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Posted by Joel Keefer on Jul 22, 2016
Speaker Andrew Borba (center) is shown with (l to r) Chris Anderson & President-Elect Joelle Washer
Chautauqua season is in full swing, and today Jim Smith introduced Chautauqua Institution's Associate Artistic Director Andrew Borba. Andrew is in his 7th season in this position, and has spent the past 11 summers at the Chautauqua Theater Company.
For the Chautauqua Theater Company, Andrew has directed several plays including "The Comedy of Errors", "MacBeth", and "The Philadelphia Story". You may have also seen Andrew in your local movie theater, as he has had roles in such films as the recent hit "Straight Outta Compton" as well as "Taken 3" and "Interstellar".
Andrew currently teaches Shakespeare and advanced acting at USC, is a cum laude graduate of Brown University, and received his M.F.A. from NYU. And, last but not least, Andrew revealed that he was a Rotary scholarship winner, and so he has a fondness for Rotary.
As part of his presentation, Andrew spoke passionately about his love of the arts, and how the Chautauqua Theater Company has made an effort to reach out to the local community by go to area schools to perform, engaging students and their imagination, as well as encourage them to attend a play or a performance at Chautauqua Institution.
Getting better connected to the community is a main goal of Chautauqua Institution, or as Andrew put it, reaching out "beyond the gates." Offering special ticket prices to get younger people to the theater at Chautauqua is one of those ways.
Finally, Andrew invited everyone to see "The Taming of the Shrew", which he is directing. What makes this performance of the famous play so unique (and humorous) is that the women's roles will be played by men, and vice-versa!
Posted by Joel Keefer on Jul 15, 2016
A change of venue for the 2016 Rotary Annual Recognition Dinner. This year we gathered at Shawbucks, with thanks going out to owner and Rotarian Kurt Johnson and his staff for an excellent evening. Great food and great fun was had by all. We even had a sing-along!
The Annual Recognition Dinner is the event where Rotary says “thank you” to all who contributed in making this another outstanding Rotary year.
Highlights of the evening were the awarding of the Rotarian of the Year, which went to David Troxell. David and his Marissa spending part of their year in Jamestown, while spending the rest of the year circling the globe, offering their help towards many worthy causes.
L-R Marissa Troxell, David Troxell, and Mike Moots
President Mike Moots was honored for his yearlong leadership as club president, and was also bestowed with his 2nd Paul Harris Fellows award. Mike passed the gavel to new club President Gary Padak at the dinner:
L-R Gary Padak, Sharon Hamilton (pinning Gary), and Mike Moots
The biggest highlight of the evening was when Mike Moots serenaded his wife Cathy onstage. Thanks to everyone who came out to this year's recognition dinner!
Posted by Joel Keefer
Photo L-R Doug Conroe and Mark Baldwin (Photo submitted)
Doug (despite unexpected technical difficulties) gave a fascinating presentation regarding invasive species management. Doug focused heavily on Chautauqua Lake. An invasive species can be a plant, fungus or animal not native to Chautauqua Lake.
However, Doug was quick to point out that there are many different invasive species affecting our area, such as the Emerald Ash Borer.
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has worked on a plan to help keep invasive species from entering the waters of Chautauqua Lake utilizing their rapid response program. There are or will be signs placed at the lake's many boat launches reminding boaters/fishers to not bring invasive species into the lake. One of the main culprits are boaters who launch their boat without making sure it's clean and dry, thus lowering the chance of introducing an invasive species to the lake.
Thankfully, Doug felt that they are keeping things under control regarding Chautauqua Lake. And while there may be 4 invasive species of plants on the lake, 21 native species still thrive.
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