Kiwanis Club of West Seneca November 2003
President - Gregory Notaro
President Elect - Ted Winkle
Vice President - Mike McCartan
Treasurer - John Blando
Secretary - William Tober
Immediate Past President - Scotty Burt
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We’re off and running!
We’ve had a busy month with the Installation Dinner, the Bill’s game and the
Haunted House - all great successes. I would like to thank those that have participated
in these events and in our weekly meetings. It is this group effort that makes them
It looks like November will continue with a busy calendar of events. The Good
Thanksgiver, Read-Aloud, Warm the Children, and Entertainment Book sales are all
in overdrive. Come see what’s happening and serve the children and our community.
The calendar of events follows and is available at weekly meetings.
Thank you for your continued support.
Dates to Remember
11/03/03 6:00 p.m. Membership growth and revitalization at the Deerhead Inn
11/05/03 Guest Speaker - Jim Kowalski, Atwal Eye Center
Guest - John Switzer - Gateway-Longview. Kiwanis members will
assist with Christmas Shopping Angels
11/06/03 PS #61 Read-Aloud
11/08/03 Adopt-A-Highway clean up
11/10/03 Canned goods pick up
11/12/03 Guest Speaker - Dave Nagy on the markets
11/13/03 PS #82 Read-Aloud - 8 readers needed
11/14/03 Good Thanksgiver food sorting
11/15/03 Good Thanksgiver distribution
11/19/03 Guest Speaker on Internet Safety
12/03/03 Guest Speaker - Civil War Historian
12/10/03 Challenged Christmas Party
12/17/03 Club Christmas Party - Deerhead Inn
12/24/03 No Meeting
12/31/03 No Meeting
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GOOD THANKSGIVER PROJECT “2003"
The West Seneca Kiwanis Good Thanksgiver Once again, Dave and Roseann Nagy have
Project is on its way! Canned goods and volunteered the use of their garage on Friday,
nonperishable items are being collected at the November 14th for the sorting and distribution
following schools/locations: of the food items.
Our Lady of Sacred Heart School
St. Vincent de Paul School Location: 69 Tracy Lynn Lane
West Elementary West Seneca, NY
West Seneca East High School Time: 6::00 p.m.
(coordinated by the Key Club)
West Seneca West High School Kiwanians can help by assisting in the sorting
(coordinated by the Key Club) process and volunteers are needed to deliver
The Royal York Apartments food items at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday,
Charlie Markel will again be responsible for November 15th.
getting the turkeys and potatoes. At this point
in time, we will need 96 of each. Also, he will If you know of a family in need, call Marge
do his usual best to solicit for donations to McLaughlin, Project Chair at 675-2082 by
help offset costs. November 7th. She will check to make sure
that the family in need isn’t on one of the
Dave Nagy will arrange for the pick up of the current lists.
food items from St. Vincent de Paul
Elementary, West Seneca East and West High If any Kiwanian would like to donate canned
Schools and The Royal York. This will take goods or nonperishable items for the Good
place during the week of November 9th. If Thanksgiver, please give them to Marge
Kiwanians would like to assist Dave, please McLaughlin, Dave Nagy, or bring them to the
call him at 633-2950 (w) or 675-7706 (h). Nagy’s on Friday, November 14th.
The students at Our Lady of Sacred Heart and THANKS!!
West Elementary will receive the turkeys and
potatoes from our club and with their entire
collection of food items, prepare the boxes for
their needy families.
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5TH ANNUAL NYS KIWANIS CHARITY FOOTBALL GAME
NETS $10,000 FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS!!!
On Sunday, October 19 th, the W est Seneca Kiwanis Club hosted our fifth annual Bill’s Charity Football Game at Ralph
W ilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. Attending were 238 Kiwanians and their friends. They saw the Buffalo Bills defeat
the W ashington Redskins 24-7, led by the running of Travis Henry and the pass receiving of Josh Reed. The defense
played its best game of the season to date in holding the Redskins to 160+ yards.
The pre-game tailgate party/banquet started with a stirring rendition of Ray Charles’ “America the Beautiful” in honor
of our country and the servicemen, firemen and policemen protecting us. That was followed by a moving rendition of
“Amazing Grace” performed by M argaret M cLaughlin on her bagpipes in memory of departed Kiwanians and their loved
ones, as well as those lost defending our country this past year. PDLG Bill Tober then gave the blessing and everyone
joined in for a delicious buffet luncheon and liquid refreshments. Those attending were joined by former Bills’ star
receiver Lou Piccone and two Buffalo Jills who provided many photo opportunities and added a lot of spirit to our pre-
JoAnn Pyle organized and ran our raffle and Chinese Auction which netted over $1200. The
raffle/auction had a “sports” theme and several items autographed by Drew Bledsoe, Takeo
Spikes, Pat W illiams and Sam Adams, as well as new Buffalo Bills’ Hall of Fame Inductee
Joe Delamielleure were available as well at Bills’ clothing, items such as Bills-Miami
tickets, chimes and a lamp.
