimi was a member of the US Figure Skating team in the Nancy Kerrigan/ Tonya Harding days and a principal performer in the Ice Capades.
Lithium-ion batteries, while powering many of the devices and toys we enjoy (and depend on) create issues on many levels when it comes to proper and safe disposal.  Introducing a project for this Rotary year, At our first assembly, Club Pres. Bill Flederbach's presentation outlined how our Club can participate with ESRAG (Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group) through a turnkey solution package. We'll create a path for the community to have local solutions/programs for implementation as our contribution in supporting the environment -  one of Rotary International's Seven Areas of Focus.
On a nice sunny day in July, the Road Crew assembled at Mt. Van Hovenberg to spread out on our designated stretch of Rt. 73.  In addition to picking up unsightly trash from the roadside, the Road Crew was looking for some prizes hidden along the way by club President Bill Flederbach.  Is that the Rotary wheel painted on the road to show we've tagged it as ours?
 
Our annual Horse Show Breakfast this year was enjoyed by all as we welcomed Phillip Richter, Chair of the Lake Placid Horse Shows.  On a seasonable morning (great weather for the horses and riders), we were given many insights as to the future of equestrian shows here in Lake Placid and worldwide.  Participants and spectators alike always remark that the Lake Placid shows are a premier event on the circuit and with some planned enhancements to the show grounds, these shows will continue to be a feature of summer in the Lake Placid area.  We're already looking forward to next year's breakfast, marking the start of the Rotary Year, full of events and club projects.
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.  https://bit.ly/3c2RW0d
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
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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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