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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 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." 

The New Paltz Rotary Club is proud to be a participant in the Backpack Program for a second year!!
The BackPack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children on weekends, when other resources are not available. The program provides backpacks filled with food that is child-friendly, shelf-stable, and easily-consumed. Bags are packed each week by school staff and discreetly distributed to participating children every Friday afternoon. For the 2014-2015 school year the club supported 27 children in the program and looking to increase our numbers for this school year. The ultimate goal is to reach 60 children.

• The BackPack Program partners with 92 schools throughout 18 counties, serving over 2,500
children each week.
• Over 70,000 backpacks were distributed during the 2014-15 school year; the equivalent of over
420,000 meals distributed directly to children in need.
• 73,000 lbs. of fresh produce was distributed to BackPack students during the 2014-15 school year.
Each bag includes…• 2 breakfast items (cereal, oatmeal packets, graham crackers, granola bars) • 3 entrées (mac & cheese, PB & J, Spaghetti Os, tuna, soup), etc. • A loaf of bread • Milk card for a gallon of milk (distributed every other week) *Juice boxes (100% juice when possible) • Fresh fruits • Canned vegetables (distributed once a month) • 2 snacks (cookies, popcorn, pudding, etc.)

The BackPack program is funded entirely by local donations, 100% of donations go towards running the BackPack program.
 The average cost of one backpack full of food is $5.56 and
the cost to sponsor a child for a full school year is $167.00.
When sending in a donation, be sure to indicate that you’d like the funds to be directed to the

“BackPack Program”.
"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself" Ralph Waldo Emerson
1. Friendship ~ In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs; the need for friendship & fellowship. It is one of two reasons Rotary began in 1905.
2. Business Development ~ The second original reason for Rotary's beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. It's members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.
3. Personal Growth & Development ~ Membership in Rotary continues one's growth & education in human relations & personal development.
4. Leadership Development ~ Rotary is an organization of leaders & successful people. Serving in Rotary is like a college education. Leadership: - learning how to motivate, influence, and lead leaders.
5. Citizenship in the Community ~ Membership in Rotary club makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community.
6. Continuing Education ~ Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one informed about what is going on in the community, nation and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers and a variety of timely topics.
7. Fun ~ Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. Social activities are fun. The service is fun.
8. Public Speaking Skills ~ Many individuals who join Rotary were afraid to speak in public. Rotary develops confidence and skills in public communications and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.
9. Citizenship in the World ~ Every Rotarian wears a pin that says "Rotary International". There are a few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary Club. Every Rotarian is welcome - even encouraged - to attend any of the over 34,000 clubs over 200 nations and geographic regions. This means instant friends in both one's own community and in the world community.
10. Assistance when traveling ~ Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere, many a Rotarian in need of a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc., while traveling has found assistance through Rotary.
11. Entertainment ~ Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide diversions in one's business life. Rotary holds conferences, assemblies, and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education and service.
12.  The Development of Social Skills ~ Every week and at various events and functions Rotary develops one's personality, social skills and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people.
13. Family Programs ~ Rotary provides one of the worlds largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians; opportunities for spouse involvement; and a host of activities designed to help family members in growth and the development of family values.
14. Vocational Skills ~ Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation; to serve on committees and to teach youth about one's job or vocation. Rotary helps to make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc.
15. The Development of Ethics ~ Rotarians practice a 4 Way Test that governs one's ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relations.
16. Cultural Awareness ~ Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color and ethnic identity is found in Rotary. It is a cross section of the world's most prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians become aware of their cultures and learn to love and work with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.
17. Prestige ~ Rotary members are prominent people: leaders of business, the professions, art, government, sports, military, religion and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. It's ranks include executives, managers, professionals - people who make decisions and influence policy.
18. Nice People ~ Rotarians above all are nice people - the nicest people on the face of the earth. They are important people who follow the policy of it is nice to be important but it is important to be nice.
19. The absence of an "Official Creed" ~ Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meetings or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.
20. The Opportunity to Serve ~ Rotary is a service club. It's business is mankind. Its product is service. Rotarians provide community service to both local and international communities. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something else and to sense the self-fulfillment that comes in the process and return of that satisfaction to one's own life. It is richly rewarding.
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