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Stuff the Bus …an Inspiring Day of Community Giving!

Submitted by Susan Stone

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This past Saturday was one of Pawling's shining moments! The Stuff The Bus event, presented by Pawling Rotary and their project partners, The Pawling Resource Center, Hannaford’;s, and the Pawling Central School District, to benefit the Food Pantry of the Pawling Resource Center, was an awesome success.

With the yellow school bus parked outside of Hannaford’s from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., our community of food shoppers bought and then gave the desperately needed supplies for the Pawling Resource Center’s Food Bank. Our community gave, and gave and gave. By the end of the day, the bus was totally stuffed, and the folks of Pawling proved once again that they are the most caring, generous, and good willed people that any little town could ever hope for!

In spite of the record heat, the volunteers from Rotary, which included Rotary President, Jeff Asher, Vice President, Ann Godesky and Secretary, Susan Stone, along with board members Carl Dill and Lori Johnson, and additional Rotary members Fayne Daniels, John Thomes, and Margo Jacob joined PRC’s Program Coordinator ,Terry Ariano, and volunteer Sue Smith, as they spent the day packing and sorting the many goods that were donated. Alex Badia from the Pawling Interact Club lent his strong arms and stuffing talent to the day along with Tom McFall, Manager at Hannaford’s, and his associates, who not only hosted this event, but contributed a whole lot of needed STUFF. Twice, the Hannaford’s crew paraded eight packed shopping carts out of Hannaford's front door, loaded with needed items. Mr. McFall acknowledged that the associates had personally contributed to fund this parade of produce, along with donations from members of the Hannaford Corporate family. It was an amazing sight and one which prompted a standing ovation both times from all the volunteers present.

Moreover, many community members who emerged from Hannaford’s without goods for the bus, generously contributed dollars to assist in purchasing things for the food pantry that were still needed. These donations added up to $369.00! Volunteer bus drivers, Tammy Fielding, Colleen Washburn, and Kevin Richard went above and beyond as they lent their enthusiasm and ability to, not only driving the school bus to and from Hannaford’s parking lot, but packing donated goods into it and out of it upon reaching its final destination at the Resource Center. Additional volunteers Betty Slocum, Roman Andruk, PRC Board Chair Jon Ellingworth, as well as Town Supervisor Dave Kelly, also assisted with the unpacking process.

In all, 300 bags of needed items were donated and unloaded into the Pawling Resource Center at 126 East Main Street. After the requisite weighing, the terrifically stuffed bus delivered 1,794 pounds of food, toiletries and cleaning supplies to the Resource Center Food Bank. Forty nine cases of paper products and sixty three cases of diapers and wipes were among the cache that was unloaded. Terry Ariano was joyous, as she emailed volunteers Monday morning exclaiming, “You should see the floor of the PRC!” Volunteers will be busy unpacking items and stocking shelves.

The response to this event by everyone, volunteers and community members alike, was a wonderful testament to the joy of giving back. Uncontrolled smiling could be seen on volunteer faces throughout the day, in spite of the sweltering heat. Parents took advantage of this truly teachable moment of giving by allowing their children to climb into the bus to personally deliver the goods that were bought moments before. It was a feel good day for everyone involved!

As the Pawling Resource Center plans for their annual Fall Walk-a -thon the morning of September 17th, which will raise money for their transportation services program, the volunteers , Board of Directors and Program Coordinator will also welcome the Pawling Community with an afternoon event at Lakeside park. It promises to be a day of celebration and thanksgiving, as the PRC marks its 40th year of service to the community. Stay tuned for upcoming information about the Pawling Resource Centers Walk So They May Ride, followed by The Big Thank You! See you there!!
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Pawling Rotary’s Stuff the Bus…This Saturday…July 23rd…8 a.m. to 2 p.m.!!


Along with its community partners,  Hannaford’s, the Pawling Central School District, and The Pawling Resource Center, Pawling’s Rotary Club has organized this community wide event to help provide much needed supplies to our local food bank at the Pawling Resource Center.  Summer is a slow season at the Resource Center Food Bank, and this event will help to fill the shelves with items that are in short supply.

