Meet Your District Governor Justin A. Quaranta Flora Parekh 2019-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Ronkonkoma Rotary 50th Anniversary & DG Justin Quaranta's Installation Flora Parekh 2019-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
Ronkonkoma Rotary - Run Around The Lake, June 22nd, 2019 Flora Parekh 2019-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Ronkonkomas sponsor an Annual 4 Mile Run/Walk around Lake Ronkonkoma to raise funds in honor of Navy SEAL LT Michael P. Murphy. Funds raised benefit LT Michael P. Murphy Scholarship Fund, Navy SEAL Operations, Special Operations Warriors Foundation. Lone Survivor and various Rotarian Charities.
 
Chairman's Luncheon - April 25, 2019 - Michael Murphy Run 2019-03-30 04:00:00Z 0
Ronkonkoma Rotarian Dr.Louis Scotti is presenting his club’s check for $1000 to Dove Missions Director Liz Rooney Flora Parekh 2019-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
2018 Navy SEAL LT Michael P. Murphy Run Around The Lake Flora Parekh 2018-07-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Flora Parekh on Jul 04, 2018
Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is an extraordinary sleep-away summer camp in Center Moriches, New York. With 37 acres located on the shores of Kaler’s Pond, Long Island, our camp is unique in that, for 72 years, we have catered to the needs of children and young people with special needs.
 
Founded in 1946 by the Rotary Club of the Moriches, Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck was originally designed for the area’s young victims of polio. Since then the structure of the camp has evolved, but our mission has always been the same, “to help children with special needs achieve equality, dignity, and maximum independence through a safe and quality program of camping, recreation, and education in a summer-time environment and to have fun.” Our Motto is “Summer is for Everyone.”
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Our visitor at the February 8, 2018 meeting was Dorian Johnson from Dorian Digital. He helps local businesses drive leads from social media. To contact Dorian, call 631-704-7148 or email DorianJDigital@gmail.com. You can also join his FaceBook group, "BrookhavenBusiness"
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Posted by Rose Quaranta on Jun 25, 2017
Great Run this Year!!! Despite the heavy rain 2000+ runners came out & participated in one of th most popular annual races on Long Island! The Ronkonkoma RC tirelessly planned & coordinated the run for an entire year. Their efforts were a huge success! Thank you to the Ronkonkoma Rotarians, Lt Michael P Murphy's Family/Friends & all the community members that volunteered!!
LT Michael P Murphy Run Around The Lake 2017 Rose Quaranta 2017-06-25 04:00:00Z 0
The club has a very in-depth presentation by Ms. Karen Torres speaking on this topic. Ms. Torres tours Suffolk County speaking on this topic which deeply touched her life in 2009. She lost her father to a distracted driver in a completely preventable accident.
 
What is distracted driving. Well you probably consider texting while driving and you would be correct but what other behaviors are distracted driving? Eating, talking on the phone, drinking even soft drinks, reaching under the seat for items that we dropped and I am sure we can all name a few more.
 
Distracted driving has surpassed the number of drinking accidents fatalities in the 16 to 21 age group. a sobering statistic.
 
Ms. Torres is available for speaking engagements to various clubs and organizations contact her at karen@all4udad.com and lets all "get our heads out of our apps".
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Lt. Michael Murphy Run Around the Lake Corporate Challenge 2017-02-17 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome to our newest member!
Thank you to our wonderful guest speakers!
Congratulations to our Paul Harris Fellow Award recipient! 
"Service Above Self!"
 
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The Rotary Foundation Award Luncheon 2017-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
 
What a great chance for everyone to introduce their business and get to know more about Rotary!
 
 
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The Ronkonkoma Rotary Club has inducted members #51 and 52. They also inducted 2 new Paul Harris fellows as well as a new Paul Harris fellow +4. This made for a very exciting second meeting of 2017. We also have member # 53 in the wings. Very exciting stuff. our service projects at the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen continues and we now have a pretty full kitchen staff whenever we go. 
We will also have a Comedy night to be scheduled in February. 
So as you can see the BEAT GOES ON.
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Ronkonkoma Rotary attends the RYLA fashion show. What a great way to get the alumni, Rotarians, and RYLArains involved. Raising enough funds for Spring RYLA 2017 and to help a child in need, what a success! 
 
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Growing Again
 
The Ronkonkoma Club ended its 2016 year with its meteoric rise in membership continuing. The last meeting of teh year on December 28th found the club adding members #49 and #50. They are Patricia ( Pat ) Whitlock and Peter Grosso. Both Pat and Pete were inducted at the December 29th meeting.
They are Joined by sponsors Steve Marrone and Greg Plante,  President Jeff Browne and District Gov elect Wendy Walsh
 
 
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The Michael J. Murphy Run around the lake is the major fundraising event for the Ronkonkoma Rotary club for the entire year. This is a huge undertaking involving every member of the club. all of the committee chairs will be back from last year and there will be some new areas for people to participate. This year we will be adding a Corporate Challenge which will give corporations a way to participate as well as individuals.
 
So how does an event for 2500 runners get started. Well first we pick a date. The 2017 run will be on Saturday June 24th.  Now all the planning can move forward. Next we will organize into committees. These committees will organize the various functions like Media, publicity, Virtual racers, registration and others. Rotarians will volunteer for these committees and as our president says "Teamwork makes the Dream Work" we are hoping to raise $150,000 to continue the great work of Rotary in 2017.
 
The photo below is of Lou Scotti rallying the troops.
 
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Rollstone foundation is a 501c(3) that is dedicated to assisting adoption of special needs children.  They work both nationally and internationally. this foundation uses 90% of monies raised to assist children obviously the foundation needs cash to carry on its mission. The club donated its happy dollars to the rollstone foundation.
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November 2016 has become a very active month for the Ronkonkoma Club. As part of our service to community we have given a check for $4,000 to the gift of Life Foundation. Joe DeVincent explained to us that this foundation was founded in 1970 and has extended the life of over 27000 children through medical interventions they address needs in places like cursive, Dominican Republic,Lebanon and El Salvador. They also make global grants in Ugandawhere they are populating new medical techniques and technology.
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Protecting Our National Resources
 
 
 
 
 
The Ronkonkoma Rotary club.  Had a presentation from Kelsey Taylor (yes the daughter of our own Ralph Taylor). Pictured above is our President Jeff Brown, Kelsey Taylor and the proud papa Ralph Taylor.
 
Kelsey is working at the national seashore on Fire Island. There are 415 national parks most of which we do not know but all under the protection of the National Parks Service. The National Park on Fire Island while in a very urban / suburban are is part of the National Wilderness.
A very interesting statistic is that there are 4500 private parcels enclosed within teh nations National Parks.
Another local National park area is teh William Floyd Estate at Smiths Point. This house has been renovated over the years and each architect has left an imprint of the era it was modified in the architecture of the building.
Kelsey in her day to day work will be testing mosquitos she traps to check for diseases like West Nile disease. She checks on the bat population of long eared bats, checking on the TIC population for spread of Lyme Disease and numerous other animals that live on Fire Island.
 
The National Parks service also participated in the Patchogue River Cleanup and coordinates the work of many other governmental agencies. 
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Guatamala Assistance
 
Our own Regina Volta and a part of the City Hill Church will be leaving to assist children in Guatemala. This country has the highest rate of child murder and has over 370,000 living on the streets. the orphanage population is 5000.  This trip will help the local organizations with supplies and start a program to raise $150,000 over the next 3 years to build an orphanage to house another 30 children.
 
You can see from these statistics that the need is great and the available aid is small.  The club donated a portion of their happy dollars to support Regina in her efforts
Kudos to Regina and the rest of her delegation on the way to Guatemala.
Pictured below are president Jeff Browne, Chris Rivera, Regina Volta and Rose Quaranta. Chris and Regina will report back on their trip in the future
 
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Rotary Helps NOCC
 
The Ronkonkoma Rotary Club through their generous support helped the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition raise $115,000 for their annual campaign. The NOCC supports education and awareness of this disease both to doctors and hospitals to improve diagnostic techniques and hopefully catch the disease in the early stages where long term remissions are possible. 
We also had 2 rotarians participate in the walk Jo Bennet  and Mike Eller who is pictured.
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One Door Closes and Another Door OpensO
 
Greg Plante iis now a Past President. At Gregs last meeting as President the club held a Toast and Roast to send Greg off. The interesting part of this toast and roast almost no one had any roast items almost all the speeches were toasts and thank yous for a great job. Greg in his tenure raised the membership from about 14 to almost 50. the run around the lake in his final year has grown to 2500 runners and $100,000 income
The club has added more service projects and assistance work all of the items that make this a very exciting club. This door has closed.
 
