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Pawling Rotary’s Fabulous Fall Festival Scheduled for October 13th.

By Pawling Rotary Club

October 13th Rotary Fall Festival Has Something for Everyone!

On Saturday, October 13th, The Pawling Rotary Club will hold its Fabulous Fall Festival at the Lathrop Center at Lakeside Park, designed to entertain and delight every member of the community.  For foodies and craft lovers, the auditorium in the Lathrop Center will present an array of vendors for Pawling’s discerning shopper.

The children’s Fabulous Festival area will present endless games, prizes and fun.  Special offerings will include pony and hay rides, courtesy of  Clover Brook Farm; a big red firetruck for exploring, courtesy of Pawling’s Volunteer Fire Department; a sensational hay maze, courtesy of Eastern Hay and the Pawling Boy Scouts; face painting and other colorful and glittery fun in the beauty tent; a special children’s book reading and signing by Carol Paterno and  Doris Tomaselli of Daffodil Press; pumpkin painting with Karen Hess (pumpkins courtesy of Dykman’s farm); a slew of activities for the five-and-under set; a Ninja Challenge, courtesy of Pawling Karate; and a special activity for children with Miss Neena from the Pawling Library.

There will also be a Bar-B-Que for those who come hungry and plan to stay awhile.  Among the food offerings will be mulled cider, apple cider doughnuts, ice cream, delicious desserts made available through several specialty vendors, and typical BBQ fare.

All of this will have been made possible through the tremendous support given to the Pawling Rotary Club by Pawling’s merchants, organizations and volunteers, who have generously responded to Pawling Rotary’s desire to offer free admission to this event so that all will be able to attend. Sponsors who have  contributed to this Rotary community event include Golden Leaf sponsor Sweet Peet; Harvest Time sponsors Ingersoll Auto of Pawling, Dutchess Auto Body, Fairway Accounting, Emery & Webb Insurance, Fountain Plumbing, Edison Cleaners, Aneu Salon, Schmitt Excavating, Patterson Auto Body, Rose & Kiernan Insurance, Crystal Window and Door, Wings Over Water, Native Landscapes and Garden Center, The Shed Haus, Don Cappillino Law Firm, Horn & Thomes, Parrino’s, KMC Services, Westchester Modular, Journey of Hope Fellowship, Diana Tomasetti, and Pawling Corporation.  Candy Apple Sponsors include Phoenix Pottery, Margot Jacobs, M&T Bank, McKinney & Doyle, and Good Tidings Gift Shop.

Proceeds from the Fabulous Fall Festival will be used to assist organizations in Pawling that support our youngsters, such as the Pawling Resource Center’s family outreach programs, The Smith Johnson Scout Cabin, Pawling Library’s children’s programming, The American Legion’s scholarship program, the Pawling Fire Department and its family education initiatives, Blue Path Service Dogs, Camp Herrlich, Pawling Youth Development, and Interact Club, among others.  Pawling Rotary also contributes to projects of the Rotary International Foundation, including its support of efforts toward worldwide eradication of polio, and Shelter Box, which provides temporary shelter for those affected by man-made or natural disasters.

The Festival begins at 11:00 a.m. and will end at 3:00 p.m., so the community is encouraged to “come early and stay late,” according to event chair Susan Stone, who added that “one will be hard pressed to run out of fun things to do!” 


by Susan Stone


July 21st is right around the corner and Pawling Rotary along with their event 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 PCSD school bus will be manned by CSEA (Civil Service Employee Association) drivers, who have graciously agreed to. volunteer their services.  

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 supply a list of all the urgent needs for the Resource Center posted in easy to spot places. Hannaford employees will be busy setting up the store for this community wide event.

Stuff The Bus will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m., so if you wish to participate, please shop during those times.  At 2 p.m. the school bus will head 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!  Saturday, July 21st! 

Pawling Rotary Hosts Dutchess County Naturalization Ceremony April 13, 2018

By Susan Stone

 Town, county and state dignitaries, family, friends, Pawling High School Advanced Placement History students, their teachers and administrators, along with members of the Pawling Rotary Club packed the Lathrop Center on April 13th to witness and celebrate the administration of the oath of allegiance to eighty new citizens.

Town Supervisor James Schmidt and Pawling Rotary President Jeff Asher welcomed all.  Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson was the keynote speaker.  Musical accompaniment was provided by the combined voices of The Christ Church Singers and the Putnam Chorale. The Pawling Rotary Club coordinated the event with the office of County Clerk Bradford H. Kendall, and provided refreshments following the ceremony presided over by the Honorable Christi J Acker, New York State Supreme Court Justice, Ninth Judicial District.

