Rotary hears speakers on geocaching, Job Corps and JCC

Rural Urban Day for the Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club and guests was focused on geocaching, a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt during which players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smart phone or GPS and can then share their experiences online.

Andrew Dufresne, retired executive director of the Concord Grape Belt Heritage who was introduced by Rotarian Helen Baran, described a 68-mile bicycle route he developed through the grape belt. A University of Vermont graduate, he gave examples of searches: within a 5-mile radius, lots of caches along the Chautauqua Creek; caches can be found in cemeteries, rails to trails and many other similar locations.

“Go on a web site to locate a list of caches,” he advised. Also, “Take a pen and computer connection with you; look for items such as small empty cans or bottles; search for caches from years ago.”

Rural Urban Day was started by the late long-time Rotarian Steve Baran in the early 1970s and later joined by his wife, Helen, after women were accepted as Rotary members.

Cassadaga Job Corps Academy

Adam Dolce, Business & Community liaison for Cassadaga Job Corps Academy, and Cindy Schnelzer, Work Based Learning coordinator, introduced by Rotary President-Elect Ben Spitzer, described the educational center’s objective.

The late Sargent Shriver founded the Job Corps 50 years ago with the intention of providing education for disadvantaged youth. Chautauqua County’s Job Corps opened in 1978 and has had consistent high performers ever since.

Emphasis is on credentialing and employer partners, plus comprehensive, complete training. Offered are academic programs and career technical training.

Dolce also said that CVS Pharmacy is a partner and provides needed medical equipment.

JCC vibrant and dynamic in 2013

Vice President and Dean of Administration at Jamestown Community College John Garfoot, introduced by Rotarian Sue Hammond, talked about “building buildings” in 2013 on the grounds of JCC. He took on the project that needed to “get done on time and under budget.”

The buildings that needed more space included a Science Center, Residence Hall and Nursing Lab areas with classroom space to open in August. Future projects include expansion and renovation of buildings.

Garfoot is responsible for the financial status of the college, its human resources and technology department and also for facilities and construction.