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Rotary Youth Exchange Student Abby Romm and her Adventures in Italy

Tune in to RadioRotary on Saturday, August1st at 11:30 a.m. (on WTBQ 93.5 FM and 1110AM or and Sunday, August 2d at 7:25 a.m. (on WBPM 92.9 or http:// and 9:30 a.m. (on WBNR 1260AM and WLNA 1420 or http:// when our guest will be Rotary Youth Exchange Student Abby Romm speaking on her adventures in Italy.

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On Saturday evening, July 25th over 90 Rotarians with family and friends enjoyed a wonderful evening of
FUN + FOOD + FIREWORKS + BASEBALL + ROTARIANS with family and friends
at Dutchess Stadium = a great night of FELLOWSHIP.
The College Station, Pa. team beat the Dutches Renegades, BUT a wonderful time was had by all.
Special THANKS to Steve Laubach and his committee who put this wonderful evening together.
Pictured above L to R: Samantha Bailey (District's Club Training Facilitator), DGE Lewis Turpin and DG Nick Constantino.
The Greater Newburgh  Rotary Club was honored  to have as guest speaker Andy Komonchak on behalf of the National  Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Inc., which  is the not-for-profit arm of the Hall of Honor in New Windsor, New York. Andy unveiled  to our club members  a sneak preview  of the $2.5 million renovation project  culminating in the gala re-opening ceremony  on August 15, 2015 at 1pm.
After  three  years in the  planning,  eighteen  months  of design work, and three  months  for  the  top-to­ bottom interior remodeling, the Purple Heart Hall of Honor  will have a totally different look and feel in which  all five of our nation's  military branches and their  Purple Heart veterans  will  be given attention front  and center.  "It's  going to have a real visceral, gut connection for our veterans and our visitors who tour the Hall," Andy remarked, adding, "this is a special place to remind  people of the real cost of  war."
Visitors will enter through a newly-redesigned gabled entrance leading them into an eighty-five  foot long hall illuminated with vivid displays and artifacts  highlighting the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine  Corps and the Coast Guard and their veterans.  There will be computerized screens and terminals  for browsing  into our nation's military history  and researching Purple Heart veterans and a Theater of Valor presenting an eight-min1,1te film produced  by Northern Light Production. There will also be a quiet contemplative area in memory of those with us no longer.  A special display area will be devoted to original historic documents including one of the  three  Badges of Military Merit - the  precursor to today's  Purple Heart - actually bestowed by General Washington  at his headquarters in Newburgh in August 1782. Special care has been devoted  to creating the perfect ambiance through unique lighting effects.
It is entirely fitting that  the Purple Heart Hall of Honor should be in New Windsor, on the site of the last encampment of the Continental Army and a short march away from  Washington's Headquarters  at the Hasbrouck house in Newburgh; and it is due in very large part to the tireless efforts of Sen.William Larkin, himself  a distinguished veteran, that we can welcome this jewel in our own backyard.
Over the years more than 1.8 million Purple Hearts have been presented.  Around 500,000 or so recipients are still with us. Only less than 200,000 have enrolled  thus far in the Hall of Honor.  It is often  difficult for veterans, Purple Heart or otherwise, to talk about what they have lived through.  But by enrolling in the Hall, they can help the people of today, and especially our children  and the generations  yet to be born, remember their valiant sacrifice and suffering so that all Americans can enjoy the freedoms we hold dear. We must never forget  what they have done.
Mr. Komonchak and the Purple Heart Hall of Honor ask that all Rotarians spread the good word about this important upcoming event, which is free and open to the public. Volunteers are welcome  to help out on the day of the event and can call Mike Matsler at 562-9100 to enlist. What better  way to spend a peaceful August Saturday than by paying quiet tribute to our brave men and women who have served our country so selflessly.
On August 15, 2015, National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Inc. will re-dedicate the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor with a grand opening featur­ ing the newly renovated facility.
Thanks to the generosity of our major local foun­dations, businesses, civic organizations and patri­ ots we were able to redesign and enhance the experience of honoring our Purple Heart recipients from all branches of service and educating our community.
August 15,2015 -1:00 PM Ceremony
NatiD; D8l Purple Heart Hall of Honor
374 Temple Hill Rd.
New Wmdsor, NY 12553
Open and free to the public
Please bring .your children
Limited on-site parking - Shuttle buses from
Temple HillSchool
525 Union Ave. County Rd. 69
New Windsor, NY 12553
Town ofNew Wmdsor Town Hall
555 Union Ave. County Rd. 69
For information eall 845-978-3434

