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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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This weekend on RadioRotary: What is Behind the Salvation Army Kettle?

Tune in to RadioRotary on Saturday, November 21st at 11:30 a.m. (on WTBQ 93.5 FM and 1110AM or and Sunday, November 22d at 7:25 a.m. (on WBPM 92.9 or http:// and 9:30 a.m. (on WBNR 1260AM and WLNA 1420 or http:// when we will talk about the work of the Salvation Army.

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



Coming soon on RadioRotary: The Great Work of the Rotary Foundation

Tune in to RadioRotary on Saturday, November 28th at 11:30 a.m. (on WTBQ 93.5 FM and 1110AM or and Sunday, November 29th at 7:25 a.m. (on WBPM 92.9 or http:// and 9:30 a.m. (on WBNR 1260AM and WLNA 1420 or http:// when we will talk with Rotarian David Kruger about the great work of the Rotary Foundation.

The award-winning RadioRotary can be heard on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. on WTBQ 93.5 FM and 1110AM 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



Our speaker this week was our own Bernard H. "Bud" Weaver, Jr.,

Previously it was mentioned that there is a change to Rotary's Every Rotarian Every Year.  It was thought that every Rotarian would have to become a sustaining member (donate at least $100 per year) for our club to meet this goal.  Bud contacted a representative at the RI Foundation and they were not aware of this new requirement.  Bud is looking into this further and will let us know.

Bud reported that according to Rotary International records donations from our club members is quite low to date.  Bud encouraged our members to begin making your donations to the Foundation now rather than waiting until June 2016.  If you donate $10 to $20 per month you will easily become a sustaining member of the Foundation by the end of this Rotary year.  Some club members are very close to obtaining their first Paul Harris Fellowship and others are close to moving to the next level.  Contact Bud to find out your level on contributions.

Every member is supposed to go to;to view their profile and learn about Rotary.  You can also make a donation to the Rotary Foundation from your MyRotary account.  It is easy to set up your account.  You need your Rotary member number that can be found on the mailing label of The Rotarian magazine.


Our industrious Interact club is seen here baking holiday pies for their Shelterbox fundraiser.


Red Hook Rotary's great Interact high school service club attended Rotary UN Day today in New York City. Rotarians Gale Wolfe, Chris Challe and Hon. Jonah Triebwasser acted as chaperones. The theme of the event was gender equality around the world.


Our guest speakers were Jody Miller who spoke about the work of the Dutchess County Mediation Service and Kim McGrath of the Red Hook Area Chamber of Commerce who invited us to participate in this weekend’s chocolate festival.


(Left to right: Club President Susan Simon, Jody Miller and Speaker host Hon. Jonah Triebwasser. Photo by Rev. Fred Cartier.)



Our club was recognize by Rotary District 7210 for achieving Every Rotarian Every Year but each of our members donating something to the Rotary Foundation and the average donation being $100.00.


Shown are club president Susan Simon congratulation Foundation Chairman Bud Weaver (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)



Our guest speaker this week was Kimberly Coyle who spoke with us on the services offered by In Flight to the developmentally disabled. In Flight, Inc. is an ethical organization whose mission is to empower people with developmental disabilities to achieve their life goals and aspirations in order to lead richer, fuller lives within their communities. In Flight, Inc. provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities within Ulster, Columbia and Greene Counties. The needs we address include Service Coordination, Residential Habilitation, Day Habilitation, and Respite Services and are provided for within an individual’s home or at a group home. (Left to right: Club President Susan Simon, Kimberly Coyle and Speaker host Barry Ramage. Photo by Rev. Fred Cartier.)


Interact in Action!
Our Interact Club had a very successful clean-up day at Montgomery Place.

Citizen of the Year Sue Crane
A great time was had by all at our very successful Citizen of the Year dinner honoring Red Hook Town Supervisor Sue Crane.

Members of the Red Hook Rotary Club welcomed Red Hook Town Supervisor Sue Crane as an honorary member at the Citizen of the Year Dinner held in Sue's honor.

