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Pictured Left to Right - Assistant District Governor for Region 4, Sue Doyle; District 7210 Governor, Louis Turpin; Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls President, Bill Halvey

At a recent luncheon meeting, the Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls awarded our September Students of the Month. In recognition of their scholastic and service achievements, these students were honored: Michael Garzione, Evans Elementary; Kayla Seegler, St. Mary’s School; Megan Rabl, Wappingers Junior High; Joseph Leung, Roy C. Ketcham High.
The Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls recognizes student excellence throughout the school year. These awards are funded through our annual golf tournament. Rotary thanks our main sponsor DCH Toyota, and all our sponsors for their support.
Pictured in photo, L to R top: Megan Rabl, Wappingers Junior High; Wendy McNamara, Rotarian; Rotary President Bill Halvey. L to R bottom: Michael Garzione, Evans; Kayla Seegler, St. Mary’s; Joseph Leung, Roy C. Ketcham.

The Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls recently inducted two new members: Village of Wappingers Falls Clerk John Karge and Town of Wappinger Supervisor Lori Jiava. Already familiar with community service, John and Lori will continue to provide “Service Above Self” as Rotarians. The Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls provides services and material support to local schools, food banks, Meals on Wheels, senior citizens, needy families, veterans and local parks. In additional, the club provides emergency and humanitarian aid through the Rotary Foundation.
Pictured in photo, L to R: Town Supervisor Lori Jiava, Rotarian Steven Crew, Village Clerk John Karge.

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://
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.

Rotary’s World Polio Day event looks ahead to ending the disease for good
While the fight to eradicate polio suffered a blow this year when the virus re-emerged in Nigeria, Rotary leaders and top health experts focused Monday on the big picture: the global presence  of the paralyzing disease has never been smaller. The headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, served as the site of Rotary’s fourth annual World Polio Day event. Some of the biggest names in the polio eradication campaign were there to reflect on the year’s progress and discuss what’s needed to end the disease for good. More than 200 people...
Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out...