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Service Above Self
Welcome to the District 7210 Website

District Governor:   DG Penny Byron

District Governor's  Club Home Page.

Posted by Greg Amato on Sep 16, 2014





If you answered yes to one or all of these questions, you need to have someone from your club attend the District Workshop this Saturday in Kingston. 

During her Club visits, District Governor Penny, has heard from so many clubs that they need help with membership and fundraising. You asked, Penny listened, and Penny is providing you an opportunity to improve your club.

There is one catch though………….

                      someone has to attend!

Remember we can never have enough members or money!!

Saturday Sept. 20th

Garden Plaza Hotel

503 Washington Ave

Kingston, NY

9 am to 1 pm

Continental breakfast and lunch included

Please RSVP to Jack Peluse, District Membership Chair at

Posted by Greg Amato on Sep 15, 2014


Tune in to RadioRotary on Saturday, September 20th at 11:30 a.m. (on WTBQ 93.5 FM and 1110AM or\

and Sunday, September 21st at 7:25 a.m. (on WBPM 92.9 or and 9:30 a.m. (on WBNR 1260AM and

WLNA 1420 or when we interview Maureen Roche on all of the great things happening in 4H.


The award-winning RadioRotary can be heard on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. on WTBQ 93.5 FM and1110AM or

and on Sundays at 7:25 a.m. on WBPM 92.9 or and at 9:30 a.m. on WBNR 1260AM and WLNA 1420

or . Listen to all previous programs at or on your MP3 player via iTunes


Posted by Greg Amato on Sep 16, 2014


Hyde Park Rotary is proud to have provided their community with a Mini-Library stocked with books which has been placed at their local Stop&Shop grocery store.  Shown here is Past President Damian "DJ" Amodeo, who hand-crafted the Mini-Library to replicate their local historic library, and Club Vice President Matt Cruz.

Posted by Greg Amato on Sep 15, 2014



Rotary means “Peace Through Service” from its founding by Paul Harris in 1905 to its Establishing International Peace as part of the Objective of Rotary at the 1922 Los Angeles Convention.  “Peace among nations is not impossible of attainment; they can find peace if they will.”  Paul Harris Rotary Founder 1946

As the District 7210 Ambassador for Peace i believe we are on our way in helping make this a reality especially as we approach International Peace Day Sunday Sept 21st.  Join the Newburgh Rotary at the Armory-Unity Center on Saturday Sept 20th at 11 am for the Ringing Of Bells along with a Peace Pole dedication and a short Promenade For Peace down Broadway,

Then on International Peace Day Sunday, September 21st, 2014 the Minisink Rotary will be planting two Peace Poles. The first will be held at the Shannen Park, 1918 Route 284, Slate Hill, NY at 10:30am. The second will be held at the Town of Mount Hope Park, 340 Finchville Turnpike, Otisville  NY at 1:00pm.

The Newburgh Rotary will also be planting Peace Poles/Gardens at Beacon HS and St. Mary’s in Fishkill. TTBD.  One Peace Pole/Garden was already planted at Downing Park, Newburgh on Aug 7th with the help of 20 HS students employed through BOCE summer work program...see Attachments

We are certainly off to a great start toward Vision 2020 with the possibility of many other special sites: Churches, Schools, Train Stations, Parks and other interesting well-traveled areas in which we can make people, especially children, understand that this needs to be a world that works for all.  These actions should raise the inner vibration of all humanity to a higher level of service and love which will bring at least inner peace and hopefully outer harmony.  Join us in the above and possibly in your community. Plant a Peace Pole/Garden so we can move from “The Love of Power to the Power of Love.” 

For considerations, ideas, talks and help in this matter call our Peace Chair/Ambassador Doug Sturomski at 845-226-6752 or e-mail him at


Blessings Of Peace, Love, Service, Joy, Fun & Awe!

Doug Martin Sturomski

"In times of War BELLS were melted down to make Cannons
in time of PEACE Cannons are melted down to make BELLS!"