The yellow school bus will be parked outside of Hannaford’s doors starting at 8 a.m. this Saturday and lists of needed items will be posted in several locations.  Tables will also be preset, near the front of the store, with items on the list.

But, just in case you would like to have the list in advance, here it is!  Just print and go!

  • Cake, Muffin and cornbread mixes
  • cereal varieties
  • condiments like mustard, ketchup and pickles
  • jello
  • canned fruit
  • dried fruit
  • fruit juice
  • canned tomatoes
  • fresh produce
  • Laundry detergent
  • dish soap
  • toilet paper
  • toothpaste & tooth brushes
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • light bulbs
  • diapers sizes 2,3,4,5
  • wipes


The community partners of the Stuff The Bus project are looking forward to seeing you this Saturday at Hannaford’s  for STUFF THE BUS!  THANK YOU!!!

Pawling Rotary Summer Meetings Are Full of Surprises!

Submitted by Susan Stone

If anyone should ever wonder if the Pawling Rotary Club lightens up on its meeting schedule or speaker program during the Summer months, then wonder no longer.  The answer is a resounding and happy “No!” Not only does the club continue to meet regularly with high member turnout, but their speakers are interesting and enlightening.

Most recently, Andrew Sarrubi, Restuarant Manager and the highly knowledgeable Sommelier at Mckinney & Doyle spoke about the joys of rosé wine, its places of origin, and the subtleties in taste and of processing.  Of course, what great wine connoisseur would come empty handed?  Not Andrew Sarrubbi!  He came with perfect examples of both French and Spanish rosés  and shared them generously with the club members present.

Last week, newly inducted club President, Jeff Asher, spoke about his passion for “droning,” the hobby that has sprung up around the owning and operating of remote-controlled drones. He even brought along two little drones for show and tell!  His newest acquision, a spiffy number that is registered with the FAA, was flown about 150 feet up into the air over Murrow park where it took a delightful photo of  Rotary club members waving furiously from below….great fun!

This week, fellow Rotarian Chris Wood, along with John Burweger,  Village Trustee, came to speak to the club about the exciting possibility of a new and much needed Pawling Newspaper, tentatively titled The Pawling Record. With informative handouts and Q&A session at the end of the presentation, Rotary members seemed impressed at the thoughtfulness that has gone into this project. The  publication aims for a possible launch late this Fall.

The Pawling Rotary Club will continue to meet at Murrow Park’s Lion’s Club building through July,  returning to Lakeside Park’s Lathrop building in mid August. For information about the Pawling Rotary Club, and their many activities in support of the Pawling community, please log onto their web site at





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STUFF THE BUS is Coming!

Submitted by Susan Stone


July 23rd is right around the corner and Pawling Rotary along with their partners, Hannaford’s, The Pawling Resource Center and The Pawling Central School District are pleased and proud to sponsor this day of “giving back” to benefit the Food Pantry of The Pawling Resource Center!

Volunteers from all four organizations will be on hand to help make this day a success for the PRC and the Pawling community members they serve.  The school bus (the use of which is a donation from the school district) will be manned by CSEA drivers, Tammy Fielding and Scott Dunlavy, who have graciously agreed to volunteer their services for the Rotary’s “Stuff the Bus” activity in support of the Pawling Resource Center. .  Pawling Rotary Volunteers will be wearing their blue Pawling Rotarians at Work shirts, so be sure to say hello as they assist you with the bus stuffing process.

Hannaford’s will have a handy dandy list of all the urgent needs for the Resource Center posted in easy to spot places, as well as easy to access needed goods placed on easy to access tables in the front of the store. Hannaford employees will be busy setting up the store for this community wide event.

Stuff  The Bus will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2 p.m., so if you wish to participate, please shop during those times.  At 2 p.m. the mightily stuffed school bus will be headed over to the Resource Center at 126 East Main Street in Pawling village, where PRC volunteers will load these much needed items into the center and onto the shelves!

