The Rotary Club of Rye, New York, Inc.
                   P.O. Box 404
                  Rye, NY 10580
 
SPECIAL EVENTS
 
Rye Rotary 58th 
Anniversary HS Scholarship Fundraiser
 

Rye Rotary Foundation annual event will be a virtual one this year and will be held on September 24th. This year marks the 58th year since the club’s founding.

With support from the community, the Rotary Club of Rye, hopes to continue its longstanding tradition of offering college bound Rye area senior’s scholarships to help them with the high costs associated with college. Scholarships range from $1,500.00-$5,000.00 per student each year.

Sponsorships for the Rotary of Rye’s High School Scholarship fundraiser are between $100 – $500 and offer marketing benefits such as social media exposure, website listings and inclusion in the club’s online “Anniversary Thank You Journal” which is being created specifically for the event. All proceeds will benefit The Rye Rotary Foundation’s scholarship program (a 5013c organization). Over the years the Rye Rotary Foundation has donated over $400,000 to deserving Rye High graduates.

For more information about donating and sponsoring the event, please contact Rita J. Tino, Esq. at rtino@optonline.net or Tom Mullooly at Tmulloo@optonline.net. Click here to donate or become a sponsor.

Home Page Stories
We were so pleased to have County Executive George Latimer join us as guest speaker for one of our Friday virtual meetings last month! Born and educated in Mount Vernon, NY and now residing in Rye, George Latimer’s political career began 33 years ago. From City Councilman, to County Legislator, to Chairman of the County Board of Legislators, to Assemblyman, to State Senator and now County Executive, George has consistently fought for the needs of Westchester residents. In the first half of his term as County Executive, he made great strides placing a renewed focus on the County's finances, defending our environment and cutting the County tax levy by a million dollars.
 
This year, with the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic in March, Westchester County’s healthcare infrastructure was faced with unexpected challenges as the capacity of hospitals and other medical facilities became overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases. CE Latimer shared some statistics with us about the virus and its impact on Westchester. One thing we were glad to hear is that the County’s hospital system never got to 50-percent capacity. Our hospital system is equipped with 3,100 hospital beds, yet even at its peak, the number of COVID-19 cases reached 11,000 with 1,200 people hospitalized. That tells us that our hospital infrastructure was never stressed beyond its capability, but this is not to say that many hospitals, healthcare workers and first responders were not under enormous strain. At the height of the pandemic in March and April, 72 people died in one night, and sadly, 1,450 lives have been lost as a result of this virus. By mid-August, CE Latimer said there were approximately 450 active cases in Westchester County and approximately 40 people hospitalized. On average, 4,000 people are being tested per day, with less than one out of 10 people testing positive compared to one in three people at the height of the pandemic – so that was good to hear!
 
Before concluding his update, CE Latimer told us about a special memorial dedicated to Westchester County residents who lost their lives to COVID-19. The memorial, “Ribbons of Remembrance,” is located in Yonkers and overlooks the Hudson River and the Palisades at 
Lenoir Preserve
. Using ribbons and permanent markers available at the site, visitors can write the name of someone they have lost on the ribbon and tie it to one of two trees or the rope structure. Speaking at the press conference about the memorial, CE Latimer said, “We need within our culture certain social points where we can come together. We have all lost people that we know and love through this process. The memorial is a way to remember that these people were once with us, important to us and we’re not going to forget them.”
 
Rye Rotary thanks County Executive George Latimer for sharing his time with us and for the important work he has done and continues to do to serve Westchester County.
 
Friday August 21st, we had the President of General Needs, Lonnie Sherman (also a Rotarian) on our Zoom call. General Needs helps thousands of homeless Long Island Veterans and their families through your charitable donations and support. Their mission focuses on providing the basic necessities that are missing in the everyday lives of our homeless veterans. What a moving meeting. Here is the website and how you can help - https://generalneeds.org/
Club Information

Rye Rotary meets weekly at Whitby Castle. Lunch meetings are on Fridays at 12:00 pm, except for the first Thursday of every month when we meet at 6:00 pm for dinner.
Whitby Castle
330 Boston Post Road
Rye, NY  10580
United States of America
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Thank you for visiting with us and for your interest in Rye City Rotary.   We hope the readily available information on our web site will help you keep up-to-date with our programs and activities, and contribute to your learning about our club and its role in the community.  
 
You can receive additional information including how to be proposed for membership from any of our club members or by contacting: 
 
Melanie Ciraco - Membership Director
Cell: 917 991-4724
Email: ciraco.melanie@gmail.com

WHY JOIN ROTARY

Service Opportunities
Club members have many opportunities for humanitarian service, both locally and internationally. Service programs address such concerns as health care, hunger, poverty, illiteracy, and the environment. Rotarians experience the fulfilment that comes from giving back to the community.
 
Professional Networking
A founding principle of Rotary was to meet periodically to enjoy camaraderie and enlarge 
one’s circle of business and professional acquaintances. As the oldest service club in the world, Rotary club members represent a cross-section of the community’s owners, executives, managers, political leaders, and professionals - people who make decisions and influence policy.
 
International Awareness
With more than 32,000 clubs in over 200 countries & geographical areas, Rotarians gain an understanding of humanitarian issues through international service projects and exchange programs. One of Rotary’s highest objectives is to build goodwill and peace throughout the world.
 
Friendship
Rotary was founded on fellowship, an ideal that remains a major attraction of membership to- day. Club members enjoy the camaraderie with like-minded professionals, and club projects offer additional opportunities to develop enduring friendships. Rotary club members who travel have friendly contacts in almost every city in the world.
 
Good Citizenship
Weekly Rotary club programs keep members informed about what is taking place in the community, nation, and world and motivated to make a difference.
 
Family Foundations
Rotary sponsors some of the world’s largest youth exchange, educational exchange, and scholarship programs. Rotary clubs provide innovative training opportunities and mentoring for young leaders and involve family members in a wide range of social and service activities.
 
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1) Is it the TRUTH?
2) Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3) Will it BUILD GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
 
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Rotary is an organisation of successful professionals. Team building, fundraising, public 
speaking, planning, organisation, and communication are just a sampling of the leadership skills that club members can exercise and enhance. Being a Rotary leader provides further experience in learning how to motivate, inspire, and guide others.
 
Diversity in Membership
Rotary’s classification system ensures that a club’s membership represents a variety of the community’s professional men and women, including leaders in business, industry, the arts, government, sports, the military, and religion. Rotary clubs are non-political, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.
 
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Member Birthdays:
  • Eric Byrne
    September 3
  • Melanie Ciraco
    September 8
  • Frank Goldszer
    September 10
  • Thomas Mullooly
    September 19
  • Hal Schwartz
    September 21
  • Richard Flahive
    September 27
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  • Richard Martinelli
    September 14
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  • Eric Byrne
    September 27, 2019
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