Rotary Club of Hancock, NY



Rotary and ShelterBox support Syrian refugees
In Syria, where a civil war has been raging since 2011, more than 6,000 people flee the country every day. As of September, more than 4.1 million people have become refugees, and 7.6 million more have been internally displaced. “The plight of Syria’s refugees is a litmus test for the world's compassion,” says Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko. “Rotary members worldwide are profoundly disheartened by the refugee crisis now unfolding in Syria and other parts of the world,” which the United Nations has described as the worst in decades. “Rotary is following the situation closely...
Ravindran declares Riseley president-nominee
RI President K.R. Ravindran officially declared Ian H.S. Riseley Rotary International’s president-nominee on 1 October. The nominating Committee for President of RI selected Riseley, of the Rotary club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, in August. He will be formally elected at the 2016 RI Convention in Seoul, Korea, and will become president on 1 July 2017.  Read more about Riseley
Attend one of five presidential conferences
Find new and innovative ways to improve your community by attending one of five presidential conferences this year, hosted by RI President K.R. Ravindran and Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith. The conferences, to be held around the world between January and March, will highlight Rotary’s areas of focus. Use these links to learn about each of the programs and to register to attend: Peace and Conflict Resolution, 15-16 January in Ontario, California, USA Disease Prevention and Treatment, 19-20 February in Cannes, France Economic Development, 27 February in Cape Town, South Africa...
Under One Sky lights the way to a better world
Rotary and ONE, an international advocacy organization, joined other event partners in downtown Chicago on 24 September to demonstrate a commitment to ending extreme poverty and inequality and to promoting action on climate change on the eve of the United Nations launch of its Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 ambitious goals constitute a road map for finding solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, and dovetail with Rotary members’ work to create positive change in their communities and around the world. As dusk fell over Chicago, participants in the Under One Sky event held up...
Nigeria declared polio-free, removed from endemic list
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on 25 September that Nigeria is now polio-free and has been officially removed from the list of countries where polio is endemic. It’s been 14 months since any cases of polio caused by the wild virus have been detected there. With Nigeria’s historic achievement, polio remains endemic in only two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. That means transmission of the virus has never been stopped there. Nigeria was the last country in Africa where polio was endemic. The continent celebrated its own first full year without the disease on 11 August. Once...

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Hancock Rotary

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We meet Thursdays at 12:10 PM
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232 Wheeler Street
Hancock, NY  13783
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75th Aninversay

The Rotary Club of Hancock NY celebrated it's Diamond Anniversary this month after 75 years of service to Hancock and charities abroad and beyond. Happy Anniversary Rotary! Photo by: Sherry Pagan


The Hancock Rotary Club honored the memory of Justin R Whiting by presenting  a flag to his parents on January 16th at their weekly luncheon. Staff Sgt. Justin R. Whiting was killed in action on Jan.19th 2008 in Iraq. A flag was raised on Memorial Day of 2009 by his parents Cindy and Randy Whiting.  It sits along the rolling hills of  NYS Route 97 overlooking their farm.  "We constantly get comments of what a beautiful and inspiring sight it is.  After Justin’s death there was little that could ease our sorrow.  Since I raised this flag the sight of it always makes us feel better."

Rotary President Ernest Schenk presents flag to Cindy and Randy Whiting.
Photo & Story by: Sherry Pagan
Fallen Soldier Flag

Christmas  Party The Hancock Rotary Christmas Party was held at The Inn at Starlight Lake. The Rotary had 
a wonderful Italian Style dinner where dishes were passed and everyone got to sample everything. The evening was highlighted by all singing Holiday songs. 
PHOTO BY: Sherry Pagan Schenk 


Bob Sceles Memorial A touching Memorial Service was held for former Hancock Rotary President Bob Sceles at the Methodist Church in  Hancock on October 27th 2013. Bob Sceles passed away on July 26th, 2013 suddenly at his summer home in Nova  Scotia. The service was attended by family and friends followed by a wonderful dinner shared by all. PHOTO BY  SHERRY PAGAN SCHENK. 



Ernest Schenk as Civil War  Hancock Rotary President Ernest Schenk took part dressed in a civil war uniform to unveil the new Civil War Hero statue at The Hancock Square Dedication Ceremony.  Ernest Schenk (far right) October 5, 2013


Rotary plaque in Hancock SquareThe Hancock Rotary has it's plaque at the new Hancock Square as a thank you for their contribution!  Lovely roses surround the plaque to florish for years to come. 


The Hancock Rotary had their weekly meeting this week in school! They met at The Rock Valley One Room Schoolhouse. The Rotary members brought their lunch in the spirit of  going back to school, in old time school containers. What fun! 

Rotary Goes to School


Rotary goes to SchoolThe Hancock Rotary held  their August 22nd 2013 meeting at the Rock Valley Schoolhouse, a historic one room schoolhouse in Long Eddy, NY.  The Hancock Rotary Foundation is currently working on a grant for Bookcases and Storage Units for the Rock Valley Schoolhouse. Some of the members brought their lunches in old school lunch boxes in the spirit of the the nostalgic  one room schoolhouse. Home made cookies and drinks were passed and everyone had a great time.  Ann and Roger Desy were the hosts for the meeting.     Photo by Sherry Pagan Schenk




With great sadness members of the Hancock Rotary Club were informed of the sudden passing of Club Past President Bob Sceles. Bob and his wife Ellen, also a Past President, were at their summer home in Nova Scotia when Bob suffered a heart attack and passed away on Friday July 26, 2013....more





ImageThe Hancock Rotary Club held its "Pass The Gavel Dinner" at The Inn at Starlight Lake on June 20, 2013. The club presidency was passed on for Ellen Sales to Ernest Schenk. 


You can still register at the last minute for the district conference next weekend at the Turning Stone even for dinner only on Saturday night along with the Exchange Student talent show which is always beautiful.  The cost for the dinner and evening is 50.00 PP.......President Ellen and Bob and myself will be there so join the fun.....



At today's board meeting/club we had a visit from assistant governor Dave Derr and put many projects into motion.  First and proudly we have three members attending Rotary Leadership Institute this Saturday.  I will be going with Roxy Moses and Rob Franciose and look forward to another wonderful day of learning more about Rotary.   Then we received a confirmed date for our first chicken Barbeque so save the date April 13th.  Details to follow....

We voted and completed the paperwork for the simplified grant as a beautification project with the hopes of getting a bluestone bench and trees donated to the new town square, a Hancock Partners project.  All paperwork has been mailed and photos of the work in progress emailed to Sam Koury.

          Krista will update us on RYLA at the next meeting .  She is waiting for responses from the guidance counselor at this time.

 Pass the Gavel Dinner will be held on June 20th and we voted on The Inn at Starlight Lake for the event and details to follow. I have reserved the space for the event.

Mike O'Brien and I are going to the District Grant Writing seminar at Terracotta and anyone else interested should join us  for the future of international matching grant programs.  At least two people from each club must attend one.

         District assembly ...Ernie and I will attend the Dryden date so if anyone else wants to join us call me.....

Lori Rae Knudsen



Club Executives & Directors

Vice President
Immediate Past President
HCS Scholarships - Chair
Get Well / Sympathy - Chair
Rotary Foundation
Membership Chair
Adopt a Family Chair
Website / Facebook / PR
RYLA Chair

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