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July Greeter
Abernethy, Sheryl
August Greeter
Tangredi, Anthony
September Greeter
Swensen, Mike
October Greeter
Lucido, Sal
November Greeter
Lawler, James
December Greeter
Haines, Michael
January Greeter
Miller, Kim
February Greeter
Gesztesi, Bela
March Greeter
Rivera, Jenny
April Greeter
Bassett, PDG William
May Greeter
Turken, Alan
June Greeter
Alessi, Lynelle
July Speakers
Regina, Nikki
August Speakers
Quimby, Ellen
September Speakers
Ferrante, Angelo
October Speakers
Maglione, Ann Marie
November Speakers
Bassett, PDG William
December Speakers
Plain, Steve
January Speakers
Gibbs, Matt
February Speakers
Ciappa, Harold
March Speakers
Lucido, Sal
April Speakers
Abernethy, Sheryl
May Speakers
Shapiro, Richard
June Speakers
Regina, Nikki
July Newsletter
Hamel, Scott
August Newsletter
September Newsletter
Rivera, Jenny
October Newsletter
Shapiro, Richard
November Newsletter
Lawler, James
December Newsletter
Turken, Alan
January Newsletter
Miller, Kim
February Newsletter
March Newsletter
Turken, Alan
April Newsletter
May Newsletter
Hamel, Scott
June Newsletter

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Wallkill East Rotary

​Wallkill East Rotary meets
Tuesday mornings at 7:30am
Holiday Inn
68 Crystal Run Road
Middletown, NY 10941


Mailing address:  Wallkill East Rotary, P.O. Box 4744, Middletown, NY 10941.
Quote of the Week
"There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self."
-Aldous Huxley, English writer
News Stories
On Saturday May 28, 2016, the Pine Bush HS Interact Club dedicated a Peace Pole at the Town of Crawford Park.  The Peace Pole is in a great spot and highly visible as you enter the park.  A very big thank you to Angelo Ferrante and his colleague Matthew DeMaio who did the hard work of digging the hole on a very hot and humid day!  Hopefully this is just the beginning of placing Peace Poles around our communities.  There are currently about 30 Peace Poles in the Hudson Valley.
On April 5, Wallkill East Rotary presented the YMCA of Middletown with a $500 check for their Strong Kids Campaign.  This campaign raises funds for financial assistance for camps, swimming lessons, and many other youth programs that the YMCA offers.  Wallkill East is proud to be a continued supporter of the Strong Kids Campaign.

It's never too early to think about Mother's Day!

Wallkill East will be selling roses and plants for Mother's Day again this year.  Rose pick-up will be on May 6th and the plant sale will be on May 7th starting at 9am.  Pre-orders are welcomed and encouraged.  Please see the flyer for all the details and contact any Wallkill East Rotarian to place your order.

On November 17, 2015, Wallkill East Rotary presented four new Paul Harris recognitions.  Rotarian Sal Lucido, Anne Glenn-Fellenzer (Rotarian spouse), Chris Boyle (Rotarian daughter), and Maureen Plain (Rotarian spouse) are new Paul Harris Fellows in our Wallkill East family.

A person becomes a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) when they donate $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation.  Rotarians can become PHF themselves and they can also donate in someone else's name.  When you give to the Rotary Foundation, you support Rotary's work around the world through projects that change lives around the world.


Wallkill East Rotary sponsored a new Interact Club this year at Circleville Middle School.  The group has organized a pet drive and are in the process of collecting items needed by Pets Alive.  They are also planning a spring clean-up at Pets Alive in April.  Click on the link below for more information about what the club is doing:


The Circleville Middle School Interact Club has really jumped in and gotten involved this year and Wallkill East couldn't be prouder.  Keep it up CVMS Interact!


Wallkill East Rotary is once again planning its 5K Turkey Trot on Thursday, November 26, 2015.  Despite the winter storm the night before last year's event, the 5K event was a great success.  "You cannot control Mother Nature, but we still had a great event despite the winter weather.  Our Rotary members enjoy seeing people and their families show up to participate in the event together and we appreciate their support," said race organizer Lauren Rowley.  The Town of Wallkill based Rotary club raised approximately $8,000 last year that went to support the club's scholarship fund as well as other local organizations including the YMCA of Middletown's Save the Last Lap pool campaign, HONOR Flight, and the Boys & Girls Club.  This year's race will start at 8am with registration opening at 6:45am.  The course will start and finish near the movie theater entrance to The Galleria at Crystal Run.

$20 for an adult, $10 for a child, and $50 for a family of 4. (Postmarked by 11/07/15!)

