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Mont Olympos Diner
1 Fort Hill Avenue
Yonkers, NY  10710
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Our Club participated in the Yonkers Precincts' National Night Out observances on Tuesday 6 August from 6 to 9 pm.  Our Club had a table with information about the Club's activities, and brochures on membership at the 1st Precinct's location at Andrus Field while a similar table was set up at the 4th Precinct's location at the JFK Marina.  
Past Presidents Sundra Ingemanson, and Alix Schnee, as well asTim Hodges and our Honorary member Jim Letsen, were at the Club table at the Marina, handing out brochures about the Club and talking to visitors about our activities. Other Club members were at Andrus Field.  District Governor  Mahbub Ahmad and his wife, our Club's Rotary Foundation Chair Bina Ahmad, visited both locations.  At the Marina, the Governor met with Mayor Mike Spano and City Council President Mike Khader.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.  National Night Out was developed as a crime prevention program that emphasizes building a partnership between the police and the community. Community involvement in crime prevention is generated through a multitude of local events, such as block parties, cookouts, parades, contests, youth activities, and seminars.  Local organizations set up tables with giveaways, while local restaurants provided plenty of food and light drinks at the locations.
The Yonkers Police Precincts organized special events on National Night Out.  This is the third time our Club participated in this observance at Andrus Field and the fourth time at the JFK Marina.  Here are some pictures of the events at both locations.
The Club Officers and Leadership Seminar 2019 took place on Saturday 11 May at Sarah Lawrence College (Bates Center for Student Life).  An exciting and comprehensive program was drawn up for the Seminar, which began at 9 am.  
District Governor-Elect Mahbub Ahmad opened the Seminar.  There were Plenary sessions on:
District Support for Local & International Service Projects
Social Media - by Social Media expert Robin Colner
Youth Service Projects.   
There were three concurrent Hands-on workshops:
Workshop 1              Club 101: Managing your club:  Good Housekeeping, Records and Reporting                                                                                                     
Workshop 2             Grants: District and Global Grants:  Grant Benefits, Applications and Process     
Workshop 3             Rotary Online: Helping your club grow : RI & District Online Resources
Attendance at the Seminar was important for Clubs because it provided certification for District & Global Grants to Clubs.  Without this certifications Clubs will not be eligible to apply for District Grants next year.
District Trainer PDG Greg Arcaro and incoming District Secretary Vincent Coakley, incoming District Rotary Foundation Chair PDG Lora Hugelmeyer, incoming District Grants Committtee Chair David Schribman, incoming District Public Image Chair Amir Asadi, RYLA Committee Chair PDG David DelMonte,  incoming District Technology Director Robert Neshovski and Peace Fellowships Sub-Committee Chair Merva Faddoul were seminar leaders.
The Club is a sponsor of the District Service Project at Snug Harbor in Staten Island, in conjunction with the 2018-19 District Conference..    
The Healing Garden is a living memorial to the 267 Staten Islanders who perished on September I I, 200 I.  It quietly evokes the healing power of trees as symbols of life and renewal.  Located on one acre of forested hillside, the woodland garden overlooks 20 acres of officially mapped wetlands. The garden was officially completed and opened to the public in September 2008.  The Healing Garden's winding paths lead you through a mix of hardwood, canopy, and understory trees, such as cherry, Norway maple, honey locust, willow, horse chestnut, sassafras, silver maple, and red oak. Commemorative benches sit among shrubs and perennial planting displays. The mix of foliage is sublime in spring, summer, and autumn.  A stone "Wall of Remembrance" features four cast iron faces in an ancient Roman grotesque style, where water flows from each of them into a reflecting pool and along cobblestone culverts lining the walkways. The four faces represent the four seasons and the cycle of life. 

Sunday, 7 April from 9 am to 12 noon was our biggest event of the year - The 24th Annual Pancake Breakfast.  As in earlier years, St. John's Riverside Hospital hosted our event.  While it is called the Pancake Breakfast, it is much more than that. For the nominal $10 admission there was not only a full all-you-can-eat breakfast, but also a large number of prizes,  from Large-Screen  LED TV,  restaurant food vouchers, baskets of cheer, and many more.  

There was a 50/50 raffle and door prizes.    

We are grateful to many local businesses and individuals who have donated prizes or money towards the event.  Our biggest sponsor is the St. John's Riverside Hospital which hosted the Breakfast.  The funds raised at this event will go towards scholarships for deserving Yonkers High School students going on to college, providing grants to community organizations for projects like traveling farm visits, Summer Day Camp for underprivileged children, Fitness through walking, Community Gardens program, Planting gardens with youths with emotional/physical disabilities and incarcerated youths/adults, Kinship Summer Youth Program (for children who are being raised by grandparents), and Art therapy after-school program for children.  

All donors were recognized at the event and year-round on our website.

It was an international partnership that brought this project to Yonkers. The Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary Club endorsed Pete Spano’s idea in early 2015, and along with support from local Rotary District 7230 and a South Korean Rotary Club and their District, received approval for a Rotary International Foundation Global Grant - making the Rotary Organization the largest single donor towards this project. .Leonard Spano, executive director at the Westchester School for Special Children, joined the partnership, seeing the need for these refurbished courts in the community. Mayor Spano, along with the departments of public works, planning and development, and parks and recreation, as well as the Yonkers Community Agency Development Board, approved the removal of the current court – which was in poor shape – put new asphalt over the court and made other improvements in the park.
This entire partnership - which took 4 years from concept to implementation - highlights Rotary's vision - “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
The Club organized a Polio awareness event and recognized Donors who contributed to the cause of eradicating Polio.  The event was held on 9 March 2019 at J.C. Fogarty's in Bronxville.  District officials along with awardees, local Rotary Club members and guests were present.