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Red Hook Rotary Club Information

Welcome to our club's website ! We are part of Rotary District 7210.

Red Hook

What is Rotary? "Service Above Self"

We meet Tuesdays at 7:30 AM
Cancun’s Mexican Restaurant
7483 South Broadway
Red Hook, NY  12571
United States of America
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This weekend on RadioRotary:

Rotarians Around the World

Tune in to the award-winning RadioRotary on Saturday, November 23d at 11:30 a.m.. (on WTBQ 93.5 FM and 1110AM or http://www.wtbq.com/) and Sunday, November 24th at 6:30 a.m. (on WBPM 92.9 FM or http:// www.wbpmfm.com/) and at 9:30 a.m. (on WGHQ 920AM and 92.5FM, WBNR 1260AM and WLNA 1420 or http://www.realcountryhv.com/) when we come to you from Hamburg, Germany, and talk with Rotarians from around the world at the 2019 Rotary International Convention.

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Red Hook Rotary was out in force at the unveiling of a bust of Eleanor Roosevelt at the new pocket park on Woods Road in Tivoli near St. Paul's church. The event was part of a weekend celebration of Mrs. Roosevelt's 135th birthday and the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Universal Human Rights that she was a major force behind.
 
Left to right are: Rev. Fred Cartier, Hon. Jonah Triebwasser, Susan Ezrati and Linda Greenblatt.
Save these dates for future RI Conventions!
June 7 to 10, 2020 - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
 
Honoka & Azita - Hawaiian Teen Queens of the Ukulele
June 13 to 16, 2021 - Taipei, Taiwan
 
June 13 to 16, 2022 - Houston, Texas
 
 

 

Our first guest this week, thanks to speaker host Susan Simon, was Doug Strawinski of Historic Red Hook who led off the meeting with a description of the wonderful changes that have taken place between the Elmendorf Inn and the “new” Cherry Street property. A shed to the CVS side of the property has been removed. Parking has been shifted to the east side of the property and a wonderful new green is installed to the east side of the Inn. Hardscrabble initiated the use of this green with apple bobbing, games and lots of apple pies. The board asked Doug to look into the purchase of small, portable stage that can be broken down and used inside and out for various activities. A suitable stage has been identified: composed of three 4’ by 8’ sections, it expands to 16 by 8 and is constructed of steel with a poly surface that can sustain getting wet. It clips together for stability and comes with a 10-year warranty. Historic Red Hook hopes that Rotary will consider funding a portion of the $1,866 cost as a gift to the community.
We then greeted our additional guests, Chris and Claudine Klose and Susan Goodman Goldstein and Manny Carel. Claudine spoke about how the new “green” at Elmendorf would be used and how the adjacent Cherry St property is being developed as a “story studio”. 120 fourth graders have been through it this fall and had their lunch on the green! Historic Red Hook’s neighbor, KZE is also excited about the new outdoor space. On a question from a Rotarian, Claudine updated us on the progress of the HRH capital campaign. In consequence of a generous offer from the prior owner of the Cherry Street property, HRH now owns the property and has a much reduced mortgage which they anticipate that the capital campaign will enable them to extinguish. So far in the three year capital campaign $100,000 of the needed $160,000 has been pledged.
Susan and Manny were visiting from California where Susan is a Rotarian. She was a member of our club for several years.
(photos by Rev. Fred Cartier)
Our most recent guest speaker was Emily Majer, Deputy Mayor of Tivoli and Red Hook Town Historian extraordinaire. Emily told the story of how little Tivoli was selected as the home of one of the five bronze castings of Eleanor Roosevelt, made to memorialize the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. It is a great story and Tivoli will celebrate the event with an opening reception at Village Hall from 6-8 pm on Friday, October 11, 2019 (the 135th anniversary of Eleanor’s birth), featuring a talk by Jeffrey Urbin, Director for Education at the FDR Presidential Library.
 
On Saturday, October 12, 2019, a ribbon cutting ceremony at the St Paul Episcopal church graveyard will be hosted by Mssrs Masud Ibn Syedullah (current pastor) and Lindsley (pastor for many years). The ribbon cutting will be followed by lunch Watts de Peyster Hall and a panel discussion by many, including Franceska Macsali-Urbin, the Supervising Ranger at the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site aka Val-Kill and Sally Dwyer McNulty, professor of history at Marist College will speak on young women’s leadership.
 
On Sunday, October 13th, the celebration will be continued with a service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
 
Photo: Emily Majer, speaker hostess Susan Ezrati and President Rob Latimer. Photo by Rev. Fred Cartier.
Hardscrabble Day was a success! Red Hook Rotarians Christine Chale, Susan Ezrati, Jennifer Van Voorhis and two of our high school Interact youth meet and greet the public to talk about Rotary and Interact service projects.
Our Interact Youth also displayed a Shelterbox and explained to visitors the Shelterbox program.

We were delighted this week to welcome our District Governor Cindi Kish and Assistant Governor Maureen Gates for their official visit.

Left to right, Bud Weaver, Barry Ramage, Linda Greenblatt, Susan Ezrati, Tim Lynch, Susan Simon, Rebecca Kent, Cindy Kish, Carl Dowden, Maureen Gates, Chris Chale, Jen Van Voorhis, Dave Wright, Jonah Triebwasser and Michael Shafer.

Dave Wright, VP, and Rotarian of the Year, Jen Van Voorhis offer club banners to Maureen Gates and Cindy Kish.

(Photos by Fred Cartier)

Red Hook Rotary is thrilled to announce that our 2007 youth exchange student from Germany Fräulein Lena Marie Morchen is now Frau Lena Mörchen-Mescheder. Congratulations to Lena and Lars on their marriage. We wish them many, many years of good health and happiness.
Duda, our exchange student from Brazil, and her host sister, Katie, went with Judge Jonah and Ellen Triebwasser to the New York State Museum in Albany to learn about New York (it is more than Times Square!) After the museum was lunch and shopping at the Crossgates Mall, a true American experience!