Past honorees as Citizen of the Year joined Sue Crane at this year's celebrations. Standing (left to right) are: Rev. Fred Cartier (2005), Doug Strawinski (2014) and John Kuhn (2004); seated (left to right) are: Ruth Oja (2013), Sue Crane (2015) and Margaret Doty (2002).

Red Hook Rotary welcomed District Governor-elect Lou Turpin and District Governor Nick Constantino at their Citizen of the Year Dinner.


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Save the dates for these great events!



Our guest speakers this week were our own Gale Wolfe and Jonah Triebwasser (shown here with President Susan Simon) taping a RadioRotary interview about Gale’s medical mission to Tibet.



Our guest speaker this week was our own President Susan Simon who gave a talk about the Rotary Foundation. Susan is shown above with our special guest YEX student Raphaelle.

(photo: Jonah Triebwasser.)



Red Hook Rotary was a major presence at Hardscrabble community day. Our thanks to all the Rotarians who participated (including show

n here Linda Greenblatt, Carl Dowden, Barry Ramage and Gale Wolfe) Thanks also to Tim Lynch and Chris Chale who missed the photo session. Thanks also to our Interators who gave tours of the Shelterbox tent.

Here is Red Hook Rotary's club secretary, Judge Jonah Triebwasser, with Mayor Ed Blundell announcing the participants in the Red Hook Hardscrabble Day Parade. Jonah get lots of practice by co-hosting RadioRotary Sunday mornings at 7:25 a.m. on WBPM, 92.9 on the FM dial.



Our guest speaker was Robert George of  the Red Hook Film Festival. The festival will be held in conjunction with Apple Blossom Day and will feature professional and student films. Robert also spoke about the proposed ice skating rink and community center on the St. Margaret's property near Hannafords. Shown, left to right, are Club President Susan Simon, Mr. George and speaker host Dave Wright. (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)


Judge Jonah Triebwasser, and his wife Ellen, accompanied our Youth Exchange student Raphaella from France, and her host-sister Sheena, on a trip to Albany. At the New York State Museum, Raphaella learned about the history of New York State. The tour of the museum was followed by lunch and a rather successful afternoon at Crossgates Mall.

Rotary Recognizes Youth Leadership
The Red Hook Rotary Club welcomed as their guest speakers their RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership) students who spoke about their experiences in the leadership seminars. Shown in the photograph are RYLA students Alexa Franceschi, Sienna Engrasser, Alex Gonnella and Red Hook Rotary President Susan Simon.
Red Hook Rotary meets every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Bread and Bottle Restaurant in Red Hook. Visitors are welcomed.  (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)

A grand time was had by all at our annual "Baxter's Bash" picnic. A special thank you to District Governor Nick Constantino for joining us, and a big welcome to our Youth Exchange student Raphaella from France who will be spending the school year with us. More photos can be found at (Photos: Rev. Fred Cartier)

Members Recognized for Perfect Attendance
Red Hook Rotarians were recognized at their recent annual picnic for perfect attendance. From left to right are: Tim Lynch (1 year), Judge Jonah Triebwasser (9 years), Bud Weaver (42 years), Susan Simon (4 years), Carl Dowden (28 years) and Christine Chale (2 years). (Photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)

Red Hook Rotary at Ribfest!
Red Hook Rotarians Susan Simon Jonah Triebwasser, Betsy Levy and Bud Weaver enjoyed the Hudson Valley Ribfest this weekend at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz.


