Aug 16 - Innovation Center at BMC

Sam Marrazzo

Chief Innovation Officer, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. (BNMC)



As Chief Innovation Officer of the BNMC, Sam Marrazzo’s focus is looking to the future. With a focus on driving economic opportunity that will position local companies for future growth, as well as to retain and attract young people to the area, Sam leads BNMC efforts to develop an innovative, reliable and secure information technology environment throughout the organization and the community.

He is responsible for developing innovation strategy and fostering collaboration with industry, education and start-ups in order to help local organizations prepare for, and capitalize on, current and future technologies. Through his role at the BNMC, Sam is helping local companies re-think their business practices and corporate cultures in order to optimize their position as innovation and technology bring significant changes throughout the economy.


Sam has had a broad career working in accounting and supply chain systems, logistics, sales, and transportation. His career includes over 25 years in multiple informational technology IT roles and has worked at a number of Fortune 200 companies including Praxair, Avnet, and McGraw Hill. His varied roles have included IT Management and Strategy, project management, architecture consulting and development practices. He has been a guest lecturer on technology for the University at Buffalo and has been instrumental in attracting and organizing technology-focused events to the area including the 2017 TopCoder Open and various hackathons and gaming competitions.


Sam holds a BA degree in Business Systems from the Daemen College and an MBA from State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management. He also served 4 years in the United States Navy. He currently is a board member of InfoTech WNY.



Aug 22 - Rotary Gift of Life

The Rotary Gift of Life charity provides lifesaving surgery for children from around the world. The Rotary Clubs of District 7090 in Western New York and Southern Ontario have funded this effort for years (since 1996 through various fund raisers like this year’s Gift of Life.




Rotary District 7090 Gift of Life

Doubles Tennis Tournament to Benefit Children with Failing Hearts


Wednesday, August 22, 2018


Village Glen Tennis Club


2:00PM-5:30PM Tennis


Each player will play 4 matches, each with a different randomly assigned partner.


Tennis followed by pizza and refreshments at the Village Glen


Sponsorship Opportunities


Wimbledon Sponsor $500

Full page program ad, Sponsor 3 tennis players

Sign & literature at the tournament, 2 party guests


U.S. Open Sponsor $250

Half page program ad, Sponsor 2 tennis players

Sign at the tournament, 1 party guest


Delaware Park Sponsor $100

Business card ad

Sponsor 1 tennis player and all the pizza & beer you can handle


All tournament expenses are underwritten – 100% of your support goes to save a child.

The Gift of Life Program is a humanitarian project of Rotary International District 7090 with Rotary Clubs in Southern Ontario and Western New York that provide lifesaving open-heart surgery to children from Third World countries that have congenital heart defects. For tax purposes, The Gift of Life is a Canadian registered “Charitable Organization” and in the United States under the Internal Revenue Code, “Section 501 (c) (3)”.


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Aug 23 - Mental Health in the Workplace

DAN LUKASIK - Mental Health Association of Buffalo

A 1988 graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law, Dan is the currently the Director of the Workplace Well-Being for the Mental Health Association of Buffalo where he runs MINDSET, a mental health educational program for organizations’ employees and leadership teams designed to provide practical tools for workers and management to handle mental health issues in the workplace and foster greater communication on this topic.

Dan has given keynote speeches and presentations around the country on the topics of stress, anxiety, and depression everywhere from the American Psychiatric Association, Harvard College, and Yale University to local companies, not-for-profits and schools such as Mentholatum, Evergreen Health, and the West Seneca School District.

His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, on CNN, and many other national and international publications.

He is the receipt of the Public Service Merit Award from the New York State Bar Association, and The Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service from his law school alma mater for his work in assisting those with mental health problems in Western New York.

Dan will be delivering a keynote speech on Thursday, September 6th at the Buffalo State College’s new alumni center on the topic of depression in our community.

Dan will be talking about how Mental health problems cost U.S. employers over $200 billion dollars per year in absenteeism, sick days, and lost productivity. Business leaders now know they can no longer afford to not address mental health in the workplace. But how to do it? Dan Lukasik will offer practical solutions and ideas on how management can effectively address these problems.

Aug 26 - Rotary Duck Derby at Canalside

Aug 30 - Consumer Fraud: Risk & Prevention

Karen Davis has been the Senior Consumer Fraud Representative for the past 15 years for the Buffalo Regional Office of the Attorney General.

She covers 8 counties in WNY as the consumer representative

In 2009 –she was awarded the Superior Service award from the State of NY for her work in consumer financial cases

In 2016 – she was awarded the FTC Partnership award for work in multi-million dollar debt collection cases stemming from Buffalo area

She is a member of Erie County Financial Crimes joint task force and is currently working joint cases along with Homeland Security, IRS, US attorney, FTC and CFPB on consumer financial fraud issues.

She has recovered over 30 million dollars in restitution for consumers of New York State


Topics to be covered:


Current frauds and scams that are more sophisticated than usual

Identity theft trends – what should you be doing ?

Internet related frauds and scams – how to spot the impostors

Scams targeting business owners

Home improvement/door to door laws

General consumer tips and tricks to make you a better shopper

2018 Rotary Club Sponors

20 Reasons to Join Rotary