Laura Eckley Pays Us a Visit

Head Librarian Laura Eckley, representing the Larchmont Library, was our April 28th guest speaker at the Larchmont Yacht Club.   She gave us an update on changes and programs at the library.
After an introduction by Club President Lester Nathan, Laura began by describing the recent building renovations, which had to be closed for two months.  One of the objectives was making the building more ecologically sound.  As a result, the facility became more geared towards its on-line assets.
Laura Eckley Pays Us a Visit Les Nathan 2023-05-04 04:00:00Z 0 Larchmont Rotary,Laura Eckley

January Luncheon Features Alex Vo's Trip to COP27 in Egypt

Larchmont Rotary's January 27th luncheon at the Larchmont Yacht Club spotlighted Alex Vo's presentation on her experiences at the 27th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) in late November.
COP27 took place at a large exhibition hall in the Egyptian coastal city of Sharm el-Sheikh.  Alex attended as the UN Liaison for her NGO, FAWCO (Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas). She spoke about the major topics, outcomes and what happened behind the scenes.  Over 44,000 attended from over 200 nations and various organizations.
January Luncheon Features Alex Vo's Trip to COP27 in Egypt  Les Nathan 2023-02-03 05:00:00Z 0 Alex Vo,COP27,Larchmont Rotary

Trophy Presented to Larchmont Rotary for Alzheimer's Fund Raising

Marion Anderson & Lester Nathan holding the trophy, surrounded by other Westchester Rotarians
The Westchester Walk to End Alzheimer's held its 2022 Walk Recognition Party at Manhattanville College in Purchase on Thursday, January 12th.  Top fundraisers in the following categories were recognized:
Top new teams, most improved teams, top individuals, top friends & family teams, top company teams, top high school teams and top Rotary club.
Trophy Presented to Larchmont Rotary for Alzheimer's Fund Raising Lester Nathan 2023-01-18 05:00:00Z 0 Larchmont Rotary,Walk to End Alzheimer's

Larchmont Rotary's Blum Awards

Mamaroneck High School seniors Larissa Bertini, Kate Loga and Marion Karp, members of the Original Civic Research and Action [OCRA] group, were honored with the Larchmont Rotary’s annual Blum Award for their work to reduce plastic waste in Larchmont restaurants.  A celebratory luncheon was held at Lenny’s Seafood & Steakhouse on November 4, 2022. The award recognizes MHS students for their initiative, leadership and creative pursuit of making a difference in their local community and beyond.
Club President Lester Nathan welcomed members and guests, followed by Past-President Marion Anderson.  Marian White, Club Rotary Foundation Chair, introduced the students’ faculty advisor, Dr. Joseph Liberti.  He began the civic advocacy program at MHS in 2016, which students join their freshman year and then identify, structure and execute a project, over their four years.  They are paired with Community Mentors and even raise funds from investors.
Larchmont Rotary's Blum Awards Lester Nathan 2022-11-10 05:00:00Z 0 Blum award,Larchmont Rotary,OCRA

October 28th Lunch Meeting

October Luncheon Features Attorneys from the Pace Women's Justice Center

Larchmont Rotary's October 28th luncheon at Larchmont Yacht Club featured guest speakers from the Pace Women's Justice Center, Attorneys Nicole Fields and Roberta Goodman who came to discuss "Avoiding Financial Scams."  Club President Lester Nathan opened the meeting and introduced the guests to the audience.

Ms Fields described the Justice Center's purpose as a non-profit free civil legal services provider for victims of domestic violence and elder abuse, which assists clients in Westchester and Putnam Counties.  It has been active training partners with law enforcement, advocacy groups and various professional groups in Westchester during its 25 year history.  The Center has also done training across NY State during the past 18 years.
October 28th Lunch Meeting Lester Nathan 2022-11-01 04:00:00Z 0 Larchmont Rotary

