Singing in the Rain...

Our Day of Service was a temporary wash-out!
But no matter: we completed our project of filling the Village planter boxes on the following Monday!
Singing in the Rain... 2023-05-20 04:00:00Z 0

Stan's the Man!

Amityville Rotarian Stan Newman has been Newsday’s Crossword Editor for 35 years, beginning in 1988. To commemorate the anniversary, on May 18th, Newsday reporter Joye Brown interviewed Stan during an hour-long Newsday Live Conversation series, a program which several of our members attended.
Stan’s 10,000th Newsday crossword appeared in 2019 and it is estimated that his Newsday Crosswords’ one millionth clue appeared last month in April 2023.
Since childhood Stan has been a crossword solver and his business was a result of his winning the first United States Open Crossword Championship in 1982. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brooklyn College where he majored in Mathematics and received a master’s degree in statistics from Rutgers University. Before his current career, he was a college teacher, consumer market researcher and Wall Street Bond analyst.
As a puzzle author, Stan has had his work appear regularly under his name and the pseudonyms Sally R. Stein, Anna Stiga and Lester Ruff. He holds the world’s record for the fastest verified completion of a New York Times crossword: 2 minutes, 14 seconds.
In 1990, Stan fulfilled his lifelong dream of appearing as a contestant on a TV game show. During his three weeks of appearances on “The Challengers,” hosted by Dick Clark, his cash winnings totaled $112,000. Stan is the author or editor of more than 200 of his own books and has organized and conducted scores or puzzle and trivia events nationwide, including seminars at the Smithsonian Institution and the first crossword tournament ever held at Yale University.
Stan and his wife Marlene live in Amityville and South Florida. They have three grown children.
Stan's the Man! 2023-05-19 04:00:00Z 0

Another Life Saved!

12-year old Rajana Prapashtica and her mother Mittrije visited our club from Kosovo (on the Albanian border)
to express thanks for the support we give the Gift of Life program.
Rajana recently had extensive heart surgery at St. Francis Hospital
and she spoke about her experience (as a small child she taught herself English!).
With them is Harry Miller (Bellport Rotary Cub), a member of the Gift of Life committee.
Another Life Saved! 2023-05-19 04:00:00Z 0


Realizing how life-changing the success of the Multi-champion Amityville Soccer Team can be to the individual players, our Club made a generous donation to their purchase of Commemorative Rings. Members of the staff and team attended attended a breakfast meeting to thank the Club and explain the impact the rings will have on the participants.
Shown here are Team coaches/players and school officials.
CHAMPIONS! 2023-05-12 04:00:00Z 0

New Season for Little League 

Being the proud sponsors of Amityville Little League, Coach Joe Morin and a group of club members watched as 
Club President Kevin Battcher had the honor of throwing out the first ball of the 2023 Season.
New Season for Little League  2023-04-24 04:00:00Z 0

Taiwan PT Facility Opens!

Through Rotary International's Global Grant Program, our club teamed with the Taichung Rotary Club in Taiwan
To build a physical Therapy facility for those who were forced to travel 6 hours to reach a treatment center.
With Foundation funds and our backing, Virginia Belling (our Foundation Chair) and Ming Chiang helped acquire the
necessary funding. The Rotary Foundation's Global Grants support large international activities with sustainable,
measurable outcome. By working together to respond to real community needs, clubs and districts strengthen their
global partnerships. Shown here (left) are the members of the Taichung Rotary Club
and (right) Ming to the right of officers of the Taiwanese club.
Taiwan PT Facility Opens! 2023-04-20 04:00:00Z 0

Our Big Annual Event!

