Rotary Club of Dryden NY
Welcome to our Club

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Thursdays at 7:00 AM
TC3 Athletic Complex VIP Room (2nd Floor)
Tompkins Cortland Community College
Dryden, NY 13053-9582
United States of America

3rd & 5th Thu are Evening Meetings. See specific Meeting dates for details. Thu morning meetings are at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Morning meetings are hybrid (in person & via Zoom) only when requested!
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Thanks to all who came out to help us celebrate 16 years of Dryden Rotary!
Hopshire Farms & Brewery were great host as always. There was lots of good food and fun conversation.
Six Charter members were there and five are still active!
L-R Patty Shannahan, Steve Austen, Tracy Kurtz (President), Sylvia Short, Brian Buttner, PDG Evan Kurtz
Oct 01, 10:00 AM
West Lake Road, Dryden, NY 13053, USA
$40 for 5k run
$45 for 10k run
Both are available virtually
Registration ends September 29, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT
Registration is at:

Kick off the month of October with the Dryden Loop the Lake 5K or 10K as Willow Running USA works with the Dryden Rotary Club to help raise money for their international youth exchange program. 

The Dryden Loop the Lake 5K & 10K is the newest addition to the Dick's Sporting Goods FAMILY FIT SERIES so expect gift cards for Overall, Masters Overall and Age Group winners! Check out all the events in the series on the Willow Running website HERE. (


5K- One loop around Dryden Lake is (3.1 miles)

10K- Two loops around the lake (6.2 miles)

Check out the course on MapMyRun (

All race participants will receive:

  • Custom fall long sleeve shirt
  • Finisher medal
  • Invite to the post-race party at the Dryden Hotel:
    • Free food for the runners & drink specials.
    • Restaurant/bar is open to the public.
Friday, September 30th- 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Hopeshire Craft Brewery- 1771 Dryden Rd, Freeville, NY 13068

Saturday, October 1st- 9:00am - 9:50am

Dryden Lake Park- West Lake Rd, NY 13053 (Start/finish area)






Dryden Rotary BBQ this Saturday, July 16th, at Clark’s 
Chicken $8 a half should be ready by 11 am.
It’s going to be a hot day so help us sell out early!
On an overcast October morning the rain held off until minutes before the start!
26 runners head of for a 5 or 10 k run  around Dryden Lake
Thanks to the runners, our volunteers, and, again, this years sponsors!
Applied Design Research Assoc.      Cornerstone Architects
Dryden Realty & Apartment Co.       First National Bank of Dryden
Scottie's Auto Repair                         Hopshire Farm & Brewery
Elemental Pet Vets                             Preston Enterprises
CNY Signs & Graphics                     Artcraft Home Improvements
Dryden Barbershop                           Dryden Monumant Company
Perkins Funeral Home                       CayugaXpress
Dragonfly Grille                                Fingerlake Electric  Supply
Schickel Construction                       Bell's Auto Care
McCune, Murphy & Potter               Peak Performance
Station Creamery                              CNY Auto Hub
Dryden Hotel

Fall Dash Logo

Annual Dryden Rotary Fall Dash

October 16th 9am-11am at Dryden Lake.

Funds raised will support the Dryden Rotary club's youth programs

5 & 10 K runs Start/finish at Drdyen Lake Park

Generally flat on open roads and railtrail

Entry Fees: Individual early & day of $20; 19 and under $15; Family groups of 3 or more $15 per

Registration at: 

Thank you to all of our sponsors!   Please support these local businesses.

Applied Design Research Associates, Cornerstone Architects, Dryden Realty & Apartment Company, First National Bank of Dryden, Scottie's Auto Repair, Hopshire Farm & Brewery, Elemental Pet Vets, Preston Enterprises, CNY Signs & Graphics, Artcraft Home Improvements, Dryden Barbershop, Dryden Monument Company, Perkins Funeral Home, Cayuga Xpress, Dragonfly Grille, Fingerlakes Electric, Schickel Construction, Bell’s Auto Care, McCune, Murphy & Potter Physical Therapy, Peak Performance, Station Creamery, CNY Auto Hub, Dryden Hotel


