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DG Jax Yonick

Jacquelyn (Jax) Yonick joined Rotary at the age of 29 in 2007.  Since that time she has served District 7255 (and former 7250) as a GSE Team Leader to India, Conference Committee member for seven District Governors, RYLA Chair and co-Chair assisting in expanding the program from 125 to 300+ youth served annually; as Youth Services Chair, RLI and PETS Facilitator, Peace Fellow Chair, is a sustaining EREY member and multiple Paul Harris Fellow.  She was the point person with Quiksilver organization to Rotary organizing volunteer efforts for the two-week event; spearheaded monthly afterwork networking events, is her club’s Community Interact advisor, and prior to interviewing for the Governor position, was a member of the interview committee. 
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District Governor Justin A. Quaranta

District Governor Justin A. Quaranta
Born and raised in Ronkonkoma, NY. Justin is the son of fellow Rotarians Rose & PDG Arnie, brother of Chelsea and Taylor all members of the Ronkonkoma Rotary Club, he joined the Club in 2010. Justin is an Eagle Scout and has a degree from Farmingdale State College. He also is a license Independent Insurance Adjuster and Property & Casualty Insurance Broker.
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Sustainable Cambodia

Posted on Feb 01, 2019
Rotarian Journey into Cambodia
10-Day Excursion – Rotarian Led
Feb 1-10, 2019
Participate from only USD $925/pp
Join fellow Rotarians on a trip into ancient Cambodia…

Rotarians from various clubs around the world are joining together with Sustainable Cambodia on a journey into the heart of Cambodia.
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Thoughts from the DG - September

As the summer starts to fade with the end of August, it’s a time to reflect: August began with our well attended (I was awestruck!) first District Leadership Meeting (DLM) which is not open to just District leaders but all Rotarians in the District. We were introduced to the Philippine Friendship Exchange, and what and friendly and energetic team they were.

Our Foundation Chair, PDG Marion Stark, reminded us that it’s OUR Foundation that helps us to change and save lives, promote peace and conflict resolution, provide maternal and child health, clean water sanitation and hygiene, build economies, prevent diseases and basic literacy/education. Not to mention our efforts to eradicate POLIO. Just imagine if everyone donated the minimum of $100 every year, the impact we could make!!

Over the summer many clubs spent an afternoon in service at Camp Pa Qua Tuck (a special needs camp in the Moriches), providing meals to the campers and their Counselors. If you have never been to the camp during the summer, it’s worth the trip to see how the life of a special needs child is transformed.
Club visits began in late August, starting with Great Neck, Babylon, Historic Jackson Heights (who has an Ambassadorial Scholar alumni as a member) and Amityville. While all the clubs are different in makeup, their enthusiasm, purpose, community activity and desire to provide service are the same! It never ceases to amaze me, whether it’s an International Convention, District Conference, Leadership meeting or Club visit, how everyone in attendance is there with similar ideas to foster peace and understanding across cultures and borders - and developing friendships and bonds in the process is an added bonus.

And here it is - September, in the Rotary world September is Literacy and basic Education month. Interact clubs are firing up in schools. Many clubs are involved in back to school projects supplying backpacks filled with supplies to those students who don’t have the financial support to provide their own. Clubs begin their dictionary projects and literacy projects back in the schools. I encourage clubs to Be Inspired, possibly reach out to the school administrator, Principal, Guidance counselors etc., to find out other ways you can impact the students during this month. Find out from your membership if there are other possibilities or ideas that they are interested in pursuing. Let them be your Inspiration.

In the spirit of Education and Literacy month, Rotary International has launched an E-learning website, anyone interested in developing a more balanced knowledge of Rotary is encouraged to take a look at what they are offering.

A gentle reminder, if you plan on attending the District Leadership Meeting Sept. 8th, please register via the link in the email, so that the proper amount of food can be ordered. It is a jam packed meeting this week with a variety of speakers.

As you can tell, I love the RI Theme – Be The Inspiration! Thank you all for being my Inspiration!
DG Shawn
Thoughts from the DG - September Shawn Weis 2018-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

DG Wendy's August 2017 newsletter

Posted by DG Wendy Walsh/Demaria on Sep 03, 2017
DG Wendy’s monthly newsletter and update: August 2017
August has been truly Awesome! We here in District 7255 have been absolutely amazing. My DG visit’s started in Hampton Bays, my home club 28+ years ago. I was welcomed with open arms, and the warmth of fellow Rotarians who I have such respect for.  The pleasure of old friends, and new alike, while installing another new member, was a breath of fresh air. They are celebrating their 45th year this year. The safety rings along the Shinnecock Inlet will surely be instrumental in life saving. Travelling to Bellport, quaint, historic, and charming, where I installed another new member. Their Beer and Cigar night is always a winner! They are 55 years old this year! Onward to Williston Park. A personnel favorite of mine, with the many Churches I have been fortunate enough to help through Auction for many years. From their Paella Party to their Golf Outing, they are celebrating their 60th year with a Gala on Sept. 12th. We hope all can join with us to congratulate them. Their work in the community has a proven track record, with the right mix of old and new. Interestingly, the J.F.K. Club shared with me, that they are the only Airport Rotary Club. Their 5K run, at the airport, on the tarmac has thousands of participants. Running on such a flat dry surface brings everyone out for that fundraiser. The intrigue of an Airport RC, is that there is no “town”. Yet, this close knit family of Rotary embraces one another daily like none I have seen before. Lindenhurst, my husband’s hometown. From their Snapper Derby, to the Oktoberfest, they are the quintessential Mom and Pop village. You cannot drive 1 block without someone you know waving hello. Gold Coast/Lake Success moved me with their inspiring interaction with the schools and with the kids. The pride of their Robotics and therapeutic work is phenomenal. Manny, a member of this club, just donated 3000 pieces of new clothing for Hurricane Harvey! Outstanding! Ahhh, Rockaway. I never realized just how pretty the Rockaway’s were until I drove over the same bridge 3 times. My Navigation system had no signal, so I had a self guided tour of the Rockaway’s. They are a club that partners with Sweet n Low, to do it’s own 5K Ocean Run/Walk, on the boardwalk, and who is celebrating 70 years of service to their community. Meeting the Historic Jackson Heights RC at Elmhurst Hospital, I learned of their plight with Honduran children having surgery in Columbia. Glen Head RC brought me laughter, fun and jokes. I brought them the President’s message, and I think they gained 3 new members who were guests. Super night, and they are 70 years in their community.  The Riverhead RC, the largest in our District, is like a well-oiled machine. Their annual Flower Sale, just surpassed even their own dreams. Their Rotary Uncorked is favored by all, and they know how to do it right! Our own E-Club made a special exception to all meet in person. Thanks to Chris McBride, we walked through Clubrunner, and “broke bread” about all things Rotary. Manhasset, where “Gift of Life” started, has evolved with new visions involving the Veterans with a new Van, with Human Trafficking, and new members. The Stony Brook RC was my last visit for August, but certainly one of my most pleasurable. They have a “Baubles and Bubbles” pre-loved jewelry and handbag sale Oct. 14th, with a bake sale, raffles and more, that is amazing! I can sell, but this sale is quite the show! The Memorial Garden at the Stony Brook Harbor, is a testament for all clubs.
     Our District Leadership Meeting on Aug. 5th, was very well attended, and certainly an eye opener. The Heroin and Opioid issues here in our District are stealing 2 people per day, and inching up to 3 of our youth per day. Detective of Community Affairs Pam Stark from Nassau County gave us a compelling overview of who, how, and why our children are getting addicted to this horrible drug, and what we can do to assist both the Police, and ourselves. First she taught us to recognize the addicted, and then what to do about the issue. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini captivated us all with the riveting truth behind how this epidemic is heartbreakingly pilfering our family’s daily. He spoke of how we, as a collaborative effort can help one another with the new initiatives aimed at taking down drug dealers in our District. “If you see it, Say it” Our Chairperson Cheryl Goveia is working with Brooklyn, and Queens to bring all of us the ability to do something about this in our own communities.
     Our banding together to fight issues like Heroin and Opioids, fosters the ideals of Rotary and all that we stand for.
     The tragedy of Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017 has confirmed deaths of at least 51 people, and is expected to cost at least $70 BILLION to $190 BILLION to recover from. District 7255 has once again, stepped up, stepped in, and started gathering materials, collecting money, sending gift cards for both people and animals, and we are working with the Districts in the effected area’s to help in any way that we can. While we are not first responders, we will be there for the long haul. PDG Connie Gevinski will keep us abreast of what is needed, and when and where we can do what we do best, being Rotarians.
     The pride of District 7255 has come across in the phone calls, the e-mails, the passion and the heartfelt desire to “Make a Difference” in our world at large. For this, I thank you all.
DG Wendy's August 2017 newsletter DG Wendy Walsh/Demaria 2017-09-03 04:00:00Z 0

District Grant Application Open

District Grant applications are now open, the application deadline is July 16th 2017- I know this seems early but it gives us time to submit everything for approval and allows the maximum time for your club to complete Grant projects.
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Induction of DG Wendy Walsh/DeMaria

Posted on May 21, 2017
The Seatuck Cove Rotary Club
Cordially invites you
To the Installation Dinner of :
District Governor Wendy Walsh/DeMaria
ALL District and Club Officers
Saturday June 3, 2017
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. w/ Entertainment, and Live Auction
Rock Hill Country Club
105 Clancy Road
Manorville, NY 11949
$75.00 per person 
Checks made payable to Seatuck Cove RC
mail to Geri Nigg
57 Tuthill Point Rd.
East Moriches, NY 11940
For info: call Geri Nigg- 516-971-8248
Pat Blake- 631-874-4100
Muriel Corcoran- 631-878-1122
Induction of DG Wendy Walsh/DeMaria WWD 2017-05-21 04:00:00Z 0