Governor Peter M ancuso and his daughter Cathy flew in from Long Island to join us for this
event. They appeared to enjoy themselves and were present with a Bills’ cap for the
Governor and a baby Bills’ bear for Cathy. They were Bills’ fans for the day! Also attending the event were PDG’s
Patrick Cooney, Joe Eppolito, Jim Yochum and Immediate PDG Justin Underwood. This was Pat, Jim and Justin’s 5 th
appearance at the event and Joe’s 4 th. Twenty-four clubs were represented from as far as Brighton and Canandaigua in
the Finger Lakes Division, Dryden from the Chemung Division, Tom Murphy’s “Mob” of 31 from Glens Falls in the
Mohawk Division, Lake Delta in the Central Division, Liverpool in the Ontario Division, Middletown and Roscoe of
the Hudson River W est Division, Mount Vernon Club in Bronx W estchester South Division and the Potsdam and
Ogdensburg Club from the St. Lawrence Division. W e even had guests from Toronto, Ontario and guests of the Notaro
family from Milan, Italy!
After the football game, Kiwanians returned to the tent for our “victory” party which everyone seemed to enjoy!
I would like to thank the many volunteers who helped with this event. In addition to those noted above, much thanks to
my son Darrell and John Blando, whose team of Kiwanians helped with setting up for the event as well as clean up
afterwards. Much thanks to my wife, Carol, Lt. Governor Scotty Burt and his wife Denise, and Charlie Markel for helping
organize the food and drinks, as well as to Bill and Sue Tober, Jennifer Rohauer, and Ivan Tarnopoll for handling ticket
sales, check-in registration table and sale of raffle/auction tickets. Thanks also to Diane Beres, Len and M arsha Bek, Joe
Cantafio, Art Doster, Bob Keefer, Peter Kosanovich, Dave Nagy, Eric Paul, W ally Piotrowski, Don Rauscher and Pete
Scoura for their support. A special thanks to our president, Greg Notaro, and to our photographer, Jim Yochum, whose
photographs of the event are on our W est Seneca Kiwanis web site.
Finally, $6,120 of the $10,000 raised from this event came from sponsors and patrons. You will find them listed below.
W e are grateful to each of them, especially THE LEGEND GROUP and SAVILLE’S OUTDOOR POW ER
EQUIPMENT as our platinum sponsors. 100% of the money raised from our sponsors and patrons, as well as from the
raffle/auction, goes to the special needs of young people attending Kiwanis Camps!
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2003 SPONSORS AND PATRONS - NYS KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL
BILLS CHARITY FOOTBALL GAME
A special “Thank You” to our sponsors and patrons for their generous support.
PLATINUM SPONSORS - $1,000 Total $2,000
THE LEGEND GROUP - “PROVIDING FINANCIAL SECURITY”
SAVILLE’S OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT - ORCHARD PARK, NY
SILVER SPONSORS - $250 - $499 Total $1,250
PDG Tom & Rosemary DiJulio
IPLG Ed (Woody) Ryder, L.I. North Division
West Seneca Teacher’s Association, Inc.
BRONZE SPONSORS - $100 - $249 Total $2,300
Anonymous Mighty Taco
Jim and Sandy Cecchini New York state Long Term Care Brokers
Chef’s Restaurant of Buffalo, Inc. Original Pancake House
Clinical Support Services, Inc. Tom Murphy & “Murphy’s Mob” - Glens Falls
Deerhead Inn Robertson & Bach Jewelers
Hoy Funeral Home Donald Tiburzi, The Legend Group
HSBC Bank - Union and Orchard Park Rd. Towne Restaurant
First Niagara Bank - West Seneca Brance Travers, Collins, and Company
Carol & Larry Jones Webster Kiwanis Club
Carole’s Kitchen - Southgate Plaza West-Herr Automotive Group
Knoer, Crawford & Bender, LLP, Attys. at Law Zebb’s Restaurant, Southwestern Blvd.
Louie’s Texas Red Hots - Southwestern Blvd.
$50 PATRONS - Total $300 $25 PATRONS - Total $325
Ross Cellino, Jr.
Mark Conomos, Legend Group
Paul Clark, Supervisor,
Town of West Seneca
Dryden Kiwanis Club
Towne Automotive Group
Diane Beres, W est Seneca Kiwanis; The Bon Ton,
Southgate Plaza; Peter Brevorka, Atty. at Law; Country
Peddlers, Inc.; Mike DiLullo, Legend Group;PDG Joe
Eppolito, NY Life Group; Terry McCue, Legend
Group; Lou Lorenzetti, W est Seneca Kiwanis; Shirley
M ayer, W est Seneca Kiwanis; Maureen Neuringer,
ESK Editor; W allace Piotrowski, Atty. at Law; Roger
Stone, Exec. Dir. ECMHA; Bud and Carol W hitton.
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THE BANK IS NOW OPEN!
