Club Events
Jul 18, 2014
by Cornell Frank
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Jun 25, 2014
by Cornell Frank

Click above for more details.  Friend, family, brother Rotarians I am resending the flyer for the event on August 2 at the Brooklyn Cyclone. Hope to see you there - it will be lots of fun - bring your family and friends, all are welcomed! Yours in Rotary, Vincent Nativo

Jul 12, 2014
by Cornell Frank
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Jul 16, 2014
by Cornell Frank
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May 25, 2014
by Cornell Frank
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Jul 14, 2014
by Cornell Frank
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Jun 30, 2014
by Cornell Frank
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Oct 10, 2013
by Elaine Quinones

*** EVENT POSTPONED TO SEP 14, 2014 ***

The Rotary Club of Brooklyn, New York will be celebrating its Centennial Birthday on Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 12:00 Noon at Gargiulo's Restaurant located at 2911 West 15th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224. Dinner, Dancing and Raffles. Ticket: $125 per person.

For more information please contact either Elaine Quinones at or Laura Caruana at

Click on more below to see the invitation and the invitation to participate in the "Diamond Jubilee - Centennial Celebration Journal."

Jun 13, 2014
by Cornell Frank
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Jun 27, 2014
by Cornell Frank
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Sep 01, 2013
by Cornell Frank
Please log on and make sure that your member profile including contact information is up-to-date. This will help tremendously for both District and Club communications!

It's important that the District understands what's at stake. 
Please click on the following interactive link for a larger copy:
District Governor Tony
Posted by Cornell Frank on Jul 16, 2014

Posted by Cornell Frank on Jul 07, 2014

DG Tony has asked that we start a committee of Rotarians to promote the importance of health and health awareness for the Rotarians and our families in our District.
Healthy Rotarians can do more for their family, their business as well as their club.
It will be composed of of all the different doctors (both traditional and alternative), health professionals, health care providers and any Rotarian who is just plain interested in seeing that the level of health and health awareness in our District is raised.So all Rotarians are welcome to join.
While we will have "face to face" meetings once in a while if and when necessary,  but free teleconferencing meetings will be the norm. This will allow Rotarians from one end of the district to the other to attend and support the purpose of our committee from their home or office without the inconvenience of having to travel!
Shortly after July1 I will send an email out with details for our first meeting. 
Please share this email and let everyone in your club know about this new District opportunity to serve,
each other and our families. 
President-elects, please ask or choose someone from your club to either serve or be a liaison to the RCHC.
I thank you all in advance for your help, support and cooperation.
Yours in Rotary,
 AG, PP, Dr. Howard Robins

Questions? Ideas? Call me, cell 516-967-1009 

Letter to the District

July has arrived and we look forward  to a new Rotary year. As your District Governor, I am honored to have the opportunity to serve you my fellow Rotarians.
This years Rotary theme is "Light Up Rotary". It's not just a theme for the year it is a call for each club to take action and make a Rotary stronger. The 2014-15 Presidential Citation will recognize Rotary clubs that take action to increase their membership, enhance their service impact, and expand their network. Clubs are asked to sponsor a Rotary Day to introduce a rotary to non-Rotarians.

My emphasis this year as always the five avenues of service. We must continue to support and get involved to continue not only the growth of RI, but our District.

My special focus will be Veterans and Health and Wellness. I am asking each club to reach out to a VFW, American Legion or DAV.  There is great need not only the Veterans returning from recent conflicts, but Veterans from all wars who might to assistance.  We already have a Veterans project this is a expansion of the program. I am referring to the resource manual developed by the Glen Cove Club.
My other focus is Health and Wellness. This project is for Rotarians and their families. As Rotarians we are concerned for people in our communities and around the world, but seem to ignore our own health. The idea is to provide guest speakers concerning all health and fitness issues. Dr Howard Robbins is the chair of this committee. Further information is to follow.
This year the AGs will have a greater emphasis in leading and supporting their clubs to achieve their club and District goals. Rotary Central, and My Rotary are two key elements to assist club Presidents and Secretaries.
Any district committee could be called upon to be guest speakers at the clubs. Also the District has a speakers bureau chaired by PDG Bob Tedesco.
I would like to commend DG Gwen Remage -Wons for her tireless efforts as the first merge DG of 7255. Thank you DG Gwen.

Finally I look forward to working with each club to assist in make each club successful and viable for this Rotary year.

Posted by Cornell Frank on Jul 03, 2014

On behalf of myself and the District Staff wishing you and your families a safe and happy 4th of July.!

