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The Northport Rotary Club’s history of philanthropic support for worthy causes near and far continues.  While the Pandemic has necessitated the cancellation of  our primary fundraiser, Wine in the Courtyard,  the humanitarian need throughout the world is greater than ever. In that spirit, we are sponsoring the “Give a Duck" Race.
 
The contest will feature 300 numbered, rubber ducks that will be dropped into Long Island Sound and pushed to the shore. The first one to reach the beach will earn its ticket holder $5,000. Purchase a ticket for $100 and enter the race!
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Tribute to Anita and Bill Thomas
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Anita and Bill Thomas (80, 82)
An American Story; A Lifetime of Service to Others
 
William Henry “Bill” Thomas passed away on May 1, 2020.  His beloved wife of 61 years, Anita V. Thomas, passed away May 7, 2020, being reunited after only six days apart.  Both died of Corona virus.    
 
Anita and Bill Thomas were pillars in their family and the Northport community.  Bill was born to Walter Thomas, a World War II veteran, and Hilda Musselwhite Thomas, and was a life-long resident of Northport, New York.  Anita was born to Anne and Eugene Vettel in the small town of Laubenheim, Germany, near Mainz on the Rhine River.  She emigrated to America in 1949 along with her sister, Kate Miller, who survives her.  Anita and Bill are also survived by their two children, Katherine Thomas Williamson and her husband, Gene Williamson of Miller Place, New York, and Peter William Thomas and his wife, Beth Thomas, of Chevy Chase, Maryland.  They have six grandsons ages 29 to 17, including Brian, Bobby, and Bradley Williamson and Jeff, Andrew and Teddy Thomas.  Bill’s older brother, Robert Thomas, a doctor of veterinary medicine, preceded him in death.
 
Born in 1937, Bill grew up on Laurel Avenue, spent summers at Crab Meadow, and attended Northport public schools. He took pride in maintaining his first cars, a dark green 1941 Ford Convertible with a rumble seat and a 1957 Chevy two-door hard top convertible, also in green.  He attended the University of Alabama in the mid- to late 1950’s during racial integration and completed his degree at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland. 
           
Anita was born in Germany in 1939 and lived through the horror of World War II.  At four years old, Anita nearly died of diphtheria and double pneumonia, having been read last rites twice in the town wine cellar they used as a shelter during Allied bombing raids.  After emigrating by ship as soon as a lottery would allow, her family put down roots in Northport, Long Island, and bought the local sweet shop and luncheonette known as the “Midway,” (currently next to Rita’s Restaurant on Main Street). 
 
When the Midway ran out of lunch meat, Anita was sent across the street to Betcher’s Butcher Shop (currently the Flower Basket on Laurel Avenue) where a young Bill Thomas also worked after school.  When Anita was not leading Northport High School band as the majorette, she and Bill would exchange glances late in the day as Anita rolled up the Midway’s awning and Bill would burn the trash in the back of Betcher’s.  They married in 1959 while Anita was still at SUNY Oneonta.  After graduation, they returned to Northport and had three children, Katherine, Peter, and Eric, each two years apart. They purchased their home on Crown Hill Road in Northport in 1965 and still own the property. 
 
Tragedy struck in 1974 when the entire family was involved in a car accident in Canada while on summer vacation.  Peter lost his legs below the knees and Eric (age 8) did not survive.  With the help of Anita’s sister Kate, who lived in Denver, Peter was flown to Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in Colorado, a world-renowned rehabilitation center while the family lived with Kate and her three boys, Ted, Paul, and Dan Miller.  Peter learned to walk again on artificial legs and returned to his fifth grade class at Ocean Avenue Elementary School. 
 
The loss of their youngest child deeply wounded Anita and Bill throughout their lives and shook their faith for a time, but to their credit, they never let it show.  Anita was always the most positive person in the room with Bill steadfast by her side. What easily could have driven the family apart brought them closer together than ever.
 
Bill taught middle school science and health in the South Huntington School District for 33 years and served as Teacher’s Union President for over a decade.  During this time, he returned to school to obtain his Masters’ degree in Education.  He retired at age 55.  For much of the past few decades, he spent hours tending to his lawn, his garden, and his pool.  He balanced his check book with the precision of a forensic accountant and supported all of the volunteer projects Anita initiated.  He lived about the most honest and decent life a person can live. 
 
