Mike Pratt Provides the Details....

We're quite appreciative of the amount of time the very busy Mike Pratt, CEO of the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) spent with us at today's meeting.  In addition to providing an overview of ORDA's activities at the Olympic Venues in our area and at the Bellayre facility in the Catskills, Mike gave us insights into the strategic thinking and planning that has gone into venue improvements, creating for vistiors and athletes - in additiona to us locals - experiences that are modern and sustainable for years to come.  Quite an interesting hour with Mike, full of information and things we can look forward to enjoying.
Mike Pratt Provides the Details.... Harris Semegram 2021-10-21 04:00:00Z 0

Trivia Night - October 2021

People were happy, as we were, to have Trivia Night be in-person again, with questions posed by MC Martha Spear.  First Place went (again) to the Irish Mafia, captained by Tricia Preston.  Second place went to Mary Johnson's Literary Bombers and third place tie resulted in two playoff rounds between Roger Catania's Ed Oppers and Bill Barnes' Indian Rockers.  A suspense filled coin-toss had to be used to award 3rd place to the Ed Oppers.  Of course proof of vaccination was required with masks worn when not seated at a table.  Thank you to the Saranac Waterfront Lodge for hosting.
Trivia Night - October 2021 Harris Semegram 2021-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

Tina Leondard's Blog Posts

A few weeks before Tina's sudden passing, she had mentioned in one of our weekly meetings how pleased and proud she was to begin blogging on her Tina Leonard Real Estate Website.  Perhaps you haven't had a chance to read it.  Tina's daugher, Daci, has provided the link to the blog page.  Take a few moments read it and share in Tina's thoughts about some life experiences: https://bit.ly/3j2lPOM
Tina Leondard's Blog Posts Harris Semegram 2021-10-15 04:00:00Z 0

Jacinthe Paillé - D7040 Literacy Chair

Jacinthe Paillé is from the Rotary Club of D7040 Quebec.  At our October 7th meeting Jacinthe "zoomed" in with her presentation as the 2021 - 2022 District Literacy Chair .  Jacinthe uses Padlet to create a "wall" of the many programs she wants to share and discuss with other educators and students.  Here's a snapshot of the wall but to see it "live" and explore its content, please click https://padlet.com/j14intoronto/AlphaLiteracy
Jacinthe Paillé - D7040 Literacy Chair Harris Semegram 2021-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
Remembering Tina Leonard Harris Semegram 2021-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
We Are Saddened By Our Loss Harris Semegram 2021-09-27 04:00:00Z 0

Gary Smith - Adirondack Film

It's the 20th anniversary year for the Adirondack Film Festival.  At today's meeting, Gary Smith paid us another visit to update on this year's festival and some upcoming events as the festival's organizers work to make this a standout event among all the other film festivals in the world.  Please visit http://www.adirondackfilm.org for more details on this year's festival.  Gary told the club about a project backed by Amazon Prime that will begin filming in our area.  A multi-episode series that looks to be quite interesting.
Gary mentioned several seminars that are in the works as well.  
Gary Smith - Adirondack Film Harris Semegram 2021-09-23 04:00:00Z 0

Lake Placid Community Day

Coming right on the heels of the Duck Race (do webbed feet have heels?  Inquiring minds want to know), several Rotarians staffed a table at the Lake Placid Community Day celebration.  Left to right are Kate Thompson, Susan Friedmann, club co-President Heather Perkins, Mary Liz Alexander and Chandler Ralph.  Also thanks to Rotarian Martha Spear who was co-chair of the entire event.  In addition to letting folks know about our club, information was also available about the Lake Placid New York Rotary Foundation.
Lake Placid Community Day Harris Semegram 2021-09-13 04:00:00Z 0

Put It In The Books

That's what Howie Rose says at the end of a game when the Mets win and that's what we say as the Lake Placid community wlll benefit from the proceeds of the 2021 Dam Duck Race.
Put It In The Books Harris Semegram 2021-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
Winner's List - 2021 Dam Duck Race Harris Semegram 2021-09-11 04:00:00Z 0

Northern Power & Light - the renewable energy movement

At today's meeting, Emmett Smith, a founder of Northern Power and Light, spoke to the club about the local renewable energy movement - hydro power and the power grid.  Emmet's company provides electricity from a small, family run hydro business via New York's Community Renewables Program.  The Foley and Smith families have been involved in Adirondack hydroelectric power projects since the 1970s. As owner-operators, they’ve worked to contribute to strong communities and healthy ecosystems, while producing distributed renewable power for the Niagara-Mohawk electric grid.  More information on how to get involved with this project may be found at the company's website: http://www.npandl.com  Here's a link to Emmett's podcast (listen for free) looking at the Texas black out, exploring similarities between the Texas and New York electricity systems and what we can learn from outages in the South. https://www.audible.com/pd/Peak-Power-Northern-NYs-Energy-Podcast-Podcast/B08K57SF33
Northern Power & Light - the renewable energy movement Harris Semegram 2021-09-02 04:00:00Z 0
John Brown's Farm / John Brown Lives! Harris Semegram 2021-08-26 04:00:00Z 0

Remembering Mary Kelley

At our 8/19 meeting, our club presented a donation to help establish an area in the LP elementary school library to honor Mary's memory and how she touched the lives of so many students.  We heard - both in person and via Zoom - wonderful and heartfelt stories of Mary's relationship with her students and the admiration of Mary felt by students, parents and the community.  Please follow this link  to a recent story in the Lake Placid News: https://bit.ly/37UAdmr   Shown (clockwise from left) are Heather Perkins, Nora Matthews, Natalee Colby, Tim Kelley and Shelly Vancour.  Not pictured is Stacey Martin.
Remembering Mary Kelley Harris Semegram 2021-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to Lee Lamparski

Congratulations to Lee Lamparski on being named a Paul Harris Fellow, recognizing Lee's continued support for the Rotary Foundation.
Congratulations to Lee Lamparski Harris Semegram 2021-08-19 04:00:00Z 0
Presentation to the Educational Opportunity Fund Harris Semegram 2021-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to Bridget McKillip

At our August 12th meeting, Bridget McKillip was recognized and honored with being named a Paul Harris Fellow in light of her continued contributions to The Rotary Foundation.   Congratulations Bridget for this achievement and thank you for all the work you do for our Rotary club.
Congratulations to Bridget McKillip Harris Semegram 2021-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

Age-Friendly Health System

Today's presentation by Carrie Reardon, AVP Patient Care at Adirondack Health http://adirondackhealth.org discussed an initiative which provides health care that is a systematic approach that recognizes increased risk factors faced by aging patients while preventing needless decline while in hosptial and restores health.  It is a system that elicits patient goals and preferences while identifying, coordinating and supporting family caregivers.  Clinical staff are specifically trained and expert in the care of older adults.
Age-Friendly Health System Harris Semegram 2021-07-22 04:00:00Z 0

Highway Cleanup July 2021

Lake Placid Rotarians and their friends marshall up at the entrance to Mt. Van Hovenberg and head out on Route 73 to help keep our area looking good.  We won't go into detail so let's just say there are always interesting things that make their way into the orange trash bags.  
Highway Cleanup July 2021 Harris Semegram 2021-07-10 04:00:00Z 0

Mayor Devlin Speaks To Our Club

At today's meeting (held via Zoom) our club welcomed Mayor Art Devlin to chat with us about his first 90 days as Mayor.  A veteran of many years on the Village Board, our conversation touched on the outlook for the Village in the coming months and years including the World University Games and current issues facing residents and visitors alike.  
Mayor Devlin Speaks To Our Club Harris Semegram 2021-07-08 04:00:00Z 0
The Bus Shelter Committee Wishes To Acknowledge... Martha Spear 2021-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