Red Hook Rotary Seeks Nominations for Citizen of the Year

The Red Hook Rotary Foundation is seeking nominations from the local community for their Citizen of the Year.  For the past 18 years Rotary has honored a local resident for their contributions to our community.  A candidate will have contributed unselfishly to the betterment of our community, emulating Rotary’s motto “Service above Self”.  

Selection of the honoree will be made by Red Hook Rotary.  Nomination forms are available at Red Hook Town Hall and Red Hook Village Hall.  The form can be downloaded from Red Hook Rotary’s website or Facebook page, or click here: https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000002251/en-us/files/homepage/citizen-of-the-year-nomination-form/COTY-nomination-form.pdf.  The deadline for returning a nomination form is September 18, 2019.  Return forms to Red Hook Rotary, PO Box 88, Red Hook, New York 12571-0088, by email cdowden@hvc.rr.com or in person to the Red Hook Town Clerk or Village Clerk.

Rotary Club of Red Hook is part of Rotary International.  Rotary is an international service organization comprised of business and professional leaders working together in a variety of humanitarian, educational and cultural programs to promote World Peace and Understanding.  There are over 1.2 million Rotarians in 35,000 clubs around the world. 

Over 10 years ago, Red Hook Rotarians established The Red Hook Rotary Foundation, a 501 c3 charitable foundation, to provide financial support of programs and projects in and around the Red Hook community.  The main focus of the Foundation is in the areas of education and youth.  The Foundation awards scholarships to high school seniors and supports the Interact Club at Red Hook High School and Rotary’s Youth Exchange Program.

Rotary Club of Red Hook meets every Tuesday morning at Cancun’s Mexican Restaurant, 7483 South Broadway, Red Hook, NY.  The club meeting begins at 7:30 a.m.

 

A good time was had by all at Red Hook Rotary's Annual Baxter Bash picnic. In addition to our Rotarians, we were delighted to welcome family, friends, our high school Interact club, as well as our new exchange student Duda from Brazil!

Also, Rotarian Jen Van Voorhis (in photo above on right) was named our Rotarian of the Year!

More Baxter's Bash photos available here: https://redhookrotaryclub.org/PhotoAlbums/2019-baxter-s-bash

(photos by Jonah Triebwasser)

We were joined this morning by our new youth exchange student Duda from Brazil. Welcome to Red Hook Duda!


 
Our club took a tour of Del's Daily Farm and Dutchess Creamery. We had a great time as well as delicious ice cream for breakfast!
Red Hook Rotary was well represented at the Hudson Valley Ribfest, sponsored by the Highland Rotary club. Red Hook volunteers were (shown above) Becca Kent and Judge Jonah Triebwasser. Not shown was Susan Simon. 

Our speaker this 

Our most recent speaker was our own Hon. Jonah Triebwasser. Jonah gave an informative power point presentation regarding the recent Rotary International convention in Hamburg, Germany. He spoke about the plenary sessions and breakout sessions. The House of Friendship contains displays from Rotary Clubs, vendors and Rotary projects. Jonah said the House of Friendship in Hamburg took up two very large ballrooms. It was mentioned at the convention that Rotarians donated a total of 45 million volunteer hours last Rotary year. The Rotary International Convention for 2020 is in Honolulu, Hawaii. Jonah and Ellen are already signed up....will you join them?

We welcomed our Rotary Youth Leadership Award and Scholarship winners to this week's breakfast meeting. The RYLA students told us about their experiences and our scholarship winner told us about her plans for college. Shpwn from left to right are: Adam, Linda Greenblatt, Tessa H., Sophia, Revati and Tessa R.
 
(photo by Jonah Triebwasser)
Officers of the Red Hook Rotary Club and our high school Interact service club took their oaths of office at this morning's Red Hook Rotary club breakfast at Cancun's Family Mexican Restaurant.
Rotarian Hon. Jonah Triebwasser, Red Hook's Town and Village Justice, administers the oath of office to Interact officers Sophie (co-president) and Angel (secretary). Looking on is adult advisor Rotarian Carl Dowden.
Judge Triebwasser then administered the oaths of office to Red Hook Rotary club Treasurer Tim Lynch, Secretary Susan Ezrati, President-Elect Jennifer Van Voorhis and President Rob Latimer.
While representing our club at the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg Germany, Judge Jonah Triebwasser presented our club pennant to RI President Barry Rassin and President-Elect Mark Daniel Maloney (shown with RadioRotary producer Kathy Kruger.) Jonah also recorded interviews for Radio Rotary which will air in August. For more photos from Hamburg, click on: https://redhookrotaryclub.org/PhotoAlbums/2019-ri-convention-hamburg-germany
While in Germany to attend the Rotary International Convention, Judge Jonah and Ellen Triebwasser had dinner with our 2007 exchange student Fräulein Lena and her fiancée Lars in Munich. Lena is enjoying great success as a teacher and sends her best wishes to all of her American friends and Rotary family!
It was a very eventful meeting at the Red Hook Rotary Club this week!
 
Mr. Nick Ascienzo (a much-beloved retired math teacher from Red Hook High School) spoke about the good works of the Ascienzo Family Foundation. For more information go to: http://www.ascienzofamilyfoundation.org/
 
In the photo are: President Barry Ramage, Mr. A. and speaker host Jennifer Van Voorhis.
 
We then welcomed and heard from two of our Red Hook High School Scholarship recipients.
In the photo are Jake Morrison, scholarship chair Linda Greenblatt, Liz Lowney and President Barry Ramage. Not shown is our third scholarship winner, Tessa Rothwell.
 
