Rotary Club of Carmel

Established: June 14, 1967

Mailing Address

Rotary Club of Carmel NY
P.O. Box 421
Carmel, NY 10512
Sep 29, 2016
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Vice President
Director 2015-2016
Director 2015-2016
Director 2015-2017
Director 2015-2017
Immediate Past President

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Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
George's Place
36 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, NY  10512
United States
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Recent News

The Carmel Rotary Club is hosting a community Harvestfest Dinner on Friday, September 30th from 4:30 to 8pm at George’s Place in Carmel honoring the Carmel High School Music Department. The proceeds from this event will fund college scholarships for Carmel High School students. Eliot Scher, President of Carmel Rotary Club, invites the community to come to the dinner, have fun and enjoy live music, featuring the local Acme Trio and more.
            There will be an Early Bird seating at 4:30pm and dinner will be served continuously until 8pm. Dinner ticket prices are: Adults - $15; Senior Citizens - $12; Students /Children - $10. The menu includes: harvest salad, chili – meat & vegetarian, mac & cheese, cornbread, apple cobbler and various beverages. The entertainment starts at 4:30pm.
            Purchase tickets online at:
Tickets will also be sold at the door. Seating is limited, so buy your tickets now. For more information visit or call 845-225-5323.
Director and Foundation Chairman Scott Fishe - Paula Miritello  Founder of My Brother Vinny - Carmel Rotary President  Eliot Scher

At a time when our country is so divided and the news we read gets more problematic every day, here is something to cheer about. An incredible woman by the name of Paula Miritello started an organization by the name of My Brother Vinnie, yes, you heard it right. She collects donations and, in her spare time, helps move our Vets into apartments with dignity and furniture and love. Here is today's work crew. So typical that Paula is not even in the photo. Left to right: Scott, Ronnie, LIsa, Wayne, Ginny, Dennis (today's Vet recipient), me, and Al. Most of us from the Rotary Club of Carmel, NY

Basketball Shootout 
Ronald McDonald House of the Hudson Valley
Carmel Teachers' Association
Camarda Realty Investments LLC
The Medical Staff at Putnam Hospital Center
Thanks for your SUPPORT!

Left to right new members Deepak Vashisht and Jim Matessino and sponsor Kathy Day 
and missing picture of sponsor Mary Shanley.
Left to right we have Jay Judell -Carmel Rotary President and sponsor of Nathan. Center is our new member Nathan Richardson and Lisa Gold Chairman of the Membership Committee. 


From the Putnam County Courier, January 14, 2016. Here is the link:   Carmel Rotary kicks off it's Shootout Fundraiser.

Carmel Rotary Basketball Shootout. Margie Kieth, Sal Gambino and Al Lotrecchianno discuss the Shootout with Lisa Kaslyn.
Check out this interview: Good Day Hudson Valley with Lisa Kaslyn. 

The 9th annual Community Basketball Shootout is set for March 12, 2016. Once again your neighbors will be stepping up to the line in the Carmel High School gymnasium to shoot baskets and raise much needed funds in support of the work of our local community service organizations. Would you join the Carmel Rotary Club and the Carmel High School Interact Club in sponsoring this worthy event? All local not-for-profit organizations and community project groups are invited to sign up for the Community Basketball Shootout and raise funds for their causes without the expense and hassle of having to organize their own individual events. Since this event began in 2008, over $170,000 has been raised and donated to over 80 local groups. 100% of the net proceeds are donated to worthy causes by the participating groups and the Rotary Club of Carmel.This years honoree is Marjorie Nichols Keith, Carmel Rotarian and Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County.
Please consider being part of this year’s Community Basketball Shootout. The levels of sponsorship are described below. Someone from our committee is available to answer any questions that you may have, you may call Sal at 845-228-9115, or Bill at 845-225 2012 .
Sponsor Levels:
Premier Event Sponsor $1,000
Shootout Sponsor $250
Forms can be downloaded by clicking these links: Sponsor Form   Shootout Form 

Eliot Scher and Jay Judell of Carmel Rotary International present a check to Ms. Deborah Wiesel for the Principal's Literary Guild of the Kent Elementary School.