It's Gift of Life Gala Time!
The Gift of Life program originated here on Long Island in 1975. Since then, over 46,000 children's little hearts have been healed through life-saving surgery.
Medical intervention is provided either here in the USA or by medical teams dispatched to countries in need. In addition, doctors in the homelands of the children in need are prepared to perform the surgeries.
This year's event will honor three members of our community: The Local Hero Award to the Amityville Fire Department's Emergency Medical Services; Service Above Self Award to Erin Bevilacqua; and the Frank B. Powell Rotarian of the Year to Jo Pettit.
The event will be held at The Piermont in Babylon on June 1st. For information about attending, call 631-598-1700. 
The 46,000 child to receive
Life-saving heart surgery!
Our Big Annual Event! Josephine Pettit 2023-03-13 04:00:00Z 0


Duck Race August 5, 2023
"Ducks" are on sale @25.
See any Amityville Rotarian!
QUACK Josephine Pettit 2023-02-14 05:00:00Z 0


--IMAGINE Gift of Life Without Rotary--
So far over 46,000 little hearts have been healed!
Over 1.3 million children are born each year with a congenital heart defect. 93% are born in a country that cannot provide them with treatment. Gift of Life International provides lifesaving surgery to a child every two hours and 18 minutes by empowering doctors and nurses with the tools, training, funding and support they need to treat children in their country of birth.
Support the Amityville Rotary Club's Annual
Gift of Life Gala
June 1, 2023
At The Piermont, Babylon
Call Michele @ 631-598-1700 for more information
IMAGINE ... Josephine Pettit 2023-02-11 05:00:00Z 0

Great Exposure

Rotarians can be found EVERYWHERE!
Amityville Rotarian Ming Chiang was invited to the White House in January
for a celebration of the Lunar New Year of the Rabbit. 
Ming, proudly wearing his Rotary pin, continually brings great exposure
to Rotary International and our Club through his activities and 
support of Rotary, Taiwan, and The American red Cross.
Great Exposure Josephine Pettit 2023-01-28 05:00:00Z 0

Good Time on a Dreary Day

Our District Governor Sonia Salek paid us a visit on January 19th, bringing encouragement and praise with her.
We understand what a terrific club we have but it was good to be recognized for all our club does for our local and 
international communities. Shown she is surrounded with other some of our club's District committee
representatives: (l-r) John DiLiberto, Virginia Belling, Kevin Battcher, Donna Matone, Sonia and
Robert Diaz who is our area's Assistant Governor.
Good Time on a Dreary Day Jo Pettit 2023-01-19 05:00:00Z 0

Pre-Holiday Breakfast

Dave Pettit, Corporate Trainer for BAE Systems of Greenlawn, was our speaker. (HE is Member Jo Pettit's son and lives in the Village.) BAE has almost 91,000 employees in 7 countries and is the 7th largest defense corporation in the world, yet many people don't know it exists here on Long Island! Dave talked about our personal interaction styles, helping us to define our own style. It was a very interesting and entertaining presentation on a cold and dreary day!
Pre-Holiday Breakfast 2022-12-24 05:00:00Z 0

Another Fine Award

Our Club has some of the most caring and generous members! Shown here: Virginia Belling, RI Foundation Chair, presented John DiLiberto with a Paul Harris plus 2 pin. The Paul Harris designation recognizes Rotarians for substantial contributions to the Foundation from the individual or made in their names. For instance, for each $1000 donated, a stone is added to their Paul Harris pin.
Another Fine Award Josephine Pettit 2022-12-16 05:00:00Z 0

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Santa is a bit busy at the North Pole and in various department stores
so our President is helping him out this year!
Santa Claus is Coming to Town! Josephine Pettit 2022-12-10 05:00:00Z 0
Keep This in Mind! Josephine Pettit 2022-12-09 05:00:00Z 0

Another Fine Meeting!

(Left) Virginia Belling (R), Foundation Chair, presented Caroline D'Antonio with her Paul Harris + 7 pin in recognition of her generous donations to the Rotary Foundation.
(Right) Club President Kevin and Amityville PD Sergeant Michael Walters: Sgt. Walters spoke about the training courses offered by the APD (NARCAN, CPR) and also gave warnings about scams and robberies to which we all should pay attention. In particular, he mentioned the theft of catalytic converters, easily removed from the underside of automobiles in unlocked garages or driveways- he advised securing parked vehicles and/or engraving a serial number on the auto part which is made of valuable materials.
Sgt. Walters also cautioned us about various telephone scams, many involving claims of unpaid utility bills. He warned us that any instructions that require paying sums of money with credit/gift cards are always a scam. He advised us to be vigilant about protecting passwords, Social Security and credit card numbers. 
Another Fine Meeting! Jo Pettit 2022-11-17 05:00:00Z 0

