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On Thursday, May 9th our club honored 6 students from the Wappingers Central School District. Each student was selected by their teachers or guidance counselors for their scholastic achievements and/or leadership qualities. Congratulations to all the students and their parents!
At our club meeting April 11, 2019 we honored students from local schools. The students were chosen by their teachers, guidance counselors and/or school principals. Also pictured are David Schlam, Club President and Stan Straub.
Representatives from the Anderson Center for Autism were guest speakers at our clubs luncheon today. They spoke about the services offered to both children and adults at their different locations. Also training is available to community members and the businesses community on how to incorporate autism friendly processes into your business. For additional information
December 6th, Wappingers Rotary Club treated the residents of Sapphire Nursing Home to lunch catered by Longobardi's followed by Christmas Carols and good cheer.
Wappingers Falls Rotary Club Students of the Month September, 2018
Pictured (from left to right): Dr. David Schlam, Asialyn Vargas (Evans Elementary School), Wendy McNamara, Brianna Giangrasso (St. Mary's School), Andrew Primrose (Roy C. Ketcham High School), Erin McManus (Wappingers Junior High School)
At our Luncheon on July 5th, our RYLA students from Ketcham High School gave us a briefing on their recently completed leadership training experience.
Pictured in photo, L to R: Catalina Vilato, Katelynn Albert, Rotary VP Gerry DiPierno (in background), Ann Wolfe, & Alexa Duryea.
At our club meeting on June 28, 2018, we presented Realizing The Change Foundation, represented by Sherre Wesley a donation in the amount of $1,000. Realizing the Change Foundation is helping to restore and renovate a historic building in Wappingers Falls and is working with others in the community to bring needed services to the area. For more information visit— with Gerry Di Pierno and Stan Straub.
Wappingers Falls Rotarian Claudio Gilberti recently celebrated 35 years in business at Longobardi's Pizzeria and Restaurant.
The club presented Claudio with a plaque to commemorate this occasion.
Congratulations Claudio!

The Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls announced their February Students of the Month at their February 16th luncheon. In recognition of their achievements, the following students were honored: Jada Rencher, Ketcham High School; Leah Biegun, Wappingers Falls Junior High School; Riley Wilson, St. Mary’s School; Alexandra Marin, Sheafe Road Elementary School. In addition to a plaque from Rotary, each student received a letter of recognition from Mayor Matt Alexander, and gift cards from Barnes & Noble and Longobardi’s Restaurant.


The Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls recognizes student excellence throughout the school year. These awards are funded through our annual golf tournament. Rotary thanks our main sponsor DCH Toyota, and all our sponsors for their support.

Pictured in photo, L to R: Nick Johnson, Rotary Vice-President; Leah Biegun; Riley Wilson; Jada Rencher; Alexandra Marin; Wendy McNamara, Rotarian; Lee Burns, Rotarian (Toyota).


Our speaker on January 5th was Frankie Halvey, son of our club's president. Frankie is a 5th Grade student at St Thomas Choir School in New York City. It is one of only three boarding church related choir schools in the world. Many consider the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys to be the leading ensemble in the Anglican choral tradition in the United States. Frankie shared a little about the school, told about the typical day of a chorister and answered questions from the club. It was a real Rotary Moment because Frankie learned about the school when St Thomas had a recruitment concert at Zion Episcopal Church that the Rotary Club provided dinner for!

