Apple Fest 2022

Amityville Rotary Apple Fest
Saturday, October 1
Park Avenue
Contact Kevin @ 516-804-5377 to order apples by the case.
Contact Carolyn @631-691-4201 for vendor information
Apple Fest 2022 Jo Pettit 2022-09-12 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 (L) and Laura Orticelli (R).
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.
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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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