An account has been opened at Evans National Bank for the Hawaii
Convention in 2005. Anyone wishing to make deposits into this account
to go toward their trip should give the money to either Joe Fiore or Bill
Tober. A meeting will be held in early November to discuss further details.
West Seneca Kiwanis Read-Aloud and Book Distribution
The format for this year’s Read-Aloud and Book Distribution will include a fall read-aloud session
at Buffalo Public Schools #61 and 82, and a spring read-aloud and book distribution session at the
same locations. In addition, President Greg is “looking” to assist as needed our local library in the
area of reading literacy. The Read-Aloud Committee will receive information concerning this
venture from Paul Notaro, who is a member of the West Seneca Library Board of Directors.
Two Read-Aloud dates for the fall session have been set - Thursday, November 6th at Public School
61 and Thursday, November 13th at Public School 82. The theme for both schools is Character
Development. To date, members of the West Seneca Kiwanis Read-Aloud Team have been notified
regarding the date and time for the sessions, but if there are any members who would like to join the
Read-Aloud Team for future activities, please contact Co-Chairs Marge McLaughlin at 675-2082
and/or Sue Tober at 674-7436.
West Seneca Kiwanis Club Christmas Party
This year’s Christmas Party will be held on December 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the
Deerhead. There will be a two-hour open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Chair is JoAnn Pyle
and co-chair is Katie Burdette. More information to follow.
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Warming West Seneca Children
The 8th annual Warm the Children program has started here in West Seneca and what a start it has
been. So far 36 referrals have been received, totaling 85 children, and Diane Beres has done a
superior job of getting the purchase orders into the hands of Kiwanians who have generously offered
to volunteer shop. As I opened the mail this afternoon, two more referrals arrived with another 8
children waiting to be served. I cannot thank all the West Seneca Kiwanians and spouses for
assisting us. Without you, there would be no program. You are the heart of it all.
Peter Kosanovich, as treasurer of the fund, keeps me informed as to the funds received and available.
Fortunately, we had almost a $5,000 surplus from last year to give us a running start on this year’s
shopping. With over $2,100 donated thus far, we were able to have an early shopping experience
while supplies in the Bon Ton Store are plentiful. This past week’s donations have not been added
on to that figure, but I wish to share with you just one of them. From West Elementary School, there
was a check for $150 from the PTA that was their profit from a bake sale run during their Fall Book
Fair. Also, the door bell rang and Duane accepted a hand delivered $25.00 check from a West Seneca
resident who took the time to stop here and drop it off. This furthers my resolve to help as many
children as we can this year.
John, Dixie and John Blando have again taken the challenge and have placed coin collection
containers in area businesses. Over $220 has been realized as of this writing from their efforts. Wow,
thank you to the Blandos.
Saturday, November 22nd is Southgate’s Santa Arrival event. Again this year, Warm the Children
will be the benefactor of the monies received from having a picture taken with Santa Claus. Help
will be needed that day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in assisting the plaza with this endeavor. Please let
Peter, Diane or myself know if you can spare an hour of your time that day to help out, not just with
collecting money, but greeting the children as they anxiously await their turn in line to sit on Santa’s
lap. Just as a side note, plaza office personnel have helped us every year in
volunteer shopping with some of our families and have again this year agreed to
take a couple of families or more.
Hopefully, when the next Kommunicator is published, I can report that a banner
year has been experienced.
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Niagara Frontier West - News of Note
Kiwanis International Website
In an effort to be more user friendly, Kiwanis International has revised its web site. Simple go into
Google Search and type in Kiwanis International. It will take you directly to the site.
Mark Your Calendar
2/27/04 - 2/29/04 New York State Mid-Winter Conference
3/19/04 -3/21/04 New York District Key Club Convention
4/17/04 NY District Governor’s visit to the Niagara Frontier Division
6/25/04 - 6/29/04 Kiwanis International Convention - St. Louis
7/3/04 - 7/6/04 Key Club/Circle K International Convention - St. Louis
8/18/04 - 8/22/04 New York District Convention - Buffalo
7/2/05 - 7/6/05 Kiwanis International Convention - Honolulu
7/6/05 - 7/10/05 Key Club International Convention - Atlanta
6/28/06 - 7/2/06 Kiwanis International Convention - Rome
Adopt A Highway - The West Seneca Kiwanis Club will be cleaning a stretch of the 400 on
Saturday, November 6th as part of our commitment to the Adopt-A-Highway program. We will meet
at Scotty Burt’s house at 12 Avon Drive at 10 a.m. and car pool to the highway. Hard hats, vests and
garbage bags will be provided. This project shouldn’t take up too much of your time so we hope to
see you there.
Physically and Mentally Challenged Christmas Party - This year’s extravaganza will be held on
Wednesday, December 10th at 6:30 p.m. at the Kiwanis Youth Center. As usual, Santa will make an
appearance, along with a few new surprises. With the Aktion Club now up and running, this year’s
party should be a little more intimate as we have become closer to some of the people we now serve.
As always, baked good (cookies) and other treats are needed to make this evening special.