Rotary Club of Dryden

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Welcome to our Club


Service Above Self

We meet most Thursdays at 7:00am.
The 3rd Wednesday of the month
is a dinner meeting starting at 6pm.
See "upcoming events" for specific meeting info.
Dryden Community Center Cafe
1 W Main Street
Dryden, NY  13053
United States
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The Dryden Rotary Club & Acme Mystery Co. hereby invite you to join them for the

11th Annual Dryden Rotary Mystery Dinner Theater: “LOW NOON ”
Saturday, February 3, 2018, 6 PM till done. Doors open at 5
It's a Western theme so feel free to dress the part!

Dinner, served at 7:30 will be a buffet of Chicken and Ribs, Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Southwestern Rice, Vegetables, Rolls, Salads, Dessert, Coffee, Tea, and Soda. Stronger stuff is available at the bar for cash.

Dryden Veteran’s Memorial Home, 2272 Dryden Rd, Dryden NY 13053
ALL proceeds help the Dryden Rotary Club support Youth programs, local and International Projects, and much, much more…

Pre-sale Tickets only, $45.00

Tickets available from Dryden Rotarians or Call 607-838-3656 or email
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Dryden Rotary
2018 Rotary Youth Leadership Award
Rotary brings together over 100 high school Jrs. from Ithaca to Cooperstown for week of intense leadership training and fellowship.
If you would like to attend the RYLA Conference from June 24th – June 29th, at SUNY Oneonta, you will need to complete an interest form and participate in an interview through the Dryden Rotary Club.
Forms are available at HS office or on the Rotary bulletin board by the library. Must be submitted by 23 Feb
Wednesday,15 November
The first 'occasional' joint meeting of the Dryden and Groton Rotary clubs was held at the Dryden Community Center Cafe.  The Dryden club provided the location and logistical assistance while Groton acted as the 'host' providing a dinner of chicken casserole, tossed salad, rolls, soda, and great desserts!
From 6:00 to 7:00 folks were able to socialize and enjoy dinner.  At 7:00 each club took about 10 minutes to cover any business and tell the other club about what they are doing.  Dryden is pushing sign-ups for 2 days of Salvation Army bell ringing while Groton is working on their  Hurricane Heroes which involves their community and grade school students in fund raising for school libraries affected by recent hurricanes in Florida,Texas, and possibly Puerto Rico. All the dinner fees and both club's happy dollars for the evening were donated to the cause for a total of $172.
Foundation Area Director Evan Kurtz presented Ben Curtis, Groton President, with the Groton club's award from the recent  Foundation Dinner for $100 per capita giving to the Rotary Foundation in 16-17.
Sadly Dryden's speaker, Jon Helsiva, last years Dryden exchange student to Germany, was ill so the rest of the evening was spent socializing, not that Rotarians mind that!
There was talk of 'doing this again' as all enjoyed the evening so stay tuned for the next 'occasional' joint Dryden/Groton joint meeting!
So this year we stepped up to provide ALL the gifts & food to a Dryden community family in need...
Talk to Chris S. or see the week 23 email for details
This year's winner was Dryden Food Pantry. Cindy Almendinger ran on their behalf and carted off $333.90 in food including and a couple frozen turkeys to be handed out at future Food Pantry giveaways.
Ticket sales grossed $1,267 with the net to be equally divided between the three food pantries in the Town of Dryden plus the Methodist Church Wednesday Community Dinner.
Thanks to all Rotarians who sold tickets and to Clark's for supporting this annual event.
L to R - Dick Clark, Aiden Payne, Cindy Almendinger
Last Saturday was a perfect day for a run! It was mostly sunny and in the low 60’s. Well, by the end of the race it was warmer; it was pretty cool at the start!  We had 17 hardy and happy runners on the two courses. Ten ran the 5 k around Dryden Lake and seven others ran 10k by doing 5k on the Schug Trail before heading off around the lake.
The 5K overall winner was Matt Banazek and the 10k overall winner was Dean Russo
Start of the race!
For complete results please go to:
Many folks stayed until the end to cheer the other runners, enjoy light snacks, and chat with the volunteers and other finishers.
Thanks to all the volunteers and runners. We all are looking forward to 20 Oct 2018 to do this again!
Please keep our sponsors in mind:
Applied Design Research Assoc.
Bell's Autocare
Bravo Pizzeria Restaurant
Brecht's Towing& Service
Comfort Technology
Cornestone Architects
Dryden Center Community Café
Dragonfly Grille
Dryden Agway
Dryden Hotel
Fingerlake Electric  Supply
Preston Enterprises
Schickel Construction
Scottie's Auto Repair

