Larry Palant, Rotary District 7210 Governor,
visited Fishkill Rotary on Wednesday, September 14. Larry spoke to Fishkill Rotarians about some of his major goals for 2022 - 23 including building membership and assuring that the club's new members are representative of the entire community. Larry also spoke of his long association with Shelter Box, one of Rotary's tools in assisting regions around the world in dealing with natural disasters. Larry has enjoyed a long affiliation with Rotary and has assumed many different leadership roles at every level of Rotary. Larry's comments and delivery displayed his enthusiasm for leading every club in the District forward to meet the challenges of this new Rotary year.
Fishkill Rotary President, Mindy Potter, is shown (left) accepting a Rotary banner from Larry after breakfast.
Fishkill Rotary Club inducted Steve Soper (below right) to the Club at its weekly meeting on Wednesday, September 7. Steve brings a good deal of experience and energy to Rotary. Among other business ventures, he currently works with the Hudson Valley Renegades and can be seen at Dutchess Stadium during many Renegade home games. Steve has already shown a willingness to contribute ideas and become even more actively involved in the Fishkill community. Steve is shown in the picture below being welcomed by Club President, Mindy Potter.
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 Elementary are in very capable hands, indeed!
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 nearly 1,000 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.
AS YOU CAN SEE FOR YOURSELF FROM THE IMAGES BELOW, A PICTURE CAN INDEED SPEAK 1,000 WORDS
Fishkill Rotarians shown delivering warm coats for kids at Fishkill Elementary School on November 9. Dr. Andy McNally (2nd from left) accepted the coats on behalf of the student body of Fishkill Elementary School.
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.