Rotary Day of Service: Rocky Point Rotary Helps Transform Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck

Rotary Day of Service: Rocky Point Rotary Helps Transform Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck

On May 18th, the Rocky Point Rotary Club, along with the Rotary Clubs of Patchogue, Port Jefferson, and Moriches, participated in a remarkable Rotary Day of Service at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck in Center Moriches, located on the South Shore of Long Island, New York. This event showcased the power of community spirit, dedication, and a shared commitment to making a difference.

A Day of Service

Rotary International's Day of Service is a global initiative that unites over 800 clubs and 30,000 Rotarians across 10 states and 7 countries to undertake projects that make a tangible difference in their communities. This year, the focus for the Rocky Point Rotary Club was on enhancing the facilities at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, a beloved summer camp that serves individuals with disabilities, providing them with unforgettable experiences and opportunities to grow and thrive.

Painting the Fence

One of the major projects of the day was painting one of the camp’s sprawling wooden fences. Volunteers from the Rocky Point Rotary and neighboring clubs worked together, section by section, to apply coats of fresh white paint.

This wasn’t just about painting a fence. It was a statement, a bold declaration of community and care. The fence, now vibrant and new, stands as a testament to what can be achieved together. It represents a renewed commitment, a promise that the spaces where children laugh, play, and grow are valued.

This effort symbolized the collective spirit of the volunteers, showcasing their dedication to creating a welcoming and well-maintained environment for the children at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. In the end, the fence wasn't just painted; it was transformed, much like the hearts of those who took part in this meaningful day of service.

Restoring the Rotary Wheel and Memorial Plaque


Near the entrance of Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck stands a flagpole dedicated in memory of Arlene Carlough, who passed away at the young age of 14. In her honor, a Rotary Wheel was placed at the base of the flagpole along with a memorial plaque. Over the years, these symbols of remembrance had weathered and needed restoration.

Volunteers from the Rocky Point Rotary Club, along with members from the Patchogue, Port Jefferson, and Moriches Rotary Clubs, took on the task of breathing new life into these cherished symbols. Carefully, lovingly, the Rotary Wheel was repainted, its shine restored to a brilliance that catches the eye and stirs the heart. The memorial plaque, too, was cleaned and polished, its inscriptions now clear and resonant.


This was more than a restoration project; it was an act of remembrance, a tribute to a young life and a symbol of enduring community spirit. Each brushstroke and polish was a nod to the past, an acknowledgment of the importance of preserving the stories and memories that shape Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. This collaborative effort highlighted the power of coming together, honoring history, and ensuring that the legacy of those who have been part of the camp continues to inspire all who visit.

Raising the Tent


In a project reminiscent of old-fashioned barn raisings, Rotarians worked together to erect a large tent for the summer campers. This tent will provide a shaded area where the children can have lunch and enjoy outdoor activities protected from the sun. The teamwork and camaraderie displayed during this project were truly inspiring, reflecting the essence of what Rotary stands for – community, collaboration, and service.

Fellowship and Celebration

After hours of hard work, the volunteers gathered for fellowship outside, enjoying burgers on the grill. This time together was not just a meal but a celebration of their collective efforts and the difference they made at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. The fellowship and camaraderie shared among the Rotarians reinforced the bonds within their community and highlighted the joy of giving back.

A Lasting Impact

The impact of this Rotary Day of Service will be felt throughout the summer and beyond, as the improvements made to Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck enhance the experience for all who attend. The freshly painted fence, restored Rotary Wheel, and the newly reassembled tent will serve as enduring symbols of what can be achieved when people come together in service of others.


As the day came to a close, there was a palpable sense of pride and fulfillment among the volunteers. The Rocky Point Rotary Club, along with their partners from Patchogue, Port Jefferson, and Moriches, demonstrated that through unity and dedication, they could make a significant difference in their community.

Join the Movement


Rotary Day of Service is a reminder that each of us has the power to contribute to our communities in meaningful ways. Whether through hands-on projects, fundraising efforts, or simply spreading the word, everyone can play a part in making the world a better place. Join us in this ongoing journey of service and be a part of the positive change we wish to see in the world. 

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