A Night Out To Help Your Community

Sample delicious cuisine provided by North Rockland's finest restaurants!
Enjoy live music!
Mix and mingle with your friends and neighbors!
An evening of food, entertainment and fun sounds good! But it's  even better because proceeds from this event will go to help those in need right here in our community.  A portion of the proceeds will help People to People feed those in our community who don't know where their next meal will come from. Another portion of the proceeds will go to help Rockland Recovery Homes providing safe, sober living spaces for people recovering from addictions.
This event will be held at West Haverstraw Village Hall, 130 Samsondale Ave.
Tickets are only $40 per person. Because this event has sold out in the past, PRE-RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED. You can reserve your tickets by:
1. Buying tickets now using Eventbrite-CLICK HERE
2. Buy by mail- Send check payable to North Rockland Lions Club Foundation, P.O. Box 3, Garnerville, NY 10923, along with name of your party OR
3. Pay by Venmo-@NRLions; please put "TONR" and the name of your party in the memo.
A Night Out To Help Your Community Marc Millet 2022-08-04 04:00:00Z 0


Posted on Apr 25, 2019
CARNIVAL 2019 is a celebration of the CINCO DE MAYO.  Come and enjoy the rides, laughter, fun and of course the wonderful FUNNEL CAKE!
Thursday, May 2, 2019  through Sunday, May 5, 2019, located  in the VILLAGE OF HAVERSTRAW  at  W. Broad Street, Haverstraw, New York 10927. 
Thursday and Friday:    Hours 6pm - 10pm 
Saturday and Sunday:   Hours 3pm - 10pm
CARNIVAL --CINCO DE MAYO 2019 Sonia Crannage 2019-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
SPRING FLING --SAVE THE DATE 2018-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
DICTIONARY DELIVERY 2017 2017-11-02 04:00:00Z 0 Our club enjoys delivering dictionaries to all the 5th graders in North Rockland! We read to their special "dog" and he enjoyed hearing that there are over 1.2 million rotarians in over 200 hundred countries.


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The delivery of dictionaries in the North Rockland Central School District is an event to attend!  The excitement and gratitude from the students is a day of fulfillment and joy for the members of the Rotary Club of North Rockland.  Of course, Boulder Bird having signed each and every one of the children's books leaves the children with a great day to remember their "great" book!
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CARNIVAL 2016 Sonia Crannage 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
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                 PRESS RELEASE
 Hudson Water Club
 606 Beach Road, West Haverstraw, NY 10993
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
6:00p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
On Wednesday, June 24th, 2015, the North Rockland Rotary will say good-bye to President Altea Gonnella and install a new President, Doreen Makara, and her new Rotary Board.
These Rotarians will lead the organization with the Rotary International theme of “BE A Gift To The World”.   Rotarians around the world foster peace in many ways and work both internationally and in their local community to bring health, safety and human dignity to the communities they serve. The Rotarian motto is Service Above Self and, through service, people become more tolerant of their differences.     
As to the history concerning women in Rotary, it was only in 1990 that Rotary voted to appoint its first female President of Rotary International.  The struggle to permit women into Rotary ended on May 4, 1987 when the United States Supreme Court held that they could not exclude women from membership based upon gender. 
In 1994, the North Rockland Rotary had its first women President, Pat Gordon and several women have since served as President.
Rotary is a global network of community volunteers and it is the largest and most influential international humanitarian service organizations worldwide. Founded in Chicago on February 23, 1905, today over 1.2 million members belong to 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. 
It is “ Be a Gift to The World” that will lead the way this year for all Rotarians around the world.
For more information about ROTARY contact Doreen Makara, President of the North Rockland Rotary at P.O. Box 10, Garnerville, NY 10923, or at Dmakara@mtb.com or (845) 354-6009.
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2014-2015 Interact Induction at North Rockland High School

Posted by PDG Carole Tjoa on May 27, 2014

North Rockland Interact Club for 2014-2015 Co-Presidents and Officers were inducted by Tom Zugibe.


(L-R) North Rockland High School Principal Dr. Michael Gill, Superintendent Ileana Eckert, Faculty Advisor Terri Lewandosky, Secretary Rashida Ashley, Treasurer Vincent Simeone, Co-Presidents Elizabeth Gibbons and Lise Exceus, DA Tom Zugibe, Rotary Past District Governor Carole Tjoa, Asst. Gov. Francis "Bud" Wassmer, Youth Service Director Elizabeth Simeone

North Rockland Interact Club which conducted a blood drive to benefit 500-600 people, is one of the most successful clubs in the metro area. They were honored at Yankee Stadium on June 4.

