Posted on Dec 01, 2019
At Thanksgiving we are thankful for all the blessings we have received.  Yet there are also those who do not have a square meal.  Our Club joined in with our sister Club - the Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers to bring a little Thanksgiving joy to some families.
 
For the last few years, the Yonkers East Yonkers Club has been giving turkeys to the families of children at the Hostos Micro-Society School in Yonkers.  This year they were providing 13 turkeys.  One of our club members provided a donation to add five more turkeys to the gift of joy.  These turkeys will provide the recipient families with a Thanksgiving meal and perhaps a few more leftover meals too.  On behalf of the Club, Adviser Bina Ahmad handed over the turkeys to Rotarian Barbara Hanna of the Yonkers-East Yonkers Club on Wednesday,  25 November for delivery to the School.
 
The Hostos Micro-Society School administration held a raffle among the families of the children who would benefit most from this gift.  Our Club firmly believes in participating in projects which will benefit our local community as well as communities across the world.  In the true spirit of Rotary every little bit helps.  As volunteers, individually we can only do so much.  But together as Rotarians, we can change our world. 
 
Club Joins in to Bring Thanksgiving Joy Tabin Ahmad 2019-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 04, 2019
Our Club President S. Zaki Hossain and Rahat Hossain organized a joint cultural evening on Sunday 3 November with the Bangladeshi Heritage to recognize ethnic authors for their recent literary publications.  The ceremony was attended by more than one hundred and fifty Rotarians and non-Rotarians from our district and neighboring District 7255.
 
Also, in attendance was District Governor Mahbub Ahmad and First Lady Bina Ahmad.  Among those discussing the publications was Heritage e-Club Past President, M. Nurul Alam who spoke about author Hamid Reza Khan’s background and the novel’s underlying theme.
 
Rotarian Quddus Mohammed of the Rotary Club of Hicksville (District 7255)  also presented his recently published cookbook, the entire proceeds of which is being donated for providing food supplies for the hungry.
 
During the ceremony, District Governor Mahbub pinned new member Syeda Shahper Khan, bringing the total membership of the Club to 35. 
 
16 HeritageNY Rotary members were in attendance and the ceremony was rounded off by a cultural show emceed by Club Secretary, Dr. Nazrul Islam, and dinner, hosted by Club President S. Zaki Hossain.
Joint Ceremony Recognizes Ethnic Authors Tabin Ahmad 2019-11-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 03, 2019
November is Rotary Foundation Month.  It is so appropriate that at the beginning of the month, the Club has its first Paul Harris Fellow.    In less than a year of existence, this is a great step forward in helping make the world a better place for all. 
 
A Paul Harris Fellow is a Rotarian who is recognized by The Rotary Foundation for contributing $1,000 or more to the Foundation.  Club Member Raaid Ahmad has generously come forward and contributed that amount.  While Raaid has made the contribution, the Club also gets credit for his contribution to The Rotary Foundation.  The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the 1 million mark in 2006.
 
The Rotary Foundation has consistently been rated 4-stars – the highest rating by Charity Navigator for the last 12 consecutive years.  The contributions from Rotarians form the backbone of the Foundation for providing the bulk of the financing for Global Grants and District Grants. The Foundation awarded $86,677,399 in funding to 1,306 grants during the fiscal year 2018.
 
The recognition from the Foundation consists of a Certificate and a golden pin.  For each additional donation of $1,000 the donor receives additional pins with rubies or sapphires.  When the total cumulative contributions reach $10,000, the donor is recognized as a Major Donor.
Club has its first Paul Harris Fellow Tabin Ahmad 2019-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 29, 2019
The situation in Haiti is a serious humanitarian crisis.  The country is in need to ongoing assistance of all kinds.  The international community seems to have forgotten about the plight of the survivors of the devastating earthquake. 
 