Tony Civitano
District Governor 2014-2015
District 7255

Posted by Cornell Frank on May 17, 2014





Posted by Cornell Frank on Jun 27, 2014

Posted by Cornell Frank on Jun 22, 2014

Hello Rotarians:
As the year comes to an end it is with great pride that I share, "We are together again". We have two new clubs for a total of 77 clubs in our district and added more than 100 new members. Rotary International says our total membership is 1904, which is wonderful.
We have given out 180 awards to clubs and individuals to celebrate our service to the global, district and local communities. May I encourage you to publicize the awards that you received. Let your neighbors know what ROTARY does and they will want to support and join you.
Within our district 7255, over 50 clubs made contributions to THE ROTARY FOUNDATION. A record number of bequests were made to insure the future of Rotary. We have two new Arch Klump Society members.
It has been my privilege and honor to serve as the first District Governor for the combined District 7255 for 2013-14. I will continue to support our District and offer my services  in any capacity to our new leadership team.
Gwenn Ramage-Wons
District Governor 2013-14
Rotary District 7255
Gift of Life Director 2012-15
Charter Member Seatuck Cove Rotary

Arch Klump Society Member

Posted by Cornell Frank on May 08, 2014

The District Conference gave us the opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments in our first year of TOGETHER AGAIN.
A big "Thank You" to the District Conference Committee for doing such an outstanding job.
We have made a serious beginning in uniting our District dedicated to serving those on the local level and globally.

Thank You Club Presidents, Assistant District Governors and Committee Chairs. You are the glue.
DG Gwenn


Shown from left to right: PDG Marion Stark, PDG Kathy Gibson, PDG Dave Ardam, PDG Irving Toliver, Jacki Yonik, AG Cheryl Rambler-Goveia, AG Diane Marmann, Pam Einstman, DG Gwenn, AG Frank Seibert, Jackie Milton, Angela Lostritto, Vicky Greenberg, Aleta Labiento, AG Barbara Ackerman and Geri Sheridan

Posted by Cornell Frank on May 12, 2014

Image                                                                                                                                  Photo: Martin Burrows, Sr.
Presentation of Rotary International Service Above Self Award to Dr. Rajesh Patel on May 07, 2014
During Rotary Club of Riverhead Meeting at the Hyatt Hotel, East Main Street, Riverhead, NY:

1. Member of Rotary Club of Riverhead

2. Member Board of Directors Gift of Life 726

3. Participated in Rotary Matching Grant Missions to Africa and India.

4. Participated in Medical Medical Missions to: Africa, Asia: India, Nepal and Vietnam.South and Central America.

5. Dr. Patel participated in Rotary Club of Riverhead Shadow Day on April 23, 2014 where a Member of Riverhead High School Interact Club was picked up at the High School, Shadowed him for a day, take the Student to Lunch with the Club and return the Student to Riverhead High School.

Posted by Cornell Frank on Apr 14, 2014

Posted by Cornell Frank on Apr 06, 2014

Great news!!! "The Rotarian Magazine" is now online.  Rotarians, guests, non-Rotarians and friends can now read the magazine 24 x 7 online from anywhere on any computer device.  The address is "" and can also be found under our "District Links" on the right side of our web site.
Posted by Cornell Frank on Apr 04, 2014


DG Gwenn

Posted by Cornell Frank on Mar 12, 2014

Greetings District 7255 Rotarians,

Reading opens the door to opportunity. Whatever the question, the answer may be found in the pages of a book.
On the international level, Rotary believes that if you teach a child to read, it's a single wonderful accomplishment. However, if you teach a mother to read, you teach a family.... you teach a village.
From the Brooklyn Bridge to the Montauk Lighthouse we have a multitude of reading programs available to help every child to reach his or her reading potential. Do more; read more from the beginning to the end. Point out the STOP sign to the infant in the car seat. Turn the pages of a picture book with a toddler, volunteer  to be a story reader at the local library or at your church. Partner-read a chapter a night with a third grader. Have your club donate dictionaries to third graders. Read the cereal box at the breakfast table.

And write... Write your memories for future generations. Encourage young people to keep a journal every day. When you read you accept a message from someone...  When you write you send a message to someone.
Forty-two Rotary clubs in District 7255 have Literacy Programs, let's make it a 100%.
DG Gwenn
Posted by Cornell Frank on Mar 20, 2014

Is available under Download Files on the left side of the District 7255 web site.
Posted by Cornell Frank on Mar 13, 2014

District Governor Gwenn was honored by New York Institute of Technology' and the American Council of Education (ACE) Women's Network during the "Breaking The Ceiling: Defying Gravity" ceremony that was held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the De Seversky Mansion on Northern Boulevard in Old Westbury.

The purpose of of the ACE Women's Network is to seek:

  • to develop and promote the advancement of women in New York state
  • to increase the number, visibility, and influence of women in leadership roles
  • to establish linkages among and between women policy makers
  • to develop an agenda of policy issues affecting women

District Governor Gwenn addressed more than one hundred assembled audience members.  She spoke very eloquently and with great passion about the wonderful work on Rotary and the opportunities Rotary offers the many women leaders.

In her presentation, DG Gwenn elaborated on the Polio-Plus Eradication program, the life saving operations given to young people in the Gift of Life Program, Youth Exchange Programs like Interact, Rotaract and Youth Exchange, The Vocational Training Team opportunity.  She also talked about the many club, vocational, community and international service projects.  Of course she also talked at length about the wonderful work of Rotary Foundation.  Her presentation was well received as was evidenced by spirited and prolonged applause.