Shop Class?  Not What It Used To Be

Brian LaVallee teaches Technology Engineering and Art at the Lake Placid Middle High School.  At today's Club meeting, Brian explained a program involving robotics and other technologies   Students participate as part of Team 7030 - The ROBOlympians.  Studens learn the intricacies of design, graphics, media presentations and game strategy in a high pressure problem solving situation that incorporates various learning disciplines - including fun - to develop problem solving methodologies.  Click "read more" for pictures of the team in competition.
Shop Class? Not What It Used To Be Harris Semegram 2021-06-10 04:00:00Z 0

Negativity with the Lake Placid Rotary (Not)`

Whilte gloved or purple gloved, Rotarians Chandler Ralph and Don Woodlief are shown cleaning historical and valuable glass negative photographic plates at the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society.  Also participating in the project on this day are Martha Spear, Society Director Courtney Bastian and former Director Carla Eilo.  This is just another small way Rotarians participate in many activities in our community as part of our service to make our village and town a better place.
Negativity with the Lake Placid Rotary (Not)` Harris Semegram 2021-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Glub Turns Negative!  (not)

Rotary members Don Woodlief and Chandler Ralph are shown cleaning glass plate negatives as part of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts restoration and archive project.  Also assisting on this activity were Martha Spear, Courtney Bastian (LPCA Director) and former LPCA Directo Carla Elio.  Our Rotary members have assisted the LPCA with the project on several occasions in the past and are always happy to help out as needed.
Rotary Glub Turns Negative! (not) Harris Semegram 2021-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

Lake Placid Institute for the Arts & Humanitites

At today's meeting, Emily Kilburn Politi presented an overview of the activities of the Lake Placid Institute for the Arts & Humanities http://www.lakeplacidinstitute.org.  The Institute involves numerous school districts within the Adirondacks to encourage students with interest in photography and/or poetry to showcase their talents.  Student works get published and are also placed in a public gallery display.  In addition, the Institute runs a chamber music seminar and conducts roundtable breakfast sessions (open to the public) offering a chance to hear and interact with notable people from various disciplines such as John Bogle, Gov. Madeline Kunin and James Burrows. 
Lake Placid Institute for the Arts & Humanitites Harris Semegram 2021-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

We've had a hybrid meeting

With relaxation of COVID restrictions, we held a hybrid meeting on May 27 with 10 Rotarians online and 12 in person.  Rotarian Sean Donovan gave an engaging presentation - with exhibits - on the manhunt for Major James Call, a former Air Force officer.  Major Call murdered Lake Placid PO Richard Pelkey and was the subject of a nationwide search, finally being captured in Nevada.  Sean provided details of Call's method of operation, how he evaded the searchers for months and also spoke about the theory that Call was linked to the murder of Marilyn Sheppard in Cleveland, for which Dr. Sam Sheppard was convicted and later acquitted.  The Sheppard murder is said to have inspired the TV series "The Fugitive." 
Sean is shown 2nd from right in the top row.
We've had a hybrid meeting Harris Semegram 2021-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

Sharpen Your Computer Skills

At our evening "social" this week, Marco DiGirolomo from Senior Planet introducted us to the wide variety of free programs and opportunities offered by an organization dedicated to helping seniors with computer skills.  From learning how to master P2P sites like PayPal and Venmo to being safe on social media.  There's even a free help desk that can be of valuable assistance in solving a computer issue.  Check out https://seniorplanet.org/locations/north-country/
Sharpen Your Computer Skills Harris Semegram 2021-05-21 04:00:00Z 0

Kate Smith Music Scholarship Award

The Rotary Club of Lake Placid is proud to name John Armstrong, a junior at Lake Placid High School as the winner of the Kate Smith Music Scholarship Award for 2021.  In addition to being listed on a plaque of past winners prominently displayed at the school, John will receive a scholarship award of $1,000 towards his college plans.  John is seeking appointment to one of our nation's military academies as he continues to explore his passions for music and several team sports.  Via Zoom, John sang "Some Enchanted Evening" at our club's May 6th meeting.  
Kate Smith Music Scholarship Award Harris Semegram 2021-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

Main Street Project Update

Dean Dietrich and Haley Breen paid the club another virtual visit this week now that construction is proceeding daily on the Main Street Project.  It's both useful and important to keep up to date on the status of the project as construction locations and activities change on a daily basis.  What's the best thing to do for residents and visitors alike?  Simply click this link and don't forget to subscribe to the daily email updates so you're in the know:  http://villageoflakeplacid.ny.gov/content/Generic/View/141
Main Street Project Update Harris Semegram 2021-04-30 04:00:00Z 0

High Peaks Hospice

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
High Peaks Hospice Harris Semegram 2021-04-08 04:00:00Z 0

Fawn Valley Housing Development

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.”
Fawn Valley Housing Development Harris Semegram 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

The Lake Placid / North Elba Historical Society

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.
The Lake Placid / North Elba Historical Society Harris Semegram 2021-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

We Meet Local Author TJ Brearton at our Thursday Evening "Social"

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.
We Meet Local Author TJ Brearton at our Thursday Evening "Social" Harris Semegram 2021-03-19 04:00:00Z 0

Update from the International Service Committee - District 7040

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.
Update from the International Service Committee - District 7040 Harris Semegram 2021-03-18 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Helps The Summer Reading Program

Rotarians Mary Liz Alexander and Randy Quayle deliver a check for $1500.00 to Laura Coffin, Reading Specialist at Lake Placid Elementary School, to help support the school summer reading program.  The Rotary Literacy Committee made this donation with funds raised by the Trivia Night events.
Rotary Helps The Summer Reading Program Harris Semegram 2021-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

March Trivia Night / Remembering Mary Kelley

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.
March Trivia Night / Remembering Mary Kelley Harris Semegram 2021-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

Lake Placid Rotary Says Thanks

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.
Lake Placid Rotary Says Thanks Harris Semegram 2021-03-04 05:00:00Z 0

Evening Meeting - ADKArtrise

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
Evening Meeting - ADKArtrise Harris Semegram 2021-02-18 05:00:00Z 0

Linda Young Service Above Self

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.
Linda Young Service Above Self Harris Semegram 2021-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

February Trivia Night Results

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.
February Trivia Night Results Harris Semegram 2021-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

Caleb Mihill and Blue Bomber News

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
Caleb Mihill and Blue Bomber News Harris Semegram 2021-02-04 05:00:00Z 0


Very interesting and informative presentation today by Mr. Kimball Daby, Superintendent of Lake Placid's Electric Company.   His talk included history about our electric service, rates, challenges for future service and some technical items - all of which were clearly explained.   The video of today's session (held via Zoom) may be accessed here: https://youtu.be/TB-kskvRUBQ
WATT'S UP AT LAKE PLACID ELECTRIC  Harris Semegram 2021-01-28 05:00:00Z 0

Evening Meeting Guest Sharon Linnéa

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
Evening Meeting Guest Sharon Linnéa Harris Semegram 2021-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

January Trivia Night Results

Our first virtual Trivia Night of 2021!  15 teams, 54 players and almost $700 raised to support literacy initiatives.   Check your team's score and get ready to play with us again on February 4th.  Click the "read more" button to see the final standings.
January Trivia Night Results Harris Semegram 2021-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

Holiday Cheer at Elderwood

A special holiday treat for residents receiving care at Elderwood of Uihlein.  Club members generously donated gifts of books, personal care items and games to each of Elderwood's residents in addition to a box of chocolates for everyone.  Rotarians chose what to provide from a wish list that was made available to the Club.  Several club members also sang Christmas carols to the residents by being socially distant and singing outside windows of the facility.  Shown here are Club members Bill & Linda  Flederbach, Chandler Ralph and Bridget McKillip making the delivery.  Elderwood staff, recognizing the devotion to their work, will be treated to a pizza lunch.
Holiday Cheer at Elderwood Harris Semegram 2020-12-17 05:00:00Z 0