Finally, we were thrilled to welcome back our exchange student from five years ago, Garn. Garn is studying political science in university and has a highly successful modeling career.
Shown in the photo are youth exchange officers David Wright and Christine Chale, Garn and President Barry Ranage. (photos by Jonah Triebwasser.)
Members of the Red Hook Rotary Club were out in force to honor one of their own as the Hon. Jonah Triebwasser, Town and Village Justice of Red Hook, received the Gartland Award for Public Service from the Dutchess County Bar Association at the Law Day Banquet held at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. The award is named after John (Jack) Gartland Jr., who is recognized as one of Dutchess County's most influential leaders of the 20th century. The Dutchess County Bar Association presents the honor annually to a member whose dedication to making their community a better place exemplifies the legacy of Jack Gartland. Judge Triebwasser was honored for his work with Boy Scouts, Rotary, the local and state bar associations and the local and state magistrates associations.
 
Shown from left to right are: Red Hook Rotarians Judge Jonah Triebwasser, Linda Greenblatt, Rebecca Kent, Christine Chale, Esq., Susan Ezrati and Pleasant Valley Rotarian Kathy Kruger.
Red Hook Rotary's Apple Blossom Day was an unqualified success with great weather and big crowds!
 
The McCann Irish Band
The Stringmasters Country Band
The crowd watching the stage performers.
Solas An Lae Dancers
Our Interact students tell visitors about Shelterbox.
Photos taken by Rotarian Rev. Fred Cartier. Pictured here are Josh Bardfield of the Red Hook Library (left, Tim Lynch seated) and Barry Ramage, President RH (center) and Bruce Martin, representing the Red Hook Central School District (far right).

May 7, 2019 was a regular club meeting at Cancun’s in Red Hook from 7:30 to 8:30 am. Fifteen members, 83% of our membership attended. With the school budget and related matters coming up for approval by voters registered in Red Hook, on May 21, 2019, our speakers were Josh Bardfield of the Red Hook Library Board and Bruce Martin, representing the Red Hook Central School District.

Josh explained that budgetary increases for both the Red Hook Library and the Tivoli Libraries would be on the ballot at the May 21 election. The Red Hook Library is requesting a 3.25% increase in their budget line. He noted that Library usage, programming, and wireless usage are up this year. The Library is housed in an historic building that requires constant maintenance and restoration. Finally, the state has increased the minimum wage by 38%, which impacts the Library’s operating budget. The Library has secured more than $53,000 in grants, this year but still needs the increase in tax revenue to maintain its current level of service. He urged the club members to vote in favor of the Library request on May 21.

Bruce Martin presented an outline of changes in the Central School district’s budget. While the current budget is enjoying a brief reduction in its debt levels, revenues also drop by nearly the same amount. The balance of the budgetary year will experience a 2.61% increase, but remain under the tax cap. He noted that the incoming kindergarten class will be a full class size smaller and that those savings will go to resources aimed at meeting increased emotional/social needs. No new programs will be introduced.

Voters can still register at the Mill Road School, during school hours. The election will take place from noon to 9pm also at the Mill Road School. Several initiatives will seek voter approval, including the annual increase in expenditure for buses, two new school board candidates (uncontested), election of this year’s student representative to the Board and an opportunity to place solar panels on the school roof. The later are only cost-effective if combined with State Aid – which should be forthcoming. Bruce also updated the club on the construction of the auditorium. The project will be tight to its budget despite cost-effective, value-engineered plans. State Assemblyman, Kevin Cahill, is seeking to provide $500,000 in state grants to the project and the Red Hook Education Foundation may offer and additional $100,000. This project will be the subject of a special vote on June 18. All additional expenses are tax-cap compliant.

Absentee ballots are available in the District Clerk’s office.

April 30, 2019 was a Fifth Tuesday event at Cancun’s in Red Hook from 5:30 to 7pm. Members were encouraged to bring a guest. There was no formal program, just good conversation, good food, and good company. Photos above of the event taken by Fred Cartier. Fifteen Rotarians attended. Including spouses we were a group of 17!

Our guest speakers this week were Sadie Bloch and Anabel DiMartino – co-presidents of Interact, and Miranda beer, also an officer of the club. The students spoke about their efforts to raise funds for Shelter Boxes. This year they have baked pies and sold them for Thanksgiving, made cookies and candy forValentine’s Day, solicited donations for a raffle from local businesses (over $300!), andserved dinner and waited tables at the Rotary Citizen of the Year dinner. They then spoke of the popularity of the club at school, noting that their events were well attended and that many clubs suffered from conflicts with sports. They brainstormed ways to boost membership and came up with the idea of painting the tables outside the school. They also solicit at new recruits at freshman orientation, by word of mouth,by tapping friends of friends and wear identifying T-shirts. Each speaker then spoke of their post-graduation plans. Two of the students plan to study film and Connecticut College and Wesleyan University respectively, the third student is still finalizing her plans. Barry presented the Interact Club with a Rotary Service Certificate, memorializing 7-years of successful fundraising for Shelter Boxes.

 

From left to right are Barry Ramage (club President), Linda Greenblatt (Interact sponsor), Anabel DiMartino, Miranda Beer, Sadie Bloch and Carl Dowden (also an Interact sponsor). All three students are officers of the club. (photo by Rev. Fred Cartier)

 

Our guest speaker was own own Rev. Michael Schafer who extolled the Rotary International magazine that we all receive, noting that it contained excellent articles on what Rotary is achieving in the world. He noted that it is full of retirees taking care of people all over the world. He concluded that the Red Hook Rotary Club was Club members.
Our speaker this week was Franceska Macsali-Urbin, Site Manager for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home and Museum and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-kill national historic sites in Hyde Park. In recognition of Women’s History Month, Franceska’s presentation was “Eleanor Roosevelt: The Evolution of a Woman Activist”. The presentation was very enlightening and
informative.
 
