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Mail: P.O. Box 821, Patchogue, New York 11772


Service Above Self

1st Wed. evening meeting (venue TBA); 2nd-3rd/4th Wed. luncheon meeting 12:15 pm
The Oar Steak & Seafood Grill
264 West Avenue
Patchogue, NY  11772
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March 2018
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Rotary Club of Patchogue meets on Wednesdays: 1st of the month is an evening meeting with venue and time TBA. 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesdays of the month- we meet for lunch at 12:15 pm at the Oar Steak & Seafood Grill, 264 West Avenue, Patchogue, NY. Ph. 631-654-8266. Unless otherwise noted. Come by for great food ($25 Lunch Special), Rotary fellowship, networking and a whole lot more. We encourage members to bring a friend or two.
On March 21 at 12:15 pm we will be meeting at KB Burger Shack.  Our presenter will be Kevin Weeks, owner of Frank Weeks Yacht Yard, one of the oldest family owned businesses in Patchogue (tied with the Roe Agency).  Kevin has agreed to present the history of the yard to our club. His yacht yard is a "nautical pickers" dream and something out of the 1800's.This presentation will give a great history of Patchogue’s Nautical roots.  You don’t want to miss this. Fellow Rotarian, Warren Goerke suggested Kevin speak to our club.  Feel Free to visit their website prior to our meeting:
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Rotary Club of Patchogue will meet on Wednesday, March 21st, 12:15 at KB Burger Shack, 411 West Main StreetPatchogue, NY. Ph. 631-627-6677. Come by for great food ($25 Lunch Special), Rotary fellowship, networking and a whole lot more. Feel free to bring a friend or two! 
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On November 15th our Club met at the Oar Steak & Seafood Grill-the Loft. We were honored to host our Career Shadow Day Corporate Raiders from the Patchogue-Medford HS. Each student enjoyed a buffet lunch with Rotarians. After lunch, the students spoke about their experiences shadowing business owners from a variety of businesses owned by Club and community members. Pictured are highlights go the day.
Patchogue Rotary Animal Assisted Therapy has a new addition to the PRAAT dog family-Penny. Penny is a Save-a-Pet rescue from Puerto Rico (hurricane Maria) and is proudly owned by our very own Club Secretary, Renee. Featured photo is Penny's very first PRAAT visit to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital. Penny is well on her way to becoming a "put a smile on faces" representative for our Club. Go Penny! 
Wowee Kazowee. What a night. For those of you who were not able to make the Paul Harris night this past Friday, you missed it. Believe it or not we had about 70 people in attendance. Old members and new members alike were there to honor one of our own as well as two members from the community who have consistently exemplified the ideals of Rotary. Once again congratulations to Past President Brian Kearns, Bruce Fuhrmann from Swezey Fuel Oil, and Don Donaudy from Didit. It was quite the night. One of the honorees may have been tipped off before the dinner, one figured it out just before dinner started, and the last one was clueless. We were also honored to have PDG Marion Stark as well as Rotarians from Westhampton, Bellport, and Brentwood just to name a few. Don’t forget to get out there and meet your fellow Rotarians in our District. Special thanks to Richie Braile, Maureen Mennella, Jan Taraskas, and Pat Barry for putting the night together and thanks for great performances by MC Harold Trabold and our Sgt. at Arms Larry Bonciminio. Turns out Larry didn’t even have to fleece anyone. Happy Dollars willingly came out without any arm twisting whatsoever!
Thanks to the hard work of Richie Braile, fellow Rotarians and friends-the Degner Garden is complete. Fellow Rotarians, family, friends, and members of the Pat-Med HS community gathered on Oct. 11, 2017 at the High School for the dedication of the Baron Degner Memorial Garden. Many wonderful stories and memories were shared by those in attendance. Baron lived a life of "Service Above Self"-may his Garden inspire visitors to do the same.
