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Rockaway Rotary Club

Business and professional people who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
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PO Box 940631
Rockaway Park, NY 11694



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Additional Information Rockaway Rotary Club ABOUT OUR CLUB

Founded in 1947 our club, like all other Rotary clubs, is an independent member organization under the International umbrella. Most of us live and work in this community of Rockaway. We are lawyers, bankers, businessman, clergymen, doctors, and other professionals. One of our members is even a private investigator. We are people concerned about our community and the world.
Our members express their "Service Above Self" (the Rotary motto) in one of four areas: International Service, Community Service, Vocational Service, or Club Service. We are known as the foremost service club in Rockaway in recognition of the extensive range of our activities, from our own community to the other side of the globe.
The Club meets over lunch every week. At most meetings we have a guest speaker; some brilliant, some controversial, almost always interesting and informative. There are officers and a board of directors, elected by the members every year. Meetings of the Board are open to all members.


Rotary was started in Chicago more than 100 years ago by a young attorney named Paul Harris. He met four other people in the building where he worked and they decided to share lunch in each other's office on a rotating basis, ergo the name Rotary. Headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, Rotary International, a 100 year old organization originally founded to improve business opportunities for the four founding members, is now an international, non-sectarian service organization with more than 1.2 million members in 29,000 clubs in more than 160 countries. Rotary International is further organized into numbered geographic districts each composed of about 1000 Rotarians. Our Club is in District 7250 encompassing Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau County.


Being a Rotarian means living up to “The Four Way Test” of the things we think, say, and do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


Our members are free to work on the committees and activities they select. The following are some of our service programs:

Gift of Life Program
In conjunction with several other clubs in the district this program provides open heart surgery for children from many countries throughout the world. We pick the child up at the airport, drive them to the Ronald McDonald House, assist the parents, and raise money for everyday needs. The Gift of Life program is one of the most rewarding ways to experience Service Above Self. To date this program has saved thousands of children from more than 50 countries.

Sweet'N Low Ocean Run
Every April the Club conducts the Rockaway Rotary Ocean Run/Walk, sponsored by Sweet'N Low along the boardwalk, culminating in a party and awards ceremony. Thousands of runners have participated in the 25 years we have held this event.

Food Drives
We run several food drives throughout the year. The food we collect is distributed to local food pantries and charities.

School Awards
In the spring we honor a graduating student from each of the local elementary, junior high, and high schools for “Service to School and Community” and hold a luncheon in their honor.

Paul Harris Fellows
Each year we identify a local community person that best exemplifies the goals and principles of Rotary without being a Rotarian and name them a Paul Harris Fellow. This award, named after Rotary’s founder, is the most honored award in Rotary.

Group Study Exchange
Each year we participate in a District wide program in which we select four young non-Rotarians in various professions to join in a group led by a Rotarian to a foreign country for the purpose of learning how their professions are practiced there. In exchange, a group from that country visits with us for the same purpose. The exchange lasts four to six weeks and the groups are logistically supported by clubs from the two districts involved in the exchange. This program supports Rotary’s mission of building understanding, peace and goodwill in the world.

Eradication of Polio
Our club continues to support Rotary International's quest to eradicate polio throughout the world by raising money and donating to this cause.

Window Painting Contest
Each year around Thanksgiving we conduct a contest for school age children to paint and decorate the store windows on Beach 116th St and vicinity. Prizes are awarded and hot cocoa and cookies served!

Each year we have awarded a graduating high school senior a modest scholarship for college. The award is based heavily on the student's community contributions, support and participation.

Student Exchange
Over the years we have selected high school age students to spend a year in a foreign country and attend a high school in that country. The student pays for his own transportation but lives in host homes under Rotary Club supervision. In return, we provide the same support for a foreign student to attend one of our local high schools.

Unforeseen and tragic events occur. We’ve collected and donated money, shoes and clothing and sent it where needed. Members volunteer where and when they are able and know there is a dedicated support system to assist them in their efforts.


When you are a Rotarian you have friends worldwide. Attending “make-ups” while on vacation or travel opens up a world of opportunity and a host of new acquaintances. Rotarians are welcomed guests at other Rotary Club meetings throughout the world.


If you think Rotary might be for you, talk to one of our members or visit us at one of our Wednesday lunch meetings. Any one of us will be happy to speak with you more about the rewards and the responsibilities of being a Rotarian.


President: John Napolitano

President-Elect: Paul Pluda 347-926-4038

Secretary: Maureen Walsh

Treasurer: Jane Donnelly

Sgt At Arms: Margaret Geist

April/May - Sweet'N Low Ocean Run - Beach 108th St and Shore Front Pkwy start
June - School Awards Luncheon - Bungalow Bar, Beach 92 & Bch Channel Dr
June/July - Installation Dinner
Aug - Summer Food Drive - Dierdre Maeves in Breezy Point
Nov - Thanksgiving Food Drive - Waldbaums, Rockaway Park

The Rockaway Rotary Club holds it luncheon meetings on Wednesdays 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm at Dalton's Seaside Grill, Corner of Rockaway Beach Blvd and Beach 108th St in Rockaway Park, NY

A variety of membership and payment options are available. Talk to one of our Club members for details.

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