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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://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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Rotary recognized on public television's 'American Graduate Day'
Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television's fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch's students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving during tough economic times. Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak appeared as one of the show's guests, along with Monarch Alumnus Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and...
Practicing peace
Nations around the world will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, a date designated by the United Nations in 2001 as "a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence." Rotary's commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers program, formed in 2002. Each year, the program prepares up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master's degree program or a three-month professional certificate program at university partners worldwide. Today, nearly 1,000 peace centers alumni are applying their skills — negotiating peace in conflict...
Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of September auctions.
Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.