Liberty Rotary Club was fortunate to host an Open World delegation from Belarus.  The Belarusians stayed with Rotary club members and experienced many of the wonderful things our area offers.  Their stay lasted from November 1st through the 9th.  Shown below is a photo of the delegates with  Congressman Antonio Delgado.  Below that, an assortment of photos from various destinations.
Open World Delegation from Belarus 2019-11-02 04:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club hosted its annual "Spaghetti and Meatball Supper this evening.  Liberty Rotarians and Interact Club members pitched in to make this great community event a success.  We were fortunate to have the company of a number of Liberty School Organizations, including a visit from the cast of the forthcoming Liberty musical "The Little Mermaid".  Thanks to all that worked at the supper, which served over 260 guests.
W.G.S.D. - We Get Spaghetti Done 2019-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
This week's meeting(10/23)featured a guest that was a bit different than our usual informational presenters.  Liberty Rotary was treated to a "chair yoga" class.  Yoga master Justine Sutherland created a serene environment in which we got to stretch and exercise.  Her instruction was a great opportunity for the mind, spirit and body.  Thanks so much to Justine for taking the time to work with our club and expose everyone to this exceptional form of exercise.
Yoga at Rotary 2019-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
Thanks to the efforts of Barbara Hackett Blakey and Sullivan 180, Liberty Rotary Club was able to host a Community Health Fair at Liberty Elementary School on October 19th.  The day featured representatives from numerous "healthy living" organizations throughout our region as well as an exercise program, live dance performance, games, healthy snacks and much more.  Thanks to all the groups that supported this event and all those that attended.  Most of all, thank you to Barbara who did a great job creating this wonderful day.
Community Health Fair 2019-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
Community Health Fair 2019-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
Numerous Rotarians visited our local food bank and thrift store to distribute information about our new public bus routes and "Access to Care".  Under the leadership of Barbara Blakey, we distributed bus schedules in English and Spanish so that those without transportation would have better access to assistance programs, shopping and government offices.  "Access to Care" provides a pathway for those in crisis, so that they can get the assistance needed.
District 7210 Wellness Day 2019-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
Thanks to our Sponsors 2019-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club was pleased to host this year's Region 5 Summer Meeting / Barbecue.  It is always wonderful to get together with other clubs to find out all the great things local Rotarians are doing.  Thanks to all who came to share in fellowship at the Rotary Pavilion at our beautiful lake setting.
Liberty Hosts Region 5 Meeting 2019 2019-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
7th Annual Spirit Beer and Wine Tasting 2019-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
Andrew Oni is a community health specialist, focusing on mental health, and is implementing a program called Mental Health First Aid.  He works with Amanda Langseder, Director of Community Health at Catskill Regional Health Center.
Andrew explained the importance of removing the stigma often associated with mental health issues and speaking openly about the importance of good mental health and hygiene.  Through the Mental Health First Aid program, those that serve our community will be able to identify the signs of those in need of mental health assistance and help them get the services needed.  As he pointed out, when we suffer a physical ailment, we seek medical attention immediately.  The same should be true for mental health ailments.
We thank Andrew for his informative and thought provoking words.  It is a great thing that Catskill Regional Medical Center is providing support for the  Mental Health First Aid program.
Andrew Oni Explains the Importance of the Mental Health First Aid Program 2019-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Debra McGuiness is the new CEO of New Hope.  For over forty years, New Hope Community has been enhancing the lives of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.Through teaching, coaching, encouragement and role modeling, New Hope Community advocates for people to integrate and participate in the wider community. 
Debra updated us on all the great things New Hope Community is doing for its clients and the county.  New Hope employs over 650 county residents and has numerous programs that impact our area.  Debra focused on the fact that community involvement has improved greatly over the years and is going well, but further believes that those with disabilities can become even more integrated into our local culture.
We thank Debra for her interesting and inspiring words!
Debra McGuiness of New Hope Community 2019-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club was proud to once again march in Liberty's Independence Day Parade.
4th of July Parade 2019-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club wishes the best for both incoming President Dr. William Silver and outgoing President Jack Strassman.  
We wish Bill a very successful year.  He has shown great skills in management, uniting our club and getting the job done.  We are confident he will put these skills to work to make it a great Rotary year.
Jack Strassman provided great leadership the past year and has led our club to many great accomplishments.  We thank him for his tremendous contribution of leadership, organization and encouragement.  
Welcome President Bill Silver. Thank you President Jack Strassman 2019-06-29 04:00:00Z 0
Our newest group of Rotary officers for the 2019-2020 Rotary year. Our club has chosen excellent leaders!
2019-20 Officers 2019-06-29 04:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club members were part of the latest mission to Moca, Puerto Rico to deliver bed sets, stoves, refrigerators, and dressers to families still struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Another Successful Mission to Moca, Puerto Rico 2019-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
Don't miss your chance to own this beautiful painted window inspired by the "Hummingbird Story" that has been associated with Liberty Rotary's work in Haiti.  This artwork was created by Erin Lipsky, and is truly exceptional.  See any Liberty Rotarian to purchase tickets for $5 each or 3 for $10.
Don't Miss a Chance to Win This Hummingbird Window 2019-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club sponsored an Arbor Day Celebration at Liberty Central Schools on 4/26/19.  5th Graders and ESL students of Liberty Central School District attended an assembly and all attendees received saplings that they could take home and plant.
Arbor Day Presentation 2019-04-27 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you to all that attended this year's Liberty Rotary Club Hummingbird Award and Paul Harris Recognition Brunch.  Congratulations to all those that were honored at this event.  Special thanks to all that made donations to support the Haiti Water Program.  It is through your generosity that Liberty Rotary Club can sustain its program in Cap Haitian to provide clean water to 1,000 families.  Below are some photos from the event.
2019 Hummingbird Award and Paul Harris Brunch 2019-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

Cat Wilson was our guest speaker on Wednesday, 3/20. She told us about the Catskills Food Hub, located here in Liberty, New York. The food hub is an aggregation and distribution center for local and regional products including fresh produce, packaged meat and dairy products, and shelf-stable pantry items. The Food Hub is a non-profit with a mission of education and working with local farmers and producers to acquire the knowledge and safety standards necessary to expand their retail and wholesale markets, thus growing the agriculture economy in the region.  Working with community partners, they are committed to improving the viability of local agriculture, access to fresh food,  and the health outcomes for Sullivan county and the region.

Their project partners include Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County, the County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency, Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation, Sullivan Renaissance, producers, and small business owners.


They look for demand within a 50 mile radius. Essentially they connect growers with local businesses that have a need for fresh farm goods. It is a win-win situation for both the seller and the grower. The grower may have a small amount of product to sell, but through the aggregated system, they gain access to viable markets. Delivery of these products is done through their standard route, and those outside of that route can pick up. Farmers get educated about washing, packing, shipping and pricing their goods so that they are more likely to be successful. The restaurants and businesses gain access to quality local products at reasonable prices.


We thank Cat for joining us at Liberty Rotary and explaining this important organization that is helping the local farmer and local food purveyors connect to find greater success.

Cat Wilson from Catskills Food Hub 2019-03-24 04:00:00Z 0
Become A Sponsor - Recognition Brunch Keepsake Journal & Placemat Ads 2019-03-17 04:00:00Z 0
4th Annual Recognition Brunch 2019-03-17 04:00:00Z 0
     If the measure of a man’s greatness is the legacy that he leaves behind, then there are few greater than David F. Thomson.  Dave’s dedication to improving the lives of others was truly inspirational.  He was a man of kindness, a man of strong moral fiber, and a man who gave of himself for the betterment of all those around him.
     As a Rotarian, Dave was the guy you went to when a job needed to be done.  He participated in a plethora of service events throughout the year.  While doing so, he was always there to offer his wisdom, his never-ending enthusiasm and his endless kindness.  Some of the Rotary projects for which Dave was an integral part were polio eradication efforts, The Community Dinners at the Interfaith Food Pantry, food collections for the needy, The Heart-A-Thon, the annual spaghetti dinner, raffle sales to support Rotary projects, scholarship recipient selections, coin drops and pretty much every other initiative Liberty Rotary Club undertook.  It will be very difficult to find people to do all the work that Dave did for our club and community.
     Dave was the kind of friend that every friend would want to have.  He exuded warmth and compassion and often had meaningful words of wisdom to make difficult and complicated tasks much easier to tackle.  For a big guy, he expressed a gentle, teddy bear like gentleness and kindness.  His great sense of humor merged with his strong sense of purpose made him the guy you wanted at your meeting, your event or your party.  He had a great and boisterous laugh that filled the room with joy.  He was a lover of fine food and drink, great books and a patron of the arts.  Dave was a master at the art of conversation and it was always a pleasure to speak with him about the news of the day, his most recent great read or his inside information about the latest happenings around town.
     It is hard to imagine our club or a world without Dave Thomson.  He was a good friend and loved by so many.  Although we feel tremendous sorrow at this time of his passing, we can also focus on the joy we obtained from having him in our lives.  If there was ever a man who exemplified “service above self”, it was David F. Thomson.  Our lives and our club will never be the same without him.
Goodbye Dave Thomson 2019-03-14 04:00:00Z 0
Don't miss your chance to win this beautifully painted, stained glass style, window created by the incredibly talented Erin Lipsky.Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. All proceeds support the Liberty Rotary Club Haiti Clean Water Program Sustainability Fund. Contact any Liberty Rotarian to get your chance to be in it to win it! Drawing to be held June 19th, 2019
Hummingbird Window Raffle  2019-03-12 04:00:00Z 0

Did you know that 1 in 7 US adults cannot read?!?!


32 million US adults lack basic prose literacy skills – that means they can’t read a newspaper or instructions on a pill bottle!


Please help the INTERACT CLUB of Liberty High School bring awareness to literacy in the US and encourage our youth to READ, READ, READ by bringing in new or gently used books during the month of March!


There will be drop off boxes in the office of each school building! 


We will be donating the books to the Literacy Volunteers in Monticello AND to their new building in Bethel (they are seeking specifically children’s books!).


Thanks for all your support!

March is Literacy Month 2019-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
We are thrilled to welcome our two newest Liberty Rotarians: Jorge Delgado (sponsored by Gary Siegel and Theresa Panny) and Sean Zigmund (sponsored by Jack Strassman) We look forward to working with you to make the world a better place!
Welcome Jorge Delgado and Sean Zigmund 2019-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gary Siegel

The 41st Annual 98.3 WSUL Heartathon took place on Friday, February 22nd and once again our club was a powerful force in helping to raise funds for the annual event.  Over $120,000 was raised by the event.


In addition our winter raffle drawing took place at the event with SC Democrat Publisher and CEO Fred Stabbert (ticket #34) taking the $1000 first prize, LM Rotarian Diane Babich (ticket #84) won the second prize of $250 and Daniel Belgard (ticket #83 purchased by his Mom and Liberty Rotarian Donna Belgard) won the $100 third prize.  This was a true club effort as 18 members sold tickets and all 100 tickets were sold out 2 1/2 weeks before yesterday's drawing.  The raffle cleared a profit of $3650 which the board of directors has designated the proceeds to go to the WSUL Heartathon, Boys and Girls Club, Literacy Volunteers and the 2019 Arbor Day Programs.  


Our club has a number of "hummingbirds" that do their part when it comes to both the Heartathon and the Annual Winter Raffle.  Our heartfelt thanks (pun intended) goes to Dave Thomson who has been an active member of the Heartathon Committee for many and years and was responsible for scheduling local organizations and VIPs to man the phones and appear on the air during designated times at the event.  Thanks to Fay Cerullo who was a "main artery" to "The Heart Man" Al Frangipane as she organized the distribution of hearts by 11 of our club members to 36 local businesses bringing in $4726 for the event.  Thanks to Sue Kraycer, Barbi Neumann Marty, Theresa Panny, Judy Siegel, Bill Silver, Gary Silver, Gary Silverman, Anna Milucky (Jeff Bank), Jack Strassman, Dave Thomson and yours truly (CD) for taking the time and effort. 


We had a great turnout of members who came to the event during the Rotary "Power Hour" joined by our brothers and sisters of the Monticello Rotary Club.  Participants included President Jack Strassman, Immediate Past President Judy Siegel, Past President Gary Silver, Barbi Neumann Marty, Charlie Mangini, Anna Milucky (Jeff Bank), Jonathan Schiller, Lori Orestano James, Les Kristt and Orshii Boldis.  In addition there were a number of our members who not only gathered pledges but also reached deep into their pockets to make donations to Heartathon. 


There is only one way to express how much the Liberty NY Rotary Club accomplishes locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.  That would be 




Liberty Rotary Helps Heart-A-Thon Gary Siegel 2019-02-20 05:00:00Z 0
On February 13th, Robert Dufour - Sullivan County BOCES Superintendent gave an update about the myriad of programs and services offered.  Sullivan County BOCES serves 8 component districts and adjusts its programs to meet the constantly changing needs of those school systems.  They provide specialized education services for students with disabilities, particularly because individual districts may not be able to offer such services on their own campuses.  They also offer career and technical education, which may include: auto shop, auto body, animal science, broadcasting/music production, construction, innovative design, culinary arts, early childhood education, health occupations and many more.  Some of their newer endeavors involve partnerships with Catskill Regional Medical Center and Sullivan County Community College. Additionally, they offer high school equivalency programs and ESL education.
Beyond programming, BOCES also acts a central business office for most of the county's school districts in the capacity of accounts payable, accounts receivable, paying services, payroll and more.  They also provide professional development for the teaching and administrative staff of our county schools.
It was impressive to hear of the wide range of programs and assistance that Sullivan County BOCES provides to our area and our local schools.  We thank Mr. Dufour for providing us with a lively and informative synopsis of all the good S.C. BOCES is doing in our region.
Robert Dufour, BOCES District Superintendent
Robert Dufour - BOCES Superintendent 2019-02-20 05:00:00Z 0

Mary Williams – Development Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Orange and Sullivan County updated our club about the exciting changes happening with their annual Sullivan County fundraiser.  This year’s event will be a brunch held on April 28th from 11-3 at the Sullivan in Rock Hill.  The theme will be centered around the Woodstock Festival, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. 

The event will be honoring Jerry Skoda, who donates large quantities of vegetables from his gardens to provide nutritious food for the club members.  Entertainment will be provided by “Murder Mystery Manhattan” which will be writing a Woodstock themed murder mystery for the event.

The cost is $125 per person or $1,000 for a table of ten.  Attendees will be asked to help sponsor children to attend summer camp.  Also, assorted baskets and other items will be offered at a silent auction.

We thank Mary for joining us at our January 31st meeting, at which her enthusiasm about the event was contagious.  Liberty Rotary looks forward to supporting the Boys and Girls Club and wishes them great success with their brunch.

Boys and Girls Club Announces New Fundraising Format  2019-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club is pleased to welcome our newest Rotarian, Jonathan Schiller!  Jonathan was inducted by Gary Silver and officially pinned by his sponsor, Judy Siegel.  We look forward to working on many projects with Jonathan and we are confidant that he will be a tremendous asset to our club's efforts to improve the world. 
Welcome Jonathan Schiller 2018-12-13 05:00:00Z 0
We were pleased to have Jessica Toscano of Sullivan 180 speak to our club on Wednesday, December 5th.  Ms. Toscano was promoting an initiative known as Sullivan Club 180.  This is a countywide campaign to support groups, clubs, and organizations in an effort to improve their health through activities that promote healthier living.  As a club that operates in a county that is ranked 61 of 62 in New York for health outcomes, this resonated substantially with the group.  Below, a picture of Jessica Toscano with club member Pat Abbott.  Below that, the Sullivan 180 Vision.

For the past several years, Sullivan County has been ranked 61 out of 62 counties in the state of New York by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings.  While the County has scored poorly on these indicators in the past, Sullivan County residents are eager to start turning this ranking around. SULLIVAN 180 is a vehicle to foster and support community efforts to improve the health of all residents. Our goal is to turn this ranking around by 180 degrees. With the understanding that this is a long term effort, SULLIVAN 180 is committed to change by degrees, the kind of slow, steady and enduring transformation that is thoughtfully conceived and implemented.

There is a clear need to offer our residents opportunities for improving their health and prosperity. This encompasses not only physical but also mental, spiritual and environmental wellness. A sense of purpose; connection to family and community; access to fresh food; and an active lifestyle are all essential for a thriving Sullivan County. SULLIVAN 180 works in all these areas offering an inclusive approach that unites the entire community— businesses, organizations and individuals in healthcare, education, agriculture, government, the arts and faith-based institutions. Together, with our community partners, we address immediate health concerns and promote innovative ways for all of our residents to live a healthier lifestyle.

Jessica Toscano from Sullivan 180 Speaks to Liberty Rotary Club 2018-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
Thanks to all that assisted in making this year's Spaghetti Supper a great community event.  We served about 225 meals and once again proved that Liberty Rotary Club has fun while doing good.  W.G.S.D.
We Get Spaghetti Done 2018-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
OCTOBER 7, 2018
Mission accomplished!  Two 26' box trucks filled with supplies collected in Sullivan and Orange County were delivered to Clinton, Ivanhoe, and Wallace, North Carolina.  Those participating on the Mission Team included Charles "Chuck" Atwell (OE CEO) Shannon Barry (OE Secretary), Gary Silver (OE VP Legal & Government Affairs and Past President of Liberty Rotary Club), and VP of Public Information, and Gary Siegel (OE VP of Public Information and Treasurer of Liberty Rotary Club) with Charles Lee Miller (OE COO and Liberty Rotary Club Member), Stuart Hirsch (OE Founder and current board member) and Al Shamah (OE VP of Tactical Paramedicine and Law Enforcement) at Mission Control.  The drivers of the supply trucks were donated by Rolling V Bus Corp  (Billy McArthur, George Lewis, Tom Danies) and arrived at the hurricane relief staging site/distribution center in Clinton, North Carolina on Friday morning (10/5) where they were greeted by the mission team along with volunteers from the Clinton, Sampson Clinton, and Wallace Rotary Clubs and the United Way of Sampson County. 
"Much appreciation and gratitude for Liberty NY Rotary club. Your enthusiasm and passion for helping others is contagious," says District 7730 Governor April Clark, "One of the best parts (of Rotary) is getting to know the people and now we have friends in Liberty New York. Because y’all are fun we had fun!"   DG April, along with Nancy Carr, Region 7 ADG and Executive Director of the United Way of Sampson County, were the mission team's Carolina contacts with 'boots on the ground' and were instrumental in arranging the distribution of the supplies collected in Sullivan and Orange Counties.  
Hurricane Relief Update 10/7/18   2018-10-07 04:00:00Z 0
Sue Diamond talked about "How to leverage charitable giving" which focused on how to build capacity for engaged philanthropy through understanding the different vehicles that work for charitable giving – so that we can achieve our philanthropic ambitions for ourselves, our families and our communities.
Thanks to our Guest Speaker Sue Diamond 2018-09-28 04:00:00Z 0
This year's Spirit, Beer and Wine Tasting at the Downtown Barn was a great success.  Much money was raised to help give scholarships to Sullivan County Students.  Thank you to our wonderful sponsors who generously donated funds to help further the education of all our scholarship recipients.
Thank You to Our Sponsors 2018-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
Hurricane Florence has devastated the Middle Atlantic States and many victims have been left homeless and suffered catastrophic losses as a result of the storm.  As the rain moves out, flood waters crest and begin to recede, the Liberty NY Rotary Club is teaming up with the Brevard, NC Rotary Club, Operation Endeavor, and Wings of Michael to organize a hurricane relief drive that is based on the model that was utilized for Hurricane Harvey which targeted the Friendswood, Texas area.  We are in touch with contacts in North and South Carolina working on identifying the community(ies) that we would like to target to provide relief for the hurricane victims. 
Liberty Rotary Kicksoff Florence Hurricane Relief Supply Collection Drive 2018-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
James Goldfarb spoke to our group as a representative of The Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless on August 29th.  
Sullivan County has the fourth highest child  poverty rate in New York State, with the most recent census reporting 27.9% of  children under the age of 18 in Sullivan County live in poverty. In spite of some improvements, our unemployment rate continues to be rather high for our region. Many young children and their families spend their days worrying where they will get their next meal. 

The Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless addresses this concern. They  operate the only soup kitchen in Sullivan County, providing breakfast and lunch five days a week to local residents. The number of people who need their help is substantial. They serve tens of thousands of meals through their soup kitchen’s breakfast and lunch program. They also operate a food pantry twice a month, where individuals receive canned food, cereal, juice, pasta and other staples. 
We are thankful to James and all those working at the Federation for helping those in our community ,who otherwise would be left hungry.
James Goldfarb Speaks about The Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless 2018-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
On August 22nd, Liberty Rotary Club was delighted to host Joseph Abraham and Matt Shortall from the Sullivan County Democrat.  As the world's media has changed, it was great to hear of the Democrat's commitment to our community.  These two well spoken gentleman gave great insight to the mission of the Democrat and also offered insightful views of the media's place in our society today.
Joseph Abraham and Matt Shortall 2018-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club 6th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser 2018-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

Region 5 Barbecue hosted by Liberty Rotary Club

Liberty Rotary Club was pleased to host the Rotary Region 5 meeting! Congratulations to all our clubs for doing so much good in our communities and around the world. Thank you to our keynote speaker Charles Lee Miller and Operation Endeavor for making lives better here in the US and abroad.
Charles Lee Miller of Operation Endeavor
Our beautiful setting at Hanofee Park in Liberty.
Liberty Rotary Hosts Region 5 Barbecue 2018-08-12 04:00:00Z 0
District 7210 Governor Christine Giangrasso came to speak at our weekly meeting on July 18th.  Christine made it clear to all our members that the District is there to support all of the initiatives we have for doing good in our community and the world.  Her mantra for the year is "We can do it", which is based upon the well known image of "Rosie the Riveter" that was established in the 1940s to promote the concept that with enough effort, particularly from women, anything can be accomplished.  It was great meeting with Christine, who has much enthusiasm and a straight talk approach, that is both motivating and inspiring.  There is no doubt, that this year, our leadership will be there so that we can get stuff done.  W.G.S.D.
District Governor Giangrasso Visits Liberty Rotary 2018-07-20 04:00:00Z 0

Congratulations and thank you to Jack Strassman, who was installed as Liberty Rotary Club's 2018-19 President. We have no doubt that Jack will do a great job of leading our club in many successful projects. Also installed for this Rotary year were William Silver - President Elect, Fay Cerullo - Secretary, Gary Siegel - Treasurer, Dan Berkowicz - Sergeant-at-Arms along with three additional board members: Gary Silver, Gary Silveman and David F. Thomson.

We want to offer our great appreciation for all the hard work Judy Siegel put in to being President for the 2017-18 Rotary Year.  Her tireless efforts, strong vision and outstanding leadership helped our club do so much good in the past year.

Shown below, newly installed President Jack Strassman

Shown below, Assistant District Governor Susan Kraycer with Immediate Past President Judy Siegel

Shown below Fay Cerullo, Susan Kraycer, Jack Strassman, Judy Siegel, Gary Siegel and Dr. William Silver

Liberty Rotary Installs 2018-19 Officers 2018-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club was honored to be included as a sponsor of this year's Liberty-July 4th Parade.  It was great to see the streets of Liberty filled with so many visitors and community members.  What a wonderful way to celebrate our country's independence!
Liberty Rotary Marches in 2018 July 4th Parade 2018-07-04 04:00:00Z 0
Jayme Kaplan-Krutz from Allies in Development is providing aid for the deaf in Ethiopia
Ms. Kaplan-Krutz is originally from our area and is a speech pathologist who has dedicated her life to the hearing impaired and deaf.  She is fluent  in American Sign Language and when she traveled to Ethiopia, she fell in love with the kids, the teachers and the people.  She is associated with Visions Global Empowerment which is an organization that is quite small, but they have numerous partners including Nazareth College and SUNY New Paltz that are working to provide assistance to a number of underserved countries. 
As their website states:
Visions is committed to helping fill the gaps in education, promote community development, and develop a more robust civil society
in Sri Lanka, India, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua.
When the program began, there were virtually no programs for deaf students in Ethiopia, except for a broken down old building with only about 4 students that came to classes.  They set a goal of getting the children out of that old classroom and into a better learning environment to provide a quality education for the students and bring them communication skills.  Focus was placed on getting the kids to school and giving them language access.  They now have two classrooms with some computers, sign language courses and interpreters.  They offer scholarships for deaf young adults to help them get training for employment.  They have daily instruction of sign language in 3 different schools and interpreters at one school.  They also have one of the first preschool programs in the country.  All of this is greatly enriching the lives of the children they teach and for whom they provide hearing devices.
The deaf in Ethiopia are stigmatized there due to their disability, particularly because they were not taught to communicate with others.  Fortunately, Visions Global Empowerment, with the assistance of Ms. Kaplan-Krutz, is making a real difference in these children's lives and giving them the opportunity to access language to learn and be understood, which they so desperately need.
Thank you to Jayme for sharing with us the amazing work you are doing!
To donate to this outstanding program, go to :
Shown below: Jayme Kaplan-Krutz
Jayme Kaplan-Krutz from Allies in Development is providing aid for the deaf in Ethiopia 2018-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary, Livingston Manor Rotary and Monticello Rotary Clubs joined forces to raise funds to further efforts to eradicate polio from our planet.  Through the massive efforts of Rotary International, a disease that once impacted children all over the world, is nearly a thing of the past.  
Thanks to the organizing committee for putting together a wonderful night with fellowship, great food and food for thought.  Also, thank you to our main speaker John G. Kramb, a polio survivor, who has dedicated his life to vaccinating the children of India.
Shown below are photos from the event:
Polio Plus - Polio Eradication Dinner 2018-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club marched in this year's Liberty Memorial Day Parade.  We honor and thank those that made the ultimate sacrifice, so that others may have freedom here in America.  To all the veterans and their families, we thank you!
Liberty Rotary Club Marches in Memorial Day Parade 2018-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
Polio Eradication Dinner 2018-05-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Silver

The Liberty Rotary Club celebrated Arbor Day 2018 twice this year, first on Friday April 27, by giving away more than 200 seedlings to every 5th grade, ESL, ABLE and self-contained special education student in the Liberty Central School District Middle School. In addition to the seedling, each student also received an Arbor Day pencil, sticker, flower pot and pamphlet with directions on how to plant their tree.  An Arbor Day poster was also given to each classroom.  Special thanks to Jeff Hall, whose ESL students packaged the seedlings for their fellow students.


On Monday, May 14, the Liberty Parks and Recreation department planted a Linden tree donated by the club near the playscape and Pavilion.  Liberty Rotary plans on donating a new tree each year over the next several years, providing shade and making the park more attractive.  Special thanks to Parks and Rec staff for their work, and Rotary Club members Barbara and Peter Blakey, Dave Thomson and Bill Silver who assisted in the planting.



Rotary Supports Arbor Day Bill Silver 2018-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to this year's Paul Harris Fellows: Etta Barbanti, Dr. William Silver and Lori Rae Silvers+2
Additional congratulations to our newest Hummingbird Award Winners: Orshii L. Boldiis, Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., Amanda Langseder, Sal Scancarello and Gary Silverman
Thank you to all that attended the Recognition Brunch to support the Haiti Water Program and everyone that worked to make this event possible!
Liberty Rotary Club Presents Paul Harris Fellows and Hummingbird Award Winners 2018-04-29 04:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Receives "People of Action" Award 2018-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
Schools To End Poverty(STEP) based at Spring Valley Rotary Club sent another group to Vietnam to provide for children with disabilities and children with no way to get to school.  Shown below is the group that went on this mission, which included providing wheelchairs to children that may never have seen the world sitting upright, and bicycles to girls who will then be able to get an education and avoid getting trapped in the sex trade.  This mission included Liberty Rotarians Peter and Barbara Blakey as well as Gary and Diane Silver.  We are so proud of their commitment to this project.
Liberty Rotarians Offer Assistance to STEP 2018-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

This week we were lucky to have Debbie O’Mally, LMHC as our guest speaker. She is the Manager at R.I.S.E 

     The RISE Program – Rape, Intervention, Services & Education of Sullivan County advocates for anyone who is or has been a victim of sexual abuse. Founded in 1987, RISE provides an array of services to victims of sexual abuse and offers prevention education. The program advocates for sexual abuse victims. Staff members will accompany the victim to the hospital, police or district attorney after an incident and will provide assistance. RISE also offers confidential individual, family or couples counseling as well as support groups, prevention education and professional training sessions. The program maintains a 24-hour crisis hotline number, 845-791-9595.

      They are serving many women, but also far more children and men than in the past. Because there is much shame associated with sexual abuse and rape, it can be difficult for people to come forward.  Fortunately, that stigma is softening and people are getting better at asking for help.

This year there will be a Red Sand Project.  This will be used to fill in the cracks in front of the government center to symbolically represent the desire to not have people slip through the cracks.  The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event will be held on April 26th from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Sullivan County Government Center.

RISE Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Event on April 26th 2018-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Don't miss your chance to win this beautifully painted, stained glass style, window created by the incredibly talented Erin Lipsky. (This photo does not do justice to how impressive it looks with light shining through it.) Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. All proceeds support the Liberty Rotary Club Haiti Water Program. Contact a Liberty Rotarian to get your chance to be in it to win it! Drawing to be held June 13th, 2018.
Hummingbird Window Raffle To Benefit Haiti Water Program 2018-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to all the members of Team "Into the Woods" who did a wonderful job raising funds for the Boys and Girls Club of Sullivan County.
Thank you to all who participated in this outstanding event to benefit the children of our county!
Team "Into the Woods" Does Great! 2018-03-24 04:00:00Z 0
This year's Annual W.S.U.L. was a huge success and raised over $63,000 dollars.   Liberty Rotary Club gathered a substantial amount of that fundraising, by bringing in over $10,500 in donations.  All monies raised support cardiac care at Catskill Regional Medical Center.  Thanks to all who contributed!
Liberty Rotary Club Helps WSUL Heart-A-Thon Win Big 2018-02-26 05:00:00Z 0
For the second time in less than a month, Liberty Rotarians brought their grit, determination, supplies and vaccinations to Puerto Rico to assist those devastated by Hurricane Maria.  In the background, is a home that the team is helping to rebuild.
Puerto Rico Mission 2 2018-02-25 05:00:00Z 0
Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico are still recovering from Hurricane Maria.  Watch the video below to find out about the mission and how you can help.
Shown below, the Puerto Rico Mission Team from early February.  While there, they helped clean and repair buildings, provided residents with essential household items and appliances, gave vaccinations, provided toys for children who lost everything and spread good will to all they encountered.
Puerto Rico Needs Your Help 2018-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club Joins Other Organizations to help in Moca , Puerto Rico 2018-02-03 05:00:00Z 0
A partnership hurricane relief mission team consisting of members of the Liberty, NY Rotary Club, Operation Endeavor, Wings of Michael and Rotary District 7910 will travel this February 2 through 5 to Moca for a hurricane-relief mission. The drive targets Moca, a municipality in the northwest corner of the island that was one of the hardest-hit areas of the nearly-Category 5 hurricane. 
Liberty NY Rotary Club & Local Non-Profits Team Up for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief CD 2018-01-31 05:00:00Z 0


Annual Liberty Rotary Club Winter Raffle

 1ST PRIZE - $1000.00
2ND PRIZE - $250.00
3RD PRIZE - $100.00 



(All payments must be received by Thursday, February 22nd, 2018)


 Tickets are on sale from any Liberty Rotary Club Member or
 reserve your ticket by emailing 
Gary Siegel at 
with the number of tickets you would like to reserve.

and then send your donation of $50/ticket to: 

Liberty Rotary Club
C/O Gary Siegel – Raffle Co-Chairperson
PO Box 493
Liberty, NY  12754
845 798-2188

 When donation is received a raffle ticket stub will be sent back to you so please include your return address.


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Posted by CD
Liberty, NY Rotarians Seek Your Donations
For Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief
A partnership hurricane relief mission team consisting of members of the Liberty, NY Rotary Club, Operation Endeavor, Wings of Michael and Rotary District 7910 will travel this February 2 through 5 to Moca for a hurricane-relief mission. The drive targets Moca, a municipality in the northwest corner of the island that was one of the hardest-hit areas of the nearly-Category 5 hurricane. 
Liberty, NY Rotarians Seek Your Donations For Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief CD 2018-01-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by CD on Dec 12, 2017
The Liberty, NY Rotary Club with the support of Rotary Districts 7210 (NY Catskills/Hudson Valley), 7910 (Central Massachusetts) and 7000 (Puerto Rico) in partnership with Operation Endeavor and Wings of Michael is conducting a hurricane relief drive to raise funds that will provide support for the victims of Hurricane Irma.  The drive will kickoff on Tuesday, December 12th, targeting Moca, Puerto Rico, a municipality on the northwest corner of the island, one of the hardest hit areas of the storm.  The four areas of support for which monetary donations are being accepted: Food and Clean Water Supplies, Emergency Shelter and Construction Supplies, Flu and Tetanus Vaccinations and the Moca Rotary Club Toy Drive.  
A team from the Liberty NY Rotary Club (LNYRC and District 7910), Operation Endeavor (OE) and Wings of Michael will be traveling to Moca, Puerto Rico for a Hurricane Relief Mission in early January.  The team will be participating in relief effort activities coordinated by our contacts from the Moca Rotary Club (MRC), the Mayor of Moca, and Nuestra Senora de la Monserrate Catholic Parish (NSDLM).  Activities will include aiding in food and clean water distribution, emergency shelter construction, flu and tetanus vaccination clinic and toy distribution to children who sustained total losses during the hurricane. 
100% of all funds raised for these hurricane relief efforts will be donated to the MRC to purchase and distribute supplies to those families in need.  MRC officials will be supplying the LNYRC with monthly reports of how the funds have been spent including receipts and photos. All funds will be supporting the hurricane relief victims and their families in Moca, Puerto Rico.
How to donate:
Make checks payable to:
CFOS Liberty, New York, Rotary Club Foundation Fund
30 Scotts Corners Drive, Suite 203
Montgomery, NY  12549
Online:  Go to:
Click on the DONATE NOW button to make payments with a credit card via Paypal.
ONLY MONETARY DONATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED due to the logistical difficulties of transporting supplies from the Continental United States to Puerto Rico.  All donations are tax deductible as allowed by the Federal Tax Laws.  All supplies and toys will be purchased in-country by the Moca Rotary Club to help stimulate the economy of Puerto Rico which has been devastated as a result of the hurricane.  Please consider making this one of your end of the year donations so that we can provide much needed relief to those hurricane victims in need in Moca. 
For more information contact:
Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan
Phone:    845 769-9393
Fax:        845 769-9391


Liberty Rotary Club Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Campaign Kicks Off CD 2017-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
The November 18th Food Drive to benefit the Interfaith Food Pantry was a great success.  Thanks to all that assisted at the event, to ShopRite Stores for letting us gather food and funds there and especially to Dave Thomson who organized and administered the event as well as taking all the groceries to the pantry.
Below are Dave's words:

"Great job….. the All Faiths Food Pantry is overwhelmed with a great amount of donations.  Folks in our area are quite generous with donating to us.  While it is tough to quantify, both the Pantry and I think we topped what was donated last year.  Plus, I gave to the Food Pantry $390 in ShopRite gift cards so they can buy whatever they might need in the future.  A rough estimate is that what was donated today will carry them through February at least.  Not too shabby.  


I just knew we did well when I had to load bags of donations into my car through the windows and we had over an hour to go."



Another Successful Food Drive 2017-11-19 05:00:00Z 0
Gary Silver wins Tansukh Darawala Humanitarian Award 2017-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 25, 2017
On October 25th, 2017 the Liberty Rotary Club hosted its 50th annual Spaghetti and Meatball Supper at Liberty High School.  Over 200 people enjoyed the cuisine and most stayed to enjoy some community fellowship.  Thanks to the Liberty High School Interact Club, the Liberty High School kitchen staff, the Sullivan County Boys and Girls Club and everyone who helped make this event a success.  W.G.S.D.
50th Annual Spaghetti Supper 2017-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

Club members following up on our Haiti Clean Water Program as part of the OPERATION ENDEAVOR mission. Final distribution of 1000 water filtration systems to 1000 families in Cap Haitien. Operation Endeavor sponsored health assessments of families. The team visited families who received systems.  This is a continuation of a 4 1/2 year program to bring clean water to improve health in Haiti. To donate go to


Latest Mission to Haiti 2017-10-22 04:00:00Z 0
Through the collaborative efforts of multiple organizations and local businesses, the Hurricane Relief Supply Collection Drive gathered two large truckloads of essential supplies for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Thanks to everyone who donated, collected, spread the word, and assisted in making this monumental accomplishment occur.
Hurricane Relief Supply Collection Drive 2017-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
Thanks to the generosity of the sponsors and attendees at this year's Spirit, Beer and Wine Tasting, Liberty Rotary Club can offer scholarships to deserving students.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS 2017-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
2017 Spirit, Beer and Wine Tasting Fundraiser 2017-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
UPDATED 9/8/17
Note change in listed items: 
All relief centers have reported that they are overwhelmed with clothing donations.

See added collection sites

CLICK HERE for Hurricane Relief Supply Drive


CLICK HERE to donate to Hurricane Relief Supply Drive


CLICK HERE for Operation Endeavor Website


Collection timeline is between now and 9/19.  Please drop off all collected supplies to the Central Collection site at SUNY Sullivan by 9/19. 

Trucks donated by Phil Vallone and Rolling V Bus Corp will be loaded on 9/19 and 9/20 and all donated supplies are scheduled to arrive in Friendswood, Texas on 9/23. 

Thank you for your support!

Special Hurricane Relief Supply Collection Drive 2017-09-07 04:00:00Z 0

Article from The Middletown Record and written by reporter Amanda Spadaro                     

LIBERTY — Local groups will be heading to Texas on Friday to assist the regions affected by Hurricane Harvey, according to a press release from the Liberty Rotary Club and Monticello-based nonprofit Operation Endeavor.

The groups are working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to plan a response for areas that aren’t receiving as much assistance as the urban areas. Aid efforts are also being coordinated through Rotary Clubs in the Houston area, the release said.

The five-member team includes Stuart Hirsch, director of operations for St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency Services in Connecticut. The other members on the team are Naval Corpsman Lawrence Smira and paramedical and rescue professional Charles Atwell, Charles Lee Miller and Thomas Andryshak.

