MEETING NOTES
President Susan called the meeting to order at 12:15 P.M. and after leading the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance herself amd then asked Rotarian Peter M. to deliver the Invocation.  Thereafter she introduced our two guests Lisa Arnand and Rev. Michael T. Sniffen.
 
INDUCTION OF NEW MEMBER
President Susan asked ADG/PP Diane and Rotarian Peter M. to join our new member Lisa Arnand and Rev. Michael T. Sniffen and our President for our two newest member's induction.  ADG/PP Diane informed our new member Lisa and Michael about the responsibilities and duties of Rotary membership and upon their acceptance proceeded with his induction.  President Susan and Peter M. then pinned Lisa and Michael with their Rotary pins and gave them their respective  Rotary Badge and Rotary "Service Above Self" folder containing his Certificate of Membership, the Rotary Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do, and the Rotary Object of Rotary - all suitable for framing and to be proudly displayed in his office.  The folder also contained business sized card containing the Four-Way Test and Object of Rotary, a decal for possible display. The membership welcomed Rotarians Lisa and Rev. Michael with a round of applause.
 
Following are the bios of the two new members, both Garden City residents, were inducted into the Rotary Club of Mineola-Garden City as provided by Rotarian Althea :
Lisa, President of Admission Technician, LLC, is an independent College Admissions Consultant. “I help students and their families manage the college admissions process with a strategy for success with less stress,” Lisa says.  She also does pro bono work for at risk students who will likely be denied access to a college education without a helping hand.
Rev. Dean Michael, was installed as the 13th Dean of the Cathedral of Incarnation in Garden City on Sunday, January 31.  Dean Michael had previously served as Rector of The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Brooklyn and at St. John’s Church in Lattingtown as well as serving as a seminarian in the Diocese of Newark at three parishes.  He is currently the Vice President of the Board of Managers of Camp DeWolfe, an Episcopal summer camp and retreat center iat Wading River.
 
PHOTO CAPTION :  (L-R): ADG/PP Diane, induction presenter; Club President Susan and sponsor; new members Lisa and Dean Rev. Michael, and PP Peter M., sponsor. We ask for viewers' understanding for the smart phone picture quality due to the reflective wall treatment in our meeting room that make it difficult to use electronic flash exposures and thus result in underexposed photographs. 
  
PROGRAM SPEAKER (by Rotarian Althea Robinson)
Kevin Ocker, Chairman of Garden City’s Board of Commissioners and of Cultural and Recreational Affairs (which includes the Department of Recreation and Parks) brought to light for members of the Rotary Club of Mineola-Garden City, two dynamic initiatives taking place here in the Village. 
First, Mr. Ocker spoke of the new Garden City Senior Center, “A Community Resource,”  a long time in the planning. The Center, under the direction of the Garden City Department of Recreation and Parks, celebrated the Center’s grand opening with some 300 residents in attendance on Sunday afternoon, February 28.
Mr. Ocker said the newly renovated center turned out to be even better than anticipated – on time and on budget.”  He reported  that more seniors are turning out for programs since the Center opened and that there is plenty of room for both senior men and women and for various other community groups to utilize the Center. 
The community room can seat about one hundred-forty for large meetings and events; and,  there are smaller areas for smaller community groups to meet for various occasions, Kevin Ocker said.  Rotarians received a brochure listing hours of operation, special events for March, weekly programs and guidelines for use which can be picked up at the Senior Center on Golf Club Lane; or for information, call the Senior Center at 516-385-8006.
Another Village initiative is the formation of a focus group to address street scape improvements of Garden City’s business districts (Seventh Street, Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road).  The intention is to invigorate the Village’s business corridors based on looks and functionality.  Both the fronts and backs of stores and businesses will be addressed.
Two “workshop” meetings comprised of various business representatives and members of the  Village’s Civic Beautification Committee are taking place this month to provide input for the landscape architectural  team  which the Village has engaged.  It is expected that anticipated improvements will be phased in.
 
RYLA
ADG/PP Diane once again reminded the membership of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program run for the benefit of 10th graders, run by 11th graders and programmed by 12th graders.  Thus, RYLA in District 7255, is entirely run by students for students.  This year, the program will be held at Riverhead on April 15, 16 and 17th. 
 
HAPPY DOLLAR
Donations were made (in alphabetical order by first name) by:  Althea, PADG/PP (prev. club) Cornell, ADG/PP Diane, PP Emily, PP Gary, Helmut, PP Jennifer, PP/Treasurer Jim, Joanne, PP Joseph F., new member Joseph P.,  Kevin, Linda, new member Lisa, Martin, new member Rev. Michael, Secretary Peter G, PP Peter M., PP Robert S., President Susan, and Club guest Maya.
 
MEETING ADJOURNMENT
President Susan closed the meeting at 2:15 P.M.
 

 
 
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