Door: Matt Balling

Pledge: Kathy Behan

Anthem: Ed Stachura

Four Way Test: Roger Gross

Grace: Joe Fiorella                      

50/50 Ticket Sales:  $143.   Joe Fiorella drew the seven of something and won $7. He donated it back.

Visiting Rotarians: None.

Guests: None.



This week’s speaker was Club Member Catherine N. Dulmus, PhD., LCSW-R who is Professor, Associate Dean for Research, Director for the Buffalo Center for Social Research at the University at Buffalo, School of Social Work and Co-Director of the UB/Amrita Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute housed at Amrita University in Kerala, India.  Her presentation will be an overview of the profession of social work, how she found her way to this profession, and what her current job entails.


She also serves as Research Director at Hillside Family of Agencies (HFA) through an innovative research partnership she developed between HFA and the University at Buffalo. This vibrant research partnership garners the strengths and assets of both partners to realize a true research to practice and practice to research agenda.


Dr. Dulmus received her baccalaureate degree in Social Work from Buffalo State College in 1989, a master’s degree in Social Work from the University at Buffalo in 1991, and a PhD degree in Social Welfare from the University at Buffalo in 1999.   Her research focuses on child mental health, serious mental illness, evidence-based practice and community-university

research around the world. In 2014 she was elected to the National Academies of Practice and the Social Work Academy as a Distinguished Scholar & Fellow. Prior to obtaining her PhD Dr. Dulmus’ social work practice background encompassed almost a decade of experience in the fields of behavioral health and school social work.


Highlights of her presentation included:

·         Levels of degrees in social work: BSW, MSW, DSW, Ph.D.

·         Social work is growing at 25% per year.

·         Social workers are employed in many sectors of the economy.

·         Social workers are the fastest growing group of mental health workers.

·         Catherine engaged in a variety of practical experiences to support her desire to teach with real world views.

·         She has focused on research.

·         Use of psycho-tropic drugs is a driver behind a 25-year differential in life expectancy (i.e., lower) notwithstanding benefits of being able to function in society.

·         Has a research partnership with Hillside Family of Agencies in Rochester to provide critical focus to her work.


Club’s Facebook Page Take a look at the Club’s Facebook ( page that was developed by Gary Skaylo and “Like” our page.


Foundation Annual Meeting The Foundation’s Annual Meeting will be held on June 9, 2014.  The Annual Report will be presented by Foundation President William Thulman.


District 7090 Annual Fund Report:  The April 16th status was distributed to each table for members’ information / review.


Meeting Attendance Option:  Mark April 28th on your calendar to attend the Club meeting and learn of an option to Rotary Club meeting attendance.  Liz Kovacs of the Rotary E-Club of SO/WNY (Southern Ontario-Western New York) will present information on how you can “attend” using your computer, while on an island in the South Pacific or at home at 1:30 AM in your pajamas. Learn how you can improve your RI reported meeting attendance.


Also at this meeting (04/28/2014), we will have members of the Rotary Club of Amherst in attendance.  A discussion on potential event collaborations, collaboration on local, regional and international projects will be a focus discussion.


District Assembly May 3rd, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Conference Center, Niagara Falls, NY (101 Old Falls Street).  Pre-Registration or on-line registration will be required.  Mark your calendar for this event.   See the web site for Program, Workshops, etc. The event opens with a light breakfast and fellowship.  Cost is $35.00 for all event activities, breakfast and lunch included.


For registration go to:  On-Line Registration will CLOSE at 10:00 PM on Wednesday April 23, 2014.


Strawberry Festival Event: Planning has started for this year’s SF event (June 18th    5:00 pm to 8:00 pm for guests) at Island Park.  Chairman Kevin Flint is seeking volunteers for the numerous planning activities.  On the day of the event, activities will begin in early morning picking up supplies, shucking strawberries, and setting up the Pavilion and the adjacent park.  Clean up after the event will continue for at least 1½-hours after the closing of the event.


Rotary Park & Circle Clean Up: As the weather is improving and getting warmer our annual spring clean up for Rotary Park & Circle is to be scheduled.  A date is Saturday- May 17th at 9:00 AM.  This work should take about 3+/- hours to complete, and can be less with full Club member participation.  Inclement weather date is May 24th.


RYLA Event: The District’s RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) committee is pleased to announce that RYLA will be taking place June 8-14 at SUNY, Fredonia. Don't miss the opportunity to send a candidate(s) to this exciting week long leadership program for 19-25 year olds.


Ed S. sent out by email the 2014 application form, poster, and a document to provide members with some background information about RYLA. This information can also be found on the District’s website. The fee is $750 and the early bird (April 22, 2014) discounted fee is $675. Former exchange students, Rotaractors, and SLAPSHOT alumni make great candidates for RYLA. The Club has one (1) current applicant.



A few clubs have been creative in funding this program. There are businesses, government organizations and charitable/not-for-profit organizations that have some bright, promising young people on staff demonstrating great leadership potential. Some of these organizations have gladly paid the fee for RYLA. It is an amazing deal for such a fantastic week-long leadership program.Check it out on the District website at, click on New Generations/Youth Services or go to


Club Web Site Advertising: Did you know that advertising on the Club’s web site is $100/year, July 1 to June 30?   That’s approximately $0.27 per day, and is seen by everyone visiting the Club’s web page.  Pro-rata is also available.  Interested?  Ask Vern Anderson for the details and join other Club members who are already using this form of advertising ….helping their business and their Club.