Our guest speakers were our scholarship students Nolan Dalton and Shelby Wilcox. Nolan and Shelby told us about their future plans for higher education. Shown in the photo are President Susan Simon, Scholarship Co-Chair Linda Greenblatt, Shelby Wilcox, Foundation treasurer Bud Weaver and Nolan Dalton. (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)


Local Rotarian Honored by District Governor
Red Hook Rotary hosted the Hudson Valley Rotary District 7210 Governor Nick Constantino who came for his official visit. Nick invested Red Hook Rotarian Linda Greenblatt as a Paul Harris Fellow. A Paul Harris Fellow is a Rotarian who has donated $1,000.00 to the good works of the Rotary Foundation, or has had $1,000.00 donated in his or her name by fellow Rotarians. Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary.
Governor Constantino reminded the Red Hook Rotarians that the joy of Rotary is to have fun while doing good. 
Red Hook Rotary meets every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Bread and Bottle Restaurant in Red Hook. Visitors are welcomed.
Shown in the photo are Rotary Foundation Chair Bud Weaver, District Governor Nick Constantino and honoree Linda Greenblatt. (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)

Our guest speaker this week was local artist Kari Feuer who spoke with us about the outdoor art that is currently on display throughout the village of Red Hook. Shown in the photograph, from left to right, are speaker host Christine Chale, Kari Feuer and President Susan Simon (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)

Our guest speaker was Barbara Murray (shown here with Red Hook Rotary Club President Susan Simon) who told us about her special summer program for at-risk 7th grade youth. The program incorporates physical education, reading, art and other subjects. (Photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)


Our guest speaker was James Kopp of RUPCO who spoke to us about the advantages of home energy audits. We also said goodbye to our exchange student from Thailand, Garn, who had a very successful year with us. (Photos: Rev. Fred Cartier



Our meeting this week:

We had our installation of officers, honored President Christine Chale as our Rotarian of the Year, and heard from out recently-returned outbound YEX student Abby Romm about her year in Italy. Shown above are President Chris Chale, Abby Romm and Incoming President Susan Simon. Our new officers are President-Elect Bud Weaver, Vice-President Linda Greenblatt, President Susan Simon, Secretary Judge Jonah Triebwasser and Immediate Past-President Christine Chale, Esq. Not shown is Treasurer Tim Lynch.   (Photos: Rev. Fred Cartier and Betsy Levy) 


Thanks to a generous donation from Red Hook Rotary, the Red Hook Public Library now offers Book Bundles to their young patrons. These are themed collections of picture books just waiting to be plucked off the shelves and brought home.

Children are encouraged to grab a collection on fish, trucks, princesses or many other topics. 


Our guest speaker this week was our own Bud Weaver who spoke of the history of the RI Foundation, Every Rotarian Every Year, our Club Foundation Scholarship and who also showed us some postage stamps from around the world which honor Rotary. Shown in the photo, President Chris Chale, our special guest YEX student Garn and guest speaker Bud Weaver. (Photo: Rev. Fred Cartier



At our business meeting, the club approved next year's slate of officers: President Susan Simon, Vice-President Linda Greenblatt, Secretary Hon. Jonah Triebwasser, Treasurer Tim Lynch, P.E., President-Elect Bud Weaver, Immediate Past-President Christine Challe, Esq. Our board of directors approved our budget for the coming year. Our special guests AG Lou Turpin and incoming AG Cindie Kish spoke with our board of directors about the upcoming Rotary year. Details to follow!



Our guest speaker this week was our own Carl Dowden who outlined our membership recruitment plans. Shown in the photo are Carl and President Chris Chale. (Photo: Rev. Fred Cartier) 


Our guest speaker this week was Mary Beth Cale who gave us insights on how to be better public speakers. Shown in the photo are speaker host Rev. Fred Cartier, Mary Beth Cale and President Chris Chale. (Photo: Judge Jonah Triebwasser


Relay for Life!

Red Hook Rotary had an active contingent at the recent Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society at the Dutchess County fairgrounds. To make your donation, go to…

Our team of Chris Chale, Jonah Triebwasser, Susan Simon and (not shown) Tom Lynch also dedicated a memorial luminary candle to our past-president and long time member Glenn Goldstein.



Walter Avis was host to our guests this week Linda Arzu and Crystal Snow-Hebel of "Faith House" a maternity home for teen-aged mothers. (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)


Everyone had a great time at Red Hook Rotary's Apple Blossom Day. It looks like we had record attendance as well as a record number of vendors. Here are some photos of the event, thanks to Rev. Fred Cartier, Tim Lynch and Carl Dowden.

