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!
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!
Executive Director Christina Boryk (R) from Rebuilding Together: Duchess County was greeted by President Vicki Kessler (L) and spoke at our September 13th meeting about her organization's role in helping local homeowners repair and maintain their homes. Fishkill Rotary is excited to collaborate with Rebuilding Together in the near future. Their busiest time is during the month of April, although applications to volunteer should be submitted by January 2018 at the latest.
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.
Fishkill Rotary Club will be selling apple cider cinnamon mini-donuts and coffee at the Stormville Flea Market on October 7 and 8 and once again on November 4 and 5. Please join us at the flea market and enjoy some delicious donuts and hot or iced coffee. The money raised through donut sales goes to support our many outreach programs, including Operation Warm Coats, Adopt-A-Family for the holidays and scholarship opportunities for deserving John Jay High School seniors. Hope to see you there!
The June 7th meeting of the Rotary Club of Fishkill was especially festive. Member Roberta Theiss (7 from the left) was celebrating her birthday, birthday hats and all. As is the club's custom, Roberta could choose to have everyone sing "Happy Birthday" to her, or she could sing the song herself. She chose to be serenaded by the club members. Following the celebration, some actual business was conducted during the remainder of the meeting. Hats were worn throughout.
The Rotary Club of Fishkill inducted two new members at the January 25th meeting. Rotarian Roberta Theiss conducted the ceremony welcoming Riandi Fisch (L) and Pawan Angara (M) into the club. Skip Rottkamp (R) served as the sponsor for both new members. The club looks forward to the outstanding contributions that Randi and Pawan will make to the organization.