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.
Fishkill Rotary celebrated the holidays with a party held on December 27. The party was hosted by Cary and Lindsay Wagner, and in the above photo, Cary is offering a toast for the New Year! The evening of delicious food and Rotary fellowship was enjoyed by all. Many thanks to Cary and Lindsay for opening their beautiful home to Fishkill Rotary as we celebrated the accomplishments of 2017 with an eye toward a very fulfilling 2018!
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 Rotary President Vicki Kessler is flanked by Immediate Past District Governor Louis Turpin (L) and current District Governor Jim Damiani. Vicki welcomed Jim and Louis to Fishkill Rotary's October 11 meeting to discuss the various resources that are available to Rotary clubs as those clubs look for worthy service projects in which to engage. Louis had just returned from Houston and Florida where he spearheaded hurricane relief efforts for Shelter Box. The presentation was both informative and inspiring. Many thanks to both Jim and Louis for sharing their (early!) morning with us.
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!
Fishkill Rotary Club President-Elect, Asher Pachtt, welcomes Hudson Valley Renegades President Steve Gliner to a recent meeting. Steve brought hats, schedules and programs for each member and spoke of his long history with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Renegades. Steve also explained the Tampa Bay minor league system and the Renegades place in that system. Steve and the Renegades are both positive forces at work in the Hudson valley!
Congratulations to Asher Pacht who was named Rotary Club of Fishkill's Rotarian of the Year for 2016-17 at this year's year's Installation Dinner on June 28 at All-American Barbecue. Great job Asher and keep up the fine work. Asher was very involved in arranging for holiday meals for those in need and with providing Christmas gifts for those in the community who needed support. Asher also was instrumental in the Fishkill Rotary effort of "adopting" Lillie, a young girl who has battled cancer and needed our assistance. Fishkill Rotary, under Asher's direction, funded and participated in many activities for Lillie, most noteworthy of which was a birthday party attended by many of her Fishkill Elementary School classmates.