2001-07-07 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey


On Wednesday June 20, 2001 the Rockaway Rotary Club held its annual installation dinner at Kennedy's Restaurant. According to the Internet, Rotary International is the worldwide association of Rotary Clubs.  Members provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards and help build brotherhood and lasting peace in our time.  One of the special issues championed by the Rotary is the polio plus program to help eradicate polio worldwide by the year 2005.  

The Rotary is the largest private donor to the global polio eradication program.  In addition, the rotary extends its efforts to look at environmental issues, illiteracy, world hunger and children at risk.
 The outgoing president, Alan Corby, reflected on his many accomplishments during the year.  He thanked everyone for their cooperation. Bill Westoff, the district governor of the Rotary was the installing officer for the new president.  Sandy Bernstein, the manager of the Wave, was sworn in as the new president of the Rockaway Rotary.

Sandy Bernstein, who has a wonderful sense of humor, gave his opening remarks and looks forward to serving as the Rockaway Rotary President.  Sandy is resourceful, knowledgeable and has a sense of determination. He outlined his program for next year. He noted that he is looking forward to continuing to educate the members on the purposes and accomplishments of the Rotary. He particularly mentioned three programs: the gift of life, the gift of limbs
and the exchange program. Sandy plans an extensive program whereby he will invite expert guest speakers to address the luncheons.  Sandy has an excellent grasp of the needs of the Rockaway community and he intends to expand the endeavors of the Rotarians and branch out into other community projects. He recommended that each Rotarian invite one person to join the group.

A young lawyer, Paul Harris, who lived in Chicago, founded the Rotary in 1905.  Paul Harris wanted to recapture in a professional club the warm and supportive spirit that he had found growing up in small towns in his youth.

The name Rotary came from the fact that in its beginnings the Rotary had as its practice to rotate meetings among member’s offices. Today, when the Rotary wants to highly commend a Rotarian for exemplary service they award the individual with the Paul Harris Award.  It is a highly prized and significant award that is recognized worldwide.

A big surprise took place at the installation dinner. Our friend, Barbara Morris, was given the prestigious Paul Harris Award. This honor is given to someone who exemplifies what it means to be a Rotarian. Barbara has spearheaded the Rockaway Rotary. Barbara is a humanitarian who has greatly contributed to our Rockaway community. In addition to this, he has a four-year record of perfect attendance at the Rotary meetings.

Barbara Morris was truly surprised by this great honor.  She remembered
two outstanding individuals in our club who had received this award - Fred Springer, her mentor and Rabbi Joseph Weiss, who was everyone's Rabbi. Alan Corby, John Kimball, John Howley, Denis Morris and Louise Selegnow had planned this wonderful honor.

Kudos to the chairpersons of the event, Louise Silegnow and Barbara Morris. The evening was a delight. The dinner was well organized and well attended.  Everyone enjoyed the event.

A special thank you goes to Norman from George's Florist for providing the magnificent floral arrangements. They were breathtaking. The colors were exquisite.

Thanks to John Kimball who was the emcee. It's always delightful to spend an evening with him and his wife. They are very interesting conversationalists.

Congratulations to Sandy Bernstein and Barbara Morris. Congratulations to the incoming and outgoing officers of the Rotary.  We look forward to a great New Year in the Rockaway Rotary.

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