The Greater Newburgh Rotary Club

The Greater Newburgh Rotary Club is one of the oldest continuous clubs in the world. Such distinguished civic leaders as Archie Stewart of Stewart International Airport fame, and Dr. Russell Scobie, known as the father of fluoridation, have been members.

The Club has continuously achieved good works since 1917, sponsoring numerous programs on a local level.

2022-2023 "Imagine Rotary"
This new year brings forth a new dawn in life, a new opportunity to service our fellowman. I hope ‘2022 will offer the Rotary Club of Greater Newburgh stellar opportunities for us to collectively accomplish our motto “Service Above Self”.
Our club has had victories during this challenging year designed to support the lives of others throughout our community. We’ve continued to accomplish and engage club members in club activities and donations and created new opportunities, i.e., Million Masks donations; a district grant to support the Newburgh Urban Farm and Food Initiative (NUFFI) providing food security to the Newburgh community and a model for urban farming; International Woman’s Day Recognition; Horizon on the Hudson Elementary School’s Summer Library Program donations; School Supplies donations; Shelter Box donations-- Haiti Earthquake disaster relief; Club Kid and Camp Robbins YMCA of Middletown donation; Polio Eradication donation; Winter Coats donation to the Community-at-large; Holiday Season Adopt a School Program; Peace Polls and let’s not forget a great Holiday Party. 
We should remember that as Rotarians, our club’s circle of friendship is part of the global circle of friendship which is the same. A drop of rain from the sky, a drop of water from the river or a drop of water from all are the just that – a drop of water – until they accumulate. The friends we make through our club achievements contribute to the spread of friendship and goodwill around the world through our dedicated causes designed to improve and build a better world. Making one true friend is a step toward creating world peace.
Let us remember, “Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves,” Paul Harris, Rotary Founder.
It has been an honor to serve as Club President 2021-2022.
Arlette Murrain, President
Rotary Club of Greater Newburgh
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Delivering Homemade Meals to Families Facing a Cancer Diagnosis in the Hudson Valley
 Krista Jones, Exec. Dir. & Founder

The primary mission of Sparrow’s Nest is to cook and deliver two homemade meals once a week to families struggling through a cancer diagnosis in Putnam and parts of Orange, Ulster and Northern Westchester counties.  Parents, guardians or children who live in parts of five Hudson Valley counties and who are actively receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment, or who are recovering from surgery due to their diagnosis qualify for our services. These families must have children 18 years of age or younger living in the home and must live within 35 miles of their Wappingers Falls kitchen. Thanks to the support of their community, qualified recipients are never turned away.

Sparrow’s Nest has fed more than 2,000 people since inception. The charity is about much more than just food. It’s about community rallying around a family to help with some of their basic needs, it’s about giving these families some peace of mind knowing a homemade meal is coming and it’s about showing them that will be supported throughout their sickness, trying to alleviate some of their stress.

For additional information please see the website for Sparrow's Nest

Education and Literacy is one of Rotary's 6 areas of focus. More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That's 15 percent of the world's adult population. 
John Vale, Executive Director of American Red Cross, Hudson Valley Chapter spoke to the Rotary Club about the many services that the American Red Cross provides to the community as well as across the world in times of need saving lives with access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products and providing support to families in times of emergencies and disasters. 

Rotary International President Jennifer Jones wants members to imagine the possibilities in the change they can make to transform the world. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, urges people to dream big and harness their connections and the power of Rotary to turn those dreams into reality. “Imagine, a world that deserves our best where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.”

In announcing the theme Jones said, "we all have dreams, acting on them is a choice we make. When an organization like Rotary dreams about big things like ending polio and creating peace, it becomes our responsibility to make them happen". “You don’t imagine yesterday,” Jones said, “you imagine tomorrow.” 

Rotary Participates in Newburgh Illuminated

The Newburgh Illuminated Festival is an event designed to celebrate the diversity and dynamism of the City of Newburgh with a day of music, art, dance, poetry, food, and more. It brings people and families together to shine a light on the City of Newburgh to increase tourism, attract new businesses and have a positive effect on our regional perception.

