Membership Monday

Oswego Business Committee
Tuesday, September 20th
Speaker: Justin Rudgick.
Justin will speak about the DRI.
Canal Commons Conference Room (lower level)
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Integrated Community Planning Perc Club
Friday, September 23rd
317 West First Street, Suite 111
Oswego, NY
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Wednesday, October 5th
265 West First Street, Oswego NY
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Second Annual PorchFest Schedule of Performers Announced 
Oswego, NY will host its second annual “PorchFest” on Sunday September 25, 2016 from 1-5PM in the Historic Districts of West/Franklin and Montcalm Parks.
This is a family-friendly community building event where last year 800+ people enjoyed strolling through the historic neighborhoods and listening to a variety of music in an open-air setting.
30 Bands and 3 Theatrical performances will donate their time and talent for this FREE community building event. The performances will take place on a variety of front porches and yards throughout the area at different scheduled times. A list of the performers and the times and locations is listed below or you can find it at either “OswegoPorchFest” on FaceBook or the Website; http://www.oswegoporchfest.com/. There will also be an app. available for smart phones at https://tours.pocketsights.com and then click on the Oswego PorchFest 2016 Tour.
This year’s lineup is very impressive and features a wide range of musical tastes including Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Classic, Country and 2 theatrical presentations.

Excitement Building for Scrabble® Fest
With the 10th Annual Diane Falise Memorial Scrabble® Fest just days away excitement is building for one of the area’s most anticipated fundraisers. A benefit for Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Literacy Volunteers, Scrabble® Fest takes place on September 22 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Oswego Elks Lodge #271.

“Many of the teams that played last year are back as well new players that are excited about having the chance to be part of the fun of this year’s Scrabble® Fest. And with features such as ‘Exchange a Tile’, which allows teams to exchange tiles as they wish without losing their turn and ‘Golden Tiles’, which play as a blank tile the games will be even more exhilarating. Don’t miss out on the fun, register your team today!” said Coordinator of OCO Literacy Volunteers Meg Henderson.

Teams of four players will enjoy four twenty rounds of play. The three teams with the highest scores will receive prizes. Scrabble® Fest will be held September 22 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Elks Lodge #271, 132 West 5th Street, Oswego. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and games will begin at 6:30 p.m.

New this year will be a variety of prizes to win by spinning The Literacy Wheel that includes gift cards from local businesses and restaurants ranging from $10 to $235 in value. Back by popular demand are the Lottery ticket board and 50 / 50 drawing. “We have an exciting list of prizes including Four Fast Passes for Walt Disney World; Four- One Day Admission Tickets for Six Flags Great Escape; a $100 Gift Certificate for JP Jewelers; several items from Harbor Towne Gifts; two Weekday Plus passes for Sea Breeze; and a $50 Gift Card from Rivers End Bookstore,” added Henderson.

Entry fee for a team of 4 is $100 and includes food and refreshments. The cost for individuals wishing to attend but not compete in the event is $15 (this fee includes food and refreshments). All proceeds from Scrabble® Fest will benefit OCO Literacy Volunteers. For more information on Literacy Volunteers or to register a team for the 10th Annual Diane Falise Memorial Literacy Volunteers Scrabble® Fest, contact Literacy Volunteers at 315-342-8839 ext. 129, visit www.oco.org, or visit and like the OCO Literacy Volunteers page on Facebook.

OCO Literacy Volunteers provides confidential tutoring services at no cost to the student. Tutoring includes basic literacy (reading and writing), English literacy to improve English speaking, reading and writing skills, and some simple math and computer skills.

Did you know…OCO has been fighting poverty in its many forms since 1966! After 50 years, our commitment remains strong: inspiring partnerships and providing services that empower people, support communities, and change lives. For more information, visit OCO’s website at www.oco.org.

Members of the planning committee practice their spelling skills in preparation for OCO Literacy Volunteers’ 10th Annual Diane Falise Memorial Scrabble® Fest. The event will be held September 22 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Oswego Elks Lodge #271. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., play begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to register a team contact OCO Literacy Volunteers at 315-342-8839 or visit www.oco.org. Seated from left are Carrie DeLoff, Literacy Volunteers Coordinator Meg Henderson, and OCO Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay. Standing from left are Director of OCO Education Services Beth Kazel, Paula Baker and Literacy Volunteers Tutor Bridgette Seguin.

