Posted on Oct 04, 2018
DG Kris Chittur paid his official visit to the Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers on Wednesday 3 October 2018..   A special Board meeting was organized to welcome the DG and appraise him of the Club's activities.  Following the Board meeting the DG stayed on for the regular Club meeting and exchanged ideas with Club Members.
 
Lauding our Club as one of the vibrant Clubs in the District, DG Kris Chittur commended the past Presidents of the Club for leading the Club to where it is today.  He particularly congratulated the Club and Past President Alix Schnee on achieving the Presidential Citation the second year in a row.  He was confident that the Club do the same this year.   DG Kris also presented the Paul Harris Fellow pins to President-Elect Shahid Latif and Club Rotary Foundation Chair Bina Ahmad, saying contributions to the Rotary International Foundation are extremely important.  He emphatically said "it is your money that is feeding a destitute child in India, or sending another child to school in remote Africa or providing clean drinking water to communities in Latin America.  It is your money that has brought the world so close to ending Polio".
 
He assured the Club and President Sundra Lee that the District is ready to assist with anything the Club needs.  He asked the Club members to "think Big"  and "go for it!"
 
Visiting PDG Michael Caruso from Oregon also attended the meeting.
 
DG Visits our Club Mahbub Ahmad 2018-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 10, 2018
Mark Your Calendars!  October 20, 2018.    Yonkers Rotary Rocks  
 
Enjoy a Concert to raise funds to build a Library for the kids in Liberia.  The Oldies band Alive and Kicken will be performing at the Will Library Auditorium on Saturday, 20 October 2018 from  7:00 to 10 PM.  Join in - have Fun and help a great cause.  Doors Open at 6:30.  Enjoy a pre-concert bake sale from 6:30 to 7
Concert for Library for Liberia Mahbub Ahmad 2018-09-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 08, 2018
Our Club participated in the Yonkers Precincts' National Night Out observances on Tuesday 7 August from 5 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.  One of the highlights of our presence at the Marina was a professional face-painter. Heavy rain and lightning forced the event at Andrus Field to be cut short.
 
Sporting a large Rotary umbrella, Club President Sundra Lee-Ingemanson, Secretary Seeme Asad and PDG Matts Ingemanson were at the Club table the Andrus Field, handing out brochures about the Club and talking to visitors about our activities.
 
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 second time our Club participated in this observance at Andrus Field and the third time at the JFK Marina.  Here are some pictures of the event at the Andrus Field Location.
 
    
   
   
 
 
Club Participates in Yonkers National Night Out Mahbub Ahmad 2018-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 27, 2018
As the first Club activity of the new Rotary year, Club members joined Club President Sundra Lee Ingemanson and volunteers from other community organizations at the Riverfront Library in downtown Yonkers to participate in the JCY-Westchester Community Partners-sponsored  Summer Reading Buddies program.
 
The Reading Buddies program is a valuable and valued intergenerational initiative that helps youngsters improve their reading skills, and supports parents with guidance and life skills. The program's theme this year is "Reading Rocks".  It runs for six weeks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in July and August at the Riverfront Library and at the Mount Vernon Public library. Riverfront Library Administrator and Club Member Sandy Amoyaw says more than 250 volunteers will be reading with more than 1100 children. Club President Sundra Lee-Ingemanson, Past District Governors Greg Arcaro and Matts Ingemanson, District Governor Nominee and Past President Mahbub Ahmad and Club Rotary Foundation Chair Bina Ahmad represented the Club, reading to the kids.. 
 
There have also already been visits from guest readers – Mayor Mike Spano, Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators Hon. Benjamin Boyton, Yonkers Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada, among others, and members of Con Edison, which is a sponsor of the Summer Reading Buddies Program.
 
Volunteers are paired with children in kindergarten through grade six who go to the library for help with their summer reading list, which is assigned by their school.  Volunteers work with several children during each two-hour session. The children select a book and then are matched up with a volunteer. After introductions, the “buddies” find a spot where they work together for 20 minutes. The volunteers encourage the student to read, and help with specific words, pronunciation and comprehension. When they finish the book, the volunteers help the child complete a worksheet.
 
While the children are reading, their parents attend workshops on life skills offered through partner organizations.  The program has been a success at both locations and is highly anticipated every year as evidenced by the long lines of parents and children waiting for the Library to open Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
 
The libraries give out “passports” to every child who registers for Summer Reading Buddies and each child gets a stamp on his or her passport for each day attended. 
 
The primary sponsor of the Program is the JCY- Westchester Community Partners.  Their  mission is to enhance the educational experience of children in Westchester County through effective learning initiatives and the engagement of volunteer mentors. The Yonkers Libraries provide the venue, the reading materials and supervision.  The Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers has been a reading Partner of this program for a number of years.
 
    
 
Reading Rocks: Club Members read to Kids at Summer Reading Buddies Program Mahbub Ahmad 2018-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 29, 2018
A princess, 3 prime ministers, and a former first lady joined 25,000 Rotarians and non-Rotarians in Toronto to celebrate Rotary’s good work and plan more of it.
 
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accepting Rotary’s Polio Eradication Champion Award, thanked Rotary for working with governments worldwide to eradicate polio. Rotarians play a critical role in the fight to end polio, Trudeau said. “Together we will make that happen.”
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Sixteen former Rotary presidents and their partners appeared on stage, and Rotary’s next president, Barry Rassin, motivated convention goers by speaking on his 2018-19 theme: Be the Inspiration.

Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand and one of the architects of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, joined RI President Ian H.S. Riseley for a discussion about gender equality and the crucial link between the environment, poverty, hunger, and peace. 

During the four-day event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, speakers praised, prodded, and partnered with Rotary. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, expressed thanks to Rotary for taking a central role in working to eradicate polio. Former first lady of the United States Laura Bush challenged Rotarians to keep early childhood education a priority.

And in a gracious gesture to his successor,  outgoing President Riseley finished his closing remarks by urging listeners: “It is vital that we be the inspiration.”

The 2019 Rotary International Convention will meet in Hamburg, Germany, 1-5 June.

 
2018 Rotary Convention ends in Toronto Mahbub Ahmad 2018-06-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 31, 2018
The Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers invites applications for its 2018 Community Service grants. This year, as in previous years, the Club will be supporting community service projects that benefit Yonkers residents and the community and are sponsored by non-profit organizations.
 
The Club plans to support projects with grants to a maximum of $750 per project.  Interested organizations should download the application and submit it along with the required documents by either email to: grants@eastyonkersrotary.org or regular postal mail to: Grants Committee, Rotary Club of Yonkers -East Yonkers, P.O. Box 771, Yonkers, NY 10710. The deadline for receipt of applications is April 16, 2018. DO NOT SEND APPLICATIONS BY BOTH MEANS. Grant recipients will be informed by e-mail by May 15.
 
