From The Top
 
Vice President Jim Kanzler opened the meeting with the pledge led by Ed Miller, and grace by Gus Fishel. Today’s guest speaker was Jackie Pecora of PALS – Patient AirLift Services.
 
Announcements
 
May Food DriveThis month’s food drive will be held this Saturday, May 12th. If you can help for a couple of hours, please contact Chris Cunningham (chris.cnnnghm@gmail.com) NOW.
 
Dirty Sock Run – Project Chair Chris Korte reports that the highest priority task right now is to identify and sign up new event sponsors. Everyone’s help is needed for this most important task, to be the subject of discussion during the club assembly at next week’s regular meeting on Wednesday, May 16th.
 
Special Program  – We will host a special presentation on the Good Samaritan Stroke Center, Tuesday, May 22nd at 5:30 PM in the Babylon Public Library. The doctor in charge of the Stroke Center will discuss new, advanced, life-saving techniques now used at the Center. A chef from the hospital will demonstrate cooking techniques for heart-healthy diets.  This meeting replaces our usual (4th Tuesday of the month) Happy Hour/Networking meeting. 
 
Gift of Life – Rotary Gift of Life Long Island is holding their Annual Dinner Dance on Wednesday, May 23rd, starting 6:30 PM at the Timber Point Mansion. In addition to making a donation and providing raffle prizes, our club is paying for a table at the event. If you would like to attend,  please contact Frank Seibert (fjseibertcca@hotmail.com) asap.
 
Scholarship Luncheon – The BRC Scholarship Awards Committee has completed its deliberations, and our Annual Scholarship Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, June 13th. This is always an inspiring meeting, and all are encouraged to attend.
 
Golf Outing – Project Chair Neil Weingarten reports that our Annual Golf Outing will be held Tuesday, July 10th at the Willow Creek Golf Club in Mount Sinai. As in recent years, this will be a joint event with the Rotary clubs of Bay Shore, Islip, and Syosset-Woodbury. Sign up forms are now available. If you would like to participate as a golfer, sponsor or volunteer, please contact Neil (neilw@conferenceny.com) asap.
 
Rotary Foundation – All are reminded that our club subscribes to the Rotary initiative of “Every Rotarian, Every Year,” whereby all club members are encouraged to donate $100 each year to the Rotary Foundation. To help meet this goal, members are asked to contribute $50, and the club will match it with another $50. The simplest way to make your donation is through the Rotary International website (rotary.org); just click on “GIVE” and follow the prompts. If you’d rather write a check, or have any questions about donating to the Rotary Foundation, please contact Jim Kanzler (jim@meta5.com) or Frank Seibert (fjseibertcca@hotmail.com).
 
Today’s Program
 
Jackie Pecora spoke of PALS – Patient AirLift Services.  Jackie is the Director of Development, Marketing and Communications for PALS.
 
Patient AirLift Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that arranges free air transportation for individuals requiring medical diagnosis, treatment or follow-up who cannot afford or are unable to fly commercially. Their goal is to alleviate the transportation issues that create a financial burden for families in need so they can focus on medical care and treatment. Volunteer pilots donate their time, aircraft, and fuel andreceive no compensation.
 
PALS also arranges volunteer flights for family members of patients as compassionate missions, to ensure patients have support when they are away from home for long periods.
 
Their PALS for Patriots Program assists military personnel and their families with free flights to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation processes for our wounded veterans.
 
The PALS Sky Hope Disaster Relief Program also has a history of supporting humanitarian efforts in the event of natural or man-made disasters. Last year, PALS merged with the Sky Hope Network, an organization of volunteer business aircraft operators, substantially expanding their nationwide, humanitarian assistance capabilities.
 
PALS was founded in 2010, relying on volunteer pilots and aircraft from general aviation. Today, their nationwide network includes a wide range of commercial, corporate, business and charter assets. To date, PALS has logged over 15,000 patient flights, a remarkable record in just seven years.
 
PALS always welcomes new pilot/aircraft, ground  volunteers, individual and group donations. They are holding a major fundraising gala on June 8th at Republic Airport. For details on the entire PALS operation, visit their website:
www.palservices.org.
 
Next Week’s Meeting
 
Our next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 16th, 12:15 PM at Lily Flanagan’s Pub. Following the 11:30 board meeting, we’ll hold a cub assembly where we will discuss how to increase sponsorships for our major fundraiser, the Dirty Sock Run.