The new door that has opened is our new President Jeff Browne. Jeff starts to his tenure with our July 7th meeting. He has instituted some committee changes and we now have a trivia question to answer at every meeting the trivia winner will win a donation in their name to the Rotary Foundation. We are using the Happy Dollar segment to get more information abut club members with the intent of making the club more personal.
 
 
This writer is certain Jeff will make a great president and I am sure the entire club will help him in whatever way they can see the story content  got more on Jeff's first meeting

 

One Door Closes and Another Door Opens Joe Gabriel 2016-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Supports Curvy Girls
 
The Ronkonkoma Rotary Club made a $1000.00 donation to an organization called Curvy Girls. They support people with Scoliosis, a disease that affects more younger women than men. This organization has 67 clubs in 38 states and 11 countries. Our speaker named Katy was diagnosed at 12 years old. The symptom, back pain. The original diagnosis was growing pains. however after being more persistent it was discovered Katy had a 20 degree tilt. The treatment is a full body brace worn all the time.If the tilt goes above 70 degrees surgery is the recommended treatment.
Curvy Girls is an organization that helps with the feelings that come to young women forced to wear this brace. Helps them feel better about being "crooked".
This year Curvy Girls is holding its third convention completely arranged by the girls.
 
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Ronkonkoma Rotary supports Big Brothers Big Sisters
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30 Years a Rotarian
 
Dr. Lou Scotti celebrated his 30th year as a Rotarian.
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December was a busy month for this club. it started with a 3 day emergency food drive to support local food pantries a veterans luncheon and other projects
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The club holiday party held at windows on the Lake was a great success with more than half the club and significant others enjoyed a night of camaraderie great food and dancing. After play always comes work and we did a veterans support service project.
 
December a busy month for the Ronkonkoma Rotary Club JG 2016-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
The key phrase in these words is GIVING and the Ronkonkoma Rotary Club turned out in a big way to give the local poor , homeless and our nations veterans.
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Ronkonma continues its Explosive GrowthtThe Ronkonkoma Rotary Club inducted two new members yesterday. Zehra Erilli Craine and David Vallone. the above photo of the new members and their sponsors.
Both of them will be great members going forward.
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Ronkonkoma Rotary Honors Vets 2015-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Supports Scouting
The Ronkonkoma Club at our October 22 2015 meeting we presented teh Suffolk County Scouting organization with proceeds from our Trap and Skeet Fundraiser. from left to right are Gregory Plante President, Lou Scotti and two representatives from Suffolk Scouting. This money will help continue the scouting programs in Suffolk county.
 
Copy of Ronkonkoma Rotary Supports Scouting Joe Gabriel 2015-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Supports Scouting
The Ronkonkoma Club at our October 22 2015 meeting we presented teh Suffolk County Scouting organization with proceeds from our Trap and Skeet Fundraiser. from left to right are Gregory Plante President, Lou Scotti and two representatives from Suffolk Scouting. This money will help continue the scouting programs in Suffolk county.
 
Ronkonkoma Rotary Supports Scouting Joe Gabriel 2015-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
 
We had a visit from the Rotary Friendship Exchange Team today from Brazil. We traded our Rotary Club flags and they brought gifts for our club. What a great program and experience for our fellow Rotarians.
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10/8/15-Guest Speaker=Steve Cuomo from Rolling Thunder. 
Steve spoke to the club about his organization which helps athletes with with Autism and has them participate in running events and races. In April 2016 they will be competing against 30 other countries right here for a great racing event. Keep up the great work helping these student athletes

10/8/15-Guest Speaker-Steve Cuomo 2015-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
Big day for our club. We were able to swear in (3) new members. We welcomed in Camille Bunicci from Farm Family Insurance, Michael Eller from Sensible Planning, and Paul Heimowitz from Signarama Hauppauge.
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Today we got to swear in another new member into our club today.  Frank Mirando lives in Nesconset and works as a financial advisor for Wexford Financial Strategies out of Melville.  Frank has a 5 year old daughter and looking forward to joining our team and serving the community together.  Welcome aboard Frank!
New Member Frank Mirando 2015-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Food Drive Update:
The Rotary Club of the Ronkonkoma's will be doing a much needed food drive this coming weekend. The pantry's do not get enough food during the summer months and are in dire need. Please meet us Friday 3pm-7pm, Saturday 9am-5pm or Sunday 9am-3pm. We will give you a list of needed food items and don't forget back to school supplies for homeless children. We will be at the Stop and Shop (425 Portion Rd, Ronkonkoma). Volunteers are still needed!
 
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Today we installed a new member to our club, Steve Morroun of Sam Mechanical Inc. located in Ronkonkoma.  Welcome and Congrats to Steve Marroun!!
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5/28/15-Program-Dale Spencer-Museum Curator of Lake Ronkonkoma Hisorical Society Gregory Plante 2015-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on May 27, 2015

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We swore in another new member to our club today. Please welcome Ralph Taylor from United Northern Mortgage Bankers. Ralph works out of Smithtown and was sponsored by Jeff Bass. Ralph looks forward to serving the community with the club.

5/28 New Member- Ralph Taylor Gregory Plante 2015-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on May 20, 2015

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We had the honor of swearing in another new member to our club today.  John Pszczola is the owner of JP Builders, a high end construction company.  He is the president of a local networking organization and is very excited of joining our team.  We look forward to serving the community with together.  

 

5/21/15-New Member John Pszczola Gregory Plante 2015-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Apr 29, 2015

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Today we had the pleasure of hearing from Saul Zabell who is a labor attorney in Bohemia. Saul kept our entire group engaged during his presentation and we all had many questions regarding our own businesses. It was great to get all these important labor answers from a professional.

4/30/15-Program-Saul Zabell Gregory Plante 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Apr 28, 2015

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We held another great networking event at Flanagan's Pub in Ronkonkoma.  Our club invited many local business owners and had approximately 30 people attend.  We got to hear about all their businesses and about themselves.  Our club was able to introduce many of them to Rotary for the first time and we shared with them all the great work of Rotary.  We are looking forward to seeing many of them at our next weekly meeting.  Proud to be a Rotarian!  

Ronkonkoma Rotary Networking Event 4/28/15 Gregory Plante 2015-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Apr 22, 2015

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Our club gained another new member.  Jamie Snider of North Country Limousine was sponsored by Michael Barba.  Jamie's business is based out of Centereach and services all of Long Island.  He is also involved in scouting and coaching youth groups.  Our club welcomes him and looks forward to serving the community together.  

4/23/15-New Member-James Snider Gregory Plante 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Apr 17, 2015

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We held another successful food drive April 17 & 18th.  We collected over 100 bins of food and over $500 in donations.  We split up the food to help stock (3) pantries in our area.  We had volunteers from many different organizations that helped make the event so great.  We would like to thank the volunteers from The Association of Mental Health and Wellness, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, LT. Michael P. Murphy Sea Cadet Division, Connetquot High School Interact Club, Suffolk Community College Rotaract club as well as many other volunteers.  It always amazes me how generous the community is when given the opportunity to help out.  Great job by the entire team!

April 17-18 Food Drive Gregory Plante 2015-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Apr 08, 2015

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Today we got a very generous donation from Astoria Bank in Middle Island.  They donated $500 to help with our upcoming Lt. Michael Murphy Run Around the Lake.  We are expecting over 2000 runners this year and is sure to be a great event.  Pictures is Peggy McHugh from Astoria bank and Ronkonkoma Rotary President Greg Plante.  

Astoria Bank (Middle Island) Donation Gregory Plante 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Apr 08, 2015

We got to listen to a great program today from Bob Lewis.  He is the Vice President of the Church Council at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Lake Ronkonkoma.  Bob spoke about all the great outreach programs the church does for our local community.  They host various food drives, ship food to veterans and active military serving our country overseas.  They they do many different things to get the community involved in make our towns a better place to live.  Nice to hear about other organization helping out the community.  

4/9/15-Rotary Program-Bob Lewis from Holy Cross Lutheran Church Gregory Plante 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Apr 08, 2015

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Our club was able to hear about a project the Connetquot Interact club has been working on.  They had a contest in school to collect the cans needed for the BeesWell homeless stove project which is ran by Ron Perron and Shannon Burbage from our club.  They students made announcement over the school loud speaker and updated the different home rooms.  The winning class rooms were awarded a bagel party from our club.  Peggy Dinkleman the Interact advisor was able to get some students to come to our breakfast meeting despite them being on spring break.  Keep up the great work!

Connetquot Interact-BeesWell Project Update Gregory Plante 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Feb 25, 2015

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Today's Program was given to us by Dr. Mo on Chinese Musicology. We watched a video on the great history on Chinese music throughout time. They believe that music can help heal the soul! Great presentation today, thanks Dr. Mo.

