Victor-Farmington Rotary Club traditionally supplies pine tree seedlings to second-grade students at Victor Central School in conjunction with Arbor Day. This year, club members bagged approximately 350 trees.
Arbor Day originally was celebrated in 1872 in Nebraska. In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt issued a proclamation encouraging all American school children to participate in planting trees to ensure a continuing supply for future generations.
Ian Riseley, president of Rotary International, asked each of Rotary’s 1.2 million members to plant at least one tree in their community this year. Over 34,000 Rotary clubs accepted this challenge. Victor-Farmington Rotary’s Arbor Day project has been ongoing for over four decades.
The club inducted a new member at a recent lunch meeting at Ravenwood Golf Club. Samantha Johnson, vice president of Canandaigua National Bank in Victor, was inducted in a ceremony involving Bonnie Cottone, club president; John Rugg, membership chairman; and Jim Crane, past president. Although new to the club, Johnson quickly became involved in the club’s service projects. Crane, her sponsor for Rotary membership, officially welcomed Johnson by presenting her Rotary pin.
Seven club members will represent the club at the upcoming Rotary District 7120 conference in Saratoga Springs. This conference will unite approximately 400 Rotarians from 72 Rotary clubs in the Rochester/Finger Lakes area for a weekend of business meetings, award presentations, youth exchange activities and Rotary fellowship. It will provide an opportunity for Rotary guests to explore the scenic and historically important Saratoga area.
Rotarian Dave Luitweiler, a former resident of Saratoga, will speak at the conference about the Battle of Saratoga in the American Revolution.
Victor-Farmington Rotary was represented at the recent community leaders conference hosted by Victor Central School District. Representing the club were Cottone, Crane and Bev Rosbrook. The conference included the announcement of Victor Central Schools Superintendent’s Civic Engagement Awards.
Superintendent Dawn Santiago-Marullo said the 2018 Student Leadership Award recipients are Kataichiry Rohena Marquez and Joelymar Ruiz. They received the award for organizing the Walk for Water fund drive to support a clean water project in Uganda.
“Due to the generosity of the Victor-Farmington Rotary Club, this award has been named in memory of Alan C. Rosbrook, a longtime member and an avid Blue Devils fan,” Santiago-Marullo said.
Victor-Farmington Rotary will make a donation to the Uganda Water Project in Rosbrook’s memory.