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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Headmaster at Trinity Pawling School, Bill Taylor, Visits Pawling Rotary

Bill Taylor, Headmaster at Trinity Pawling School, was the guest speaker at the regular Tuesday lunch meeting of Pawling Rotary on March 15th.
Mr.Taylor brings years of experience in the field of Education, both as a teacher and administrator, to his relatively new position at Trinity Pawling.
Through a very focused Power Point presentation, he shared with Pawling’s Rotary Club members the advances in research that have led to the development of new techniques specifically designed to enhance teaching methods for young men and boys.

Members of Pawling Rotary are committed to supporting youngsters in the community. They are particularly interested in the ways in which educational programs have evolved to include team projects that allow students more mobility in the classroom setting, and enhance critical thinking skills through problem solving.

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Pawling Rotary’s Fifth Annual Golf Tournament Honoring the Memory of Roger Smith


rotarygolf1Pawling Rotary would like to invite you to participate in our 5th annual golf outing, honoring the memory of one of Pawling’s most treasured community leaders, Roger Smith. Roger was an extraordinary example of “Service Above Self,” not only in his role as a member and past President of Pawling Rotary, but in all the many leadership roles in which he served the Pawling Community with uncommon distinction.


Please join us on May 12, 2016 at noon, at the Quaker Hill Country Club, as our 5th annual golf outing gets underway with registration and lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Shot gun start time will be at 1:00 p.m.  Once again, golfing will be a scramble format and the fee is $135.00 per golfer which includes your day on the links with golf cart, lunch, and dinner. Dinner without golfing is also available for $45.00.


Event sponsorship is $1500.00, and your organization will be honored for this support on the cover of our memorial journal. Event sponsors will also receive a free full page journal ad. If you wish to sponsor a hole, the fee is $100.00, with your company name on signage at each sponsored hole. You may also sponsor lunch, beverage cart or dinner for $500.00 each, with support highlighted in the journal as well as a free ½ page ad. There will be a 50/50 drawing at dinner, as well as a raffle. For more info on supporting the event, see our Advertising Specifications. Please make your reservations soon, as there are a limited number of foursomes available. To register, contact John Ammaturo at 855-3010.


Proceeds from this event will be used to fund the many programs supported by Rotary that benefit Pawling’s youth, and to which Roger was committed, including Interact Club of Pawling, R.Y.L.A. Leadership Conference, Third Grade Dictionaries to public and private school students, and The Scout Cabin.


Our college scholarships to Pawling’s graduating seniors have now been dedicated as the Roger Smith-Pawling Rotary Scholarship. Contributions to this scholarship fund can be made directly to Pawling Rotary at the address below.  Your kindness will be shared with Roger’s family.


The members of Pawling Rotary look forward to seeing you at this special commemorative event, and thank you for your continued support.



Pawling Library Teen Program Coordinator Speaks at Rotary

IMG_2958Nicole Curcio, Director of the Young Adult program at the Pawling Library, was the guest speaker at the regular meeting of Pawling Rotary on Tuesday, January 26th. Ms. Curcio spoke enthusiastically about the many activities available for teens in grades 7 through 12,  outlining in detail all that is happening for this age group at the Library. Activities included the Rogue Book Club, Doctor Who Fan Club, The Writer’s Blog, Star Wars Fan & Book Club, You Tube Directors, and three Minecraft clubs structured around different games and challenges. Of most interest to Rotary Club members was Ms. Curcio’s explanation of Project Do Something, a community service group that works on small service projects that make a big difference in the lives of service recipients.  All programs for teens take place on different days and times throughout the week and information about them is available on the
Pawling Rotary meets every Tuesday at noon in the Lathrop Building at Lakeside Park.


Pawling Rotary’s Speaker Program is Underway

Two Tuesdays a month, Pawling Rotary invites community or area residents with interest in sharing their passion in business or service, to speak to the club membership. On Tuesday, January 12, Pawling Rotary hosted Amy Emke, the drama teacher and program director for the ACE Kids after-school theatre program, and Jessica Vanacoro, the director of the Camp Herrlich Advantage After School Program, (the umbrella under which the ACE Kids program operates), at their regular weekly lunch meeting. Both spoke enthusiastically about their contributions to extracurricular arts education in Pawling Elementary and Middle Schools.

Camp Herrlich’s Advantage After School Program operates after-school programs in several communities, including programs at Kent Elementary and Matthew Patterson Elementary. They also have a middle school program serving George Fisher Middle School students at Camp Herrlich .

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