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Frank J. Carasiti Dictionary Project 2017
On Friday, June 16, Rocky Point Rotarians Ann Marie Davis, Adam Heller, and Jeff Davis presented Principal Virginia Gibbons and the graduating grade 2 students in the Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School with student dictionaries.  Joining them at the event was Brookhaven Councilwoman, Jane Bonner.
 
Guest Speakers--Tesla Science Center
On Tuesday, March 28, the Rocky Point Rotary welcomed guest speakers from the Nikola Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe--Jane Alcorn and Marc Alessi.  
 
Interact Service Club of Rocky Point High School and Club Rotarians Participated in the Spring Cleanup at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck
On Sunday, May 31, Rocky Point Rotarians, Bob Badalian & Susan Wilson, together with the Interact Service Club of Rocky Point High School and their club advisor, Margaret Messinetti, participated in a spring cleanup at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. Everyone took part in painting benches, weeding flower beds, and general cleanup duties. Everyone worked hard, but they also managed to have fun.  They worked side by side with other Interact students from Port Jefferson and Longwood Schools. Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is a resident summer camp designed for young people ages 6-21 with special needs. Its mission is to help children and adults achieve equality, dignity, and maximum independence through a safe and quality program of camping, recreation, and education in a summer-time environment. Throughout the program, campers participate in typical summer camp activities, such as arts and crafts, talent shows, cook-outs, swimming and boating.
 

 


 

Guest Speakers -- The Brick Studio
On Tuesday, February 14, the Rocky Point Rotary Club welcomed guest speakers from The Brick Studio who spoke passionately about their kick starter campaign.  The goal of the campaign is to raise $18,000 to bring a cooperative art education center and gallery in downtown Rocky Point on Broadway.  The link to the kick starter site is https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thebrickstudio/the-brick-studio.  The speakers--Dr. Charles Bevington and Julia Vogelle--asked the Rotary membership to join them in their efforts to raise money by donating to the campaign to bring arts and education to downtown Rocky Point. 
         
About the Project: The Brick Studio & Gallery is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art collective organization located in Rocky Point. Their goal is to connect artists through a cooperative art education center and gallery dedicated to showcasing the art of their members and faculty.  The goal at the Brick Studio is to build momentum, grow, and develop our space to include and engage artists from near and far, working in all mediums. Artist in residence programs will be offered to artists, providing them with long-term working studio space, experience in teaching, and exhibiting their work. Moreover, they hope to create a safe space for students to learn and grow locally and also develop international exchange programs here on Long Island. They envision a burgeoning group of artists and artisans creating an “Artists Row” here in the charming historic downtown Rocky Point which enriches the community, its residents, and participants of all ages on Long Island.  
 
 
 
Guest Speaker-Marcos Rubeiro, the co-owner of Craft Master Hops
On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, Rocky Point Rotarians welcomed guest speaker, Marcos Rubeiro, the co-owner of Craft Master Hops.  Craft Master Hops is a 20-acre hops farm located in Mattituck on the North Fork.  Marcos shared that he has farming in his DNA and that his Portuguese parents immigrated to the U.S. Though he’s owned other companies in the past, including construction and masonry, he’s an avid gardener and enjoys his new hop's venture.
 
Thank you, Marcos, for taking time to stop by and share your experiences with our Rotary members!
 
 
Guest Speakers from the Citizens Preparedness Corps
On Tuesday, Janaury 24, 2017 the Rocky Point Rotary Club welcomed 1LT Alexandria Wiedenbaum and SMSgt Edward Metcalf as guest speakers.  Their topic was emergency preparedness. 
 
1LT Alexandria Wiedenbaum and SMSgt Edward Metcalf, who work with the Citizens Preparedness Corps, said having a plan and basic supplies is far easier to do in advance than in the days just before or just after an emergency.
 
Background Info: Governor Andrew Cuomo's Citizen Preparedness Corps gives residents the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. New York National Guard troops, working with experts from the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and local emergency management personnel, are travel across the state providing talks to a variety of groups. The program was designed by DHSES and covers a broad range of emergency preparedness topics, like developing a family emergency plan, stocking up on emergency supplies, and registering for NY-Alert, the free statewide emergency alert system. The Rocky Point Rotarians that were present at the meeting received a wallet-sized “Z-Card” with emergency preparedness information.
 
Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting and Annual Salvation Army Collection at Super Foodtown
On a Saturday, December 10, 2016 members of Rocky Point Rotary and family volunteered to man the Salvation Army collection kettles at Waldbaum's in Rocky Point, This is an annual initiative undertaken by the Club. The Salvation Army kettle drive was started in 1891 when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee was distraught because so many poor individuals in San Francisco were going hungry. During the holiday season, he resolved to provide a free Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty-stricken.
 
 
On Saturday, December 3, 2016 Rocky Point Rotarians served hot chocolate at the annual Rocky Point Christmas Tree Lighting.
 
Interact Students Join the Rotary Club of Rocky Point in Cleaning Up Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck
On November 13th, Rocky Point High School Interact Service Club members together with their advisor, Mrs. Messinetti, and Rocky Point Rotarians (Bob Badalian, Susan Wilson, Greg Hilton, George Solomon, and Glen Frost)  participated in a fall cleanup at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. Everyone took part in raking leaves, moving picnic tables, and general cleanup duties. They worked hard, but they also managed to have fun. They were assisted by members of the Middle Island Rotary, Port Jefferson Rotary and local Interact Clubs and Boy Scout Troups.
 
Stuff-A-Truck at Stop & Shop
On Saturday, October 29, 2016, the Rotary Club of Rocky Point held its annual Stuff a Truck Food Drive at the Stop & Shop in Miller Place. Club member Deirdre Dubato organized the drive. Club members, family, and friends of Rotary supported the effort by manning the collection area outside the supermarket. The generosity of people was unbelievable. All of the items collected were donated to the Food Pantry Ministry at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church ("The Fish Church") in Rocky Point immediately following the food drive.
 
 
 
Joint Rotary Meeting
On Tuesday, October 18, the Rocky Point Rotary Club attended a joint Rotary meeting @Cafe Spiga, North Country Rd., Mount Sinai.  Four clubs were representated at the meeting--Port Jefferson, Middle Island, Riverhead and Rocky Point.
 
It was great to see fellow Rotarians and share time with them.  Also honored at this meeting was our own charter member, Dean Alexander, who will be moving.  Good luck and best wishes to Dean!
 
Guest Speaker Jennifer Fasano
On Tuesday, October 25, the Rocky Point Rotary Club welcomed guest speaker, Jennifer Fasano.  Jennifer Fasano is vice president and branch manager of Suffolk County National Bank in Wading River.  Her presentation focused on time management techniques and was enjoyed by all members present.  Thank you, Jennifer!
 
Rotary Guests--Jane Villani and Diane Burkhardt
On Tuesday, September 20, the Rocky Point Rotary welcomed two guests--Diane Burkhardt and Jane Villani. 
 
Diane Burkhardt spoke to the club about the North Shore Methodist Church Food Pantry and its needs. 
 
Jane Villani, President of Sidewalk Alley Art & Framing in Mt. Sinai, shared with members how she frames and preserves all types of art from certificates to brooches. 
 
Thank you, Diane and Jane, for taking time to visit with Rocky Point Rotary and for sharing.
 

(Above: Rotarian Deirdre Dubato and her guest, Jane Villani)


(Above: Rotarian Forrest Dunbar and his guest, Diane Burkhardt)
Guest Speaker, Laura Hawrey, Director of  North Shore Public Library in Shoreham.   
At the Tuesday August 30th Rocky Point Rotary Meeting our Rotarian Roberta Gerrish introduced her guest speaker Laura Hawrey, Director of  North Shore Public Library in Shoreham.   
 
Laura’s  creative leadership in providing diversified programs for all ages in our community was both informative and refreshing.
The monthly meeting place for RYLA  (Rotary Youth Leadership Award)  Program  is  now held at the NSPL .  Next meeting is on Thursday  September 15, 2016 at 6 – 8 pm and is open to interested high school students. 
 
Pictured in the attached photo with Rotary President Trisha Burton is (Ieft to right. Rotarian Roberta Gerrish,  Laura Hawrey, North Shore Public  Library Dir.,  Trisha Burton, Rocky Point Rotary President  and  Dennis Brennan,  RYLA Adult Committee Secretary.)     
 
