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The Rotary Million Mask Challenge Tour rolled into Renegades Stadium this past week providing PPE face coverings to Clubs in District 7210. Ted Rossi, a 20-year member of the Rotary Club of East Hampton Connecticut has donated PPE masks to help stem the spread of COVID.
The Rotary Million Mask Challenge delivered upwards of 2MM PPE face coverings to first responders, essential workers, and needy community organizations. To support this important initiative by donating to the project at
Attending the event and recipient of masks were Greater Newburgh Rotarians Dr. Roberto Padilla, Superintendent of the Newburgh School District, Sara Gun, President of the Hudson Valley Food Bank and Douglas Hovey, President of Independent Living. A representative from Mount Saint Mary College was also in attendance to receive masks for the college. Masks were also provided to various group homes for the elderly and Impact which distributed masks to people in the inner city of Newburgh. 
About the Million Mask Challenge
The Million Mask project reinforces how Rotary uses its global network to bring about lasting positive change. The Million Mask 26-foot truck delivers Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to key Rotary Clubs throughout the New England region.
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Rotary members have been addressing challenges around the world for over 110 years.

Rotary links 1.2 million members to form an organization of international scope. It started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.

Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of its members.

"Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves."

Rotary founder

  Our ongoing commitment

Rotary members have not only been present for major events in history — we’ve also been a part of them. Three key traits have remained strong throughout our history:

We’re truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Today, members in nearly every country work to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.

We persevere in tough times. During World War II, Rotary clubs in Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Spain were forced to disband. Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally, and after the war, Rotary members came together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.

We’re committed to service, and we’re not afraid to dream big and set bold goals. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. Today, polio remains endemic in only three countries — down from 125 in 1988.


Was the first amount donated to The Rotary Foundation in 1917.


Was the first gift from The Rotary Foundation to the International
Society for Crippled Children in 1930

Rotary will continue to grow and help others around the world.