Anita had a profound interest in helping children with disabilities to achieve their potential.  She earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education and went to work for years in the Half Hollow Hills School District, teaching K-6 special education.  It was the highlight of her professional life to impact the lives of young children with learning disabilities.
 
When she retired, Anita and Bill focused almost exclusively on charity work.  Anita joined the Northport Rotary Club and was awarded Rotarian of the Year in 2016-2017.  Bill was her faithful partner in Rotary activities and became an Honorary Rotarian. Anita heard of a program called “Soles4Souls” that helped low income people in developing nations to obtain donated used shoes.  Anita brought this program to Northport.  She enlisted Bill to help (it was not an option) and grew the program from collecting 500 pairs in the first year to over 21,000 pairs of used shoes in 2018 alone.  She demonstrated such drive and enthusiasm that many in Northport refer to Anita as “The Shoe Lady.”  Bill and Anita also opened their home throughout the years to host children and their parents from Haiti who traveled to New York City to undergo donated heart surgery. 
 
Anita loved to sing, out loud, in front of people, and grew up in a time when other people would actually join in.  Kathy and Peter remember this as the most embarrassing part of childhood and now remember it among their most cherished memories.  Anita played guitar and volunteered at the Huntington Art League for years.  She dried and pressed wildflowers and preserved them in clear resin.  She knitted blankets and hats for every grandchild and others.  She refinished wooden furniture from scratch.  Anita was a prolific photographer and catalogued her family’s life in dozens of albums to be passed down through the generations.  Bill contributed by researching and publishing an extensive family tree of the Thomas/Musselwhite side of the family, well before computer apps made this commonplace.
 
Anita and Bill were avid runners and founding members of the Northport Road Runners.  Anita ran 26 marathons including the New York City Marathon and Marine Corps Marathon several times.  She even qualified for the Boston Marathon in 1983, Peter’s freshman year at Boston College, and paused atop “Heartbreak Hill” while Peter and his roommates toasted to her success and cheered her on to the finish.
 
Bill and Anita loved to travel the world, taking many trips over the years to Anita’s hometown of Laubenheim, Germany where she enjoyed large gatherings of family and friends made during her childhood.  They went on cruises to Greece, Alaska, and, in their 55th year of marriage, Bill surprised Anita with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the South Pacific, including Fiji, Bora Bora, and other exotic destinations.  Not bad for a couple of school teachers.
 
Anita and Bill loved to entertain with good friends, good food and drink, especially gin and tonics and Grand Marnier.  Anita was an accomplished cook and baker.  Always homemade, her dishes were inspired by her mother’s German recipes including the best apple cake (“Apfel Kuchen”) ever made.  She baked German “stolen” every Christmas, perfected Baked Alaskan pie, Brandy Alexander pie, and something with an almond layer of crunchy deliciousness that cannot even be described.  Anita included her German parents (“Mutti” and “Papa”) in every social gathering she hosted, including bridge night, and at the end of their lives, her parent’s best friends, and Anita and Bill’s best friends, were one and the same. 
 
If you knew Anita, you got a personal note from Anita, usually with a picture she took of you or your child pasted on top of a generic card.  The inscription would have been heartfelt, impeccably written in script, usually in fountain pen, and often accompanied by a formal note on personal stationery within the card or note itself. 
 
Visitors to Bill and Anita’s home were always welcome and greeted with a smile.  They were generally regarded as one of the nicest, most caring, and generous couples in town.  These traits were passed down to their daughter, Kathy, and her husband Gene, who remained in constant contact with Anita and Bill, especially in their later years.  Not a day went by without multiple phone calls or invitations to spend the weekend at Kathy’s home in Miller Place.  Not a holiday went by without a celebration led by Kathy, their devoted daughter, and her family.
 
