Rotary to Host 10th Annual 'On My Mind' Book Launch

Crystal Keets and John Katzenstein pose with a copy of the 2013 edition of "On My Mind." Credits: File Photo

SOMERS, N.Y. - The Northeast Westchester Rotary Club (NEW Rotary) will host the 10th annual launch of its prize-winning book, "On My Mind," at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at Kennedy Catholic High School.

The 2016 edition is a compilation of the writings of approximately 160 students representing nine high schools from areas such as: Somers (Somers High School and Kennedy), Stamford, Manhattan, the Catskills, the Bronx, Mt. Vernon and North Salem. The event is the culmination of a NEW Rotary Club literacy project and will bring together many of the student authors being recognized, their families and teachers, community members and leaders, thus allowing for a sharing of their school lives, stories and thoughts. 

Students will be able to meet and hear from inspiring keynoter, 27-year-old Alex Portrera, who gave up a successful management consultant position in 2014 with a prestigious firm, Deloitte, in order to satisfy the dream of getting to know more about other world cultures and how those people functioned. That led to success as a world traveler, blogger and TV producer.

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He's accomplished the Mongol Rally, a 10,000-mile drive from London to Mongolia, and a 15,000-mile trek from his native New York metropolitan area to the tip of Argentina, among his many experiences.

There is no cost, but please email if attending, because refreshments will be served.

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