2014-2015 Interact Induction at North Rockland High School PDG Carole Tjoa 2014-05-28 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rocks with Boulders

Posted by PDG Carole Tjoa on May 22, 2014

North Rockland Rotary President's Party was held on May 23, Boulders 2014 season opening day, at Provident Bank Park, and attended by many families and guests.


North Rockland Rotary family photo with Rockland County Executive Ed Day.

Rotary Rocks with Boulders PDG Carole Tjoa 2014-05-23 00:00:00Z 0

Action and Vision

Posted by PDG Carole Tjoa on May 07, 2014


PDG Carole Tjoa joined New York Rotarians in welcoming Past RI President Luis Giay and RI Director Celia Giay to New York.

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Charter Night

Posted by PDG Carole Tjoa on Apr 30, 2014

Rotary Club of North Rockland turned 88 on May 1, 2014. A celebration dinner was held at Lynch's Restaurant, Stony Point.


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Pancake Breakfast

Posted by PDG Carole Tjoa on Apr 05, 2014

Our annual pancake breakfast, chaired by Frank Phillips, was held on Sunday, April 6, at West Haverstraw Community Center. Funds raised will go towards an additional scholarship for a college-bound high school graduate.


Pancake Breakfast PDG Carole Tjoa 2014-04-06 00:00:00Z 0

North Rockland Interactors Plan Garden of Kindness

Posted by PDG Carole Tjoa on Feb 19, 2014


North Rockland High School Interact Club joined Rotarians, PDGs Carole Tjoa, Bunnee Webb, and Knut Johnsen in celebrating Rotary's 109th Anniversary. The Interactors conducted a blood drive and are planning a Garden of Kindness project in the spring.

North Rockland Interactors Plan Garden of Kindness PDG Carole Tjoa 2014-02-20 00:00:00Z 0

Morgan Stanley Rep Admitted to Membership

Posted by PDG Carole Tjoa on Feb 19, 2014


AG "Bud" Wassmer and PDG Carole Tjoa welcome Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor Dennis Ryan (center) to membership in North Rockland Rotary.

Morgan Stanley Rep Admitted to Membership PDG Carole Tjoa 2014-02-20 00:00:00Z 0

Coats for Kids

Posted by PDG Carole Tjoa on Jan 19, 2014
North Rockland Rotary distributed coats to children in Stony Point, Haverstraw, West Haverstraw, and Thiells elementary schools during one of the coldest weeks on record.


Bud Wassmer and PDG Carole Tjoa inspect Operation Warm coats.

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Donations to St. Peter's Food Pantry and Philippines Relief PDG Carole Tjoa 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0

Governor's Visit

Posted by PDG Carole Tjoa on Oct 30, 2013
District Governor Drew Kessler, visiting Home Club on October 31, 2013, was welcomed by fellow Club members, led by Queen of Hearts and Halloween Witch.


Governor's Visit PDG Carole Tjoa 2013-10-31 00:00:00Z 0

Malloy's Park and Rotary Clock Dedication

Posted by PDG Carole Tjoa on Oct 11, 2013
Congratulations to Stony Point Supervisor Geoffrey Finn, Sons of the American Revolution, and North Rockland Rotarians on the dedication of the Patriots Monument and the Rotary Clock on October 12, 2013.
Malloy's Park and Rotary Clock Dedication PDG Carole Tjoa 2013-10-12 00:00:00Z 0

Cancer Awareness Dinner

Posted by PDG Carole Tjoa on Oct 08, 2013
Cancer Awareness Dinner on October 9, 2013, was hosted by Kathy Vandervoort at Union Restaurant, Haverstraw.
Cancer Awareness Dinner PDG Carole Tjoa 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z 0

Ronald McDonald House Reception

Posted by PDG Carole Tjoa on Oct 02, 2013
PDG Carole Tjoa attended a reception to benefit the Ronald McDonald House New York, hosted by Rotary Club of New York on October 3, 2013.
Ronald McDonald House Reception PDG Carole Tjoa 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z 0

