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We had our fifth Tuesday Pizza Party where a good fellowship time was had by all. (photos by Rev. Fred Cartier)
Our guest speakers were Paul Finch and Bruce Martin from the Red Hook Central Schools and Maryelise Blundell from the Red Hook Library who spoke about the upcoming vote on the school and library budgets. (left to right: Bruce Martin, Maryelise Blundell, VP Linda Greenblatt and Paul Finch; photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)
Speaking of YEX students, last year's incoming student, Garnn from Thialand, will be visiting in Red Hook for several weeks this Summer. We look forward to welcoming her back!
Solar Power Talk Electrifies Rotarians
Lori Urbin and Sarah Imboden addressed the Red Hook Rotary Club about Solarize Northern Dutchess at the Rotarians' recent breakfast meeting.
Solarize Hudson Valley is a regional campaign to make it easier and more affordable for households and small businesses to go solar. Combining the power of community education with a smart group purchasing strategy, Solarize helps everyone learn about solar technology, benefits, choices and financing options – together. Working with highly qualified, pre-selected installation firms and community outreach volunteers, Solarize offers discounted prices of up to 10%.
For more information see: http://solarize-hudsonvalley.
Red Hook Rotary meets every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Bread & Bottle. Visitors are welcome.
Shown in the photo are Rotary President-Elect Bud Weaver, Sarah Imboden, Lori Urban and Rotary President Susan Simon. (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)
Our guest speaker was County Legislator Micki Strawinski (shown here with President Susan Simon) who spoke on the proposed new county jail. (photo: Jonah Triebwasser)
The award-winning RadioRotary can be heard on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. on WTBQ 93.5 FM and 1110AM or http://www.wtbq.com/ and on Sundays at 7:25 a.m. on WBPM 92.9 or http://www.wbpmfm.com/ and at 9:30 a.m. on WGHQ 920AM, WBNR 1260AM and WLNA 1420 or http://www.realcountryhv.
Shown in the photo is RadioRotary co-host Jonah Triebwasser on WGHQ in the mid-1980s.
At this week's meeting, Jonah Triebwasser, Sarah O'Connell and Kathy Kruger taped a RadioRotary program with Kim McGrath of the Red Hook Chamber of Commerce.
Shelterbox delivers the essentials people need to begin rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of a disaster. Each ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for a family, thermal blankets and groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, mosquito nets and a children’s activity pack. (photo: Jonah Triebwasser)
Our guest speakers were Brenda Cagle and John Kuhn speaking on the proposed walking and biking trail system in Red Hook. Left to right are: Brenda Cagle, John Kuhn, Speaker host Susan Ezrati and President Susan Simon. (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)
New RI Theme Announced!
Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.
Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
“I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity,” said Germ.
Rotary members around the globe are serving humanity by providing clean water to underdeveloped communities, promoting peace in conflict areas, and strengthening communities through basic education and literacy. But none more important than our work to eradicate polio worldwide, he said.
After a historic year in which transmission of the wild poliovirus was stopped in Nigeria and all of Africa, Germ said we are closer than ever to ending polio.
“We are at a crossroads in Rotary,” he added. “We are looking ahead at a year that may one day be known as the greatest year in Rotary’s history: the year that sees the world’s last case of polio.”
Last year’s milestones leave just two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the virus still circulates. Polio would be only the second human disease ever to be eradicated.
When that moment arrives, it’s “tremendously important” that Rotary is ready for it, said Germ. “We need to be sure that we are recognized for that success, and leverage that success into more partnerships, greater growth, and even more ambitious service in the decades to come.”
Germ, a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, encouraged attendees to return to their clubs and communities and spread the word about Rotary’s role in the fight for a polio-free world.
“People who want to do good will see that Rotary is a place where they can change the world. Every Rotary club needs to be ready to give them that opportunity,” Germ said.
Enhancing Rotary’s image isn’t the only way to boost membership. “We need clubs that are flexible, so our service will be more attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people.”
He added: “We need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward.”
Our guest speaker this week was Kay Maysek of the Bard College Conservatory of Music. She described the education programs and free concerts offered by the Conservatory. For more information, go to: http://www.bard.edu/conservatory (photo: Rev.. Fred Cartier)
Our guest speaker this week was William O’Neil, Esq., of the Red Hook Town Board who brought the club up-to-date on activities in the Town of Red Hook, including agricultural preservation, open spaces, centers and green space and the Linden Avenue Bridge construction. Bill is shown with club president Susan Simon. (photo: Jonah Triebwasser)
Our guest speaker was our YEX student from France, Raphelle, who spoke to us about her home , school and family in France. Shown are Past-President and YEX Officer Christine Chale, President Susan Simon, Raphelle, and Nan Greenwood, District YEX Inbound Director. (photo: Rev. Fred Cartier)
Our guest speakers this week were Claudine and Chris Klose spoke on the Historic Red Hook organization and the Elmendorph Inn.
The mission of Historic Red Hook is to engage the community in conversations about Red Hook's continuing story. They do this by collecting, preserving and promoting Red Hook's history, maintaining the historic Elmendorph Inn as a community center, creating dynamic public programs and partnering with community organizations. (photo by Rev. Fred Cartier)
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 rotary.org/myrotary;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.
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.)
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.
For more photos go to: http://redhookrotaryclub.org/PhotoAlbums/2015-citizen-of-the-year-sue-crane
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.)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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 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 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)
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)
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.
(photos: 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)
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)
4th: Taken yesterday on my first Rotary weekend with my district!
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 Pollster.com). 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: http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000002251/en-us/files/homepage/running-for-glenn-goldstein-part-1/Fred team 1.pdf and http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000002251/en-us/files/homepage/running-for-glenn-goldstein-part-2/Fred 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)
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.
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)
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)
(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)