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Welcome to New Paltz Rotary!
New Paltz

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:15 PM
215 Huguenot Street
New Paltz, NY 12561
United States of America
Alternativing between in person and remote:
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New Paltz Rotary Club Scholarships are open to all graduating High School Seniors who reside within the New Paltz Central School District and who will be pursuing a postsecondary degree or training at any two or four year college, trade school or educational institution.  All scholarship applicants will automatically be considered for each one of our various scholarships. Our Scholarship Committee will review all applications and will award our scholarships to students who best meet the qualifications of each particular endowment.  To apply, go to

Become a New Paltz Rotary Club Host Family for Life-changing
experiences, lifelong relationships.  
The commitment is just 3 months!
Email Geraldine Kelly, the New Paltz Rotary Youth Exchange
Officer at, or Maria Rice, the Youth Exchange Committee Chair
at for more information and an application form and visit Rotary
District 7210 website at
Become a Rotary Youth Exchange Student
See Downloadable Links on the right of the website for the Rotary Youth Exchange Information (also below) and Application
Youth Exchange is an exchange program for secondary school students who travel abroad to
learn about other cultures and other languages. Students are required to attend high school
and live with 2-3 host families during a period of one school year. The program is
coordinated at the Rotary District level and supported and hosted at the local club level, the
New Paltz Rotary Club. Rotary District 7210, spanning eight counties and 62 clubs in the
beautiful Hudson Valley of New York State, works directly with other certified Rotary
Districts around the globe. The Rotary District 7210 Youth Exchange Program is organized
with Inbound and Outbound Committees and a Youth Protection Officer and is led by a
Chair. It is supported by the Rotary District’s Rotary Clubs and their YEX Committees and
Youth Exchange Officers.
Lauren Rooney is currently serving as the New Paltz Rotary President and was recently featured in Hudson Valley One Magazine:
It was only after much discussion and heavy hearts that we came to the decision to cancel the Halloween Parade. We are living through unprecedented times and the safety of everyone in our community is our first priority and even outdoor events are not immune to the effects of this pandemic. Rotary is not involved with any town or village decision about Halloween in general and we look forward to sharing this fun, much loved community event with everyone next year.
Meet Edna Harrison, our President for 2020/21. She has lived in the area for 29 years and has been a Rotarian for 9. She has worked for MVP for 12 years and is now in the Preferred Broker Unit. She is smart, sharp, funny, skilled, caring and she gets the job done, every time. All those tattoos and the Harley motorbike can't hide her huge heart of gold 😉
Have you ever wondered how our Backpack Program got its name? Every week we fill anywhere between 25 to 45 backpacks with food to be distributed on Friday via our school connections to families who otherwise wouldn’t have sufficient food over the weekend. Normally these backpacks are returned on Monday morning, however these are not normal times. So we are very grateful to our friends at Ulster Savings Bank who donated reusable fabric bags to allow this program to continue through the covid19 crisis.
“Project Help Your Neighbor 2020” addresses the immediate and emerging hardships of New Paltz & Gardiner residents in need of a meal. 
Meal vouchers are available for residents referred by our participating partners. Please visit our website to view listed partners or see the list below. The vouchers will be redeemable at participating local, independently owned restaurants and delis listed on our website
Please help support our neighbors by SHARING this post and donations to support the project can be made on our website. 
Thank You to all who are helping support this project through sharing and contributions! You are a hero!
You can also contact our Referral Partners:
Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church | Keith Libolt |
Family of New Paltz | Ivan Echenique or Icilma Lewis | 845-255-8801 |
New Paltz Neighbor to Neighbor | William Murray |
New Paltz United Methodist Church | Kathy Weiss |
Redeemer Lutheran Church, New Paltz | Pastor Tobias Anderson | 845-594-8010 |
Reformed Church, New Paltz | Pastor Becky Town | 518-779-9409 |
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, New Paltz | Rev. Allison Moore |
St. Charles Catholic Church, Gardiner | Father Matthew | 845-255-1374 |
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, New Paltz | Father Sal | 845-255-0237, ext 2 |
Town of Gardiner | MaryBeth Majestic, Supervisor | 845-255-9675 |
New Paltz United Methodist Church New Paltz Reformed Church St. Joseph Catholic Church Redeemer Lutheran Church - New Paltz, NY Family of New Paltz St. Andrew's Episcopal Church of New Paltz Town of Gardiner
#Neighbor2Neighbor2020 #NPCF #COVID19 #mealvoucher #support #share #donate #communityfoundation #inthistogether #heretohelp
Although we are not meeting face-to-face during the current health situation, we are meeting via zoom to continue to find the best way forward to provide support for our local community.
To find information about which restaurants are offering takeout;
To find helplines for covid19 testing etc.;
Grant and community assistance information;
If you are in the position to consider donating, we will make sure it stays in the community and benefits those most in need through our on-going school backpack program and sponsorship initiatives. For more information, contact us here or speak to a local rotarian - I bet you already know one!
Stay safe and keep washing your hands!
New Paltz Rotary meetings just wont be the same without Tom's stories of life growing up in Montana and his boundless joy in each of his granddaughter's achievements. He loved to travel and would always return with a story. I enjoyed sitting next to him, listening to his stories and it was months before I discovered that he had been Mayor not just once but 4 times as he didn't talk much about his own achievements. 
The local sites are full of the detail of his life but we remember Tom the Rotarian and one quote from Hudson Valley 1 sums him up "Tom had a strong desire for a life of meaning lived for society and mankind" which dovetails beautifully into the Rotary idea of "Service before Self".
We will miss you Tom. 
A huge thank you to all our sponsors and golfers who helped make the day very special and raised over $7500 which will go towards our Scholarship Program which benefits New Paltz High School Students.
Our sponsors this year were;
Woodcrest Community; Garvans; Mid Hudson VIP; Bob Rich Law; Seakill Custom Home Builders; C2G; Hudson Whiskey; North Western Union; Wallkill View Farm; MVP; Distasi, Moriello & Murphy; Apple Hill farm; Russos Deli; Yess; New Paltz Properties; Alfandre Architecture; Police Benevolent Association; Dedricks; Novella's; Hudson Valley Egg Co; Mountain Valley Manor;main Course; New Paltz Wine & Spirits; Apuzzo kitchens; Devine Insurance; Plaza Diner; P&G's; Masseo Landscape Inc; New Windsor Family Medicine; Ulster Savings Bank; Main St Bistro and Ryan & Ryan.
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