Our Walk to End Alzheimer's

The Larchmont Rotary Club team participated for the first time in the annual Alzheimer’s Association - Westchester County Walk to End Alzheimer’s on October 2nd. The Walk’s main purpose is to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer's care, support and research.
In support of the five different Walks to End Alzheimer's happening across the Hudson Valley, the Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge was lit up in purple on September 21st.  Larchmont Club member Marion Anderson was interviewed by News12’s Lisa Larocca at Horan’s Landing in Sleepy Hollow that evening.
Our Walk to End Alzheimer's Lester Nathan 2022-10-12 04:00:00Z 0 Larchmont Rotary

Installation of New Officers for 2022-23

The Rotary Club of Larchmont has inducted its 2022-23 slate of officers.  They include: President, Lester Nathan; Treasurer, Alan Sloate; Asst Treasurer, Marion Anderson; Secretary, Ruby Zayas; Membership Chair, Michael Gedigk and Foundation Chair, Marian White.  President Nathan takes over from outgoing president, Marion Anderson, who held the post for the last three years.
Installation of New Officers for 2022-23 Lester Nathan 2022-08-29 04:00:00Z 0 Larchmont Rotary

Breast Cancer Challenge

The Rotary Club of The Hudson Valley and Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center are delighted to launch this public health initiative, an outreach program for early detection of breast cancer lesions based on an innovative new device, iBreastExam.  This FDA-approved new device is (a) non-invasive; (b) portable; (c) radiation-free; and (d) gives results in minutes.
          In 2021, the HV Rotary Club conducted nine such outreaches in densely populated neighborhoods in Westchester, New York. Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center has joined this initiative, given its pivotal significance in providing access to preventative medical care, especially in this field.
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Larchmont Rotary Celebrates Hommocks Essay Contest Winners

Seven Hommocks Middle School students were honored by the Rotary Club of Larchmont as winners of the 2021 Essay Contest during its May 6th luncheon meeting at the Larchmont Yacht Club.  The contest, in its 35th year, resumed after a two year respite due to the pandemic.  Club member Marian White has led the effort for the last 20 years, coordinating in September with the Hommocks English Department to determine a relevant topic and at the beginning of the next year with the Rotarian essay judges to determine the winners.  A lunch is then held in May celebrating the most talented of the young writers.  Winners of this award have actually gone on to be professional writers.
From left to right: Jonah Herzberg, Jack Noonan, Lyla Sheedy, Ana Chaice, Natalie Perez and Jonah Hecht 
Larchmont Rotary Celebrates Hommocks Essay Contest Winners  Lester Nathan 2022-05-18 04:00:00Z 0 Larchmont Rotary

Rotary Installs New Signs Around Larchmont

The Rotary Club of Larchmont, a member of Rotary International, replaced its information signs, located near village boundaries, in early February.  These signs are located on Post Road, Chatsworth Ave and Palmer Ave.
Club members Lester Nathan and Michael Gedigk worked on the project, which was necessitated by a change to our website address.

Rotary Installs New Signs Around Larchmont Lester Nathan 2022-03-09 05:00:00Z 0 Larchmont Rotary

Blum Award Luncheon

Mamaroneck High School (MHS) students Sam Smoltz and Jackson Owen were honored with our club's annual  Blum Award at a special luncheon held at the Larchmont Yacht Club on November 5th.
For several years, Sam and Jackson have been running the Aces for Alzheimers, a local club founded by their older sisters, which raises funds for Alzheimer's disease research.  They did it by holding on-line trivia contests, casino nights and other events.  The total amount raised came to $50,000.
Blum Award Luncheon Lester Nathan 2021-11-16 05:00:00Z 0 Larchmont Rotary

Oct 22nd lunch meeting

Larchmont Rotary Welcomes Anil Srivatsa

Our club's October 22nd luncheon at the yacht club featured guest speaker Anil Srivatsa, founder of the the Gift of Life Adventure Foundation (aka GOLA).  Based in Bagalore, India, the GOLA Foundation works towards increasing awareness of organ donations, domestically and worldwide.  It was started in 2016 after Mr. Srivatsa donated a kidney to his brother.
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August 13th Induction meeting

