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
February 5, 2019
Larry Woodward, President and CEO of Graham Stanley
Advertising. He had been President of an Interact club and showed a
picture of his club. He gave an interesting talk about Big Ideas and
said that they are everywhere. He convinced General Motors to give a car
to everyone in the audience at one of Oprah's shows. The cost was $ 7
million, but he got $20 millions in publicity. It was the biggest single
day promotion in history. He stated that if you "see an elephant" you
will capture imagination and the idea will spread rapidly and will have
a big impact by its size. WE all behave as if our way is better; we
should change our perception. Since he was a member of Rotaract, he was
asked why he wasn't a Rotarian. His response was that no one asked him.
He was asked today ...
2/5/2019 Larry Woodward
April 27, 2019 - Saturday Morning Cleanup at Playland Working
with Westchester County Parks were Rotarians Jason Savey (with his 2 sons),
Bill Fishman, Dave Ganis, and Libby Hollahan
April 28, 2019 - Sunday Morning Cleanup at Playland
Cleanup of the pool area were Rotarians Peter Moncada, Bob Shaw,
John Kirkpatrick, Libby Hollahan, Rocky Lafaro, Ted Nygreen, Amy Via,
April 2, 2019
Coach Fred Singleton has been a major force behind
the Loucks meet for many years and RCWP has been a supporter almost
since its inception.
April 16, 2016
Andy Morse, Managing Director at Hightower Advisors, is an investment
expert who has served on boards of major corporations. He explained
investing in common stocks.
April 28, 2019
Rotarian Amy Via
Enjoying the Sunday morning cleanup work at Playland Pool
(Rotary is about having fun!)
March 19, 2019
Dennis Power entertains with Irish songs, a much beloved annual
performance since 2002. Nick Wolff thanks you for the blarney all
these years, Dennis!
April 30, 2019 - Alan Lowenfels presented Rotary's Service Award to Dr
Stephen Zabin. An ophthalmologist, Steve has volunteered numerous times
in Nepal's mountain villages performing surgeries on locals without
LOUCKS 2019 Report
Memorial Day Parade in White Plains May 26, 2019
June 4, 2019
Westchester Commissioner of Social Services Kevin McGuire presented a
concise explanation of the mission and work of the County's largest
department; very impressive and informative.
June 11, 2019
Ellen Pollack Rieve transferred from Waterbury Rotary, and immediately
volunteered as delegate to the RI convention in Hamburg, Germany.
Today Ellen reported on her trip.
June 11, 2019
Induction of new members Nick Beilinson, Jake Meranda, and Lars Hierath