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Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...

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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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...
Rotary International has published the themes for each of the next twelve calendar months.  Want to know what they are? 
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.