Youth Exchange Weekend in NYC
As part of Red Hook Rotary's youth exchange weekend, we had a great time with the Rotary District 7210 Youth Exchange Students from around the world. After arriving at Grand Central Station, we crossed the Brooklyn Bridge, attended a performance of "On the Town" on Broadway and visited Rockefeller Center among other sightseeing. (photos: Jonah Triebwasser)

Thanks to Tim Lynch for these additional photos.

Our Red Hook Interact Club and the our district youth exchange combined forces to do a service project at Montgomery Place. (photos: Tim Lynch)


Our meeting this week: Gale Wolfe hosted Dr. Holly Llobet who spoke about her medical mission to Tibet where she and her colleagues brought much needed medical care to a remote area without electricity or running water. She also regaled us with her adventures in adjusting to life with yaks during her power point presentation of photographs of her trip.


Red Hook Rotary's Chris Chale is District 7210
Rotarian of the Year!
Congratulations to our own Red Hook Rotary President Chris Chale for being named as Rotary District 7210​ Rotarian of the Year! DG Penny Byron presented Chris with her recognition at the recent District conference.

Our Interact Club presented Louis Turpin with a check in the amount of $1,000 for ShelterBox survival tent and equipment and received a ShelterBox Hero banner. This is the third ShelterBox the Interact students have endowed with fundraising in as many years.

Rotarians Support Library
Members of the Red Hook Rotary Club recently presented a check for $1,550.00 to the Red Hook Library in support of Rotary's commitment to literacy. The funds were raised at the Rotary club's highly successful used book sale earlier this year.
Shown in the photograph, from left to right are: Rotarians Susan Simon, Tim Lynch, Christine Chale, Barry Ramage, Librarian Erica Freudenberger, Rotarians Bud Weaver, Susan Ezrati, Carl Dowden, Linda Greenblatt, Walter Avis and Judge Jonah Triebwasser.
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Red Hook Rotary meets every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Bread and Bottle Restaurant in Red Hook. Visitors are welcomed. (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)



Relay for Life

Our guest speaker was Gabby Scull of the American Cancer Society. She told us about the Relay for Life walk at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, May 30 to 31st. Inspired by Gabby's talk, President Chris Challe will be our team captain. Walkers should see Chris for a spot on our team. (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)



 Welcome new member: Susan Ezrati is our newest Rotarian. Susan is a Village of Tivoli trustee and a retired Pension Manager. (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)


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. 

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."


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 - Linda Greenblatt
Treasurer - Timothy Lynch, P.E.
Secretary - Hon. Jonah Triebwasser
​President-elect - Bud Weaver
​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


Our program today was  a presentation about our Rotary Foundation by our own Walter Avis and Bud Weaver. President Chris Chale presented Bud and Walter with recognition that our club met the Every Rotarian Every Year goal of each member donating something to the Foundation and the average of all donations being $100.00 per member. (Photos: Jonah Triebwasser)


Our Interact Club at UN Day: Our Interact Club attended Rotary UN Day and heard several speakers about the great things Interact youth are doing around the world. After the UN session they walked through mid-Manhattan. Our thanks to Rhinebeck Rotary and Interact for letting us share their bus and to our chaperones, Carl Dowden, Linda Greenblatt, Susan Simon, Judge Jonah Triebwasser and Gale Wolfe. More photos at:
(photos: Jonah Triebwasser)

Eagle Scout Lauded: Congratulations to Michael Callejo on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Michael received a certificate and a gift from Red Hook Rotary to mark the occasion. Michael is seen here on the left with Red Hook Rotary Club Secretary Judge Jonah Triebwasser making the presentation as another scout looks on in the middle.

