Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westchester

   Serve to Change Lives

We were chartered in December 2020 as the Rotary Club of Fairview-Mt. Vernon.  To better serve our community we changed our name to Rotary Club of Westchester in March 2021
Rotarians have a vision: “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

 
Club News
With the approach of the holiday season, Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Westchester NY went to work, donned their aprons and chef's caps, and meticulously prepared the dough, pouring them into trays and baking them in batches of freshly baked cupcakes.   Once the baking was done came the bright red toppings. 
 
On Sunday, November 21, 2021, they carried the entire lot of more than 130 cupcakes to the Sunday School in Mount Vernon, NY.  Their purpose was to sell these cupcakes to the children and their parents and raise money for The Rotary Foundation's “END POLIO NOW”. campaign.
 
The hard work of the Club members paid off and the cupcakes all sold out quickly, raising nearly $250 for the campaign.  Shazia Alirahi, Secretary of the Club was assisted by her five daughters all of whom are members of the Club.
Five members of the Westchester Rotary Club headed to the Dominican Republic in August carrying with them 14 suitcases packed with essential school supplies for children in the Dominican Republic.
 
Headed by Club International Projects Chair, Elmsford Deputy Fire Chief Nelson Diaz, the other team members are Club President Syed Alirahi, Secretary Shazia Alirahi, Treasurer Firoz Pathan, and Community Service Chair Maher Pathan.  The team traveled to Jamao Afuera - a poverty-stricken remote mountainous area about 100 miles from Santo Domingo.  They distributed the supplies to children in 5 schools in the area.  The Club members paid for the cost of their travel and their week-long stay there by themselves.
 
Based on feedback from the area, the team purchased backpacks, notebooks, pencils, pencil sharpeners, pens, erasers, crayons, triangle ruler sets, for distribution to the children before the school year began in September.  All of the individual items have the Club and Rotary logos attached identifying them as being provided by the Club.  The waterproof backpacks have large stickers on the back so that the Rotary logo and Club name are visible when the children are carrying them on their backs.
 
The team also held meetings with local school and town officials, as well as Rotary Clubs in Santo Domingo.  Project Chair Nelson Diaz is from the area and President Alirahi, who speaks fluent Spanish, spoke about Rotary, its ideals, and Rotary's goal of providing assistance in education and literacy.  The total cost of the items was $6,200 and were purchased from funds donated by Club members and from funds raised through a raffle.   The Club has received for a District Grant to cover part of the project costs.
 
The La Soufrière volcano on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent began a series of explosive eruptions on April 9, sending clouds of hot ash some 20,000 feet into the air, blanketing much of the island in ash and causing water and electricity outages. The air smells of sulfur and breathing without a mask means breathing in ash into your lungs. Life on the island is totally disrupted as the population is in a state of crisis. The latest eruption caused more ash to fall throughout the island and as far away as the island nation of Barbados, some 111 miles to the east.  Between 16,000 and 20,000 people have been evacuated from areas near the volcano, including about 3,000 who are staying in more than 80 government-run shelters. The primary needs at the moment are:
1) Bottled water,
2) N95 masks,
3) Paper towels and toiletries.
Our Club has gathered some of these items and provided them to the Church which is coordinating assistance efforts. The drop off point for donations in Westchester is First Community Church of the Nazarene, 2101 Saw Mill River Rd., White Plains, NY 10607
The Club has received its new Charter Certificate reflecting the change in the Club's name from the Rotary Club of Fairview-Mount Vernon to the Rotary Club of Westchester, New York.
 
The change was requested by the Club Board to better reflect the Club's area of activities.  The change in name has been approved by the District.  The new Charter Certificate reflects the formal approval of the Rotary International Board of Directors.
 
The Club was originally chartered on 18 December 2020.
On behalf of the Club, our Public Image Chair Amber Alirahi brought packages of pet food to the Paws Crossed Animal Rescue in Elmsford.
 
Established in 2016, Paws Crossed, the animal rescue organization operates with the mission "Rescue one by one until there are none"..  They believe their mission is best fulfilled through rescue, rehabilitation, rehoming, advocacy, collaboration and education.  They offer a variety of programs and services to the community.
 
Our Club, chartered by Rotary International only a few months ago, has already undertaken a number of projects in the community.  We have distributed medical masks to first responders in the Elmsford Fire Department, and provided grocery supplies to needy residents. We are planning many other community service programs in the coming months.

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