Club Partners with Yonkers Rotary to Send Food Supplies for Haitian Children

An amazing partnership came together to bring food supplies to the children of Haiti.  Our Club partnered with the Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary Club to send urgently needed food supplies for children in Haiti.  Club members Raaid Ahmad and Tabin Ahmad together with Honorary Member Lina Rahman and friend of Heritage Rotary Lubna Anwar provided donations of more than $850 to cover the cost of purchasing the food, supplies, barrels and shipment.  Funds were also raised by the Yonkers Club and contributions from Century 21 Royal and UNM Bank help fund the project which totaled over $4,000.
 
Father Philippe Charles, co-ordinator of the project, together with George John of the Yonkers Club purchased the supplies.  Friend of Rotary Paul Porooshasp provided his pickup truck to haul the supplies to George's office at Century 21 Royal.  Assistant Governor Bina, IPDG Mahbub helped George, Paul and Philippe to unload the supplies consisting of 300 lbs of rice,  150 lbs of flour, 300 lbs of beans, 80 lbs of oatmeal, 64 lbs of pasta, 12 gallons of cooking oil,  corn flakes, peanut butter, tomato paste, sardines and dry milk.  Century 21 Royal agents provided 3000 masks while UNMB Mortgage donated bulk packs of noodle soup.
 
The next day Rotarians and other volunteers gathered at the Century 21 Royal office and packed all the supplies into 6 barrels  for shipment to Haiti.  The barrels will be delivered to the Rotary Club of Delmas-Centre in Port au Prince.  They will be distributed through the Administrator of the Sainte Thérèse de L’Enfant Jésus’ School and Maria - one of the most reliable humanitarian groups in Haiti.
 
In the next few days, a 7th barrel will be assembled with clothing, school supplies for shipment to Haiti.
 
Thanks to this partnership the children of Haiti will have some decent food during the holiday season.
 
"We can work together for a better world with men and women of goodwill, those who radiate the intrinsic goodness of humankind."
-- Wangari Maathai
 
Club Partners with Yonkers Rotary to Send Food Supplies for Haitian Children Tabin Ahmad 2020-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

Club Achieves Presidential Platinum Citation

Our Club has achieved the 2019-20 Rotary Presidential Citation -Platinum level - the highest Rotary honor for a Club and a  very rare accomplishment for a Club that is just one year old.  The award was announced by 2019-20 District Governor Mahbub Ahmad in a letter to President Zaki and all members of the Club. 
 
The Presidential Citation is awarded to a Club that achieves a set number of preassigned goals in two categories - Unite People and Take action - like membership growth and retention, service projects, contributions to the Rotary Foundation, augmenting Rotary's public image, among others., .Those Clubs achieving the goals in these two categories then compete for Platinum, Gold, or Silver Awards depending on the number of additional goals achieved in a third Category.
 
Our Club is only one of three out of the 44 Clubs in our District to achieve the Platinum level.  A total of 10 Clubs achieved the various levels of the Presidential Citation,
 
Past District Governor Mahbub congratulated President Zaki for his dynamic leadership and thanked all members of the Club for their diligent work in bringing the honor to not only their Club but also to the District.  He also thanked Club Adviser Bina Ahmad for helping the Club get on its feet and to achieve the great honor.
Club Achieves Presidential Platinum Citation 2020-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

VP Sam-Rahat is our Newest Paul Harris Fellow

Our Vice-President Sam-Rahat Muqtadir has become the Club's third Paul Harris Fellow - the first in the new Rotary Year.  A Paul Harris Fellow is awarded to a Rotarian who has made a significant difference in the lives of people by donating $1,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation.  VP Sam-Rahat made the contribution in July this year.  Paul Harris fellows receive a Certificate and a pin to recognize their contribution.  Our two earlier Paul Harris Fellows were Rotarians Raaid Ahmad and Tabin Ahmad,
 
A Rotarian can also become the recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow award, when another Rotarian recognizes him or her for exceptional service by donating $1,000 in cash or points, to the Rotary Foundation in the recipient's name.  Last year, District Governor Mahbub Ahmad recognized 3 of our Club members for outstanding service to the Club and community. They were Secretary Dr. Nazrul Islam, Dr. Muhammad Zaman and Treasurer Mati Pal.
 
Congratulations, you all have made us proud.!
VP Sam-Rahat is our Newest Paul Harris Fellow Tabin Ahmad 2020-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

Club Sponsors New Satellite Club

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered everyone's lives and way of thinking.  Even before the pandemic Rotary has been thinking ahead and planning for the Rotary of tomorrow, where Clubs will be innovative with new types of Clubs, new membership categories, new ways of meeting.
 