The brick foundation for the Baron Degner Memorial Garden was completed by some our Club members, students and friends on July 28th at the Pat-Med High School. If you missed the opportunity to purchase an engraved paver, don't worry, there's still time to donate. Dedications for any occasion or loved one can be made for planting still to be done  by contacting Richie at:
Pictured: Liz Marge who received the Sheridan Scholarship 
Pctured: Alive After Five Crew, July 20th 
Pictured: July 26th Luncheon presenter: Diane Lovizio, Dress for Success/Brookhaven with Club president, Steve Taitz
Our Club has donated funds to build a memorial garden in honor of Baron Degner who was an active Rotarian, District Governor and PMHS Administrator.   
On June 28th members of the Club gathered to break ground for the Garden at PMHS. Brick paver opportunities are available at $100 each (plus engraving) for those wishing to donate to the PMHS Scholorship Fund. Send check donations to: Rotary Club of Patchogue, P.O., Box 821, Patchogue, NY 11772
Pictured Rotarians, left to right: Rich Braile, Dr. Dee Hensen, Dr. Dave Hensen, Rich Braile Jr, and Chris Allenger. 
On Thurs. July 6th, fellow Rotarian's, Carol Landy and Jan Taraskas were on hand staffing our Club's FIRST informational booth at  Patchogue-"Alive After Five" event. We even had a special guest visitor at our table- Patchogue Mayor, Paul Pontieri. Our Club will continue to have a presence at the AAF on July 20th, Aug. 3 & 17th. Come by and say hello! Our booth number is 196A on So. Main St.
Congratulations! Photo # 1 -Pictured (L-R):  Scott Stogner, Matthew Parrillo, Shivani Patel, Brian Kearns, Past President, Rotary Club 
Not Pictured:   Ava DeFeo, Hailey Hughes
Pictured: Thank you note from this year's dictionary program; Patch/Med students of the month; Presenter, Carol Baez, VIBS; Michael Huffier, LMSW Community Growth Center.
Super fun day today! Students from the Patchogue-Medford High School engaged in our Club's Career Shadowing Day. Participating businesses included: Bay Harbour Insurance Co., Bri-Tech, Brookhaven Hospital, KB's Burger Shack, Mayer's Flower Cottage, Nicole Cardiello, Esq., Paumanok Veterinary Hospital, People's United Bank, Swezey Fuel Co. Inc., The Resource Group, U.S. Auto Body, and YMCA of Patchogue. After shadowing, the students attended a luncheon hosted by our Club in which they shared their experiences with us. A big thank you to everyone who made day a memorable one for our wonderful Patch-Med students and us!
It's never too early for Kris Kringle to arrive! Please join the Harbor Crab for their Surf-n-Turf Golf Classic on Thurs. Oct. 13th. All proceeds will benefit the Kris Kringle Fund. Last year this Fund raised more then $80K and thus was able to help 10 families enjoy the holiday season and get onboard with the Kringle express right now to be a part of the change you want to see in the world. FMI 631-678-2722.
Lot's of fun, food and sunshine at the Fuoco Memorial Golf Festival: 9.15.2016. Many golfers, Rotarians and friends turned out in full support to help raise funds for Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. This year's honorees are: Rizzi, Schwartz & Taraskas, LLP. We hope you enjoy highlights of the event as much as we enjoyed the day!
On Sept. 7th members of our Club came out in numbers for this year’s Installation Dinner held at Lombardi’s on the Bay. Featured pictures: Induction of new members: Kevin Dougherty, Motorola/MEI corporate members- Bob Silverstein, Gizelle Robles Lynch and John Sullivan. Incoming President, Pat Barry presented a plaque to Brian Kearns in honor of the fantastic job he did as our 2015/16 Club President. We were very privileged to have District Governor Wendy Walsh on hand to install our new slate of officers for 2016/17- President, Patrick Barry; Vice President, Harold Trabold; Secretary, Renee Kantro; Treasurer, Jan Taraskas/Maureen Mennella; and President Elect, Shawn Hirst. Much thanks goes out to everyone who supported the dinner and special shout out to honorary member, Rich Braile for organizing this great night.