The Beagle Freedom Project - Rescue & Rehab

Our last meeting of the year had Joe Tastrom, representing the Beagle Freedom Project, inform us about the BFP's mission of rescuing and rehabilitating animals used in testing and research and subjected to other forms of unique cruelty, abuse and neglect. BFP strives to end this cruelty through its educational programs, campaign initiatives and lobbying efforts to make the world a better, safer and healthier place for both animals and people alike.  More information found at http://www.bfp.org
The Beagle Freedom Project - Rescue & Rehab Harris Semegram 2020-12-17 05:00:00Z 0

Expanding Access to Local, Nutritious Food

Our December 10th meeting saw Jori Wekin, co-founder of The Hub on the Hill bring us up to date on the organization's mission to strengthen the local food supply chain.  Find out more by visiting https://thehubonthehill.org  The Hub covers over 2,100 miles each week delivering farm fresh, local food to the doorsteps of individuals, retailers, and institutions from the Canadian Border to NYC.
Expanding Access to Local, Nutritious Food Harris Semegram 2020-12-17 05:00:00Z 0

Spotlight On The Colonel

This week's feature article in The Lake Placid News highlights the Colonel himself, Kerry Gates.  You may recall the video presentation from a few meetings ago.  Kerry, as a young lad of 7, was at Pearl Harbor with his family on December 7, 1941.  Click this link for Kerry's story:  https://bit.ly/376cIXQ
Spotlight On The Colonel Harris Semegram 2020-12-10 05:00:00Z 0

The Importance of Local Newspapers

On 12/3 we were joined by the Editor of The Lake Placid News, Andy Flynn.  Andy spoke to us about the importance of a local newspaper to the community.  Andy generously provides space in the paper for our Club's monthly column.  This provides a vary valuable channel of information to our community, in addition to our web page and social media.  Andy also informed us of upcoming workshops dealing with the art of crating a good press release, something that's important when the subject involves fundraisiting.  
The Importance of Local Newspapers Harris Semegram 2020-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

Jim Johnson - A Coach and a Miracle

Our members and guests were treated to a presentation by noted basketball coach Jim Johnson who shared with us the story of Jason McElwain and the "miracle night" on a high school basketball court near Rochester NY.  Jim shared a short video about the night and you can see the video again or for the first time here:  https://youtu.be/O-nMab6XDNI
Jim Johnson - A Coach and a Miracle Harris Semegram 2020-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

North Country Healthy Heart Network

A goal of the North Country Healthy Heart Network is to design, develop and implement strategies to raise awareness of and decrease the incidence of cardiac diseases, stroke and related illnesses.  At today's virtual Club meeting, Ann Morgan, Executive Director of the Healthy Heart Network presented an overview of the organization's history and current projects.  For more information visit https://heartnetwork.org/ and while you're there, take the simple 1 minute test on prediabetes - a growing medical issue in our area.  
North Country Healthy Heart Network Harris Semegram 2020-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

Demographics in the Northern Forest

On Oct. 29 our club welcomed Rob Riley, President of the Northern Forest Center, who spoke to us about trends impacting population changes not just in the Lake Placid area but across what's called the Northern Forest.  We were shown very interesting charts and data to consider as rural areas focus on how to attract a mix of tourists and those who seek to move to an area where there's an affinity with the environment.  Click here for Rob's presentation: https://bit.ly/3oHatAU   The Annual Report of the Northern Forest Center may be found here: https://bit.ly/34CAlWK 
Demographics in the Northern Forest Harris Semegram 2020-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Troop Commander Speaks To Our Club

Our club welcomed NYSP Major. Tony Oliver, commander of Troop B, to our virtual meeting on October 22.  Maj. Oliver spoke about the history, mission of the NY State Police as well as the high physical, mental and ethical standards Troopers are expected to maintain.  Maj. Oliver replied in depth to several questions from our club including how troopers handle specific situations in the field and current issues such as use of body cams.  We thank Maj. Oliver for his time today as well as his service over a 30 year career with the NYSP. https://bit.ly/2FSHgS9
Troop Commander Speaks To Our Club Harris Semegram 2020-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Kelly Charles-Collins

On October 15, Attorney/Educator/Motivator Kelly Charles-Collins spoke with our club on several topics which are frequently in today's news cycle such as diversity and unconscious bias.  Club members were shown a video which stressed how "words matter" and raising individual awareness to certain behaviors which may impair personal relationships in our everyday activities.  
Guest Speaker Kelly Charles-Collins Harris Semegram 2020-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
We Have A Plan Harris Semegram 2020-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
Our Bus Shelter Project Harris Semegram 2020-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

2020 - 2021 Changeover Picnic

Our changeover dinner was held at the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds on July 2, 2020.  Tina Leonard and Tracey Coolidge were inducted as Co-Presidents for the new Club year.  To see more pictures, please scroll down to the Photo Library section/
2020 - 2021 Changeover Picnic Harris Semegram 2020-07-02 04:00:00Z 0

The Adirondack Diversity Initiative

Our guest speaker this morning was Nicole Hylton-Patterson, informing club members about the creation and purpose of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative (ADI). Ms. Hylton-Patterson said the goal of the ADI  is to help our region be more welcoming and inclusive to visitors and residents to the Adirondack Park, benefitting the economic and political health of the region.   Through a series of upcoming lectures and programs, the ADI will seek to elevate "cultural consciousness" on several levels with emphasis to be found in a series of programs called "The Black Experience in the Adirondacks.  More about the ADI may be found in the press release from the Adirondack Council: https://bit.ly/2BJUP3F  Find out more about Nicole in this story from NCPR: https://bit.ly/2VuQKrd
The Adirondack Diversity Initiative Harris Semegram 2020-06-25 04:00:00Z 0

Asgaard Farm - History & Mission

David Brunner spoke to our club on June 18th about the history and mission of Asgaard Farm in Ausable Forks NY. David says that the small-scale sustainable farming being done at Asgaard is an example of "good food, good business and great for the environment." Asgaard Farm also functions as business incubator for agricultural efforts in our region.   This link will take you to a video of David's presentation including the Q & A session with our members   The video is 42 minutes in length.
Asgaard Farm - History & Mission Harris Semegram 2020-06-23 04:00:00Z 0

First Day of Food Drive

Our first Saturday morning collection day helped fill up the Lake Placid Food Pantry's shelves but there's a need for constant re-supply.  Click https://bit.ly/2YB3ywS for more info including a list of what's needed.
First Day of Food Drive Harris Semegram 2020-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

Mill Pond Park Cleanup 2020

Rotarians volunteered after gaining special permission to enter and clean up Mill Pond Park to get it ready for enjoyment when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.  Here's a very short video showing what was done.  Thanks to Martha Spear for providing the pictures.  https://youtu.be/MupncESW9kQ
Mill Pond Park Cleanup 2020 Harris Semegram 2020-06-07 04:00:00Z 0

Kate Smith Scholarship Award

The Rotary Club of Lake Placid congratulates Anne Smith on her winning this year's Kate Smith Scholarship Award.  Anne was presented with a check for $1,000 towards her college education.  Click here  https://youtu.be/kQiabOMR1Ek for a 12 minute video of Anne's performance prefaced by history of the Kate Smith Scholarship Award and remembrances from a club member who got his first job working for Kate Smith at her Camp Sunshine. 
Kate Smith Scholarship Award Harris Semegram 2020-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Masked Band of Rotarians Do A Highway Cleanup

Despite overcast skies and a small threat of rain, our Club's designated portion of New York Route 73 saw a group of Rotarians out in force on the road as it was time for the Spring Highway Cleanup.  All were masked and we observed social distancing as we went about cleaning up bottles, cans and other trash that accumulated over the winter months.  Click the button below for our group pictures.
Masked Band of Rotarians Do A Highway Cleanup Harris Semegram 2020-05-16 04:00:00Z 0

Helping Our Community via the Census

When you respond to the census, you help your community get its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs. Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and this creates jobs. Right now our response rates are low. Look for yourself: https://bit.ly/3dNp07P If you've completed your response, great. Talk to your friends and neighbors - participation is VERY important. Go to  https://my2020census.gov
Helping Our Community via the Census Harris Semegram 2020-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

