Barbara lives her life by the ‘Rotary Four-Way Test:’ Is it the Truth? Is it Fair to all concerned? Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships? Will it be Beneficial to all?
Barbara Connelly Cohen has embodied the spirit of volunteerism in every sense of the word. She currently serves on the boards of The Kingston Auxiliary of HealthAlliance, Jewish Federation of Ulster County, Mental Health Association in Ulster County, HealthAlliance Foundation, Children's Home of Kingston and Kingston Sunrise Rotary Club. She is a member of Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley and serves on their Membership & Welcoming Committee. She is the founder and one of the editors of Kolenu, a publication of the Jewish Federation of Ulster County. Barbara also serves on the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture & History Committee and is devoted to restoring and preserving this treasure. She is the Chairperson of Fall For Art Show & Sale dedicated to benefiting the arts in the Hudson Valley, celebrating its 22nd year. She is the owner of Schwartz’s Inn located in uptown Kingston, property owned by her husband’s family since 1917, and I’m A Star t-shirts, dedicated to empowering children.Barbara introduced the President’s Challenge to her Sunrise Rotary Club and is proud that her club is the first service club to accept the challenge to support a student’s tuition to SUNY Ulster. Barbara believes that everyone deserves an education and she feels that the community is blessed to have SUNY Ulster in its backyard. By serving on the Foundation board she appreciates the opportunity to help make a significant difference in students’ lives.