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The Club has donated over 200 hardcover books to the Riverfront Library in Yonkers.  September was Rotary's Education and Literacy month during which Rotarians are urged to undertake projects that expand education and literacy opportunities across communities.  The donated books are from the personal collection of Vice-President and Area Governor Bina Ahmad and Past District Governor Mahbub Ahmad.  Five Club Rotarians were present at the handing over of the books to the Director of the Library Sandy Amoyaw, who is also the Club Historian and a long-time Club Member,  In addition to the two donors, Lawrence Farah and Anissa Latif also helped with unloading the books.,
 
The Director of Yonkers Public Libraries Jesse Montero was a guest speaker at our Club meeting on 27 September.  He said the Library system was looking to expand its' holdings to cater to a wider audience.  Accepting the books, Director of the Riverfront Library, Sandy Amoyaw thanked AG Bina and PDG Mahbub for their thoughtful donation.  He said the books will help expand the breadth of the holdings of the Library and may be shared with the other branches of the Yonkers Library system.  AG Bina said most of the books were collected over a period of years for their home library which they are now downsizing.  PDG Mahbub said the books in a large library will be available to many more readers rather than just beautifying a small home library.  Most of the books are contemporary fiction, including sets by authors, John Grisham, Lawrence Sanders, Clive Cussler, Robin Cook, and others as well as classics.  This is the Club's third donation of books to the Yonkers Libraries,  Earlier donations were to the Will Library and the Riverfront Library.
We are saddened to announce the passing away of our beloved Peggy Murphy, past Club Secretary.  Peggy passed away on 16 September after a sudden illness. She was 77
 
Peggy was born January 1, 1944, in Flushing, New York to Robert and Elizabeth Van Arsdale. She spent her first years with her maternal grandparents in Bayside while her father fought in World War II. The family then moved to Canton, Ohio briefly before relocating to the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area. She returned to New York City and enrolled at the Katherine Gibbs School and shortly after completion she worked as an executive secretary for Eastern Airlines. Around 1967, she met the love of her life, John Murphy. They were wed on 2 October 1971. That night they danced to “Misty” by Ella Fitzgerald. Her world was shattered when John preceded her in death on 11 October 2004. She busied herself by playing Sudoku, never shying from a high-difficulty game. She loved pizza on a Friday night and ice cream on days that ended in Y. She found joy in her pets—Killian, Snoopy, and Hudson. Peggy preferred you not interrupt Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune and if you knew the answer, you best bite your tongue and not call out.
 
She loved to watch the Mets, Giants, and Rangers play. She was a huge Florida State fan. Throughout her life, she loved The Beach Boys and was beyond words excited to see them in concert a few years ago. She loved working with children. Her work as a class mother at St. Matthew School in Hastings-on-Hudson served as an inspiration to become a teacher, working mostly with 4th grade. For twenty-two years, Peggy worked at St. Mary School in Yonkers, New York.
 
Peggy loved to help people and her willingness to serve people to make this world a better place. That love lead her to Rotary, where she served with distinction.  She held the Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary Club together as Secretary for a number of years. She was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. She was involved in a number of projects that focused on improving the circumstances of children. Two such projects include the delivery of school supplies and pencil boxes to Yonkers Public School primary students and the playground installation at School 9 in Yonkers (which was her husband’s grade school).
 
Her greatest joy was found in helping others. She did not realize how much she was loved or fathom how greatly she will be missed by those she leaves behind.  Peggy joins her beloved John and is survived by her daughter Anne Elizabeth.
 
Visiting hours will be at Whalen & Ball Funeral Home on Sunday 19 September 2-6 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church on Monday, 20 September at 11 am. The final Disposition is private.
 
Peggy was an advocate for young women who could use help in advancing their education. The Club is considering establishing a scholarship in Peggy's name to help ypung women with their education.  Anyone wishing to donate can do so via the Club website.  Please be sure to indicate "Peggy Murphy Memorial Scholarship".
In the aftermath of the devasting 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti on 14 August, our Club has undertaken an urgent project to send relief supplies to the stricken people of Haiti. The Club Board has approved the purchase of 12 barrels to be loaded up with clothing, non-perishable food items, and school supplies.  Club Volunteers will load up these barrels with the donated supplies on 8 September 2021 at 5 pm.  The project headquarters is at the office of Club Membership Chair George John, Century 21 Royal at 679 Central Avenue, Scarsdale.
 
