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A Night of Tasting 2017
Another year of a great tasting event held at Brewster's Temple Beth Elohim. We have added more wineries, distilleries, craft breweries and a few more food vendors. Glasses for tasting will be gifted with each paid admission ticket. Buffet dinner will be provided by Rich Parente from Clock Tower Grill. The amazing Tony and Tony T Entertainment will be providing our music again this year. Come watch the sunset looking from the top of the hill and enjoy this evening with us. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. 

If you are interested in purchasing advertising space in our Tastings Guide or making any type of donation for our raffle table, please contact Barbara Evans 845-653-6768

Thanks again for your support and hope to see you there!
A Night of Tasting 2017 Barbara Evans 2017-03-01 05:00:00Z
Coat Donations to Putnam CAP
The Brewster Rotary donated 75 coats to Putnam Cap in early December.  Thirty of the coats were new from Operation Warm, and the remaining coats were used winter coats and jackets in good condition.   The photo below shows Jenny Hinsman (President, Brewster Rotary), Judy Callahan, Director of Putnam CAP, Rebecca Wittenberg, WIC Director at Putnam County Health Department, and Marty Vigdor (Psychologist at Green Chimneys and Brewster Rotarian).
Coat Donations to Putnam CAP Jenny Hinsman 2015-12-09 05:00:00Z
2015 Superbowl Winner
Congratulations to Jim Picarella for winning the 2015 Brewster Rotary Superbowl Raffle.
Our Second Place winners for the flat screen TV were Dennis DiMattia and Rick Kozok.
2015 Superbowl Winner Jenny Hinsman 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z
Wine Tasting Planning
Our 2015 Wine Tasting Event is now in the planning stages. If you are interested in helping plan or be apart of this awesome event, please contact Bill Evans at 203-843-2612
...More to come
Wine Tasting Planning Bill Evans 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z
Superbowl 2015 Raffle
Go to Superbowl 2015 in Arizona for $100!!!  It's back again!  Brewster Rotary is raffling off a package for 2 to the Superbowl in Arizona.  Includes  2 VIP passes to the  Superbowl, hotel stay, $1000 airfare voucher plus so much more.  
Tickets are limited to 350 tickets.  Tickets are $100 or 3 for $250.  
Superbowl 2015 Raffle Bill Evans 2014-09-18 00:00:00Z
2014 Brewster Rotary Wine Tasting

Please join us on Thursday July 10th at 6:30 pm for the Brewster Rotary Wine Tasting Event at the Centennial Golf Club.

The cost of entry is $20 per person or $30 per couple.  There will be wine, bourbon, beer and hard cider provided by Brewster Wine & Liquor and D. Bertoline & Sons plus free cigars from the Connecticut Cigar Company for the first 50 people.  Live Harp music by Jeanette Devine and plenty of auction items.Image



2014 Brewster Rotary Wine Tasting Jenny Hinsman 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z
Upcoming Putnam Family & Community Services Fundraiser


Upcoming Putnam Family & Community Services Fundraiser Jenny Hinsman 2013-08-29 00:00:00Z
Brewster Rotary Board Meets at the Historic Walter Brewster House

Brewster Rotary had an historic luncheon board meeting at the Walter Brewster House on Thursday January 17th. 

Attending were Steve Smyth (President) Rotarian Kevin Kelly, Bob Cingue (Sgt. at Arms),  Gary Zuza, (President Elect), Jenny Hinsman (Treasurer) Dave Bruen (Foundation Chair) Mike Cavalieri (Vocational Chair) John Semmeles (Membership Chair) and Rotarian and Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast Trustee Erin E. Meagher. 

Rotarians in the Eleanor Fitchen room at the Walter Brewster House.

The Walter Brewster House serves as an event space for weddings, festivals, corporate parties, fundraisers, meetings and cultural events. The house has been carefully restored and with careful attention to detail, the furnishings and artwork inside represent the Village of Brewster's rich history as well as Walter Brewster and John Gail Borden, important former residents of the house who brought economic development to Brewster. It is owned by the Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast. 

Brewster Rotary Board Meets at the Historic Walter Brewster House Bill Evans 2013-01-17 00:00:00Z
Libby Pataki Speaks on Putnam Tourism
Libby Pataki
Libby Pataki Speaks on Putnam Tourism Bill Evans 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z
Brewster Rotary at the 21st Annual Brewster Founder's Day September 30th 2012

Brewster Rotary comes down to Main Street in the Village of Brewster to display a Rotary Shelter Box, inform the public about who we are and what we do as Rotarians, and enjoy the day celebrating the founding of Brewster and the Bicentennial of Putnam County. 