End Hunger in Kings Park

Posted on Apr 19, 2017
Dear Neighbors:
We are holding an event you should be aware of on April 19, 2017, at the Kings Park High School - The End Hunger in Kings Park program. We have partnered with Outreach, a non-profit organization, which will help us create an assembly line in our school cafeteria. In this assembly line, we will pack nutritious non-perishable ready to cook meals, which will be provided to local food pantries and soup kitchens, as well as directly to public school students who do not have reliable access to food. If you would like to donate your time, please join us for two hours (half hour of setup, an hour of packing and a half hour of breakdown and cleanup) on April 19, 2017 from 2:30-4:30pm. In that time, you will work at an assembly table that will make about 3,000 meals. That’s 150 meals per volunteer, per hour.
The food and materials provided by Outreach come at a cost of $40.00 per volunteer, or $480.00 per assembly table. This works out to approximately 25 cents per nutritious meal distributed to a hungry child! So even if you don’t have the time to join us yourself, please sponsor a volunteer or two. We’ll gather the students to pack as many meals as we can get the workforce for. If you’re in a position to, sponsor an entire table, and for $480.00 you will feed 1,800 hungry Long Islanders. If that’s a bit much, sponsor half a table. Or a quarter. No contribution is too small or too big, as the number of working assembly tables depends on our community’s support. Additionally any corporate or individual that donates by March 6 in the amount of $480 or the equivalent, will get a spot for their logo and website on the back in the "Sponsored By" area of t-shirts to be distributed that day. Any individual or corporate donor of $100 or more will have their name listed in the "With Help From" column.
We are working on this project with help from other Rotary Clubs.  Hopefully yours can be one of them...
Please make the check out to the “Commack-Kings Park Charitable Fund”, which is a 501(c)(3) charity, offering you full tax deduction privileges (Tax ID # 11-3346097). You can mail your checks to Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club • P.O. Box 96 • Veterans Memorial Highway • Commack, NY 11725
Thank you for considering this request and we are truly appreciative of all of your support!   Here's the video from the last one:
Kings Park High School Interact Club & Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club
End Hunger in Kings Park Type at least 3 letters of name 2017-04-19 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by DGE Wendy Walsh/DeMaria on Mar 04, 2017
Pre-PETS will be held Saturday March 4th, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Plainview, located off the L.I.E., at exit 46.
215 Sunnyside Blvd., Plainview, 11803
Sessions begin promptly at 8 a.m., with both full breakfast and lunch. Concluding by approximately 1 p.m.
Please register with DGE Wendy Walsh/DeMaria at
Pre-PETS DGE Wendy Walsh/DeMaria 2017-03-04 05:00:00Z 0

A Message from DG MJ Fitzgerald

My fellow Rotarians:
On Saturday, May 6th we will conduct our second food packaging day in cooperation with The Outreach Program.  This had been tentatively scheduled for March 4th, which did not leave us enough preparation time, so we have rescheduled.
Locations are being finalized in Riverhead, Ronkonkoma, Huntington and Queens for the 10am to noon timeframe.  So you can start recruiting volunteers from your own clubs, Interact clubs, churches/synagogues/mosques and community groups like Kiwanis, Lions, KofC, fire departments, etc.  As in November, each volunteer will be asked to pay $40 to cover expenses and will produce, on average, meals for 200+ people.  Volunteers will be able to take a box with them at the end...if they have a specific beneficiary in mind.  Otherwise, please identify organizations to which you can deliver the product, or who can pick it up at noon.  Last time, our beneficiaries included local soup kitchens, food pantries, religious organizations, after-school programs, backpack programs, veterans and Long Island Cares. 
Our goal is to prepare meals for at least 60,000 of our neighbors in Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.  To accomplish that we will need 80 to 100 volunteers per site.  In November we had 296, so this is definitely achievable...with YOUR help.  Then, the 296 came from 24 clubs...only 31% of clubs took part!  I am asking for each club to participate at whatever level is feasible for your members. 
My thanks to the Assistant Governors for their anticipated help in your upcoming recruiting efforts and to the following Rotarians for their identification of locations:  PDG Tony Civitano, President Beth Hanlon, President Jeff Browne and Past President Greg Fitzgerald.
Yours in the spirit of Rotary,
MJ Fitzgerald
District Governor, District 7255
District Chair, International Convention 2015/16 and 2016/17
Past President, RC of Huntington 2012/13
A Message from DG MJ Fitzgerald Type at least 3 letters of name 2017-03-03 05:00:00Z 0


Posted on Jan 31, 2017
  1401 State Rte. 10
Hanover, NJ  07981
United States

PETS is our Presidents Elect Training Seminar, held in conjunction with 6 neighboring Districts, in Whippany, New Jersey. The main concept is to share knowledge and ideas with hundreds of our fellow Rotarians.

Each and every Rotary Club is required to be in attendance, or to send a representative to PETS. 

This year's curriculum is new, the facilitators are new, the best of all, the guest speakers are new, creative, innovative, current, and excited to be bringing a very different Rotary to the table. 

We are privileged to have Rotary International President Elect Ian Risely from Australia sharing this years theme "MAKING A DIFFERENCE". We have Rotary International Director Dean Rohrs from Canada, surely brining the room to the edge of their seats. We have PDG Drew Kessler from Stony Point, NY, sharing his method of empowerment and business in todays Rotary, Mitty Chang from California, who at 29, owns and operates his own company, and has the largest Rotoract Club in the US.  We have David Foreward, who wrote the book on the Rotary Foundation, and PDG John Capps, who will thoroughly entertain you with his whimsical way of bringing Rotary into every home and heart. Past Rotary International President Rick King will share his view on bringing the older generation up to speed with the millennial. They are as eager as we are to show you why we are now "People of Action". Rotary International is releasing a brand new publicity campaign geared at attracting new members, new ideas, and new attitudes for Rotarians, due out in June, for our new year. 

Please register at:

- See more at:
PETS DGE Wendy Walsh/DeMaria 2017-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

Foundation Awards Luncheon

The District Foundation Committee is happy to announce that its Foundation Awards Luncheon is being held to honor thirteen clubs who have shown leadership in foundation giving during the Rotary year 2015-16.  PDG Kamlesh Mehta and last year’s DRFC, Arnie Quaranta are delighted that so many clubs are receiving Foundation Awards.
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Champions for Charity for the Gift of Life - December 1 to December 4, American Manhasset - Shop - Eat - Drink - Party


Esma Rusinovci (pictured) from Kosovo is just one of over 27,000 children that have received lifesaving heart surgery through the Gift of Life, a program that started in Manhasset Rotary in District 7255.  And in Manhasset there is yet another opportunity to help more children from December 1st to December 4th.

Rotarians are invited Holiday Special Event at Americana Manhasset benefiting Gift of Life, Inc., Gift of Life, NY (Verrazano), Russian GOL and Gift of Life International. 

Gift of Life Programs will benefit from those who shop at Americana Manhasset and Wheatley Plaza from Dec 1st to December 4th getting 25% of their purchases donated back to Gift of Life when you register for the Champions for Charity at  Plus you can bring your friends and eat and drink at special receptions held at Brooks Brothers on November 30th from 5 pm to 8 pm and Hermes on December 1st from 6 pm to 9 pm.  (Brooks Brothers has extended its participation in Champions for Charity from November 27th to December 4 and is offering discounts up to 40% on some items).


The link below will give you the basic information on Champions for Charity.  

Champions for Charity for the Gift of Life - December 1 to December 4, American Manhasset - Shop - Eat - Drink - Party Type at least 3 letters of name 2016-11-25 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Wendy Walsh-DeMaria on Nov 07, 2016
FEED LONG ISLAND, BROOKLYN AND QUEENS is a Rotary District 7255 project to help feed the hungry across Long Island. We want to stock the food pantries for the coming season. Saturday, NOV. 12, with locations in  Queens, Huntington, Sayville, Riverhead and Hampton Bays, we will be packaging Rice and Beans, Mac-n-Cheese. 1 bag can feed a family of 4-6 people for about 25 cents per person. Who can join us? Who supports us? Who would like to donate?
FEED LONG ISLAND, BROOKLYN AND QUEENS Wendy Walsh-DeMaria 2016-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

Emergency Haiti Relief


By now, everyone has heard about the devastation in Haiti.  There are areas that have been cut off from access, others where all of the crops and livestock have been destroyed.  At the District Conference, we all heard that there are countless communities where there is quite literally, not a goat left standing.

We have two projects currently available to our district, which need immediate funding:

Emergency Haiti Relief 2016-10-21 04:00:00Z 0

District 7255 Conference October 13-16th 2016

Pack your bags and remember to bring your favorite Hawaiian shirt for the "Happy Shirt Thursday" Welcome Dinner. Please join us for a fun filled weekend on the Jersey shore while enjoying the fellowship of Rotary!  The Ocean Place Resort and Spa is beautiful beachfront hotel within walking distance to many restaurants and shops!
On Friday afternoon, you can participate in with hands-on meal packing for the District Initiative:   Feed Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island Project. 
Our experienced Conference Committee has planned plenty of time to explore this quaint beach community, relax at the spa or participate in other local activities!  
Plan to celebrate the Family of Rotary and show your spouse and children the rewards and joys of being a Rotarian. Register for our District Conference and book your room at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa to secure your place in the action as we hear how our clubs are exemplifying a District United in Service to Humanity!
Thank you for you commitment to Rotary,
MJ Fitzgerald, 2016-2017 District Governor
To register online for the conference:  Click Here
District 7255 Conference October 13-16th 2016 2016-10-13 04:00:00Z 0

District Obituaries Now Online

Posted by Alex Paykin on Oct 01, 2016
As we keep updating our district's website, new features will be coming online with every passing month.  Just implemented is the new Obituaries page.  You can find it at the bottom of the link list on the left side of our home page, or can click here.  Please remember to notify the webmaster of any member's passing in your club, so that we can timely put up all of the memorial information...
District Obituaries Now Online Alex Paykin 2016-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

The Locust Valley Rotary Oktoberfest

Posted on Oct 01, 2016
The Locust Valley Rotary Oktoberfest, which was first held in 1976, is back this year by popular demand. It will be held on Saturday, October 1, from 1 to 7 PM at Thomas Park in Locust Valley. Oktoberfest is fun for the entire family – food trucks, beer, children's activities, a German (oompah) band with dancers in the afternoon and DJ music into the evening. The modest $5 per adult entry fee will be waived for anyone who buys a ticket to the 50/50 raffle at the door. Raffle tickets also can be purchased in advance at $20 each or 6 for $100. Sponsorships and tee-signs are also available. If you or your club would like to support Oktoberfest, Locust Valley Rotary's major fundraising event for the year, please contact club treasurer Ed O'Neill
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Kings Park High School Interact Club and the Commack Kings Park Rotary Club Pack 10,000 Meals for Food Pantries

