Posted by Yvette Hohler on May 04, 2021
Rob hosted today's all-Zoom meeting, welcoming 11 other members. Our guest speaker, Forest Resener, was unable to attend, but he sent a video about Stove Team International, which Rob and Bob H. shared with us.
The RAFFLE TICKETS are ready for pick up- 25 per bundle (unless you'd like to start with more, in which case, you should let Jen know).  Please contact Jen or Rob a.s.a.p. in order to obtain yours.  The Raffle Drawing will take place on August 3rd.
Nancy will be sending out in the near future the bills for the payment of fines/Happy dollars accrued during the April meetings.  If you still owe from previous months, kindly settle your accounts soon.
Rebecca announced that the Port Jefferson Community Garden (located on previously vacant parkland located at the intersection of Beach St. and Sheldrake Ave.) has already broken ground. If you are interested in planting in one of the raised beds (cost:$40), please sign up for the lottery on the Port Jeff Village website (Beach St. Community Garden), where you can find the appropriate form.  Submissions are due by June 4th.
Rob announced that our club will be taking a table at the July 24th Hope Children's Fund's "Passion for Education 2021 Gala" to be held at The Inn & Spa at East Wind in Wading River.  Our club will pay for 1/2 the cost of attendance or $100 per member or guest. Rob & Melanie and Sal & Rebecca have  already asked to be seated at the table.
Next week's meeting will be an OPEN CUPBOARD COLLECTION DAY!
Congrats are due to:  Dennis, on his successful eye surgery; Jen's Daphne & Will for their commendable performance in national BMX competitions in Georgia (?); Cindy, on the acceptance of her son to Fordham's  graduate school of education program; Colton Dooley on being confirmed in his church; and Michael & Stephanie's baby, Harvey, who has managed to sleep through the night several times recently.  YAY!
Through the magic of a video link sent by our speaker, mastered by Rob & Bob, and shared with us, we learned about Stove Team International (headquartered in Eugene, Oregon).  This non-profit was founded by Nancy Hughes, who was widowed when she and her husband were about to retire.  Wondering what she could do to keep busy and help others, Ms. Hughes joined a local Rotary Club and subsequently went on a medical mission trip to Guatemala.  There, she worked in kitchens and discovered that the indigenous people she was working with were among the 4 billion in the world who cook on open fires.  She was horrified by the health issues resulting from such a common activity.  The smoke produced in local kitchens (the equivalent of 400 cigarettes per day), were affecting the mothers and their babies -under age 5, especially, causing needless early deaths due to respiratory ills, burns, and seriously damaged eyesight.  She learned that smoke inhalation from open, indoor wood fires kills more people than AIDS and malaria combined, not to mention that in order for this type of cooking to go on, the world's forests were being stripped of their trees at a tremendous rate- affecting global warming. The local mothers also suffered from severe pains due to the fact that they had to carry the heavy bundles of wood on their heads and backs daily to their homes in order to cook meals for their families.  When she returned home, Ms. Hughes described what she saw and gathered some knowledgeable people together to help create inexpensive stoves to replace open fire cooking in parts of the world needing them.  Thus, Stove Team International was born. The stoves they designed and tested reduce black smoke and indoor air pollution. They burn fuel more efficiently, using much less wood. In Latin America, they can be built locally, using local resources.  Many other volunteer trips to Guatemala and neighboring countries helped perfect the product.  Stove Team Int'l. now facilitates the placement of low-smoke, efficient, and safe cookstoves in homes in collaboration with local communities in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Mexico- and soon other 3rd world countries, as well- in order to support families, and, at the same time, protect the environment.  There are currently 2 types of stoves.  The Justa (cost:$100) is built in place inside a home and comes with a chimney.  The Ecocina stove ($50) is a portable stove.  They are built from all local materials such as concrete, pumice, and brick and are designed to be handmade by the local people. Local stove teams build and maintain each stove with the family directly involved in the building. To date, more than 78,000 stoves have enriched the lives of more than 1/2 million people and prevented nearly 1 million
tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.  And the families with the stoves report at least 25% savings for the entire monthly expense of their wood purchase. 