2/26/15 Program-Chinese Musicology Gregory Plante 2015-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Feb 25, 2015

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Proud to announce we brought in another new member to our club today. Please welcome in Michele Martin! Michele reside in Ronkonkoma and owns an Allstate Insurance in Northport. Looking forward to helping serve the community together.

2/26/15-New Member Michele Martin Gregory Plante 2015-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Feb 18, 2015

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Today we heard from Jill Clough-Johnstson from Brookhaven National Labs.  Jill is the director of small business relations and showed us how we can do business with the lab.  They currently spend approximately $70 Million Dollars with Small businesses.  They offer tours of all the facilities and we are considering taking advantage of that.  The Lab is located in Upton, New York and is really its own city.  Very informative program!

2/19/15 Guest Speaker-Jill Clough Johnstson from Brookhaven National Labs Gregory Plante 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Feb 03, 2015

Don't miss this Event!  The Sachem East Interact Club presents Ronny Romm-Hypnotist & Mentalist.  The event is Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7pm at the Sachem East Auditorium.  The event is $10, go show your support to the club.  

Sachem East Interact Club-Hypnotist & Mentalist Gregory Plante 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Jan 22, 2015

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Our program for the week was Texting and Driving Awareness.  The presenter were Karen Torres and Sharon Brenner.  They spoke of the rising epidemic in our society and explained all the dangers associated with Texting while driving.  They showed us very moving and emotional videos of how this issues not only affect the people involved in accidents but as well as family members.  We invited the Connetquot High School Interact Club to attend and listen to the presentation.  This has become the number one killer of teenagers in the United States.    

1/22/15-Texting and Driving Awareness Program Gregory Plante 2015-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Jan 22, 2015

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We were able to welcome in another new member to our club.  Joe Casuccio is an accountant in the Port Jefferson area and lives in Hauppauge.  Joe is excited to be joining our club and getting involved in all the great events we are doing.  Looking forward to serving the community together. 

1/22/15-Newest Member-Joseph Casuccio Gregory Plante 2015-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Jan 14, 2015

Ronkonkoma Rotary Club helping with Dinner at the Sheppard's Inn Soup Kitchen last night. We were able to pay for and feed over 40 people in need right here in our community. Looking forward to helping serve the community!

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Posted by Gregory Plante on Jan 11, 2015

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Our Club recently gave a full scholarship to a young Holbrook resident (Daniel).  Daniel is a graduate of Sachem North and is currently attending Suffolk County Community College.  He is a volunteer fireman in Holbrook as well as going to school full time.  He met the criteria set forth by our club by having very good grades while helping serve the community.  It was a pleasure to meet him.  Pictures-Rose Quaranta (scholarship chair), Renee Ortiz (Suffolk Community College Asst. Director of Development, Scholarship winner Daniel, Jeff Browne (President elect), Greg Plante (President).  

Scholarship Receipient Gregory Plante 2015-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Dec 10, 2014

We had the honor of swearing in another new member to the club today.  Rev. Beth O'Callaghan from St. Mary's Episcopal Church is excited to join the club.  St. Mary's is one of the oldest Church's in our area and it located directly across Lake Ronkonkoma.  They also operate a food pantry that helps many families throughout the area.  We look forward to serving the community together.                

 

12/11/14-New Member-Rev Beth O'Callaghan Gregory Plante 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Nov 12, 2014

Today we had the pleasure to welcome in another new member to our club.  Lou Desepoli is the owner of Desepoli Wealth Management.  Lou recently moved his business from Center Moriches and is now located in Port Jefferson Station.  We are looking forward to serving the community together through Rotary!

11/13/14-New Member-Lou Desepoli Gregory Plante 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Oct 15, 2014

It was a very special day for our club today.  We swore in not one, but two new members to our club today.  We would like to welcome Ron Perrone and Shannon Burbage to the Rotary Club of Ronkonkoma!  Ron and Shannon own a Risk Management company and have attended a few of our events already.  They both appear to be very excited about the great work of Rotary and we look forward to serving the community and the world together through Rotary!

10/16/14-2 New Members Gregory Plante 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Oct 15, 2014

Today we got to hear from PDG Dave Ardam about Polio Plus.  This has been a Rotary program started in the 1970's looking to eradicate Polio from the world.  To date Polio is only found in 3 countries in the world and is a main focus of not only Rotary, but CDC, World Health Organization as well as the Bill and Linda Gate's Foundation.  We are so close to getting rid of this terrible disease and with Rotary behind it, I know we will finish the job.  Its great to see how passionate Dave Ardam is about Polio Plus as well as all things Rotary.  

10/16/14 Program-Polio Plus-Dave Ardam Gregory Plante 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Oct 08, 2014

Today we heard from John Batanchiev, staff attorney at Long Island Housing Services.  He explained to us about how frequent it is for people to be treated unfairly when it comes to housing.  They help out both property owners as well as people looking for housing and rentals.  They do help a lot of people dealing with the foreclosure process in our current economy.  Interesting Program!

10/9/14-Long Island Housing Services-John Batanchiev Gregory Plante 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Oct 01, 2014

We had our official District Governor visit today at the club. District Governor Anthony Civitano and Assistant Governor Cheryl Rambler Govei joined us for breakfast. It was nice to here about all the great things Anthony is working on for our Rotary District 7255. He is a big advocate for Veteran's as well as health and wellness for Rotarians. Our club was able to trade banners with Anthony. Good luck with the rest of your term, and thanks for taking the time to visit our club.

Pictured-Ronkonkoma Rotary President Greg Plante, District Governor Anthony Civitano, Assistant Governor Cheryl Rambler Govei

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10/2/14-District Governor Anthony Civitano Office Visit Gregory Plante 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Sep 24, 2014

Today's program was given to the club by Joe DeVincent who spoke about the Gift of Life Program. Joe brought in a father (Flamur Sahiti) and son (Dionit Sahiti) from Kosovo who will be having a life saving surgery on Wednesday. The Gift of Life is one of the best programs Rotary is involved in. We get to help save childrens lives all over the world. We raise money locally which helps fund these projects. Most of the children stay with Rotarians families while they are here waiting for the surgery to happen. Great Program Joe and to all the people involved in this great work.

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9/25/14-Gift of Life-Joe DeVincent Gregory Plante 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Sep 17, 2014

Shooting event was a success last week. We had about 60 shooters attend and everyone had a great time. Big thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers, and shooters that helped out with the event. BBQ was great thanks to Texas Roadhouse in Deer Park. We were able to raise around $4000 which will be given to the Suffolk County Council of the Boy Scouts. Looking forward to making the event even bigger next year.

 

Trap and Skeet Shoot-Boy Scouts Fundraise-9/18/14 Gregory Plante 2014-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Sep 17, 2014

Today we had a chance to hear from Colleen Merlo, Executive Director for the Suffolk County Coalition against Domestic Violence.  Colleen and Shannon gave a great presentation on all the services available to people in need.  They have a 24 hour hotline 631-666-8833 and have a people in many different fields available to help out people in need.  They have emergency housing available to get people is safe situations as soon as they need.  They are going around bringing awareness to this issue which has only gotten magnified in the media by the recent NFL problems.  Its a shame that such a service is needed, but they are doing a great job helping out families in need.  

9/18/14-Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence Gregory Plante 2014-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Sep 10, 2014

We had a great program today at our weekly meeting.  We were able to hear from John Rago who is the Outreach Coordinator for Supportive Services for Veteran's Families which is apart of the Association for Mental Health and Wellness.  John spoke about all the needs some veteran's are facing once they come back after serving our country.  He was putting the word out to let people know there are places to turn in times of need.  The biggest obstacles facing Veteran's here in Suffolk County is finding jobs.  We kicked around some ideas on how to help match up Veteran's with job.  Keep up the great work.  

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9/11/14-John Rago-Supportive Services for Veteran's Families Gregory Plante 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Aug 11, 2014

Please come help support a food drive we are hosting this weekend.  Local pantries in our area are in dire need of supplies to restock.  Pantries are often forgotten over the summer and we need all the help we can get.  Please come down to the Stop and Shop located at 499 Portion Rd, Ronkonkoma.  We will be there Friday 3pm-7pm and Saturday 9am-5pm.  We can use all the volunteers and shoppers we can get.  

Food Drive This Week Gregory Plante 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Aug 06, 2014

We got to welcome in another new member to our growing club.  Jeff Bass of Remax was brought in by Mike Barba and has decided to officially join.  Jeff has other friends in Rotary and will be a great fit into our club.  Looking forward to helping the community with you!