 The brainchild of Newburgh mayor Judy Kennedy, the family-and pet-friendly event is held each June on Broadway near Liberty and Grand Streets. This year's event was held on June 4, 2022. At the Rotary tent members passed out free bottles of water and information on the Greater Newburgh Rotary Club. 

Virginia Kasinki was inducted into membership of Greater Newburgh Rotary on June 14, 2022. Virginia is the Director of the Newburgh Urban Farm and Food Initiative (NUFFI). The Newburgh Urban Farm and Food Initiative (NUFFI) is an active network of local residents and community organizations who take ownership of their neighborhoods by installing and caring for neighborhood community gardens. 
Through the building of community gardens and offering of youth education and employment programs, informative workshops, and volunteer opportunities at the Downing Park Urban Farm, NUFFI empowers residents to take ownership of their own lives, health and community.
For additional information on Newburgh Urban Farm and Food Initiative see Who We Are - Newburgh Urban Farm and Food Initiative (NUFFI) .
NUFFI, Downing Farm, Newburgh, Urban Farm
Glendon Fraser, Director of the Red Tail Flight Academy program spoke to the club on June 14th. The academy is a Tuskegee Airmen inspired pipeline to career possibilities for underrepresented people of color. The mission is to use aviation as an aspirational platform to recruit, develop, expose and place underrepresented talent - with an emphasis on candidates of color in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen.  The RedTail Flight Academy, based at the New York Stewart International Airport, is an all-volunteer program.
[L-R] Taryn Farrington, Pres. Arlette Murrain,
          AG Deborah Sager   
Taryn Farrington was inducted as the newest member of the Greater Newburgh Rotary by Assistant Governor Deborah Sager on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. She was inducted under the corporate membership plan of Rotary International. Taryn is employed as Senior Relationship Manager for M & T Bank at 5075 Route 9W, Newburgh, NY. Taryn will be the primary corporate member with Adam Pitcher, Vice President, Commercial Branch Manager as the alternate corporate member. Welcome to Rotary Taryn and Adam.
Greater Newburgh Rotary members were out to support Community Clean-Up Day in the City of Newburgh on Saturday, April 23, 2022. 
Pictured from left to right: Lou Chappo, Earl Miller, Mayor Torrance Harvey, Jeannine Miller, Councilman Anthony Grice, Club President Arlette Murrain and Bob McCurdy
On Monday, April 18, 2022, six cartons plus one bag of non-perishable food was delivered to two food pantries in our service area. Deliveries were made to the Union Church and the Town of New Windsor Recreation Department. Each location received three cartons of food items collected by Rotarians with support from our business partners Verizon Wireless Zone, Orange Bank and Trust, and M & T Bank for their food pantries. Together, in excess of $600 in non-perishable food items were donated.  
 Town of New Windsor Delivery
Union Church Delivery
Morris Shuman was inducted as the newest member of the Greater Newburgh Rotary Club on April 5, 2022. Mr. Shuman is a sculptor, retired business owner and a professional cabinet maker. Inducting Mr. Shuman was Peter Sullivan, District Governor, 2023-24. His sponsor is Club President, Arlette Murrain. 




Poliomyelitis, or polio, is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. Poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in hours. It can strike people of any age but mainly affects children under five. Polio can be prevented by vaccines, but it is not curable. Unlike most diseases, polio can be eradicated.


For more than 30 years, Rotary and our partners have driven the effort to eradicate polio worldwide. Our PolioPlus program was the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication by vaccinating children on a massive scale. As a core partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary focuses on advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and awareness-building.

Rotary members have contributed more than $2.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.

Polio Today

When Rotary and its partners formed the GPEI in 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries every year. Today, we have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent, and just two countries continue to report cases of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Because of the efforts of Rotary and its partners, nearly 19.4 million people who would otherwise have been paralyzed are walking, and more than 1.5 million people are alive who would otherwise have died. The infrastructure we helped build to end polio is also being used to treat and prevent other diseases (including COVID-19) and create lasting impact in other areas of public health.

