March Duties
Greeter:  Carl Bonitz
Newsletter:  Bill Fioravanti
Speakers:  Bill Bassett
PLEDGE:  Don Lawrence
ATTENDANCE:  24 of 31 members

Speakers: Marcel Martino, President & CEO at Inspire;  Elizabeth Rowley, Community Relations Director at Inspire
Visiting Rotarians:  Mark Fellenzer, Allen Zoghby, and Karen Fitzpatrick, all from Middletown
Prospective new members:  Gino Zefi, Dominick Delroso, Scott Hamel, Lori Korn, Mary Borsilek, and Kay Rubacek

4:  Rhythm of the Dance @ Lycian Centre, Sugar Loaf, 2:45pm  (Show begins at 3pm)
6:  Business Meeting.  Please plan on attending!

March Speakers
3/13:  Jan Miller, District's WORLD Community Service Committee
3/20:  Barbara Holtzman, Executive Director, Interactive Children's Museum
3/27:  Martha Underwood, Project Coordinator, Winslow Therapeutic Center

18:  New Member Mixer @ Jack's Pub at Catlin Gardens, 5:30-7:30pm

Looking Ahead!
6/8 - 6/9:
  District Conference @ Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
7/8:  Rotafest @ Thomas Bull Park, 1-6pm.  Rain or shine!
7/29:  District fellowship event @ Hudson Valley Renegades game, 5:05pm game

Steve reminded members that we have until 3/31 to contribute to the Rotary Foundation for the Presidential Citation.  Each member must contribute at least $25 and our club must contribute $100 minimum per capita.  (A total of $2900 based on the number of members we had at the beginning of the Rotary year.)

It is time for our TAX RELIEF RAFFLE!  Bela has ordered tickets.  They will hopefully be in next week or at the very latest by 3/13.  Tickets are $5 each for a chance to win $100 worth of lotto scratch-offs.  (5 winners will be drawn.)  We will sell tickets until April 10th and draw the winners at our April 17th meeting.  The seller of the winning ticket will also receive $20 worth of scratch-offs this year.

Mike gave the club an update on our pancake breakfast proceeds:  ~$7,400 gross, ~$5,600 net of which $1,800 goes to our club.  The balance is distributed between the other benefiting organizations.

Elizabeth Rowley shared that Inspire was founded in 1950 as the Cerebral Palsy Association.  In 2011 they served 4,000 people.  They have a pre-school program in Goshen, a satelite location in Monroe, and are purchasing a new building in Newburgh to expand their services.  The out patient clinic in Goshen serves both children and adults.  It also has a dental clinic to serve the special needs population.  There are also 2 audiologists on staff.  Inspire provides a whole host of home services, including a home modifications program.  The Inspire Foundation was spearheaded by the late Bill Devitt.  His dream was to raise $2M for Inspire's endowment fund, which the foundation is trying to do now in his honor.  They have raised about $1M to date.  On the 3rd Tuesday of each month, Inspire hosts a "Get Acquainted" tour at 9am at the Fletcher Street location.  Marcel Martino also mentioned that the organization is always concerned with budgetary issues and we will see more collaboration among organizations.  Inspire's golf tournament is on May 7th this year.

50/50:  Kim Imholz
4-Way Test:  Kim Imholz

Have a nice week!