Neil Sinclair will serve as president of the 60-plus member Warwick Valley Rotary Club for 2015-2016. District Governor Nick Constantino performed the oath of office to Sinclair and his officers during the installation ceremony June 23 at the Landmark Inn. Under the leadership of Past President Leo R. Kaytes, Warwick Valley Rotary donated to 31 community service groups, 10 domestic and international aid services and provided three college scholarships, sponsored five Warwick students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference and provided scholarships for youngsters at Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center.  
Warwick Rotary officers for 2015-2016 are, left to right, Leo R. Kaytes, Jr., past president; Patti Lurye Dempster, corresponding secretary; Laurene Iammatteo, recording secretary; Mary McClurg, treasurer; Tina Buck, vice president; and Neil Sinclair, president. Rotary District Governor Nick Constantino, seond from right, installed the officers.
Left to Right: Warwick Valley Club President Leo Kaytes, PDG Bill Bassett and PDG Knut Johnsen
Two Former Rotary District Governors joined Warwick Valley Rotary President Leo Kaytes, Jr., left, in distributing almost $10,000 in donation checks to 10 non-profit organizations. Bill Bassett, center, of Pine Bush, and Knut Johnsen of Newburgh, are past governors of the 60-plus-club, eight-county Rotary District 7210.  Donations were handed out to Beautiful People Adaptive Sports, Backpack Snack Attack, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Literacy Orange, Pure Water for the World, Polio Plus, (Orange County based) International Medical Relief Foundation, American Cancer Society Mid-Hudson Chapter, Warwick Ecumenical Ministry’s Meals on Wheels and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Warwick Rotarians are local leaders committed to improving the quality of life in Warwick and elsewhere. This year Warwick Rotarians raised and donated about $50,000 as well as contributing time and skills to help others. They meet each Wednesday noon at the Landmark Inn. Potential members are invited to the meetings.

Nick Constantino
2015-2016 District Governor
Rotary District 7210


Thank you PDG Byron

for the service you have provided to Rotary

2014-2015 Past District Governor Penny Byron
District 7210 Rotarians and Rotarians throughout the world appreciate all you have given.

Local Attorney Christine Chale
Named Red Hook's Rotarian of the Year
Attorney Christine Chale has been named Red Hook Rotary's Rotarian of the Year. Ms. Chale was honored for her outstanding year as club president. During her tenure, Red Hook Rotary completed many successful projects and events including a substantial fund-raising book sale in support of the Red Hook Library and a heavily-attended Apple Blossom Day.
Red Hook Rotary meets every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Bread and Bottle Restaurant in Red Hook. Visitors are welcomed. (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)

Red Hook Rotary Club Inducts 2015-2016 Officers
The Red Hook Rotary Club inducted their new officers for the 2015 - 2016 year at their recent breakfast meeting. Shown in the photo are President-Elect Bud Weaver, Vice-President Linda Greenblatt, President Susan Simon, Secretary Judge Jonah Triebwasser and Immediate Past-President Christine Chale, Esq. Not shown is Treasurer Tim Lynch.
Red Hook Rotary meets every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Bread and Bottle Restaurant in Red Hook. Visitors are welcomed. (photo: Betsy Levy)

At Sharpe Reservation
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Registration 8:30 a.m.

Red Hook Rotary had an active contingent at the recent Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society at the Dutchess County fairgrounds.

The Red Hook Rotary team consisted of Chris Chale, Jonah Triebwasser, Susan Simon and (not shown) Tom Lynch also dedicated a memorial luminary candle to our past-president and long time member Glenn Goldstein.


Red Hook Rotary meets every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Bread and Bottle Restaurant in Red Hook. Visitors are welcomed

