JANUARY 21, 2015

Meeting Recap

       Greetings Rotarians!  Today’s speaker was Peter Hawks, the Chair of the Flyin Ryan Foundation.  This non-profit organization was established in the memory of Peter’s son, Ryan, who tragically passed away in a skiing accident in 2011.  Ryan was a gifted skier and a lover of nature and life.  Prior to his passing, Ryan established a core set of principles that he committed to writing.  It is the goal of the foundation to make sure that Ryan’s principles live on and are instilled in young people throughout the region.   In collaboration with schools, ski resorts and many other individuals and businesses in the area, the foundation has gotten Ryan’s message to the public and raised money for adventure scholarships.  This scholarships are based on need and are awarded to young adults who wish to pursue a passion or endeavor is in the spirit of Ryan’s core principles.  For more information about the Flyin Ryan Foundation, please visit
Service Above Self Dinner
            Our annual Service Above Self Dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, February 11th at The Essex. We will once again honor selected public safety officials who have gone above and beyond the call of duty this past year as well as this year’s recipient of the “Service Above Self Award”.  A sign-up sheet is currently being circulated at the meetings.  More details concerning the exact time of the event will be provided soon.      
Essex Rotary Key Bank All-Star Hockey Classic
            Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, March 21st when we will be holding the annual Essex Rotary Key Bank All-Star Hockey Classic!  The women’s game will begin at 3:00pm and the men’s game will begin at 5:15pm.  As is always the case, we really need volunteers for this event, so we ask that you please consider helping us out that day.  Not only is this a great service for the community, but it is also one of our bigger fundraisers.  All we are asking is for 2 hours of your time on Saturday the 21st to help us out at one of the games.  Several of you also expressed an interest in providing baked goods for our concession stand, which is greatly appreciated and will be gladly accepted! Please note, due to a scheduling conflict, we will not be holding the pre-game banquet this year. We will be setting aside some time before each game to deliver an “elevator speech” about Rotary and we will be setting up an information table near the concession stand at both games.  
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  Wednesday, January 28, 2015 – We will be holding our charitable committee meetings.
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       Yours in Rotary,
Jason Ruwet