Each application must include the following as attachments:
  • Description of the project including location and whom it would benefit
  • List of all project costs and the funding source of each cost, including the proposed use of Rotary’s funds
  • Date project would begin; date project would end
  • Planned publicity and how the Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers will be included in that publicity
  • Copy of IRS 501c3 determination letter
  • List of Board Members showing, where appropriate, their organizational affiliations
 
IMPORTANT: All required documents must be included in the application package. Incomplete applications or applications postmarked after the deadline date may not be considered.
 
2018 Community Service Grants 2018-03-31 04:00:00Z 0
The Club is inviting applications for its annual Community Service Scholarship Grants.  The $1,000 scholarships are open to graduating high school students in Yonkers. The winning student must:

- Be living in Yonkers,
- Be receiving a high school diploma in May/June,
- Have volunteered time to a community organization in Yonkers above any required by the school, and,
- Be accepted and plans to attend college in 2018.

The deadline for all applications is 30 April 2018.  The postmark date on the envelope must be on or before midnight of that date. The final selection will be made by the Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary Club Scholarship Committee.
 
Click here for the application (you can fill it in online and print it) and send it along with:

- One copy of the completed Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary Club Scholarship Application (Be sure all signatures are on the application)
- At least one letter of recommendation from an organization in Yonkers through which the student provided community service,
- One copy of the student’s high school transcript,
- One copy of a letter of acceptance from the college that the student plans to attend.

Send the application package as soon as possible to:

Rotary Club of Yonkers - East Yonkers
Scholarship Applications
PO Box 771
Yonkers, NY 10710

You can also email the package to: scholarships@eastyonkersrotary.org. Please pay attention to the following requirements for email applications.

- The application and all supporting documents must be sent in the same email.
- All required attachments must be either in .pdf or .jpg format.  It is preferred that all supporting documents be combined into one .pdf file and are clearly legible.
- Make sure that the send date on your email is on or before 30 April 2018.
- Do not send any other email to this address.

Apply Now for 2018 High School Scholarships 2018-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

Mark your calendars - Sunday, 15 April from 9 am to 12 noon, for our biggest event of the year - The 23nd Annual Pancake Breakfast.  As in earlier years, St. John's Riverside Hospital will be hosting our event.  While it is called the Pancake Breakfast, it is much more than that. For the nominal $10 admission you get not only a full all-you-can-eat breakfast, but can also win a large number of prizes,  from a 37"  LED TV,  an Amazon Fire  Tablet, movie passes and food vouchers, baskets of cheer, pet-care and auto-care ensembles, restaurant gift cards, and many more.  More prizes added as they come.

There will be  50/50 raffle and hourly door prizes.    You can ensure your place in the event by getting your tickets in advance.

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 hosts 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), Breast Cancer Outreach, promoting breast cancer awareness to low-income seniors, African-Americans, and Latina women in Yonkers, and Art therapy program for children.  

If you or your business are interested in "having fun, doing good", by donating to the Club Foundation taking out an ad in the event pamphlet or by making a prize available, please contact us at info@yonkersrotary.org .  All donors will be recognized at the event on a placemat  and year-round on our website.

Get Ready for our Pancake Breakfast 2018-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

Young students at the Hostos Micro-Society School in Yonkers assembled 50 backpacks for the homeless in Yonkers. The Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers partnered with The Sharing Community in Yonkers which is distributing these backpacks. Rotarians and students at the school donated personal care items, such as toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, hand sanitizers, soap, and combs,  The Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary Club  added 56 pairs of socks and toothbrushes to be included in the backpacks donated by a local bank.

The students are part of Hostos Cares, a nonprofit in the micro-society school.   They gathered during a lunch period and assembled the backpacks.  A note written by a student was also placed in each pack.

The Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary Club is developing these young students to become an EarlyAct Club – the elementary school level arm of Rotary. The project between the Hostos Micro-Society School and the Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary Club is headed by Barbara Hanna, the Club’s EarlyAct Advisor. The Club has also provided a $5,000 grant to the School for the purchase of Library books and iPads for the special children, as well as a rug for the student gatherings in the Library.

   
 
EarlyAct Children Assemble Backpacks for the Homeless 2018-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 12, 2018
Our End-Polio Gala event on Saturday, 21 April was a huge success, turning out to be the biggest Fundraiser for the Club. There was a lot of happy energy at the Castle Royale, in Yonkers with over 200 people present, including Rotary International PolioPlus Chair Mike Michael McGovern, Zone 32 End Polio Coordinator Carol Toomey, District Governor Janet DiBenedetto, District Governor-Elect Krishnan Chittur, District Governor Nominee David Schribman, District Governor Nominee Designate Mahbub Ahmad, Y-EY President Alix Schnee and many other Rotary District and Zone Leaders. District PolioPlus Chair Shahid Latif did an outstanding job organizing the event with the support of Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotarians.and non-Rotarian friends. Consul-General Ejaz of Pakistan, Doug Martin Sturomski of the Peace Bell Foundation, Rev. Danny Garcia of the Global Walk Foundation were also present as was a representative of Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader, who presented a proclamation for the Club from the City Council.  A proclamation from Mayor Mike Spano was also presented to our Club.  
 
The Have Fun Do Good event began at 6 pm and was an evening of entertainment and a sumptuous buffet dinner.  Rotary International PolioPlus Chair Mike Michael McGovern and District Governor Janet Dibenedetto presented the Paul Harris Fellow awards on behalf of the District to Shahid Latif, Barbara Hanna, Parul Bhatnagar, Ghazala Asam and Rukshinda Hameedi of the Y-EY Club and to Zara Iqbal of the Organizing Committee.  Iqbal Latif was also recognized for his large contribution for the evening's proceeds.  A donated artwork was auctioned which garnered $15,000.
 
All proceeds from the event will go to the Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus Fund and will be matched  2-to-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
 
The campaign to end polio began with the initiative of a Rotary Club in The Philippines in 1972.  After its great success, the program was replicated across the country and later in other countries.  The push from Rotary and its 1.2 million worldwide members sustained the campaign when through the participation of UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the campaign gathered steam to reach its current stage.
 
 
FAST FACTS ABOUT POLIO:
  • Polio remains endemic in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan, but has reappeared in Nigeria this year.
  • The annual number of polio cases has been slashed 99% over the last 25 years.
  • The campaign against polio has prevented 15 million childhood disabilities since 1988.
  • Infant and childhood vaccinations save an estimated 3 million lives every year.
  • A donation of $25 can vaccinate 42 children against polio.
  • UNICEF buys 1.7 billion doses of oral polio vaccine to reach 500 million children every year.
Unprecedented Success for End Polio Gala 2018-03-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 01, 2018
One of the crowning achievements of the The Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary Club for the Rotary Year 2016-17 was qualifying for the Presidential Citation - the highest award for a Club from Rotary International.  DG Janet DiBenedetto visited the Club on 21 February to present the Citation to 2016-17 Club President Mahbub Ahmad.  Also present were Area 4 AG Bob Stern, Area 2 AG JT McFadden and District Secretary Doris Benson.
 