RadioRotary recorded a show at the Red Hook Rotary breakfast featuring Interact Co-Presidents Caitlin Schmitz and Abby Foster (shown with host Jonah Triebwasser) and Interact Advisor Carl Dowden and Club President Chris Chale (photos: Rev. Fred Cartier)


An electrifying guest speaker! Susan Simon welcomed her daughter Cortney Skeen as our guest speaker. Courtney told us about our choices for electrical power from third party suppliers. Shown left to right are: President Chris Chale, Cortney Skeen, Future Rotarian Aiden Skeen and speaker host (and proud mom/grandmother) Susan Simon. (Photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)







Red Hook Rotary had a fabulously successful book sale to raise funds for the Red Hook Library, as part of Rotary's commitment to literacy. Thank you to all of the volunteers and to the public who came out in droves to purchase many books. The left-over books will be sent to Africa to help English literacy there.

More photos at:

(photos: Jonah Triebwasser)


Citizen of the Year a Great Success
A grand time was had by all at our Citizen of the Year dinner in honor of Doug Strawinski. Thank you to all who attended and help raise funds for Red Hook Rotary's scholarship programs! (photo: Jonah Triebwasser) 

Our members donated our happy dollars to support world polio day and showed off their purple pinkies to signify that they received the polio vaccine (some many years ago!) (Photo: Betsy Levy)

 Mr. Magoo Learns About Rotary
Hollywood stalwarts Jim Backus (the voice of Mr Magoo), Edward Arnold and Lyle Talbot are featured in this 1955 docudrama about the history of Rotary.

Our guest speaker today was our own Rev. Michael Shafer who spoke about the great contributions Bard College makes to the Red Hook community.
(photo: Jonah Triebwasser)


Our guest speaker this week was Dr. Martin Handler, Superintendent of the Pine Plains Schools, who spoke to us about the future of public education. We surprised Dr. Handler with a Paul Harris award that was provided by his former Rotary Club in Pennsylvania. (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)


We had a good turn out of Rotarians and Interactors for Hardscrabble day. Our youth raised over $225.00 for their Shelterbox pledge and many visitors stopped to learn about the Shelterbox.

Our guest speakers at the Elmendorph Inn (representing the Bard College/ Red Hook High School Model United Nations Project) were Bonnie Goad, Jason Toney, Natalie Hayes and Templeton Kay. They told us of the joint Bard College/ Red Hook High School Model UN day which will take place at Bard on November 15, 2014. Local high school students from Dutchess County will come together at Bard for a one-day conference where students will debate current world issues.

It will cost approximately $1,000.00 to host his event. member are asked to bring their personal donations to our next meeting and give them to Bruce Martin. The club's board of directors is considering a donation from the club. Checks should be made payable to "Bard Collage" with the 
words "Bard Model UN" in the note section. 

Shown in the photo are speaker host Bruce Martin, President Chris Chale, Natalie Hayes of Red hook High School, Jason Toney of Bard College, Templeton Kay of Red Hook High School and advisor Bonnie Goad. (photos: Rev. Fred Cartier)

We've heard from out outbound exchange student Abby Romm. Here is her first report of her adventures in Italy:
Ciao Jonah!
Italy is beyond amazing. All my expectations were blown out of the water in the best way possible. My host family is so nice and I'm getting along so well with them, especially my sister.
The 1st photo is from the day I arrived, and we took a break from driving to take a picture. I was so tired because I didn't get any sleep on the plane but I was too excited to sleep in the car. 
2nd: Me with my host dog Toby! I finally have a dog. 
3rd: I biked into town with my host mom and she took this picture. Representing Red Hook!

4th: Taken yesterday on my first Rotary weekend with my district! 
5th: At the sea in Sarzana with my district. The water was an incredible blue. 
6th: Pizza!
7th: A shot of Cuneo from my Italian nonna's house. 
8th: Gelato! My personal favorites are cioccolato e nocciola- chocolate and hazelnut. 

A good time was had by all at our annual picnic at the Red Hook Rec Park. We were joined by family, friends, our exchange student and our Interact Club.
(Photos: Jonah Triebwasser)

Our new Youth Exchange student from Thailand, Garn, was at the FDR Library for orientation. She is shown here exchanging banners with District Governor-Elect Nick Constantino. (Photos: Rev Fred Cartier)

Welcome Garn!
Our exchange student from Thailand, Nuttacha Chayangkanont (Garn), has arrived. Welcome Garn, we are delighted to be your hosts for the coming year!

