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Westchester Rotary Club Feeds the Homeless
Rotarians Love Challenges - "A ship is safe in the harbor, but that is not what ships are meant for."
 
29 July 2021: One of the District’s newest Clubs – the Rotary Club of Westchester has been very active in braving the pandemic, providing supplies for the needy wherever they are needed.  The Club’s latest project has been helping feed the homeless people at Mel’s Place Homeless Shelter on 25 July 2021. The shelter is run by the Mental Health America of Dutchess county providing support and helping homeless people with food, referrals to housing, social services, and employment opportunities!   
 
Mental Health America of Dutchess County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making sure nobody gets left behind in the community due to a lack of mental health services. Their staff and volunteers work day and night to strengthen families, overcome fear, help people dealing with anxiety, link individuals to the supports they need, provide safe spaces to heal, and Break down stigma.
 
Volunteers from the Club, including President Syed Alirahi, Secretary Shazia Alirahi, and Treasurer Firoz Pathan purchased pizzas, water, bananas, and apples and put together goodie bags containing healthy snacks to go.  During the course of the day, they served 50 people who visited the shelter.
The Club is very thankful to Shelter Manager Tracy Edmonstone for providing this wonderful opportunity for helping our community!
   
         
New Yorker of the Week: Inwood Rotarian Jim Kushner
22 July 2021: In Inwood, there’s no shortage of flowers and at first glance, no shortage of trees. Jim Kushner put his green thumb on display in 2006, starting the Rotary Club of Inwood. His mission was to make what he calls “Upstate Manhattan” even greener.

After noticing just how many trees had died in the area, Kushner got to work. It took three years of writing to the state legislature, but he’s managed to replace 100 of the dead or damaged trees and is waiting for 30 more. Even now Kushner is thrilled by what his efforts have accomplished.

“I was shocked. I was walking down the street and thought, ‘There’s something different here and I can’t figure it out’ and I’m walking underneath the trees and then it dawned on me. ‘Oh my goodness, they put the trees in,” Kushner said laughing as he walked down a treelined block.

Kushner’s latest efforts are aimed at getting protective fencing for the new saplings. His leadership and example have inspired his community. “When we started putting up the fencing around the trees, other people started seeing what we were doing and said, ‘Hey, that’s a good idea. I guess I’ll do that too,” Kushner said. Over the last couple of years, Kushner says building supers and neighbors alike are making sure the trees near their buildings are well maintained.

“People see the tree pits and the trees and they think, ‘Why can’t we have one in front of our house?’” Kushner said.

Kushner’s hope is that by beautifying the area, business owners will get the attention they need to get back on their feet. At the very least, he hopes the flowers bring his neighbors some cheer. “If putting people in a good mood and a smile on their face doesn’t help. I don’t know what else to do,” Kushner commented.  While Kushner waits for his trees and fences, he’s plenty busy helping out with four community gardens in the area. Making sure the flowers in Maria Lall and Bruce’s garden continue to bloom. 
“I planted them. I’ve financed them. I’ve been out there getting my hands dirty, just seeing that they get done,” Kushner said.  It’s a legacy Kushner hopes to leave behind and with the strength of the community behind him, he has no doubt it will continue for generations to come.  

“It’s a massive project. I’ll be dead and hopefully it’ll still be going on,” Kushner joked.

For planting for the future, Jim Kushner is our New Yorker of the Week.

Adapted: from Spectrum News NY 1

Hamilton Rotary joins Fight Against Diabetes
July 21, 2021: With a surge in cases of Diabetes on the Island of Bermuda, the Hamilton Rotary Club has joined the fight against Diabetes on the Island.  The caseload of the Bermuda Diabetes Association surged after the island endured more than one year of pandemic conditions.  The not-for-profit organization tackling one of Bermuda’s most prevalent chronic illnesses also saw triple the usual demand for its patient assistance program helping people cover the medication expenses.
 
The Hamilton Rotary Club joined the fight against Diabetes by providing a donation of $6,000 to the Bermuda Diabetes Association to help the battle against the disease.  President Jean Akol, presented the check to Sara Bosch de Noya, a diabetes educator at the Association.  Also present at the event were a young diabetes patient,  and Past Club President Dr. Raphael Loutouby, a nephrologist at King Edward Vii Memorial Hospital.
 
