Westfield/Mayville Rotary welcomes guest speakers

New member installation, an award-winning author and upholding the law were recent topics for Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club members.

Patricia “Patty” Baldman, Westfield Memorial Hospital administrator, was welcomed as an associate of the hospital’s corporate membership. She was sworn in by Don Dowling, membership chairman.

Writing and Publishing

Linda A. Lavid has authored a wide assortment of fiction and non-fiction books and owns homes in Buffalo and Westfield. Her program of the day was “E-Publishing,” the subject of her book, “Weekly Strategies for Writers: Tips on Writing, Editing, Publishing, Marketing & More.”

The award winner revealed that e-marketing has increased over the last few years and has become a world-wide boom for writers. Responsible for this are the creations of Kindle books, e-books and similar developments. And, what’s best about these concepts is that the writer can be self-published in a very short time as opposed to the “olden” days when it took up to three years.

“The most popular subjects today depend on demographics,” she said, adding, “What used to be with the regular publishing business has been going down and now is going to the Internet.”

Introduced by Sue Hammond, former Rotary president, Lavid presented a check for $152 from her book sales of the day to be used for one of Rotary International’s projects supplying water in countries that do not have it.

Chautauqua County DA

“I am blessed to do something I love and, with that, give back to my community,” said Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley, who was elected to the position after being appointed by Gov. Pataki in 2005.

Now in his second term, he is a third generation attorney following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and began his law practice with the family’s firm, Foley, Foley and Passafaro.

A quick run-down of the DA’s office includes prosecuting all crimes throughout the county – 20 on his staff handles 7,000 to 7,500 cases a year, including 30-plus homicide cases.

“Our role is to represent the people of New York,” he said. “My mandate is to uphold justice. I like that because it gives me a lot of discretion.”

In addition to his regular “job,” he also teaches criminal procedure as an adjunct professor at SUNY Fredonia, served as past president of the Northern Bar Association, coaches for the Northern Chautauqua County Youth Hockey Association, member of the Dunkirk Free Library Campaign and board member of the Legal Services Board of Jamestown.

Introducing the DA was Rotarian Patty DiPalma, who also noted that Foley frequently lectures about the roll of the DA in local schools and to senior citizen groups. Foley and his wife, Heather, have two children, Walter and Megan.