Our Club participated in a joint project with the Rotary Club of Yonkers-East-Yonkers, one of the most dynamic clubs in the District - and the home Club of our District Governor.  The project aims to send urgent supplies of clothing, household items and other essentials to Haiti.  One of our Club members donated $200 for purchase of canned foods and another member donated clothing, shoes, books and household items.  All the items were packed in barrels by volunteers for shipment through a local Rotary Club in Haiti.
 
Every little bit helps.  We are a new Club but we are learning how to get involved in projects within our community as well as internationally.  The Club is grateful for the guidance received from our Club sponsor and our District Governor, as well as the practical assistance from the Yonkers-East Yonkers Club.
 
Club joins Haiti support Project Tabin Ahmad 2019-10-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 17, 2019
Official Logo for Rotary District 7230Great News!.  Our Club's first District Grant-funded Community Project has just been approved.  It is an important achievement for a club that is not even a year old. 
 
Our Rotary District 7230 has 44 Clubs of which we are one.  Every year, the District solicits project submissions from Clubs which will match whatever amount the Club puts up for the project - up to $2,500.  Our Club President S. Zaki Hossain, and Member Rahat Hossain discussed a number of possible projects with Club Rotary Adviser Bina Ahmad and decided that a project to refurbish the main entrance of the Nassau University Hospital (NUH)  had the best chance of approval from all concerned.  With input from Linda Walsh, Executive Director of the NUHealth Foundation, the project was submitted via the District's electronic application system. 
 
At the end September, the Club received notification from our District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair (DRFC) Lora Hugelmeyer, with the good news that the project had been approved.  DRFC Hugelmeyer then requested the next step in the process - which is for the Club to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the District on the proper use and accounting of the funds and the execution of the project.  Once the project is completed and the Club submits the receipts for the expenditures, the District will reimburse the grant money to the Club.  The Club President S. Zaki Hossain, Club Rotary Foundation Chair M. Nurul Alam and Project Chair Rahat Hossain signed the MoU which was duly uploaded to the Application Center in early October.  The stage is now all set for the project to begin.
 
This year the District approved 17 projects for a total allocation of nearly $30,000.
District Grant Project Approved Tabin Ahmad 2019-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 24, 2019
23rd August 2019.  An important day for our 8-month-old Club.  President S. Zaki Hossain and his team were installed by District Governor Mahbub Ahmad for a 2-year term.  Among the new Club Officers were Sam Rahat-Muqtadir (CEO, Town MD) as Vice-President and Dr. Nazrul Islam as Executive Secretary.  Mati Pal continues as Treasurer, as does Rahat Hossain, (CEO, Pintail Coffee) as Membership Director.   Immediate Past President M. Nurul Alam is the new Club Rotary Foundation Director, while Tabin Ahmad stays on as Technology Director.
 
The ceremony at the offices of Modern Packaging of which President Zaki is the CEO, was attended by many members, their guests and a number of invited prospective members who expressed their willingness to join the New Club.  The evenings proceedings began with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by an invocation by Dr. Abu Rahman and the 4-way test by Mrs. Zakia Khan.  Past President gave a roundup of the beginnings of the Club and the activities undertaken. 
 
Governor Mahbub formally installed President Zaki and the new team after which President Zaki welcomed members and guests and thanked them for their enthusiastic participation.  He said with the joint collaboration of all members, the Club would shine through impactful projects both locally and internationally. 
 
In his remarks, Governor Mahbub highlighted Rotary's new strategic plan and the new vision statement.  He said we are all volunteers and individually we can only do so much.  But collectively Rotarians are literally changing the world.  He quoted the Johns Hopkins study which concluded that Rotarians all over the world contribute volunteer time which conservatively translates to $850 million each year - which however is never reflected on any balance sheet.
 
The Treasurer provided a brief financial report to date and there was elaboration of projects that were completed or are in the pipeline.
 