Club members, set aside some time to come help and be sure to let friends and family know about this fun run!

5K and 10K run around Dryden Lake on open town roads and the Schug Trail

Start/Finish at the North Parking Lot/Boat Ramp

'Day of' registration opens at 8:00 AM

Entry fee:  Adults $15, 19 and under $10, Family $30

T-Shirts available for $5

Online Registration

A downloadable registration form can be found by clicking on the Upcoming Events link to the right

This is a fund raiser for Dryden Rotary Youth programs

Maryann Sumner spoke to the club providing interesting facts and stories of the Historical Society.
A small, but hardy, highway cleanup crew worked  2/3 of North Road.  Our club  has a commitment to pick up trach on that stretch twice a year...let's do better in the spring!
Evan & Tracy spent the day Saturday in Verona as part of the Rotary Leadership Institute faculty.  They helped District 7150 Rotarians discover more about themselves and Rotary. Members of our club should look towards 10 March to attend RLI in Owego.  It is certainly time well spent.
Wow.... what a busy week
- Monday we planted a Serviceberry tree in the Montgomery Park Main Street entrance with the help of the Dryden Village DPW and the Beautification Brigade.
- Wednesday afternoon club members, with a lot of help from the Dryden Village DPW, assembled and installed a bench Montgomery Park Main Street entrance.
- Wednesday evening had our open house at the Dryden Café with 99% attendance of club members! Our guest speaker was Rotary District 7170 District Governor Zoe V. who was introduced by Assistance Governor Gina S. Our District Membership Chair Matt A. also spoke to our members and the and 12 community members who came to learn about Rotary and our club.
- Thursday morning we welcomed Corrine Carey of 'Compassion and Choices' who spoke about death with dignity and the 'Medical Aid in Dying' law which is currently working its way thru the NY legislature.
HAPPY DOLLARS - many were happy about the weather and their upcoming week end guests.
Tue Aug 22, 7:00 PM at the Cortland Beer Company.
Have a beer and browse books.
There will be science, nature, and environmental book exchange. Bring books that may be of interest to others and browse for books you might enjoy. (Leave the textbooks at home unless they are classics or less than 5 years since publication.) Local authors Tim Baroni and Charles Yaple will be selling and signing their books. Cash or checks only - more information to come.
Remember, books are meant to be read, get them off your shelves and into someone else’s hands!
Tim Baroni will be signing and selling his new book “Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada”. And a founding father of Lime Hollow, Charles Yaple, will be signing his book “Foxy Brown” and his new book “Jacob's Land”.
You can pick up these books and hopefully many more at the next Science and Suds. Bring books to exchange and browse books from other Science and Suds followers bookshelves.
Come join others at Science & Suds 
 7-8 PM Tue 28th
16 Court Street, Cortland
Timothy Baroni is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus in Biology from SUNY Cortland. His current research is unraveling the realtionship between fungus farming insects of neotropical cloud forests and continued exploration for new species of mushrooms. His new book is Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada.