Our guest speaker from our lunch meeting on August 17, 2016 was Sybil Mimy Johnson, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Bellport. Pictured (L) is Sybil Mimy Johnson and (R) our Club President, Pat Barry who on behalf of our Club presented a check to the B&GC, Bellport, NY in the amount of $1000.00. Congratulations and we hope our donation benefits all the kids you help!
NOTE that there will be NO general meeting on  both Aug. 24th & 31st due to events scheduled (Casino Night and Camp Pa Qua Tuck BBQ). We will resume our general meeting at KB's Burger Shack on Sept. 15th. NOTE that the Board will still meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 4:30 pm prior to our Installation Dinner on Sept. 7th at Swezey's Fuel. Until then we hope you all come out to support our upcoming events listed on the left side of this page. 
On August 10, 2016 Rotarians came out in full support for Girl Scout Troops 548 & 1330. Each of these Troops received a generous donation check from our Club in recognition for their outstanding community projects. Presenting the checks was Brian Kearns, Past President. Thank you GS for your ongoing efforts in helping our communities. You are FANTASTIC!
Attention Fellow Rotarians and Friends-Please RSVP for our installation dinner on September 7th, 2016 at Lombardi's on the Bay in Patchogue as we need a count for the restaurant. Join us along with our District Governor, M. J Fitzgerald, who will be there to officially install our 2016-17 slate of officers. Show your support in thanking Brian Kearns for the fantastic job he has done and to also welcome our incoming President, Pat Barry and our new Board. Cash bar 5:30-6:30 pm with dinner commencing at 6:30 P.M. There will be an appetizer, salad, choice of four entrees (chicken, pork, pasta and fish) and dessert. The cost is $50.00 per person. RSVP: Richie Braile at:
Patchogue Rotary’s Poker Run: Thursday August 25th from 2-5pm culminating at the Casino Restaurant in Davis Park Fire Island for dinner at 6pm. The cost to enter is $10 per person, the $10 cash is due when you arrive at the Casino. It will be a “winner take all” from the total pool of entry fees, so please bring your $10 in cash. The winning hand will be revealed during cocktails at the Casino at Davis Park. Any and all contestants are welcome; Rotarians as well as friends of Rotary. Preregistration is required. Registration is required so we know how many decks of cards to provide along with the number of people dinning at the Casino. Register by emailing Gary Brown at
Our August 3rd evening, informal social meeting speaker will be Donna Boyle, Patchogue Family YMCA, Executive Director.  You will have the opportunity to tour the beautiful Y Community/Family Center, see ongoing activities, ask questions and partake in light refreshments (assorted deli sandwiches/wraps/salads –plus ‘snacks’-- from Seaqua Deli)– including beer, wine and soft drinks. Cost is just $20 pp. Meeting begins at 6 pm and is also open to Rotarians from other area clubs.  The meeting will be held at the Patchogue Family YMCA located at 255 West Main Street (on the roof deck- weather permitting).  Come by for some good Rotary fellowship, networking and a whole lot more.  Feel free to bring a friend! RSVP:
Our July 27th meeting speaker was Peter Feehan, PYAA Director, Patchogue Youth Athletic League.  PYAA runs the Patchogue Village Little League baseball program, an organization that positively influences both boys & girls in our community.  We are proud to say that our Club has sponsored a team. Pictured: (L) Steve Fuoco, (Center) Peter Freehan and (R) Gary Zanazzi.
Our Club received a new USA flag (that was flown over our Nation's Capital) and a brand new pole and base. It was a gift of gratitude from Club members: Dr. Dave Hensen and Renee Kantro of the Paumanok Veterinary Hospital who appreciate all the good that our Club members perform in our community and throughout the world. 
Speakers from our luncheon: 1st Picture- Club President, Pat Barry (L) with Kelly Fellner (R), Asst. Superintendent, National Park Service at Fire Island. 2nd picture features Michael Gudema (L), Stand Up for the Homeless with Club President, Pat Barry (R). It was an informative and fun meeting. See you at our next meeting on July 27th.
