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Rotary Club of White Plains, New York

Before the pandemic, we would normally meet for lunch on Tuesdays at 12:15 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Sometimes on the "4th Tuesday" we have held an evening meeting instead, starting at 5:30. Since March 17,2020, however, we have been meeting via Zoom every Tuesday at 12:45. Visiting Rotarians are always welcome. MAPQUEST DIRECTIONS to Crowne Plaza
Today, Wednesday, August 12, 2020:

82 active members

In-person club meetings are suspended TFN.
We have online meetings Tuesdays at 1:00pm (Zoom opens at 12:45; ID 706 254 2571)
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Upcoming Club Schedule:
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Listen to our guest speaker Abby Ochs, who is beginning her senior year at Blind Brook High School in Westchester. As a young adult aiming to get into politics, Abby is interning for The Borgen Project, which is a nonprofit dedicated to fighting extreme poverty.
Please join the Zoom before 1 o'clock and say hello to your fellow members. (meeting ID 706 254 2571)
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
RCWP meeting opens on Zoom at or before 12:45 every Tuesday, We will ring the bell to start our meeting at 1:00 or shortly after, so please join the Zoom before 1 o'clock and say hello to your fellow members. (meeting ID 706 254 2571)
Thursday, December 31, 2020
TBA - needs rescheduling after COVID-19 suspension is lifted - John Vorperian is a sports historian and super fan (Red Sox, not Yankees), who has hosted more than 400 cable TV shows interviewing sports personalities. John is also a Westchester County prosecutor by day, a White Plains resident, and former neighbor of Ted Nygreen. You don't even need to be a sports fan to be fascinated by this cultural historian's analysis of our society and the influence of sports.
No additional future program schedule has been entered yet...>

20120-2021 Club President
Alan Lowenfels
(This photo is a screen shot of President Alan in one of his first Zoom meetings!)


August: Membership and New Club Development Month
Formerly called 'Membership and Extension' month, it's a time to focus on the heart of Rotary and what makes it great -- membership. Recruit new members.

Current club members can access the "members-only" area using their private passwords. Members can read weekly Bulletins, Board minutes, print the photo Roster, edit their own Profiles, check attendance, update the schedule, and so on.               10 [0]

Quick References  

The 4-Way Test

2020-21 GRANTS
Applications will be available by Fall


Scholarships Eligibility

Object of Rotary



George's Collection of Rotary Stamps!

RCWP member George Koplinka joined our club in 1966 and became interested in postage stamps commemorating Rotary around the world. He soon found a rich history of different countries honoring Rotary by issuing postal stamps, and he bacame a collector. In December 2019 George donated his collection to our club. We have developed a photo archive of some parts of George's collection. It is found in our website "Archives" which can be accessed from the main menu.

White Plains Role in Admitting Women

Women were not allowed in Rotary until 1987. White Plains played a meaningful role in changing Rotary's rules to admit women! Thank God we did! Here is the rest of the story. First women inducted as members by an R.I. president were in White Plains!

The first R.I. President to induct women was M.A.T.Caparas who came to White Plains in 1987 to induct Jo Falcone. MAT was a long-time close friend of our member PDG Andy Morzello who arranged the visit to RCWP. MAT passed away at age 97 in 2020. Read Andy Morzello's Tribute/In Memoriam to M.A.T.

Report on the 2019 Loucks Track Meet

Every year, Rotary is a sponsor of the Loucks Games, the largest high school track meet on the East Coast. We are proud of our involvement. (Check out these photos of Charlie Goldberger)

Contribution Summary

We award scholarships every year to students at the high schools in White Plains. In addition, we make contributions to community groups and we support The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Click for a contribution summary.
(Alas, this listing is out of date and needs to be updated.)

Insider Tips for Rotarians

HOW TO INTRODUCE A SPEAKER -- One of the most important jobs for every Rotarian leader, giving a speaker a proper introduction is the most often bungled incident in public speaking. White Plains Member Paul Schwarz gives us this 1-page guideline for how to do it right.

ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER -- Our board meetings can be better run if we follow the rules. It's not that hard to learn and follow Roberts Rules of order, and your meetings will be better.

ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER -- Chart of Motions -- This is an excellent reference chart, a 1-page PDF for those already conversant with Roberts Rules. Main Motions are listed in order of precedence. A motion can be introduced if it is higher on the chart than the pending motion. Incidental Motions have no order of precedence; they arise incidentally and are decided immediately.

ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER -- Common Errors -- Here are a couple of common errors seen in many meetings...

The Rotary Club of White Plains is Club 5043, District 7230, Zone 32, Region USCB, Federal tax ID 13-6111471.
"Foundation of the Rotary Club of White Plains" is tax exempt, New York State #219346, tax ID 13-6165380.

The Rotary Club of White Plains was chartered October 1, 1919, charter number 540.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1712, White Plains NY 10602.
Website created August 2001.

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