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During recent luncheon meetings, the Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls recognized Amy Greiner and Al Weitlich as Paul Harris Fellows and Leah Scheuerman and Tony Angelone as PHF-1s. These awards are in recognition of a substantial donation to the Rotary Foundation.
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation funds activities from local humanitarian projects to international scholarships and worldwide campaigns to eradicate polio and promote peace.
Pictured in photo, L to R: President Bill Halvey, Rotarian Amy Greiner, Guest Rotarian Dr. Brij Bhushan Sharma from India; Bill Halvey, Rotarians Leah Scheuerman, Al Weitlich. (Tony Angelone not pictured.)
 

 
Congratulations to the 2016 recipients of The Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls' annual scholarships (a total of $5,500 was awarded). Pictured (l to r) Rachel Cacace, Rebecca Lowenstein and Jacqueline McConologue recipients of the Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls Community Service Awards; Thom Piliouras, Rotary Club President, Stephanie Zielinski recipient of the Maureen and Stan Straub Scholarship and Stan Straub, Rotary Club Scholarship Chairman. Camera shy: Emma Sampugnaro recipient of The Vincent Paino Sr. and Jr. Memorial Scholarship and Samuel Sauer recipient of the Angelone, J., J. and J. Scholarship.
 

 
As is traditional at the conclusion of every successful Rotary year, The Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls was delighted to present donations to representatives of our local food pantries. Pictured (l to r) Kathy Sorce, First Presbyterian Church Food Pantry: Barbara Montross, Meals on Wheels of Wappingers Falls: Thom Piliouras, Rotary Club President; Debbie McGravey, United Methodist Church Summer Lunch Program and the Food Pantry; Joe Popora, Zion Church Food Pantry and Joe Benigno, St. Mary's Church Food Pantry. A donation was also made to the Castle Point VA Food Pantry. Heartfelt thanks to everyone connected with these charities for their dedicated efforts throughout the year on behalf of our community.
 

 
 
During a luncheon meeting on Thursday, July 7, the Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls welcomed their RYLA students from Roy C. Ketcham HS. ”The Rotary Youth Leadership Award Conference, known as RYLA, is a globally run leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs. This experience is given to 10th grade students who are
preparing to enter the 11th grade. These select young people attend an all-expenses paid trip where they are inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life- long friends through fellowship activities, and discuss the ethical and social issues of today.” Rotary District 7210 held their conference June 26 – 30 at Mount Saint Mary College,
Newburgh with over 140 students attending. You can learn more about this year’s conference at htps://ryla2016itslit.weebly.com.
Pictured in photo, L to R: Don Swartz, Rotarian; Anthony Napoli; Katie Diesing; Claudette Garcia; Camille Hochberg; Meghan Eagleton; Leah Scheuermann, Rotarian.
 

 

The Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls had a busy week.  In their continuing efforts to support education in the community, they held their monthly “Student of the Month” luncheon on Thursday, October 15,.  Honored this month were Emily Bender (Ketcham HS), Nicholas Simonetty (Wappingers Jr. High), and Gabriella Barger (St. Mary’s School), pictured l to r, along with Rotarians Wendy McNamara and Thom Piliouras.  The students were honored along with their families and the teachers who nominated them.

 

The following day, October 16, was the birthday of Noah Webster, whose name has become synonymous with "dictionary" in the United States.  The club distributed over 300 dictionaries to the third grade students at Evans, Myers Corners, Sheafe Road and St. Mary's Schools. Pictured distributing the dictionaries at St. Mary's School are (seated, l to r) Rosario Rivera, Bob Sugg and Christine Krumm, who are residents of Elant at Wappingers. The Elderact Club at Elant continue to give service to the community; they placed name stickers on the dictionaries and contributed towards their purchase. Also pictured (standing, rear, l to r) are Rotarians Bill Halvey, Deborah Magdalene, Stanley Straub and Thom Piliouras, as well as some of the 3rd grade students from St. Mary’s School.

 
 
 
 
 
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