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Yonkers, NY  10710
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At Thanksgiving, we are thankful for all the blessings we have received.  Yet there are also those who do not have a square meal.  Our Club joined in with our new sister Club - the Rotary e-Club of Heritage New York, to bring a little Thanksgiving joy to some families.  This year our Club provided 13 turkeys, and the HeritageNY Club added 5 more to donate a total of 18 turkeys to the families of underprivileged children at the Eugenia Maria de Hostos Micro-Society School in Yonkers.  Treasurer Barbara Hanna purchased the Club's 13 turkeys, funded by donations from Club members and the Club.  On Wednesday she delivered all 18 to the School.  The recipients of the turkeys were chosen by the teachers and designated as "winners" in a turkey raffle.  These turkeys will provide the recipient families with a Thanksgiving meal and perhaps a few more leftover meals too.
This is the third year that the Club has undertaken the donation of Thanksgiving turkeys to the Hostos School.  It has made a difference to the families at this time of year.
Our Club firmly believes in participating in projects which will benefit our local community as well as communities across the world.  In the true spirit of Rotary, every little bit helps.  As volunteers, individually we can only do so much.  But together as Rotarians, we can change our world.  Thanks to Barbara for taking this initiative and doing the heavy lifting to bring smiles to the families - a perfect example of "Service Above Self".
The Yonkers-East Yonkers Club's Global Grant project of building a Basketball court and organizing the Anti-bullying program for underprivileged kids secured the cover story and a 6-page center story of the November issue of the Rotarian Magazine.  The story is also featured in the RSS Feed from MyRotary.  The story's byline notes "In Yonkers, New York, a new basketball court four years in the making provides valuable life lessons to the community's kids - and its adults."
This is only the second time a project from a Club in our District is featured as a cover story in the magazine, which is sent out to all  Rotarians either in print form or in digital form.  The six-page article features a center spread on the Yonkers skyline and the main story has 2 pictures - one showing the children playing at the new court and a second picture, showing Rotarian Tim Hodges, Deputy Chief of the Yonkers Police Department surrounded by the children in blue Rotary T-Shirts listening to him talk about handling bullies.
The story is written by Bryan Smith, senior writer at Chicago magazine, and the author of The Breakaway: The Inside Story of the Wirtz Family Business and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Known throughout the District and beyond for his passion and zeal in Rotary's fight against Polio, Centennial President of the Yonkers-East Yonkers Club,and District Polio Plus Committee Co-Chair Shaw Latif suddenly passed away today, 9 October.  A kind, gentle and generous soul, Shaw was a Major Donor Level 2 to The Rotary Foundation.  He joined Rotary in May 2004 and this was his second stint as Club President.  Shaw has been District Polio Plus Committee Chair for a number of years and organized a large fundraiser for Polio Plus in April 2018.  He was deeply involved in the planning of his Club's April 2020 centennial observance, as well as a fundraising gala for Polio Plus this November.  Shaw loved wearing his numerous Rotary pins with his bow ties and was seen at many Rotary events with his camera snapping pictures of almost everyone present.  One of his last District appearances was with his District Polio Plus Committee Co-Chair Eileen Gallagher at the Chappaqua Club on Tuesday, speaking passionately about the importance of the complete eradication of Polio.  On Wednesday, he presided over the Club's Regular meeting.  Shortly after he left the meeting, he suddenly passed out.  He was rushed to the White Plains Hospital, where all efforts to revive him failed.
Club President-Elect Steve Simpson, announced the sad news to Club members in an email sent out by Secretary Barbara Hanna.
In a message, District Governor Mahbub Ahmad recalled Shaw's extensive contribution towards Rotary's causes and the passion with which he approached the fight against Polio. His Club, District and the Rotary family has lost a dedicated and exemplary Rotarian.  On behalf of District 7230, DG Mahbub extended his deepest condolences to Shaw's bereaved family.  
"Although fate has struck Shaw down, it is not victorious as Shaw did so much to aid others in need and his life was victorious through the lives of all those that he aided." 
Shaw is survived by his wife Aura Latif and his 3 children, Anissa, Raisza and Adam.
The needs of the people of Haiti continue to be great.  It seems that most of the world has moved on and forgotten about the Haitian people. Not so for our Club member and Sergeant-at-Arms Father Philippe Charles, who has launched a project with the blessings of the Club to send essential supplies to the impoverished people there.  He has been collecting supplies from friends, family and his congregation. 
Recently, President Shaw and the Club approved funds to ship the supplies there.  On Sunday, 6 October, Father Philippe stopped by the house of a Club member in Yonkers to collect a sewing machine, many bags of clothing, including men's and women's suits and ties, cooking utensils, household items and children's games. 
One good deed deserves another.  The project turned out to be a joint project between our Club and the newly formed HeritageNY e-Club, when a member of that Club stepped up and donated $200 for the purchase of non-perishable food items like flour, rice, sugar, pasta, beans.  Amazing how good intentions beget more...
Father Philippe and volunteers will pack these materials into barrels and ship them to Haiti in a container which will be received by a local Rotary Club and distributed to needy people there.
District Governor Mahbub Ahmad paid his official visit to his Home Club - the Yonkers-East Yonkers Club, on Wednesday, 4 September.  He was accompanied by District First Lady and Club Rotary Foundation Chair Bina Ahmad.  He was welcomed by President Shaw Latif, Club Officers and PDG Matts Ingemanson.  On the occasion of his visit the DG inducted new member Wilner Luctamer. 
The DG also met with the members of the Board before the meeting and exchanged ideas with the Board Members.  He highlighted upcoming District events, like the District Conference 26 October), the On To Bermuda (31 October to 3 November), World Polio Day events (24 October) and Rotary Day at the UN (9 November). He emphasized the importance of growing Rotary in terms of not only membership but also  through growing Club activities, programs and giving to the Rotary Foundation.
At the meeting, attended by a cross section of members, Governor Mahbub congratulated past President Sundra Lee-Ingemanson for achieving the Rotary Presidential citation for the third year in a row.  He exhorted the Club members and President Shaw to strive for the Citation this year too, which would be a fitting achievement for the 100th anniversary of the Club which will be coming up in April 2020.  He pointed out that Clubs are the face of Rotary to the world, so the only way that the District and Rotary International would shine, is when the Clubs shine.  He was confident that the Club would continue to engage in the many hands-on projects that bring much-needed assistance to our local community.
Governor Mahbub highlighted the importance of giving to the Rotary Foundation emphasizing that the giving was not one-way - because the money comes back to the District to be allocated as District and Global Grants.