Receiving the check, Ms. Bosch de Noya told the club she had joined a webinar by the International Diabetes Federation in the spring that predicted a rise in Type 2 diabetes, “particularly in youth”.  “Physical education wasn’t happening; they were home-schooled for months and months,” she said. “Their lives have changed.” She added: “With Covid and lifestyle change and the way our diets have changed through stress, we are looking at a potential global increase in numbers with Type 2 diabetes following the pandemic.
 
The donation from the club has gone to help three young people with diabetes get high-tech devices to help them take control of their blood sugar levels.  Ms. Bosch de Noya highlighted the “phenomenal” FreeStyle Libre, a wearable device that tracks blood glucose for Type 1 and Type 2 patients.  “It’s a revolutionary teaching tool,” she said.  Rather than having to draw blood for a spot check on sugar levels, the devices enable continuous monitoring of the body’s sugar levels after everything from eating a banana to going for a run.  “This technology has indeed been a phenomenal asset to us in diabetes management.”
 
The Hamilton Rotary Club meets weekly at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and has engaged in many high-profile local and international projects.
 
Adapted from News Story Published in The Royal Gazette, Bermuda, 21 July 2021
Mid-Island Rotary Club Marks 3 Decades of ‘Service Above Self’ with a Gala
12 July 2021: Celebrating its 30th anniversary, The Mid-Island Rotary Club members and friends gathered recently for an evening of camaraderie and community spirit in Casa Belvedere, the Italian cultural center on Grymes Hill, on Staten Island. 
During the evening’s fare, the Paul Harris Award was presented to two-time Club President Vincent Luongo, for his efforts throughout the years. However, because of the pandemic, the presentation was delayed. The presentation was made by longtime Rotarian Carmine DeSantis.
 
Congratulations to the new Mid-Island Rotary officers who were installed during the evening: President Linda Aubrey, Vice President George Dougherty, Secretary Carmine DeSantis, Treasurer John DeAmicis, and Sergeant-at-Arms Gary Applebaum. Dr. Charley Ferrer and Kevin Brown, two new members, also were inducted.
 
Members of the Mid-Island Rotary have been replenishing two Staten Island food pantries each month in memory of Bernard Del Rey, a prominent Rotarian who died two years ago. Dougherty, who spearheaded the project, set a fine example for his daughter Katie Dougherty, who also was instrumental in helping to organize and coordinate activities at a number of food pantries.
 
Dougherty was presented with The Service Above Self Award, and Katie was given an award as well as a $1,000 Fred Fiore Scholarship for her dedication and diligence.
 
Fundraising and service projects include servicing Project Hospitality with assistance from the Interact clubs from St. Peter’s, Notre Dame, and Port Richmond high schools; a Spring Meltdown 5K Run/Walk fundraiser at Fresh Kills Park; delivering 1,000 turkey baskets to Staten Islanders with all five Rotary clubs; an Oktoberfest event supporting Staten Island veterans in need, and a Christmas party with gifts for youngsters at Staten Island University Hospital.  The Club also has donated to the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund and the West Coast Fire Relief Disaster Fund, and it sponsors the JDRF Walk. It also has donated thousands of face masks, gloves, and sanitizing supplies to senior housing centers and food pantries, and has distributed scholarships and grants.
 
This year’s scholarship recipients were: Manahil Jaffre, $2,500; Julia Naishuler, $2,500; Andrea Chetirko, $1,000 Service Award, and Katie Dougherty, $1,000 Fred Fiore Service Award.  Grants totaling $21,000 were given to the following organizations: Amethyst House, Children at Play, CSI Hillel, Eden II, Garibaldi Meucci Museum, The GRACE Foundation, Cancer Tamer, Cheer 4 A Cause, Green Technology Solar Cars- SI Tech, Phelan McDermid Syndrome Foundation, Seaview, Staten Island Ballet and Theatre, Staten Island Museum and Project Hospitality.
 
The Mid-Island Rotary meets for breakfast on Thursday mornings at the Dakota Diner.
 