A big 'Thank you!' to Kinney Drugs in Dryden for hosting the collection and  to all who dropped off items.
On Tuesday, 24 November Dryden Rotary club members collected  6 large bags of warm outerwear to be sorted and distributed to needy folks in Tompkins and Tioga Counties. They also disassembled the donations bin, took the clothes to the drop off, and returned the collection bin to the barn where it will await next year's collection! Sorry, no photos, maybe next year!
The collection of warm winter clothing is underway, ending November 23
Kinney Drugs in Dryden is one of 20 collection sites around Tompkins County. Donations of clean new or gently used winter clothing will be gratefully collected, sorted, and distributed by volunteers from a number of organizations lead by the Ithaca Rotary Club along with the Dryden and Trumansburg Rotary Clubs; Cornell University; Finger Lakes ReUse; and Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga. 
The familiar “red box” collection bins can be found at locations around Tompkins County, including: Agway True Value Home Center (Cayuga Mall), BorgWarner Morse Systems (Warren Rd.), CFCU Community Credit Union (Main Branches), Island Health & Fitness (Taughannock Blvd. and Community Corners), Kendal at Ithaca, Mama Goose (609 W. Clinton St. starting Nov 1), P&C Fresh, Tops Friendly Market (2300 N. Triphammer Rd.), Wegmans, YMCA, and in Trumansburg, the Shur-Save and St. James Catholic Church. 
The donated clothing is distributed by Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga free of charge to individuals who need such items for the winter months. Distribution will take place November 9 – 20 (Monday–Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM).
All winter clothing in good repair is accepted. There is a special need for children’s and larger-sized outerwear (2X and up) and large-sized boots (13 and up), as well as coats, snow pants and boots; blankets; and hats, scarves, and mittens for all. Each article of clothing donated should be new or gently used, and clean for future recipients.  Note that the emphasis is on outerwear!

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Dryden
Saturday, Sept 12th, 9:00 – 12: 00 PM
Dryden Highway Department, 61 East Main
Donate your unwanted quality used and surplus building materials, furniture, housewares, clothing, books, media, electronics, and much more. All items must be complete, clean, and in good usable condition. For more information on accepted items please go to:
Donations may be tax deductible and Finger Lakes ReUse will provide a donation receipt for your tax purposes. Finger Lakes ReUse reserves the right to turn away any donation that has the potential to pose a health risk to its volunteers, customers, or staff.
Supported by the Town of Dryden and the Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management
Refinishing a table for WIllowbrook residents.
On Sat 01 Aug four Dryden Rotarians took the morning to sand and seal a table and benches at the Willowbrook Manor Senior Housing.
A quick 3 hour project keeps Rotarians involved and helps others...don't always be looking for home runs, games are won on singles and doubles!
The Dryden Rotary Club & Acme Mystery Co.
Hereby invite you to join them at the Dryden Veteran's Memorial Home for the
13th Annual Dryden Rotary Mystery Dinner Theater:
“Death Takes a Cruise?”

February 1, 2020

Event starts at 6pm (doors open at 5pm)
Dryden Veteran's Memorial Home
2272 Dryden Rd
Dryden, NY 13053
For details and Tickets click here
Hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins & Cortland Counties and Dryden Rotary!
Community groups are invited to build a gingerbread house to be displayed in Habitat’s office windows at 14 West Main Street.  Houses will be displayed from Sunday December 1st thru Saturday December 7th
On Saturday the 7th the community will be welcomed in from 10:00 until 4:00 for a closer look and to vote for their favorite! Formal judging will have taken place prior. The ‘Community Choice’ and ‘Judged’ winners will be presented awards at the Dryden Community Center Café after the tree lighting.
Any Dryden community group; service organizations, youth groups, churches, businesses, may enter. Due to space limitations we are only able accept the first 12 entries.  
Registration forms can be downloaded, look to the left on this page...
Completed forms must be received by Friday 29 November either by the US mail of email. The $10 entry fee can either be sent with completed form or brought with the house at drop-off.  All fees and any donations will go to Habitat.
Houses must be dropped off at Habitat’s office (14 West Main Street) between 4:00 and 7:00 PM on Sunday 01 December and picked up between 4:00 and 5:30 Sat 07 December.
Houses must be on a sturdy base no larger than 12” x 20”. Any information regarding the house, such as who made it, what it represents, etc. must be incorporated within the base
Questions? Send an email to:


The Dryden Rotary Club and the Dryden Community Center Cafe are participating in the 27th annual 'Share the Warmth' campaign with over 20 collection sites around Tompkins County.