Organizer of the colloquium Dr. Patricia Bruland, Ph.D. presenting District Governor Gwenn with the NYIT-ACE's prestigious award

The evening concluded with a wonderful dinner that was held in the beautiful mansion that is located on the grounds of New York Institute of Technology.


Shown is PG Gwenn (third from left), our first spouse of District 7255 Rotarian Gene Ramage, Dr. Howard Robbins of the former Rotary Club of West Hempstead - now Central Nassau, and PDG Katherine Gibson of the Rotary Club of Locust Valley.

PDG Irving Toliver and his wife Beatrice sat at another table as did Club President Terri Muran and delegates from the Rotary Club of North Shore.           

Posted by Cornell Frank on Mar 02, 2014

May I remind the leadership of every Rotary Club to download and complete Rotary International President Ron D. Burton's 2013-14 Presidential Citation Form.  The form requires the Rotary Club President's signature and must be submitted to District Governor Gwenn no later than March 31, 2014.

The form can also be accessed from the District 7255 web site's "Download Files section on the left side of the page.  Needless to say the form can be downloaded from the RI web site indicated below.  Just click on the site address and you will be taken to the form.

DG Gwenn


Posted by Lisa Mueller on May 30, 2013

Celebrating the Installation of

Gwenn Ramage-Wons

Rotary District 7255

with keynote speaker: RI Director Bryn Styles

Posted by Cornell Frank on Feb 16, 2014


To provide an additional incentive for clubs to actively recruit and retain members

This program has been used successfully during the 2010 – 2012 Rotary year in District 7250.
This program targets clubs who have less than 20 members, but is open to all clubs in the district.



Promotion will run 2013 – 14: Starting July 1, 2013. Ending April 20, 2014 in order to be recognized at the District Conference in Rhode Island, April 24, 2014.

  1. New members added to the club must be reported to the District and to RI.  When you add your members to Club Runner, make sure you click the button to integrate to RI.
  2. Rotarians transferring from one club to another will not count in this program.
  3. Send info on New Member Growth by April 20, 2014 to Membership Chair, PDG Irving Toliver:

Awards will go to the top 3 Rotary clubs that have added the greatest numbers of new members.
Presentation of Awards will be made at the District Conference.


All Cash Awards will be earmarked specifically for local club service projects. The winning club must provide the name of the local service project before any payments are issued.  The Cash Awards are as follows:

1st Prize: $500.00 Cash Award to the club for a local service project.

2nd Prize: $300.00 Cash Award to the club local service project.

3rd Prize: $200.00 Cash Award to the club local service project.

The AG will receive a special Certificate of Recognition for their work with the winning clubs.  These Certificates will be signed by the District Governor and Membership Chair and will be presented at the District Conference in Rhode Island, April 24, 2014.



To grow the district by adding at least 200 new Rotarians to clubs each Rotary year.

DG Gwenn

Posted by Cornell Frank on Mar 04, 2014

The Rotary Club of Brooklyn Centennial Birthday has rescheduled its Centennial Gala to Sunday, September 14, 2014. from 12:00 Noon at Gargiulo's Restaurant located at 2911 West 15th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224. Dinner, Dancing & Raffles.  Ticket Prices $125 per person.
For more information please contact either Elaine Quinones at or Laura Caruana at





Posted by Cornell Frank on Feb 19, 2014

Date:              February 19, 2014

For immediate release

Contact:  Laura Caruana, 646-331-9123,

Rotary International Honors the Rotary Club of Brooklyn for 100 Years of Service

The Rotary Club of Brooklyn celebrates 100 years of community service.  The club was chartered April 1, 1914 and has been recognized by Ron D. Burton, President of Rotary International for its dedication to Rotary and its commitment to the ideal of Service Above Self.  For the century, the club has been consistently active in global and local projects. 

The Brooklyn Rotary Club will celebrate the 100th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee with dinner and dancing on Saturday, March 29th at Gargiulo’s Restaurant, 15th Street, Coney Island, New York.  For further information, contact Laura Caruana at 646-331-9123 or

Best regards,
DG Gwenn

Posted by Cornell Frank on Feb 18, 2014

February 2014
Couple’s $1.1 million gift boosts push to eradicate polio
Rotary member Terry Caster and his wife, Barbara, announced a $1.1 million gift to Rotary to help eradicate polio. What’s more, their gift will be matched two-to-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, resulting in $3.3 million in new funding for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The Casters’ gift is one of the largest-ever individual contributions to Rotary for polio eradication.

How did India end polio?
On 13 January, India marked three years since its last case of wild polio, a landmark achievement for global public health and the worldwide effort to eradicate polio. The photos in this gallery capture the people and resources that were necessary for India to end polio.

Fighting polio in Côte d’Ivoire
The polio eradication fight has many faces, and everyone, from mother to health minister, is essential. Each one plays a role, and together they are the framework that supports the polio eradication effort in Côte d’Ivoire and around the world .