Presented by Lime Hollow Nature Center and Cortland Beer Company.
Happy Winter to all!
The Dryden Rotary wishes all a safe and healthy holiday season.
The Dryden Rotary will be ringing the Salvation Army bell at Clarks on December 9th and 10th .
All funds collected by all those ringing the bell at Clarks stays in our community.
The Dryden Cafe has a collection box for "Share the warmth" if you have have any new or gently used coats of any size.
A Toys for Tots collection box is in the lobby of the Dryden High School if you would like to make a toy donation.
DYOF is taking donations for the Honor/Memory tree in Time square.
Give if you can anywhere you can and just enjoy your time with family and friends.
Rotary Dairy Dash at Dryden Lake Fest
Dryden Lake Park
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Registration starts at 7:30
Race start at 8:30
This is the last race of the Dryden Running Series.
Saturday 05 March 2016
The Solar Express project is underway!
This morning 4 members of our Rotary club assembled and installed four sets of book shelves in the Dryden High School/Middle school basement.  They also improved the existing shelving by adding boards across the back to prevent books falling off. The additional shelves and, totes yet to be bought, will allow for better storing, sorting, and transport of the books this summer as the Solar Express travels the town delivering free books to kids and their families.
Thank you to Steve, Glenn, Tracy, and Evan
Feeling left out?  No worries! We will be having a book sorting party later in the spring to finish the project.

A Tomb with a View

9th Annual Dryden Rotary Mystery Dinner Theater

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Dryden Veteran's Memorial Home
Pasta and Salad Buffet, Dessert, Tea, Coffee and Soda
cash bar
Doors open at 5pm, Tickets $40 from any Dryden Rotarian
Dryden Barber Shop, Back to Basics, Fingerlakes Electric
or call 607-838-3656
This Holiday Season we will be celebrating at different locations.
Wednesday, December 16th we will be celebrating at the. Home of Kim Schenck.
Holiday Social. Dessert or munchie to share.
6:30 to 8:00 pm
December 24th - not a required meeting
Breakfast Social at the Dryden Hotel
7 am til we leave
December 31  - not a required meeting
Breakfast social at the Dryden Hotel
7am til we leave.
10 members enjoyed fellow ship, some club updates, and a short presentation by Evan.

Evan talked about the new 'One Rotary Summit' program that he and Brian attended a few weeks ago. The main point was that Foundation, Membership, and Publicity need to work together to grow our clubs and support our Foundation.
Thanks to Dave Traver, the evenings host, for introducing us to Grubbi Groks BBQ, now open on Main Street in Dryden
Last Chicken BBQ of the season
Saturday, September 19th 11- 2
Clark's Shurfine, Dryden, NY
Come check out our latest culinary treat.
We will be offering a limited number of Smoked Ribs!
Our own YEP student Luana volunteered to 'run for the food' this year.  Aiden Payne, from the Dryden Kitchen Cupboard, was on hand to coach Luana on what they needed and to accept the food.  3 minutes and 4 carts later the total was $366 dollar  worth of food for the hungry.  Several Rotarians were on hand to help and to cheer on the event.  Our thanks to the folks at Clarks for their strong support and all the club members who helped.
The winner of the 2014 Dryden Rotary Food Run wishes to donate her run to the Dryden Food Pantry!!!  We have asked if she would attend so her donation can be recognized but she prefers to remain annonymous.
'Thank you' to everyone who sold tickets or came over and manned the bucket at Clarks. 
Hope to see many club members thereat about 6:15 on Wednesday 29th.
At our monthly dinner meeting we were honored to have as our guest District 7170 Governor Pat Kriebel, her husband PDG Mark Kriebel, and our Assistant District Governor Jim Nunciato of the Cortland club.
Before Governor Pat gave her talk about her upcoming Rotary year she had the privilege helping induct our two newest members, Cathy Wakeman and Teri Tarshus.  If you haven't had the chance please be sure to welcome them next time you see them.
Governor Pat told us the Rotary theme for 14-15 is "Light up Rotary" and she provided pins for club members.  Her goals for the year are increased membership, increased Foundation giving, and increased attendance at District events.  These are goals we can all help with.
2014-15 Youth Exchange Participant, Lilly Lynch Left for Brazil on August 23rd.   Along wit her family, Dryden Rotary Club members and friends where there to wish her well.  Lilly is shown here with Brian Wakeman, last year's YEP from Dryden, Club President Will Buttner and YEP Chair Brian Buttner.   More photos are in the photo gallery.
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