As public school teachers, Bill and Anita made a modest living by most accounts.  But Bill bought some stock one year in the 1980’s that skyrocketed and he sold it all at its peak.  Anita, living through the experience of WWII, thought they were not worthy of such an undeserved windfall, so they created a charitable trust as a memorial to their son, Eric.  Upon their passing, this trust will be distributed to programs across Long Island that help children with disabilities.  They just don’t make people like Anita and Bill Thomas anymore…
 
 
FUNERAL CAR PROCESSION SCHEDULED FOR 12:00 NOON, MAY 13, 2020:  Due to the risk of infection during the pandemic, no public wake, funeral or Catholic mass will be possible to memorialize the lives of Anita and Bill Thomas.  In lieu of this, a funeral procession will be held starting at Nolan Funeral Home on Laurel Avenue, Northport, and ending at Northport Rural Cemetery. Participants should cue up on Laurel Avenue across the street from the Northport Jr. High School bus entrance) between 12:00 and 12:15 pm on Wednesday, May 13th.  The procession will pass the current home, and childhood homes of Bill and Anita, leading to the Northport Harbor and then to Northport Rural Cemetery.  To limit the risk of infection, the burial will be a private, family-only ceremony.
 
A celebration of Anita and Bill’s lives will be planned for the future.
 
DONATIONS:  In lieu of flowers, any donations should be directed to The Long Island Community Foundation, c/o The Eric E. Thomas Memorial Fund, 900 Walt Whitman Road, Suite 205, Melville, NY 11747 (www.licf.org) or Hospice House of Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Suffolk, c/o Northport Rotary, P.O. Box 323, Northport, New York 11768 or www.northportrotary.com.
 
REMEMBRANCES:  The Thomas Family encourages everyone to submit a favorite story, remembrance, or farewell wish to Anita and Bill Thomas, which will be compiled into a book for the family.  Please click on the following link to submit your story:  https://thomasfamilymemories.fromabirdie.com/contribute 
  
 
 
 
 
 
Please note re Covid-19:
  • If you need a virus test inquire at 888-364-3065
  • Many local restaurants offer takeout. Please help them any yourselves.
  • Give critically needed blood - St. Paul's UM Church (Main St.) March 30th
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TEXAS HOLD EM', March 26
POSTPONED (New Date TBA)
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Thanks to all who contributed to the
Thomas Rotary Soles4Souls Shoe Drive
We collected about 5,500 pairs of shoes even though everything shut down in mid-March, the heart of our drive.  We look forward to a more fitting tribute to Anita and Bill Thomas next year.
 
 
TEXAS HOLD EM' - POSTPONED
 
Final Table Prizes - Top 9
Pre-register at www.northportrotary.com (CLICK HERE)
 
 
Sponsorship Opportunities
    Royal Flush Sponsor      $500
    Dinner Sponsor              $250
    Drink Sponsor                $250
    Roulette Sponsor           $200
    Black Jack Sponsor       $200
    Poker Table Sponsor      $150
 
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Thanks to all who contributed to
our Thanksgiving
Children's Book Drive, November 1-15
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
High School Students:  Immerse yourself in a foreign country with fellow students! 
Be a Rotary Youth Exchange Student.
 
Live in a foreign country.  Learn a foreign language as natives speak it.  Learn a new culture.  Open your mind to a new part of the world.  See the U.S. in a new light.  Have a great time!  Open the door to an amazing future.
 
Want to know more?  Get program information directly at exchangestudent.org, the website of Eastern State Student Exchange, our regional Rotary Youth Exchange.  Contact Andy Giffin at andygiffin@gmail.com or 631-579-2263 for application details.  Applications for the Long-Term Program must be completed by November 1, 1919 for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Applications for the Short-Term Program (Summer, 2020) are accepted until May 1, 2020, but should be submitted as early as possible to get top choices of countries.
 
 
 

Rotary Youth Exchange – Program Details

 
Long-Term Program
 
  • Spend an academic year in a foreign country
  • Experience life with student families
  • Go to a local school
  • Share the language, culture and peer activities
  • Meet students from other countries on exchanges
  • Be supported by a global Rotary network of adult advisors
  • Low cost: all administration by Rotary volunteers
  • Requirements: age 15-18, solid academic performance, adaptability, curiosity
  • Graduate with your class; enhance college applications
  • Host an exchange student in your home for part of the year
  • Discover yourself – builds maturity and independence
  • Make life-long friends
 
Short-Term Program
 
  • Be paired with a foreign student
  • Spend 3-4 weeks in each family home
  • Learn language and culture
  • Learn about yourself away from home
  • Make life-long friends
 
Rotary Youth Exchange is a program of Rotary International with about 30-40 countries participating.  The local program is administered by Rotary District 7255 (Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens) and Northport Rotary.  Rotary is a community service organization with 33,000 local clubs in 200 countries worldwide.  Our motto is “service above self.”  Students are only placed in safe locations with active local support of Rotary clubs and districts, here and there.  We have had recent exchanges in Japan, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Poland, and Thailand.
 
