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We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
The Promenade
70 Fulton St
Middletown, NY  10940
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Nadia Allen, Executive Director for Mental Health Association in Orange County gave a very informative talk about her organization and the numerous services they provide to the residents of our county. Nadia was very well received and Rotarians showed their appreciation with their Happy Dollars.  President Amanda presented her with a check for $500 which totally surprised Nadia.  She was extremely grateful and promised that the money would be put to good use addressing the mental health needs of our community.


September 22   Nadia Allen, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.

September 29   Nick Constantino, District Governor Elect
October 6         Vinnie Cazzetta, SUNY Orange Scholarship Reception, PLUS District Governor Penny Byron
October 15       Evening meeting on Wednesday at  DeStefano's Olde Erie
October 20      We will go to the Town of Wallkill Boys & Girls Club building in Circleville.
October  27     Dave Hawkins, Rotary Foundation
November:  Pete Abt and Donna Serpentini will obtain speakers our weekly meetings.


ImageCounty Exec Steve Neuhaus visited Middletown Rotary yesterday and gave an update on several issues facing the county, particularly the deficit, Valley View and the County Government building.



ImageThank you Tom Grazier for ensuring that this was a successful Horse Show. Great job!  Also, thank you to Colleen Segarra who took care of everything to do with the horses and the 4-H participation.  You are a true partner to Rotary!

Scroll down to Rotary Photos to see more Horse Show pictures.


Congratulations to all the Rotarians in our District 7210!
We have contributed a total of $185,904.91 in the last year to our Foundation that includes $30,702.77 for Polio Plus (which Gates Foundation will match 2:1)  Even though we did not make $100 per member on our annual giving I am proud of our district. We gave per capita $90.02.  (We have 1,693 members.)  The sad part is we still have 10 clubs who did not give any money to the Foundation!  Hopefully we can do a lot better and now we need to train more people and have a Foundation chair in each club!
A reminder, on November 9, 2014 we will have our annual Foundation Brunch at West Point and I hope we will have an unprecedented number of Rotarians showing up!  I am trying to get an exciting speaker-a peace scholar and hopefully a Foundation trustee also.
Thanks again for making this last year a fantastic year for our Foundation!
Yours in Rotary,
Tam Mustapha


At our recent Installation Dinner District Governor Drew Kessler installed Amanda Gerkens as President of Middletown Rotary for the new year 2014-2015.  Congratulations, Amanda.Image



RI President Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang is urging club members to Light Up Rotary by hosting a Rotary Day in their community, continuing our fight against polio, and increasing club membership. "Light Up Rotary is more than our theme. It is how we make a difference — every day, in every club, and every country we serve."

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Fun at the District 7210 Conference!


- Karen FitzPatrick and Mark Fellenzer are spearheading building a Rotary float for the upcoming Middletown parade on June 29th to celebrate the city's 125th anniversary.

- Tom Grazier recently developed a geocache sight for Middletown Rotary and placed an informational message about Rotary in the cache box.  Geocache is a term used for an outdoor treasure hunt where the hiker uses latitude and longitudinal coordinates to find the cache box.

- Tom Grazier and Dan FitzPatrick are coordinating a Rotary Blood Drive on June 10th at the Promenade.  Please come and bring your, friends, family or coworkers.  4:30 - 8:30 P.M.

- Karen FitzPatrick is finishing her second year as Assistant District Governor and will be turning over the ADG banner to incoming ADG Lauren Rowley-Bonitz at our June 24th meeting.




 Date  Greeter  50/50 Sales
 July 1  Tammy Washalski  Tonia Crown
 July 8  Dave Hawkins  Vinnie Cazzetta
 July 15  Tom Grazier  George Gruner
 July 22  Glenn Wassermann  Christine Rolando
 July 29  Carl Larson  Donna Serpentini




The Historic Walking Tour is nearing completion.  The phone voicemail boxes are being built now and the recorded messages will be loaded in the voicemail system next.  Most of the signs have sponsors and will be placed at each location.  Some of the key community people who have helped with this project will attend our June 10th meeting for recognition by the club. 

Middletown Rotary is participating in the 125th birthday celebration of the City of Middletown by developing a walking tour of notable buildings and businesses that are part of the history of our city.  In partnership with Frontier Communications, tourists and local residents will be able to walk this route and listen to audio recordings of a short synopsis of the buildings and landmarks before them.




World Polio Day: Health officials laud polio eradication achievements, point to disease’s endgame
After a year of shrinking polio cases worldwide, the crippling disease is now on the cusp of being eradicated, said top health officials at Rotary's second annual World Polio Day event on 24 October. At a special Livestream program -- World Polio Day: Make History Today -- Rotary leaders joined global health experts and celebrity singers to hail the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. After nearly 30 years, the GPEI, which includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is on...
Dynamic young club uses social media to grow
Erin Mills had just finished teaching for the day in Montevideo, Uruguay, when her smartphone buzzed with a message. An impromptu gathering to watch Uruguay's World Cup soccer match was being organized. Through the power of a mobile messaging app, a majority of the Rotary Club of Plaza Matriz had soon assembled at a member's home to munch on baked goods and chips while rooting for their national team. That enthusiasm and ability to draw a crowd has made the club, which just received its charter in July, a success in the country's capital city. Made up almost entirely of young professionals,...
Previewing the World Polio Day Livestream event
Rotary celebrates World Polio Day on 24 October with a Livestream event featuring expert speakers and celebrity performers. Hosted by Time magazine science and technology editor Jeffrey Kluger, the Chicago event also includes a global status update on the fight to end polio and the challenges that remain, as well as information about joining Rotary's historic campaign. The program, being held before a live audience at 18:30 Chicago time (UTC-5), includes a performance from Tessanne Chin, 2013 winner of the TV show "The Voice," an introductory message and videotaped performance by reggae star...
Creating works of art helps refugee children repair their lives
When asked to describe his future, a refugee child from Iraq draws a picture of himself as a doctor. Another child uses colorful paints to depict happy memories of his former life in Iraq. Both children are among the 200,000 displaced Iraqis who now live in Jordan, a country that has become a safe haven for those fleeing oppression and war in neighboring Palestine, Syria, and Iraq. Alexandra Dawley, a former volunteer with the Collateral Repair Project in Jordan, emphasizes how something as simple as an art project can help young refugees adjust to their new lives in a foreign country. With...
Chat with food experts on Twitter about alleviating hunger
Hunger affects more than 800 million people worldwide, according to the United Nations' World Food Programme, and one-third of all the food grown every year goes to waste. Together, we can change that. On World Food Day, Thursday, 16 October, join a conversation on Twitter from 12:00 to 13:00 Chicago time (UTC-5), using the hashtag #RotaryHunger. During the chat, food experts will talk about ways to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in your community and around the world. Rotary (@Rotary) will moderate the chat, and experts from organizations including Rotary First Harvest (@RFHarvest), the...


Oct 27, 2014
Dave Hawkins
Rotary Foundation

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