At 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 15th, Pawling Rotary volunteers, led by club President Jeff Asher and Vice President and event Chair, Ann Godesky, organized a cadre of additional helpers to Stuff the Bus at the 2nd annual Stuff the Bus Rotary Event, benefitting the Pawling Resource Center Food Bank. Among those on hand to assist were members of the Civil Service Employee Association, which included CSEA President Jeff Stevens along with Pam Rooney, Kevin Richard, Paul Shovelend, and Laura Patrick. The Pawling Resource Center was also represented with a number of volunteers, both at the stuffing and un-loading locations, including Pasquale and Nina Matera Jamie Stone, Vitaly Andruk, Ana and Danielle Gregorio, Zachary Brady, and Board Chair Jon Ellingworth plus board members Dorlaine McLaughlin Judy, Anna Lindstrom. Susan Stone and Executive Director, Terry Ariano. Joining this enthusiastic band of community minded citizens were Hannaford’s hard working employees coordinated by store manager, Darcy Milazzo, all of whom set about the task of Stuffing the School Bus, donated by the Pawling Central School District, with sorely needed items for the Resource Center’s Food Bank.
The Pawling community was unstinting, as residents bought and brought bag after bag of needed items out to the curb to be placed into the bus. Hannaford’s donated boxes of bulk items that were rolled out of the store on two large dollies and were then loaded into the yellow school bus by those on hand, forming a human chain in order to assist each other with the bus stuffing process.
At 1:00 P.M. the bus was driven over to the Resource Center where volunteers assembled to unload over 1700 pounds of food items, paper goods, personal care items and baby and infant needs into the center at 126 East Main Street. Volunteers placed all items on food bank shelves, where these goods are now available to Resource Center clients.
Specifically, according to Terry Ariano, “We received 214 bags (1701 lbs of food and personal care items.) We also received 501 paper product items (rolls of toilet paper and paper towels) and 247 dozen diapers and wipes.” Ms. Ariano added, “Thank you to Hannaford’s for their generous donations, and for sponsoring this event. Thank you to a generous Pawling community, and to the amazing folks who organized and participated from the PRC board, Rotary, CSEA, Pawling Schools and Hannaford’s! And to many dynamic energetic volunteers for collecting, loading, unloading, weighing counting and shelving products!.” Additionally, Hannaford’s arranged for a contribution box at the event site for anyone who wished to make a cash donation to this event. Those shopping at Hannaford’s on Saturday contributed over $400.00, as they opened their hearts and wallets in support of this community wide effort.
July 15th 8 a.m.-1p.m.! Save the Date!
By Susan Stone
Put it on your calendar! Post this on your fridge! Pawling Rotary is partnering with Hannaford Supermarket in Pawling and the Pawling Resource Center to STUFF THE BUS with urgent needs for the Pawling Resource Center Food Bank. With special thanks to our additional partner, the Pawling Central School District, which is providing the bus (for stuffing), this event will contribute needed supplies for the PRC during a time of year when supplies run low.
Stay tuned for more info as the date draws near! Meantime, check out the Pawling Resource Center web site at www.pawlingresourcecenter.org for updated info about STUFF THE BUS!
Pawling Rotary’s 6th Annual Golf Outing Raises Money for Educational Initiatives
By Susan Stone
Pawling Rotary’s 6thh Annual Golf Outing took place at the beautiful Quaker Hill Country Club on Thursday, June 1st, at noon. With partly cloudy skies and a challenging breeze on the links, members of the Pawling and Rotary communities came together to raise funds for the Roger Smith-Pawling Rotary College Scholarship Fund, as well as many other Rotary educational initiatives. Dollars raised at the event will provide funds for two college scholarships donated annually to graduating seniors at Pawling High School, as well as the Pawling Rotary International Youth Exchange Scholarship, which will provide funds needed to facilitate an international educational and cultural exchange for a Pawling High School student and an incoming international student. Additionally, these funds will provide up to five full scholarships to the Rotary Youth Leadership conference, the third grade dictionary initiative, as well as contributions made to facilitate two group college tours for high school juniors and seniors.
As the sun finally broke through after many days of rain, thirty nine golfers enjoyed the day on the Country Club’s award winning course, even though the hole in one prize, a brand new Cadillac donated by Ingersoll Auto, remained elusive.
This year’s event honored Fayne and Ross Daniels, Rotary Club members and extraordinary community volunteers, who embody Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.” Several in attendance at the event roast beef dinner, prepared by Lowell’s at Quaker Hill, spoke about the couple, and the far reaching influence of their volunteerism. Among the speakers were John Ammaturo and Terry Stewart, event co-chairs, as well as Tom, Charles and Dave Daniels, sons of Ross and Fayne, who spoke about the love their parents have for the Pawling Community, while sharing amusing anecdotes about growing up in Pawling with Fayne and Ross at the helm of their family ship.
By Susan Stone
On December 13, The Pawling Rotary Club held its annual holiday luncheon in Lankler Hall at Christ Church on Quaker Hill. During this annual event, the club takes this opportunity to thank the community for its generosity, and to donate to various local organizations that support youngsters in our community. The following organization were among the award recipients at this year’s celebration:
- Pawling Resource Center offers a helping hand to neighbors, providing a caring place to turn in difficult times. The Center provides a safety net to those within our community who are in need. This gift will be directed toward youth support at the Resource Center. Rev. Jon Ellingworth, Chairman, along with Terry Ariano, Program and Office Coordinator accepted the donation on behalf of the Pawling Resource Center
- Pawling Free Library provides educational programming that benefits the community. The Rotary award is in support of programs that benefit children and teens. Brian Avery, Library Director, accepted this award on behalf of the Library.
