Jonathan receives his President's pin. The pin is a ruby Rotary pin passed
down to the new president each year.
After receiving the gavel from Libby, Jonathan is surrounded by RCWP
June 12, 2018
Jonathan outlines his goals for the upcoming year
July 10, 2018 First meeting of the new Rotary year! Happiness dollars from the
prior year were donated, with Foundation trustees Bergins, Weill,
Graessle accepting the check
July 10, 2018 - Ted Nygreen explains FIRST Robotics -
This is STEM education at its finest, involving students doing
engineering - called the 'varsity sport for the mind.'
July 17, 2017
Imran Kazmi (Crystal Heart)
consultant and Pakistani citizen, on Pakistan-US geopolitical
Aug 21, 2018
Vito LaRusso educated us on the
sport of pigeon racing!
7/10/2018 President Jonathan with
PP Ted Nygreen, our speaker on FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION
7/31/2018 Senator Shelley Mayer
NYS Senate District 37
September 4, 2018
Gina Avila is the founder of WEI
October 2, 2018 featured new member biography for
Oct 2, 2018 featured new member biography for
10/9/18 County Executive
(and Rotarian) George Latimer
10/2/18 Visiting Rotarian Heide Pichler-Herritsch from Villach Park,
Austria, recounted her family history after WWII with the Rotary Club of
Gina Avila, head of the
Women's Empowerment Institute
10/16/2018 SALVATION ARMY
Major Jenny Alarcon taught us all about the Army, especially the WP Corps
Rotarian Steve Holden proudly received
his Paul Harris recognition pin from
President Jonathan for PHF+3
Past Presidents Dinner November 27, 2019
aka "HALO CLUB" annual dinner and induction ceremony admits Libby Hollahan into exclusive club [click any thumbnail for a larger photo in a separate window]
Past President George Kontogiannis organized a formal ceremony including candlelight procession...
A few past presidents welcome Libby Hollahan. . . . . . Libby addressing the audience. . . . First Man Tom gets flowers. . .
Oct 20, 2018 SOCKTOBER
PP Heather Miller awarded her
PHF+6 pin ("plus 6")
Speaker Lionel Binney on
December 18, 2018
Saint Nick visits (Nick Wolff)
12/18/2018 Annual Performance by White Plains High School String Ensemble
At the end of 6 selections, the ensemble jollied us with a holiday tune (0:37)
December 18, 2018 Performance by White Plains High School String Ensemble
included a piece by the Mariachi group (1:06).
(This is the only high school Mariachi band in New York state.)
And of course they performed Mozart (1:52), among others.
New Year! January 8, 2019
White Plains Mayor Tom Roach "State of the City"
January 22, 2019 Judge Geotge McKinnis,
Bronxville Rotarian and DG Designate 2021-22,
explains the US "mass incarceration crisis."
He presented distressing prison statistics for the USA, which has the
largest prison population in the world as a result of the various
regressive laws relating to our war on drugs...
George McKinnis proposed a "Community
Restorative Justice Program" which avoids prison with the ‘right’
defendant who shows at least a spark of desire to improve his or her
life. There is more that needs to be done:
Decriminalize non-violent crimes as much as is reasonable.
Release those who were given long prison sentences for
possession of drugs, except for true drug dealers.
Repeal all laws that bear mandatory prison sentences as they
leave a Judge no discretion.
Convince all Courts of criminal jurisdiction to develop
sentences that are curative and that do not impose imprisonment, as
I have done. This does not work for all defendants, indeed, it only
works with a handful of defendants, but for those for which it
works, their lives are changed for the better.
T[his] will take a serious legislative fight and
years. Based on my experience to date, convincing sitting Justices to
use a curative restorative justice sentence that they must supervise for
a full year is very, very uphill. It takes a lot of time to handle each
person who has a one year program. However, if we can save just a few
people from a degraded and foul life of frequent imprisonment and a
criminal career, our Justices should do it."
4th Annual Fundraiser "EAT WELL, DO GOOD" festival, Jan 30, 2019