Club Bake Sale Raises Funds for End Polio

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.
Club Bake Sale Raises Funds for End Polio Syed Alirahi 2021-11-24 08:00:00Z 0

Club Team delivers school supplies to Dominican Republic children

Posted on Aug 18, 2021
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.
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Club Provides Assistance for St. Vincent Volcanic Ash Victims

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
Club Provides Assistance for St. Vincent Volcanic Ash Victims Syed Alirahi 2021-04-16 07:00:00Z 0

Club receives updated Charter with new Name

Posted on Mar 25, 2021
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.
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Club Provides Pet Food to Paws Crossed Animal Rescue

Posted on Mar 14, 2021
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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February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month

Rotary's February Theme:
Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution 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 Theme for the 2021022 Rotary year is "Serve to Change Lives".
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.
Clubs are encouraged to invite speakers to their Club meetings on the monthly theme, organize special events and activities that highlight the theme and raise awareness of the theme and of Rotary.
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Winter Blanket Distribution: Club's International Project

Winter always brings hard times to many people in many countries that Rotary works in.  This winter, in particular, many people are in greater need because of the pandemic.  What we can do together is much greater than what we can do alone.  Encouraged by that spirit, we partnered with a sister Club in Rotary District 3282 (Bangladesh) - the Rotary Club of Sylhet to arrange distribution of winter blankets for those who have no other way to fend off the cold weather,
Thanks to a donation from our Club President Syed Zaki Hossain, we pooled resources with the Rotary Club of Sylhet to arrange for distribution of blankets.  On a cold winter day on 17 January 2021, this joint project was carried out by the host Club.   
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Club Participates in Million Mask Challenge

Posted on Jan 21, 2021
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.
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Club Receives RI Charter

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".
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Rotary’s Response to the 1918 Flu Pandemic

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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Rotary at the Start of the United Nations

Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world.

During World War II, Rotary informed and educated members about the formation of the United Nations and the importance of planning for peace. Materials such as the booklet “From Here On!” and articles in The Rotarian helped members understand the UN before it was formally established and follow its work after its charter. 

Many countries were fighting the war when the term “United Nations” was first used officially in the 1942 “Declaration by United Nations.” The 26 nations that signed it pledged to uphold the ideals expressed by the United States and the United Kingdom the previous year of the common principles “on which they based their hopes for a better future for the world.” 


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History of Women in Rotary

Women are active participants in Rotary, serving their communities in increasing numbers and serving in leadership positions in Rotary. The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.
 “My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world,” said Frank J. Devlyn, who would go on to become RI president in 2000-01. 
The vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary world to allow the admission of women into Rotary clubs, and several close votes at previous Council meetings.
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Young Inventor Eco-Friendly Bricks Come Full Circle

Every hero has an origin story. “I was 10 years old when the entire journey started,” explains Binish Desai. It began with a cartoon called Captain Planet, an animated TV series from the 1990s about an environmentalist with superpowers. Desai can still recite the show’s refrain: Captain Planet, he’s our hero / Gonna take pollution down to zero! “That tagline stuck in my mind,” he says. “I wanted to do something to help Captain Planet.”

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First Club in Philippines Opens Door to Rotary in Asia

In early 1919, Rotarian Roger Pinneo of Seattle, Washington, USA, traveled to the Philippines to try to organize a Rotary club in Manila. Leon J. Lambert, a Manila business leader helped Pinneo establish the club. Several months later, on 1 June 1919, the Rotary Club of Manila was chartered and became the first Rotary club in Asia.

The club would be the only one in the country for more than 12 years. Eventually, Manila club members organized Rotary clubs in the Philippine cities of Cebu (1932) and Iloilo (1933). Iloilo club members then started a club in Bacolod (1937), and Rotary continued to expand across the country.

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