Become an Example and Inspiration to all
Ringing true in truth
Resonating with love and
Fine Tuning within and without
The subtle textures of Peace!

Imagine peace, Think peace,
Act peace, Spread peace, Live peace
Be that Light in darkness!



Posted by Greg Amato on Sep 14, 2014


Rotary District 7210 University Scholar

The West point/Highland falls Rotary Club, on Thursday September 11, 2014, hosted a “Bon Voyage” party for Lt Louis Tobergte. Louis is a May 2014 graduate of the USMA. Louis has been awarded a Scholarship, by Rotary District 7210, to do graduate work at the University of Leeds in England. He will be receiving his degree in Water, Sanitation and Public Health.   The scholarship was made available to Louis from The Rotary International Foundation and the Rotary District 7210(Hudson Valley). All the money comes from donations to the Foundation from Rotarians around the world.

In the picture are: L to R: PDG Carol Tjoa, Nick Constantino District Governor elect, Lt. Louis Tobergte University Scholar, Bill Bassett District Scholarship Chair, Louis Turpin District Governor Nominee


Posted by Greg Amato on Sep 08, 2014


Seated: Nuise Bhitiyakul, Permsuk Vannadit of Thai Nurses Assn; standing: Thai dancers in Temple costume


 L to R: Dr. Somsak Bhitiyakul, Tupakamus Junwong, APSORN Arjara, PDG Carole Tjoa, Sirinard Davidowitz, Niramon Zucker

     An Asian Luncheon Barbecue was held in the home of Kingston Rotary Past President Nuise Bhitiyakul and Dr. Somsak Bhitiyakul, proceeds to benefit D 7210's International Medical Relief Foundation, Inc. The fundraising event, attended by some 65-70 Rotarians and members of the Thai community, was held in memory of PDG Chet Sawyer. Members of the Thai Nurses Association performed two traditional dances in beautiful Thai costume.  It was a district event. Nuise and Dr B hosted, with Dr. B donated all the food and drinks.

     IMRF was founded by Dr. Hrusi Parida, who promoted "Leftovers as Life Savers," whereby Rotarians help bridge healthcare gaps by collecting and sending medical equipment and supplies to developing countries worldwide. 

     For donation of medical equipment and/or supplies, please contact PDG Tam Mustapha or PDG Knut Johnsen.Kindly send checks payable to IMRF, c/o Rtn. Ana Johnsen, 51 Meadow Street, Newburgh, NY 12550. Your assistance and support  will be greatly appreciated.
Posted by Greg Amato on Mar 05, 2013

Guest Speaker: Your District and RadioRotary
RadioRotary, a District 7210 initiative, was a 2012 New York State Broadcasting Association award winning program and a 2012 Rotary International selection for a Zone Institute presentation. 
To learn more about your district's Public Image project, representatives are available as Guest Speakers at a club meeting.  RadioRotary hopes to hear from you.  No obligation.
Contact information: 
      Jonah Triebwasser (RadioRotary co-host):, 845 702-6242
      Sarah O'Connell (RadioRotary co-host):,, 914 388-0780.
Thank you from the RadioRotary Team:  Bryan Bunch, Sarah O’Connell, Laurie Quinn, Roger RIsko, Jonah Triebwasser, Don Verity.
Posted by Greg Amato on Aug 23, 2014


Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Students with District 7210 DGE Nick Constantino at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum. This year our exchange students represent Taiwan, Thailand, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy and Brazil.

Posted by Greg Amato on Aug 21, 2014


From: Elderact Founder/Adviser: Roger Risko, Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary

Recently, the Atria at Briarcliff, in the next District South of 7210, formed their 1st Elderact Club thanks to the efforts of Helen Reisler, PDG, and Kris Chittur, the Briarcliff

President. Together with Andrew Stein and Helen Reisler, the ELDERACT @ Atria joined Forces and submitted a grant to produce an Elderact Video, which has just been sent to

Various clubs in and out of our district7210.  In fact, a thank you from the Bermuda Rotary came in just today from PDG Matts Ingemanson, Rotary International District 7230

New York & Bermuda and Trustee for Rotary District 7230 Foundation/Founding Member Centennial Chairman, Rotary Global History Fellowship congratulating Andy, Helen, and

Myself for the establishment of Elderact, Video and overall efforts to make Elderact a new Level of Service once we have the delegate votes, hopefully next session.