New Member-Jeff Bass of Remax Gregory Plante 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Jul 23, 2014

At our weekly meeting we had the opportunity to donate $5,000 to the Lone Survivor Foundation.  This was made possible by our successful LT Michael P. Murphy Run Around the Lake that was held in June.  Our Race Director Louis Scotti, Past President Justin Quaranta, President Greg Plate, Race Director Paul Dobiecki, and Lone Survivor's Jason Kreth.  

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Lone Survivor Donation Gregory Plante 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Jul 23, 2014

We are proud to announce we brought in another member to the club.  Michael Barba, owner of Continental Car Care in Ronkonkoma came back to our club after taking a few years off.  Welcome back to the club Mike and looking forward to serving the community with you.  

New Member-Mike Barba of Continental Car Care Gregory Plante 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Jul 02, 2014

Exciting Day at the Ronkonkoma Rotary. Greg Plante officially became the new President of our club. Jeff Browne the new Secretary. Mike Wilk was sworn in again as club Treasurer. We also Swore in three new members to our club. Daniel Fier, Tom Vasak, and Jim & Lori Quinn with 2 more getting voted in next week! Have you thought about joining your local Rotary Club? Find out how you can get involvedImage

New Rotary Year Activity 7/3/14 Gregory Plante 2014-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Jun 11, 2014

June 28th, 2014-Navy Seal LT Michael P Murphy Run Around the Lake is just around the corner.  The Race is Saturday June 28th.  We are expecting up to 1500 runners this year.  After the run we are having a BBQ, so stay for food provide by Texas Roadhouse and drinks donated by various local stores.  We are still looking for sponsors to help support this event and desperately need some raffle prices. If you own a business or visit any shops we can used gift baskets, gift cards, game tickets, etc.  Any help would be appreciated.  If you have anything available, please contact me at Greg@outercounty.com.   The run website is www.runaroundthelake.com. 

Run Around the Lake Update Gregory Plante 2014-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Jun 11, 2014

We had the opportunity to have a great program today.  Dr. David Parker is a representative for Boots on the Ground NY.  They are local Ronkonkoma non for profit organization focused on helping our returning hero's of war in any way they can.  They have a warehouse and donate gift boxes to our soldiers over seas as well as finding furniture, food and anything else they may need.  Keep up the great work!

Guest Speaker-Dr. David Parker of Boots on the Ground NY Gregory Plante 2014-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Jun 11, 2014

June 10th, 2014-Our club took part in a fundraiser given by the Texas Roadhouse.  They agreed to donate 10% of sales to our upcoming Navy Seal LT Michael P. Murphy Run Around the Lake.  Almost our entire club came for dinner and to help raise money.  Texas Roadhouse has been very generous and will donating a BBQ for after our run.  I encourage everyone to go visit the restaurant and enjoy the great food, drinks and atmosphere!

Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser Gregory Plante 2014-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Jun 11, 2014

June 5, 2014-Our club was able to attend the 23rd Heart and Sould event at Villa Lombardi's in Holbrook.  The event is run by The Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce.  This year they had a number of honorees including our current president of our club, Justin Quaranta.  The event was attended well by our club, friends and family of Justin.  Rose Quaranta read a very nice Bio of Justin and all the great work he does for our community.  We were glad to be a apart of such a great event.  

Heart and Sould Event presented by the Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce Gregory Plante 2014-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Jun 01, 2014

Our Club hosted a Networking/Membership Night at Flanagan's Pub in Ronkonkoma last Wednesday.  We had approximately 25 people attend this event and we got to meet some great business owners and proffessionals of our community.  We were able to inform everyone of the great works of Rotary.  We have a few potential members who will be attending our next meeting to see what we are all about.  Great times had by all!

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Ronkonkoma Rotary Networking Night 5/28/14 Gregory Plante 2014-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Mar 12, 2014

We have a Food Drive scheduled for this weekend 3/14/14-3/16/14.  We will be at the Stop N Shop located at 499 Portion Rd, Ronkonkoma.  We are going to be there Friday(3/14/14) from 3pm-7pm and Saturday (3/15/14) from 9am-5pm and Sunday (3/16/14) from 9am-4pm.  The food donated will help benefit Charlotte's Table Food Pantry located at the Clubhouse of Suffolk.  Any food they cannot handle will be dispersed in the community as well.  Please help support or to donate food. 

Food Drive 3/14/14-3/16/14 Gregory Plante 2014-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Feb 26, 2014

We had a very good program at our club today.  We had a presentation given to us by the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project.  Kyung Pak and her friend brought in a number of books and Korean literature, traditional desserts and a very interesting video on the culture of Korea today.  Many people still think Korea as a war torn country, when in reality they have some of the most state of the art technology in the world.  It was very eye opening and a great program.  Good luck with your organization.  

Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project Gregory Plante 2014-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Dec 18, 2013
Today we had chance to hear a great program from the New York Times #1 Best Seller and fellow Rotarian Barry Laub.  Barry's book is called "The Mind Stretch" and is available at his website and on Amazon.  Barry is a success and business coach, very involved with the RYLA program and aspiring to be a work an international best selling author.  If you have ever listened to Barry speak, I'm sure he will be in the near future.  Great program, and good luck with all your upcoming ventures.   
12/19/13-Guest Speaker Barry Laub Gregory Plante 2013-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Oct 02, 2013

The local food pantry in Ronkonkoma that we supports needs some supplies ASAP to help feed our community members in need.  I'm unable to line up a food drive until November 15-16, 2013.                                                        

Charlotte's Tables in located at the Clubhouse of Suffolk-939 Johnson ave, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779.  They cannot wait until the food drive.

Items needed: Cereal (hot and cold), canned tuna/chicken, various canned goods, dry pasta, tomato sauce and juice boxes.  Pet food is also overlooked and needed as well. 

Food Drive Information:  Stop and Shop-425 Portion Rd, Ronkonkoma.  Dates will be Friday (11/15)-Saturday (11/16), times to be announced. 

Local Food Pantry Needs our Help! Gregory Plante 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Oct 02, 2013
Today we had Mike Stoltz and Colleen Merlo speak to us about the Upcoming Mental Illness Awareness Week (10/6/13-10/12/13).  Colleen is the Associate Executive Director of The Mental Health Association of Suffolk County.  Mike Is the Executive Director of the Clubhouse of Suffolk and Suffolk County United Veterans.  They have over 20 events set up throughout the week all across the county.  Check out the website at www.miaweek.org
10/3/2013-Mental Illness Awareness Week 10/6/13-10/12/13 Gregory Plante 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Oct 02, 2013
We had a representative speak to us about a great organization where Veterans are helping Veterans  Who else can help a returning veteran in need better then someone who really understands the problems and issues they have faced serving our country and then again returning home and adjusting back to home.  Suffolk County has one of the largest amount of Veterans in the county and the need is great.  They are trained to help with every day issues and have all the resources need to help them with any situation that comes up.  Keep up the great work. 
9/26/13 Program-PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Project Gregory Plante 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Jul 24, 2013

Today we had the opportunity to meet the XO of the Sea Cadets-West Sayville, Brian Mastrangelo.  The Sea Cadets "home base" is at the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville.  The Sea Cadets is for young men and women ages 11-17 years old.  We had a chance to work with the Sea Cadets recently at both our Pre-race pasta dinner, as well as our annual Run Around the Lake.  Their division is named after LT. Michael P. Murphy of whom our race is in honor of.  They were a great help to us for our events, and area great group of young adults!  They just recently announced a building fund they formed, to make more of a permanent home for their training.  We look forward to working with the Cadets in the future.  Keep up the great work Brian and all the Cadets!

7-25-13 Guest Speaker-Brian Mastrangelo from The Sea Cadets Gregory Plante 2013-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Jul 10, 2013

Today we had the opportunity to listen to a great presentation from Sharran Chambers-Murphy of Long Island Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.  They are running a division of LICADD aimed to help Military Veteran's who may need some assistance.  Sharran is working very close with the local VA hospitals and is looking for helping spreading the work.  Thanks for coming to our meeting and good luck going forward!

7/11/13-Guest Speaker-Sharran Chambers-Murphy of LICADD Gregory Plante 2013-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Mar 20, 2013
This Saturday the Connetquot HS Interact Club will be hosting a great fundraising event called "Pancakes for Polio".  The event is this Saturday morning 8am-10am located at the Applebee's in Bohemia.  The cost of the ticket is $10 per person.  Please come show your support for this great cause!
Pancakes for Polio Event This Saturday 3/23/13 Gregory Plante 2013-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Mar 20, 2013

Today Lori Abbatepaolo came to speak to us about a very useful organization.  2-1-1 Long Island helps connect to local health and human services agencies and programs.  It is a program of United Way.  You can find out a lot of great information on their webiste www.211longisland.org or by calling 211 on your phone.  This is a non emergency number but can be called to find anything from hospital, food services as well as events going on in the area.  Thanks for coming Lori, keep up the great work!