The evening was rounded off by poetry recitation by VP Sam, a song by new Member Sonia Lasmin and a comic poem by Secretary Nazrul, following which.everyone had a great dinner and fellowship.
President Zaki installed Tabin Ahmad 2019-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 15, 2019
District Governor Mahbub Ahmad paid his first official visit to the Club on Sunday 14 July.  Addressing the members, the Governor provided a brief history of Rotary and highlighted the 2019-20 Theme “Rotary Connects the World”.  He shared the Rotary vision and asked members to involve their families and help grow Rotary.
 
He congratulated the Club on its growth this year, from its charter membership of 20 to its current 26.  He also asked members to consider joining the Rotary International Aloha Convention in Honolulu 1-6 June 2020, saying it is a great opportunity for new Rotarians to learn about Rotary, share ideas with new Rotary friends from all over the world and witness the spirit of Rotary first-hand.  He asked members to continue to meet in person from time to time to strengthen their bonds through fellowship
 
Host Rtn Masum welcomed everyone and said his place is open for any Club gatherings. He said he is interested in working with the Club along with his Foundation, to maximize benefits for people in need.
 
one of the newest members, Rtn Aziz Ahmed, CEO of UTC Associates, said it is important to publicize the activities of Rotary, He said we should do more to make our lives purposeful and Rotary is a wonderful institution to serve those in need.  He lectures at a leadership course at the City University of New York.  He felt it may be worthwhile to pursue establishing a Rotaract Club there.  Rotaract clubs are for young people 19-30 years of age.
 
As part of the gathering, the members put together bags of items for the community service project for which the Club had received a grant of $750 from the Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary.  The supplies included small size tubes of hand lotion, shampoo, conditioner, bath gel, soap, socks, small hand towels, toothpaste and toothbrush, all in a reusable colorful bag.  Several kits contain a pair of reading glasses.  The bags will be distributed to needy parents of young children at a day care center in Yonkers.
 
The fun part of the gathering was the Aloha back-yard outing.  Special thanks to Rtn. Moni who took the time to cook the yummy food.  Some Rotarians brought in dessert. 
 
E-Club Advisor Bina Ahmad also joined the gathering and reminded the members that fun was very much a part of Rotary life along with doing good.  She said everyone has their own passion, and together we can realize the good results of their passions by touching the lives of others.
 
   
 
Governor Pays Official Visit Tabin Ahmad 2019-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 23, 2019
The HeritageNY Rotary e-Club had the second largest contingent at the District Team Installation on Sunday 23 July, at the picturesque American Yacht Club in Rye, NY.  The bright sunny day heralded not only the beginning of the new Rotary Year and a new District Leadership Team, but also the beginning of the first full year of our new fledgling club.
 
Incoming District Governor Mahbub Ahmad and the new District Team were formally installed by Rotary International Director Jeffry Cadorette.  Nine Assistant Governors, the Governor-Elect and Governor-Nominee as well as the District Committee chairs were also installed.  Incoming Governor Mahbub Ahmad in his acceptance remarks thanked all District Rotarians and his family for the strong support he has received.  He said the District was here for the Clubs, and pledged to do everything possible to ensure the clubs are provided with the necessary knowledge, training and assistance they need to make them vibrant and attractive to new members.  He said membership engagement and retention was perhaps the most the important goal Clubs should strive for.
 
Five HeritageNY members and their three guests were present, topped only by the new Governor's home Club, the Yonkers-East Yonkers Club, which had  eleven attendees.
 
Crowning the HeritageNY group's presence was the outstanding presentation by one of the youngest Rotarians present.  Raaid Ahmad, Head of Data Science and Analytics of the Blockchain Group at Facebook and the son of incoming District Governor Mahbub Ahmad and District First Lady Bina Ahmad, spoke about how Rotary can get the younger generation interested in Rotary's Service Above Self motto.  He presented a new look at the 4-way Test and demonstrated how it can be made more appealing and relevant to the new generation.  He said we can all be together in service without sacrificing the original core values and core principles of Rotary.  He highlighted  the example of MIcrosoft - how it became relevant again as the leading business entity by taking stock of the changes that had taken place in its world and rethinking and retooling its business model - all without sacrificing its original core product.
 
