Wallkill East Rotary

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May 09, 2017
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July Greeter
LaSalle, Verna
August Greeter
Lacenere, II, John
September Greeter
Miller, Kim
October Greeter
Turken, Alan
November Greeter
Quimby, Ellen
December Greeter
Swensen, Mike
January Greeter
Turken, Alan
February Greeter
Gesztesi, Bela
March Greeter
Hamel, Scott
April Greeter
Ciappa, Hal
May Greeter
Lawler, James
June Greeter
Tangredi, Anthony
July Speakers
Lucido, Sal
August Speakers
Rowley, Lauren
September Speakers
Constantino, Nick
October Speakers
Quimby, Ellen
November Speakers
Bassett, PDG William
December Speakers
Gibbs, Matt
January Speakers
Plain, Steve
February Speakers
Gesztesi, Bela
March Speakers
Bonitz, Carl
April Speakers
Ferrante, Angelo
May Speakers
Shapiro, Richard
June Speakers
Unger, Rob
July Newsletter
Hamel, Scott
August Newsletter
Constantino, Nick
September Newsletter
Miller, Kim
October Newsletter
Hamel, Scott
November Newsletter
Alessi, Lynelle
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Turken, Alan
January Newsletter
Miller, Kim
February Newsletter
Shapiro, Richard
March Newsletter
Alessi, Lynelle
April Newsletter
Bonitz, Carl
May Newsletter
Lawler, James
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Rowley, Lauren

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Wallkill East Rotary

​Wallkill East Rotary meets
Tuesday mornings at 7:30am
Keller Williams Realty
9 Bert Crawford Road
Middletown, NY 10940


Mailing address:  Wallkill East Rotary, P.O. Box 4744, Middletown, NY 10941.
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"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 Sunday, March 25, 2017, members of the Circleville Middle School Interact Club and Wallkill East Rotary Club participated in the Pets Alive Bowl A Thon, which raised also $5,000 for the agency.  The Interact club is very active with helping this agency and Wallkill East has always supported the club's efforts.  In addition to participating in the Bowl A Thon, the Interact and Rotary clubs also collected supplies for Pets Alive.  

Due to the weather forecast, our regularly scheduled meeting for Tuesday, March 14, 2017 has been cancelled.  Please stay home and be safe!

Our regular meeting next Tuesday, March 21, 2017 will be at HONOR located 38 Seward Drive, Middletown.

Wallkill East Rotary is once again planning its 5K Turkey Trot on Thursday, November 24, 2016.  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.  Over 350 people participated last year and the club anticipates this number growing in 2016.

$25 for an adult, $15 for a child, and $70 for a family of 4. (Postmarked by 11/05/16!)

After 11/05 or on race day- $30 for adults, $20 for a child, and $90 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

A big thank you to our sponsors to date:

Johnstons Toyota
Johnstons Subaru

Orange Regional Medical Center
Alan Turken Allstate Insurance
Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone
Fellenzer Engineering, LLP
Hill-N-Dale Abstracters Inc.
Hudson Heritage Federal Credit Union
Keller Williams Realty
Merrill Lynch
Nugent & Haeussler, PC
Primerica Financial Services
Rowley Development Corp.
Solar Joel - Direct Energy Solar
The Times Herald Record
Todd Lyons Paving

Crystal Run Village Inc.
Dream Vacations
Frank's Custom Shoe Fitting
Hardees Middletown
Judelson, Giordano, & Siegel
Marlu Costumes
Neighborhood RX Pharmacy
Owen McKane
Pucci Financial of Raymond James
Scotchtown Chiropractic & Physical Therapy
SEP Financial Services
Walden Savings Bank

Sponsorship opportunities are still 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 is a member of Rotary Region 5, which includes our neighboring clubs of Liberty, Livingston Manor, Middletown, Minisink, Monticello, Port Jervis and Shawangunk Ridge.  Regularly throughout the Rotary year we all gather together to celebrate all the great things our clubs are doing and have some fun together.
At our Region 5 gathering last night, Wallkill East presented the Liberty Rotary Club with a $1,000 check for their Haiti Clean Water Project.  This phenomenal project provides water filtration systems for Haitian families.  The Liberty club's goal is to distribute 1,000 of these systems to 1,000 families.  We are honored to help them reach their goal!
Pictured are Wallkill East Club President Sal (left) presenting the check to Liberty Club President Gary.
Wallkill East Rotary and the Pine Bush Interact Clubs stepped up big time in order for S.T.E.P (Schools To End Poverty) to reach their goal of $82,000 before June 30, 2016.
District Governor Nick Constantino made a bold promise at last years district conference to the co-founders of S.T.E.P Eddie Frank and Howard Goldin that he would promote their goal and do everything in his power to help them reach it.
In turn Wallkill East as Nick's home club promised to do everything they could to raise funds towards that goal.  From that promise the Kids & Cookies concept was born.
A second coin drop at Sam's Club in Middletown and a fantastic Fund Raising effort at our annual Turkey Trot allowed Wallkill East to present S.T.E.P. a check for $5,000 at Nick's district conference putting S.T.E.P. over their goal.  It was both timely and appropriate that Nick's home club put S.T.E.P. over the top at Nick's district conference.
That check combined with the first check of $2,500 brings the total contribution from Wallkill East to $7,500. Almost 10% of the total Goal!
Wallkill East Rotary assisted at The Classic 10K Road Race Weekend's event this past weekend.  Rotarians worked water stop #1, which serves both the 5K and 10K races.
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

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Member spotlight: The power of the press
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