Activities roundup
A poinsettia sale sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Northumberland Sunrise and Cobourg, Ontario, Canada, raised CA$20,000.
Carl Nellis, a member of the Rotary Club of Jerome, Idaho, USA, raised $5,000 through a 200-mile hike.

The annual Rotary Foundation banquet of the Rotary Club of Prior Lake, Minnesota, USA, netted $2,100.

A Rotary club-supported polio resource center in Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, is bringing together health workers, traditional birth attendants, social mobilizers, and polio eradication partners with the aim of vaccinating every newborn in the area against polio. Equipped with cell phones, the birth attendants notify the center of newborns who need vaccination against polio, parents who refuse immunization for their children, and children missed by previous immunization campaigns.

Rotary in the news
Read a National Geographic News Watch article about how India beat polio, including Rotary’s role.

Read a Popular Science story on the impact of India’s success against polio on Southeast Asia’s polio-free status, which quotes PolioPlus Director Carol Pandak.

Read a Wall Street Journal article on India’s three-year polio-free milestone, which quotes India PolioPlus Committee Chair Deepak Kapur.

Read two articles in Time about India’s milestone victory against polio and the role played by Rotary.

What’s ahead
18 February -- Webinar (10:00 Chicago time [UTC-6], 60 minutes), Polio Eradication: 2013 in Review and How You Can Help in 2014. Get an update on the global fight to end polio, including the progress made in polio-endemic countries and the impact of polio outbreaks, along with ideas for supporting the effort through fundraising and advocacy. Space is limited to 500 attendees.

Watch for more information on this and other events at

Resource guide
Find out how the End Polio Now -- Make History Today funding campaign sponsored by Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation makes contributions work three times as hard.

Participate in the World’s Biggest Commercial to publicize Rotary’s polio eradication efforts. It’s just one of many Rotary resources available.

Contribute to PolioPlus
The fight isn’t over. Polio is a crippling, potentially fatal infectious disease, and if we don’t finish the job of eradication, more than 10 million children under age five could be paralyzed in the next 40 years. For less than $1, a child can be vaccinated for life.
Find out how your donation can triple in impact.
Donate today.

The End Polio Now newsletter reports monthly on the progress toward global polio eradication, highlighting Rotary International's role. Email:

Gwenn Ramage-Wons
District Governor 2013/14
Rotary International District 7255
Director Gift of Life  2012 -15
Charter Member Seatuck Cove Rotary
Cell: (631) 830-7080
Home: (631) 288-5451
Fax: (631) 288-5435


Posted by Cornell Frank on Feb 10, 2014

DGE Tony Civitano is requesting clubs in the District to assist 42 homeless vets sleeping on the grounds of Northport VA. If you can help please contact the Northport Club.  Thank you
Posted by Cornell Frank on Feb 09, 2014

The "Women's Network of the New York Institute of Technology" will be recognizing and honoring our own wonderful District Governor Gewnn at the "Breaking the Ceiling: Defyimng Gravity" on Saturday, March 1, 2014.  At that time DG Gwenn will be given a platform to speak about Rotary.  Please don't miss this event and join DG Gwenn.

Please see the flyer immediateky below with all the deatails.


Posted by Cornell Frank on Feb 03, 2014

PDG Arnold Quaranta (left) presenting the first Arch Klump Society Certificates in District 7255 to DG Gwenn Ramage-Wons (middle) and District 7255 First Spouse Eugene Wons (right).


Arch C. Klump Society members are among The Rotary Foundation's top leaders ans innovators.  Members believe in the work of The Rotary Foundation and have made supporting peace, education, and humanitarian assistance part of their personal mission.

Every member of the Arch C. Klumph Society has a personal commitment to "doing good in the world."

All Rotarians of District 7255 congratulate DG Gwenn and our first spouse Eugene for recieving this high honor!

Posted by Cornell Frank

To view a PowerPoint Presentation:

Click Here


Posted by Cornell Frank on Feb 06, 2014

Rotary Club of Seatuck Cove President Wendy Walsh-DeMaria (middle) installed two new members Kim Hawley (left) and Muriel Corcoran (right) on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Posted by Cornell Frank on Feb 06, 2014

Please contact Rose Quaranta if you are interested in participating on any of the following Friendship Exchanges:

-Milan, Italy D2050: We are traveling there July 5-14,2014. The trip is currently full and a "stand-by" list has been started in the event someone should cancel.  They are coming to us August 30-Sept 8, 2014.  We need host families.
-Port Harcort, Nigeria D9140:  5  couples from Nigeria will be coming here April 16-23, 2014. We NEED host families. We will be traveling there either the 3rd or 4th week of February 2015. Will know definite date in March. We will also be participating on an NID while there (National Immunization Day - polio drops).  Travel Visas and immunizations are mandatory for travel to Nigeria.
-Dollegau, EnglandD1180:  Our district traveled there in November 2013. It is our turn to host them. They are coming to us sometime in June (TBA) for approximately 8-10 days. Please let me know if you are interested in hosting.
-San Jose Do Rio Preto, Brazil D4480: We will be traveling there May 27- June 6, 2015.  The Rotary International Conference will be held in San Paolo, Brazil June 7 - 10, 2015.  These dates were selected to afford our team the convenience of continuing their travels in Brazil and attend the RIC in San Paolo if they choose to.  This continuation of travels is separate from the FE Exchange.  If you are interested in participating please contact Rose Quaranta.  They will be traveling to us October 5-14, 2014. We will NEED host families.
-FE Overview of hosting responsibilities:
-Responsible for room, board, transportation to/ from airport, transportation to/from local sights/attractions/rotary meetings restaurants, shopping malls etc.
-Not Responsible for transportation outside of local area or fees for bus, train, ferry, subway.
-Not Responsible for entrance fees to attractions/sights etc. You may assist your guests in acquiring tickets for these things.
-Not Responsible for meals eaten outside of your home.
-Rose Quaranta Contact Info: H631-467-8226 C516-617-2316
Posted by Cornell Frank on Jan 22, 2014

“It is a New Year.  I hereby resolve …”   How often have you said those words?
This year, we can make Rotary Resolutions.  Consider these:
·       Check out the District 7255 website at least once a week.
·       Contact an absent member and ask, “Why?”

·       Sponsor one new club member.

·      Update my club membership on ClubRunner

·       Convince our club to go "EREY" – Every Rotarian Every Year to give a donation to the Rotary International Foundation -- however large or small.  One dollar per member – world wide – would amount to more than a million.
·       Help make our club the best it can be.

·       Fulfill my personal Rotary Goals.

·       Signup to attend the District Conference to be held April 24-27, 2014 at the Marriott Convention Center in Newport, Rhode Island.

And …

·       Resolve to support Gwenn Ramage as she completes her task – “Together Again.”

·       Resolve to support Tony Civitano as he prepares to lead District 7255 into a great Rotary year 2014 - 2015



Posted by Cornell Frank on Dec 13, 2013

We are half-way through our Rotary Year. We find ourselves between giving thanks and making resolutions. It is a happy and fruitful season.
We give thanks for successfully completing the Governor's Official visits. There are so many unique projects to be applauded. Approximately 65 new members have been inducted. Large clubs and small clubs are making meaningful local and global contributions. We are making a difference one child, one village, one bridge, one water well at a time.
As we move forward to the second part of our Rotary mission, we resolve not only to continue but to expand our goals. We hope to add a total of 200 new members and at least two new clubs to the District.
We work toward increasing our funding to the Rotary Foundation - Thus being ready to support local and global grants. We hope to meet Ron Burton's challenge and make District 7255 a "First Class" District: Every Rotarian, every year - your contribution is needed.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a healthy and prosperous
New Year.

District Governor 7255


Posted by Cornell Frank on Dec 10, 2013

The Children's Holiday Party sponsored by Jet Blue and the Rotary Club of JFK International Airport. Over 300 children including handicapped children from 9 different schools met Santa Claus, got backpack filled with goodies and had a great time.

(Note: Other submtted pctures could not bve posted because the District 7255 website does not accept pictures larger than 1024 px.  Kindly submit picture accordingly to Webmaster Dr. Cornell C. Frank at


Posted by Cornell Frank on Nov 27, 2013

Hello Rotarians:
November is Foundation month, however, with the huge typhoon
that hit the Philippines and our own hurricane Sandy, I will be concentrating
on helping victims of disaster.
As you know, Rotary is not a first responder, but Rotarians were already
on the ground in the Philippines since September when the 7.1 earthquake
hit, helping those who lost everything. The typhoon that struck the country
is the worst to ever hit the Philippines. Since Rotarians are currently on location
it is felt that there is an immediate need for Shelter Boxes to help families in
need. We, therefore, have decided that we will give at least one Shelter Box to
a needy family and then decide what to do with the balance of the donations.
Hopefully, more donations will be received  so that we can help rebuild
villages in the Philippines and so ENGAGE ROTARY AND CHANGE LIVES.
There is still a need locally for Sandy victims, and the "Adopt a Home" program
is moving well in the Lindenhurst and Bayshore areas.
We all should be very thankful for having a roof over our head and food on the
A happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah to all.
Gwenn Ramage-Wons
District Governor 2013/14
Rotary District 7255
Posted by Cornell Frank on Nov 23, 2013

It was my pleasure to attend the Gift of Life 726 Gala.


James LaMantia, Gala Chair, District First Spouse Gene Wons, District Governor Gwenn
and Dr. Raj Patel from the Riverhead Club

Posted by Cornell Frank on Nov 13, 2013

We are establishing a "Philippine Disaster Aid Fund" for the victims in the typhoon and all donations should be made out to:

Rotary District 7255 Foundation

and write in memo box: Philippines Disaster Aid

Then mail your Tax Deductible check to:

Len Stevens, District Treasurer
Rotary District 7255
P. O. Box 1552
Smithtown, NY 11787

Thank you for your kindness

DG Gwenn Ramage-Wons

Posted by Cornell Frank on Oct 16, 2013

Hello Fellow Rotarians:
Vocational Service is our focus for October. Rotarians hold themselves to high ethical standards. Diversification of classifications within each club recognizes the dignity of all occupations and careers and Rotary provides an opportunity to use experience to serve both within the community and globally. Paul Harris led the way with the philosophy that a Rotarian is a good person with whom to do business.