3/21/13-Guest Speaker-Lori Abbatepaolo of 2-1-1 Long Island Gregory Plante 2013-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Mar 13, 2013

Today's speaker was Jennifer Anderson of Send Out Cards.  Jennifer informed us of a great service that would help people with relationships.  You can set up an account and send out cards to family, friends and business associates.  You make the cards online and can upload any personal greetings, picture and even video links to these amazing cards.  The cards can then be sent out directly without you ever putting your hands on them.  This service can act as great personal gifts as well as promoting your business.  The best benefit might be to keep all the GUYS, from getting in trouble for forgetting important birthdays and anniversaries!  Great Job Jennifer, and good luck.  

3/14/13-Guest Speaker Jennifer Anderson of Send Out Cards Gregory Plante 2013-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Feb 20, 2013
Todays topic of discussion has been in the news very frequently recently. Our very own Paul Dobiecki spoke about Gun Control. Paul brought in a lot of great information and facts which opened a great discussion amongst our club. Strong points were made from both sides of the fence. I think after the discussion both sides agreed that the current laws were in need of some revisions. Great Topic today Paul!
2-21-13 Speaker-Paul Dobiecki Gregory Plante 2013-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Jan 30, 2013
Today we had Christina Rosa-Ragona come to our meeting from Stony Brook Children's Hospital.  Christina updated us about all the things going on to help out the way children are taken care of.  There was a great need for a state of the art Children's Hospital here in Suffolk County.  Families no longer have to travel long distances to get great help.  The new Children areas are considered a "Pain Free Zone" and have bright colors to lighten the mood and all the renovation are very kid and family friendly.  They take in consideration the parents who stayed with their child during times of need by offering them places to sleep instead of sleeping in chairs and waiting areas.  Great Job with all the work and hopefully we will be able to take a tour of the facility. 
1/31/13-Guest Speaker-Christina Rosa-Ragona From Stony Brook Children's Hospital Gregory Plante 2013-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Jan 23, 2013
Today's guest speaker was Lou Scotti and Theresa Leuffren of Project Hope.  Project hope was started by FEMA directly after Hurricane Sandy which devastated parts of Long Island and New Jersey.  Project Hope concentrates on helping individuals, businesses and communities with crisis counseling following this tragedy.  This part of the recovery process is often overlooked by people not directly affected.  A great analogy given by Lou Scotti, was "Its like a death of a loved one, the first 2 weeks you are overwhelmed with support, then as time goes on, you realize you are all alone".  They offer support, or just someone to talk to for people after all the immediate help goes away.  Project Hope representatives are located helping out in all the counties affected by Super Storm Sandy.  Great Job!
Guest Speaker-1/24/13-Project Hope Gregory Plante 2013-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Jan 16, 2013
We had a food drive this past weekend at the Stop and Shop located on Portion road in Ronkonkoma.  It was our most successful food drive to date.  The amount of food that the people of our community were able to help donate was amazing.  People realized how much these kinds of food drives help out the local community and really went above and beyond.  I wanted to thank our entire Rotary club for all the time and effort everyone put in to make the event successful.  We also want to thank all the other volunteers that came to help hand out flyers, gather and sort the food into bins and help load the multiple trucks and trailers we had filled to store the food.  We were able to fill multiple food pantries in our area.  Great Job by All!
Food Drive Update Gregory Plante 2013-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Jan 16, 2013
Today we had Paul Lentini of Matrix Cost Recovery Services as our speaker.  Paul showed us how he can help businesses save money by going through old insurance invoices up to 7 years.  He was a great help for my business personally in the past.  Paul uses a complex system to see in what other areas he can help companies save money.  Some of the other areas are cell phone service, waste management, taxes, energy audits and taxes.  Thanks again for his expert insight on these items. 
Guest Speaker: Paul Lentini of Matrix Cost Recovery Services Gregory Plante 2013-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Jan 09, 2013
Today we had a very informative speaker today, Manna Cali of On the the Road Again motorcycle safety. Manna gave us some lessons and tips on how to look out for motorcycles and how to drive our vehicles at a safe distance from them. Manna offers safety courses for beginners as well as the most experienced riders. Some of our members who have been riding for years even learned a few things and are considering doing a safety course in the upcoming year. After hearing these lessons, it should be a priority for all motorcylce riders to take a safety course. Thanks again Manna!
Guest Speaker-Manna Cali from On the Road Again-Motorcycle Safety Gregory Plante 2013-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Dec 19, 2012
We have rescheduled the next food drive.  We will be at the Stop and Shop located on Portion rd, Ronkonkoma.  We will be there Friday afternoon January 11th-Sunday afternoon January 13th.  Please spread the word to help stock our local food pantries in the area.  We had to cancel a food drive because of Hurricane Sandy and I know they can use the food supplies. 
Food Drive-January 11-13, 2013 Gregory Plante 2012-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Oct 18, 2012
This weeks guest speaker came from PRAAT.  Jackie Umans and her dog "Jessie" were nice enough to come to our club and give a great program on the work done by the organization.  Jackie told us stories on how her dog got certified and the great encounters and stories she has had through therapy sessions.  Great meeting you both!  Keep up the great work. 
10/18/12 PRAAT Guest Speaker Jackie Umans and "Jessie" Gregory Plante 2012-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Oct 18, 2012

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Today we got to meet a very special young girl and her father thanks to the great work of Rotary and Gift of Life!  Eljesa Vllasaliu and her dad, Nexhmedin, of Prestina, Kosova (formerly part of Yugoslavia) were brought here to New York to have surgery.  We presented Gift of Life representative Joe DeVincet with a $1,500 donation to help with the cost of this procedure.  We all pray the surgery is a success and for a speedy recovery for Eljesa!. 

Gift of Life Donation-10/18/12 Gregory Plante 2012-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Oct 10, 2012
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Today we got a visit from District 7260 Governor Connie Gevinski.  Connie had a dinner with the board of directors and was able to make our breakfast meeting as well.  Connie talked about all the exciting events coming up in our district for this Rotary year.  This year's Rotary International theme is "Peace Through Service", and Connie filled us in on what this means to her.  We learned more about the "6 Areas of Focus" and how we can benefit with new grants.  Being a District Governor is a lot of work and full of scheduled appearances.  We thank Connie for taking the time to stop at our club. 
District Governor Visit-10/11/12 Gregory Plante 2012-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Sep 19, 2012
Today we all had the honor of welcoming in (2) new members to our Club.  We welcome back Jay Gassman to our club.  We also welcome in new member Jeff Browne.  Jeff was able to bring his wife and brother to the induction ceremony.  Jay and Jeff were sworn in by our President Justin Quaranta.  We look forward to getting to know both new members better through our work in Rotary.  "Service above Self"
September 20, 2012-Welcome New Members! Gregory Plante 2012-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Sep 19, 2012
Today's guest speaker was Past District Governon Irving Toliver.  Irving is a member of the Huntington Station Rotary Club and served as District Governor for District 7260 for the Rotary Year 2011-2012.  Todays visit was informing us about District Membership (which he is the District Membership Chair) and the trends in Rotary we are facing in North America.  Even though worldwide rotary membership is holding around 1.2 million members, it has been steadily declining in North America for years.  Irving told us about new strategies to recuit new members as well as engaging them to stay Rotarians for many years.  He encouraged our club to try new ideas to attract members.  If we all work together, we can all keep Rotary Strong for another 100 years!
Guest Speaker: PDG Irving Toliver-9/20/12 Gregory Plante 2012-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Aug 29, 2012
Today's guest speaker was PDG Dave Ardam.  Dave is a member of the Kings Park club.  He filled the club in on the upcoming merger of District 7260 (Suffolk) and District 7250 (Nassau) to create new District 7255 which comes into affect 7/1/13.  He gave the club some behind the scenes information on how the merger will work and affect the local clubs.  He also spoke of what it takes to become a District Governor and the financial and time restraints it requires.  He urged us to look at this merger as an exciting time for Rotarians, offering us brand new opportunities and people to meet. 
Guest Speaker: PDG Dave Ardam 8/30/12 Gregory Plante 2012-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Plante on Aug 29, 2012
Several Rotarians took time out of their busy schedules to help cook and serve dinner on the final night of Camp for the summer.  There were about 50 campers plus all the counselors working the came for the week.  The menu included BBQ hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage as well as garden salad, potato & macaroni salads.  We got to watch some of the final performances from the campers including karaoke from many of the kids.  The counselors were doing a great job getting all the campers involved with the singing as well as helping out with dinner.  Many of the campers were from Europe working for the summer to get some experience here in the states.  Many of us got to look around the camp and see all the improvements going on.  It was a great night and a great experience.  
Rotarians in attendance (Lou Scotti, Paul Dobiecki, Bill Brenner, Arnie & Rose Quaranta, Greg Plante) 
Serving Dinner at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck 8/29/12 Gregory Plante 2012-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iraci on Jan 02, 2012

 Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

 

"We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders."  - Rotary International's Strategic Plan. Our Core Values include: Service, Fellowship, Diversity, Integrity and Leadership.

