Red Hook Rotary Club

Speakers and upcoming events

Aug 26, 2014
CLUB PICNIC 5:30 p.m. Red Hook Rec Park
Sep 02, 2014
Sep 08, 2014
Board of Directors meeting
7:30 a.m. at J&J Deli. All directors should attend.
Sep 09, 2014
Guest Speaker Host: Bruce Martin
Location to be determined.
Sep 16, 2014
Oct 04, 2014
Oct 11, 2014
Oct 13, 2014
August 2014

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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Post Office Box 88
Red Hook, NY 12571-0088

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) 

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.


Tune in to RadioRotary on Saturday, August 23d, at 11:30 a.m. (on WTBQ 93.5 FM and 1110AM or and Sunday, August 24th at 7:25 a.m. (on WBPM 92.9 or and 9:30 a.m. (on WBNR 1260AM and WLNA 1420 or when we'll be talking with Michael Weitzman about combating distracted driving.


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: Jonah Triebwasser)


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.


Rotary Seeks Nominations for Citizen of the Year

The Red Hook Rotary Foundation is seeking nominations from the community for our 2014 Citizen of the Year. Each year for the past 13 years, Rotary has honored a member of the Red Hook community as Citizen of the Year. 

Red Hook Rotary is looking for an individual or group who has given to our community, unselfishly, to make Red Hook a better place to live. The nominee should exemplify Rotary’s motto of  “Service above Self”. Nomination forms can be obtained at the Red Hook Village or Town  Halls; downloaded from the Red Hook Rotary Club website nomination form.pdf or by emailing your  request to

This is a nomination process, not balloting. Our decision of who we will honor is based on what the nominee has done for our community, not how many nominations we receive for the same nominee.

Completed nomination forms have to be returned or postmarked by September 5, 2014. They can be mailed to: COTY Nomination, Red Hook Rotary Foundation, PO Box 88, Red Hook, NY 12571-0088; emailed to; or in person to the Village or Town Halls. 



An interesting article found by Susan Simon:


You are cordially invited to attend Rotary Day at the United Nations on Saturday, 1 November 2014, 8:00am Registration, 9:30am program begins, till 4:00pm. The Registration fee is: $50.00 for Rotarians or chaperones, $40.00 for Ambassadorial & Peace Scholars or Rotaract club members. Registration for Interact club members and Youth Exchange students has been moved to a separate website. Please ...

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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.


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.


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)

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)


Listen to RadioRotary all Summer long as we bring you shows from the 2014 Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia.


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

(photo: Rotary Down Under)



Save the Date, Sunday, November 9, 2014! Rotary District 7210 Rotary Foundation Brunch at West Point Military Academy. Details to follow.


Our new officers were installed by Honorary member and Town Clerk Sue McCann. From left to right are Vice-President Rev Michael Shafer, Secretary Hon. Jonah Triebwasser, president-elect Susan Simon, 3 year Director Rob Latimer, President Chris Chale,  Esq., Treasurer Walter Avis and Sue McCann. (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. You can hear the various convention interviews throughout the Summer on RadioRotary.
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!
June 6 to 9, 2015 - Sao Paulo. Brazil
May 29 to June 1, 2016 - Seoul, South Korea
June 10 to 14, 2017 - Atlanta, Georgia
June 24 to 27, 2018 - Toronto, Canada

End Polio Now! See Rob Latimer with your Donations!

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:
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!

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:


RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucius who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."
"There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark," Huang told the 537 district governors and their spouses and partners who are attending the 2014 International Assembly in San Diego, California. "The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world," said Huang, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei in Taiwan.

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)


It is with deep and genuine regret that we share the sad news of the passing of our friend and fellow Rotarian Dr. Ned VanValey.



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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Treasurer: Bud Weaver
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