Hirsch, a Liberty Rotarian, is also the president of Operation Endeavor. Gary Silver, Susan Kraycer and Gary Siegel are other Liberty Rotarians on Operation Endeavor’s board of directors.

Previously, the group won a Rotary International Global Grant for $105,000 to provide 1,000 water filtration systems in Northern Haiti, according to the release.

But the group also responds domestically.

“We have to be ready to respond to disasters in our own country,” Hirsch said. “While we seek to improve survivability and support rescue development globally, we must always be faithful to the emergent needs of our own people here in the United States.”

Hirsch, a professional pilot, previously led airborne relief missions to National Guard centers after Hurricane Sandy and directed an air response to Hurricane Matthew victims in Haiti in 2016.

The Liberty Rotary Club has contacted thousands of Rotarians in the New York region to donate to the effort.

Operation Endeavor is a nonprofit that provides rescue, emergency medicine and trauma training and supports disaster preparedness in developing regions of the world.

To donate to Operation Endeavor’s rescue and relief efforts in Texas, visit

Use link below to view story by Spectrum News

Operation Endeavor Assisting In Texas 2017-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club was very pleased to host this summer's Region 5 Rotary Barbecue.  Thanks to all the guests that joined us for some food, drink and fellowship.  It is always great to hear all the wonderful things happening throughout our region and to visit with our friends from our neighboring clubs.
Liberty Hosts Region 5 Meeting / Barbecue 2017-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 06, 2017
     Congratulations to Monticello Rotary Club for sponsoring another great Monster 5K and 10K Walk and Run.  Team Liberty Rotary Club(shown below) was delighted to participate in the event and assist in raising funds for the Sullivan County Veterans Coalition.  The team gathered nearly $800 in pledges for the cause and enjoyed their time on the race course!  Great weather, a great event, all for a great cause!
Team Liberty Rotary Participates in Monster Walk / Run 2017-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
On August 2nd, Amanda Langseder of Catskill Regional Medical Center came to speak to Liberty Rotary Club about the dismal health situation in Sullivan County and the impressive efforts being made to improve the situation.  Sullivan County and Liberty schools are faced with issues like high obesity rates, poor dental care and high rates of morbidity due to cancer.  However, Amanda is working with multiple groups throughout our county(Catholic Charities, Sullivan County Legislature, Chamber of Commerce, PRASAD, CRMC...) to bring better health to our region.  Through a multifaceted approach, their aim is to provide wellness education and opportunity to the members of our community.  We thank Amanda and all those involved for their passion and efforts to make Sullivan County a healthier place to live.
Below, Amanda is shown with a bottle from a popular sports drink and a bag showing the amount of sugar consumed from each bottle.  A strong visual to encourage consumers to "drink water".
Amanda Langseder is Committed To Improving Sullivan County Health 2017-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club is thrilled to welcome Lori Rae Silvers, Verna Spina and Dana Parkhurst as new members of our club.  Each of them brings unique talents and tremendous energy that will help our organization to do even more good in our community and world.  
Shown below: Gary Siegel, Lori Rae Silvers, Verna Spina, Dana Parkhurst and Nick Constantino
Liberty Rotary Club Welcomes Three New Members 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club is proud to have presented numerous scholarships to this year's Liberty High School graduates
Shown Below:  Some of this year's Liberty Rotary Club scholarship recipients and their family members. (And a couple of photo bombers) 
Liberty Rotary Scholarship Recipients 2017-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club is very proud of its High School Interact group for earning a District 7210 Grant that enabled them to host a volleyball tournament and the 5K Race for Others.  Thanks to the Interact groups efforts, they have raised funds that will be donated to the "Liberty Rotary Haiti Water Program" and to Spring Valley Rotary's "Schools To End Poverty".
Shown below:  Interact Advisor Penny Medina and Haiti Water Program Coordinators Gary Siegel and Gary Silver
Check Presented to Liberty High Interact For Grant 2017-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to the newest officers and board members of Liberty Rotary Club.  Thanks to Nick Constantino for performing the induction ceremony.  Under the guidance of our newest group of leaders, including incoming president Judy Siegel, we are sure to accomplish great things!
2017 Board Inducted 2017-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
     This year's Polio Plus Eradication Dinner was a great success.  Much money was raised to help eradicate polio from the Earth.  Thanks so much to the organizing committee, those who spoke at the event and all those who made contributions.
Polio Plus Eradication Dinner 2017-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

  On April 23, 2017 Liberty Rotary Club held its 2nd Annual Hummingbird Award and Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Brunch at the New Hope Community in Loch Sheldrake. 

  At the brunch we recognized Peter Blakey, Fay Cerullo, Gary Siegel (Paul Harris Fellow Plus 1), and our current club president Gary Silver as our newest Paul Harris Fellows. This recognition acknowledges individuals as outstanding Rotarians who have demonstrated the Four Way Test and performed Service Above Self.

  We also presented this year’s Hummingbird Awards to community member Al “Funzi” Frangipane, Livingston Manor Rotarian Dr. Don Simkin, Liberty Rotarian and past president (4 times) Jack Strassman and The Liberty Interfaith Food Pantry (Henrietta Lynch).

  Liberty Rotary Club was thrilled to recognize these exceptional community members for their contributions to Rotary and so many other important causes.  Additionally, funds were raised to help sustain the Liberty Rotary Club Water Program. 

  Thank you to all that attended and donated so generously.  Congratulations to those recognized and those receiving awards.

Liberty Rotary Club Honors New Hummingbirds and Recognizes Paul Harris Fellows 2017-05-13 04:00:00Z 0
Looking for some top quality live music right here in Sullivan County?  Max Siegel suggests "The Downtown Barn" as your place for great music for a great price.  Max shared with us the exciting line-up of acts for this season, as well as information on how individuals and organizations can help support their efforts.
Plan an evening at the Downtown barn.  Bring your own beverage.  You can bring your own food or order from a number of fine local eateries, to have your meal delivered right to your table.  Watch the show from the main floor, relax in the balcony or sit outside and watch it on the monitor. 
We thank Max for sharing this great entertainment opportunity with us. 
You can buy tickets on-line or call 866-3012.  All the information you need can be found at
Downtown Barn Offers Live Music in Liberty 2017-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
Looking for some top quality live music right here in Sullivan County?  Max Siegel suggests "The Downtown Barn" as your place for great music for a great price.  Max shared with us the exciting line-up of acts for this season, as well as information on how individuals and organizations can help support their efforts.
Plan an evening at the Downtown barn.  Bring your own beverage.  You can bring your own food or order from a number of fine local eateries, to have your meal delivered right to your table.  Watch the show from the main floor, relax in the balcony or sit outside and watch it on the monitor. 
We thank Max for sharing this great entertainment opportunity with us. 
You can buy tickets on-line or call 866-3012.  All the information you need can be found at
Max Siegel Tells of Downtown Barn's Great Musical Offerings 2017-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
Monticello Rotary Club and Liberty Rotary Club joined forces to become Team Ghostbusters to help raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Orange and Sullivan County.  The night was a smashing success, with our two clubs raising about $14,500 to help the Boys and Girls Club reach the amazing sum of $60,000.  The Boys and Girls Club is an essential program in our community and we are proud to have assisted in helping them do the incredible work they do for our children.  Thank you to all those that helped prepare the evening, guided the team, made contributions and sat at our designated tables.  So, if you need some help, "Who you gonna call?".  Ghostbusters / Rotary!
Ghostbusters/Rotary of Monticello and Liberty Raise Funds for the Boys and Girls Club 2017-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

The Youth Economic Group from Rural Migrant Ministry members  Tatiana and  Somaya spoke to our group about their important work.  They were accompanied by their leader Dawn and visiting volunteer/worker Nina.

The program has been around for 7 years.  Monticello, Fallsburg and Liberty schools all participate, and now there is a student from Livingston Manor.  Initially, they looked for local needs and the way they could be most successful. The opportunity  they decided to pursue is producing silk screened products.  Their business is called Bags for Justice.  They purchase U.S. made products (bags and T-Shirts) and create designs that have to do with social injustices.  They take those issues and create something positive from them.  Their web site is  They also do custom orders for local organizations ….  Each product carries one tag that explains YEG and what they do, and a second tag explains the purpose of the product and the message it is trying to convey.  Their products sell for about $20 each.  Items are available at their place of business and on their website.

Nina is here visiting from Germany to work and volunteer with YEG.  She will be here until September.  Those from YEG say they are very fortunate to have Nina work with them.

YEG is a great opportunity for these amazing young Sullivan County students.  We thank these impressive  ladies for sharing their enthusiasm and outstanding accomplishments with us.

YEG Gives Us an Update 2017-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Assist in Annual Hospital Fundraiser 2017-02-11 05:00:00Z 0

The Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office is a full service law firm run by District Attorney  Jim Farrell, with  7 assistant district attorneys serving under him.  Jim was good enough to drop by to give us some information about what has been happening in his office.

D.A. Farrell was happy to report that burglary is down dramatically in Sullivan County.  In 2012 there were  over 600 burglaries.  The current count is now just over 300 per year. 

Jim spoke favorably of the pPecious Gems and Metals Law, which requires  someone who attempts to pawn or sell a piece of jewelry to have it  photographed and data based by the establishment buying it.  The seller must also show ID.  That system has helped solve a lot of crimes.  It has not only improved law enforcement’s  ability to solve crimes, it has allowed for the return of valuable items to their rightful owners..

The Family Violence Response Team consists of a Social worker that partners with police to investigate child abuse, both physical and sexual.  The child only needs to tell the story a single time.   A doctor is also part of the team.  This helps build stronger cases that can hold those that do harm to our youth accountable.

Jim tells us that heroin is a major issue here in Sullivan County as it is in virtually all counties now.  In 2010 New York’s Special Prosecutor wanted to speak to Jim directly, because of the extremely high rate of prescription opiates in our county (Highest per capita in the state).  These potent opiates are masking symptoms rather than taking care of the health issue.   We were told of the three pronged approach to dealing with the deadly issue  of prescription and illegal opiates.

Three Pronged Approach:

Enforcement  - Wire taps…  Recently seized 4,000 packets of heroin in Sullivan County.  The largest bust ever made in county.

Education – Rural prescription task force.  Trying to educate people of all ages.  Teaching about the perils and pitfalls.

Rehabilitation – Through their drug court.

There has been a decrease in heroin / opiate deaths, perhaps due to the impact of Narcan.  Narcan is not a fix to addiction.  After receiving Narcan, there is no mandate for  treatment, so those that have been saved, may overdose at a future time.  Heroin addiction I a curable disease, so there is hope that those that are addicted will be cured.

Jim has been doing this job for 7 years.  He tells us he does not find joy in getting convictions, as families are destroyed and lives are shattered.   Rather, he would be happier if would be criminals could find a different path.

Thank you to Jim for taking the time to update us on the state of our county and for the good work you do to make Sullivan County safer and healthier.

Update from Sullivan County D.A. Jim Farrell 2017-02-11 05:00:00Z 0

The grand and historic Rivoli Theater is large and expensive to maintain.  They have a small mortgage, a large roof with many leaks, and a high heating bill.  Heather Strauss and Kim Schneeberger of the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop came to our February 1st meeting looking for ideas about how they can better fundraise to meet the great cost of maintaining their building.  This is the first year they are in the red and they are looking for input and assistance to make ends meet.

The club members, who have a long history of raising funds for worthy causes offered the following suggestions:

·         Look for grants to support the arts. 

·         Get the word out to get people to come see live theater. 

·         Consider a sponsor a seat fundraiser, much as The Forestburgh Playhouse had done.

·         Consider selling pavers or plaques on the wall.

·         Contact the local school clubs and tell them that you need help.

·         Consider accepting non-performing members at an annual fee.

·         Consider inviting local politicians and dignitaries and then ask them for assistance through grants and other funding sources.

The group has the following upcoming events:

January – Valentines show with a Post Modern Jukebox style show.  10 performers.  Hurleyville.

June – 39 Steps

July – Noises Off (Comedy)

August – Sweeney Todd

September – How I Met Your Mummy

October – Haunted Theater

If you would like to make a donation, please contact the group or check out their GoFundMe page.  Thanks to Heather and Kim for letting us know of your needs.  The club will be making a donation to support the group in their efforts to bring great entertainment and live theater to our area.

Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop Asks for Input 2017-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club is pleased and honored to announce the induction of its newest member Dan Berkowitz.  Dan is the former and founding Executive Director of New Hope Community in Loch Sheldrake.  He is also a stellar member of our community and committed to doing good.  We have no doubt that Dan will be a huge asset to our club and a great Rotarian.
Liberty Rotary President Gary Silver, Past District Governor Nick Constantino and Liberty Rotary Club Member Dan Berkowitz
Welcome Dan Berkowicz 2017-01-18 05:00:00Z 0

Martin Colavito of S.A.L.T. from Catholic Charities spoke at the January 4th meeting.  Each week S.A.L.T.  gets at least 7 calls, which reach all the members of their steering committee.  Marty points out that 7 calls doesn’t necessarily sound like that much, but given the needs of those who seek help, it is a substantial number.

     S.A.L.T. is dedicated to preventing crisis rather than reacting to it.  Their mission is to “create a diverse partnership of agencies and community resources committed to improving the quality of life for the residents of Sullivan County.  Through information sharing and increased prevention efforts, they seek to improve access to services that empower members of the community to make lasting and positive change.”  They work together and get to know the residents of Sullivan County and recognize their needs, so they can be connected to services.  They attempt to be visible and easily accessible in our community at events and on the street.

     S.A.L.T.  can help with finding  jobs, health care, education, child care, addiction, mental health, legal services, housing, immigration, Veteran’s services or any other need that may present itself.  They are comprised of an extensive list of agencies to connect people to the services they need.

    They take care of the immediate needs of those that come to them.  They also guarantee that all that come to them will leave with hope.  Marty admits that they may not have the answer immediately, but they will find the answers needed to assist those seeking help. 

Ultimately, they are hopeful that someday, local organizations will put them out of business at a time when everyone’s needs are met by existing services. 

SALT is a boots on the ground group which knows that they can affect change.  In order to be a member of SALT you must attend one meeting every four months at the government center.  They attempt to make sure all voices  are so they can be represented and heard.

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Liberty Rotary Club was very pleased to have Jay Quaintance, President of SUNY Sullivan as our guest speaker. 
Jay discussed how Sullivan County Community College is an anchor in the community and strives to be part of the positive changes that we hope to see come to our area.  He stated that one of his primary goals was that students should use SUNY Sullivan as an avenue to pursuing a 4 year degree. 
He has also made efforts to open communication between the local high schools and the college so that they can work together more closely to help increase student achievement and career readiness.
Additionally, Jay hopes to be a conduit to Montreign Resort and Casino and assist in filling gaps in the work force when the casino opens.
Jay also spoke about a potential affiliation between the SUNY Sullivan nursing program and the new nursing program at Laferriere University in Cap Haitien, Haiti (where the Haiti Clean Water Project is being conducted).  LaFerriere University was founded by local members of the Cap Haitien community, including two members of the Cap Haitien Rotary Club, with the goal of providing an opportunity for local residents to learn skills which will allow them to improve themselves and help their community.  Jay was excited about the prospect of SUNY Sullivan students being able to travel to Cap Haitien and students from Cap Haitien coming to SUNY Sullivan.
We are very appreciative that Mr. Quaintance was able to join us for a meeting and let us know about all the good happening at our college.  We look forward to seeing him again soon.
Jay Quaintance, President of SUNY Sullivan 2016-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Gary Siegel and Gary Silver bring back Haitian Masterpieces 2016-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Haiti Project Covered By Middletown Record 2016-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
The two Garys (Silver and Siegel) of Liberty Rotary are once again in Haiti to bring health care and clean water to their people.  As the Liberty Rotary Club Clean Water Project transitions from lofty goal to reality, it is great to see them doing so much to improve the lives of those so very needy.  Below is a recent message sent by Gary Siegel to all of us:

A message from Gary Siegel from Haiti:

Just wanted to check in and let you know that everything is going well in Haiti.  We had great meeting with Cap Hatian Rotarians in the north.  Making great strides to bring the Club’s Clean Water Project to fruition.  The water committee is formed and they are motivated and eager to hire the technicians and select the families within the timeline we set forth for them.  We are very optimistic that we will be able to roll out the water filtration systems in February and bring an entourage of Rotarians to Cap Hatien during Presidents' weekend.

We have transitioned to the south where we are coordinating basic first aid and EMS training as well as medical clinics on the island of Il la Vache.

We at Liberty Rotary are so very proud of all Gary Silver and Gary Siegel for putting "service above self" and making the lives of those in Haiti so much better.

Gary Silver and Gary Siegel Doing More Good in Haiti 2016-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
We were honored to have District 7210 Governor Louis Turpin join us for a meeting on Wednesday, November 2nd.  Before our regular meeting, Governor Turpin met with the board to go over our goals and offer his assistance with projects and efforts.  Then, he spoke with the entire group and informed all about the district goals and his vision for the Rotary year.  It was an honor having Louis speak to us and share his Rotary enthusiasm, quick wit and genuinely warm personality.
District Governor Louis Turpin Visits with Liberty Rotary Club 2016-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club could not be prouder of member Barbi Neumann Marty, who was awarded the Distinguished Community Service Award by the Professional Women of Sullivan County.  Barbi was recognized at a celebratory dinner on October 30th where her many accomplishments and exceptional character were spoken of in front of a substantial crowd.  We can think of no more worthy recipient of this honor.  Congratulations to Barbi and her family.
Liberty Rotarian Barbi Neumann Marty Wins Prestigious Award 2016-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
This year's 49th Annual Spaghetti and Meatball Supper was an Italian delight thanks to the efforts of Liberty Rotarians, Liberty High Interact Members and the fine kitchen staff of Liberty High School.  Thank you to all those that assisted in preparation for the event and to all those that attended.
49th Annual Spaghetti and Meatball Supper a Success 2016-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Special thanks to this year's Spirit, Beer and Wine Tasting Sponsors 2016-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
This year's Liberty Rotary Club Spirits, Beer and Wine Tasting was a great success.  Our guests enjoyed samplings of a number of local food artists and purveyors of potent potables, as well as the musical talents of Nashville recording artist Terra Bella.  A good time seemed to be had by all at the event that raised an estimated $10,000 for our scholarship fund.  Special thanks to all our sponsors and members who made this event possible.
Liberty Rotary Club Spirit, Beer and Wine Tasting Raises Substantial Scholarship Funds 2016-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club was fortunate to hear about the selfless and essential services available for those with terminal diagnoses.  Hospice provides assistance to patients and their families when dealing with the many medical and life choice issues that need to be considered at very difficult times and provides emotional support.  Anthony Kane and Sue Goodreds shared information about Hospice's program and explained all the good they are doing in our community.  They also encouraged people to participate in their upcoming Walk/Run in Forestburgh on August 20th, which will raise funds for Hospice. 
We thank them for speaking to our group and for the compassionate work that Hospice provides.
Liberty Rotary Learns About Hospice of Orange and Sullivan County 2016-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
This Year's Liberty Rotary Scholarship Recipients 2016-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
The INTERACT Club of LHS will be holding a CARWASH
Sunday, July 10th from 11-3pm at the Liberty Trading Post!
Please come out to support the club and students!
Liberty High Interact Car Wash 2016-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you to all the community members that helped support the Liberty Rotary Club coin drop on June 11th.  Our placement in front of ShopRite in Liberty gave us the opportunity to raise funds to support many local charities and programs.
Rotary Day Coin Drop 2016-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
We were delighted to have BethelWoods Representatives Meghan Smith and Aaron Fumarola speak at Liberty Rotary Club on June 22nd. They shared with us all the wonderful programs that BethelWoods Center for the Arts provides to our community, and also explained the many ways we can help BethelWoods accomplish its lofty goals. Thank you to both of them for speaking at our meeting and for helping make BethelWoods a jewel of our community.
BethelWoods Representatives Speak at Liberty Rotary Club 2016-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
This year at the annual Trout Parade, Livingston Manor and Liberty joined together to present the Shelterbox Program to our community.  It was a great opportunity to explain to people how the program works and promote many of the good deeds that Rotarians perform.
Nothing Fishy About Shelterbox 2016-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Undocumented students often do not have access to adequate knowledge about academic opportunities in higher education.  Colleges throughout the country are equally not equipped to reach the undocumented student population.  Adelante is a program attempting to assist these youths in overcoming the barriers these students face.  Carlos Juarez and Tatiana Quintanilla gave a wonderful talk about what it is like to be undocumented and how difficult it may be for very worthy students to gain admission to college and acquire financial assistance.  They are promoting the Adelante program which will provide a summer week long workshop for students to visit institutes of higher learning and obtain the skills they need to get into college and fund their experience.
Our two guest speakers are amazing young people who are clearly going great places.  They are the epitome of what we want from America's youth.  We thank them for opening our eyes to the issues they and their peers face.  Liberty Rotary is donating $250 to Adelante to assist in its mission.
Adelante Summer Program for Rising Sophomores and Juniors 2016-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
There are few speakers more captivating than Lamothe Lormier from Gift of Water.  He recently joined our club for a special meeting at Soy to tell us about his work with Gift of Water and how Liberty Rotary Club will change the lives of 1,000 families (about 7,000 Haitians).  On his whirlwind tour of our area, one of his stops was at RJK Middle School, where he was interviewed by a number of students.  This interview was broadcast to the entire student body.
Click on the link below to view this interview.

