Fishkill Rotary President Vicki Kessler is flanked by Immediate Past District Governor Louis Turpin (L) and current District Governor Jim Damiani. Vicki welcomed Jim and Louis to Fishkill Rotary's October 11 meeting to discuss the various resources that are available to Rotary clubs as those clubs look for worthy service projects in which to engage. Louis had just returned from Houston and Florida where he spearheaded hurricane relief efforts for Shelter Box. The presentation was both informative and inspiring. Many thanks to both Jim and Louis for sharing their (early!) morning with us.
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! UPDATE: The transplant operation was a success, and both patients are well and recovering nicely. As a matter of fact, Julie came to the Rotary meeting yesterday (10/11/17), looked great, and the club was able to FaceTime with Sterling.
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 November 4 and 5. Please join us at the flea market and enjoy some delicious donuts and hot 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!