 
 
Many thanks to all who participated and contributed to the Northport Rotary
Wine and Food in the Courtyard 2019
August 8th at the Vanderbilt Museum.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Northport and East Northport Rotary clubs collected 15,000 shoes to help Soles4Souls in fight against poverty
 
The 10th Annual shoe drive ran from March 1 until the truck was loaded Saturday, March 30th.  
 
The shoes collected were delivered to Soles4Souls, an international anti-poverty organization that distributes new and used shoes. A micro-enterprise program provides used shoes for repair to create jobs in poor countries. The organization has distributed more than 30 million shoes in well over 100 countries.  The annual drive started when Anita and Bill Thomas worked with Soles4Souls in a shoe drive at Gold's Gym in East Northport.  Since then 105,000 pairs of shoes have been collected.
 
"We support Soles4Souls because it is effective in distributing shoes where the need is, in the U.S. and around the world, in response to disasters and deep poverty," said Thomas.   Among its relief programs, Soles 4 Souls distributed over 50,000 new pairs of shoes to help Philippine victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
 
"The simple truth is that almost anyone with a closet has shoes they don't wear, or an old pair that will just end up in a landfill," said Thomas. "Giving those to us means knowing that you are taking a step to making the world a better place for all of us."
 
Shoes were collected at the following collection points:
 
Northport Village Hall, Asharoken Village Hall, Northport Library, East Northport Library, East Northport Firehouse, Dr. Spencer's Legislative Office, Greater Long Island Running Club, Northport Running Club, Northsport, Gold's Gym, Coach Realty (Northport and East Northport), Eastern Athletic (Dix Hills and Melville), People's Bank (Huntington), Shindokan Budo, Kathy's Jewelry Repair, First National Bank of Long Island (Main St. & 25A) New York Community Bank (E Npt),  Bottle Bargains, Techniques Salon, Garvey Properties (Babylon Rotary), East Northport Rotary, Kraft Shoes, American Properties, Complete Business Services, Dr. Fink Chiropractic, Westy's Storage, Harbor View Salon, Forever Fit, Underwriters Laboratories, Mari's Hallmark, Self Service Laundromat (Laurel Ave.), Aculability, Air Distribution Enterprises, Professional Physical Therapy, Paumanack Village, Brooklyn Bridge Rotary, Sundance (Ladies of Harley), Trinity Episcopal, Christ Lutheran, St. Philip Neri, Union United Methodist, 1st Presbyterian, St. Paul's UMC, Evangelical Covenant, St. Paul's Lutheran, Centerport United Methodist, Congregational Church of Huntington, Temple Beth David, Presbyterian Church of Sweet Hollow, Youth Directions, Norwood Ave. School, Ocean Ave. School, East Northport Middle School, Dickenson School., Bellrose School,  Harborfields HS, Oldfields MS, Washington Dr. School, Lahey School, BS Troup 52, Pulaski School, Love of Learning Montessori (and Girl Scouts), St. Anthony's HS (Emma & Michael Turner), Great Neck Rotary, Williston Park Rotary,  Rotary Club of Islip, Baldwin-Rockville Center Rotary, Reimels Allstate, Power of One Gym, and Resurrection Lutheran Church.
 
About Soles4Souis
 
Soles4Souls, Inc. is a nonprofit social enterprise that advances the fight against global poverty by monetizing used shoes and clothing to create sustainable jobs and fund direct relief efforts around the world. The organization collects new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributes those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and through qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souis is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance, and holds a four-star rating with Charity Navigator. Please visit www.giveshoes.org for more information.
 
See Observer Article Below:
 
 
Thanks to all who made the Wine in the Courtyard, August 9th, a great success.  A perfect evening by and for our community.  See the event photo gallery in "Photo Gallery" tab above.
 