President Barry Ramage presented Franceska Macsali-Urbin with the coveted Red Hook Rotary Club mug. (photo by Rev. Fred Cartier)
Our speaker this week was our own Jennifer VanVoorhis (shown with club president Barry Ramage.) Jen discussed the importance of a “financial physical”. She highlighted the magic of compound interest – using the rule of 72 to illustrate the power of investing to magnify assets. She works for Primerica Financial Services. She noted that compounding works adversely for unpaid debt and that the concept could be applied positively to generating new membership as well!
The public is invited to join the Red Hook Rotary club for breakfast on Tuesday, March 26th from 7:30 to 8:30 AM at Cancun's Restaurant in Red Hook. The speaker will be Franceska Macsali-Urbin, Site Manager at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Sites. In recognition of Women's History Month her talk will be entitled: "Eleanor Roosevelt: The Development Of A Woman Activist".
 
RSVP to Dave Wright via text or call at (845) 750-2254. Please respond by Sunday, March 24th; there will be a $10.00 per person charge for breakfast.

Our guest speajker this week was Juliet Harrison who gave us a history of the artist gallery and other exhibits that she has founded and then set free in Red Hook.  Her first endeavor was in Tivoli.  There she set up the Tivoli Artist Coop, with the generosity of Martin Clarke the owner of the building who offered a low rent to help the enterprise get started.  She then spent some time working with the Red Hook Chamber of Commerce – headed at the time by Ed Pruit – promoting writers, theater and Dance.  A little later, she worked with a group of artists to create a can opener at the FireHouse in Red Hook.  CAN is an anagram for Cooperative Artists Network.  These efforts included activities with the schools and identified some special world renowned artists in the community including, Brice Marden, Travis Louis, Lisa Donnelly and author Carol Goodman.  More recently, seeing the large number of unrented buildings in Red Hook’s center (following the Real Estate downturn nationwide) the Red Hook Can group shifted strategies by putting Pop Up Galleries in the unrented spaces, drawing attention to the spaces and in many instances resulting in permanent businesses taking over the space.  She is a real friend to Red Hook. Shown in the photo are club president Barry Ramage, speaker host Susan Ezrati and Juliet Harrison. (photo by Rev. Fred Cartier)

Red Hook Rotary was represented as the RadioRotary team was out in force at Cappola's to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Pleasant Valley Rotary club. Shown left to right are Highland Rotarian Anthony Marmo, RadioRotary business manager; Red Hook Rotarian Jonah Triebwasser, RadioRotary co-host; Ellen Triebwasser, RadioRotary board member; Pleasant Valley Rotarian David Kruger, RadioRotary substitute co-host; Pleasant Valley Rotarian Kathy Kruger, RadioRotary producer; and Millbrook Rotarian Sarah O'Connell Claitor, RadioRotary co-host.
Our guest speaker this week was former Red Hook High School principal  Peter Lawson. Peter showed the club maps of the Red Hook School District and then riveted us with a detailed history of how the consolidated district was created from myriad small districts and how individual properties came to be part of the district.
We were also visited by our former exchange student from Japan, Momona. Momo is here for ten days visiting friends and host families.
 
Speaker host Dave Wright presented club mugs to Peter and Momo.
 
(photos by Rev. Fred Cartier)
 
 

 
Our guest speaker this week was David Ives, Professor Emeritus at Quinnepeac University in Connecticut, who gave a truly inspirational talk.
 
Growing up in Ohio, one of the last to survive polio at age 4, David joined the Peace Corps after obtaining his degree from Ohio State. He experienced the civil war on the Nicaraguan-Costa Rican border and had a child die in his arms due to lack of immediate medical attention. He also worked at Camp Rising Sun in Rhinebeck, and the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnepeac University for 15 years.
 
He was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 and 2019. He will be receiving Rotary International's highest award, along with 99 others around the world, for Service Above Self at the Annual District Convention in April at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA.
 
(Photo of speaker host Linda Greenblatt and David Ives by Rev. Fred Cartier)
A good time was had by all at our fifth Tuesday social event at Cancun's.
 
(photos by Rev. Fred Cartier)
Red Hook Rotarians were out in force at the Repair Cafe at the Red Hook Community Center. Jennifer VanVoorhis, Susan Simon, Rebecca Kent and Judge Jonah Triebwasser chatted with visitors about our Clynk recycling program, club membership and RadioRotary.
2019-20 presidential theme:
Rotary Connects the World
Rotary International President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney explained his vision for building a stronger Rotary, calling on leaders to expand connections to their communities and to embrace innovative membership models. A member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, Maloney unveiled the 2019-20 presidential theme, Rotary Connects the World, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s annual training event, the International Assembly, in San Diego, California, USA.

Our guest speaker this past week was James Cadorette of Integral Tree and Landscaping Services. James addressed the club about some of the greatest environmental threats to our trees, particularly Ash trees. He explained that treatment of such insects as the Emerald Ash borer and the Asian Longhorn beetle is painstakingly challenging and requires vigilance.

Our guest speaker this week, Marc Molinaro, was introduced as “soccer coach”, youngest mayor in America, gubernatorial candidate, assemblyman and now Dutchess County Executive.  Marc reviewed his seven years in office, noting some of his proudest achievements.  He noted that the county’s fiscal position is much improved its bond rating is the highest in the state,  The county’s improved economic status has been led by strong growth in tourism. The county has undertaken new initiatives in natural resource protection, protecting over 3000 acres of farmland.  Bridges are being refurbished through.out the county, and mental health services have been substantially increased and improved. 

 

Following his comments, the County Executive took questions, covering such topics as changes in the cash bail system and the need for bipartisan cooperation in local government.  Commenting on his experience in running for governor he noted that the biggest difference between issues down-state and up-state is that downstaters were preoccupied with transit systems and corruption, while upstaters were focused on property taxes and corruption. 

 

In the photo are County Executive, Marc Molinaro, flanked by  Rebecca Smith Aldrich (Mid Hudson Library System) and Club President, Barry Ramage.  (Photos by Rev. Fred Cartier)

 

 

Rotarians Discuss Holiday Fire Safety
Rotarian and Red Hook Fire Department veteran Rev. Fred Cartier discussed fire safety and Christmas trees at the recent breakfast meeting of the Red Hook Rotary Club. Rev. Cartier warned about tress becoming dry and faulty electrical cords.
 