As  a new club, we have responded to this need, and taken the lead to sponsor a new Satellite Club. A satellite club functions as a short-term, transitional step on the way to becoming a full, independent Rotary club. This allows interested persons to become Rotarians without meeting the requirement of having at least 20 persons to organize a separate Rotary club.  The Rotary Satellite E-Club of Heritage New York - Evening was officially approved by Rotary International in June of 2020 with 8 members, and is the third satellite Club of District 7230. Following a period of organization, the new Club has begun it's regular activities. 
 
Satellite clubs set up their own board and have their own officers. However, instead of a President, a satellite club has a Chair. Papia Ashraf is the Chair of the new Satellite Club and the District E-Club Advisor, Assistant Governor Bina Ahmad is the adviser to the Satellite Club to help it learn about Rotary and its activities. The 8 members are residents of Manhattan, Long Island, and New Jersey. and hope to increase their membership and charter their own Club within a year.  Our Club is extending its full support to the new Rotarians and their nascent Club.  The new Satellite Club has been assigned to the District's Area 5, which is the same as our Club. . 
Club Sponsors New Satellite Club Tabin Ahmad 2020-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

2019-20 Year-End Roundup

2019-20 was the first full year of our existence.    The piechart on the left highlights the total incomes and expenditures/allocations of the Club during the course of this year.  It does not include the annual membership dues, which were almost entirely a pass-through.  We received $37,750 in contributions from Rotary, (the large section in gold) which includes the Globat Grant, the District Grant, the COVID-19 Grant.  The Club itself raised $14,450 for the various projects it carried out including the Club's contribution for the Global and District Grants (the section in green)  the orange slice represents the $2,500 that members donated to The Rotary Foundation.
 
Here is a rundown of our officially recorded activities during this year -1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020:
 
1.  COVID-19 Project 1:  The Club provided equivalent of Taka 1,30,000 to Monu Mia Sultana Girls Orphanage in Chandpur, Bangladesh, for food assistance to the 33 orphan girls in that orphanage.
 
2.   COVID-19 Project 2:  PPEs worth $1,000 were provided to St. Johns Riverside Hospital.
 
3.  COVID-19 Project 3:  District 7230 provided a $2,000 grant on behalf of the Club to the AFYA Foundation to provide essential PPEs to Hospitals and nurses in need.
 
4.  COVID-19 Project 4:  The Club provided food assistance to needy immigrant families for a total of $3,000.
 
5. The HeritageNY Club gave cash donation of $200 for canned food in addition to clothing, shoes and other household items valued at $500 for the Haiti Assistance Project led by the Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary Club.
 
6.  The Club donated coats participating in the Coat Drive launched by the Rotaract Club of Manhattan..
 
7.  Thanksgiving Turkeys -Five 20-lb turkeys ($100) were donated to Hostos Micro-Society School in Yonkers.  These were raffled off to needy families along with more turkeys from the Yonkers Club.
 
8.  Earlier in the year, there was a H.E.L.P project done, handing out hygiene materials (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, eyeglasses, socks, and towels) to parents of the Queens Daughters Day Care Center in Yonkers.  A grant of $750 from the Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary Club helped finance the $1,000 project.
 
9.  For Nassau University Hospital project, District Grant #3092 was approved for $2,500 as a matching grant for benches at the hospital entrance. The district has reimbursed the Club on project completion. Total project cost was $5,000.
 
10.  Global Grant #1989638 "Quality education for poor rural children in Bangladesh through Teacher Training" was formally approved.  The total project cost is $38,170, of which HeritageNY Club put up $5,250. District 7230 contributed $5,000, while 4 neighboring Districts contributed $1,000 each. The project implementation is expected to begin soon.
 
11.  November was Rotary Foundation Month.  Rotary President asked Rotarians to give a gift to the Rotary Foundation.  It is a big achievement for the HeritageNY Club to have 2 Paul Harris Fellows who donated $1,000 each to The Rotary Foundation thereby earning the Fellowship. The District Governor awarded 3 Paul Harris Fellowships to 3 Club Members for their services.
 
12,  New Member Project:  The District awarded a $250 New Member Grant for a new Member Project.  These funds were used to supplement the Interfaith Food Pantry where food packets were given out to those in need.

 

In recognition of these activities in the service of needy humanity in our local community and internationally, our Club has received the 2019-20 Rotary Presidential Citation – which is the highest honor for a Club.

2019-20 Year-End Roundup Tabin Ahmad 2020-07-30 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor Awards Paul Harris Recognition to 3 members

Outgoing District Governor Mahbub Ahmad has awarded 3 members of our Club with Paul Harris recognitions for their outstanding services to the Club and the community.  A Paul Harris Fellow Award is given to a Rotarian who has contributed $1000 or in whose name, the equivalent has been given to The Rotary Foundation.
 
