January 2018

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Healing scars of war

In the mountains of Poland, 26 children traumatized by violence get a chance to be kids again at Rotary

Rassin's 2018 presidential theme

2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the

Saving mothers and babies

New Zealand Rotary club sets new standard for childbirth care in

Migration challenges inspire Rotary peace scholar

Migration challenges inspire peace scholarRotary Peace Fellow Linda Low could not have known what world events would bring when she took a position as the communications manager for the Europe region of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent


We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM at the Bonwit Inn.  Join us!
The food drive recently held at the Shoprite in Commack by the Commack Interact Club and the Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club was an immense success.  
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You are cordially invited to attend our Halloween Event on Wednesday, November 1st! This event will be held at Westy Self Storage located at 4049 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY 11731 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to wear costumes or masks to share in the fun! We are hosting this event on behalf of our club to build camaraderie and new members! Join us for this free event and have fun - of course any donations are always welcome. We will have food, wine and dessert. Please RSVP by October 30th if you plan to attend and feel free to bring a guest. Costume is optional of course but more fun if you are wearing one!
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
The Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club held it's special Fifth Friday dinner meeting at the home of Past President and current A.G., Dr. Phil Faquet.  Not only was it a wonderful evening, but we welcomed three new members into our club.  Check out the pictures by clicking here!
On July 26th, our club had a few special guests from the Kings Park in the kNOw, Community Coalition.
The purpose of the coalition is to serve the community of Kings Park and the surrounding areas by acting as a public information resource against the sale, use and proliferation of illegal drugs that are targeted to our youth.  They also work to prevent substance abuse and illegal activity by raising awareness in our community.  Their goal is to empower families so they have the tools to raise healthy drug-free children. 
These are not professionals in the field of substance abuse and prevention but they do collaborate closely with many professionals.  Members of the coalition have aligned ourselves with LICADD (Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency), F.I.S.T. (Families In Support of Treatment), COS (Communities Of Solutions) and Horizons of Smithtown as well as the Smithtown Youth Bureau.  They also partner with several other coalitions on Long Island who all support each other in an effort to combat addiction among the residents of Long Island.
Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club Member Jess Garana offered the Club a presentation discussing the various multinational humanitarian projects he works on as the Cluster Coordinator of the United Nations Development Programme.  Jess went on to discuss various issues and their implications for aid support, the potential for misdirected aid and the harm often caused by good intentions.  Among other issues discussed were undefined standards, difficulties with achieving non-discriminatory practices, diversion and theft of funds, deficiencies in projects due to mismanagement and improper planning and the difficulty of achieving project objectives which are often set outside the community and are inconsistent with the community's standards...
On April 19th, many exciting things happened in our Club.  Not only was our website in the middle of it's scheduled re-design, while Legislator Leslie Kennedy was presenting the importance of the various pieces of legislation currently floating around our area, including the new shopping bag bill and the substantial amount of food insecurity among Long Island's elderly, but we also had another exciting guest speaker - Edward Mikell - the founder of the 7 Cents Club of Commack.  Edward told us about the work he is doing to clean up the public areas of our town, removing littler, clearing public spaces and generally beautifying our town...
Last Tuesday, our club had another special meeting.  This time it was a field trip to the Interact Club at the Commack High School for a 2:15pm lunch and conversation.  Many slices of pizza were eaten and exciting ideas exchanged, as we learned about each other's projects, accomplishments, plans and goals.  Both the current and incoming presidents of both clubs were present, and briefed each other on the current projects underway, as well as those planned for the future.
On May 17, 2016, our Rotary Club had a very special meeting at the Kings Park High School.  We were invited by the Kings Park High School Interact Club and were given an opportunity to take part in a joint meeting.  The presidents of both clubs provided a brief primer on each club's current projects as well as plans and hopes for future projects.  
Among the topics discussed, the Kings Park High School Interact Club has expressed its intent to support and assist with the Healing Garden, set up by the Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club at Nissequogue River State Park.  There was also talk of the first Rotary and Interact End Hunger LI event being hosted at Kings Park High School, by the Interact Club, this summer.  The Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club will of course be co-sponsoring the event and in the coming days, an exact date and time will be announced.
We had our current member Tim Eagen, Kings Park Superintendent share kings park central school District proposed budget for 2016-2017. He invited two guests Diane Nally,  VP and Kevin Johnston,  Trustee from the Board of Education. 
During the Month of March, the Kings Park High School Interact Club worked with the East Northport Rotary Club in their Soles4Souls shoe drive. The students collected over 200 shoes from other students and the staff for the Rotary based program to help the impoverished in our nation and the developing world.
Legislator Leslie Kennedy spoke at our club on Tuesday, April 19th, and discussed the important legislation currently coming across her desk.  Among other topics, she discussed the limited access to food by our senior citizens, the many aspects of the controversial legislation regarding non-reusable shopping bags.