The Sunrise Rays Newsletter

Volume 91, Number 28, June 27, 2016

Rotary Table at Cathedral Memorial Day Fair May 30, 2016 - See more at:
Rotary Table at Cathedral Memorial Day Fair May 30, 2016 - See more at:
Do join us at our next meeting on June 27, 2016 at 12:15 P.M. at the Garden City Hotel, 45 7th Street, in Garden City.  A RYLA (Rotary Young Leadership Award) Student will address us while we celebrate "Bring a Friend to Rotary Day."  We love to welcome you.
President Susan called the meeting to order at 12:15 P.M. and asked Rotarian PP Peter M. to lead the assembled Rotarians and guest in the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Thereafter Rotarian Rev. Michael delivered the Invocation.  Then our guests Robert Baskies, our two Scholarship winners Jennifer and Daniella and their parents were introduced.
by Althea Robinson
At the  meeting, the Club hosted the two 2016  scholarship winners. Each year, winners of the $1,500 scholarships are presented by the Club to a graduating senior from both the Garden City and Mineola High Schools.  Students are interviewed by a scholarship committee which selects winners who best exemplify the Rotary moto: “Service Above Self.” 
This year’s winners were Jennifer (Garden City High School) and Daniela (Mineola High School).  Jennifer, who has worked with special needs young adults will be pursuing a major in elementary/special education at Elizabethtown College.  Daniela, who has volunteered at the INN, has interacted with senior citizens, and volunteered at a local nursing home, will be off to Keene State College where she plans to pursue a career as a special education teacher.
by Althea Robinson
At the June 13 meeting of the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club, the Wine Room at the Garden City Hotel was filled with Club members and guests who welcomed NYS Senator Jack M. Martins as guest speaker.  Prior to election to the Senate, Jack Martins had served eight years as the Mayor of the Village of Mineola where he received acclaim for stabilizing the village’s finances, and for creating the first ever master plan.
Currently, Senator Martins is serving his third term representing the NYS Senate’s Seventh District.  The Senator serves on myriad committees, commissions, task forces, boards, and councils; he authored the law creating the statewide Financial Restructuring Board for local governments.  Focusing on education Senators Martins said he continually works to secure additional funding for local schools.  He has also authored laws to help combat the growing heroin epidemic on Long Island.   As Co-Chair of the Senate’s Task Force on Workforce Development, Senator Martins opined about the minimum wage.  He also expressed concern that the teaching of life/technical skills be taught to fill jobs that are “out there.”
Senator Martins spoke of the proposed Third Track Project and for it’s widespread lack of support;  he reported that the project would take at least ten years to complete.  He opined again, that there are better ways to spend resources that will focus on retaining the vitality of Nassau County.
Contributors included Maya, PP Bob B., PP Jim B., PP Maureen, PDAG Mildred, PP Jennifer, PP Emily, PDAG/PP (other clubs) Cornell, PP Joe F., Martin, President Susan, PP Peter M., Joanne, Althea, PP Bob S., Helmut, PP Ray, Rev. Dean Michael, and Alba.
President Susan adjourned the meeting at well after 1:30 P.M.