Posted by Alex Paykin on Sep 28, 2016
With 50 volunteers clad in event t-shirts, the Kings Park High School cafeteria was converted into 4 assembly lines, each making well over 2,000 meals.  With dozens of students from KPHS, joined by a handful of Interactors from Commack High School, a half dozen Rotarians from Ronkonkoma and a bunch from Commack-Kings Park, the event went off without a hitch.  Thanks to the amazing help from Outreach, we were able to provide these meals at a cost of 25 cents per hungry child served.  Check out the video HERE.
This event was a practice run and was inspired by the End Hunger on Long Island event that the district has scheduled for November 12.  Keep an eye out for announcements on the final times and locations for the November 12th event, and help the district reach its goals...  The major event in Kings Park High School will be scheduled for sometime in the spring.  Keep an eye out on the district calendar for future announcements...
Kings Park High School Interact Club and the Commack Kings Park Rotary Club Pack 10,000 Meals for Food Pantries Alex Paykin 2016-09-28 04:00:00Z 0

End Hunger in Kings Park to Do First Run This Month

Posted by Alex Paykin on Sep 28, 2016
The Kings Park High School Interact Club, in partnership with the Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club, is holding an event you should be aware of on September 28, 2016 at the Kings Park High School. - The End Hunger in Kings Park program. We have partnered with Outreach, the non-profit organization (which is the same one working with the District on the much larger district-wide events planned for later in the fall and throughout next year), which will help us create an assembly line in the high school cafeteria.  In this assembly line, we will pack nutritious non-perishable ready to cook meals, which will be provided to local food pantries and soup kitchens, as well as directly to public school students who do not have reliable access to food.  If you would like to donate your time, please join us for two hours (half hour of setup, an hour of packing and a half hour of breakdown and cleanup).
End Hunger in Kings Park to Do First Run This Month Alex Paykin 2016-09-28 04:00:00Z 0

A Picture of What Good Friends Can Do

Posted by Robbie Donno on Sep 22, 2016
Last Tuesday, Frank and Robbie made another trip into JFK airport, this time to pick up a 9-year old girl Esma and her mom Habibe.  Esma will get her surgery on Oct. 5th at St. Francis Hospital.  Please keep her in your prayers.  
A Picture of What Good Friends Can Do Robbie Donno 2016-09-22 04:00:00Z 0

Carl LoBue, Senior Research Scientist with the Nature Conservancy on Long Island

Posted on Sep 20, 2016
On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, Carl LoBue, Senior Research Scientist with the Nature Conservancy on Long Island, will speak at the Rotary Club of Southold on the subject of Long Island’s and the North Fork’s concerns with excess nitrogen and the resulting problems from our wastewater affecting our fresh water. As you well know, this is an item of great concern.
Carl LoBue, Senior Research Scientist with the Nature Conservancy on Long Island 2016-09-20 04:00:00Z 0

Seatuck Cove Rotary Club’s Annual Antiques & Collectibles Auction for Chairty

Posted by Pastor Martin Hawley on Sep 17, 2016
EAST MORICHES, NY – The Rotary Club of Seatuck Cove is pleased to announce its first annual Antiques & Collectibles Auction on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at South Bay Bible Church, 578 Montauk Highway, East Moriches, NY 11940. Viewing begins at 8:00 a.m., and the auction begins at 9:00 a.m.
Auctions by Wendy will be conducting the sale, and funds raised will be used for local and international charitable projects.
Seatuck Cove Rotary Club’s Annual Antiques & Collectibles Auction for Chairty Pastor Martin Hawley 2016-09-17 04:00:00Z 0

Did you ACT yet? - Green Pages Submissions Due

Posted on Sep 16, 2016
Would you like to do business with more Rotarians?  Want to spread the word about your line of work?  Good news!  The District 7255 Rotarian Business Directory (the "Green Pages") is coming back real soon!  So if you're looking to do business with a fellow Rotarian, keep an eye out for a copy.  If you'd like to advertise, get your submission in by September 16th.  No late entries will be accepted as we're going straight to print!  To submit an entry, please click here for the submission form.
Did you ACT yet? - Green Pages Submissions Due Alex Paykin 2016-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

Kris Kringle 2nd Annual Lobster Bake

Posted on Sep 10, 2016
Kris Kringle 2nd Annual Lobster Bake, Saturday, September 10th, 2016, 3pm to 8pm at Camp Pa Qua Tuck, Center Moriches, NY.
Sponsored by the Moriches Rotary Club for the benefit of the Kris Kringle Fund, a fund that benefits local families in need during the holiday season. Event tickets $45 a person for Lobster (only 300 dinners available for purchase in advance), $10 for burger or hot dog.
Kris Kringle 2nd Annual Lobster Bake Alex Paykin 2016-09-10 04:00:00Z 0

Charity Navigator Upgrades The Rotary Foundation’s Rating

The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
  Charity Navigator Upgrades The Rotary Foundation’s Rating Type at least 3 letters of name 2016-09-09 04:00:00Z 0

36th Annual Golf Classic at Island's End Golf & Country Club

Posted on Aug 31, 2016
The Rotary Clubs of Southold & Greenport are proud to announce their 36th Annual Golf Classic to be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at the beautiful Island's End Golf & Country Club, East Marion, N.Y.  Sign up begins at 11:00A.M., followed by lunch and a "Shot Gun" start at 1:00P.M.  Dinner & awards follows golf at the Club.
36th Annual Golf Classic at Island's End Golf & Country Club Alex Paykin 2016-08-31 04:00:00Z 0

Wine in the Courtyard

Posted on Aug 11, 2016
Join us for Northport Rotary's "Wine in the Courtyard 2016" August 11, 2016 at the Vanderbilt Museum and Mansion, featuring over 100 wines, food from local restaurants, beer and food pairings in our new Beer Garden, music, self-guided tours of the Jazz Age Eagle's Nest Mansion, raffles, games and more.  Enjoy spectacular views of Northport Harbor with all areas covered in the event it is anything other than usual delightful summer evening.  The event will include musical groups, games and activities to   Event tickets ($100) are available online at or at the LaMantia Gallery on Main Street in Northport.
Wine in the Courtyard Alex Paykin 2016-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

Congressman Lee Zeldin to Discuss Veterans' Affairs at JC’s Restaurant

Posted on Aug 04, 2016
Congressman Lee Zeldin will be discussing Veterans Affairs at a community networking event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Seatuck Cove on Thursday, August 4, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at JC’s Restaurant, 2 Country Club Drive, Manorville.
The Congressman brings unique insight to veteran’s issues. He is not only an Army veteran, but he continues to serve today as a Major in the Army Reserves. In addition, our Congressional district has the highest population of veterans by county in New York State and one of the largest in the entire country.
Congressman Lee Zeldin to Discuss Veterans' Affairs at JC’s Restaurant Alex Paykin 2016-08-04 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Glen Cove 21st Annual Golf Tournament Alex Paykin 2016-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

Member, Project, Club & Committee Videos

Posted on Jul 19, 2016
As our website and Facebook page complete their transformation into the next phase of their evolution, you may notice both will start to take on more audio-visual elements.  The District will soon also have its own YouTube and/or Vimeo channel(s).  To that end, the District needs fresh content.  Do you have a Rotary Moment you want to share?  Is your club doing a project you'd like to tell the rest of the world about?  Know a cause that could use our help?  Want to get the word out on a fundraiser, a volunteer event, or initiative?  We want both timeless entries (Rotary Moments, Club and District Committee Introductions, and the like), as well as contemporaneous ones (Ads for Fundraisers, Volunteer Opportunities, Current Project Updates and so forth).
If you have no idea how to make a video, but would like to take part in one, don't worry, we'll help!  Just email Alexander Paykin, the District's IT Co-Chair, and let him know that you would like to have a video made.  He'll work with you on the technical side and you'll be in the District's video library in no time.  As many videos as possible will be featured on the District's home page, and every video submitted will be posted on the District's YouTube/Vimeo channel(s).
Member, Project, Club & Committee Videos Alex Paykin 2016-07-19 04:00:00Z 0

Celebrate 100 years of doing good in the world at the 2017 Atlanta convention.

Posted by Alexander Paykin on Jul 06, 2016
The yearlong celebration of The Rotary Foundation and 100 years of Doing Good in the World culminates at the Atlanta convention.   

In addition to an unparalleled lineup of speakers, entertainment, and events, this year’s convention offers once-in-a-lifetime activities, including:

  • Special movie screening of “Gone With the Wind” at the historic Fox Theatre
  • The inaugural Rotary International Film Festival
  • Memorable Foundation centennial festivities

Atlanta is a gracious, warm-hearted city whose rich history and modern, thriving metropolitan area offers something for everyone. Plan now to:

  • Visit family-friendly attractions like the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium
  • Enjoy Southern cooking during Restaurant Night
  • Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the King Center

celebrate in the city where it all began:

  • Explore The Rotary Foundation Centennial exhibit
  • Attend the “Doing Good in the World” book signing
  • Enjoy a special centennial birthday party
To find out more about the convention, to register online, or for resources to help you get the most out of your trip, visit
Celebrate 100 years of doing good in the world at the 2017 Atlanta convention. Alexander Paykin 2016-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

A Message from MJ Fitzgerald - The New District Governor

Posted on Jul 01, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarian's,
Thank you all for your kind words of support and enthusiasm. We are moving forward with  "District 7255, United in Service to Humanity".  We are fortunate to have had the last couple of months to get our 2 district wide projects started. 
First "Feed Long Island"- our efforts at the club level will have a tremendous impact on all of our communities. We have 80,000 children on Long Island alone that are food "insecure". That means they have 2 or less meals a day, and on weekends perhaps less. DGE Wendy Walsh- DeMaria is the Chair person. If you would like to get involved with this wonderful program please reach out to Wendy.
Secondly is "Project Save a Life". New York State is #3 in the Nation in terms of Need for Bone Marrow, Organ and Tissue donations but are 50th in the nation in terms of Adult donors. We again can have a huge impact on our community. It could be your sister, neighbor or friend in need. Wouldn't it be great if we could find a match for someone on that list? By increasing pool we can save lives! Phil Renna is the Chair person here. If you would like to get involved with this program, please reach out to Phil at
There is so much to do and I'm looking forward to working with you all during this new year, with a new focus! Remember.... The District works for you!   We want to help your clubs continue to grow and affect positive in your clubs and your communities!!
Yours in service,
MJ Fitzgerald
District Governor 2016/2017
"Rotary Serving Humanity"
Celebrating 100 years of the Rotary Foundation ~ Over the Past Hundred years Rotarian's like yourself have donated over 3 Billion Dollars which have been used for service projects around the World!!! Congratulations to you all!
A Message from MJ Fitzgerald - The New District Governor Alex Paykin 2016-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Triple Header Training Day