Presenting the Citation, DG Janet said only 3 of the District's 43 Clubs had achieved this high honor.  She congratulated President Mahbub and all members of the Club.  Receiving the citation, President Mahbub said this was only possible because all members of the Club had joined hands to make it happen.  He thanked all members.
 
Rotary Clubs can earn the Presidential Citation  for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and your club. Goals include increasing club membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in the community. All activities towards the pre-set goals need to be completed, reported, and reflected in the Rotary database before the end of the Rotary year on 30 June. Rotary automatically verifies many of the club’s achievements using club and member information that Clubs must keep up-to-date in My Rotary.  Clubs also use Rotary Club Central, Rotary Ideas, and Rotary Showcase to confirm when they’ve achieved other goals.
 
Y-EY was also a recipient of the Rotary Foundation's EREY Banner for the 2016-17 year.  This means every single member of the Club contributed $26.50 or more to the Rotary Foundation during the year.   in 2016-17  the Club and its members contributed $18,698.50 to the Rotary Foundation and the per capita contribution to the Annual Fund was $192.53.   The Club, so far has 4 Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation, to 2 Bequest Society members.
 
 
   
 
 
 
DG Presents 2016-17 Presidential Citation to Y-EY 2018-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 29, 2017
DG Janet DiBenedetto visited Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary Club on Wednesday 29 November, at the Clubs’ evening meeting.  She highlighted the District’s priorities, emphasizing the importance of working together for the common good.  The District will be addressing the situation in Puerto Rico right away.  
 
District Rotary Foundation Endowment Chair Larry Cohen (NY Rotary) and  Inwood Rotary President Jim Kushner contacted LuminAid which makes solar-powered lighting lanterns and Sawyer which manufactures water filters and obtained supplies of these items at cost - $15 for the solar lights and $10 for the water filters. Working with the local Rotary Clubs in Puerto Rico, Jim has already distributed 800 Sawyer water filters, 200 LuminAid solar-powered lighting lanterns and medical supplies to relief organizations, schools, municipal offices, nursing homes, a home for abused children, physicians, pediatricians and others in most need.
 
The Rotary Club of New York Foundation provided $25,000 to begin the project and the DG is asking all Clubs to join in and contribute to the NY Rotary Foundation for this project.  She will be meeting with the AGs next week and the project details will be highlighted in the upcoming District Newsletter.  The Pleasantville Rotary Club will be involving the Interact Club in this endeavor
 
The Afya Foundation in Yonkers recovers surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals and clinics in the US.  Danielle Butin, Afya Executive Director would like to partner with Rotary in shipping and distributing these supplies to Puerto Rico to help families.
 
Among other matters, DG Janet elaborated on the program of the upcoming District Conference in April.
 
The LuminAid solar-powered lighting lanternThe low-cost Sawyer long-lasting water filter
  
Family with a solar lanternRotarian in Action explaining the Sawyer water filter.
DG Visits Club: Highlights Puerto Rico Assistance Project 2017-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 29, 2017
DG Janet DiBenedetto visited Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary Club on Wednesday 29 November, at the Clubs’ evening meeting.  She highlighted the District’s priorities, emphasizing the importance of working together for the common good.  The District will be addressing the situation in Puerto Rico right away.  
 
District Rotary Foundation Endowment Chair Larry Cohen (NY Rotary) and  Inwood Rotary President Jim Kushner contacted LuminAid which makes solar-powered lighting lanterns and Sawyer which manufactures water filters and obtained supplies of these items at cost - $15 for the solar lights and $10 for the water filters. Working with the local Rotary Clubs in Puerto Rico, Jim has already distributed 800 Sawyer water filters, 200 LuminAid solar-powered lighting lanterns and medical supplies to relief organizations, schools, municipal offices, nursing homes, a home for abused children, physicians, pediatricians and others in most need.
 
The Rotary Club of New York Foundation provided $25,000 to begin the project and the DG is asking all Clubs to join in and contribute to the NY Rotary Foundation for this project.  She will be meeting with the AGs next week and the project details will be highlighted in the upcoming District Newsletter.  The Pleasantville Rotary Club will be involving the Interact Club in this endeavor
 
The Afya Foundation in Yonkers recovers surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals and clinics in the US.  Danielle Butin, Afya Executive Director would like to partner with Rotary in shipping and distributing these supplies to Puerto Rico to help families.
 
Among other matters, DG Janet elaborated on the program of the upcoming District Conference in April.
DG Visits Y-EY: Highlights Puerto Rico Assistance Project 2017-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 14, 2017
This year the Club once again participated in the "Stuff-A-Bus" Pajama Program in collaboration with the Yonkers Chamber and other organizations.  The drive ended on 14 November with the donation of the collection of Pajamas and books after a School Bus made the rounds collecting garments and arrived at the Yonkers Montessori Academy.
 
Present at the brief ceremony were Mayor Spano, Schools Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada, Yonkers Chamber of Commerce Director of Marketing Jeanne Martinelli, Club President Alix Schnee, Past President Mahbub Ahmad and Club Rotary Foundation Chair Bina Ahmad, along with representatives of various organizations which have collected donations of pajamas and books.
 
The Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need locally and nationwide, many of whom are waiting to be adopted. These children live in group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities and are shuffled often from one place to another. Many of them have been abandoned, abused or neglected. Most of these children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a parent tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story. Some of the children are living with their families below the poverty level, in desperate need of food, clothing and shelter. These two simple gifts of pajamas and books let the children know that someone cares - sometimes these are the only new things they have ever received.
 
Who are these children who receive the Pajamas and Books?
  • Children in need ranging from newborn to age 18.
  • Children who are living 200% below the poverty level.
  • Children of teenage pregnancies with parents who struggle to take care of them.
  • Children who are homeless and living in shelters.
  • Children who come to the shelter without any clothing or belongings.
  • Children in foster care.
  • Children who are youth of incarcerated parents.
  • Children who have been physically or emotionally abused and neglected.
  • Children who are emotionally traumatized.
  • Children who have been abandoned.
  • Children who are in head start programs.
 
Club Participates in "Stuff-A-Bus" Pajama Program Mahbub Ahmad 2017-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 27, 2017
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano was our special guest at our evening meeting on Wednesday, 27 September at the Dolphin Restaurant. Besides Club members, many others from local community organizations were present to listen to the Mayor. 
 
The Mayor outlined the programs the City has undertaken over the last six years.   The perception of Yonkers – the fourth largest City in New York State - has changed because good stories have been repeated over and over again in the media – as the media normally tends not to cover good news.  The Mayor pointed out that according to the FBI, Yonkers has been in the top 10 safest cities in all of the United States for the last 20 years.  Crime is down 30% in Yonkers overall. This is important and people need to be told about this good news.  The Mayor said he is trying to tell the story.  Yonkers is building on this success.    
 