Additionally, Vocational Service provides an occasion for Rotarians to interact with the youth of the community. A career day at the local high school, sponsored by the Rotary Club and including other community leaders, showcases a variety o careers. Rotarians can offer mentoring, internships and shadowing to the future generation. Interenerational fellowship insures the opportunity to change lives and grow our fine organization.

Have a great October.
Gwenn Ramage-Wons
District Governor 7255

Posted by Cornell Frank on Oct 14, 2013



Greetings Fellow Rotarians:

DG Gwenn and District 7255 are off to a roaring start since her installation. She is tirelessly working to invigorate all of the District’s efforts. The District is full of new ideas and a palpable energy. We are holding our regular District meetings and I would like to give special thanks to Patricia McCarthy for keeping the District’s minutes and for relaying them to leadership.

Posted by Cornell Frank on Oct 16, 2013

District Governor Gwenn and District Grants Chair PDG George Solomon have made the District Simplified Grant Application Packet available to every Rotary Club in District 7255.

Click on "More..." below to see the packet.   The packet is also available as a "fill-in form" in the "Download Files" section on the left side of the District 7255 homepage.  A little scrolling down may be necessary. The packet is available in Word .docx and Word .doc format.

Posted by Cornell Frank on Nov 03, 2013

District 7255 Foundation Chair for 2012-2016 PDG Arnold Quaranta invited all Rotarians to join one of four Rotary Club meetings that had been hel on:

    • Monday, October 28, 2013 at 5:30 PM at Janney Montgomery Scott, in Garden City, NY

    • Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 12:15 PM ant the Rotary Club of Riverhead at the Culinary Arts Center

    • Wednesday, October 30th at 12:15 PM at the Rptary Club of Smithtown, in Smithtown, NY, and

    • Thursday, October 31th at 7:45 AM at the Rotary Club of Ronkonkomas, in Ronkonkoma, NY


The guest speakers were: PDG Arnold T. Quaranta Jr., District 7255 Foundation Chair 2012-2016. and a member of the Rotary Club of the  Ronkonkomas, Rotary International  Foundation Major Gifts Officers for Zone 32 Jenna Archuleta, and Endowment/Major Gifts Advisor Mac Leask, CPA

Posted by Cornell Frank on Sep 26, 2013


                                                                                                                 Photo Dr. Cornell C. Frank

DG Gwenn (center) with Rotary Club of Flushing President All Harris (right) and Past President Veronica Tsang (left)

Posted by Gwenn Ramage-Wons on Sep 06, 2013

Rotarian Cornell Frank has been kind enough to prepare a User's Manual that is intended to be used by District 7255 Club Officers and Rotarians to update information directly on the District 7255 web site if their respective Rotary club does not use the services of ClubRunner/Doxess Technologies.  "Screen shots" and red arrows pointing the way, will ease finding the location of the buttons to be pressed in order to accomplish the desired results.  The manual is available from the "Download" section on the left side of the District 7255 web site.  Please scroll down a bit until you see the "Download" section on the left side.  The Manual is entitled "District 722 Web Site Update Interaction including Attendance Reporting" and is available in two parts.

Posted by Gwenn Ramage-Wons on Aug 17, 2013


August 7th -         dinner Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, E-Club & Verrazano Clubs

August 8th -         breakfast West Hempstead, Hempstead-Uniondale     

August 20th -       lunch Manhasset, Great Neck & Gold Coast

August 21st-        breakfast with Williston Park

August 22nd -      lunch Baldwin/Rockville Center

August 26th -       lunch Mineola-Garden City

August 27th -       lunch Syosset-Woodbury

August 28th -       lunch Farmingdale, Farmingdale Breakfast

August 29th -       lunch Roslyn, North Shore L.I.

September 4th -   breakfast Hauppauge, Commack/Kings Park, Ronkonkomas

September 5th -    lunch Islip

Sepember 10th -   dinner Southold and Greenport

September 11th -   lunch at Riverhead

September 12th -   lunch North Hills Veterans

September 12th -   dinner Central Islip/Islandia and Brentwood

September 24th -   lunch Rocky Point and Middle Island

September 24th -   dinner Glen Head and Bayville/Center Island       

September 25th -   lunch Smithtown and Smithtown Sunrise

September 26th -   lunch at Flushing

September 30th -   dinner at Easthampton

October 1st -         lunch Queens Borough

October 1st -         dinner Southwest Queens, Rockaway

October 2nd -        dinner Jamaica, Historic Jackson Heights

October 3rd -         lunch Southampton, Westhampton

October 8th -         lunch Locust Valley, Glen Cove

October 8th -         dinner Jackson Heights, Central Queens

October 10th -        lunch Stony Brook, Port Jefferson

October 15th -        lunch Hampton Bays

October 16th -        lunch Oceanside-Island Park, Franklin Square

October 16th -        dinner Patchogue, Sayville

October 17th -        dinner Lindenhurst, Amityville (Goccia D’Oro)