Talking About The Future Of Our Community

At our May 7th virtual meeting, Dean Dietrich, Chair of the Lake Placid/North Elba Community Development Commission interacted with our members on how the Commission provides assistance in several areas impacting how our community will evolve in the years to come.  For more information, please visit FutureLakePlacid.com
Talking About The Future Of Our Community Harris Semegram 2020-05-07 04:00:00Z 0


We're still conducting  our weekly meetings, discussing ways we can help our community in these interesting times in addition to catching up on what our members are doing.  Today we were pleased to induct our newest Rotarian, Laurie Dudley.  In place of our usual picture of the induction ceremony, here's a screen grab with Laurie in the upper left Zoom box.
Zoomduction Harris Semegram 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

Food Insecurity - Emergency Food Packages Can Solve A Need

Think of how good it feels to share a meal with someone. Now imagine that you get to provide good food for a week for a neighbor who has been impacted by the COVID 19 crisis and now urgently needs this food assistance.  Please click "read more" for this story about Adirondackers helping Adirondackers.  A link to AdkAction in included in our list of COVID-19 resources at right.
Food Insecurity - Emergency Food Packages Can Solve A Need Harris Semegram 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Getting To Know You

At our February 27th meeting, Co-President Mary Liz Alexander (L) shared stories about her family and her path to be a distance runner, participating in several marathons.  New club member Kate Thompson let us know that she's been coming to the Lake Placid area for years and how it became an obvious choice on where to retire to after a successful career in computer sciences.
Getting To Know You Harris Semegram 2020-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

Pizza boxes have more than just a pie

Once again our Club hosted its annual Valentine's Day pizza party for residents of The Greenwood Apartments.  Please click below for pictures of this event, enjoyed by residents and Rotarians alike. Special thanks to all who participated and to Bridgit McKillip for organizing the event.
Pizza boxes have more than just a pie Harris Semegram 2020-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Hurricane Dorian Update - We've Met The Challenge

The following is from Hannah Hanford of the Saranac Lake Rotary Club. Members of the Rotary Clubs of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid as well as generous community donors raised over $5,000 in relief funding for the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian. These contributions qualified for a $5,000 challenge match from the Cloudsplitter Foundation resulting in more than $10,000 going to Bahamians impacted by the storm. Pictured receiving the match gift are Hannah Hanford and Franny Preston of the Saranac Lake Rotary Club, Chenelle Palyswiat of the Cloudsplitter Foundation and Chandler Ralph of the Lake Placid Rotary Club. 
Hurricane Dorian Update - We've Met The Challenge Harris Semegram 2020-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome Kate Thompson

The Rotary Club of Lake Placid NY welcomed Kate Thompson as our newest member, shown here with John Huttlinger during the installation ceremony.  We look forward to Kate's involvement and contributions to our Club's community goals.
Welcome Kate Thompson Harris Semegram 2020-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

Lake Placid Rotary's Social

The Lake Placid Rotary Club held a social event at the Crown Plaza Hotel as part of our membership drive in our community.  Potential members were informed about our Club's history and what we do in our town as well as hearing some personal stories from members about what being in Rotary means to them
Lake Placid Rotary's Social Harris Semegram 2020-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
Update On Mirror Lake's Health Harris Semegram 2020-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

Gift to the Literacy Volunteers

At our January 9th meeting, the Literacy Volunteers of Franklin & Essex Counties, represented here by Linda Carela (2nd from right), received a check for $500.  The Literacy Volunteers benefit from proceeds of our Club's successful Spring and Fall trivia nights.
Gift to the Literacy Volunteers Harris Semegram 2020-01-11 05:00:00Z 0
Two More Gifts to Benefit Our Community Harris Semegram 2019-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
Hot Chocolate at the Village Stroll Harris Semegram 2019-12-15 05:00:00Z 0

Reporting On The Situation in Haiti

Club member Betsy Brown recently returned from a USAID short-term assignment in Haiti.  Betsy provided historical context for the situation on the ground today.  Many questions were posed by members present who were very interested in learning about ways to support humanitarian assistance to Haiti.
Reporting On The Situation in Haiti Harris Semegram 2019-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

Another Great Trivia Night

The Irish Mafia returned to the winner's circle once again to claim top prize in our Fall Trivia Contest.  A well-attended evening with 17 teams tackling some very challenging questions.  Team Scatterbrains took second place via a tie-breaker question given to them and third place finishers Team Ausable Aces.  Thanks to all who came out enabling the Rotary Club of Lake Placid to continue contributing to the Literacy Volunteers of Essex and Franklin Counties as well as the Lake Placid School System.
Another Great Trivia Night Harris Semegram 2019-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

Status of the Iconic Adirondack Loon

Dr. Nina Schoch presented scientific research data on the current and future state of the loon population in our area in light of environmental threats to this iconic bird.  For more information, visit www.adkloon.or or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/adkloon.  Dr. Schoch is shown with Sergeant-At-Arms Joe McAvoy who presented her with a gift of appreciation from our Club for today's informative talk.
Status of the Iconic Adirondack Loon Harris Semegram 2019-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

Fall Highway Cleanup

Rotary members (L to R) Sue Friedmann, Harris Semegram, Rene Jacoby, Krista Frei, Alec Friedmann, Ben Kernan and Steve Detwiler (not pictured) attacked a section of Route 73 on a crisp morning with pickup tools and bare hands as part of our 
Club's contributions to our community and to our "service above self" mantra.
Fall Highway Cleanup Harris Semegram 2019-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Great Pictures from our Teddy Bear Picnic Harris Semegram 2019-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
Bountiful Basket - Auction Item of the Week Harris Semegram 2019-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
Literacy and Fitness - A Winning Combo Harris Semegram 2019-08-22 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Connects The World

That is the theme for Rotary's activities as presented to our Club at a recent meeting 
by District Governor (2019 - 2020), Gerry Lambert.
Rotary Connects The World Harris Semegram 2019-08-20 04:00:00Z 0

National Geographic For Kids

The Literary Committee has donated funds raised at Trivia Night to purchase a subscription to National Geographic For Kids for every LPES 3rd grader.  Shown accepting our donation is LPES 3rd Grade teacher, Patricia Damp.
National Geographic For Kids Harris Semegram 2019-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
First Meeting of the New Rotary Year Harris Semegram 2019-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
26th Annual Installation of Club Officers Harris Semegram 2019-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

Donation to Educational Opportunity Fund

Sibyl Quayle is shown receiving the Club's $1,000 donation to the Educational Opportunity Fund, made at our June 13th meeting.  Also pictured (L>R) are Club members Sean Donovan, Mary Liz Alexander and Randy Quayle.
Donation to Educational Opportunity Fund Harris Semegram 2019-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Lake Placid/North Elba Volunteer of the Year - Bob Hanna Harris Semegram 2019-06-03 04:00:00Z 0
Lake Placid / North Elba Community Day Harris Semegram 2019-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome Rene' Jacoby

On May 30th, the Rotary Club of Lake Placid welcomed its newest member, Rene' Jacoby.  Ms. Jacoby is shown below holding her Rotary membership packet and is joined by Sue Friedmann, Mary Liz Alexander and Bob Hanna.
Welcome Rene' Jacoby Harris Semegram 2019-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

Two Awards

The Rotary Club of Lake Placid recently presented two awards to outstanding members of our community.  The Kate Smith Award for excellence in music was presented to Lake Placid High School Senior Cooper Holmes.   Our Club's Literacy Committee awarded $1,500 to  Ms. Laura Coffin, the Reading Specialist at the Lake Placid Elementary School for her summer book program.  Ms. Coffin (left), assisted by her son Will, is presented with the check by Mary Liz Alexander and Randy Quayle.
Two Awards Harris Semegram 2019-05-20 04:00:00Z 0

