Desiree Pesora (left) visited Fishkill Rotary on August 12 to discuss the mission of Hoving Home, a refuge for thousands of ladies who have found freedom from addiction through faith in Jesus Christ. To quote their brochure, "At Hoving Home, women find a safe and loving community to rebuild their lives. With....support, women are empowered to fulfill their God-given purpose." Hoving Home carries out its mission at its facilities located at 40 Walter Hoving Road in Garrison, NY. Hoving home can be very proud of its 82% success rate in rebuilding women's lives. Thank you to Desiree for an interesting and inspirational presentation! Desiree is joined by Tristan Smith (right), President of Fishkill Rotary Club.
On Wednesday, August 5 following a regular club meeting, members of Fishkill Rotary visited Unshattered, a boutique specializing in handbags and accessories created from repurposed materials. The employees of Unshattered are women who are recovering from drug addiction and making a new start. The women create beautiful bags, wallets, etc. from materials including wedding dresses, broadway sets, vintage auto upholstery and even old military uniforms. Unshattered's goal is to provide support to women battling back from addiction by giving them jobs, benefits and purpose. Below left, Fishkill Rotary President, Tristan Smith, presented a check for $500 to Kelly Kerans Lyndgaard, founder of Unshattered. The public can purchase the bags and accessories at Unshattered's Hopewell boutique or from its website.
This is the latest contribution made by Fishkill Rotary to community organizations and businesses suffering due to Covid-19. Fishkill Rotary also contributed $500 to Paul Kastanis, proprietor of Hudson Valley Gyros on Route 82 in Hopewell Junction, who provides hot meals for essential workers. Earlier this year, Fishkill Rotary contributed $3,000 to the Fishkill Food Pantry, a gift partially underwritten through a Covid-19 Grant provided by Rotary District 7210.
District 7210 Governor, Tony Marmo (left), visited Fishkill Rotary on Wednesday August 5, kicking off his 'tour' of club visits for 2020-21. He's pictured with Fishkill Rotary President, Tristan Smith. It was especially fitting that Tony would start his visits in Fishkill seeing how he grew up less than a mile from our temporary meeting place, Sarah Taylor Park off of Rout 9. Tony recalled that his home and the family business, M&M Rag Company, were located on Route 9, then known as Old Albany Post Road.
Governor Tony talked of the importance of 'Growing Rotary' and seeking new membership. Below is a picture of the "Masked Members" of Fishkill Rotary with the District Governor.
With area food pantries experiencing a 40 - 60 % surge in demand due to effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic, Fishkill Rotary has made a $3,000 donation to the Fishkill Food Pantry. $1,205 of that total donation was provided by monies received from Rotary District 7210 through its successful Covid -19 Disaster Response Grant. Fishkill Rotary has conducted many food drives at area supermarkets in support of the Fishkill Food Pantry, and this donation is a continuation of Rotary's support, on the local, District and Foundation levels, for the vital role the food pantry plays in feeding and maintaining the health of some of our most vulnerable community members. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK FISHKILL FOOD PANTRY AND ROTARY!!!
Louis Turpin, Rotary District 7210 Foundation Chair, Addressed Fishkill Rotary on the morning of March 11 about the many ways the Rotary Foundation benefits individual clubs in the District.
(Please See Above for a Great Example) First and foremost, of course, is "Free Money". Louis emphasized the importance of applying for District Grants on both the local and international level and taking that money to 'Do Good' in the world. Remember: "Free Money"!!!
Bill Levy from the Hudson Valley Renegades visited Fishkill Rotary on Wednesday, February 19. Bill addressed the club on a number of interesting developments in minor league baseball. Some news was bad (a possible plan to reduce the number of minor league teams overall), and some news was good (the HV Renegades are not in danger of being among those teams cut). Bill also spoke about the Renegades long affiliation with the Tampa Bay Rays of the American League East and how minor league baseball actually works very hard to give its fans a family-friendly positive experience at the ballpark. Oh, and Bill also gave out some free game tickets to some lucky Fishkill Rotarians. Fishkill would highly recommend Bill if you are looking for an interesting guest speaker (and possibly some free tickets).
Joan Carl (L) from the Dutchess County Office for the Aging visited Fishkill Rotary to present information on a number of important topics relative to the aging process. Joan discussed scam prevention resources, 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's Disease, the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid and gave tips to all that may reduce risk of cognitive decline. Throughout the presentation, Joan paused and took time to answer members' questions and to hear their own stories of dealing with the disease as it afflicted a parent or grandparent. All in all, it proved to be a very valuable discussion and was most worthwhile. Thanks to Joan and the Dutchess County Office for the Aging for the time spent and the resources that were shared.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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!