|We are guided by the object of Rotary --- SERVICE in our
community and throughout the world. We are committed to building goodwill
and peace, providing humanitarian service and encouraging high ethical
standards in all vocations. We are proud of the contributions of our club to
the needs of our community, both locally and internationally.
Here are a few of our projects:
Loucks Games... Annually, our club sponsors the Glen Loucks Games, a renowned track and field event
which is the largest high school invitational meet in the USA, held every year at White Plains High School since 1948. Read
our club reports on the track meet and our role supporting it:
Scholarships... In 1961, the White Plains Rotary Club, under the leadership of Dr. Morton
H. Flaherty, established the Scholarship Foundation. Our own Club committees oversee the management and
investment of the capital of the fund; and determines the beneficiaries of
the income of the fund, by soliciting college-bound applicants from the White
Plains High School, Stepinac High School and Good Counsel School. The
scholarships are distributed on the basis of grades, school activities
including athletics, worthiness of financial requirements and all-around
good youth citizenship.
In the beginning... Our first significant community project came in 1920 when we sent
42 boys to the Westchester County YMCA camp located on Great
Captain's Island in Long Island Sound off the shore from Port Chester.
The boys were transported by auto to Port Chester and then by boat to the
Island. Each boy was provided with two blankets and enjoyed two weeks at
camp. This project was so successful that the following year, 1921, we provided for
60 boys. To help defray the expenses, the Club
staged a minstrel show in which all of the members took part.
Through voluntary contributions from the Club members in 1925 and 1926,
we were able to give the White Plains Hospital a new Cadillac
ambulance, which was badly needed to replace an old Ford station wagon. Also, at about this time, a Student Loan
Fund was established to help needy students finish their
Projects in early years...
Fundraising... One of our most successful fundraisers was the
golf match that was held for 13 years beginning in 1963 at the Fenway
Country Club. These exhibitions featured
outstanding PGA tournament players, as well as some sports celebrities.
Among the celebrities who played in the golf tournament was Willie Mays.
This was followed briefly by a tennis classic starring leading professionals
under the sponsorship of AMF at the County Center. Amongst the stars
who played in the tournament was Arthur Ashe. One of our members was
an executive at AMF, which helped line up the golf participants and later
the tennis participants.
- providing eye glasses for needy children in the public schools,
- transporting mentally handicapped children to the Atypical School
on North Broadway,
- transporting physically handicapped children to various hospitals,
- purchasing a moving picture projector which our club members took to
different children's hospitals in the area and showed movies to the
children several times a week.
The proceeds from these two events netted over $575,000 for the benefit
of the White Plains Hospital and St. Agnes Hospital (a huge amount for that
Swedish Concert... In 1981, Charlie Goldberger chaired
an event when a Swedish Youth Orchestra (sponsored by a Swedish Rotary
district) came to the United States to entertain at the RI Convention in
Chicago that year. They stopped in New York for 3 days. We were their host
and we met them at the airport, took them to Marymount College in Tarrytown
where we had arranged for them to reside, and arranged for a concert at the
United Nations which was well received. They also put on a joint concert in
White Plains with a local chorale group which was a big success and nice
fundraiser. One day, we split them up and they visited with Rotary families.
Of course, we also took them on a sightseeing tour of New York City.
A Sampling of
Thank You Letters
1993 recipient Brielle Rosa graduated Cornell, joined Peach Corps in Niger Africa,
and sent us this thank-you letter in 1998
2009 Westchester ARC
2009 White Plains Youth Bureau
2009 Pace Women's Justice Center
2008 Scholarship Winner
Journal News Article June 18, 2008
Sandra Mastrangelo's Thank-You Letter
2008 Meals On Wheels
2008 Slater Center
2008 White Plains Youth Bureau
2008 Pace Women's Justice Center
2008 Lords Pantry
2008 Grace Church Community Center
2007 Gift Of Life
2007 Scholarship Winners
2007 Scholarship Thabata Ribeiro
2007 Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless
2007 Ecumenical Emergency Food Pantry
2006 Prescription For Hope
2006 Concept Care
Scholarship recipient Junior Sainvil
2007 Gift of Life Sponsorship|
from White Plains Times, 11/9/2007
2007 WPHS China Exchange
From 2000 through 2006, we donated
2 Class A fire engines and 2 ambulances to the Rotary club
in the poor town of Bahía de Caráquez. All four
vehicles were contributions to our club through efforts led by Evan Delman.
We have also provided the lifesaving clothing called "bunker-gear" for the
firefighters to wear while in the performance of their duties; as well
as the needed hose, adapters and appliances that are used in fire
fighting. Prior to our donations, the local firefighters entered burning
structures wearing little more than street clothes for protection.
Regular inspections are made to insure the equipment is being
maintained in good and effective operating condition, and to ascertain a
list of equipment that has been used beyond repair. In 2007 a team of 10
club members visited to see first hand how one Rotary club can improve the lives
of an entire community half a world away.
In 2009, we made a donation of $11,000 for the construction of a school in
Bahía de Caráquez. Some of that money was raised by our INTERACT club from
White Plains High School.
In 2010, the school was completed.
Also in 2010, Dr. Evan Delman traveled to Ecuador again to deliver some
donated neonatal monitors to the hospital.
Read about our work with the Rotary Club of Bahía de Caráquez,
and the work we have done with them over the past decade.
Other activities of the Rotary Club of White Plains:
Some Recipients over the years have included:
- Held road races.
- Annually we ring the bell for the Salvation Army
- Repaired homes run by the WARC,
- Conducted Christmas parties for the underprivileged of White Plans,
- Collected sweaters for the homeless,
- and provided services at the Burke Rehabilitation Center.
- Donated money to help feed the homeless in Westchester
- Assisted in the construction of recreational facilities for the handicapped
- Helped underwrite a program for educating high school students in the operation of the UN
- Held auctions that that enabled us to donate $30,000 to the benefit of
the Neonatal and maternity center at W.P. Hospital and the Children’s
Rehabilitation Center of Saint Agnes Hospital.
- Participated in soap box derbies to benefit the American Red Cross and
our club Foundation.
- The Ecumenical Food Pantry
- Hospice Program of the White Plains Medical Center
- Our Scholarship Fund
- St. Agnes Hospital Chemical Dependency Program
- YMCA Youth Program
- Approximately $50,000.00 to the Polio Plus Program
- St. Bernard's Head Start
- College Careers
- White Plains Child Day Care Association
- Cage Teen Center
- The Lord's Pantry
- YMCA Day Care Program
- White Plains Beautification Foundation
We also supported a number of International community service projects,
Click here for a report filed
by Rotarian Evan Delman on September 10, 2004 regarding the White Plains
Club's 2004 Mission to Ecuador.
- Our club sponsored a program (named “Contact Point”) of donating
dental equipment and services to Jamaica and other countries;
- In 2000 and again in 2004, we arranged for fire trucks to be shipped
to cities in Ecuador where there was no fire fighting equipment;
- We gave financial support for the construction of a school in Calderon
near Quito, Ecuador;
- We arranged to transport a laundry unit to Hospital Rosario Lacayo in
- White Plains Rotarians assisted in building shelters for outdoor
school facilities in Spanish Town, Jamaica, West Indies.
White Plains ROTARY CLUB: This is a club where you can
achieve much by participation.