2016 Charity of Choice:

The two charities of choice for 2016 are Hospice Foundation of the Hudson Valley and the WGHQ Happy Christmas Fund. Established in 2001, the Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation works to raise community awareness and funding in support of Hudson Valley Hospice's services, programs and mission to provide care, comfort and compassion to the men, women and children of Dutchess and Ulster County who are facing life limiting illnesses of themselves or a loved one. The Happy Christmas Fund continues to be an avenue to bring holiday gifts, clothing and food to local families. All fundraising initiatives of the Happy Christmas Fund are on a volunteer basis with no paid staff and all dollars raised go right back in to the communities where we live and work.

Uptown Branch Manager, Stephanie Earl

Valentines Bake Sale

The Bank held their first fundraising event of the year on Thursday, February 11th and Friday, February 12th. It was a Valentine's Day Bake Sale located at the 300 Broadway branch and sponsored by the Uptown branch. Everyone baked their “hearts” out and brought in loads of home-baked goodies, plus we were able to secure some mouthwatering chocolate heart pops from Krause's Chocolates which sold like hotcakes. This great team effort brought in a total of $639.98 for the two-day event.

Crystal Jacob

Harley-Davidson Spring Fashion Show

Woodstock Harley-Davidson unveiled their new line up of clothing for this coming season during a benefit fashion show held on Feb. 27th at their state Route 28 location in the town of Kingston. The event, billed as the 3rd Annual Spring Fashion Show Benefit, raised money to help children with autism served by the Center for Spectrum Services in the town of Ulster. The Center for Spectrum Services, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, serves the entire Hudson Valley and has schools in the town of Ulster and the Village of Ellenville.

Our very own Crystal Jacob, who also serves as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the Center for Spectrum Services, walked the runway along with elected officials like Kingston Mayor Steve Noble, business leaders like Tommy Keegan of Keegan Ales, Scott Herrington of Sav-On Party Store and Spectrum Services staff and families. Great fun for a great cause!

2016 Shamrock Run

RSB was once again the “Race Start/ Major” sponsor at this year's Shamrock Run, held on March 13th. This event was started back in 1988 in the hopes of creating a “flat, fast and first class race” that would precede Kingston's St. Patrick's Day Parade, with cheering fans lining the roadside between Academy Green and ending at the foot of Broadway in the Rondout district. It is believed to be the largest race between New York City and Albany and a great way to get folks out in the spring and into running.

The Shamrock Run was started in 1988 in the hopes of creating a “flat, fast and first class race” that would precede Kingston's St. Patrick's Day Parade, with cheering fans lining the roadside between Academy Green and ending at the foot of Broadway in the Rondout district. It is believed to be the largest race between New York City and Albany and a great way to get folks out in the spring and into running. Scheduled for Sunday, March 13th, it's a two-mile Family Fun Run that has had up to 4500 runners; this year they hope to hit 5000 and are attempting to set the World Record for runners in kilts!

The Post Race Party was held at the Rondout Neighborhood Center on Broadway in Kingston and prizes were randomly drawn from all registered runners at the Post Race Party - the Grand Prize was two roundtrip tickets to Ireland!

Hyde Park Chamber Mixer

The Hyde Park branch of RSB hosted the March 15th after hours Chamber Mixer where over 40 people attended. The event was catered by Hyde Park Brewing Company which since 1995 has provided fine, handcrafted beer for people in the Hudson Valley along with the newest concept of Brewpub Fresh Cuisine emphasizing seasonal, local, and fresh ingredients. It was a fun evening showing off our sister branch where a lot of good, new contacts were made.

Ward Todd, UC Chamber's President & CEO with Irish Person of the Year: Cheryl Bowers

Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce - Irish Person of the Year:

Chief Operating Officer, Cheryl Bowers, was honored at the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce's 47th annual Peter B. Mathews St. Patrick's Day Breakfast as “Irish Person of the Year”! The Irish Person of the Year Award typically goes to a person of non-Irish descent who has served the community. Cheryl has served local not-for-profit organizations her entire career, currently serving as trustee on: the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston, SUNY New Paltz Foundation and Vassar Hospital. Cheryl has served organizations such as Gateway, was past Ulster Chamber Board President, and the Kingston Lions Club to name a few. We are so proud to have such community spirit at Rondout...Congratulations Cheryl “O” Bowers!

