Red Hook Rotary Club

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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

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Our 60th Anniversary Dinner will take place at the historic Elmendorph Inn
Tuesday, February 10, 2015; 6:00 p.m.
Pot-Luck Supper. Please bring a bottle of wine.
Live entertainment!
More details to follow!

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"


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


Coming soon on RadioRotary!
Tune in to RadioRotary on Saturday, January 31st at 11:30 a.m. (on WTBQ 93.5 FM and 1110AM or and Sunday, February 1st at 7:25 a.m. (on WBPM 92.9 or and 9:30 a.m. (on WBNR 1260AM and WLNA 1420 or when when will be coming to you from the United Nations in New York City for our exclusive coverage of Rotary UN Day.

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



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

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.


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


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)


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. 
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

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:


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)

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.



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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