ROTOSCOPE June 10, 2013 Meeting


Anthem:   Mike Sirianno

Pledge:     Roger Gross

Four Way Test:  Frank Ralabate

Grace:       Joe Fiorella

Door:        Matt Balling

50/50:      Tim Henderson 


Guest Speaker:  Stephan Mychajliw, Comptroller for Erie County.   Elected in November 2012 by the residents of Erie County, it the role of the Comptroller to be an independent fiscal watchdog.  The comptroller does not report to either the County Executive or the Legislature. However, the Comptroller does provide an independent source of financial information to all branches of government and the publicThe Office of Comptroller is comprised of 3 divisions: Administration, Accounting, and Audit and Control. To lead by example, Comptroller Mychajliw’s first hard hitting review was of his own department: the Office of Erie County Comptroller.  The top to bottom review revealed troubling inefficiencies.  Numerous reforms were implemented to re-organize and create effective efficiencies, which included hiring a CPA to lead the Audit Division for the first time since 1986.   Stephan Mychajliw believes in working hard, telling the truth, staying humble and hiring good people to get the job done.


Williamsville Foundation Annual Presentation to the Club:  Bill Thuman presented the Foundations current financial report and reminded the club that any ideas and suggestions are welcome.  John Crawford further reminded the members that “Planned Giving” to the Williamsville Foundation is something we should all keep in mind.  It was mentioned that funds for the Video Camera at Glenn Park and the Family Justice Center, (“FJC”), did not appear in this report for the past fiscal year, but had been designated for this coming fiscal year and would be reflected in the next report.  Kevin Flint asked how much the Foundation was going to give to the FJC.  Vicki D’Angelo stated it was a living room suite which is estimated to be between five and ten thousand dollars.


Foundation Board of Officers Election: Bill Thuman, President; Michael Prinzbach, Director; Robert Chur were elected by the Club to another term on the Foundation Board. 


Membership Certificate:  Mike Sirianno thanked the club membership committee’s over the last five years for the hard work in assisting with our membership growth.  Our club won an award at the District Governors changing of the gavel dinner at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens on June 9th for our 37% increase in membership.  THANK YOU to EVERYONE!


Youth Exchange Student:  Anna from Spain joined us for her last meeting with our Club.  She asked for donations that she would take with her to her Youth Exchange meeting at Niagara On The Lake where the donations would be contributed to the International Youth Exchange Organization.  Our Club was extremely generous in meeting Anna request for donations!


Changes to the Youth Exchange Program for the coming year!  The age has been dropped to 15 for students who wish to participate in the Rotary International Youth Exchange.  Our next student will be a girl, 15 years old coming from Denmark.  She speaks very good English. 


Strawberry Festival, Wednesday June 19, 2013!!!!    This year there is a child size portion and an adult size portion.  There will be two different color tickets.  One for child one for adults.  Shucking of strawberries starts at 8am at Island Park.   


Mix N Mingle, THANK YOU!  Richard read a thank you letter from Nathan Young who performed at our Mix N Mingle for the Scholarship the club extended to him.  He is attending Baldwin Wallace College in the Fall.


DUES:  Matt Balling had the dues envelopes at the meeting.  Kindly return payment to Matt before July 1, 2013.


New Speakers:  Vern requested everyone fine at least one speaker for the 2013-2014 speaker list. 

Our club won the second award for 37% growth rate of our membership.


50/50:   Total, $1012.00.    Vern Anderson drew the winning ticket, chose a six card and donated the $6.00 back to the Club.   


NEXT MEETING, MILOS JUNE 24th, 2013 for President Mike Sirianno.  Please make your reservation and remember guests are welcome!