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Welcome to the Babylon Rotary Club!
Babylon

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:30 PM
The American Legion
22 Grove Pl
Babylon, NY 11702
United States of America
We meet every Wednesday at 12:30 PM
Home Page Stories
It was a dark rainy day and the trail was sloppy BUT that didn't stop our runners, volunteers & Rotarians from raising money for a GREAT CAUSE!  Thank you race director Josie Bogdahn for making it all happen!
 
Only 200 Tickets will be sold. (Tickets are going quickly and as of last night we only had 50 left.) Tickets cost $50. Donate $50 here to purchase a raffle.
 
First Prize = $2,000 2nd Prize = $1,000 3rd Prize = $500
 
Winner to be drawn on July 7th at the 2021 Babylon Rotary Club Induction Dinner at the Babylon Village Pool. Winner need not be present to claim prize.
 
Continuing a 50+ year club tradition of sapling donations, our club distributed 1300 saplings to local 1st graders within our club's service area.  Over the years, Babylon Rotary Club has distributed 95,000 seedlings to elementary school children.  Many stately trees, planted and cared for over the years by eager students, can be seen throughout our community.
 
 
Members of the Community Garden Committee had a great time volunteering at the Nathaniel Conklin House Community Garden Project!
 
As part of Rotary's Million Mask Challenge, members of our club distributed masks to several local food pantries and soup kitchens.  Over the course of the next month, our club will be distributing 5,000 masks to local organizations in our service area that focus on feeding the needy. 
 
Our annual Shoe Drive was a huge success this year!  Thank you to our local community for donations!  According to Soles4Souls our efforts helped keep 556 lbs of textiles our of landfills & equal enough to feed, shelter & educate a family in Haiti for 8 months!!
 
250 Turkeys were donated to BBQ Brethren, Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition & other local feeding ministries.
Donate $20 to our FB Fundraiser & comment the Name of Your COVID Hero. Flags to be prominently displayed on the lamp posts in Babylon Village for July 4th weekend.

$20 Donation - Honor a friend, nurse, first responder, essential worker, parent, veteran, or co-worker with the purchase of an american flag to Honor Your Hometown Hero. 8"x12" American Flag will be placed on one of the lamp post within Babylon Village along with a name tag identifying your COVID Hero.

The Babylon Rotary Club is a 50-member volunteer organization of business and professional leaders, one of the 78 clubs of Rotary District 7255 that serves all of Long Island, dedicated to humanitarian service and to help build goodwill and peace throughout the world.

Our members connect at weekly meetings and learn from business experts, political and civic leaders, and entrepreneurs, who help us stay informed on topics that are relevant to our community.

Together, we are making great things happen — in our community and in the larger world. We have a structure that focuses on action and positive results. We also have a lot of fun — whether socializing or working on service projects.

What We Do — Projects

While we initiate and participate in many local, national and international projects. the primary focus of our club over the past few years has been helping alleviate hunger in our community. (For more info on this visit our website)

Our catalog of current projects includes:

Bulk Food Purchases for Soup Kitchens, Arbor Day Tree Program, Scholarships, & Children’s Literacy.
This week our club was recognized by the Babylon Interfaith Clergy Cluster for our support of their feeding ministries. President Jim Kanzler, President Elect Josie Titcomb, & Secretary Kristen Morse accepted a certificate of appreciation on behalf of our club from Clery Cluster President Pastor Patrick Ford from West Islip Church of Christ, VP Rev. Clare Nesmith from Christ Episcopal Church, Babylon, NY, Treasurer Rev. Joanne Bond from Cross of Christ Lutheran Church & Ret. Rev. Leonard Davis from Bethel A.M.E Church in Babylon.
 
For more information regarding our efforts to feed the needy... CLICK HERE.
 
Over the past few weeks, our club has donated $4000 in monetary & food support to local food pantries and soup kitchens.   According to our partners at the Interfaith Clergy Cluster, the economic affects of COVID-19 are forcing more people to rely on the food supports services provided by the many religious institutions in our local area.  In lieu of our regular Spring trip to Restaurant Depot for a bulk food buy, we delivered checks and pantry supplies to United Methodist in Babylon, First Presbyterian in Babylon, Our Lady of Lourdes in West Islip, West Islip Church of Christ,  Christ Episcopal Church in Babylon (Nourish Babylon) & St. Joseph's RCC in Babylon.  A HUGE thank you to NEW MEMBER Bonnie Heller, VICE PRESIDENT Megan NoblePRESIDENT Jim Kanzler & Secretary Kristen Morse for delivering checks and supplies to the food pantries.  
 
Gifts for Teens - 
 
Thank you to Megan Noble for organizing our gift drive for the teens at SCO.  Marnie Katzman, Development Director at SCO Family of Services visited our club to receive the gifts & spoke to our club about SCO programs and the teens they help.  
 