2019 Kate Smith Award to Cooper Holmes

Lake Placid High School senior Cooper Holmes is the recipient of our Club's Kate Smith Award for achievement in music.  In this video, Cooper sings "Enjoy The Trip" from the Broadway musical "Bring It On" after being presented the award at our Club's May 16, 2019 meeting
2019 Kate Smith Award to Cooper Holmes Harris Semegram 2019-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

Helping to Solve Food Insecurity

A $1,000 donation has been made to the ADK Backpack Program which  provides backpacks filled with non-perishable, child friendly food to families who are food insecure - an issue that impacts almost 22% of children in our area. Pictured below (L to R) are Susan Friedmann, LP Middle School Principal Theresa Lindsay, LP Attendance Officer & Admin. Assistant Patty Mayberry and Susan O'Brien, EAT ADK Committee Member.
Helping to Solve Food Insecurity Harris Semegram 2019-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome Brett Hanselman Harris Semegram 2019-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Helping Children in Zagreb Harris Semegram 2019-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Another Great Trivia Night Harris Semegram 2019-04-24 04:00:00Z 0

Helping at the Shipman Youth Center

Several Rotarians recently helped with clean-up activities at the Shipman Youth Center. as part of the United Way Day of Caring.  The Shipman Center benefits from Rotary's support, providing activities for children and youth ages 10 to 18.  Click "read more" for some pictures.
Helping at the Shipman Youth Center Harris Semegram 2019-04-18 04:00:00Z 0

Food Insecurity

At our April 4th meeting, Sue O'Brien spoke to us about the Backpack Program Food Drive to help alleviate food insecurity.  The Backpack Program provides backpacks filled with non-perishable, child friendly food to families who are food insecure - an issue that impacts almost 22% of children in our area.
Food Insecurity Harris Semegram 2019-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

Very Busy March 28th Meeting

The Rotary Club of Lake Placid had a very busy breakfast meeting today, hearing about a new idea to improve doctor - young patient communications, listening to a Rotary Exchange student make some observations about time spent in an area school, concluding with several members receiving Paul Harris awards.  
Very Busy March 28th Meeting Harris Semegram 2019-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Help Preserve History

Lake Placid Rotarians assist at the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society by cleaning glass panes containing images of our town's history
Rotarians Help Preserve History Harris Semegram 2019-03-16 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Participate in Dr. Suess Day at LPES

Several Rotarians recently participated in Dr. Suess Day at the Lake Placid Elementary School.  Dr. Seuss Day is a celebration of the joy of reading organized by Reading Specialist Laura Coffin in order to kick off a month long program to encourage reading at LPES.  Sean Donovan, Debbie Erenstone, and Sibyl Quayle read to individual students, while Roger Catania and Randy Quayle had the opportunity to read to an entire class.  Debbie reported that she read to several students in Mr. Martin's class and had a great time! Pictured below is Roger reading to a 1st grade class and Sean reading with a 3rd grade student.
Rotarian Participate in Dr. Suess Day at LPES 2019-03-03 05:00:00Z 0

Valentine's Day Party

Our Club recently gave some Valentine's Day love to residents of The Greenwood Apartments in Lake Placid
Valentine's Day Party Harris Semegram 2019-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

Empire State Winter Games

Ben Kernan was LP Rotary's correspondent at the Adaptive Hockey finals at the Empire State Winter Games.  Continue reading to see Ben's report.
Empire State Winter Games Ben KERNAN 2019-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Donation to St. Agnes School

Literacy Committee Co-Chairs Mary Liz Alexander and Randy Quayle and Host for the Trivia Night, Sean Donovan are seen at a recent club breakfast meeting presenting a check for $500 to St. Agnes School Principal, Catherine Bemis.  The money was raised by the LP Rotary Club at their most recent Trivia Night event.  Catherine Bemis reported to the Rotary Club that the money will be used to support various reading programs at St. Agnes School.
Rotary Donation to St. Agnes School 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

LP Elementary School Benefits from our Trivia Night

Club members Randy Quayle and Mary Liz Alexander present a 
check for $1,000 to Stephanie Crosby (2nd from left) and Sibyl
Quayle (2nd from right) representing the Educational Opportunity
Fund.  These proceeds from our Trivia Night will be used by the 
LP Elementary School to provide additional services and
equipment to benefit the students.
LP Elementary School Benefits from our Trivia Night Harris Semegram 2018-12-23 05:00:00Z 0
A Special Choral Performance Harris Semegram 2018-12-20 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation - Did You Know This? Harris Semegram 2018-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Autumn Highway Pickup Harris Semegram 2018-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

Trivia Night Winners

The team from the Raquette River Brewery was victorious in a very challenging Trivia Night competition on October 2, 2018.
Trivia Night Winners Harris Semegram 2018-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome Cindy Caner Harris Semegram 2018-09-27 04:00:00Z 0

2018 Teddy Bear Picnic

The Rotary Club of Lake Placid was pleased to host the 2018 Teddy Bear Picnic on September 23rd.  We had a great turnout on a very sunny first day of Autumn.
check out our video:
2018 Teddy Bear Picnic Harris Semegram 2018-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
Trivia Night Is Coming! Harris Semegram 2018-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
A Different Rotary Moment Harris Semegram 2018-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

Changeover Dinner July 1, 2018

On July 1, 2018 at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, club leadership changed hands with Martha Spear turning over the presidential gavel to Sue Friedmann.  Click the Changeover Dinner link in our photo albums area for more pictures.
Changeover Dinner July 1, 2018 HARRIS T SEMEGRAM 2018-07-28 04:00:00Z 0


A BIG THANK YOU to all the incredible volunteers who helped make this 15th year's Dam Duck Race our most successful ever!
Glorious weather, crowds of people from near and far, great food, a beer garden, a bucking bronco, a money cube, great prizes, and of course, our special favorite lemonade stand, this takes our annual biggest fundraiser to a whole new level of success. It couldn't happen without you! Thank you, thank you, thank you!


The much-needed storage shed on the grounds of the Shipman Youth Center, is now complete thanks to a few highly dedicated volunteers.
A BIG thank you to Randy Quayle, Bob Hanna, Gene Genegal, Mary Liz Alexander & Bill Barnes.
We will now have a permanent home for all our Rotary items that need storing throughout the year.
Ducks are warm and dry!


Trivia Committee: Randy Quayle (left) and Mary Liz Alexander (right)
Presenting a $2,500 check to Mary Dietrich (center left) & Sibil Quayle (center right)
for the Education Opportunity Fund to purchased unbudgeted, yet need items for our
local schoolchildren. The money was raised at the recent Trivia Night.


Congratulations to Trivia Night's winning team, "The Literacy Bombers"
From left to right: Cynthia Gallagher, Kathy Curit, Kathy Briggs, Maureen Sayles, Cheryl Schiller, Gen McLaughlin, Bonnie Birk, RoseAnn Hickey
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SPRING TIME HIGHWAY PICKUP 2018-05-05 04:00:00Z 0
2018 KATE SMITH AWARD 2018-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Lake Placid News Rotary Article - March 2018-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

LPHS Students Receive Scholarship Donation

At a recent Rotary Club breakfast meeting two students from the Lake Placid High School received financial support for their upcoming trip to Quebec, Canada.  The two students, Elise Pierson and Camille Craig, both received checks for $315.00 to help pay for their 1 week language (French) emersion experience.  Club members, Roger Catania and Randy Quayle, are seen presenting the check to the two students.
LPHS Students Receive Scholarship Donation 2018-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

Nora Galvin Visits Lake Placid Rotary

Norah Galvin, age 10, came to speak at a recent Rotary breakfast meeting about her inspiring volunteer project: "Star Boxes". Nora is pictured being congratulated by Rotarian Amy Quinn.  You can read Nora's complete text from her presentation on the next page of this article.
Nora Galvin Visits Lake Placid Rotary 2018-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

ROTARY CLUB NEWS: Bob Hanna’s 30-year Rotary journey


My Rotary journey started in 1987 when I joined the Schenectady-East Rotary club.