These supplies will be shipped directly to a number of orphanages in Haiti with whom the Club has had prior dealings.  These are Orphanage Notre Dame du Perpétuel Secours, Bahon’s Community in Action, Maria’s Children.  Another orphanage - Orphanage Ste. Thérèse de l’Enfant Jésus is run by the President of the Delmas Rotary Club in Haiti.
 
A committee has been set up to coordinate the arrangements of the supplies, the packing, and the shipment of the barrels to their destination.  Fr. Philippe Charles leads this Committee with Maria Abdullah and Wilner Luctamer as members.
 
Donations have been received from Club members as well as members of other Clubs, particularly the HeritageNY E-Club.  Our Club had earlier sent 7 barrels of supplies to Haiti in November.  Those barrels were received there by the Delmas Rotary Club and distributed among the children in the orphanages.  That project consisted largely of non-perishable food supplies and masks.
 
In the meantime, the Rotary District 7020 which Haiti is part of, has established an Earthquake Response Committee which has conducted a needs assessment and determined that the most needed items right now are the following: drinking water, tents, and tarps, food, hygiene kits, medical materials, , wool blankets, large, portable water containers, First Aid kits, kitchen materials, buckets.    They have arranged for swift clearance of all items to get them out quickly into the areas in greatest need.  Also urgently needed are Doctors, Volunteers, first responders,
It is a proud day for our Club.  Our VP Bina Ahmad was awarded the District's highest recognition - the Rotarian of the Year Award by outgoing District Governor  Mary Shackleton, at the annual District Awards ceremony on Monday.  The event took place via Zoom.
 
In awarding this honor to VP Bina, who is also the District's Area Assistant Governor for Area 5, DG Mary cited Bina's dedication, innovation, development of 2 new Clubs, social media activities and her support for the District's goals as the main factors for selecting her for this award.  In receiving the award, VP Bina said she was humbled and honored to be selected for this award.  In an emotionally choked voice, she said she believed teamwork was the key ingredient for success.  She expressed her gratitude to DG Mary and thanked her for her outstanding leadership.
 
Bina joined the White Plains Rotary Club in June 2011 and transferred to the then East Yonkers Club July 2012.  With the merger of the two Yonkers Rotary Clubs in July 2013, she has continued her membership in the Club.  She was Club Rotary Foundation Chair for 4 years from 2015-16 and became Vice-President in 2019. She is a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation and a member of the Paul Harris Society.
 
At the District level, she has been Assistant Governor for 2020-21 and 2021-22, and was co-Chair of the District Conference Committee for 2018-19. She was District First Lady during 2019-20 and had the privilege of visiting all 44 Clubs in our District. She has been pro-actively promoting Grow Rotary initiatives and was instrumental in the creation of the first new club in the District in a decade – the E-Club of Heritage New York, in January 2019. Since then, she has driven the formation of two other Clubs – the Westchester Rotary Club in December 2020 and the East-West Rotary Club in June 2021.

Bina joined the then Dime Savings Bank in 1988 and transitioned to JP Morgan Chase via mergers. As Branch Manager and Vice-President since 1998, she gained broad experience in all aspects of business and consumer banking sales and operations as well as management, earning many high performance awards. She retired as Vice-President of a commercial bank, in 2014.
 
From the late 1980s, to the early 2000, Bina prepared and presented a weekly Radio news and information program for the United Nations.
Following her studies at Holy Cross College, Bina graduated from the University of Dhaka with a B.S, with honors in Psychology with minors in Political Science and Sociology.

Bina and her husband, fellow Rotarian Mahbub are long-time Westchester residents and raised their two sons in Scarsdale.
 
Congratulations Bina, you have made us proud!
 
Two Club Members IPDG Mahbub Ahmad, and PDG Matts Ingemanson also received the Service Above Self Awards.
 
