Little Falls Rotary, founded in 1958, offers individuals an opportunity to belong to one of the worlds largest organizations, where you can connect at a community level for a sense of continuity, a sense of some sort of community obligation and responsibility, a sense of a future involved in what you're doing, and a sense of being connected to the past? Our organization is comprised of local business and professional leaders who join together to provide humanitarian services to the greater Little Falls Community and around the world. We encourage high ethical standards in our professional and personal lives, and promote good will and fellowship. The Rotary Club of Little Falls advances our principal motto "Service Above Self". Our club is a comprised of professional men and women who seek to make a difference in our community through regular meetings and a variety of service projects and social events.To learn more about our club and the ideals of Rotary, we invite you to explore our website, contact our officers, or attend one our weekly meetings where a warm smile and welcome awaits you.
After growing up in Las Vegas, Nevada, David served his country as a U.S. Army intelligence officer with the 101st Airborne Division. He earned a Ph.D. in History from Boston University before choosing to settle in Little Falls, New York, to raise his six children. He is a partner with his wife, Christine, in Van Meter & Van Meter, LLC. Most recently, David earned a Master of Science in Accountancy from SUNYIT.
Dave is the author of numerous books on the history of money focusing on ancient Greek and Roman coins. For more than twenty years, he studied and chronicled the development of wealth, fiscal policies and taxation. His research focused on exactly what determines value over the short and long terms in different types of economic conditions. Believing that history does in fact repeat itself on a regular basis, David uses his knowledge to help clients identify and find the financial stability they need, and stop yo-yoing between the latest "hot" financial products and fads.
David also heads up the income tax preparation work at Van Meter & Van Meter, LLC. As our nation's tax code grows more complex and less predictable seemingly every year, many of our clients take comfort in turning to David for professional and ethical assistance in planning and preparing their income tax returns.
David believes in staying involved in the community, and at one point he took several years off to serve as a VISTA volunteer in the inner city of Utica. Recently, his community involvement is much less dramatic; it ranges from helping run the Little League concessions and teaching Sunday school, to serving on the boards of several local nonprofit organizations. His hobbies include running (he ran his first Boilermaker 15K race in 2010), bicycling, weight-lifting, and computer programming (he has published several video-games as shareware).
In June 2009, Mike became the President and CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network at Little Falls Hospital. Before this, he served as vice president of Administrative Services at Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, New York. He received his bachelor's degree in professional studies and health services management from SUNY IT and a Master's of Business Administration from Empire State College. He is a board member of the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Executive Committee for Herkimer Health Net. He also serves as a board member for the Central New York Area Health Education Center and the Southern Madison County Volunteer Ambulance Corp.
Mike enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren. He has many interests including hunting, fishing, golf, racquetball, riding motorcycles and Syracuse University sports.
As a little girl, I knew in my heart that I wanted to work in a helping profession that made a difference in people's lives. I formally trained to become an occupational therapist and have worked as one for almost thirty years. I am currently employed as a school-based registered therapist at Mayfield Central School District in Mayfield, New York. It is amazing to me that time and time again when I serve others, I also gain as a person when I expected nothing in return! As one who likes to live her life in service, I am extremely excited to be part of the larger Rotary organization. As a new member, I am interested in bringing and in sharing my vision and my passion for engaging and empowering our youth to take an active role in serving others. I would love to see our youth and Rotary work together to address a common goal and to participate in community projects for the betterment of all. I am married and have a eighteen year old son.
Colleen Canorro Corsi holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the State University of New York at Brockport, a Master of Science in Education from Central Missouri State University, and her Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from the University at Albany. Colleen began her career as a physical education teacher and a coach in the Little Falls, New York school district. She joined the State Education Department in July of 1990. During her eight-year tenure at the State Education Department she served as an Associate in Physical Education and Interscholastic Athletics. For the past thirteen years she has served as the Executive Director of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. During her tenure with the Association she served as Chair of the Eastern District and the National Society of Association Managers, as President of the NYS Council of Educational Associations and as President of the Little Falls Rotary Club representing NYS AHPERD. Colleen was invited to give the 12th Annual Gerry D'Agostino Memorial Lecture at the College at Brockport in 2001, the Eastern District Association Memorial Lecture 2010 and a presentation at the 1st Annual Puerto Rico AAHPERD.
John was born and raised in Rockland County, New York; he moved to Little Falls in 2009. Service has always been a part of his life being a third generation funeral director since 1976 and a third generation Rotarian since 1985. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and a three time past president of Rotary. He graduated from SUNY Oswego with B.A. in biology and a degree in mortuary science from AAMI in New York City. He also served on the Rockland County Board of Ethics for seven years and served as a chairman for three years.
Dr. Piana was born in Jamaica, NY and lived in several Long Island locations. He graduated from St. Mary's High School in Manhasset and attended Fordham University in the Bronx where he received his Bachelor in Biology in 1962. He attended SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Dentistry receiving his doctorate in 1966. After completing his hospital residency in 1967 at the Erie Medical Center, Dr. Piana came to Little Falls and joined the practice of Dr. Joseph Love for two years before opening his own practice on Albany Street. In 1984, he moved to Garden Street where he still practices with his partner Dr. Alan Yallowitz. He is attending dentist at SUNY Canton School of Dental Hygiene and has held several positions with the local, state and national dental associations. Dr. Piana has served dentistry for many years.
Locally, Dr. Piana is treasurer of the Folts Home. He has been a Rotarian since 1968 having served as the president three times and as the district secretary, the treasurer and the assistant governor. Presently, he is the Little Falls Rotary secretary, a Paul Harris Fellow and the chairman of the LF Golf tournament. Rotary's motto, "Service above Self", has been a guiding principle in all phases of his life.
Dr. Piana and his wife, Judy, have two sons, John and Jim and two grandchildren, Joshua and Sarah. His interests include golf, camping, and snowmobiling. He is also a member the Elks, the Little Falls Historical Society, the Herkimer County Historical Society, and Holy Family Parish.
I feel very fortunate that my life has been filled with many wonderful experiences. While in the US Army, I served in the Signal Corps Band , attained the rank of Sergeant E5 and was appointed the Chief training officer for the Ft. Gordon, GA skydiving club. I continued skydiving as a civilian, performing at air shows and carnivals and eventually established and operated my own school. Other careers have included management positions in businesses, primarily twenty-five years in footwear design, manufacturing, and marketing. I am currently enjoying my eighth year of teaching at Little Falls High School. My wife, Joni, and I are proud parents of three children and grandparents of four. I am a member of BPOE, serve on the board of the YMCA, and am a past president of Little Falls Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow. I'm grateful for the privilege of serving my community as a Rotarian.
Patty is the project coordinator for New York's Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant, Prevention First-NY! She is an employee of the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc., working in the Bureau of Prevention at the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services in Albany. Her professional career spans over twenty years; with a strong training and community collaboration background, Patty has direct service and leadership positions in substance abuse prevention, child welfare, and crisis intervention. She resides in the town of Little Falls with her husband David, and has two children, Amanda and Michael.