November 2018
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Red Hook Rotary Club Information

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Red Hook

What is Rotary? "Service Above Self"

We meet Tuesdays at 7:30 AM
Cancun’s Mexican Restaurant
7483 South Broadway
Red Hook, NY  12571
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Post Office Box 88
Red Hook, NY 12571-0088
Website staff: Rev. Fred Cartier, Susan Ezrati, Susan Simon and Hon. Jonah Triebwasser
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Our guest speakers were our own Carl Dowden and Susan Simon who spoke on the relationships among our club, our club foundation, Rotary District 7210, Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation. (photo by Rev. Fred Cartier)
This weekend on RadioRotary: The Rotary Foundation
Tune in to the award-winning RadioRotary on Saturday, November 17th at 11:30 a.m.. (on WTBQ 93.5 FM and 1110AM or and Sunday, November 18th at 6:30 a.m. (on WBPM 92.9 FM or http:// and 9:30 a.m. (on WGHQ 920AM and 92.5FM, WBNR 1260AM and WLNA 1420 or when we talk with Rotarian Dave Kruger about the good works of the Rotary Foundation.

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Red Hook Rotary Honors Claudine and Chris Klose as Citizens of the Year
The Red Hook Rotary Foundation along with the Rotary Club of Red Hook honored Claudine and Chris Klose as Red Hook’s Citizens of the Year for 2018.  Since returning to Red Hook nearly a decade ago, Claudine and Chris immersed themselves in the Red Hook community.  Both are very involved with Historic Red Hook, Inc.
Claudine and Chris were recognized at a dinner on Tuesday evening, October 23, 2018 at the Red Hook Firehouse. A full house of celebrants paid tribute to these two outstanding Red Hook volunteers.
Starting Tuesday, October 16th at 7:30 a.m., we will be meeting at Cancun’s Mexican Restaurant 7483 South Broadway in Red Hook.  Come join us for a meeting. 

This week we had our official visit from District Governor Christine Giangrasso. Chrissy inspired us with her description of Rosie the Riveter – as depicted by Norman Rockwell.  She encouraged us to undertake the following:  Create a Rotaract Club at Bard College, Join with other Rotary clubs in activities.  Seek to think “out of the box” about club possibilities.  She noted that October 24th is World Polio Day and challenged every club in our district to donate $100 to the End Polio Campaign – noting that with 55 clubs in the district we could give $5500 to the campaign which would be doubled by the Gates Foundation.

Show in the photo are President Barry Ramage and DG Christine Giangrasso.

(photo by Rev. Fred Cartier)

Our outbound exchange student to Denmark, Fiona Seabrook, has returned from a great year and was our guest speaker. She showed a power point with photographs of the highlights of her stay overseas. Shown in the photo, from left to right, are: Club President Barry Ramage, YEX Officer Christine Chale, proud mom Patricia Seabrook, Fiona's sister (and future exchange student, perhaps?) Nuala Seabrook and YEX student Fiona Seabrook. (photo by Jonah Triebwasser)
Our speaker this week was club member Rev. Michael Shafer. Michael’s talk was based around “this time of the year”. He spoke about “character....character virtues as opposed to resume virtues”. He referred to and read some passages from David Brooks’ book “The Road to Character”. Michael suggested we all need to build and improve our character virtues. As Rotarians we inherently have good character virtues as we live by our 4 Way Test and Service Above Self motto. Thank you Michael for your inspiring words. (photos by Jonah Triebwasser)
Our special guest and honorary sgt. at arms was Linda Greenblatt's granddaughter, Samatha. Best of luck in middle school Sam! (photo by Rev. Fred Cartier)
Member Rob Latimer shared with us this beautiful painting that he obtained while in Belize. The artist is Oscar Ulin who can't use his hands, so he paints with his mouth. Come see him on Saturdays at the San Ignacio Market. If you are not vacationing in Belize soon, watch this video of Oscar at
In the photo with Rob is our club president Barry Ramage.
photo by Jonah Triebwasser
Red Hook Rotarian Judge Jonah Triebwasser having a great time at Highland Rotary’s Hudson Valley Ribfest in New Paltz with nephew Jordan, niece Ann and great-nephew Artimus!