Under the leadership of President Zaki Hossain, in the first full year of operations the Club has received the Rotary Presidential Citation - the highest honor that is bestowed by the Rotary President to a Club.  It is a tribute to President Hossain's leadership in not only planning and organizing the Club but also in executing the various activities whereby the goals the Club set out to achieve were fully met.
 
Club Secretary Dr. Nazrul Islam was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow recognition for his outstanding commitment to the ideals of Rotary and in ensuring the Club's activities and records were properly maintained. He was instrumental in ensuring that the first footsteps of the newly established Club were on a solid foundation, and in following through on the Club's first Global Grant application.
 
Club Treasurer Mati Pal was recognized with a Paul Harris award for his meticulous management of the funds of the new Club, for taking the time to learn and understand the financial standards and practices of Rotary and in establishing a sound financial foundation for the Club.
 
Club Member Dr. Mohammed Zaman was recognized with a Paul Harris award for his selfless work as an infectious diseases specialist, in being with the community at their time of need without heed to his personal safety. 
 
These are truly People of Action and have provided Service Above Self to their community and to Rotary .
 
We congratulate them for their dedication and their continuous service.
District Governor Awards Paul Harris Recognition to 3 members 2020-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

Club Members Provide Month of Groceries to Bronx Families

Club Members are active, trying to help our local communities hard-hit by the pandemic.  Their latest effort was providing 14 families in dire need, in the Bronx, with groceries to last them for one month.  These families preferred the groceries to cash handouts. The supplies included rice, cooking oil, lentils. onions, potatoes. pasta, cereals, chicken nuggets, pita bread, salt, and snacks valued at $100 per bag.
 
The project was led by Club President S. Zaki Hossain, while Rahat Hossain arranged for the shopping and delivery to these families, many of which have young children or elderly members.
 
The project is ongoing with many more families in need who are awaiting supplies of groceries.  Sharing a little bit of your blessings will help alleviate the suffering. these families are going through on a daily basis. Please donate to the Club tinyurl.com/heritageNY.
Club Members Provide Month of Groceries to Bronx Families Tabin Ahmad 2020-05-21 04:00:00Z 0

Club holds first Zoom Meeting

The Club has come of age.  After meeting via Conference call  since its inception, President S. Zaki Hossain and Secretary Nazrul Islam decided to take the Club  to the visual medium befitting an E-Club.  As such members of the Club gathered at a "Zoom" meeting in the afternoon of May 16.  It was a great get-together and members were very happy to see each other face-to-face after a long time. Members attended the meeting from Westchester, Bronx, Queens, Long Island, New Jersey and Canada.
 
Among the business conducted, President Zaki informed members of the projects Club members have been carrying out on their own initiatives locally - especially helping with food distribution to needy people affected by the COVID-10 virus.  Club Rotary Foundation Chair Nurul Alam provided an update on the pending Global Grant Application, while Treasurer Mati Pal  summarized the latest financial situation.
 
Member Farjana Sultan requested assistance for the Orphanage she has been working with in Bangladesh. President Zaki said assistance would be forthcoming. for COVID-19 related mitigation efforts for the 30+ children and staff.  Since the meeting, 5 members - Lina Rahman, Rezaul Haider, Rahat Hossain, Raaid Ahmad, and Tabin Ahmad, have come forward and pledged the equivalent of 130,000 Taka for the orphanage. The project will be carried out with the collaboration of the Rotary Club of Dhaka Phoenix.  Nazrana Yasmin, who is a member of the Dhaka Phoenix Club will manage the project and provide a report at the end of the project.
Club holds first Zoom Meeting Tabin Ahmad 2020-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

Our Club Assistance to Bangladesh Orphanage

As one of our first international projects, our Club, through the collaboration of the Rotary Club of Dhaka Phoenix, provided meaningful assistance to the children at an orphanage in the village of Sreepur in Chandpur district of Bangladesh.  The Orphanage provides a home for nearly 30 abandoned homeless and orphan children.
 
For the Eid celebration of 2019, a donation from our club was used to purchase a full set of clothing and shoes for all the children.  In addition, the children and staff were all treated to an Eid Feast.
 
In October of 2019, in order to see for themselves the orphanage and its activities, a 10-person delegation from the Rotary Club of Dhaka Phoenix visited the orphanage,  Following their visit, they prepared a report on the orphanage..
Our Club Assistance to Bangladesh Orphanage Tabin Ahmad 2020-04-21 04:00:00Z 0

Our First Global Grant Project

Rotary E-Club of Heritage New York is proud to inform its Members that, thanks to their support, in its very first year it has succeeded in submitting a proposal for a Rotary Global Grant Project. The Project on “Quality education for poor rural children in Bangladesh through Teacher Training” is expected to receive approval from the Rotary Foundation soon.
 
