Hello Rotarians and friends!  Looking back we had some good meetings of late: 

  • April 24th Dr. Lynn Pompbonyo gave us run down on our local elementary school district.
  • May 8th, Mark Reisig spoke about his Regional VP position at Arch Insurance Group which was most interesting and we thank him!
  • May 22nd, Greg Kramer's son Jonathan, a junior at GCHS provided an excellent speech on organ donation.
  • May 30th, we had our inaugural Rotary Happy Hour at Koenigs where Greg Kramer inducted Dom Longobardi into the club.  Special thanks to Dom for covering the cost of the food.  Awesome!  Dom works for the Town of Hempstead as head of Sanitation and is a Trustee with the Village of Floral Park.
  • June 12th, we started the meeting inducting our newest Rotarian, Teresa Reid, Community Relations Manager, Barnes & Noble. The rest of the meeting was dedicated to our local youth.  Susana Lyons-Kiang and her Mom, Peggy Lyons and Michael Nelson and his parents, Ken Nelson and Phyllis Nelson where with us.  Susana and Michael are sophomores at FPMHS and attended RYLA this past March.  Both had a great experience and thanked us for sponsoring them.  Also from FPMHS was senior Victoria (Tori) Boell our Rotary Club Student Award Winner for 2012 who wrote an excellent essay on “Service Above Self”.  She was accompanied by her Mom Susan Boell.  From Sewanhaka High School Nancy Agyeman-Duah was with us as the 2012 senior “Service Above Self” Rotary Award Winner.   She was joined by her mom Catalina Agyeman-Duah.  Both of our senior winners spoke of their future plans; with Tori wanting to become a music teacher and Nancy a nurse.  Both young ladies emulated the values of service to others and we are very pleased to recognize their accomplishments.   Also, over the past few weeks our club gave out three 8th Grade Rotary public speaking awards to Joseph Frank LoGrippo, John Lewis Childs School, Thomas Epstein, Floral Park-Bellerose School, and Timothy Wolff, Our Lady of Victory School. 



Next week, Tuesday June 26th we have as our speaker Dan Schaefer, PhD, author of the book:  “Click!”.  He is an executive strategist who provides strategic advice, support, and guidance to CEOs and entrepreneurs as well as professional, amateur and student athletes.  One of his clients is Chad Pennington, former quarterback of the NY Jets.  Dr. Dan will be addressing the club about business development and our own Rotary membership development.  I promise you will come away from our meeting with new ideas and thoughts which could provide you the edge you have been seeking. 


July 10th will be the induction of our new slate of officers.  It will be a spouse night so please bring your better halves.  Thank you!!  Again, WELCOME to Dom and Teresa!  We are very pleased to have you as members of the club!   

Lastly, this will be my final Newsletter for the 2011-2012 Rotary year.  It has been a real pleasure to serve as your president and I look forward to handing over the reins to Greg Kramer at the end of the month.  It was very rewarding and gratifying to see the club grow and continue the good works of Rotary.  The best of everything to all of you,   Rich 

 We meet at 5:30pm on the SECOND and FOURTH Tuesday of the month at:

Bob's Place Restaurant, 230 Jericho Tpke., Floral Park, NY  11001


2012 Rotary International theme:

“Reach Within to Embrace Humanity