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Jamestown, NY  14701
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Jim Parker of Digitell provided an update on his company that is moving into the former M & T Building.  He said that he is proud that his employee, Joel Keefer, is on the Rotary Board.  He thanked the City, County, Gebbie Foundation and Jamestown Renaissance Corporation for assisting him in making the move with his 30-year-old business possible.
 
Jim detailed that his company live streams and rebroadcasts , provides webinar solutions, captures quality content and provides content archiving/marketing platforms.  For instance, he explained how Digitell employee and Rotarian Joel Keefer was out of town at that moment live streaming a conference with over a hundred people attending in person and 524 attending online.
 
He also spoke about a Conference Talk Show service he started as well as an internet broadcast station in his new building which can be rented for use.  Digitell also has an event center in the new facility that will permit them to hold 12 separate events at the same time.
 
Jim said we need more technology jobs here.  He says it’s a good paying field and it’s a good    community for technology. He loves being in Jamestown and he mentioned that January, 2016, was the company’s best financial month yet..
 
Jim Parker is an enthusiastic, energetic and entertaining speaker and the members seemed to enjoy hearing his update on his visionary company.
 
John Lloyd was the program chair for the program.
 

Jim Parker, center, appeared at the Greater Jamestown Noon Rotary’s recent meeting to provide an update on his company, Digitell.
Left is Rotary President Mike Moots, while Program Committee Member John Lloyd is pictured, right.
 
 

 
 
John Lloyd next introduced Peter Sullivan, a retired financial planner, Jamestown native and long-time community leader.  Peter played miniature golf at Midway Park last summer with one of his grandsons, and found the little course to be in deplorable condition.  He got the idea of renovating it and went through all the proper channels to do so as the park is now a State Park and has a “Friends of Midway” organization.
 
Peter stated that the new course will be known as “Putt A-Round” (PAR) at Chautauqua Lake, Midway Park.  The course will be 50% larger than it is now, complete with stonework and wood construction.  A 7 foot stainless steel golf ball is part of the new design, along with a fountain to be lit at night.  Gary Peters, Jr., will paint Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’ pictures on the ticket booth.  New tees are being created locally, with new carpeting.  Each of 18 holes have been donated at $4,000 each.  A party room/weather shelter is being built as part of the course. There will even be a Miller Bell Tower that needs a $15,000 sponsor.  There will be landscaping purchased by the State of New York with volunteers from the Friends of Midway group volunteering time to do the work. The course is designed by a company from Traverse City, Michigan.  Donations toward the project may be mailed to “Friends of Midway,” at P.O. Box E, Maple Springs.  Anyone who contributes $100 or more will be recognized on signage at the Putt A Round.
 
  President Mike Moots, speaker Peter Sullivan, and Rotarian John Lloyd
 

 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Jamestown welcomed Denise Jones, the executive director of The Resource Center, to membership during its meeting on Dec. 21, 2015.
 
Denise began working at The Resource Center in 1990 as an internal auditor. In 2002, she was named its Chief Financial Officer and in 2008 was named its Associate Executive Director. She has been directly involved in the growth of The Resource Center from an operating budget of $17 million to more than $100 million today, along with the expansive development of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A Jamestown native, Denise is an alumna of Jamestown High School and Jamestown Community College. She went on to earn a bachelor's degree in accounting from SUNY Binghamton and a master's degree in Strategic Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College. 
 
She has long been involved in the community as a board member for the Girl Scouts of America and the treasurer and a board member at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. A member of Bemus Point United Methodist Church, Denise lives in Jamestown with her husband, Steve, and their children Christopher and Dana.
 
Pictured above are, from left, Rotarian and Rotary Club of Jamestown past president Diana Meckley and Denise Jones. Meckley sponsored Jones's membership.
 
Welcome, Denise!
 

 
 
 
Christmas traditions in other countries are fascinating to learn about -- and at its Dec. 21 meeting, the Rotary Club of Jamestown had the opportunity to do just that when Rotary Exchange students Irina Rey of Switzerland and José Bazán of Spain spoke to club members about their Christmas traditions.
 
In Switzerland, Rey said, Advent marks the start of Christmas preparations, and each family has an Advent calendar filled with treats and sweets for each day. Christmas markets are popular and her family traditionally takes a holiday ski trip. Christmas Eve is marked with a midnight church service. Good children might be visited on Dec. 6 by Samichlaus, the Swiss version of St. Nicholas, but naughty children are visited by Schmutzli, swathed in dark robes with a face covered in soot. 
 
Christmas is different for Bazán's family. On Christmas Eve, his extended family comes over for dinner and family members prepare the meal together before attending a midnight mass. On Dec. 26, children write letters to the three kings who brought gifts to the Christ child. While children receive some gifts on Christmas, most typically open gifts brought to them by the kings on Epiphany, Jan. 5. But gifts aren't placed beneath the tree -- children leave shoes on window sills, balconies, or near the tree to be filled with gifts. The shoes represent those worn by the wise men on their journey to see baby Jesus. On Epiphany, the entire family is awakened before gifts are opened, and then -- in Bazán's words -- they "eat the best breakfast of the year," called roscon de reyes, or king's ring, a moist fruitcake. Once gifts are opened, the family might gather 'round and watch a concert on television. 
 
Advancing world peace through understanding is one of Rotary's most cherished missions. Special thanks to Irina and José for expanding our understanding of our world!
 
From left are Rotarian Cheri Krull, Irina, and José.
 

 
 
 
Earlier this year, the Rotary Club of Jamestown donated $2,500 toward the purchase of a surgical kit for Save the Mothers, an international organization founded in 2004 that promotes maternal health in the developing world. Accepting the gift from the Rotary Club of Jamestown is Marijka Lampard, center, a Rotarian whose son John is a member of the Save the Mothers U.S.A. Board of Directors. Presenting Lampard with the check are, from left, Rotary Club of Jamestown president Michael Moots and club president-elect Gary Padak. 
 

 
 
 
During the Rotary Club of Jamestown's meeting on Nov. 30, Chuck Telford spoke about the history of radio in Jamestown. Telford, who now works for the Media One Group in radio sales, began his career in radio nearly 50 years ago and throughout his career has worked for local stations WJTN, WKSN, WHUG, WDOE, and stations in Oneonta, Calif. When WJTN was originally licensed in 1936, it was as WOCL. In those days, Telford said, a station's call letters meant something; WOCL was an acronym for We're On Chautauqua Lake. He said Jamestown's first radio station was put on the air by Archie Newton who stole the necessary electricity from a young city which, in 1920, was just beginning to run electricity to homes. In 1979, the radio tower at what is now Media One's office on Orchard Road was brought down during an ice storm, knocking their stations off the air. But Telford said a coat hanger on a telephone pole got them back up and running -- with a broadcast range of approximately three blocks. Pictured above are, from left, Rotarians Spud Ericson and Russ Ecklund, Telford, and Rotarian Gordie Black, all of whom are members of the "Braw Caddie Clan," a Jamestown High School fraternity.
 

 
 

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