After 11/07 or on race day- $25 for adults, $15 for a child, and $60 for a family of 4.

Applications can be found in the "Download Files" section of our website (on the left hand side of the home page) or by emailing LittleLo181@yahoo.com.

REGISTER ONLINE at www.OrangeTurkeyTrot.com

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Turkey Trots are traditionally held on the morning of Thanksgiving and were started as a way to burn off calories before overindulging in a Thanksgiving feast.  Race participants have been known to dress in turkey costumes and this race is no different- costumes are encouraged!

Wallkill East Rotary meets every Tuesday at 7:30am at The Holiday Inn at on Crystal Run Road in the Town of Wallkill.  Rotary International, the world’s first service organization, is made up of over 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.  Its members form a global network of business and professional leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities and the world.  Strong fellowship among Rotarians and meaningful community and international service projects characterize Rotary worldwide.  The Wallkill East Rotary Club was chartered in 1989.


Wallkill East Rotary and the Pine Bush High School Interact Club raised $2,500 to donate to the S.T.E.P program.  (Schools To End Poverty)  District Governor Nick Constantino put a challenge out to all the clubs in our district to raise $82,000 for S.T.E.P during his governor year.  This money will go to adding on to an existing school in Vietnam, the Rose School, which will help to serve over 500 more children.
With the help of our club, the Pine Bush High School Interact Club did a coin drop at Sam's Club in Middletown.  Over $850 was raised at this coin drop.  Wallkill East matched this amount (and then some!) and our members also contributed to get us to our total $2,500 contribution.

Pictured L to R:  Wallkill East Rotary President Carl Bonitz, S.T.E.P Chairman and Co-Founder Howard Goldin, Wallkill East Rotarian Sal Lucido, and and S.T.E.P 1st Vice President and Co-Founder Eddie Frank.  Sal was instrumental in organizing the coin drop with our Interact students and making this fundraising effort happen!

For more information on S.T.E.P please visit http://www.schoolstoendpoverty.org.


You might just think it’s like any other Tuesday throughout the year, but it’s not. Since it’s the first Tuesday in August that means its “National Night Out Against Crime”
A tradition & celebration that started 32 years ago, to bring communities & their local police departments closer together.
The celebration started in the Town of Wallkill 14 years ago, and has gotten bigger and better every year. This year the Rotarians of Wallkill East joined the celebration with over 20 percent of the clubs members volunteering their time and energy!
We helped:
Cook the food
Stuffed the buns (stop laughing)
Serve the food
Clean the tables
Chaperoned the bounce houses
Explained “what is Rotary all about”
Wallkill East Rotary was part of a team of 21 volunteers that served close to 3,000 hotdogs and hamburgers, from 6 to 9:30PM.
This was our first community service project of the 2015-2016, and a very successful start to our club year.
August 2, 2016 – Mark your calendars, “National Night Out Against Crime” 2016!


Due to the incoming winter weather, our regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 will be cancelled.

Be safe!



Come and help support the Wallkill East Rotary Scholarship Fund as well as the
 Pine Bush High School Interact Club, Pine Bush Relay for Life and Pine Bush Youth Football!


Thanks to everyone who came out for our second 5K Turkey Trot.  Despite the weather we had a great time and appreciate all the participants and volunteers who helped make the event such a success!

Results can be found at the link below:


Pictures to follow in the next couple of days!




Gobble, gobble---it's back!

For a second year, the Wallkill East Rotary club will host its Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning.  The course will start and end at the Galleria at Crystal Run in the Town of Wallkill, NY.  Registration opens at 6:45am and the race begins at 8am.  EVERYONE registered by November 7th will receive a long-sleeve event shirt and a personalized race bib.  All race participants will receive a fun, turkey-themed giveaway.


$20 for an adult, $10 for a child, and $50 for a family of 4. (Postmarked by 11/07/14!)

After 11/07 or on race day- $25 for adults, $15 for a child, and $60 for a family of 4.

Applications can be found in the "Download Files" section of our website (on the left hand side of the home page) or by emailing LittleLo181@yahoo.com.

REGISTER ONLINE at www.OrangeTurkeyTrot.com. 

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.




The Wallkill East Rotary Club is once again collecting school supplies for the Pine Bush School District's Backpacks for All Children project.  Supplies will be collected from now until August 19, 2014.