In the photo, Rotary President Barry Ramage thanks Rev. Cartier for his presentation.
 
The Red Hook Rotary Club meets Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at Cancun's Family Mexican Restaurant, South Broadway, Red Hook. Visitors are always welcome.
 
(photo by Jonah Triebwasser)
Actor/Director Speaks to Red Hook Rotarians
Actor/Director/Playwirght Jeremy Davidson spoke to the Red Hook Rotary club at their recent breakfast meeting about the Storyhorse Documentary Theater.
 
Storyhorse Theater is a documentary theater project based in New York's Hudson Valley. Their stories are inspired by transcribed conversations with the people of the Hudson valley, historical documents, and other primary sources, focusing on social, political, environmental and medical issues. The stories are brought to life by actors in multimedia staged readings.
 
Shown in the photo are Rotary President Barry Ramage and Jeremy Davidson.
 
(photo by Jonah Triebwasser)
TWO MONTHS IN THE LIFE OF…...
 
Cast your minds back to late August this year.
 
Can you recall headlines that hit our national press? They recounted disturbing stories of hundreds of thousands of citizens in Kerala, Southern India, literally being washed out of their homes as a result of devastating floods?
 
As this was happening, thousands of miles away, this time SW Cameroon, in Africa, innumerable numbers of citizens were being displaced, their villages burned down, violence perpetrated against them by the military under the control of the government. These villagers had no option other than to live in the bush as their physical communities no longer existed. Did you even know this was happening?
 
Then press headlines once more took centre stage.
At the end of September, Typhoon Omphong (Mangkhut) hit the northern region of the Philippines, triggering flash floods, storm surges and wholesale landslides. Over a quarter of a million people were displaced; over 100 lost their lives. Health centres were unable to function and so the situation progressively worsened.
 
And finally, in our two month Aquabox odyssey, came the news that a massive earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia, centred around the city of Palu.  Almost 900 people lost their lives, many buried in massed graves to prevent the spread of disease. Other stories emerged detailing suffering too harrowing to report here.
 
Here are are some common factors in all these tragedies:
 
The lives of individuals and whole communities can be destroyed in a frighteningly short time. The health of citizens is immediately at risk and access to safe drinking water is of paramount importance.
In each of the above human catastrophes, Aquabox was instrumental in providing meaningful, immediate and sustainable support. It supplied water purification filters and other items of humanitarian aid, all of which was distributed, securely and appropriately by our long-standing partners on the ground. (Rotary International in particular, was well placed for accurate assessment of need.)
The water filters despatched from our Wirksworth depot in the past two months alone, have the capacity to provide drinking water to over 35,000 needy citizens in some of the world’s most devastated areas.
Since the filters can function for several years, this output may continue way beyond the immediate need.
(The output of these filters could mean 1700 litre plastic bottles per minute no longer enter our environment.)
Without clean drinking water, people suffer from the most debilitating diseases and this significantly impacts on their ability to rebuild and regenerate their communities and local economies.
We, at Aquabox, are extremely proud of what we achieve. We are a truly volunteer led charity with no ‘fat cat’ board of directors. Our 70+ volunteers are our engine-room and quite simply without them we could not do what we do.
 
We rely TOTALLY on donations to continue our life-saving work. Can you help?
 
If you feel you are able to support us, details of how to do this can be found on our website www.aquabox.org  Alternatively cheques payable to Aquabox can be sent to Aquabox, PO  Box 5398, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 4ZP
In particular, we would welcome corporate sponsorship. Please contact us if this is of interest.
 
Find out more about our work on our Facebook page or come along to see us at work at our depot. You can book in a trip through our website. We would welcome your interest.
 
 
Our guest speaker this week was Jackie Reynolds, know more popularly as Bee Bee the Clown and Jackie the Magician. Jackie shared the history of her performing career and share some of her puppetry and ventriloquist skills with our members. Shown are speaker host Rev. Fred Cartier and Jackie Reynolds.
We were delighted to welcome back for a visit our former member Susan Goodman-Goldstein who now lives in California with her husband Dr. Manny Karell.
 
(photos by Rev. Fred Cartier and Jonah Triebwasser)
Our guest speakers were our own Carl Dowden and Susan Simon who spoke on the relationships among our club, our club foundation, Rotary District 7210, Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation. (photo by Rev. Fred Cartier)
Red Hook Rotary Honors Claudine and Chris Klose as Citizens of the Year
The Red Hook Rotary Foundation along with the Rotary Club of Red Hook honored Claudine and Chris Klose as Red Hook’s Citizens of the Year for 2018.  Since returning to Red Hook nearly a decade ago, Claudine and Chris immersed themselves in the Red Hook community.  Both are very involved with Historic Red Hook, Inc.
 
Claudine and Chris were recognized at a dinner on Tuesday evening, October 23, 2018 at the Red Hook Firehouse. A full house of celebrants paid tribute to these two outstanding Red Hook volunteers.
 
Starting Tuesday, October 16th at 7:30 a.m., we will be meeting at Cancun’s Mexican Restaurant 7483 South Broadway in Red Hook.  Come join us for a meeting. 

This week we had our official visit from District Governor Christine Giangrasso. Chrissy inspired us with her description of Rosie the Riveter – as depicted by Norman Rockwell.  She encouraged us to undertake the following:  Create a Rotaract Club at Bard College, Join with other Rotary clubs in activities.  Seek to think “out of the box” about club possibilities.  She noted that October 24th is World Polio Day and challenged every club in our district to donate $100 to the End Polio Campaign – noting that with 55 clubs in the district we could give $5500 to the campaign which would be doubled by the Gates Foundation.

Show in the photo are President Barry Ramage and DG Christine Giangrasso.

