June 2009 Club News
June 3 - Marriott 12:00pm - Clover Comfort - Anthony Marmo
June 10 - Marriott 12:00pm - Scholarship Luncheon
June 17 - Marriott 12:00pm - Board Meeting / Club Assembly
June 24 - Marriott 12:00pm - open
Hard to believe my year as President is drawing to a close. It has been both a pleasure and a privilege to have served as President of such a fine group. I believe we were able to make our community a better place as a result of our efforts. In spite of the economic crisis which has affected us all, we managed to have a fairly successful fundraising year. Our challenge for next year will be how to disburse less money to more needy causes. I am certain we will meet that challenge. Thanks to all who participated, we will have a tally soon as to our success in fundraising.
Thank you all for your help and support in making this a memorable year. My last big public event will be to preside over the Scholarship luncheon on June 10th. While it is a pleasure to present this year’s Breitbarth and Bridges Scholarships, it is a particular pleasure to present the first annual Burnette Scholarship. While grants to worthy local and global community projects are vital, it is essential for our club to continue its focus on the future- through support of education. For only through education can our world hope to survive and thrive in a world of uncertainty. Better educated citizens will help eliminate the need for some community projects as well as continue the work of Rotary in helping to make the world a better place in which to live.
Thank you all!
Yours in Rotary,
May found our club learning how to protect ourselves from consumer fraud. With a fascinating conversation from John Kastenstein, the club could have stayed all afternoon learning about all the services available to us through the various consumer and government services. We also enjoyed hearing from Nelson Correa and his work with the Literacy Volunteers of the Tarrytowns. With such a diverse population in our community, we are proud to support this group and learn of the successes they achieve.
The board announced David Holtz has been named to the board, replacing John Belluardo. The board also reported a joint meeting is being considered with the Ossining Club in July. More information to follow. And finally plans are in the works for a couple of evening socials this summer at the Washington Boat Club with the help of Jack Jolly. Keep an eye on your inbox for more info!
Breitbarth Scholarship Luncheon - The committee met and awarded this years scholarships. Winners will be announced at the scholarship luncheon on June 10, 2009 at the Marriott. Please arrive at noon, this luncheon will take place in lieu of our normal club meeting in the Marriott Westchester Ballroom. Please look for signage in case it's moved to another ballroom. Kris will send an email to sign-up. Please be sure to RSVP so we have a proper head count.
William Burnette Scholarship - Introduced this year, this award has been established by our club in tribute to former Sleepy Hollow High School guidance counselor, Bill Burnette, who is a long-time, and highly-valued, Rotary Club member. The intent of these two $1,000 scholarship awards is to commend two SHHS graduating seniors who have made significant improvements in their grades and/or in their personal development throughout their four years at SHHS.
Please join your fellow club members as we recognize the first students to receive them on June 10, 2009 at the scholarship luncheon at the Marriott.
While visiting St Thomas, our club President Joe, took the above picture of the Rotary Arboretum at a local High School.
Duck Derby & Healthy Kids Day A Success
The Ducks survived the heat of the day and extends deep appreciation to everyone that helped to make our 2nd Annual Duck Derby a Success! Many of you sat in the blazing sun as well that day (Tent is on the agenda for next year!) We raised over $10,000 for Community Grants. While our duck sales were the same as last year, with 1100 ducks racing, our expenses were lower which brought a larger profit. At the end of the day, as Rotarians were cleaning up, we stopped to look around and agreed that this is one of the most rewarding events that we do. Watching the children racing alongside the stream as the ducks raced, cheering on the ducks, made it all worthwhile.
The success of the event also includes the collaboration with the YMCA who coordinates the vendors, entertainment and all those behind the scenes planning that no one thinks about when they attend an event. Many, many thanks to: The Tarrytown Fire Dept., there would be no Duck Derby without them! Joe Arduino from the Tarrytown Rec Dept with the help of the DPW made sure the park was looking good and helped with coordinating the event, The Tarrytown Volunteer Ambulance Corp who kept the Cute Duck and the Smart Duck alive with ice packs, water and lots of care; Our sponsors: Hitachi, Tarrytown Honda, Mahopac National Bank, Allan Block Agency, The Sheraton, The Doubletree and the Hudson Independent. And last, but not least, let's not forget to thank all the Rotarians that showed up that day to help with the event. It's great to see so many Duck hats throughout the park helping with registration, set up, clean up, catching ducks, etc. THE DUCK DERBY COMMITTEE IS SO GRATEFUL FOR EVERYONE'S SUPPORT. SEE YOU ALL AGAIN NEXT YEAR!
Following is an update on our committees. If you haven't signed up for one, please see Joe or any of the chairs.
Community Service - Chair: Gerry Riera Co-Chair: Margaret Black
Members: Dave Cartenuto, Janet Byelick, Jerry Barbelet, Stan Biloon, John Keels, Mimi Godwin, Andres Valdespino
International Service - Chair: Dave Cartenuto
Members: Joyce Stanton, Galina Pendill, Margaret Black, Norbert Fluhler, Jim McGough, Len Andrew
Membership - Chair: David Holtz Co-Chair: Andres Valdespino
Members: Bill Burnette
Newsletter - Got news? Please direct it to Margaret Black, email@example.com or Joe Goscilo, firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 1 - JoAnne Murray
June 14 - Jack Jolly
June 18 - Aubrey Hawes
July 25 - John Belluardo