 
 
 
Thomas's Host Another Gift of Life Child
 
See Observer Article below:
 
 
 
Stories
See below story of the 8th Annual Soles4Souls Shoe drive conducted by the Northport and East Northport Rotaries during March 2017 published in The Observer April 6, 2017:
 
Groups contributing to this year’s drive included:

Gold's Gym, Northport High School Interact, Northport Middle School, Asharoken Village Hall, First National Bank of Long Island (Rte. 25A and Main St), Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Centerport United Methodist, St. Paul's Lutheran, Christ Lutheran Church, Norwood Avenue School, Ocean Avenue School, East Northport Middle School, Bellerose Elementary School, Dickenson Avenue School, Harborfields High School, Suigetsu Dojo, Roslyn Savings Bank (East Northport), Kathy's Jewelry Repair, Northsport, Northport and East Northport Libraries, Northport Village Hall, Northport Fire Department, East Northport Fire Dept., Greater Long Island Running Club, Northport Running Club,  Signature Properties, Coach Realty, Eastern Athletic Club,  Visiting Nurse Service, Ty Lilli Dry Cleaners, Energy Fitness Gym, Bottle Bargains, Techniques Salon, Copenhagen Bakery,  East Northport Rotary, American Properties, Temple Beth David, Congregational Church of Huntington, St. Philip Neri, William Brosnan School, Pulaski Schoo (Boy Scout Troop 52)l,  Love of Learning Montessori Schools, Trinity Regional, St. Anthony’s, LaMantia Gallery, Forever Fit, Garvey Properties (Babylon),  Underwriters Laboratories, Complete Business Services, Westy’s Storage (Jericho), Health Source Chiropractic, Harbor View Salon,  Kings Park High School Interact, Union Methodist Church, Evangelical Covenant Church, Lahey Elementary, Wally Shivers – Hibernians, Prudential (Melville), Peoples Bank Huntington, Power-of-One Gym, Self Service Laundromat (Laurel), Harborfields Middle School, Chris Reimels Allstate, Centereach Boy Scout Troop 3072, Rockville Center School, Washington St. School. 
Northport Rotary Club and East Northport Rotary Club teamed up, under the direction of Anita and Bill Thomas, to collect 20,000 pairs of shoes in March, 2016 for Soles4Souls, a worldwide distributor of new and used shoes to areas of poverty and disaster.  This 7th annual drive far exceeded prior year totals, aided particularly by kids in school, scout and other groups.  As Anita Thomas noted: "It was really a heartwarming experience.  Everybody just came together, it was so wonderful."  Area churches, businesses, running groups and others pitched in.
Northport Rotarian Anita Thomas and husband, Bill, organized the Sixth Annual Soles4Souls Shoe Drive during March 2015.  On April 1 600 bags of shoes were loaded onto a truck headed for distribution around the world.  See Observer story below for details.
Join the Sixth Annual Soles4Souls Shoe Drive.  There will be a collection box in 11 local churches, 9 schools, Northport and East Northport Libraries, Gold’s Gym, the Eastern Athletic Club, and the Asharoken Village Hall Trailer March 1 – 31, 2015 for you to deposit any type of new or used shoes for redistribution to needy people in the U.S. and over 125 countries around the world.  The Northport and Greater Long Island Running Clubs are also participating.  The drive is sponsored by the Northport and East-Northport Rotary Clubs.  The goal is 20,000 pairs of shoes.  So, start cleaning your closets.
 
Organized by Northport Rotarian Anita Thomas and husband, Bill, in 2010, the number of shoes collected has grown from the initial effort at Gold’s Gym of 500 pairs of shoes to 14,000 in 2014.  Soles4Souls was founded by Wayne Elsey, initially as a response to a 2004 Tsunami in Southeast Asia.  He called executives in the shoe industry and delivered a quarter of a million shoes to areas devastated.  Then, in response to Hurricane Katrina, over a million shoes were delivered to gulf coast communities.  A year later, Soles4Souls was established and has collected and delivered over 21 million pairs of shoes around the world.  The U.S. is first priority but disasters and general poverty provide plenty of demand worldwide.  Shoes in need of repair go to local micro-business owners who restore the shoes, sell them for small amounts and thereby support their families
 
Anita and Bill Thomas had the opportunity to participate on a shoe delivery trip in Costa Rica in November 2014.  They spent a week with a team of 14 volunteers from around the U.S. at a school, church and remote village washing children’s feet, measuring for size and delivering shoes.  Anita described the experience – “We wanted to see what happens with the shoes.  It is difficult not to be touched deeply when you see the smiles and joy of children getting something so basic as a pair of shoes.  We were overwhelmed by the amount of Northport community support when we first collected 500 pairs.  Each year there have been more people involved.  I know we will meet our goal of 20,000 pairs this year.”
 
