The Rotary Club of
Eastchester, NY
Serving the community since 1963
Club Bulletin August 2019
President's Message
Andrew White
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Welcome to the new Rotary year, which is off to a strong start!
This year’s Rotary International theme is Rotary Connects the World.  RI’s focus is on expanding connections to the communities and embracing innovative membership models to grow Rotary’s service and impact to the communities we serve. Consistent with RI's theme, our Club’s 2019-2020 priorities are:
(1) growing membership and member engagement;
(2) increasing the number of opportunities to serve the community; and 
(3) expanding communication with our members and the community.
In the near future, you will be receiving a Member Satisfaction Survey.  Please provide your honest feedback on this survey to help us enhance the member experience and strengthen our Club.  And, make sure to include your ideas/suggestions for possible Club service projects.
The Club has recently updated its website (, so please visit it often and check out the Calendar for upcoming meetings and speakers, service projects, and special events. Also, check your Inbox monthly for the Club Bulletin, which will keep you informed on the Club’s progress and upcoming events.
I am looking forward to working with all of you this year!  Please contact me, or any of the Club Officers and Directors, with any questions or concerns.
August Service: 2019 Backpacks
Join your fellow Rotarians at the Club's annual "Backpack" meeting on August 21st!
The Club will again be donating 144 backpacks loaded with back-to-school supplies to needy students. For this project, the Club is partnering with Eastchester Community Action Partnership (ECAP) and the Andrus Family Fund, which will distribute the backpacks.  The meeting starts at 11:45 a.m., when we will begin stuffing the backpacks with supplies. Once we're done, we will hold our regular meeting and enjoy lunch.
2019 Golf Outing
I am happy to report the 16th Annual Mario Faustini Memorial Golf Outing was a great success this past Monday, August 5th!
Thank you to all who supported this event with sponsorships, and/or by golfing and participating in the raffles and auctions.  Your continued support has made this event successful for 16 years running!  Special thanks to all the Club members who volunteered their time to organize and run the outing!
Coming soon to our Club website - videos, photos and an update on the outing!
2019 Scholarship Awards
Service affirms character. In a complicated world full of selfishness and meanness, Rotary stands out as an organization of compassion and caring. The Rotary Club of Eastchester encourages exceptional young people to develop as leaders who value service.
We offer three types of scholarships, all in honor of past Rotarians, who exemplified our motto of “Service Above Self.”
The Mario Faustini Award for Service Through Interact provides $2,000 to a graduating high school senior who, as a member of the Eastchester Interact Club, meets the following criteria: 
  • Active participation in high school activities;

  • Active participation in community service; and 

  • Above average high school average.

This year we awarded two scholarships of $2,000 each because we had no seniors in Interact last year.
One award was given to Tristen Comizio, the President of Eastchester Interact Rotary Club. She graduated from The Ursuline School in New Rochelle and has more extracurricular activities and community service than we can list here.  Suffice it to say that the principal of The Ursuline School went out of her way to call us to commend us on such an excellent choice. Tristen will be attending Roger Williams University Honors Program and already plans to join their Rotoract Club.
Alyssa Dileo was our second Mario Faustini Award winner.  She graduated from Eastchester High School with an average over 96, winning awards in a variety of subjects. In addition, she did much service, including Relay for Life and participation in events raising money for cancer research She played for several sports teams and will attend BinghamtonUniversity.
The John Bahr Scholarship for “Service Above Self” honors the memory of a dedicated teacher, administrator and Rotarian whose compassion, integrity, and decency touched the lives of all people who were blessed to come in contact with him. This $1,500 scholarship was awarded to a 2019 graduating senior who met the following criteria:
  • Active participation in high school activities, events, and/or projects;

  • Active participation in various community related programs;

  • Above average high school grade point average; and

  • Acceptance into a certified college, university, business or trade school.

Alexander Kim-Koutsis, who graduated Eastchester High School and plans to study mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland, has an extensive resume of awards complemented by an average of 98%. His impressive AP scores stand out as do his scientific and environmental awards. He has even published a scholarly article in a science journal! Alexander is especially proud of creating a YouTube channel devoted to fostering positive behavior in the gaming community.
We had three winners of the Edward R. Ruffo Athletic Scholarship, which is awarded to student-athletes in the memory of a faithful Rotarian who exemplified the Rotary motto of "ServiceAboveSelf."  This $1,500 scholarship was awarded to seniors who met the following criteria:  
  • Superior achievement in varsity athletics, demonstrating leadership as recognized by coaches, team members and/or conference;

  • Exemplifies the Rotary motto of Service Above Self;

  • Academic transcript demonstrating potential for success in college; and

  • Acceptance into a certified college, university, business or trade school.

Our first winner was Molly Colasucco, the Student Government President of Tuckahoe High School, who had several years of involvement in school activities and much community service. With a 3.8 GPA, she plans to attend Marist College.  Molly has expressed to help Rotary with Gift of Life.
The second and third awards were given to two excellent student-athletes from Eastchester High School. 
Nicholas LoParrino will be attending the University of Michigan where he will major in Kinesiology/Biology. He served as Class President for three years and football captain for two. This was in addition to maintaining an excellent average. He wrote that “spending the rest of my life helping people...will make me one of the luckiest people on earth.”
Marc LoParrino, our third winner, will be attending the University of Miami and majoring in business. Like his brother, he was football captain and a winner of News 12 Westchester School Athlete of the Week. He belonged to several Honor Societies including the prestigious National Honor Society.
The Rotary Club of Eastchester is proud of all of its scholarship winners and will gladly help them in future endeavors!
Upcoming Events
Club Lunch Meeting
Ciao Restaurant
Aug 14, 2019
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
District 7230 Grant Application DUE
Aug 15, 2019
Rotary Board of Directors Meeting
Ciao Restaurant
Aug 20, 2019
6:15 PM – 8:15 PM
Club Lunch Meeting - BACKPACKS
Ciao Restaurant
Aug 21, 2019
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
Rotary Means Business Networking Meeting
Fortina Restaurant
Aug 22, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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Sep 11, 2019 12:15 PM
Rotary Members Reflect on 9/11
Sep 25, 2019 12:15 PM
Poverty Alleviation through Microlending
Oct 09, 2019 12:15 PM
National Fire Prevention Week
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Serving the community since 1963
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