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Posted by Greg Amato on Feb 15, 2013

Dr. Felicia LeClere

(Taking the Pulse of the Country at NORC)

Tune in to RadioRotary on Friday, February 22, featuring

Dr. Felicia LeClere, Principal Research Scientist  at the National Opinion Research Center,

who discusses how professional opinion polls get information

about America's attitudes about social and health issues.

The results are distributed to the federal government (i.e., Congress) and other organizations (i.e., Center for Disease Control) to make informed decisions and better serve the public interest. RadioRotary, a District 7210 PR initiative, is simulcast weekly on Fridays at 9 a.m. on 3 AM radio stations (WGHQ 920, WBNR 1260, and WLNA 1420) with a listening audience of 20,000 in 8 counties. The same show is aired again on WBPM 92.9 FM on Sundays, at 7:30 a.m. and reaches a similar geography.  Listen live in Real Time Fridays on for AM and Sundays on for FM. 

Listen to all previous programs on and on iTunes at 

Posted by Greg Amato on Feb 12, 2013

PDG Tansukh and Sai Dorawala

with PDG Knut Knut Johnsen

represented District 7210

 at the Inauguration of

Rotary's newest ElderAct club in District 7230.

Posted by Greg Amato on Feb 11, 2013

L to R - Jonah Triebwasser, Carl Rotans, and Sarah O'Connell

Carl Rotans, Senior Instructor of Puppies behind Bars

on Radio Rotary - Friday, February 15th

Tune in to RadioRotary on Friday, February 15, featuring Carl Rotans, Senior Instructor of Puppies behind Bars, who teaches inmates to train dogs that greatly assist the disabled. RadioRotary, a PR District 7210 initiative, is simulcast weekly on Fridays at 9 a.m. on three AM radio stations (WGHQ 920, WBNR 1260, and WLNA 1420) with a listening audience of 20,000 in 8 counties. The same show is aired again on WBPM 92.9 FM on Sundays, at 7:30 a.m. and reaches a similar geography. Listen live in Real Time on Fridays for AM and on Sundays on for FM. Listen to all previous programs on and on iTunes at

Posted by Greg Amato on Feb 04, 2013

Many a man’s outlook is different after he becomes a Rotarian. 

He learns to see opportunities for service at home and abroad.”

Founder Paul P. Harris, Address to 1930 RI Convention

February 1, 2013

Dear Rotarians:

The month of February is designated World Understanding month by Rotary International.  It also happens to be the month that includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on February 23, 1905.  Rotary International promotes world understanding through Rotary’s Fourth Object:

     “The advancement of International Understanding,

      good will, and peace through a world fellowship

      of business and professional persons united in

      the ideal of service.”

How can a Rotary Club in the Hudson Valley address the topic of World Understanding?  There are many opportunities in our District to address this theme of World Understanding.

At a recent Youth Exchange Weekend in Phoenicia, I observed our fabulous group of In-bound exchange students from around the world.  We have Rotary World Ambassadors in our District from Brazil, Turkey, France, Belgium, Thailand, Taiwan and Austria.  They are all well spoken and love to talk about their homeland.  In fact, they are expected to visit other Clubs and talk about this Country.  They are all enthusiastic, spirited and love life.  I encourage all of you to invite a Youth Exchange student to your Club as a speaker.

You could also plan programs involving former GSE Team members.  Many of our GSE alumni have not joined Rotary, but still have a soft spot in their hearts for Rotary.  You might want to arrange discussions on World Topics that are important to all of us.  You could present entertainment with an International cultural or artistic theme, or plan other programs with an International emphasis.

Many Clubs take the opportunity to launch an International Community Service activity or make contact with a Rotary Club in another country.  It is a good month to initiate a Rotary Friendship Exchange, 3-H Project or encourage support for Polio Plus and other Rotary Foundation Programs.

Would you like to do something special in honor of Rotary and its birthday?  Make a contribution to a project, local or international.  Give of your time, your treasure, and your commitment to bettering the world.  World Understanding, an opportunity for all Rotarians.

Thank you for all you do for Rotary.

William J. Bassett

District Governor

District 7210

PS – Speaking of World Understanding, I hope you all read the cover story in the February Rotarian.  It is about an amazing young woman who lost her arm in Sierra Leone.  Well worth your time.

Posted by Greg Amato on Feb 06, 2013

What could DG Bill have said that threw these Lake Mahopac Rotarians into wild laughter?

DG Bill was just concluding the reviewing of his 5 goals for our District's 2013-14 District year.

1. Membership

2. Literacy

3. RI Foundation

4. Youth Exchange and

 5. Have FUN!

Our DG got his message across.






