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:
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
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.
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
). 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
): "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)