Rhinebeck Rotary To Honor Its Own at Annual Awards Dinner



On Monday, May 9th, the Rhinebeck Rotary Club will hold its annual Service Above Self Awards and Recognition Dinner — with this year’s theme, “Honoring Our Own” — from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Hotel Rhinecliff, in Rhinecliff, New York. The 2016 honorees are longtime Rhinebeck Rotarians Michael Frazier, David Ives, and Greg Rakow. The event will also honor Paul Harris Fellowship awardees David Albahary and David Ping.


Mr. Frazier has lived in Rhinebeck for the past 45 years, with a long and successful career in education as a teacher, a school board member, and as a superintendent of schools. He has served extensively in the community as chair of the Rhinebeck Village Planning Board, the Village Master Plan Committee, and the Village Rezoning Committee, as well as for a term as Village trustee. Michael is a past president of the Rhinebeck Rotary, serves as an advisor to Rhinebeck High School’s Interact Club, and also serves on the Community Service Committee. He is also a longtime board member, past president, and the current treasurer of the Rhinebeck Historical Society.


Mr. Ives, a Rhinebeck resident as well, is executive director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University and is an adjunct professor of political science, Latin American studies, philosophy, and international culture. A Rhinebeck Rotarian for many years, David created one of the club’s signature programs, the Nicaragua Service Project, which takes the Rhinebeck High School Interact Club to that country each year to perform meaningful community service. He has also served as Rotary Peace Coordinator for Rotary International. This year David has been honored with a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for his life’s work.


Mr. Rakow, owner of the local insurance and real estate company, Fraleigh & Rakow, and a Red Hook resident, currently serves as chair of the Health Quest Board — the parent company of Northern Dutchess Hospital, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, and Putnam Hospital. He previously chaired the Northern Dutchess Hospital Board and has worked with the area’s hospice for two decades. Greg is a member and past president of the Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce and has been a member of the Rhinebeck Rotary since 1980, serving as President from 1992 to 1993. He also served as chair for the club’s annual golf tournament — the club’s largest fundraiser — for 20 years.


The Paul Harris Fellowship Award, named for the founder of Rotary, is given to recognize those who have demonstrated a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of The Rotary Foundation, which includes community service projects around the world that enhance international friendship and understanding.


The Rhinebeck Rotary Club is a local chapter of Rotary International comprised of business and professional leaders who work together to support humanitarian, educational and cultural programs at local and international levels. Support for this year’s honorees also supports the club’s mission.

Tickets to the dinner are $70 per person and $700 for a reserved table of 10. Sponsorship packages, including program listings, ad pages, and reserved tables are also available at bronze, silver, gold, and diamond levels. The deadline for sponsor inclusion on the formal invitation is Monday, March 28th, and for inclusion in the Dinner Journal is Friday, April 29th. For reservations and information contact Kiki Steele at stellaloo@aol.com. For information on sponsorships, contact Philip Meltzer at Phil44bc@yahoo.com or Dawn Morrison at dmorrison@health-quest.org. For information on placing journal ads contact Maureen Gates at sharpimagesphoto@yahoo.com.