- Pawling Youth Development provides funding for children’s and youth services programs here in Pawling. This includes the After School and Drop-In Programs for 7th and 8th graders. Ann Godesky, Board Chairperson, accepted this donation.
- Pawling Scout Cabin, also known as The Smith Johnson Scout Reservation, is the site of local Boy and Girl scout troop meetings. Over 200 local scouts benefit from the use of this eighteen acre, wooded area. Board Chair, Nina Muller, was on hand to accept this donation.
- Rotary Interact Club was formed in 2011 by the Pawling Rotary Club and the Pawling Recreation Department. If has over 50+ members who are high school juniors and seniors. They organize their own fundraisers and support the Pawling community and regions beyond, by their work. John Ammaturo, Rotary’s Interact mentor, accepted this donation on their behalf.
- Pawling Fire Department has provided educational programs in safety that have benefited our community’s children. Their presence in the community provides a safe and secure environment for Pawling’s children and their families. Dennis Brunow accepted the award for the Fire Department.
- Pawling Public Radio is Pawling’s own educational community radio station, mandated by the State Department of Education to provide broadcasting of an educational nature. This award, in support of their High School Apprentice Program, was accepted by Board members Carol-Lee Kantor and Jacque Roche.
- Camp Herrlich is operated by Mount Tremper Outdoor Ministries, Inc., a nonprofit, non-sectarian organization. They provide enriching youth experiences in their after-school classes and summer camps and have been in operation for more than twenty-five years. Camp Herrlich now provides the after school programming within the Pawling school district. Amy Emke, a Camp Herrlich educator, accepted this award on behalf of this organization.
- Camp Sundown began in 1996 as an Xeroderma Pigmentosum family retreat in Poughkeepsie, NY. From the beginning, Founders Dan and Caren Mahar had the dream of creating a year-round “night camp” to offer sun sensitive children and their families a way to meet other people who shared similar problems. They created a “camping” experience that mirrored their daytime peers, with all activities taking place after sundown. Rotary was delighted, once again, to support their fine work.
- Additionally, awards were presented to Rotary International in support of The Rotary Foundation, which assists in such worldwide challenges as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition; Polio Plus, which has reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide since 1979; Rotoplast, which works toward eliminating the incidence of untreated cleft lips and palates in children worldwide by the year 2025; Shelter Box, which, since 2000, has provided emergency shelter to families that have been displaced by natural and man-made disasters. Louis Turpin, Governor of Region 3, District 7210 accepted these awards on behalf of these worthwhile programs.
Pawling Rotary Club Holds Third Annual Chocolate Festival
by Susan Stone
The Rotary Club of Pawling will host the third annual Chocolate Festival on November 12th from 11a.m. to 4p.m. in the Lathrop Center at Lake Side Park in Pawling.
The Chocolate Festival raises funds for the organizations in Pawling that support local youngsters and their families. The grants provide opportunities made available through The Smith Johnson Scout Cabin, The Pawling Resource Center and their family outreach programs, The Pawling Free library, Pawling Youth Development, The Interact Club, Pawling Public Radio’s internship and apprenticeship programs, and the Pawling Fire Department for their unstinting protection of Pawling’s children and families. Additional programs that benefit from the Chocolate Festival also include the third grade Dictionary Project, underwriting two annual College Tours for High School Juniors and Seniors, and the Resource Center’s adopt a family program at holiday time. Additionally, these dollars assist with annual donations to Rotary’s Charitable Foundation which supports the worldwide eradication of Polio and to Shelter Box, which provides temporary shelter to families that have been displaced due to natural and man-made global disasters.
The Pawling Rotary Club’s Third Annual Chocolate Festival is being sponsored this year by Castagna Realty Corporation, Sheriff Butch Anderson, The Daniels Family, Dutchess Auto Body, Edison Cleaners, Emery & Webb, Fairway Accounting, Mizzentop Day School, Patterson Auto Body, Fountain Plumbing and Heating, Good Tidings Gift Shop, McKinney & Doyle Fine Foods Cafe, Pawling Beer & Soda, Phoenix Pottery, Vinny’s Deli & Pasta, and Zarecki and Associates.
The Festival has become a popular event, with over 650 attendees tasting, buying, and indulging in this universally favorite food. Among the many vendors that will be featured this year are: Aunt NeNee’s Cookies, Bakeria, Aunt NeNee’s, CDC Farms, Cheesecake Heaven, Coast to Coast Dog Treats, Color on Wheels, Dutchess Coffee, Forget me Not Cupcakes, Honeybrook Farms, Lisa’s Confections, New Confectioner, Pawling Bread Company, Rosann’s Kitchen, Sundog Cider, STAT Face Paintingand Whipped Cupcakes, to name a few. All vendors have samples of their wares available for tasting (while supplies last).
For additional information about this event or information about the Pawling Rotary Club, log onto their web site at www.pawlingrotary.org