An Overview of our Club's History
 
The Rotary Club of Mechanicville, NY chartered in April 1924 with Evan E. Jones as president.
Sponsored by the Troy, NY Rotary Club, the Mechanicville Club met at St. Luke’s Church on South Main St in Mechanicville.  Interestingly, the club returned to this meeting location in 2009 when the old church was purchased and renovated by Jaimen McMillan as the Arts Center on the Hudson.
 
One of the club’s most significant projects was the coordination of the effort to reclaim the lands of the Saratoga Battlefield including fundraising to purchase the land back from the farmer owners.  Led by George Slingerland who was also mayor, the club worked with several other Rotary clubs in the area and brought this to national attention.
 
The club also pressed the cause to have the Battlefield named a NYS Historic Park and eventually a National Park.  A plaque commemorating the club’s activities can be found at the base of the walkway to the Learning Center.  The club has compiled a history of local Rotary involvement in the effort.
 
Throughout the years, the club was involved in many community projects; scholarships to Mechanicville High School, park benches and trees in the city, underwrote the Time Capsule in Talmadge Park and for many years, built and maintained a cabin at Boy Scout Camp Saratoga donating canoes and other equipment to the camp.  The club also participated in the building of Rotary Lodge at YMCA Camp Chingachgook on Lake George.
 
More recently the club established several annual projects including donating dictionaries to all third graders to the five schools in their service area – Mechanicville, Stillwater, Hoosic Valley and Waterford-Halfmoon and St. Mary's, Waterford.  They also sponsor students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program, a school-year long program helping young leaders develop skills; donate to MACSC and Stillwater food pantries and After the Prom parties.  Partnering with Operation Warm, the club has provided new, warm winter coats for many local children. 
 
Internationally the club has made blankets for babies in Honduras, sponsored water filters for schools in Haiti, wheelchairs for polio survivors in Nigeria, a water buffalo for a village in Pakistan, disaster relief funds for Katrina, Thailand and Japan.
The club is also a force in the world-wide effort to eradicate polio through their annual Purple Pinkie Days at area schools.  Over 5000 children have received oral vaccine through this undertaking.