Check out the January 2020 issue of The Rotarian! In the feature article highlighting ordinary Rotarians telling their extraordinary stories, writer Steve Almond tells the truly special story of how one Fishkill Rotarian, Julie Spann, came to donate a kidney to another Fishkill Rotarian, Sterling Gaston. This is a story that captures all that is special about friendship, sacrifice...and being a Rotarian. This issue can be viewed through the Rotary website or by Googling: The Rotarian Magazine, January 2020. Also listen for Julie and Sterling, in their own words, as they tell their story on an upcoming broadcast on Radio Rotary. Details to follow.
Shown is the back of Skip Rottkamp's SUV following the December 18 meeting of Fishkill Rotary. Skip was just about to deliver 17 bags of gifts to needy families from Fishkill Elementary School. Rotarians adopted the families, shopped for the gifts and did all of the wrapping to make the Season brighter for the 'Adopted' families.
Fishkill Rotary gathered on the evening of December 18 at Dutchess Manor in Beacon to ring in the Season! The venue was outstanding as was the fellowship and good spirits. Longtime member Hugh Maurer (front right) joined everyone for the evening making it that much more special!
Roberta Theiss is shown on December 18 conducting the
Official Induction Ceremony for Nick Forlano (right) while President Dan Fenyo (rear) looks on. Nick is the Proprietor/Owner of the Dutchess Bier Cafe on Main Street in Fishkill and also serves as a Trustee on the Village of Fishkill Board. Fishkill Rotary warmly welcomes Nick and his family to both Fishkill and Fishkill Rotary!
Ken Tschan, Coordinator of the L.I.F.E. Program on the Desmond Campus for Adult Enrichment at Mt. St. Mary stands with Dan Fenyo, Fishkill Rotary President, following Ken's address to the club on November 20. Ken spoke about the L.I.F.E. Program and the mission, which is to provide non-credit enrichment courses to students who would like to pursue a particular area of interest. The program's brochure has grown significantly in recent years and includes exploratory courses in history, literature, art and a variety of other areas. Many of the courses rely on research resources right here in the Hudson Valley.
For more information, you can contact Ken at (845) 569-3563.
Fishkill Rotary is raffling off two tickets to see Billy Joel on Thursday, February 20 at Madison Square Garden in NYC. These are TWO TICKETS ON THE FLOOR to see the legendary BILLY JOEL. The tickets have a RETAIL VALUE OF $936.00!!! Each ticket will cost $20, and the ticket sales are capped at a total of 200 sold. That's great odds to see a tremendous performance by one of the greatest: Billy Joel. The tickets would make a great holiday gift in December or a wonderful Valentine's Day surprise just before the concert. To purchase a ticket, contact any member of Fishkill Rotary or reach out to us through our "Contact Us" page here on the website. GOOD LUCK!!!
Trish Herring, a representative of the organization Hope Not Handcuffs visited Fishkill Rotary on Wednesday, October 30 to describe the innovative approach that organization uses to bring hope and assistance to those struggling with addiction. Hope Not Handcuffs is an initiative that brings both law enforcement and community organizations together to find viable treatment options to incarceration for those who are seeking help with chemical dependency.
From the brochure pictured:
HOW IT WORKS: JUST WALK IN
When a person is ready to begin the process of recovery, they can walk in to a participating police department and ask for help, and a trained Angel volunteer will be called to the station to help with paperwork and to provide support until a treatment option is found. Trish's presentation about this most worthwhile program was very well-received by the membership.
