The Rotary Club of Goshen N.Y.


Service Above Self

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C.O.C.I.A.A. (formerly The Club Ontaroga)
3316 NY Route 207
Goshen, NY 10924
United States of America
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Chesley R. Perry: Rotary’s first general secretary

Chesley Reynolds Perry, a Spanish-American War veteran and former Chicago Public Library employee, served as Rotary’s first secretary and is known as “the builder of Rotary International.”

Nature & Nurture

With help from a Rotary Foundation global grant, a group of women in rural Costa Rica are using ecotourism to enrich their families' futures.

Clubs made to order

These clubs keep things fresh with new ideas and new members.

Obituary of Edward L. Berry

    Edward Lloyd Berry, who resided in Goshen, NY for 57 years, entered into eternal peace on Feb 24, 2020. He was born in Montclair, NJ to Edward L and Isabell Berry on Jan. 16, 1939. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Mary Lee, for 53 years until her death in 2014. Together they lovingly raised three children and doted on their twelve grandchildren.
    He was a very active member of the Goshen community. He spent his entire career in the insurance industry and was business owner of Wallace & Berry Insurance Agency in Goshen and Monroe. He was committed to serving the community he loved in a volunteer capacity by being a member of Rotary (44 years), Mason's, Jaycees and the First Presbyterian church.

Jane's Purse Donations

  JANE MARIE UNHJEM  (July 31, 1952 - August 19, 2012)
  Goshen, NY...... Jane Marie Unhjem died August 19, 2012 in Stony Brook, NY, from injuries sustained in the crash of a small airplane.
 Jane was a resident of Goshen for more than 33 years. She started her teaching career at Scotchtown Avenue School in Goshen as a remedial reading teacher before becoming a classroom teacher in 1980. When she became the Reading Specialist in the school a year later, she started the popular "Parents as Reading Partners" program, which continues even today. As she returned to teaching after maternity leaves for the adoption of her daughter, Gayle, from Korea in 1985, and the birth of her son, Matthew, in 1987, Jane worked as a special education teacher and administrator for the Pine Bush School District. She then became Director of Staff Development for Monroe-Woodbury School District in 1998. She returned to Goshen Central School District as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Development in 2004. Jane was a vibrant educator and leader with an infectious energy that affected everyone around her. In leading the instructional programs for Goshen, she was a passionate advocate for the music and arts programs, and took an active interest in all of the school's activities. She often referred to herself as the "assistant superintendent in charge of ushers and usherettes" at the district's various performances. She is remembered for her enthusiasm for her work, and radiant smile.
RYLA is a five-day conference for sophomores in high school throughout the Hudson Valley, which teaches the importance of positivity, confidence and leadership.  Through unique icebreakers, fun-filled events, and interactive presentations from special guests, students walk away with countless memories and valuable knowledge - many RYLA alum have credited the conference with their success in college and in their careers.  RYLA continues to inspire students to shape their communities year after year.

RYLA 2020

Qualified candidates are high school students finishing their sophomore year who demonstrate the potential to benefit from a program designed to nurture and instill confidence in their leadership skills and abilities. Your club may sponsor a maximum of FIVE students, at a cost of $400 per student.

Goshen Rotarians Read to Scotchtown Students during Kindness Assembly

  The monthly Kindness and Friendship Assemblies at Scotchtown Avenue Elementary hosted two very special guests on Friday, Feb. 21, the 100th Day of School.
  Goshen Rotary representatives Amy VanAmburgh and Christopher Tippin offered their support to the school’s emphasis on kindness by reading Mem Fox’s “Whoever you are” to every Scotchtown student.
Illustrated by Leslie Staub, “Whoever you are” explores the differences between children that make them unique, as well as the common humanity that unites them.  “Their lives may be different from yours, and their words may be very different from yours. But inside, their hearts are just like yours,” the book concludes.
(L-R) Rotarian Amy VanAmburgh, Interim Assistant Principal Nancy Mesic, Principal Henry Freedman and Rotarian Christopher Tippin.
  Principal Henry Freedman took the opportunity to thank and praise students for their participation on recent kindness-themed activities throughout the school. He encouraged them to always care for their school and each other, and make the world a better place.

Annual Gift of Words to Our 3rd Graders by Goshen Rotary

February 18, 2020....All the Third grade students at The Goshen Intermediate School received their very own Webster's Dictionary for Students, donated by the members of the The Rotary Club of Goshen, NY. 
Allen Zick presented the students with information about how to use the dictionary to find out the definitions, spelling and pronunciation of words in the English language. The dictionaries will help students with vocabulary development, spelling, and increasing their word knowledge. Students also learned a bit of history about Noah Webster, who was a teacher in Goshen in the 1800s who created the Webster's Dictionary as a resource for his students.
The books were distributed by Rotarians Mark Gargiulo, Cliff Kelsey, Buzz Zingaro and Vince McCormack

Urbanski Park Playground Sign

During the last Family Fun Day, it was noted that the signs posted at the Urbanski Park Playground were in pretty bad shape. The Board voted to fix the existing signage. After many delays, the sign was finally erected by Rotarians Pat Foley, Mark Gargiulo and "supervising" Rolly Peacock!
So once again! There are workers and there is a "Supervisor"wink

There's a new Scout in town!