Donations of clean new or gently used winter clothing will be gratefully collected, sorted, and distributed across the area by volunteers from a number of partner organizations including the Ithaca, Dryden, and Trumansburg Rotary Clubs.

The familiar “red box” collection bin can be found at the Dryden Community Center Café

Your support is needed and appreciated!

Despite the forecast of fog the morning was the start of a glorious fall day!  Sunny and in the upper 40’s.
Lining up for the 9:00 AM start were 31 runners, mostly women. At the starting whistle 20 folks headed off for 10 k by turning immediately right onto the Schug trail. This took them ‘out and back’ to where they would continue around Dryden Lake chasing the 11 runners doing the 5k.
Dogs and kids were the order of the day with 7 and 8 years old completing the 10 k!
A great big thank you to all of the runners and our sponsors.   More information about the race (Map, Results, Sponsors, etc) can be found here.
Come to Clark's between 10:00 and 2:00 for some fine BBQ'd chicken!
Funds from these event support our Youth Exchange Program, provide dictionaries to all 3rd grade students in the Dryden School District, send 2 or 3 High School Rotary Youth Leadership Awardees' to a 4 day camp, supplement our annual donations to 3 food pantries, sand other good Rotary works.

Our club was honored this morning with the visit of Pvt Robert Nobles, 508th PIR Co C.(Part of the famed 82nd Airborne). Bob, who lives in Ithaca, was a POW after parachuting behind German lines and fighting on D-Day 75 years ago.

The service that men like Bob performed for the world should never be forgotten!


Stop by and visit us at Dairy Days!
Saturday 08 June, Montgomery Park, 10:30 to 3:00
Talk with local Rotarians about the difference Rotary makes in our community and around the world.
Learn how you can join us providing "Service Above Self"!
Support the Dryden Rotary Club
Recognition day is upon us; show you care to those that matter and Dryden Rotary gets $5 per bouquet!!!

4/14/2019  Last day to order flowers
4/24/2019  Flowers delivered personally by a Rotarian
Questions?  Orders?  Contact Wil & Cathy Buttner (607.220.6630 or 607.262.6940) or any Dryden rotary Member.

Support the Dryden Rotary Club
Eat at the Texas Roadhouse, South Meadow Street, Ithaca, on any of these dates and  Dryden Rotary gets %10 of the sales!

3/17/19 from 11:30am-9pm
3/18/19 from 4pm-10pm
3/19/19 from 4pm-10pm

Ask a Dryden Rotarian for an invitation to show your server on the night of the fundraiser or download a digital copy
The Dryden Rotary Club's 12th Annual Mystery Dinner Theater will be held at the Dryden Veterans Memorial Home
Saturday February 2nd.
Doors open at 5:30 PM and the show starts at 6 PM. Dinner at 7:30
Tickets are $45.00 from any Dryden Rotarian, local businesses, and on-line.
Dinner includes roast beef, chicken, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetable medley, salad, dessert, coffee, tea and soda.
More details at at "Upcoming Events" immediately to the right on this page
or at
As part of the Ithaca Rotary Club’s "Share the Warmth" clothing drive, the Rotary Club of Dryden is sponsoring a drop off box at the Dryden Community Center Café, 1 West Main Street, Dryden.
The red wooden box will be there from Saturday 03, Nov thru Wednesday, 12 Dec
All winter clothing in good repair is accepted. There is a special need for larger-sized clothing (2X and up) and large-sized boots (13 and up), as well as coats, snow pants, boots, hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens for all—and blankets. Each article of clothing donated should be new or gently used, and clean for future recipients.
Finger Lakes ReUse collects the items for sorting and Catholic Charities, which serves all of Tompkins County, then distributes the items.
“Share the Warmth” began in Ithaca 25 years ago but has extended to Trumansburg and now to Dryden with the support of local business, colleges, and Rotary clubs.
Despite the rain and cool temperatures we has a field of 42 runners on Saturday.  In the 10k there were 18 runners with 24 taking on the 5k loop around the Dryden Lake.
Thanks to all our sponsors and runners. The funds will be used to support Dryden Rotary's local and international projects.
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