Calling all fellow Rotarians: Board meeting Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 5 pm, Swezey Fuel, 51 Rider Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772. Please try your best to make this meeting, we need YOUR help and ideas so that we can continue our philanthropic efforts in the community in which we serve. Together we can do so much! Not a rotarian member, no problem-come by the meeting to find our how you can join and make a difference in the Patchogue community.
Rotary Club of Patchogue Headline speakers for upcoming July meetings. Rotary meets on Wednesday 12:15 at KB Burger Shack 411 Main Street Patchogue, NY. Ph. 631-627-6677. July 13: Steve Fuoco, Fuoco Golf Tourney; July 20: Kelly Fellner, Asst. Superintendent, National Park Service at Fire Island. Come by for great food ($20 Lunch Special), Rotary fellowship, networking and more...and feel free to bring a friend!
Rotary came out in full support for the Patchogue Family YMCA's Annual "Send a Kid to Camp Golf Classic". Swezey Fuel was this year's Golf Classic honoree. Swezey's is a family-owned LI neighbor for over 90 years. Pictured left to right: Mike Faherty-YMCA Vice Chair & Golf Committee Co-Chair, Kent Fuhrmann (with 2 sons; Ryan & Ben), Bruce Fuhrmann, Michael Zanazzi, Rotarian Gary Zanazzi (all 4 Swezey Fuel Co.- Honorees) and Dave Knapp fellow Rotarian and YMCA Board Member. The event was a tremendous success and as a result, the event raised enough funds to send 180 kids to summer camp. Cheers everyone for a job well done!
Rotary Club of Patchogue thanks all who supported our 20th Annual Steak & Cigar Dinner. The event was a big success. Thanks to "YOU", proceeds raised will benefit the Knapp Cardiac Care Center at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, the Patchogue Family YMCA and 30 other charities in our community. We look forward to your continued support. Want to do more? Join our Club.
At our June 15, 2016 meeting Club members were treated to two excellent guest speaker: Patti Vertullo, PRAAT/Patchogue Rotary Animal Assisted Therapy and Jordan Dundas, RYLA/Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.  Both speakers have worthy causes to help support. To learn more or to give a donation visit: Pictured: (left) Brian Kearns, Club President,  (center) Jordan Dundas, and (right) Patti Vertullo.
We're proud of our Pat-Med students of the month: Rob Stinco, Bailey Logan, Rob Frechette, Maria Andrade, Rich Hoffman, Asst. Principle and Brian Kearns, Patch Rotary President. Good luck to all!
Bridgehampton National Bank and the Rotary Club of Patchogue is sponsoring this performance and the 20th Annual Steak & Cigar Dinner which will precede the show at Pera Bell restaurant next door to the theatre.  All proceeds of this concert and dinner will benefit the Knapp Cardiac Care Center at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, the Patchogue Family YMCA and 30 other charities in our community. For tickets to the dinner and show call (631) 981-4364 or email   For tickets to the show only call (877-77CLICK) or go online at . Please visit our Facebook page and share
We are proud to present our May Patch-Med Students of the Month. Pictured (L-R): Shaun O’Mara, Nicole Zukowski, Tiffany Meier, Brian Kearns, Rotary President
Not Pictured: Lizbeth Gomez, Alexandra Ramdeo. Rotary congrats you all!
Our luncheon meeting was excellent-we had a great line up of speakers. A big "thanks" goes to our guest speakers, Shannon O'Neill and Mike Wren from Suffolk Community College who gave an informative and impressive presentation regarding college benefits that are available for military/veterans. We also were very fortunate to have Joselo Marcelo speak to our group about hate crime. Joselo is the brother of Marcelo, the United States citizen of Ecuadorian decent, who was killed by a gang of white teenagers a few years ago. Joselo goes around to various groups to share this tragic story in an attempt to eliminate hate crimes in society.


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Great meeting on April 20, 2016. We had two guests for lunch who came out to find out what Rotary is all about and we hope that they join our club. Also in attendance were our very bright and talented Patch-Med students of the month who were an inspiration to all!
