Fishkill Rotary held its Annual Installation Dinner and Ceremony on Wednesday, June 15 at the Wicoppe Firehouse. Mindy Potter (immediately below, front center) was installed as the new 2022-23 Rotary Club President and Austin Schweitzer (below, third from right) was honored for his accomplishments as 2021-22 Past President. Pictured below the group shot is a photo of Austin presenting the Non-Rotarian of the Year Award to Jackson Kessler, who was recognized for his efforts in establishing an elementary-level Rotary Club at Brinckerhoff Elementary School. The future of Fishkill Rotary and its new partner at Brinckerhoff are in very good hands, indeed!
Ronald A. Ferris, Jr., Manager of Operations & Sales for Mid-Hudson Works (above right with Fishkill Rotary President Austin Schweitzer) visited Fishkill Rotary's March 23rd breakfast meeting to discuss the important work his organization carries out in the Mid-Hudson region. Mid-Hudson Works "hires and trains veterans and individuals with medical and/or physical disabilities in order to assist them in finding gainful employment." Mid-Hudson Works is ready and able to partner with businesses in the areas of Manufacturing & Fabrication, Product Packaging & Fulfillment and Order Management & Distribution. Mid-Hudson Works is located at 188 Washington Street in Poughkeepsie across from Marist College, and Ron is more than happy to provide tours of the facilities and answer questions about all of the services offered. You can contact Ron at (845)471-3820 or by email at Ron@MidHudsonWorks.org. Mid-Hudson Works is an organization that truly reflects Rotary's mission: To Do Good in the Community!
Again this winter season, Fishkill Rotary Club has partnered with Operation Warm Coats to provide high-quality warm, winter coats to needy youngsters in the area. This year, Fishkill Rotary was able to order and distribute 804 winter coats to students in the Wappingers Central School District, Beacon City School District, Catholic Charities and Astor Services for Children and Families. The impressive number of coats donated this year was due, in large part, to a Learn, Play, Create Grant from Dutchess County.The purpose of the grant is to support children in a variety of ways due to needs that have arisen from the impacts of COVID-19 in our area.
This year marks the twelfth consecutive year that Fishkill Rotary has provided warmth and support to elementary school-age children in an effort to enhance both student self-esteem and school attendance, especially during the coldest months. This project also addresses two of Rotary International's Areas of Focus: Saving Mothers and Children and Supporting Education.
Pictured above are Fishkill Rotarians Don Williams (left) and Sterling Gaston (right) with just a sample of the 66 boxes of coats that were ordered and delivered by Rotarians.
Fishkill Rotary provided hot meals to 85+ homeless and needy individuals on the streets of Poughkeepsie this past Saturday, October 23. Rotarians delivered the food, cutlery items, paper goods and bottled water in support of Hope On A Mission, an outreach program founded by CaraMia Bacchionchi. In addition to serving the food, members of Fishkill Rotary also helped to hand out Blessing Bags containing personal hygiene items and smaller snack food items that each person could take with them after dinner. Saturday marked the first of three evenings that Fishkill Rotary will be serving the homeless in this manner. The next event will take place on the evening of Saturday, April 23. (See the photos below)
Fishkill Rotary has been awarded a $20,000 Learn, Play, Create Grant from Dutchess County.
The grants are being awarded to youth-serving libraries and youth-serving organizations that, "promote, learning, art enrichment, and sports activities." The grants are intended to fund opportunities for children to learn, play and create while filling needs resulting from the negative impacts of quarantines, etc. brought about by COVID-19. Fishkill Rotary will use the funds to purchase and distribute warm winter coats, boots, hats, gloves and scarves to needy school children in an effort to assure improved school attendance during the cold winter months. Fishkill Rotary is very grateful to Dutchess County for recognizing this need and for the generosity of the Learn, Play, Create Grant. More information about this initiative will be posted on this webpage as details become available. Once again, MANY THANKS DUTCHESS COUNTY!!
Fishkill Rotary will be volunteering with Hope on a Mission this Saturday, October 23, delivering and serving food to Poughkeepsie's homeless population. Saturday will mark the first of three dates on which Fishkill Rotarians will be assisting in this particular outreach effort. Each of the clients will be served a hearty, hot meal. In addition, each one will be given a Blessing Bag (pictured below) filled with hygiene products and smaller snack items designed 'to go' following the dinner.
In early Spring 2020, the flagpole and flag at Sara Taylor Park in Fishkill were vandalized beyond repair. Fishkill Rotary worked with the Village of Fishkill through one of the Village Trustees, Nick Forlano, to purchase a new pole and flag. Nick, a Fishkill Rotarian himself, coordinated the installation of the flag during March 2021. Old Glory now waves again over the park due to the combined efforts of Fishkill Rotary and the Village of Fishkill.
Fishkill Rotary celebrated its Annual Installation Dinner on Wednesday, June 23 at the Wiccopee Fire House. Above, 2021-22 incoming District Governor, Mike Polasek (right), swears in the new officers and board members. From left: Sterling Gaston (Board Member), Emilie Zias (Board Member), Asher Pacht (Secretary), Roberta Theiss (Treasurer), Vicki Kessler (Director), Tristan Smith (Immediate Past President) and Austin Schweitzer (2021-22 President). In addition, a number of awards were presented during the ceremony:
Paul Nussbickel Rotarian of the Year Vicki Kessler
John Mitchell Non-Rotarian of the Year Paul Kastanis (Hudson Valley Gyro and Market)
Paul Harris Fellow John Braca
Jayci Longin (John Jay HS Senior) Joan Sourenian Scholarship. Jayci will be attending
Mercy College to pursue a degree in Nursing.
As a capstone to the evening, Joe Phillips was inducted as Fishkill Rotary's newest member. We welcome Joe and look forward to working with him to make numerous positive contributions in our community.
Fishkill Rotarians joined other dedicated volunteers on Saturday, March 27 to help feed Poughkeepsie's homeless. Fishkill Rotary provided trays of macaroni and cheese, chicken, beef, etc. thanks to Nick Forlano (Dutchess Biercafe, Main Street, Fishkill) and Paul Kastanis (Hudson Valley Gyro Grill and Market, 1117 NY-82, corner of Clove Branch). About 125 people in need were fed during the evening. Those folks also went away with bottled water, fruit, granola bars, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and some personal care kit items. Overall, it was a great night in Poughkeepsie and served as a perfect example of the Rotary Motto: Service Above Self.