Brewster Rotary at the 21st Annual Brewster Founder's Day September 30th 2012 Bill Evans 2012-10-02 00:00:00Z
Bill Bassett Visits Brewster Rotary
On Tuesday we had the privilege of hosting a visit from Bill Bassett, He was accompanied by his wife Susan. He addressed the club by asking where have been and where we are going.  He brought his own 5 point plan with membership growth being #1.
Bill Bassett Visits Brewster Rotary Bill Evans 2012-09-11 00:00:00Z
Congratulations to Our Newest Member: Georgette Mauriello

On April 23, 2014, Georgette was inducted to the Brewster Rotary at the Putnam County Golf Course by District Governor Drew Kessler.
Also in this picture is President Judy DiMattia of the the Brewster Rotary.  Georgette is the Assistant Branch Manager at Tompkins Mahopac Bank on Independence Way.Image

Congratulations to Our Newest Member: Georgette Mauriello Jenny Hinsman
2014 Super Bowl Winner

CONGRATULATIONS to Rick Gebhardt of North Salem NY for winning the
Brewster Rotary Super Bowl 2014 Raffle.  


2014 Super Bowl Winner Jenny Hinsman
January 2014 Speakers

Ali Piccarella will be our speaker on January 21st.  She will discuss her plans to run the Boston Marathon for charity.

                                                                         boston marathon

Anne Ellsworth, the Executive Director of The Putnam/Northern Westchester Women's Resource Center is our speaker on January 28th. The Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center is recognized and well regarded in the community for its unique work in providing  services, resources and leadership in the areas of sexual abuse, domestic violence and gender equality.

January 2014 Speakers Jenny Hinsman
Super Bowl 2014 Raffle

Have you ever wanted to go to the Super Bowl but couldn’t afford the cost of a ticket?  Well, now is your chance – The Brewster Rotary is raffling off a pair of Super Bowl Tickets for 2014.  The maximum number of tickets to be sold will be 300 and the total package is worth $10 thousand, Including three nights in a New York City hotel, transportation to the game, food and merchandise.  The drawing will occur on January14th at Aversano’s Restaurant in Brewster at 12:30.  If you would like to purchase a ticket, please call Bill Evans at 845-279-1500.


Super Bowl 2014 Raffle Jenny Hinsman
Project Amigo

In February 2014, The Brewster Rotary will be sending two Rotarians- Bill Evans and Jan Stark, along with Jim Byron of the Patterson Rotary,  for the first time to Colima, Mexico to work on Project Amigo.  Project Amigo helps underprivileged children achieve their highest potential by providing programs that motivate them to stay in school, by improving their access to higher education, by promoting literacy, and helping with dental care.  Bill and Jan will be distributing books to schools, interacting with junior/high school scholarship recipients, and reading to and playing with children who need some extra attention. 



Project Amigo Jenny Hinsman
Rotary TV

Check out this YouTube Video of the Brewster Rotary.


Instructions:  right click on the link above.  Select "Open Link in New Tab."

rotary tv

Rotary TV Jenny Hinsman
2013 Red Rooster Mini Golf Outing

Please join us for a fun afternoon of food, entertainment, mini golfing and raffle/auction items.

When:  October 10th (Thursday)  3:30 - 7 pm.  Red Rooster Drive-In, Brewster NY.

Fees: $20 per adult, $15 for children (12 and under).  For more information, contact jenny.hinsman@gmail.com or 845-279-7927.


2013 Red Rooster Mini Golf Outing Jenny Hinsman
Healthcare Reform Presentation

On September 10th, Lauren Bruen Nicholson provided an update to the Brewster Rotary about the upcoming healthcare changes  for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  She explained the new rights and protections, how the health insurance Marketplace will work and the requirements for small businesses.


President Judy DiMattia and Lauren Bruen Nicholson

Healthcare Reform Presentation Jenny Hinsman
Visit from District Governor Drew Kessler

Today, August 20th, 2013, District Governor Drew Kessler visited the Brewster Rotary.  It was an exciting event and we were able to discuss goals and ideas for how to grow Rotary Membership by engaging members to grow Rotary clubs.  

Our president, Judy DiMattia, is shown in the photo receiving the Rotary flag that states "Engage Rotary, Change Lives."


Visit from District Governor Drew Kessler Jenny Hinsman
Putnam Hospital Center Brick Dedication Ceremony


On Thursday, August 15, 2013, several local Rotary clubs participated in a wonderful brick dedication ceremony at Putnam Hospital Center.

