Local Rotary Clubs to Hold Environmental Day of Service on May 20th

By Susan Johnson

May 10, 2023: Rotary Clubs in Bronxville, Eastchester and Scarsdale will “Get Behind the Wheel” and collaborate for the first time on Saturday, May 20th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (rain date May 21st) volunteering for the Bronx River Parkway Conservancy (BRPRC) on an environmental Day of Service to clean up and beautify a section of the Bronx River Reservation. The objective is to remove the invasive vines and scrub brush that have thrived and developed a stranglehold on trees over the years that will ultimately kill them–and have some fun while doing it!

Under the auspices of BRPRC president Robert DelTorto who will train and supervise the volunteers, the Day of Service will also include planting native species trees – white spruce, black walnut, and silky dogwood -- on the reservation to help restore its ecology, preserve, and protect a beautiful section of the local landscape. The cleanup area will be  located near the Tuckahoe duck pond at the cross section of Garrett Avenue and the end of Tuckahoe Road. 

“Please join us for an inspiring day of humanity and fellowship for a fun day, focused on interacting with each other while delivering an important community service. Our hope is this will become an ongoing collaboration in support of the Bronx River Parkway Reservation Conservancy,” said Board member Dr. Eduardo Saponara who along with former member of the Westchester County Legislature Ruth Walter are the event co-chairs. Joel Benoliel is Vice Chair.

The idea for the collaboration with BRPRC on this 2023 Day of Service came about after Ruth, a Board member of the Bronxville Rotary and the Bronx River Parkway Reservation Conservancy (https://www.bronx-river.com/), got to know BRPRC president Robert DelTorto at the Bicycle Sundays vine cuttings (held regularly during the summers). She was drawn to Bob’s unwavering dedication to Westchester County Parks.

A longtime employee of the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservancy, Bob was named 2015 Best Volunteer by Friends of Westchester County Parks. He had already organized many volunteer cleanups in sections of the Bronx River Reservation. “Participating in vine cutting with Bob was so much fun and really connected me to the park. I knew that Rotary members from clubs along the Bronx River would enjoy this work. Coming together with other Rotary clubs to beautify our shared park is another lasting benefit,” said Ruth.

“We want to attract young people focused on doing community service, who are also committed to protecting the environment,” said Rotary president James Smith, Downstate Regional Officer of Trustco Bank. “There are so many things that compete for everyone’s time and energy. We are looking to the younger generation for some new ideas on how we can help attract them to service through Rotary,” he said.

The Bronxville Rotary Club is part of an international network of 1.4 million problem-solvers in 46,000 clubs. Rotary International is the world’s largest non-profit and humanitarian service organization that provide service to others, build international relationships, promote peace, and create a better world. “We see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. We in Bronxville are doing our part and wish to promote these ideals,” said Dr. Eduardo Saponara.

Said incoming Rotary president attorney Louis J. Maggiotto, “For more than 115 years, Rotary's self-described people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to execute sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.”

Learn more about local Rotary Clubs: Bronxville Rotary (https://bronxvillerotary.com/); Eastchester Rotary (https://eastchester-rotary.org/); Scarsdale Rotary (https://scarsdalerotary.org/).

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Community Service Organizations Directory

Community Service Organizations

Bronxville Beautification Council

Organized in 1982 and incorporated in 1993, the Bronxville Beautification Council (BBC) is a not for profit organization administered by a Board of Directors. Its mission is to enhance and maintain the natural and man-made beauty of Bronxville Village, with emphasis on the downtown business district of Bronxville. The BBC uses the dollars raised in its annual spring solicitation letter to residents to fund the mum, tulip and summer flower plantings downtown and at traffic intersections, as well as the summer hanging baskets. Every few years the group spearheads such major endeavors as the renovation of Leonard Morange Square on the west side of the railroad tracks and the beautification of the Lawrence Hospital traffic circle, which included the addition of plants and the building of the fountain that now makes a gracious western portal to our town. The BBC also works with other civic groups to monitor the aesthetics of retail signage, the consistency of sidewalk materials, and litter and graffiti. During Beautify Bronxville Week, the BBC sponsors a poetry reading and works with Scout groups on the annual village clean-up. 

Bronxville Beautification Council
PO Box 127
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Boy Scouts

The village of Bronxville has a long tradition of scouting. “The troops and packs of Bronxville have maintained the finest scouting organizations and have taught the boys of the Bronxville area to be leaders and outstanding members of the local, national and global communities.”

There are several Boy Scout Troops in Bronxville, including Troops 1, 2, 4, and 5. 


Bronxvillle Girls Scouts

The Girls Scouts is “the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world.” In Girl Scouts, “girls discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together. Through the many enriching experiences provided by Girl Scouts, they can grow courageous and strong.”

Bronxville Historical Conservancy

The Bronxville Historical Conservancy was founded in 1998 to further the understanding and appreciation of the history and current life of the village. The Conservancy furthers its mission through the presentation of programs, publications, lectures and special events that foster an awareness of the village's architectural, artistic and cultural heritage, and lends its support for projects designed to strengthen and preserve those legacies. Anyone who is interested in the Bronxville and its history can become a member; varying levels of membership are available. 

Bronxville Historical Conservancy
PO Box 989
Bronxville, New York 10708



Bronxville School Foundation

The Bronxville School Foundation, founded in 1991, is a non-profit organization independent from the school with the sole purpose of supporting the school. The Foundation raises money each year through donations from school families, community members, and alumni, among others.These contributions fund grants that provide cutting-edge technology, innovative programs and curriculum and other resources that are beyond the scope of public school funding.

177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708


Bronxville Women’s Club

The Bronxville Women’s Club offers lectures, exhibits and concerts. It also has a beautiful clubhouse which is available for rental for events.

135 Midland Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Youth Council

The Bronxville Youth Council provides volunteer and leadership opportunities for high school students in the village of Bronxville.

177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-395-0500 ext 1789

Counseling Center

Founded in 1971, the mission of the Counseling Center “is to provide a wide range of psychotherapeutic and counseling services to individuals, couples and families by a staff of highly trained, experience and dedicated psychotherapists. 

The Counseling Center
180 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester & Tuckahoe

The mission of the Community Fund is “to support broad social services in Bronxville 10708, Eastchester and Tuckahoe through grants and technical support to local agencies and community projects. All money raised here in our community stays here in our community.” 

15 Park Place
Bronxville, New York 10708

Friends of the Bronxville Library

The Friends of the Bronxville Library is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to focus attention on the “Library’s services, facilities and needs” as well as sponsor projects and provide materials that are beyond the reach of the Library’s regular budget and perform other services. 

Junior League of Bronxville

The Junior League of Bronxville is “an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.”


Rotary Club of Bronxville

The mission of the Rotary Club of Bronxville is to “encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and to encourage and foster (1) the development of friendships within the community as an opportunity for service, (2) high ethical standards in business and professions, (3) the application of the ideal of service of each member to his personal and business and community life and (4) the advancement of international understanding, good will and peace through a world fellowship.” 

Senior Citizens of Bronxville

Senior Citizens of Bronxville is a not-for-profit organization that provides services and programs to seniors within the 10708 zip code area. “Programs cover a wide range of activities from educational seminars and cultural enrichment, to community services, bridge classes and exercise.”


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