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Maria Rice - New President of New Paltz Rotary

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.”

Maria Rice - New President of New Paltz Rotary 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z
Pope welcomes Rotary to Jubilee audience
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." 

Pope welcomes Rotary to Jubilee audience Ryan Hyland 2016-05-20 00:00:00Z
New Paltz Interact Club - Dimes for Downs
The New Paltz Interact Club is doing great things. Back in December they made Time Warner Cable News for their latest fundraiser, Dimes for Downs.
 
Co-founder of Dimes for Downs Judy Adams who was born with downs says "I like to help people". Over the past 5 years Judy and her Mom have collected over 300,000 dimes.
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New Paltz Interact Club - Dimes for Downs Edna Harrison 2015-01-14 00:00:00Z
Toni Hokanson - New President
Celebrateing 50 years and starting another 50 with our new President Toni Hokanson
 
‚Äč"What Light Up Rotary" means to Toni is 'shining the light' on our local Rotary Club, spreading the word about what Rotary is and what Rotary does within the community.

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Toni Hokanson - New President Edna Harrison 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z
New 2013-14 Officers Installed

 

The New Paltz Rotary Club met on June 13th at the Toad Holly restaurant to install the newly elected officers for the 2013-14 Rotary year.  Rotarian John Peterman served as Master of Ceremonies for the well-attended installation dinner.   Our own “Mr. Rotary,” Joe Moriello led the club in the installation ceremonies.  Outgoing President Jeff Smith reminisced over the past year, surprised as to how fast it had gone, and the many successful events and activities that had occurred.  He was especially pleased by the successes of the Touch-a-Truck and the Win-a-Bundle, and thanked all for their support and guidance over the year.

 

 

 

The new roster of the officers are a combination of enthusiasm and experience.  New president, Matt Eyler, president-elect, Toni Hokanson, and new directors, Edna Harrison and Joe Fitzpatrick are all fairly new to the club and bring an air of excitement and enthusiasm to our club.  Newly elected Vice President, Patrick Fillette, Secretary, Irene Berner, Treasurer, Rocco Pucino, and newly elected Directors, Joe Moriello and Mike Fairweather are experienced member will help the new members by providing experience and guidance.  It appears to be a well balanced Executive Board.

 

 

 

Incoming president, Matt Eyler, spoke to the group about some of the activities he wanted to do over the year, and invited the Club members to join him in a year of “service.”  A synopsis of his speech is provided below:

 

New 2013-14 Officers Installed Jerry Rice
Rotary Youth Exchange

The New Paltz Rotary Club is a strong supporter of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.  We have hosted students from Italy, France, Spain, and, this year, Austria.  The students have provided us with a greater understanding and appreciation for their countries, and they have gone home with a greater understanding of us.   More than 600 students visiting the United States this year as part of the Rotary International's Exchange Program  It is just one small part of the Rotary's effort to promote peace in this troubled world.   


Rotary Youth Exchange Jerry Rice
New Paltz Rotary club is part of worldwide fundraising challenge for polio eradication

ImageDespite a sagging global economy, Rotary clubs around the world have succeeded in raising more than US $200 million in new funding for polio eradication.  For their part, our own New Paltz club contributed a total of $5400 toward this goal.  Each of the local club members donated $100 each year over the past three years to assure that this dreaded   disease can be eradicated from every last corner of the world. 

The fundraising milestone, announced today at Rotary’s annual International Assembly in San Diego, was reached in response to a $355 million challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. All funds have been earmarked to support polio immunization activities in affected countries where this vaccine-preventable disease continues to paralyze  children.

 

New Paltz Rotary club is part of worldwide fundraising challenge for polio eradication Jerry Rice
Do Rotarians Give More and Live Longer?
If you are happiest when you are giving and aiding others, then Rotary is the place for you.  And, it may even be beneficial to your health and well-being.  Science has shown that people who live to be of service to others are generally happiest and live longer.  This certainly describes Rotarians, whose motto is Service above Self.
Do Rotarians Give More and Live Longer? Jerry Rice
Some Background about Rotary
Although Rotary International is the world's largest private provider of international scholarships, and addresses projects around the world to eliminate illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, the lack of clean water, and environmental concerns, many people have little understanding of the true mission and purpose of the Rotary Club.
Some Background about Rotary Jerry Rice
Welcome to Our Club
The New Paltz Rotary welcomes you to our website, and to our meetings, held every Thursday at noon at the Shea O'Brien Restaurant,  127 Main Street, in the village of New Paltz.  

Join us for a great luncheon and for fellowship, education, and networking.


Welcome to Our Club Jerry Rice