 

What is Rotary? Ed Iraci 2012-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iraci on Dec 28, 2011
 Board Meeting Notes can be found under SITE PAGES, OUR CLUB. Click on the OUR CLUB link and the page that opens will have another menu. Look for the BOARD NOTES there. Yes, click on it to open the page.
Board Meeting Notes Ed Iraci 2011-12-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iraci on Dec 28, 2011
 

Just two more days to vote for Rotary to win and be recognized.

 

Please vote to win 10,000,000 airline miles by voting, each day, from each browser and each computer or mobile device that you own. It has also been suggested that you can try every few hours, and even click on your back button and vote again and again. There appears to be no exclusions in the official rules, listed far below. 

 

Please forward this to your clubs, districts, friends, and family to help Rotary International win these miles, to be used to further our charitable work, and also raise awareness of the work done by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

 

Greetings!

 

PRIP Frank Devlyn
PRIP and RGHF member Frank Devlyn

I have seldom if ever asked the Family of Rotary to vote for an outside of Rotary Project but when I see a reliable airline like United/ Continental involved I have to take note.  If we get moving and vote every day plus spreading the word with our contacts we will get a chance to get part of the 10 Million Charity Miles as mentioned on their site to vote.     

 

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Vote for Rotary International

You can vote only once a day. from each browser you use, and each computer or mobile device that you own, between now and December 31, 2011 here: http://10millioncharitymiles.com/

 

When you click on the link you will see symbols and the Rotary Wheel will be included for you to click on to vote for Rotary.  

 

Viva Rotary!

 

Frank Devlyn

Past Rotary President of Rotary International 

Past Chair of The Rotary Foundation

and RGHF member

Rotary Foundation Ed Iraci 2011-12-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iraci on Dec 28, 2011

 To read the NEWS section, click on the title.

ClubRunner did an update on the design of the newsletter. Let me know if you have problems reading it. 

The date for the Skeet Shoot has been changed to April 28, 2012. There was a conflict with a sanctioned shoot in New Jersey on the same day.

President Paul will purchase a shotgun for the raffle. There will be a $750 cash prize if the winner does not want the shotgun.


New Bulletin Style, and other stuff Ed Iraci 2011-12-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iraci on Dec 28, 2011

 The latest board meeting notes can be found under the site page called OUR CLUB. Once there, you will see another menu where the heading for the notes are.


Board Meeting Notes Ed Iraci 2011-12-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iraci on Dec 28, 2011
 Greg Plante was inducted into our club last week, Dec 22, 2011. Introduced by Mike Stoltz, Greg was sworn in by PDG Ben Binkowski. Greg is a general contractor and his business is located in Ronkonkoma. He is married to Christine and they have a brand new baby.
New Member Ed Iraci 2011-12-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iraci on Dec 13, 2011
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Last week the Sachem High School East Interact Volunteer Club sponsored its third annual Pancakes For Parkinson's fundraiser to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research (MJFF).

The philanthropic event at East has grown every year since its inception. In the first year $1,100 was raised, and the following year generated over $1,500. This year the civic-minded student club surpassed its goal of $2,000, with a grand total of over $2,300 collected from charging students, faculty and members of the community $1 per pancake.


 

Sachem East Interact Ed Iraci 2011-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iraci on Jul 20, 2011
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Starting July 1, 2011 the new dues structure will be as follows:

Annual dues per member = $400.00,  this will cover the District dues, International dues and Rotarian magazine.

The annual dues should be paid in full. Arrangements can be made to pay it in installments. 

 An additional $12.00 per meeting will be collected by the treasurer, Mike Wilke. This will pay for the meeting room and the breakfast buffet.

Everybody pays.  Starting now (July 21, 2011) the breakfast/room fee of $12 per meeting can be paid quarterly. The first quarter will be the $150.00, less whatever you have paid up till now.

 

 

NEW DUES STRUCTURE Ed Iraci 2011-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Stoltz on Jun 14, 2011

1) Community Service Awards:

a. Sachem East: Grace Taylor

b. Sachem North: Anthony Recek

c. Connetquot High School: Taylor Quaranta

2) Overcoming Challenges:

a. Connetquot High School: Katrina Schindlar

Scholarship Recipients Mike Stoltz 2011-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iraci on May 04, 2011
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According to the official IRS notice, we now have exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This means any contributions to our charitable activities are deductible to the donor under section 170 of the Code.

We are classified as a Public Charity and donations will be made to the RONKONKOMA RC CHARITABLE FUND, INC. Dave Ardam, PDG is responsible for putting this together for us. I have submitted an Application for an Exempt Organization Certificate with New York State. This will enable us to purchase items and services without the added expense of paying sales tax.   

The important documents listed above can be found on the web site. However, you must log in to get to the CLUB DOCUMENTS section. 

 

Charitable Account is now a 501 (c)(3) Organization Ed Iraci 2011-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lydia Louise on Sep 15, 2010
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The Rotary Club of the Ronkonkomas is proud to support Dora Vizcencz an Exchange Student  from Pecs, Hungary who will be spending the school year here in the USA.  She is currently staying at the home of District Governor Arnie and Rose Quaranta, and will spend the second half of her stay with President Diane and Morty Frank.  Dora is attending Connetquot High School where she is a Senior and also a member of the Tennis Club, her favorite sport.  She was very excited to have had the opportunity to attend the US Open last week.  Besides speaking Hungarian, she also speaks English, German and is learning Spanish.  Several Club members met Dora at the Quaranta's home last week.  She was beaming from ear to ear, as she told us a little bit about her family and how excited she is to be here.  We are looking for members of the club to spend time with Dora and perhaps "show her the sights."  Stay tuned for updates on Dora's visit. 

 Lydia Louise
Dora Vizcencz an Exchange Student from Pecs, Hungary Lydia Louise 2010-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iraci on Sep 08, 2010

April 7-10th, 2011: Multi-District Conference – Sheraton National in Arlington VA

 

Upcoming district events Ed Iraci 2010-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iraci on Aug 28, 2010
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There was an area meeting (that I missed) and the dinner at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck (which I also missed).  I'm still learning the new web site design and will post some photos in the JOURNAL  section. Oh, and the first annual Family Fun Day at the Timothy Hill Ranch. See the photos in the JOURNAL section

Newest member, Amaury Hernandez, was our program last week and gave us a great presentation on reverse mortgages. If you have any questions on any types of mortgages, Amaury is the "go to" guy to see.

Mike Stoltz and Matt, from the MBA, were promoting the golf outing on Sept 29, 2010. It's at the Swan Lake Golf Club in Manorville. The golf fee is $185.00, dinner only is only $75.00.  There's a flyer somewhere on this web site. Registration starts at 11:00 AM, followed by lunch; 1:00 PM shotgun start; 6:00 PM dinner.  Awards, raffles, & an auction will follow dinner. Did I mention it's only $185/golfer?

We may be losing Kelly as a member. She has a job offer in Memphis at the University. We wish her lots of luck.

If you missed a meeting and have a makeup, let Lydia, Diane or me (Ed Iraci) know. We can post it on the web site.

 

 

Just Some Random Ramblings Ed Iraci 2010-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by ED IRACI on Jul 11, 2010

As of the last board meeting, the dues structure has changed. Rotary International and District 7260 have raised the dues for clubs. As a result, we have put the following dues structure for the coming year (starting July 1, 2010).

We have people who do not eat breakfast so, to be fair, their dues are $100 per quarter.

Full dues for those who do chow down at all the meetings, their dues will be $250 per quarter. Breakfast cost is $12 per meeting.

Now the big question is...how do I make out the invoice for the quarterly dues??

 

NEW DUES STRUCTURE ED IRACI 2010-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iraci on Dec 11, 2004
Need a make up for a missed meeting? You can do it online. There is a new link under Club Links to the Rotary eClub.
MAKE UPS Ed Iraci 2004-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
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Suffolk County United Veterans is grateful to the Rotary Club of the Ronkonkomas for being a $1,000 "Presenting Sponsor" for the upcoming "Kick Stands Up Motorcycle Poker Run and Car Show for Homeless Veterans" on July 25. Details of the event are at www.mhaw.org/ksu.