Supporting The Rotary Foundation

Rotary Foundation Luncheon
The Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary International. For many years it has been named among the top few charities worldwide by Charity Navigator, thereby being recognized for its accomplishments and well-managed use of donated funds.
Amityville Rotarians Ming Chiang, Jo Pettit, Carolyn Dodd and Donna Matone attended the annual Foundation held in Garden City on November 13th. The emphasis of this year's event was Global Grants through which a club may partner to accomplish a major project. 
This year the Amityville Club has partnered with the Rotary Club of Taiwan and we are in the process of obtaining a grant to equip a much needed physical therapy facility in Taiwan. 
Supporting The Rotary Foundation 2022-11-15 05:00:00Z 0


44,000 !
Meet Chelsea, the 44,000 child whose life has been saved by Rotary International's Gift of Life Program!
The Gift of Life program provides life-saving heart surgery to children worldwide.
And when you look at that gorgeous smile, remember that the Amityville Rotary's annual fund-raising
Gift of Life Gala
will take place in June 2023!
WOW! Jo Pettit 2022-11-15 05:00:00Z 0
Heads Up! jop 2022-11-05 04:00:00Z 0


The Amityville Rotary Club supports Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation, which is dedicated to saving homeless, abused, abandoned and neglected animals and then placing them in forever homes.
Our Club received a large donation of specialty dog food
which we passed on to Last Hope at their Wantagh headquarters.
Shown here are Donelle Cronin (far left), Connie Rossman (2nd from right) and two volunteers (with two furry residents) of the shelter.
Woof! Jop 2022-11-04 04:00:00Z 0

Busy Meeting !!

On October 7th we had a wealth of visitors!
(L) Bea Shea of Mama's House, an organization that finds homes for homeless pregnant women and young mothers, told us about their work In addition to providing shelter, the staff offers emotional support and guidance.
(M) Our President welcomed and exchanged club flags with the Mr & Mrs Prakash, members of the Ootacamund, India Rotary Club who are in America visiting their son.
(R) Members joined Patrick Barry of the Patchogue Rotary Club in a "hanging around after the meeting adjourned photo". Jeff Gootkin presented Patrick with a $1000 donation for Camp Paquatuck, a respite camp for disabled children that many of the clubs in District 7255 support.
Busy Meeting !! jop 2022-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

Tying One On

Michele, Donelle, Caroline, Linda, Carolyn, Jo & Lucy Pettit tied pink Ribbons on the trees and lampposts in the Triangle area of the  village in recognition of Breast Cancer Month. Ordinarily we also would tie ribbons on the posts of the Village Gazebo but the structure is under construction. The work is scheduled to be completed well before the Holidays in time for our Rotary Club Food Drive. The event  will take place in December at the base of the Gazebo during the Village's annual tree lighting ceremony.
Tying One On Jo Pettit 2022-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

The Show Went On!

Despite heavy rain and the threat of Hurricane Ian, and with gratitude to the superintendent of schools,
Apple Fest 2022 went on as scheduled!
What a wet, gray and windy day October 1st was! The tent was set up and the apples were delivered from upstate NY. But the ground was soggy and a continual drizzle spelled "dreary." However, thanks to Dr. Edward Fale, Superintendent of the Amityville School District, we (and our vendors and service organizations) were able to set up in the large cafeteria inside the Park Avenue Schools. Meanwhile, more thanks went out to all those who posted on Facebook that our event was being held inside the building and much gratitude is given to Wendy O'Neill, Assistant to the Mayor - on the day before, she sent out an e-bulletin from Mayor Siri to Village residents that our event would go on under shelter. So, all in all, it was a success! Shown here are photos of Friday evening's prep work and the event itself.
Upper Left: Donelle Cronin (far left)is Amityville rotary Club's newest member!!!
The Show Went On! Jo Pettit 2022-10-05 04:00:00Z 0

District Meeting 9/10

Ming Chiang, Chair of District 7255 Polio Committee, and son Eric manned 
a display table at the monthly District meeting held in Plainview. He is shown here with
son Eric and Carolyn Dodd, Michele Camilleri and Jo Pettit at a display table about Polio,
its effects and Rotary's response.
District Meeting 9/10 Jo Pettit 2022-09-10 04:00:00Z 0