Italian Festival

Posted by PDG Carole Tjoa on Sep 28, 2013
The Congers-Valley Cottage Rotary Club's Italian Festival was held on September 29, 2013 at Congers Station Park.
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Haverstraw Street Fair

Posted by PDG Carole Tjoa on Sep 21, 2013
The Haverstraw Street Fair, held on September 22, 2013, brought together families and world cultures.
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Rotarians Promote Cancer Awareness

Posted by PDG Carole Tjoa on Oct 18, 2011


North Rockland Rotarians dine out in support of cancer awareness. (Clockwise, from left: PDG Carole Tjoa, Sonia Crannage, Union Restaurant Co-owner and Maitre d'hotel Paulo Feteira, Kathleen Sweeney, Iris Santiago, Kathleen Vandervoort, and Patricia Zippilli.)

Rotarians Promote Cancer Awareness PDG Carole Tjoa 2011-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
World War II Monument Groundbreaking Heath House 2011-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
2011 Haverstraw Street Fair Sonia Crannage 2011-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
2010 Haverstraw Street Fair Ron Chromey 2010-09-26 00:00:00Z 0

North Rockland Fellowship Trip to Brotherhood Winery

Posted by Patricia Doebler on Apr 23, 2010
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The North Rockland Rotary took some time to have fun together as a group. We took a bus trip up to the beautiful Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonvile, NY. A great time was had by all.
North Rockland Fellowship Trip to Brotherhood Winery Patricia Doebler 2010-04-24 00:00:00Z 0

Rockland Family Shelter Valentine's Day Donation

Posted by Patricia Doebler on Feb 17, 2010
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North Rockland Rotarians, inspired by Rotarian Sonia Crannage, collected and donated baskets of dearly needed supplies and money to the Rockland Family Shelter. The Rockland Family Shelter is the only agency in Rockland County that serves victims of domestic violence and their children.
Rockland Family Shelter Valentine's Day Donation Patricia Doebler 2010-02-18 00:00:00Z 0

November Food Drive

Posted by Patricia Doebler on Nov 18, 2009
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The NR Rotary collected food from the membership throughout the month of November for Catholic Charities in Haverstraw. We also gave Shop Rite Gift Cards so that they can complete their Thanksgiving meals for families in need. The women at the food pantry were truly overwhelmed with our donation and were very grateful.
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2009 Presidents Party

Posted by Miguel Roman on Oct 29, 2009
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On Friday, October 30th The North Rockland Rotary had its annual Presidents Party.  This year we had our first ever Halloween Costume Party.  Great Fellowship was had by all!!!!
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Holiday Toy & Book Drive

Posted by Patricia Doebler on Sep 20, 2009
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The members of the NR Rotary collected unwrapped toys for the Salvation Army to distribute to children in need. They also collected children's books to stock the Little Red Bookshelf at the Central Presbyterian Church Day Care.
Holiday Toy & Book Drive Patricia Doebler 2009-09-21 00:00:00Z 0

New Member Steve Greh

Posted by Patricia Doebler on Jan 28, 2009
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Pat Gordon has sponsored our newest member Steven Greh who comes to us from Truscto Bank. Welcome Steve!
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DG Jeffrey Keahon comes to our club for Official Visit

Posted by Patricia Bulley on Oct 22, 2008
DG Jeffrey came to inspire our club and set our new goals for the year. He reminded us of our duties as Rotarians and how our efforts not only impact the North Rockland community, but the world at large.
DG Jeffrey Keahon comes to our club for Official Visit Patricia Bulley 2008-10-23 00:00:00Z 0

We welcome another new member!

Posted by Patricia Bulley on Sep 03, 2008
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North Rockland Rotary Inducted their newest member Peter McGuire. He was sponsored by Gary Mower. Peter is not only President of Hush Electric, but is also a fireman in the Bronx. He is very active within the NorthRockland/Haverstraw community. Welcome Pete!
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New Member Inducted!

Posted by Patricia Bulley on Sep 03, 2008
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DG Jeffrey Keahon & PDG Carole Tjoa joined Club President Nick Longo in inducting our newest member, Liz Brady. Liz comes to us from Edward Jones Investments and was sponsored by Tracy Marshall. Welcome Liz!
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End Polio Now Presentation

Posted by Patricia Bulley on Aug 04, 2008
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Sonia Crannage delivered a great presentation to the club on her experience at the International Conference and the End Polio Now Campaign.
End Polio Now Presentation Patricia Bulley 2008-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
2008-2009 Installation Dinner Patricia Bulley 2008-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Helping Hands Project Patricia Bulley 2008-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
North Rockland Rotary & Interact Team up Patricia Bulley 2007-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Columbus Day Parade Patricia Bulley 2007-09-30 00:00:00Z 0

Spaghetti Dinner 2014 Fun Event!