Over the past 30 years, I've visited over 100 different clubs on four continents. Some visits were organized to engage other clubs in a project my club was spearheading while other visits were associated with my various roles as Membership Chair and Area Governor. Or, they were just a simple visit when my wife, Suzanne, and I were on vacation. Read more...

ROTARY CLUB NEWS: Bob Hanna’s 30-year Rotary journey 2017-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Holly Gets Her Rotary Badge!

The youngest member of the Lake Placid Rotary, Holly Erenstone, received her official member's badge from Gene Gengel, Martha Spear, and Bob Hanna.
Holly Gets Her Rotary Badge! 2017-12-03 05:00:00Z 0


Our November 2017 Trivia night was the biggest ever. Grossed over $, 4000 with 21 teams. It takes a lot of Participation by Rotary members (and some spouses) to put it on. A big Thank YOU TO ALL, with extra Congrats to MaryLiz & Sean.
"The Irish Mafia” winning team:
From Left to Right
Carol Brown, Mary Kelley (captain), Trisha Preston, Andrew Smith, Steve Reed, John Niederbuhl, Carol Niederbuhl and Don Morris.
Betsy Brown Goes to West Africa 2017-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB NEWS - Gray cakes make debut in Lake Placid 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0


The motley crew who volunteered their time to help keep our 2-mile stretch on Rt. 73 clean. It's unbelievable to see the junk people toss out of their car windows, car parts, beer cans, and umpteen cigarette butts! Thanks to all who helped!
Don Woodlief
Dick Foster
Don McMullen
Susan Friedmann
Al Dunham
Ric Brown
Paul Shurtlefe
Steve Detwiler
Bob Hanna
BI-ANNUAL HIGHWAY PICKUP 2017-10-08 04:00:00Z 0


Thanks to Steve Detwiler, Debbie Erenstone and DJ O'Neal the IRON lung was successfully transformed to the Rotary District's stewardship.

The Club has had the IRON Lung since Bill Stowe's second term as President. The Club used it in local parades and several polio fundraisers. It will be on display at the 2017 District Conference - Sept 29-30th at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, Hogansburg, NY

IRON LUNG FINDS A NEW HOME 2017-09-27 04:00:00Z 0


Andy Robinson facilitating the group
Randy Quayle (left) and Bob Hanna (right) presented feedback from the afternoon group exercise.
Rotary Strategy Planning Meeting held on Saturday, September 23rd.
Sixteen members attended the day-long meeting.
In the morning, Andy Robinson, professional facilitator from Plainfield, Vermont, led the group through several exercises to help generate areas of primary importance for future strategic planning.
After a delicious potluck luncheon, the group spend split up into three groups exploring each of the key areas in greater depth.


WELCOME AND CONGRATULATIONS to our 2 newest members of the Lake Placid Rotary:  Harris and Susan Semegram.  Picture below from left to right:  President Martha Spear, Harris, Susan, Susan Friedmann, and John Huttlinger.
NEW MEMBERS: HARRIS & SUE SEMEGRAM 2017-08-17 04:00:00Z 0


Club President, Martha Spear, announced that next Thursday, August 10, our weekly breakfast meeting will be held at the Shipman Youth Center (61 Cummings Road, Lake Placid, NY).  It will be a Pot Luck breakfast meeting (7:20 - 8:30 am).  The club will return to the Courtyard at Marriott for the following breakfast meeting.
NEWS ALERT!! 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0


Rotary President, Martha Spear (center) together with Gene Gengal (right) recognizing and honoring Bob Hanna (left) with a distinguished award for his relentless, on-going volunteering work for the Club. 
Many congratulations to Bob! Thank you for all that you do for the good of Rotary and for our Club. 
HONORING BOB HANNA 2017-07-24 04:00:00Z 0


The 14th annual Rotary Club of Lake Placid Dam Duck Race was a quacking success as usual thanks to a great team of volunteer and generous donors.  As always our greatest thanks goes to the magnificent Lisa Grigoriadis of Lisa G’s, who donated her fine establishment for the 14th year in a row to help raise money for the Lake Placid community.  Coordinators of the event, Debbie McLean and Tina Leonard, reported a net profit of over $12,500!!
DAM DUCK RACE - HUGH SUCCESS 2017-06-27 04:00:00Z 0


THANK YOU for Supporting the

Dam Duck Race

Your generosity makes all this possible.

Proceeds from this event have benefited

the following organizations...

Adirondack Community Youth Group

Lake Placid Elementary School Playground

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks

United Way of the Adirondacks

Together we Can Change the World

Ecumenical Charity Fund

Lake Placid Beautification Fund

North Elba Christmas Fund

Shipman Youth Center

Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service

High Peaks Hospice

Lake Placid After School Prom

Red Cross

Northern Forest Explorers

Songs on Mirror

Homeward Bound Adirondacks

Lake Placid Olympic Museum

Literacy Volunteers

Projects over the Years.....

Local Park Rehab Project

Train in Jewtraw Park

Bike Racks on Main Street

THANK YOU!!! 2017-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

Donation to LVA (Literary Volunteers of America)

Marie Despres from the Literacy Volunteers of America accepting a $1,000 donation. 
The money was raised at our recent highly successful Trivia Night.
Picture: Left: Sean Donovan (Trivia Night MC); Center - Marie Despres; Right: Mary Liz Alexander (Trivia Night Organizer)
Donation to LVA (Literary Volunteers of America) 2017-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

A Hearty Welcome to Another New Member

Welcome to another new member to our Club, Bridget McKillep.
Sponsored by Heather Perkins, Bridget's induction took place on June 8th.
Bridget went to LP High School & Suny Potsdam. She currently works from the Pratt Agency as a Insurance provider.
She is an out doors person and wants to "get out and give back to the community." 
John Hutlinger performing the induction ceremony (left); Bridget McKillep (center) and her sponsor Heather Perkins (right)
A Hearty Welcome to Another New Member 2017-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

A Hearty Welcome to our Latest Member

Sponsored by Dick Brewer, we offer a hearty welcome to our latest recruit, Don McMullen, as he joins our steadily growing club. We look forward to having him get involved with many of our worthy projects.
Picture: Dick Brewer - left, Don McMullen - center, John Huttlinger - right
A Hearty Welcome to our Latest Member 2017-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

Donation to Educational Opportunity Fund

As a result of a hugely successful recent Trivia Night, our Club is thrilled to donate $2,000 to The Educational Opportunity Fund for their backpack food program. 
Pictured here left to right:
Sean Donovan (Trivia Night MC), Sibyl Quayle and Kari Lansing (representing EOF), Mary Liz Alexander (Trivia Night Organizer)
Donation to Educational Opportunity Fund 2017-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

Dam Duck Race is Coming:  Saturday, June 17

The 4 Lake Placid Elementary School students who won the recent Lake Placid Rotary "Dam Duck Race" poster contest were given their rubber duck prizes by Rotarians Mary Liz Alexander and Randy Quayle.  The student pictures are being used to decorate the LP Rotary posters which will announce the upcoming event scheduled for Saturday, June 17 at Lisa G's Restaurant.  Seen in the picture from let to right include:  Mary Liz Alexander, Tommy Sheehan, Norah Galvin, Aiden Briggs, Lily Powers, and Randy Quayle.
Dam Duck Race is Coming: Saturday, June 17 2017-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

Don McMullen Receives Service Above Self Award

Don McMullen recently received the Rotary "Service Above Self Award" in order to recognize his volunteer work for the past 25 years coordinating the Lake Placid Outing Club, as well as many other activities benefitting the youth of our community.  Presenting the award to Don included Bob Hanna, Randy Quayle, and Bill Barnes.
Don McMullen Receives Service Above Self Award 2017-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
What do Rotarians do on Saturday mornings? 2017-04-29 04:00:00Z 0
Surprise Visit from Rotary International 2019-20 District Governor 2017-04-20 04:00:00Z 0
RYLA 2016 2017-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Meets the Lions 2017-04-03 04:00:00Z 0