Red Hook Rotary was represented at the Rotary District 7210 Conference in Lake George by Secretary Jonah Triebwasser and Youth Exchange Students Larissa Kress and Abby Romm.
Jonah acted as MC throughout most of the weekend and taped two RadioRotary programs in front of live audiences (in which Abby and Larissa participated).
Jonah also accepted a number of awards on the club's behalf.
There was a Hawaiian-style luau as well as the traditional top-hat formal dinner. All in all a great weekend! (Photos: Michael Tjoa and Jonah Triebwasser)

Buona fortuna Abigail!
Our outbound exchange student, Abby Romm, received her visa, air tickets and is departing all in the space of 48 hours! Saying a quick good bye to Abby were District YEX Inbound Chair Nan Greenwood, our club secretary Judge Jonah Triebwasser, District YEX Chair David Greenwood and Red Hook Rotarian Gale Wolfe. Club YEX Officer Tim Lynch came to say good bye to Abby earlier, before the camera arrived.

Red Hook Rotary was well represented at the recent HudsonValley Ribfest. Having a great time at the beer tent were Christy Molinaro, Rob Latimer, Susan Simon and Jonah Triebwasser.

An interesting article found by Susan Simon:

Our guest speaker this week was John Roberts of the St John's Church food pantry. John told us of the pressing need for food pantries in today's week economy, especially for the working poor.

We had two very special guests this week. The first was Red Hook Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Gomez, who invited us to Red Hook's Chocolate Festival.
Our second very special guest was Ann Chale, President Christine's Mom, who was in for a visit to celebrate a very special birthday! (photos: Jonah Triebwasser) 


Our speaker this week: Susan Goodman Goldstein brought us an excellent speaker (not that our other speakers are not excellent as well), Natalie Jackson, PhD.  Natalie came to this area to work for the polling group at Marist College.  In May, Natalie left Marist and started working for the Huffington Post in their polling division (formerly  Natalie is a Senior Data Scientist.  Her work currently involves collecting polling results from the various polling companies for a particular political race, analyzing the results and summarizing the results in a chart to give an overview of all the polling data.  She spoke about the many factors that need to be considered when conducting a poll.  When analyzing poll results you need to know who was polled; what questions were asked, and how many people were polled.  Our members asked Natalie many questions, which is a sign of a job well done! 

Susan distributed a flyer to the members present, a copy of which can be found here: team 1.pdf and team 2.pdf relating to Natalie Jackson running in the NYC Marathon November 2.  Natalie is running to raise funds for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in memory of Glenn Goldstein.  When you read Natalie’s story of her friendship with Glenn, you remember the great person we lost.



Our guest speaker was our District Governor Penny Byron who was making her official visit. Penny shared with us some of her goals to "Light Up Rotary" in the Hudson Vally and by increasing public knowledge of the great things local Rotarians do to support their communities. (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)



Our special guest was AG Lou Turpin (shown here with President Chris Chale) who prepared us for our official visit from District  Governor Penny Byron. Committee reports were also given. (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)



Red Hook Rotarians and spouses enjoyed the Renegades game at Dutchess Stadium at the District Fun-raiser. Shown, from left to right, are President Chris Chale, Rev. Fred Cartier, Rosalie Cartier, Prof. Dan Freedman and Secretary Hon. Jonah Triebwasser. (photo: Lou Turpin)

We say Auf Wiedersehen and best wishes to our exchange student Larissa Kress. It was great having you with us this past year and we hope that you will come back to visit us in the near future! (And have a very happy birthday!)


Our guest speaker was Caroline Girard-Cartier, who spoke about Weeds: the Good, the Bad and the Beautiful. Caroline shared with us her considerable knowledge on invasive species and about helpful weeds. Shown above are President Chris Chale, Caroline Girard-Cartier and speaker host Rev. Fred Cartier (photo: Jonah Triebwasser)



Our guest speaker was our own Walter Avis who told us about his time in the National Guard and ended with a touching story of a soldier’s return home.


