Charter No. 1058 - District 7120


Club News
Student of the Month Awards

Nancy Ruda presented the OM SOTM for May, Brendan Neira, son of Janice Arcangeli and Ray Neira, owners of Smoke & Bones Restaurant in Burdett. Brendan is a senior who has overcome many journeys through academia. He is attentive in class, is diligent with his homework, and is always willing to participate in classroom discussion. Brendan is also compassionate. Whether it be a concern for another student’s understanding of an assignment or recognizing a student in need, he is quick to ask, “Are you okay?” Brendan works at the family restaurant and at his grandmother’s farm on the weekends. He is also a talented gardener, caring for plants at the school’s greenhouse for the past two years. Nancy said, “I believe in Brendan and his ability to contribute to the community he lives in.” Brendan thanked Nancy for nominating him, his parents for encouraging him, and Rotary for honoring him as Student of the Month.


Kelly Muir introduced Angel Hamm, a WGCS student who excels in academics, shines behind the stage in productions by various theater groups, and is always performing good deeds for others. She is a positive young lady who has volunteered for many community organizations and even led a can drive for our 100 Years of Rotary Foundation celebration. Angel respectfully declined this recognition and requested that it be dedicated to Ryan Pruitt, a WG Senior who recently passed away. Angel delivered a beautiful speech memorializing Ryan as a passionate person and a wonderful friend, son, brother, and grandson with a memorable laugh. Her speech is published on Angel has enlisted in the Air Force Special Intelligence unit and will leave June 27.

Photos compliments of The Odessa File


Youth Exchange Students

Michelle Benjamin introduced our new youth exchange students, Angelika Friis (16), from Sweden and Moeko Oshima (16) from Japan. Angelika is attending Odessa-Montour High School, and Moeko is a student at Watkins Glen High School.
The Club is sponsoring two outbound exchange students. One of those students is Lydia Myers, seen here with Michelle Benjamin. Lydia willl travel to Brazil August 6th.

Pasta Night, 2013

Thanks to Don Stocum, Jim Bacalles, Judy Phillips, Glenda Gephart, and Bill Phoenix for being our celebrity chefs and for all our members who joined us at Pasta Night. We brought in 51 people!

Antique Show, 2010

Top - The morning crew takes a picture break between antique dealer arrivals. President Glenda and Rotarian & Interact Director Nancy "guard" donuts, while hauling crew members carefully study items before selecting what they'll carry.

Roadside Trash Pickup, May 2010

Half of the roadside trash pickup crew gather for a picture after the cleanup task was completed.