SPECIAL THANKS: PDG’s Bunnee Webb, Jim Yarmus, Jeffrey Keahon (RIP), Knut Johnson,Tam Mustapha, Tansukh Dorawala, Bill Bassett, Rotarians, Patricia Rosa-Usifer, Dana Diorio-Casey, All Board Members of the Wappinger’s & Fishkiill Rotary, and the lady, Louise Quartuccio, (Stan)

Activities Director for the ELANT Senior Residence,  whose question at A District Conference “what are you doing for seniors?”” sparked the birth of the word “Elderact” which came to me from ???? LOL.

The rest so they say is “history”.  If I left any name of a primary supporter for ELDERACT out of the loop, please know that I am approaching my own “Golden Years” and plan on joining Elderact in Florida, once I can get one of their Rotary Clubs to follow in the footsteps of the pioneers up here in The NorthEast.

Appreciatively submitted,

Roger Risko

District 7210 Elderact, Interact, Rotaract, Vassar College Rotaract/Toastmaster’s Club

and Radio Rotary Adviser Roger Risko, DOB October ’43

Posted by Greg Amato on Aug 19, 2014


Ann Chale with her daughter Rotary Club President Christine


Red Hook Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Gomez with Club President resident Christine

Red Hook Rotary had two very special guests this week. The first was Red Hook Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Gomez, who invites all Rotarians to Red Hook's Chocolate Festival. Our second very special guest was Ann Chale, President Christine's Mom, who was in for a visit to celebrate a very special birthday! (photos: Jonah Triebwasser)



Posted by Greg Amato on Aug 07, 2014

Seeks Nominations for Citizen of the Year
The Red Hook Rotary Foundation is seeking nominations from the community for our 2014 
Citizen of the Year. Each year for the past 13 years, Rotary has honored a member of the Red Hook community as Citizen of the Year. 
Rotary is looking for an individual or group who has given to our community, unselfishly to make Red Hook a better place to live. The nominee should exemplify Rotary’s motto of “Service above Self”. Nomination forms can be obtained at the Red Hook Village or Town Halls; download from the Rotary website or by emailing your request to
This is a nomination process, not balloting. Our decision of who we will honor is based on what the nominee has done for our community, not how many nominations we receive for the same nominee.
Completed nomination forms have to be returned or postmarked by September 5, 2014. They can be mailed to: COTY Nomination, Red Hook Rotary Foundation, PO Box 88, Red Hook, NY 12571-0088; emailed to; or in person to the Village or Town Halls. 
The Red Hook Rotary Club meets every Tuesday morning at Bread and Bottle, South Broadway and East Market St., Red Hook. Our meeting begins at 7:30 am.
Posted by Laurie Quinn on Jul 23, 2014

There were just so many wonderful pictures from this year's District Conference at Great Escape that we decided to put them into a slide show. Thanks to Louis Turpin, Gregg Kroener and PDG Carole Tjoa's son, Michael Tjoa for all of these photos!

District 7210's 2014 District Conference - Great Escape, NY by Slidely Slideshow


Posted by Greg Amato on Jul 07, 2014


Posted by DG Penny Byron


Posted by Greg Amato on Jun 14, 2014


PDG Dr. Tam Mustapha joined Jonah on RadioRotary to speak about the Rotary Leadership Institute, while PDG Knut Johnsen spoke on the RI Foundation and Anna Johnsen spoke about the exciting new concept of e-clubs. (photos 0365 - Tam & 0368 - Johnsens)

There was a 3K run/Walk (or for Jonah, a stroll) to raise funds for Polio Plus. Over 2,000 Rotarians made the walk. Here, RI president Ron Burton congratulates Jonah on making it to the half-way mark. (photo: 0186)



Posted by Greg Amato on Apr 27, 2014


A special award that was presented to


for their induction into


The award was presented by PDG Tam Mustaph to David Kruger.

