Bronxville Rotary Club Honors Robert McGrath and Groundwork Hudson Valley: See Photos

Robert McGrath acknowledging all after receiving the Rotary Lifetime Community Award 

By Robert Warner

May 4, 2022: Groundwork Hudson Valley has been named a beneficiary by the Bronxville Rotary Club at the Annual Benefit Cocktail Party on April 22nd at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville NY. Rotarian Robert McGrath was honored with the Lifetime Community Service Award for his dedicated service to our community. The celebration comes after a two-year hiatus, which brings together Rotarians to benefit community organizations.

Bronxville Rotary President, Nicky Standard, in her opening remarks discussed how fitting this celebration to benefit Groundwork Hudson Valley was as it was Earth Day and it is our responsibility to protect our planet and that is what GHV is doing.  New York State Assembly Member Amy Paulin and Westchester County Executive, George Latimer were on hand to kick off the remarks in celebration of Bob McGrath and Groundwork Hudson Valley.  John Priesing, fellow Rotarian, introduced Bob and shared his wonderful personal story of the importance of family for Bob and how he came to coaching football for Bronxville High School for decades and for years sponsored the football dinner for the players which was the highlight of every season. 

Bob was joined by all 5 of his kids in celebration of their dad.  A former player from Bob’s coaching days, Tom Denniston came in from Rhode Island to celebrate with Bob and his family and shared wonderful memories of life with coach Bob and how there is a group of former players that still get together with Bob in the summer at the Cape.  The tribute to Bob was capped off by Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin who shared her own personal stories of Bob as a neighbor, community service member and friend.  Bob received citations from State senator Shelly Mayer, who was unable to attend and a Certificate of Service from the Westchester County Executive.

Karen Tumelty, director of Development at Groundwork Hudson Valley introduced Brigitte Griswold, Executive Director of Goundwork Hudson Valley.  Groundwork Hudson creates sustainable environmental change in urban neighborhoods through community based partnerships that promote equity, youth leadership, and economic opportunity.  Each year this EPA authorized community group restores vacant properties, improves water quality in local streams, and builds trails, parks and playgrounds.  Groundwork Hudson was instrumental in facilitating the uncovering of the Saw Mill River in downtown Yonkers.  

Brigitte Griswold, Groundwork’s Executive Director, expressed her gratitude for the recognition and support, “We are so honored to be named as a beneficiary by the Bronxville Rotary Club whom we share similar values and mission. The work we do is strengthened by creating synergies with organizations such as Bronxville Rotary Club who, like us, are also problem-solvers in order to continue supporting climate vulnerable communities and finding solutions to environmental justice issues.”

The benefit helped raise over $20,000, which will help Groundwork Hudson Valley identify and address climate change and environmental issues at the community-level in Yonkers, NY.

Further donations to Groundwork Hudson Valley can be made online at or, by sending a check made out to Bronxville Rotary Foundation, noting Groundwork Hudson Valley in the comments section, and sent out to Bronxville Rotary Club c/o Nobile, Magarian & DiSalvo 111 Kraft Avenue, Bronxville, NY 10708.

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See photos from the event below.

John Priesing introducing Bob McGrath

Robert McGrath with Nicola Standard, Bronxville Rotary President

Tom Dennison who came down from Rhode Island to present Bob McGrath with a proclamation from the Governor of Rhode Island. Tom played football for Coach McGrath at Bronxville High School

Mayor Mary Marvin

Bronxville Rotary Club President Nicola Standard


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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