See Observer story for more details.
 
 
MANY THANKS TO GUESTS, WINE AND FOOD MERCHANTS, MUSICIANS AND VOLUNTEERS FOR CONTRIBUTING TO A VERY SUCCESSFUL Wine & Jazz in the Stars Vanderbilt Planetarium Thursday, August 14, 2014   SEE ARTICLE AT http://www.thenorthportdailynews.com/2014/08/16/the-joint-was-%E2%80%A6z-in-the-stars/2162 - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/1761#sthash.858qiv8X.dpuf
Northport Rotary members and family, led by Pete Engelmann, put on a BBQ with hamburgers, hot dogs, turkey burgers and clams,  along with various side dishes provided by Rotarians and Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice of Suffolk staff.  In attendance were over 200 wounded warriors, their families and volunteers.  The Saturday lunch followed a series of Cow Harbor Wounded Warriors Weekend events, including a parade and dinner at the Northport Volunteer Fire Department Friday night and a 10k Run, a "Birdies for the Brave" golf tournament at the VA, a "Fishing for Freedom" tournament and beach activities for kids at the Steers Beach site of the lunch.  An evening clam bake at Crab Meadow Beach completed the day.  See photos by Alan Pearlman in the Photo Gallery.
In February 2011, Pete Engelmann and Andy Giffin joined others from District 7260 and 7250 to travel to Nan Sema, Haiti, a remote village on the island of La Gonave to intall a solar system, replace a water pump and provide medical services.
 
See below story of the 8th Annual Soles4Souls Shoe drive conducted by the Northport and East Northport Rotaries during March 2017 published in The Observer April 6, 2017:
 
Groups contributing to this year’s drive included:

Gold's Gym, Northport High School Interact, Northport Middle School, Asharoken Village Hall, First National Bank of Long Island (Rte. 25A and Main St), Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Centerport United Methodist, St. Paul's Lutheran, Christ Lutheran Church, Norwood Avenue School, Ocean Avenue School, East Northport Middle School, Bellerose Elementary School, Dickenson Avenue School, Harborfields High School, Suigetsu Dojo, Roslyn Savings Bank (East Northport), Kathy's Jewelry Repair, Northsport, Northport and East Northport Libraries, Northport Village Hall, Northport Fire Department, East Northport Fire Dept., Greater Long Island Running Club, Northport Running Club,  Signature Properties, Coach Realty, Eastern Athletic Club,  Visiting Nurse Service, Ty Lilli Dry Cleaners, Energy Fitness Gym, Bottle Bargains, Techniques Salon, Copenhagen Bakery,  East Northport Rotary, American Properties, Temple Beth David, Congregational Church of Huntington, St. Philip Neri, William Brosnan School, Pulaski Schoo (Boy Scout Troop 52)l,  Love of Learning Montessori Schools, Trinity Regional, St. Anthony’s, LaMantia Gallery, Forever Fit, Garvey Properties (Babylon),  Underwriters Laboratories, Complete Business Services, Westy’s Storage (Jericho), Health Source Chiropractic, Harbor View Salon,  Kings Park High School Interact, Union Methodist Church, Evangelical Covenant Church, Lahey Elementary, Wally Shivers – Hibernians, Prudential (Melville), Peoples Bank Huntington, Power-of-One Gym, Self Service Laundromat (Laurel), Harborfields Middle School, Chris Reimels Allstate, Centereach Boy Scout Troop 3072, Rockville Center School, Washington St. School. 
Northport Rotary Club and East Northport Rotary Club teamed up, under the direction of Anita and Bill Thomas, to collect 20,000 pairs of shoes in March, 2016 for Soles4Souls, a worldwide distributor of new and used shoes to areas of poverty and disaster.  This 7th annual drive far exceeded prior year totals, aided particularly by kids in school, scout and other groups.  As Anita Thomas noted: "It was really a heartwarming experience.  Everybody just came together, it was so wonderful."  Area churches, businesses, running groups and others pitched in.
Northport Rotarian Anita Thomas and husband, Bill, organized the Sixth Annual Soles4Souls Shoe Drive during March 2015.  On April 1 600 bags of shoes were loaded onto a truck headed for distribution around the world.  See Observer story below for details.
Join the Sixth Annual Soles4Souls Shoe Drive.  There will be a collection box in 11 local churches, 9 schools, Northport and East Northport Libraries, Gold’s Gym, the Eastern Athletic Club, and the Asharoken Village Hall Trailer March 1 – 31, 2015 for you to deposit any type of new or used shoes for redistribution to needy people in the U.S. and over 125 countries around the world.  The Northport and Greater Long Island Running Clubs are also participating.  The drive is sponsored by the Northport and East-Northport Rotary Clubs.  The goal is 20,000 pairs of shoes.  So, start cleaning your closets.
 