Lamothe Paul Lormier was born in 1961 in Liancourt, a tiny village in Haiti.  After graduating High School in 1984 he enrolled in the State University of Haiti to study social service and psychology.  Lamothe has served as the Director for a nationwide literacy program, has taught math in a public school and French in a college, and became an Assistant Professor in Methodology at the State University of Haiti in 1993.  He is a co-founder of Fonkoze, which is now Haiti’s largest microfinance institution with more than 60,000 borrowers.


Lamothe became the Country Liaison for Gift of Water, Inc. (a not-for-profit organization in Carmel, Indiana) in 2002, in which position he travelled around Haiti distributing the water filtration systems that it manufactured, training families in hygiene and sanitation, and continually meeting with the families to test the water produced and the systems themselves, and to provide the families with all of the supplies they required in order to have clean, potable water.  In 2015 Lamothe joined the Board of Directors of Gift of Water. 


Lamothe will graduate law school in 2017 and will pursue his dream of being an environmental lawyer who can help the Haitian people.  He is fluent in Creole, French, Spanish and English and is a Consultant for various environmental and other organizations in Haiti and in the United States, including Sakala, Partners in Progress, Hearts out to Haiti, and Parish Twinning Program of the Americas.  He is also the President of The Global Family, Inc. which seeks to establish an eye clinic in the Haitian countryside.

Lamothe Lormier Speaks at Numerous Places on Behalf of the Haiti Clean Water Project 2016-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Debbie Morelli Speer, Vice President of The Professional Women of Sullivan County was accompanied by member Karen Pantel to tell us a bit about their organization and make a very special presentation.  The mission of the  Professional Women of Sullivan County is to help build women, personally, professionally and politically.  This organization has been in existence since the 1970s and their biggest claim to fame has been to provide scholarships to young women continuing their education.  These scholarships often target mature women who are re-entering the academic world.  This year, they will grant 10 - $500 scholarships.
We were privileged to have Debbie and Karen announce the winner of this year's Distinguished Community Service Award , who is Liberty Rotary's own Barbi Neumann Marty.  Ms. Morelli credits Barbi with meeting the following criteria. 
  • Providing outstanding service to her community
  • Well respected among her peers and community as an "Achiever"
  • Respected publicly and privately
  • Having an impeccable public and private reputation
  • Having high standards of personal ethics and integrity
  • A motivator of others
  • Not being politically motivated
  • Humble yet self confident
  • Personable and poised
Those of us that are fortunate to know Barbi Neumann Marty can confirm that she exemplifies each of the above items and is extremely worthy of this honor.  Barbi is a hard working woman who serves her community through her profession and her Rotary club.  She is selfless in her commitment to our youth and those in need.   We at Liberty Rotary Club think the Professional Women of Sullivan County have made an outstanding choice for this prestigious award and we were honored to have it announced at one of our meetings. 
Congratulations to Barbi and her family.  We are so very proud of you!
Liberty Rotarian Barbi Neumann Marty chosen for Distinguished Community Service Award 2016-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club was delighted to have Marj Linko as a guest speaker on April 20th.  At that meeting, she explained the plans are being made for the upgrading and expansion of our local library. 
The current library is 50 years old with access restrictions for those with disabilities.  It also lacks appropriate bathroom facilities and needs masonry and electrical upgrades. 
The expansion and improvement plan will allow for bathroom facilities that meet ADA handicap-accessibility standards and also provide space for community programs.  Additinoally, it will provide adequate space for books and other media.
The project is still in its early stages, which is currently awaiting permission of the BOE to approve use of the land.  As the project moves forward, the costs to the taxpayer will be calculated, but at this time, Marj tells us that the increase will be quite modest.
We thank Ms. Linko for her presentation, so we can all better understand the need for improvements to our library and the proposed project.  We also thank her and the rest of the library staff for providing great service to our community and our children.
Marj Linko of Liberty Library Shares Library Expansion Plans 2016-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
It is unusual for a new Rotarian to be honored as a Paul Harris Fellow.  However, Dola Deloff is not your typical new Rotarian.  Dola entered a contest explaining why she joined Rotary and her explanation made her a winner.  Dola is one of a number of new Liberty Rotary Club members that are doing their part to make our community and our club stronger.  We think the judges made an excellent choice in honoring Dola.  Pictured below is District Governor Nick Constantino presenting Dola with her pin.
New Rotarian Recieves Paul Harris Honor 2016-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club moved its regular meeting on the 13th to enjoy something a bit more elegant on April 14th.  Sullivan County Community College's Culinary Arts students served up a superb meal with great style and elegance.  The food was outstanding, the presentation impressive and the service was far beyond a typical dining experience.  We thank the students and their instructors for giving us a night to remember.  Additional thanks to Karin Hilgersom, SCCC President and Liberty Rotarian, for making the arrangements for such a wonderful meal.
SCCC Serves Up Fine Cuisine with Masterful Presentation 2016-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Susan Kraycer is the epitome of everything a club would like to have in a Rotarian. She is an extremely active member, who brings creative energy to our organization, as well as incredible kindness and concern. We are so very proud to have Susan Kraycer as a of a member of the Liberty Rotary Club. It is a fitting honor that she win the Triple Crown Award for Women in Rotary, which she has earned for her contributions at the club, district and international level.
Congratulation to Sue and all the other nominees and winners recognized at the District 7210 Women In Rotary Celebration!
Sue Kraycer Receives District 7210 - Women in Rotary "Triple Crown Award" 2016-04-10 00:00:00Z 0

Liberty Rotary was visited by a very impressive young lady, who at age 11 had done more good in the world than many do in a lifetime. Her work to raise funds for M.S., is truly remarkable.


Breanna's father was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in January of 2005. She grew up knowing how to identify and help her father when he was in or about the have an M.S. attack. Breanna’s father tells us that she is a helpful, kind child by nature and always participated in events towards finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Breanna discovered that returning bottles for refunds was a great way to help raise money towards finding a cure for M.S.


Breanna began Breanna's Cans for the Cure three years ago when she was in third grade. The first year Breanna raised $42.00 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Breanna raised $305.00 her second year and this year Breanna has raised $2,000.00 as of now.


Breanna's contributions from this year will be donated on Friday, April 22nd at the Annual Kickoff party at the Rockland House in Roscoe, NY at 5:00pm.


There are three locations in which cans can be dropped off for Breanna's Cans for the Cure.

The first location is Cans for Dollars at 9 Ontario Street in Liberty, across from Agway. The second location is 287 DeBruce Road, Livingston Manor, and the third location is 148 Rockland Road in Roscoe, which is directly across the street from Roscoe Beer Company. All three locations have a Breanna's Cans for the Cure sign displayed. People can also contact Stephen, Breanna's father, at 845-802-6151 for cans to be picked up.

Breanna and her father Steve


Little Girl Makes Huge Difference 2016-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
We were fortunate to host guest speakers Angela Dutcher  and Marc Mendelsohn of the Literacy Volunteers program in Sullivan County.  This program is essential to our community, because the rate of illiteracy is significant in our region.  With casinos coming, Ms. Dutcher believes that the need to prepare a workforce that is well educated is  greater than ever.    Fortunately, Literacy Volunteers has a team of about 60 tutors working in their program to help assist those looking to improve their skills. 
Part of the organization is the The Read It Again and Past Perfect bookstores they manage. They are a great resource for the community and a source of revenue for the program.  They accept virtually all donated books, except for newer encyclopedias and your donations may be tax deductible.  If you are looking for some good reads, you may want to stop by to browse and purchase some books.
The Literacy Volunteers would like to encourage everyone to promote their program.  If anyone knows of someone that needs reading training or needs to prepare for a GED, please refer them.  Thanks to assistance from the Attain Lab at BOCES on St. John St., which helps to prepare students for the math portion of the GED testing, the program has become even stronger.  The wait list for students needing services is  about 10-15 people long, but there is a training session coming with a number of tutors soon to be available.
Volunteers are needed for tutoring and at the bookstore.  For more information, call the Literacy Volunteers at 794-0017.
Liberty Rotary Club is proud to offer assistance to this worthy and wonderful organization and we are pleased to donate $500 to their efforts.
Literacy Volunteers Visits Liberty Rotary Club 2016-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris and Hummingbird Recognition Brunch 2016-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Team Wizard of Oz did not disappoint at this year's Boys and Girls Club Dinner.  The event featured its wild and zany antics along with some high pressure fundraising.  Liberty Rotary Club was proud to share the theatrics with The Forestburgh Playhouse, WSUL and WVOS, China City and The Sullivan County Visitors Association.  Great job to all those Rotarians that cast aside their serious side to raise money for this immensely important program.  Thanks to all the team members!
Team Oz Creates Tornado of Fun at Boys and Girls Club Dinner 2016-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
    Officer Devin Brust has held the job of School Resource Officer for the past two years and is now working with his third DARE class. They discuss consequences, responsibility, alcohol and tobacco.  He found the exclusion of opiates from the program a bit out of touch, as it is so prevalent in our area.  So, he has added information and discussion about this important topic to his program.
     The ground rules of class discussion asks students to speak openly, but no specific names are to be mentioned.  He tries to stress the term addiction and help students understand the consequences of their actions and the dangers of substance use and abuse.  Additionally, Devin encourages students to report any concerns they may have about the people in their lives, so that they can get any assistance those near to them may need. 
    The difference that have evolved in the program since its start is that discussions are more meaningful and relevant to the students.  They focus upon real world problems and the consequences of the decisions that students and adults make.   There is much attention paid to the impact of social media and how students can use it responsibly.  Additionally, discussion about how driving at excessive speed is extremely dangerous.
    Devin has a presence in all three schools in Liberty and stops in at St. Peter’s School.  He also assists with arrivals and dismissals.  Overall, he is an ever available resource for our children to speak to about the issues they face in their lives.  As our positive role model and police liaison to our schools, we are fortunate to have Officer Brust influencing and guiding our children.
Liberty School Resource Officer Devin Brust Updates Liberty Rotary on His Role 2016-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Theresa Panny and Dola Deloff were inducted into Liberty Rotary Club on February 15th.  District Governor Nick Constantino made the trek up to Liberty to officiate the induction ceremony.  We are delighted to have Theresa and Dola bring their ideas and enthusiasm to our club.  We look forward to their input and their friendship.  Special thanks to the sponsor of both of these new recruits, Fay Cerullo!
 Shown are Dola Deloff and Theresa Panny
Fay Cerullo, Dola Deloff, Theresa Panny and D.G. Nick Constantino
District Governor Inducts Two New Rotarians into Liberty Clu 2016-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Andrew Sindell, Debora Bausenwein and Lori Galen from the American Red Cross came to inform us of the many programs they offer in our county.  Many have come to know the Red Cross as the main collector of much needed blood donations.  However, the Red Cross also provides disaster relief for families in our county, which includes helping with emergency housing and food.  Additional programs include assuring that all homes have proper smoke detection and training for CPR....  Thanks so much for their engaging talk and all the useful information they provided.  Numerous volunteer opportunities exist with the Red Cross.  For more information contact Andrew Sindell - Manager, Volunteer Resources & Youth Services -
Speakers from American Red Cross 2016-02-24 00:00:00Z 0

If ever you wonder how closely Rotarians are connected to our community, you just need to see how many of them are present at important events. At February 13th's Heart-A-Thon, to benefit the Catskill Regional Medical Center's Cardiopulmonary Departments, there were many representatives from the Liberty, Monticello and Livingston Manor Rotary Clubs. This year's event raised an amazing $88,000.


Heart-A-Thon 2016 2016-02-14 00:00:00Z 0

Liberty Central Schools Interact Club collected $400 for this year's WSUL / WVOS Heart-A-Thon. Their donation included a cash donation from their club as well as the funds raised through heart sales by The National Jr. Honor Society and other Liberty School Clubs. We are very proud of Liberty Interact and their commitment to our community! Shown is Liberty Interact Advisor presenting the check to one of the organizers and hosts of the event, Liberty Rotarian - Gary Siegel.

Libertry Interact Makes Liberty Rotary Very Proud!! 2016-02-14 00:00:00Z 0

An hour of this year's Heart-A-Thon was dedicated to the memory of long term Rotarian - Lee Siegel. The total funds raised in his name are not yet available, but it is a substantial number. Thank you to all who helped support our hospital's Cardiopulmonary Departments and honored Lee through your contributions.

Lee Siegel Honored At WSUL/WVOS Heart-A-Thon 2016-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
We are proud and pleased to welcome two new members, Archangel Airborne and Andrea Silverman to The Liberty Rotary Club.
Archangel Airborne utilizes aviation, land and sea resources to effectively insert specialty teams, advisors, critically necessary supplies and equipment into areas of great need to at-risk populations through strategic and tactical closed-loop methodology. They have been the main link and facilitator to our "Hydrate Haiti" clean water project. Shown below are Stuart Hirsch - Chief Mission Officer in Command and Daniel Desmond-Cultural Linguistics Specialist.
Andrea Silverman is an attorney specializing in bankruptcy, foreclosure and loan modifications. She has a rich history of visitation to the Catskills and moved to our area in May of 2015.
Special thanks to the sponsor of these to valuable new members, Gary Silver and extra special thanks to Immediate Past District Governor Penny Byron, who came such a long way to make our induction ceremony special
Liberty Rotary Club Inducts Two New Members 2016-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club Invests with Orange Sullivan Foundation 2016-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club was fortunate to get an education about some of the programs Sullivan County Public Health Services is working on through our guest speakers Catherine Freda and Nancy McGraw on 12/15/15.  The organization's objective is to prevent illness and disease, and to protect and promote public health within the framework of New York State Public Health law.
A large portion of the program informed the group of the great concern with the spread of heroin and other opiate use in our area.  Ms. Freda and McGraw explained Project Lazarus, which is a community coalition to prevent overdose.  Along with this project is an effort to train primary responders  how to administer Narcan, a lifesaving antidote, which can reverse the fatal effects of an Opioid overdose, which includes certain pain medications and heroin.
We thank our guests for this informative and very serious discussion and for their efforts in keeping our community safe.
Catherine Freda and Nancy McGraw Speak about Project Lazarus 2015-12-29 00:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club was so very proud of Gary Siegel for receiving the SYDA Foundation Community Service Award.  With the honor, he was given $5,000 to distribute to the charities of his choice.  Mere words can not express how appreciative we at Liberty Rotary Club are that Gary decided to give part of his prize to our club.  Gary donated $1,000 to the Liberty Rotary Club to support our regular programs.  He also donated $1,000 to the Liberty Rotary Club Haiti Clean Water Project, which is a partnership with Archangel Airborne to provide water filtration systems to families in Haiti that have no source of potable water.  Thank you Gary your generous contribution and allowing us to do good in our community and around the world.
Gary Siegel Shares SYDA Foundation Prize with Liberty Rotary Club 2015-12-28 00:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club had the sincere pleasure of spending some time celebrating the holiday season  with their fellow Rotarians.  The picture below shows a number of participants at the Holiday Party/Gift Exchange with Livingston Manor Rotary Club and the Community Holiday Party at The Sullivan.  Both events were a great opportunity to join in fellowship and seasonal fun.
Holiday Fun 2015 2015-12-28 00:00:00Z 0
According to Dave Thomson's estimate "this year's food drive collected twice as much food as we have on any other collection we have done".  He estimates "We had 12-14 full shopping carts of food collected", and also collected $256 in cash which were given to the Interfaith Food Pantry as ShopRite gift cards.
Dave tells us that he was putting bags of food into his closed doors through half opened windows, including the front passenger seat.  Thanks to Chris Ahlberg who helped move the rest of the food.
The Boys and Girls Club staff and students really helped make a huge difference.  Overall, a great day's work to benefit such an important cause.  Thank you to all who volunteered and extra special thanks to Dave for organizing the event and supervising throughout the day.
I wish we had better photos.  Never take pictures with the sun behind your subject!
Liberty Rotary Club and Liberty Boys and Girls Club Have Banner Year for Food Collection 2015-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Those of us in Liberty Rotary Club have known for quite some time about the enormous contributions Gary Siegel makes to our community and our world.  It is only fitting that he be awarded the prestigious S.Y.D.A. Foundation Community Service Award for 2015.  We are so very proud to say that such a great man is part of our Club.  Congratulations to Gary for this outstanding recognition, of which he is so very worthy.  Below are some photos of the ceremony and the bio of some of Gary's contributions, prepared by the S.Y.D.A. Foundation.

As a music educator for over 30 years in the Liberty Central School District, Gary mentored thousands of young people.  He taught students musical skills, helped to build their self-esteem and instilled discipline, all qualities that help ensure their success as adults. During his tenure, Gary served as chair of Sullivan County Music Educators Association and New York State School Music Association Music Festivals.  He organized more than a dozen Area, State and County festivals, engaging thousands of young people from the greater Hudson Valley.

Mr. Siegel has also been an outstanding leader in his community, with decades of service as an organizer and fundraiser for a wide variety of projects. Gary was a founding member of Liberty ALIVE, a precursor to Sullivan Renaissance, a beautification and community development program.

