STUFF THE BUS is Coming!

Submitted by Susan Stone


July 23rd is right around the corner and Pawling Rotary along with their 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 school bus (the use of which is a donation from the school district) will be manned by CSEA drivers, Tammy Fielding and Scott Dunlavy, who have graciously agreed to volunteer their services for the Rotary’s “Stuff the Bus” activity in support of the Pawling Resource Center. .  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 have a handy dandy list of all the urgent needs for the Resource Center posted in easy to spot places, as well as easy to access needed goods placed on easy to access tables in the front of the store. Hannaford employees will be busy setting up the store for this community wide event.

Stuff  The Bus will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2 p.m., so if you wish to participate, please shop during those times.  At 2 p.m. the mightily stuffed school bus will be headed 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!  July 23rd!  

And look for more info soon!!!

Pawling Rotary Inducts Leadership for 2016-2017

The Pawling Rotary Club held it’s annual induction meeting on July 28th in the Lions Club building at Murrow Park.

Ann Godesky, outgoing Rotary Club President, placed the Presidents pin on Jeff Asher, who will take the reins of leadership for the next year.  Ms. Godesky will remain on the Board as Vice President.  Additonal officers are Brian Smith (missing), Treasurer, and Susan Stone, Secretary.  Additional board members include Earl Crawford, Lori Johnston, Dick Harshbarger, John Ammaturo, and Carl Dill, who also was unable to attend yesterdays meeting.
Pawling Rotary will meet at the Murrow Park site through the summer, and will return to it’s regular location in the Lathrop Building at Lakeside Park in August. For further information about the Pawling Rotary Club, please log onto the web site at
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stuffflyerJuly 23rd! 8a.m.-2p.m.! Save the Date!

Submitted 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  or the Pawling Rotary web site at for updated info about STUFF THE BUS!

STUFF THE BUS! July 23 rd 8 am – 2pm! Save the Date!

stuffthebusSubmitted 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 the Pawling Central School District which is providing the bus (for stuffing), this event will provide 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 or here at the Pawling Rotary site for updated info about STUFF THE BUS!

Pawling Rotary Chocolate Festival

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It’s that time again. Time to plan for the 2016 Pawling Rotary CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL. Hooray! Are you a purveyor of Chocolate Delights or something related to chocolate or specialty food or beverage? We would love to have you become a vendor at our event that raises money for local charities. Our event last year raised $6000.00 and over 650 people attended.

The Chocolate Festival will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 in the Lathrop Building, Lakeside Park, Pawling, 11am-4pm.

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Dr. Jeremy Stone Speaks at Rotary

Dr. Jeremy Stone was the speaker at the regular Pawling Rotary lunch meeting on May 17th at noon in the Lathrop Building at Lakeside Park. Dr. Stone, an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program for Self Injuring Adolescents at New York Presbyterian Hospital in White Plains, spoke briefly about youngsters whose emotional problems lead them into these maladaptive behaviors, and about one of the successful treatments available to these teens.

Among Rotary’s guests at this meeting were Dr. William Ward, Superintendent of Pawling Schools, along with Ms. Kim Fontana, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Mr. Scott Rice, Director of Pupil Personnel Services. Ms. Katheryn Allen Berlandi, Dean of Counseling at Trinity Pawling School was also in attendance.


Pawling Rotary’s 5th Annual Golf Outing a Resounding Success

Pawling Rotary’s 5th Annual Golf Outing took place at the exceptionally beautiful Quaker Hill Country Club on May 12thamid abundant sunshine and good cheer, as members of the Pawling and Rotary communities came together to raise funds for the Roger Smith-Pawling Rotary Scholarship.  All 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 beginning in the 2017-18 school year.

Forty golfers enjoyed perfect weather as they spent the day on the Country Club’s award winning course. This year’s event honored the memory of Roger Smith, a former Rotary Club president and extraordinary community volunteer, who embodied Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.”  Several in attendance at the event dinner spoke glowingly about Roger, his life, and the far reaching influence of his volunteerism.  Speakers included John Ammaturo and Terry Stewart, event co-chairs, as well as Mrs. Betty Smith, who spoke briefly about her late husband’s love for the Pawling community.