The Yonkers Schools are doing well and the School District is being built up one step at a time.  Out of the big five cities in  New York State, Yonkers has the highest graduation rate.  The Administration is diverse and diversity is our strength, the Mayor proclaimed..  Yonkers has the first Latino School Superintendent.  Yonkers Basics Program is re-enforcing the notion that third graders need to be reading at their grade level.  Seventy per cent of the third graders in Yonkers are at or below poverty level.  Mayor Spano said we have the ability to give every child a Free Lunch, and we should, so that there is no stigma attached for those on the Free Lunch program.  We should provide the expectation to every student that they will go to college and have a decent job afterwards.   
 
Mayor Spano visits our Club 2017-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
Special Meeting 2017-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
It was "Get Moving Get Fit Field Day" for the Children at the Queen's Daughters Day Care Center, on Buena Vista Avenue in Yonkers.  Though the gloomy and rainy Friday forced the activities to be moved indoors, the children did not miss out on the great fun. 
 
Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary Club President-Elect Sundra Lee-Ingemanson, PDG Greg Arcaro, Past President Mahbub Ahmad, Treasurer Barbara Hanna and Club Rotary Foundation Chair Bina Ahmad visited the Center and spent the morning with the children, watching them play with the new play equipment.
 
Barbara Berrios, Executive Director of the Center, was at hand, excitedly talking about the Center.  “Our curriculum of teaching and reading will be greatly enhanced by this hands-on experience of the kids using the equipment the Rotary Club provided.”  She thanked the Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers for the grant which made this project possible.  Under the Project, using the community Service grant from the Club, the Center purchased tricycles, hoola-hoops, basketballs and other games and play equipment for the children.  The equipment will last for a number of years and will benefit children in the pre-K and Kindergarten classes.
 
The Queen’s Daughters Day Care Center is a 12-month, full day early childhood learning center, serving the community since 1903, providing day care and education to the children, aged 18 months to 5 years, from low-income working families.
 
Get Moving, Get Fit Field Day at Queens Daughters Day Care 2017-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 01, 2017
Our Club participated in the Yonkers Precincts' National Night Out observances on Tuesday 1 August from 5 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 the similar table was set up at the 4th Precinct's location at the JFK Marina.  One of the highlights of our presence at the Marina was a professional face-painter.
 
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.  Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano visited both locations.  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 first time our Club participated in this observance at Andrus Field and the second time at the JFK Marina.  Here are some pictures from the event at both locations.
 
 
Club Participates in Yonkers National Night Out Mahbub Ahmad 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 28, 2017
The Club formally installed the new slate of Officers for 2017-18 at the Annual Dinner on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 at the Royal Regency Hotel in Yonkers.  Dr. Alix Schnee was installed as President, Sundra Lee-Ingemanson as President-Elect.  Barrbara Hanna continues as Treasurer and Peggy Murphy as Secretary.  Harvey Bernstein is Sergeant-at-Arms.  Joining the Board as Directors are Jeffrey Landsman and Bina Ahmad.
 
A highlight of the evening was the announcement of the 3 scholarship winners.  Joseph Martinez, Jennifer Niola and Michael Cali won the $1,000 scholarships.  
 
Club Members who became first-time Paul Harris Fellows were recognized.  Past President Rev. J Loren Russell presided over the ceremony attended by Rotary International President's Representative Kanayo Rupwani, outgoing District Governor Lora Hugelmeyer.  Incoming District Governor Barbara Harris Edwards of Bermuda sent her best wishes and congratulations to the Club.  Also attending were the next 2 incoming District Governors Krishnan Chittur and David Schribman,  Past District Governors Dong Joon-Lee, Matts Ingemanson and Gregory Arcaro.  President of the Board of Trustees of the Yonkers Public Schools Rev. Steve Lopez, Saunders School Guidance Counselor and Assistant Principal were also present.
 
Outgoing President Mahbub Ahmad was presented with a citation from NYS State Assembly Member Shelley Mayer, and a plaque on behalf of the Club.   The outgoing President highlighted the achievements of the Club during the past year and announced that the Club had qualified for the Rotary International Presidential Citation - a rare honor shared with only one other Club in the District.  He also announced that the Club had earned the Rotary Foundation Banner, as every member had made a donation to the  Foundation during the past year.  A slide-show of the year's activities was shown.
 
Incoming President Alix Schnee thanked the outgoing President for his service and said she would strive to build on the achievements of the past year.  She hoped to make the Club more representative of the community and remain engaged with the community.  
 
This was the first time in a long time that the Annual Dinner was held at a Yonkers location.  
 
Club Installs New Officers, Announces Scholarships 2017-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 02, 2017
In the true Rotary spirit of “Service Above Self” high schoolers in the island of Bermuda have raised funds to help the victims of the Fire that rendered the residents of 1 Hawley Terrace in Yonkers, homeless.
 
Students from the Bermuda High Schools for Girls watched the fire on television and wanted to do something to help. They were part of the island’s Interact Club – the young peoples arm of Rotary, which brings together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self.  There are nearly 470 thousand members of some 20,300 Interact Clubs in 159 countries.    30 young students from various Bermuda Schools are members of the Interact Club on the Island, established 2 years ago by the Hamilton Rotary Club with support from the other 3 Rotary Clubs in Bermuda. The Bermuda Interactors are coordinated by Cathy Bassett a very active Rotarian of the Hamilton Rotary Club.
 
The determined teens heard of the Fund set up by the Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers and decided to raise money for the Fund.  They got permission from their school and planned, organized and held a Bake Sale, from which they raised $495.  After expenses, they were able to send $450 for the Yonkers Rotary Fire Fund – to benefit families they have never seen or met.  Yonkers Rotary President Mahbub Ahmad said, “This is a touching example of Rotary – making a difference, - young children going out of their way to help families far away, they’ve never seen or met.”
 
Bermuda High Schoolers Raise Money for Yonkers Fire Victims Mahbub Ahmad 2017-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 25, 2017

Principal Edward DeChent of Roosevelt High School has been awarded the Administrator of the Year 2017.  He was  honored at a ceremony sponsored by the Club on Tuesday 30 May at the Riverview on Warburton Avenue.

The Leadership in Education award program was inaugurated in 1986 by the Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers in association with the Yonkers Board of Education.   The Program recognizes the significant role of school leadership in achieving student success. The award, also known as the Administrator of the Year, is presented to an administrator who personifies the spirit, dedication and accomplishments of an outstanding instructional leader.

Principal Edward DeChent formally accepted the award at a traditional dinner sponsored by the Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers and the Yonkers Board of Education on 30 May.  Present at the ceremony were Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, NYS Assembly Member Shelly Mayer, Yonkers City Council Members Michael Sabatino,and Chris Johnson, Yonkers Board of Education President Rev. Stephen Lopez, Yonkers Schools Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada and many members and staff of the Yonkers Schools System and members of the Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers.  Club President Mahbub Ahmad was the Master of Ceremonies at the event.

