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The World Can Be Yours Courtesy of The Pawling Rotary Club!

The Pawling Rotary Club is offering a scholarship to a qualified rising high school junior or senior who is interested in a four week cultural emersion  experience this summer.  Students will spend three to four weeks living with a family in any number of choice locations on the European Continent.  Your host family will open their home  and culture to you.  Their child of high school age will then return with you and spend three to four weeks living with you and your family, while learning about life in the Hudson Valley and perhaps beyond…depending on where and what  your family chooses to explore.
This is a wonderful opportunity for any teen who wishes to learn about the world in a safe, nurturing environment and would also like to establish a unique international connection with a family overseas.
If interested in this entree to cultural diversity and living abroad, contact Lori Johnson, Chair of the International Exchange Program for the Pawling Rotary Club, and let her open this door for you!  Lori Johnson can be reached at: 845.855.1112 x1303 .


by Susan Stone
When Jody Sandler and his wife Caroline realized that the Yellow Labrador Retrievers that didn’t quite make the cut as seeing eye dogs with the local branch of Guiding Eyes For The Blind might be able to be used in service elsewhere, they set out to find these pups another purpose.  With a little bit of specialized training, these smart and sweet dogs were put to work as service dogs to children on the Autistic Spectrum.  Most particularly, the pups are trained to prevent these children from doing the one behavior that is most dangerous to them…they keep them from ‘bolting,’ which leads many to serious injury or even death. Because of the exceptionally mellow personality of this particular breed of dog, they also become a ‘social lubricant’ for many of these children, who suffer communication difficulties with their peers. 
Jody and Caroline have placed ninety service dogs with Autistic Children in a geographical area within a two hour drive from Hopewell Junction, N.Y. where they are now located, having developed Blue Path Service Dogs after Guiding Eyes dropped this valuable program.  They provide life long training and assistance with the dogs they place to the families and children who require it, and consider it an honor and privilege to do so.
Jody Sandler, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and CEO of Blue Path Service Dogs, can be reached at 845-377-0477, or at  Additional information about this organization, how to access its services or how to support it, may be found on their web site at:

Holiday Party

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.

Great Chocolate Festival

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Pawling Rotary Chocolate Festival


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


Chocolate Festival

face profile 2016The Chocolate Festival will take place on November 12th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lathrop bulding in Pawling’s Lakeside Park. “This year’s festival will be bigger and better than last year’s,” according to Ann Godesky, event chair. Limited booth space is still available. If you wish to join the fun, contact Ms. Godesky through the Pawling Rotary website at

Funds raised by Pawling’s Rotary Club at their annual Chocolate Festival are used to support Pawling organizations that provide services and benefits to Pawling’s youth.

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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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