Posted by Judy Ferguson on Feb 06, 2013


Doug is having Rotarians ring the bells to "When the Saints go marching in" and "Ode to Joy"

Doug Sturomski came to the West Point-Highland Falls Rotary Club meeting this morning to talk with us about peace and about the World Wide Peace Bell Foundation. Doug’s presentation, which included pictures of all kinds of bells, was very informative and a lot of fun. Our members really enjoyed Doug and his message of peace.


  Ken Scott giving Doug a gift for being our speaker

Posted by Bruce Martin on Feb 04, 2013

L to R: Club President Bruce Martin and Harry Colgan


Rotarian and Red Hook Town Councilman Harry Colgan spoke at the recent breakfast meeting of the Red Hook Rotary club

about the business of government, the Town budget and consolidation of services.

Red Hook Rotary meets Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. at Bread & Bottle, 7496 South Broadway,

(on the corner of East Market Street) in Red Hook. Visitors are welcome.

(photo by Rev. Fred Cartier)

Posted by Bruce Martin on Jan 31, 2013

President Bruce Martin, Claudine Klose, Beth Jones and speaker host Susan Simon
(photo by Rev. Fred Cartier)
Red Hook volunteers Beth Jones and Claudine Klose spoe at a recent meeting of the Red Hook Rotary Club about the Elmendorph Inn and the Egbert Benson Historical Society. They invited all to attend the following upcoming events (Free) at the Elmendorph:Sunday, February 10, 3:00 PM. Searching Genealogy Records in Colonial New York and New England. Sunday, March 10, 3:00 PM. ʻThe Women of Our Town. A Cultural History of Women in Red Hookand and Sunday, April 28, 3:00 PM History of Red Hook Library Building.
Red Hook Rotary meets Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. at Bread & Bottle, 7496 South Broadway, (on the corner of East Market Street) in Red Hook. Visitors are welcome.

Posted by Greg Amato on Jan 26, 2013

"DG Bill congratulating Fishkill Rotarian Tom Brooks after he was made a
Paul Harris Fellow for all his contributions to Rotary and to the Fishkill Club"


Posted by Greg Amato on Jan 29, 2013



Vassar College Rotaract Club and the Hati Project - Reforestation and Water Initiatives


Haiti faces major challenges in public health. Lack of access to water, particularly clean water, both inconveniences Haitians and puts them at risk for disease. The Vassar Haiti Project is a 501(c)(3)-compliant nonprofit organization that works with people in the rural village of Chermaitre, Haiti on education, health, reforestation, and clean water initiatives.  To accomplish our goals, we sell Haitian art and craftworks at sales throughout the year. In 2011, our Water Initiative built four cisterns that collect water for the village of Chermaitre. This system, centered at the village school services about one-third of Chermaitre's five hundred residents, but there is still a need for greater capacity.  Furthermore, the cisterns are unfiltered, raising the risk of waterborne illness. We seek to install communal biosand filters to provide clean water in Chermaitre. We would also like to expand our system of piping to deliver water to more of the village. We are partnering with Rotary clubs in District 7210 to achieve these goals. We are also partnering with Vassar College’s Rotoract Club, which is supporting water filtration in Chermaitre as their international service project. We welcome partnerships with any groups interested in improving the health of the people of Chermaitre. Please visit our website or email us at [email protected] to learn more.                                                                                                   by Roger Risko


Posted by Greg Amato on Jan 28, 2013


Kari Feuer, Director of Red Hook CAN (Community Arts Network) spoke at a recent meeting of the Red Hook Rotary Club about how Red Hook CAN came into being and some of their upcoming programs and events.  She announced the Red Hook Film Festival to be held on Saturday, February 23 at the Red Hook Firehouse.  This event will begin at 6:00 pm. Red Hook CAN has a permanent location on North Broadway next to Village Pizza.  At this location they have a gallery for artists to display their work and five studio areas for artist to rent.  For more information visit their website

Shown in the photograph, from left to right, are: speaker host Pat Pennisi, Kari Feuer and Rotary President Bruce Martin.