While all school supply items are welcome, there are specific requests for the following:

  • Backpacks
  • Marble notebooks
  • Pocket folders
  • Box of 24 crayons
  • Glue sticks
  • Pencils
  • 3 ring binders
  • Rulers
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Blue or black pens

If you would like to make a donation please contact any Wallkill East Rotarian.Image



Our District has begun a concerted effort to grow our understanding of our global neighbors through Friendship Exchanges (“FE’s”).

The simplest way to describe a “Friendship Exchange” would be to say “short-term youth exchanges – for adults”.   There are four types of FE’s:

Flock-A-Friend is back!  Click on the link below for more information and an order form.

The Rotary Peace Fellowship is the premier educational program of The Rotary Foundation and supports Rotary’s mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace.  It is intended for individuals who have chosen a career related to international relations, peace, and conflict resolution; who have work experience in these areas; and who have a commitment to community or international humanitarian service and working for peace.  Applicants should consider these objectives carefully before applying.  Two types of fellowships are offered: a master’s degree program and professional development certificate program.

See attachment in the download section of this website.


From Rotary.org
By Dan Nixon, Rotary News

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported....


Wallkill East Rotary will be collecting food donations at ALL Hudson Heritage Federal Credit Union locations for the entire month of November...


Article from web.ClubRunner.ca.

Rotary International launched their new website on August 26,2013 along with the new Rotary logo. With a fresh new look and a visual design based user experience, Rotary entered the new era of web design with this launch.


We are proud to announce that KVI Uniforms has generously committed to being the Event Sponsor for Wallkill East Rotary's 1st Annual Turkey Trot 5K.  We are thrilled to have KVI on board and thank them for their continued support of our Rotary Club.  Other sponsors to date include:

Event Sponsor:  KVI Uniforms

Golden Turkey
Alan Turken Allstate Insurance Agency
Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone, LLP
Johnstons Toyota & Scion
Nugent & Haeussler, P.C.
Orange Regional Medical Center
Pachter Orthodontics
Rowley Development Corp.

Silver Stuffing Sponsors
Crystal Run Village, Inc.
Dewitt Funeral Home
Frank's Custom Shoe Fitting
Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, CPA
Mainframe Custom Framing
The Ruby Group
Town of Wallkill PBA
Urmston, Forshee, Plain & Amelio, CPA
Wisner Corners Plaza


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Wallkill East Rotary is planning a 5K Turkey Trot for Thursday, November 28, 2013.  The Thanksgiving morning race will start at 8am with registration opening at 7am.  The race course will begin and end at the Galleria at Crystal Run...


On Tuesday, June 4, 2013 the Wallkill East Rotary Club held their Annual Installation Dinner where they installed their new President and Board of Directors for the 2013-14 Rotary year.  Held at...


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It is hard to believe that a full year has passed since I started to serve you as District Governor.  I have...

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UN chief Ban Ki-moon opens Korea convention
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was among the first to welcome Rotary members and friends to the 107th Rotary Convention, heralded as one of the largest-ever gatherings of Rotarians and the most multicultural assembly of nonprofit leaders in Korea. He offered a message of gratitude: “Rotarians do remarkable work around the world,” Ban told the thousands of attendees gathered at KINTEX, the Korea International Exhibition and Convention Center in Goyang city, on the outskirts of Seoul. “You help the United Nations reach our goals, and you help the world understand the United...
Global movement needed to reverse water crisis
This year's World Water Summit on 27 May in Seoul highlighted the progress being made: Over the last 25 years, more than 2.5 billion people gained access to improved drinking water, and 2 billion who didn't have adequate sanitation now do. Child deaths from water-related diseases dropped from 1.5 million to just over 600,000. The UN Millennium Development Goals' target for clean drinking water was met five years ahead of schedule. But for the 1.8 billion people whose drinking water remains contaminated and the 2.4 billion without access to proper sanitation, progress is still too slow, said...
2016 Rotary Convention Photo Gallery
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Rotary shop on new platform
As of 1 May, the Rotary shop will be available on a new platform. We may experience some downtime during the transition and apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact us at shop.rotary@rotary.org or at 847-866-4600.
Rotary districts mobilize to support survivors of Ecuador, Japan quakes
After a series of three earthquakes -- two in Japan and one in Ecuador -- killed hundreds of people, injured thousands, and caused billions of dollars in damage late last week, Rotary members in those regions have created disaster relief funds to help survivors. In Ecuador, the powerful 7.8-magnitude quake that struck Saturday night has killed more than 400 people, with 2,500 injured. Those figures are expected to rise. Rotary District 4400 established a service fund to raise money for relief efforts. Contact District Governor Manuel A. Nieto Jijon for information on how to donate. In Japan,...