Club Honors Yonkers Principal as 2017 Administrator of the Year 2017-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 25, 2017
11 Yonkers Community Organizations have been awarded the Club's 2017 Community Service Grants. Two organizations - the Family Service Society of Yonkers and the Yonkers Public Library received grants of $750 each while the remaining 9 organizations received grants of $500 each.  Chair of the Club's Grants Committee, Harvey Bernstein said the Committee reviewed many applications and found it quite difficult to decide among the deserving projects presented by the local community organizations.   "The needs are great and our resources are limited", he said.   Club President Mahbub Ahmad commended committee members for their diligence.   “I am happy that we were able to support a wide range of community service activities with our grants,” he said.  He hoped in the future the Club would be able to support more projects with more funding.
 
Under the terms of the grants, within six months, each recipient organization is required to make a presentation to the Club outlining the use of the grant and its impact on the local community.
 
The Family Service Society of Yonkers received the grant for their Kinship Support Program which provide for educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities for at-risk children being raised by Grandparents.
 
The Yonkers Public Library  will use the grant for it's new Telescope Lending Program for the scientific engagement for patrons of the Yonkers Public Library.
Club Announces 2017 Community Service Grants 2017-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 22, 2017
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The Rotary District 7230 is off to a flying start for the upcoming 2017-18 Rotary Year.   Incoming District Governor Barbara Harris Edwards was formally installed on Saturday 20 May at a ceremony at the Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville.  The new Officers officially begin their term on 1 July 2017.
 
In attendance at the ceremony were 7 past District Governors, other past present and incoming District Officers as well as a number of Club Presidents, Officers and members.  Outgoing District Governor Lora Hugelmeyer thanked everyone and welcomed her successor.  Jeffry Cadorette, Rotary International Director-Elect administered the Oath of Office to the incoming DG as well as the Assistant Governors, District Officers and all present Club Presidents and members.
 
Incoming DG Barbara Harris Edwards, thanked Lora Hugelmeyer and her team for their service and appreciated the cooperation she has received from them to prepare her for the upcoming year. She expressed her special thanks to her District Trainer PDG Janet DiBeneditto.
 
Following the induction ceremony, the gavel was passed along all by District Governors present  to Barbara Harris Edwards.  Outgoing DG Lora Hugelmeyer presented Incoming DG Barbara Harris Edwards with the DG Necklace (pictured above) which has the names of each past DG and their year of Service, engraved on each link.
District Officers for 2017-18 Installed 2017-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

The Club is inviting applications for its annual Community Service Scholarships.  Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school students. The winning students must:

  • Be living in Yonkers,
  • Be receiving a high school diploma in May/June,
  • Have volunteered time to a community organization in Yonkers above and beyond required by school, and,
  • Be accepted and plans to attend college in 2017.

The deadline for all applications is 31 May 2017.  The postmark date on the envelope must be on or before midnight of that date. The final selection will be made by the Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers Scholarship Committee.

Click here for the application (you can fill it in online and print it) and send it along with:

  • One copy of the completed Yonkers - East Yonkers Rotary Club Scholarship Application,
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an organization in Yonkers through which the student provided community service,
  • One copy of the student’s high school transcript,
  • One copy of a letter of acceptance from the college that the student plans to attend.

Send the application package as soon as possible to:

Rotary Club of Yonkers - East Yonkers
Scholarship Applications
PO Box 771
Yonkers, NY 10710

You can also email the package to: scholarships@eastyonkersrotary.org. Please pay attention to the following requirements for email applications.

  •  The application and all supporting documents must be sent in the same email.
  • All required attachments must be either in .pdf or .jpg format.  It is preferred that all supporting documents be combined into one .pdf file and are clearly legible.
  • Make sure that the send date on your email is on or before 31 May 2017
  • Do not send any other email to this address.
Good luck !
Last Call for Community Service Scholarships 2017-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 24, 2017
Our grand event - the 22nd Annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday 23 April was a huge success.  Hosted by the St. John's Riverside Hospital, the Breakfast turned out to be one of the most successful fundraisers for the Club - thanks to the outpouring of support from the community - businesses and individuals.  We sincerely thank our sponsors. A 16-page color journal has been prepared to commemorate the event - for the first time.
 
The breakfast was attended by Club members and a cross-section of the community.  Addressing the gathering were NYS Senator George Latimer, NYS Assembly Member Shelley Mayer, Westchester County Legislator Ken Jenkins, Yonkers City Court Judge Hon. Mary Anne Scattaretico-Naber, Yonkers City Council 6th District candidates, Anthony Merante and Matthew Orefice.
 
Welcoming guests, Club President Mahbub Ahmad said the event would not have been possible without the overwhelming support and encouragement of our sponsors.  He thanked St. Johns Hospital for hosting the breakfast as they have been doing for the past 5 years.  
 
In addition to the breakfast there were prizes galore - ranging from a 43" Flat screen TV, 2 tablets, a movie projector, to movie tickets, to restaurant certificates to gift baskets - all donated by businesses and members.  A 50/50 raffle added to the chances of winning - the winner donated his winnings back to the Club.   But perhaps the most appealing part of the breakfast for both kids and adults alike - was the photo-booth - where guests had their picture taken for free - and got them right away.  The photo booth was donated by the Westchester Photo Booth Co.
Pancake breakfast is a big success 2017-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
Preparations are complete for our grand event - the 22nd Annual Pancake Breakfast - Sunday 23 April at 9 AM.  Hosted by the St. John's Riverside Hospital. the Breakfast promises to be one of the most successful fundraisers for the Club - thanks to the outpouring of support from the community - businesses and individuals.  We sincerely thank our sponsors. A 16-page color journal has been prepared to commemorate the event - for the first time.

Admission to the All-you-can-Eat Breakfast is only $10 for Adults and $7 for Seniors and kids.  There will be prizes galore - ranging from a 43" Flat screen TV, 2 tablets, a movie projector, to movie tickets, to restaurant certificates to gift baskets - all donated by businesses and members.  A 50/50 raffle will add to the chances of winning.  There will be coloring mats to engage the kids.  But perhaps the most appealing part of the breakfast for both kids and adults alike - will be the photo-booth - where guests can have their picture taken for free - and get them right away.
Preparations Complete for our Grand Pancake Breakfast 2017-04-22 04:00:00Z 0
The Club had a leading role in the highly successful 2017 District Conference that just concluded at the Tarrytown House on Saturday 8 April.  14 of the 40 members of the Club were in attendance.  The Club sponsored the Annual Paul Harris Lunch honoring Paul Harris Fellows and Major Donors. 
 
Rotary International President John Germ's Representative Kanayo Rupwani was the keynote speaker, who said it is important for Rotary to change with the times.  It was only in 1989 pursuant to a US Supreme Court decision that Rotary admitted women.  That made Rotary representative of the world population.  And now it is time to involve and engage millenials within Rotary.  "It is not enough to be in Rotary", Rupi Rupwani said, "Rotary must be in your hearts."
 
