The Rotary Club of Goshen N.Y.


Service Above Self

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Delanceys Restaurant
40 Park Place
Goshen, NY  10924
United States
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Former First Lady Laura Bush to speak at Rotary convention

Former First Lady Laura Bush to speak at Rotary conventionFormer First Lady of the United States Laura Bush, an advocate for literacy, education, and women’s rights, will speak at the 2018 Rotary Convention in Toronto this

Rotaract clubs honored for excellent service 2018

Top Rotaract honor goes to club that empowers women who have HIVRotaract clubs around the world earn awards for excellent


Goshen Rotary Inducts Neal Frishberg

Goshen Rotary Club President James O'Donnell (right) welcomes new Rotarian Neal Frishberg (center). Neal is an attorney in private practice in the Village of Goshen, and was sponsored by Mark Thabet (left). Neal received his Rotary lapel pin, an official certificate of induction which immortalizes the date he entered the Club and a copy of The Four Way Test, which is the guiding principles of Rotary. We currently have 42 active members and welcome any interest from individuals and business/corporations in the area. Contact the Club at or Rotary Club of Goshen NY @ P.O. Box 563, Goshen, NY 10924

Goshen Rotary Club Sponsors $500 BOCES Vocational Award

   The Rotary Club of Goshen is committed to active participation in Rotary International's Five Avenues of Service: International Service, Community Service, Youth Service, Vocational Service and Club Service. As part of that commitment, Goshen Rotary's President James O'Donnell has announced that the Club will sponsor a $500 Vocational Award to a graduating student in BOCES' Career and Technical Center again this year. This is a merit and need-based Award and while a recipient from the Goshen School District is preferred, the final choice will be made by BOCES staff from all CTEC graduates. President O'Donnell said "Our Board is pleased to be able to sponsor this Award again at the 2018 graduation ceremony, and we hole it will give the recipient a head-start in persuing his/her vocational career." BOCES administrators have thanked Goshen Rotary for it's steadfast support of vocational careers for Orange County students

Annual Gift of Words to our 3rd Graders (Rotary Dictionary Project)

March 19, 2018....All the Third grade students at The Goshen Intermediate School received their very own Webster's Dictionary, donated by the members of the The Rotary Club of Goshen, NY. 
Goshen Rotarians Dick Durland, Rolly Peacock, Ed Garling, Mark Gargiulo, Cliff Kelsey, Allen Zick, Luis Santiago and Vince McCormack were escorted by Principal Jason Carter and Interim Elementary Coordinator Robert Siracuse as they visited each third grade classroom to give students their brand new dictionaries. Bilingual Spanish-speaking students also received a Spanish-English version.
Zick presented the students with information about how to use the dictionary to find out the definitions, spelling and pronunciation of words in the English language. The dictionaries will help students with vocabulary development, spelling, and increasing their word knowledge. Students also learned a bit of history about Noah Webster, who was a teacher in Goshen in the 1800s who created the Webster's Dictionary as a resource for his students.

Orange County Sheriff Carl DuBois talks on School Safety & Opioids

President O’Donnell introduced Sheriff DuBois to the club. The Sheriff opened by saying one of the topmost concerns in present-day law enforcement is the safety of students in school-settings. Sheriff DuBois noted that there are clearly no simple answers to this problem. Preparation and law enforcement visibility being two undeniable elements of risk minimization. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has been hosting informational presentations open to business leaders, school administrators, and directors of houses of worship, etc. to help raise awareness and offer suggestions on how to maximize safety in these arenas. These presentations are free and have been very popular. Sheriff DuBois touched upon the pros and cons of a variety of related topics, including the idea of arming teachers, and the use of uniformed police (armed School Resource Officers) in schools.
Sheriff Dubois also discussed the opioid crisis, stating that the environment is flooded with these substances which are easily procured by those seeking them. Overdoses are rampant, so much so that reports on the use of Narcan (an opioid antidote drug) usage are no longer considered newsworthy.
Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ Delancey’s Restaurant

Rotarian Cliff Kelsey Honored for his Sixty Years of Rotary Service

Sixty years to the day of his induction - February 1, 1958.  Goshen Rotarian Cliff Kelsey, Jr. was honored by his club for his continuous service by Past Rotary Governor and club President-Elect  Ken Obremski, Cliff has exemplified the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self" and he continues to be a presence flipping hamburgers in his signature long-sleeved shirts during Goshen's Great American Weekend, helping prepare the annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner and in doing just about anything asked of him. Following the presentation Cliff remarked that the greatest gifts he has gotten back as a Rotarian are all the friendships he has made over the years.
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Color for Kids

Hi Mrs O!!
I am in Cambodia! I LOVE Cambodia!! I have been very busy sharing tons of color in villages and I have been working with a program called Sustainable Cambodia (a Rotary funded program) to take color to their schools. I was able to help with art classes yesterday too. I will tell you more when I get home but I wanted to send you and your club this picture and say thank you for helping me share color with kids across the world.  (Feb. 7, 2018)

Jane's Purse

Rotary President Jim O'Donnell presents a $200. check for The Jane's Purse Fund  to Assistant Principal Heather Carman, Lynette DeJesus and Jennifer Blake of  C.J. Hooker Middle School. Named after Jane Unhjem, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, who passed away on August 19, 2012 from injuries sustained from a plane crash in Long Island.
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Member Birthdays:
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    April 1
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    April 8
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    April 27
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    April 5, 2012
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    April 17, 2014
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    April 28, 1985
    33 years
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