Attached is a link to a video of the ceremony:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X74223jMzcs


Putnam Hospital Center Brick Dedication Ceremony Jenny Hinsman
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Comes to Brewster Rotary

Brewster High School Students preformed a preview of their upcoming music performance of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for the Brewster Rotary Club's meeting 

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Comes to Brewster Rotary Bill Evans
Brewster Rotary helps light the Brewster-Southeast Holiday Tree

For the past few months, spearheaded by Brewster resident, Joe
Ruszkowski, representatives from the Brewster Rotary
from The Brewster Chamber of Commerce, The Brewster Elks, The Italian
American Club, The Knights of Columbus, The Brewster Fire Department,
The Brewster Lions Club as well as other groups raised funds
independently to get the Southeast Tree lit along with the small red
and blue patriotic trees surrounding the large spruce. All of the
lights are energy efficient LED lights and were installed by the
Italian American Club, the Brewster Fire Department, and Bill Henry's
Tree Service. This was the first time many clubs have gotten together
to meet and it was a great community effort we can all be proud of.
Over the past few months we've attended one another's events and
dedicated time and effort to get the tree lit as well as formed new
friendships among the clubs. We have plans to start meeting in January
with the same group of folks to now get the fireworks for Southeast
for the 4th of July. Joe Ruszkowski was key in getting all of us
together to get things done for Southeast. Without his leadership and
dedication to this cause it wouldn't have been possible. 


Brewster Rotary helps light the Brewster-Southeast Holiday Tree Bill Evans
2013 District Conference

This years district conference will be held May 17-19, 2013 at Honor's Haven in nearby Ellenville, NY.

2013 District Conference Bill Evans
Wine and Cigar Tasting

This years Wine and Cigar night will be again held at Centennial Golf Club.  The date is May 30, 2013 and the time is 6:30 PM.  Our very Bobby 5 with be providing the music along with the "Desotos.  We all appreciated the group last year.

Again we will have hand rolled cigars provided by Connecticut Cigar Company. The wine is provided by Brewster Wine and Liquors, John Semmels.  Food is prepared provided by Ledley Caterers, Brian Ledley. 

John also hopes to have beer and scotch available to go along with the cigars. 

The will be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and live auction.

Donations are greatly appreciated. 

The cost per person is $15.00 

     per couple     $25.00

Free food

Free cigars

Free wine

Free beer?

Free scotch?


Wine and Cigar Tasting Bill Evans
Brewster Rotary Installs New Officers & Grows in Membership

69 Years and Counting 


Brewster Rotary Installs New Officers & Grows in Membership Erin Meagher
Brewster and Patterson Rotary Clubs Team Up to Collect Appliances for Sandy Victims

Featured in the Putnam Examiner 

Rotary Clubs Collecting Small Appliances for Sandy Victims

The Patterson and Brewster Rotary Clubs are collecting small appliance donations to help those families living along the coast recover from Hurricane Sandy.

“Since the day Hurricane Sandy washed through the coastal neighborhoods of the northeast, many residents have been surviving by camping in the hollow shells that were once their homes,” said Patterson Rotarian Bill Flash said. “The storm surge filled the main floor of many houses and washed away all of the conveniences we often take for granted. The telephones, televisions, toasters, microwaves, and coffee makers that weren’t swept away were rendered useless after being submerged.”

Volunteers from the local Rotary Clubs in Patterson and Brewster have joined together in an effort to help replace some of those items.

Brewster and Patterson Rotary Clubs Team Up to Collect Appliances for Sandy Victims Bill Evans
Rotarian of the Year
Steve Smyth was named Rotarian of the Year for his 30+ years of excellent service to the community and the club.
Rotarian of the Year Gary Zuza
Installation Dinner
The club's new leaders were inducted Tuesday evening following a fine dinner at Rraccis. 
Installation Dinner Gary Zuza
Red Rooster III
 These golfers kept cool at the Brewster Rotary Red Rooster Open III. The only penalty strokes they got were heat strokes in the 106 degree heat.
Red Rooster III Gary Zuza
NYS Organ and Tissue Donor Registry
NYS Organ and Tissue Donor Registry Gary Zuza
Red Rooster Open
Join us on June 20th for a day of FUN golf at the Red Rooster on Route 22. Music, celebrities and mini golf.
Red Rooster Open Gary Zuza
Looking for a few good coats!
 Putnam CAP has started it annual coat drive looking for donated coats to be distributed to the nn\eedy of our community. Please drop off any unneeded jsut cleaned coats on hangars please to thier office at 121 Main St. in Brewster. Thanks in advance for your help.
Looking for a few good coats! Gary Zuza
Our newest member
 Jenny Hinsman is inducted by our president and her sponsors Chris and Rolo.
Our newest member Gary Zuza
Paula Deninger speaks about Suicide Awareness
 We had Paula Deninger from the Southern Dutchess Rotary Club come and speak this week.  She is coordinating a fundraiser/walk in the Hamlet of Carmel for .  It was a very moving and informative speech.  Paula answered many questions and supplied the club with an opportunity to sponsor or donate to a worthy cause.
Paula Deninger speaks about Suicide Awareness Gary Zuza
Brewster Rotary way back when..........
1963 Gary Zuza