On May 21, 2016, DGE MJ Fitzgerald and District 7255 will be holding a Triple-Header Training Day for all interested Rotarians. Included in the day's training events will be:
1. The annual District Training Assembly (formerly known as "District Assembly") which will include breakouts for club secretaries and treasurers. We will also be voting on the District Budget for Rotary year 2016-17.
2. PETS MakeUp for incoming club presidents who could not attend Multi-District PETS in New Jersey last month. This will be your last opportunity to get your required training as club president. Remember, RI makes PETS training MANDATORY in order to be seated by the Governor as a club president.
3. Rotary Foundation Certification Training, for clubs interested in participating in Rotary Foundation Global Grants. The Foundation requires your club to get certified in order to participate. 
Location & Time: Hilton Garden Inn Melville - Located on the east side Round Swamp Road, just south of Long Island Expressway Exit 48 in Plainview. Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
You must register in advance in order to attend. If you plan to attend, please email your RSVP to PDG Marion Stark at, or call Marion at 631-987-7209 to let her know you'll be attending. Please include the name of your club and the breakouts you plan on attending.
All costs, including breakfast, lunch & breaks, will be paid for by the district from your dues, so please plan on joining us!
PDG David Ardam
District Trainer 2016-17
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Babylon Rotary Dictionary Project

Posted on Mar 02, 2016
About 40 Rotarians, school officials, government dignitaries, and a lively audience of 120 third-grade students assembled for Babylon Rotary’s Third Annual Dictionary Project at the Babylon Memorial Grade School on March 2, 2016.
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Posted by PDG David Ardam, District Trainer 2016-17
There are seven districts participating in the upcoming Presidents-Elect Training Seminar from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with Rotary District 7255 being the largest of the districts.  PETS prepares Presidents-elect for their year as the President of their club starting in July, the new Rotary year.  The District Governor Elect, as PETS executive, and the planning board work diligently throughout the year to put together a program that will give you the content that you will need as President and we get the best Rotary speakers for our plenary sessions.  The course outline is as follows:
Plan Your Year - Club Management - Your Leadership - Your Members - Promote Rotary - Foundation
On Thursday March 17th we will have a special optional session with Chris Boyce and Emily Whitmer both from Rotary International Headquarters to do a special presentation on the The Rotary Foundation and Membership.  The session will be from 2pm to 5pm.  All are encouraged to attend this session.
The formal program will start on March 18th and the following day you ll have an opportunity to meet with your incoming District Governor.
PETS provides the opportunity to network, learn more about Rotary, and participate with hundreds of Presidents-elects in attendance.
To Register, click: At the end of the registration process, you can print out your "ticket" which is your confirmation of registration.
Then contact PETS Registrar DGND Shawn Weiss at and register for the hotel.
The venue is the Hanover Marriott, Whippany, New Jersey. This training is MANDATORY per Rotary International's Manual of Procedure and you must attend in order to be certified by DGE MJ Fitzgerald as ready to be president of your club (even if you've been here before!). The cost to incoming presidents is free, as this event is covered by your district dues.
DGE MJ FITZGERALD will also be presenting a training seminar on Saturday, March 5, 2016, to give attendees the "local flavor" of Rotary in District 7255. This training is optional, but certainly encouraged for incoming club officers. The program will run from Noon - 5:00 pm, at the Melville Hilton Garden Inn, which is located on Round Swamp Road in Plainview (just south of LIE Exit 48). Like PETS, the cost for this event is covered by your district dues. This seminar is open to all club members, but it it necessary to register by letting the District Trainer know in advance that you intend to be there. Send an email to to register.
PETS & POTS PDG David Ardam, District Trainer 2016-17 2016-03-02 05:00:00Z 0
Gift of Life, Inc., GALA Prakash Pisipati 2016-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
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Governor and Vice Governor for 2018-19

Posted on Sep 03, 2015
Dear Rotarian:
Our District is in process of nominating the District Governor and Vice Governor for the Rotary Year 2018-19.
The last date of submission of application is extended up to Oct 16th, 2015.
Please do send the nomination application duly approved, certified and completed  by your Rotary Club President and Secretary
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Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) -- Saturday, October 17, 2015

Posted by Prakash Pisipati on Jul 25, 2015

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)
seeks to have Rotary Clubs identify those Rotarians who appear to have the potential for future club leadership and provide those so identified with a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills so important in voluntary organizations.
Date & Time:
Saturday, October 17, 2015
7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Melville Marriott
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) -- Saturday, October 17, 2015 Prakash Pisipati 2015-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

District Wide Action/ Club Events on Facebook Page

Posted by Prakash Pisipati
Click on "Facebook" to find all the exciting news from all the clubs in our district.
While you're at it, don't forget to post your events!!
(Prerequisite: Click on LIKE to like this page; send a request to get editor privileges; post away)
District Wide Action/ Club Events on Facebook Page Prakash Pisipati 2015-07-09 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Prakash Pisipati on Jul 08, 2015
Are you interested in traveling to Australia?
Our District Rotary Friendship Exchange Program is offering a trip to Melbourne, Australia.  A team of Rotarians and Family Members from D7255 will travel to Melbourne, RD 9790. -CONTACT: Rotarian Rose Quaranta:
ROTARY FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE Prakash Pisipati 2015-07-08 04:00:00Z 0

SAVE THE DATE -- 6/30 -- ** Honor DG Tony Civitano ** -- FREE ADMISSION--

Posted by Prakash Pisipati on Jun 23, 2015

** Honor DG Tony Civitano **
** Enjoy Fellowship **
Presentation of District Awards
** Support Veterans & Their Families **
*********** JUNE 30TH 2015 *************
LIE EXIT 60; 6PM - 8PM
RSVP: Kathy Gibson - - 516-628-8717
Jackie Bartly - - 516-671-6055
SAVE THE DATE -- 6/30 -- ** Honor DG Tony Civitano ** -- FREE ADMISSION-- Prakash Pisipati 2015-06-23 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor Installation

Posted by Prakash Pisipati on May 31, 2015
District Governor Installation
Sunday, June 28th, 2015
6.30 PM onward
Gala Dinner Reception at
Antun's by Minar
Hicksville, NY 11801
Contribution: 60.00
RSVP: or
(This event is replacing DG Tony's last leadership meeting)
District Governor Installation Prakash Pisipati 2015-05-31 04:00:00Z 0
Queensborough West Rotary - Charter Installation Prakash Pisipati 2015-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Gift of Life, Inc. Gala Dinner Dance Prakash Pisipati 2015-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Multi-District Conference, Mystic Marriot, Conn., April 23-26, 2015 2015-01-01 00:00:00Z 0

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on Nov 23, 2014
On behalf of myself and  District Leadership wishing you and your families and happy and enjoyable Thanksgiving. As Rotarians we are grateful  we are in a position to help those less fortunate.  Let's keep fellow rotarian Cliff Hamond and his family in our thoughts and prayers and pray for a total recovery.
District Governor
Tony Civitano
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District 7255 Governor 2017-2018

Posted on Nov 21, 2014
We are pleased to report the following results from the District Nominating Committee which met today for the purpose of nominating the District Governor and Vice Governor for Rotary Year 2017-2018.
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World Polio Day - "We're this close" 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Luncheon 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Cares Health Committee

Posted on Jul 06, 2014


DG Tony has asked that we start a committee of Rotarians to promote the importance of health and health awareness for the Rotarians and our families in our District.  Healthy Rotarians can do more for their family, their business as well as their club.

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July 4th

Posted on Jul 02, 2014

On behalf of myself and the District Staff wishing you and your families a safe and happy 4th of July.!

Tony Civitano
District Governor 2014-2015
District 7255

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District 7255 First Annual Golf Outing Cornell Frank 2014-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Important District Conference Message from District Governor Gwenn Cornell Frank 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z 0

Invitation to join the Centennial Celebration of the Rotary Club of Brooklyn 3/29

Posted by Cornell Frank on Mar 03, 2014
The Rotary Club of Brooklyn Centennial Birthday has rescheduled its Centennial Gala to Sunday, September 14, 2014. from 12:00 Noon at Gargiulo's Restaurant located at 2911 West 15th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224. Dinner, Dancing & Raffles.  Ticket Prices $125 per person.
For more information please contact either Elaine Quinones at or Laura Caruana at


Invitation to join the Centennial Celebration of the Rotary Club of Brooklyn 3/29 Cornell Frank 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z 0

Message from DG Gwenn in regard to the Silent Auction and Conference display space requirments

Posted by Cornell Frank on Feb 26, 2014

At every District Conference a Silent Auction is being held with the proceeds going to THE ROTARY FOUNDATION so we can do our good works in the community and around the world. The winning bidder's check at the auction is made out to the Rotary Foundation and they will get credit for their contribution.
Tradition has it that each club donates an item with a value of $100.00. Mark the item with your club's name and description of gift, i.e. Gift certificate, Gift basket, Spa and Beauty Treatment, tickets for an event or a service.
Please bring the item to the District Conference in Newport on April 24th or call Wendy Walsh at (516)635-7627;
Vicky Greenberg (917)749-8881 or Kim Stevens (631)745-3240 to arrange for a pick up.
IMPORTANT: To display your signature project or fundraiser at the Conference please let Joyce Duck at (631)325-8264
know how much space you need.
DG Gwenn

Message from DG Gwenn in regard to the Silent Auction and Conference display space requirments Cornell Frank 2014-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Forty-Two Sleeping Bags for Veterans Request from DGE Tony 2014-02-10 00:00:00Z 0

Children's Holiday Party sponsored by Jet Blue & JFK Club

Posted by Cornell Frank on Dec 09, 2013

The Children's Holiday Party sponsored by Jet Blue and the Rotary Club of JFK International Airport. Over 300 children including handicapped children from 9 different schools met Santa Claus, got backpack filled with goodies and had a great time.

