The Rotary Club of Patterson takes their motto, “Do Good and Have Fun”, very seriously.
Just a few days after donating thousands of dollars to the Brewster Emergency Shelter Partnership (BESP) and the Putnam County SPCA (to help with the purchase of a much-needed police vehicle), they hosted another successful Blues & BBQ Festival on September 15th & 16th.
And now they’re gearing up for the much anticipated Touch A Truck for Heroes on Saturday October 6th from 10:00am - 4:00pm at Thunder Ridge Ski Area in Patterson. This year’s Touch A Truck is expected to be the club’s biggest, with more trucks and big rigs for kids (and kids-at-heart) to climb on - and more horns to honk! Local veteran support organizations will have informational display booths, and there will be a flag decommissioning ceremony for worn flags. The public is invited to take part by bringing worn flags.
Patterson Rotary began Touch A Truck in 2015 to raise money to purchase a shed for the local Putnam County Veterans’ home. It is now an annual event producing big smiles and a day of fun for the whole family. All proceeds support local Veteran projects. Entrance is FREE. Donations are welcome and there will raffles and a 50/50 draw.
At the end of October Patterson Rotary will load up a dump truck full of pumpkins and a carload of pumpkin donuts and apple cider for their Annual Fall Pumpkin Festival for children at The Fairmont School and Samara Community School in The Bronx. The event began as an idea that club member and Putnam residents, Jason Maxwell and his wife Hilda Delgado, brought to the Rotary Club of Patterson. Delgado teaches Pre-K at The Fairmont School. They felt that the children attending those particular schools were missing out on the childhood experience of pumpkin picking.  The majority of children attending these schools live below the poverty line and would otherwise never have this experience. Many had never even seen a pumpkin outside of pictures and media.
Two days later Patterson Rotary Club will be at it again, this time for their Fall Giveaway on October 30th. The semi-annual event (formerly the February Giveaway) is one of the main reasons for all the fundraisers, festivals, and events that the club hosts. Twice a year, in spring and (now) fall, Patterson Rotary gives away thousands of dollars to local Putnam County charities and non-profit organizations. Past recipients include CoveCare Center, Putnam County SPCA, Women’s Resource Center, Help Our Military Heroes, NY Riders, local scholarships for high school students and summer camps, and many more.
To end the fall season, members of Patterson Rotary will come together again in November, to do good and have fun. This time the club will pack up about 35 dinner baskets filled with all the fixings for complete Thanksgiving meals, including home-baked desserts and gift cards for turkeys. Baskets will be distributed through Putnam CAP (Community Action Partnership).