Shortly after our formation, our Paterson Rotary Club began its long-time assistance of the YMCA of Paterson. In 1918, there was the purchase of a quantity of double-deck sleeping cots and bedding used for a summer camp at
One of our most notable achievements in Community Service in recent years was the construction of a $700,000 state-of-the-art playground. The project was the brainchild of the 2000-2001 Presidents Femi Ayodeji (Paterson Rotary), and Angelo (Paterson AM Rotary), who saw a need for a safe place for
Paterson Rotary has sponsored the open-heart surgeries of 14 children from third-world countries. The Gift of Life surgeries are performed at either
This year, the Paterson Rotary Club intends to save the lives of two children by sponsoring open-heart surgeries. Our Club is also sponsoring the transportation and travel of a physician from St. Joseph's Medical Center on the District 7490 sponsored Medical Mission to Honduras, where 16-20 children will be saved with heart surgeries performed on site.
The Paterson Rotary Club sponsored Syeda Uddin, a Patersonian for the acclaimed Rotary World Peace Scholar position. Syeda succeeded in being selected and it is a great honor to Paterson Rotary to have sponsored one of 70 world-peace scholars world-wide. Scholars study conflict and peace resolution and international relations at one of 7 Rotary Centers around the world during a two-year master’s level degree program. Syeda has been back to the Paterson Rotary several times to speak about her involvement in conflict resolution. Today, Syeda is an analyst with the Professional Development Program for the U.S. Government Accountability Department in Washington D.C.
In addition to the many community projects, the Paterson Rotary Club has sponsored or participated in, most of our work comes back to children. The Rotary Club has adopted Public School #14 and will work to enrich the educational and recreational lives of the students in grades kindergarten through fourth. Projects will include literacy initiatives, beautification projects, and support for teachers and parents.
From literacy projects to leadership training through RYLA, our Interact Clubs, Rotaract Club, and college scholarships and loans, the Paterson Rotary Club is a constant partner in education and quality of life of
All in all, the Paterson Rotary Club is a strong partner in the
If you’re looking to have a ton of fun, while giving back to the community, consider joining us for lunch. Come and get to know our members! Perhaps you’ll come to realize that you want to be a Rotarian!
For membership information, contact the Paterson Rotary Club at 973-881-7300.