Congratulations to the 2024 honorees of the Highland Rotary Club Service Above Self awards: Jami Anson, Dennis Bragg, Raegan Hons, Sorbello Landscaping/Steven Sorbello, and TRC Auto Repair/Matthew & Sarah Bahr.
The Rotary "Service Above Self" motto conveys the humanitarian spirit of our organization. With this award, the Highland Rotary Club recognizes the people in our community who live by the same motto and are dedicated to servicing our local community.
Follow these instructions for registering to attend the Service Above Self Dinner to celebrate these wonderful honorees.
Thanks to those who made clothing donations at the Highland Rotary Collection sheds, we collected 106,555 lbs of clothes in 2023, which helped clothe nearly 20K people! These contributions also helped raise $8,500 that was used to support efforts for the Highland community, including donations to the American Legion and the Highland Rail Trail. What an impact! Thank you everyone!

Bjarne "BJ" Mikkelsen, a Tour Operator at Great Dane Journeys, has been a member of Rotary International since. 2014. In addition to being an active member in club activities and service projects, he has served as Membership Chair and International Committee Chair. BJ explains, “When Rotary was explained to me, I saw very quickly that it was exactly what I identified with. I did not need to be talked into it, I said, “Well that’s me.” It was that easy. It was just straight out of my heart and something I felt strongly about and something I knew I should be a part of.” 

The Highland Rotary Club has installed a Peace Pole, dedicated in loving memory of community member Donna Deeprose, at the Highland Rotary Club's Centennial Garden, located on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail near the Commercial Avenue Extension in Highland, NY. 

More than two dozen local residents came out on September 21, which is also the International Day of Peace, to commemorate the Peace Pole dedication in Deeprose’s honor. The interactive ceremony was led by Douglas Sturomski, chair of the Rotary District 7210 Peace Pole Committee, and included comments from long-time Highland Rotarian Rafael Diaz, Deeprose’s husband.

As a humanitarian organization, Rotary International has always championed the cause of peace. Locally, the Highland Rotary Club embraces this cause and strives to promote peace through kindness and efforts to make the world a better place for all. These are also qualities and commitments of Deeprose.  

A beloved member of the Highland community for nearly two decades, Deeprose passed away in January at the age of 81. Her life exemplified the ideals of peace, kindness, and service to others. Born in Alberta, Canada, she moved to the United States in 1961 and later met Diaz during their time as graduate students at Columbia University.

Following a successful career as a writer, published author, and management trainer, Deeprose and Diaz retired to Highland in 2003. However, her retirement was anything but idle. She dedicated her time and energy to various community endeavors, leaving an indelible mark on the town.

Club Information
Welcome to the Highland Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:10 a.m.
Frida's Cafe & Bakery
26 Main Streer
Milton, NY 12547
United States of America
What We Do
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Rotary Day of Service Chair
Membership Chair
Public Relations
Immediate Past President
The Rotary Foundation


The Highland Rotary Club mission is to support local community and international needs through the Five Avenues of Service:  Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, New Generations Service, and International Service guided by the ethical standards of the Four-Way Test.


The Highland Rotary Club is one of the leading service organizations in the community, serving as a positive resource for the local community and expanding our humanitarian support internationally. As a service leader in the community, we make a difference in the lives of many people during their time of need and work to foster our service ethics with our youth.

2023 Service Above Self Honorees

The Rotary "Service Above Self" motto conveys the humanitarian spirit of our organization. Each year, the Highland Rotary Club recognizes the people in our community who live by the same motto and are dedicated to serving our local community.

Award Honorees for 2023 are (from left to right) Fred and Sharon Wilklow of Wilklow Orchards; John ”Mango” Manganiello, Highland Central School District; Jessica Rendon, Highland High School Interact Club; Shyam and Kristen Patel, Shamrock Liquor; and Shawn Clark, Brick House Resellers.
Upcoming Events
It's time to buy your tickets for the Super 25 raffle! Weekly drawings for 25 weeks and each prize valued at a minimum of $200. One ticket is $30 or get 4 for $100. Buy your tickets online or see a Rotarian! 
We were honored to present the Highland Hose Co. No. 1 Fire District with a check for $10,000 to aid in the purchase of safety equipment. The funds were raised through the generosity of our sponsors of and participants in our first-ever golf outing in May 2023 to benefit first responders. Special thanks to our title sponsor JSP Home Services.
Read more about it here and be on the lookout for details about next year’s event which is being planned already!
We are so pleased to provide Taso Bakatsias with a donation towards his Eagle Scout Project! Taso came to a recent Rotary meeting and discussed his project, “Anchors Away,” which is an informational kiosk of the Black Creek Watershed that will be installed at the canoe/kayak launch. Taso has worked with the town's Environmental Committee, Town of Lloyd, Scenic Hudson, and John Burroughs Black Creek Trail Committee to design and get approval for his project, which will cost approximately $3500. Once he has secured the funding needed, his Boy Scout Troop and students from Highland High School will help build the kiosk. Good luck Taso!