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!
Fr. Dennis Polanco, SA (left), the President & Spiritual Director of St. Christopher's Inn at Graymoor addressed Fishkill Rotary recently. Fr. Dennis was joined by Kari Miller Willis, the Executive Director of St. Christopher's Inn. Both Fr. Dennis and Kari spoke of the mission of St. Christopher's, a temporary homeless shelter dedicated to men in crisis. That mission is to offer a continuum of quality health care services that facilitate a journey to physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. The staff at St. Christopher's Inn works very hard to provide chemical dependency treatment, primary health care, and temporary housing to the residents whom they refer to as "Brothers Christopher." Most importantly, the staff at St. Christopher's, "strives to restore the personal dignity of each individual." No one is ever turned away because of race, religion, or ability to pay.
Brynna Trumpetto, Fishkill Rotarian and longtime CAPE member, trained Fishkill Rotarians in the use of Narcan Nasal Spray at the Wednesday, October 24 meeting. Narcan is a nasal spray administered for known or suspected opioid overdose in adults and children. Brynna also shared statistics relative to the number of opioid overdoses occurring in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Unfortunately, those statistics paint a very bleak picture here in our home area, making trainings such as this even more important and timely. Thank you Brynna for a great training opportunity!
Carole Tjoa (L), District 7210 Polio Plus Chair poses with Fishkill Rotarian Savi Dorawala at the October 10 meeting of the Fishkill Rotary Club. Carole presented Savi with a Polio Plus pin to commemorate a $1,000 donation Fishkill Rotary made to Polio Plus in Savi's name. Savi has been a tireless advocate of the Polio Plus cause and continues to make many contributions in this area both locally and at the District level. Carole spoke of the importance of continuing the good fight against this disease and emphasized (with her thumb and forefinger an inch apart) that we are 'this close' to eradicating polio from the face of the earth. Carole's visit and the combined efforts of Carole and Savi are inspirations to Fishkill Rotary.
District Governor Christine Giangrasso addresses the Fishkill Rotary on September 26. DG Christine gave a spirited presentation on the many initiatives undertaken by Rotary locally and the importance of the Rotary Foundation in expanding Rotary's global outreach. Many thanks to DG Christine for visiting with the club and for sharing her vision for Rotary's future!
Fishkill Rotary was visited on Wednesday, September 26 by District Governor Christine Giangrasso. As part of her visit, DG Christine (r) joined Fishkill Rotary President Asher Pacht (l) in presenting a Past President's plaque to Vicki Kessler who served as Fishkill Rotary's President during the 2017- 2018 Rotary year. Asher cited a number of achievements connected to Vicki's term, including the First Annual 5K Orchard Run at Fishkill Farms which was an unqualified success. Thank you Vicki for a job well done!
Julie Spann and Sterling Gaston celebrate a special anniversary at the Wednesday, September 19 meeting of the Fishkill Rotary. One year ago to the day, Julie donated a kidney to Sterling and both the donor and the recipient are continuing to do very well.
Fishkill Rotarians celebrated with Mimosas, chocolate-covered strawberries and cupcakes, all before enjoying breakfast.
This is a particularly heartwarming example of the Rotary motto:
Service Above Self!!
Sponsors of Fishkill Rotary's Inaugural 5K Run being recognized at an Awards Social on September 12 at Crew in Poughkeepsie. From left: Asher Pacht, Fishkill Rotary President, Ellen Baker representing McCabe and Mack LLP, Brittany Craven of ShopRite of Fishkill, Ed Mercier of Wells Fargo Advisors and Drew Kessler of M&T Bank. Fishkill Rotary. Fishkill Rotary thanks these outstanding community advocates for all of their efforts ensuring that the Fishkill Rotary 5K would be a success.
Rotarian Savi Dorawala (left) was recognized as Fishkill Rotary's Rotarian of the Year at the Rotary Social Awards on September 12. In addition, President Asher Pacht ( above) presented
Savi with a certificate acknowledging a $1,000 donation that Fishkill Rotary made to the Rotary Foundation's Polio Plus in Savi's name, an initiative that she has worked very diligently on over the years. Congratulations Savi on a well-deserved recognition.
As Fishkill Rotary President Asher Pacht looks on, Carrie Jones Ross, Food Security Development Manager for Hudson Valley AgriBusiness, addresses the club on the activities of the Community Food Network. Community Food Network, or FeedHV.org, is a network to rescue, harvest, process and distribute local food. The goal of FeedHV is to reduce hunger and waste - easily, at no cost and on your time.
Carrie's presentation highlighted the variety of ways community members and civic organizations can volunteer to reduce the amount of food that is wasted on a daily basis and, in doing so, to help ease hunger among those who are less fortunate.
Carrie's presentation was extremely well-received and many questions about how to help FeedHV followed. Fishkill Rotary would highly recommend Carrie as a speaker. She can be contacted at FeedHV.org.
Five students who attended the 2018 Rotary District 7210 RYLA Conference attended the Fishkill Rotary meeting on July 18. The students thanked Fishkill Rotary for its sponsorship and spoke about how the RYLA experience was the best of their lives. RYLA aims to equip young people with leadership skills that will serve them well when they return to school as juniors in September. Fishkill Rotary was also visited by the President of East Fishkill Rotary, Dylan Copeland. East Fishkill also sponsored five students at this year's conference. RYLA represents another outstanding investment the Rotary makes in our most valuable asset: our young people!
Ryllie Husted (left), a senior at John Jay High School, was presented the Sourenian Scholarship by President Vicki Kessler at the June 13 meeting of Fishkill Rotary. Ryllie will use the $500 scholarship to further her education next year at the Culinary Institute of America where she will study Restaurant Management. Ryllie addressed the club after the presentation and proved herself to be a very worthy candidate, indeed.
The Sourenian Scholarship is presented each year in memory of Joan Sourenian, a longtime Fishkill Rotarian and Past President (1995-96), who passed away in 2002 and is given in honor of her daughter Heather who tragically was killed in an automobile accident in 2003.
Heather was herself, coincidentally, a graduate of the CIA. Fishkill Rotary congratulates Ryllie and wishes her all the best as she pursues her dreams.
On Wednesday, May 2, Fishkill Rotarians grabbed their garden tools and planted 12 seedlings at Jean VanPelt Park in the Town of Fishkill. This event was held in observance of Arbor Day 2018 and in support of a project undertaken by Rotary International to plant a tree for every Rotarian worldwide. President-Elect Asher Pacht made arrangements to receive the seedlings and a number of Rotarians were on hand to help with the planting. This is a special project to Fishkill Rotary as Jean VanPelt, for whom the park is named, was a tireless advocate for all things Fishkill and the late mother of Fishkill Rotary's own Roberta Theiss. Good job everyone!
As these pictures illustrate, doing good and having fun incorporates Rotarians, and future Rotarians, of all ages!
On Sunday, April 8, Fishkill Rotarians and family members teamed with 10 John Jay High School Interact Club students at Shop-Rite in Fishkill to collect food and donations for the Fishkill Food Pantry. As the three photos below illustrate, all involved had a great time both 'Doing Good' and 'Having Fun'. It was a most successful food drive as the participants collected 202 bags of groceries and collected $988 in donations. Congratulations to all involved!!
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.