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January 2015 Events
January 5     Junior Achievement - Rotarian Steve Vonderweidt

Steve Vonderweidt Exec Dir Junior, Achievement for Greater Syracuse region  315-744-7934  steve@jacuny.org

Steve Vonderweidt embraces the Rotary motto “Service above Self” and has worked in the human services field most of his adult life. Prior to returning to Central New York, Steve was the Director of the Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place, a regional service center in Louisville, KY. Steve and his staff of over 100 employees served over 5,000 clients each month.

Steve is currently the Executive Director of the Greater Syracuse Region Junior Achievement. He understands that Dewitt Rotary had a good relationship with Junior Achievement in the past and hopes to reestablish that relationship.


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January 12     Moving DeWitt BikeWalk -Kerin Rigney, Sam Gordon

Speaker: Town Councilor Kerin Rigney, Town Planning Dir Sam Gordon

Prog: Moving Dewitt bike walk initiative- Town of DeWitt Sustainability Plan.

Kerin Rigney is Town Councilor and Chair of the Comprehensive Planning Committee; She is passionate about pedestrian-friendly communities.

Sam Gordon is the Director of Planning and Zoning and an avid bicyclist; He's been involved with the sustainability plan which urges the creation of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

Currently the focus is on the Town's needs for pedestrian infrastructure.

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January 12     Monthly Board Meeting

Meeting location: DeWitt Firehouse

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January 16     Svc Proj-RescueMission FreezeOut 5K To End Homelessness

Freeze Out 5K Run/Walk - Volunteer spots avail for Jan. 16,2015 Freeze out 5K event, at OCC Onondaga Community College, 5:30pm-9:30pm.  Contact Glenna Price 315-701-3842 or Craig Anderson 315-472-2324 x5602. Thank you! 

On Any given night in Onondaga County, 424 individuals are experiencing homelessness.  $15 Registration fee & commit to raise $100  OR one-time registration fee of $35.  The OCC campus  roads will be plowed and salted, and the route is well lit.  Be Sure to Dress Appropriately for the weather!  (http://rescuemission.donorpages.com/SyracuseFreezeOut5K2015/page1/?)

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January 17     SvcProj-RescueMission Thrifty;Supply

Rotarians: please note the following needs and volunteer opportunities at the Rescue Mission:

Thrifty Shopper Customer Appreciation Sale:  All of our Thrifty Shopper locations are having their annual customer appreciation 50% off sale on Saturday, January 17th.  We could use volunteers to help the day before, the day of, and the day after.

Requirements:  Availability Friday and Saturday.  We are asking for a 2-3 hour time commitment.  Schedules are very flexible at the stores.  All volunteers must be over 10 years old.  Younger volunteers between the ages of 10-15 years must be accompanied by an adult.   Visit rmlifechanging.org for Thrifty Shopper locations near you.

Rescue Mission Supply NeedsThe Rescue Mission currently has a great need for hygiene items, specifically men’s deodorant, men’s razors, toothbrushes, and travel size lotion.  If any one would like to make a donation of these items they can be dropped off at the reception desk at 155 Gifford Street, Syracuse NY 13202 between 9am – 4pm Monday through Friday.  


from MaryAnn Stark, DeWitt Rotary Club President, January 8, 2015 Thurs.

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January 19     NO MEETING

Martin Luther King Day - federal holiday


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January 26     Ronald McDonald House -Beth Trunfio

Since opening our doors on Thanksgiving Day, 1982 more than 17,000 families have found comfort and hope at the Ronald McDonald House in Syracuse. Over the last 29 years, the organization has expanded from seven to sixteen guest bedroom and in 1997 implemented the adminstration of a mini-grants program for charities meeting the needs of children in Central New York.

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