DGE Wendy Walsh- DeMaria
On Tuesday, August 9, the Rocky Point Rotary welcomed guest speaker DGE Wendy Walsh-DeMaria.   We look forward to working with Wendy in the coming year!
 
Guest Speaker Angela DeLeon
On Tuesday, August 2, members of the Rocky Point Rotary welcomed guest speaker, Angela DeLeon.  Ms. DeLeon is the originator and coordinator of the People’s United Bank Masters Program, a nationally recognized program for its leadership in initiating crime prevention and awareness programs for senior citizens.  Thank you, Angela, for a very informative presentation.
 
Trish Burton Installed as New Rocky Point Rotary President for 2016-17
The Rocky Point Rotary Club held a meeting at Sea Basin Restaurant on June 29, 2016 to install officers for the 2016-17 Rotary year. Trish Burton was installed as Rocky Point Club President. Also installed during the evening festivities were Jeff Davis(Vice President), Deirdre Dubato (Secretary), Peter LaRosa (Treasurer), Adam Heller (Financial Secretary), Ann Marie Davis (Trustee) and George Solomon PDG (Trustee). Assistant District Governor, Barbara Ackerman, installed the new officers.
 
Other highlights of the evening included the presentation of Paul Harris Fellowship Awards to Rocky Point Rotarians, Jeffrey Hulse, outgoing Rocky Point Club President, Tom Talbot, and Glenn Frost. The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in 1905. Rotarians designate a Paul Harris Fellow to recognize another person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of The Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace.
 
 
 
 
Frank J. Carasiti Dictionary Project
On Friday, June 17, Rocky Point Rotarians Forrest Dunbar, Lee McAllister, Ann Marie Davis, Dr. Michael Ring, Dr. Deborah De Luca, and Susan Wilson presented Principal Virginia Gibbons and the graduating grade 2 students in the Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School with student dictionaries.  
 
 
 
 
Interact Visits Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck for Annual Spring Cleanup

On Sunday, May 15, the Interact Service Club of Rocky Point High School and their advisor Margaret Messinetti participated in a spring cleanup at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. Everyone took part in raking leaves, weeding flower beds, putting down mulch, painting, and general cleanup duties. Everyone worked hard, but they also managed to have fun.

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is a resident summer camp designed for young people ages 6-21 with special needs. Its mission is to help children and adults achieve equality, dignity, and maximum independence through a safe and quality program of camping, recreation, and education in a summer-time environment. Throughout the program, campers participate in typical summer camp activities, such as arts and crafts, talent shows, cook-outs, swimming and boating.

Laddie Decker School Dictionary Day
On Friday, June 3, the Rocky Point Rotary Club provided dictionaries to all second grade students at the Laddie Decker School in Miller Place.
Pictured below are Rocky Point Rotarians Angelica Hondropulos, Adam Heller, Forrest Dunbar, and Lee McAllister.
 
 
 
Guest Speaker Paul Cataldo, Architect
On Tuesday, May 31, Rocky Point Rotary Club members welcomed Paul Cataldo of Architecture & Planning PC,  a Long Island green architecture firm.  Mr. Cataldo shared how he works to produce healthy buildings that advance the human condition and better surroundings, environmentally, economically and socially.
 
Thank you, Paul, for joining us at our weekly meeting!
 
 
 
Foodtown Visits Rocky Point Rotary
On Tuesday, May 17, Foodtown's Noah Katz and his Rocky Point Super Foodtown administrative team, Linda and Nancy, were guests of the Club at our weekly meeting.  Mr. Katz shared that for 61 years, the Foodtown banner has proudly served the communities of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
 
We look foward to working with Super Foodtown in the future during our annual food drives.
 
Guest Speaker/Singer Bob Schepps Visits the Club
On Tuesday, March 29, Rocky Point Rotarians were entertained during their weekly meeting by fellow Rotarian Dave Kurtinaitis and his guest, Bob Schepps.
 
The Club enjoyed several songs and look forward to hearing this duo perform again in the future!
 
2016 Rotary Youth Leadership
Rocky Point Rotarian, Roberta Gerrish, represented the Club during the weekend of April 15 through April 17 by attending the annual RYLA event held at the 4H Camp on Sound Avenue in Riverhead.
 