October 22nd -       lunch Malverne, East Rockaway-Lynbrook

October 22nd-        dinner Floral Park-Bellerose (Trinity Restaurant)

October 23rd -        lunch Oyster Bay

October 24th -        dinner Shirley/Mastic, Moriches & Bellport

October 25th -        lunch Huntington Station, Melville (Jewels)

October 29th -        breakfast at East Northport

October 30th -       dinner Hicksville-Jericho Sunrise, Freeport-Merrick (Elliots)

October 31th -        lunch Babylon, Bay Shore

November 5th -      lunch Huntington

November 6th -       lunch Northport

November 7th -       dinner Seatuck Cove

November 7th -       Homecoming Dinner at Mahogany's on Montauk Highway
                                   in Speonk, NY

November 20th -      JFK International Airport


Posted by Cornell Frank on Sep 25, 2013


District Governor Gwenn (second from right) with Assistant Governor Warren Sternberg (left), Rotary Club of Smithtown Sunrise President Andrew Ratway (second from left) and Rotary Club of Smithtown President Father De Leon (right)

Posted by Cornell Frank on Sep 11, 2013


District Governor Gwenn (middle) with Rotary Club of Riverhead President Mary Ellen and District 7255 Community Service Chair Bill during DG Gwenn's Official Visit on September 11, 2013

Posted by Cornell Frank on Aug 29, 2013


                                                                                                                 Photo: Cornell C. Frank

DG Gwenn and District 7255 First Spouse Gene (right) with PDG Katie (second from right), AG's Diane (fourth from right) and Howard (third from right), Rotary Club of North Shore, LI President Terri (left) and Rotary Club of Roslyn Co-Presidents Cathy (second from left) and Deborah (fourth from left).


Posted by Cornell Frank on Aug 20, 2013

DG Gwenn had a successful visit with the following Rotary Clubs: Manhasset, Great Neck and Gold Coast, Lake Success on Tuesday, August 20th at the Pearl East.  She enjoyed meeting with all the active Rotary members.


 See DG Gwenn schedule of club visits immediately below.

Posted by Cornell Frank on Aug 22, 2013


DG Governor Gwenn (fourth from right) and AG Nancy Hanson (third from right) enjoying their Official Club visit with the leadership and a few members of the Rotary Club of Baldwin-Rockville Centre. At right is the "District 7255 first spouse Gene."

Posted by Cornell Frank on Aug 22, 2013

As PolioPlus Chair for District 7255 I hope to send out to the club presidents updates throughout the year on the progress Rotary is making (along with its partners) in the efforts to eradicate polio.

 I recommend reading the articles at the following link, which you may share with your club: . It's the August 2013 edition of Polio News.

 Please remember the latest Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Challenge Grant. For this year and the next two years, the Gates Foundation will be matching your donations to PolioPlus at the Rotary Foundation on a 2 for 1 basis, up to $35,000,000 in Rotary contributions. That means, for every dollar we Rotarians raise and donate, Gates will add $2 more to the effort! 


David M. Ardam, Past District Governor (2007-2008)
Rotary International District 7255
District PolioPlus Chair
District Co-Chair, Rotary Leadership Institute
Member, Rotary Club of Commack-Kings Park, New York
Club Rotary Foundation Chair
Posted by Wallace (Wally) Mahoney on Aug 24, 2013

A brief reference to Camp Paquatuck–Respite Day for the 106th Rescue Wing of the ANG was forwarded.

Reference was also made to other Rotarians having the story and that three pictures can be viewed at the following website (copy and paste the lURL into your favorite web browser):!1767&Bsrc=Photomail&Bpub=SDX.Photos&action=Download&authkey=!ACr9FzHQS35hixU

More will be posted as soon as we get the rest of the story...
Posted by Cornell Frank on Aug 17, 2013

Dear Rotary Club Officer,
For nearly two years, we’ve been working to refresh and revitalize Rotary’s website and in just a few days, your new website will be unveiled to our members and the public.  We are set to launch on August 26th, and in anticipation of this exciting event, I am reaching out to the leaders of our organization and asking you to join me in being champions and advocates for this wonderful new tool.
Each of you plays a key leadership role in your club and with its members. We want to highlight the many positive aspects of the new website and ease any initial concerns that may arise as you and the members of your club familiarize yourselves with the new site.
I’ve had the opportunity to speak directly with RI President Ron D. Burton about the upcoming launch and he has expressed his enthusiasm and support for the many improvements being made. We hope to make the transition to the new online experience as smooth as possible.
We want to draw attention to a few key features of the new website that we think you will find most helpful as you field questions from Rotarians in the coming weeks.
Posted on Aug 01, 2013

My fellow Rotarians,

All of us know that Rotary has incredible potential to do good work.  We are going to do that by ENGAGING ROTARIANS by getting them involved, by getting them inspired, and by making sure that all Rotarians know what gift they have in Rotary.