The Fulton Lions Club has announced that they will be hosting “The Mane Event” comedy night with nationally known comedians Tony Deyo and Dan Mahoney, Friday, Oct. 14, 8:00 p.m. at the Fulton Polish Home, said David Guyer, Fulton Lions president. All proceeds benefit the club’s “H” and Mary Dowd Scholarship Fund.
“This has been a very successful event for us and it’s sure to be a fun, entertaining night for all,” Guyer said. “Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m.
“Advance sale tickets are $12 and can be purchased at Devine Designs, Fulton Medicine Place, Phoenix Medicine Place and Mimi’s Drive-In. The ticket donation is $15 per person at the door and “Laugh Package” tables of 10 may also be purchased in advance for $175 each. Laugh Packages include preferred seating for the show. For information, contact Event Chair, Gail Holmes, at 592-4245.
According to his website: “Tony Deyo is a comedian known most notably for his sharp, quick material and near-perfect comedic timing almost certainly gained from his years as a professional symphony musician. New York City’s Village Voice calls him “one of the tightest joke writers in the business.
In 2013, he made his late night television debut on CONAN. Within a year, he had added appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, and Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen. His latest album, “Comedy Road Trip”, landed on the Billboard Magazine comedy charts, and debuted as the #1 selling stand-up album on iTunes.
“He performed at the prestigious HBO Aspen Comedy Festival, was named one of the year’s best by the New York Post, and can be heard regularly on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.”
Dan Mahoney performs internationally and resides in Buffalo. According to his website: “On one of his countless visits to the principal’s office, in his youth, Dan was asked, ‘Mr. Mahoney, you’re back here again? Do you think you’re some kind of comedian?’ He now lives each day to answer that question with a resounding, ‘YES’!
“Dan Mahoney is a great comedian and an average actor. His unique observation of life – which is rarely physical, always hysterical – has earned him industry acclaim and a loyal following. He earned the status of regional finalist of Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight, semi-finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival and Finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival NYC Showcase.
“Dan has survived drinking, dating, corporate life and cancer. He discusses these life experiences on stage, through his unique brand of steady-paced, deliberate observations. Remarkably, Dan does this all in English.”
The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Charby’s Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area.
For further information on visit their Facebook page, “Fulton, NY Lions.”

The Fulton Lions Club has announced that they will be hosting “The Mane Event” comedy night with nationally known comedians Tony Deyo (above) and Dan Mahoney, Friday, Oct. 14, 8:00 p.m. at the Fulton Polish Home, said David Guyer, Fulton Lions president. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. Advance sale tickets are $12 and can be purchased at Devine Designs, Fulton, The Fulton Medicine Place and Mimi’s Drive In. The ticket donation is $15 per person at the door and tables of 10 may also be purchased in advance for $175 each. For information, contact Event Chair, Gail Holmes, at 592-4245.

Mayor Barlow Proclaims Assisted Living Week in Oswego during a visit to St. Francis Commons
City of Oswego Mayor William Barlow visited St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence and presented residents with a Proclamation declaring Assisted Living Week.

After presenting the City Proclamation to resident council president Helen Yonkers, Mayor Barlow spent time with a large group of residents discussing topics ranging from City government to answering questions from residents wondering what motivated him to get involved in politics and to seek the office of Mayor.

“On behalf of our residence, we thank Mayor Barlow for his visit and Proclamation recognizing Assisted Living Week here in Oswego,” said Director Julie Chetney. “Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to speak with the Mayor and exchange ideas, and even a few personal stories were shared. The Proclamation recognizes that the care and services provided by places like St. Francis Commons continue to be important as we help keep those who grew up here and build this City, an active part of our community.”

City of Oswego Mayor William Balrow made a visit to St. Francis Commons to present residents with a Proclamation declaring Assisted Living Week in the City. Pictured (left to right) is St. Francis Commons Director Julie Chetney; as Mayor William Barlow presents the Proclamation to resident council President Helen Yonkers. The Mayor joined in a coffee hour and talked about the many exciting initiatives either now underway or being planned in the City.

United Way Annual Campaign Underway 
As the crowd settled in for the United Way of Greater Oswego County kick-off breakfast for its 2016 – 2017 Annual Campaign they were greeted with two rather introspective questions…What’s your story? Why do you support United Way?

Hundreds of Oswego County residents share their time, talents, and treasure with United Way. They help others by contributing to the United Way Annual Campaign and supporting United Way funded human services programs that do so much to improve the quality of life in our communities. But why do they do it? What is it that inspires this generosity and this concern for the well-being of our fellow community members?

At the kick-off breakfast five individuals representing the United Way Board of Directors and United Way member agencies Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) and Farnham Family Services reflected on why they are compelled to whole heartedly support United Way.

