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.
As photojournalist Allison Kwesell walks through the narrow streets of an Indian village, familiarity sets in. She visited here four years ago, when she first met Samir and his family. He was two years old then and had recently contracted polio. Kwesell approaches the front porch of a home when she hears an older woman yelling “Samir! Samir!” She runs toward the voice, wondering if she’ll recognize the boy. She sees six children playing chase on the dry earth, the dirt forming clouds around their feet. From afar she notices a young boy, not unlike the other barefoot children in the backyard...
Rotaract award winners celebrated for their life-changing projects
The village of Kumbharwadi is one of many in a drought-prone region near Mumbai, India. Until recently, its residents had access to only one well with drinkable water. During the summer months, the well runs dry, and the women and girls of the village travel three to four hours a day to search for water. Enter Project Boond, undertaken by a Rotaract club, a Rotary club, and the Watershed Organization Trust to provide clean drinking water and sanitation facilities in Kumbharwadi. Nikunj Pherwani, 2013-14 president of the Rotaract Club of Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce and Economics in...
Young writers get published with the help of Rotary
In Jamaica, 11-year-old Jordan Allwood reads his classmates a story about a lonely puppy who finds a new family. The puppy grows into a big dog, enjoys walks along the beach, and survives a frightening autumn day when he is caught in a trap before being rescued by his family. Jordan's story is one of hundreds that were written by children ages 7-11 for a writing contest organized by the Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean 7020 and supported by clubs in 10 Caribbean nations. The best stories, including Jordan's, were published in "The Butterfly StoryBook," produced by the club and sold through...
Clubs breaking down barriers to clean water in Ghana
When Marty Hatala, a member of the Rotary Club of Boaz, Alabama, first traveled to Ghana in 2010 to volunteer at a local orphanage, she saw how local communities struggled to find clean water. Though at least 80 percent of the country's population has access to improved water sources, according to UNICEF, 5 million Ghanaians still use water from unsafe sources. That leaves a significant part of the country's population susceptible to a range of diseases. Worldwide, one out of every five deaths among those under the age of five is caused by water-related diseases. Hatala's experiences in Ghana...
Secrets of a successful crowdsourcing campaign
In case you haven't heard, a man raised nearly $60,000 to make potato salad as a spoof on a popular fundraising site. If he can do that, a campaign to raise money for feeding hungry children or building a school in a war-torn country should be a snap, right? Wrong. The Internet is littered with humanitarians struggling to raise the money and gather the resources for projects that could make a positive impact in the world. So, what is the secret to a successful crowdsourcing campaign? It's simple, really: make it easy to give. Here are some ways you can make it easy for supporters to back your...