(Note: Other submtted pctures could not bve posted because the District 7255 website does not accept pictures larger than 1024 px.  Kindly submit picture accordingly to Webmaster Dr. Cornell C. Frank at


Children's Holiday Party sponsored by Jet Blue & JFK Club Cornell Frank 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z 0

November Newsletter by District Governor Gwenn Ramage-Wons

Posted by Cornell Frank on Nov 26, 2013
Hello Rotarians:
November is Foundation month, however, with the huge typhoon
that hit the Philippines and our own hurricane Sandy, I will be concentrating
on helping victims of disaster.
As you know, Rotary is not a first responder, but Rotarians were already
on the ground in the Philippines since September when the 7.1 earthquake
hit, helping those who lost everything. The typhoon that struck the country
is the worst to ever hit the Philippines. Since Rotarians are currently on location
it is felt that there is an immediate need for Shelter Boxes to help families in
need. We, therefore, have decided that we will give at least one Shelter Box to
a needy family and then decide what to do with the balance of the donations.
Hopefully, more donations will be received  so that we can help rebuild
villages in the Philippines and so ENGAGE ROTARY AND CHANGE LIVES.
There is still a need locally for Sandy victims, and the "Adopt a Home" program
is moving well in the Lindenhurst and Bayshore areas.
We all should be very thankful for having a roof over our head and food on the
A happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah to all.
Gwenn Ramage-Wons
District Governor 2013/14
Rotary District 7255
November Newsletter by District Governor Gwenn Ramage-Wons Cornell Frank 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Gift of Life 726 Gala by District Governor Gwenn Ramage-Wons Cornell Frank 2013-11-23 00:00:00Z 0

District 7255 Philippine Disaster Aid Fund by District Governor Gwenn

Posted by Cornell Frank on Nov 12, 2013

We are establishing a "Philippine Disaster Aid Fund" for the victims in the typhoon and all donations should be made out to:

Rotary District 7255 Foundation

and write in memo box: Philippines Disaster Aid

Then mail your Tax Deductible check to:

Len Stevens, District Treasurer
Rotary District 7255
P. O. Box 1552
Smithtown, NY 11787

Thank you for your kindness

DG Gwenn Ramage-Wons

District 7255 Philippine Disaster Aid Fund by District Governor Gwenn Cornell Frank 2013-11-13 00:00:00Z 0

Million Dollar Dinner Committee Special Training by PDG Quaranta

Posted by Cornell Frank on Nov 02, 2013
District 7255 Foundation Chair for 2012-2016 PDG Arnold Quaranta invited all Rotarians to join one of four Rotary Club meetings that had been hel on:

    • Monday, October 28, 2013 at 5:30 PM at Janney Montgomery Scott, in Garden City, NY

    • Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 12:15 PM ant the Rotary Club of Riverhead at the Culinary Arts Center

    • Wednesday, October 30th at 12:15 PM at the Rptary Club of Smithtown, in Smithtown, NY, and

    • Thursday, October 31th at 7:45 AM at the Rotary Club of Ronkonkomas, in Ronkonkoma, NY


The guest speakers were: PDG Arnold T. Quaranta Jr., District 7255 Foundation Chair 2012-2016. and a member of the Rotary Club of the  Ronkonkomas, Rotary International  Foundation Major Gifts Officers for Zone 32 Jenna Archuleta, and Endowment/Major Gifts Advisor Mac Leask, CPA

Million Dollar Dinner Committee Special Training by PDG Quaranta Cornell Frank 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Gift of Life 726 Gala by James LaMantia Cornell Frank 2013-10-28 00:00:00Z 0

District Simplified Grant Application Packet by PDG George Solomon

Posted by Cornell Frank on Oct 15, 2013

District Governor Gwenn and District Grants Chair PDG George Solomon have made the District Simplified Grant Application Packet available to every Rotary Club in District 7255.

Click on "More..." below to see the packet.   The packet is also available as a "fill-in form" in the "Download Files" section on the left side of the District 7255 homepage.  A little scrolling down may be necessary. The packet is available in Word .docx and Word .doc format.

District Simplified Grant Application Packet by PDG George Solomon Cornell Frank 2013-10-16 00:00:00Z 0

October 2013 Newsletter Article by District Governor Gwenn Ramage-Wons

Posted by Cornell Frank on Oct 15, 2013
Hello Fellow Rotarians:
Vocational Service is our focus for October. Rotarians hold themselves to high ethical standards. Diversification of classifications within each club recognizes the dignity of all occupations and careers and Rotary provides an opportunity to use experience to serve both within the community and globally. Paul Harris led the way with the philosophy that a Rotarian is a good person with whom to do business.

Additionally, Vocational Service provides an occasion for Rotarians to interact with the youth of the community. A career day at the local high school, sponsored by the Rotary Club and including other community leaders, showcases a variety o careers. Rotarians can offer mentoring, internships and shadowing to the future generation. Interenerational fellowship insures the opportunity to change lives and grow our fine organization.

Have a great October.
Gwenn Ramage-Wons
District Governor 7255

October 2013 Newsletter Article by District Governor Gwenn Ramage-Wons Cornell Frank 2013-10-16 00:00:00Z 0

Greetings from Newsletter Editor PDG Ravi

Posted by Cornell Frank on Oct 13, 2013


Greetings Fellow Rotarians:

DG Gwenn and District 7255 are off to a roaring start since her installation. She is tirelessly working to invigorate all of the District’s efforts. The District is full of new ideas and a palpable energy. We are holding our regular District meetings and I would like to give special thanks to Patricia McCarthy for keeping the District’s minutes and for relaying them to leadership.

Greetings from Newsletter Editor PDG Ravi Cornell Frank 2013-10-14 00:00:00Z 0

DG Gwenn's Official Visit to the Rotary Club of Flushing

Posted by Cornell Frank on Sep 25, 2013


                                                                                                                 Photo Dr. Cornell C. Frank

DG Gwenn (center) with Rotary Club of Flushing President All Harris (right) and Past President Veronica Tsang (left)

DG Gwenn's Official Visit to the Rotary Club of Flushing Cornell Frank 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor Gwenn's visit to the Smithtown Clubs

Posted by Cornell Frank on Sep 24, 2013


District Governor Gwenn (second from right) with Assistant Governor Warren Sternberg (left), Rotary Club of Smithtown Sunrise President Andrew Ratway (second from left) and Rotary Club of Smithtown President Father De Leon (right)

District Governor Gwenn's visit to the Smithtown Clubs Cornell Frank 2013-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor Gwenn's Official Visit to the Rotary Club of Riverhead Cornell Frank 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0

District Conference

Posted by Cornell Frank on Sep 06, 2013


To register electronically and make payment by credit card or by check click here

Kindly click on "More" below to view and print the "District Conference Registration Form"  that can be filled out manually.

District Conference Cornell Frank 2013-09-07 00:00:00Z 0

News flash from District Governor Gwenn

Posted by Gwenn Ramage-Wons on Sep 05, 2013

Rotarian Cornell Frank has been kind enough to prepare a User's Manual that is intended to be used by District 7255 Club Officers and Rotarians to update information directly on the District 7255 web site if their respective Rotary club does not use the services of ClubRunner/Doxess Technologies.  "Screen shots" and red arrows pointing the way, will ease finding the location of the buttons to be pressed in order to accomplish the desired results.  The manual is available from the "Download" section on the left side of the District 7255 web site.  Please scroll down a bit until you see the "Download" section on the left side.  The Manual is entitled "District 722 Web Site Update Interaction including Attendance Reporting" and is available in two parts.

News flash from District Governor Gwenn Gwenn Ramage-Wons 2013-09-06 00:00:00Z 0

DG's Gwenn successful visit to the Rotary Clubs of Roslyn and North Shore, LI

Posted by Cornell Frank on Aug 28, 2013


                                                                                                                 Photo: Cornell C. Frank

DG Gwenn and District 7255 First Spouse Gene (right) with PDG Katie (second from right), AG's Diane (fourth from right) and Howard (third from right), Rotary Club of North Shore, LI President Terri (left) and Rotary Club of Roslyn Co-Presidents Cathy (second from left) and Deborah (fourth from left).


DG's Gwenn successful visit to the Rotary Clubs of Roslyn and North Shore, LI Cornell Frank 2013-08-29 00:00:00Z 0

Camp Paquatuck–Respite Day

Posted by Wallace (Wally) Mahoney on Aug 23, 2013

A brief reference to Camp Paquatuck–Respite Day for the 106th Rescue Wing of the ANG was forwarded.

Reference was also made to other Rotarians having the story and that three pictures can be viewed at the following website (copy and paste the lURL into your favorite web browser):!1767&Bsrc=Photomail&Bpub=SDX.Photos&action=Download&authkey=!ACr9FzHQS35hixU

More will be posted as soon as we get the rest of the story...
Camp Paquatuck–Respite Day Wallace (Wally) Mahoney 2013-08-24 00:00:00Z 0

A message from District 7255 PolioPlus Chair PDG David H. Ardam

Posted by Cornell Frank on Aug 21, 2013

As PolioPlus Chair for District 7255 I hope to send out to the club presidents updates throughout the year on the progress Rotary is making (along with its partners) in the efforts to eradicate polio.

 I recommend reading the articles at the following link, which you may share with your club: . It's the August 2013 edition of Polio News.

 Please remember the latest Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Challenge Grant. For this year and the next two years, the Gates Foundation will be matching your donations to PolioPlus at the Rotary Foundation on a 2 for 1 basis, up to $35,000,000 in Rotary contributions. That means, for every dollar we Rotarians raise and donate, Gates will add $2 more to the effort! 


David M. Ardam, Past District Governor (2007-2008)
Rotary International District 7255
District PolioPlus Chair
District Co-Chair, Rotary Leadership Institute
Member, Rotary Club of Commack-Kings Park, New York
Club Rotary Foundation Chair
A message from District 7255 PolioPlus Chair PDG David H. Ardam Cornell Frank 2013-08-22 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor Gwenn's successful visit to Baldwin-Rockville Centre

Posted by Cornell Frank on Aug 21, 2013


DG Governor Gwenn (fourth from right) and AG Nancy Hanson (third from right) enjoying their Official Club visit with the leadership and a few members of the Rotary Club of Baldwin-Rockville Centre. At right is the "District 7255 first spouse Gene."

District Governor Gwenn's successful visit to Baldwin-Rockville Centre Cornell Frank 2013-08-22 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor Gwenn's club visits update

Posted by Cornell Frank on Aug 19, 2013

DG Gwenn had a successful visit with the following Rotary Clubs: Manhasset, Great Neck and Gold Coast, Lake Success on Tuesday, August 20th at the Pearl East.  She enjoyed meeting with all the active Rotary members.


 See DG Gwenn schedule of club visits immediately below.

District Governor Gwenn's club visits update Cornell Frank 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor Gwenn's Club Visit Schedule (Updated)

Posted by Gwenn Ramage-Wons on Aug 16, 2013

August 7th -         dinner Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, E-Club & Verrazano Clubs

August 8th -         breakfast West Hempstead, Hempstead-Uniondale     

August 20th -       lunch Manhasset, Great Neck & Gold Coast

August 21st-        breakfast with Williston Park

August 22nd -      lunch Baldwin/Rockville Center

August 26th -       lunch Mineola-Garden City

August 27th -       lunch Syosset-Woodbury

August 28th -       lunch Farmingdale, Farmingdale Breakfast

August 29th -       lunch Roslyn, North Shore L.I.

