The Sunrise Rays Newsletter

Volume 91, Number 25, May 9, 2016

By Althea Robinson
Don Clavin will speak next Monday May 9
Rotarians of the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club: If you haven’t heard Donald X. Clavin, Jr., the Town of Hempstead Receiver of Taxes speak before, you are in for a treat!  Known as a dynamic speaker, Don’s enthusiasm is always evident when he recounts the Town’s myriad initiatives and improvements which he has helped to accomplish throughout his tenure.
Responsible for day-to-day operations, Don was elected to the office in 2001, and has been re-elected overwhelmingly ever since.  During his tenure, Don has made a commitment  to enhance service while being fiscally responsible, and constantly seeking ways  to improve our government.    Among his many improvements and initiatives are the redesign of the tax bill, the addition of two satellite tax offices and the extension of office hours during tax payment seasons among others.
 While he says he understands that no one enjoys paying taxes, Don has developed initiatives which have helped to make this task as convenient as possible.  Documented have been a wide range of improvements which demonstrate Don’s ability to not only improve office operations, but also to help local residents find ways to lower taxes.  Join us next Monday, May 9, 12:15-1:30, at the Garden City Hotel as we welcome Don Clavin, guest speaker.
The Cathedral and Village Bus Tours
Highlighted by Tea at Hotel
Every now and then, Club members enjoy reaching out of the box to schedule an activity beyond the customary lunch meetings on alternate Mondays at the Garden City Hotel. 
On Saturday, May 14, beginning at 11 a.m., Rotarians will enjoy a tour of the Cathedral of the Incarnation hosted by our Club member, The Very Reverend Michael T. Sniffen, Dean of the Episcopal Diocese and the Cathedral of the Incarnation here in Garden City. “The Cathedral,” as it is known, is regarded as the “centerpiece of Garden City.”  It was funded by Cornelia Stewart as a memorial to her husband, Alexanders T. Stewart, the founder of Garden City. Attendees may park and leave their cars in the lot behind the Cathedral House adjacent to The Cathedral.
After the brief tour of The Cathedral, attendees will board a bus provided by the Garden City Recreation Department for a tour throughout the Village to be conducted by John Ellis Kordes, historian.  John has conducted countless bus tours and residents are known to have said they learned things about the Village they had never known even though they live here.
Following the bus tour, attendees are invited to proceed to the Garden City Hotel for an elegant tea.  There is no cost for the tours, but the cost of the tea is $45.  Reservations are required and bus seating is limited.  If interested in joining the members of the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club for the tours or for the tours including the tea, please call Susan MacDonald at 516-643—5286.
Upcoming Speaker and Events
(please see the listing regularly on the main page's Menu Bar under >Calendar >Speakers)
  • May 9    – Donald X. Clavin, Jr., Receiver of Taxes, Town of Hempstead, speaker
  • May 14  – Tour of The Cathedral and bus tour through Garden City followed by Tea at the Garden City Hotel
  • May 23  – Dr. Jamie Yedowitz-Freeman to speak about Winthrop-University Hospital’s Urgent Care Center
  • June 13  – NY State Senator Jack Martins, speaker
  • June 22 – Community Service Awards Dinner, Althea Robinson honoree, Garden City Country Club, 7 p.m.
  • June 27 – “Bring a Friend to Rotary Day”
  • July 11   –  NY State Assemblyman Ed Ra, speaker

The Sunrise Rays Newsletter

Volume 91, Number 24, April 25, 2016

Meeting Notes
by President Susan
Great meeting yesterday!  Dean Michael Snifffen gave a wonderful invocation and won the door prize - once again proving the power of prayer :)
Our speakers from The Marty Lyons Foundation, granting wishes to critically ill children, was very moving and inspiring.  To make a private donation please reach out to Jeanne Ellis at:; or call 631.543.9474; or mail your check to Marty Lyons Foundation, 354 Veterans Memorial Highway, Commack, NY 11725.
The link to sign up for our Community Service Awards Dinner honoring Althea which I sent yesterday did not work; let me try again here:
Just as a reminder:  our Monday meetings begin at 12:15 pm (I do wait until 12:20 to ring the bell and begin the Pledge of Allegiance. We do our door prize and 50/50 while lunch orders are being taken.  And have our speaker begin by 12:40 pm, or so, so that they have concluded or are at Q&A by the time lunch is served at 1:00 pm - this way they can enjoy their lunch along with us.  At 1:15 pm, or so, we do Happy Bucks, so that we can conclude promptly at 1:30 pm for those returning to work.  I am going to try and have a small table set in the back for those arriving after 12:30 pm or leave the three seats closest to the door available.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting on Monday, May 9th!
Wishing all the mothers and grandmothers a wonderful Mother's Day on May 8th smiley
Additional Notes
by Althea Robinson
Past Monday, April 25, Rotarians heard from John De Franza, representing the Marty Lyons Foundation incorporated (MLF) in 1982.  MLF fulfills the special wishes of children three to seventeen years old who have been diagnosed as having a terminal or life threatening illness.  It is unique in that’s it will consider granting a second wish to children who fell out of remission, facing more battles with their illnesses and the reality of death.  Mr. De Franza recounted heart-wrenching stories of children who have received a last wish.  He reported that MLF has raised over $35 million and granted over 7,100 wishes in its thirty-four years of existence.
Happy Dollars
by Club Secretary Peter and Greeters Martin and Herbert
Contributors included Lisa, PP Bob B., PP Jim B., PP Maureen, PDAG Mildred, PP Gary, PP Emily, PDAG/PP (other clubs) Cornell, PP Joe F., Martin, President Susan, Joanne, DAG/PP Diane, Joseph P., Kathleen, Althea, Linda, PP Bob S., Helmut, Rev. Michael, and Alba.
President Susan adjourned the meeting at 1:30 pm