   
At Mid-Island Rotary's 30th anniversary celebration, from left, Diane Arneth (North Shore Club), Assistant District Governor; Frank Wilkinson, president North Shore Rotary; newly installed Mid-Island Rotary President, Linda Aubrey, past President, Bob Moore.   Carmine DeSantis, Secretary of the Mid-Island Rotary Club, and Vice-President Vincent Luongo, who was honored with the Paul Harris Award.  
George Dougherty and daughter Katie, hold up their awards from the Mid-Island Rotary. 
Photos Courtesy Linda Aubrey, Staten Island Advance   Link to story on Staten Island Advance
 
Rotary Responds: COVID-19

COVID-19: BRONXVILLE ROTARY CLUB THANKS NEIGHBORS FOR SUPPORTING COVID-19 RESPONSE

We write to thank our neighbors and friends for their support over the past year in helping the Bronxville Rotary Club respond to some of the many challenges presented by COVID-19. The following is a brief outline of how those donations have been used. And as we express our gratitude the Bronxville Rotary commits itself to continue in our efforts to help the people of our village and neighboring communities. Click here to read our open letter.

COVID-19: HERITAGE ROTARY DONATES MONTH OF GROCERY TO BRONX FAMILIES

Members of the Heritage NY E-Club were active in providing 14 families in dire need, in the Bronx with groceries to last them for one. month.  These families preferred the groceries to cash handouts. The supplies included rice, cooking oil, lentils. onions, potatoes. pasta, cereals, chicken nuggets, pita bread, salt and snacks valued at $100 per bag.
 
The project was led by Club President S. Zaki Hossain, while Rahat Hossain arranged for the shopping and delivery to these families, many of which have young children or elderly members.
 
The project is ongoing with many more families in need awaiting supplies of groceries.  If you wish to participate in the project please donate to the Club tinyurl.com/heritageNY.
 

COVID-19: PEEKSKILL ROTARY DONATES DISINFECTING FOGGER FOR AMBULANCE CORPS

The Peekskill Rotary Club raised over $4,000 in donations from its members for the Peekskill Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps. at their regular Rotary meeting on Thursday, April 16th which was held online via Zoom. The donations are for a "fogger," which is an innovative new surface treatment system that combines proven electrostatic technology with trusted disinfecting products to quickly and easily provide superior coverage in even the hardest-to-reach places.

Club Member Chrissy Meslener informed the Club that the Peekskill Volunteer Ambulance Corp. needed a disinfecting fogger to quickly clean ambulances after a call.  Presently they are hand-sanitizing the “rigs” which takes far more time and is not as efficient as a fogger. The disinfecting process has become a challenge as the number of daily calls has increased from approximately 5 to about 25 during the COVID-19 crisis. Improper or inadequate cleaning poses a health hazard to anybody traveling in the ambulance.
 
In total the Club raised $4,350 in private donations. The wave of contributions was started when one member pledged $1,000 towards this cause if the club was able to raise the rest. Their donation was followed by $1,000 from two more members and along with several other donations, they exceeded the $4,000 asked for. The Ambulance Corp. will purchase Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) with the extra donations.

COVID-19: PLEASANTVILLE, BRIARCLIFF & YONKERS CLUBS JOIN FORCES WITH GULLOTTA HOUSE TO PROVIDE MEALS FOR NEEDY

The Rotary Clubs of Pleasantville, Briarcliff Manor and Yonkers-East Yonkers have joined hands with Gullotta House to provide meals for the needy.    Gullotta House uses the donations from the clubs combining the funds with other donations and purchases the meals at cost from local restaurants. 
 
The food distribution is ongoing every week - Mondays at Pleasantville, Tuesdays at Yonkers and Wednesdays at Briarcliff.  Hundreds of meals have so been distributed at these locations. Club and other volunteers at at every location so that people who come by are given the meal packs maintaining social distancing. 
 
They also delivered meals to Ambulance Corps, Hospitals and the Police.  The Partnering restaurants are. Stamford Diner, Soup Ninja, Fin & Brew. & Tarry Tavern. Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, Yonkers Rotary, Yonkers First Deputy Police Chief Tim Hodges, were present at the Yonkers locations and helped distribute the meal packets.
 

COVID-19: INWOOD, HARLEM CLUBS PARTNER WITH SALVATION ARMY TO FEED ELDERLY & INFIRM

Jim Kushner and John Higgins of the Inwood Club started their 6th week with the Harlem Salvation Army, delivering food to the elderly and infirm. Everything is going smoothly. Jim drives down in his station wagon, takes the delivery addresses and packs the wagon with boxes of food from the Salvation Army Distribution Center.
 
