Last night the Rotary Club of Amherst held another successful Sproktoberfest (Spring-Oktoberfest) fundraiser at the Park Country Club.  With over 200 tickets sold or purchased with Sponsorship packages the event will surely be a terrific success once the final tallies come in.
Sproktoberfest has been a Rotary Club of Amherst tradition for over 25 years.  This annual celebration of Spring in a German fashion has always been one of the highlights of the Club Calendar.  This may prove to be the most successful Sproktoberfest of all time.
Previous events have funded a number of great local and international charities including our Club's support of education programs in Tanzania and our joint project with the Williamsville Club for a roof on the "Rotary Pavilion" at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village.
This year the Rotary Club of Amherst Foundation will fund a number of projects including Cornerstone Manor at the Buffalo City Mission d the Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo.
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Another Terrific Sproktoberfest Michael Tyrpak 2016-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
An annual Rotary Club of Amherst tradition "Sproktoberfest" (a Spring Oktoberfest) join us at Park Country Club on Wednesday May 18th from 6-9PM tickets are $45 presale or $50 at the door. Proceeds to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo, Buffalo City Mission Cornerstone Manor, and the Amherst Rotary Foundation. Email Club President Isadore or find a Member for presale tickets!
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Sproktoberfest 2016 Michael Tyrpak 2016-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Amherst is a premier Service Club in the community involved in worthwhile local and international projects.  We are committed to the Rotary motto “Service Above Self,” providing compassionate service to others, while enjoying fellowship and personal fulfillment.
2016 Updates Michael Tyrpak 2016-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Speaker Highlights 2015-2016 Michael Tyrpak 2015-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Tyrpak
It's officially still summer and the weather seems to still be beautiful in Buffalo, but the Rotary Club of Amherst is gearing up for our new Fall Tradition, the Harvest Moon Dinner Dance.  After our first successful Dinner Dance in 2014 we are pleased to see the event return for 2015 as our new Fall Fundraiser.  Hosted by the Rotary Club of Amherst and the Rotary Club of Amherst Foundation, the event will again return to the Buffalo Yacht Club in downtown Buffalo on the beautiful Niagara River.  Live music will again be presented by The Flying Blind and tickets will be available from Club Members for $75/each including buffet dinner with wine and a cash bar.  This year the proceeds will benefit Gerard Place and the Cervical Cancer Screening Project in Belize along with the Rotary Club of Amherst Foundation.  (See below for flyer).  Contact Club President Isadore DeMarco for more information.
The Rotary Club of Amherst is also very happy to have presented checks from our recent Sproktoberfest 2015 Fundraiser (our spring Oktoberfest will be held again at Park Country Club in May of 2016 stay tuned for details).  The recipients of the major proceeds of $3000 each were The Salvation Army of Buffalo and the Family Justice Center of Erie County, Amherst Locaiton.  We were proud to present checks to Salvation Army Major Tom Applin and Family Justice Center Executive Director Mary Travers Murphy at a recent lunch meeting.
Our annual Entertainment Book drive (please contact us to purchase your 2016 books) raised money for tablet computers for a school in Tanzania.  The tablets we selected were android powered full featured tablets manufactured by Bak USA right here in Buffalo, NY.  Bak USA was gracious enough to customize the tablets with the Rotary Club of Amherst logo!
In August we welcomed District Governor Kevin Crosby to our Club for a visit and were proud to present him with a check on behalf of our Members contribution to the Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) program of the Rotary Internation Foundation.
Additionally the Rotary Club of Amherst has continued to support the Rotary International Foundation and as such we were able to present three Paul Harris Fellow awards this year. Two were presented to members: one to Immediate Past President Dr. Katie Biggie (now President of the Roundabout Rotary Buffalo Niagara) and another to Past President Cindy Munschauer.  The third was presented to a community member, Russell Salvatore for his continued support of the Buffalo community.
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There is a lot happening at the Rotary Club of Amherst and as always we welcome guests and visiting Rotarians to join us for lunch
Thursdays at Noon
Rizotto Ristorante
930 Maple Rd.
Williamsville, NY 14221.
Fall 2015 Update Michael Tyrpak 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Announcing the Harvest Moon Dinner Dance 2015 Michael Tyrpak 2015-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
2015 is starting off to be a great year with the Rotary Club of Amherst moving to a terrific new venue Rizotto Ristorante on Maple Road.  Additionally our Club President Dr. Katie Biggie recently returned from a trip to Tanzania as part of a University at Buffalo program.  While she was there she was able to oversee our Club's donation of sewing machines and desks to a trade school.  This project was made possible by our Club's fundraising efforts and a District 7090 matching grant.
2014 also closed fantastically, though bittersweet.  With a great tradition of hosting a Christmas party in early December for the patients of the Erie County Medical Center skilled nursing facility which has grown over the past two years with the County's building of the beautiful new Terrace View complex.  Each year Rotarians, friends and family join the patients there to sing carols, give presents, eat pizza, and enjoy a visit from a special Santa.  The bittersweet part was in late December we had a fantastic farewell party to the Westwood Country Club as they closed their doors to make room for a new development project.  The party included some of the best food we have had at a Club known for good food.
As we move further into 2015 we are happy with returning to the location of our roots (Rizotto Ristorante was the site of Daffodils Restaurant where the Club was chartered in 1988) where we continue to enjoy great lunches, speakers and networking.
2015 Another great Rotary year! Michael Tyrpak 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor Check PresentationOur Club is off to a terrific start to our 2013-2014 Rotary year.
We have had some terrific lunch meetings at noon at Westwood Country Club.  We have had a wide variety of speakers this year covering a variety of topics.
We have also had the fortunate opportunity of chartering a new club, the Rotary E-Club of Southern Ontario, Canada & Western New York, USA (SOWNY).
We had the privilege of welcoming District Governor Kevin Crouse to present this year's Rotary International theme, Engage Rotary Change Lives.  We were also happy to present him with a check for $2500 representing our contributions to End Polio Now and Rotary International.
Our President Elect Katie Biggie is currently in Tanzania working on relations with the Club in Dar es Salaam to further our support of the Tanzania Project.  This year our Entertainment Book sales will benefit our support of this project, these books can be purchased from any member for $25 each, we would like thank our Volunteer Coordinator Chris Genovese for working on that and our upcoming Adopt-a-Highway project on Sat Oct 12 at 9AM at Basset Park.  Chris will also be coordinating our next Habitat for Hummanity project with our Interact Club.
We look forward to a terrific Wine Tasting Event on October 18, at 6PM at Westwood CC.  The proceeds will benefit our Foundation and several terrific local charities, please invite your friends and family for a terrific time.
Our Spring Golf outing at Westwood Country Club netted $7000 for the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge Buffalo.  We were happy that Past President Gabe Maddalena was able to present this check on behalf of our Club.
An Exciting Start to the 2013-2014 Rotary Year Michael Tyrpak 2013-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation - Doing Good in the World Paul McAfee 2013-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul McAfee on Feb 28, 2013