September 4th -   breakfast Hauppauge, Commack/Kings Park, Ronkonkomas

September 5th -    lunch Islip

Sepember 10th -   dinner Southold and Greenport

September 11th -   lunch at Riverhead

September 12th -   lunch North Hills Veterans

September 12th -   dinner Central Islip/Islandia and Brentwood

September 24th -   lunch Rocky Point and Middle Island

September 24th -   dinner Glen Head and Bayville/Center Island       

September 25th -   lunch Smithtown and Smithtown Sunrise

September 26th -   lunch at Flushing

September 30th -   dinner at Easthampton

October 1st -         lunch Queens Borough

October 1st -         dinner Southwest Queens, Rockaway

October 2nd -        dinner Jamaica, Historic Jackson Heights

October 3rd -         lunch Southampton, Westhampton

October 8th -         lunch Locust Valley, Glen Cove

October 8th -         dinner Jackson Heights, Central Queens

October 10th -        lunch Stony Brook, Port Jefferson

October 15th -        lunch Hampton Bays

October 16th -        lunch Oceanside-Island Park, Franklin Square

October 16th -        dinner Patchogue, Sayville

October 17th -        dinner Lindenhurst, Amityville (Goccia D’Oro)

October 22nd -       lunch Malverne, East Rockaway-Lynbrook

October 22nd-        dinner Floral Park-Bellerose (Trinity Restaurant)

October 23rd -        lunch Oyster Bay

October 24th -        dinner Shirley/Mastic, Moriches & Bellport

October 25th -        lunch Huntington Station, Melville (Jewels)

October 29th -        breakfast at East Northport

October 30th -       dinner Hicksville-Jericho Sunrise, Freeport-Merrick (Elliots)

October 31th -        lunch Babylon, Bay Shore

November 5th -      lunch Huntington

November 6th -       lunch Northport

November 7th -       dinner Seatuck Cove

November 7th -       Homecoming Dinner at Mahogany's on Montauk Highway
                                   in Speonk, NY

November 20th -      JFK International Airport


District Governor Gwenn's Club Visit Schedule (Updated) Gwenn Ramage-Wons 2013-08-17 00:00:00Z 0

New RI Website Announcement

Posted by Cornell Frank on Aug 16, 2013
Dear Rotary Club Officer,
For nearly two years, we’ve been working to refresh and revitalize Rotary’s website and in just a few days, your new website will be unveiled to our members and the public.  We are set to launch on August 26th, and in anticipation of this exciting event, I am reaching out to the leaders of our organization and asking you to join me in being champions and advocates for this wonderful new tool.
Each of you plays a key leadership role in your club and with its members. We want to highlight the many positive aspects of the new website and ease any initial concerns that may arise as you and the members of your club familiarize yourselves with the new site.
I’ve had the opportunity to speak directly with RI President Ron D. Burton about the upcoming launch and he has expressed his enthusiasm and support for the many improvements being made. We hope to make the transition to the new online experience as smooth as possible.
We want to draw attention to a few key features of the new website that we think you will find most helpful as you field questions from Rotarians in the coming weeks.
New RI Website Announcement Cornell Frank 2013-08-17 00:00:00Z 0

DG Gwen's first official....

Posted by Bruno Frustaci on Aug 11, 2013


DG Gwen is shown having a wonderful time visiting the Verrazano, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge and the E-Club on August 7, 2013. 

DG Gwen's first official.... Bruno Frustaci 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

August is Rotary Membership and Club Extension month

Posted on Jul 31, 2013

My fellow Rotarians,

All of us know that Rotary has incredible potential to do good work.  We are going to do that by ENGAGING ROTARIANS by getting them involved, by getting them inspired, and by making sure that all Rotarians know what gift they have in Rotary.

The goal is to make Rotary bigger, not just with more members but with more involved and ENGAGED and motivated members, who will be the ones to lead us in the future.  We do not just ask anyone to join Rotary.  We are looking to attract successful and motivated people who care.  We ask them to take their valuable time and give it to Rotary.  So, when they join our club, we need to be sure that their time in Rotary is well spent and enjoyable.

I am pleased to report that I had the privilege of inducting twelve new Rotarians at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Hicksville South.  As I begin my official visits, I am looking forward to inducting even more new members and inspiring them to be engaged and involved.  

Your club can sponsor a new club in your community and also help grow our eClub, which has many advantages to provide access to Rotary for smaller communities, alumni, former Rotarians or people who would like to serve but cannot physically attend formal meetings.  This is crucial so that we reach our goal of 1.3 Million Rotarians, by the year 2015.

During the PETS seminar each incoming president was given an overview of the IGNITE PROGRAM presented and started by RI Director Ken Boyd.  The purpose of which is to IGNITE EVERY ROTARIAN by involving them in one or more Rotary activities.  Everyone has something to contribute to the success of his or her own club, therefore every person has the power to CHANGE A LIFE.  Ask your club president, area governor, or membership chair for more information.


DG Gwenn Ramage-Wons
District Governor 2013-2014

August is Rotary Membership and Club Extension month 2013-08-01 00:00:00Z 0

Governor Gwenn Ramage-Wons WELCOMES YOU!

Posted on Jun 30, 2013
Hello Fellow Rotarians:
I welcome you all to our new District 7255 TOGETHER AGAIN!  What a great opportunity to make this a very successful year for Rotary.  

It is an honor to serve as the first District Governor of the newly combined District 7255.  Not in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I would become a District Governor, least of all the governor of all of Long Island, where I have made my home since 1981.
After two years of merger meetings we finally made it and we are TOGETHER AGAIN.  Now we can remember our past and celebrate our history, triumphs, traditions, and fellowships with pride.

We have the opportunity to create a vibrant and growing district, increasing membership, creating new clubs, increasing our giving to the Rotary Foundation, and most of all fellowship with our friends to the west and to the east.  I encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and make up a meeting at a club out of your immediate area.  Go to their fundraisers and they will come to yours.
We face the future with imagination and generosity inspired by our new plan of action.  We demand the best of the future and we will take with us the best of the past.
Governor Gwenn Ramage-Wons WELCOMES YOU! 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Making Rotary History - DG Gwenn Ramage-Wons Installation JUNE 5, 2013 Lisa Mueller 2013-05-30 00:00:00Z 0

District 7255 - First District Assembly - May 11, 2013

Posted by Lisa Mueller on May 14, 2013
FIRST-EVER District 7255 Assembly

held at the Farmingdale Library, on May 11, 2013.
 All important business was conducted flawlessly 
and great fun and fellowship was had by all.
Peter Kleckowski, Lisa Mueller, Anthony Civitano, Gwenn Ramage-Wons, Connie Gevinski, Alan Hurst
Foreground: Connie Gevinski and Fred Notter
Cornell Frank (president - eClub of Long Island), Alan Hurst (RI Zone Coordinator)

District 7255 - First District Assembly - May 11, 2013 Lisa Mueller 2013-05-15 00:00:00Z 0

First Annual District 7255 Conference to be held at the Newport, RI Marriott

Posted by George Solomon on May 13, 2013


Register now for the first District 7255 Conference to be held in the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Newport, Rhode Island. No Rotarian should miss this Conference because it offers a wonderful opportunity to meet with our District Governor Gwenn Ramage-Wons and her leadership team as well learn more about at the new District 7255 and its 75 Rotary clubsl.    A link is posted to the left, and the application is available for downloading just below it. Come and enjoy fun, fellowship, and Rotary learning with your friends from all over Long Island as we enjoy our first conference as the new District 7255 


You may need to scroll down a little on the home page.
First Annual District 7255 Conference to be held at the Newport, RI Marriott George Solomon 2013-05-14 00:00:00Z 0

From District Governor Connie

Posted by Aaron Stein on Jul 17, 2012
Things in the District are humming along. Club visits are happening and so are
Committee Meetings. The GSE team has been out and back, now we plan for
the returning team from Puerto Rico in June 2013.

One of the Committees meeting is the Celebrate 25 years of Women in Rotary.
Marion Stark and her committee are considering a date and place plus format for
this hopefully Sunday Brunch in March. Men and Women will be in attendance,
so be on the lookout on this date.

The Rotary Foundation Committee under the leadership of Arnie Quaranta met
and discussed a few things. First is that he is planning a joint Foundation Event
to be held concurrently with 7250 in November – Foundation month. 

From District Governor Connie Aaron Stein 2012-07-18 00:00:00Z 0

Gwenn Ramage-Wons, District Governor Nominee

Posted by Gwen Ramage-Wons on Jun 04, 2012

        This will be my final month as District Governor Nominee and on July 1st starts my year as District Governor-Elect and as such I will be entering uncharted territory. Traditionally the District Governor has a clear idea of what to expect as DGE, however, this year the format will be different for two reasons: We will be merging with District 7250 and I will be preparing for my year under Rotary International's Future Vision.

        To simplify the grant-making process, the Future Vision Plan offers only two types of grants: Rotary Foundation District Grants and Rotary Foundation Global Grants. District Grants can be used to fund scholarships, support vocational teams, sponsor volunteer service, provide disaster recovery assistance and carry out community and international service projects. District grants allow flexibility to Rotarians and are fully funded through District Designated Funds (DDF).

        Global Grants support larger projects with sustainable, high-impact outcomes in six areas of focus:

               Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
               Disease prevention and treatment
               Water and sanitation
               Maternal and child health
               Basic education and literacy
               Economic and community development

        Clubs and Districts can either create their own global grant projects or sponsor packaged grants developed by The Rotary Foundation in collaboration with strategic partners. Club and district developed grants will receive a funding match from the foundation. The minimum total cost for a global grant is $30,000. A package grant is developed by TRF which may work with a strategic partner in a particular project. These packaged grants will be posted online as they become available.

        I will be relying on RI, PDGs, Assistant District Governors and I will also need the help of Rotarians since the dynamics of reporting will change and in order to accomplish my goals in my year as District Governor I will have to have my plans ready by the end of this year before I go to San Diego, California for my final training in January.

