Rotary Club of West Point-Highland Falls, NY

Meetings are held 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at Hotel Thayer

May 19, 2005


Today’s Greeter – Alan Hirsch

Today’s Prayer Bearer – John McLellan

Today’s Program – Business Meeting                              


Rotary Last Week – May 12th

Don Frazer, attired in Revolutionary era costume and assisted by Nicole Pfeister of the P.I.P.C., took us on a tour of the historic Ft. Montgomery battle site. The artillery battery overlooking the Hudson and trained on what is now know as the Bear Mountain Bridge provided spectacular views of the river. One can understand why the Continental army selected this spot to stretch

a chain across the river to stop the British ships. Unfortunately, the defenders were routed by a large army, which travelled overland. However, the battle did delay the British in their attempt to reach Saratoga in time to reinforce it. They lost!  (Great job by Don & Nicole.)

Phil Brillante – Able to read Phil’s mind, it was easy to see that he was contemplating the safe handling of gunpowder, matches for cannon firing, and water supply for fires, etc. (Thanks for your safety thoughts, Phil!)


Group Study –  May 23 –Rotarian Exchange Students will be arriving from England.


The Holy Innocents Church thrift shop will be operating every Thurs. 10 am to 1 pm. The Holy Innocents food pantry, 2nd & 4th Wednesday’s of month.

(Products or cash, but cash goes further. Make checks payable to “Holy Innocents.”)

Sacred Heart Thrift Shop open 10am – 2pm; (4:30 Thursdays.)


Jerry Sheehan’s Pushcart - Jerry says:

“It’s tough working that battle site!

To set up there took most of the night,

So buy a shoit if your old one’s too tight!”






“Buddy” Blackman –Shirley Bonsell


Other Clubs’ Activities

New Windsor/Cornwall Club – Sept. 18, picnic, at Air Nat’l Guard Base, Stewart  Airport. (Coordinate food distribution) Looking for other clubs to participate.

Fishkill Club – 4th Annual Rotary Softball Tournament, May 22, 12 noon at Shepherd Mem. Park, Route 82. (Roster attached.)

Dist. 7490 - Int’l Rotary from India – Coming in June? (Harold Spaeth)


50/50 Drawing – May 12

No Drawing – Battle site meeting.              

(44 cards still left.) (Has the pot shrunk?)






“There were no brags due to the fact that all of our members were busy manning the ramparts at the Fort Montgomery Battle Site.” (However, this will be something to brag about at today’s meeting.)


Upcoming Programs

May 26 - Bob Broadhurst – Group Study Exchange.

June 2 - TBD


Upcoming Prayer Bearers

May 26 – Steve Scott


Club Attendance Statistics                                   

Membership – 52

May 12 – 24 Present

May attendance – 46%


Note:  Farrell Patrick offers a word of thanks to all who “retreated” to the Fort Montgomery Post Office and participated in the flower planting and clean up after the meeting. (The P.O. looks great.)

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