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

This week, three of the five students who attended RYLA spoke of their experiences. Cian Ryan, Raquel Gifford and Jacqueline Kocik all said it was a great experience. They all learned more about their leadership skills and how to use those skills. When they arrived at RYLA they did not know what to expect. The “high energy” level of the RYLA leaders got them excited right away.

One speaker who made a big impression on the students was a young woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury in high school a few years ago.

RYLA students and their parent pictured with Past President Tim Lynch and Linda Greenblatt. (photos by Rev. Fred Cartier)

Rotarians Learn About Tivoli Library
Members of the Red Hook Rotary Club heard from Tivoli Librarian Michelle Del Priore about the offerings and programs held throughout the year at the Tivoli Library.
Shown in the photo are (left to right): Speaker host Carl Dowden, Tivoli Librarian Michelle Del Priore and Rotary President Barry Ramage.
The Red Hook Rotary meets every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at Murrays on Broadway in Tivoli. Visitors are welcome.
(photo by Fred Cartier)

Red Hook Rotary’s recent meeting at Murray’s boasted 76% attendance, including Kyle White a new member and Jennifer Van Voorhis who was officially inducted by President Barry Ramage and sponsored by Linda Greenblatt. Hon.  Jonah Triebwasser hosted guest speaker Sarah Litvin, Director of the Reher Center of Immigrant History of the Rondout District of Kingston, who spoke about this ‘museum in the making’.  She noted that it celebrates the ongoing multi-cultural nature of this neighborhood and the museum’s setting in a building that housed Frank Reher’s bakery of 80 years, originating in the 1900’s.

Photos:  Top: Club president, Barry Ramage, guest speaker, Sarah Litvin and speaker host, Hon. Jonah Triebwasser.  Bottom:  New member sponsor, Linda Greenblatt, new member, Jennifer Van Voorhis, and club president, Barry Ramage.    Photographer: Rev. Fred Cartier. 
Rotarians Donate $1,000 to Red Hook Library
Members of the Red Hook Rotary Club and the Red Hook Rotary Foundation have donated $1,000.00 to the Red Hook Library to expand their collection of diversity books in the children's and teen sections of the library.
Shown in the photo are (left to right): Rotary President Barry Ramage, Rotarian Linda Greenblatt, Dawn Jardine(library director) and Maryelisa Blundell (library board president)
(photos by Jonah Triebwasser)
Our guests this week were Ryan Hobson, Evan Maurer and his mom. Ryan is one of three recipients of this year’s club scholarships.  He will be attending the Albany School of Pharmacology, which offers myriad opportunities in micro-biology and pharmacology in the fall.  Evan Maurer has just returned from this year’s Youth Leadership Award Conference at Mount St Mary’s. 
Photo:  Linda Greenblatt, Rotary Liason to RYLA, Evan Maurer attendee at RYLA conference, Bryan Hobson, Rotary Scholarship recipient, Barry Ramage, President, Rotary Club of Red Hook. (photo by Rev. Fred  Cartier)
Our past-president Bud Weaver arrived in style to this week's Red Hook Rotary meeting in his 1929 Franklin.
Our speaker host and speaker was our own Rev. Fred Cartier. Fred spoke about his recent medical incident. He has had a medical condition for the past twenty years and learned from this recent incident his medication needed to be changed. His advice to all of us was to have regular physical exams and listen to what your body is telling you. Also, in Fred’s case “Listen to Rosalie!”
Left to right: Fred is thanked by President Barry Ramage for his talk. (photo by Jonah Triebwasser)

Rotarians Explore New Playground


The Red Hook Rotary Club welcomed guest speakers Jen Cavanaugh and Shana Weiler who spoke on the proposed refurbished playground at the Red Hook Recreational Park. The plan is to have new equipment and enhance accessibility for children with special needs. More information on the project is available at

Shown in the photo are: Rotary Club President Tim Lynch, Jen Cavanaugh, Speaker host Susan Simon, Shana Weiler and Town Board Member Sarah Imboden. (photo by Jonah Triebwasser)

