The Victor-Farmington Rotary Club recently welcomed two members: Debbie Lewis, sales associate for the Legacy at Fairways, and Ed Reed, assistant branch manager at Canandaigua National Bank’s Victor branch.
Rotarian Bonnie Cottone, membership chair, inducted the new members and outlined their responsibilities in joining a worldwide service organization dedicated to serving others. She said they joined over 1.2 million Rotarians belonging to over 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries.
Rotarians Jim Crane and Karen Parkhurst sponsored the new members and presented their symbolic Rotary pins during the induction ceremony. Canandaigua Rotarian Paul Reed participated in the ceremony to welcome his son, Ed, into Rotary.
The club’s final meeting for April featured a presentation by Colony Caregivers, an organization dedicated to protecting and saving feral and abandoned cats in Canandaigua and Ontario County. The term “feral” refers to cats that are abandoned and left to fend for themselves by their owners. They usually are not spayed or neutered.
Joanne Ashley, president of Colony Caregivers, was joined by associates Eli Bowen and Mary Rice to explain the all-volunteer organization’s goals and objectives. Colony Caregivers was founded in 2009 to spay or neuter the feral cat population in Ontario County and prevent them from reproducing. The presentation included a demonstration of a trap that allows volunteers to capture the cats.
Rotary exchange student Joaquin Ellena Murature, of Argentina, spent part of his spring break from Victor Senior High learning more about life in the local area. Rotarian Victor Arsenault hosted Murature for a day at his place of business, the KOA Kampground in Farmington, so he could learn the ins and outs of running a campground and the jobs and chores that are management’s responsibility.
Rotarians Bev Rosbrook and Judy Luitweiler introduced Murature to the Purple Haze Center at Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track in Farmington. The center is operated by the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program to find safe homes for retired race horses. While touring the facility, Murature met the horses and fed them a peppermint mints.
Rotarian Galen Powers spent a day with Murature touring the Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport to learn about the life of aviation pioneer Glenn Hammond Curtiss, and view the collection of aircraft, vintage motorcycles, automobiles, aircraft engines and other items related to Curtiss and his era.