They have partnered with the Rotary Club of Harlem and the Salvation Army for this project, delivering to Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood.
 
Jim is asking for support to help keep the food supplies ongoing. The Rotary Club of Harlem Foundation is raising funds for Harlem HEALS - COVID -19 Community Relief. Every dollar goes directly for getting the food supplies. There are no administrative costs.
 

COVID-19: HERITAGE NY CLUB PROVIDES FUNDS TO AFYA FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT PPE'S FOR ST. JOHN'S HOSPITAL

The District's newest Club - the Heritage New York Club responded to the District's Emergency Appeal and collected donations to be directed to the Afya Foundation.  Three members of the Club donated a total of $1,000 for the Emergency Appeal.  Meanwhile, the Afya Foundation has already delivered 1,000 face shields and 700 masks to the St. John's Riverside Hospital and other PPEs to Lincoln Hospital..  Requests for additional supplies - gowns and gloves have been chaneled to Afya and will be made available as they receive more supplies.
 
An an e-club, the Heritage NY Club  has been trying to provide much needed assistance to the frontline health workers and support personnel  wherever it's members live - Westchester, Bronx, New York City as well as Long Island.
 

COVID-19: YONKERS-EDGEMONT SATELLITE CLUB ASSISTS IN PROVIDING SUPPLIES TO LINCOLN MEDICAL CENTER

The new Edgemont Satellite of the Yonkers-East Yonkers Club was instrumental in arranging for PPE supplies to be sent to Lincoln Medical Center in The Bronx.  Club Adviser Parul Bhatnaghar responded to the need of the Lincoln Medical and contacted the District.  The District forwarded the request to the Afya Foundation and connected them together. The Afya Foundation collects PPEs and Medical supplies through donations and purchases and makes them available to local Hospitals and Organizations which are in dire need.
 
On 24 April, Afya volunteers delivered the supplies which were received by Dr. Rajan Khanna.  Thanks to Dr. Dimpy Gupta and Parul Bhatnagar for facilitating this much-needed protection for our frontline health personnel who are daily risking their lives and well-being to help others.
 

COVID-19: YONKERS-EAST YONKERS ROTARY TEAMS UP WITH GULOTTA HOUSE TO PROVIDE HOT MEALS

(Brian Harrod, Yonkers Newswire)
 
YONKERS ROTARY TO THE RESCUE: Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary President Steven Simpson and fellow Rotarian Yonkers Police Department Deputy Chief Tim Hodges have just announced that the Yonkers Rotary Board Members have voted to donate $1,000 to Gullotta House to keep the free hot grab-and-go meals flowing out of the Yonkers Community Action Program (YCAP) for those in need in the City of Hills.

Yonkers Police Department Deputy Chief Rotarian Tim Hodges was with fellow Rotarian Matthew Gullotta handing out hot meals to Yonkers residents, but Yonkers Rotary President Steven Simpson was not able to come, because he was picking up PPE supplies at an airport.

On Tuesday, 21 April, Rotary President Steven Simpson presented Gullotta House their donation check at the Yonkers Community Action Program, as other Club Members joined Deputy Chief Hodges in volunteering in handing out grab-and-go hot meals to those in need.

COVID-19: ELMSFORD ROTARY PROVIDES HOT MEALS FOR ARMY NATIONAL GUARDS

The Elmsford Rotary Club in collaboration with the DoubleTree Hotel, Tarrytown and Burger King arranged for Easter Dinner for the 250 soldiers of the US Army National Guard Regiment from Camp Smith, Peekskill.  .These soldiers are responsible for cleaning and sanitizing the COVID-19 testing centers, Mobile Hospitals and schools, and are being housed at the DoubleTree Hotel.
This hot meal was the Club's way of thanking these courageous soldiers, taking their time away from their families, a little more bearable. These soldiers perform daily and live our motto “Service Above Self”.
The Elmsford Club is also providing free whopper meals to about 300 essential construction workers building the hospital and medical facility at the Westchester County Center.
 
Club President J.T. McFadden said, these activities - the result of a great partnership between the Elmsford Club, the DoubleTree Hotel and Burger King. are intended to demonstrate the commitment of all the partners towards their local community as well as to to show respect for the work of our soldiers.