Goshen has taken to heart the decision at the national level of the male-only Boy Scouts of America to include girls from 11 to 17 years old.

So far, five girls have joined Troop 62, a long-established Boy Scout troop, currently chartered by Goshen Rotary.

Why would girls want to join a troop of Boy Scouts?


Rotary and ShelterBox celebrate the power of partnership

Evanston Ill., Rotary International announced on 3 June a three-year partnership renewal with its disaster relief project partner, ShelterBox. For almost 20 years, this unique humanitarian alliance has supported families with a place to call home after disaster.

Rotary is a global network whose members take action to make a lasting difference in their communities – and worldwide. ShelterBox provides emergency shelters and other essential items to support families who have lost their homes in disaster.


Goshen Rotary donated $500 to The Goshen Food Pantry

John Strobl, Goshen Food Pantry, received a $500 check from Goshen Rotary. The Interfaith Food Pantry helps those in the Goshen School District that could use a helping hand by distributing food to those in need.

Our Master Carpenter, Goshen Rotarian, Rolly Peacock builds again!

Braeside Camp Director, Maria Arinibar told us that the Camp wanted to expand their summer reading program and needed some bookcases. Always ready to help, Rolly volunteered to build them. As seen in the pictures, the color scheme reflects Braeside Camp's Bee Theme (BEE Responsible, Respectful, Kind).

Work in progress...


Finished bookcase...




Delivered with help from our friends...

Goshen Rotary builds a Raised Bed Garden for Braeside Camp...

Several members of the Rotary Club of Goshen, NY gathered Sunday, 6/23/19 to assemble Raised Garden Kits for the Breaside Campers. After several comments regarding "the importance of measuring twice" and "real men don't read instructions", the team was able to assemble the kits.


(standing l-r) Vince McCormack, Chris Tippin, Ken Obremski and Rolly Peacock. (Kneeling l-r) Mark Gargiulo, Ron Klieverik and Pat Foley.


"What do you mean the instructions are upside down?


You need to move it over to the ..the other left!!


Yes...the photo is a bit out of focus, but it's from the heat waves!!

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July 2020
Meeting Responsibilities
2020 March
Tippin, Chris
VanLeeuwen, Betty Ann
Sgt @ Arms
Klieverik, Ronald
Rotary Minute
Laufer, Tracy
Upcoming Events
  • Club Meeting
    C.O.C.I.A.A. CANCELLED (formerly The Club Onteroga)
    Jul 02, 2020 12:14 AM
  • Monthly Board Meeting
    Mark’s House
    Jul 14, 2020 7:00 PM
  • Club Meeting
    C.O.C.I.A.A. CANCELLED (formerly The Club Onteroga)
    Jul 16, 2020 12:15 AM
  • Club Meeting
    C.O.C.I.A.A. CANCELLED (formerly The Club Onteroga)
    Aug 06, 2020 12:14 AM
  • Monthly Board Meeting
    Mark’s House
    Aug 11, 2020 7:00 PM
  • Club Meeting
    C.O.C.I.A.A. CANCELLED (formerly The Club Onteroga)
    Aug 20, 2020 12:15 AM
  • Club Meeting
    C.O.C.I.A.A. CANCELLED (formerly The Club Onteroga)
    Sep 03, 2020 12:14 AM
  • Monthly Board Meeting
    Mark’s House
    Sep 08, 2020 7:00 PM
  • Club Meeting
    C.O.C.I.A.A. CANCELLED (formerly The Club Onteroga)
    Sep 17, 2020 12:15 AM
  • Club Meeting
    C.O.C.I.A.A. CANCELLED (formerly The Club Onteroga)
    Oct 01, 2020 12:14 AM
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Allen Zick
    August 26
  • Buzz Zingaro
    Kathy Zingaro
    August 16
  • Rolland Peacock
    Susanne Peacock
    August 18
  • Clifford Kelsey
    Alberta Kelsey
    August 22
  • Jason Giordano
    Teresa Giordano
    August 24
  • Amy Van Amburgh
    Joe Van Amburgh
    August 26
Join Date:
  • Jason Giordano
    August 5, 1999
    21 years
  • Mark Thabet
    August 31, 2017
    3 years
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