Rotary wishes to acknowledge everyone who came out to support this year’s sell-out Irish Wake fundraising event at the Brickhouse Brewery, Patchogue, NY. Because of YOU, the event was a big success. Thank you honorees for being such good sports. Thank you attendees for your very generous contributions. Thank you event sponsors: Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center; Island Outreach Foundation, MEI/Motorola; YMCA of L.I. Thank you co-sponsors: Amato-Waldbauer Group of UBS; Bradley & Parker; Dennis Boyle & Family; Rizzi, Schwartz & Taraskas, LLP; Roe, Taroff & Taitz, LLP; Swezey Fuel; and Suffolk County National Bank. Thank you event committee funeral directors: Pat Barry, Gary Brown, Don Donaudy, Tom Ford, Brian Kearns, Dave Knapp, Anthony LiCausi, Maureen Mennella, Steve Taitz, Jan Taraskas, Gary Zanazzi and photo paparazzi, Renee Kantro. A good deed never goes unnoticed and Rotary appreciates your generosity, so keep up the good work! See you at our next big fundraiser event "Steak & Cigar" on Tuesday, June 7th. For tickets to the dinner and show call (631) 981-4364 or email For tickets to the show only call (877-77CLICK) or go online at Pictured is our Wakees: Jim McPeak and Donna Boyle along with Brian Kearns,Club President and Patchogue Village Mayor, Paul Pontieri.
Our March, 2016 students of the month. Pictured (L-R):  Daniel Marzagalli, Cassandra Friedman, Maximilian Junge, Casandra Ramdeo, Brian Kearns, Rotary President. Not Pictured: Olivia Medrano
March 23, 2016, Patchogue Rotary teamed up with our Patch-Med HS students for a day of career exploration and shadowing at local businesses in the Patchogue area. The goal of the program was to introduce students to a variety of career options and choices available for them to consider as they prepare for a future in today's workforce. After their shadowing experience, the students attended the Rotary luncheon held at the Burger Shack and shared their experiences and thoughts with the crowd. The Rotary Club of Patchogue sincerely expresses it's gratitude to all participating businesses, business leaders, Rotarians, students, teachers, administrators, and others who helped make this day a great one. Pictured are highlights of the day. Enjoy!
Congrats Students-keep up the great work!
Photo: Maison Zumpol (was absent for original photo)
Photo: Pictured (L-R): Maxim Braem, Brandon Rocklein, Christopher Geist. Not Pictured: Brianna Lee
Save-the-date for TWO fantastic community fundraising events:
1) Irish Wake, Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm at the Brickhouse Brewery in Patchogue. $75 per person.
2) 20th Anniversary Steak & Cigar, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Featured performer: Billy Gardell, the star of "Mike and Molly" and countless television comedies and specials. Cocktails 5 pm, dinner and silent auction at Pera Bell, Patchogue at 6 pm. Performance is at the Patchogue Theater, 8:30 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm). $250 per person. Sponsored in part by Bridgehampton National Bank.
Proceeds to benefit the Knapp Cardiac Care Center at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, the Patchogue Family YMCA as well as 30 other charities in our community. So, please come out and show your community support!
*For tickets, info, and/or sponsorship opportunities for the above events-call The Resource Group: 631-981-4364.
Our 2016 Annual Paul Harris Award's Dinner was enjoyed by Rotarians, friends and spouses on Wed., Feb. 3, at Ristegio's Restaurant, Patchogue NY. Many came out on a very rainy evening to honor this year's Paul Harris Fellow recipient, Renee Kantro. This award is given by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world. The award itself was presented to Renee by Brian Kearns, Patchogue Rotary Club President, Doctors' Deirdre and Dave Hensen. Much thanks goes out to all those who support our Club's efforts. Without such help, Rotary would not be able to continue with it's mission. Kudos to all those who made this gala event a success!