Pawling Rotary Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Rotary Youth Leadership Award


By Susan Stone


Students who are currently in the Tenth grade are eligible to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, which will take place on the Mount Saint Mary’s College campus in Newburgh, New York from Sunday, June 24 through Thursday, June 28 , 2018.

RYLA, is a globally run leadership program coordinated by local Rotary Clubs. This year, the Pawling Rotary Club  will offer up to five full scholarships  to Pawling High School tenth graders who will be entering the 11th grade in the fall of 2018. This opportunity offers these selected students  an inspiring and diverse group of exceptional speakers and fun filled workshop activities that build leadership skills. Students live on the Mount Saint Mary’s Campus throughout the four day conference and make life-long friends as they engage in discussions that delve into many issues that are of interest and concern to them.

During the conference, participants will have the opportunity to explore the college application process with former RYLA attendees, as well as the Mount Saint Mary’s Admission Director. RYLA attendance has been shown to be an excellent credit to include on college applications.

The application for this year’s conference is now available.  Deadline for completion is May 1, 2018.  Additional questions may be addressed to Pawling Rotary member, John Ammaturo.  Please feel free to contact him  directly at 845-855-3010.

Pawling Rotary Gives Generously This Holiday Season

By Susan Stone


Lankler Hall at Christ Church on Quaker Hill, was the setting on December 12th for the annual Pawling Rotary holiday party.  Seventy five guests were entertained with songs of the season by the Christ Church Singers, lead by Musical Director, Ms. Toni LaPietra.  Rotary members and guests enjoyed lunch, catered by Vinny’s Deli and Pasta.

Those present learned of the many ways in which Pawling Rotary supports causes within the community that specifically enhance programming for Pawling’s youngsters.  Additionally, regional leadership of Rotary District 7210 were on hand to speak about the many ways in which the Rotary  Foundation continues to support great causes like polio eradication worldwide, eliminating the trauma faced by children born with cleft lip and palate through funded surgical intervention, and supporting Shelterbox USA, which provides long term temporary shelter for populations uprooted by natural and manmade disasters, including those created by the rash of hurricanes that affected the southern states and Puerto Rico this year.

MC’d by Pawling Rotary’s President, Jeff Asher, Pawling Rotary presented the following organizations with grants and gifts in support of the work they do locally, regionally and internationally for children. Assisting Mr. Asher was Rotary members, Carl Dill, in top hat and seasonal red and green.

  • Rotary Foundation: Assists in worldwide challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition
  • Polio Plus: Has reduced polio cases by 99% worldwide since 1979.
  • Rotoplast: Eliminating the incidence of untreated cleft lips and palates in children worldwide by the year 2025.
  • Pawling Resource Center: Offering a helping hand to neighbors and provides a caring place to turn to in difficult times.  Rotary’s gift will be directed toward youth support.
  • Pawling Free Library: Rotary’s gift will support programming for children, teens and young adults.
  • Pawling Youth Development: Provides funding for children’s and youth services programs, including the After School and Drop-In Programs for 7th and 8th
  • Pawling Scout Cabin Located on The Smith Johnson Scout Reservation: Over 200 local scouts benefit from the use of this 18 acre wooded area.
  • Rotary Interact Club: A partnership formed in 2011 by the Pawling Rotary Club and Pawling Recreation Department, with over 50 High School Juniors and Seniors raising funds for charitable causes.
  • Pawling Fire Department: Rotary’s gift supports educational programs for local youth.
  • Pawling Public Radio: Rotary’s grant funds an apprenticeship program for High School students and recent graduates.
  • Camp Herrlich: Provides enriching youth experiences in their after-school programs and summer camps for more than twenty-five years. 
  • Camp Sundown: Provides a safe and accepting environment for children suffering from  Xeroderma Pigmentosum.
  • Blue Path Service Dogs: Provides service dogs for autistic children. Dogs are specifically trained to offer safety, companionship and opportunities for independence. 
  • Pawling’s American Legion Post: Rotary’s grant is in support of their local scouting and teen leadership activities.
  • Pawling Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting: Pawling Rotary was one of 65 contributors who responded to the Chamber of Commerce request for tree lighting funding.