(photo by Rev. Fred Cartier)

 
Our outbound exchange student to Denmark, Fiona Seabrook, has returned from a great year and was our guest speaker. She showed a power point with photographs of the highlights of her stay overseas. Shown in the photo, from left to right, are: Club President Barry Ramage, YEX Officer Christine Chale, proud mom Patricia Seabrook, Fiona's sister (and future exchange student, perhaps?) Nuala Seabrook and YEX student Fiona Seabrook. (photo by Jonah Triebwasser)
Our speaker this week was club member Rev. Michael Shafer. Michael’s talk was based around “this time of the year”. He spoke about “character....character virtues as opposed to resume virtues”. He referred to and read some passages from David Brooks’ book “The Road to Character”. Michael suggested we all need to build and improve our character virtues. As Rotarians we inherently have good character virtues as we live by our 4 Way Test and Service Above Self motto. Thank you Michael for your inspiring words. (photos by Jonah Triebwasser)
Our special guest and honorary sgt. at arms was Linda Greenblatt's granddaughter, Samatha. Best of luck in middle school Sam! (photo by Rev. Fred Cartier)
 
Member Rob Latimer shared with us this beautiful painting that he obtained while in Belize. The artist is Oscar Ulin who can't use his hands, so he paints with his mouth. Come see him on Saturdays at the San Ignacio Market. If you are not vacationing in Belize soon, watch this video of Oscar at https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=oscar%20ulin.
 
In the photo with Rob is our club president Barry Ramage.
 
photo by Jonah Triebwasser
Snow cancellation policy - If the Red Hook Schools are closed, our meeting is canceled. If only delayed, then we will meet at 7:30 a.m. as usual. Call (845) 758- 2241 for school closing or delay information.
Red Hook Rotarian Judge Jonah Triebwasser having a great time at Highland Rotary’s Hudson Valley Ribfest in New Paltz with nephew Jordan, niece Ann and great-nephew Artimus!

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

This week, three of the five students who attended RYLA spoke of their experiences. Cian Ryan, Raquel Gifford and Jacqueline Kocik all said it was a great experience. They all learned more about their leadership skills and how to use those skills. When they arrived at RYLA they did not know what to expect. The “high energy” level of the RYLA leaders got them excited right away.

One speaker who made a big impression on the students was a young woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury in high school a few years ago.

RYLA students and their parent pictured with Past President Tim Lynch and Linda Greenblatt. (photos by Rev. Fred Cartier)

Rotarians Learn About Tivoli Library
Members of the Red Hook Rotary Club heard from Tivoli Librarian Michelle Del Priore about the offerings and programs held throughout the year at the Tivoli Library.
 
Shown in the photo are (left to right): Speaker host Carl Dowden, Tivoli Librarian Michelle Del Priore and Rotary President Barry Ramage.
The Red Hook Rotary meets every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at Murrays on Broadway in Tivoli. Visitors are welcome.
 
(photo by Fred Cartier)

Red Hook Rotary’s recent meeting at Murray’s boasted 76% attendance, including Kyle White a new member and Jennifer Van Voorhis who was officially inducted by President Barry Ramage and sponsored by Linda Greenblatt. Hon.  Jonah Triebwasser hosted guest speaker Sarah Litvin, Director of the Reher Center of Immigrant History of the Rondout District of Kingston, who spoke about this ‘museum in the making’.  She noted that it celebrates the ongoing multi-cultural nature of this neighborhood and the museum’s setting in a building that housed Frank Reher’s bakery of 80 years, originating in the 1900’s.

Photos:  Top: Club president, Barry Ramage, guest speaker, Sarah Litvin and speaker host, Hon. Jonah Triebwasser.  Bottom:  New member sponsor, Linda Greenblatt, new member, Jennifer Van Voorhis, and club president, Barry Ramage.    Photographer: Rev. Fred Cartier. 
Rotarians Donate $1,000 to Red Hook Library
Members of the Red Hook Rotary Club and the Red Hook Rotary Foundation have donated $1,000.00 to the Red Hook Library to expand their collection of diversity books in the children's and teen sections of the library.
 
Shown in the photo are (left to right): Rotary President Barry Ramage, Rotarian Linda Greenblatt, Dawn Jardine(library director) and Maryelisa Blundell (library board president)
 
(photos by Jonah Triebwasser)
Our guests this week were Ryan Hobson, Evan Maurer and his mom. Ryan is one of three recipients of this year’s club scholarships.  He will be attending the Albany School of Pharmacology, which offers myriad opportunities in micro-biology and pharmacology in the fall.  Evan Maurer has just returned from this year’s Youth Leadership Award Conference at Mount St Mary’s. 
 
Photo:  Linda Greenblatt, Rotary Liason to RYLA, Evan Maurer attendee at RYLA conference, Bryan Hobson, Rotary Scholarship recipient, Barry Ramage, President, Rotary Club of Red Hook. (photo by Rev. Fred  Cartier)
Our past-president Bud Weaver arrived in style to this week's Red Hook Rotary meeting in his 1929 Franklin.
Our speaker host and speaker was our own Rev. Fred Cartier. Fred spoke about his recent medical incident. He has had a medical condition for the past twenty years and learned from this recent incident his medication needed to be changed. His advice to all of us was to have regular physical exams and listen to what your body is telling you. Also, in Fred’s case “Listen to Rosalie!”
 
Left to right: Fred is thanked by President Barry Ramage for his talk. (photo by Jonah Triebwasser)

Rotarians Explore New Playground

 

The Red Hook Rotary Club welcomed guest speakers Jen Cavanaugh and Shana Weiler who spoke on the proposed refurbished playground at the Red Hook Recreational Park. The plan is to have new equipment and enhance accessibility for children with special needs. More information on the project is available at www.RedHookPlays.com.

