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2014 Brewster Rotary Wine Tasting
by Hinsman, Jenny

Please join us on Thursday July 10th at 6:30 pm for the Brewster Rotary Wine Tasting Event at the Centennial Golf Club.

The cost of entry is $20 per person or $30 per couple.  There will be wine, bourbon, beer and hard cider provided by Brewster Wine & Liquor and D. Bertoline & Sons plus free cigars from the Connecticut Cigar Company for the first 50 people.  Live Harp music by Jeanette Devine and plenty of auction items.Image



Congratulations to Our Newest Member: Georgette Mauriello
by Hinsman, Jenny

On April 23, 2014, Georgette was inducted to the Brewster Rotary at the Putnam County Golf Course by District Governor Drew Kessler.
Also in this picture is President Judy DiMattia of the the Brewster Rotary.  Georgette is the Assistant Branch Manager at Tompkins Mahopac Bank on Independence Way.Image

2014 Super Bowl Winner
by Hinsman, Jenny

CONGRATULATIONS to Rick Gebhardt of North Salem NY for winning the
Brewster Rotary Super Bowl 2014 Raffle.  


January 2014 Speakers
by Hinsman, Jenny

Ali Piccarella will be our speaker on January 21st.  She will discuss her plans to run the Boston Marathon for charity.

                                                                         boston marathon

Anne Ellsworth, the Executive Director of The Putnam/Northern Westchester Women's Resource Center is our speaker on January 28th. The Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center is recognized and well regarded in the community for its unique work in providing  services, resources and leadership in the areas of sexual abuse, domestic violence and gender equality.

Super Bowl 2014 Raffle
by Hinsman, Jenny

Have you ever wanted to go to the Super Bowl but couldn’t afford the cost of a ticket?  Well, now is your chance – The Brewster Rotary is raffling off a pair of Super Bowl Tickets for 2014.  The maximum number of tickets to be sold will be 300 and the total package is worth $10 thousand, Including three nights in a New York City hotel, transportation to the game, food and merchandise.  The drawing will occur on January14th at Aversano’s Restaurant in Brewster at 12:30.  If you would like to purchase a ticket, please call Bill Evans at 845-279-1500.


Project Amigo
by Hinsman, Jenny

In February 2014, The Brewster Rotary will be sending two Rotarians- Bill Evans and Jan Stark, along with Jim Byron of the Patterson Rotary,  for the first time to Colima, Mexico to work on Project Amigo.  Project Amigo helps underprivileged children achieve their highest potential by providing programs that motivate them to stay in school, by improving their access to higher education, by promoting literacy, and helping with dental care.  Bill and Jan will be distributing books to schools, interacting with junior/high school scholarship recipients, and reading to and playing with children who need some extra attention. 



Rotary TV
by Hinsman, Jenny

Check out this YouTube Video of the Brewster Rotary.

Instructions:  right click on the link above.  Select "Open Link in New Tab."

rotary tv

2013 Red Rooster Mini Golf Outing
by Hinsman, Jenny

Please join us for a fun afternoon of food, entertainment, mini golfing and raffle/auction items.

When:  October 10th (Thursday)  3:30 - 7 pm.  Red Rooster Drive-In, Brewster NY.

Fees: $20 per adult, $15 for children (12 and under).  For more information, contact or 845-279-7927.


Healthcare Reform Presentation
by Hinsman, Jenny

On September 10th, Lauren Bruen Nicholson provided an update to the Brewster Rotary about the upcoming healthcare changes  for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  She explained the new rights and protections, how the health insurance Marketplace will work and the requirements for small businesses.


President Judy DiMattia and Lauren Bruen Nicholson


Upcoming Putnam Family & Community Services Fundraiser
by Hinsman, Jenny



On Friday, November 8th, PFCS is holding a dinner dance at the Garrison from 6:30-11pm.  It is their largest, most important fundraiser of the year, and all proceeds go to support our mental health and chemical dependency treatment programs, which reach 1 in 15 Putnam residents.  The Dinner Dance features a cocktail hour with a cash bar for mixed drinks, a delicious dinner buffet, dancing to the Crossroads Band, and a Silent Auction.  This year, they are honoring Steve Miccio, Executive Director of PEOPLe, Inc., an internationally acclaimed mental health advocate.

More information is available on their website at

Jenny Hinsman

Visit from District Governor Drew Kessler
by Hinsman, Jenny

Today, August 20th, 2013, District Governor Drew Kessler visited the Brewster Rotary.  It was an exciting event and we were able to discuss goals and ideas for how to grow Rotary Membership by engaging members to grow Rotary clubs.  

Our president, Judy DiMattia, is shown in the photo receiving the Rotary flag that states "Engage Rotary, Change Lives."


Putnam Hospital Center Brick Dedication Ceremony
by Hinsman, Jenny


On Thursday, August 15, 2013, several local Rotary clubs participated in a wonderful brick dedication ceremony at Putnam Hospital Center.