Successful Food Drive at Rocky Point Foodtown
On Saturday, April 23, 2016, the Rotary Club of Rocky Point held a food drive at Foodtown in Rocky Point.
 
Club members, family, and friends of Rotary supported the effort by manning the collection area outside the supermarket. The generosity of people was unbelievable. All of the items collected were donated to the Food Pantry Ministry at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church ("The Fish Church") in Rocky Point following the food drive.
 
Welcome to our Newest Member, Peter LaRosa
On Tuesday, April 19, the Rotary Club of Rocky Point welcomed their newest member, Peter LaRosa. Peter was sworn in by Rocky Point Rotary President, Jeff Hulse. Peter is the bank/branch manager at People's United Bank in Rocky Point.Welcome, Peter!
 
Speaker Scott Paskiewicz--Leisure Physical Therapy Rehab
On Tuesday, April 5, Rocky Point Rotarians welcomed Scott Paskiewicz of Leisure Physical Therapy Rehab.  Dr. Paskiewicz spoke about causes and treatment of vertigo and dizziness. 
 
Thank you, Dr. Paskiewicz, for a very informative presentation.
 
Rotary Speaker -- John Wernet, DEC Forester Region 1
On Tuesday, February 16, the Rocky Point Rotary Club welcomed guest speaker, John Wernet, DEC Forester for Region 1 (Nassau/Suffolk).
 
John spoke briefly about the southern pine beetle, first confirmed on Long Island in the fall 2014.  To date, these beetles have killed thousands of acres of pines across the nation.  John shared that the beetles have now infested much more of Long Island than previously thought.
 
John is looking forward to returning on May 10 to the club and will share visuals of the beetle and its destruction.
 
Thank you, Rotarian Linda Albo, for inviting Mr. Wernet to speak to the club.
 
 
 
       
     
Guest Speaker Author Leeland McAllister
On Tuesday, February 2, fellow Rotarian and author Lee McAllister was our guest speaker.
 
Lee has authored many hiking books including his April 2014 bestseller, Hiking Long Island: A Comprehensive Guide to Parks and Trails.  This is a comprehensive book with information on geology, flora, and fauna. Lee shared that whether you are a resident or visitor, you should take time to become acquainted with the beauty of Long Island's woods, fields, pine barrens, and beaches.
 
Thank you, Lee, for sharing your story with the Rocky Point Rotary Club!
 
 
 
Helping Serve Dinner at The Invited Inn (Trinity Lutheran)

On Thursday, January 21, 2016, members of the Rocky Point Rotary Club assisted the Trinity Lutheran Church by serving food to local residents at The Invited Inn. Anne Marie Davis arranged this service project.
 
  

 
Rocky Point Rotary Welcomes the Harbormen Quartet
On Tuesday, January 19, Rocky Point Rotarians welcomed the Harbormen Quartet.  The Harbormen is a chorus dedicated to enjoying a Cappella music such as Doo-Wop, Barbershop, Show tunes, Jazz and more. 
 
Thank you, Forrest, for inviting the Harbormen to join us at our meeting!
 
 
 
Celebrating the Season with Fellow Rotarians

On Sunday evening, December 13, 2015, members of the Rocky Point Rotary Club gathered for some holiday fun and cheer. Deirdre and George Dubato graciously hosted the party at their lovely home in Mount Sinai. A fun time was had by all!  Thank you, Deirdre and George!

 

If you have additional photos of the evening, send to Susan Wilson.

 

Downtown Rocky Point Christmas Tree Lighting
On Saturday evening, December 5, Rocky Point Rotarians were on hand to serve hot chocolate to community members that were in attendance for the annual Rocky Point tree lighting.
 
Thank you to Jeff Davis and all those that took the time to come down and serve the hot chocolate!
 
 
Rocky Point Rotarians "Ring the Bell" for the Salvation Army

On a warm Saturday, December 12, 2015, members of Rocky Point Rotary and family volunteered to man the Salvation Army collection kettles at Stop and Shop in Miller Place, This is an annual initiative undertaken by the Club. The Salvation Army kettle drive was started in 1891 when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee was distraught because so many poor individuals in San Francisco were going hungry. During the holiday season, he resolved to provide a free Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty-stricken.

 

 

 

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