Neil Sinclair returns as president of Warwick Valley Rotary Club

Warwick. Warwick Valley Rotary ranks first overall giving and first in most performance categories in the 55-club Mid-Hudson District 7210.

| 16 Jul 2023 | 04:03

In 2005 Neil Sinclair was recruited into Rotary by Warwick Valley High School Principal John Buckley.

Sinclair, an international electronics executive and importer, wanted to become more involved with other local community-minded volunteers interested in helping make Warwick a better place to live. He liked Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.”

Two years later he became president of the Warwick Valley Rotary Club for the first time. This month he began his fourth one-year term as club president, a record for the 75-member non-profit service organization.

Next year Sinclair will become a regional assistant governor when his good friend and fellow Warwick Rotarian Leo R. Kaytes assumes the role of district governor for the eight-county Mid-Hudson Rotary District 7210.

Sinclair and other incoming Warwick Rotary officers, directors and foundation officials were recently installed by David Green, a past Rotary district governor and retired Orange County election commissioner.

The 48th annual installation ceremony was held June 28 at the Town of Warwick’s Mountain Lake Park

The husband-and-wife team of Patti and David Dempster are incoming presidents-elect.

Other newly installed club officers are vice president Tina Buck; recording secretaries Maria Codd-Perez and Deborah Guiliani; corresponding secretary Cindy Vander Plaat; treasurer Leo R. Kaytes; and past president Laura Barca.

Incoming club directors are club service Laurene Iammatteo and Paul Nebrasky; community service Joyce Perron and Lisa Kevins; vocational service Ingrid Lucas and Wayne Patterson; youth services Tony Cosimano and Deborah Guiliani; and international service John Mickowski and David Dempster.

Warwick Foundation officers are president John McGloin; vice president Tina Buck; treasurer Susan Lynch; and secretary Wayne Patterson.

Outgoing president Laura Barca received a standing ovation from the 90-plus attendees for her leadership during the past 12 months.

The club added more than 10 new members, assisted three dozen non-profits with financial and donated labor help, plus provided four $2,000 scholarships to Warwick college-bound students.

Ed Wiley, local Rotary International Foundation chairman, reported Warwick Valley Rotary ranked first overall giving in the 55-club Mid-Hudson District 7210. Rotary Region 6 assistant governor Ed Lynch added that Warwick Rotarians ranked first in most performance categories in District 7210.

Warwick Rotarians meet every Wednesday noon at the Landmark Inn. Prospective members are invited to attend.