On Thursday, February 28, 2013, Gabriele Maddalena, President of the Rotary Club of Amherst East, delivered a check to Vive La Casa for $2,000 to Shelly Schratz, who accepted the check for Vive.


Shelly is a member of the Rotary Club of Amherst South and supports Vive La Casa -

Vive, Inc. is the largest refugee shelter in the United States. At Vive you will meet some of the “bravest people in the world” as they come seeking freedom and safety!

Vive is located in Buffalo, NY, on the border of Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. It is this location that has assisted thousands over the last few decades to freedom. Vive’s staff is always looking to make the refugees’ journey one that brings them peace and justice.

Rotary Club of Amherst East Donates $2,000 to Vive La Casa Paul McAfee 2013-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul McAfee on Feb 27, 2013
Today at the Rotary Club of Amherst East lunch meeting, Paul McAfee presented a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Plus 1 pin to Elizabeth Kovacs.
Paul used his Paul Harris Fellow points to honor Elizabeth for the extensive work that she has done to help create our first E-Club, the Rotary E-Club of SOWNY.

Elizabeth recently earned her first Paul Harris Fellow recognition award as a result of her contribution of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation.

With each new recognition, an additional sapphire is added to the pin. Elizabeth's pin now has one sapphire.
Rotary Member Elizabeth Kovacs Receives a Paul Harris Fellow Plus One Pin from Rotary Member Paul McAfee Paul McAfee 2013-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul McAfee on Feb 27, 2013
Carly is a Chemical Engineer major at SUNY, University at Buffalo.
Carly talked about the positive impact that her attendance at a Rotary District 7090 Rotary Youth Leadership Award program in 2011 had - and continues to have - on her life.

Carly also is a member of the Buffalo, New York, Rotaract club.  Rotaract is a branch of Rotary for college students and young professionals.
Carly Snyder was the guest speaker at our lunch meeting today. Paul McAfee 2013-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul McAfee on Feb 20, 2013

On Thursday, February 21, 2013, Gabe Maddalena, President of the Rotary Club of Amherst East, inducted two new members; Eva Roll, and Robert Banas. 

Club Sergeant-at-Arms Isadore DeMarco, assisted with the inductions.


 Welcome to the Rotary Club of Amherst East.

You can view more photos of the induction in our photo album at:

February 21, 2013, Rotary Induction of Eva Roll & Robert Banas Paul McAfee 2013-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul McAfee on Dec 05, 2012

The Rotary Club of Amherst East held its annual Holiday Party at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) tonight, December 6, 2012.  Every year, our Rotary club entertains the long-term care residents at ECMC during the holiday season.  We cannot publish photos of the residents.  Nevertheless, here are photos of the Rotary club members, along with other volunteers and the nurses and staff at ECMC.

We had a visit by someone claiming to be the son of Santa Claus.  He was clearly disturbed and needed either a good night’s sleep or professional guidance.  We are grateful that he could stop by to say “Hi” on behalf of his alleged father.


