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Welcome to New Paltz Rotary Club!

New Paltz

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
215 Huguenot Street
New Paltz, NY  12561
United States
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It was our great pleasure today to welcome Stephanie Blaisdell, VP of Student Affairs at SUNY New Paltz, as our newest member to the club. 
Carve For A Cause is a locally managed foundation raising funds and awareness to help fulfill the basic unmet needs of families and children in Ulster County.
It was wonderful to finally meet "The Crew" from Carve For A Cause as they have been our financial partners for the BackPack Program since its inception 5 years ago.
"The Crew" are Marianne Murray, Cathy Sifre,  Lauren McPadden, Lisa Ferrante and Marleen  Wood - 5 amazing women!
Today's guest speaker was Lori Pott, a member of the Bruderhof community and a physical therapist who recently returned from a mission trip in Haiti where she worked with children with special needs. She gave a very informative and moving presentation of the difficulties these children face on a daily basis and how something as simple as a bucket and a pool noodle can hugely improve their quality of life. 
It was a pleasure to have the District Governor, Christine Giangrasso visit with us this afternoon. She spoke enthusiastically about the important role Rotary can play in effective change within our local community and urged us all to believe "we can do it!"   
We were delighted to welcome home from her summer exchange to Germany, Anisa Gilmour. She introduced us to her exchange partner Mia from Othenthal, Germany who will be staying with her for 3 weeks. It was also a pleasure to have  Mike Frazier, Rotary District 7210 Summer Exchange Experience Chair as well as Chris Chale, Rotary District 7210 Youth Exchange Chair. 
Derek Bain from William Grant & sons Distillers Ltd visited to up-date the group on his company's recent purchase of Tuthilltown Distillery and Char1788 Restaurant in local Gardiner. He made a very informative  presentation  which everyone enjoyed but possibly not as much as the bourbon tasting session that followed. 
It was a pleasure to have Cynthia Dozier visit to inform the group about The Suzy Reizod Foundation which has (to date) provided $990,000 worth of new shoes to 52,000 children both worldwide and here in the valley.
Sunday June 3rd 9am until 3pm at Ulster County Fair New Paltz
This fun filled family event features all the "Big Rig's" that service our community. Kids of all ages can see, touch and interact with the vehicles and their owners. $5 per person, Free under 3 yo. Once inside Free Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Cow Train & More
New Paltz Rotary Club is proud to announce its participation in the President’s Challenge Scholarship program administered by the Ulster Community College Foundation.
Win A Bundle 2017
     The New Paltz Rotary Club is having their annual fundraising event on Friday, November 3rd at 7:00 at Novella's.
The event proceeds will go toward our Annual Scholarship Awards for New Paltz students. A large protion of this years scholarship dollars will support the SUNY Ulster's President's Challenge awarding a New Paltz Middle School student a paid 2 year college scholarship.
Price per ticket is $100 which includes; Open bar, appetizers and a chance to win $10,000. Only 300 tickets are sold!!! There will also be a silent auction and a fisherman's auction. A featured item this year will be tickets for Hamilton on Broadway.
For more information and/or ticket purchases please contact Toni Hokanson at 845-797-3063.

The next president of the New Paltz Rotary will be New Paltz Superintendent of Schools Maria Rice.

New Paltz knows Maria Rice as school district superintendant of schools. But come July 1, she’ll have another role in town, as this year’s president of the Rotary Club of New Paltz. Rice has been a member of Rotary International for more than 20 years, with the past eleven of those in the New Paltz chapter. “It’s a service organization that I believe in,” she says. “We have some wonderful international projects, and also a very local component. And I believe that to make a true impact, what matters is service to both the local and global community.”

Thousands of Rotary members, motivated by a special invitation from Pope Francis, gathered at the Vatican in Rome on Saturday to celebrate a message of compassion, inclusiveness, and service to humanity.

At midmorning, the group -- numbering some 9,000 members from 80 countries -- made its way through the congested streets of Rome, past the tight security surrounding St. Peter's Square, and settled into the area reserved for Rotary in front of St. Peter's Basilica for the Jubilee audience.

Francis, a 79-year-old Argentine, urged the crowd of more than 100,000, which included members of the police and armed forces from around the world, "to build a culture of peace, security, and solidarity around the world."

His message of peace resonated with Rotary members, including R. Asokan from Tamil Nadu, India. "His message about peace is about accepting. Rotary, which accepts all walks of life, can carry his message to all our clubs, therefore carrying his message to all our communities," says Asokan.

Though Francis is the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, his words often reach a wider audience. A poll published earlier this year found him to be one of the most liked and trusted world leaders.

That's what made this event at the Vatican so appealing, says Adriana Lanting, who traveled from California, USA, to attend. "To have such a transcending figure together with a transcending organization like Rotary in the same place is something I just couldn't miss," says Lanting, a member of the Rotary Club of Long Beach.

Madrid Zimmerman, another Long Beach member, isn't Catholic but says Francis has a knack for touching people's hearts regardless of where they're from. "Rotary has the same effect," she adds. "We may have different ways of expressing it, but our [Rotary] action in helping others comes from the same place.

"This event is a reminder that we only have one goal and that's to give service to those who need it. I think that's the message I want to bring back to my club," Zimmerman says.

After the Jubilee audience, Francis met with a small delegation of Rotary members led by RI President K.R. Ravindran. The pope spoke to Ravindran about the importance of vaccinating children against polio and encouraged Rotary to continue its efforts against this disease.

"I have been honored and deeply touched to have had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis earlier today, and to have heard him tell us to continue our fight toward polio eradication," says Ravindran, who is Hindu. "It has given me even more pride in Rotary's past, even more faith in its present, and even more optimism about its future, than ever before." 

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