Pawling Rotary Donates To Shelterbox/Hurricane Irma Relief Fund

By Susan Stone
Only one week after making a $1000.00 donation to Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts in Beaumont,Texas, the Pawling Rotary Club has made a $1000.00 donation to Shelterbox/Hurricane Irma Relief Fund.  During their weekly lunch meeting on September 12th, the Pawling Rotary Club, voted unanimously to contribute to the Shelterbox organization, a project partner of Rotary International. Shelterbox provides sturdy, emergency shelters to displaced populations worldwide.
Rotary Region 3, District 7210  former Governor, Louis Turpin, active with Shelterbox, was contacted by Pawling Rotary Vice President, Ann Godesky, informing him of the club’s donation.  “We are all aware of the amazing work that this organization does to provide for those who have been displaced by natural and man-made disasters,and are only sorry that the need has become so urgent within our own borders,” Ms. Godesky said.
The Pawling Rotary Club supports Pawling’s youngsters through their scholarship programs and several grants made to local organizations that focus on supporting Pawling’s children. They also  contribute to many of the charitable global initiatives of Rotary International, including 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 by the year 2025, and Shelterbox.

Pawling Rotary to Donate to Harvey Relief

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


Pawling Resource Center’s Annual School Supply Drive….Backpacks and Pencils and Notebooks…Oh My!!

By Susan Stone
For three weeks in late July and early August, The Pawling Resource Center held its annual School Supply Drive, collecting backpacks (and the school supplies to fill them) for needy students in grades 1-8  in  Pawling.  Once again, the community came together to donate these much needed items so that each student can begin the school year with everything that is needed for academic success.
This year, the PRC began a Go-Fund-Me campaign in order to raise dollars which would help purchase supplies that were not otherwise donated.  Although the stated goal of $2,200.00 was not reached, the almost $1,000.00 in donations will help to purchase everything that is still needed. The 2017 drive officially ended on August 5th.  Items donated to the PRC included 60 backpacks  provided by PRC Board members and Pawling Rotary, as well as several cases of supplies donated by the Methodist Church in Pawling Village. Additionally, community members generously brought in items that will be placed into the packs in the coming days.
In keeping with their mission of aiding Pawling’s youngsters, Pawling Rotary not only donated a substantial number of back packs to this drive, but spent a considerable amount of time at their August 8th meeting at the Lathrop Building in Lakeside Park stuffing supplies into packs.  The goal, of course is  to distribute the packs over the next few weeks in order for children to be fully prepared for that first  day of school on September 5th.   Terry Ariano, Executive Director at the Resource Center commented, “This program helps so many local families who cannot afford costly school supplies.  This year we will pack 60 grade-specific packs which will be distributed to those families that request them.  We are so grateful to the many people and organizations that either donated funds to the Go-Fund-Me campaign, or purchased and delivered specific necessary school items. It a very generous community we live in!”

Second Annual Pawling Rotary Stuff The Bus Brings Community Together For A Worthy Cause

By Susan Stone

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.

Roger Smith/Pawling Rotary Scholarship Winners



The Pawling Rotary Club is pleased to announce the 2017 winners of the Roger Smith/Pawling Rotary College Scholarship.  High School graduating seniors, Matthew Badia and Meredith Clark have each won a $2500.00 scholarship which was awarded for their academic achievement, leadership and significant commitment to community service. Matthew will attend Marist College in the Fall. Meredith will attend Syracuse University. Winners are pictured with Ann Godesky, Vice President of Pawling Rotary.


2nd Annual STUFF THE BUS is Coming!!!



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  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.


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.