New Members Inducted

We welcomed two new members on September 1st.
Shown here (flanked by Membership Chair Connie Rossman and
President Kevin Battcher) are Jane Linehan (R) and Laura Orticelli (L).
New Members Inducted Jo Pettit 2022-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
Celebrating the 4th Jo Pettit 2022-07-05 04:00:00Z 0

Visiting Rotarian

Momtaz Chowdhury, a Rotarian from Bangladesh, who is visiting her sister who lives locally, visited our club recently. Her club, "Dhaka Mavericks", is located in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, a country separated from Pakistan by India. Momtaz considers her club "small" although they have 62 members! Shown with Momtaz are Richard Handler, her host, and Kevin Battcher, our club president. 
Visiting Rotarian Jo Pettit 2022-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

Meeting Location- A Permanent Home!

The Amityville Club has a new "permanent" home!
In the Summer of 2021, Michelle's 110 Diner in Amityville, experienced a horrible fire. Obviously we were no longer able to have our meetings there. Until a consistent temporary home was approved by the membership at large, in the interim, we were graciously hosted by St. Mary's Church in Amityville Village.
Our new home (hopefully, permanent) is now Dominican Village (main building) at 565 Albany Avenue, Amityville. All are welcome to join us on Thursdays at 8AM at Dominican Village for our weekly Rotary Club meetings. 
And, especially for those who have difficulty attending our morning meetings, instead of a morning meeting we now meet once a month for dinner in the evening on the last Thursday, 6:30 PM, at Raimo's Italian Restaurant. It is located in the strip mall at the SW corner of Merrick Road and Ketcham Avenue in Amityville.
Join us! Our meetings promise to be exciting times of exchanging ideas, helping our community, fellowshipping with one another and of course, sharing great meals together!
(For the time being, if you are not a member and wish to attend a meeting, please call Kevin at 516-659-3489 to confirm our meeting place.)
Meeting Location- A Permanent Home! Jo Pettit 2022-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
Our Community Jo Pettit 2022-03-14 04:00:00Z 0

Interact Celebrates Black History Day

Joined by many fellow students and the excellent High School jazz Band, the Amityville High School Interact Club and friends celebrated Black History month with a gala celebration in the auditorium. The "show" was opened by the Principal who gave an appreciated shout out to our club for its support of Interact. Here are photos of some of the fine talent presented!
Interact Celebrates Black History Day Jo Pettit 2022-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

Girls Night Out

In keeping with our club's attempts to support local businesses, some of our female members got together for dinner and laughs at Carney's. Food was great and the company was even better!
(L-R: Donna Matone, Jo Pettit, Michele Cammalieri, Caroline D'Antonio &
our Instigator-of-all-things-fun, Connie Rossman!)
Girls Night Out Jo Pettit 2022-02-23 05:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday to Us! Jo Pettit 2022-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

Honoring Betty

As part of our community service projects Club members decided to lend support to an animal rescue organization. On January 17th, which would have been Betty White's 100th birthday (sadly, Betty, a lifelong champion of needy animals, died on January 2nd) we joined a Nation-wide effort to honor her memory by donating $5 per member to Last Chance Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation in Wantagh. Last Chance is dedicated to saving homeless, abused, abandoned and neglected animal since 1981.
Shown are Rotarian John Henry (L) Last Chance Director Joanne Anderson (C) and Rotarian Connie Rossman (R)
Honoring Betty Jo Pettit 2022-01-18 05:00:00Z 0

Helping Santa

Ho Ho Ho
Helping Santa!
Our Club helped to provide gifts to families who might otherwise have had a bleak Christmas. Club members shopped for a gift for each family member, while Rotarian Elves Michele, Caroline, Connie (the three shown in the photo) & Jo wrapped everything at what's become "our workshop", Michele's Southside Florist. In order to respect the privacy of the families, Jo dropped the beautifully wrapped gifts at the school where Pupil Personnel Assistant Patti Doht worked diligently to coordinate our efforts!
Helping Santa Jo Pettit 2021-12-17 05:00:00Z 0

Yea, Ming!

