Brewster Rotary News
On April 23, 2014, Georgette was inducted to the Brewster Rotary at the Putnam County Golf Course by District Governor Drew Kessler.
Also in this picture is President Judy DiMattia of the the Brewster Rotary. Georgette is the Assistant Branch Manager at Tompkins Mahopac Bank on Independence Way.
CONGRATULATIONS to Rick Gebhardt of North Salem NY for winning the
Brewster Rotary Super Bowl 2014 Raffle.
Ali Piccarella will be our speaker on January 21st. She will discuss her plans to run the Boston Marathon for charity.
Anne Ellsworth, the Executive Director of The Putnam/Northern Westchester Women's Resource Center is our speaker on January 28th. The Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center is recognized and well regarded in the community for its unique work in providing services, resources and leadership in the areas of sexual abuse, domestic violence and gender equality.
Have you ever wanted to go to the Super Bowl but couldn’t afford the cost of a ticket? Well, now is your chance – The Brewster Rotary is raffling off a pair of Super Bowl Tickets for 2014. The maximum number of tickets to be sold will be 300 and the total package is worth $10 thousand, Including three nights in a New York City hotel, transportation to the game, food and merchandise. The drawing will occur on January14th at Aversano’s Restaurant in Brewster at 12:30. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please call Bill Evans at 845-279-1500.
In February 2014, The Brewster Rotary will be sending two Rotarians- Bill Evans and Jan Stark, along with Jim Byron of the Patterson Rotary, for the first time to Colima, Mexico to work on Project Amigo. Project Amigo helps underprivileged children achieve their highest potential by providing programs that motivate them to stay in school, by improving their access to higher education, by promoting literacy, and helping with dental care. Bill and Jan will be distributing books to schools, interacting with junior/high school scholarship recipients, and reading to and playing with children who need some extra attention.
Please join us for a fun afternoon of food, entertainment, mini golfing and raffle/auction items.
When: October 10th (Thursday) 3:30 - 7 pm. Red Rooster Drive-In, Brewster NY.
Fees: $20 per adult, $15 for children (12 and under). For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-279-7927.
On September 10th, Lauren Bruen Nicholson provided an update to the Brewster Rotary about the upcoming healthcare changes for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She explained the new rights and protections, how the health insurance Marketplace will work and the requirements for small businesses.
President Judy DiMattia and Lauren Bruen Nicholson
Today, August 20th, 2013, District Governor Drew Kessler visited the Brewster Rotary. It was an exciting event and we were able to discuss goals and ideas for how to grow Rotary Membership by engaging members to grow Rotary clubs.
Our president, Judy DiMattia, is shown in the photo receiving the Rotary flag that states "Engage Rotary, Change Lives."
On Thursday, August 15, 2013, several local Rotary clubs participated in a wonderful brick dedication ceremony at Putnam Hospital Center.
Attached is a link to a video of the ceremony: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X74223jMzcs
69 Years and Counting
This years Wine and Cigar night will be again held at Centennial Golf Club. The date is May 30, 2013 and the time is 6:30 PM. Our very Bobby 5 with be providing the music along with the "Desotos. We all appreciated the group last year.
Again we will have hand rolled cigars provided by Connecticut Cigar Company. The wine is provided by Brewster Wine and Liquors, John Semmels. Food is prepared provided by Ledley Caterers, Brian Ledley.
John also hopes to have beer and scotch available to go along with the cigars.
The will be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and live auction.
Donations are greatly appreciated.
The cost per person is $15.00
per couple $25.00
This years district conference will be held May 17-19, 2013 at Honor's Haven in nearby Ellenville, NY.
Brewster High School Students preformed a preview of their upcoming music performance of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for the Brewster Rotary Club's meeting
Brewster Rotary had an historic luncheon board meeting at the Walter Brewster House on Thursday January 17th.
Attending were Steve Smyth (President) Rotarian Kevin Kelly, Bob Cingue (Sgt. at Arms), Gary Zuza, (President Elect), Jenny Hinsman (Treasurer) Dave Bruen (Foundation Chair) Mike Cavalieri (Vocational Chair) John Semmeles (Membership Chair) and Rotarian and Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast Trustee Erin E. Meagher.
Rotarians in the Eleanor Fitchen room at the Walter Brewster House.
The Walter Brewster House serves as an event space for weddings, festivals, corporate parties, fundraisers, meetings and cultural events. The house has been carefully restored and with careful attention to detail, the furnishings and artwork inside represent the Village of Brewster's rich history as well as Walter Brewster and John Gail Borden, important former residents of the house who brought economic development to Brewster. It is owned by the Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast.
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The Patterson and Brewster Rotary Clubs are collecting small appliance donations to help those families living along the coast recover from Hurricane Sandy.
“Since the day Hurricane Sandy washed through the coastal neighborhoods of the northeast, many residents have been surviving by camping in the hollow shells that were once their homes,” said Patterson Rotarian Bill Flash said. “The storm surge filled the main floor of many houses and washed away all of the conveniences we often take for granted. The telephones, televisions, toasters, microwaves, and coffee makers that weren’t swept away were rendered useless after being submerged.”
Volunteers from the local Rotary Clubs in Patterson and Brewster have joined together in an effort to help replace some of those items.
For the past few months, spearheaded by Brewster resident, Joe
Ruszkowski, representatives from the Brewster Rotary
from The Brewster Chamber of Commerce, The Brewster Elks, The Italian
American Club, The Knights of Columbus, The Brewster Fire Department,
The Brewster Lions Club as well as other groups raised funds
independently to get the Southeast Tree lit along with the small red
and blue patriotic trees surrounding the large spruce. All of the
lights are energy efficient LED lights and were installed by the
Italian American Club, the Brewster Fire Department, and Bill Henry's
Tree Service. This was the first time many clubs have gotten together
to meet and it was a great community effort we can all be proud of.
Over the past few months we've attended one another's events and
dedicated time and effort to get the tree lit as well as formed new
friendships among the clubs. We have plans to start meeting in January
with the same group of folks to now get the fireworks for Southeast
for the 4th of July. Joe Ruszkowski was key in getting all of us
together to get things done for Southeast. Without his leadership and
dedication to this cause it wouldn't have been possible.