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The Rotary Club of Patterson


Service Above Self

Our club meets the 2nd through last Tuesday of each month at 7:15 AM.
Patterson Rec Center
65 Front St
(Side entrance on left )
Patterson, NY  12563
United States
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While it might seem a while away, great food and music are always something to think about! September 15th and 16th we once again will be having two days of music, fun, games and great BBQ!
 Mark your calendar and make your plans to attend!
It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our long time Rotarian and friend, Geoffrey Reinwald.  Whether you remember him as the whistleblower at Men Who Cook, the guy manning the bratwurst grill at Blues and BBQ, or the king of the parking lot at Touch A Truck and the Putnam County 4-H Fair, he always had a smile and a ‘Geoffrey’ joke.  He was always ready to help, whether it was ‘painting’ rooms (somehow painting everything except what needed to be painted) and pulling weeds (aka poison ivy).  He was a Rotarian at heart and was a living example of ‘Service Above Self’.
Geoffrey was a special and unique personality that had a lot to do with shaping the personality of what our club and our local community has become.  From sponsoring many, many members over the years to making our early morning meetings fun, he will truly be missed by his Rotary family and all that knew him.
Until we meet again Geoff.  Keep those jokes ready for us.
Join us at Patterson Fire Dept. on September 16th and 17th for great music, delicious food and more at our 6th Annual Blues and BBQ Festival!
Click here for more details!
Then just a few short weeks after that comes our 3rd Annual Touch a Truck for Heroes!  Come and explore your favorite trucks, meet the people who drive them and help us support local veteran groups.  Join us on October 7th from 10 am - 2 pm at Thunder Ridge Ski Area.
Click here for more details!
At this past Tuesday's meeting we heard from Paula Miratello and her organization, My Brother Vinny.  She started the organization as a way to honor her brother after his passing by assisting those with mental health issues find housing and support programs.  Over the last few years the main focus of her work has turned to working with the local VA's and shelters to assist homeless veterans get into new homes.
Paula told us how most veterans qualify for housing assistance through the VA, but there is no program to assist them with furnishing their new apartments.  My Brother Vinny provides them with everything from furniture, to housewares and even art work for the walls, so the empty apartment becomes a home.  She and her volunteers, mainly veterans who she has helped that want to get involved, have helped over 435 veterans and their families in 9 counties in the Hudson Valley/Metro NY area.
For more information on My Brother Vinny or to find out how you can help, check out their website:
We are happy to announce the induction of Michael Brooker and David Frost as the newest members of the Patterson Rotary Club! 
District Governor Louis Turpin was able to attend to perform the induction and they were joined by their sponsors, Rich Parente and Richard Hazzard.
This morning was the meeting most of our members look forward too all year.  We packed 35 boxes full with everything a family would need for a Thanksgiving dinner.  We include gift cards so they can buy a turkey, boxes of stuffing, rolls, canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, potatoes, pies, cookies, and so much more.
We were able to pack 9 boxes for families in need at Matthew Patterson Elementary school and 26 to Putnam Community Action Program.  
ALso, this past weekend, we participated in Putnam CAP's THanksgiving Weekend county wide food drive.  Members from our club and our Interact club volunteered at Putnam Lake Market in Patterson and Kobackers in Brewster.  We were pleased to find out when we dropped off the boxes this morning to Putnam CAP, that the food drive had gone so well, they were able to add fresh carrots and celery to our boxes as well!  
So thank you for supporting us, whether it's coming to a fundraiser or donating at the food drive this weekend.  We are proud to work with our community to help those in need.
The Patterson Rotary Club celebrated the chartering of their new Patterson Interact Club.  Interact is a branch of Rotary that teens from the ages of 12-18 can join.  They do service projects in their community and around the world and learn how to live our motto, Service Above Self.  We are so proud of these kids.  We currently have students from 4 different schools, Brewster, Carmel, Pawling and The Wooster School in Danbury, CT.  In just a few sort weeks, these kids and learned about each other and how to be a team.  We asked them to bring one service project idea to a meeting and these amazing kids came up with over 20!  
We have also be lucky enough to have a couple of kids who aren't quite old enough to join Interact, but want to do good, so we are also in the process of starting an EarlyAct club.  
If you have a child that wants to get involved, send our advisers an email at
Our 20th annual Men Who Cook was a great success!
We have a few thank you's to mention.
To all the chefs and restaurants for the delicious food!
To the sponsors for helping us make it the best event ever.
To the Carmel FBLA kids, for all of their help throughout the night.
To everyone who came and made it a great night!
We all had a blast and hope that you did too.  Mark your calendars for next year, April 29, 2017!
Check out pictures from the night by clicking on the photo album on the right.
For more information or to get tickets, click on the 2016 Men Who Cook link on the top of this page, or email or
If you are local to the Patterson area and are a Comcast subscriber, you can check us out on Channel 8.  About Rotary is a show that we produce once a month and it tells about what Rotary is doing in our area and around the world.
If you don't use Comcast, or are unable to catch us on cable, you can check out our YouTube Channel (click the red button on the left side of our home page).
Here is last month's episode, with the founding members of STEP, or Schools to End Poverty. 
Ed and Howard are coming to our March 15th meeting to talk to us about the good they are doing around the world.  If you would like to learn more, check out their website at or stop in for breakfast with us when they are visiting.
Calling all high school seniors!
The Patterson Rotary Club is now accepting applications for our 2016 Scholarship awards.  
Click here to download the application packet.  Applications are due by April 15, 2016.
This morning we celebrated the good we do in the world with representatives from many of the local non-for-profits that we work with.  After treating them to a delicious breakfast, President Bill Flash turned it over to President Elect Anthony Molé who presented the certificate and checks.  In total, we gave out over $11,000!
We would like to once again thank these organizations for all that they do:
Save the Date!
The 20th Annual Men Who Cook is coming!
April 30, 2016
More information will be coming soon!
It's almost time for one of our Semi Annual Giveaways!  It's one of our favorite breakfast meetings, where we invite the local organizations we support to join us for breakfast and we present them with a check for them to continue their good work in our community.  If you have ever attended one of our events like Men Who Cook or Blues and BBQ, the money we raise at those events all get distributed at our giveaways! 


ImageThe Rotary Club of Patterson N.Y. will host its 4th Annual Blues and Barbecue Festival on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Patterson Firehouse!



It's the event everyone has been waiting for...
Patterson Rotary Club's 19th Annual

Saturday, April 25, 6 9 PM

This year's honoree:
The Patterson Fire Department


ImageThe Rotary Club of Patterson N.Y. will host its Third Annual Blues and Barbecue Festival on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Patterson Firehouse!



During the 2013-2014 Rotary year which runs from July 1 through June 30, President John Kelly was very pleased with the good the Rotary Club of Patterson did in the local and international community.

Well over $30,000 of funding as well as many hours of volunteer services were given back to the community throughout the year. Over 40 organizations and numerous local individuals have benefitted from the hard work and fundraisers the members have taken part in throughout the year.

For a list of some of the organizations who the Rotary Club has assisted this year, click on the link below to see more.

Thanksgiving Happenings
July 2018