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Rotary Club of White Plains, New York

2022-23 Club President
Daryl Moss


August: Membership and New Club Development Month
Formerly called 'Membership and Extension' month, it's a time to focus on the heart of Rotary and what makes it great -- membership. Recruit new members.

Today, Wednesday, August 17, 2022:   67 active members

We have resumed our in-person lunch meetings at noon on Tuesdays, usually at the Sonesta hotel. Check the schedule below to confirm each meeting's location. If questions, please email for information. Visiting Rotarians are always welcome.

Upcoming Club Schedule:

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Field trip! 12:15: We will meet at Paws Crossed Westchester, in Elmsford, for a brief tour of the animal shelter and its new adoption center currently under construction; then at 1 p.m. we will have lunch at the Cabin Restaurant on Knollwood Road in WP. Order off menu--expect lunch to cost between $30-40 depending on your order; please bring cash to reimburse Libby. Also, please RSVP to Libby if you haven't already done so.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

ZOOM-Only Meeting -- Steve Fine, Founder of the Melanoma Education Foundation (Peabody, MA), offers a 30-minute Zoom presentation on melanoma skin cancer. Melanoma is often fatal when detected late but is easily curable without chemo or radiation when found early. The focus of the presentation is on early self-detection. Steve has devoted full time to this mission for 20 years, focusing primarily on educating teachers and their students. Just the facts: no contribution requests or advertising during or after the presentation. So join the zoom (not the Sonesta this week)!

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

No Meeting This Week -- Labor Day

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Regular in-person lunch at Sonesta, 12:15pm bell. Speaker is Barbara Turk from Hope's Door, the Westchester organization to end domestic violence and support/empower victims. Did you know that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime? Women aged 16-24 experience intimate partner violence at 3 times the national average? Barbara explains the prevalence of domestic violence here in our communities, and how all of us can help. A few of us have heard 'Hope's Door' previously; this presentation is very compelling.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Special LUNCH meeting at Slater Center -- Note we are not at the Sonesta this week! We will have lunch at the Slater Center -- arrive at noon before we ring the bell at 12:15 -- and visit the new computer center. Then enjoy our program and the folks at Slater. Parking is arranged by WPPD for us to park 'special' on Quarropas.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

No Meeting This Week -- Rosh Hashanah

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.

War and Peace

Our club believes that Rotary International has influence around the world. We have urged RI to take a courageous stance supporting Ukraine in its defense from Russia's invasion, and use its powerful voice to encourage countries that have not supported Ukraine to step up and do so.

It is an unusual action by a Rotary Club. . . but our Board felt that RI should do more to encourage clubs around the world to pressure their governments to "not do business" with Russia, and to use RI's powerful voice to speak out against Russia's aggression.

Link to our letter (PDF, 1 page)

Racial Justice

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
Approved by the Board and published June 28, 2020

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 - Westchester meets every fourth Thursday of the month. Currently, we meet via Zoom at 9AM. Meetings are open to everyone whether you are a member of Rotary or not - so I will be happy to provide meeting information for you and your professional colleagues. Please contact me at for meeting details. Hope to see you soon. Bill Fishman
Rotary Means Business is an R.I. Fellowship focused on helping Rotarians do business. Here in Westchester County, we hold monthly networking meetings open to all - Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike.
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. In 1945, Paul Harris explained:
"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."

Quick References  

The 4-Way Test

2021-22 GRANTS
Applications now closed


Scholarships Eligibility

Object of Rotary



What is Rotary's motto?

Surprise! There are 2 official mottoes.


The White Plains Club's Role in Admitting Women into Rotary

Women were not allowed to be members of 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.

The Loucks Memorial Track & Field Games

Every year -- even during pandemic 2020 -- our Rotary club is a sponsor of the Loucks Games, the largest high school track meet on the East Coast. We are proud of our involvement.

In 2022, as the Covid pandemic was easing and in-person meetings resumed, White Plains High School hosted the 54th Annual "Glenn D. Loucks Memorial Track & Field Games." The program was dedicated to 2 Rotarians - Manson Donaghey and Josephine Falcone - who both served important roles as supporters of the Loucks Games. Check out these pages from the official program book.

2022 Loucks Track Meet Program

This is a detailed report written by Rotarian Charlie Goldberger, describing the 2019 Loucks Games in detail. Loucks is reportedly the largest high school track meet on the Easy Coast, attracting teams from far away for the competition. Check out the statistics in this report, and check out these photos of Charlie Goldberger at the high school!

Report on the 2019 Loucks Track Meet

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 way out of date and needs to be updated!)

George Koplinka'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.

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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