Past District Governor Tony Marmo inducted Donna Rein as the newest member of the Greater Newburgh Rotary Club on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Her sponsor is Rebecca Faubert.
Donna is a partner in a local mobile ultrasound business, and a 35-year resident of the Town of Newburgh, NY.  She was born and raised in New York City where she began her career as a journalist for the New York Voice newspaper.  After writing for several years, she moved into television at WABC-TV and then onto NBC Network. When NBC and Rockefeller Center were sold, she moved to Newburgh.

Donna is a board certified Ultrasound Technologist, (RDMS), licensed in the physics of ultrasound and Breast ultrasound.  She is also proficient in Abdomen, Small Parts, Vascular, OB-GYN, High Risk OB, and Plethysmography studies in addition to their recently expanded foray into the exciting world of 3D4D ultrasounds for expecting moms.  Donna has an MBA and additional certifications in specialty areas.  She is internationally certified by the MFM Foundation in Paris France, and hold various certifications from the Mayo Clinic. She is the Clinical Director of their Mobile Ultrasound Services business and semi retired.  
The membership of the Greater Newburgh Rotary extended an Honorary Membership to Newburgh Mayor Torrance Harvey on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Club President Arlette Murrain awarded the certificate to Mayor Harvey at the club's regular weekly meeting. President Arlette spoke of the service of Mayor Harvey to the Newburgh community as Mayor and educator with City of Newburgh School District. That commitment of service exemplifies the ideals of Rotary and its motto of "Service Above Self". 
Mayor Harvey has lived in the City of Newburgh since 1991 and teaches history at Newburgh Free Academy "NFA". He was elected City Councilman at Large in 2015 and served in that position from 2016 to 2018. On April 23, 2018, he was appointed Mayor of the City of Newburgh following the passing of Judy Kennedy. In 2018 he was elected to fill the remaining two-year term of Mayor Kennedy and was re-elected to a four-year term in 2020. 
Hunger in the communities of the Hudson Valley remains a serious concern in a significant portion of the service area of our Rotary district. In the Hudson Valley 1 in 10 adults and 1 in 6 children experience hunger. As part of our commitment to Feed the Hudson Valley the Greater Newburgh Rotary has organized a food drive for March and April 2022.  Our supporting partners, Verizon Wireless Zone, M & T Bank and Orange Bank & Trust have collection boxes at the following locations. All food collections will be distributed in the club's service area of the greater Newburgh community.
Verizon Wireless Zone
367 Windsor Highway, Suite 100, New Windsor, NY
39 North Plank Road, Newburgh, NY
125 Hawkins Drive, Montgomery, NY
M& T Bank
5075 Route 9W, Newburgh, NY
Orange Bank & Trust
78 North Plank Road, Newburgh, NY
The Greater Newburgh Rotary Club supports the work of ShelterBox in Ukraine with a donation of $1,000 for one ShelterBox. ShelterBox is responding to the Ukraine crisis with a team in Poland working to understand the types of emergency shelter and essential aid items needed by the Ukrainian people. Shelter is so much more than just a roof. It’s the foundation for life, families and communities. It is a place to feel safe after days or weeks of fear. It offers protection from harsh weather, privacy, and helps to preserve dignity. It’s a space to heal from trauma.
As military activities escalate in Ukraine, over three million people are on the move, desperately trying to flee to safety. According to the United Nations more than two million Ukrainians have already fled the terror of war to neighboring countries. Innocent civilians are being killed, families and lives are being torn apart. 