Attached is a link to a video of the ceremony:


Brewster Rotary Installs New Officers & Grows in Membership
by Meagher, Erin

69 Years and Counting 


On Tuesday, June 18th the Brewster Rotary Club gained two new members, Doreen Pugliese of Mahopac National Bank and Joseph Ruggiero of Daniel Jewelers. The club also installed the new officers for the Rotary year at their 69th annual installation dinner held at Rracis Restaurant in Brewster.  The Brewster Rotary has been active in the past year, growing in membership and helping with various local and international projects. Past President and 2012-2013 Sergeant-at-Arms Robert Cinque was master of ceremonies and new president of the Brewster Rotary Club Judy DiMattia took the oath of office from Assistant District Governor Greg Amato. The new officers are as follows 2013-2014: Judy DiMattia President, James Nixon President-Elect, William Picarella Vice-President, Jenny Hinsman Secretary, Kevin Kelly Treasurer, Bill Evans Sergeant-at-Arms, Michael Cavalieri Club Interact & New Generation Chair, Robert Cinque Club Administration Chair, Paul Fucito Club Service Chair, Erin Meagher Public Relations Chair, Dave Bruen Foundation Chair, John Semmeles Membership Chair, and Steve Smyth Past President. The Brewster Rotary Club is excited to grow and continue to help the community for years to come.    


Wine and Cigar Tasting
by Evans, Bill

This years Wine and Cigar night will be again held at Centennial Golf Club.  The date is May 30, 2013 and the time is 6:30 PM.  Our very Bobby 5 with be providing the music along with the "Desotos.  We all appreciated the group last year.

Again we will have hand rolled cigars provided by Connecticut Cigar Company. The wine is provided by Brewster Wine and Liquors, John Semmels.  Food is prepared provided by Ledley Caterers, Brian Ledley. 

John also hopes to have beer and scotch available to go along with the cigars. 

The will be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and live auction.

Donations are greatly appreciated. 

The cost per person is $15.00 

     per couple     $25.00

Free food

Free cigars

Free wine

Free beer?

Free scotch? 

2013 District Conference
by Evans, Bill

This years district conference will be held May 17-19, 2013 at Honor's Haven in nearby Ellenville, NY.

2013 District Conference

Conference Registration

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Comes to Brewster Rotary
by Evans, Bill

Brewster High School Students preformed a preview of their upcoming music performance of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for the Brewster Rotary Club's meeting 


From there press release:

BHS alumni Richie Grasso ’08 (Director) and fellow classmate Stephanie Rubino (Vocal Direction) have graduated college and returned to their roots to present this year’s musical comedy. "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" centers on a young window-cleaner, J. Pierrepont Finch, who begins a meteoric rise from the mail room to Vice President of Advertising at the World-Wide Wicket Company. Finch's questionable business practices jeopardize not only his career but also his romance with Secretary Rosemary Pilkington.  How to Succeed is a delightful musical satire of corporate life and office politics, packed with memorable songs such as “I Believe in You,” “Brotherhood of Man” and “Been a Long Day.” How to Succeed has earned its status as a classic. Over 100 students participate in cast, crew and pit to present a Broadway caliber production that is not to be missed!

Show Dates: March 7, 8 & 9
Show Times: Thursday & Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Location: BHS Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $15 Adults; $12 Students, Seniors

To purchase tickets online simply go to or via phone: 845-279-5051 ext 1329

Rotarian's Jan Stark and Kevin Kelly were quite enamored with the performance 


Brewster Rotary Board Meets at the Historic Walter Brewster House
by Evans, Bill

Brewster Rotary had an historic luncheon board meeting at the Walter Brewster House on Thursday January 17th. 

Attending were Steve Smyth (President) Rotarian Kevin Kelly, Bob Cingue (Sgt. at Arms),  Gary Zuza, (President Elect), Jenny Hinsman (Treasurer) Dave Bruen (Foundation Chair) Mike Cavalieri (Vocational Chair) John Semmeles (Membership Chair) and Rotarian and Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast Trustee Erin E. Meagher. 

Rotarians in the Eleanor Fitchen room at the Walter Brewster House.


The Walter Brewster House serves as an event space for weddings, festivals, corporate parties, fundraisers, meetings and cultural events. The house has been carefully restored and with careful attention to detail, the furnishings and artwork inside represent the Village of Brewster's rich history as well as Walter Brewster and John Gail Borden, important former residents of the house who brought economic development to Brewster. It is owned by the Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast. 

Brewster and Patterson Rotary Clubs Team Up to Collect Appliances for Sandy Victims
by Evans, Bill

Featured in the Putnam Examiner 

Rotary Clubs Collecting Small Appliances for Sandy Victims

The Patterson and Brewster Rotary Clubs are collecting small appliance donations to help those families living along the coast recover from Hurricane Sandy.