From stories of being forced to realize how fortunate they were to as a child and how blessed they are in their family life to a recollection of a very special Christmas Eve, these individuals spoke from the heart.

“It was interesting to hear the experiences that inspired these individuals to share their time, talents, and treasure with United Way,” added Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine. “Together we can have an overwhelming positive impact on the quality of life in Oswego County. Each of you here has your own story to tell of why you support United Way. I encourage you to share that story with your friends and co-workers and let them know why it is important to support United Way and take an active role in our mission to end hunger, help children and youth succeed, and improve the health and well-being of families and individuals throughout Oswego County.”

For more information on the United Way of Greater Oswego County and the human services programs it funds visit www.oswegounitedway.org and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

United Way of Greater Oswego County staff, board of directors, and members of the agency’s campaign cabinet welcomed guests to the United Way’s Kick-Off Breakfast for its 2016 – 2017 campaign. From left are: United Way Board President Christy Huynh, United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine, Board Members Melissa Miller of Pathfinder Bank, Rob Rolfe of Harmony Financial Services, Clark Stanton of Oswego Valley Insurance Agency, Campaign Cabinet Chairperson Dick Delaney of Novelis, Wally Dengos of National Grid, Jillian Shaver of the Children’s Museum of Oswego, George Popp of Laboratory Alliance of CNY, Wendy Tetro of Fulton Savings Bank, Brian Sullivan of Entergy, Bill Crist from the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, Marion Ciciarelli of Oswego Health, Finance Director Kayla Van Fleet, United Way Resource Development Director, Alison McGrath, and United Way Campaign Assistant.
Kay Duguay.

  • CEO Talks – Presented by UGI Energy Services – Branding the Destination: Syracuse. Do Your Thing
    Wednesday, September 21 • 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
    The Tech Garden

    Creating a brand that’s both true to our community’s culture AND believable for the visitor began by peeling back the onion, and that’s exactly what Visit Syracuse did. Intercept interviews with stakeholders, residents and consumer visitors ultimately resulted in a brand position emphasizing that our visitors come here to experience what our residents enjoy every day ~ and that is our strength ~ authentic character, cultural gems, and unmatched outdoor spaces. Join the discussion about how you and your organization can shape and change the perception of Syracuse and its viability as a vibrant and inviting destination. This program is limited to 20 participants.
  • “Entrepreneurial Focus” Presents: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You
    Thursday, September 22 • 12 to 1:30 p.m.
    The Tech Garden

    Join the Tech Garden’s “Entrepreneurial Focus” program and hear from Pinnacle Employee Services who will share the top 10 employment laws companies often break. They will also highlight important human resources rules and regulations. Lunch will be provided.
  • Business After Hours and Member Showcase on the Rooftop
    Thursday, September 22 • 5 to 7 p.m.
    Merchants Commons

    Network after work on the rooftop of Merchants Commons and have a chance to win two Delta Air Lines tickets! Sponsored by C.H. Insurance Brokerage Services Co. and Centolella Lynn D’Elia & Temes. Appetizers provided by Liehs & Steigerwald. Beverage sampling provided by Life of Reilley Distilling and Wine Company. Click here to display your business.
  • Ethical Decisions in Business – All About the Process
    Wednesday, September 28 • 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
    The Tech Garden

    Michael Meath, principal, Fallingbrook Associates, LLC, will present how to use a systematic process that goes beyond knee-jerk reactions to ensure business professionals make the best right choice.
  • Syracuse Tomorrow – Meet the Candidates Reception
    Tuesday, October 4 • 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Upstairs

    Meet and mingle with business leaders and other invited candidates for office in the New York State Assembly and Senate, United States Congress, United States Senate seat for New York, together with regional representatives from Onondaga County, the City of Syracuse, the Onondaga County Legislature, Syracuse Common Council and Town Supervisors.
  • Speed Networking
    Wednesday, October 5 • 8 to 10:30 a.m.

    Bring your business cards and be prepared to engage in round table discussions while building relationships with other CenterState CEO members. There is time for informal networking and sharing your one- to two-minute “pitch.”
  • 2Young2Retire – Redefining Retirement
    Thursday, October 13 • 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
    OneGroup Center

    Explore how those aged 50+ can plan now to develop a clear vision for purposeful and satisfying post-career options. Participants will also examine the changing nature of retirement and its impact on individuals and employers. Presented by Leslie Rose McDonald, a certified retirement options coach.

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