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By Susan Stone
This year, the Pawling Rotary Chocolate Festival will feature pups from BluePath Service Dogs, from Hopewell Junction, New York, who provide specially trained dogs to children with Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder. With Pawling Rotary’s mission of supporting children, highlighting this not-for-profit is a perfect fit to a sweet day of celebration!
Along with our friends at Pawling’s American Legion, (see our article about all that our local chapter does for Pawling’s kids in this week’s publication) who will be honored at this year’s event, BluePath Service Dogs offer a unique service to families struggling to provide safety and well being to their children suffering with this debilitating developmental disorder.
According to BluePath’s excellent brochure, “A large number of children with autism demonstrate a propensity to “bolt,” or wander away from their families, which poses a significant threat to their well-being and can make trips outside the home feel extremely frightening. BluePath dogs significantly lessen parents’ safety concerns and help children to lead fuller lives. Reduced stress, improved sleeping routines, and more meaningful social interactions can allow families to feel a renewed sense of hope and empowerment. Our exceptional dogs go through years of specialized training. It takes a loving and dedicated community to prepare our dogs for their lives of service. Our volunteers, donors, clients, and staff are passionate about this program and understand the exponential impact our dogs have on the world. These special dogs facilitate intimate connections; we work as a team with a shared goal of transforming lives — one dog and one child at a time.”
BluePath pups will be available for cooing over at this year’s Chocolate Festival from 11 a.m to 4 p..m. You will find them in the foyer of the Lathrop Center on November 11th so be sure to stop by and enjoy. The fine folks from BluePath will be available to answer any questions about what they do and how they do it! Information about this amazing organization is available on their web site at: http://bluepathservicedogs.org.
At the October 3rd meeting of the Pawling Rotary Club, the membership voted to, once again, send a donation to help with disaster relief. This time, the District Governor of Rotary District 7000 of Puerto Rico, Mr. José Lucas Rodríguez Fontánez will receive the funds . A check in the amount of $1,000.00 to assist with recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria will be forwarded to Mr. Rodriguez Fontanez this week., The United States territory of Puerto Rico was devastated by this most recent storm.. With this donation, Pawling Rotary will have donated a total of $3,000.00 in humanitarian aid to hurricane recovery efforts in Houston, Florida and now, Puerto Rico. In the last several weeks, Pawling Rotary donations have been made directly to Rotary clubs in the disaster zone, or through Shelter Box, a Rotary supported international relief organization.
By Susan Stone
Jeff Ascher, President of the Pawling Rotary Club, has reported that Pawling Rotary will make a donation to the Beaumont Rotary Foundation, in support of their Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
In an extended meeting on September 5th, the Board of Directors of the Pawling Rotary Club, after consideration of many options, made the decision to fund grass root support through a local, well established and organized Rotary Club. The board felt that this approach could most quickly apply needed funds to areas and projects that would best utilize them.
Members in attendance at the Tuesday afternoon meeting were in agreement.” A check in the amount of $1,000.00 will be sent immediately to the Beaumont Rotary Foundation,” according to Brian Smith, club Treasurer. Mr. Ascher added, ” Our membership has great concern for the Beaumont community, in light of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, and hope that this contribution to their foundation can be used to assist wherever Beaumont Rotary deems best. ”
Tax deductible contribution to the Beaumont Rotary Foundation may be sent to:
Beaumont Rotary Foundation
2355 IH-10 South, Ste. 213
Beaumont, TX 77705
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.