Our guest speaker today was Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Jana Vengrin who gave a fascinating talk on the many aspects of mental health. Shown in  the photograph are club President Tim Lynch, Jana Vengrin and speaker host Barry Ramage (photo by Rev. Fred Cartier.)
A good time was had by all at Red Hook Rotary's 5th Tuesday social and fellowship evening at Greig Farms.
Two ministers and a rabbi walk into a Rotary Meeting . . . 
Red Hook Rotary was indeed blessed to have three members of the clergy at this event: Rev. Fred Cartier, Rabbi Ellen K. Triebwasser and Rev. Michael Shafer.
Wet weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of Red Hook Rotarians on Apple Blossom Day.
Rotarians Bud Weaver, Susan Simon and Christine Chale grilled 160 hot dogs for hungry attendees.
Rotarians Carl Dowden, Apple Blossom chair Dave Wright and Jonah Triebwasser greet the public at the Red Hook Rotary booth.
In an Apple Blossom day first, Judge Jonah performs a wedding on our Apple Blossom day stage. Congratulations Brianna and Austin!
Our speaker this week was Brian Jones, Outreach  Coordinator at Dutchess County Office for the Aging.

His presentation entitled “Successful Aging” was very informative. Brian spoke about the many programs and services provided by and through the Office for the Aging.

For more information regarding the programs and services, visit their website at
Our guest speaker this week was attorney Kyle Steller of Mackey, Butts and Wise, who spoke on such Elder Law topics as powers of attorney, heath care proxies, living wills and estate planning. Shown. in the photograph, from left to right, are: speaker host Rev. Michael Shafer, Klye Steller and club president Tim Lynch. (photo by Jonah Triebwasser)
Our Interact Club of Red Hook High School made delicious fudge for as a fundraiser to support their purchase of a Shelterbox tent. (photo by Carl Dowden)
Members of the Red Hook Rotary Club planted trees with the Town of Red Hook Tree Committee as part of Rotary International's commitment to plant 1.2 million trees this year (one tree for every Rotarian.) Shown in the photo are (left to right): Club President Tim Lynch, Susan Ezrati, Barry Ramage, Christine Chale and Karen Mead-Cadorette.
Congratulations to our Red Hook High School Interact Club for being recognized at the District Assembly as ShelterBox Heroes. Interact has funded several ShelterBoxes.
Our District’s YEX students, including our own Mercedes, were a prominent part of the District Assembly (photos by Christine Chale)
Our guest speaker this week was Bill McCormick of Digital Sales who told us about the business advantages of the Linkedin social media network. Bill showed the assembled Rotarians and guests how to make a Linkedin site "value-centric" to reveal how you can benefit clients.
Shown in the photo, from left to right are: President Tim Lynch, Bill McCormick and Speaker host Barry Ramage.
photo by Jonah Triebwasser
Our guest speaker this week was Jennifer Munn, a member of our Board of Education, who spoke about the Northern Dutchess Rainbow coalition. She discussed early education to increase acceptance of those who are members of the LGBT community as well as diversity education to make young people more accepting of those who are different from them. Shown in the photograph are: speaker host Susan Simon, Jennifer Munn and President Tim Lynch (photo by Rev. Fred Cartier.)
Rotarians Explore Emergency Medical Services
The Red Hook Rotary Club welcomed Thomas W. Stark, III, of Northern Dutchess Paramedics. He spoke about the live-saving services that they offer to northern Dutchess and southern Columbia counties. Shown in the photo are speaker host Rob Latimer and Tom Stark.
The Red Hook Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at Murray's, 73 Broadway, Tivoli, New York. Visitors are welcomed.
(photo by Rev. Fred Cartier)
This week, we welcomed Cleo Post, Founder of Rainbow Body Yoga.  They are a community yoga space offering daily yoga classes, workshops, teacher trainings, and more including restorative yoga, vinyasa, yoga basics, power flow, aerial yoga, Qi Gong, and chakra flow. We had a great demonstration of a relaxation technique that no doubt our fellow Rotarians will be practicing to keep us centered. laugh
Rainbow Body Yoga came into being in 2013 in Tivoli, in a magical carpenter shop. After a year and a half they have re-located to the village of Red Hook at 35 W. Market St. Suite 2A .  They are happy to be part of our community.  Stop in to sign up for a class or check out their other wellness offerings, by local practitioners, offering massage, energy healing, body and beauty services.  Visit them at: 
In the photo, from left to right, are Rotary President Tim Lynch, Cleo Post and speaker host Rebecca Kent. (photo by Rev. Fred Cartier)
Our guest speaker this week was Dick Wambach of Wambach Communications. Dick spoke about the history of the Poughkeepsie railroad bridge, from the time of its opening to today in its new incarnation as the Walkway Over the Hudson. Dick also shared with us some of his beautiful artwork, including line drawings of the bridge and other landmarks. (Photo by Rev. Fred Cartier)
Our guest speaker this week was our own international exchange student Mercedes who spoke about her life at home in Spain. We were treated to a delightful video and power point presentation that Mercedes produced. Mercedes is shown with Club President Tim Lynch and YEX Officer Christine Chale.
photo by Rev. Fred Cartier
Our guest speaker this week was Laurie Husted of Bard College who filled us in on energy conservation and environmental sustainability
Red Hook Rotary Celebrates 63d Anniversary
Red Hook Rotarians celebrated the 63d anniversary of the founding of their club at a special reception at Cancun's Mexican Restaurant. Guests were our YEX student from Spain, Mercedes, Rosalie Cartier and Jen Van Voorhes.
Red Hook Rotary club's own Rev. Fred Cartier participated in the annual make-up meeting brunch with our former member Burt Fraleigh in Cancun, Mexico.
Our own Rev. Fred Cartier was the speaker this week. He gave an interesting talk about planning for retirement. Not so much from a financial standpoint, but from an emotional standpoint. He said one day you are going to leave your job...what are you going to do the next day?