“Since the day Hurricane Sandy washed through the coastal neighborhoods of the northeast, many residents have been surviving by camping in the hollow shells that were once their homes,” said Patterson Rotarian Bill Flash said. “The storm surge filled the main floor of many houses and washed away all of the conveniences we often take for granted. The telephones, televisions, toasters, microwaves, and coffee makers that weren’t swept away were rendered useless after being submerged.”

Volunteers from the local Rotary Clubs in Patterson and Brewster have joined together in an effort to help replace some of those items.

Brewster Rotary helps light the Brewster-Southeast Holiday Tree
by Evans, Bill

For the past few months, spearheaded by Brewster resident, Joe
Ruszkowski, representatives from the Brewster Rotary
from The Brewster Chamber of Commerce, The Brewster Elks, The Italian
American Club, The Knights of Columbus, The Brewster Fire Department,
The Brewster Lions Club as well as other groups raised funds
independently to get the Southeast Tree lit along with the small red
and blue patriotic trees surrounding the large spruce. All of the
lights are energy efficient LED lights and were installed by the
Italian American Club, the Brewster Fire Department, and Bill Henry's
Tree Service. This was the first time many clubs have gotten together
to meet and it was a great community effort we can all be proud of.
Over the past few months we've attended one another's events and
dedicated time and effort to get the tree lit as well as formed new
friendships among the clubs. We have plans to start meeting in January
with the same group of folks to now get the fireworks for Southeast
for the 4th of July. Joe Ruszkowski was key in getting all of us
together to get things done for Southeast. Without his leadership and
dedication to this cause it wouldn't have been possible. 



Rotarian Erin E. Meagher and incoming Brewster Rotary President Gary Zuza place the Rotary International symbol on one of the small trees surrounding the large Southeast-Brewster tree. 

Libby Pataki Speaks on Putnam Tourism
by Evans, Bill

Libby Pataki

Libby Pataki

Libby Pataki, the tourism director for Putnam County, visited the Brewster Rotary Club on Tuesday, October 23rd to help promote tourism in Putnam County. In her speech she spoke of the vast recreational tourism opportunities within the county. These include, golfing, cycling, kayaking, and hiking. Rotarian Paul Fucito mentioned the world class fishing available in the Brewster area. Mrs. Pataki also spoke of the need for more hotels in Putnam County to attract people to stay for more than the day. It was great having her and we welcome her back anytime. 

Brewster Rotary at the 21st Annual Brewster Founder's Day September 30th 2012
by Evans, Bill

Brewster Rotary comes down to Main Street in the Village of Brewster to display a Rotary Shelter Box, inform the public about who we are and what we do as Rotarians, and enjoy the day celebrating the founding of Brewster and the Bicentennial of Putnam County. 


Brewster Rotary Displays a Shelter Box at Founder's Day

"What is the purpose of this project partnership?

The project partnership between ShelterBox and Rotary International (RI) provides a way to collaborate and combine resources to promote emergency disaster relief worldwide by assisting disaster survivors during the critical period immediately following a disaster.

What is ShelterBox?

ShelterBox is an international aid organization that provides immediate assistance to areas ravaged by disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic activity, flooding, hurricanes, cyclones, tsunamis, or conflict. ShelterBox currently has 21 international affiliates and works globally helping survivors immediately following a disaster by providing shelter and lifesaving equipment to the most affected populations. "


From Left to Right: Brewster Rotarians, President Elect Gary Zuza, Youngest Member in the History of Rotary District 7210 and Brewster Founder's Day Chairwoman Erin E. Meagher, Past President Steve Ross, Rotarian David Bruen in back. 


Executive Director of the Brewster Chamber of Commerce Rose Aglieco with Brewster Rotary President Elect Gary Zuza

A fun day was had by all and Brewster Rotary looks forward to participating next year. 

Bill Bassett Visits Brewster Rotary
by Evans, Bill

On Tuesday we had the privilege of hosting a visit from Bill Bassett, He was accompanied by his wife Susan. ImageHe addressed the club by asking where have been and where we are going.  He brought his own 5 point plan with membership growth being #1.Image

ImageImageWe also inducted our newest member Justin Kelleher.  He was pinned by the DG.
Our newest member
by Zuza, Gary

 Jenny Hinsman is inducted by our president and her sponsors Chris and Rolo.
NYS Organ and Tissue Donor Registry
by Zuza, Gary

Red Rooster III
by Zuza, Gary

 These golfers kept cool at the Brewster Rotary Red Rooster Open III. The only penalty strokes they got were heat strokes in the 106 degree heat.
Installation Dinner
by Zuza, Gary

The club's new leaders were inducted Tuesday evening following a fine dinner at Rraccis. 
Rotarian of the Year
by Zuza, Gary

Steve Smyth was named Rotarian of the Year for his 30+ years of excellent service to the community and the club.
Red Rooster Open
by Zuza, Gary

Join us on June 20th for a day of FUN golf at the Red Rooster on Route 22. Music, celebrities and mini golf.