Rotary Club of Greater Jamestown AM

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We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
The Pintagro Building
14 East Second Street
Babalu Cafe
Jamestown, NY  14701
United States
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Tiered Vegetable Garden at the Eastside Family Y  built in 2011

Rotary Club of Greater Jamestown AM

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The Rotary Club of Greater Jamestown AM was privileged to induct new member Kirsten Vincent into Rotary on May 11th.  The ceremony was conducted by Don Ray, Membership Chair.
Kirsten is the Director of Respite Services for Housing Options Made Easy, a non-profit organization established in 1990 as a grassroots organization, operated by and for individuals with mental health issues, to provide supportive housing and advocacy services.  In Jamestown, the organization's presence is felt as Eagles Nest, a respite house.  At Eagle's Nest, in addition to respite housing (typically a five day stay), peer counseling is offered to help individuals work through some of the issues they are experiencing. 
Kirsten resides in Randolph with her husband and three children - all of which have been attending the University of New York at Fredonia - with one graduating this month. 
In photo left to right:  Rob Lind, Kirsten Vincent and President Scott Sawyer.
Welcome Kirsten!  We are excited to have you as a member of our club. 



The Rotary Club of Greater Jamestown AM was privileged to induct two new members this morning - Dr. Timothy J. O'Brien and Richard (Rick) A. Shick.  The ceremony was conducted by Don Ray, Membership Chair.
Tim is owner of Seneca Eye Surgeons with several offices in western New York and resides in Lakewood with his wife Nancy and two of their children, Anna and Tim, Jr.  His classification is Ophthalmology and his sponsor is Dr. Tim Grace.  Tim and Nancy's son, Michael, was a Rotary Youth Exchange student to France only a few years ago.
Rick is CIO at Lutheran Social Services in Jamestown.  His classification is Information Technology and his sponsor is Charter Member Bill Briggs who just happens to also be his cousin. 
In photo left to right:  Tim Grace, Tim O'Brien, President Scott Sawyer, Rick Shick and Don Ray.
Welcome Tim and Rick to Rotary!  We look forward to getting to know you better.

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