Profile of Speakers

Paul Leone, Executive Director of the New York State Brewers Association

RPS Zoom Presentation, February 10, 2021 -Paul Leone will speak about the History and Growth of the craft brewing industry in New York State. In 2013 Paul was selected as the first Executive Director of the New York State Brewers Association in 2013. Since then, he has seen New York’s brewing industry double in size, many new laws passed, and has had the honor to have met hundreds of incredible and passionate brewers all over the state and country.

James Farr, Director of the Rochester Public Market

RPS Zoom Presentation, March 10, 2021 -Mr Farr will trace the history of the Public Market from its establishment on the Main Street Bridge in 1827 through several alternative locations and finally to North Union Street in 1905. 

Sandra Doorley – Monroe County District Attorney

RPS Zoom Presentation, April 14, 2021 – Sandra Doorley, Monroe Country District Attorney.
Sandra will share with us the work of her office and its current initiatives.

Christopher Bensch, VP for Collections and Chief Curator The Strong National Museum of Play

RPS Zoom Presentation, May 12, 2021 -Amazingly Fun: The Classic Toys in the National Toy Hall of Fame

Presentation with Objects

What does it take for a toy to earn its way into the National Toy Hall of Fame? Why do some toys start as fads and wind up being timeless? Learn the answers to these and other questions in this entertaining hands-on presentation, complete with examples of the 71 toys presently in the National Toy Hall of Fame. The lecture recounts the surprising histories of some of America’s best-loved toys—Barbie, GI Joe, the Slinky, the Hula Hoop—and offers a glimpse of their paths to hall of fame status. And, if your favorite toy hasn’t received the recognition it so richly deserves, you can nominate it!

Timothy Cosgriff – Suny Empire State College

RPS Zoom Presentation, June 9, 2021 – Tim Cosgriff will talk about the role of the SUNY Empire State College throughout higher education in the United States. 

Jim Kennard -Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario – A Journey of Discovery

RPS Zoom Presentation, April, 2021 -Join the most successful shipwreck hunter in Lake Ontario on a personal and historic exploration of some of the most important shipwrecks discovered in Lake Ontario by his team and shipwreck peers.

May 20, 2020 Trip – Gypsy at Festival Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake – CANCELLED

RPS May Trip – Join us as we travel to the quaint village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario to see Gypsy at the Festival Theatre preceded by lunch at the Queenston Heights Restaurant

August 19, 2020 Trip – “State Fair”, REV Theatre, Auburn, NY – Cancelled

RPS August Trip – Join us as we travel to Auburn, NY to see “State Fair” at the REV Theatre preceded by a shopping stop at Sauder’s Market, then lunch at the Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles, NY

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I joined RPS many years ago and have been enjoying the monthly tradition of seeing my old friends and colleagues at the luncheons at Oak Hill. The food is wonderful. We really enjoy the fellowship, the new learning experiences, and having fun interacting with both new and long term members.

Dr. Donald Duckles, M.D.
General Surgeon, URMC

Past Speakers

  • James Townsend – Adirondack Park Agency
  • Robert Marcotte – Assistant Editor D&C
  • Don Alhart – TV Anchor
  • Sandra Parker – RBA
  • Maggie Brooks – County Executive
  • Dennis & Trudi Frengle – Voyage around the world
  • Dr. Marjorie Hunter – Technology at UR
  • Milton Shares – Underwater Photographer-Erie Canal
  • Kathy Connor – GEH Curator
  • Eleanor Stearns – Amelia Earhart
  • Mark Cuddy – Artistic Dir GEVA
  • Deborah Hughes – Susan B Anthony
  • Betty Perkins Carpenter – Behind scenes at Olympics
  • Heidi Zimmer Meyer – Downtown Development
  • Scott Hill – Pictometry
  • Anne Kress – MCC
  • Jim Kennard – Deep Sea Diver
  • Guy Kittelsen – Atom Bomb
  • Don Jeffries – Rochester Broadway Theatre
  • Rachel Baker August – Seneca Zoo
  • Janet Anders – Seaquist – CSI
  • Joe Testani – FBI
  • John Adams – St Lawrence Seaway
  • Grant Holcomb – MAG
  • Evan Dawson – Finger Lakes Wine
  • Jack Garner – Movie Critic
  • Jim Howe – Pro/Con Hydrofracking
  • Dr. Marcia Bornhurst Parkes – Consultant & Music Director