Christina Riley Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley located in Valhalla, NY visited Fishkill Rotary on Wednesday, October 23. Christina, shown here with Fishkill Rotary President Dan Fenyo, spoke about the RMHGHV mission which is to keep families with crucially ill or injured children close to each other and to the care and resources they need. RMHGHV is on the grounds of Maria Fareri Hospital in Westchester County and has served over 3,000 families by providing housing and providing daily meals through their volunteer meal program. The 12 bedroom facility is filled to capacity nearly every night, and RMH is able to provide families with the comforts of home at a minimal , or no, cost. RMHGHV is always in need of volunteers to provide meals, provide a day of service or to host a donation drive to gather new household items, toiletries or food pantry items. To contact RMHGHV and learn more about volunteer opportunities, you can call (914) 493-6455 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CaraMia Bacchiochi, Founder and Director of Hope On A Mission, visited Fishkill Rotary on Wednesday, October 16 to share her organization's mission:
"Restoring dignity to homeless, addicted women with love and grace; through loving relationships of support, with personal care items, food & clothing." HOAM, INC has served the homeless and addicted women of Poughkeepsie for the past four years by providing hot meals, clothing and hygiene items to an average of 25 women weekly. As CaraMia so aptly put it: "We have become their family, and they look forward to our Outreach event each week."
To learn more about HOAM INC, visit www.facebook.com/hoampk.
On Wednesday, September 4, Rotary District 7210 District Governor, Cindie Kish, visited Fishkill Rotary's weekly breakfast meeting at I-84 Diner. Cindie talked about her goals for the upcoming year how she and the next two District Governors are planning such activities as the District Conference and PETS in concert to make the next three years a smooth and consistent program. Cindie also talked of her hopes to work with RYLA to make that experience for high school sophomores even more enriching. Cindie opened up the floor for questions following her remarks and a solid dialog took place. Thank you to our District Governor for an informative and inspiring visit.
Shown are Fishkill Rotarian Skip Rottkamp, 7210 District Governor Cindie Kish, Fishkill Rotary President Dan Fenyo and Assistant District Governor Vicki Kessler after the September 4th meeting.
Fishkill Rotary hosted a number of John Jay students at breakfast meetings in August. Pictured below is Sourenian Scholarship winner, Ryan Greco, who will be attending Western Connecticut University in Danbury this fall. Pictured below Ryan are four John Jay sophomores who Fishkill Rotary sponsored at this summer's RYLA Conference, a conference designed to instill and enhance leadership skills in young people. Pictured with Fishkill Rotary President Dan Fenyo are Simrit Attwa, Robert Richardson, Jonathan Shah and Aryan Verma.
Incoming Fishkill Rotary President Dan Fenyo (left) presents Immediate Past President Asher Pacht with a plaque to commemorate Asher's most successful year as president. The 2019 Installation Dinner was held at Eleven-11 on Main Street in Fishkill and a great time was enjoyed by all. For a complete list of the Board and all of the officers for 2019-20, please see our "About Us" page here on site.
On Saturday, June 1, Fishkill Rotary and Rebuilding Together Dutchess County partnered to renovate and update a residence in the City of Beacon. Under the direction of Rich Roza, a Highland Rotarian and a professional contractor, a number of Fishkill Rotarians volunteered several hours cleaning out rooms, performing masonry work, replacing windows and doors, installing new smoke alarms and providing a fresh coat of paint to a number of interior spaces.
As the pictures below illustrate, the day was both enjoyable and very successful. The homeowners were quite appreciative of all of the efforts and every Rotarian could walk away gratified in the knowledge that Fishkill Rotary had, indeed, made a difference for both this family and the community at large. Good job to all! Scroll down to enjoy the pictures!
Representatives from the Vassar Haiti Project visited Fishkill Rotary at our breakfast meeting on March 27. Presenters included two current Vassar students who are involved with the project and Andrew Meade (in the blue sweater) who, along with his wife Lila, have been at the forefront of raising funds and awareness for the project. The Vassar Haiti Project supports healthcare in over 42 villages in rural Haiti. An Art and Soul Gala will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM at the Vassar Alumnae House on campus. The event will feature a sale of original Haitian art. All proceeds will go toward this very worthy cause.
Fishkill Rotary Club President, Asher Pacht (right), presents a certificate and congratulates our newest member, Austin Schweitzer, at the March 6 meeting of the club. Austin is a member of the local business community and a graduate of both Arlington High School and Albany University.
Rotary member Roberta Theiss presided over the induction ceremony, and all of the other Rotarians present warmly welcomed Austin to the club what will hopefully be the beginning of many years of community service and fellowship.
Thanks to Roberta and congratulations to Austin!