District Governor Lora Hugelmeyer, presenting Club performance awards, said the District has seen a resurgence in service activities.  Our Club received awards - for being among the top fund-raising clubs,  for being a Club with a high percentage of increase in membership and for being a sponsor of the Paul Harris Lunch.  Commending the Club DG Hugelmeyer said commitment by Club leadership is only one part of the equation and the larger part is the commitment of the team.  In his introductory remarks at the Paul Harris Lunch, President Mahbub Ahmad highlighted the activities of our Club from raising funds to end Polio and handicapped children, to providing scholarships and community grants, to sponsoring building of sanitary toilets for women and girls in rural Bangladesh.
 
The Club video was screened as part of the panel discussion on engaging and retaining members,  There were innovative discussions on engaging millenials, developing and enhancing public image and awareness.
 
The House of Friendship was where Club Members from across the district expressed their "Rotary Moments".  A prominent feature of the wall was the Rotary Moment of our Club Foundation Chair, Bina Ahmad.
 
Here is a photo montage of the 2017 District Conference
Club Shines at 2017 District Conference 2017-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 15, 2017
We are deeply saddened at the tragic fire in Yonkers on Wednesday, which took one life and left more than fifty families without their homes.  Our hearts go out to the families who are displaced by the devastating fire in our own neighborhood . They include one of our own members. Our condolences to the family of the victim.  Our thoughts and prayers for the well-being of the displaced families.. Our Club will be by their side at their time of need.
 
A special Fund has been setup to assist those affected by the fire.  Please donate 
Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary Saddened at Loss of a Life and Severe Devastation in Yonkers fire 2017-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 09, 2017
The Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers invites applications for its 2017 Community Service grants. This year, as in previous years, the Club will be supporting community service projects that benefit Yonkers residents and the community and are sponsored by non-profit organizations.
 
The Club plans to support at least 10 projects with grants starting at $500 to a maximum of $750 per project.  Interested organizations should complete the attached application and submit it along with the required documents by either email to: grants@eastyonkersrotary.org or regular postal mail to: Grants Committee, Rotary Club of Yonkers -East Yonkers, P.O. Box 771, Yonkers, NY 10710. The deadline for receipt of applications is April 10, 2017. DO NOT SEND APPLICATIONS BY BOTH MEANS. Grant recipients will  be informed by e-mail by May 10.
 
Each application must include the following as attachments:
  • Description of the project including location and whom it would benefit
  • List of all project costs and the funding source of each cost, including the proposed use of Rotary’s funds
  • Date project would begin; date project would end
  • Planned publicity and how the Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers will be included in that publicity
  • Copy of IRS 501c3 determination letter
  • List of Board Members showing, where appropriate, their organizational affiliations
 
IMPORTANT: All required documents must be included in the application package. Incomplete applications, or applications postmarked after the deadline date may not be considered.
 
Applications Invited for Community Service Grants Mahbub Ahmad 2017-03-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 05, 2017

Mark your calendars - Sunday, 23 April from 9 am to 12 noon, for our biggest event of the year - The 22nd Annual Pancake Breakfast.  As in earlier years, St. John's Riverside Hospital will be hosting our event.  While it is called the Pancake Breakfast, it is much more than that. For the nominal $10 admission you get not only a full all-you-can-eat breakfast, but can also win a large number of prizes,  from a 43" LED TV,  2 tablets, video projector, movie passes and food vouchers, baskets of cheer, pet-care and auto-care ensembles, restaurant gift cards, Touchless Paper Towel Dispenser and many more.  More prizes added as they come.

There will be a free photo kiosk for everyone, coloring kits for children, a 50/50 raffle and hourly door prizes.    You can ensure your place in the event by getting your tickets in advance.

We are grateful to many local businesses and individuals who have donated prizes or money towards the event.  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, wigs and cosmetics products for cancer patients, Kinship Summer Youth Program (for children who are being raised by grandparents, Breast Cancer Outreach, promoting breast cancer awareness to low-income seniors, African-Americans, and Latina women in Yonkers, and Art therapy program for children.  Funds raised will be used for these purposes.

If you or your business are interested in "having fun, doing good", by donating to the Club Foundation taking out an ad in the event pamphlet or by making a prize available, please contact us at info@yonkersrotary.org .  All donors will be recognized at the event on a plaque and in the event Journal.

Preparing for our Big Event - the 22nd Annual Pancake Breakfast Mahbub Ahmad 2017-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 17, 2017
The Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers will be hosting the Paul Harris Lunch at the 2017 District 7230 Conference.  Scheduled on Saturday, 8 April at the Tarrytown House Estate, as a one-day information-packed Conference, the Annual District conference will bring together a large number of the 1200+ members of this Rotary District for idea and information sharing, fellowship and goodwill...  
 
An important component of the District Conference is the Annual Paul Harris Lunch which honors those members of the District who are past and present Paul Harris Fellows or Paul Harris Society Members.  Members who have contributed $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation during a Rotary Year are designated as Paul Harris Fellows while those who are contributing $1,000 or more to the Foundation every year are inducted into the Paul Harris Society.
Club to Host Paul Harris Lunch at 2017 District Conference Mahbub Ahmad 2017-02-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 09, 2017
Our Club has initiated a joint international Water and Sanitation project together with the Rotary Club of Uttara, Bangladesh.  During a visit to the country, Club President Mahbub Ahmad and Club Foundation Chair Bina Ahmad were guests of President Wasiuddin Al-Mashud of the Rotary Club of Uttara in the suburbs of the capital Dhaka.  Following the meeting, the two Club Presidents discussed the various projects undertaken by their respective Clubs. Yonkers-East Yonkers President Mahbub Ahmad agreed to join in 3 of the projects and donated $880 towards these projects. The Water and Sanitation project of the RC Uttara was impressive and would benefit many people.  Under this project, 15 sanitary toilets for women and girls will be constructed at a remote village in Hobiganj, in north-east Bangladesh, under the supervision of the RC Uttara.  The President's donation will cover the construction of 10 of these toilets.  The RC Uttara will finance the remaining units, which will be constructed during the current Rotary year.
 
Sanitation remains a sensitive issue in many developing countries, especially in rural areas, where many young girls are forced to drop out of school due to the lack of proper toilet facilities in the schools or the villages.  For only about $50, a proper sanitary toilet can be constructed and made available to local residents, particularly the girls and women who could go out only under cover of darkness to answer calls of nature, and that too in unsecured, open areas.
 
The RC Uttara provides permanent support to an elementary school for under-privileged children.  A contribution was made to provide enhanced snacks for the prize-distribution ceremony of the school.  The third contribution was towards the medical treatment of a long-time Rotarian who is to be sent abroad for cancer treatment.
Club Initiates Joint Project with Rotary Club of Uttara, Bangladesh Mahbub Ahmad 2017-02-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 20, 2016
The Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers had a busy schedule, taking part in many activities.  Members donated 275 books to the Will Library.  Club President Mahbub Ahmad, Past President Rev. Dr. J. Loren Russell and Club Foundation Chair Bina Ahmad were on hand to hand over the books to Library Administrator, Christian Zabreskie, on Monday 19 December.  President Ahmad hoped that this donation would help the library boost its collection and provide additional reading materials for the Library patrons.  Zabrieskie, thanked the Rotary Club for its efforts in providing the wide assortment of books - all in excellent condition.
 
