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.
- 2/2 Regular meeting speaker will be Neil Miller, Cornwall School Superintendent
- 2/9 Regular meeting speaker will be Lisa Silverstone, Safe Harbors Executive Director
- 5/22 Primary Fundraiser, TASTE OF GREATER NEWBURGH at Mt St Mary College
Charlie, speaker Dennis Wepman NFA Interact visitors: Joy ,Katie
and Deanne and Ki Hong Kim
Pres. Mike, Membership Chair Jeannine,
new member Joan Cusack-McGuirk and sponsor Cathy
During our meeting at El Solar Café, Dennis Wepman, Director of Karpeles Manuscript Museum, spoke on the world-wide significant papers exhibiteded by the museum, its history and Mr. Karpeles who owns and curates this and 8 other museums throughout the U.S. His collections are all housed in exceptional edifices as the Newburgh one on Broadway. The Club met the new NFA Interact advisor, Joy Robertson joined by the Interact President Katie Kravel and Treasurer Ki Hong Kim. The 3rd highlight was initiation of Joan Kusack-McGuirk to the Club. Welcome, Joan!
Speaker Elyse and Doug in deep discussion.
Our speaker was Elyse Goldberg, Director of Washington’s Headquarter at El Solar Café. The food was great and the talk was especially informative, reminding us how important the Newburgh area was to the American Revolutionary War’s success.
1/5 & 1/12/16
Business meetings at Gus’s Restaurant. As always in the winter, Gus’s is extremely hospital and ohhhh that pastrami on rye! Thank you, Gus’s, again this year.
The Club enjoyed a fun Christmas Dinner Party with members and their guests at the Powelton Club. The food was delicious. Doug Martin and his wife entertained the group with piano, violin and song. And, Doug lead members in bell ringing. Gifts were exchanged. Everyone went home full of Holiday joy.
To celebrate the holidays, the NF Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Christa Damartis of the Arts & Communication Dept., entertained at this week’s meeting. Also, Millie Gutierrez Colon, was given a gift for her exceptional service to our NFA Interact Club, by Cathy. Millie is retiring from this responsibility. We’ll miss her.
Two of of the many Rotarians, Dick and Jeanine, who rang the bell for Salvation Army all day at Walmart, Newburgh.
Joshua, Deane, Heather and Brenda
CEO Heather Howley, Independent HelIcopter located at Stewart, spoke about her professional journey and her company’s services. And, Joshua Jones was voted into the Club.
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.
New Peace Pole raised at Downing Park, Newburgh this beautiful morning.
Pres. Mike giving check to Rev. Deacon Vonnie Hubbard
Bob DiNardo, Board Member NYS Research & Training Institute, spoke regarding a promising new treatment for PTSD. And, aa $300 Rotary check was given to Loaves & Fishes.
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
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
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.
Induction: Pres. Mike, Knut & Vonnie
– 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
Pres. 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
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
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//:www.tasteofgreaternewburgh.com