Club Executives and Directors
The Town of Wappinger War Memorial is located in Schlathaus Park at the major intersection of Myers Corners and All Angels Hill Roads. Donated to the Town by a private individual as a memorial to those who gave their lives defending the nation, the Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls established a not-for-profit trust administered by a three-member committee of Rotarians to provide for the "perpetual maintainance, care, improvement, and repair" of the monument. The site has become a venue for many of the Town of Wappinger memorial events throughout the year.
New Member Amy Greiner
At the recent installation dinner of the Rotary Club of Wappinggers Falls, President Jim Sedore (pictured at left) presented Secretary George Jennings with the Rotarian of the Year award for the exemplary manner in which he has exercised the duties of Secretary but also his extraordinary efforts as Chairman of Publicity for the Club. Rarely does a week go by when some article does not appear in the Poughkeepsie Journal or the Southern Dutchess News.
President Jim also noted George's extensive community involvement., including Youth Advocate serving on the Dutchess County Youth Board, the Executive Board of the Dutchess County Council Boy Scouts of America, ans a senior advosor the the Summer and after-school programs for the Faith Assembly of Faith ib God.
It is with great sadness that the Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls unexpectedly lost George to a sudden illness. Our hearts go out to his widow Carol (his "bride") and to his family.
Restoring vision to hundreds in China
Seeing an elderly Tibetan woman weep with joy when cataract surgery restored her vision after 10 years is the kind of moment Dave Razo will never tire of. For several summers Razo, a member of the Rotary Club of Warner Robins, Georgia, USA, traveled to rural northwest China with a team from Georgia-based nonprofit Gansu Inc., to provide free sight-restoring cataract surgery to some of the country's poorest residents. In 2012, after 22 years and 6,000 successful procedures, Gansu's founder, ophthalmologist William Conrad, retired and discontinued the organization's operations. But Razo didn't...
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...