Organized by Northport Rotarian Anita Thomas and husband, Bill, in 2010, the number of shoes collected has grown from the initial effort at Gold’s Gym of 500 pairs of shoes to 14,000 in 2014.  Soles4Souls was founded by Wayne Elsey, initially as a response to a 2004 Tsunami in Southeast Asia.  He called executives in the shoe industry and delivered a quarter of a million shoes to areas devastated.  Then, in response to Hurricane Katrina, over a million shoes were delivered to gulf coast communities.  A year later, Soles4Souls was established and has collected and delivered over 21 million pairs of shoes around the world.  The U.S. is first priority but disasters and general poverty provide plenty of demand worldwide.  Shoes in need of repair go to local micro-business owners who restore the shoes, sell them for small amounts and thereby support their families
 
Anita and Bill Thomas had the opportunity to participate on a shoe delivery trip in Costa Rica in November 2014.  They spent a week with a team of 14 volunteers from around the U.S. at a school, church and remote village washing children’s feet, measuring for size and delivering shoes.  Anita described the experience – “We wanted to see what happens with the shoes.  It is difficult not to be touched deeply when you see the smiles and joy of children getting something so basic as a pair of shoes.  We were overwhelmed by the amount of Northport community support when we first collected 500 pairs.  Each year there have been more people involved.  I know we will meet our goal of 20,000 pairs this year.”
 
See Observer story for more details.
 
 
MANY THANKS TO GUESTS, WINE AND FOOD MERCHANTS, MUSICIANS AND VOLUNTEERS FOR CONTRIBUTING TO A VERY SUCCESSFUL Wine & Jazz in the Stars Vanderbilt Planetarium Thursday, August 14, 2014   SEE ARTICLE AT http://www.thenorthportdailynews.com/2014/08/16/the-joint-was-%E2%80%A6z-in-the-stars/2162 - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/1761#sthash.858qiv8X.dpuf

A team from Rotary District 7255 (Suffolk, Nassau, Brooklyn, Queens) visited Haiti April 4-13, 2014 to conduct medical/dental clinics and work on other community projects in Anse-a-Galets and Nan Sema on the large islland of La Gonave.  The team was led by Past District Governor George Solomon (his 25th trip) and included Northport Rotary Past President Andy Giffin.  An account of the trip below, titled "La Gonave Remembered," tells the story.

Got Shoes?  Oh Yes!  15,000 pairs were loaded into a semi-trailer on April 1 bound for needy feet around the world.  Thanks to all who contributed and picked up shoes.  And thanks to Rotarian Anita Thomas and husband, Bill, who carried the message throughout the community.

Northport Rotary's 7th Annual Winter Soiree was held at the Northport Yacht Club March 15, 2014.  Broadway and Engemann Theater star, Rob Gallagher, provided the entertainment, accompanied by Rotarian Ann Stevens, with a variety of Irish and show tunes.  Northport's Music Man, Robert Krueger, was honored for his many contributions to music education and performance in Northport schools and the community.  Proceeds, a record $15,000, go to the Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice of Suffolk.

Northport Rotary's winter fund raising event to benefit Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk at the Northport Yacht Club on Saturday, March 15, 2014 is sold out.   The event will feature Broadway star, Rob Gallagher.  Gallagher recently completed leading roles in the John W. Engeman Theater and Broadway productions of "South Pacific" and will be accompanyed by Rotarian Ann Stevens.  Guests will be treated to a lavish buffet of international hors d'oeuvres and Irish delicacies, along with gourmet desserts compliments of Copenhagen Bakery.  

Northport and East Northport Rotary kick off their 5th Annual Soles4Souls shoe drive March 1st, running through March 31st.  30 drop locations will be announced soon.  The goal is to collect 20,000 pairs of shoes.  12,000 were collected in 2013.  See details in the February 6, 2014 Observer article below.  New and wearable used shoes of all types and for all ages are sought.  Begin collecting now.

