District Governor Visits Moravia Club

At last week’s meeting, District Governor Marv Joslyn was greeted by almost the entire club membership.  He was accompanied by Assistant Governor Bill Conole, who introduced him to the assembly.  Following a great buffet prepared by The Family Deli (our favorite, by the way), DG Marv talked with us about several projects of interest to the District.

Acts of Kindness:  DG Marv challenged us to implement purposeful acts of kindness within our community.  He believes that such will benefit not only the recipients of these acts, but also those of us performing them.  There is also a wonderful opportunity for publicity if we remember to document our deeds with video and photos.

Passport to Service:  A creation from last year updated to require only two club members (minimum) to attend a meeting at other clubs.  This is a great way to learn more about Rotary and to know more fellow Rotarians.  Passports can be printed from the District website and be signed at the club being visited.  Clubs making the most visits will be recognized at this year’s District Conference.

World Polio Day:  We are challenged to find a way to honor the progress Rotary International has made towards eradicating polio by doing something special to mark World Polio Day, October 24.  DG Marv suggested social media, web sites, newsletters, community events, and the like; he emphasized again the need for publicity.

At the meeting’s end, DG Marv presented President Mike Pizzola with a banner denoting this year’s Rotary theme, “Be The Inspiration”.  Thank you for your visit, DG Marv!DG Marv banner

Rotary Auction Almost Here!!

Moravia Rotary Club’s Annual Auction happens this Friday, August 17th.  This event will be held at the Moravia Fire Hall on Keeler Avenue.  The gavel comes down at 6:00 PM and the fun lasts until all items have been sold, which is usually about 8:30 PM.  This fund raiser is the main source of support for the good things Moravia Rotary does for the community.

Club members have been visiting sponsors and businesses to gather donations for your bidding pleasure.  Yes, the usual highly sought after gift certificates and gift cards will make their appearances.  And there promises to be a wonderful variety of other items up for bids.  Take a look at the accompanying pictures for a small sample.  We will also be auctioning a wide variety of baked goods throughout the evening.  Please, Come Early and Bid Often.

Auction Valet
A Gentleman’s Valet donated by Toadies on Main Street
Auction Tiger
A large stuffed tiger donated anonymously
Auction Gift Basket
One of two gift baskets donated by Southern Tier Stables.  This one contains cash, lottery tickets, men’s boots, a gift certificate for riding, and a flask of Seagram’s 7.

Welcome! New Member Bethany

At last night’s meeting, Bethany Mendoza was admitted to Active Membership in Moravia Rotary Club.  Daughter of former Rotarian Paul Nelson, she was previously an honorary member.  While attending MHS, she was a Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipient, a Youth Exchange student to Argentina, and a Rotary scholarship recipient.  Following college graduation, she worked for a non-government organization, teaching Spanish in Nicaragua.  She is currently a Spanish Teacher at Tyburn Academy in Auburn.

Bethany brings youthful enthusiasm to our club.  She is looking forward to participating in our community service activities, and is currently formulating a project that will involve some Tyburn students with Auburn Rotary Club.  We are excited to have her join our group of “ordinary people, together doing extraordinary things”.

Bethany Induction
Bethany (C) receives congratulations from President Mike (L) and her sponsor Tom (R)





Newsletter 7/18 – COLHS

Monthly Duties:  Voluntold by Mike at start of meeting! 🙂

We met at the COLHS (Cayuga-Owasco Lakes Historical Society; and were treated to a presentation and tour of the building.  Many local artifacts can be seen; everything from the uniform of Colonel Speck to a basketball from the Moravia High School State Championship season (2018).  Colonel Speck was a Moravia business man and Drum Major of a local brass band at the turn of the century. Moravia is well known for being the hometown of the 13th U.S. President Millard Fillmore, and the COLHS building is an official museum devoted to him.  The club is providing support to COLHS via a district grant to purchase hermetic storage containers so many of the historical artifacts will be available to future generations.

Bethany Mendoza (Nelson) was in attendance.  She is a Youth Exchange student to Argentina, and performed humanitarian work in Nicaragua.  She is now teaching Spanish at Tyburn Academy in Auburn. She is also an honorary and prospective new active member of the club!

Joan has accepted the role of Director at Large.

The club is participating in the parade this Saturday.  Lineup is at 5:30 pm at the elementary school.

Auction letters have been mailed.  Lists will be provided at the next meeting, Auction is August 17th.

Next meeting, July 24th at 6pm, will be at the Methodist Church, Bill Conole, our Assistant Governor will be attending.  August 14th, Emily Kehoe, our RYLA student will be presenting, tentatively at the Betty Blue.

Upcoming Events:

  • July 21st
    • Moravia Fair Parade, 5:30 pm, lineup at elementary school
  • July 24th
    • meeting at Methodist Church, Bill Conole
  • July 31st
    • moving books for library book sale, 6pm, Chronicle building
  • August 11th
    • COLHS Flea Market – vendor spots available or donate items
  • August 14th
    • meeting at Betty Blue, Emily Kehoe, RYLA presentation
  • August 17th
    • Auction at Moravia Fire House

Uniform of Fleming Wilson “Colonel Speck” Ackerman


First Meeting – A Good Start

Gregg Award
President Mike (on left) presents Rotarian of Excellence Award to Gregg Goon

The highlight of our first meeting of the new Rotary Year was the presentation of the “Rotarian of Excellence” award to fellow Rotarian Gregg Goon. Gregg was honored for his exemplary Rotary spirit, taking on the duties of Sergeant-at-Arms, serving as “fine master”, volunteering for every service project that we undertook last year, and for going the “extra mile” to serve the community.

President Mike’s first agenda included a review of his goals for the year.  Membership – 3 new members;  Foundation support – $2,800;  Service projects – 10 already identified.

Then he reviewed the club activities scheduled for the next two months:

  • July 14 – Vietnam Veterans Tribute Ride:   members are asked to be at the Locke Fireman’s Field by 12:45 PM.  The riders are expected to pass by shortly after 1:00 PM.
  • July 17 – Club meeting will be at the Cayuga Owasco Lake Historical Society (COLHS) at 6:00 PM.  We will see how the COLHS plans to use our grant money to preserve their acquisitions.  Dinner from Subway.
  • July 24 – Club meeting at Christ United Methodist Church with guests from Skaneateles Rotary Club.  Dinner to be determined.
  • July 31 – Meet at Chronicle Guidance to move books to the Firehouse.  6:00 PM start with social time at Betty Blue following.
  • August 16 – Rotary Auction at Firehouse.  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Sept 2 – Ice Cream Sales at Fillmore Glen Car Show from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Mike emphasized that this was an extremely busy time for the club.  He encouraged us to keep up with the club calendar of events, keep participating at meetings, and remain engaged in club service activities.  “Together, we can do extraordinary things!”