P.O. Box 1712
White Plains NY 10602
2020-21 Club President
(This photo is a screen shot of President Alan in his signature Rotary bowtie!)
WHAT IS ROTARY?
March: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month
When people, especially children, have access to clean water, improved sanitation facilities,
and better hygiene habits, they lead healthier and more successful lives.
Rotary's goal is to provide everyone with safe water, sanitation, and hygiene by 2030.
Today, Monday, March 1, 2021: 76 active members
Before the pandemic, we would normally meet for lunch on Tuesdays at 12:15 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Sometimes on the "4th Tuesday" we had an evening meeting instead, starting at 5:15. Since March 17,2020, we have been meeting via Zoom on Tuesdays (check the schedule below). Visiting Rotarians are always welcome.
|Tuesday, March 2, 2021|
Noon Zoom -- John Follis is a marketing professional who has won many awards for his ads. His many recognitions included an invitation to the White House and being honored at the U.N. His talk today, “Public Service and the Power of High Impact Creative”, covers a campaign with the NBA and the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse. (And maybe a few other goodies! :-)
|Tuesday, March 9, 2021|
Noon Zoom -- Chess Master Michael Ellenbogen is a White Plains native (and current resident) with a history of fascinating chess matches, stories, and coaching the next generation of grand masters.
Current club members can access the "members-only" area using their private passwords. Members can read weekly Bulletins, Board minutes, print the photo Roster, edit their own Profiles, check attendance, update the schedule, and so on. 10 [ ]
In Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism. Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Rotary strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.
The Rotary Club of White Plains is part of Rotary International, an organization of 1.2 million individuals from around the world and, consistent with RI's principles, is a multicultural, multiethnic organization welcoming all people. The Club has long been committed to diversity in its membership and leadership.
Our Club supports the recent, peaceful protests addressed to racial injustice and encourages authorities and community leaders to recognize the message being conveyed by these protests and to take all necessary actions to address that message.
Our members acknowledge that racial justice cannot co-exist with systemic racism in our institutions including policing, housing, education, access to affordable healthcare, incarceration and the justice system. We agree the time is now for consistent and concerted efforts to make fundamental changes toward finishing the work of achieving racial equality for everyone.
"To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try."
- Rosa Parks
Policy statement of the Rotary Club of White Plains
A short video by volunteer Steve Buckley introduces the Rotary Club of White Plains.
It highlights many of our activities. Thanks to Steve for a nice tribute video. (duration 2:01)
Rotary Means Business is an R.I. Fellowship focused on helping Rotarians do business.
Here in Westchester County, we hold monthly networking meetings which non-Rotarians can attend.
|Networking: In 1905, our founder Paul Harris conceived Rotary as a way for business and professional men to help
and support each other in their businesses. He called it fellowship and mutual helpfulness; today we call it networking.
Paul Harris in 1945 said:
"This new club was called Rotary because in the early days the members met in rotation in their various places of business so that they might come to know one another better. The heart and soul of the first Rotary Club in Chicago was fellowship...
...and the original idea of mutual helpfulness evolved into the idea of general helpfulness."
RCWP member George Koplinka joined our club in 1966 and became interested in postage stamps commemorating Rotary around the world. He soon found a rich history of different countries honoring Rotary by issuing postal stamps, and he bacame a collector. In December 2019 George donated his collection to our club. We have developed a photo archive of some parts of George's collection. It is found in our website "Archives" which can be accessed from the main menu.
Women were not allowed in Rotary until 1987. White Plains
played a meaningful role in changing Rotary's rules to admit women!
Thank God we did! Here is the rest of the story.
First women inducted as members by an R.I. president were in White Plains!
The first R.I. President to induct women was M.A.T.Caparas who came to White Plains in 1987 to induct Jo Falcone. MAT was a long-time close friend of our member PDG Andy Morzello who arranged the visit to RCWP. MAT passed away at age 97 in 2020. Read Andy Morzello's Tribute/In Memoriam to M.A.T.
Every year prior to pandemic 2020, Rotary is a sponsor of the Loucks Games, the largest high school track meet on the East Coast. We are proud of our involvement. (Check out these photos of Charlie Goldberger)
We award scholarships every year to students at the high schools in White Plains. In addition, we make contributions to community groups and we support The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Click for a contribution summary. (Alas, this listing is out of date and needs to be updated.)
HOW TO INTRODUCE A SPEAKER -- One of the most important jobs for every Rotarian leader, giving a speaker a proper introduction is the most often bungled incident in public speaking. White Plains Member Paul Schwarz gives us this 1-page guideline for how to do it right.
ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER -- Chart of Motions -- This reference chart is a 1-page PDF for those already conversant with Roberts Rules. Main Motions are listed in order of precedence. A motion can be introduced if it is higher on the chart than the pending motion. Incidental Motions have no order of precedence; they arise incidentally and are decided immediately.
The Rotary Club of White Plains is Club 5043, District 7230, Zone 32, Region USCB,
Federal tax ID 13-6111471. The "Foundation of the Rotary Club of White Plains" is tax exempt,
New York State #219346, tax ID 13-6165380.
The Rotary Club of White Plains was chartered October 1, 1919, charter number 540. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1712, White Plains NY 10602. Website created August 2001.
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