Currently, he is Co-chair of the WSUL/WVOS radio Heart-a-thon, which has raised thousands of dollars annually to benefit Catskill Regional Medical Center.

For the last five years, Siegel has served on a committee to organize a series of fundraising events sponsored by Thunder 102 radio to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  He can often be seen at Bethel Woods selling fundraising cards, bowling in a bowl-a-thon, or swinging a club at the annual golf outing–all fundraising events that he helped organize and for which he built sponsorship and support.

As Co-chair of the Liberty Rotary Club Haiti Clean Water Project, Siegel raised funds for and participated in two of Archangel Airborne’s missions to Haiti to deliver water filtration systems to Haitian families. He is planning a third trip to Haiti in November 2015.

After retiring as a teacher in 2013, he started a tour company, CD Trips LLC, which organizes bus tours from Sullivan County and donates a portion of its proceeds to many of the charities that he supports. In 2014, CD Trips donated over $23,000 to local charitable organizations.

In 2013, Siegel created the Barry Foster Memorial Fund, which provides financial support for children to experience team sports and participate in field trips to visit special places such as Radio City Music Hall where they might not otherwise be able to go.

He has been married to his wife Judy for 30 years and is the father of two adult children, Georgia and Max.

Gary Siegel Wins SYDA Foundation Community Service Award 2015-11-20 00:00:00Z 0

The Liberty Rotary Club had a very successful Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner during which nearly 200 meals were served.  Rotarians and Liberty Interact students did a wonderful job organizing the event and serving our guests.  Special thanks to those that organized the event, worked at the event and prepared the food.​

Another Successful Spaghetti Dinner 2015-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
The Liberty Rotary Club Coin Drop held on October 11th was a great success because of the generosity of our community and the hard work of our members.  Thanks to all who contributed and those who assisted at the collection.
Thanks to Our Community Members 2015-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Great fun for a great cause was the order of the day on September 26th, when Liberty Rotary Club hosted its 3rd Annual Spirit, Beer and Wine Tasting at the Catskill Distilling Company in Bethel.  All profits raised from our generous sponsors and ticket buyers will be added to our scholarship fund.
Spirits Beer and Wine Tasting 2015-09-27 00:00:00Z 0

Clean Water for 1,000 Families in Haiti (1,000 families in Cap Haitien, Haiti)

The Story

The residents of Cap Haitien, Haiti, do not have clean water.  Their children get sick - and some die - from water-borne diseases and contamination.  Some families spend the majority of their modest incomes on expensive bottled water, leaving little left for other necessities, such as food. Others just do without.

In November 2014 the Liberty Rotary Club and Archangel Airborne provided 100 water filtration units to 100 families in the devastated Fort St. Michel region of Cap Haitien, including the family of Islan (pictured above).  When we returned in April 2015 those families were thankful for the gift of clean water, but we knew that the job was not finished.   The magnitude of the problem demands that we do more -- much more.  There are thousands in Cap Haitien who need our help and we must deliver.   We will not simply stand by and watch a generation of children fail to reach adulthood simply because they cannot drink clean water.

Working with the Cap Haitien Rotary Club we intend to distribute 1,000 water filtration systems and hire, train and pay 5 local residents from Cap Haitien as technicians who will assist the families and provide us with reports. 

We are applying for a Rotary Foundation Global Grant which, when approved, will match all donations raised by us (including those raised through YouCaring) 50 cents for every $1.00.  Thus, every $1.00 raised on YouCaring will be equal to $1.50.  

100% of all donations will go to the purchase and distribution of the water filtration units (and its supplies) and the training and wages of the technicians.

When we returned in April 2015 we saw the tremendous positive impact that the 100 units we distributed had in providing those families with clean water and a healthier life.  We can only imagine what 1,000 units will do.

For more information about the participants go to, and  You can find the Cap Haitien Rotary Club on Facebook.  To learn more about the water filtration units go to
Please Help Liberty Rotary Club Hydrate Haiti 2015-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors 2015-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary held its final barbecue of the year at Hanofee Park on the 26th of August. Our special guest was Lois Barth, who spoke about how to show your sparkle, which was both entertaining and inspiring. Thank you to Lois for giving your time to share your thoughts with our group. Also, thanks to everyone who helped make these barbecues happen throughout the summer. Meetings return to Yiasou for the next 3 seasons.  Below are some photos to help us remember this beautiful summer.
Lois Barth Delivers an Inspirational End to this Year's Summer Barbecues 2015-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
August 19-21 – Hudson Valley Ribfest – Ulster County Fairgrounds
Sept. 9- Spirit, Beer and Wine Tasting and the Roscoe Beer Company - 6:30-9:30 - $45 pp
Sept. 10 - Family Fun Day / End of Summer Festival - Roscoe Beer Company - 12:00-5:00 - $10pp
Upcoming Events 2015-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
We were delighted to hear from Dr. Gerard Galarneau about all the very positive changes that have occurred at Catskill Regional Medical Center.  Over the past number of years, tremendous improvements in the physical structure of the hospital and the staff have fostered a true renaissance for this once maligned institution.  Those seeking treatment at C.R.M.C. can now expect and receive quality care from an invested staff.   Improvements will continue and Dr. Galarneau tells us that the future of C.R.M.C. is quite bright!
In addition to the many improvements at our hospital, there are plans to try and create an urgent care facility with 24 hour pharmacy to be located near the forthcoming Adelaar Resort.
Thank you to Gerry and all the people at C.R.M.C. that are assuring Sullivan County is getting the medical services it needs.
Dr. Gerard Galarneau Speaks about Improvements at C.R.M.C. 2015-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks to all who joined us in Liberty for the Region 5 Barbecue.  Special thanks to our interact and scholarship recipients as well as numerous members who worked so hard to make the event a success.
Region 5 Barbecue at Hanofee Park 2015-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
In support of the Haitian Water Project, the Interact Club of Pawling organized a Hydrate for Haiti Day at the Town of Pawling Summer Camp. Kids played in water themed games such as water polo and a water balloon toss. They also brought in a water slide and a dunk tank for the kids to use. Everyone was given watermelon and a refillable water bottle labeled Hydrate for Haiti. Along with this themed day, the campers have been bringing in quarters for a state quarter drive in order to raise money for your cause. For each state quarter that gets brought in, a pin is placed on a giant map on the state to which that quarter belonged. Great job Pawling Interact!  You can be proud of all you are doing.
Pawling Interact works to "Hydrate Haiti"! 2015-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
We love a parade! We love it even more when Liberty Rotary Club gets to show its patriotism and community spirit by marching in our village's July 4th Parade.(Held on the 5th due to inclement weather on the 4th.)
Liberty Rotary Joins in Independence Day Spirit 2015-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotarian and immediate past president of our club Daniel Parkhurst truly exemplifies "service above self".  Dan just returned from being part of the search team looking for the two escaped murderers in upstate New York.  Dan has served his country, his community, his family and fortunately for us serves as a fellow Rotarian.  Thank you Dan!
Liberty Rotary Club is proud to call Daniel Parkhurst One of Us! 2015-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Liberty Rotary Club is proud to once again present a number of scholarships to some very impressive recipients.  We wish the best to all those graduates as they move on to the next phase of their lives at college.  It is hoped that they will continue to live a life that places "service above self".  Gary Siegel was good enough to present the awards to the recipients listed below:
Kasey Barber - $500 Liberty Rotary Club M & M Automotive Group Community Service Award
Nesiah Holland - $500 Liberty Rotary Club Granite Associates Community Service Award
Mary Deis - $500 Liberty Rotary Club Agway Home and Garden Community Service Award
Mary Deis - $1000 Fosler Memorial Scholarship
Shivani Patel - $1000 Fosler Memorial Scholarship
Nesiah Holland - $500 Fosler Memorial Scholarship
Elizabeth Grese - $1000 Fosler Memorial Scholarship
Kimberly Zuniga - $750 Fosler Memorial Scholarship
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Gary Siegel presented the four officers of the Liberty Interact Club with certificates and pins in appreciation for their outstanding contributions to their club, the community and the world.  Special thanks to Ms. Penny Medina, who is the advisor to the club and the catalyst to its ever increasing service.
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Liberty Rotary Club once again entered it's car into the Liberty Soap Box Derby.  Alyssa Kavleski drove the car for the second year in a row.  Our club was also a sponsor of the t-shirts and we were pleased that our club name was placed at the top back of each shirt.
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Here are some recent donations and activities of Liberty Rotary Club to assist our community:
Donation to Interfaith Food Pantry
Donation to Liberty Middle School to support awards to outstanding 8th graders
Donation to Liberty Middle School to help fund student class trip to Medieval Times.
Donation to Liberty High School to provide the Liberty Rotary Club Perseverance Award for Athletes
Membership to WASRAG to join others worldwide in providing clean water
Donation to the Barry Foster Memorial Old Timer's Day to help give students from Liberty, Fallsburg, and Livingston Manor Schools an opportunity to  attend and participate in sporting events.
Sending 3 Liberty Children to RYLA a leadership training program at Mount Saint Mary College
Donation to the Relay for Life
Donation to Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County
Polio Plus Dinner raised funds to assist in the eradication of this horrible disease.(It's almost gone!)
Sponsorship of Soap Box Derby T-Shirts
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A wonderful night for a wonderful cause! Three local Rotary groups, Monticello, Liberty and Livingston Manor raised funds to eradicate a disease that at one time terrified parents across the globe. Thanks to events like this one and the generosity of Rotarians all over the world, along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, parents may never have to fear Polio again. Top left: M.C. Dave Thomson, top right: 20 years and beyond Liberty Rotary members Gary Siegel, Russ Bogie and Pat Abbott receive certificates for their long term service above self, bottom left: Liberty Rotary President Dan Parkhurst and bottom right: Susan Kraycer, who has dedicated countless hours to help combat Polio and assure Rotarians in our area are part of that fight.
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If there is any doubt about all the good that can be done through Rotary and the incredible people that make that good happen, they were extinguished by the positivity and sharing of great work done by fellow Rotarians at the District Conference.  The day featured some basic procedural issues, assistance in navigating Rotary resources, inspirational speakers, amazing programs being done by a plethora of clubs and a camaraderie that was contagious.  Special thanks to all who put together this wonderful event.  In addition to a long list of speakers that day, our own Judy Siegel spoke about public relations and Gary Siegel and Gary Silver told the crowd about their Haiti Water Project.  Additionally, Sue Kraycer and Judy Siegel promoted the Purple Pinkie for Polio promotion.
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Liberty High School's Interact Club did a magnificent job of collecting books to support the Literacy Volunteers' bookstore.  Through an impressive collaborative effort at the schools, they collected over 1,000 books.  Should all those books sell, the book store may realize thousands of dollars of needed income.  Great Job Liberty Interact!
Liberty High School Interact Collect Over 1,000 Books 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
It is always wonderful when Connie Keller comes to Liberty Rotary Club to discuss all the great work that Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County is doing.  As always, Connie brought along a student of the program that is the epitome of why the work of their organization is so essential.  This year's special guest was a gentleman named Jairo from Columbia.  When he arrived in America, he spoke no English, but went to schools to learn to speak the language.  Although he could read and write English fairly well when he arrived in Sullivan County, he told us his pronunciation of the language was still a major impediment.  Thanks to his work with Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County, he now speaks English very well and is doing well in his profession of veterinary care.  Jairo tells us that his success was due to the time, patience and encouragement of Literacy Volunteers.  He continues to learn and is very appreciative of the help he received from this wonderful organization.  It is always our pleasure to have Connie and a guest visit.  As always, Liberty Rotary Club offered some financial assistance to support all the fine work Literacy Volunteers performs.
Pictured below is Jairo, who thanks to Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County, is now working as a Veterinarian.
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Posted by Barbara Blakey
I'm a Rotarian.  Sounds like a ridiculous statement for someone who has been a member of the Liberty Rotary club for a dozen years.   Joining the journey for Schools to End Poverty in Vietnam proved to be a truly rewarding ,  gratifying and humbling  experience.   I  was fortunate to be on this journey with individuals who respond to the needs of the human condition with kindness and generosity.  What follows is an example of some of the humanitarian and Rotarian experiences of the last month.
In Laos,we traveled to a fairly remote village.  The children were finishing morning lessons when we arrived.   Classrooms were clean with minimal supplies for the children, teachers were focused on providing good instruction while caring for social and physical needs of their students.   It was evident that in the afternoons and all day during the summer, these classrooms become sweltering.  Our business partners, who are now honorary  Rotarians, worked with STEP and the school teachers to devise a plan that will reduce the heat by creating an insulation for the tin roof.  (the fans they have currently serve  to blow hot air around)
We took children aged 1-13 to the zoo in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon Zoo).  It was the first time being here.   We heard from an individual who lived in an orphanage herself as a child.  The highlight she had in her childhood was the time a group took her to the zoo.  We created good will and better friendships wherever we went.   Whether doing specific works as this or randomly handing out beanie babies to children in parks or in markets.  
STEP in action responding immediate needs or planning for sustained support of the  education of students or the care of children in orphanages was evident throughout the month.  Upon a visit to the Te-Phan Loving family, where 60 children reside, one of our members donated to the medical fund in honor of his wife.  Another saw the deplorable condition of the refrigerator/freezer, that on the spot the STEP board members crated the plan to fix the situation.  Yesterday we saw the new fridge and freezer installed.
I am proud to be a Rotarian.
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Barbara and Peter Blakey, they were able to help S.T.E.P. provide bicycles for children to get to school, wheelchairs for those who have never been able to sit vertically and rice for those who were hungry.  Clearly, they were also able to bring joy to many children throughout their journey.
Barbara Blakey Discusses Her Trip with S.T.E.P. to Vietnam Barbara Blakey 2015-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Paul Ciliberto, Michello Semirano and Mike Sakell visited with our group on 3/11/15.  They stressed that radio is about "renting ears" and that while doing so, they feel they want to build strong relationships with the community.  Paul told us that the community comes first, which includes our business community, the general listenership and those in need.
Their good work has not gone unnoticed, and you will see Thunder 102 participating at many of the great fundraisers and community action projects throughout the county.  One of their own projects is Thunderbash, a large music festival featuring well know country acts like Sommerville, David Adam Byrnes, Iron Cowboy and Eric Pasley.  This event will benefit the local food pantries and it is requested that those that attend bring a nonperishable food item to donate.  The other big project they sponsor is a St. Jude's fundraiser.  They stressed that although St. Jude's is far away, the research and healing done there has impacted countless people through the treatments and medications developed at their facility.
It is an honor to share a community and so many worthy projects with Thunder 102.  Their commitment to the the people in their listening area make them a model of how partnerships  between business and their neihgbors can be beneficial to all parties involved. 
Don't forget to listen for the weekly Rotary update on Thunder 102 at about 5:20 every Wednesday evening.
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Liberty Rotary Club joined forces with a number of other community organizations to help raise money for the Sullivan County Boys and Girls Club.  Team Shrek made a substantial contribution to the evening, which garnered over $58,000.  Congratulation to all who helped make the night a success, and thank you to all the generous donors!
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Thanks to the donations of Liberty Rotary Club and a number of individual contributions, our club has assisted in making spirits bright for the children of Haiti this holiday season!
It is good to know that our good will is being felt both near and far.
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(Barbara and Peter Blakey )
Barbara and Peter Blakey are happy to report that they have surpassed their goal and raised over $3,000 for STEP(Schools to End Poverty) and will be able to make a donation of more than 10 wheelchairs in Vietnam, bicycles and a generous donation of rice to an orphanage in great need.  There are already 7 children scheduled to receive the  wheelchairs, many of whom have spent the bulk of their lives lying down and never seen the world from an upright position.  Barbara and Peter look forward to their journey to Vietnam, where they will see first hand the incredible good their fundraising efforts will do.  We wish them great success on this outstanding humanitarian effort and are very proud to call them Liberty Rotarians.
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Michele Klugman, The Vice President and Director of Marketing for the Sullivan County Partnership spoke with our group on 2/4/15.  She tells us that it is an exciting time in the County with an improving economy and the expectation of our long awaited casino.
The Partnership's goal is to bring business to the county and to help sustain and support existing businesses.  They assist with business plans, feasibility, navigating the planning board as well as offering a revolving loan fund.  They also do a lot of wonderful events geared towards helping business start, grow, understand laws and work together.
The current membership is nearly 300 and they just celebrated 20 years of serving the businesses of Sullivan County.  Michelle encourages all businesses to take advantage of all her organization has to offer.
Michelle Klugman, Vice President and Director of Marketing for the Sullivan County Partnership Gives Insight to Her Organization 2015-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Our own Gary Siegel and Gary Silver presented to our club and shared their experiences during their humanitarian mission to Haiti.  Gary and Gary represented the Liberty Rotary Club on a mission executed by Archangel Airborne.
The pictures shown during their presentation left no doubt that Haiti is extremely poor and has been burdened with hurricanes, earthquakes and a history of leaders that have kept the beautiful island from finding even minor prosperity.  Literacy rates are very low there and sanitation is horrendous.  Streets are used as open sewers and garbage dumps.
While in Haiti, Gary and Gary delivered two bucket water filtration systems to local families.  The top bucket is for chemical filtration and the lower one has a carbon filtration system for removal of particulates and chemical impurities.  As a result, clean, potable water can be created in about an hour.  Their mission worked in conjunction with Gift of Water, which has already distributed about 45,000 water filtration systems to the region.
Liberty Rotary Club will be pursuing a global grant to further the effort to bring clean water to Haiti.  It is hoped that by working with the fine people at Archangel Airborne, that our small club in New York can bring clean water and better health to an island with incredible need.
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Barbara Blank and her co-presenter of the four legged kind, Thea, shared with us the very important work being done by Guiding Eyes for the Blind.  Barbara is a trainer for the program and teaches puppies, for their first 18 months, basic commands such as sit, down, up, over, heel.....  She tells us the biggest part of the job is making the dog comfortable in social situations, including traffic and crowds.  The job entails fostering a brood or stud, walking the animal, keeping it in good shape and raising it until it is ready for more advanced training.
A chapter of Guiding Eyes for the Blind has started here in Sullivan County and prospective puppy raisers receive their dogs after three training classes.  Each dog will inevitably be provided to a person who is visually impaired at no charge.  By the end of the training, the dogs are deemed to be worth about $50,000 each.
The organization is completely funded by donations and is a 501C3.  If you would like to make a donation, you can send a check to Guiding Eyes and to assure that the money stays locally, put a note the states "For the Sullivan County Puppy Raising Region".  Checks can be given to Barbara.
We thank Barbara so much for sharing her good work and bringing her extremely happy and well behaved companion with her!
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Posted by Gary Silverman on Jan 17, 2012

District Governor Tansukh Dorawala joined Liberty Rotary Club for a meeting on January 11th.  While visiting, he spoke of his life, his mission, and his appreciation for the work that Rotary does for communities and throughout the world.  Tansukh summarized our work by stating, “We are passionate, caring and we have no personal agenda in terms of family, religion and personal beliefs.   We leave those things aside and work together.”  This statement seemed so very fitting as the Liberty Rotary Club is composed of people of various ages, religions, careers, and socioeconomic status, all joining together to serve our community and our fellow man.