Shown in the photo are: Rotary Club President Tim Lynch, Jen Cavanaugh, Speaker host Susan Simon, Shana Weiler and Town Board Member Sarah Imboden. (photo by Jonah Triebwasser)

Our guest speaker today was Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Jana Vengrin who gave a fascinating talk on the many aspects of mental health. Shown in  the photograph are club President Tim Lynch, Jana Vengrin and speaker host Barry Ramage (photo by Rev. Fred Cartier.)
A good time was had by all at Red Hook Rotary's 5th Tuesday social and fellowship evening at Greig Farms.
Two ministers and a rabbi walk into a Rotary Meeting . . . 
Red Hook Rotary was indeed blessed to have three members of the clergy at this event: Rev. Fred Cartier, Rabbi Ellen K. Triebwasser and Rev. Michael Shafer.
Wet weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of Red Hook Rotarians on Apple Blossom Day.
Rotarians Bud Weaver, Susan Simon and Christine Chale grilled 160 hot dogs for hungry attendees.
Rotarians Carl Dowden, Apple Blossom chair Dave Wright and Jonah Triebwasser greet the public at the Red Hook Rotary booth.
In an Apple Blossom day first, Judge Jonah performs a wedding on our Apple Blossom day stage. Congratulations Brianna and Austin!
Our speaker this week was Brian Jones, Outreach  Coordinator at Dutchess County Office for the Aging.

His presentation entitled “Successful Aging” was very informative. Brian spoke about the many programs and services provided by and through the Office for the Aging.

For more information regarding the programs and services, visit their website at www.dutchessny.gov/aging.
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Our guest speaker this week was attorney Kyle Steller of Mackey, Butts and Wise, who spoke on such Elder Law topics as powers of attorney, heath care proxies, living wills and estate planning. Shown. in the photograph, from left to right, are: speaker host Rev. Michael Shafer, Klye Steller and club president Tim Lynch. (photo by Jonah Triebwasser)
Our Interact Club of Red Hook High School made delicious fudge for as a fundraiser to support their purchase of a Shelterbox tent. (photo by Carl Dowden)
 
Members of the Red Hook Rotary Club planted trees with the Town of Red Hook Tree Committee as part of Rotary International's commitment to plant 1.2 million trees this year (one tree for every Rotarian.) Shown in the photo are (left to right): Club President Tim Lynch, Susan Ezrati, Barry Ramage, Christine Chale and Karen Mead-Cadorette.
Congratulations to our Red Hook High School Interact Club for being recognized at the District Assembly as ShelterBox Heroes. Interact has funded several ShelterBoxes.
Our District’s YEX students, including our own Mercedes, were a prominent part of the District Assembly (photos by Christine Chale)
Our guest speaker this week was Bill McCormick of Digital Sales who told us about the business advantages of the Linkedin social media network. Bill showed the assembled Rotarians and guests how to make a Linkedin site "value-centric" to reveal how you can benefit clients.
 
Shown in the photo, from left to right are: President Tim Lynch, Bill McCormick and Speaker host Barry Ramage.
 
photo by Jonah Triebwasser
Our guest speaker this week was Jennifer Munn, a member of our Board of Education, who spoke about the Northern Dutchess Rainbow coalition. She discussed early education to increase acceptance of those who are members of the LGBT community as well as diversity education to make young people more accepting of those who are different from them. Shown in the photograph are: speaker host Susan Simon, Jennifer Munn and President Tim Lynch (photo by Rev. Fred Cartier.)
 
Rotarians Explore Emergency Medical Services
The Red Hook Rotary Club welcomed Thomas W. Stark, III, of Northern Dutchess Paramedics. He spoke about the live-saving services that they offer to northern Dutchess and southern Columbia counties. Shown in the photo are speaker host Rob Latimer and Tom Stark.
 
The Red Hook Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at Murray's, 73 Broadway, Tivoli, New York. Visitors are welcomed.
 
(photo by Rev. Fred Cartier)
This week, we welcomed Cleo Post, Founder of Rainbow Body Yoga.  They are a community yoga space offering daily yoga classes, workshops, teacher trainings, and more including restorative yoga, vinyasa, yoga basics, power flow, aerial yoga, Qi Gong, and chakra flow. We had a great demonstration of a relaxation technique that no doubt our fellow Rotarians will be practicing to keep us centered. laugh
 
Rainbow Body Yoga came into being in 2013 in Tivoli, in a magical carpenter shop. After a year and a half they have re-located to the village of Red Hook at 35 W. Market St. Suite 2A .  They are happy to be part of our community.  Stop in to sign up for a class or check out their other wellness offerings, by local practitioners, offering massage, energy healing, body and beauty services.  Visit them at: https://www.rainbowbodyyogastudio.com/about-us.html 
 
In the photo, from left to right, are Rotary President Tim Lynch, Cleo Post and speaker host Rebecca Kent. (photo by Rev. Fred Cartier)
Our guest speaker this week was Dick Wambach of Wambach Communications. Dick spoke about the history of the Poughkeepsie railroad bridge, from the time of its opening to today in its new incarnation as the Walkway Over the Hudson. Dick also shared with us some of his beautiful artwork, including line drawings of the bridge and other landmarks. (Photo by Rev. Fred Cartier)
Our guest speaker this week was our own international exchange student Mercedes who spoke about her life at home in Spain. We were treated to a delightful video and power point presentation that Mercedes produced. Mercedes is shown with Club President Tim Lynch and YEX Officer Christine Chale.
 
photo by Rev. Fred Cartier
Our guest speaker this week was Laurie Husted of Bard College who filled us in on energy conservation and environmental sustainability
Red Hook Rotary Celebrates 63d Anniversary
Red Hook Rotarians celebrated the 63d anniversary of the founding of their club at a special reception at Cancun's Mexican Restaurant. Guests were our YEX student from Spain, Mercedes, Rosalie Cartier and Jen Van Voorhes.
Red Hook Rotary club's own Rev. Fred Cartier participated in the annual make-up meeting brunch with our former member Burt Fraleigh in Cancun, Mexico.
Our own Rev. Fred Cartier was the speaker this week. He gave an interesting talk about planning for retirement. Not so much from a financial standpoint, but from an emotional standpoint. He said one day you are going to leave your job...what are you going to do the next day?

