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Welcome to New Paltz Rotary Club!

New Paltz

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Garvan's
215 Huguenot Street
New Paltz, NY  12561
United States
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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 https://www.newpaltzfoundation.org
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 | adnlibolt@newpaltzchurch.org
Family of New Paltz | Ivan Echenique or Icilma Lewis | 845-255-8801 | fnph@familyofwoodstock.org
New Paltz Neighbor to Neighbor | William Murray | wmurray@villageofnewpaltz.org
New Paltz United Methodist Church | Kathy Weiss | kaweiss@earthlink.net
Redeemer Lutheran Church, New Paltz | Pastor Tobias Anderson | 845-594-8010 | pastor@redeemernewpaltz.org
Reformed Church, New Paltz | Pastor Becky Town | 518-779-9409 | town.becky@gmail.com
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, New Paltz | Rev. Allison Moore | standrewsrev@gmail.com
St. Charles Catholic Church, Gardiner | Father Matthew | 845-255-1374 | borromeogardiner@aol.com
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, New Paltz | Father Sal | 845-255-0237, ext 2 | salcappuchin@hotmail.com
Town of Gardiner | MaryBeth Majestic, Supervisor | 845-255-9675 | supervisor.tog@gmail.com
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; http://bit.ly/NP-Businesses
To find helplines for covid19 testing etc.; https://bit.ly/NewPalt-COVID19
Grant and community assistance information;
Www.centralhudson.com
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. 
Bob Rich and Pascal Guirma were rightfully recognised for the work they have pioneered in the village of Guirgho, Burkina Faso. We are all extremely proud of them and grateful to be able to partner with them.
For more information, visit http://www.friendsofguirgho.org
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.
It was a very proud day at New Paltz Rotary as Tony Marmo presented Matt Eyler with this flag to mark the start of his year as Assistant District Governor.
 
GET YOUR KIDS HOOKED ON FISHING ON SATURDAY, JUNE 15th 

     There is nothing like a good, old-fashioned morning of fishing to kick off the summer. If you would like your kids to learn this fun-filled sport, free of charge, come to the 15th Annual Kids All-American Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 15th from 8 to 10 a.m. at the SUNY New Paltz pond. It’s located just inside the Route 32 South SUNY New Paltz entrance. Sponsored by the New Paltz Rotary Club and the Town of New Paltz, the event is open to all children ages 5 to 12 years old. Fishing gear and bait will be provided, and prizes will be awarded to kids who catch the smallest, largest, and most fish. This is a catch and release tournament, so all fish are returned to the pond once they are measured. No pre-registration is necessary, but children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Toni Hokanson at 845-797-3063.
It's always a pleasure when District Governor Christine Giangrasso visits and shares some of her energy with us, but today she also presented our own Joe Moriello with an award in recognition of his work behind the scenes keeping everything legal and up-to-date. Well done Joe!
Saturday April 27 is the New Paltz Rotary Club Rail Trail Cleanup and Planting Day.
It starts with coffee and donuts at 8am at Sojourner Truth Park and finishes there at noon for a delicious end-of-work barbeque.
All ability levels are welcome to come join us as we spend the morning planting new shrubs and sprucing up the Rail Trail between Rotary Park and Sojourner Truth Park.
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. 
 
 
 
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