Among the 91 attendees at the ceremony, HeritageNY Rotary had Directors Abdur Razzaque Khan and Dr. Abu Rahman, members Lina Rahman, Raaid Ahmad and Tabin Ahmad. The three guests were Zakia Khan, Pushpa Rahman and Wally Rahman.
 
Incoming District First Lady Bina Ahmad who is also the sponsor of our e-Club, thanked everyone for attending the ceremony.  She said it is important for Club members to attend District and Rotary events, because it is through these events they can get the larger picture of the extent of the service, Rotary is providing all over the world.
 
 
Heritage Members participate in District Team Installation 2019-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
District Officers & Leadership Seminar Tabin Ahmad 2019-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tabin Ahmad on Apr 18, 2019
A colorful Charter Ceremony of the newly established Club took place on 17 April 2019.  District Governor Krishnan Chittur added his signature to the Charter Document which had earlier been signed by Rotary International President Barry Rassin.  He then formally handed over the Charter Document to Charter President  M. Nurul Alam.  Present at the ceremony, held at the Royal Palace Restaurant were District Governor-Elect Mahbub Ahmad, Rotary Advisor and incoming District First Lady Bina Ahmad, Past District Governor Matts Ingemanson,  Incoming Assistant Governors Syed Alirahi and John Ehrlich. as well as President of the Yonker-East Yonkers Club Sundra Lee, and M. Mizan Rahman from the Hicksville Rotary Club.
 
The ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the Invocation and members reciting the 4-way Test.  DG Krishnan Chittur inducted Charter members present and haded their Charter member kits and special Charter Member Rotary pins,  
 
The celebration continued with a sumptuous buffet dinner and fellowship among those present.
 
 
Charter Ceremony is held Tabin Ahmad 2019-04-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 26, 2019
Charter President Nurul Alam as one of his first official duties, attended the Pre-PETS (Presidents-Elect Training Seminar) held on 26 January at J.C. Fogarty's Restaurant in Bronxville.  Despite the cold weather, nearly 30 Presidents-Elect from the District attended the seminar which provided the incoming Presidents with an overview of the upcoming 2-day full training session scheduled for end-March.  Past District Governor and incoming District Trainer Greg Arcaro led the training session.  District Governor-Elect welcomed the  Presidents-Elect and gave a preview of new initiatives that will begin from July.  Among the new initiatives are incentive grants to Clubs for a new member who initiates a project within 3 months of joining,  reduced allocations for District events, increased allocations for training and technology - all while holding the line on District dues at current levels.
 
The draft budget for the 2019-20 Rotary year was presented to the Presidents-Elect and there was a lively discussion.  Past District Governor and Incoming District Rotary Foundation Chair Lora Hugelmeyer provided an overview of the District and Global Grant process and encouraged Presidents-Elect to begin formulating their project proposals for the coming year.
Charter President Attends District Training Tabin Ahmad 2019-01-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 22, 2019
Our new Club officially received its Charter from the President of Rotary International Barry Rassin, on 19 January 2019.  Our Club is the first new Club in the District that received its Charter since 2010 - a big achievement for the District.  Our Club came into being through the untiring efforts of the Rotary Advisor, Bina Ahmad - a long-time Rotarian in the Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers.  She is also the incoming First Lady of the District.  District Governor-Elect Mahbub Ahmad fully supported her initiative and efforts and was in tough with Rotary Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois to get the paperwork completed.
 
As the Club organizes itself,  the Charter President is Rtn. M. Nurul Alam while Rtn. Mati Pal is the Treasurer and Dr. Fazlur R. Chowdhury is the Secretary.  There are 20 Charter members.  In the coming days, applications will be filed with the IRS and New York State for the required certifications.  Once those are in hand, a charter ceremony will be organized.  It is expected that  District Governor Krishnan Chittur will formally present the Charter Certificate and induct the Officers and members into the Rotary family.
New Club is Chartered Tabin Ahmad 2019-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
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