The Sunrise Rays Newsletter

Volume 92, Number 1, July 11, 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:
Members Host Guests - Hear talk about RYLA
by Althea Robinson
            At the “Bring a Friend to Rotary” lunch meeting of the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club on June 27, members of the Club invited guests who wished to hear about Club services and who had expressed interest in membership.
            The room was filled to capacity with Rotarians and guests who learned about Rotary and were also privileged to learn about the Rotary Leadership Awards Program (RYLA), created by Rotary demonstrating its concern for youth.  Two qualifying RYLARIANS, Crista Post and Sara McCarthy, students from Mineola High School, who attended Camp RYLA in Riverhead this past spring,  spoke of the leadership and social skills they had gained through attendance at the RYLA camp. They plan to continue on to the next level within the RYLA program.  Unique in its concept, RYLA is “run by youth for youth.”  (For more information about RYLA, please contact RYLA Treasurer and Club member, Diane Marmann at 516-750-1143 or
NY State Assemblyman Ed Ra to Speak at Next Meeting
by Althea Robinson
          NYS Assembly Edward P. Ra will be the guest speaker at the July 11 meeting at the Garden City Hotel, 12:15-1:30.  Assembly Ed Ra represents the 19th District which represents the Towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay.  Ed serves as the Ranking Minority Member of the Education Committee and is a member of the Health, Transportation and Higher Education Committees.  He also serves as Vice-Chair of the Minority Steering Committee and Vice Chair of the Minority Task Force on School Safety.  With education a priority, Ed is in favor of the return of control back to local school districts. To reserve as a guest of the Club at this meeting, please contact Susan MacDonald, president at 516-643-5286.
President Susan forwarded the following "Wrap-Up" material to the Web Administrator on Thursday, June 30, 2016"

Hi All:

What a wonderful "Bring a Friend to Rotary" meeting on Monday!  And I am happy to report we are hearing that two or three of our guests may be joining our Club!  Thanks to Diane, Althea, Alba, Maya, Martin, Michael (and myself) for bringing guests :)

And many thanks to Diane for organizing our two RYLA students, Christa and Sara to speak to us about their experiences with Rotary Youth Leadership.

As Joseph Packard mentioned, he is a co-chair for Smile Farms (bringing meaningful work to adults with developmental challenges) which Tracey and I are working on.  If you would like to support Joseph, and/or attend the event following the link follows:    

For a more thorough review of this, and past meetings/events please go to our Club's website:   or

Our next meeting is July 11th, starting promptly at 12:15 :)
Wishing all of you, and your families a wonderful and safe 4th of July weekend!
Cheers, Susan