Earlier on Thursday, 15 December the Club donated a month of snacks to the Ronald McDonald House in Valhalla.  The House will provide the individual packs of snacks to the children and their families who reside there while the critically ill or traumatically injured children are undergoing treatment at the Maria Fiore Children’s hospital next door.  Club President Mahbub Ahmad and Secretary Peggy Murphy had gone shopping earlier that day and brought the snacks to the Ronald McDonald House where Program Coordinator, Britanny Parsio received the packages of snacks.
 
At the same time at the Shop-Rite on Tuckahoe Road, Past Rotary District Governor Greg Arcaro and other members were braving the frigid weather and helping the Salvation Army ring the Holiday collection bell.  Because of the extreme cold weather the Club President Mahbub Ahmad and Salvation Army Captain Claircius decided to call it a day early, with the Club donating a check to the Salvation Army to approximate the usual collection.  Rotary Members have traditionally helped ring the bell one-day during the holiday season.
Club Donates Books, Toys, Snacks During Holidays, Helps Salvation Army Ring Holiday Bell 2016-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 04, 2016
Once a worldwide scourge, Polio is now very close to complete eradication.  From 350,000 cases worldwide in 1988 to only 37 in all of 2016 (so far) is a staggering 99.9% reduction.  But we can't quit now. 
 
To join in the final push to completely eradicate polio from the planet, The Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers partnered with VOOP - Voices of Overseas Pakistanis - to raise funds to be channeled through the Rotary Foundation's End Polio Now campaign.  The event - part of the "Have Fun Do Good" efforts - was on Sunday 4, December at the Royal Palace Restaurant on Knollwood Road, White Plains.  This was not just a fund-raiser - it was an evening of music, comedy and dancing with of course, delicious cuisine - and an auction.  Present in addition to VOOP and Yonkers Rotary members were current Rotary District Governor Lora Hugelmeyer and past District Governors Janet Beneditto, Matts Ingemanson and Assistant Governor Mary Shackleton.  Among attendees were local business owners, physicians, bankers, Real Estate professionals.
Our Dinner to End Polio is a Big Success Mahbub Ahmad 2016-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 16, 2016

Rotary Day at the United Nations is our annual event highlighting the critical humanitarian activities that Rotary and the UN lead around the world.  This year on 12 November, eight of our Club Members participated in the Day's events at United Nations Headquarters. Among them were Club President Mahbub Ahmad, Past District Governors, Greg Arcaro and Matts Ingemanson, Foundation Chair Bina Ahmad, Membership Chair Shahid Latif, Director Aura Latif and members, Sundra Ingemanson and Barbara Hanna.

Organized by the Rotary representatives to the UN in New York and attended by more than 1,300 Rotarians, Rotary youth program participants, UN officials, representatives of business and humanitarian organizations, friends, and guests, the event showcased the many ways that clubs and districts make a positive impact in their communities while addressing some of the most pressing international challenges.

In keeping with Rotary President John F. Germ's theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, and with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, this year's Rotary Day at the United Nations focused on how Rotary and the business world can work together to improve lives.  President Germ was himself a keynote speaker at the opening session, while Ambassador Kim Won-soo, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General delivered the welcome on behalf of the Secretary-General.

Responsible Business, Resilient Societies, this year's UN Day theme, centered on economic and community development. Speakers, and breakout sessions addressed ways that Rotary, in partnership with the business sector, nonprofits, and the international community, is promoting stable and peaceful societies through equitable economic development.  

The audience for the proceedings of the day was multiplied many times, because the sessions were streamed live to a world-wide audience by UNTV.  Click on the sessions below and you can relive the breakout sessions, courtesy of UN Webcast.

Opening Session

Club members participate in Rotary UN Day Mahbub Ahmad 2016-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 07, 2016
The Club participated in the 2016 "Stuff-A-Bus" Pajama Program alongwith the Yonkers Chamber and other organizations.  The drive ended on 8 November with the handing over of the Club's collection of Pajamas and books at the Yonkers Chamber.
 
Club President Mahbub Ahmad and Membership Chair Shahid Latif handed over the collected items at a short ceremony at the Yonkers Chamber office on 8 November.  Present at the ceremony were Mayor Spano, Chamber Director of Marketing, Jeanne Martinelli  and representatives of other organizations participating in the Drive.  News 12 covered the event at its newscasts that evening. 
 
The Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need locally and nationwide, many of whom are waiting to be adopted. These children live in group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities and are shuffled often from one place to another. Many of them have been abandoned, abused or neglected. Most of these children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a parent tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story. Some of the children are living with their families below the poverty level, in desperate need of food, clothing and shelter. These two simple gifts of pajamas and books let the children know that someone cares - sometimes these are the only new things they have ever received.
Club Participates in "Stuff-A-Bus" Pajama Program with Yonkers Chamber Mahbub Ahmad 2016-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 28, 2016
All First Graders in Yonkers Public Schools will be receiving pencils, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers.  This school year there are 77 First Grade Classrooms with 2,064 students.  Each of the Classrooms will be getting a box of pencils.  In all, nearly 5,500 pencils will be given out.
 
Club volunteers have been distributing pencils to First Graders for many years as part of it's education assistance program.  The colorful pencils have a special appeal for the youngsters, while teachers have appreciated the gesture.  In some of the schools, the teachers have been purchasing the pencils themselves for the students.
 
In a letter to teachers, accompanying the box of pencils, Club President Mahbub Ahmad said, "Rotary is a service organization that supports many community projects in Yonkers, including recognizing the Yonkers Public Schools 'Administrator of the Year'.  With all the financial stress that the school system and families are experiencing these days, we wanted to help you and the parents of your students provide school supplies to your students."
 
 
 
Club to distribute pencils to all Yonkers First Graders Mahbub Ahmad 2016-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 11, 2016
The Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers paid tribute to the Club's former President and longest serving member, Rich Bloom at a barbeque on Saturday, 10 September.  Rich was also the long-time CEO of Richmond Community Services, on Broadway in Yonkers.  Proceeds from the event will go to benefit programs of the Richmond Center.  Richmond Community Services is a leader in meeting the lifelong needs of children and adults with significant physical and intellectual disabilities and complex medical needs.
 
The event began at noon and continued to 3 pm, on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.  The main attraction was the full spectrum pro bono catering by the Outback Steak House.  Greyston Bakery also provided their famous brownies, while Shoprite of Tuckahoe provided water and ice.
 