Carmel Rotary International is proud and pleased to support the reading program at Kent Elementary School and we look forward to being an integral part of the ongoing education programs in the Carmel community.



Today we had the honor of inducting Heather Boylston into our club presented by Edward Sumber, Lisa Gold and Kathy Valletta.Image



Celebrating the 6th anniversary of the food pantry driveImageImage

Receiving a total of $550  which came from "Fill Up The Truck Day" at the Carmel Shoprite.The gift Certificates are presented from George Knoechel  to Judy Calahan from Putnam CAP, Minister Martin McGeachy from Gilead Food Pantry and Sue Burcroff From Brewster Community Food Pantryand not in picture is Decon and wife Teri Moran from St John's in Mahopac


We had another successful soup kitchen. What a great team we had to put it together. The cleaning the place, preparing the food, Cooking the food, Serving the food and clean up after.  Of course I should not leave out that the worker got to eat at the end. Pork Tenderloin, Garlic Mash Potatoes. green peas and for dessert  Pumpkin Pie .  All taken place at the Brewster Baptist Church . We had close to 30 people to feed. It was a great feeling to see how greatfull  many of the people showed.

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                              FRIDAY OCT. 17TH, 2014

Dear Rotarians;
Last evening, Maryellen and myself had the pleasure of attending the 5th annual Salvation Army Gala held at Colonial Terrace, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. with our President Kathy and Jim, Al L. and Dimmy, Amy & Joe Covais, Margie & Dave Keith, Tony Mac. and Sal Gambino.
There were many Rotarians from Carmel, Brewster, Mahopac, and Westchester County.
Our own Rotarian Jim Reitz was honored for his dedication to the principles of Rotary, "SERVICE ABOVE SELF." The weather was perfect, the accommodations were delightful and the food & service were very good.
Jim was presented with service awards from the Salvation Army, City of Peekskill, the Albany Legislature and our own former Rotarian, Putnam County Executive, Maryellen Odell.  Peekskill Mayor, Frank Catalina, Esq delivered the above awards to Jim and told the audience of their longstanding legal relationship, Jim's exemplary reputation in the legal community and his tireless dedication to the betterment of our local community including Jim being a member of Mahopac Falls volunteer department.
In the past five years three members of our club have been recognized by the Salvation Army and Jim now becomes a prestigious member of that crew along with Sal Gambino and George Knoechel.  A Carmel Rotarian being honored in 3 out of the 5 times the Salvation Army has presented these awards is quite an achievement. 
Today our brother Rotarian Don Smith received the BRONZE KEY AWARD  from the National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies.  The Bronze Key Award  is a national recognition award granted to an individual that has made an outstanding contribution to the field of substance abuse prevention. Due to previous medical commitments Maryellen and myself were unable to attend the ceremony and we would like to congratulate Don for his achievements.
So, congratulations to our Carmel Rotary Club and our dedicated Rotarians.
....................................................................................Mike McD, Past Pres.


We made our deliveries to the Kent Elementary and Patterson Elementary 3rd grade classes.  The youngsters were all excited to receive them. Look at those smiles. The last group got all excited about learning sign language at the end of the books.ImageImage



It was terrific to have our long time member Bill Nichols have a fantastic talk and then celebrated his 90th birthday.







Carmel Rotarians filled a lunchbox with cash to purchase school supplies for the COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM back to school supply drive. Local students will find three ring binders , composition notebooks , spiral notebooks , highlighters , pocket folders and pens thanks to the clubs generosity.
We collected enough money to purchase more than $400.00 worth of supplies and delivered them to the Brewster Cap office on Friday August  22, 2012 . 



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