Literacy Committee Donates $$ to LPES Summer Reading Program

At a recent LP Rotary breakfast meeting Co-Chairs of the Literacy Committee, Mary Liz Alexander and Randy Quayle, presented a check for $1500.00 to Lake Placid Elementary School Reading Specialist, Laura Coffin to help support her summer reading program.  The money was raised by the Rotary at our Trivia Night events.  Laura also told our club about her plans to add reading "Little Free Library" stations at 3 different locations in Lake Placid.  This will be in addition to the summer reading program where students can take home 4-7 books for their summer vacation enjoyment.
Literacy Committee Donates $$ to LPES Summer Reading Program 2017-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Christmas Dinner Party

Tina Clark and other Rotarians organized a fun filled LUAU Party to celebrate the Christmas Holidays.  More pictures from the party may be viewed in the website Photo Album site.
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Serving Hot Chocolate at The Holiday Stroll

Rotarians Gene (and Betsy) Gengel, Mary Liz Alexander, Krista Frey, Randy Quayle, Rick Brown, Sean Donovan all participated in helping to serve Hot Chocolate to the many participants in the Lake Placid Holiday Stroll Skating Party.  Much fun was had by everyone.
Serving Hot Chocolate at The Holiday Stroll 2017-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Literacy Committee Donates $$ to Literacy Volunteers of America Randy Quayle 2017-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Trivia Night - Another BIG Success! 2016-11-11 00:00:00Z 0

Kelly Metzgar Speaks to Rotary

One of our speakers this year was local transgender activist Kelly Metzgar (seen here with LP Club President Elect Martha Spear), who discussed the health care needs of transgender people.
Each week the Lake Placid Rotary Club hosts a speaker from our extended community.  In the past year, speakers have included a diverse range including Dr. Nina Schoch from Biodiversity Research Institute’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, Susan Mack from BT3 (Birth to Three Alliance), Thomas “Brody” Broderick of Northwood School regarding “Northwood on Main”, Dmitry Feld, Board President, and Jason Hooker, Executive Director, Shipman Youth Center, and Corey Hurwitch, manager of the Adirondack Regional Airport. 
Kelly Metzgar Speaks to Rotary 2016-09-26 00:00:00Z 0

Bob Hanna Explains Attendance vs. Participation

Under the guidance of Rotarian Bob Hanna at our July assembly we reviewed Rotary's evolving Attendance Requirement which is now called Participation. Our Club has been a key contributor to this change. So Congratulations to ALL.  The following is a summary of the July Discussion
Participation vs Attendance
RI has attendance rules which are aimed at keeping members involved and participating. These rules have been softened in the 100 plus years since RI started and the emphasis is now more on Participation, recognizing that Attendance keeps us involved and knowledgeable of Rotary programs.
Bob Hanna Explains Attendance vs. Participation 2016-07-29 00:00:00Z 0

Dam Duck Race Poster Contest Winners!!

The 2016 Dam Duck Poster contest was conducted at the Lake Placid Elementary School under the direction of Art Teacher, Rebecca Philion.  Many students from several different grade levels in Ms. Philion’s art club participated in the contest.  Included in the picture from left to right in the front row are the winners of the contest:
Xander Bickford (5th grade), Henry Mayberry (4th grade), Rebecca Philion (Art Teacher holding Lily Powers’ poster), and Mikey Mezzetti (2nd grade).  Back row:  Randy Quayle and Mary Liz Alexander (Rotary members and Coordinators of the Dam Duck Poster Contest).  Absent from the picture was Lily Powers (2nd grade) who was the 4th winner of the Poster Contest.
Dam Duck Race Poster Contest Winners!! 2016-06-01 00:00:00Z 0

Kris Hardman is inducted into the LP Rotary Club

Our newest member of the Rotary Club of Lake Placid, Kris Hardman, was inducted into our club at our Thursday, May 19 breakfast meeting.  Included in the picture below from left to right:  John Huttlinger (Co-Coordinator of the Membership Committee), Bill Barnes (President Elect and Membership Co-Coordinator), Kris Hardman, and Rick Brown (Sponsor for Kris):
Kris Hardman is inducted into the LP Rotary Club 2016-05-19 00:00:00Z 0

Work Day is Big Success!

Several Lake Placid Rotary Club members teamed up with visiting Rotarians from District 7190 and performed various volunteer work projects in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.  Work projects included building new split-rail fences at St. Eustace Church and at Jewtraw Park, building a new kitchen at the Saranac Lake Youth Center, painting and cleaning slides at the LP Train Station Historic Society Museum, and working on building a new kitchen at the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance building.  Seen in the picture below is Bob Hanna as he receives an appreciation award at the pizza party following the day of work, for his work organizing the District 7190 and LP/SL work day on May 13, 2016.
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Kate Smith Music Award Presentation

At our Thursday, May 5th breakfast meeting the Kate Smith Music Award was presented to LPHS Junior, Ashley Chris.  Ashley entertained everyone by singing 2 songs under the direction of Vocal Music Teacher, Kim Weems.  Ashley was presented with an engraved plaque which is kept at LPHS in their trophy case and a check for $1,000.00 to be used for college applications and visits.  Included in the picture from left to right:  Randy Quayle (Rotarian coordinator of the Kate Smith Award), Aurel Chris (Ashley's father), Ashely Chris, Kim Weems, Katherine Hudson-Sabens (Instrumental Music Teacher), and Mary Dietrich (Lake Placid School Board Chairperson).
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Another Highway Clean Up Completed!!

Thank you to Rotarian Steve Detwiler for organizing the most recent Highway Clean-Up.  There are now about 2 miles of very clean highway on Route 73!
Another Highway Clean Up Completed!! 2016-05-04 00:00:00Z 0

April Trivia Night Hugh Success

Thanks to hard work from Trivia Night Coordinator, Mary Liz Alexander, and many other Rotarians, the recently held Trivia Night was a great success with more than $3,000 raised for various Literacy related Rotary projects.
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Induction of New Rotary Member: Bob Miller

Bob Miller was recently inducted as a new member of our Rotary Club.  Included in the presentation ceremony from left to right:  Bill Barnes, John Huttlinger, Bob Miller, Steve Detwiler, Mary Liz Alexander, and Rick Brown.
Induction of New Rotary Member: Bob Miller 2016-04-03 00:00:00Z 0

CYC Youth Visit to Rotary Breakfast

Rotary welcomed guests from the Wilmington and Lake Placid youth leadership group CYC:  Connecting Youth and Communities, on 3/10/16.  From left to right are highs school students Paul Jarell, Joey Jamison and Sara Rose-McCandlish.   The vision of CYC is connecting youth and communities through advocacy, education and engagement to foster youth to be educationally and vocationally productive, civically, and socially connected as well as physically and mentally healthy. 
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Profile of our Youngest Honorary Member

Our club would like to recognize the youngest honorary member of our club, Holly Erenstone.  She is a regular attendee at our breakfast meetings, coming with her mother and club member, Debbie Erenstone.  Sargent-of-Arms, Joe McAvoy is seen in this picture visiting with Holly.  Joe has provided a detailed profile of our youngest member:
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Club Provides Support to St. Agnes School 2016-03-06 00:00:00Z 0

Presentations at March 3 Breakfast Meeting

Visiting District Governor, Claude LaLiberte presented a special pin to Gene Gengel to honor his many years of service, particularly in his present role as club Secretary.  Claude also presented a special recognition award to our Club President, Peter Beatty.  In addition, Co-chairs of the Literacy Committee, Mary Liz Alexander and Randy Quayle, presented a check for $1500 to LPES Reading Teacher, Laura Coffin, to support her Summer Reading Program.
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February 26 Lake Placid Rotary Newlsletter 2016-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Time To Support The Foundation! 2016-01-22 00:00:00Z 0

