Club of Scarsdale, NY

          Service Above Self

Scarsdale Rotary's Donation to End Polio Provides 500 Vaccinations

The disabling disease can be prevented with a vaccine. A boy receives an oral vaccine in 2013. Photo by Madison Park of CNN

One of our missions that support the International Rotary's goal to eradicate Polio Worldwide included our grant that resulted in 500 children being vaccinated.  Here's some of the media coverage about the historic polio-free certification of the World Health Organization’s South-East Asia region.

·       CNN International: India beats the odds, beats polio

· : World now 80% polio free, World Health Organization says

·       The Guardian: India may be free of polio – but the disease hasn't been eradicated yet

·       Reuters: Q+A: India at risk until polio is eradicated globally-Rotary

·       The Wall Street Journal Online: Q&A: India Eliminates Polio

·       HuffPost Live: Violinist & Conductor Itzhak Perlman LIVE

· John Hewko explains polio's legacy

             Al Gatta Retirement Party at the Orienta Beach Club

Seventeen of Mr. Gatta's fellow Scarsdale Rotary members attended the Village Manager's Retirement party.  Many of the Village department heads and much of the rank and file staff also attended along with Nine of Scarsdale's previous mayors. Steve Pappalardo, a recent Scarsdale Rotary member, coordinated the party and gave very thoughtful and inspiring opening remarks.

                                                Al Gatta Honored at the Village Board Meeting

Mayor Jonathan Mark began his comments by reading the long list of noble accomplishments and big successes in village growth and management under Al Gatta's management.   Scarsdale Mayor Mark Proclaimed May 29th as Al Gatta Day.  After reading the lengthy proclamation Mayor Mark presented Mr. Gatta the beautifully designed signed and framed proclamation.  The proclamation pronounced Al Gatta an Honorary Resident of Scarsdale and an accompanying “key to the city".   A large group of fellow Rotarians stood up and applauded with the other attendees and the entire executive board.

At our annual Children's Village holiday party Scarsdale Rotary president, Dan Gerardi delivers our $1,000 grant to Amy Paolilli, Director of Volunteer Services at Children's Village

A dozen Scarsdale Rotarians participated in the our annual party for the teenage residents at the Bradish Cottage.  We enjoyed our time with the kids and showed each other our best card tricks, played Bingo, and gave gifts to each resident.  We also gifted the Bradish Cottage many of their requested items for the new recreation hall that is currently under renovation.

On September 9, 2014 the Rotary Club of Scarsdale, NY held our annual Installation Dinner at the Crabtree's Kittle House in Chappaqua, NY.  Our 2014 - 2015 slate of officers are:

President, Dan Gerardi
Vice President, Cynthia Dunne
Rick Reuter
Treasurer, Marie Saccone
Board of Directors: Doug Metz, Lynne Wilson, and Robert Zohn

Scarsdale Fire Chief Tom Kane announced the 2014 Paul Harris Fellow Award recipients, Lynne Wilson and Marie Saccone.

Enjoy some of our pictures below!  Photos courtesy of Wendy Zohn.

Scarsdale Rotary prepares and delivers Thanksgiving baskets with traditional dinners and treats for local families

Once again this year we brought our home cooked Thanksgiving meals to the Crossways Scarsdale Firehouse where we met to assemble all of the goodies in beautifully wrapped gift bags.  The Thanksgiving dinners were delivered to families in need in our local area.  Our Rotarians enjoyed delivering and spending time with the families who received the gift bags.


Sunday, September 22nd in the Village of Scarsdale at the Food and Wine Festival

Thanks to all who stopped by to chat with us and sign up for more information about our Food and Wine annual event being held on March 27th, 6PM to 8PM. Great wines paired with fine food from the best restaurants, tickets will be available shortly.
Scarsdale Rotary's Lynne, Robert and Steve setting up our exhibit/booth at the SoWe Food and Wine festival in the village.

Saturday October 19th, Rotary Club of Scarsdale participated with over 300 Rotarians from District 7320
to sponsor, package and deliver 4,600 meals to those in need.

Rotary Clubs throughout Westchester County, New York City, the Bronx, and Staten Island raised over $24,000 to feed those in need.  Each Rotary Club delivered the allotted cases to the food pantries or shelters of their choice.  The Scarsdale Rotary Club donated several cases of packaged food to the Ecumenical Food Pantry of White Plains. Pantry Director, Lorraine Buonocunto, noted “in 35 years of providing food for the needy, I have never seen so many people willing to help others. It is refreshing to see so many individuals willing to donate their time.”

Scarsdale Fire Chief and Rotarian Tom Cain said, “I thoroughly enjoyed working with my fellow Rotarians from Scarsdale and throughout the district on this very worthwhile and fulfilling project.  To see so many people come together and give up their precious weekend time in order to help feed the hungry was truly amazing, and it helped to illustrate the important work that Rotary does every day.  I was also happy to be joined by my family because community service is a lesson I intend to make sure my children never forget, and the Scarsdale Rotarians helped me by setting a fantastic example of Service above Self!”

Lynne Wilson, Membership Chair for the Scarsdale Rotary Club, stated, “I enjoyed the camaraderie of our club, along with other clubs, and many young people (the WP football team, Pace U. students, our members' children etc.) all working together with enthusiasm toward a common cause. It's what Rotary "SERVICE ABOVE SELF" stands for! AND ...those hairnets, aprons and gloves...what a fashion statement we all made!!! All in all, it was a great afternoon.”

Catherine Martin, Retired Educator and Scarsdale Rotary Club Member, commented, "I never saw so many happy people, all ages, colors, on what was basically a good-ole USA assembly line.   This only goes to prove that helping out your fellow earth-dweller actually means you help out yourself."

Robert Zohn, owner of Scarsdale's Value Electronics and Rotary Club Webmaster, added, ”I was on what we nicknamed the Wall Street table as it had several financial investors from one of the NYC Rotary clubs and we had a great time. We had three very dedicated and hard- working kids (about 10 to 12 years old) alongside older men and women.  We all enjoyed yahooing after completing every box of 36 mac and cheese packs.  This event warmed my heart”

One of the Scarsdale's newest Rotary Club members Leif Waller, stated, "I thought the effort by everyone was great. Having such a diverse group of people work together to achieve a common goal was outstanding. It was a great experience for my children. They had fun participating in this event."

The Rotary Club was assisted by Scouts and parents of Scarsdale's Troop 4, as well as volunteers from the pantry. Scout parent, Kathy Pascale, noted that “the Boys had a lot of fun on this project." She hoped that there would be an opportunity to work on this type project again..
Scarsdale High School student Archana Ram coordinated a book collection drive for the orphan children that are in the care of New Seed International in Ho Ghana Africa

The Scarsdale Rotary club paid for the shipping costs to get the books to the 162 kids. It never ceases to amaze and impress me how one single person can make big changes in the lives of so many.