Posted by Sonia Crannage


Wonderful memories were captured during our 34th Annual Fundraising Spaghetti Dinner held on Friday, October 24, 2014, at the Central Presbyterian Church in Haverstraw, New York.  The community sponsors and the community at large came out to support our fundraising event.  The success of the dinner allows our club to establish Rotary Scholarships to graduates of the North Rockland High School.  All of our members worked very hard to bring this dinner with all its trimmings to North Rockland.  We thank our entire community and sponsors for all their help.

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On Wednesday December 10th the North Rockland Interact club had gone caroling in the Northern Riverview rehabilitation hospital. I've attached a pictu Altea Gonnella 0
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Helping Hands Dinner

Posted by PDG Carole Tjoa
On one of the coldest nights on record, North Rockland Rotarians prepared and served a hot meal to the needy at St. Peter's Church in Haverstraw.Image

L - R: Paul Piperato, John MacDonald, Kathy Vandervoort, Mary Halstead, Bud Wassmer, Carole Tjoa, Eileen Lima, Gary Mower.

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Senior Prom

Posted by PDG Carole Tjoa

Peggy Koval accepted a donation for a senior prom and celebrity fashion show to be held.


From left: PDG Carole Tjoa, Past President Bud Wassmer, Peggy Koval, and Dina Nejman.

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Polar Plunge

Posted by PDG Carole Tjoa


Barbara Matone of Stony Point Seals expressed appreciation for North Rockland Rotary donation to support their fund-raiser plunge in the Hudson River to help a sick little girl.

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Meals for the Homebound

Posted by PDG Carole Tjoa


Meals on Wheels C.E.O. Barbara Kohlhausen accepted a North Rockland Rotary donation from PDG Carole Tjoa and Rotarian Ralph Travaglini of Meals on Wheels Board of Directors.

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Letchworth Cleanup

Posted by Sonia Crannage
ImageThe Old Letchworth Village Cemetery 1914-1967 was cleaned up by the Rotary Club of North Rockland members on Sunday, October 14, 2012.  The theme of the day was for  "Those Who Shall Not Be Forgotten".  Those words were inscribed on a bronze plaque that was placed on a large granite memorial.  A list of names of individuals who were buried at this cemetery are neatly listed, but no one knows exactly where they are buried.  Our job was to clear the debris and clean the memorial site so that anyone who wants to visit can read the names of the individuals and walk safely throughout the cemetery.  The day was a day of honor for our club and those that attended created a lifetime memory.  A very big thank you to our rotarian, Dina Nejman, for leading the way!
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Posted by Sonia Crannage

The Rotary Club of North Rockland will be holding its SECOND annual “NEW COAT DRIVE FOR KIDS”.  Businesses and area residents can help our Rotary provide new winter coats to local children by making ANY donations payable to:


P.O. BOX 10


Continuing Rotary’s 100 plus years of community service, the Rotary Club of North Rockland plans to distribute over 30 new winter coats to needy children – through the Operation Warm coat drive. The new coats will be distributed through the North Rockland Schools.

A winter coat is an essential item in New York. A new coat provides more than just warmth, it allows a child to attend school, where they not only receive an education, but they also receive meals. A new coat provides the added benefit of increasing self esteem and who doesn’t like getting new things?

Coats will be distributed by the Rotarians sponsoring the program in early November, 2012.

The Rotary is working with Operation Warm Inc., a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to distributing high quality, new winter coats to children living in need.



Posted by Sonia Crannage

North Rockland Rotarians have announced to the Board of the North Rockland School District, that they would be donating and distributing over 1,000 dictionaries to each and every FIFTH grade student and their teachers.  The Rotarians will also be providing Spanish/English dictionaries to the various classes in need of the same.

The Dictionaries were paid for by the North Rockland Rotary Club through their fund-raising efforts.  The Rotarian four-way test had been inserted inside each dictionary.  The President of the North Rockland Rotary, Sonia Burgos Crannage, Esq. , together with a committee of Rotarians provide a program in the school informing the children of the significance of the four way test. 