Fellowship at its best at this week's luncheon meeting at the Harbor Crab. Guest speaker was Heawon Hake, LCSW-R, ASAC who is the Executive Director of Suffolk L.I. Mentor & Mentee. Reminder that our Annual Paul Harris Awards are on Wed. Feb. 3, 2016. For more info, see post below. 
Kudos to guest speaker Frank Bania, Founder and President of Boots on the Ground. Frank spoke to us about the efforts of this group. Feel free to come out in support as the Boots on the Ground collect care packages for our troops on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 from 2 pm-8 pm at the Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue, NY. Also featured, was our very own Harold Trabold who shared all the thank you cards with the Club from the students who received dictionaries from our program. Keep up the great work Harold!
Please join us for our Annual Paul Harris Award Dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 from 6 pm to 9 pm: Ristegio's 641 Medford Ave., N. Patchogue NY. $60 pp. RSVP by Jan 27. 
The blustery January weather didn't keep Rotary members away from the warmth of our fellowship. In spite of the cold, many turned out for our meeting on January 13, 2016 at the Harbor Crab. Our guest speaker, Stephanie Walsh gave us insights about the Lighthouse Mission, their programs and how they provide for the community. Pictured is Brian Kearns, Club President presenting a check to Stephanie from Rotary to the Lighthouse Mission. 
12/23/2015 our 12:15 pm lunch meeting at Harbor Crab. Guest speaker, Dawn Yoon of the Patchogue United Methodist Church Food Pantry. Pictured is Dawn Yoon and our Club President,Brian Kearns who presented a check on behalf of Rotary to the food pantry.

12/16/15 Luncheon meeting at Harbor Crab...Presenters: Catherine Oberg, Executive Director Plaza Cinema & Arts Center and Pat/ Med Students of the Month: Mark Manning and Olivia Cocozza. All in attendance enjoyed great food, fellowship and a special acapella song--sung by Patch/Med student of the month, Mark Manning. You too can attend our next meeting on Wed. Dec. 23 at the Harbor Crab, 116 Division Ave., Patchogue, NY. Hope to see you there!
Monday, Dec. 7, 2015-PRAAT volunteers gathered together at the Plaza Arts Cinema, Patchogue, NY to honor volunteers: Cindy AmodioSonnie Stern and Debbie Fischer. Brian Kearns, President, Patchogue Rotary Club and Dr. David Hensen, Rotary member and President, PRAAT presented each recipient with a "Service Above All" award. Congratulations Cindy, Sonnie and Debbie. Rotary is proud of you all.
The holiday spirit filled the air at the Patchogue Rotary lunch meeting at the Harbor Crab on 11/2/15. The guest speakers were Bob Pringle, Commissioner of the PYAA Girl's Softball League and Mark Miller, who spoke about the upcoming Kris Kringle fundraiser at the Harbor Crab,12/9 at 6 pm. Hope to see you at Kris Kringle!
Nov. 25th meeting presentation to Judy Celauro from St Paul's Church and food pantry.....they will provide food for anyone who qualifying restrictions of any kind! Feed the Hungry!
Great meeting today on a beautiful Wed., Nov. 18, 2015 at the Harbor Crab. We had a plethora of wonderful speakers who addressed our Club. Thank you guest speakers: Kathy Rosenthal, LCSW, Senior VP for programs for the Family Service League; Daniel Hassler, DDS, Director of the Dental Hygiene Program at Briarcliffe College; Olga Ayala and James Nelson from the Dept. of Social Services; and Patchogue/Medford Assistant Principle, Garrett Comanzo along with "Students of the Month," Katie Bullard and Joshua Mercurio. In addition to this good spirited packed meeting, our Rotary Club was presented with a proclamation from Social Services recognizing all the good that we do. Kudos Rotarians for a job well done!
Fellowship and a delicious hot breakfast buffet at the Burger Shack with special guest speaker: Congressman, Lee Zeldin. Pictured are Rotary Club members enjoying the food and gathering, Brian Kearns, Club President and Congressman, Lee Zeldin. A good time was had by all!
