Rotary Club of Hancock, NY

Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out...
Rotary and ShelterBox on the ground in Haiti
Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country 4 October, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless. The Category 4 storm affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who were moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne...

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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


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