On Saturday, June 1, Fishkill Rotary and Rebuilding Together Dutchess County partnered to renovate and update a residence in the City of Beacon. Under the direction of Rich Roza, a Highland Rotarian and a professional contractor, a number of Fishkill Rotarians volunteered several hours cleaning out rooms, performing masonry work, replacing windows and doors, installing new smoke alarms and providing a fresh coat of paint to a number of interior spaces.
As the pictures below illustrate, the day was both enjoyable and very successful. The homeowners were quite appreciative of all of the efforts and every Rotarian could walk away gratified in the knowledge that Fishkill Rotary had, indeed, made a difference for both this family and the community at large. Good job to all! Scroll down to enjoy the pictures!
Tim Stanley (right) currently works for the Fresh Air Fund as the Assistant Director of Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill. Tim has been at Sharpe since 1999. He also serves on the Stony Kill Foundation Board of Directors that oversees an educational working farm. Tim shared the many efforts he engages in to promote environmental awareness and education through his leadership positions, which have included serving as President of the NYS Outdoor Education Association from 2012 to 2015. Tim is shown receiving a complimentary mug from Fishkill Rotary President, Asher Pacht.
Representatives from the Vassar Haiti Project visited Fishkill Rotary at our breakfast meeting on March 27. Presenters included two current Vassar students who are involved with the project and Andrew Meade (in the blue sweater) who, along with his wife Lila, have been at the forefront of raising funds and awareness for the project. The Vassar Haiti Project supports healthcare in over 42 villages in rural Haiti. An Art and Soul Gala will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM at the Vassar Alumnae House on campus. The event will feature a sale of original Haitian art. All proceeds will go toward this very worthy cause.
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!!