The endeavor is a joint international project, in which our Rotary Club is the International Partner and Banani Rotary Club of Dhaka is the Host Partner. The Host Partner implements the project through a local partner which has expertise in implementing similar projects, monitors the project throughout its life-cycle, and manages the financial and reporting aspects of the project. The local partner selected to implement the project is a Bangladeshi NGO in the field of education, the Volunteers Association for Bangladesh (VAB).
 
For the vast majority of rural poor families in Bangladesh, education is the only avenue that offers their children the opportunity for achieving competence and skills to earn a livelihood. However, one of the most critical problems faced by the rural educational institutions is the quality and quantity of teachers who are deficient in both content knowledge and pedagogy. Our Club’s Global Grant Project aims to infuse better content knowledge and advanced modern pedagogy in ill-equipped rural teachers through training. The ultimate development objective of the project will be to enhance the educational achievement and proficiency level of rural school students.  The project aims to train approximately 600 teachers over a period of three years.  It is expected that these trained teachers will over their teaching careers be able to have an impact on the learning of more than 400,000 students.
 
It is an amazing partnership that came together to bring this project to fruition.  5 Rotary Clubs – one in New York and 4 in Dhaka, 5 Rotary Districts – one in Bangladesh and 4 in New York and New Jersey all combined to raise more than half of the Project funding.  The Rotary Foundation’s World Fund stepped in with the remainder - A remarkable example of how "Rotary Connects the World".
 
The Project will require funds of about $35,000. Starting with base amounts of funds raised by our Club as the International Partner and Banani Rotary Club as the Host Partner, the respective Districts – District 7230 in New York and District 3281 in Bangladesh -are generously pitching in with matching funds (District Designed Funds – DDF).  In addition, through the intervention of District Governor Mahbub Ahmad, 4 neighboring Districts in New York and New Jersey are also contributing about $4,000.  The Rotary Foundation will be providing matching funds on the basis of the contributions of the Clubs and the Districts.
 
The base amount from our Club is $5,250. Our Members made kind donations which made it possible to raise the requisite amount. We are particularly grateful to President Syed Zaki Hossain, Rotarians Dr. A T Rafiqur Rahman, Dr. Fazlur R Chowdhury, Nurul Alam, Mati Pal, and a few other members and well-wishers who wish to remain anonymous for their generous contributions. Our special thanks go to Past President Nurul Alam, who developed the project proposal on the basis of a model Rotary Global Grant Project in Nepal, provided to him by District Governor Mahbub Ahmad.
 
Shining President Shahida Naz Huda of the Banani Club ran with the proposal and was able to convince not only her Club to lead the project, but also 3 other Clubs in Dhaka to join in and her District officials to approve the project.
 
It is expected that following approval by the Rotary Foundation, work can begin on the project in early summer.
Our First Global Grant Project Tabin Ahmad 2020-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

Club President Zaki meets with Rotary DG of Bangladesh

Club President S. Zaki Hossain met with the Rotary District 3281 (Bangladesh) District Governor Khairul Alam in Dhaka.  They discussed and finalized the Club's first Global Grant project in partnership with the Rotary Club of Dhaka Banani.  Also present at the meeting were Charter Members of the Club Dr. Maksud Chowdhury and Dr. Shamim Begum.  The District Rotary Foundation Chair PDG Hafizullah and the Rotary Fiscal Agent in Bangladesh PDG K.M Zainul Abedin were also present.  
 
Under the Global Grant Project, approximately 1,100 primary school teachers will be provided with training in Math, Science, and English.  Students will also be provided with encouragement for learning via student Clubs.  The project will cost $34,000 and will be spread over three years.  Two local Clubs in Bangladesh and 3 Districts in the US are also contributing partners in the project.  The project will be implemented by the NGO Volunteers Association for Bangladesh (VAB) which has had extensive experience in Teacher Training in Bangladesh.
 
Among other matters, also discussed at the meeting, was a follow-up Global Grant Project with the Rotary Club of Dhaka Kawran Bazar, at which the Charter President of the Club Ahmed Farooque inquired about details of the project.  The proposed project envisages health monitoring of groups of Children across Bangladesh over a period of three years.  Dr. Maksud Chowdhury and Dr. Waseem Hafeez presented details of their project.  More follow-up discussions will be held on this matter in the coming months.
Club President Zaki meets with Rotary DG of Bangladesh Tabin Ahmad 2020-01-07 05:00:00Z 0

Club Joins in to Bring Thanksgiving Joy

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

Joint Ceremony Recognizes Ethnic Authors

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

Club has its first Paul Harris Fellow

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

Club joins Haiti support Project

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

District Grant Project Approved

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

President Zaki installed

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

Governor Pays Official Visit

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

Heritage Members participate in District Team Installation

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

Charter Ceremony is held

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

Charter President  Attends District Training

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

New Club is Chartered

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

India celebrates three years without polio

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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