Pawling Rotary Welcomes Speakers

Robin Blue Brown spoke about Dress For Success, an organization that offers assistance to job seekers.

During the last two Tuesday meetings in August and the first Tuesday meeting of September, the Pawling Rotary Club hosted outstanding speakers from three organizations. The missions of all three organizations shared commonality by enabling and supporting success to those in need of specialized services.

The August 21 meeting welcomed Dress for Success Program Director Robin Blue Brown, who outlined the many ways the organization assists people who are entering or re-entering the workforce. Dress for Success in Poughkeepsie provides appropriate clothing choices for job interviews and work within a boutique setting, as well as assistance with crafting a resume and help with the interview process.

On August 28, Jo Ann Brown from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Dutchess County spoke passionately about the problems faced by those who cope with the stigma of mental illness. NAMI provides referrals, counseling, and workshops as patients and their families learn to manage this disability.

On September 4, Kelly Dooley and Melanie Maruzzella from The Anderson Center for Autism, located in Staatsburg, NY, shared how compassion and the passion to affect change can have a positive, life-long impact on the lives of children and adults living with this pervasive developmental disorder.

Pawling Rotary lunch meetings take place every Tuesday at noon at the Lathrop Center in Lakeside Park. For information about the many ways in which Pawling Rotary supports the Pawling community or how to become a Rotary member, visit their website at