Fred suggested starting now to think about and plan what you will do when you retire. Making a daily schedule for yourself and then be sure to do at least two things from that schedule. Something that may help you decide what you may want to do in retirement Fred heard at a seminar about retirement. The speaker asked everyone in the audience to write down in one brief sentence “who you are without making reference to your job or your family”.

Fred referenced statistics about how people’s health deteriorates after they retire if they have nothing to do. Many die in a short period of time as well.
So start now thinking about what you will do after you retire. Go to the library and read books; take advantage of education programs that are offered for retirees like those offered at Bard College; expand a hobby; whatever, just make a plan to do something!
It was fun, food and fellowship at Red Hook Rotary's holiday party at Cancun's Mexican restaurant!
Our guest speaker was Red Hook Attorney Jason Foscolo, Esq., who spoke with us about food and agricultural law. Shown in the photo are club president Tim Lynch, Mr. Foscolo and speaker host Susan Simon (photo by Jonah Triebwasser).
Our YEX Exchange student, Mercedes from Spain, and her friend Abigail spent the morning at the New York State Museum learning about New York's natural resources and history. They then had lunch and a shopping excursion at the Crossgates Mall. Chaperones were our club secretary, Judge Jonah Triebwasser, and his wife, Ellen.
 
Our guest speakers this week were Rhinebeck Rotarian Carolyn Burnett and Brian Zeiden who spoke with us about the services offered at the Brookmeade Senior Residences. Shown in the photograph, from left to right are Brian Zeiden, President Tim Lynch, Carolyn Burnett and Speaker host Judge Jonah Triebwasser (photo by Rev. Fred Cartier).
 
Our club was recognized by the RI Foundation and Rotary District 7210 for our contributions to  the work of the RI Foundation. Bud Weaver and President Tim Lynch attended the Foundation gala and brought home awards for 100% participation in Foundation giving, $100 average donation for every member in honor of the Foundation’s 100th anniversary and a Presidential Citation (photo by Rev. Fred Cartier).
 
A good time was had by all at our sold out 2017 Citizen of the Year Dinner honoring outstanding community volunteer Brenda Cagle. Photos of this great event can be found at: http://redhookrotaryclub.org/PhotoAlbum
 
 
We had two guest speakers at this week’s meeting! From left to right, speaker host David Wright welcomed Lauren Arcomano, Executive Director of the new Red Hook Community Center, while  Career and Life Coach Peter Heyman was welcomed by speaker host Barry Ramage. Looking on is our President Tim Lynch. Ms. Arcomano told us about the many interesting programs offered at the center. Mr. Heyman gave an inspiration talk about achieving our greatest potential. (photo by Jonah Triebwasser)    
Mercedes, our exchange student from Spain, enjoyed her first American Halloween.
Our speaker this week was Robert Shoemaker, CEO of Professional Computer Associates (PCA).  He was accompanied by his firm’s Marketing Director, Theresa Mulkins.  Bob provided us with a crash course in Phishing 101.  In summary, we need to be cautious about all emails because looks can be deceiving.  Bob shared some hints:  1) If the message in the email sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  2) Look at the email address of the sender; if it is not from the business or person supposedly sending you the email do not open. 3) If the email contains a "link" to a webpage, hover your mouse pointer over the link and the actual address will appear, don't click it if it doesn't look correct. 4) If the subject line contains RE: and it is not coming from someone you have been communicating with, don't open the email.  5) Last but not least, when creating passwords make sure they are easy to remember and don't contain any personal information.   For more information on Personal Computer Associates (PCA) visit their website at: https://www.pcasupport.com/
Part of the Rotary youth exchange program is to experience new things, as our student Mercedes from Spain did when she attended her first Bat-Mitzvah where she ran into our club secretary, Judge Jonah Triebwasser, and his wife Ellen. A good time was had by all.
Want to know what the youth exchange program means to participants? Click here to listen to three testimonials about Rotary’s impact on young lives. One features Inés (France to New Paltz 2011-2012), as she describes the importance of her youth exchange experience in District 7210.
 
 
Our guest speaker today was LaGrange Sunrise Rotarian Mike Polasek who spoke to us about the district grant that our region is pursuing to combat adolescent drug abuse. Mike is shown in the photo with our club president Tim Lynch. (photo by Jonah Triebwasser)

Our guest speakers today were Red Hook Town and Village Justices the Hon. Jeffrey C. Martin, and our club secretary, the Hon. Jonah Triebwasser, who spoke on the procedures for bringing and trying a small claims case.

Shown from left to right are Judge Triebwasser, Judge Martin and Club President Tim Lynch.

The Red Hook Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at Murray's of Tivoli. Visitors are always welcome.

Red Hook Rotary welcomed Cari Wilkins-Bates of Scenic Hudson to our meeting. Scenic Hudson preserves land and farms and creates parks that connect people with the inspirational power of the Hudson River, while fighting threats to the river and natural resources that are the foundation of the valley's prosperity. To date they have created or enhanced more than 65 parks, preserves and historic sites up and down the Hudson River and conserved nearly 40,000 acres.  Of which Red Hook has benefited with the Poets' Walk - 120 acres; two decades of farmland protection including seven working farms here in Red Hook totaling over 1,000 acres. They are sponsoring the upcoming Farmland Cycling Tour scheduled on September 16 starting at Poets Walk park with routes of 10, 25 and 45 miles that will enable riders to pedal through the beautiful rolling countryside of Dutchess and Columbia counties.  To learn more about Scenic Hudson visit: http://www.scenichudson.org/
 
 
 
Red Hook Rotary Club Officers & Directors
President
President Elect
Vice President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Public relations
Foundation Chair
Immediate Past President
 
 
Red Hook Rotary Foundation Officers & Directors
Chairman: Carl Dowden
Vice-Chairman: Tim Lynch, PE
Secretary: Rev. Michael Shafer
Treasurer: Bud Weaver
Directors: Rev. Fred Cartier and Susan Simon