So, save the date!  July 23rd!  

And look for more info soon!!!

Pawling Rotary Inducts Leadership for 2016-2017

The Pawling Rotary Club held it’s annual induction meeting on July 28th in the Lions Club building at Murrow Park.

Ann Godesky, outgoing Rotary Club President, placed the Presidents pin on Jeff Asher, who will take the reins of leadership for the next year.  Ms. Godesky will remain on the Board as Vice President.  Additonal officers are Brian Smith (missing), Treasurer, and Susan Stone, Secretary.  Additional board members include Earl Crawford, Lori Johnston, Dick Harshbarger, John Ammaturo, and Carl Dill, who also was unable to attend yesterdays meeting.
Pawling Rotary will meet at the Murrow Park site through the summer, and will return to it’s regular location in the Lathrop Building at Lakeside Park in August. For further information about the Pawling Rotary Club, please log onto the web site at
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stuffflyerJuly 23rd! 8a.m.-2p.m.! Save the Date!

Submitted 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  or the Pawling Rotary web site at for updated info about STUFF THE BUS!

STUFF THE BUS! July 23 rd 8 am – 2pm! Save the Date!

stuffthebusSubmitted 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 the Pawling Central School District which is providing the bus (for stuffing), this event will provide 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 or here at the Pawling Rotary site for updated info about STUFF THE BUS!

Dr. Jeremy Stone Speaks at Rotary

Dr. Jeremy Stone was the speaker at the regular Pawling Rotary lunch meeting on May 17th at noon in the Lathrop Building at Lakeside Park. Dr. Stone, an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program for Self Injuring Adolescents at New York Presbyterian Hospital in White Plains, spoke briefly about youngsters whose emotional problems lead them into these maladaptive behaviors, and about one of the successful treatments available to these teens.

Among Rotary’s guests at this meeting were Dr. William Ward, Superintendent of Pawling Schools, along with Ms. Kim Fontana, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Mr. Scott Rice, Director of Pupil Personnel Services. Ms. Katheryn Allen Berlandi, Dean of Counseling at Trinity Pawling School was also in attendance.


Pawling Rotary’s 5th Annual Golf Outing a Resounding Success

Pawling Rotary’s 5th Annual Golf Outing took place at the exceptionally beautiful Quaker Hill Country Club on May 12thamid abundant sunshine and good cheer, as members of the Pawling and Rotary communities came together to raise funds for the Roger Smith-Pawling Rotary Scholarship.  All 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 beginning in the 2017-18 school year.

Forty golfers enjoyed perfect weather as they spent the day on the Country Club’s award winning course. This year’s event honored the memory of Roger Smith, a former Rotary Club president and extraordinary community volunteer, who embodied Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.”  Several in attendance at the event dinner spoke glowingly about Roger, his life, and the far reaching influence of his volunteerism.  Speakers included John Ammaturo and Terry Stewart, event co-chairs, as well as Mrs. Betty Smith, who spoke briefly about her late husband’s love for the Pawling community.

Additional donations to the Roger Smith-Pawling Rotary Scholarship fund may be made directly to The Pawling Rotary Club at P.O. Box 443, Pawling, New York 12564.


Pawling Rotary Meets at the Pawling Public Radio Studio

Zach Silva__DSC01861On Tuesday, May 10, the Pawling Rotary Club met at the WPWL studio  at 26 East Main Street in Pawling,for their regular weekly meeting, where a presentation about Pawling Public Radio’s programs and progress toward the tower build and licensing was made.  Zach Silva, Board member and Chair of the Education Committee spoke briefly about the station’s plans for educational opportunities that will be available to the community as well as plans for an internship program this summer.
Also on this week’s agenda was the induction into Pawling’s Rotary Club of Matt Hogan, the new Executive Director of Akin Hall Association and Librarian at the historic Akin Free Library on Quaker Hill.
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