Posted by Greg Amato on Jan 23, 2013


Patterson Rotary Celebrates 25th Anniversary

L to R - Patterson Club PP and DGN Penny Byron, Club President Peter Hansen,

PP and Charter member Richard Henke who was honored for his 25 years of Service Above Self to the community and Rotary and DG Bill BassettOn January 10th, 1988 the Patterson Rotary Club held their 1st Charter Evening Festivities and on January 10th, 2013 the Club celebrated its 25th anniverary at the United Celebral Palsy building in Brewster, NY

Posted by Greg Amato on Jan 18, 2013

I am pleased to announce that the Rotarian nominated for the position of District Governor of District 7210 for the 2015-2016 Rotary year is Nick Constantino , a member of the Wallkill East Rotary Club. Nick has been a leader in his club and very active in District duties. Most recently he has been the District Secretary and before that he was Assistant Governor in Region 5 for several years. Nick's nomination will be voted on at the District Conference in May ,2013.

I appreciate very much the work of Chairman Knut Johnsen and the interview committee that made this selection and nomination to me. We had representatives from every Region and included:

Region 1 Elena Mosley, Region 2 Nuise Bhitiyakul, Region 3 Jan Miller, Region 4 Tansukh Dorawala, Region 5 Bill Herrmann, Region 6 Ken Obremski,

Region 7 Gini Capodieci. Region 8 Bud Wassmer and Region 9 Bob Simon.

Many thanks to Knut and the Committee for doing a great job.

Nick is accepting electronic congratulations-please fill his in box !


Posted by Gregory Amato on Jan 14, 2013


at the Paramount Theatre, 17 South Street, Middletown, NY

For tickets - Box Office - 845-346-4195 or

Sunday, February 24th, 2014 - 3 PM

Proudly presented by the Walden Rotary Club

PO Box 636, Walden, NY 12586

In conjunction with this event the Walden Rotary Club, a non-profit organization,

is publishing an advertising program for the day of the show,

and appreciates your support. For further information contact the Walden Rotary Club.



Posted by Gregory Amato on Jan 16, 2013

Posted by Nick Constantino on Jan 09, 2013


Applications have been emailed to all Club Presidents and Secretaries.   Hard copies are not being mailed this year.

You can also download a copy from this website (see left column).

Posted by Nick Constantino on Jan 02, 2013

Dear Rotarians:

Season's Greetings!  It's hard to believe that we're nearly halfway through our 2012-13 Rotary year.

As we endeavor to carry out President Sakuji Tanaka's vision of "Peace Through Service", I'm reminded that the majority of clubs have overlooked an important opportunity to promote global peace, international understanding and good will this year.

What could it be?

I'm referring, of course, to our Youth Exchange Program that enables your club to send a young ambassador abroad and/or accept an inbound student who comes to your community, lives with local families and attends your local high school, putting a friendly face on a foreign country that becomes less foreign to all who interact with these young ambassadors.

This year we have six outbound students in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, Taiwan and Thailand, and seven inbound students from those six countries and Turkey, sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Greenville, Highland, Millbrook, New Paltz, Phoenicia, Red Hook and the Arlington High School consortium of LaGrange Sunrise, Pleasant Valley and Poughkeepsie-Arlington.

We are currently interviewing ten applicants to go abroad in 2013-14.  We're thrilled to have this many students eager to spread good will on behalf of the Hudson Valley and Rotary, but if we are to fulfill the dream of a Rotary Youth Exchange experience for all of them, we need additional clubs to host  an inbound student to facilitate the "exchange".  Why not yours?

For further information or a YEX presentation at your club, contact District YEX Chair David Greenwood at 845-677-5767 or [email protected].  It's my hope that more clubs in District 7210 will take advantage of this program to promote peace through service in your club, your local high school and your community.

Happy New Year,

William J. Bassett

District Governor

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Liberty Club YOU’VE GOT TO BE IN IT TO WIN I Feb 10, 2013 - Feb 23, 2013
Dist 7210 LEADERSHIP Strategic Planning mtg-Feb 23 Mount St. Mary's College
Feb 23, 2013 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Red Hook Rotary & Film Festival - Feb 23 Red Hook Fire House
Feb 23, 2013 06:00 PM
"Echoes of Ireland" Paramount Theater
Feb 24, 2013 03:00 PM
Monroe-Woodbury Make-A-Wish & Foundation-Feb 26 Feb 26, 2013 04:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Carmel Rotary Basketball Shootout - March 16th Carmel High School gym
Mar 16, 2013 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2013 Mid-Northeast Multi-District PETS Hanover Maririott
Mar 22, 2013 09:30 AM - Mar 23, 2013 01:30 PM
Nyack's 90th Anniversary Celebration Nyack Seaport
Apr 19, 2013 06:00 PM
IMRF's 20th Anniversary Celebration Hotel Thayer
Apr 20, 2013 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
District Conference Honor's Haven
May 17, 2013 - May 19, 2013
2013 RI Convention Lisbon, Portugal
Jun 23, 2013 - Jun 26, 2013
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