D.G. Dorawala spoke of the similarities between his life and RI’s President.  They started their lives just a small distance apart in India.  Both had successful careers as chemical engineers and both went on to serve in a significant capacity in Rotary.  “Life is made of choices, and the choices the President and I made brought us together in the same year.” our goveronor said.

January is Rotary awareness month.   You can read about all the things our organization does, but after visiting 61 clubs in the district “What makes Rotary great is Rotarians.” D.G Dorawala said “As Rotarians we have the choice to help somebody, and most often we make that choice.”

During Tansukh’s speech, he praised our local club’s president Dave Thomson as well as the work of Nick Constantino and all the club members.  He went on to point out that we are an organization of 1.2 million members and with Interact Clubs and other affiliates we have the power of as many as 2 million people.  What is even more impressive is that unlike so many other organizations that come with biases and agendas, our single commitment to people of every kind has made Rotary and Rotarians welcome everywhere.

Liberty was the last of District Governor Dorawala’s series of visits to the many clubs that he oversees.  We can confidently say that we enjoyed his wit, warmth and commitment and hope that he found the experience equally rewarding.   As D.G. Dorawala said, “If we’re not having fun, most likely , it won’t happen.”  We are fortunate that our group is known for the fun we have and that is one reason why we make things happen.

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Posted by Gary Silverman on Dec 20, 2011
Liberty Rotary Club had the honor of hosting Ms. Gladys Walker of our local CACHE Organization.(Community Action Commission to Help The Economy) CACHE was created in 1967 and incorporated just 3 years after Lyndon Johnson declared the war on poverty. Their mission is “to empower people to help themselves and help them identify resources in the community”. As Ms. Walker stated “People respect it when you want to help yourself”.
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Posted by Judy Siegel on Sep 05, 2011

We had a great night August 24 when the Rotary district meeting was held in Liberty at Hanofee   ark.  About 60 Rotarians from throughout the region attended and were treated to salmon or steak, corn, watermelon, salad, potatoes, dessert and greatbeverages.  Liberty Rotary did a great job and we were very well  represented by many members. The food was great, the pavilion looked nice and our club worked beautifully together to make the evening a success ; setting up, shopping, cooking, serving, selling 50/50 and raffle tickets, cleaning up….a lot of work went into the night and a lot of fun was had.  In addition to Liberty Rotarians  there were members from Walkill East, Middletown, Monticello, Livingston Manor and Poughkeepsie, nearly everyone from our club attended and helped make the evening a great success.


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Posted by Gary Silverman on Sep 04, 2011

Having the vision to see the value of providing cultural excursions to  youngsters  in the Sullivan County community, the Liberty Rotary Club presented a donation of $500 to the local See,  Experience, Expand (SEE) Project. The SEE project takes economically disadvantaged youth on cultural excursions and outings seeking to motivate youth to overcome their challenges, enhance student learning, gain a greater appreciation for different cultures and heritages and introduce them to the world of the arts.  




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Posted by Gary Silverman on Apr 09, 2011

The Liberty Interfaith Food Pantry was the recent recipient of an $1800 donation from the Liberty Rotary Club. The club conducted a raffle which raised the funds to benefit the local pantry.

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Posted by Gary Silverman

This year Liberty Rotary Club enjoyed two holiday season parties.  The first was at Yiasou, with the fine company of Livingston Manor Rotary.  Snowy weather kept attendance a bit light, but a good time was had by all that attended.  The second party was at The Sullivan in Rock Hill which featured good food and great company. 


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Liberty Rotary Club is thrilled to welcome two new members.  Dr. Shirley Sinacore has been inducted to our club.  Shirley is an Instructional Assistant and Adjunct Professor at SUNY Sullivan.  John Story is soon to be inducted.  John is the owner of Story's Neversink Plant Company.  We are delighted to have these two outstanding members of our community be part of our club, and look forward to working together to make our area and the world a better place.




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Liberty Rotary Club was able to spread some good spirits in the final quarter of our year by donating to a  number of worthwhile causes.  Below are some of them:
Sponsor of food and servers for an Interfaith Food Pantry Community Dinner
$2,500 for the Haiti Mission in conjunction with Archangel Airborne to provide clean water and medical services.(Gary Siegel and Gary Silver were part of the mission team)
$100 to Companion Animal Foundation
$250 to Toys for Tots
$653 to Liberty Interact Club as a result of  the Annual Spaghetti Dinner(Liberty Interact members assisted at the dinner)
$703 for Toys for Haiti to the Cap Haitian Rotary Club ($250 from the club account and the rest from individual members and Archangel Airborne donors.)

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Productive day at St Joseph's Parish and school out in the Haitian wilderness. A very beautiful place if you can see through all the poverty and devastation. Mission tea. Saw over 150 Haitians in the medical clinic. Tomorrow we travel back to Cap Hatien to do educational instruction and distribution of water filtration systems. Having lunch with Rotarians from Cap hatien Rotary club after distribution. Amazing experience with an amazing group of people.


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Here is an update from Stu in Port au Prince, to which Amit has slightly amended(note that AA1 and AA2 are the aircraft being used):

"Yesterday, the team conducted robust clinic operations in the agricultural
village of Fonfrède, Haiti for over 200 men, women and children. We also
toured a special school and medical clinic building constructed by SOUTHCOM
(U.S. Southern Command) where a Dominican physician serves the communities
to the west of Les Cayes.

By morning, we began transition flights to Cap Haitien to move the team to
the Northern Department of Haiti. We also looked forward to being joined by
AA-2. However, AA-2 Commander, Pete Sloan, aborted the mission wisely after
a mechanical issue was identified in Florida. This induced a need to
recalibrate our mission profile for the remainder of Mission XIV, but
arrangements were made accordingly.

AA-1 delivered their team to Cap Haitien, followed by the arrivals of Annie Quast
and Brian Boyd on a commercial flight. This team commenced to perform clinic
operations at Notre Dame D'Altagrace while the flight crew of AA-1 flew down
to meet the Rotary Team (Gary Silver and Gary Siegel) and the Gift of Water

coordinator, Lamothe Lormier. Due to a continuation of intense convective
activity and rains between Port au Prince and Cap Haitien, AA-1 made the
decision to remain overnight (RON) in Port au Prince and plans for an early
morning departure back to Cap Haitien.

While on their two flight approaches into Cap Haitien, the AA-1 flight crew
noted that the area of Fort Saint Michel was an acute disaster area with
multiple points of flooding and destruction. The AA-1 medical corps team
verified that there had been over 120 fatalities from the flooding and
population displacement. The team will reconfigure accordingly to provide
relief in Fort Saint Michel and the AA-1 flight team will join the medical
corps in the AM to strategize response.

We wish Pete Sloan a safe journey back to DC where he will continue to
support Mission XIV domestically, we thank the diligent Mission Control
Team, and we ask for your best thoughts, prayers and support as we continue
our trajectory of service in the Northern Department of Haiti.

In Servitium Ad Omnes - In Service to All,

- Stu"


Amit Sircar

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Liberty Rotary Club once again provided food for the needy, as well as preparing and plating each meal.  Special thanks to Pat Abbott who assures this event always go well.


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Liberty Rotary was out on 11-8-14 collecting food for the Interfaith Food Pantry.  Special thanks to ShopRite for allowing us to engage their shoppers and request they donate a can or box or more to help the Pantry serve those in need.


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Posted by Gary Silverman

Liberty Rotarians served up some Italian fare for the 47th year in a row, to a substantial crowd at Liberty High School. Thanks to all who sold tickets, served and cleaned up!


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This year's Spirits, Beer and Wine Tasting at the Catskill Distillery was a success in every way.  The weather was stellar, the attendees were wonderful company, the potables were delicious and the money raised was substantial.  Final numbers are not yet available, but it appears the event raised over $6,000 for scholarships.  Thanks so much to Gary Siegel, Gary Silver, Jack Strassman and all who pitched in to  make our second year of this event memorable and worthwhile.  Additional thanks to all the sponsors, food suppliers and ticket purchasers.  Many more photos can be seen on our Facebook page Liberty NY Rotary.




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Liberty Rotary Club could not be prouder of their President - Daniel R. Parkhurst, who was honored as Veteran of the Day at the August 16th NY Mets Game.

Dan is a role model to all of us, with an outstanding commitment to his family, his community, his country and the world.  He is a man of integrity, compassion and honor.

Thanks to Judy and Gary Siegel who arranged a bus trip for the day, so many of Dan’s fellow Rotarians, friends and family were there to stand and applaud his monumental contribution to our country.

Who is CUCM (SCW) Daniel R. Parkhurst

Daniel Parkhurst enlisted in the Navy in October 1980 and after a short time in the delayed entry

program, he attended Recruit Training at Great Lakes, Waukegan, IL. After Daniel graduated Boot Camp he was sent to the Naval Construction Training Center in Port Hueneme, CA where he attended Builder “A” School. In July 1980, Daniel was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One Thirty Three located in Gulfport, MS. Daniel was immediately sent to Naval Air Station Agana, Guam where his Battalion was deployed. Daniel went on to do three additional oversea deployments with NMCB 133 to Naval Air Station Rota, Spain; Naval Air Station, Bermuda; and Marine Corps Cold Weather Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan. In 1985 Daniel was transferred to the Navy Absentee Collection Unit at Naval Training Center San Diego, CA where he apprehended Navy and other service deserters. Daniel left Active Military service in 1988 and moved back to New York. In 1991, he decided to join the Navy Reserve Program and was assigned to Reserve Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 13 and remained with this Battalion until it was decommissioned in 1995. Daniel was reassigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One Thirty Three Augment Unit where he was sent into a combat zone for the first time in Bosnia, Herzegovina. In 1998, NMCB 133 Augment Unit was

decommissioned and Daniel was again reassigned to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit Two Zero Two located in Groton, CT. In 2001 Daniel was promoted to Chief Petty Officer. In 2004, CBMU 202 was moved from Groton, CT to Camp Lejeune, NC and Daniel was again transferred to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Twenty Seven located in Brunswick, ME. In February 2005, Daniel was temporarily assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Five in Port Hueneme, CA for a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Daniel spent the next 9 months in training and in Camp Moreel, Kuwait in support of troops deploying to Iraq. Daniel rejoined NMCB 27 upon his return and was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer. Daniel was called upon again in 2008 to deploy to Iraq as the Operations Chief for NMCB 27 where he spent 10 months training and supporting the Battalions mission in Iraq. Upon his return, Daniel was promoted again to Master Chief Petty Officer and was assigned as Senior Enlisted Leader for NMCB 27, Region Northeast responsible for detachments in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts where he remained until his retirement in November 2011.

Bio submitted by Gary Siegel



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Rotary Barbecue with visit from DG Penny Byron as well as M & M Scholarship Representative Lou Formato Gary Silverman 0


Dan Parkhurst was installed as this year's Liberty Rotary Club President by Nick Constantino.  This is Dan's second term as our president and we are extremely grateful for his dedication and the leadership he displays in our club.

As one president is installed, another must step down.  Judy Siegel has served the last year as Liberty Rotary Club President.  She has given countless hours to assure that the club continues to make a difference in our community and in the world.  We thank Judy for her incredible efforts and guiding our club through another successful year.

Both Dan and Judy exemplify all that a Rotarian should be.  They are kind, honest, caring, and hard working individuals who place high value on making this world a better place and affirming the worth of all individuals.   They are role models for the rest of the membership and help bring out the best in all of us.  Thank you both for all you do!

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It was our sincere pleasure to host Melissa Symanski and Vanessa Olivo at a Rotary meeting.

Melissa Earned the Liberty Rotary Club & Richard H. Fosler Memorial Scholarship and will be studying communications. Vanessa won the Liberty Rotary Club Community Service Award sponsored by Granite Associates and a Liberty Rotary Club & Richard H. Fosler Memorial Scholarship. She will be studying actuarial science.

An additional Liberty Rotary Club Community Service Award sponsored by M and M Auto Group was awarded to Magali Ramirez, who was not available to attend this meeting.

We wish these young ladies the best of luck as they pursue their academic, career, and life goals.

Thank you to Granite Associates and M & M Auto Group for their generous contributions to make the Community Service Awards possible.


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Joseph Triebwasser, one of the voices of Radio Rotary, came and spoke to us about this program on June 25th.  Radio Rotary is made possible through Rotary District 7210.

Its weekly goal is to share the service and humanitarian efforts of Rotarians and others who share ways to improve the quality of life of others.

In 30 minute interviews, Joseph and his partner Sarah O’Connell speak with people that are working on issues important to Rotary.  These may include poverty, literacy, hunger, disease, and environmental issues.  The shows are engaging, entertaining, and often inspiring.

To tune in to Radio Rotary go to

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Posted by Gary Silverman


Vietnam Veterans Edward Frank and Howard Goldin are doing amazing work through a program called S.T.E.P. (Schools to End Poverty). S.T.E.P. goes into back country where educational opportunity is limited and poverty severely diminishes children's potential and changes these youngster's lives. The work they perform is incredible and includes building schools, supplying water purification systems, buying wheelchairs, providing medical supplies and hygiene products, offering food, installing research/lab equipment, and initiating programs to help students stay in school(often to keep students from entering the sex trade).

Their mission statement sums their project up best: Schools To End Poverty, sponsored by the Spring Valley Rotary Club, recognizes children as our most precious resource and the planet's future leaders. Our primary mission is to provide children of the world with an opportunity to obtain an education. To achieve this goal, we will assist in building schools, help provide basic school supplies and classroom aids, insure a safe and clean school environment and provide clean drinking water for students while at school.

We shall offer grants and scholarships to orphans, street kids and the less fortunate, thus enabling each child to become and productive member of society.

We are an all-volunteer organization where 100% of all donations are given directly to fund our humanitarian projects.

We can't thank Howard and Edward enough for sharing their story with us and the incredible work they do. Their commitment to the betterment of the world's children is truly astounding.

If you would like to make a donation to S.T.E.P., visit their website at


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Youth Economic Group (YEG) Buisiness Coordinator Jessie Houff and members  Thalia Lucas and  Elizabeth Grese joined us at the June 11th meeting to tell us about this marvelous program.

YEG  is a youth empowerment program that helps students gain business skills such as public speaking, time management, writing business plans…  They run their own business and they manufacture cloth bags.  The bags promote social issues such as “Justice for Farmworkers” and “Anti Fracking”.  They also produce products for those less political.

The group recruits their business members from 10th and 11th grade from local high schools.  100% of the students that have participated in the program have graduated and gone on to college.  In just 4 years they have accomplished a great deal.  Their current mission it to spread the word to other youth and explain what the organization does.

In addition to running the business and learning practical skills, they take a lot of trips.  They will soon be visiting Eco Exchange which is a large silk screening company.  Moving to the summer season, which is a busy season, they work on new products and  members get paid for the work they do.   They will be working  out of a new location in a house in Liberty, which is  a move up from a their prior location in a church basement.

YEGFest will be held in July, where people from the county come in and learn about YEG goals and activities.  It will be at Lazy Pond Bed and Breakfast.  They hope it will be informative and good for business.  There will be activities for children, food, and fun for all who attend.  It will be held on July 20th from 3-5.

The YEG program is funded by grants and sponsorship.  YEGFest is intended to try and get more sponsorship and partners.

We were impressed with this presentation and wish all the YEG members the best in their business pursuits.

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ImageLuisa Parker and Lynn Baron of Prevention Frist NY

Lynn Baron and Luisa Parker of Prevention First NY came and spoke with us about their efforts to curb the consumption of alcohol by minors in Sullivan County.

This group works with all 8 school districts in the county to collect data and formalize environmental strategies to prevent teenage drinking.  Their goal is to promote a public health model in the community.

Their data indicates that in 2011 the alcohol rate amongst minors  was 33%.  Drinking rates go up incrementally from grades 10th – 12th.  The data further indicates that students do not use fake IDs or get alcohol at bars and restaurants, but they are drinking in homes.  24% indicated that the drinking occurs at parties.  They approached the problem through the Social Host Ordinance.  This states that a person 18 or over that hosts a party which allows alcohol will be held responsible.  There have been only two arrests under this law since 2012.  Since this past December there have been 4 billboards created, and other promotional items created, to promote the idea that those over 18 years of age can be held liable if a minor drinks at their home and is harmed or causes harm.

Underage drinking costs billions and accounts for more youth deaths than any other drug.  It impacts brain development and causes considerable damage including memory loss.

The organization is currently pushing to get their message promoted through Time Warner Cable.  They also had their first sticker shock campaign at the Monticello Beer Store and will be doing the same in Liberty soon.  Sticker shock is a  program in which a group of youths go into a beer store and cover the cases of beer with stickers reminding  buyers of the liability associated with the serving of beer to minors.

The second part of this effort is to work with the police to patrol and locate parties with underage drinking and disperse them.  The program is offering some extra financial assistance to have extra officers.

If you are a parent or guardian hosting a party you can:

  • Refuse to supply alcohol to anyone under 21
  • Be at home when your teen has a party
  • Make sure alcohol is not brought into your home or property by your teen’s friends.
  • Talk to other parents about not providing alcohol at events your child will be attending.
  • Create alcohol-fee opportunities and activities in your home so teens feel welcome.
  • Report underage drinking to local law enforcement.
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Alyssa Kavleski was chosen as the driver for the Liberty Rotary Club car at this year's Soap Box Derby.  The event was very well attended and hosted a number of racers, many that traveled a long way to compete in Liberty.  It was a bit warm for the working staff, but the racers and crowd seemed to enjoy the day immensely.


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Liberty Rotary Club was once again pleased to have Arcahangel Airborne visit with us and tells us about the fantastic work that they are doing in Haiti.  This organization continues to bring medical supplies and provide clinics and education to the natives of Haiti.  To help us understand how Haiti is in the economic situation irt is in and how the area got to its current status, Dan Desmond was good enough to give us a history lesson on Haiti.  Dan was an outstanding speaker and his depth of knowledge was very impressive.

ImageDan Desmond(The only person I know that speaks Haitian Creole)

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ImageOne of our fellow Rotarians, Malek Rabadi, brought his son Eli to speak with us about the Relay for Life.  Eli Rabadi explained that cancer is a disease that impacts everyone's life, directly or indirectly.  Eli and some of his classmates are participating in the Relay for Life to help raise funds for research.  Many Rotarians were pleased to help Eli with his quest.  It is wonderful to see a young man(an 8th grader at Liberty Middle School) committing his time and energy to helping others.  Thank you Eli!

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ImageBill Cutler, Sullivan County's recycling and solid waste management guru spoke to the club about the great value of composting.  With 30% of most household trash being organic, it is logical to start a compost pile rather than sending those recylcable nutrients to the landfill.  Bill recommends a ratio of about 3 parts brown(paper, coffee filters, dry grass, shredded paper) to 1 part green(food, grass clippings...) to get the best result.  Compost piles should be mixed regularly and water should be added to keep it moist.  He tells us that recycling is being utilized by most homes now, but composting is the next major step in helping our community reduce its waste.  It's always great having Bill as our guest, who is very enthusiastic about his topic and an oustanding speaker.

