“Learn all you can about people in other parts of the world. Understanding how people in other countries live and work and play teaches us to respect them and promote peace everywhere.” – Carol Bellamy

Opportunities to be of Service:

- TONIGHT - There is a West Islip Interact Meeting on Tues March 1st.  You can help inspire the next generation of service minded people.  The meeting is at the West Islip Library at 7:30pm in Meeting Room B.  Future Meeting Dates: 3/15, 3/29, 4/12 & 4/26.  
-  The Dirty Sock Run is in search of more committee members.  This is our largest and most important fundraiser for the year.  Help us succeed!  Next Meeting is Weds March 2nd at 11:30am at the American Legion in Babylon.
- Participate in our Diaper Drive, Shop via our Amazon Wish List until March 30th.  CLICK HERE
- An easy way to participate in Club Service is to share our club's social media posts on your own social media pages.   Here is our Facebook page.   You can also find us on Instagram @babylonrotary.  Please share our flyers about upcoming projects and photos of our success.

Announcements & Updates:

1,118 Books Collected for Hindi's Library:  Hindi's Library is a 501c3 organization that collects gently used books and distributes them to children throughout the 50 states, Puerto Rico, Africa, Haiti, India & Israel.   In August of 2018, our community lost an incredible human being, Dr. Hindi Krinsky, at the young age of 32. To continue Hindi's legacy, family and friends chose to build three free-standing libraries in her children's school. In order to fill these libraries, we reached out to the community for gently used books.
Valentine's Day Lunch for Healthcare Workers at GOOD SAM:  On Feb 14th, our club provided heart healthy meals from The Green Fork in Babylon for 125 healthcare workers at Good Samaritan Hospital.  While many of us are getting back to normal living, it is important to remember our healthcare workers that are fighting everyday on the front lines of this pandemic.  THANK YOU HEALTHCARE WORKERS!
Diaper Drive running until March 30th:  From now until March 30th, we are accepting donations of diapers to benefit SCO Family of Services & Madonna Heights.  Rotarian Corey Peters created an AMAZON WISH LIST link for us so that the community can shop online and have diapers delivered to us.  CLICK HERE TO SHOP OUR AMAZON WISH LIST.
Donations to General Needs, Supplies for Veterans :  Lonnie Sherman from General Needs joined our club for lunch last week to accept a $1000 check donation & pick up the spoils from our Veterans Supply Drive of more than 200 pairs of underwear, 250 pairs of socks and 200 clean white T-shirts!  When surveyed, homeless veterans identify that their most needed items are underwear, socks and T-shirts. Thank you to everyone who helped our drive be a HUGE success.  Lonnie Sherman reports that the results from our drive was the largest collection he has seen in a long time!  Within only a few weeks our supplies will be in the hands of homeless veterans. Great job Friends!   
Rotary International Celebrates 116th Birthday!!!  
District Governor Mel Elwood joined our club for lunch to celebrate the 116th Birthday of Rotary. 

Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships.

Over time, Rotary’s reach and vision gradually extended to humanitarian service. Members have a long track record of addressing challenges in their communities and around the world.

"Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves." 

Rotary founder

West Islip Interact Club Inducted by District Governor:  During our regular scheduled lunch meeting on Feb. 23rd,  District Governor inducted 15 new members into the new West Islip Interact Club.  Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.

Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of

  • Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
  • Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
  • Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
  • Advancing international understanding and goodwill

As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact.


RYLA Student, Julia Gargiulo accepts scholarship to attend RYLA:  Babylon High School & RYLA student Julia Garguilo has been sponsored by our club to attend the next RYLA event.  RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Award. A RYLA participant is selected by his or her local Rotary Club to attend a camp designed to build character, leadership, personal development and good citizenship.  The "Award" part of RYLA is the actual scholarship our Club provides so that financial strain is reduced. 
Rotary Foundation Giving:  The Rotary Foundation transforms your donations into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 Billion on life-changing sustainable projects.  That is the power of Rotary.  Our club strives to have every member donate $100 every year to change the world.  Our club will match up to $50 per Rotarian.   You can donate online: HERE
Rotary Connections - A BRIEF ROTARY HISTORY 
The world's first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA, was formed on 23 February 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to recapture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The name "Rotary" derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members' offices.
Rotary's popularity spread throughout the United States in the decade that followed; clubs were chartered from San Francisco to New York. By 1921, Rotary clubs had been formed on six continents, and the organization adopted the name Rotary International a year later.
As Rotary grew, its mission expanded beyond serving the professional and social interests of club members. Rotarians began pooling their resources and contributing their talents to help serve communities in need. The organization's dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its principal motto: Service Above Self. Rotary also later embraced a code of ethics, called The 4-Way Test, that has been translated into hundreds of languages.
The Next Meeting is March 2nd at 12:30pm at the American Legion in Babylon.
Meeting ID: 859 3561 7440
Passcode: 880023
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Meeting ID: 859 3561 7440
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Babylon Rotary Club
P.O. Box 672
Babylon, NY 11702