Our 16th meeting of the year was Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at the library. We welcomed our guests, Rekha Shrivastava and Rotary Exchange student, Julie Poisson.
 
Pres. Matt was not sure what to expect last week with our guest speaker, Daphne Pariser spoke about her “Humans for Education” initiative in Kenya.  But what a pleasant surprise.  We Club members are now proud owners of two cows - Gaven and Cory - which will make a difference to the Kenyan villages they support. Thanks to the tremendous generosity of last week's attendees.
We received a thank you letter from Daphne:
Dear Matt,
I would like to personally thank you for allowing me to present at your Rotary club. I really enjoyed myself and was overwhelmed by the generosity of your club. I look forward to staying in contact and sharing photos of your cow in December. As our organization is continuing to grow we are always looking for volunteers or interns. If you potentially know anyone who may have the ability to volunteer a few hours a week in any of these areas, please let me know: finance, education, grant writing, secretarial duties, and web design. Lastly, I was wondering if you happen to personally know any Rotarians working in Kenya? I would love to get more involved in the community over there.
Again, I really appreciate everything you have done for the organization and myself so far. I actually had tea this morning in the mug you gave me after my presentation!
Thank you, Daphne
President,
Humans for Education
Keep selling those $50 poster sponsorships to the Pasta Supper, new this year!  Pres. Matt has sold several already.
 
Pete Crooker briefed us on the Pasta Supper (November 8), the Habitat “HIP” house dedication (November 19), the Habitat pie sale and the East Street clean-up this past weekend.  Harold McAuliffe also provided a “word” or two on the Dictionary Project so far this week with our third graders. Steve Wilterdink briefed us on Rotary Foundation Giving.
 
Don’t forget that we are volunteering for the annual Halloween-Fest with the Town of Pittsford on Sunday, October 23, at St. John Fisher College.
 
Sharon Garofanello introduced our guest speaker, Rekha Shrivastava, who spoke about methods to relieve stress, pain and anxiety.  Rekha is a certified hypnotist and rehabilitation counselor with 20+ years of experience at Unity Health Systems.  Rekha has interacted with physicians, dentists and many other professionals as clients to help them deal with vexing everyday problems like obesity, stress, pain, smoking, addiction, PTSD, relationship issues, children's emotional problems, OCD, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression and so on.  She also demostrated a 15-minute group hypnosis session.
 
 

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