BY JOE NUNZIATA
Since 1947, with “Service Above Self” as their mantra, the Rotary Club of the Pelhams has been one of the most active volunteer organizations in the community. One of its primary missions - as its theme line describes - is to provide “life-saving initiatives around the corner and around the world”. In addition to its hosting of children from emerging countries in need of cardiac surgery… and contributing to medical missions to travel and cure in those countries…they once again provided 26 Pelhamites, including both students and adults, with a free American Heart Association Certified 3-hour CPR course at the Daronco Town House. (In addition, each attendee received a certificate, instructional booklet, and their own person pocket mask for the CPR procedure). Partnering with Rotary were five expert EMT/CPR instructors from Empress Ambulance. Rotarian and Past President Dr. Kevin Falvey established this relationship with Empress years ago, and has been a tremendous benefit to Pelham students and families. In the past two years alone, Rotary has helped 150 students and adults receive their certification in CPR! Imagine, that’s 150 additional Pelhamites who can save lives with this significant skill.
These initiatives are only a part of what Pelham Rotary contributes to the community. In addition to scholarship awards, they have supported the New York Raptors Special Needs Hockey Team, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Creative Arts & Therapy Program, the Children’s Bereavement Program of Calvary Hospital, as well as many other projects and events throughout the community.
They are able to accomplish all of this, thanks to the hard work of volunteers and the support of the entire community during its fundraiser in the fall known as "Tastings". This year, Tastings XIV will once again be held at the Pelham Country Club on Sunday, October 14th, where guests are treated to signature dishes and cuisine from the area's finest restaurants, as well as wine tasting and full pour wines...all for just $100. It's also a time when three Pelham residents will be honored for their volunteer contributions to the community, particularly in the areas of children and teens....Syd Thayer, Josephine Catalano and Clay Bushong. You won't want to miss this special annual event. So save the date.
For more information, visit www.pelhamrotary.com