 Gwenn Ramage

Yours in Rotary


Gwenn Ramage-Wons, District Governor Nominee Gwen Ramage-Wons 2012-06-05 00:00:00Z 0

From the DGE, Connie Gevinski

Posted by Cornelia (Connie) Gevinski on Jun 04, 2012

May was a month that just flew by because of all the wonderful Rotary experiences I had. First of all, to attend a Convention with 35,000 Rotarians of the world was inspiring. This is the fourth Convention for me, but I am always amazed at the large number of people who think the same way I do! Rotarians together can do some amazing things in this world. The next one is in Lisbon………….start planning on attending! All Rotarians are welcome.

Rotary International’s Strategic Plan has four goals:

1. To Eradicate Polio. Yes we reached our fund raising goal and exceeded it. We raised $215, 754,500. ($836,629 was raised by Alumni and $309,629 by Interact). Of course they can still use donations to finish the job, but the shift now will be to Rotarians who can influence governments to monetarily support this new World Health Priority of naming Polio a Global Emergency.

2. The implementation of the Future Vision Plan. This will see our district receiving the ability to locally control our Foundation Funds more. It will mean changes in procedure and we will be doing some double duty during this year for the transition. Be looking for more information from the new Foundation Chair Arnie Quaranta in the coming months.

3. Build Peace by Example – not negotiation. Promote positive change in the world and locally. Build a partnership with public and private institutions.

4. Strengthen the Annual Programs Fund “the heart and backbone of Rotary”. If every Rotary donated $100 every year, we would have $120,000,000 budget annually! We are the largest Humanitarian Organization. It is my Charity of Choice, is it yours?

The many inspirational speakers and performances definitely sent us on our way in full support of all Rotary does.

I slipped in a little travel before and after the convention to visit Past and future Youth Exchange Students. There is nothing like seeing a country through the experiences of locals rather than as the tourist in the major city.

Upon arriving home (literally within less than 24 hours) we had our Annual District Assembly. It was attended by a dedicated group of Rotarians who spent the morning and afternoon in discussion groups about Service Projects, Public Relations, Peace Through Service Projects, New Generations, Peace Forums and membership. Hopefully, some new ideas may have fermented for our 7260 Clubs.

So, one more month to go to be fully prepared for my year…………..I have a lot to do this month too!


Yours In Rotary,
Connie Gevinski

From the DGE, Connie Gevinski Cornelia (Connie) Gevinski 2012-06-05 00:00:00Z 0

Governor's Corner

Posted by Irving Tolliver on May 02, 2012

It has been several days since we adjourned the District Conference at beautiful Water’s Edge and Spa in Westbrook, Connecticut, and I am still in awe of the favorable comments that were made by the participants via emails and telephones about the location and the informative plenary sessions. We could not have asked for a better year-end conference and celebration for all the Rotarians and guests that registered and attended. .

The plenary sessions were well-orchestrated, and if you were in attendance, you got a very good snapshot of all of the things that we do in our district. As the District Governor, I was prepared in my final speech to go over the things we do in our district; however, it was not needed. We had a Past Rotary International Vice President with us for the weekend, and his comment on our conference was that it was “outstanding.” The Rotary International President’s Representative, who delivered a stunning keynote address at the Governor’s Ball, was amazed at the amount of work that is done by the two districts. He stated on several occasions, along with other accolades, that this was the “one of the best district conference he has ever attended.”

I personally was not surprised by all of the good wishes of Michael Johns, because we had assembled a tremendous conference committee, and we were kept on track by the Conference Chair, who made sure that everything moved in the direction of a great conference.

To the conference staff, I want to express my sincere thanks to you for all the hard work and dedication you displayed to make this a successful conference. I feel extremely blessed to have been surrounded by dedicated Rotarians who worked long hours and gave of their time freely. 
Yours In Rotary,
Irving H. Toliver
District 7260 Governor, 2011-2012
Irving is “Proud to be a Rotarian”

Governor's Corner Irving Tolliver 2012-05-03 00:00:00Z 0

Member Retention

Posted by Ed Iraci on Sep 05, 2011
We want to share some RI resources with you that can help support clubs and districts in their member retention efforts.
Supporting Clubs and Districts
Rotary International offers a wide variety of resources and tools to support clubs and districts in their membership efforts. The Empower Your Rotary Club with RI Resources for Membership Development catalog (pdf)outlines resources that are especially helpful for organizing and maintaining membership development activities. These resources are available either as a free download or for purchase online.
Other key resources include:
Member Retention Ed Iraci 2011-09-06 00:00:00Z 0

2012 RI Convention in Bangkok, Thailand

Posted by Ed Iraci on Aug 14, 2011

Register now for the 2012 RI Convention in Bangkok, Thailand, 6-9 May, and enjoy an unforgettable experience in the Land of a Thousand Smiles! Enjoy Thai hospitality. Make friends with fellow Rotarians from around the world. Take in spectacular sights. Taste delicious Thai cuisine. Experience a vibrant culture. Renew your commitment to Service Above Self. And have fun in a world class city. See Flyer... 

2012 RI Convention in Bangkok, Thailand Ed Iraci 2011-08-15 00:00:00Z 0

District 7260 Youth Exchange Program

Posted by Ed Iraci on Aug 14, 2011

We are pleased to announce the placement of 12 Youth Exchange Students in our District this year. Hosting these students from France, India, Spain, Thailand, Romainia, Ecuador, Brazil, Taiwan, Chile, Belgium & Germany respectively, are the following clubs: Westhampton (3), Riverhead (2), & one each by Smithtown, Amityville, Bayshore, East Hampton, Babylon, Hampton Bays, & Greenport. Thank you to those clubs hosting this year! We would like to see more clubs involved with the Youth Exchange Program.  CONTINUED...



District 7260 Youth Exchange Program Ed Iraci 2011-08-15 00:00:00Z 0

From the Desk of the Past District Governor

Posted by Quaranta, Jr., Arnold T on Jun 05, 2011


The Month of May started off with the celebration of the Middle Island Club’s 50th Anniversary. It was a great evening of fellowship and reflection. On May 7th Rose and I had the pleasure of participating in the Smithtown’s Club 2nd Annual Road Rally. The good thing is we did not finish last and amazingly enough we are still talking to each other. On May 14th I attended the District Assembly at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck where DGE Irving Toliver and District Trainer PDG Dave Ardam enlightened us on the year ahead, Reach Within and Embrace Humanity. From May 18th to the 23rd I had the pleasure of attending Rotary International Convention in New Orleans with my entire family including Dora our exchange student. I was fortunate to attend the convention as a sitting Governor, President Ray Klinginsmith treated his Governors Class to a cocktail reception in which 324 sitting Governors attended. I ran into a few old friends of our district, Cammie Kaiser and
Susan Wischusen, they send their best to everyone. They are both doing well and are getting adjusted to their new rotary clubs. The International Convention was a great way for us to reconnect with rotary friends we’ve made in our travels over the past two years. We met up with our friends from Hungary, Austria, Germany, France, India and last year’s GSE Team Leader Bo-gon from South Korea. It also gave us an opportunity to make new acquaintances from Brazil, Australia and
Russia. That’s the great thing of being part of Rotary International!!! The High Light of the convention was Bill Gates telling us that his foundations number one priority is the same as Rotary’s, to eradicate polio. A great Rotary Moment of the Convention was the 204 youth exchange students from the mid-west singing “We Are the World” and waving their individual country flags during the opening ceremonies. The combination of great food and music of New Orleans and
Rotary Fellowship was the recipe for a fantastic convention.
As I write this newsletter the 18 members of the Indian Friendship Exchange has just arrived in our District and will be living amongst fellow Rotarians for the next 10 days. They are from District 3010 in New Delhi, India where Rose and I visited on our NID. We will reciprocate by visiting them in February of 2012. I encourage everyone to attend the District Staff Meeting followed by the District Awards Night on Monday June 6th to meet and greet the Friendship Exchange Team. Dinner is being served between 5-6 p.m., staff meeting between 6-7p.m. and the awards night
begins at 7 p.m. the cost is $20 per person. You can register for this event online at the District
For the first time ever the Rotary International President is having a “Year End Gala” at Rotary headquarters in Evanston, Illinois from Tuesday, June 28th to Friday July 1st. Highlights of the week include attending a Rotary meeting at the Chicago One Club, (the first club of Rotary), a visit to the home of Paul Harris and a changeover ceremony with RI President and President Elect.
A “Year End Forum” is planned for District Governors and all Directors where each person will be given a brief opportunity to reflect on their highlights of their year. The week will end with a “Year End Dinner Dance” celebration followed by a farewell breakfast. Rose and I are very much looking forward to this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Rotary traditions of the passing of the guard.
I have been very fortunate to serve as Governor with a President from the USA, especially one as gracious and approachable as Ray Klinginsmith has been throughout the year. The Highlight of my year was his attendance at our Multi-District Conference. Rose and I have had the opportunity to travel extensively in this 3 year journey of training and serving as Governor to this great district in Suffolk County. I want to thank all the clubs and Rotarians of the district for welcoming me throughout the year and for all the kind words along the way. It has been my honor to serve you and I shall continue to serve during this transition period over the next 2 years to merge our two districts into our new district 7255. We are in good hands with incoming Governor Irving Toliver, DGE Connie Gevinski and DGN Gwenn Ramage-Wons who will be the first governor of district 7255.
There is only one month left in this Rotary year to give to Our Rotary Foundation. I encourage ALL clubs and Rotarians to please make your donation to the Foundation. Please keep in mind that the money donated in this year 2010-11 is returned to us the first year of the merge when Gwenn is our District Governor. When the district merges it will be our first year of “future vision” and we will have more control over spending our money locally, therefore the more money
our District donates to the Foundation now, will benefit us in Rotary year 2013-14.
In closing I would like to give special thanks to PDG’s Dave Ardam, George Solomon and Fred Notter who have given me their unwavering support over these past 3 years. I also would not have been able to complete this mission without the tremendous support of my family, Rose, Justin, Chelsea & Taylor. Without them there would be no me.
Yours In Rotary, Arnold T Quaranta Jr
District Governor 2010-2011
Member, Rotary Club of the Ronkonkomas
Rotary International District 7260
Director Gift of Life 7260 2009-2012
Arnie is Proud to be a Rotarian”
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Installation Dinner

Posted by Ed Iraci on Jul 01, 2010

The installation dinner is now history. We had a capacity crowd and there were more PDG's in the room than members of Arnie's family.
For those who don't know, Justin Quaranta (Arnie's son) is a member of our club (Ronkonkoma). He also started a Rotaract Club and they have been very active. Justin did the introduction of his dad and had us laughing hysterically.

"Arnie's Army" was inducted and swore allegiance to their "Commander in Chief". Formally known as assistant governors, they have been given their orders and will be infiltrating various clubs throughout the district.