Our much-valued Club Member Ming Chiang recently traveled to Taiwan to meet with its President and receive a much-coveted award. Ming was named the "Model of Entrepreneur". When Ming travels to Taiwan on business he often attends the Rotary Club of Taiwan meetings. This time he was required to spend 3 weeks in quarantine when he arrived. Shown here are Ming (L) and the President of Taiwan, Tsai ing-Wen. Congratuations, Ming! Safe trip home!
Yea, Ming! Jo Pettit 2021-12-10 05:00:00Z 0

Party Time!

On December 9th we took time out to socialize. Keeping it local, we had a Holiday Dinner at Sophia's and enjoyed treating ourselves to a terrific Italian meal!
Party Time! Jo Pettit 2021-12-10 05:00:00Z 0
Educational Efforts Jo Pettit 2021-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
New Zealand Jo Pettit 2021-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
At Home Jo Pettit 2021-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Global Initiatives 2021-11-21 05:00:00Z 0

Amityville Record Support

As always, our HomeTown newspaper, The Amityville Record, has been a good friend to us. Here's an example:
AppleFest 2021 !
Amityville Record Support Jo Pettit 2021-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

2021 Memories

Looking back on 2020-21: the immediate past times have been as much of a challenge for our club as it has been for everyone else. And like most, we adapted. We had some disappointments of course: our fund -raising efforts, for instance, were hampered and we had to cancel a few things. But we persevered thanks to the extreme generosity of a couple of members and the determination of all.
Here are some photos of our surviving these Pandemic times! 
July 4th Parade 
Decorating Amityville's famous landmark, the Triangle.
The LI Ducks Game
Mask donation
Fund-raising Yard Sale
2021 Memories Jo Pettit 2021-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor Makes Annual Visit to Amityville Rotary Club

 The Amityville Rotary Club is honored to welcome Mary Ellen "Mel" Elwood, who serves as the District Governor for Rotary District 7255 (2021-2022) and Frank Seibert, Assistant District Governor to our weekly meeting which was held on September 16, 2021.
Pictured is District 7225 District Governor Mel Ellwood presenting Amityville Rotary Club President Kevin Battcher with the 2020-2021 Rotary Flag.
District Governor Makes Annual Visit to Amityville Rotary Club Christian Code 2021-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

Happy 99th Birthday Bill!

 The Amityville Rotary Club wishes to express a HAPPY 99th BIRTHDAY to Rotarian Bill Lauder!
Happy Birthday Bill!
Happy 99th Birthday Bill! Christian Code 2021-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

Apple Fest 2021

The Rotary Club of Amityville invites you to join us for our Annual Apple Fest!
The annual fest features farm fresh apples by bag or case. We also will have fresh baked apple inspired and all apple favorite- APPLE CIDER!
This event will happen on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 10AM-4PM 
Park Avenue Elementary School Grounds (Amityville, NY)
Event will occur- RAIN OR SHINE!
For more information please call 631-735-9061.
To order case(s) of apples please email Danielle Papendick at
Apple Fest 2021 Christian Code 2021-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

2020-2021 Year in Review

It has been a very busy year for the Amityville Rotary Club! Here is what we have done in 2020-2021 year!
  • We made feeding the hungry our Pandemic priority and followed through strongly.
  • We took part in a program that provided us with over 14,000 masks which we distributed locally.
  • We created a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee.
  • We provided and packed supplies for homeless veterans.
  • We purchased and donated a large amount of Holiday toys for disadvantaged children.
  • We decorated lampposts in the business district with seasonal ribbons.
  • We supported a High School Interact Club and the Rotary Youth Leadership Institute (RYLA).
  • We held a successful yard sale, the proceeds of which went to charitable causes and the leftover items to AMVETS.
  • We regularly provided gift cards to the school district’s needy families and worthy high school students.
  • We donated quite a few dollars to the various worthy causes in our area.
  • We held our annual October Apple Fest (see photos).
  • We fed a large family for Thanksgiving
  • We provided two families with Christmas gifts.
.........And we had fun doing so together!
2020-2021 Year in Review Christian Code 2021-09-10 04:00:00Z 0

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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