July 29 5K Orchard Run at Fishkill Farms 8:00 a.m. Start
Five students who attended the 2018 Rotary District 7210 RYLA Conference attended the Fishkill Rotary meeting on July 18. The students thanked Fishkill Rotary for its sponsorship and spoke about how the RYLA experience was the best of their lives. RYLA aims to equip young people with leadership skills that will serve them well when they return to school as juniors in September. Fishkill Rotary was also visited by the President of East Fishkill Rotary, Dylan Copeland. East Fishkill also sponsored five students at this year's conference. RYLA represents another outstanding investment the Rotary makes in our most valuable asset: our young people!
Ryllie Husted (left), a senior at John Jay High School, was presented the Sourenian Scholarship by President Vicki Kessler at the June 13 meeting of Fishkill Rotary. Ryllie will use the $500 scholarship to further her education next year at the Culinary Institute of America where she will study Restaurant Management. Ryllie addressed the club after the presentation and proved herself to be a very worthy candidate, indeed.
The Sourenian Scholarship is presented each year in memory of Joan Sourenian, a longtime Fishkill Rotarian and Past President (1995-96), who passed away in 2002 and is given in honor of her daughter Heather who tragically was killed in an automobile accident in 2003.
Heather was herself, coincidentally, a graduate of the CIA. Fishkill Rotary congratulates Ryllie and wishes her all the best as she pursues her dreams.
On Wednesday, May 2, Fishkill Rotarians grabbed their garden tools and planted 12 seedlings at Jean VanPelt Park in the Town of Fishkill. This event was held in observance of Arbor Day 2018 and in support of a project undertaken by Rotary International to plant a tree for every Rotarian worldwide. President-Elect Asher Pacht made arrangements to receive the seedlings and a number of Rotarians were on hand to help with the planting. This is a special project to Fishkill Rotary as Jean VanPelt, for whom the park is named, was a tireless advocate for all things Fishkill and the late mother of Fishkill Rotary's own Roberta Theiss. Good job everyone!
As these pictures illustrate, doing good and having fun incorporates Rotarians, and future Rotarians, of all ages!
On Sunday, April 8, Fishkill Rotarians and family members teamed with 10 John Jay High School Interact Club students at Shop-Rite in Fishkill to collect food and donations for the Fishkill Food Pantry. As the three photos below illustrate, all involved had a great time both 'Doing Good' and 'Having Fun'. It was a most successful food drive as the participants collected 202 bags of groceries and collected $988 in donations. Congratulations to all involved!!
On the morning of January 31, 2018, Fishkill Rotary inducted its two newest members. In the first picture below, Fishkill Rotarian Roberta Theiss presides over the swearing-in ceremony. Behind Roberta are new member Tristan Smith (left), President Vicki Kessler (center) and new member Barbara Winter (right).
In the second photo, President Vicki Kessler formally welcomes both Tristan and Barbara. Barbara is a graphic design artist who recently moved to the area from Riverdale. Tristan is an attorney with the law firm McCabe & Mack. In their remarks following the ceremony, both Barbara and Tristan stated that they joined Fishkill Rotary to "Do Good......And Have Fun!"
New York Times Best-Selling Author Andra Watkins spoke at our January 25th meeting about her debut novel To Live Forever, an historical recounting of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, as well as her experience walking the 444 miles of the Natchez Trace with the help of her father. She also spoke of her book entitled Not Without My Father. Many thanks to Andra for a most interesting and enjoyable presentation.
Members of the Fishkill Rotary held a weekly meeting at the food pantry located behind the Dutch Reformed Church in Fishkill. The members toured the facility and learned about the process used to distribute food to those in need, especially during the holiday season. Many thanks to Rotarian Sue Doyle, a longtime volunteer at the food pantry, for hosting the club, conducting the tour and answering all questions.
Fishkill Rotarian Sterling Gaston was in need of a kidney transplant and spent many months on three different transplant lists. In the end, Sterling didn't have to look that far or wide. Fellow Fishkill Rotarian Julie Spann went through all the testing and found that she was a great donor match for Sterling. Upon hearing that news, Julie immediately agreed to be a donor, and their surgeries are scheduled for Tuesday, September 19. Please join us in wishing all the best to both Julie and Sterling. This is another very special example of the Rotary motto: Service Above Self! UPDATE: The transplant operation was a success, and both patients are well and recovering nicely. As a matter of fact, Julie came to the Rotary meeting yesterday (10/11/17), looked great, and the club was able to FaceTime with Sterling.
Fellow Rotarian, Pat Roza, provided the clever t-shirts and also baked cupcakes for Fishkill Rotary to share at its weekly meeting in wishing Julie and Sterling all the best. Pat, who is well known for her cupcakes in the Hudson Valley and beyond, came up with a unique design for these special cupcakes. You'll notice (below) that the decorations atop each cupcake are appropriately shaped, kidney-shaped that is!