Paul Dobiecki, Ronkonkoma Rotary, won the 50/50 raffle prize.  Thanks to all who supported our efforts.

Installation Dinner Ed Iraci 2010-07-02 00:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox Program For Haiti..EH Rotary

Posted by Patricia Gilchrest on Feb 01, 2010
East Hampton Rotary Participates in International ShelterBox Program For Haiti

The East Hampton Rotary Club responded immediately to the crisis in Haiti. According to Rotary Club's President, Rob Norrby, a $1,000 donation was sent to ShelterBox USA for a ShelterBox. Rotary clubs worldwide are responding to the dire needs in Haiti by supporting the Shelterbox program.
ShelterBox Program For Haiti..EH Rotary Patricia Gilchrest 2010-02-02 00:00:00Z 0

More on Haiti Relief

Posted on Feb 01, 2010
Our Foundation Newsletter - February 2010

The Newsletter gives info on Haitian Relief funds set up by Rotarians. Newsletter

This link will take you to District 7020's web site which includes the rotary club of Port au Prince. District 7020

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LaGonave , Haiti

Posted by George Solomon on Feb 01, 2010
Dear Club Presidents and Fellow Rotarians:
This article and video will give you a better idea as to the problems and condition that exist on LaGonave , Haiti . This is where we built the well and Medical Clinic. The Hospital in the video is where we just delivered the new surgical suite. But in the video they call it a clinic. That just gives you an idea of how far behind they are in everything including health care. I hope this spurs you to raise some money to help our friends survive. I know that the thought of a Shelter Box is great and easy and is of need in Port au Prince. But our friends on LaGonave are in need of food and water and that is something we can not ignore. The need is great in Haiti both in Port au Prince and many other parts of the country including LaGonave. What ever your choice is please give and be generous. Let the District now what you are doing we are willing to help you achieve your goals.


Times Review
This is a link to an article in the Suffolk Times, a paper on the North Fork it describes the Two Riverhead Rotarians and the Team of surgeons from International Surgical Missions that the district sent to India last year and Zambia two years ago through a Matching Grant from the Foundation. Dr. Rajesh "Raj" Patel left with his group Saturday for Port au Prince and as of yesterday they had already performed over 50 surgeries on adults and child. Raj said the conditions are very bad and the need for medical supplies are big.

PDG Dr. Jordi Gasso the Gift of Life representative for the Dominican Republic is in charge of receiving funds and medical supplies for Haiti through the DR. Our District has been working with Jordi on several Matching Grants. He is a trusted partner and a great Rotarian. His email is and he would love to work with your clubs to help his Haitian neighbors.

Service Above Self is our Motto and these are the times that set us aside from others. Are you a member of Rotary or are you truely a "Rotarian" let's roll up our sleeves and help our friends in need! Thank you again for your on going support.

Yours in Rotary Service,
PDG George

LaGonave , Haiti George Solomon 2010-02-02 00:00:00Z 0

What is Rotary?

Posted on Oct 26, 2009
Rotary is a volunteer organization with 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. It initiates humanitarian projects that address today's challenges affecting the world today, such as hunger, poverty, and illiteracy.

Rotary club members represent a cross-section of business and professional leaders around the world. These 1.2 million men and women donate their expertise, time, and funds to support local and international projects that help people in need and promote understanding among cultures. Rotary International is the worldwide association of Rotary clubs united under a motto of Service Above Self.

Rotary's flagship program is its effort to protect children against polio. It aims to eradicate the disease from the world.

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Gates Foundation announce $355 million

Posted by Ed Iraci on Feb 04, 2009
SAN DIEGO, Calif., U.S.A. (Jan. 21, 2009) -- Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have announced they will contribute a combined $355 million in new funds for polio eradication.  See story at the PolioPlus page. Click HERE.

Gates Foundation announce $355 million Ed Iraci 2009-02-05 00:00:00Z 0

Bill Gates New $255 Million Grant

Posted by Ed Iraci on Feb 04, 2009

By Arnold R. Grahl and Dan Nixon  Rotary International News -- 21 January 2009 

   The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded US$255 million to Rotary International in the global effort to eradicate polio, bringing the total committed by Rotary and the Gates Foundation to $555 million.

Shortly after meeting with incoming district governors from the four countries where the wild poliovirus is endemic -- Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan -- Bill Gates announced the new grant on Wednesday morning at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

"Rotarians, government leaders, and health professionals have made a phenomenal commitment to get us to a point at which polio afflicts only a small number of the world's children," Gates said. "However, complete elimination of the poliovirus is difficult and will continue to be difficult for a number of years. Rotary in particular has inspired my own personal commitment to get deeply involved in achieving eradication."

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Rotary Cablevision Public Access Ed Iraci 2008-04-19 00:00:00Z 0

Google Gives Rotary US$3.5 million

Posted by Ed Iraci on Feb 21, 2008
By Dan Nixon and Vivian Fiore 
Rotary International News - 14 February 2008 

Rotary International has received a US$3.5 million challenge grant from the Google Foundation, a nonprofit managed by, in support of Rotary's top goal to eradicate polio worldwide. Rotary will raise funds to match the Google Foundation grant dollar-for-dollar over one year.
The grant and matching funds will directly support polio immunization activities carried out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), a partnership spearheaded by the World Health Organization, Rotary International, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Following the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's $100 million grant to Rotary in November, represents another response to the call for support by Rotary and its partners to finish polio," says Dr. Robert S. Scott, trustee chair of The Rotary Foundation. "Both challenge grants reflect strong confidence in Rotary's leadership role in working relentlessly to help achieve this vital public health goal for the world's children."
Eradicating polio has been Rotary's number-one priority since 1985. To date, Rotary has helped immunize nearly two billion children and contributed $650 million to the GPEI, a figure that will rise to more than $850 million by the time the world is certified polio-free.
Globally, the number of polio cases has fallen from 350,000 annually in the mid-1980s to approximately 2,000 cases in 2006. The GPEI has succeeded in slashing the number of cases by 99 percent and decreased the number of polio-endemic countries from 125 to just 4: Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
"This grant comes at a crucial time for the initiative, as more funds are needed to reach children in the most challenging regions of the world," says RI President Wilfrid J. Wilkinson. "We have the technical tools to beat polio, and we're almost there. All we need is for the rest of the world to follow the Google Foundation's lead in supporting the effort to eradicate this vaccine-preventable disease once and for all."
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"The Rotarian Magazine" is now online

Great news!!! "The Rotarian Magazine" is now online.  Rotarians, guests, non-Rotarians and friends can now read the magazine 24 x 7 online from anywhere on any computer device.  The address is "" and can also be found under our "District Links" on the right side of our web site.
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District Governor Anthony Civitano's Greetings

Letter to the District

July has arrived and we look forward  to a new Rotary year. As your District Governor, I am honored to have the opportunity to serve you my fellow Rotarians.
This years Rotary theme is "Light Up Rotary". It's not just a theme for the year it is a call for each club to take action and make a Rotary stronger. The 2014-15 Presidential Citation will recognize Rotary clubs that take action to increase their membership, enhance their service impact, and expand their network. Clubs are asked to sponsor a Rotary Day to introduce a rotary to non-Rotarians.

My emphasis this year as always the five avenues of service. We must continue to support and get involved to continue not only the growth of RI, but our District.

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7255 District Conference in Newport, RI.

Posted by Cornell Frank

Just a short trip from New London.

Celebrate with Rotary Friends. Engage Rotary, Change Lives. 

Rotary 7255 District Conference

April 24 - 27 2014

Celebrate Rotary in the heart of Newport, Rhode Island

Stay at the beautiful Newport Marriott on America's Cup Avenue, 7 Floors, 319 Rooms, Harbor Views, Indoor Pool, Whirlpool, Sauna, Spa, Fitness Center, Racquetball Courts, Sun Deck, 17 Meeting Rooms, Grand Ballroom, Outdoor Terrace, Restaurants and Lounges. To download a registration form, click here.

Easy walk to historic downtown: Thames Street, Bannister's Wharf and Bowden's Wharf. Short drive to Newport Mansions, Cliff Walk, Fort Adams, Museum of Yachting, Newport Equestrian Academy, Beavertail Lighthouse, Newport Art Museum, Green Animals Topiary Garden, Norman Bird Sanctuary and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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DG Gwenn's Official Photograph with 2013-2014 RI President Ron D. Burton Cornell Frank 0

A message from District 7255 PolioPlus Chair PDG David H. Ardam

Posted by Cornell Frank

As PolioPlus Chair for District 7255 I hope to send out to the club presidents updates throughout the year on the progress Rotary is making (along with its partners) in the efforts to eradicate polio.

 I recommend reading the articles at the following link, which you may share with your club: . It's the August 2013 edition of Polio News.

 Please remember the latest Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Challenge Grant. For this year and the next two years, the Gates Foundation will be matching your donations to PolioPlus at the Rotary Foundation on a 2 for 1 basis, up to $35,000,000 in Rotary contributions. That means, for every dollar we Rotarians raise and donate, Gates will add $2 more to the effort! 


David M. Ardam, Past District Governor (2007-2008)
Rotary International District 7255
District PolioPlus Chair
District Co-Chair, Rotary Leadership Institute
Member, Rotary Club of Commack-Kings Park, New York
Club Rotary Foundation Chair
A message from District 7255 PolioPlus Chair PDG David H. Ardam Cornell Frank 0

Rotary Club of Riverhead donates 5K to new Group Home

Posted by Cornell Frank

COURTESY PHOTO | Members of the Rotary Club of Riverhead presented a check to New Beginnings Community Center for the renovation of its Brendan House home for traumatic brain injury survivors on Aug. 6. Pictured, from left, front row: Marshall Aykroyd, Allyson Scerri and Sandi Sandi Aykroyd accept a presentation check from Riverhead Rotary president Mary Ellen Ellwood. Back row: Nancy Reyer, Rotarians Joe Ingegno, Linda Hulse, George Dupree, Patrick Wiles and Tom Lennon.

Members of the Rotary Club of Riverhead presented a check to New Beginnings Community Center for the renovation of its Brendan House home for traumatic brain injury survivors on August 6th. Pictured, from left, front row: Marshall Aykroyd, Allyson Scerri and Sandi Sandi Aykroyd accept a presentation check from Riverhead Rotary president Mary Ellen Ellwood. Back row: Nancy Reyer, Rotarians Joe Ingegno, Linda Hulse, George Dupree, Patrick Wiles and Tom Lennon.

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