James LaMantia accompanied a French surgical team and nurses from New York and Los Angeles to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to observe life-saving heart surgeries on poor Haitian children.  He observed the screening process, surgical procedures in the operating room, and worked with kids pre-operation and post-operation.  The local Gift of Life Board of Directors are held a gala fundraiser to Flowerfield in St. James, Thursday, November 21, 2014.   See details in The Observer article in the November 14, 2013 issue below.

Northport Rotary displayed flags in the Village May 24 to July 19 in tribute to our veterans and in honor of Petty Officer Third Class Nate Bruckenthal who died in Iraq in 2004.   SeeThe Times of Northport and East Northport article below.

10,000 Shoes!!!  Thanks to Anita and Bill Thomas for a non-stop effort to get the word out (Anita) and gather the shoes (Bill).  And, thanks to all of you for your efforts to find all those shoes and keep the drop-off points full.  By April 4th they filled a storage unit and were loaded onto a semi-trailer for transport to Soles for Souls Tennessee distribution center.  Although not meeting the 20,000 goal, this effort tripled last year's collection.

 Rotarian Jean Snyder was honored with the Rotary founder's Paul Harris Fellow award at Rotary District 7260's Women in Rotary 25th Anniversary Year Celebration on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the Irish Coffee Pub in East Islip, New York.  Past District Governor Arnold Quaranta announced the award saying: " Jean Snyder has the distinction of being one of the first women inducted nationwide into Rotary, the second in Northport Rotary, in 1988.  She became the club's first woman president in 1993-94.  Jean has long  been chair of one of Northport's major fund raising events, the June golf outing, adding her own considerable golfing skills.  She continues  to be very active in support of all club activities."  

Pictured below from left to right are Past District Governor Arnie Quaranta, current District Governor Cornelia Gevinski, Jean Snyder and Carolyn Jones, keynote speaker and the first woman appointed as Trustee of Rotary international's  Rotary Foundation. 

 The Northport Rotary Club honored Jim Mahoney at its Winter Soiree on March 8, 2013.  Mahoney served for four decades with the Northport Volunteer Fire Department and organized many community and American Legion activities.  See Observer article below from the March 14, 2013 issue:
 Northport Rotary presented its  Evening of Wine and Fare at Oheka Castle August 9th drawing over 400 guests and featuring over 150 wines and spirits and food from over 20 local restaurants.  Over 50 raffle baskets and silent auction items were offered.  All proceeds go to the charities supported by Northport Rotary, including local organizations and families in need, youth programs, international projects and a growing program of services to our veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
 On December 12, 2012 Northport Rotary had its regular Wednesday noon meeting at St. Catherine of Sienna Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center with resident Harold Howe, a 48 year member of the club.  Stories abounded of Harold's many contributions to the club, both in community service and in humor. See Observer photo below.
In The Observer (July 26, 2012, pp.7,15), Elise Perlman previewed Northport Rotary's upcoming "An Evening of Wine and Fare at Oheka Castle" August 9, 2012. (Photo by Alan Perlman.)  In addition to over 100 wine selections and food from local restaurants - a sampling of worldwide wines and cuisine - there will be music and raffles throughout the castle.  Full article attached.
 Northport has placed flags at the Northport Village Hall, Firehouse and Village Park to honor our veterans, this year dedicated to the late Northport Fire Chief Bob Howard.  A dedication ceremony was held on Flag Day, June 14, 2012.  The flags will stay up until July 5th.  Flags may be purchased by sending a check with the coupon in the Observer article or on flyers in Village Hall, or by contributing on this webpage by clicking on the flag event in upper right corner of the home page.  All proceeds go to Northport Rotary projects for veterans.
The Observer chronicles Anita and Bill Thomas' second annual Soles4Souls shoe drive at Gold's Gym and elsewhere wth help from Anita's fellow Nothport Rotarians.
Rotary Intenational writer Ryan Hylan recounts the story of how superglue played a critical role in delicate facial surgery in remote Nan Sema, Haiti, during a 2011 Rotary trip that included two Nothport Rotarians.
 
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 Welcome to the Rotary Club of Northport, on the scenic northern coast of Long Island, New York.  Northport Rotary is an energetic, community-minded and fun-loving organization of people dedicated to "Service above Self."

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