Unfortunately Kathy Kruger could not be present for presentation.

Posted by Greg Amato on Apr 01, 2014


The ShelterBox staff extended a special thank you tp those Ambassadors who were recognized during the Humanitarian Award Ceremony for their above and beyond efforts. Those individuals are: 

Louis Turpin - Beyond the Box


Louis has created an initiative called the ShelterBox Heroes Program to recognize individuals or organizations that showed a sustained commitment to ShelterBox over a period of three years. Within just a few months of the program's success in his region, he developed a template that any volunteer could use nationwide. Since that  time, the recognition program hass inspired well over $100,000 in funding for disaster reflief. Louis is from District 7210 in the Hudson Valley, NY.

  Mark Dyer - Ambassador of the Year


Mark is a ShelterBox Respose Team volunteer who delivers emergency aid in the field and has deployed 11 times with the Shelter to assist with disasters such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the recent Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Since joining the charity as a volunteer, Mark has raised more than $150,000 for the charity to provide assistance to disaster survivors.

Nanch Dodge - Rising Star


Working in an area with few ShelterBox volunteers, Nancy has raised significant awareness of ShelterBox in the communities she represents. She has spoken to area youth groups and has shared the ShelterBox mission on the air with Radio Free Palmer. Her goals for 2014 include a project to raise enough funds to provide 50 ShelterBoxes for disaster survivors. This project was inspired by Nancy’s desire to help families displaced by disaster and to commemorate Alaska’s 50th anniversary of the devastating earthquake to strike in 1964.  

Pacific Northwest - Team of the Year


In 2013, this team raised nearly $100,000 for disaster relief. From a presentation at the Gates Foundation Visitor’s Center to entering a team in the Seattle Urban Challenge, the team has represented ShelterBox at more than 120 events last year. The team was also responsible for an event-wide scavenger hunt at LeakyCon, a conference for Harry Potter enthusiasts, which raised awareness for ShelterBox among a new audience.

We also want to recognize our Top Fundraisers of 2013: Len Nemeroff, Mark Dyer, Louis Turpin, Michael Mira, Wayne Robinson, Donna L. Gulley, Greg Krauska, Wayne Chiles, Allan Syphers, Nancy Faddegon. As always, we are very appreciative and proud of all of Ambassadors. At ShelterBox USA, you are the heart of our organization.  We are thankful for all the time you put into our mission.


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New City Wine & Food Festival fund rais- Sept 20th Rockland Country Day School
Sep 20, 2014 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Monticello's Scholarship Golf Outing Tarry Brae Golf Course
Sep 21, 2014 08:00 AM
Monroe-Woodbury's "Festival of Foods" First Presbyterian Church
Sep 21, 2014 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Rotary Club Shred Fundraiser Event - Sept 27th Sep 27, 2014 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Wallkill East's "Breakfast & Business" Perkin's Family Restaurant
Sep 30, 2014 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
WE's Rotary Day & End Polio Now Fundraiser Raymour & Flanigan
Oct 08, 2014 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
East Fishkill Rotary Club Annual Giveaway - Oct 16 East Fishkill Rotary Club
Oct 16, 2014
Red Hook Rotary Book Collection and Book Sale, Red Hook Public Library
Oct 25, 2014
Central Orange Rotary's-Coats for Cold Kids Cruise Torches landing
Oct 25, 2014 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Wallkill East's 2nd Annual Turkey Trot Galleria at Crystal Run
Nov 27, 2014
2015-16 PETS (President-Elects Training) Hanover Marriott
Mar 20, 2015 07:30 AM - Mar 21, 2015 01:30 PM
2015-16 District Assembly FDR Presidential Library
May 09, 2015 08:30 AM - 02:00 PM
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