Activities and Events

Below are some of the  events and programs the Pawling Rotary Club has established to contribute to the growth of our local and global communities.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program run by Rotary International. While participants can be any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students, or young professionals. RYLA events are typically 3–10 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including: leadership fundamentals and ethics, communication skills, problem solving and conflict management, community and global citizenship.

This year the Pawling Rotary Club decided to increase from three to the maximum number of five scholarships for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (or RYLA). This increase in scholarships for 10th and 11th Graders resulted from hearing earnest testimonials from previous RYLA awardees who have said that this five day event changed their lives.

College Scholarships

Pawling Rotary offers two annual college scholarships to High School seniors, totaling  $5,000.00.  The Rotary College Scholarship program has been recently renamed The Roger Smith/Pawling Rotary College Scholarship, in memory of long time Rotary member Roger Smith,  known for putting Service Above Self in all his many community associations.
Recipients of the scholarship are picked for their academic achievement, as well as outstanding achievement in community service and leadership.

Annual Golf Outing

When Spring arrives, Pawling Rotary’s Annual Golf Outing won’t be far behind.  Held at the beautiful Quaker Hill Country Club, this major fundraiser provides for the many educational programs supported by Rotary that benefit Pawling’s youth, including 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 for public and private school students, as well as provide contributions to facilitate two group college tours for high school  juniors and seniors.  The Interact Club of Pawling and The Scout Cabin also receive support. 

Stuff the Bus 

During the summer months, the Pawling Resource Center’s Food Bank runs low on everything, so Pawling Rotary has initiated an annual Stuff the Bus event to help remedy the shortage.

In partnership with the Resource Center, The Pawling Central School District (which donates the school bus for stuffing), and Hannaford’s Supermarket, more than 1,700 pounds of food plus mega donations of diapers and personal care items are packed into the bus and delivered to the PRC for distribution!

Stuff the Backpacks 

Pawling Rotary assists the Pawling Resource Center with their annual school supply drive.  Aside from our donation of pretty much all of the backpacks, the club takes an afternoon to pack them up for grades 1-8!

The Chocolate Festival 

No one can resist this annual fall fundraising event!  With chocolate, chocolate everywhere, Pawling Rotary organizes one of the most tasteful events to happen just before the holidays.

With over 25 vendors, prizes, raffles, and a chocolate fountain, funds are raised to assist  organizations that support local youngsters.  Pawling Rotary picks a worthwhile charity each year to highlight that has an impact on children and families. 

Annual Holiday Party 

With so much to be thankful for, Pawling Rotary celebrates the season with a luncheon on Quaker Hill at which we donate thousands of dollars to local organizations that support Pawling’s  youth. Some of our many recipients include:

  • Pawing 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, whichsince 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.