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Service Above Self

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Yonkers, NY 10710
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Our evening meeting on 29 July was a special event.  The Club presented 2 Community Service Awards of $1,000 each to two graduating High School seniors - Honor Pickering and Christopher Antonelli.  
Mayra Tepan, Chair of the Youth Service Committee spoke about how this project was one of the Club’s activities to promote community service and that the Club’s Board supported the Committee’s recommendation to provide $1,000 awards to the following two high school graduates:
Honor Pickering (left) of Riverside High School was the first recipient of the scholarship.  She spoke about her community service and plans for attending college
 
Christopher Antonelli (right) of Archbishop Stepanic High School  was the second recipient.  He spoke about his community service and plans for attending college
 
President Steve thanked Honor and Chris for their community service, wished them success, presented them with (virtual) checks and encouraged them to join us at a future Club meeting!
 
Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards to 4 graduating seniors who are members of the Interact Club of Sacred Heart School.
 
Greg Arcaro, our Club’s liaison to the Interact Club, reviewed Rotary’s Interact Program. Since its founding in 1962, its purpose remains the same - to foster service and leadership among high school students. There are 14, 911 Interact clubs with 342,953 members in 145 countries in the world. The Interact Program at Sacred Heart High School that our Club sponsored 2 years ago is one of 17 Interact Clubs in our District 7230.
 
Melissa Oricchio, the school’s moderator of the Interact Club, spoke about the projects the Club carried out this year and introduced the four senior members who are graduating Sacred Heart High School and attending college:
 
    
Molly Barrett (Fordham University)
Lisa Gentile (Pace University)
Camille Jimenez (SUNY Purchase)
Stephanie Reyes (Fordham University)
 
They each spoke about their school and community service activities and future plans.
 
President Steve thanked them for their community service, wished them success and presented them with (virtual) checks, and encouraged them to join us at a future Club meeting!
 
President Steve also thanked Melissa for moderating the Interact Club this year and pledged our Club’s support for Interact at Sacred Heart High School in 2020-21.
 
Principal Jade Sharp of Yonkers Middle School has been selected by the Yonkers Board of Education as the Administrator of the Year.  Principal Jade will be honored at a special meeting of the Club in the Fall..

“There are many extraordinary educators throughout our District,” noted Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Principal Sharp, is a consummate knowledgeable professional, he said .

“Yonkers is fortunate to have many talented teachers and administrators,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. “These awards are an opportunity for our Yonkers Public Schools community to publicly recognize the incredible contributions great teachers have on the academic, social and emotional development of our children. The Mayor congratulated Principal Sharp, saying, she has proven to go above and beyond to make the difference our students need and deserve..

The Leadership in Education Award, also known as the Administrator of the Year, is presented to an administrator who personifies the spirit, dedication and accomplishments of an outstanding instructional leader. For several decades, the Rotary Club of Yonkers sponsored this award. When they merged with East Yonkers Rotary, they vowed to carry-on the tradition cosponsored with the Board of Education.

“The Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers is pleased to partner with the Yonkers Board of Education in presenting the 2020 Leadership in Education Award to Jade Sharp, Principal of Yonkers Middle High School,” noted Rotary Club President, Steve Simpson. “Rotary’s motto is ‘Service Above Self’ and, for us, the Leadership in Education Award recognizes the importance that administrative leadership plays in helping today’s students learn and become tomorrow’s community-minded leaders.”

Yonkers Rotary first partnered with the Board of Education to present this award in 1986. Rotary President Simpson added, “At that time there were 18,850 students enrolled in Yonkers public schools. While the times have certainly changed, and the school district has grown to over 26,000 students, the importance of education and leaders who are passionate and effective has not changed and our Rotary Club is pleased to recognize Jade Sharp as this year’s Leader in Education.”

Y-EY Works with Gullotta House to feed Westchester
Our Club has been working with Gullotta House to help provide on-the-job meals to Yonkers Hospital staff, EMS, police, and Fire Departments.  The Club has provided a grant to help offset the cost of these meals.  Gullotta House - a fully volunteer organization, pooled resources from other organizations to continue providing meals not only to our frontline responders but also to homebound and needy seniors and families.
 
PPE Supplies for St John's Hospital
The AFYA Foundation, based in Yonkers, through the good offices of the Club and District, provided 1,000 Face shields and 700 masks to the Emergency Room staff at St. John's Riverside Hospital., Additional supplies being procured for the Hospital.
 
Club Donates funds for wait staff at Zuppa Restaurant
The Club has been meeting at Zuppa Restaurant for some time for our evening meetings.  However, with the outbreak of the pandemic and the stay-at-home situation, the Club has switched to online meetings.  The Restaurant is closed and the wait staff thee are no longer able to work.  The Club decided to repurpose some of the money, members would have spent on lunches at the restaurant and donate these funds to the wait staff there to help them tide over the current difficulties.  
 
Club Food-Packing for Seniors Continues
The Club has continued its food-packing project for homebound seniors and the handicapped in partnership with Yonkers Community Action Program -YCAP.  Club volunteers have been packing over 100 bags of food every few weeks for delivery to those in need. 
 
Club convenes online meetings
Our Club has responded to the current situation by setting up online meetings.  Through a program of support from the District, the club has been conducting its regular Club meetings as well as Board meetings via Zoom Conference calling.  Attendance has been at par with our regular in-person meetings,  Most members agreed that Club business is being conducted efficiently but they do miss the fellowship that the in-person meetings offered.
The Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers is a non-profit organization that has been promoting fellowship, ethical business relationships, and community projects since 1920.

This year, as we have for many years, our Club will award up to 10 grants (maximum $ 750 each) to 501(c)3 organizations in support of projects that benefit Yonkers residents.

The deadline for applications was April 15th.
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Grant announcements will be made by May 15th.
We are saddened to announce that David C.Schildwachter, Sr, Past President of the Yonkers-East Yonkers Club 2012-2015, and Past Assistant Governor (2015-16) for D7230, passed away on Monday 16 March, after a short illness. 
 
Born in 1933, Dave joined the then East Yonkers Club in 2011 and was President of the Club during the time of the merger with the Yonkers Club.  He continued as President for a total of three terms from July 2012 to June 2015, when he was appointed Assistant Governor for the District for the Rotary Year 2015-16. 
 
We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Wendy and to his extended family.  May his soul rest in peace.
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OR, make check to "Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary Foundation",  mail to: P.O. Box 771, Yonkers, NY 10710
 
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