Rotary Club of Dryden NY

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Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:00 AM
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Dryden, NY 13053-9582
United States of America
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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.
August GREETERS: __Sylvia_& ______
     Thurs., Aug. 2nd : 7:00 am Café, Program: Jakub
    Sat. Aug 4th:  Jakub departs: Syracuse airport, 2:15 pm?
    Tues., Aug 7th:  Board meeting 6:30 pm, Kim's house
    Thurs., Aug 9th: Dr. Ornithia Montague, TC3 President, 7:00 am Café,
   Sat Aug 11th BBQ – Evan pit master 6am – 2pm
   Sat Aug 11th- Cambodian Dinner, Holy Cross Church 6pm
   Wed., Aug 15th: Host : Evan
   Program: Marty and Martha Windsor: Community Core
   Friday Aug 17th: Pasuth arrives, Ithaca Airport, 6:40 pm
  Thurs., Aug 23rd: Kayla Lane Clark, Dryden Apt. Company
  Thurs., Aug 30th: Program needed
  Sept. Greeters ____Tom and Chris S____________
Rotarians from the Dryden, Cortland Noon, and Cortland Breakfast clubs pitched in with other community groups to plant trees at Lime Hollow nature Center on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. 
A great time was had by all who recently attended our 11th annual Mystery Dinner Theater!
Mark the first weekend in February of 2019 for our next adventure!  Details will follow!
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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
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