From The Top
 
Co-President Scott opened the meeting with the pledge led by Mike Hack, and grace by Werner Zumbrunn. Today’s guest speaker was Noelle Campbell, Executive Director of the Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center.
 
Announcements
 
Holiday Party – Our Annual Holiday Party will be held this Friday, December 7th, 6-9 PM, at the home of Kelly and Scott Lockwood. Be sure to bring your tasteful poem about a fellow member to the party. If you haven’t received a name yet, please contact Josie Titcomb NOW.
 
December Food Drive – This month’s food drive will be held on this weekend, 12/8 & 12/9. If you can help for a couple of hours on either day, please contact Chris Cunningham NOW.
 
Dictionary Project – As before, the goal of this year’s Dictionary Project is to provide dictionaries and brief tutorials to every third grade student in every elementary school in our service area. The project is already underway, but Co-Chairs Frank Seibert, Pam Giarrusso and Marc Horowitz can use more volunteers; if you can help, please contact any of them NOW.
 
Holiday Gifts – Megan Noble has purchased a ton of holiday gifts for the disadvantaged folks at Madonna Heights in Dix Hills with a record number of member donations. Marnie Katzman of the SCO Family of Services will visit next Wddnesday, December 12th to give us an update on the Madonna Heights facility and to pick up the gifts.
 
Spencers Convalescing – Co-President Charlie and wife Adele are recuperating comfortably at home following Charlie’s knee replacement and Adele’s recent illness – we wish them both a speedy recovery.
 
Today’s Meeting
 
Noelle Campbell, who stopped by to say thanks for our continued support, was today’s impromptu guest speaker, giving an update on the work of the Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center.
 
The Center provides a wide variety of services to folks in need in Wyandanch and neighboring communities: from one of Long Island’s largest and busiest food pantries, to clothing, housing, educational and financial support, a summer camp, and a vegetable garden.
 
The Center is staffed with just four full-time employees, and about 35 part-time volunteers. They have a small grant from United Way, but rely mainly on donations from corporations, civic organizations and individuals.
 
Noelle mentioned that they already have 400 families signed up for their special Christmas program, and have received over a thousand donated toys for the event.
 
For nearly a decade, Babylon Rotary has regularly donated food, holiday turkeys and other necessities for their food pantry and special events. Noelle has visited each year to say thanks; this year she distributed small thank-you tokens to all assembled members.
 
Next Week’s Meeting
 
Next Wednesday, December 12th, Marnie Katzman from the SCO Family of Services will give an update on the status and activities of the Madonna Heights facility, and collect the holiday gifts donated by our members.