Rotary District 7255 encompasses the land mass of Long Island, from the Verrazano and Brooklyn Bridges, to the Lighthouses of the East End.
We have 1600 members representing 70 different clubs. 

Meet Your District Governor 2021-22 - Mary Ellen “Mel” Ellwood

Mel joined the Rotary Club of Riverhead in 2008 and immediately volunteered to run the clubs March Madness Pool thinking she was going to run a college basketball pool, nevertheless she proceeded with the club’s raffle raising the most money since the raffle’s inception.  Mel served on the club’s board of directors, was the club president in 2013-2014, and AG from 2016-2019. She has served on several District Conference committees, was twice a member of the District Nominating committee, is an RLI graduate and facilitator and multiple Paul Harris recipient.
In 2005 Mel started selling real estate and quickly realized that all of her previous work experience had prepared her for a successful real estate career. She has earned her broker’s license; completed two designation courses: Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and Certified Buyer Representative (CBR) and is currently working on her Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI). Mel currently works for Century 21 Albertson Realty on the North Fork where she manages a sales team of nine and lists & sells homes.

After graduating from the University of Dayton Mel began her Public Relations career working for the United State Football League then moved into PR Agency life working for a number of PR Firms in Manhattan as a PR executive and then as a Director of Human Resources.
Mel first started serving in her community at the age of 10 when she hosted Ronald McDonald Carnivals in her back yard to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy and the community service has continued since.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family (she has 21 nieces & nephews), singing at St. Rosalie’s Church in Hampton and hanging out with friends.
Click Below for DG Mel Installation Dinner Pictures:
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June 2022
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New Custom License Plate for New York State Rotarians!
 A new custom Rotary license plate will soon be available for New York State Rotarians!
The new custom plate will feature the Rotary logo and our motto, "Service Above Self."
District 7120 Governor Janet Tenreiro along with District 7040 Area Governor Michael Griffin are taking point on this project, which has the support of all nine district governors in New York State.
The new plate will take the place of Rotary's current custom plate in New York, which uses the old logo and has no motto.
In order for New York State to move ahead on printing the new plates, we need to get at least 200 New York State Rotarians to express interest in ordering the new custom license plate.
If you are interested in ordering a plate, please fill out the short form online at or mail the printed form to PO Box 912, Potsdam, NY 13676.
After we get our 200 Rotarians signed up, we'll let those interested know, share the list with New York State and the project will move ahead!
Personalized custom plates (you pick the characters, i.e., "RTRY"), and custom plates that include the Universal Symbol of Access (formerly "handicapped" plates), for individuals who qualify, will also be available.
An initial fee and an additional annual renewal fee, in addition to your vehicle registration renewal fee, will be billed for the plates every two years when you renew your registration.
We hope that you consider supporting this exciting project, which will spread our Rotary message around the state and country!
If you have any questions, please email us at Thank you!
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Congratulations Beverly James! District Governor Designee (DND) 2024-2025!
Congratulations Ms. Beverly James of the Hempstead -Uniondale club for being selected as District Governor Designee (DND) 2024-2025!
Beverly has been a Rotarian for 15 years. Currently she is the Assistant Governor for the Williston Park, Mineola-Garden City, Hicksville-Jericho and Hempstead- Uniondale Clubs. She is a member of the District Foundation Committee and the sub-committee chair for Peace Fellow Scholarship.
In her club, Beverly is the past Foundation Chair, has served two terms as President and two terms as Secretary. She is also a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute and taken several graduate level courses. In February, Beverly was asked to join the Board of Rotocare and was instrumental in helping them find a temporary home. Beverly is a recent Paul Harris Fellow an accomplishment she is very proud of.


Rotary 7255 - Million Mask Challenge


On Jan 13, 2021, our Rotary District 7255 was a part of the #millionmaskchallenge where over 300,000 masks will be distributed across Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Thank you to the Rossi Family Foundation for your contributions and PDG Jack Solomon for your event organization!!! Thank you to our 41 clubs and Rotarians who are getting the masks to our first responders, front line and essential workers! We are #PeopleOfAction !


Event Groove is an easy fundraising platform for you to use whether you are doing an in-person or virtual event.
We used it for the District Conference Auction and the  District Foundation Luncheon.
Below is a link which shows you how to
  • Get Started
  • Sales and Sweepstakes
  • Auctions and Crowdfunding
  • A -thon
Quick Start Guide: Go to
  1. Enter in your information
  2. Enter in your club’s information
    1. Have your EIN number handy here
  3. Verify your account by suppling any documentation that has your name with your club’s name (ex: website, org chart, etc..)
  4. Connect your Stripe account (This needs to be done before you can publish any campaigns. 
As always, if you have any questions, we’re here to help! 
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