Fishkill Rotary's Family Fun Day 2016 has been scheduled for Saturday, September 25 at Sarah Taylor Park in the Village of Fishkill. As has been the case in past years, the day will feature food, bouncy houses, music, talent demonstrations and informational booths. Again this year, Big Trucks will be a featured attraction of Fun Day. If you, or your group, would like to perform or set up an informational display booth, please contact us through this website. We are also selling sponsorships to appear in our annual Rotary Guide which is published in conjunction with Family Fun Day and highlights Fishkill's best businesses. Please plan on becoming a part of a wonderful community event on September 25, 2016.
Fishkill Rotarian Pat Roza sings "Santa Baby" to fellow Rotarian Hugh J. Maurer. Meanwhile Fishkill Rotary's own 'Santa' Rottkamp looks in on the festivities. It's important for clubs to enjoy such Rotary moments throughout the year. The Fishkill Rotary Club also provided Thanksgiving dinners to needy area families and provided brand-new warm coats to elementary school students in Fishkill and Beacon. Some 150 coats were distributed this year with the cooperation of Operation Warm, a non-profit dedicated to keeping children warm, and attending school, during the coldest months of the year.
For Christmas, Fishkill Rotary adopted three families and provided holiday gifts for all members of those families. Gift cards were also provided for the families in current residence at the House of Hope, a haven for battered women which is located in Fishkill. In addition to those activities, Fishkill Rotarians assisted the Salvation Army in its bell-ringing efforts at Fishkilll Shop-Rite and conducted a highway cleanup effort along sections of Route 52 in Fishkill. All-in-all, a very busy, a very positive and a very heartwarming holiday season!
Janet McHugh, East Fishkill Rotarian and founder of Julie's Jungle at Lime Kiln Park, Inc., a not-for-profit organization for the creation of an accessible playground in the Town of East Fishkill, spoke to the Fishkill Rotary at a recent breakfast meeting. The mission of Julie's Jungle is to create a barrier-free playground for all children of all abilities to interact with family and friends. Fishkill Rotary is making a $250 contribution to this most worthwhile venture. For more information about the playground and how you might be able to help, please call 845-226-8395 or visit www.JuliesJungle.org.
The Fishkill community enjoyed a very successful and enjoyable Rotary Family Fun Day on Sunday, September 27. There were bouncy rides provided by Clarence Carey, informational displays set up in booths, live DJs from I Heart Radio and, of course, the food vendors. Fishkill Rotary sold hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage and peppers. There was ice cream, Kona Ice treats and delicious (and beautifully designed) Forget-Me-Not Cupcakes for sale. Vendors had a variety of interesting items for sale and there were BIG TRUCKS, including Protection Engine's new ladder truck for kids (and adults) to see and touch! The day concluded with a stirring fireworks display by Legion Fireworks that included Sunday's Super Moon (provided by Mother Nature!) It was a wonderful community celebration and all funds raised will go toward supporting Fishkill Rotary's outreach projects including Operation Warm Coats, Adopt-A-Family at Thanksgiving and Christmas and scholarships to deserving John Jay High School students for both college and Rotary Youth Leadership Conferences. A big THANK YOU to all our vendors, sponsors and guests for supporting your Fishkill Rotary Club! Also, a big THANK YOU to the many members of the John Jay High School Interact Club who helped out in so many ways to assure that Fun Day 2015 was a success.
The Rotary Clubs of East Fishkill and Fishkill sponsored the 2015 Interact Club Installation Ceremony on Monday, June 8 at the East Fishkill Recreation Center. Pictured above, Skip Rottkamp, member of the Fishkill Rotary and District 7210 Liaison to Interact, addresses the some 60 John Jay students who were in attendance. Also pictured above, the 2015-16 John Jay Interact Club Officers. Thanks to Kathy Bauer and Skip Rottkamp for hosting a wonderful celebration!