Rotary Club of Pearl River

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Welcome to our Club!

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Aqua Terra Grille
420 N. Middletown Rd.
Pearl River, NY  10965
United States
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Pearl River Rotary Scholarship Foundation Presentations
On Thursday, June 9, 2016 the President of the Pearl River Rotary Scholarship Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Frank Neeson, Pearl River Rotary President Dorothy Filoramo, and Rotary Scholarship Selection Committee Chairman, Frank Ripa, along with members of the Pearl River Rotary club presented twenty scholarship winners with awards of $3,000 each for a total of $60,000.
Front Row, Left to Right: Brandon Kline, Paige Turilli, Lindsey Stephen, Kerry Shortell, Emily Anselmi, Ashlyn Davan, Britiany Ackermann, Catherine Watters, Gabrielle DiVerita
Rear Row, Left to Right: Sean Reagan-Ward, Brian Edsall, John Beckerle, Tim Carstensen, Ryan Murray, Stephen Hastings, Shane Duggan, Manuel Arango, Thomas Murphy, Colleen McCoy
Pearl River Rotarian, Jaya Bhattacharyya traveled to Pune, India where she presented a check on behalf of the Rotary Club of Pearl River to Executive Director, Ms. Sakina Bedi of the Jagruti School for Blind Girls. Ms. Bedi, herself is blind. The New City Rotary Club also supported the project and was represented by Jaya's husband. The mission of Rotary is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Learn More and See the Race in Action HERE!

We are in the middle of a time old tradition of preparing for another year of fun and competition for the Coaster Car Race!  Please print and fill out the registration form on the right and bring it on the Meetings/Registration dates of Thursday, April 7 or Thursday April 21 at 7pm.  Please see the attached registration.  If you have any questions, please contact Tom Brennan at or at 1-914-414-1445.
Mike Seidenfrau and his family are featured in the March issue of New City Neighbors where he talks about his life, specifically the time from a very serious bicycle accident on August 13, 2011 until now.  Mike calls the accident a "rebirth" where he became a better person by donating both time and money to his community.
Dorothy Filoramo, President of The Rotary Club of Pearl River with fellow Rotarian, Ryan O'Gorman, attends a club meeting with Club Rotario San Miguel Ciudad Jardin in El Salvador during an International Service Project to bring clean water to a small community in La Union called Sol Naciente

Race Day - June 5, 2016

Mandatory Meetings for Drivers
Sign up and Orientation
Pearl River Middle School
Thursdays, April 7th or April 21st, at 7:00 p.m.

Car Inspection and Practice
Louie’s on the Avenue on Central Ave. 
Sunday, May 22nd at 8:00 a.m.
For More Information:
914-414-1445  or 845-735-6065

Rain Date for Race June 12th




The program for November 19, 2015 was given by senior, Kayla Grodzicki Class of 2016- from Dominican College's Rotaract Club (Introduced by Ryan O’Gorman). Kayla recounted her trip to El Salvador last January by showing a photograph slideshow documenting her visit to the “Sol Naciente” Summer Camp/Community Center. Her trip focused on bringing educational programs to the young children attending the camp through daily music, crafts, and sports activities for about 40 children. She will be traveling to El Salvador once again this upcoming January to continue her efforts. Ryan and Bob Craig (representing the International Committee) requested a “Call to Service” from all club members to donate $25 and sponsor a family from El Salvador in a clean water initiative in hopes of bringing water filtration systems to the town and improve drinking water quality.

On Thursday, June 11, 2015 the Pearl River Rotary Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees President, Donald Brenner, and Rotary Scholarship Selection Committee Chairman, Frank Ripa, along with members of the club presented 20 scholarship winners with awards of $3,000 each for a total of $60,000.

Rear, Left to Right: Frank Ripa, Ciara O’Riordan, Kristen Sammon, Erika Zambrano, Samantha O’Brady, Catherine Rayward, Dan Sammon, Sean Reagan-Ward, Christian Carstensen, Benjamin McDermott, Daniel Duggan, Brian Edsall, Emanouil Manolov, Donald Brenner Front, Left to Right: Emily McCarthy, Adrienne Ammirati, Julia Madigan, Mary Galanek, Katherine O’Meara, Philip O’Meara, Kevin Murphy, Liam Burke, Thomas Armour.

The Community Bulletin Board at ShopRite
is sponsored and maintained by The Rotary Club of Pearl River.

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from the Celebration of Jeffrey Keahon
Generously produced and donated by
Beckerle Productions. 


The Rotary Club of Pearl River
mourns the passing of our beloved
PDG Jeffrey Keahon

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...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...