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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 Laurie Quinn

Posted by Greg Amato on Dec 14, 2014


Tune in to RadioRotary on Saturday, December 20th at 11:30 a.m. (on WTBQ 93.5 FM and 1110AM or and Sunday, December 21sh at 7:25 a.m. (on WBPM 92.9 or and 9:30 a.m. (on WBNR 1260AM and WLNA 1420 or when when our guest will be Rotarian B.J Mikkelson. We will be talking about travel around the world.

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 at

Shown in the photograph are (left to right) RadioRotary co-host Jonah Triebwasser, Rotarian B.J. Mikkelson and RadioRotary co-host Sarah O'Connell (photo: Kathy Kruger)

Posted by DG Penny Byron

The Nominating Committee has made their decision... Pursuant to Rotary International By-Laws Article 13.020.6, it is my pleasure as current DG to report that the Nominating Committee performed six interviews on Saturday, December 6, and after deliberation recommends that James Damiani of the Rotary Club of Nanuet serve as our District Governor for Rotary Year 2017-2018.


Please welcome our new District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND) to District 7210’s leadership team!

Posted by Greg Amato on Dec 04, 2014



The Warwick Valley Rotary Club has installed two new members – Dr. David Leach and Ryan O’Leary – to its growing number of community service volunteers. Leach is superintendent of the Warwick Valley School District and O’Leary is a financial advisor and Warwick branch manager for Edward Jones Financial Services. With their induction on Dec. 3, the local service club has added six new members since August. Shown, left to right, are Rotary Club President Leo R. Kaytes, Dr. Leach, O’Leary and Stan Martin, Rotary District Community Service Chair, who performed the installation service. Warwick Rotarians are local leaders, including business and professional men and women, who believe in giving back to their community. They donate to more than two-dozen community organizations and projects plus provide scholarships to deserving youth. They meet every Wednesday noon at the Landmark Inn. Prospective members are invited to attend.

Posted by Greg Amato on Nov 27, 2014

District 7210 Conference
April 17-19, 2015
Crowne Plaza Hotel
1284 Strongtown Rd.
Southbury, Ct.
Holiday Dollar$
Register for the district conference before January 15th and you will be included in a drawing for a $300 VISA gift card. One lucky Rotarian will have a little extra jingle in their pockets to start off the New Year. A conference registration form is attached for your convenience.
Next April be part of the "Magic of Rotary" as we celebrate the accomplishments of Rotary in our clubs and abroad. Together we will Light Up Rotary.
Happy Holidays
DG Penny Byron
and the entire
Conference Team
(on the left side)
Posted by Greg Amato on Nov 24, 2014

Lake Mahopac Rotarians preparing for the Putnam Community Action Program Thanksgiving Food Drive. The food will be distributed to needy families throughout Putnam County. The Lake Mahopac Rotary and Interact club spent from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this past Saturday and Sunday collecting food at a  Mahopac supermarket.


Lake Mahopac Rotarians Bob Panny, Chris Kraus and Greg Amato


Lake Mahopac Rotarian Dr. Alan Schwartz preparing boxes for the collection of food.

Posted by Greg Amato on Oct 09, 2014


Posted by Greg Amato on Nov 13, 2014



November 9th, 2014

Hotel Thayer, West Point, NY


(Photos courtesy of DGN Lou Turpin)

Posted by Greg Amato on Nov 13, 2014


Rotary World Peace Fellow

District 7210's 2014 Foundation Brunch Keynote Speaker


Derran Moss studied arts/law at the University of Queensland, while also working as a debating and public speaking teacher in three primary schools in Brisbane. He graduated as Law School Valedictorian in 1998, and proceeded to work for two years in District Court, before moving to Canberra to work in international law and counter terrorism with the Attorney General's Department in 2002, Derran was awarded an inaugural Rotary World Peace Fellowship to study in the USA for two years at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). On completing his Masters in political science, focusing on international security challenges. Derran returned to Brisbane to work with the Crime and Misconduct Commission, during which time he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study juvenile substance abuse in remote and indigenous communities in the United States and Canada. From 2008-2010 Derran was the Chief of Staff for two successive Attorneys-General before moving to East Timor to work with the United Nations as a Legal Advisor, and then as Director in the International Legal Assistance Branch at the Attorneys-General Department. Derran spent 2013 and the start of 2014 working in Afghanistan as a political advisor in the north of the country. He currently works in New York for the Department of Political Affairs with the UN.



Posted by Laurie Quinn on Oct 21, 2014

Two weeks ago member Jason Maxwell mentioned to the club there was a vacant lot next to the Clara Barton Elementary School in the Bronx and how it would be neat if we could turn it into a fall harvest festival for the students there who don't get to experience some Fall activities he loved as a child growing up in the country.

The club loved the idea and several members went down, cleaned the vacant lot and filled it with cornstalks, hay, scarecrows and pumpkins. A 'nice witch' passed out donut holes and hot cider to the Kindergarten through third grade students and each student got to go through the 'pumpkin patch' and pick out pumpkins for their very own to take home.

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One of the 'pumpkin patches.' The idea man who made it a reality, member Jason Maxwell  helping a student to put her name on a pumpkin. Club president, John Flanagan chats with several of the students.
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Member Michael Ingber enjoys watching the students pick their very own pumpkin to take home. Member Patty Searson shares a special moment with one of the students. The students excitedly show the pumpkins they've chosen as theirs to their friends.

It was such a special experience and the smiles made it well worth the trip to the Bronx at 6:30 AM on Friday to do the lot clean up, set up and meet all the students during the event. It was a community service project that went from idea to execution in two weeks. Those who took part said it was amazing.

