A very busy and interesting morning for our Club's first meeting of the new Rotary Year (July 1 through June 30).  Going CW, L > R in the above four pictures:
 
Guest Conductor Kynan Johns stopped by and commented on his two-week stint as guest conductor for the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.  [from Kynan's website] - A protégé of Maestro Lorin Maazel, Kynan Johns served as Director Assistente at the Palau de les Arts, Valencia, Spain to both Maazel and Mehta. A native of Australia he has conducted the Israel Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonica della Scala, Netherlands Radio Symphony and Sydney and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras amongst many others.     Visit www.kynansjohn.net to learn more about Kynan's career.
 
Linda Carela from the Literacy Volunteers of Essex & Franklin Counties is presented with a donation of $750 to continue their mission "...to empower adults in Essex and Franklin Counties by helping them improve their literacy and English language skills.
Club members Mary Liz Alexander, Sean Donovan and Randy Quale are shown with Linda as she receives the donation.  Learn more about Literacy Volunteers at www.litvol.com
 
Brendan Wiltse, Science & Stewardship Director of the Ausable River  Association is shown during his presentation on the health of Lake Placid's Mirror Lake and the on-going stress put upon its ecosystem due to the use of road salt on our area roads during the winter months.  The presentation focused on what increasing levels of salt do to the lake and what localities within the Mirror Lake Watershed area can do to ensure the use of road salt is done in a way that is efficient without adversely impacting safe driving.  In addition, Brendan discussed the impact of high levels of salt which finds its way into the drinking water supply.  Visit the Association's website at www.ausableriver.org for more on this environmental issue.
 
A flag exchange took place with the Rotary Club of Kerrville TX.  John Acenti, a long time member of that club was passing through our area - with his daughter - on his way to Boston.   John's club was chartered on February 26, 1926.  John exchanges flags with Randy Quale,  continuing one of the many traditions of Rotary clubs worldwide.