In attendance were Myra Bloom, their children Eric and Elizabeth, members of Bloom's extended family, their friends, Club members and Richmond staff.  Paying tribute to Rich Bloom, Club President Mahbub Ahmad, said the Club was "very happy to be able to organize this gathering, not only to remember Rich but also to provide a little bit of assistance to this Organization that he loved and served for so long."  Rich Bloom's daughter Elizabeth recalled her father's quarter century of dedication and contribution to Richmond Community Services.  Her visit to his long-time workplace brought back many memories.    
 
Outback Steak House Caters BBQ to Honor Memory of Rich Bloom & Raise Funds for Richmond Community Services                Mahbub Ahmad 2016-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 08, 2016
Club members joined volunteers from other community organizations at the Riverfront Library in downtown Yonkers to participate in the JCY-Westchester Community Partners Summer Reading Buddies program.
 
The program ran for six weeks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5th July to 10th August at the Riverfront Library and at the Mount Vernon Public library  More than 250 volunteers have read with more than 1100 children. Club President Mahbub Ahmad, Past President Rev. Loren Russell and President-Elect Alix Schnee represented the Club. 
Club Members Read to Kids in Summer Reading Buddies Program Mahbub Ahmad 2016-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 31, 2016
Our Club participated in the 4th Precinct's National Night Out observance at JFK Marina, Yonkers, on Tuesday 2 August from 5 to 9 pm.  Our Club had a table with information about the Club's activities, and brochures on membership.  One of the highlights of our presence was a professional face-painter - FacePaintingByShelly.  
 
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.
Free Face Painting at Rotary Table at 4th Precinct National Night Out Mahbub Ahmad 2016-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 18, 2016
 
The little kids had never seen live animals before.  This was a live, hands-on experience and unique opportunity for the 70+ pre-schoolers from low-income families, at the Queens Daughters Day Care Center on Buena Vista Avenue. 
 
The young animals included a calf, sheep, goat, pig, ducks, goose, turkey as well as chickens, rabbits, and large guinea pigs.  They were positioned on the grassy playground on leashes with stakes or in cages while the children learned about each animal and were encouraged to pet and feed them. Quiver Farms in Pennsylvania brought the young farm animals to the Center. 
 
Club President Mahbub Ahmad, Secretary Peggy Murphy, Past President Rev. J Loren Russell and Club Members Bina and Sandy mingled with the children and saw for themselves the excitement among the children.  President Ahmad said, “The Rotary Club was pleased to be able to help the children get the rewarding opportunity of playing with the live animals.  Preschool is a child’s first experience in a structured setting with teachers and groups of children. It’s an opportunity to learn to share, follow instructions, and begin the foundation for learning that will occur in later years.”
 
The Rotary Club grant to the QDDCC was part of the 2016 grants to 10 local community service organizations.
Farm Animals Visit Yonkers pre-School Day-Care Center, Thanks to the Rotary Club Mahbub Ahmad 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 02, 2016

The Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers installed it’s new slate of Officers for the Rotary Year 2016-17, at its Annual Installation Meeting on 29 June at the Westchester Hills Golf Club, White Plains. In attendance were club members and members of the families of the deceased members of the Club and families of the Scholarship winners.  The new Officers are Mahbub Ahmad, President, Selly Vazquez, Vice-President, Alix Schnee, President-Elect, Peggy Murphy, Secretary and Christian Fassetta, Treasurer. 

The five members of the Club - all Past Presidents, who have recently passed on were also honored with plaques for their service  and dedication.  Members of 3 families those of Club Founder, Roy Letsen, Gus Nathan and Rich Bloom were present. Families of Winston Ross and Chuck Aitcheson could not attend.

The 3 Yonkers High School Seniors, winners of the 2016 Community Service Scholarships were also presented with their awards.  Jason Shakespeare, graduating from Salesian High and going on to St. Bonaventure University was awarded the 2016 $1,000 Roy Letsen Memorial Scholarship.  Gabriel Osei graduating from Yonkers High and going on to SUNY Binghamton was awarded the $1,000 Winston Ross/Rich Bloom Memorial Scholarship.  Marcylin Morgan graduating from Roosevelt High and going on to Utica College was awarded the $500 K.M. Ahmed Memorial Scholarship.  The scholarship funds will go directly to the colleges.

Club Installs Officers, Honors Departed Members and presents High School Scholarships 2016-07-03 00:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers organized a screening of the Civil Rights documentary "Brick-by-Brick" on Thursday, 7 April at 7 PM at the Will Library Auditorium on Central Avenue in Yonkers. Brick-by-Brick is a one-hour documentary - the primary story-tellers are Yonkers families from different backgrounds, who relate their personal encounters with housing and educational discrimination, and others who experience very different opportunities.

Club President J. Loren Russell, giving a background to the documentary, said, "The work that was done in Yonkers to desegregate the school system was led by one of the most dynamic men I've ever had the opportunity to serve with - Winston Ross. His legacy is profiled in the documentary "Brick by Brick." The Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary arranged screening of the documentary with the proceeds to fund the youth organization of the NAACP - ACT-SO."

Civil Rights documentary "Brick-by-Brick" screened at Will Library 2016-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 18, 2016

Principal Dr. Sharon Banks-Williams of Yonkers Montessori School 31 has been awarded the Administrator of the Year 2016.  The Leadership in Education award program was inaugurated in 1986 by the Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers in association with the Yonkers Board of Education.  

The Program recognizes the significant role of school leadership in achieving student success. The award, also known as the Administrator of the Year, is presented to an administrator who personifies the spirit, dedication and accomplishments of an outstanding instructional leader.

Dr. Banks-Williams formally accepted the award at a traditional dinner sponsored by the Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers and the Yonkers Board of Education on 25 May at the Riverview.  Present at the ceremony were NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, NYS Assembly Member Shelley Mayer, Yonkers Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez, Yonkers Schools Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada and many members and staff of the Yonkers Schools System and members of the Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers.

Welcoming the guests to the 30th Annual ceremony, Club President-Elect Mahbub Ahmad.highlighted the involvement of the Rotary Club with the Yonkers Schools system over the year, from distributing pencils, Dictionaries and calculators to building the playground in School 9.  He also announced the expansion of the Club's scholarship program for Yonkers High School seniors.

School 31 Principal Honored as Administrator of the Year 2016-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 15, 2016

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing away of our longest-tenured member, past president and Paul Harris recipient, Charles "Chuck" Aitcheson. Chuck passed away peacefully last night.

In a message, Club President Rev. Dr. J. Loren Russell said, "Chuck will always be remembered for his loyalty to the Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary Club, the successful merger of the Yonkers and East Yonkers clubs, and his overall commitment to the objectives of Rotary. 

Our collective prayers and support are with the Aitcheson family as they adjust to life without their patriarch."

The Wake will be held on Wednesday and Thursday 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m at Flynn Memorial Home, 1652 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers.

Funeral services will be on Friday 10:00 a.m. also at the Funeral Home.

Club Mourns Passing Away of Past President Charles Aitcheson Mahbub Ahmad 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
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