The Rotary Club is a nonsectarian service organization whose motto is “Service above self”. Membership includes more than 1,200,000 members in nearly 30,000 clubs through-out 163 cs. The Newburgh Rotary Club meets for lunch every Tuesday at 12:15pm at the Powelton Country Club, 29 Balmville Rd, Newburgh. N.Y. Interested parties can find out more about the Newburgh Rotary Club and opportunities to give back to the community by attending a Rotary Club Meeting.


Club Highlights



  • 12/01 -Meeting:   Heather Howley, CEO of Independent Helicopters, Inc., to speak
  • 12/05 – Bell ringing for Salvation Army at Walmart Newburgh (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
  • 12/06 – Honor Flight’s Lunch of Honor (1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Anthony’s Pier 9)
  • 12/08 – Meeting:  Madrigals Performance
  • 12/15 – Evening Member-guest Holiday Party






Rebecca Faubert, Flower Sale chair, hands out bouquets to members

Club members picked up bouquets of Fall flowers to fill orders from Rotary supporters, to raise funds for community projects.












Bob DiNardo spoke regarding a promising new treatment for PSD.



Rebecca Faubert, Tom Woodhull, and Vonnie Hubbard

The Club welcomed the Rev. Deacon Vonnie Hubbard of Grace Episcopal Church, Newburgh to membership.  Vonnie was the recipient last year of the Human Rights Commission Award.



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Joan McGuirk, Acting CEO St. Luke’s Hospital, gave a  factual and  informative presentation regarding the present and future state of the hospital, with assurances that St. Luke’s will be our community’s hospital far into the future.




County Executive, Steve Neuhouse, spoke  re the state of the County and shared some of his goals. He was generous with his time in speaking and answering questions from a very engaged membership.




Approx. half of total merged Club. Dick Carpenter is shaking hands with Mike Matsler


Mike, Gil, Elizabeth Green, Officer Vincent Spampinato , Allie and Cathy

Gil Piaquadio, Supervisior for the Town o Newurgh and Andy Zarutskie, Newburgh Town Clerk addressed the group, covering the topical local subjects of the day, including the airport and energy plants’ status, and the services the Town Clerk provides. After lunch the group unanimously approved the technical steps to merge Newburgh Rotary and New Windsor Cornwall Rotary, soon to be renamed the GREATER NEWBURGH ROTARY CLUB. Finally, a $1,000 check was cut to continue supporting DARE and its great effort creating better understanding between law enforcement and students.


0/6/15 Meeting Highlights


After the meeting, many members continued over to Union Church to help organize, bag and distribute lightly used clothing to give to those in need throughout the greater Newburgh area. Over 1,000 pieces of clothing were transported to Bethlehem Presbyterian, who will complete distribution and approximately 250 pieces of men’s clothing were set aside to be delivered to Exodus at a later date..


9/29/15 Meeting Highlights


Members Bobby and Asrar, after Asrar’s donation pledge

Our speaker was George Green, Town of New Windsor Supervisor, who updated the group on local infrastructure, particularly the status in his town and its importance to the present and future state of the economy in our area, with special focus on the airport. We saluted member, Asrar Ahmed for more than answering the call, offering TWO free used panel trucks from his business, Home Health Pavillion, to Family Promise AND Exudus.


9/23/15 Meeting Highlights


Jonathan shows the pre-pub proof of his new book

A general business meeting was held, preceded by a Board Meeting. Detective V. Spampinato spoke on behalf of DARE re our continued support of this fine, expanding youth program, Johnathan Matsler presented a sample of his book now being published, “Hearts of Valor, The Stories of 22 Puple Heart Veterans”.


9/15/15 Meeting Highlights

DSC_0041-7 Bill Larkin speaks to the Club

Senator Bill Larkin, a hearty 88 years young, reminisced about WWII soldiering years and the horror, and bravery, of war, as well as commented on current international issues.

Richard W. Drao, Sr Vice Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, spoke on the organization and underlined that it is all about the solders, not about any war.


9/8/15 Meeting Highlights







Debbie Johnson, member & exec. at Smith Insurance hosts Glenn Polansky, Steve Zeng, & Everett Patterson, Jr. of Crystal Run

The speaker today was Glenn Polansky, Executive Director of Crystal Run Health Plan. He spoke of the company’s commitment to cost efficiencies to pass on while providing a new quality level of health care.


9/1/15 Meeting Highlights


Tom sponsor of new member Bobby, Nick, new member Jeannine and her sponsor Rev. Dave 

Our District Governor, Nick Constantino, visited the Club. He met with our local Board of Directors, spoke to the full Club regarding district & worldwide Rotary activities, and inducted new members Bobby Lane and Jeannine Miller.


8/25/15 Meeting Highlights


Cheri, Wes, Rebecca, Barbara & Pres. Mike

Wes and Barbara Gottlock, volunteers committed to bringing back Bannerman’s Island, spoke regarding the Island’s colorful history, the huge project of rebuilding the Castle and grounds back to its glory days and how the public can enjoy it even though it’s not yet finished.


8/18/15 Meeting Highlights


Peter, our Treas. Allie & Pres. Mike

Peter Bedrossian, program Director of the Purple Heart Hall of Honor spoke, regarding the Hall’s reno, finding the recipients and some of their heart-rendering stories.