Fred suggested starting now to think about and plan what you will do when you retire. Making a daily schedule for yourself and then be sure to do at least two things from that schedule. Something that may help you decide what you may want to do in retirement Fred heard at a seminar about retirement. The speaker asked everyone in the audience to write down in one brief sentence “who you are without making reference to your job or your family”.

Fred referenced statistics about how people’s health deteriorates after they retire if they have nothing to do. Many die in a short period of time as well.
So start now thinking about what you will do after you retire. Go to the library and read books; take advantage of education programs that are offered for retirees like those offered at Bard College; expand a hobby; whatever, just make a plan to do something!
It was fun, food and fellowship at Red Hook Rotary's holiday party at Cancun's Mexican restaurant!
Our guest speaker was Red Hook Attorney Jason Foscolo, Esq., who spoke with us about food and agricultural law. Shown in the photo are club president Tim Lynch, Mr. Foscolo and speaker host Susan Simon (photo by Jonah Triebwasser).
Our YEX Exchange student, Mercedes from Spain, and her friend Abigail spent the morning at the New York State Museum learning about New York's natural resources and history. They then had lunch and a shopping excursion at the Crossgates Mall. Chaperones were our club secretary, Judge Jonah Triebwasser, and his wife, Ellen.
Our guest speakers this week were Rhinebeck Rotarian Carolyn Burnett and Brian Zeiden who spoke with us about the services offered at the Brookmeade Senior Residences. Shown in the photograph, from left to right are Brian Zeiden, President Tim Lynch, Carolyn Burnett and Speaker host Judge Jonah Triebwasser (photo by Rev. Fred Cartier).
Our club was recognized by the RI Foundation and Rotary District 7210 for our contributions to  the work of the RI Foundation. Bud Weaver and President Tim Lynch attended the Foundation gala and brought home awards for 100% participation in Foundation giving, $100 average donation for every member in honor of the Foundation’s 100th anniversary and a Presidential Citation (photo by Rev. Fred Cartier).
A good time was had by all at our sold out 2017 Citizen of the Year Dinner honoring outstanding community volunteer Brenda Cagle. Photos of this great event can be found at:
We had two guest speakers at this week’s meeting! From left to right, speaker host David Wright welcomed Lauren Arcomano, Executive Director of the new Red Hook Community Center, while  Career and Life Coach Peter Heyman was welcomed by speaker host Barry Ramage. Looking on is our President Tim Lynch. Ms. Arcomano told us about the many interesting programs offered at the center. Mr. Heyman gave an inspiration talk about achieving our greatest potential. (photo by Jonah Triebwasser)    
Red Hook Rotary Club Officers & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
1st Vice President (Two years)
2d Vice President (One year)
Public relations
Foundation Chair
Red Hook Rotary Foundation Officers & Directors
Chairman: Carl Dowden
Vice-Chairman: Tim Lynch, PE
Secretary: Rev. Michael Shafer
Treasurer: Bud Weaver
Directors: Rev. Fred Cartier and Susan Simon