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Today we were able to bring in Jon Sidewitz from Flanagan's Pub in Ronkonkoma into our club.  Jon and his team have been a great help to our club for the past few years and we all felt they would be a perfect fit into our club.  Flanagan's is located on Hawkins ave in Ronkonkoma and they are very involved in the clean up and beautification of the Ronkonkoma area.  We look forward to serving the community together. 

New Member-Jon Sidewitz of Flanagan's Pub Gregory Plante 0
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Today we swore in another new member to our growing club. Stuart Schuster owns a catering business called BBQ Stew's. He was introduced to Rotary from his sponsor Dr. Louis Scotti. Stuart is excited to be a part of our team and serving the community together.

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Our main program for the week was from our very own Steve DeLuca and Chris Frey about Contractors for Kids. Steve is the president of this great organization that offers financial support to families dealing with sick or recently deceased children. They have doubled the amount of money in the past year that the organization is able to help out families with. Our club is looking forward to helping out the cause.

6/11/15 Program-Steve Deluca and Chris Frey-Contractors for Kids Gregory Plante 0
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This past Saturday our club sponsored the 2nd Annual Veteran & Family free day of wellness help at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. The event was ran by Suffolk County United Veteran's. Our club was able to help out serving lunch to the veteran's and families. Great job by our team!

Veteran's Wellness Day at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck Gregory Plante 0
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Today we got a very generous donation of $2500 from Dan Murphy and the Michael Murphy Foundation to go to our Memorial dedication we are having at MacArthur Airport on June 28th. We are donating a granite statue remembering all the soldiers were killed in Operation Redwing. 
Pictured: Dr. Louis ScottiPaul Dobiecki and Dan Murphy.

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Today we got to hear from a fellow Rotarian from the Huntington club about a great project he is involved in.  The name is General Needs and he collects items and supplied them to Veterans in need.  He concentrates a lot of his work at the local VA hospital.  He collects items such as boots, sleeping bags, underwear, socks, peronal care items, etc.  Our club had the opportunity to help supply boots for 40 veterans during the winter which led to 7 veterans get jobs doing snow removal.  Lonnie does a great job and we can see how passionate he is about this work.  Looks like our club has a few more projects in the works to help out General Needs.  Great presentation!

 

6/4/15 Program-Lonnie Sherman-General Needs Gregory Plante 0
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Today we had the honor to award long standing member Edwin Sprague a Paul Harris plus 3 pin.  Ed has been in Rotary for over 45 years and has been a great asset to our club.  Pictures is our District Rotary Foundation Chair Arnie Quaranta and Edwin Sprague.  Congratulations.  

Paul Harris Award-Ed Sprague Gregory Plante 0
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Todays Program was from Bryan Mastangelo and Gary Vertichio of the LT. Michael P. Murphy Division of the Sea Cadets. They currently have 40-45 students in the division. Some of the students go on to serve in all branches of the military and are all great kids. They regularly help out at our food drives and biggest fundraisers. Keep up the great work.

3/26/14-LT Michael P. Murphy Division of the Sea Cadets Gregory Plante 0
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We had another great day for our club! Got to swear in another new member. Please welcome in Steve DeLuca. He is the First Vice President and Branch Manager of Suffolk County National Bank located in Bohemia. Steve is also the President of Contractors for Kids, another non for profit organization helping out children in need. Looking forward to helping serve the community together.

New Member-Steve DeLuca Gregory Plante 0
Posted by Gregory Plante

Ronkonkoma Rotary Food Drive Update
Our next Food Drive will be held on November 14 & 15 at Stop and Shop in Ronkonkoma. We will be collecting food for multiple food pantries in our area just in time for Thanksgiving. Please mark your calendars and come help volunteer or donate food.

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We had a group of 6 Italian Rotarian's come to our district for 2 weeks recently.  They were part of our Friendship Exchange Team and got to see many things in the New York area while they were here.  A special thanks to our very own Rose Quaranta (Friendship Exchange Team Chair) and Arnie Quaranta for doing so much for the team while they were here.  They even hosted a farewall BBQ at their house along with 40 of there closes friends.  

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8/28/14 Italian Rotary Friendship Exchange Team Gregory Plante 0
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We had the opportunity to spend some time with some great Interact students from Connetquot High School.  These students came to our early breakfast meeting during their last days of summer vacation.  Hopefully we were able to keep them entertained.  They are looking forward to the school year and planning some great events to help the community.  We will back them in any way we can.  

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8/28/14-Connetquot High School Interact Team Gregory Plante 0
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We had a great performance recently from Sweet Adeline's Heart of Long Island Chorus Group.  They sang to the largest group of Rotarians we have ever had.  We had guest Rotarians in from Italy, Hauppauge, Glen Cove, Huntington, Smithtown and more.  We had Interact members from Connetquot High School.  The group had about 17 members attend and had everyone on their feet for 2 standing ovations!  Great Job to the group.  

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8/28/14 Program - Sweet Adeline's Chorus Group Gregory Plante 0
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Today's Program was Rhonda Riccio of WLIX Radio.  Rhonda's family has been part of Rotary for years.  She spoke of how the radio industry has changed as well as how the station has changed through the years to appeal to a large audience.  They offer great and affordable advertising opportunities for businesses in our area.  Good luck to the entire WLIX team!

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Rotary Program 7/24/14-Rhonda Riccio of WLIX Radio Gregory Plante 0
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Another great day at the club. We swore in another new member today at The Rotary Club of the Ronkonkoma's! I would like to welcome into the club Russell Castaldo of Absolute Electric. He will make a great Rotarian and is excited about all of our upcoming events

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We had a very nice presentation yesterday from Janet, a representative for the Giving Doll New York.  Their organization makes hand made cloth dolls and distributes them to children in times of need.  They are involved in doing this in several states throughout the country and have donated over 10,000 dolls to date.  They are currently looking for volunteers to help as well as fabric donations.  They seam to be a good fit to team up with Rotary's Gift of Life program.  

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We had to opportunity to hear about a great cause going on right here on Long Island.  We heard from Rosemarie Kluepfel and Amaury Hernandez of Fairway Independent Mortgage Company.  They gave a great program telling us how we can help out to give a Veteran a house at no cost to them.  You can look at their website veteranshomegiveaway.org and see how you can help out as well.  Its great to hear about these type of initiatives and how passionate the people are who are involved in them.  Great Job Rosemarie and Amaury, keep up the great work!

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Here is a list of upcoming events we are going to be apart of:

June 5th-Heat and Soul Dinner hosted by the Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce at Villa Lombardi's.  They will be honoring our very own Justin Quaranta on all his great work done for our community.  

June 10th-Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser for our 30th annual Navy Seal LT Micheal P Murphy Run around the Lake.  10% of dinner proceeds support our event.  Please get people to come for dinner

June 26th-Pre-Race Pasta Dinner at Windows on the Lake in Ronkonkoma.  Volunteers needed.  

June 28th-Navy Seal LT Michael P Murphy Run around the Lake.  Volunteers needed.  

July  17th-Serving Dinner at Camp Pa Qua Tuck in Center Moriches.  Volunteers needed. 

August 16th-Food Drive at Stop and Shop in Ronkonkoma.  Volunteers needed.  

 

 

Upcoming Events for Ronkonkoma Rotary Club Gregory Plante 0
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We also had a visit from Joe DeVincent giving us an update on all the great work of Rotary's Gift of Life Program.  Joe brought in Katia Ventura Hernandez and her mother Erika.  Katia was a recipient of the great work done by the Gift of life.  We are very grateful for the Gift of Life program, the host families and Joe DeVincent.  Keep help raising money for this great cause!  (Pictured: Joe DeVincent, Erica Hernandaz Ventura, Rose Quaranta, Katia Ventura Hernandez, Justin Quaranta, and Arnie Quaranta)                                                                                                                                        

12/19/13 Gift of Life Visit Gregory Plante 0
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We had another great food drive last weekend.  We were able to stock Charlotte's Tables and the Ministries food pantries with much needed items.  We were also able to donate money to St. Joseph's outreach, Church of the Resurrection along with other food pantries in need.  The community was more then willing to help out and donate to this great cause and we couldn't have done it without them.  We also had great help from The Rotary Club of Ronkonkoma, Connetquot Interact, Michael P. Murphy division of the Sea Cadets, Cub Scout troops from Lake Grove, Clubhouse of Suffolk and many other caring volunteers excited to help out the community.  Great Job by All!