8/11/15 Meeting Highlight1

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Ed Sylcox, recipient Brendan Kachou and Dave Green

Brendan Kachou was awarded the Louis Bozzone Scholarship, which has been given for over 30 years by the New Windsor-Cornwall Rotary Club. They brought the scholarship to our merger so it can continue for years. Brendan will attend the Albany College of Pharmacy. A second senior received this Scholarship, Adrianna Pean, but was unavailable to be present.


8/4/15 Meeting Highlights


Charlie and David

David Morales of Promenade Assisted Living spoke of their newest facility in Middletown, now at the previous Southwinds location on Fulton. Their AALP (Affordable Assisted Living Program) will fill a significant need for seniors who can no longer live alone. One of 4 facilities, family owned, their philosophy is patients-oriented.


7/28/15 Meeting Highlights

Induction:  Pres. Mike, Knut & Vonnie

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– The meeting featured the induction of our newest member, Vonnie Hubbard. Welcome! We were honored that Knut Johnson, past District Governor, stepped forward to lead the ceremony.

– Bill Sestrom with Charlie Frankel spoke (both Rotarians). Bill is on the Board of the Hudson Valley Honor Flight organization that flies groups of older veterans, free, 4 times a year to Washington DC to visit war memorial sites, as a way to honor them. They spoke poignantly of the veterans’ experiences and showed great slides…also, need for financial support.

– Finally, so long Gary, we wish you the best in the Southwest.


7/22/15 Scholarship Presentation


Cathy with Alleyah and her mother, Holly

At the 2015 Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Scholarship Reception, Alleyah Force received the Archie Stewart Scholarship from our Newburgh Rotary Scholarship Chair, Cathy McCarty. Alleyah is an outstanding student, and president for 2 years of the NFA Interact Club sponsored by Rotary. She plans to attend Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, towards a career in social work.


7//21/15 Meeting Highlights 


Pres. Mike, Cathy & Richie

Richie Lay, Chairman of the Board of the Purple Heart Hall of Honor, spoke about another passion, Equestrian Rescue in Walden, NY. Richie told a personal story of post-war PTS healing, due to his relationship with a horse there.


7/15/15 New Peace Pole Placed


Doug Struromski reports on the success of the event

The Club participated in the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting and 14th Newburgh Peace Pole placement ceremonies at the new Independence Square Apartments.


7/14/15 Meeting Highlights

Andy Jomonchek, of the Purple Heart Hall of Honor spoke regarding the organization and dramatic physical museum changes just made. He invited Rotary to their Gala Reopening Ceremony 8/15/15.


7/8/15 Evening Meeting Highlights

The Club joined together to install their new 2015-16 officers. The group was sizable including wives, and the New Windsor-Cornwall Club which will be effectively merged with Newburgh as of this evening. Welcome! Lou’s team was lauded and Mike’s team greeted. NW-C brought their fine, fine bell to keep the Club on time. The evening  bubbled with lots of good humor, finery and wonderful food.


6/30/15 Meeting Highlights

IMG_20150707_154308Pres. Lou’s last meeting, leading                the group in an idea session.

There was no guest speaker at Lou’s last meeting; rather the Club enjoyed good food, good fellowship and an exchange of ideas for further good works.


6/23/15 Meeting Highlights


Our distinguished speaker was Barry Lewis, Executive’s Editor of the Times Herald-Record. His personal and humorous delivery took us through his childhood, career, the newspaper’s adaptability to change and it’s commitment to a local editorial philosophy.


5/1615 Meeting Highlights

DSC_0014Asrar presenting pictures of Iran

An active and beloved member of our Club, Asrar Medwar, presented his recent trip to Iran, with his wife and a small multi-religious group, with impressive pictures of clean grand architecture and an enlightening narrative, including how hospitable and interested the man-on-the-street was towards them as Americans.


5/10/15 Meeting Highlights


Induction: Mike, Allie, Cheri and Lou

The highlight of the day was the official induction of Cheri Krusen as a member of the Club! The rest of the meeting was devoted to good fellowship and a discussion regarding an additional fundraiser.

5/2/15 Meeting Highlights

DSC_0005 Mike & Jonathan with Howard & Ed 

Howard Goldin and Ed Frank, Spring Valley Rotarians and Vietnam vets, presented their experiences building the powerfully effective STEP (Schools to End Poverty) initiative in multiple poor undeveloped countries, beginning in Vietnam in 2006. They were introduced by Rotarian Mike Matsler’s son, Jonathan, who had previously interviewed Mr Frank as part of his Eagle Scout project related to the local National Purple Heart Hall of Fame. At the end, the hat was passed around voluntarily, collecting $250 to pay for two-year STEP scholarship. (Contact us if you want to know more about STEP.).



Our 8th annual TASTE OF GREATER NEWBURGH fundraiser took place at the Mount Saint Mary College from 12:30 to 2:30pm, May 17th. 23 area restaurant showed-off their culinary skills with better than sumptuous food and drink. The band played lively jazz–and fun was had by all! Proceeds will go to worthwhile community based programs that help those who need assistance.  To view the participating food providers and sponsors visit http//