Pictured in photo, L to R: Club President and proud father Bill & Guest Speaker Frankie Halvey
Pictured Left to Right - Assistant District Governor for Region 4, Sue Doyle; District 7210 Governor, Louis Turpin; Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls President, Bill Halvey
At a recent luncheon meeting, the Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls awarded our September Students of the Month. In recognition of their scholastic and service achievements, these students were honored: Michael Garzione, Evans Elementary; Kayla Seegler, St. Mary’s School; Megan Rabl, Wappingers Junior High; Joseph Leung, Roy C. Ketcham High.
The Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls recognizes student excellence throughout the school year. These awards are funded through our annual golf tournament. Rotary thanks our main sponsor DCH Toyota, and all our sponsors for their support.
Pictured in photo, L to R top: Megan Rabl, Wappingers Junior High; Wendy McNamara, Rotarian; Rotary President Bill Halvey. L to R bottom: Michael Garzione, Evans; Kayla Seegler, St. Mary’s; Joseph Leung, Roy C. Ketcham.
The Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls recently inducted two new members: Village of Wappingers Falls Clerk John Karge and Town of Wappinger Supervisor Lori Jiava. Already familiar with community service, John and Lori will continue to provide “Service Above Self” as Rotarians. The Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls provides services and material support to local schools, food banks, Meals on Wheels, senior citizens, needy families, veterans and local parks. In additional, the club provides emergency and humanitarian aid through the Rotary Foundation.
Pictured in photo, L to R: Town Supervisor Lori Jiava, Rotarian Steven Crew, Village Clerk John Karge.
During recent luncheon meetings, the Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls recognized Amy Greiner and Al Weitlich as Paul Harris Fellows and Leah Scheuerman and Tony Angelone as PHF-1s. These awards are in recognition of a substantial donation to the Rotary Foundation.
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation funds activities from local humanitarian projects to international scholarships and worldwide campaigns to eradicate polio and promote peace.
Pictured in photo, L to R: President Bill Halvey, Rotarian Amy Greiner, Guest Rotarian Dr. Brij Bhushan Sharma from India; Bill Halvey, Rotarians Leah Scheuerman, Al Weitlich. (Tony Angelone not pictured.)
Congratulations to the 2016 recipients of The Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls' annual scholarships (a total of $5,500 was awarded). Pictured (l to r) Rachel Cacace, Rebecca Lowenstein and Jacqueline McConologue recipients of the Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls Community Service Awards; Thom Piliouras, Rotary Club President, Stephanie Zielinski recipient of the Maureen and Stan Straub Scholarship and Stan Straub, Rotary Club Scholarship Chairman. Camera shy: Emma Sampugnaro recipient of The Vincent Paino Sr. and Jr. Memorial Scholarship and Samuel Sauer recipient of the Angelone, J., J. and J. Scholarship.
As is traditional at the conclusion of every successful Rotary year, The Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls was delighted to present donations to representatives of our local food pantries. Pictured (l to r) Kathy Sorce, First Presbyterian Church Food Pantry: Barbara Montross, Meals on Wheels of Wappingers Falls: Thom Piliouras, Rotary Club President; Debbie McGravey, United Methodist Church Summer Lunch Program and the Food Pantry; Joe Popora, Zion Church Food Pantry and Joe Benigno, St. Mary's Church Food Pantry. A donation was also made to the Castle Point VA Food Pantry. Heartfelt thanks to everyone connected with these charities for their dedicated efforts throughout the year on behalf of our community.
During a luncheon meeting on Thursday, July 7, the Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls welcomed their RYLA students from Roy C. Ketcham HS. ”The Rotary Youth Leadership Award Conference, known as RYLA, is a globally run leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs. This experience is given to 10th grade students who are
preparing to enter the 11th grade. These select young people attend an all-expenses paid trip where they are inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life- long friends through fellowship activities, and discuss the ethical and social issues of today.” Rotary District 7210 held their conference June 26 – 30 at Mount Saint Mary College,
Newburgh with over 140 students attending. You can learn more about this year’s conference at htps://
Pictured in photo, L to R: Don Swartz, Rotarian; Anthony Napoli; Katie Diesing; Claudette Garcia; Camille Hochberg; Meghan Eagleton; Leah Scheuermann, Rotarian.

The Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls had a busy week.  In their continuing efforts to support education in the community, they held their monthly “Student of the Month” luncheon on Thursday, October 15,.  Honored this month were Emily Bender (Ketcham HS), Nicholas Simonetty (Wappingers Jr. High), and Gabriella Barger (St. Mary’s School), pictured l to r, along with Rotarians Wendy McNamara and Thom Piliouras.  The students were honored along with their families and the teachers who nominated them.


The following day, October 16, was the birthday of Noah Webster, whose name has become synonymous with "dictionary" in the United States.  The club distributed over 300 dictionaries to the third grade students at Evans, Myers Corners, Sheafe Road and St. Mary's Schools. Pictured distributing the dictionaries at St. Mary's School are (seated, l to r) Rosario Rivera, Bob Sugg and Christine Krumm, who are residents of Elant at Wappingers. The Elderact Club at Elant continue to give service to the community; they placed name stickers on the dictionaries and contributed towards their purchase. Also pictured (standing, rear, l to r) are Rotarians Bill Halvey, Deborah Magdalene, Stanley Straub and Thom Piliouras, as well as some of the 3rd grade students from St. Mary’s School.

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