“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead 

Opportunities to be of Service:

- TOMORROW- There is a West Islip Interact Meeting on Tues April 26th.  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.  
-  The Dirty Sock Run committee needs your help.  This is our largest and most important fundraiser for the year.  Help us succeed!  Next Meeting is Weds May 18th at 11:30am at the LONG ISLAND YACHT CLUB, 307 Little East Neck Rd S Babylon, NY.
- 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:

Welcome New Member Mary Donovan! :  On April 13th at the American Legion, Rotarian Gus Fishel inducted New Member Mary Donovan into the Babylon Rotary Club.  Mary is a retired nurse and long time friend of both Rotarian Megan Noble & Rotary Bonnie Heller.  Welcome Mary!
SAVE THE DATE: 17th Annual Babylon Village Classic: Dirty Sock Run be on August 21st, 2022:  The DSR committee has been hard at work acquiring both state & village approvals for our fundraiser.  The committee meets on the 3rd Weds of every month at 11:30am before the regular lunch meeting.  
Annual Scholarship Luncheon is scheduled for Weds, May 18th, 2022 at 12:30pm at The Long Island Yacht Club.  Thank you to all the Rotarians who serve on the Scholarship Committee.  It takes a lot of time and energy to sort through the stacks of applications to find students special enough to receive the Ferdinand Gutman Scholarship Award.  For more than 60 years,  the Babylon Rotary Club has provided nearly a half-million dollars of college scholarships to deserving high school students.  The Babylon Rotary Scholarship Program was founded by Ferdinand Gutmann, a unique Rotarian of great personal and moral courage, who was devoted to the encouragement and advancement of young people, worldwide, goodwill and peace.  Carolyn Gutmann, grand daughter-in-law of Ferdinand,  remains a major benefactor of the Babylon Rotary Scholarship Program. 
Rotary & Interact Clubs work together to help SCO Family of Services:  Last week our club  & West Islip Interact Club delivered several car loads of diapers and hygiene items to SCO FAMILY of SERVICES. Thank you to all who donated & to all Rotarians who helped lend a hand.  
Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine:  Last month the Babylon Rotary Club donated $1000 to the Rotary International Disaster Relief Fund to help aid Ukrainian refugees fleeing the warzone in their country.  Our membership stepped up BIG and personally added an additional $3500.   Last week, the club allocated ANOTHER $500 be donated to Ukrainian Catholic Church in Lindenhurst.  Assistant District Governor Frank Seibert delivered our check to Father Popvici over the weekend.  This makes our total contribution toward humanitarian aid for Ukraine at $5000!!!   Great work Rotarians!
May 4th Lunch Meeting at Bayard Cutting Arboretum:  Rotarian Pat Ziegler was kind enough to reach out to the Arboretum to arrange for us to have lunch there on May 4 at 12:30p.  It is the perfect time of year to see the trees in bloom and all the spring flowers.  We have to guarantee a minimum of 10 people and need every one to RSVP so they are prepared.  Need an answer by 5/1. Please RSVP to  It will be $25 per person plus tip, which we can collect for tip that day- bring a little cash. 
West Islip Interact Club hosts Easter Egg Hunt & Raises $383!
Newly inducted members of the West Islip Interact club successfully held their first fundraiser last weekend.  They hosted an Easter Egg Hunt for local children & held a bake sale at the event. Pastor Patrick Ford offered the West Islip Church of Christ playground and lawn for the hunt.  It was a really lovely day.  Rotarians Megan Noble & Pat Ziegler volunteered their time for the whole day to supervisor & offer assistance at the event.  Thank you to Meg & Pat!!
The Village of Babylon is celebrating Ole Times Day in honor of the Town of Babylon's 150th anniversary.
Our club will have a booth at the celebration.  We will need volunteers to help pass our flyers and man our booth on May 22nd 12p-5p.  
Mondays Cancer Care Health & Wellness Fair:  On April 13th 2022, Babylon Rotary Club met with Matthew Ambrosio from Mondays at Racine in Sayville to learn more about his upcoming Health & Wellness Fair at the Argyle Gazebo on Sat. May 21st.  Mondays at Racine provides free health, wellness & beauty services for cancer patients.  He asked for our help spreading the word about his event.  Volunteer opportunities are available. 


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 - Rotary Friendship Exchange

An interesting Rotary program of fellowship is the Rotary Friendship Exchange. This activity, originally recommended by the New Horizons Committee in 1981, is intended to encourage Rotarians and spouses to visit with Rotarian families in other parts of the world. It may be conducted on a club-to-club or district-to-district basis.
The idea is for several Rotarian couples to travel to another country on the Rotary Friendship Exchange. Later the hospitality is reversed when the visit is exchanged. After a successful pilot experiment, the Rotary Friendship Exchange has become a permanent program of Rotary.
The Rotary Friendship Exchange is frequently compared to the Group Study Exchange program of The Rotary Foundation, except that it involves Rotarian couples who personally pay for all expenses of their inter-country experience. Doors of friendship are opened in a way which could not be duplicated except in Rotary.
Rotarians seeking an unusual vacation and fellowship experience should learn more about the Rotary Friendship Exchange. Some unusual Rotary adventures are awaiting you!
The Next Meeting is Weds April 27th at 12:30pm at the American Legion in Babylon.  Our guest speaker is Paul Vecchione, CEO & Founder of Long Island Prevention and Resilience Enrichment Program. 
Meeting ID: 859 3561 7440
Passcode: 880023
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Babylon Rotary Club
P.O. Box 672
Babylon, NY 11702