Additional donations to the Roger Smith-Pawling Rotary Scholarship fund may be made directly to The Pawling Rotary Club at P.O. Box 443, Pawling, New York 12564.


Pawling Rotary Meets at the Pawling Public Radio Studio

Zach Silva__DSC01861On Tuesday, May 10, the Pawling Rotary Club met at the WPWL studio  at 26 East Main Street in Pawling,for their regular weekly meeting, where a presentation about Pawling Public Radio’s programs and progress toward the tower build and licensing was made.  Zach Silva, Board member and Chair of the Education Committee spoke briefly about the station’s plans for educational opportunities that will be available to the community as well as plans for an internship program this summer.
Also on this week’s agenda was the induction into Pawling’s Rotary Club of Matt Hogan, the new Executive Director of Akin Hall Association and Librarian at the historic Akin Free Library on Quaker Hill.
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Ingersoll Auto Donates 2016 Cadillac and Other Prizes for Rotary Golf Outing

Ingersoll Auto of Pawling is one of several local sponsors of Pawling Rotary’s golf outing this Thursday May 12, at noon at the Quaker Hill Country Club, and they are generously donating some amazing prizes for any golfer who achieves a hole in one on any of five holes.

The biggest and best of the prizes is a 2016 Cadillac ATS worth $46,000! Additional prizes include  two  (2) 4 day/ 3 night Golf Vacations at a Selected Fairmont Resort, a Travis Mathew head to toe signature outfit plus $500 online shopping spree, and a Set of Taylor Made Speedblade HL Irons 4-SW.

If you haven’t registered to play in this year’s Rotary Golf Outing, it’s not too late.  The fee is $135.00 per golfer which includes your day on the links with golf cart, lunch, and dinner and a chance to win some truly awesome prizes from our friends at Ingersoll Auto!

Just contact John Ammaturo at 845-855-3010 to reserve a spot for this annual event.


Rotary Student Exchange Program


Pawling Rotary Sponsors Student for the International Youth Exchange Program
By Susan Stone and Lori Johnson
As part of its focus on supporting area youth by providing services and scholarships for educational enhancement, The Pawling Rotary Club has sponsored an exchange student to Austria during the 2015-2016 school year.

Ms. Chloe Panzer, daughter of John and Kristin Panzer of Millerton, New York, and a member of the Panzer family of Pawling has been studying abroad since early September of last year. Chloe came to the attention of Pawling Rotary last spring, through the director of Rotary International exchange services for this district, Ms. Nan Greenwood. At that time, Chloe was seeking sponsorship from a local Rotary Club, and her family connection to Pawling seemed an ideal match for the Pawling Club.

Chloe has maintained continuous contact with Lori Johnson, who chairs the youth exchange program for Pawling Rotary. Ms. Johnson reports regularly to Pawling Rotary about Chloe’s activities, experiences, and adventures, as she explores Europe with other Rotary International Exchange Students. Chloe, a junior in high school this year, has been living with two families in Austria and attending a local high school outside the city of Linz. Her course work and graduation requirements have been coordinated with her home school, Webutuck High School in Millerton, preparing her to graduate with her class in the spring of 2017.

Pawling Rotary is exploring the expansion of a Rotary Youth Exchange Program in Pawling High School beginning in the 2017-2018 school year with the goal of making this one of Pawling Rotary’s signature ongoing community offerings. Through continuing discussion with Pawling Superintendent of Schools, Dr. William Ward, who has secured approval of this program with the Pawling School Board, it is the club’s desire to sponsor an outgoing Pawling student who would spend his or her junior year abroad, as well as to sponsor an incoming international student who would spend the school year living with a Pawling family and attending Pawling High School, enhancing the experience of cultural exchange and diversity community-wide.

To read all about Chloe Panzer’s amazing year studying and living abroad, log onto her blog at:

For more information about Rotary’s International Youth Exchange Programs, or to find out how community students and families may participate in Pawling Rotary’s Youth Exchange Scholarship Program, please contact Lori Johnson or Susan Stone at


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