Red Hook Rotary Club

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March 2015

Red Hook Rotary Club Information

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Red Hook

What is Rotary? "Service Above Self"

We meet Tuesdays at 7:30 AM
Bread & Bottle
7496 South Broadway
(Corner of South Broadway and East Market Street)
Red Hook, NY  12571
United States
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Contact information:
Post Office Box 88
Red Hook, NY 12571-0088

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Snow cancelation policy - If the Red Hook Schools are closed, our meeting is canceled. If only delayed, then we will meet at 7:30 a.m. as usual. Call (845) 758- 2241 for school closing or delay information.


Red Hook Rotary Sponsors Scholarships

The Red Hook Rotary Club and Red Hook Rotary Foundation are pleased to announce that the Foundation will award two scholarships of $1,000 each to students planning to attend an accredited college, university or vocational school.

Each applicant must be a graduating senior and a legal resident of the Red Hook Central School District, Pine Plains School District or Germantown Central School District. It is expected that one scholarship will be awarded to a student attending a four year college and one scholarship may be awarded to a student attending an accredited vocational or community college program.

Application forms may be obtained from the Guidance Office at your high school. Completed applications MUST be mailed to RED HOOK ROTARY CLUB, Post Office Box 88, Red Hook, NY 12571. ATTN: LINDA GREENBLATT, by APRIL 1, 2015.  For more information, please contact Linda Greenblatt at (845) 758-8361 or

Rotary International is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary International’s focus areas include polio eradication, peace, humanitarian projects, literacy, and water management. Learn more at Learn more about the Red Hook Rotary Club at

For more information, please contact Linda Greenblatt at (845) 758-8361 or


Our guest speaker was County Executive Marc Molinaro. Marc spoke about the state of the county, the improving financial outlook in Dutchess and need for a new Dutchess County jail. Marc is shown with our club president Christine Chale. (photos: Rev. Fred Cartier)

The Red Hook Rotary club celebrated its 60th anniversary at a gala dinner at the historic Elmendorph Inn. At the dinner, the Rotarians welcomed new member Betsy Levy. Ms. Levy is an insurance salesperson at Financial Services Center, Inc., of Red Hook, and is also the Deputy Court Clerk for the Village of Red Hook Justice Court.
Shown in the photograph, from left to right, are Betsy's parents Mike and Melissa Levy, Betsy, Rotary President Christine Chale and Betsy's sponsor Judge Jonah Triebwasser. 

Save the date! Saturday, July 25, 2015:
Rotary at the Renegades
Fun, food and fellowship! Details to follow.



Coming soon on RadioRotary
Tune in to RadioRotary on Saturday, March 7th at 11:30 a.m. (on WTBQ 93.5 FM and 1110AM or and Sunday, March 8th at 7:25 a.m. (on WBPM 92.9 or and 9:30 a.m. (on WBNR 1260AM and WLNA 1420 or when our guests will be (left to right) Sarah Capozzoli and Lara Litchfield talking about the delightful Mid-Hudson Children's Museum.

The award-winning RadioRotary can be heard on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. on WTBQ 93.5 FM and1110AM or and on Sundays at 7:25 a.m. on WBPM 92.9 or and at 9:30 a.m. on WBNR 1260AM and WLNA 1420 or . Listen to all previous programs at or on your MP3 player via iTunes at

(photo: Kathy Kruger)



Rev. Fred Cartier reports in from Cancun, Mexico:
"Had a wonderful breakfast with Burt. Our main discussion involved what's happening in Red Hook and about the weather down here, sunny, hot, few clouds for three weeks. Fred"

This just in!
The 2015 - 2016 Rotary theme is "Be a Gift to the World."


Save the date!

Our club could be twice as good if we had twice as many members. That can happen if each of us recruits a new member this year. Propose a new member today!

Congratulations to our new officers for the 2015 - 2016 Rotary Year:
President - Susan Simon
Vice-President - Rev. Michael Shafer
Treasurer - Timothy Lynch, P.E.
Secretary - Hon. Jonah Triebwasser
​President-elect - Hon. Jonah Triebwasser
​Immediate Past-President - Christine Chale, Esq.


Our guest speaker this week was our own Rev. Fred Cartier with a delightful holiday quiz. Shown in the photo are President Chris Chale, Rev. Fred and Speaker Host Carl Dowden. (photo: Jonah Triebwasser)

Our outbound exchange student Abby has posted photos of her adventures in Italy on

Definitely worth a look!

End Polio Now! See Rob Latimer with your Donations!


Our YEX student, “Garn”, was our club speaker.  She gave a power point presentation about Thailand. Garn is from the northern region of Thailand. Garn performed some traditional Thai dances. Her presentation was informative and her dancing beautiful. (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)



Red Hook Rotary recently welcomed guest speaker Suzanne Kelly who spoke about green burials.  Green burial, or natural burial, ensures the burial site remains as natural as possible in all respects.  Interment of the bodies is done in a bio-degradable casket, shroud, or a favorite blanket.   No embalming fluid and no concrete vaults are used. Shown in the photo are  Rotary President Christine Chale, Suzanne Kelly and speaker host Gale Wolfe (photo: Jonah Triebwasser)

The Club welcomed our new member Betsy Levy to Rotary today. Betsy is an insurance salesperson with Financial Services Center of Red Hook and is deputy court clerk in the Village of Red Hook. We will have an induction ceremony for Betsy later this year. (photo: Jonah Triebwasser)

Our Interact Club baked their Thanksgiving pies to raise funds to complete their Shelterbox hero pledge to underwrite three Shelterbox rescue tents in three years. Congratulations! (photos: Jonah Triebwasser)


2014 Citizen of the Year Dinner Video by Rev. Fred Cartier


Red Hook Rotary Club Officers & Directors

President Elect
Vice President
Secretary, Newsletter, Website
Immediate Past President
Immediate Past President

Red Hook Rotary Foundation Officers & Directors

Chairman: Carl Dowden
Vice-Chairman: Rev. Fred Cartier
Secretary: Gale Wolfe
Treasurer: Bud Weaver
Director: Rev. Michael Shafer
Director: Walter Avis

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