11/12/15, fellow Rotarians along with NY State Senator, Tom Croci gathered together to honor our veterans at the Lands End in Sayville. It was a great turnout. Thank you Rotary Club of Sayville for organizing this special day. We salute you all
On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, members of our Club presented a check for $57,500.00 to the Knapp Cardiac Care Center, Brookhaven Hospital. This generous donation was made possible from all those who made our annual Steak & Cigar fundraising event possible. After the presentation, members had a "behind the scenes" tour of the Center's construction site. Also, pictured is the wonderful Knapps with Richard T. Margulis, Brookhaven Hospital President and CEO. It was a great day for all!
Waterfront dining and fellowship-it doesn't get any better than that! Today's meeting featured: Dave Hensen, D.V.M, who spoke about the Patchogue Rotary Animal Assisted Therapy Program and was awarded a generous check from the Club to help support the program. Donna Rinaldi spoke about the upcoming "Take a Veteran to Lunch initiative," and Patch/Med Students Erica Larson and Gianna Guarino presented as well.
A nice turnout for our lunch meeting on 10/14 with the District Governor Kamlesh Mehta and Assistant District Governor, Warren Sternberg aboard the boat at the Harbor Crab.
Our Patchogue-Medford High School Students of the month are shown with Club President Maureen Mennella receiving their Certificates of Recognition.  Congratulations to them all.
Club President Maureen Mennella with our October Students of the Month at Patchogue Medford High School.
John DeCristoforo and Cheryl from UCP of Suffolk were our program on October 29 and spoke about all that is going on at United Cerebral Palsy of Suffolk.  They are shown with past President Gary Zanazzi.
Patchogue Medford Library was our program at our July 16 meeting and updated us on all the good things that they have going on.  One of the highlights is a brown bag lunch program with Island Harvest.  The children who get the meals are often missing good food when school is out and this helps them.  The first week they expected 4 or 5 children and had 24!  President Maureen presented a check from the club for their programs.
On July 9, Barbara from Patchogue United Methodist Church was our program and spoke about the churches food pantry and Wesley Dinner.  In addition, she picked up a donation from the club for these programs.  Barbara is shown with President Maureen.
Geri Sheridan is shown with Club President Maureen Mennella after being presented with her EIGHTH Paul Harris Fellow Award.  Congratulations Geri!
At the June 24 Installation for the 2015 Officers, it was declared to be "The year of the blonde" and to drive the point home......
Nancy Farrell became our newest Paul Harris Fellow at the installation dinner on June 24.  She is shown with incoming president Maureen Mennella during the presentation.
The new President of Patchogue Rotary, Maureen Mennella, addresses the club after being installed on June 24.
Chris, Director of Fire Island National Seashore came to give us an update on what they have going on.  He is shown with club President, Dirk.
John Gallagher, former Suffolk County Police Commissioner and a member of the ALS board of directors was our program on April 2.  John spoke about the Ride for Life and how valuable the support of our club is.  He also spoke about some of his experiences as Police Commissioner.
Our newest member, Vinnie Garritano, was welcomed into the club at our April 2 meeting by President Elect Maureen Mennella, who is also his sponsor.
Adrienne Biel from RotaCare was our program on March 19.  The mission of rotaCare is to facilitate free health care for the relief of pain and suffering to indiviuals who have the most nee and the least access to medical care.  It was established by members of the Mineola - Garden City Rotary Clubin 1992.
Through the volunteer efforts of physicians, nurses and support staff, RotaCare serves an increasing number of neey peole on Long Iland each year.  Patients are seen by appointment at their 10,000 square foot medical facility located in building D at the A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility in Unionale.
Adrienne is shown with Club President Dirk Smith.
Ruth Negrón-Gaines, President of the Islip Thanksgiving Breakfast, was our program on September 25.  he spoke about the breakfast (October 10 at Villa Lombardi's) which raises funds to provide thanksgiving food baskets to those in need.  The goal this year is to provide 400 food baskets.
Ruth is shown accepting a donation from the club for the event.