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ImageLiberty Rotary had 12 bowlers on 3 lanes to help support the Bethel Lyons raise money for St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital and other Lyons Projects.  Once again—we made a difference!  Everyone had fun-Mike Williams learned that Bowling is a contact sport- and our contribution to the event was 10% of the money raised.   Thanks to Rotarians Matt Sush, Amy Hinkley, Jack Strassman , Mike Williams, Gary Siegel and Malek Rabadi, for continuing to make us proud to be Rotarians.


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ImageLiberty Rotary Club has completed this year’s round of preparing and serving community dinners for the needy at the Lutheran Church.  Our ham dinners with sweet potatoes, green beans and dessert have become our signature meal at the food pantry.  It is a very good feeling to bring food to those in our community that may not be able to acquire nutritious meals on their own.  Special thanks to Pat Abbott, who coordinates the scheduling and food for this important community service.


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ImageCarol Vandenberg dropped by for our March 19th meeting to update us on the amazing growth the Liberty Soap Box Derby has enjoyed.  This year's derby promises to be the biggest one so far boasting 69 cars in 4 classifications (stock, superstock, masters and superkids).  One winner from each classification will have the honor of heading out to Akron to compete against winners from all over the world.

Carol has informed us that there have been numerous improvements made to the event to make it run even smoother.  There will be 4 trailers pulled by gators working to return cars to the top of the hill more quickly.  Last year's numbering system will be used again to make it easier to get cars in the correct racing positions faster.  And most important, the road has been paved and covers for the manhole covers will be used to assure a fast and safe ride for our competitors.

Liberty Rotary will be entering its car in this year's competition.  The board will be discussing sponsorship options so that Liberty Rotary Club can help make this event occur.  For those that work the day of the event, rest up as there is generally much to be done. 

2014 PRACTICE: Every Wed. 4/16-5/21 except 4/30(picture night) RACE DAY 5/25, 8am start, North Main St. Liberty, NY Impound 5/24, 4 Divisions S, SS, M, SK



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Liberty Rotary Club is pleased to announce the induction of our newest member Amy Beckley.  We look forward to working with Amy to make Liberty a better place!


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ImageCongratulations Liberty Rotary and great job Roberta Lockwood as co-chair of the event and Dave Thomson as the coordinator of the phones.   We should all be very proud of the significant contribution we made.  This year we raised $4,648.69 in hearts and contributions and were responsible for Shoprite’s donation of $2,600.  That is a grand total of $7,248.69.  The total raised at the Heart-a-thon was over $57,000 which means that once again, we were responsible for 13%!  Thanks to everyone for collecting pledges, buying hearts locally and for the contributions you made.  Thank you Gary Lee Silverman, Barbi Neumann Marty, Pat Abbott, Amy Beckley, Peter Ehrenberg, Dave Thomson, Barbara Blakey, Herb Clark, and Karin Hilgersom for your help during the event.  Special thanks to Gary Siegel who delivered hearts to 30 locations between Liberty and Roscoe and then went back out to retrieve the money from each of those locations.  And, thanks Gary for your work in getting the contribution from Shoprite.  Everyone’s help made a difference. Image
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ImageBill Silver and Jack Strassman

 Welcome to our newest member, Dr. William Silver. Bill has been the Superintendent of the Liberty Central School District since last spring. He and his wife reside in Liberty and are fast becoming active members of the community. Welcome Bill. We are glad to have you!!!

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ImageConnie Keller dropped by for her annual visit from Literacy Volunteers.  As always, Connie was enthusiastic about the important work that her organization does, and extremely proud of the students it benefits.

Connie tells us that there are two important fundraising  events coming up soon.  One is a Dessert Extravaganza at Friends on Feb 16th from 1-3.  ($15 per person or $30 per couple.)  The second is an event featuring Donna Singer and the Doug Richards Trio on Fri., Feb 21st at 6:30.  ($20 per person at Nadia’s Hungarian Buffet.)

This year, Connie brought with her a student named Marta and her daughter Diana.  Marta has been a student at Literacy Volunteers.  Marta is from Poland and came here at 10 years old and enrolled in public school.  Unfortunately, she did not finish high school because she needed to go to work.  In order to support her daughter, she realized she needed to get a GED.  When Marta called Literacy Volunteers for help, the organization changed the course of her life.  Her Literacy Volunteer teacher, Marianne  helped her with reading and writing.  Marta questioned her ability to finish, but Marianne  encouraged her to see her studies through.  The people at Literacy Volunteers motivated Marta to finish her coursework and take the G.E.D. Test.

  Marta told us “ People who didn’t even know me made me believe in myself”.  Volunteers took her to take the G.E.D.  test which Marta passed and she got her degree.  She now has aspirations of attending college and getting her law degree. 

   In addition to teaching basic studies, Literacy Volunteers teaches computer classes, one to one, at their centers.  They also offer classes in financial literacy to teach skills needed to pay bills, do banking, and manage money.

It costs about $600 a year to support a student in their studies.  Their book store in Monticello,  fundraisers  and donations are their main supports.  Students can get their education/tutoring in Liberty at the Library and at the CACHE office.

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 Image    Charlie Barbuti spoke to Liberty Rotary Club in January and told us that we are in a good  position to get a casino in the Town of Liberty.  The hotel and golf course of Grossingers are owned by Capelli and Associates.  The rest of the adjoining property is owned by Muss Development, who has merged with  Foxwoods to try to develop the Liberty/Grossinger site.  Should we get a casino, estimates are the revenue to the local municipality could be 13 million dollars.  Charlie tells us that one casino will likely  land in Sullivan County and there is a chance for a second.  Locations will be determined by the  best applications and may be decided by the  end of this year. 

     The applicant must show evidence of community support.  That is where Rotary can be proactive in bringing a casino to Liberty.  Our  support of the concept and assistance in showing that support could be very  valuable.  For further information and to  offer input, Foxwoods Casino will have a local representative in Liberty soon.

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Liberty Rotary Club is pleased to announce the induction of its newest member Diana Weiner

Diana K. Weiner is the Horticulture Coordinator for Sullivan Renaissance, a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. The program provides communities in Sullivan County, NY with seed money for beautification projects. She currently judges for America in Bloom, a national and international beautification program.

Diana is an agronomist. For 16+ years she served as the Community Horticulture Educator and Master Gardener Coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County, NY. She then joined the staff of Mohonk Mountain House as their Superintendent of Parks and Grounds. She enjoys lecturing and consulting. She and her husband lived at Meadowbrook Farm, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, John Story was the Director there before retiring in 2012. They now reside in Neversink, NY.

Diana is a member of the Garden Writers Association, The International Plant Propagators Society, the Perennial Plant Association and the American Horticultural Society. She currently sits on the program committee of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County.

We look forward to Diana's involvement in all our programs and hope that her enthusiasm and expertise helps Liberty Rotary do even more for our community.

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Larry Palant of Shelter Box USA came and spoke at our November 20th meeting. Larry's presentations are always quite moving, but the relevance seems even greater due to the devastating typhoon that recently occurred in the Phillippines.

For those unfamiliar with the program, Shelterbox delivers temporary housing to families around the world that have been affected by some form of disaster.  In the last 13 years, Shelterbox has assisted in 200 disasters in 90 countries.

After Larry spoke, the board voted to work with the other clubs in our region to support at least 2 shelter boxes. Each green box costs $1,000 and is tailored to a disaster, but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit and a children’s activity pack. You can track a box that you donate so that you can see where it lands and you can rest assured that the money you donated is going to be put to good use-it will never rot on some airplane tarmac waiting to be delivered. To learn more or donate individually, go to


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On November 13th, Dara Smith, the Food Service Director at Sullivan County B.O.C.E.S. gave us an update on the important work she is doing.  Dara is supervising the creation of meals for the students of many of our county's youth.  With a budget of just $1.50 per meal and strict new healthy foods requirements in schools, Dara's job can be quite challenging.  Fortunately through hard work and creativity she assists in providing for th63% of students in Liberty that qualify for free and reduced lunches. Thanks to Dara and all the people with whom she interacts, students are provided tasty meals that have no saturated fats and contain mostly whole grains.


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  ImageThank you to fellow Liberty Rotarian Dave Thomson for organizing a food collection held at ShopRite on November 2nd. As always, the community was very generous, and by the end of this event, a carload of groceries had been collected.  All food was given to the Interfaith Food Pantry.   Much appreciation to all who gave their time to make this event a success, with special thanks to Dave!
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ImageNo matter what cause Liberty Rotary Club is pursuing, Susan Kraycer can always be counted on to help.  Her dedication to the club, the community and those in need is truly inspiring.  As Susan approaches partial retirement from her accounting firm, we are hopeful that her schedule will allow her to remain an active member of our club.
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ImageDan serving up some fine cuisine.

This year's Spaghetti Supper was a success.  Thanks to all who sold tickets, arranged the event, set up, served, cleaned up and did everything else to make this evening both fun and profitable.  Special thanks to the Liberty High School Interact Club that worked very hard that evening to take care of all the community members that attended the event.

ImageTicket takers Sue and Rachel

ImageInteract members sell 50-50 tickets

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On October 9th, we had the great pleasure of meeting the new Liberty Elementary School Principal, Scott Brown and the the new Elementary School Assistant Principal, Dan Brown.  Both are looking forward to a productive and pleasant year. Their energy and enthusiasm along with their obvious commitment to children were truly inspiring.  After they both spoke with us, no one could argue that education rocks!


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District Governor Drew Kessler and Assistant District Governor Lauren Rowley visited Liberty Rotary Club on October 16th. They are promoting this year's international theme "Engage Rotary, Change Lives".

Drew has determined that Rotary clubs have been very good at attracting members, but many do not stay as lifetime members.  He points out that busy lifetyles, work demands and family demands may prevent people from making the long term commitment to Rotary.  As a result, he is working to create Rotary events that promote inclusion of family members.  Drew is promoting this year's District Conference to be "the coolest District Converence ever", which will feature "a Rotarian program, a partners program for spouses and Camp Rotary".

It was wonderful to have Drew and Lauren join us for a meal and an update of Rotary initiatives.


District Governor Kessler and Assistant District Governor Lauren Rowley Visit Gary Silverman 0

We were very pleased to welcome guest speaker Devin Brust at our September 25th meeting.  Devin is a former graduate of Monticello Central Schools and is a police officer in Liberty as well as the School Resource Officer.  His recent transition to Liberty Central Schools as the full time D.A.R.E. officer has been good for him and the district. 

His duties include making contact with the entire student body as well as teaching the D.A.R.E. curriculum to the 5th grade.  D.A.R.E. focuses on choices, consequences and making responsible decisions.  Officer Brust told us he feels it is a far more useful program than it used to be as the focus shifted from just drug use prevention to a much wider scope of issues.  The program seeks to empower students to make wise decisions.

Devin is in school every day the students are, and visits all 3 of Liberty's buildings.


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Liberty Rotary Club is proud and happy to officially welcome to our club Jeff Bank of Liberty and Dr. Karin Hilgersom, President of Sullivan County Community College.  They were inducted on October 2nd.  We look forward to working with both of them on our future projects and sharing our club's high spirited fellowship with them.

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Congratulations to the Fund Raising committee for running a FABULOUS event!  The Gary’s and Jack spearheaded this fundraiser which raised over $6,000 and  it was soooo much fun!  This was a great team effort-so many of  our members sold tickets, brought friends, found sponsors and attended… was what we do best; have fun and raise money to give away.  Perfect!

            Thanks to the 3  Top Shelf Sponsors, 12 Premium Sponsors,  16 Stout sponsors and the  18 Pilsner sponsors in addition to the 66 that attended.  And, thank you to the Liberty Community for supporting our kids.



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ImageThe selection of the winners of this summer's raffle was done at the August 14th Regional Dinner.  The winners were: Bill Imholz who won an IPad, Lynn Dowe who won an IPad Mini and Terry DePaolo who won the Kindle Fire.  Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all who supported this fundraiser.
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We are very pleased to welcome Dan Ratner and Jesse Friedlander as the newest members of Liberty Rotary Club.  Dan is a partner in a local construction company as well as the Mayor of the Village of Liberty.  Jesse is owner of a number of garage door companies.  We are pleased and excited for the contributions that each of these fine gentlemen will make to our club and the community.


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Our RYLA recipient students came to speak at our July 17th meeting.   They reported that one of the key goals of the conference was to make everyone feel like they could be themselves in a judgement free zone.  Many reported that this feeling of total acceptance built confidence and comfort so that they were able to interact with others and speak to larger groups.  From this, many reported that they would be able to be better leaders because they can converse with strangers and establish relationships that will help build teamwork.

All reported that they made many new friends and gained higher self-confidence.     One conferee stated “It brings you out of you shell and allows you to make acquaintances more easily”.    Another student said that she learned that she did not always have to conform to what others want you to be.  They felt a big family was created very quickly.  

The games were a big hit with those we sent and revealed to the attendees a lot about who they were as individuals.  They claim to have learned that they are all more leaders than they realized. 

They feel that they have a duty to promote the RYLA experience and let fellow students know that it is not a “nerd camp”.

A number of those that spoke confirmed that they would be willing to step up and assist in making Liberty Interact a more successful program in our high school.


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ImageCD Trips LLC arranges bus trips for organizations.  What makes the business unique, is that a portion of the profits from each trip is donated to an organization or charity.  A recent Yankee baseball trip was dedicated to raising funds for Liberty Rotary Club's Scholarship fund.  Above, CD Trips owner Gary Siegel presents a check for $250 to Liberty Rotary President Judy Siegel to benefit the scholarship fund.
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Liberty Rotary Club is not just committed to its fellow man, but to its four legged friends as well.  At this year's first barbecue a woman reported that a turtle was in distress.  Dan Parkhurst and Jack Strassman investigated the situation and then located park staffers to assist.  A number of Rotarians guided the workers in getting the turtle closer to shore so that it could be freed from the fishing line and associated muck that was keeping the turtle from being able to move.  The two boys at the park did a masterful job of getting the turtle to shore so that the line could be cut.


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ImageJudy Siegel has been inducted as the new President of Liberty Rotary Club.  Judy seems to be armed with great enthusiasm and a number of new initiatives.  Special thanks to our last two Presidents, Dave Thomson and Daniel Parkhurst.  Below are photos of the installation of the President and the new officers.


Photo 1: Dan Parkhurst and Judy Siegel   Photo 2:  Gary Silverman, Judy Siegel, Gary Silver, Dan Parkhurst, Susan Kraycer, Gary Siegel, Dave Thomson and Jack Strassman

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July 31st - Meeting at the Liberty High School Media Center to explore our Clubrunner WebSite and Facebook page.

August 14th - Regional Meeting sponsored by Liberty Rotary Club along with the drawing of our IPAD Raffle.

August 30th - 5th Friday at Mr. G’s (5-6:30) just a friendly gathering of Rotary friends. 

August 30th - Avengers Movie(sponsored by Liberty Rotary) at LaPolt Park in Liberty

September 28th Spirit and Beer Tasting

October 14th - Visit from the District Governor

November 3rd -  Regional Food Drive

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Liberty Rotary Club is pleased to assist 8 college bound Liberty students with scholarships. The following each received $500: Anastasia Fitzpatrick, Jorge Grey, Stephanie Heisler, Troy Jonathan Johnstone, Joshua Lieberman, Brenna O'Malley and Brittany Williams. We wish them all the best of luck in their academic pursuits.

The first Liberty Rotary Community Service award was given to Alex Bossert. Alex recently completed his Eagle Scout Project which provided "Go Bags" to classroom teachers to make them better prepared for emergency situations. Alex was also a volunteer along the coast to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy. We applaud Alex's dedication to his fellow man!

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Liberty Rotarian Gary Siegel is retiring from Director of Music and Music Teaching at Liberty Central Schools.  Enormous thanks to Gary for his 29 years of wisdom and dedication.  You have touched countless lives of Liberty students and their families.

ImageLiberty Rotary President Daniel Parkhurst speaks on behalf of Gary Siegel.


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The Liberty Rotary Club was pleased to be chosen to organize the opening night's festivities for this year's District Conference at Honor's Haven in Ellenville.  The crowd seemed to embrace the 60's theme and many were unrecognizable in their groovy threads.  It appeared a good time was had by all that attended.  Special thanks to all the Liberty members that helped make this event possible.


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Scott Whitehead, Lynn Whitehead and Lewis Borko spoke at the April 17th meeting about the Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading organization.  The league has been around for a bout 10 years and although originally a Fallburgh initiative, it now serves children throughout the county.  This is the only nationally recognized program of its kind in the county and their main playing fields are at Morningside Park.

The program has relied on donations, sponsors, and grants... up until now, but is now struggling financially and has debt that needs to be paid.  In spite of this difficult financial time, the organization refuses to turn students away.  The program is expensive to maintain due to insurance fees, association costs, travel costs, uniforms and the mandated reconditioning of helmets and shoulder pads to meet safety regulations.

Liberty Rotary Club made a preliminary donation of $100 and the board will discuss further action.  If you would like to contribute, please contact Lewis Borko at 845-866-0764.

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Thanks to Pat Abbott and a number of other Rotarians, Liberty Rotary Club was once again able to serve a superb dinner to those in need at the Interfaith Food Pantry.  This particular dinner served a large number of Liberty residents, who otherwise, might not have had a decent meal.  Our Rotary Club can be proud to be part of our long term association with this community service.

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ImageSarah Dittmar of R.I.S.E. (Rape Intervention Services and Education) spoke at the April 10th meeting.  The RISE program provides a 24 hour, 7 days a week crisis helpline to assist victims and survivors of rape.  Additionally, her staff provides individual counseling, support groups(including a teen survivor group), advocacy services during examination, investigations, court appearances, interviews ..., and assistance with finding housing, WIC, and Early intervention. 

Rise wants the people who leave their office to feel as good and strong as possible.  Ms. Dittmar tells us that clients are treated as survivors, not victims, and assists them to develop the skills and supports to normalize their lives.  Last year RISE assisted 567 people in need, of which many were under the age of 18.

Ms. Dittmar was promoting RISE's most important fundraising event of the year, "Walk a Mile In Her Shoes". 

Liberty Rotary Club was proud to make a donation to RISE and assist them in the very important work they do.  If you or anyone you know needs the assistance of RISE, please call 791-9595.

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It was our pleasure to have Connie Keller from Sullivan County Literacy Volunteers visit at our last meeting and tell us all the good things that are happening at her organization. Tutoring is currently occurring in Monticello, Fallsburg, Liberty, and Jeffersonville.  Additionally, newer programs including Story Time for Children, Financial Literacy, and Health Literacy have been added to assist our community.

This year Connie brought with her Jadwiga, a student who emigrated from Poland and benefitted greatly from Literacy Volunteers tutoring.  Jadwiga works at The Center for Discovery as an overnight supervisor.  She could not speak any English initially and is now at High School Level.  Jadwiga has been with the program for just a couple of years and has made enormous strides.  She finds Literacy tutoring very effective because it is one on one and students progress at their own pace.  From this program, she is more confident in her work place because of the improvements in her language skills.

Liberty Rotary Club was pleased to make a $500 donation to Sullivan County Literacy Volunteers.  The work they do is truly remarkable and makes a vital contribution to the lives of those who participate in their programs.

Liberty Rotary encourages everyone to check out the Read-it-Again non-profit used-book store located in Monticello, NY. All proceeds go to benefit the Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County and its mission to bring books and literacy to county residents who are unable to read.