The Rotarians share their favorite “words” with the students and the students share some of their favorite “words” with the Rotarians.  For many North Rockland children, it is the first book they can truly call their own.  For the North Rockland Rotary it is one of the most rewarding experiences of the club. 

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Holocaust Museum Annual Brunch

Posted by Sonia Crannage
President, Sonia Burgo Crannage, attended the Annual Benefit Brunch at the Crowne Plaza, Suffern, New York, on Sunday, October 21, 2012.  The Rotary Club of North Rockland made a contribution to the museum by taking out a journal ad to congratulate the honorees.  It was a wonderful event with a great educational program about the museum's work.  A program like this has many corporate sponsors,  but what makes the event a great success is the community itself coming out in support of this great organization.  Attending the event was one of our own rotarian member, Doreen Makara, representing M&T Bank who was one of the corporate sponsors.  During the program we had an opportunity to view and hear some of the testimonials of the survivors of the holocaust.  The stories were rivoting and overwhelming and we were all filled with great emotions.  The testimonials of the survivors is a major project of the museum and we had a first-hand opportunity to preview this historical undertaking.  It was an honor to have had the opportunity to attend this program on behalf of our club.
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Posted by Sonia Crannage

ImageOctober is fight against breast cancer month.  Several of the North Rockland Rotarians and friends participated in a fellowship evening of dining together at Union Restaurant,  Haverstraw, New York as a fundraising contribution for the fight against this debilitating condition.  Union Restaurant is raising money every Wednesday evening during the month of October towards the fight against breast cancer.   As Rotarians we were a part of the “Pink” evening and we wore our pink pins with pride in support of this campaign.

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Posted by Sonia Crannage
Our miniature clocks have arrrived!  We can begin our efforts to raise the funds for the Stony Point Community Clock and remember our opening day ceremony is Veterans day.  You can download a Stony Point Clock "flyer" to help you share the information necessary to purchase the miniature clock and obtain donations from our community, family and friends. 


Posted by Sonia Crannage

The McDaniel Brothers Shows has for over 15 years presented the Summer Carnival in Haverstraw, New York.  It  had been sponsored by the Hispanic American Lions Club, but this year the Rotary Club of North Rockland co-sponsored the community event.

The  rides provided a wonderful variety for children of all ages.  They were clean, well lighted, and the employees always set up on time for each day’s opening. Despite the heated weather conditions, each day the employees cleaned up the carnival area (picking up debris)  giving  the carnival a fresh look each evening of the event.  The general appearance of the entire carnival from the rides to the games and food stands was excellent and a wonderful experience for the residents.

During the event, the McDaniel Brothers were on-site to handle the set up, operations  and safety monitoring throughout the entire Five (5) days. It was a wonderful recreational opportunity for the community and the Rotary Club of North Rockland was grateful for the opportunity to work with the McDANIEL BROTHERS SHOWS.  We look forward to next year!

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School Backpack Program 8/19/2012

Posted by Sonia Crannage

To make sure every student in North Rockland is off to a successful start, the Rotary Club of North Rockland is assisting and donating time and money for the 2nd Annual Back-to-School Back-Pack Family Event sponsored by  Haverstraw Holiday Meal Committee & Temple Beth Sholom.  The Rotary is proud to contribute to the back-pack program for students who are in need of supplies.

A high percentage of students in the North Rockland School District are low income. It is often impossible for their parents to buy them the school supplies they should have to start the new school year.  The economic downturn has had a tremendous impact on families and in particular to the children. 

This event is an amazing community event in which the Rotary is extremely proud to be an active participant this year.

I know there are great shoppers in our club. This is the time when the stores like Shop-rite, CVS,  Walgreens, Walmart, Target, Staples, etc. start putting on some incredible back-to-school sales including real deals on school supplies.  (a school supply list will be e-mailed to our members)

Spending only a dollar or two you can come away with a whole bag full of school supplies. So you can use those amazing shopping skills to benefit our students and our community if you start now. 

Children of low income families have many obstacles in their path to success, let us make sure that a lack of school supplies isn’t one of them. The event will take place at:  EMELINE PARK, Sunday, August 19, 2012, 2:00pm - 5:00pm.  There will be live music, children's arts & crafts, lunch & much more.

Thanking you in advance for  your generosity.

