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    Trophies awarded to Rotary Challenge winners

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    CARMEL – Toddlers to senior citizens were congratulated over the weekend at the annual Carmel Rotary picnic for shooting the most baskets in their age category during the Rotary’s 16th annual Community Basketball Challenge. It surpassed expectations and raised $67,000 for dozens and dozens of organizations.

    Children as young as three joined seasoned citizens in their mid- to late-70s by shooting baskets during a two-minute span that raised money for the participant’s favorite charity.

    Since 2008 more than $650,000 has been raised for dozens of local, regional and national organizations.

    Putnam County’s most tenured Rotarian Al Lotrecchiano recalled how in the late 1970s, each Rotary Club in Putnam took part in a basketball shootout and through 1991 when the program ceased, more than $250,000 had been collected for a variety of charities.

    Lotrecchiano called this year’s tally “one of the best ever. More than 100 people shot baskets during the fund raiser for dozens of organizations raising in excess of $65,000. People were extremely generous, and we can’t thank them enough. It was a great feeling to the businesses and individuals who sponsored the trophies awarded to Rotary Challenge winners.”

    Carmel Rotary Past-President Sal Gambino added, “As the challenge ended, plans got underway for next year’s edition.”

    Winners included: Under 3– Brady Huestis; Age 4 and 5—Logan McCormick and Lucy Huestis; Age 6-7— Jaxon Carter and Sadie Zupan; Age 8-9—Theia Huestis; Age 10- 11—Declan Kilgallen and Evelyn Zupan; Age 12-13—Madeline Zupan and Davian Carter; Age 14-15—Colin Wendel, Riley Blum and Lia Dowling; Age 16- 17—Taylor Blum and Lucas Cabiati; Age 18-35—Devon McCormack and Chris Ryder; Ryder by the way scored 101 baskets which was the highest amount in the tournament; Age 36-54—Christine Demme and John Carter; Age 55-64— Sue Wilson and Robert McNerney; Age 65-74—Loretta Sosa and Bob Kilgallen; Age over 75—Wayne Ryder

    Article and Picture  credit goes to Eric Gross


    The Carme Rotary Club held its Installation Dinner on June 27, 2024, at the Centennial Golf Club. During the event, officers and the Board of Directors for the 2024-2025 Rotary year were sworn in, and several awards and recognitions were presented. Mary Shanley was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. Congratulations to all!
    Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients at Carmel High School! We are extremely proud of your accomplishments and look forward to your future endeavors. The scholarships were presented to the recipients at a special luncheon at Camp Wilber Herrlich on June 6th.
    What an AMAZING luncheon we had today to distribute the funds we raised at our Basketball Challenge! Representatives from nonprofits all over Putnam County came together and celebrated each others’ accomplishments and hopes for the future. THANK YOU to everyone for all of the amazing work you do, THANK YOU to our Basketball Challenge sponsors and participants, and THANK YOU to our amazing Rotarians for tirelessly serving the community!
    The Rotary Club of Carmel has generously gifted books to kindergarteners and first graders in the Carmel Central School District. Club President Sal Gambino mentioned that they used to provide dictionaries to students, but now they have switched to giving picture books to encourage reading. This is just one of the many ways that the Rotary supports Carmel Schools.
    Over $67,000 was raised at our Basketball Challenge. We extend our warmest congratulations and gratitude to all who sponsored and participated in the event!
    Members of the Carmel Rotary, along with Eileen Kelly, gathered at Restoration Furniture in Carmel last Thursday. The Rotary Club's motto of "Service Above Self" is once again being felt throughout Putnam County, thanks to the members of the Carmel Rotary Club. Last year, the Club raised funds for the national organization Sleep in Heavenly Peace during the Carmel Rotary's Basketball Challenge. Sleep in Heavenly Peace believes that a bed is a basic need for the proper physical, emotional, and mental support that a child needs. Inspired by Sleep in Heavenly Peace's mission to provide beds for children in need, Carmel Rotarians decided to undertake a similar project focusing on Putnam County families. Rotarian Kevin Carroll, who is coordinating the Putnam project, explained, "All children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads. In affluent Putnam County, boys and girls are going to sleep without a bed - or even a pillow to sleep on. These children end up sleeping on couches, blankets, and even floors. This can affect their happiness and health.”
    At the Carmel Rotary Luncheon and meeting held on February 15th, Sal Gambino, the President of Carmel Rotary, presented Holly Knoechel with a Paul Harris Fellow lapel pin and certificate. This designation was given to Holly in memory of her late husband, George Knoechel, who was a long-time Rotarian. President Gambino also announced the $500 George Knoechel Power of One scholarship, which will be awarded to a Carmel High School senior in June 2024.
    Assistant District Governor Carrie Hernandez delivers new Rotary signs to President Sal Gambino of the Carmel Rotary. The signs will be placed in prominent locations around the Carmel Hamlet.

    This popular community fundraising event will be held on Saturday, March 2nd from 9am-12pm, at the Carmel High School Gym, 30 Fair St., Carmel. Supported by the Carmel High School Interact Club and the Carmel High School Mentor Club, this event offers non-profit organizations and community project groups an opportunity to raise funds to support their programs and services.

    Organizations, clubs, adults and youth, and businesses are invited to sign-up and raise money for their favorite non-profit organization. It’s fun and easy. You don’t have to be a basketball player or know how to play the game to participate. Here’s how it works - participants ask for pledges per basket and/or flat donations from as many supporters (clientele, friends and neighbors) as they can. Then at the event, participants will attempt to complete as many baskets as possible during a two-minute period. Each successful basket will be tallied against per basket pledges and added to flat donations to equal the amount due from each of the participants’ supporters. Trophies will be awarded in the youth division and prizes in the adult division to the persons successfully completing the most baskets in the various age groups. Businesses and community members are also invited to become event sponsors