July 2024

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Rotary continues to support Turkey as it rebuilds from earthquake

More than US$4 million funds water, education, agriculture supplies, and equipment for affected communities

An innovator with impact

Rotary’s latest alumni award honoree, Gaetano Scamarcio, pursues scientific and societal progress

Arbor daze: The therapeutic benefits of forest bathing

Awash in woodland wonder, a skeptical writer acknowledges the therapeutic benefits of forest bathing.

The playmaker

As an avid sports fan, President Stephanie Urchick is well-positioned to light the lamp, clear the bases, and split the uprights. Whatever the sports metaphor, she’s destined to keep Rotary in the winner’s circle

Joining the Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club offers numerous benefits, both on a personal and community level. One of the most significant advantages is the opportunity for service. As a Rotarian, you have the chance to contribute to humanitarian efforts locally and internationally, making a tangible difference in the lives of others. This spirit of service goes hand-in-hand with a heightened sense of international awareness, as Rotary Clubs are globally connected organizations that tackle worldwide issues. Additionally, being part of the Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club can help you grow your business and professional network, providing valuable connections and opportunities for collaboration.
On a personal level, membership in the Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club fosters personal growth and development. Furthermore, it cultivates social, business, personal and vocational skills, and improves cultural awareness. Not only does involvement in the Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club make an individual a more knowledgeable community citizen, but it also connects them more closely with community leaders and local needs. In essence, joining  provides an enriching experience that combines personal development with meaningful service.
Come join us for lunch on Tuesdays at 12:15PM to learn more.
We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM at Gino's of Commack.  Join us!
The Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club unveiled another Peace Pole.  Peace Poles are a symbolic representation of our shared aspirations for a harmonious world. These monuments, inscribed with the universal message "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in different languages, serve as a constant reminder of our collective commitment to foster unity and understanding within our diverse community. They are not just static structures, but rather catalysts that inspire action-oriented conversations about peace, tolerance, and coexistence. 

In our quest to make a difference, we organized a food drive. We understand that food insecurity is a real-world issue that many face daily. We are thankful for everyone that donated non-perishable items and volunteered their time to help us sort and distribute the collected goods. This was a great project for the Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club and the Hills West Interact Club.  This is more than just an act of charity—it's an opportunity to take clear, action-oriented steps towards alleviating hunger in our community.  Remember, every can, every box, every donation makes a difference. Together, we can turn empathy into action.

The Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club gave out approximately 670 dictionaries to the students in the Commack School District and Kings Park School District.
Providing dictionaries to 3rd-grade students is a purpose-driven initiative that carries profound educational implications. It fosters linguistic proficiency, expands vocabulary, and nurtures curiosity—essential ingredients for effective communication and cognitive development. By gifting dictionaries, we are not just providing a learning resource; we are empowering our students with the key to unlock their potential, one word at a time. This consistent, action-oriented strategy underscores our commitment to enhancing education and shaping well-rounded, inquisitive learners who are equipped to thrive in a rapidly evolving world.
We were excited to participate in Rotary's Million Mask Challenge for the second time.  We donated 6,000 masks to our local community.  The Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corp, Community Housing Innovations, and the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center were each received a case of 2,000 masks.
We have set up a community sharing table in Kings Park.  The table will be open 24/7 for anyone in the community. Thank you to everyone that has donated so far. Today we dropped off a ton of food including fresh fruits and vegetables and bread. At this time we are taking non-expired food donations. Please check the expiration dates on the food before you bring them to the table.  It is located at the park on Main Street near the Kings Park Train Station. Share if you can spare, receive if you are in need. 
We were excited to participate in Rotary's Million Mask Challenge.  We donated 10,000 masks to the Commack and Kings Park Community.  The Kings Park Fire Department, Commack Fire Department, Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corp, St Johnland Nursing Center, and Gurwin each received a case of 2,000 masks.
All of the projects were amazing and showed a great commitment to serving the community.  We would like to thank everyone for submitting their projects. Brandon organized the Face shields and ear savers for the front line workers and Sophia organized the Fundraiser for Nursing Home.