Information For Upcoming 2016 RYLA Event

Rotarian Bill Barnes has provided some important information related to our upcoming RYLA Weekend scheduled for June 25-27, 2016.  For more detailed information see the notice in our website "DOWNLOADS" found on our "Homepage":
What is RYLA?
The Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) is a unique opportunity for high school students to gain insight and knowledge in life and leadership skills.  District 7040 Rotary Clubs sponsor students (ages 15-17) to attend this Youth Leadership Conference that gives them memorable and life changing experience.  The conference takes place at Paul Smith’s College on the shores of St Regis Lake where the students stay in the college’s newest dorm suites for two days.  The program culminates with a graduation and awards ceremony at the award-winning Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY.
For more informaition visit the District website at http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50214. Then go to The Youth Services Tab, and select RYLA. The application process has been simplified and will be done online once formal registration opens.
If you have any questions or would like to chat with someone about this opportunity please call Bill Barnes at (617) 620-0727, or WilliamWBarnesIII@gmail.com.
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Donations Committee Provides Support to Many Great Projects!

Our donations committee has finalized the distribution of our yearly donations, which amounts to $7,000.  Below are three pictures that are from presentations of three of those awards.  The first is a presentation to the Lake Placid Science Olympiad Team of a check for $400.  This is a team that practices all year and then competes in a large regional science competition.  This year, both the High School and the Middle School teams traveled to compete in the State Championships.  The check was presented to the team's coach, Frank Brunner, on April 16, 2015.  The second picture is of a presentation of a check for $150 to Tim Chick of the Lake Placid North Elba Tree Board for all of the good work they do for our community.  From left to right in this picture is Tim Chick, Hannah Hanford, and Bob Hanna.  The third picture finds Rotarian Randy Quayle presenting a check for $500 from Rotary to Jon Fremante, Director of the Shipman Youth Center.  
Donations Committee Provides Support to Many Great Projects! 2015-06-02 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Randy Quayle
The LP Rotary welcomed 2 new members on April 2nd at our weekly breakfast meeting now held at the Hampton Inn in Lake Placid:  Carolyn Carbonaro and Amy Quinn.  Carolyn is the Sales Manager at the Mariott Courtyard Inn in Lake Placid and Amy is the Principal Attorney for Essex County.  Participating in the ceremony included our President Elect, Peter Beatty and Co-Chairs of the Nominating Committee, Mary Liz Alexander and Bill Barnes.
LP ROTARY WELCOMES 2 NEW MEMBERS Randy Quayle 2015-04-02 00:00:00Z 0

Facebook page

Posted by Stephanie Battisti on Jan 12, 2012
 Check out our Facebook page by typing in Rotary Club of Lake Placid in Facebook search
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Looking for someone to do the monthly Rotary bulletin Randy Quayle 2011-05-26 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome to our new website!

Posted by Thomas Dodd on May 03, 2011
We are all excited to see how ClubRunner will revolutionize the way we manage our day to day club activities, as well as communicate more effectively.
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Informative Kiosk Built at Jewtraw Park

Posted by Randy Quayle

The Lake Placid Water Shed Association has completed an INFORMATIVE KIOSK at Jewtraw Park. Our Lake Placid Rotary Club was instrumental in helping fund this project. Pictured are Ray Agnew, Gene Gengel and Bob Hanna from our club. In Addition Lisa G from the Mill Pond Business Association and the contractors who built the kiosk are included in the picture.



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Mary and Dean Dietrich receive "Service Above Self Award" Randy Quayle 0

RYLA 2014!!!

Posted by Randy Quayle

Under the guidance and direction of Ray Agnew, Bill Rusak, Bob Hanna, Ernie Stretton, Sean Donovan, and many others, the 2014 RYLA weekend was recently held at beautiful Paul Smith's College.  The weather was great, the food and accommodations were "top shelf", the views were spectacular, and the experience will be long remembered and valued by everyone who participated.Image

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Jamey Rhoades Hits Jackpot!

Posted by Randy Quayle

Jamey Rhoades was the recent winner of the 50-50 drawing, presented by Sargent-Of-Arms, Joe McAvoy.


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2014 Canoe/Kayak Trip Enjoys Perfect Weather!

Posted by Randy Quayle

Steve Detwiler lead 13 canoe/kayak enthusiasts on a leisurely paddle from St. Regis Landing to Paul Smith's College on Saturday, July 12.  Lunch followed the paddle.  Sunny weather, warm water, good food, and great companionship made for a great outing.

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2014 Dam Duck Race Hugh Success

Posted by Randy Quayle

Despite rainy conditions, the Dam Duck Race  raised over $13,000!  Many thanks to Dam Duck Race coordinators, Tina Leonard and Debbie McLean and everyone else who helped to make this such a successful event.  The water was high and the ducks were fast --- making it very challenging to catch the ducks at the end of the race, but no one got too wet!  See some pictures:Image

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"Dam Duck" Race Poster Contest Winners Announced

Posted by Randy Quayle

Mary Liz Alexander and Randy Quayle awarded prizes to the four 5th grade students from the Lake Placid Elementary School who won the "Dam Duck" Race Poster contest.  LPES Art Teacher, Mary Johnson, coordinated the poster contest in all her 5th grade classes and the 4 winners were chosen by the Rotary Club.  Their pictures will be used on our Rotary Club "Dam Duck" Race Poster to help promote and advertise the upcoming event on Saturday, June 14th at Lisa G's restaurant.

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Literacy Committee Donates $500 to St. Agnes School

Posted by Randy Quayle

Literacy Committee Co-Chair, Mary Liz Alexander presented a check for $500 to St. Agnes School Principal, Catherine Bemis.  The money will be used to purchase books for the students at St. Agnes School.  The money was raised at a recent "Trivia Night" event.


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Sadden by News of Passing of Chris Brown

Posted by Randy Quayle

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Chris Brown.  For those who wish to contribute a Memorial Gift in his memory, please make a check payable to: Rotary Club of Lake Placid P.O. Box 1425  Lake Placid, NY  12946 .  Note in the memo line: Memorial-Chris Brown. Thank you very much.


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Check Out The Upcoming Events at Rotary District 7040! Randy Quayle 0
Literacy Committee Donates $1,500.00 to LPES Randy Quayle 0

LP Rotary Makes Another Donation

Posted by Randy Quayle

Rotary Club President, Hanna Hanford, delivers a check of $300.00 to Father David Ousley from St. Eustace Church.  The money will be used to support the pure water project in the Dominican Republic under the direction of Paul Gutmann.  Paul has developed an inexpensive home water purification system which he will be distributing in the DR.Image

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LP Rotary Supports Reason2Smile Randy Quayle 0

Rotary Christmas Dinner: Thursday, Dec. 12

Posted by Randy Quayle

Instead of our regular breakfast meeting, President Hannah Hanford announced that our annual Christmas Dinner is planned for Thursday, Dec. 12 at the Whiteface Lodge.  Come and enjoy the Christmas Cheer!

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Trivia Event Was Bigger Than Ever!

Posted by Randy Quayle

On Thursday, Nov. 14 the LP Rotary hosted a Trivia Night at the Conference Center at the Visitor's Center at the LP Arena.  More teams enjoyed the event than ever before!

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RYLA Is coming: June 27-29, 2014

Posted by Randy Quayle

The Rotary Club of Lake Placid announces that we will be hosting the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) conference at Paul Smith's College this coming June 27-29, 2014.

RYLA Is coming: June 27-29, 2014 Randy Quayle 0
Rotary Volunteers at Maple Weekend at Whiteface Mt. Randy Quayle 0
New Companion Member Beth Brunner 0
Building A Shed at Shipman Youth Center Randy Quayle 0
Rotary Club Locator App for your Smartphone Steven Detwiler 0