A partner factory in Nicaragua is thriving. El Salvador has a partner factory, as well.  Larger stoves are being built for use by schools and the like.  The Stove Team Int'l. is looking to eradicate open fire cooking throughout the world and ending a major contributor to climate change and deforestation. Thousands of lives (and trees) will be saved due to their efforts.  For more information, go to  and look for the newsletter to follow their progress.
OUR NEXT MEETING:  Tues., May 11th, will be a hybrid meeting. Members are urged to attend in person at Cafe Spiga, if they are able to do so.  We will be meeting and honoring Comsewogue Schools' Most Motivated Student of the Month. This is also an OPEN CUPBOARD COLLECTION DAY!
On Tuesday, May 18th, we will honor Port Jefferson Middle School's Most Motivated Student of the month.
It's time to pick up your Raffle Tickets!  Contact Jen, and then sell, sell, sell!
***You are invited to attend the 23rd Annual Middle Island-Rocky Point Rotary Golf Tournament at St. George's Golf & Country Club (134 Lower Sheep Pasture Rd., East Setauket) on Monday, June 21st , with a Shotgun Start at 1 PM SharpRegistration and Lunch: 11AM- 12:45 PM.  Rain or Shine.  This outing benefits Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, Gift of Life, and other Rotary Service Projects.  Costs: Donation $300/golfer; Donation $200/Hole Sponsor; Dinner Only: $85.  Golfers will be entitled to: the Greens Fees & Golf Cart; Free Range Balls; Cocktail Hour after Golf; Appetizers & Hors D'Oeuvres; Seafood Station; Carving Bar; and a Lobster Dinner. Contests: Hi & Low Gross; Low Net; Longest Drive; Nearest to Pin; Most Honest Golfer (Men & Women); Hole-in-One Contest.  Limited to 90 golfers Reservations on a 1st come, 1st serve basis. (Payment must be received to reserve a spot.)  Scramble   Format.  Special raffles, Auctions, and 50/50 to be held.  Please make checks payable to "Rocky Point Middle Island Rotary".  For additional information, call Larry Kogel at 516-380-8035.  or email  For your convenience, you can register and pay on line: (a transaction fee is assessed.)
SAVE THE DATE: You are invited to attend the 4th Annual (2021 version) "Passion for Education Gala" to benefit the Hope Children's Fund, Ltd., on Saturday, JULY 24th, 6 PM-11 PM, at The Inn & Spa at East Wind in Wading River. Join the celebrants for an evening of live music by X-Session, a cocktail hour, a plated dinner, raffles, and silent auction- all supporting the education of the children of the Jerusha Mwiraria Hope Children's Home in Meru, Kenya. (Every ticket at a cost of $199 p/p pays for a trimester of secondary school for a youngster living at the Home.)  Please R.S.V.P.: or Hope Children's Fund, P.O.Box 1345, East Northport, NY 11731 or .
You are invited to become a member of the Port Jeff Village Community Garden Committee, which has already begun meeting and is in its planning stages for the village's 1st such project to be achieved on village parkland in upper Port. The garden is expected to elevate the sense of place for residents and visitors, and will undoubtedly be supported by the local business community.  The garden will provide a space for residents to grow their own local produce.  The Community Garden Committee, which already includes some of our club members- Sal and Rebecca- is seeking other members with experience related to gardening, who have an interest in community outreach, nutrition, and food security, who can attend 2-3 online meetings per month (approx. 1 hour each) and occasional on-site meetings, who can perform independent tasks/research/outreach between meetings (approx. 2 hours per week), and who are able to commit at least 1 year on the committee.  Interested?  Contact
Rebecca invites us to get acquainted with HOMETOWNHOPEPORTJEFFERSON.ORG. Hometown Hope provides resources and support in times of need to all residents of the Village by promoting a movement of spreading kindness. It "strives to uplift through wellness, resilience, and compassionate understanding in our community."  Among the services/goods it will provide: meal boxes; home deliveries; and the like for those suffering illness, loss, etc., as well as help for healthcare practitioners during the pandemic. You can also sponsor a family. 
Want to volunteer? Contact .
***If you have ideas or items to be discussed at our next meeting, let Rob know.  And if you'd like to join one of the club's special committees, let him know this, as well. The more, the merrier!***
            *** Watch for Rob's invitation to our next meeting and plan to join us!***                                                   
                                  MEANWHILE, STAY SAFE AND WELL!