Williamsville Rotary Meeting July 8, 2013 

Door: Matt Balling

            Pledge: Ed Stachura

            Anthem: Vern Anderson

            Four Way Test: Richard Wojtowicz

            Grace: Joe Fiorella                   

50/50 Ticket Sales:  $72   Ace of Hearts Winner: Jim Rumsey (two in a row!) drew the nine of hearts and won $9. Jim donated it back. The pot is now $1,170

Guests:            Rotarian M.A. Mizra from Grand Island

                        Rotary Exchange Student Ana Villanueva-Bellosa


Our speaker tonight was former New Englander Dr. Stephen L. Dyson. Dr. Dyson is the Park Professor and Distinguished Professor of Roman History and Archeology, Roman Italy and Western Empire Archeological History and Theory at the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Dr. Dyson has a Diploma in Classical Archeology from Oxford and both an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Yale. From Middlefield, Conn., he taught at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) from 1963 to 1991 and has been on faculty at SUNY-AB ever since.


He and his wife, Pauline, live in a late Federal period style 1840’s home in the Village of Williamsville, which was built by a carpenter for his family.


Dr. Dyson spoke on "Age, Sex and Status: The View from the Roman Rotary Club." He provided a picture of entrepreneurial activity and small business that largely supported the entire Roman economy. Dr. Dyson also gave examples of how slaves were able to obtain their freedom and become prosperous and, often, citizens of Rome.


·         Ed Stachura: Cruise Night at St. Gregory’s in Amherst from 6-9 on Thursday, July 11.

District Conference at the Marriott Gateway in Niagara Falls, Ontario from October 25 thru 27.

·         Michael Sirianno: This is Ana’s last week here ad asked for ideas on possible Amherst High School host families for Rotary Exchange Students. Typically set up in three 4-month hostings.

·         Kevin Flint: Waiting for final revenue numbers on Strawberry Festival. Hopes to report next meeting.

·         Frank Ralabate: Golf Outing this September 23. $100 per person, which includes golf, cart, lunch, and prizes.

Fines: Paul Banas, Fine Master. $5 for being late—Michael Sirianno, Mike Prinzbach, and  Gary Skalyo. $2 each general sympathy fine to help the Fine Master feel better about not having fined people for a while.

Happy Dollars: Matt Balling for his son’s baseball team championship. Ricky Lincoln for receiving the People’s Choice Award at the Darien Lake Car show.

We missed you on Monday: 

Axelrod, Behan, Bergman, Biddle-Widman, Braisted, Burns, Cangialosi, Carnall (Leave of Absence), Crawford, Desai, DiPasquale, Favaro, Gillick, Ingold, Leed, Mattar, Prinzback, Rath, Stevenson, Whipple.