The goal is to make Rotary bigger, not just with more members but with more involved and ENGAGED and motivated members, who will be the ones to lead us in the future.  We do not just ask anyone to join Rotary.  We are looking to attract successful and motivated people who care.  We ask them to take their valuable time and give it to Rotary.  So, when they join our club, we need to be sure that their time in Rotary is well spent and enjoyable.

I am pleased to report that I had the privilege of inducting twelve new Rotarians at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Hicksville South.  As I begin my official visits, I am looking forward to inducting even more new members and inspiring them to be engaged and involved.  

Your club can sponsor a new club in your community and also help grow our eClub, which has many advantages to provide access to Rotary for smaller communities, alumni, former Rotarians or people who would like to serve but cannot physically attend formal meetings.  This is crucial so that we reach our goal of 1.3 Million Rotarians, by the year 2015.

During the PETS seminar each incoming president was given an overview of the IGNITE PROGRAM presented and started by RI Director Ken Boyd.  The purpose of which is to IGNITE EVERY ROTARIAN by involving them in one or more Rotary activities.  Everyone has something to contribute to the success of his or her own club, therefore every person has the power to CHANGE A LIFE.  Ask your club president, area governor, or membership chair for more information.


DG Gwenn Ramage-Wons
District Governor 2013-2014

Posted on Jul 01, 2013

Hello Fellow Rotarians:
I welcome you all to our new District 7255 TOGETHER AGAIN!  What a great opportunity to make this a very successful year for Rotary.  

It is an honor to serve as the first District Governor of the newly combined District 7255.  Not in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I would become a District Governor, least of all the governor of all of Long Island, where I have made my home since 1981.
After two years of merger meetings we finally made it and we are TOGETHER AGAIN.  Now we can remember our past and celebrate our history, triumphs, traditions, and fellowships with pride.

We have the opportunity to create a vibrant and growing district, increasing membership, creating new clubs, increasing our giving to the Rotary Foundation, and most of all fellowship with our friends to the west and to the east.  I encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and make up a meeting at a club out of your immediate area.  Go to their fundraisers and they will come to yours.
We face the future with imagination and generosity inspired by our new plan of action.  We demand the best of the future and we will take with us the best of the past.
Posted by George Solomon on May 14, 2013


Register now for the first District 7255 Conference to be held in the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Newport, Rhode Island. No Rotarian should miss this Conference because it offers a wonderful opportunity to meet with our District Governor Gwenn Ramage-Wons and her leadership team as well learn more about at the new District 7255 and its 75 Rotary clubsl.    A link is posted to the left, and the application is available for downloading just below it. Come and enjoy fun, fellowship, and Rotary learning with your friends from all over Long Island as we enjoy our first conference as the new District 7255 


You may need to scroll down a little on the home page.
Posted by Bruno Frustaci on Aug 12, 2013


DG Gwen is shown having a wonderful time visiting the Verrazano, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge and the E-Club on August 7, 2013. 

Posted by Cornell Frank

COURTESY PHOTO | Members of the Rotary Club of Riverhead presented a check to New Beginnings Community Center for the renovation of its Brendan House home for traumatic brain injury survivors on Aug. 6. Pictured, from left, front row: Marshall Aykroyd, Allyson Scerri and Sandi Sandi Aykroyd accept a presentation check from Riverhead Rotary president Mary Ellen Ellwood. Back row: Nancy Reyer, Rotarians Joe Ingegno, Linda Hulse, George Dupree, Patrick Wiles and Tom Lennon.

Members of the Rotary Club of Riverhead presented a check to New Beginnings Community Center for the renovation of its Brendan House home for traumatic brain injury survivors on August 6th. Pictured, from left, front row: Marshall Aykroyd, Allyson Scerri and Sandi Sandi Aykroyd accept a presentation check from Riverhead Rotary president Mary Ellen Ellwood. Back row: Nancy Reyer, Rotarians Joe Ingegno, Linda Hulse, George Dupree, Patrick Wiles and Tom Lennon.

Posted by Lisa Mueller on May 15, 2013

FIRST-EVER District 7255 Assembly

held at the Farmingdale Library, on May 11, 2013.
 All important business was conducted flawlessly 
and great fun and fellowship was had by all.
Peter Kleckowski, Lisa Mueller, Anthony Civitano, Gwenn Ramage-Wons, Connie Gevinski, Alan Hurst
Foreground: Connie Gevinski and Fred Notter
Cornell Frank (president - eClub of Long Island), Alan Hurst (RI Zone Coordinator)


District Governor

Anthony Civitano

District 7255 Events
         Aug 2014         
District Events - click of event for more details
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Melville Marriott
Sep 13, 2014 07:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Rotary Club of Brooklyn Centennial Celebration Gargiulo's Restaurant
Sep 14, 2014 12:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Multi-District Conference April 23-26 2015 Marriot Mystic Hotel & Spa
Apr 23, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015
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