Aileen Rohr Town of Hyde Park supervisor and her husband, Michael Rohr with Cheryl Bowers

Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce - Celebrity Server

On March 31st Hudson Valley business leaders traded in their suits and ties for an apron and waited on their staff to help raise money for the Cosimo DiBrizzi Memorial Scholarship Fund and The Chamber Foundation's general Scholarship Program. This scholarship, established by the family of Cosimo DiBrizzi, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Chamber Foundation, was created to honor the memory of this well respected restaurateur and friend to many in the Hudson Valley. The Cosimo DiBrizzi Scholarship is available to any resident of the Hudson Valley who is pursuing a career in the Culinary Arts at the Culinary Institute of America. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour followed by a three course gourmet dinner paired with wine, plus dessert! At the end of the night, tips were tallied and prizes were awarded to top earners. It was a fun evening with great food and spectacular wine and the event raised over $30,000 in “tips” from the “celebrity” server staff that included our very own Cheryl Bowers!

UC SPCA's Fur Ball: Seanne Crozier, Gaelen Grogan-Doughman, Stephanie Earl, Heather Hart

Ulster County SPCA Fur Ball

The Ulster County SPCA's biggest fundraiser, the Annual Fur Ball, was recently held on April 9th at the elegant Diamond Mills Hotel in Saugerties. This sold out event, also commemorating their 125th anniversary, began the evening with hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction, followed by a delicious dinner and live auction. All money raised went to benefit their “fur ever friends!”

The Ulster County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a private, nonprofit organization that has been serving its namesake county since 1891.

L to R: Allan Bowdery, Board of Trustees President, Francesca Szabadi (RSB/ HRMM board member) and Russell Lange, Executive Director

Hudson River Maritime Museum Opening Gala Reception

On April 29th, Francesca, who is also a board member of the HRMM, spoke on behalf of Rondout Savings Bank at the Museum's Opening Gala Reception for their 2016 season, where they proudly displayed their new and refreshed exhibits. Rondout Savings Bank is a sponsor of the new wooden boat building exhibit that chronicles the history of wooden boat building in the Hudson River Valley with an emphasis on the Rondout Creek. This exhibit is housed in the new Riverport Wooden Boat School. The HRMM is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and related industries. Its collections are devoted to the history of shipping, boating and industry on the Hudson and its tributaries, such as the Rondout, where Kingston grew prosperous early in the 19th century around the same time Rondout Savings Bank first opened its doors.

Lynda Proper

Mother's Day Bake Sale:

The Broadway Branch of Rondout Savings Bank was the host of this year's Annual Mother's Day Bake Sale on Thursday, May 5th & Friday, May 6th to help raise money our their 2016 Charities of Choice: The Hospice Foundation of the Hudson Valley and the WGHQ Happy Christmas Fund.

We were very excited to once again be adding “crafts” to this fundraiser! There was beautiful hand painted glassware and handmade earrings as well as delicious baked goods all donated by our talented staff brought our total for our Charities of Choice to an amazing $971.00!

Women's Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix:

The 4th annual Women's Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix (WWCGP), a one-day bicycle road race for licensed female cyclists, was held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 starting in Woodstock, New York and extending throughout Upper Ulster County, to include Saugerties, Shandaken (Phoenicia) and Hurley (Glenford). The event was presented by the following founding sponsors: Rondout Savings Bank, Garneau Sports, Naccarato Insurance, and Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County, as well as support from many other local businesses. Proceeds and PR from the event went to benefit the WFO (World Federation of Orthodontists), Boys & Girls Club of Ulster County and Mountain2Mountain.

Racers from all over North America came to the WWCGP 2016 to compete for prizes as well as to experience bicycle racing on some of the most demanding as well as scenic roads in the Northeast including incredible topography, amazing hospitality and wondrous local attractions. This USAcycling sanctioned event was intended to both be a celebration of women on and off the bicycle as well as our community at large. Despite the damp and at times rainy conditions, thanks to the sponsors, volunteers, and phenomenal support from law enforcement, fire departments, ambulance corps and agencies as well as local businesses, we were able to put on an exceptional race through our scenic Catskill mountains.

Hurley Family Day –
front: Patti Hagen, Heather Hart, Amy Kulesza;
back: Lori Kurz, Seanne Crozier, Cheryl James

Hurley Family Day

On Saturday, May 21st our Hurley Ridge branch helped sponsor the last minute re -scheduled, Hurley Family Day. Thankfully the weather held and we had lots of people stopping by our table, enjoying our giveaways and entering the raffle for a “movie night” basket; the happy winner was one of our customers, James Lawson. The majority who tried to guess the amount of M&Ms in the mason jar also signed up to have us contact them about RSB and its services (very clever!) The Market decided to change things up this year and had all the food vendors inside which left us full reign of the parking lot and bouncy house, and of course we had a cheery, smiling group to great everyone!