Rotary Holiday Party at Erie County Medical Center Paul McAfee 2012-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Two Dozen Williamsville East HS Students Join Amherst East Rotary Christopher Genovese 2012-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul McAfee on Nov 08, 2012

College students raise over $600 for Saigon orphanage in five weeks.

We are in the final week of the International Business course at the University of Science in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Viet Nam.  The four classes formed small businesses, producing and selling products to raise money for the orphanage, Children's House District 8.  These class businesses also had the challenge to export their products, and to receive payment from outside of Viet Nam.

The classes have done well.  Together, they have a net profit of over 13,000,000 Viet Nam Dong (VND).  This is approximately $625 US Dollars.

The class leaders asked the 22 children in this small orphanage what they needed most.  The children asked for bicycles to ride to school, and new clothing.  The class leaders will deliver five bicycles for the children to share this Friday.  They also will deliver 22 pairs of new blue jeans, and 22 new shirts, to fit the orphans.


Rotarian Paul McAfee's college students raise over $600 for Saigon orphanage in five weeks Paul McAfee 2012-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul McAfee on Oct 18, 2012

Eclectic Paradigm

Yesterday, in my lecture to my Vietnamese International Business students, I explained economist John Dunning’s “eclectic paradigm” (

To define this concept, I first had to define “eclectic” and “paradigm” in everyday terms, so that the more complex theory would be memorable. For the lecture, I used my very eclectic iTunes music collection as an example. My kids will know what I mean, and probably would replace “eclectic” with “weird”.

The photo here shows the results of my eclectic snack shopping journey this evening in Hồ Chí Minh City (Sài Gòn), Việt Nam. I wish I had this photo for the lecture yesterday. Photo contents: Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate and Coca-Cola Light form the USA, Garlic Peanuts from Việt Nam, and the big prize, Crispy Seaweed from Thailand.
Rotarian Paul McAfee Reports from Vietnam - Eclectic Paradigm Paul McAfee 2012-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Annual Wine Tasting Party - Friday, November 2, 2012 Paul McAfee 2012-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul McAfee on Aug 08, 2012

My last college lecture of the week, on Operations Management, ended today at 2:30 pm.  To relax a while, I visited a café called Face, located within the Hacinco student village, where my classes take place, and where many of the students live.

Sitting at the Face Café’s outside deck, where I can view and hear the busy street, I ordered a Local Vietnamese beer – called Hanoi Beer.  The warm sunny day gradually darkened.  Eventually, the skies opened up with another of the regular torrential downpours that are typical of this rainy season.

An American in Hanoi - Rotarian Paul McAfee's Experiences in Vietnam Paul McAfee 2012-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Katie Biggie on Jul 22, 2012
Katie posted the following update on her service work in Tanzania on her blog on Monday, July 23:

"I apologize I haven’t been able to update the blog in a while; it has been an extremely busy week. It was filled with success, lots of bumpy roads, and quite a bit of laughter.

I’ll split up the past week into a few different posts for ease of reading.

July 23 Update from Rotarian Katie Biggie from Tanzania Katie Biggie 2012-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Click on Our Calendar Link for Meeting Topics & Speakers Paul McAfee 2012-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Click on our Calendar Link for Club Speakers and Programs Paul McAfee 2012-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Photos from our June 28, 2012, Rotary Club of Amherst East Installation Dinner Paul McAfee 2012-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul McAfee on Apr 03, 2012
Amherst East Rotarian and Past President Paul McAfee is teaching a college course on Business Leadership in Hanoi, Vietnam.  He is teaching at the International School of Vietnam National University (IS-VNU) until mid-May, 2012.  Follow Paul's adventure at his blog:

Paul's students are all Vietnamese, and most are second year college students.  They are enrolled in a BA degree program in Business Administration at IS-VNU through the support of Keuka College, in Penn Yan, New York.
Rotarian Paul McAfee Teaching College in Hanoi, Vietnam. Paul McAfee 2012-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Photos Available from the Rotary E-Club Dinner with Dr. Martzloff Paul McAfee 2012-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Amherst East Contributes $2,000 to Vive, Inc. Cynthia Munschauer 2011-12-29 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Amherst East Contributes $1,000 to Amherst Meals on Wheels, in Amherst, N.Y. Paul McAfee 2011-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Amherst East Contributes $1,000 to the Amherst Symphony Johannes Olsen 2011-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Amherst East Contributes $2,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo Paul McAfee 2011-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 7090 e-Club Radio Ad on WBEN 930 AM Paul McAfee 2011-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul McAfee on Jan 19, 2011
Members of the Rotary Club of Amherst East, our visitors and guests,
Please join our meetings at the Westwood Country Club in Williamsville.  Corner of North Forest and Sheridan.  We will meet and dine at the Windows on the Green restaurant.

Club Meetings at Westwood Country Club - Windows on the Green Paul McAfee 2011-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club ECMC Annual Holilday Party Sally Draper 2010-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
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