Every Rotarian – Every Year (EREY)Wow!!!!   Did you know that for $0.27 per day, less than $2.00 per week, and $8.33 per month you can be an active participant and be recognized in Rotary International’s (RI) EREY Program?  And you can do this with a simple authorization to RI to charge a credit card account for the recurring period (month / quarter / annual ) amount you designate.  This is simple and straightforward. 


Your commitment provides grant funds for RI and our District 7090 for projects that are used to fund local and international service projects, scholarships, and vocational training teams.


Would you please seriously consider an annual commitment to the EREY program?   There is an aspirational goal of $100 per year per member. Please see the attached EREY form whereby you can make this commitment for a tax-deductible contribution (501.c.3 charity) as a recurring monthly, quarterly or annual donation using a credit card (  You know the good that Rotary and its members accomplish; please seriously consider your participation in EREY. Our Club number is 4756, District #7090, and your individual member number can be found on the mailing label of the Rotarian magazine, an 8-digit number preceded by “#” just above your name.  Ed S. will have each member’s membership number at the Club meetings for information and ease of reference.       Thank You! 


Program Schedule: The April 10th issue of the Speakers’ Schedule was distributed by email to all members. We have openings for speakers.  Doug Littlewood can provide you with the current schedule and available openings.  We have quite a few openings for a speaker after February and the remainder of the year.  If you have a potential speaker, it is suggested that two (2) open dates, in order of speaker preferred priority, be confirmed with Doug Littlewood or Vern Anderson, who will confirm the specific date, and “lock” that date for your speaker.  Please keep Doug and Vern updated if changes need to be made.  In our social and business lives we may know of individuals who have an interesting background, career, or story.  Ask them: “Would you share this with my Rotary Club?


Future speakers: Discussions are taking place for speaking engagements with the following: Mark Thomas (Western Regional Director – NYS Parks); and Maria Lehman (Peace Bridge).


Meeting Attendance:  Ed S.reminded us that the Club’s and RI’s requirements are attendance at a minimum level of 50% of the scheduled meetings, which can also be met by make-ups at any of the District’s 69 clubs throughout the southern Ontario-western New York area. Attendance at Club and/or event committee meetings, Board meetings, and Foundation meetings also count to your attendance requirement.  If you do this, ensure that you receive a Make-Up post card from the Club that you visited which you will turn in to either Matt Balling or Vern Anderson.  Missing four (4) unexcused meetings in a row are the basis for RI membership termination.  If you have a Smartphone, there is a Rotary app that provides detailed information on each of the worldwide Rotary clubs, contacts, meeting location data, etc.


Ed noted that for the period July 2013 through February 2014, the attendance percentage was 51.2%.  Our 2 highest attendance months were November and January, 57.4% and 57.6%, respectively; the lowest, February 2014 at 45.3%.


Ed S. also noted that members can make-up a meeting anywhere in the world and via the District’s new eClub (, Rotary E-Club of SOWNY (Liz Kovacs, President of this Club will be our speaker on April 28). Be sure to let Vern Anderson know of your “attendance.”

2014 Calendar Marks:

Club:June 2nd – Mix ‘N Mingle (Williamsville is the Host Club); June 9th – Annual Club Foundation Meeting; June 18th– our 14thStrawberry Festival; August 10th – Classic Car Show; September 22nd– the Club’s 3rdAnnual Golf Outing.


Other Rotary Club Events: Rotary Club of Niagara Falls / Rotary Club of Niagara Falls-Sunrise -2nd Annual Elimination Draw / April 29, 2014 @ Club Italia; Rotary Club of Amherst / May 9, 2014 – Sproktoberfest 2014; Kenmore Rotary / May 14, 2014 – Beer & Wine Tasting; Niagara-on-the-Lake / May 25, 2014 – 23rd Annual Garden Party & Shaw Theatre Event; Rotary Club of Lancaster-Depew / August 11, 2014 – Jack Newhouse Memorial Golf Classic. Materials and flyers for these events were distributed previously by email to all members. (Also see Club websites for information for each event.)


District: May 3rd – District Assembly; June 8-14th – RYLA Event; October 25-26 – The Buffalo Bash Event –District Conference – District Conference being held at Buffalo’s Convention Center /// (See District 7090 web page-- details on all District events.)


Fines: Vicki D’Angelo, Fine Master.

·         Gary Skalyo--$2—No Pin

·         Vicki D’Angelo--$1—mispronouncing Bob Chur’s last name

Happy Dollars:

·         Roger Gross--$1—granddaughter set 100-yard dash record for Daemen College

·         Matt Balling--$1—added a dog to the cat household; tried to train them and it worked!!

·         Lee Broad--$1—saw nephew’s Cornell lacrosse team crush Brown 14-9.


We missed you this evening: 

Vern Anderson, Paul Banas, Mary Biddle-Widman, Mike Burns, Tony Cangialosi, Shirley Carnall, John Crawford, Steve Dyson, Kevin Flint, Tim Henderson, Carrie Leed, Doug Littlewood, Bruce Luksoc, Norm Mattar, Ron Prazmark, Mike Prinzback, Frank Ralabate, Ed Rath, Larry Read, Jim Rumsey, Michael Sirianno, Mark Storch, Bill Thuman, Richard Wojtowicz