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Iman Elgingehi spoke with the Liberty Rotary Group about Sullivan County Community College's "College in the High School" program.  Through this program, students are now able to graduate with up to 30 college credits at a discount rate.  This opportunity gives students a sense of the rigor that comes with college level courses and reduces the financial burdens associated with higher learning.  Elgingehi tells us students are able to take a variety of courses at about $50 per credit.  Liberty Rotarian Jack Strassman spoke enthusiastically about the program and the incredible benefits it offers our students.

Elginhehi also spoke of some of the new programs that were being introduced at SCCC.  One that is particularly well received is a program in Respiratory Care, which is the only of its kind in the region.  Sullivan College is hoping to build a niche in the medical field that will make it truly unique.

The Sullivan County Community College Foundation provides scholarships to high school students graduating with a GPA of 90% or higher.  Mr. Strassman estimates that about 20 students would be eligible to attend Sullivan (if they choose to do so) through a Foundation Scholarship.

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Bill Silver may be new to Liberty, but his 39 years in education should be a valuable asset as he takes the helm as Superintendent of Liberty Central School District.  Although Mr. Silver grew up in New York City, he had never visited the Catskills before.  Supt. Silver told us that this year's budget process is almost complete and that due to a number of teachers taking a retirement incentive, the tax levy increase will be about 2% this year.  Some of his goals include increasing the district's graduation rate, elevating student engagement in classrooms, building greater technology into instruction and proceeding with Phase II of the district's renovation plan.

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Samuel Brown who is an E-Club Rotarian in SW Arizona enlightened us about the great work that Project Amigo is doing in Colima, Mexico.  The project supports education in this agricultural area where there is little regulation for school attendance.  Various priced scholarships provide opportunities for students to attend filed trips, sponsor students through jr. and sr. high school as well as provide opportunities for some to attend college.  Funding provides not just tuition, but also hot meals and uniforms.  The group also provides wonderful opportunities for Rotarians to participate in Work Weeks and Language Immersion courses.

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Posted by Judy Siegel


April 17, 2014

Below you will find the Rotary Short Notes; A summary of Rotary Events past and present so that you can stay in the loop. Please check for more information and a photo journal of what we do.

*************************THERE WILL BE NO MEETING APRIL 30*******************************

LITTER PLUCK (Sunday, April 27)

The Sullivan County Litter Pluck has been scheduled for the last week in April.  We will be meeting at the Liberty Jeff Bank Parking lot at 10:00 AM on Sunday, April 27 to take on the task!!  Many of us have ordered our Yellow Rotary T-Shirts for the event so that we will be easily recognizable – and safer- along the road.   If you would like a t-shirt please contact Dave Thomson ( to order.  They are $10 each, yellow and they say Liberty Rotary on the back.  So far…Juliette, Matt, Gary Silver, Gary Siegel, Jack Strassman, Barbara Blakey and Judy Siegel are planning to be there.  All are welcome and encouraged to join us!

The Liberty Rotary Club is a member of Region 5 in district 7210.  Our Region includes the Monticello, Livingston Manor, Mamakating, Port Jervis, Walkill-East and Middletown clubs. Two to three times each year the region hosts meetings that we are all encouraged to attend for the purpose of fellowship and networking and the next meeting is April 29 at 6PM at Bernies Holiday Restaurant in Rock Hill.  This meeting is unique because the Monticello Rotary club is hosting 6 progressive Turkish Judges as part of the Open World Program. They will speak to our clubs about Turkish law practice versus American Law practice. Please let me know ASAP if you plan to attend.   The cost is $28 per person.  We will NOT be having our regular meeting that week.


The Liberty Community Development Corp (CDC) “unanimously and enthusiastically” has selected the Liberty Rotary club to be the first recipient of the ‘Torchbearer for Liberty Award’.  They stated that “there is no better organization in Liberty to begin and set the gold standard for what they expect to become a long list of annual award recipients”.   The award will be presented at an awards celebration dinner on Thursday, May 1 at Cracolici’s on the Green at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $50  and can be reserved by calling the CDC at 845-292-8202 or going to their website . Members, friends and family members are welcome to attend.  We will NOT be having our regular meeting that week.

*If you would like to attend but find that the cost is prohibitive, please do not hesitate to email me at

NEVERSINK MUSEUM (Wednesday, May 28)

The Livingston Manor Rotary Club has invited us to join them for a tour of the Time & The Valleys Museum located on Main Street in Grahamsville.   The tour will include the current exhibit ‘Tunnels, Toil & Trouble –NYC’s quest for water and the Roundout-Neversink story’  and other interesting exhibits that delve into NYC’s water in the early part of the last century and how lands were taken and about the people that built the tunnels and reservoirs.   Several Rotarians were instrumental in volunteering time to build the new museum-an entire wing of the new Daniel Pierce Library in Grahmsville.  The cost for dinner and the tour is $12 and reservations can be made by emailing me at

TOUCH-A-TRUCK (Saturday May 17)

The second annual CDC Touch a Truck fundraiser will be held on the 17th of May.  Our Liberty Rotary Club is a sponsor and is planning to have a table set up  If anyone would like to volunteer help provide information about Rotary at the table, please contact Gary Siegel at


Liberty Rotary had 12 bowlers on 3 lanes to help support the Bethel Lyons raise money for St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital and other Lyons Projects.  Once again—we made a difference!  Everyone had fun-Mike Williams learned that Bowling is a contact sport- and our contribution to the event was 10% of the money raised.   Thanks to Rotarians Matt Sush, Amy Hinkley, Jack Strassman , Mike Williams, Gary Siegel and Malek Rabadi, for continuing to make us proud to be Rotarians.

RYLA (June 28-July 3)

The applications are in, the interviews are done and the students have been selected.  Thanks to the committee; Gary Lee, Gary Silver, Malek Rabadi and Barbara Blakey for your work.   The students attending RYLA this year are:  Gillian Williams, Danielle Rabadi, Margaret Deis, Patrick Murphy and Ashley Holloway.  We look forward to hearing from them after their experience.


The Rotary District Conference is being held in Lake George this year-a family oriented conference.  It’s a great way to meet, network and bond with other Rotarians from district 7210 .  You can view more information from the following link


We’ve been doing a great job on Thunder 102 talking about our Rotary club. Tune in Wednesday’s from 5:25 – 5:30. We are booked up through April-we need volunteers starting May 7th.  Please drop Gary Siegel a note ( if you would like to take a few minutes to speak


Our meetings start at 6:30 but Yiasou has offered us the ‘ante room’ to use between 5:30 and 6:30 for a pre-meeting social hour.  It’s a chance to sit around a talk to those that generally sit at the “other” table.  A number of us have been enjoying this opportunity--stop by and have a soda, wine or beer and enjoy the fellowship. *Catskills Foxwoods Casino has requested support from organizations in Liberty as community support is critical to their application.  They are having a grand opening for their Liberty office on Wednesday. April 23 at 6PM at the former Verizon store near shoprite.  Anyone that is interested in showing that support can stop by their new shop before the meeting.



So far, Sue Kraycer, Dan Parkhurst and Russ Bogie, Jesse Friendlander,  Karin Hilgersom and Peter Ehrenbreg have provided us with some interesting stories about their histories and how they came to be Rotarians. Dave Thomson is next May 7th.  We have taken summaries of the presentations and placed it in a member book so that we have a record of who are members are.  Who is next?


Please feel free to bring a friend or family member to a meeting any time you want.  We always enjoy new faces and like the opportunity to introduce what we do others in the community


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ImageWe would like to extend a very warm welcome to our two newest members, Roberta Byron Lockwood and Herb Clark.  Roberta and Herb are former Rotarians and we are delighted that you will be working with Liberty Rotary to continue your good work!
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ImageThis year Liberty Rotary Club did an outstanding job raising funds for the annual WSUL and WVOS Heart-A-Thon to benefit Catskill Regional Medical Center.  Thank you to all who solicited pledges and gave to this worthy cause.  Our net contribution has not yet been tabulated, but it was a substantial sum!
Liberty Rotary Makes Significant Contribution to Heart-A-Thon 0


This year's Liberty Rotary Jumbo Raffle was a sell-out success.  Special thanks to Gary Siegel and Jack Strassman who organized the event and sold with great gusto.  This year's winners were Tony D. and Doug S. of Livingston Manor's Club(1st place $1,000), Hazel Yaun(2nd place $250) and members of the Man Cave Brewing Group(3rd Place $50).  Profits from the raffle will go to an assortment of charities including the 2013 Heart-A-Thon, The Interfaith Food Pantry, The Fund for Sandy Hook, and other Liberty Rotary Projects.

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ImageVictoria Tingley and Brooke Gillete from Tri Valley Business Leaders of America visited our meeting on 1/30/13 to tell us about their program.  The group's main focus is to foster patriotism, self-confidence, and assist in the transition from school to the work force.
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Posted by Gary Silverman
ImageThe Honorable Brian Rourke speaks to Liberty Rotary about his experiences over his 12-13 years of service to the Town of Liberty Court.  Judge Rourke tells us there were over 8,600 charges that came through the Liberty Town Court in 2012, which kept him and his staff of 5 clerks very busy.
Judge Brian Rourke speaks to Liberty Rotary Club Gary Silverman 0
Mike Martin speaks about DOVE (Domestic Violence Ends) Gary Silverman 0
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ImageLiberty Rotary Club was pleased to fund the extension of the Rotary Pavillion at Hanoffee Park.  The students and faculty of Sullivan County BOCES did an outstanding job on the construction of this wonderful project.  Groups will now be able to barbecue rain or shine!
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Visit From District Governor Bill Basset and ADG Karen Fitzpatrick Gary Silverman 0
Posted by Gary Silverman


Liberty Rotary Club is proud to welcome Rachel Parkhurst as our newest member.  As you may note from the unique appearance of our president, Rachel's induction was held on Halloween.

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This year's Liberty Rotary Club Summer/Fall Raffle raised nearly $2000 for the Liberty Boys and Gilrs Club, Liberty AYSO, and other Rotary Projects.  Special thanks to Gary Siegel and Jack Strassman for all the hard work they put into creating and organizing the fundraiser.  Additional thanks to the incredible collaborative effort of all the members that sold tickets privately and at our local businesses.  We are most appreciative of The Liberty Trading Post, Liberty ShopRite and The Liberty Diner for allowing us to sell tickets outside their establishments.
Congratulations to the winners: Kim Hill James who won an IPAD, Mr. Walgren who won a Kindle Fire, and Lee Siegel who took home the IPOD.
Overall, a great team effort!
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     Alexander Bossert attended our September 12th meeting to tell us about his Eagle Project for Boy Scouts.  Alex is a senior at Liberty High School and an honor student.  In order to achieve Eagle Scout, he must do a project that benefits the community, the school, or some organization.

    Alex’s project will be to provide schools with 200 emergency “grab and go bags”.  These bags would be an invaluable resource for the teachers and substitutes if some emergency should occur.  Should a situation arise in which students needed to be kept a long period of time or evacuated to another area,  teachers would grab the bag, which would contain  rosters and teacher info., flashlights, water, reading material to entertain the kids(crayons, books) blankets, whistle, tissues, rubber gloves, a first aid kit and more. 

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Liberty Rotary Club is a Proud Sponsor of a Little League Team 0

ImageJust 600 miles from the United States is the Island of Haiti.  The population that lives there  has the sad distinction of being the poorest country in the western hemisphere.  So, it is no great surprise that the medical system is undersupplied and understaffed, and  in some of the more remote sections of this island, healthcare is almost primitive.

However, there is some good news, thanks to the efforts of Archangel Airborne, which delivers critical medical supplies and equipment to areas of great need.  They are bringing resources, knowledge and compassion to this struggling region.

Archangel was founded by Sullivan County native Stuart Hirsch in 2010 and the work he and his team have done since then is truly remarkable.  Stuart(President and Chief Executive Officer) and Mike Lovelace(Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer) attended our June 27th meeting and captivated us with their description of the amazing work they have been doing. 


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ImageLiberty was bustling with activity this Memorial Day Weekend as it hosted its first ever All American Soap Box Derby.  33 cars competed in the race down North Main Street, all vying for a chance to compete in the championships at the historic Akron Hill in Ohio.  The races have two divisions for both boys and girls consisting of Stock(ages 7-13) and Super Stock (ages 10-17).  One car from each division will go to Ohio.

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Sometimes the darkest tragedies can bring about something good.  Such is the case with the Healthy Families Program of Sullivan County, which was brought to our county in response to the Christopher Gardner abuse and murder   The program is designed to teach quality parenting techniques and monitor those families most in need through the time their child begins school.

“The idea, is that people abuse and neglect their children due to stress from their childhood, poverty under-education, mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence..,” says Lise Kennedy the program’s coordinator.

The group tries to get a referral on every person that is pregnant in the county and reach out to them. If the person agrees to an interview, an assessment worker goes out to evaluate their parental strengths and determine if there is a risk. Those at risk are offered a home visitor, whose role is to be a care-giving assistant, much like an aunt that might drop by to assist. This assistance may include a search for housing and development of parenting skills. Each visit is about an hour and helps families develop goals that lead to a healthy birth, healthy home, and long term goals such as planning the child’s education. The home visitor goes out to the residence every one to two weeks during pregnancy, and then about once a week for about 6 months, but these visits may last up until the child reaches school age. “The ultimate goal is to assist parents so they don’t feel that they are a victim of their children,” Kennedy said.

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Posted by Judy Siegel
We are very proud to congratulate Jack Strassman for having received the District 7210 Vocational Service Leadership Award recognizing him for having made a significant impact in advancing vocational service. President Dave and Gary Siegel had a lot of fun keeping the award a secret from Jack and surprising him at the regional meeting in Middletown. ADG Karen Fitzpatrick was “blown away” by Jack's accomplishments and the application that the club submitted and will be nominating Jack for the district award at the district conference in June.
Jack Strassman Receives District 7210 Vocational Service Leadership Award Judy Siegel 0
Posted by Judy Siegel
Great job Rotarians!! The roses were delivered on the 5th of April by our trusted rose delivery boys Jack S, Gary Siegel, Mike Abbott and girl Barbi Neuman Marti and they handed out 340 dozen multi colored roses to lucky men women and children through the area. As usual, this year's roses were beautiful.  Proceeds will go back into the community through scholarships and youth related donations. Thanks Pat Abbott for all your hard work on this year after year.

Roses Sold to Support Scholarships Judy Siegel 0
Posted by Gary Silverman

Henrietta Phelps from the Interfaith Council Food Pantry came to our meeting on 4-4-12 to tell us about the very important services that she and her staff provide to those in need.

Located at the Lutheran Church in Liberty, the food pantry is open 3 Fridays a month. Churches are the guiding force of the organization, but donations from multiple sources provide the funding and food they need to sustain. Henrietta tells us “the people are good here in Liberty and the donations keep coming and a lot of people get fed.” On an average month almost 300 people are given bags of food. “Newer people are coming and times are tough. Men are out of jobs and although some may feel embarrassment, they are encouraged to come for food.”

Henrietta Phelps Comes to Liberty Rotary Club to Accept $1250 Check for Food Pantry Gary Silverman 0
ImageWelcome Malek Rabadi. Malek was officially installed at the April 4th meeting with his beautiful and supportive family at his side. We have been lucky to have Malek work as an ‘unofficial’ member for weeks and we are all looking forward to enjoying the benefits of his warmth, his energy and his passion for many years to come.
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Posted by Gary Silverman
Seventeen years ago, when Connie Keller started working with Literacy Volunteers, she thought they could eliminate the illiteracy problem in Sullivan County. Since then, the reading problem has worsened, and the organization is working harder to serve a greater number of pupils with less money.
Connie Keller and Larry McCall visit from Literacy Volunteers Gary Silverman 0
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ImageSam Kendall from the Small Business Authority(SBA) gave a informative and extremely interesting talk about his work with assisting businesses.

Mr. Kendall is a Certified Business Advisor with his main office in Kingston, although his territory of concern is the Catskill Watershed Region. He is charged with promoting responsible economic development in our area.

Starting a New Business? Sam Kendall Can Help! Gary Silverman 0
Posted by Judy Siegel
Thanks to the impressive efforts of the Liberty Rotary Club, $8,435 was collected for the 34th annual CRMC Heart-A-Thon.  Gary Siegel and Jack Strassman were the driving force of this fundraising campaign, bringing in $2114 from the sale of hearts at local establishments and organizing this year's raffle.  Many other members worked the phones and pounded the pavement in the quest to support this worthy event.
13% of Heart-A-Thon Money Raised by Liberty Rotary Club Judy Siegel 0
Posted by Gary Silverman
One of the leaders of the Liberty Little League, Lou Siegel, came to a Liberty Rotary Club meeting to explain the wonderful things that the league does for our youth and community.   The program serves hundreds of children in the district from T-ball to the majors and as the safety requirements for the equipment get stronger, the costs to run the program keep rising and money is really tight.  In unanimous votes by the board, Liberty Rotary has donated funds to sponsor a team and help the league purchase equipment. 
Liberty Rotary Sponsors Liberty Little League Team and Equipment Gary Silverman 0
Posted by Judy Siegel

On Wednesday, January 25, newly elected Liberty Town Supervisor joined us for our weekly meeting. Charlie was enthusiastic about his new role and spoke of how he is inspired by the spirit of the residents of Liberty. In particular he is encouraged by the young adults that have chosen to make their homes in Liberty because they like its spirit. He plans to listen to and learn from his constituents and work to help make the changes he is asked to make. While there are changes that will take a long time and changes that can only be made on the State level, there are some things we can do locally to help our community right away. First, we can shop locally. Charlie mentioned The Trading Post, Agway, the Tractor Supply and a host of other stores that we should try before we leave town to shop. Shopping locally will increase our tax revenue and help every one of us. Secondly, residents should continue to volunteer in our community to help make it better. Charlie sees the economy improving and is looking forward to his term serving the residents of Liberty.

Liberty Supervisor Charlie Barbuti Speaks at Liberty Rotary Judy Siegel 0
Posted by Jeremy Gorelick

Jeremy Gorelick, recent chapter and board member, has been hired for a medium-term assignment by the City of Dakar(capital of Senegal) to lead a team of international experts as they consider the launch of the city's first municipal bond.


Below are some pictures from Jeremy's African Safari 





Jeremy Gorelick Uses His Expertise to Assist African Nation Jeremy Gorelick 0
Posted by Gary Silverman

On July 27th, Liberty Rotary Club was fortunate to have Chief Operating Officer at Bethel Woods, Darlene Fedun as our guest speaker. Ms. Fedun, who has been a Liberty resident for 40 years, gave a presentation that was extremely interesting, informative, and provided insight to Bethel Woods’ contributions to our community. She also outlined the future goals of the organization.

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Bethel Woods COO Darlene Fedun Speaks at Liberty Rotary Club Gary Silverman 0
Posted by Gary Silverman

Rotary Leadership Conference - November 17th, 2012

No Meeting This Thanksgiving Week

Saturday 11/24/2012 and on Saturday 12/1/2012 - Food Collection at the Liberty ShopRite.   Rotarians, please come assist in collection.  Supporters, please consider donating food for those in need.

Combined dinner with the Livingston Manor and Monticello Rotary Clubs a Lanza's on December 5, 2012

Community Dinner at the Interfaith Food Pantry - December 5th



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