Over $10,000 in grants were given to the above organizations.  Additionally, Pawling Rotary donated a total of $3,000 for disaster relief in Huston, Florida (through Shelter Box) and Puerto Rico this year.  Finally, Rotary provided Pawling High School Seniors with two college scholarships this year.  In all, Pawling Rotary has given more than $18,000 in 2017 to causes that promote education, health and welfare to children and their families.



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Pawling Rotary’s Elementary School Dictionary Project

By Susan Stone

On November 4th, members of the Pawling Rotary Club, lead by Rotary Board member Richard Harshbarger, presented personalized dictionaries to the entire third grade class at the Pawling Elementary School.  Mrs. Michelle Rivas, Assistant Principal, led the event and stood in for Dr. Kirkhus, Principal of the elementary school. Dr. William Ward, PCSD Superintendent was also present, as each third grade student received their own dictionary.  Ms. Catherine (Kate) Calandro, Principal’s Secretary, made sure that all third graders had his or her name added to the bookplate that was pasted into the front of each dictionary. Throughout the following weeks, the children of the third grade wrote notes of thanks to the Pawling Rotary Club, which were shared at a club meeting with all members in attendance. Pawling Rotary members will present personalized dictionaries to the third graders at Mizzentop Day School during the first week of December.

November 11th Rotary Chocolate Festival to Honor American Legion

By Susan Stone
With this year’s annual Chocolate Festival falling on Veteran’s Day, November 11, the Pawling Rotary Club will honor the members of the Pawling American Legion.  The American Legion is one of the nation’s most renowned veteran’s associations, chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization, focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities Locally, the American Legion of Pawling supports the community’s youngsters through scholarships, sending participants to Boys and Girls State, supporting Cub Scout Pack 34 (for the last sixty years), maintaining Veterans Memorial Plaza in the heart of the village, and honoring the memory of all veterans with the placement of over 650 American flags on gravesites in local cemeteries. Veterans attending this year’s event will receive special recognition, along with a small gift of thanks from the club.
Along with Rotary’s Spring Fundraiser providing dollars for Pawling Rotary’s Roger Smith Scholarship Fund, The Chocolate Festival, which occurs each fall, raises funds for all the other worthwhile organizations in Pawling that support youngsters and their families. The grants that are funded by this event offer 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 Chocolate Festival proceeds include the Rotary 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. Moreover, these dollars assist with annual donations to Rotary International’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.
This year’s event has seen tremendous community support, as local businesses and individuals have signed on as sponsors.  Chief among those is Castagna Realty, who is a top tier sponsor at the event’s Willy Wonka Golden Ticket level. Sponsors at the next tier of support include:  Ingersoll Auto, Dutchess Auto Body, The Grand, Fairway Accounting, Emery & Webb, Fountain Plumbing, Stratos Wealth Partners, Patterson Auto Body, Edison Cleaners, Ross & Fayne Daniels, McKinney & Doyle, Good Tidings Gift Shop, and Carl Dill, all participating at the Oh Fudge level.  Chocolate Chip Sponsors include: Phoenix Pottery, Horn & Thomes, Native Landscapes, Joe Downey, Vinny’s Deli, Aneu Salon, Mizzentop Day School, Wings Over Water Swim School, Gina Lombard at M&T Bank, Jeremy & Susan Stone, and Margot Jacobs.
Community members attending this year are encouraged to bring their gently used coats, as the Pawling Resource Center will be on hand to collect them at their table and offer up some hot chocolate, coffee, and some delicious Cabot Cheese treats to all who stop by.
Children will also find plenty to eat and activities to enjoy. This year’s Rotary Chocolate Fountain, manned, once again, by Jeff and Reid Ascher and Susan Stone will have additional help from Kelly Liffland who will be bringing her crepe making expertise to this already fan favorite. Also, free samples will be available at all vendor tables while supplies last. 
The 4th Annual Rotary Chocolate Festival will be held in the Lathrop Center at Lakeside Park on Saturday, November 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 


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:

Pawling Rotary Makes Third Donation To Disaster Relief

By Susan Stone

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.

Jeff Ascher, President of Pawling Rotary shared a note of thanks with the membership from the Beaumont, Texas Rotary Club, which received the very first aid donation several weeks ago.  The note expressed gratitude for the much needed assistance. 

The Pawling Rotary Club raises money to support educational initiatives for children in the Pawling Community.  Additionally, they provide support for international causes that assist  children and families in need.