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.
Korean sailor makes waves for End Polio Now
Enjoying calm winds and peaceful Pacific waters, Seung Jin Kim dove off his 43-foot sailboat, the Arapani, to swim with some dolphins nearby. The serenity that day near the equator was a stark contrast to the 60 mph winds and 23-foot waves he had to fight around Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America. But Kim, a veteran sailor and member of the Rotary Club of Seokmun, in Chungcheongnam, Korea, expected such challenges when he set out in mid-October on a 25,600-mile journey around the world. In addition to fulfilling a lifelong dream, Kim is using the trip to raise awareness and funds...
Monrovia club’s Ebola fight not finished
After the first cases of Ebola reached Liberia's capital, Monrovia, last June, local Rotary members feared that the city's limited health care system wouldn't be able to contain the highly infectious, often-deadly disease. Those fears were realized when infections quickly multiplied, underscoring the speed with which Ebola can spread in an urban center. It was the first time the hemorrhagic fever had threatened a major city since it erupted in West Africa last March. Now, after months of crisis-level response, and with the number of new cases declining, club members are looking to the long...
Rotary member takes fundraising to new heights -- the summit of Mount Everest
Despite his longstanding interest in polio eradication, polio was not on Joe Pratt's mind as he prepared for a mid-April 2012 climb of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth. But that changed in late 2011, when the resident of Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA, participated in a polio immunization project in Pakistan with fellow Rotary member Steve Puderbaugh. Moved by the efforts of the Pakistanis to battle the crippling disease, and by the vulnerability of the young victims, Pratt reset the focus of his climbing adventure. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio has never been...
San Francisco club reveals formula for growth and retention of members
Members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening meet at a wine bar after work, share a social outing, and promote all their activities on social media like Meetup and Facebook. As the first evening club in the city, it has attracted many young professionals from Silicon Valley tech firms whose work schedules keep them from joining a more traditional club that meets for breakfast or lunch. But more than that, the evening format has helped the club grow by 30 percent since it received its charter in mid-2013. Danielle Lallement, who was its charter president, says the club has been...
Colorado joins Kosovo club to restore sanitation in blighted local schools
Blighted schools in the mountain city of Peja in western Kosovo are a reminder of the ethnic strife and war that ravaged this area in the 1990s. To restore ruined sanitation facilities in some of those schools, local Rotary members recently partnered with their counterparts from Colorado, USA. Though residents have been slowly rebuilding the city's infrastructure after years of neglect under earlier governments, most resources are going to improve roads, rebuild homes, and create new businesses. Little money remains to restore the schools. As a result, students have fallen ill, stayed home...