Larchmont Rotary Meeting Features Induction Ceremony
After many months of meetings on Zoom, the club held its second luncheon meeting at the Larchmont Yacht Club on Friday, August 13, 2021.
Attendees included: President Marion Anderson, President-Elect Lester Nathan, Membership Chairman Michael Gedigk, Club Foundation Chair Marian Anderson, Senada Zukic, Ernie Odierno & his wife, Camille and Elaine McCrimmon.  Special guests from District 7230 were District Membership Chair Marty Schulman and Asst. Area Governor Sandy Wolstein. Keni Banda, from the Niskayuna Club, attended via Zoom.
Marty Schulman gave a short speech about Rotary's current direction (diversity, equity and inclusion) and the next generation of Rotary members.  He spoke of an upcoming orientation on Zoom for the early fall.  He put an emphasis on finding out what our members want from Rotary.
August 13th Induction meeting Lester Nathan 2021-08-16 04:00:00Z 0 Larchmont Rotary

Keni Banda's Visit

Keni Banda - Banda Bola Sports Foundation-Chituka Village Project
On October 5, 2019, the Rotary Club of Larchmont welcomed guest speaker, Keni Banda.  He grew up in the farming village of Chituka in the African country of Malawi. During his teenage years, his family of seven moved to Germany, and then to Mamaroneck, NY.  The Chituka Village Project focuses on education, health and welfare for the youth to grow in an environment, which among other things is conducive to creating a better understanding of personal well-being.
Through Banda Bola Sports Foundation-Chituka Village Project, Coach Banda is hoping to bring “CHANGE TO THE VILLAGE ONE CHILD AT A TIME”.
Keni Banda's Visit Lester Nathan 2021-04-16 04:00:00Z 0 Larchmont Rotary

The Million Mask Challenge

Rotarian Ted Rossi, of District 7980, donated 100,000 surgical masks consisting of 50,000 children's masks and 50,000 type KN95 masks to our district for distribution in January of 2021.
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Rotary’s Response to the 1918 Flu Pandemic

An estimated 500 million people worldwide became infected. Many cities closed theaters and cinemas, and placed restrictions on public gatherings. Rotary clubs adjusted their activities while also helping the sick.

This is how Rotary responded to the influenza pandemic that began in 1918 and came in three waves, lasting more than a year.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley, California, USA, meets in John Hinkel Park during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Photo by Edwin J. McCullagh, 1931-32 club president. Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Berkeley.

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Rotary at the Start of the United Nations

Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world.

During World War II, Rotary informed and educated members about the formation of the United Nations and the importance of planning for peace. Materials such as the booklet “From Here On!” and articles in The Rotarian helped members understand the UN before it was formally established and follow its work after its charter. 

Many countries were fighting the war when the term “United Nations” was first used officially in the 1942 “Declaration by United Nations.” The 26 nations that signed it pledged to uphold the ideals expressed by the United States and the United Kingdom the previous year of the common principles “on which they based their hopes for a better future for the world.” 


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History of Women in Rotary

Women are active participants in Rotary, serving their communities in increasing numbers and serving in leadership positions in Rotary. The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.
 “My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world,” said Frank J. Devlyn, who would go on to become RI president in 2000-01. 
The vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary world to allow the admission of women into Rotary clubs, and several close votes at previous Council meetings.
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Young Inventor Eco-Friendly Bricks Come Full Circle

Every hero has an origin story. “I was 10 years old when the entire journey started,” explains Binish Desai. It began with a cartoon called Captain Planet, an animated TV series from the 1990s about an environmentalist with superpowers. Desai can still recite the show’s refrain: Captain Planet, he’s our hero / Gonna take pollution down to zero! “That tagline stuck in my mind,” he says. “I wanted to do something to help Captain Planet.”

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First Club in Philippines Opens Door to Rotary in Asia

In early 1919, Rotarian Roger Pinneo of Seattle, Washington, USA, traveled to the Philippines to try to organize a Rotary club in Manila. Leon J. Lambert, a Manila business leader helped Pinneo establish the club. Several months later, on 1 June 1919, the Rotary Club of Manila was chartered and became the first Rotary club in Asia.

The club would be the only one in the country for more than 12 years. Eventually, Manila club members organized Rotary clubs in the Philippine cities of Cebu (1932) and Iloilo (1933). Iloilo club members then started a club in Bacolod (1937), and Rotary continued to expand across the country.

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