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Posted by Sonia Crannage
On the front page of your directory you will see "JoinRotary@optonline.net.  This is an effort to provide information to prospective Rotarians.
Ron Chromey will manage this e-mail.  Please refer anyone you know that may be interested in joining rotary to Ron and he will take all steps necessary to answer their questions.
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NEW LOCATION 2012-2013

Posted by Sonia Crannage
1582 Route 202(Pacesetter Park)
Pomona, NY 10970
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Dinner Theatre Fellowship Sunday

Posted by Sonia Crannage
On Sunday, June 10th, 2012, at 2:00pm the Rotary Club of North Rockland attended the Penguin Rep Theatre in Stony Point New York.  The show was "The Hound of the Baskervilles"  a Sherlock Holmes mystery.  The story is about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson  investigating the legend of a supernatural hound. It was an extremely entertaining afternoon and the acting was incredibly good! 

Shortly before the show, the Rotarians began the afternoon with a wine and cheese fellowship.  Thereafter, several of the attendees had dinner at Pasta Cucina, Stony Point, New York.  The snacks, show and dinner completed the day and laughter was the theme of the day! 
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Posted by Sonia Crannage

Lauren M. Travaglini, daughter of Rotarian Ralph Tavaglini, drove the North Rockland Rotary's stock car down Central Avenue which is a 1,000-foot track. All the stock cars competing in this Soap Box Derby are unpowered and the speed of the car relies completely upon gravity. She participated in two "heats" and did not compete any further because her opponent won. The weather was perfect. Kathy Vandervoort,Ralph Travaglini and Sonia Crannage arrived early to set up for the event providing beverages and snacks under a decorated canopy. Several family members, PDG Carole Tjoa and many rotarians arrived to give support. Drew Kessler and two of his children also raced in the Soap Box Derby. All the children had a great time and the support they all received from our club and family was wonderful. North Rockland Rotary Club had many hay bale sponsors and the signs prepared for the event were beautiful. Pearl River Patch and New City Patch covered the event, and Lauren M. Travaglini was a STAR!

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Memorial Day Ceremony in the Village of Haverstraw

Posted by Sonia Crannage

On Monday, May 28, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. the Rotary Club of North Rockland participated in The Memorial Day Ceremony led by Post 130 Commander, Don Joachim.  The ceremony included the WWII Monument Paver Unveiling  and our own President, Francis “Bud” Wassmer was the Master of Ceremonies.

The ceremony was attended not only by Rotary club members, but many family members and sponsors of the pavers.  The unveiling of the pavers at the WWII monument gave me the full meaning of Memorial Day as a solemn day of mourning, a sacred day of remembrance to honor those who paid the ultimate price for our country’s freedoms. 

It was a very moving ceremony as we watched families honor their loved ones who died protecting and preserving the freedoms we all enjoy.  The program included the Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem, Reading of the Names of Those who made the Ultimate Sacrifice, Ringing of the Bell, Placing of the Wreath, Taps, and the Raising of the Flag to Full Staff.

On this special day, the Rotary Club of North Rockland led by its President, “Bud” gave thanks to our Heroes in a very small way by erecting this WWII Monument dedicated to The Greatest Generation.



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Posted by Sonia Crannage

President, Frank (Bud) Wassmer; DGN, Drew Kessler and his wife; Iris Santiago;  and Sonia Burgos Crannage attended the District Assembly at the Boces Harriman Campus, Monroe, New York.  It was a great day with lots and lots of information. In fact, Iris Santiago, will be making a report at our next luncheon. One of the highlights was the information Iris obtained concerning the newest Avenue of Service, New Generations Service.

For the new members, Rotary's commitment to Service Above Self is channeled through Five Avenues of Service and they are the foundation of club activity. The Five Avenues of Service are Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service and now the newest New Generations Service. It is through these committees that we serve our community.

Finally, Bud and Sonia attended a "Facebook" program...I really do not need to say very much about THAT! Bud and Sonia both agreed that it should have been IRIS attending that meeting. It is the way of the future, but boy it was a futuristic journey for Bud and Sonia.

All in all is was a great day of fellowship with Rotarians!


Dictionary Project 2011

Posted by Sonia Crannage


Principal Avi Shelby welcomes North Rockland Rotarians Mary Halstead, Gary Mower, PDG Carole Tjoa, Sonia Crannage, Iris Santiago, and Tom Watson to Haverstraw Middle School, where 200 dictionaries were distributed on December 6.
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