Posted by Greg Amato on Oct 14, 2014


Members of the Red Hook Rotary club donated their happy dollars to support world polio day and showed off their purple pinkies to signify that they received the polio vaccine (some may years ago!)

Posted by Greg Amato on Oct 14, 2014

October is Vocational Service Month in Rotary
Mention October and most of us think of Autumn, the changing season as leaves turn to yellow and orange, apple harvest and pumpkins. Probably very few Rotarians are aware that October is Vocational Service month and most have difficulty actually defining the Vocational Avenue of Service. In actuality it really is not all that difficult when you think we all have vocations in our business and professional lives.
As Rotarians the vocational avenue of service makes Rotary unique from every other service orgaization in our communities. Our guiding principles, The Object of Rotary states as its second object, to encourage and foster
        "High ethical standards in business and professions; the
        recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the
        dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to
        serve society".
How can your club observe the vocational avenue of service beginning this month?
1) Have a classification talk by giving club members the opportunity to talk about their business and profession. There is nothing wrong about professional networking opportunities within Rotary.
2) Organize tours of members' workplaces. Occasionally hold your club meeting at a members' place of business.
3) Join a Rotary fellowship related to your business. Many different and interesting fellowships came be found at
4) Develop a club service project that uses your vocational skills. Your unique business and professional skills can make a difference in your community.
The above are just some of the ways your club can observe vocational service. In another way, two awards, the PDG Chester Sawyer Vocational Service Award to a Rotarian and the non Rotarian Vocational Service Award for observing and promoting high ethical standards in a business or profession will be given at our district conference in April. Nominations for both awards will be made on the club level. The winner of both awards will be recognized at Top Hat Dinner banquet and will receive overnight reservations for Saturday night at the Southbury Crowne Plaza Hotel, including the banquet at our district conference. Details regarding this will be forthcoming. 
I hope this takes some of the mystery out of our Second Avenue of Service and by the way, Happy Halloween.
David Green, PDG
Posted by Greg Amato on Oct 11, 2014


The 2014-2015 District 7210 Staff Meeting at the Green Chimneys School in Brewster, NY began with the dedication of a Peace Pole. The Peace Pole dedication was lead by Doug Sturomski, Peace Community Chair. Ringing the Opening Bell was PDG (1962-1963) and Founder of The Green Chimneys School Samuel "Rollo" Ross. Also present RadioRotary's Jonah Triebwasser, PDG (2003-2004) Knut and Anna Johnsen, Jr. and DG Penny Byron.

Following the dedication the staff meeting was held in the Green Chimneys School dining hall. PDG Rollo welcomed all; DG Penny gave district updates; District Secretary Lauren Rowley gave the secretary's updates and distributed our 2014-2015 District 7210 Directory; Youth X-Change chairs Nan and David Greenwood gave updates on our Youth Exchange program; Sue Doyle and Vicki Kessler gave Interact Club updates; Jonah Triebwasser provided information on RadioRotary and how clubs can become a sponsor; PDG (1999-2000) gave updates on our Foundation & Grants and urged all to attend our West Point Brunch on November 9th in the Thayer Hotel from 11 to 2 p.m.; Anna Johnsen gave updates on the Rotary Learning Institute being held at Mt. St. Mary College, Nwburgh; PDG (2009-2010) David Green gave updates on our 2015 District Conference being held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Southbury, Ct. on April 17th - 19th; DGN (2016-2017) Louis Turpin presented the District's 3 year Membership Plan and closing the District Staff Meeting DGE Nick Constantino informed us of his preparedness for his year as DG. Lunch followed in the Green Chimneys School dining hall with the students of Green Chimneys.


Posted by Greg Amato on Oct 11, 2014


Posted by Greg Amato on Oct 09, 2014


Kudos to the Highland Rotary Club who were the first to respond to DG Penny's World Polio Day Challenge for October 24th.
Highland Rotary Club presented a $2,349 check for the Rotary Foundation's Polio Plus program. And thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's 2 to 1 match, the donation becomes $7,047 dollars to aid Rotary's fight to eradicate polio from the world by the year 2018.
District 7210 has accepted a challenge from neighboring District 7980 in Connecticut to raise awareness and funds for World Polio Day on October 24th. What will your club do to create Polio awareness in your community?
Posted by Greg Amato on Oct 06, 2014


                             Now's the time to earn Presidential Citation credit for an international project
                                               by supporting our district's Youth Exchange Program.

Deadlines are fast approaching for the Outbound Youth Exchange Program that allows you to sponsor a young ambassador from your community for a year abroad. District interviews take place in the next few weeks, so don’t delay. Contact Outbound Director Betty Djerf for further information (

Inbound Director Nan Greenwood is seeking club commitments to sponsor an Inbound Student for the 2015-2016 academic year. (Since this is an exchange program, we need an Inbound placement for each Outbound student.) International student applications will start arriving soon so now’s the time to plan. Contact Nan at to obtain further information, confirm your interest, and arrange a club presentation, if desired.

Let’s support RI's efforts to promote mutual understanding and world peace through the young face of Rotary!

Additional information is available at our web site: by contacting YEX Chair David Greenwood at, 845.677.5767.



Posted by Greg Amato on Oct 02, 2014


Feature your club and members on RadioRotary
Does your club have a unique service project? Is a member of your club in an unusual profession or has a compelling story to share with our listening audience?
We are booking show guests for RadioRotary now for November, December and January. If you would like to suggest a show idea or guest, please call Jonah Triebwasser at (845) 702-6242.
We can't guarantee that we can use every idea suggested, but we would love to hear from you!
Sarah O'Connell and Jonah Triebwasser
RadioRotary co-hosts
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 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 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 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)



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