In other District Awards, PDG Andy Morzello was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Jason Gonzalez received the "Rotarian of Vision Award".
During the pandemic our fundraising efforts came to a near standstill.Our good friend Ronnie Gantz stepped in to the rescue. Ronnie arranged online auctions at no cost to our Club featuring donated guitars signed by celebrities to be auctioned off online via the auction website Charitybuzz.  5 guitars went up for auction in the first lot.  The second lot featured 10 guitars signed by Charlie Daniels, Axl Rose, Willie Nelson, Stash, Carly Simon, Sammy Hagar, Judy Collins and B. B. King.
 
The two auctions significantly replenished the Club's Foundation resources, permitting the Club to undertake projects which could not otherwise have been undertaken.
 
In recognition of his efforts to assist the Club with its much-needed fundraising efforts, the Club decided to honor Ronnie with a plaque.  He was invited to an in-person meeting as our guest, where President Steve presented Ronnie with a special plaque.
All through the COVID-19 pandemic, our Club has been very active in standing by our community.  Here is a roundup of our projects since the beginning of the pandemic:
 
  • Provided funding to employees of Zuppa Restaurant who were laid off or dealing with reduced salary due to the pandemic shutdown.

  • Food drive and distribution of produce to the community in Dobbs Ferry (Satellite Club)

  • Obtained $2,500 emergency Grant from District 7230, to provide hot meals to local community.

  • Assisted with packaging food helping YCAP deliver food to homebound seniors and disabled who would not be able to get out of their homes during the pandemic

  • Donated PPE to community group YCAP so that they could continue their mission of supporting the community when PPE supplies were not available.

  • Delivered hot meals to hospital workers and first responders.

  • Partnered with other groups to deliver turkeys/chicken/veggies to the struggling Hispanic community so that they could have a thanksgiving turkey.

  • Supplied Pumpkins to the same community so that the children could celebrate Halloween during the pandemic.

  • Held a hot meal thanksgiving turkey meal distribution in south Yonkers partnering with our Mayor, City Council, and others

  • Provided PPE to Haiti and food for school children there to combat the virus

  • Partnered with the Michael Nolan Foundation to deliver blankets to people adversely affected by the pandemic and our homeless population

  • Delivered PPE kits to Lincoln Medical Center for Dr. Rajan Khanna and team. Efforts were made by Dimpy Gupta  and Edgemont Rotary-Satellite Club.

  • Distributed 12,000 masks to local community organizations, made available by District 7230 through the generosity of the Rossi Family Foundation..
Yonkers city and community leaders were at hand as the Yonkers-East Yonkers Club distributed over 10,000 masks to local community service organizations on Saturday 17 April 2021.  These masks are part of the 5.5 million maks distributed by the Rossi Family Foundation and Rotary International via local Rotary Clubs in the North-East.  Mayor Mike Spano, County Executive George Latimer, Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins, City Council President Mike Khader, NYS Assemblymember Nader Sayegh, were present as were Rotary District Governor Mary Shackleton, President Steve Simpson, and Assistant Governor Bina Ahmad.  Also attending were Immediate Past District Governor Mahbub Ahmad, Past District Governor Greg Arcaro, and District Governor Nominee-Designee J. Loren Russell - all are members of our Club.
 
The event, organized by Club COVID Committee Chair Maria Abdullah, was held at the Yonkers Christian Assembly premises on North Broadway.  Representatives of  Pamela's Big Heart Foundation, St. John's Hospital, the Fuller Center, and St. Joseph's Church collected the masks... Mayor Spano and County Executive Latimer both commended the Rotary Club for standing by the community and demonstrating compassion and solidarity with the community.  District Governor Mary Shackleton, welcoming the assembled dignitaries said, "These masks are going to the underserved communities, so that the people who really need them, have protection." She said our Rotary District has raised and allocated nearly half-million dollars for COVID-related projects across our District.  President Steve highlighted the fact that despite the pandemic, our Club has distributed thousands of meals, PPE Supplies, and other assistance to people in need.  It is a demonstration of our Club's commitment to our community.
 
This is a story of service and leadership. It’s a story of how our District, Zone and Club responded to a crisis, rallied resources, put boots-on-the-ground to bring disparate and far-flung communities together to spread goodwill. Most importantly, it’s a story about working together and using our collective professional backgrounds through the Rotary network to make a difference. This project reinforces how Rotary uses its professional backgrounds, diverse perspectives, and global connections to change the world for the better.
 
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