 

COVID-19: PEEKSKILL ROTARY CONTINUES 2 WEEKLY FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS

On Tuesdays, the Rotary Club of Peekskill has been working with Feeding Westchester to distribute food to the local community. Food packages are available starting at 11:00 in front of The Field Library on Main St.  This project will continue for the foreseeable future.
 
The Club's Friday meal distributions, began on April 11, 2020 in a combined effort with HOPE For Youth Foundation, Manzer's Landscape Design & Development and private donations from Peekskill Rotary members. All meals are purchased from local restaurants and made available at Manzer's Landscaping Design & Development yard located at 1060 Lower South St, Peekskill, from 1:00 - 3:30.
 
The purpose of this project is to provide meals to families in the local community and at the same time keep local restaurants open.  Friday meals will continue every Friday until at least May 1st.

COVID-19: GATEWAY ROTARY PROVIDES FOOD FOR HOSPITAL STAFF

 
The Gateway Rotary Club on Staten Island arranged to provide pizzas for the Doctors, nurses and staff at a local hospital.  These heroes on the front lines have been treating patients everyday since the beginning of the pandemic, at great risk to themselves and their own families.  As a show of gratitude, Rotarians from the Club delivered the boxes.  Club President Steven Cisternas, members Stuart Roaker, Domenick Moncada, Paul Sarcona, Joseph Botegga, Bobby Walsh, John Buonocore and other members participated. 

COVID-19: NEW ROCHELLE ROTARY RAISES FUNDS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS
Rotary Club of New Rochelle has just donated $6,000 to support the Coronavirus first responders: $3,000 to the New Rochelle Police Department and $3,000 New Rochelle Fire Department for safety equipment.  As the New Rochelle area has been greatly impacted by COVID-19, the Rotary Club of New Rochelle is also looking to raise money to help those in need. These funds will be given back to the New Rochelle community and those in the Sound Shore area affected by COVID-19 in the aftermath of this pandemic.  
 
The Club has established a fund to receive donations
 

COVID-19: RYE ROTARY PARTNERS WITH "BREAD OF LIFE" TO FEED THE HUNGRY
 
The Rye Rotary Foundation has partnered with "Bread of Life", via a donation.  This not-for-profit organization feeds over 10,000 people weekly in Westchester County, where 1 in 5 is hungry. Based in Rye, NY, Bread of Life provides food, clothing, and support to food pantries, homeless shelters and individuals. It works with a variety of partners to deliver food relief to those in need.
 
A specific emphasis is placed on utilizing one of the most abundant resources in the community - excess food. Through "food rescue,” the Bread of Life team works with local grocery stores, restaurants, and food distributors to deliver excess food, that would otherwise be discarded as waste, to those experiencing food insecurity.
 
This virus has created an unprecedented challenge for nearly all of us. But it is also an opportunity for Rotarians and those in our communities to find new, meaningful ways to lead and to connect and do good in the world. Rye Rotary will be working with Bread of Life & Greenwich Hospital to help provide funds for meals as well as medical supplies to those in need throughout this difficult time.
 

COVID-19: EASTCHESTER ROTARY DONATES N95 MASKS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS
 
The Eastchester Rotary Club was able to secure 100 N95 respirator masks and donate them to the local police department that was in urgent need.  The Club is also working to obtain more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
 

COVID-19: BRONXVILLE HELPS LOCAL BUSINESS EMPLOYEES
The Rotary Club of Bronxville, in a rapid response to the urgent need for food relief, has started a matching fund to help support furloughed kitchen help and wait-staff at our local restaurants. An initial disbursement of funds was made on 27 March to staff at Fogarty's restaurant - the venue of Club meetings as well as many District meetings.  Forgarty's has closed an laid off all staff.  The Club Board took immediate action to stave off hunger for these families. This may be an ongoing crisis, so any donations from the public are encouraged and can be made through the Bronxville Rotary Club website.
 
The Club has also made a donation of $5,000 to the Harlem Rotary Clubs program with the Salvation Army to feed the hungry.

COVID-19: YONKERS-EAST YONKERS HELPS PACK FOOD FOR HOMEBOUND SENIORS AND DISABLED
Rotary Yonkers-East Yonkers President Steven Simpson and his Team once again gave up their lunch hour, on 18 March, to be at The Yonkers Community Action Program (YCAP) to pack groceries for home-bound seniors and disabled residents. The Club has been doing this for the past few months and they determined that they could not let the homebound seniors and disabled in their community down.
 
