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George Kontogiannis, club president 2016-2017

George Kontogiannis receives his new President's pin
from outgoing president Bill Fishman. The pin is a ruby
Rotary pin passed down to the new president each year

June 28, 2016
George Kontogiannis installed as our 101st
club president

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George Kontogiannis represents a new breed of Rotarians:
Generation X.

Gen X are those born after the baby boomers, generally considered birth years from about 1963 to 1980. The Social Security Administration defines Generation X as those born between 1964 and 1979. The Department of Defense sets the parameters at 1965 to 1977.

Whatever definition you accept, we know that George is one!

He is the first Gen X president of our club. He represents the future.
George Kontogiannis:
RCWP President 101

George's first speech as president...
President George is charged by PDG Andy Morzello
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Board of Directors pay tribute to President George
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July 12, 2016 Scott Wagner is the Founder and President of the company "GO DIRECT" which is a new approach to marketing for small businesses.

July 19, 2016 President Elect Libby Hollahan with
former RCWP Scholarship Recipients Lorna Hajdini and Abi Rudow, who described their college and post-college experiences
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August 2, 2016 Marvin Vasquez is the Founder of Multi Marketing USA,  a digital marketing agency (http://www.multimarketingusa.com/)

Past President Bill Fishman proudly displays the award from District 7230 for our club being an exceptional performer!

August 16, 2016 Raina Kadavil

August 16, 2016

Raina Kadavil, a recent scholarship recipient, returned to brief us on her recent activities. And she is no ordinary college freshman.

Raina, a rising sophomore at Boston University, is studying Economics and International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies, but that is far from the whole story. She has won other awards, traveled to Australia, founded a TV news program at B.U., and published a young-adult novel. And spoken at the United Nations.

The video news platform is called REACT, a way for youth to have their voices heard. Focusing on global issues, with contributing teams from around the world, it seeks to Respond, Educate, Act, Celebrate and Transform. In Australia, she worked as an intern with the President of the International Commission of Jurists. This experience, she says, has strengthened her desire to go on to study law. One year ago, just before starting college, Raina published a full length novel, "The Voice of Thunder." She plans a sequel, "The Dying of Empires." “My dream is to work on human rights at the Hague," Raina says. "Opportunities I plan to use while at school such as study abroad will hopefully help me achieve that. Knowing that I am making a difference in people’s lives is what keeps me going.”

Members of the White Plains Rotary Club were, needless to say, impressed by Raina's accomplishments, as well as her mature speaking style. "We certainly chose a winner," said Nick Wolff, co-chair of the Club's scholarship committee.

August 30, 2016
Paul Anderson-Winchell is the Executive Director of Lifting Up Westchester, an agency that runs 8 programs providing homeless and poverty services to more than 4500 people in need every year for almost 40 years. Lifting Up Westchester is the recipient of our fundraiser in October.This is Paul with President George and Rotarian Lisbet Acuna.

September 6, 2016
Marietta C. Manoni, Mobility Manager for RideConnect, Family Services of Westchester

September 13, 2016
Timothy L. Hall became the 12th president of Mercy College on May 13, 2014. His immediate priorities were to increase enrollment at the College’s four campuses and to promote greater student success.

Betty Krulik,a fine arts appraiser, has made numerous appearances on the TV Program "Antiques Roadshow." She presented an entertaining look at what and why you have appraisals.

Rotarian Harry Bright
welcomes our guests, including Leigh Taylor Mickelson of the Clay Art Center

October 18, 2016
U.S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey addresses the club and answers many questions from members

US Representative Nita Lowey
in discussion with President
George Kontogiannis and Tony Russo

Hon. George Latimer, Senator
New York 37th Senate District
gave an eloquent, nonpartisan,
expose of the ETHICS problems
in Albany politics

PDG Leon Horwitz
was honored for becoming a
Major Donor to TRF
(The Rotary Foundation)
October 11, 2016
Heather Miller and Paul Ficalora
10/11/16 Real Men Wear Pink
Nick Wolff and Ted Nygreen

November 1, 2016 Mike Love,
Coffee Labs Roasters

November 8, 2016
Rotary Scholar Akiko Kobaashi

11/15/2016 Speaker Janine Rose
tevevision news anchor (Ch. 12)

11/15/2016 Veterans Day
recognizing veterans in attendance

Halo Club Dinner 10/25/2016 (aka Past Presidents Dinner)

December 17, 2016 (Saturday)
Rotarians Don Sharp and Frank Oudheusden ring for the Salvation Army with help from Angelo Loumbas' children John Anthony and Demi

December 17, 2016 (Saturday)
Rotarians bell ringing: David Schribman,
Lauren McCallion, and (St.) Nick Wolff

December 24, 2016
White Plains High School Orchestra

December 24, 2016
Every year we are the lucky recipient of a concert by the White Plains High School orchestra; always a treat!

