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Westchester Rotary

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Westchester, NY 10523
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Club News
Rotary Club of Westchester, New York is honored to receive the Rotary citation from Mr. George C. McKinnis, District Governor 2021-22, and PDG Mahbub Ahmad Vice-Governor 2021-22.
 
Congratulations - 2021-22 Rotary Citation
Dear President Syed:
Congratulations! Your Rotary Club of Westchester, NY has done it !. You and your Club have earned the prestigious Rotary Citation - the most significant award a Rotary Club can achieve for 2021-22. During a year that was challenging for many Rotarians around the world, your Club under your dynamic leadership demonstrated a commitment to achieve these goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shape our future.
Your Club and only 10 other Clubs in our District are the high achievers, Congratulations on a great year for which you deserve this recognition. Attached is your Citation Certificate.
On behalf of
George C. McKinnis
District Governor 2021-22
PDG Mahbub Ahmad
Vice-Governor 2021-22
 
Westchester County Executive Mr. George Latimer was awarded Honorary Citation by Syed Alirahi at the June 25th Westchester Rotary Club of New York monthly dinner.
 
 
The event has highlighted the importance of being a Rotary member and serving the community. Mr. George Latimer in his speech shared his thoughts on being a Rotary member and encouraged others to join in the cause of serving the community.
With the approach of the holiday season, Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Westchester NY went to work, donned their aprons and chef's caps, and meticulously prepared the dough, pouring them into trays and baking them in batches of freshly baked cupcakes.   Once the baking was done came the bright red toppings. 
 
On Sunday, November 21, 2021, they carried the entire lot of more than 130 cupcakes to the Sunday School in Mount Vernon, NY.  Their purpose was to sell these cupcakes to the children and their parents and raise money for The Rotary Foundation's “END POLIO NOW”. campaign.
 
The hard work of the Club members paid off and the cupcakes all sold out quickly, raising nearly $250 for the campaign.  Shazia Alirahi, Secretary of the Club was assisted by her five daughters all of whom are members of the Club.
Five members of the Westchester Rotary Club headed to the Dominican Republic in August carrying with them 14 suitcases packed with essential school supplies for children in the Dominican Republic.
 
Headed by Club International Projects Chair, Elmsford Deputy Fire Chief Nelson Diaz, the other team members are Club President Syed Alirahi, Secretary Shazia Alirahi, Treasurer Firoz Pathan, and Community Service Chair Maher Pathan.  The team traveled to Jamao Afuera - a poverty-stricken remote mountainous area about 100 miles from Santo Domingo.  They distributed the supplies to children in 5 schools in the area.  The Club members paid for the cost of their travel and their week-long stay there by themselves.
 
Based on feedback from the area, the team purchased backpacks, notebooks, pencils, pencil sharpeners, pens, erasers, crayons, triangle ruler sets, for distribution to the children before the school year began in September.  All of the individual items have the Club and Rotary logos attached identifying them as being provided by the Club.  The waterproof backpacks have large stickers on the back so that the Rotary logo and Club name are visible when the children are carrying them on their backs.
 
The team also held meetings with local school and town officials, as well as Rotary Clubs in Santo Domingo.  Project Chair Nelson Diaz is from the area and President Alirahi, who speaks fluent Spanish, spoke about Rotary, its ideals, and Rotary's goal of providing assistance in education and literacy.  The total cost of the items was $6,200 and were purchased from funds donated by Club members and from funds raised through a raffle.   The Club has received for a District Grant to cover part of the project costs.
 
The La Soufrière volcano on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent began a series of explosive eruptions on April 9, sending clouds of hot ash some 20,000 feet into the air, blanketing much of the island in ash and causing water and electricity outages. The air smells of sulfur and breathing without a mask means breathing in ash into your lungs. Life on the island is totally disrupted as the population is in a state of crisis. The latest eruption caused more ash to fall throughout the island and as far away as the island nation of Barbados, some 111 miles to the east.  Between 16,000 and 20,000 people have been evacuated from areas near the volcano, including about 3,000 who are staying in more than 80 government-run shelters. The primary needs at the moment are:
1) Bottled water,
2) N95 masks,
3) Paper towels and toiletries.
Our Club has gathered some of these items and provided them to the Church which is coordinating assistance efforts. The drop off point for donations in Westchester is First Community Church of the Nazarene, 2101 Saw Mill River Rd., White Plains, NY 10607

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