Special guests partnered up with Y-EY Rotary Club today ..... Yonkers City Council-member Tasha Diaz, former Council-member Lorraine Lopez, brought re-useable grocery bags from the City of Yonkers and the Yonkers IDA.
 
Our seniors shouldn't have to go without their much-needed groceries. Truly Service Above Self.
 

COVID-19: HARLEM ROTARY HELPS FEED FAMILIES IN NEED
(Dwayne R. Norris, Past President, Harlem Rotary Club, 18 March 2020)
 
 
I had the privilege of stopping by WestCOP today and seeing the operation they have going that is feeding thousands of Westchester residents every week!! I was able to bring 12 boxes of books donated by my business Soulful Synergy, Rotary Club of Harlem and The Book Fairies to help ease the stress on families during these difficult times
 
A special shoutout to Daniel E Bonnet for your incredible leadership throughout this crisis and my business partner Alejandro Alvarez for always putting community first!
 
Thanks to The National Guard for being on the front lines! New Rochelle is resilient and they will come out of this emergency but with your help it will be easier.
 
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The Hamilton Rotary Interact Club is reflecting on its work to assist the community since its inception nearly five years ago, including donations to groups such as PALS, the Salvation Army, the Bermuda Cricket Board youth division, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and Warwick Preschool.

A spokesperson said, “As we move into a new decade, we pause to give thanks to Rotary youth who have served our community well. The Hamilton Rotary Interact Club has been enhancing the plight of those who have fallen on hard times for almost five years since its formation.”

“They have helped to prepare supper and serve the needy at the Salvation Army, donated well-needed cups and lids to the Street Feeding Soup Ministry, sold tags for the Bermuda Cricket Board youth division and Feed The Children Ministry, run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and hosted and assisted visually blind citizens of the Inspire Bermuda Charity during their most successful tag day.

 
In June of 2018, I was infected by a deer tick with a parasite called Babesiosis which at the time was a permanent disqualification for donating blood.  It may no longer be the case as of Jan 2020.  By that time, I had donated over 100 units of blood, platelets, and plasma and was disappointed that I would no longer be able to donate.  In June of 2019, I was installed as the President of the Peekskill Rotary Club.  Our club was celebrating our 100th year and as President, I chose a Presidential project to get 100 units of blood donated.  Halfway through the year, our blood donation goal thermometer read a disappointing 21 donations, so I decided to create a challenge to get people to donate.  I modeled my blood donation challenge after the Ice Bucket Challenge and with the help of two very generous friends, JP Patrick, a videographer & director, and Diane Cricchio another video superstar we created the challenge video.

A fundraising campaign by a youth theatre to send youngsters to train on New York City’s Broadway has been given a boost from Hamilton Rotary Club.

A spokeswoman for Noire said the training trip, scheduled to take place in April, would allow the youngsters to take part in Broadway acting workshops, talkback sessions with Broadway professionals and an intensive training session, at the Neighbourhood Playhouse acting school.

I knew there was no shortage of books, I constantly hear people say they have basements and attics filled with their kid’s books. Where in our neighborhood could these books filled with so much imagination and story go so all the children could be reached? Laundromats! That was my first thought. A long day at the laundry mat waiting for the cycles to go through. Both parent and kids need a distraction to pass the time. What better way to pass the time than with a story a parent and child can share together.

What if Rotary supplied books for kids to read and take home to snuggle with at bedtime? So, Rotary started collecting book which was easy but now where would we put them? Ron, the owner of Sleepy Hollow Laundromat on Valley Street in Sleepy Hollow was happy to welcome us. We set up a small bookshelf and loaded it with books. At the same time McDonald’s wanted to support the local community more and approached Rotary. So, we set up a bookshelf in the lobby at McDonald’s. To our surprise and delight the books were flying off the shelves. One of our Rotarians, Rabbi David Holtz, had built a beautiful bookshelf in excitement for this project and it needed a home. Dr Kothari of 914 Smile Inc opened his waiting room to our bookshelf and has done a wonderful job of filling it in his children’s corner.

 

On Saturday, February 8, the Club coordinated about 50 volunteers from across New York City who came together to make 1,250 sandwiches for the hungry and homeless in Harlem  The Club is grateful to all of the volunteers and their partners at One Sandwich at a Time and Pillars for being a part of this special day!