Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westchester

   Rotary Opens Opportunities

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.

 
Rotary April Theme
April is: Maternal and Child Health Month
 
 
Most of us are familiar with the reference to the “Twelve Days of Christmas” but did you know about the “Twelve Months of Rotary”? Rotary has identified a theme for each month.
 
July is the first month of the Rotary year and is when the annual theme kicks in. It is also the month when new leadership takes over at Clubs, Districts and at Rotary International.  July’s theme is “Transition Month”. This year’s theme is “Rotary Opens Opportunities.”
 
The monthly themes are meant to highlight the wide range of Rotary’s good work and give clubs some suggestions, timing, and guidance for their programs and activities.
 
Club News
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
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.
As the first project of the Club, we participated in Rotary's Million Mask Challenge. On January 14, 2021 the The Rossi Family Foundation of Connecticut made available nearly 300,00 surgical, KN95 and children's masks to our District 7230. Our Club alongwith the sister Clubs in Westchester and the Bronx, gathered at the White Plains High School to collect our allotment of nearly 8,000 masks.
 
A few days later, our Club Officers, President Syed Alirahi, Secretary Shazia Alirahi and others donated these masks along with hand sanitizers to the Elmsford Fire Department, Elmsford Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Elmsford EMS First Responders, and Mount Vernon Madina School.
 
The Rotary Club of Fairview-Mt. Vernon appreciates and salutes all of our first responder heroes. We thank you for your hard work and sacrifice during these challenging times.
 
Our Club has officially received its charter from Rotary International.President Holger Knaack signed the charter certificate on 18 December 2020.
 
In his letter to Charter members, President Holger Knaack, said he was "incredibly pleased and proud" to welcome our Club into the Rotary family.  He said, "Rotary Clubs provide a place for those with a passion for community service to connect, share ideas and discover how to improve the lives of others".  He said he was delighted that our club will join Rotary in confronting "some of the world's most critical and widesprea humanitarian issues.
 
District Governor Mary Shackleton in her message echoed President Holger's words, saying "chartering a new Club is exciting and challenging.  The key to success is building a strong, engaged membership dedicated to the idea of service, ranging from local community-based projects to major global initiatives"
 
Club Advisor, Assistant Governor Bina Ahmad congratulating the new Club , its officers and members wished the club success for maany years to come.  She offered the District's full support and assistance as the Club starts its journey.
 
Charter President Syed Alirahi thanked President Holder, DG Mary and AG Bina saying, "Together, we will accomplish great things as we serve local and international communities as Rotary Opens Opportunities".

An estimated 500 million people worldwide became infected. Many cities closed theaters and cinemas, and placed restrictions on public gatherings. Rotary clubs adjusted their activities while also helping the sick.

This is how Rotary responded to the influenza pandemic that began in 1918 and came in three waves, lasting more than a year.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley, California, USA, meets in John Hinkel Park during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Photo by Edwin J. McCullagh, 1931-32 club president. Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Berkeley.

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