Here are some more photos from the 2014 District Conference, courtesy of Michael Tjoa.


Our exchange student Larissa Kress presented YEX advisor Tim Lynch the awards that our Interact club received at the District Conference. (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)

No, Crocodile Dundee did not visit the Red Hook Rotary club this week. Red Hook Secretary Jonah Triebwasser returned from the RI convention in Sydney, Australia, to present Red Hook club President Susan Simon with pennants from the convention and a make-up meeting he attended at the Parramatta Rotary club in the Sydney suburbs. (Photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)


Linda Greenblatt was recognized as Rotarian of the Year. Linda has been a tireless worker on behalf of the club, especially her work with our new generations. (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)



We also congratulated members with perfect attendance: Chris Chale 2 years, Susan Simon 3 years, Jonah Triebwasser 8 years, Carl Dowden 26 years and Bud Weaver 41 years. (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)


Red Hook Rotary Honors Middle School Essay Winners
Two students from the Linden Avenue Middle School were honored by the Red Hook Rotary Club at their recent breakfast for submitting winning entries in the club's essay competition. The topic was to suggest to Rotarians a service project the club could undertake. The students received gift certificates to Oblong Books.
Shown in the photograph, from left to right, are Rotary president-elect Chris Chale, essay winners Fiona Seabrook and Sierra Siedma, Rotarian Linda Greenblatt and Rotary President Susan Simon. 
The Red  Hook Rotary meets Tuesdays at 7:30 AM at the Bread & Bottle Restaurant, 7496 South Broadway. (Corner of South Broadway and East Market Street), Red Hook, New York. Visitors are welcomed.

(photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)


We wished bon voyage to our YEX student Abby Romm who will spending the next school year in Italy. Abby has been taking an intensive Italian course to prepare for her trip. Shown here are President Chris Chale, Abby and YEX Officer Tim Lynch. (photos: Rev. Fred Cartier)


Our club secretary, the Hon. Jonah Triebwasser, and his wife Ellen, were at the RI Convention down under in Australia. Our man with the microphone interviewed RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang for RadioRotary and presented him with a Red Hook Club pennant. 
There was a 3K run/Walk (or for Jonah a stroll) to raise funds for Polio Plus. Over 2,000 Rotarians made the walk. Here, RI president Ron Burton congratulates Jonah on making it to the half-way mark.
Jonah and Ellen attended a make up meeting at the Parramatta Daybreak Club. Here he presents our pennant to club president Janis Harvey.
For more convention photos, click here:
(captions to be added when I figure out how do to that!)

Save these dates for future RI Conventions!
May 29 to June 1, 2016 - Seoul, South Korea
June 10 to 14, 2017 - Atlanta, Georgia
June 24 to 27, 2018 - Toronto, Canada

Members of the Red Hook Rotary's Interact Club present a check for $1000.00 to AG Lou Turpin for the purchase of another Shelterbox. Each ShelterBox supplies an extended family with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. This is the second Shelterbox Interact has endowed.

From our friends in Canada:
Everyone had a grand time at our highly successful Apple Blossom Day!
Our Rotarians were out in force!
President Susan Simon was inspired to kick up her heels by the Irish-American step dancers!
Barry Ramage welcomed everyone to the grand opening of the Library's new Children's Garden.
Our Apple Blossom chairman David Wright is corralled long enough by Tim Lynch and Chris Chale
for a quick photo!
Our Interact club raised money for Shelterbox.

