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Rotary Club of White Plains, New York

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. MAPQUEST DIRECTIONS to Crowne Plaza
Today, Thursday, October 22, 2020:

77 active members

Upcoming Club Schedule:
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
No regular Meeting! Instead -- Please register and attend the Ibram X. Kendi event with the WP Library at 7 PM on Wednesday, 10/28. Advance registration required...See below
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Award-winning author, historian, and thought-leader Ibram X. Kendi is author of the NYTimes bestseller How to Be an Antiracist. In partnership with the White Plains Library and the Slater Center, we are proud to support this very special reading evening. More information soon: WP Library site
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Noon Zoom (Bell rings at 12:15.) Rotary District 7230 Governor Mary Shackleton makes her official visit to our Club via Zoom. All members, please tune in and learn everything our District is doing this year.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Noon Zoom (Bell rings at 12:15.) Art and Susan Zuckerman will speak about their company that leads walking and bus tours in and around NYC
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Noon Zoom (Bell rings at 12:15.) Listen to Stephen Thorp from Florida talk about how the Rotary Scholarship he received many years ago from our Club impacted his education, life, and business.
Thursday, December 31, 2020
This program needs rescheduling after COVID-19 suspension is lifted - John Vorperian is a sports historian and super fan (Red Sox, not Yankees), who has hosted more than 400 cable TV shows interviewing sports personalities. John is also a Westchester County prosecutor by day, a White Plains resident, and former neighbor of Ted Nygreen. You don't even need to be a sports fan to be fascinated by this cultural historian's analysis of our society and the influence of sports.

20120-2021 Club President
Alan Lowenfels
(This photo is a screen shot of President Alan in one of his first Zoom meetings!)


October: Community Economic Development Month
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is the 17th, and World Polio Day on the 24th of October. Rotary supports investments in people to create measurable and enduring economic improvement in their lives and communities.


Our district is celebrating World Polio Day (Saturday, 10/24) with three fundraising events. There is something for everyone as we keep our promise to the world's children and support the public-health infrastructure used right now in response to the COVID-19 pandemic! We'll also try a new virtual-fundraising platform powered by Eventgroove! TOGETHER we will also have some much-needed FUN!



MOVE FOR POLIO: Will you, your family, your friends, and your club register for this peer-to-peer fundraiser? Enjoy safely-distant Rotary fellowship! Walk, run, hike, bike, swim, cartwheel, rake leaves, etc. to raise money. Prizes awarded for fundraising and creative videos at the 10 AM ET | 24-October watch party.

#ENDPOLIONOW BRUNCH: Join us for a "virtual brunch" livestream and donate as you wish. We'll share interviews with Holger Knaack, UNICEF USA, and District 7230 National Immunization Day participants (have tissues handy); video clips from RI President Nominee Jennifer Jones and our partners at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and much more at the 12 Noon ET | 24-October brunch.

OKTOBERFEST: The $25 ticket provides access to amazing online entertainment and an Oktoberfest party kicked-off by RI's PolioPlus Chair Mike McGovern at 2 PM ET | 24-October with a special visit from RI Director Valarie Wafer at 2:30 PM ET | 24-October.

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 [0]

Quick References  

The 4-Way Test

2020-21 GRANTS
Applications will be available by Fall


Scholarships Eligibility

Object of Rotary



George's Collection of Rotary Stamps!

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.

White Plains Role in Admitting Women

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.

Report on the 2019 Loucks Track Meet

Every year, 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)

Contribution Summary

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.)

Insider Tips for Rotarians

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 -- Our board meetings can be better run if we follow the rules. It's not that hard to learn and follow Roberts Rules of order, and your meetings will be better.

ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER -- Chart of Motions -- This is an excellent reference chart, 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.

ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER -- Common Errors -- Here are a couple of common errors seen in many meetings...

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