Rotary club hosts Taste of the Finger Lakes Nearly 400 Rotarians took part in the event featuring presentations by district leaders that encouraged members to continue their efforts to serve humanity.

Victor-Farmington Rotarians Tanya MacNaughton, left; Vera Chapman; Gaurev Revankar; and Mark MacNaughton greet guests at the 16th annual Taste of the Finger Lakes at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor.
Victor-Farmington Rotarians Tanya MacNaughton, left; Vera Chapman; Gaurev Revankar; and Mark MacNaughton greet guests at the 16th annual Taste of the Finger Lakes at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor.

Victor-Farmington Rotary Club (New York, RI District 7120) recently participated in a district training assembly, club work session and hosted its annual Taste of the Finger Lakes.
Eleven club members attended the District 7120 Training Assembly at Newark High School. Nearly 400 Rotarians participated in the event featuring presentations by Rotary district leaders that encouraged members to continue their efforts to serve others through Rotary involvement.
The workshops involved various sessions that included the responsibilities of club officers, the Rotary Youth Exchange programme, increasing club membership, supporting the Rotary Foundation, international exchange programmes, anti-poverty initiatives, literacy initiatives and creating successful club programmes. Information was provided on the status of these programmes.
The session also updated information on the District 7120 Governor-elect Hospitality programme that will take place in January 2018. Twelve incoming Rotary governors from five countries have signed up for the event, including four from Australia, four from India and two each from England, Kenya and Austria. This list is anticipated to grow over the coming months. The visiting Rotary officials will be home-hosted by local Rotarians before moving on to their mandated training conference in San Diego the following week.
Victor-Farmington Rotarians participating in the training sessions were Bonnie Cottone, Ross Cottone, Nancy Zavaglia, Karen Parkhurst, Galen Powers, Jim Crane, Kim Yourch, Bev Rosbrook, Judy Luitweiler and Dave Luitweiler. Newark Rotary Club hosted the event.
After the training session, the Rotarians returned to the local area for an afternoon and evening work session at Club President Jim Crane’s archery facility on state Route 96 in Farmington. Club members assembled tables replicating the layout for the Taste of the Finger Lakes fundraiser that would be held the next day at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor. Each Rotarian received a work assignment for the event and worked on arranging raffle items on designated tables.
Over 200 guests attended at the 16th annual Taste of the Finger Lakes featuring wine, beer and food tastings. The event is the club’s annual fundraising event. Guests sampled food items from several local food vendors and had the opportunity to sample products of local wineries, distilleries and craft brewers. In addition to the food and beverage samplings, guests participated in a silent auction bid for over 130 donated items from local merchants, businesses and friends of the Rotary club.
Guarev Revankar, Victor-Farmington Rotary’s exchange student from India, participated in the event with host parents Tanya and Mark MacNaughton.
Rotarians Bruce Chapman and Kim Yourch co-chaired the event, and the membership of the Rotary club participated in the planning and work necessary to make it a successful event. The event’s proceeds serve as the main source of income for the club. This income helps fund its service projects both locally and internationally.

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