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The Rotary Club of White Plains is Club 5043, District 7230, Zone 32, Region USCB, Federal tax ID 13-6111471.

Mailing address: P.O. Box 1712, White Plains NY 10602.

Our "Foundation of the Rotary Club of White Plains" is tax exempt, New York State #219346, tax ID 13-6165380.

Website created August 2001.

The Rotary Club of White Plains was chartered October 1, 1919, charter number 540.


George Koplinka's Philately

George joined our club in 1966 and was club president in Rotary year 1973-74. Until he moved to Vermont in 2007, he was the most active, involved member of RCWP. Our club elected George as a lifetime honorary Rotarian so he could continue his White Plains membership while living in Vermont.

George had a reputation for being one of the most organized people ever. He had files for everything and knew where to find it. Unknown to most of us, however, was that George was a specialized stamp collector. He collected commemorative Rotary postage stamps issued by countries around the world -- only postage stamps recognizing Rotary International -- and there are literally thousands of such stamps from all over the world.

Here for posterity are photographs comprising a partial archive of George Koplinka's stamp collection:
  •   George Koplinka's Rotary Stamp Collection
  •   Rotary's famous 1955 U.S. 8-cent stamp
  •   More of George Koplinka's stamps. . .
  •   Rotarian Magazine articles on stamps saved by George
Some archival photos of George Koplinka:

George's picture from
the 1985 club roster

2011 George addressing
the Rotary Club

2002 George receives
Community Service Award

2005 George with Patrick Hayford, Director for African Affairs at the Executive Office of the U.N. Secretary-General

2003 George Koplinka chairs the
annual Ethics Award

William Leeney

Bill Leeney was the founder of our club and served as the second president (1920-21). In the Spring of 1919, William L. Leeney, formerly Chairman of the Board of Genung’s Department Stores, was urged by a member of the New York City Rotary Club to organize a club in White Plains. Bill thought well of the idea and invited several local business and professional men to meet and discuss the possibility of such an organization. All were in hearty agreement.
The first meeting place was the Orawaupum Hotel. The next place was on the second floor of a building at Grove and Main Streets, which apparently was far from suitable as Bill Leeney dubbed it “a terrible dump.”
The archival information below was sent to us in 2008 by Jonathan Hughes, whose grandmother was Rhoda M Leeney, a niece of Bill Leeney. Jonathan was researching his ancestry and thought we would be interested in knowing about our founder. Thanks, Jonathan!
  •   Obituary of Bill Leeney, 1971
  •   Photo of William Lewis Leeney and family in 1921
  •   Bill Leeney's passport application in 1921 (page 1)
  •   Bill Leeney's passport application in 1921 (pages 2+3)
Bill Leeney died in 1971 at the age of 87. His wife did not die until September 1982, so they both lived long lives. Their son Arthur Cortney Leeney died in an accident at age 18 (PDF:NYTimes 8/20/1934). One week later, Bill's father, Harold Leeney, age 82, also died (PDF:NYTimes 8/29/1934). The daughter, Muriel, born about 1914, was mentioned in the Times when she got married (PDF:NYTimes 12/29/1937): "Miss Muriel Leeney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William L. Leeney of this place, was married this afternoon to Ulric R. Jaeger, son of R. Richard Jaeger of Mamaroneck, in the Westchester Country Club."

This remainder of this page is basically "old stuff" that probably has little or no value... but is retained on this page until I find a better place for it. Also, as we discover other archival information, I'll add it to this page. -- Webmaster

2007-2008 Remnants (Ted Nygreen)

  •   George Koplinka's speech at Ted Nygreen's installation, titled
      "What it means to be President"
  •   All lunch programs for the year (PDF, 2MB)
  •   President's Complete Installation Address
  •   President's 4 Challenges for 2007-2008
  •   2007-08 Plan of Service Committees (1905)
  •   Letter to members

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