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Posted by Kristen Johnson
on Jul 30, 2015
The Chautauqua Opera is the fourth-oldest continuing opera in the country and the oldest continuing summer opera in the country. Founded in 1929, it is performing its 86th season this year and performed before the Jamestown Noon Rotary Club at its July 27 meeting. The performance featured tenor Brett Sprague, dramatic soprano Catheryne Shuman, and baritone Jared A. Guest, with accompaniment by Carol Rausch, the group's chorus master and music administrator overseeing the musical components of the company and its Young Artists Program. Pictured above are, from left, Rotarian Jim Smith; Carol Rausch, Jared Guest; Catheryne Shuman; and Brett Sprague.
on Jul 19, 2015
During Monday's meeting, Club members enjoyed a visit from Halil Posaci of the Efes Rotary Club in Izmir, Turkey (District #2440) and his son Eren, who is performing an internship with Cummins through mid-December and is an engineering student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Halil, an industrial engineer, exchanged Rotary banners with Club president Mike Moots. The banner exchange is one of Rotary's more colorful traditions, as Rotarians traveling to distant locations often take along banners that can be exchanged when they visit other clubs. Each banner is colorful, unique, expresses the community and country of which the Club is a part, and tells a story of community pride. Exchanging Club banners is a longstanding custom that offers Rotarians the world over a tangible symbol of international fellowship. Pictured above, from left, are Halil Posaci and Mike Moots.
on Jul 20, 2015
During the July 20 meeting of the Jamestown Noon Rotary Club, members enjoyed performances from music scholars with the Chautauqua Music Festival. Visiting with the club were Philip Stoddard, Benedicte Jourdois, and Caroline Dunigan, all of whom were recipients of scholarships provided to Chautauqua by the Club.
Stoddard, who was unable to perform during Monday's meeting due to a head cold, thanked the Club for its generosity and support of music scholars. A native of Phoeniz, Ariz., Stoddard is a second-year student pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from the Drama Division of The Juilliard School in New York City. In 2013, he graduated from Juilliard's Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts with a Bachelor of Music, making him the first student in Juilliard history to attend two different divisions. Stoddard, a baritone, studies voice with Marlena Malas and has attended the voice program at Chautauqua for three seasons. Stoddard is a four-year member of the Gluck Community Service Fellowship, serves on the Student Council as its Drama Division Representative, and is an Alumni Relations Student Ambassador.
Miss Dunigan, 23, studies voice with Marlena Malas. Most recnetly, she graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with her Bachelor's degree in vocal performance. She has performed operatic roles in the past with the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center and with the Manhattan School of Music Senior Opera Theater. Miss Dunigan will begin her graduate studies at the Bard College Conservatory this fall under the tutelage of soprano Dawn Upshaw and Lorraine Nubar.
Accompanying Miss Dunigan on the piano was Ms. Jourdois, a vocal coach and French diction teacher based in New York City. She teaches and coaches at the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute, the Manhattan School of Music, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Washington National Opera.
Photos: At top, Miss Dunigan and Ms. Jourdois perform before the Jamestown Noon Rotary Club. Below are, from left, Mr. Stoddard, Ms. Jourdois, Miss Dunigan, and Rotarian Sue Jones, who introduced the group.
Posted by Kristen Johnson
on Jul 06, 2015
As the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, executive director John Jablonski III spoke before the Jamestown Noon Rotary Club to detail some of his organization's work. Over the years, the CWC has led conservation efforts to preserve more than 796 acres of land across Chautauqua County and 2 miles of shoreline around Chautauqua Lake and its outlet. Among other projects, Jablonski said the organization is now working to put conservation measures in place to protect 21 acres on Hoag Road and 35 acres near the intersection of Route 394 and Fardink Road. In addition, several erosion control projects are either under way or in the planning stages for various tributaries of Chautauqua Lake. Jablonski is pictured above with Doug Conroe, the sergeant-at-arms of the Jamestown Noon Rotary Club and a member of the CWC board of directors, and Gary Padak, the vice-president of the Jamestown Noon Rotary Club. For more information about the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, visit them online.
Posted by Kristen Johnson
on Jun 29, 2015
Curt Anderson, the Business Advisor at the Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College, spoke to the Noon Rotary during the June 29 meeting. With the help of Simone Mullinax, a member of the JCC communications faculty who teaches a social media course, Curt launched a program that partners Mullinax's students as paid interns with local manufacturers to help these local businesses make a great digital first impression. Curt said 94 percent of businesses with a marketing department make use of social media, and it's not always possible for so-called "digital immigrants" -- those born prior to 1980 or so -- to make the leap into the world of social media and modern web design. Local clients include The Resource Center, Borsari Foods, Jamestown Mattress Co., and Triple E Manufacturing.
If you or someone you know is interested in hosting a paid JCC social media intern, contact the Small Business Development Center at (716) 338-1024.
Pictured below are Rotarian Phil Cala, Curt Anderson the Business Advisor at the Small Business Development Center at JCC, and Rotarian Irene Dobies, the Director of the SBDC at JCC.
Posted by Greg Jones
on Jun 25, 2015
Highlights of the evening were, perfect attendance recognition: Vicki McGraw, Diana Meckley and Dan Overcash; Service above Self award: Kathy Benson for her dedicated work on our” Fire and Ice Ball”; Stacy Hannon: for her leadership of the social committee and Lisa Yaggie for her work with our exchange program both in our club and the district. Our exchange student to Finland, Haley Morganstern, receive the Brenda Morrow scholarship to help defray her exchange student expenses. The Rotarian of the year went to Christy Brecht who is finishing up fifteen years of serving our club as treasurer, one of our most time demanding and important positions within the club. Lastly two Paul Harris awards were presented: President Todd Allen for his yearlong leadership as club president who in turned named non-Rotarian Gaylene Lindell a Paul Harris Fellow. Gaylene is the owner of her own jewelry store on Fluvanna Avenue and has been a major supporter of our “Fire and Ice Ball” donating both real and the “fun” not so real rings for our charity raffle. Gaylene is very involved in our community with many organizations and is now serving her eight consecutive term as president of the Kiwanis Club of Falconer!
SOME FUN PHOTOS
|Randy Sweeney with Haley|
|Christy Brecht with Todd|
|Gaylene and Todd|
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