The Rotary Think Differently (DEI) Committee serves as a resource for Rotary District 7210 Clubs and communities; through engendering a culture of acceptance, inclusion, innovation, and forward-thinking to expand Rotary fellowship and service.  
Join us, by working with the Greater Newburgh Rotary Think Differently Committee!
Our mission
The Rotary Foundation helps Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.
At the 1917 convention, outgoing Rotary President Arch Klumph proposed setting up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” That one idea, and an initial contribution of $26.50, set in motion a powerful force that has transformed millions of lives around the globe.
Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
What impact can one donation have?
  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.
The Rotary Foundation is organized as a public charity operated exclusively for charitable purposes and governed by a Board of Trustees. The operations of Rotary International, a member organization, are overseen by its Board of Directors.
Our organization, for a number of years, has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator for our tremendous work and administration. 91% of the dollars contributed to our foundation goes toward the project, thanks to our talented members rolling up their sleeves and doing much of the work!!
On November 2, 2021 PDG Carole Tjoa provided an update to the club on the progress of the campaign to end polio in the world. The report reflected good news on polio eradication but still much work needs to be done. The Greater Newburgh Rotary contributed $500 towards the district polio eradication campaign. Club President Arlette Murrain made the presentation of the check to District 7210 Polio Campaign Chair PDG Carole Tjoa.
Club Information
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Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Powelton Club
29 Balmville Road
Newburgh, NY 12550
United States of America
From January to March the Greater Newburgh Rotary Club meets at local restaurants in the area. Meeting venues are posted on our website and Facebook page. To join a meeting remotely, please contact us and we will provide you with a link to join.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Membership Chair
Diversity Equity Inclusion
Public Relations
The Rotary Foundation
October 2022
Nancy Proyect, Executive Director
Oct 04, 2022 12:15 PM
Armory Unity Center
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A new weapon against polio

A modified vaccine offers hope that eradication is closer than ever.

Mobile clinic delivers free healthcare for Wisconsin’s underserved communities

Rotary clubs in District 6250 (Wisconsin and Minnesota, USA) have donated a mobile clinic to St. Clare Health Mission, a community organization in La Crosse, Wisconsin, that provides primary and specialty health care services at no cost for those without access to insurance.

Rotary President Jennifer Jones announces US$150 million pledge toward polio eradication

Rotary President Jennifer Jones appeared on the stage at the star-studded Global Citizen Festival to announce an additional US$150 million pledge toward that end.

Re-emergence of polio underscores the need for eradication

The detection of poliovirus, and even cases of polio, in places where it hasn’t been found for years has demonstrated once again that eradicating a human disease isn’t easy, especially in the final stages.In recent months, an unvaccinated man in the United States was paralyzed. In the

Rotary members in Poland provide a safe home for Ukrainian refugees

In March, shortly after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, refugees began arriving at a home in Wojciechów, a town about 20 miles from the city of Lublin in eastern Poland.

Rotary, Ukraine Friends to collaborate on addressing needs in Ukraine

Rotary, Ukraine Friends to collaborate on addressing needs in

Building peace in a fractured land

The Rotary Club of Jerusalem focuses on peacebuilding initiatives, including bringing together Jewish and Arab youths to learn about each other’s cultures.

Rotary Projects Around the Globe - September 2022

Learn how Rotary clubs are taking action in the United States, Brazil, France, Italy, and Sri Lanka

Lessons in fatherhood

Lessons in fatherhoodFrom Erdenet, Mongolia, to Evanston, Illinois, support for dads can be

The next act

With his play, Visions, a Rotarian has turned his addiction into art and provided new roles for former addicts.

Rotary on Stamps
50th Anniversary
Rotary International 
Rotary's Areas of Focus
Rotary Club Advocacies

The Greater Newburgh Rotary supports the following organizations:

  • Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA), in which one to two students from Newburgh Free Academy attend the District-wide Rotary Youth Leadership Conference, held at the Mount Saint Mary College every summer, teaching public speaking and management skills and the ethical responsibilities of leadership.
  • Vocational Service, in which disadvantaged youth are given an opportunity to train with an experienced business mentor.
  • The Archie Stewart Rotary Scholarship Fund, in which every year one or more NFA students receive a stipend to study at an accredited college of their choice.
  • Local non-profit organizations assisted by the Newburgh Rotary Club have included the YMCA/YWCA, Exudus, The Salvation Army of Newburgh, Meals on Wheels, The Holden Home, Independent Living, Inc., local chapters of the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and numerous others.
  • International Group Study Exchange, in which business people and professionals spend several weeks as Rotary’s guests in a foreign country as ambassadors of goodwill.