On Saturday May 16, Pearl River Rotarians, Spouses, and chOn Saturday May 16, Pearl River Rotarians, Spouses, and children, cleaned up the town park in the center of Pearl River. Rotarians and their families removed old holiday decorations and planted flowers around the clock donated by the club several years ago.ildren, cleaned up the town park in the center of Pearl River. Rotarians and their families removed old holiday decorations and nted flowers around the clock donated by the club several years ago.
Julia D. Phelps, Ed.D.
Rotary International Director
Rotary International Director 2014 - 2016
Due to a very persistent Brad Ford, Julia joined the Rotary Club of Amesbury, MA in 1997 and served as president of the club in 2001-02.  She was very active in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program and hosted several Ambassadorial Scholars.  After serving as president, she was asked to train incoming presidents from across the NE states at Northeast Multi-district Presidents-elect Training Seminar (PETS).  Julia served as a host counselor for a Youth Exchange student from Chile in 2003-04.  Julia is currently a member of the Rotary Club in Malden, MA.
She has served in several positions at the District level.  She trained the “senior alums” for RYLA, served as Inbound Chair for Ambassadorial Scholars. Julia was District Governor of District 7930 in 2007-2008.  In 2008-09, she was the District’s Annual Giving Chair and the Chair for Northeast Multi-district PETS.  Julia became District 7930’s Foundation Chair in July 2009 and led the district through the Future Vision Pilot.  She shared District 7930’s Future Vision insights at the International Conventions in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2011 and Lisbon, Portugal in 2013.
Julia served as a Presidents Representative and the Rotary Foundation Alumni Chair (RFAC) for Zone 32 from 2009 - 2012.  Julia accepted the appointments from the Rotary Foundation Trustees to train Governors-elect at the International Assembly in 2012.  Again in January 2013, she helped prepare Rotary leaders at the International Assembly, where everyone planned for the global launch of the Rotary Foundation. 
Julia is the recipient of the Citation for Meritorious Service presented by the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation.  Steve McKenzie, her husband, and Julia are Majors Donors and charter members of the Bequest Society.  She is also a Paul Harris Society member. 
She is retired from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education where she served as the Associate Commissioner for Curriculum and Instruction.  She and Steve, who is also a Rotarian, live in Greenland, New Hampshire with their Border Collie, Marley.  They are the owners and operators of the 1810 Pickering House Bed and Breakfast.  Steve is the proud father of two children, Melissa and Stephen.  Steve and Julia are also the grandparents to Peyton, Zeth, River, Finn and Nate.  All of their family members are Paul Harris Fellows.

As part of Red Hook Rotary's youth exchange weekend, we had a great time with the Rotary District 7210 Youth Exchange Students from around the world. After arriving at Grand Central Station, we crossed the Brooklyn Bridge, attended a performance of "On the Town" on Broadway and visited Rockefeller Center among other sightseeing.

Did you ask WHY?
Because May 13th, 14th
& 15th are the
dates of our
District Conference.
Please join us to celebrate our 2015-16 Rotary year
at the
Best Western Plus, Kingston, NY
In the heart of our District!
"Good people, doing good things - and having fun doing so!"
Our conference committee Chairs: Sue Naglieri and Steve Laubach.
Committee members: Samantha Bailey, Laurie Quinn, Al Bellenchia, Heather Bagshaw, Clair Parde, Elena Mosely and Doris Obrenski!


"In times of War BELLS were melted down to make Cannons
in time of PEACE Cannons are melted down to make BELLS!"

Become an Example and Inspiration to all
Ringing true in truth
Resonating with love and
Fine Tuning within and without
The subtle textures of Peace!

Imagine peace, Think peace,
Act peace, Spread peace, Live peace
Be that Light in darkness!

Warwick Valley Rotary Club grew to a record 62 members this month. The installation of three additional businesspersons brings to 11 the number of new members joining the service club since last August. They are part of a growing number of community service volunteers who believe in giving back to their community. Warwick Rotarians donate their time and funds to almost three dozen local organizations and projects plus provide scholarships to deserving youth. They meet every Wednesday noon at the Landmark Inn. Prospective members are invited to attend. Shown, left to right, are Rotary Club President Leo R. Kaytes, Stan Martin, Rotary District Community Service Chair, who performed the installation service, new members Laura Barca and Barbara Sullivan and her sponsor Patti Dempster, new member Adam Powers and sponsor Wayne Patterson. (Photo by Dominick Sammarone)

District 7210's own Larry Palant of Suffern has been named to the ShelterBox Hall of Fame! 
Larry is with 2013-14 Rotary International President Ron Burton at the 2013 Rotary UN Day in NYC.

Red Hook Rotary supports the Red Hook Public Library
Shown in the photograph, from left to right are: Rotarians Susan Simon, Tim Lynch, Christine Chale, Barry Ramage, Librarian Erica Freudenberger, Rotarians Bud Weaver, Susan Ezrati, Carl Dowden, Linda Greenblatt, Walter Avis and Judge Jonah Triebwasser.
Members of the Red Hook Rotary Club recently presented a check for $1,550.00 to the Red Hook Library in support of Rotary's commitment to literacy. The funds were raised at the Rotary club's highly successful used book sale earlier this year.
Rotary International is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary International’s focus areas include polio eradication, peace, humanitarian projects, literacy, and water management. Learn more at Learn more about the Red Hook Rotary Club at

Red Hook Rotary meets every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Bread and Bottle Restaurant in Red Hook. Visitors are welcomed. (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)


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