 

Ronkonkoma Rotary Food Drive Gregory Plante 0
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Today we had the opportunity to meet PFC Melanie Gonzalez who is currently a Marine.  Melanie was a member of Interact and has traveled through the exchange program.  She gave us and update of her experiences on going through boot camp and being a "sharpshooter".  Melanie also let us know how being involved in Rotary helped her with many of the challenges she has faced through her military experience.  We are all grateful for her service to this great nation. 

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11/21/13-Guest Speaker PFC Melanie Gonzalez Gregory Plante 0
Posted by Gregory Plante
We have a Food Drive scheduled for next weekend 11/15/13-11/16/13.  We will be at the Stop N Shop located at 499 Portion Rd, Ronkonkoma.  We are going to be there Friday(11/15/13) from 3pm-7pm and Saturday (11/16/13) from 9am-6pm.  The food donated will help benefit Charlotte's Table Food Pantry located at the Clubhouse of Suffolk.  Any food they cannot handle will be dispersed in the community as well.  Please help support or to donate food. 
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Posted by Gregory Plante
Today we had the pleasure of being visited by Past District Governor Dave Ardam.  Dave spoke to our club about some of the changes of Rotary.  Dave represented our District at this convention to vote on some of these changes.  He explained about how the event was ran at this week long conference.  Dave shared some great stories and the great people he was able to meet.  Glad our district had you as a representative, Great Job!                                      
11/7/13-Guest Speaker PDG Dave Ardam Gregory Plante 0
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We had the opportunity to meet some bright and promising High School students from Connetquot and Sachem North.  These students received our yearly scholarships for 2013.  These students were selected by our committee after submitting applications for us to review.  These students showed the spirit of Rotary throughout their High School years by volunteering, hosting fundraisers and being leaders in their respective schools.  The dinner was held at Windows on the Lake in Ronkonkoma.  The scholarship ceremony was run by our very own Rose Quaranta, and the majority of our club was able to attend this special night.  We also had PDG Dave Ardam and Assistant Governor to (Connie Gevinski) Nicole Cardiello was able to attend.  Thanks again for everyone who helped support this great night.  

Here is the list of People who were honored:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Connetquot High School-Bryan Hirt and Robert Nilson.  Connetquot Interact Advisor-Peggy Dinkelman and Assistant Principal Mike Sipman were also in attendance.  

Sachem North-Sara Iadanza.  Sachem North Guidance Office-Carolyn Roell was also showing support

Connetquot & Sachem North Scholarship Night-6/11/13 Gregory Plante 0
Posted by Ed Iraci
Board Meeting Notes can be found under the link for OUR CLUB.  
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Posted by Ed Iraci
Thanks to Arnie & Rose for the spectacular party last Saturday. Kelly and Barbara arrived early to help with the auction items and setup. I was helping at the bar with PDG George, Forrest and others I can't remember. We were testing the libations to make sure they were safe to drink.
Wendy, from Westhampton Club, was the auctioneer and did a fabulous job. Many auction donations were brought and Wendy managed to unload them all on an unsuspecting crowd of about 100 people.
Rose will have about $12,000 for the school in India. Thanks to all who bid on everything and anything.
On a sad note many members of the Ronkonkoma Club were not in attendance. Kelly, Ed & Barbara, Mike & Robin and Diane & Mort were there representing our club. The holiday weekend was probably the reason.

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Posted by Kelly Penwell

I never thought that the military was going to be part of my life.  I don't look so good in green, and I am not so sure about boot camp at my age.  However, on Sunday I, like many of you, found myself part of Arnie's new Army.  In the past, I have often commented on how inspiring Arnie's dedication is to Rotary.  When I have had the opportunity to listen to him speak I not only want to be a better Rotarian but a better person.  Same can be said about Arnie's speech on Sunday.  Watching the governor's medallion be passed down through the ranks of Past District Governors was amazing.  Can you imagine how many great deeds were done while those governors were at the helm of their respective Rotary districts?  While it is hard to say just how much Arnie is going to accomplish, I am confident that Arnie is going to leave a stamp  as big as the gavel he was given on District 7260 forever.    And Arnie, even though I never considered a career in military, it is my wish that I can join your ranks to do my personal best to support you in all of good works you are sure to accomplish this year.  Not only am I genuinely honored to call you my friend and fellow Rotarian, I am truly privileged to call you Governor.  Thank you so much to Diane for coordinating such a great event to a big shout out to Kevin and his staff at the Marriott for the wonderful food, great service, and amazing time had by all. 

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  PRE RUN PASTA DINNER We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful night for The Run Around the Lake Pasta Dinner.  Not only was the weather beautiful, attendance was fantastic, the food was delicious, and good fellowship was enjoyed by all!      Besides our Rotary Family it was especially good to see The Connetquot Rotaract Club, Denise Schwarz of The Chamber of Commerce of the Greater Ronkonkoma's, and so many local residents in attendance.       We would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Anthony from The Beach Club for donating his services so that we, as Rotarians, can continue to accomplish all the great things we do!  Great work for coordinating the event Dr. Lou!    Check out the photo journal for more great pictures!

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Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day.
Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.
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PDG Russ Moran was our speaker this week (May 27,2010). An attorney and publisher, Russ talked about his upcoming book about judges in America. As an avid reader of mysteries and some fantasy novels, I can tell you his book will probably not make it on my list of preferred reading. Sorry Russ. I will wait for Alan to read it and give me his review.

Our club has very important events coming up. The RUN is on June 26 and we need the journal ads to make any money on this event. Get them in ASAP.

Are you selling the 50/50 raffles?? Please do. The drawing is on June 27 at the installation dinner. Next board meeting is on Wednesday, June 2, at 7:30 AM, at the Marriott. Bring any unsold tickets with you. Better yet, bring in SOLD tickets with the money.

Speaking of the installation dinner...June 27 at the Marriott, 3:00 PM. This is an ALL HANDS event. Let President Diane know you're coming via e-mail or phone.

June 10 we will be giving out the scholarship money. We had to cut back on that for lack of funds. This is why we need your help in raising funds for our charities.

Speaking of charities...mine is the Rotary Foundation. You can't find a better place to make your donations. Go online and donate with a credit card. See me at a meeting & hand me a check to the Rotary Foundation. Every Rotarian, Every Year means you should be giving on your own and not through the club.


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On October 9th through October 11th, The Rotary Club of the Ronkonkomas in conjunction with the Sachem North, Sachem East, and Connetquot Interact Clubs are working to "stuff a truck" full of food. 

Rotarians Bill Brenner, Ed Iraci, Scott Kaplan, Mike Stoltz, and Kelly Penwell worked along side of Sachem North students, staff of The Clubhouse of Suffolk and Justin Quaranta today to collect forty totes of food from the generous shoppers at Lake Ronkonkoma's own Stop and Shop. 

Numerous shoppers reported how wonderful they thought the Sachem North students were.  I have to say without hesitation they are right!  I am incrediblyproud of the twenty Sachem North Interactors who turned out for the event!

Good luck to the rest of the Ronkonkoma Rotary team and Interact Clbs for the rest of the weekend.

And Arnie, if you don't propose Justin for membership I am going to!

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Through SHARE, Rotary districts choose which Rotary Foundation programs they wish to support and participate in.
The Foundation's programs are funded through voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who believe in its mission. Their donations demonstrate their commitment to enhancing lives, creating greater understanding among nations, and advancing the quest for peace in the world.

Foundation program awards are distributed worldwide through the SHARE system. Contributions to The Rotary Foundation are transformed into Ambassadorial Scholarships, Group Study Exchanges, Matching Grants, and more.
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Have you made your donation this year?

The Every Rotarian, Every Year effort encourages Rotarians worldwide to participate fully in their Rotary Foundation. Endorsed by the Foundation's Trustees and the Rotary International Board of Directors.  See Ed Iraci to make your donation via Snail Mail.

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We hear that question from people who show an interest and are potential members.  What's your answer? One good one is:
Rotary club members are part of a diverse group of professional leaders working to address various community and international service needs. Through community service and other means, Rotary club members help promote peace and understanding throughout the world. Our members are our most important asset. They are the force that allows Rotary to carry out its many humanitarian efforts and achieve its mission.

Another answer would be to describe any one of our great SERVICE projects that will relate to the interests of the person if you happen to know them.  Youth Exchange, Group Study Exchange support, hands on help for the other partners in the community, Polio Plus, Club and personal Foundation contributions, social activities, opportunities to serve in local and international service activities, and the excellent friendships with all Rotarians both here and the world over. 

You can also say that the person wearing the Rotary symbol (example, your pin) is saying that he/ she is a person that can be counted on, has high personal and professional ethical standards, and is a friend.  In fact, if you wear your pin, people will ask you what it is for if they don't already know! And they will probably want to join us!!
by Glen Agar Rotary Club of Kapuskasing

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