SCO is the 16th largest non-profit in the state.  They run 84 different programs in 120 locations that serve 60,000 people.  They have an annual budget of $265 Million.  
 
Marnie works at SCO Madonna Heights facility in Dix Hills. In 1954, the Sisters of the Good Shepherd purchased the Herman Baruch estate known as the "Bagatelle" mansion.   The property was initially used for summer recreation for homeless girls.   In 1963, the Sisters build a school on the estate and named the facility after the stone carving of Madonna and Child donated by the city of Florence, Italy to Dr. Baruch and his wife Rosemary.    Today, the Madonna Heights campus houses various residential programs that aim to help young and adult women overcome physical or sexual abuse, mental illness & substance abuse.  There is a NYS Regents junior & senior High School where students can enjoy therapeutic environment while staying on the right educational track.  There are approximately 35 young women living on the campus.
 
300 Turkeys - Cooked and Delivered! - 
 

On Weds,  at the Community Presbyterian Church in Deer Park with fellow Rotarians Frank Seibert, Gene Hilgreen, Georgia Westcott, and Paul Cannella and Friend of Rotary Jim Brown cooking  With BBQ Brethren & boxing Thanksgiving dinners to families and Veterans in need.

On Thurs, Thanksgiving meals were delivered by Rotarians Frank Seibert, Paul Cannella, Lonnie Sherman and Gene Hilgreen to United Veterans Beacon House.

Gene Hilgreen, Frank Seibert & Jim Brown

 

 Established in 1976, Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (VIBS) has been a pioneer in the domestic violence and rape crisis movements.  Our club raised $2,000 to purchase new clothing items for rape victims. 
The Coast Guard Program

Our tour of the Coast Guard facility in Fire Island was led by Coast Guardsman Perez Rosario.  He hosted a Q&A during lunch and then took us on a tour of the facility included two boats used for rescue and patrol. 
                                                                                                
Our newest member, Shevaun Brown was inducted into the Babylon Rotary Club at our regular meeting on Wednesday, July 24th. Past President Mikel Hoffman performed the swearing-in ceremony. Congratulations and Welcome Shevaun!
 
Nicole Bailey, Partnership Specialist with the New York Regional Census Center, spoke about the upcoming, 2020 U.S. Census at our regular meeting on Wednesday, July 24th.
                                                                                                
Our 20th Annual Charity Golf Outing was held on Tuesday, July 16th at the beautiful Willow Creek Golf Club in Mount Sinai. Twenty one Babylon Rotary golfers joined others from the Rotary clubs of Bay Shore, Islip and Syosset-Woodbury , under gorgeous skies. All enjoyed a spectacular day of golf, food and fun, and raised a tidy sum to help support a variety of Rotary charitable, educational and humanitarian programs. Photos of the event will be posted on this page shortly.
 
Keely Harris spoke about g6pd deficiency, its definition, origins,  effects, and treatment, and of the work of  the g6pd Deficiency Foundation at our regular meeting on Wednesday, July 19th.
                                                                                                
Dr. Rajesh Patel gave an inspiring talk about the mission and activities of Operation International at our regular meeting on Wednesday, June 5th.
                                                                                                                                    
Babylon Rotary's 60th Annual Ferdinand Gutmann Scholarship Awards were presented at a special Scholarship Awards Luncheon at the Long Island Yacht Club on Wednesday, May 22nd.
                                                                                                           
Islip Town Supervisor, Angie Carpenter visited and gave an interesting talk at our regular meeting on Wednesday, May 15th.
                                                                                                              
At our regular meeting on Wednesday, April 17th, Mike Lollo, an NYPD detective, spoke of the circumstances, deliberations, choices, and processes he experienced when deciding to donate his kidney to a complete stranger.
                                                                                                         
Our newest member, Pat Ziegler was inducted into the Babylon Rotary Club today. Pat is a retired elementary school teacher. Past President Gustave Fishel III performed the swearing-in ceremony. Congratulations and Welcome Pat!
 
                                                                                                    
Caroljean D’Aquila spoke of Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk at our regular meeting on Wednesday, March 20th.
                                                                                                 
Rotary District Foundation Chair, Marion Stark gave a presentation on the Rotary Foundation at our regular meeting on Wednesday, March 13th.
 
                                                                                                 
Paul Moran of the Patchogue Rotary Club spoke about Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Long Island at our regular meeting on Wednesday, March 6th.
Thank you Dirty Sock Runners, Sponsors & Volunteers!
Our 16th Annual Dirty Sock Run was a HUGE success!  We couldn't have done it without our runners who braved the rain and muddy trail!  BIG BIG BIG THANKS to our volunteers and sponsors!
 
Speakers
Marnie Katzman
Dec 08, 2021
SCO Family of Services
Camp Pa Qua Tuck Rep
Dec 15, 2021
Emily Meyer
Dec 29, 2021
The Emily Meyer Foundation
Andrea Casey
Jan 26, 2022
Pal-O-Mine Equestrian Horse Therapy
 
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