The Victor-Farmington Rotary Club recently lost a longtime member and friend when Alan Rosbrook died Oct. 15.
Rosbrook was a past president of the club and a 40-year member. He was involved with every club service project over those years. He founded the Victor Farmington Rotary Foundation.
He was a Syracuse University graduate and accountant by profession, and he retired from a career at Kodak.
Rosbrook was known for his involvement with the club’s annual Senior Citizen’s Picnic, the Rotary Giving Tree during the holiday season, the Rotary Youth Exchange program and Rotary Camp ONSEYAWA for handicapped children.
He was always a smiling face at the club’s weekly meetings and kept everyone up to date on the latest sports exploits of Syracuse University, Victor High School and the New York Mets.
Rosbrook and his wife, Bev, also a Rotarian, are the grandparents of Carli Vanmaaren, of Farmington, who recently started a one-year Rotary student exchange program in Denmark.
A special tribute was paid to Rosbrook by Club President Jim Crane at the club’s recent dinner meeting. Earlier in the day many of the Rotarians attended his service at Farmington United Methodist Church.
The program for the dinner meeting was a presentation by Ron Sherman from the Road Scholar program. Road Scholar, not to be confused with the Rhodes scholarship program established by Cecil Rhodes at Oxford University, was founded in 1975 as an American nonprofit organization that provides educational travel tours primarily geared toward older adults.
Sherman, of Macedon, is a retired educator from the Pittsford school system. He serves as an ambassador for the Road Scholar program. From 1975 to 2010, Road Scholar was known as Elderhostel. The program changed its name to Road Scholar in 2010 to appeal to a new generation of both older and younger travelers. The program involves educational tours throughout the U.S., Canada and 150 other countries. It is a combination study and travel experience.
The Rotary program included a video presentation covering many aspects of Road Scholar trips. Sherman discussed how he and his wife, Chic, have taken many trips through Road Scholar. Their first travel and educational experience was a trip to Charleston, South Carolina.
Road Scholar offers 5,500 programs, dividing them into the categories of theme-based, intergenerational, outdoor adventures, service learning, adventures afloat and independent city discoveries. The goal is to provide an opportunity for travel to interesting places while combining that travel with an the educational experience facilitated by very knowledgeable travel guides. More than 150,000 people participate in the Road Scholar program.