January 3, 2017
Visiting Rotarian from Poland, with his daughter who lives in White Plains (as translator)

January 3, 2017
Current Rotary Scholar at SUNY Purchase, Miho Sasaki spoke about Japanese culture and clothing.
Better yet: she played jazz on the piano for us - what a talent!

January 10, 2017 - Renowned speaker and presenter, Dr. Cedric Batchateu, gave a dynamic talk on Seven Steps to a healthier you

January 17, 2017
Financial Planner George Gerhard discusses the new regulatory environment

February 7, 2017 "Volunteer NY!"
Alicia Kesten

February 21, 2017 at the Slater Center, a special program in honor of Black History Month, Heather Miller and President George Kontogiannis

February 14, 2017
Presenting the NEW Tappan Zee Bridge by the NYS Thruway's Daniel Marcy.
This fascinating program held rapt attention from all!

March 7, 2017 - President George with the 3 pioneers of women in Rotary

March 7, 2017 - Women at the 30th anniversary of Women in Rotary, with the men catalysts

This meeting marks the 30-year anniversary of women joining Rotary, a movement initiated by members of the White Plains Rotary Club.

Click here for the full story.

November 22, 2016
President George delivers turkeys
to the Food Pantry
March 21, 2017
Marc Karell:
"The 9 Purely Business Reasons To Go Green"
March 28, 2017 -- Our evening meeting was held at the O'Rourke Dance Foundation Studios. Beverages were sponsored by the Schribman Insurance Agency; dessert by White Plains Lincoln.

Peter Moncada, WP Lincoln's Felix Rojas, George Kontogiannis, David Schribman, Ted Weitzenberg at O'Rourke Studios

April 4, 2017 Charlie Norris gave a riveting presentation of his work at the men's prison to change behavior and prevent future acts of violence.

April 4, 2017 Cartagena, Colombia
Paul and Barbara Schwarz visited a Rotary Club in Cartagena. The club meeting was held in the home of Jaime Correa Velez, club president.

April 11, 2017 Eric Blinderman is the former Chief Legal Counsel and Associate Deputy to the Regime Crimes Liaison’s Office, where he served 2004-07 as the principal U.S. attorney responsible for advising on all matters of law and procedure in the trial of Saddam Hussein and seven others

April 18, 2017 - LOUCKS GAMES
Our annual meeting with the WPHS athletes who will be competing in the largest track meet next month

April 25, 2017
RCWP member Luis Adrian shares a banner from the Munich International club

April 25, 2017
Libby Hollahan (president elect), Brian Wallach, and president George Kontogiannis

May 2, 2017 Mayor Tom Roach with a proclamation making this day "Michael Divney Day" as Divney was awarded the RCWP Community Service Award

May 9, 2017
Holocaust survivor Kurt Goldschmidt told stories of his life in Germany through World War II

Rotary Scholar Akiko visits again

Ted Weitzenberg awarded "Rookie Member of the Year"

May 2, 2017 - Mike Divney receiving the 2017 Rotary Community Service Award, with Brian Wallach and Al Vogel introducing and lauding Mike

May 9, 2017 - Holocaust survivor Kurt Goldschmidt with Rotarians George Kontogiannis and
Kurt's son-in-law Ted Weitzenberg

6/6/2017 New member Amy Via inducted by
sponsor David Schribman

Scholarship Awards Luncheon 5/30/2017

Since 1961, the Rotary Club of White Plains has been awarding college scholarships to high achieving, local high school Seniors. This year, our Club awarded 25 scholarships, including three new, named scholarships to honor outstanding, long time White Plains Rotarians, Rich Scanlan, Andy Morzello, Josiphine Falcone. Thank you to all of our supporters for helping us raise the funds to provide these scholarships. Congratulations to all these hard working students!
Click here for a list of all Scholarship winners

June 3, 2017
Saturday project at the Food Bank

Rotarians at June 6th meeting


June 3, 2017 - Our Food Bank volunteers
are all smiles after the Saturday project

Rotarians at June 6th meeting


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