Red Hook Rotary welcomed as guest speakers Red Hook School Superintendent Paul Finch, Red Hook Librarian Erica Freudenberger and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Tivoli Free Library Prof. Felicia Keesing who spoke about the upcoming budget votes on the school and libraries to take place Tuesday, May 20th from 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m. at the Mill Road Elementary School.
Shown in the photo are Speaker host Bruce Martin, Prof. Keesing, President Susan Simon, Mr. Finch and Ms. Freudenberger. (Photo: Jonah Triebwasser)

Our district's YEX students began their Red Hook Rotary Club weekend with a delicious cookout of their favorite American cuisine: hamburgers and hotdogs! More photos as the weekend progresses! (photos: Jonah Triebwasser)

Our YEX students enjoyed a day in Manhattan with the Red Hook Rotary Club. After arrival in Grand Central Terminal, they headed south to the new Freedom Tower at the site of the World Trade Center and to Battery Park to view the Statue of Liberty. This was followed by a terrific performance of Blue Man Group. After the show, we strolled through Washington Park, shopped at Macy's and took in the amazement of Times Square. A great day with great young people! (photos: Jonah Triebwasser)

Our YEX weekend ended with a joint service project with District YEX students joining the Red Hook Interact Club in cleaning the garden shed at the Montgomery Place estate. (photos: Jonah Triebwasser)

From our friends in the UK:


Red Hook Rotary welcomed Village of Red Hook Highway Foreman Dan Streib to our breakfast meeting. Dan spoke about the many and varied duties of the highway department and the recent winter plowing. Shown in the photo are Dan Streib, Rotary President Susan Simon and speaker host Rob Latimer. (photo: Jonah Triebwasser)
RadioRotary can now be heard on Real Country 1260 and 1420 AM on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Saying "Howdee" at the recent District Assembly are RadioRotary co-hosts Sarah "The Belle of New Orleans" O'Connell and Jonah "The Brooklyn Kid" Triebwasser. 
Y'all be sure to listen every week to the award-winning RadioRotary on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. on WTBQ 93.5 FM and 1110AM 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: Lou Turpin)

Our guest speaker today was Red Hook’s own Serena Winchell who spoke about her four years as a teacher in Fukashima, Japan and her experiences during the earthquake. Shown in the photo are Speaker Host Linda Greenblatt, Serena Winchell and President Susan Simon (photo: Jonah Triebwasser)

Red Hook Rotarians Attend the District Training Assembly!
Our club was well represented at this year's District Assembly on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Hudson Hall Auditorium at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY.  Our YEX student Larissa Kress spoke about Rotary's youth exchange program, Secretary Jonah Triebwasser spoke about RadioRotary and President Susan Simon attended the enlightening educational sessions. Shown from left to right above are Jonah, Susan and Larissa. (photo: Joseph Moriello)

Our guest speaker this week was John Kuhn, Director of the Town of Red Hook Recreation Department. He spoke with us about the history of the recreation park, the refurbishment of the current park and the expansion into a new park nearby. Shown in the photo are President Susan Simon, John Kuhn and speaker host Susan Goodman-Goldstein (photos: Rev. Fred Cartier)

Rotary Explores Elder Abuse
Our guest speakers this week were Kathy Sheehan of the Mediation Center of the Hudson Valley (left) and attorney Kyle Steller of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (right) shown above with our President Susan Simon (center). The topic was Elder Abuse, how to recognize it and what to do about it. Our guests invited us to attend their Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Friday, June 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, 2715 Route 44, Millbrook, NY. (photo: Jonah Triebwasser)

Interact Spaghetti Dinner a Success
A good time was had by all at our Red Hook High School Interact Club spaghetti dinner. Our young people raised more money for their Shelterbox hero commitment of $1000 per year for three years. As you can see from the photos, our Interact youth cooked a delicious pasta dinner (which they served with a smile) and they left the firehouse kitchen spotless! (photos: Jonah Triebwasser)

A grand time was had by all at our 59th anniversary dinner at the historic Elmendorph Inn. The food and the fellowship were great. More photos can be seen in the photo album in the right-hand column of this website.

We honored our new member sponsors at our anniversary dinner. Susan Goodman-Goldstein (right) was honored for bringing in the most members in 2013 and Rev. Fred Cartier and Hon. Jonah Triebwasser (center) were honored for bringing in the most members of any current club members overall. Susan Simon (left) accepted for Fred.


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