Our program speaker was Village of  Garden City Mayor Episcopia
     He updated the members of the Rotary Club of Mineola-Garden City and guests in regards to activities in the following offices/departments of the Mayor's Office: Clerk's Office, Parks and Recreation, Police, Retirement, Finance, Budget, Fire Department, Public Works and Building Department.
      Mayor Episcopia certainly brought members of the Rotary Club of Mineola-Garden City and guests up to date on Village issues and indicated  how the Village  Board of Trustees works pro-actively maintains municipal services while providing programs that preserve the quality of life and unique character of the Village of Garden City.
      Mayor Nick Episcopia has had an 18-year association in service to the Village having joined the Eastern Property Association (EPOA) Board in 1998  becoming vice president, then president.  Nick was elected to the Village Board of Trustees in 2005 and is currently in the homestretch  of the first year of his two-year term as mayor.
     As Trustee and Deputy Mayor, Nick served on nearly every commission; held chairmanships  and the gamut of liaison positions.  They have included chairman of the Traffic Commission, trustee liaison to the business community, the Board of Zoning Appeals, Planning Commission, Architectural Design Review Board, Library, Recreation Commission, Environmental Advisory Boards and on every Trustee committee.  Currently, Mayor Episcopia is also a member of the executive board of the Nassau County Village Officials Association.
President Susan called the meeting to order at 12:15 P.M. and after the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Invocation given by Club guest Reverend Michael T. Sniffen introduced two additional guests Lisa Arning and Joseph C. Packard.
President Susan introduced the slate of officers for 2016 and asked PDG/PP Thomas to conduct the swearing in ceremony.  He included the Rotarian Code of Conduct as follows:  As a Rotarian we will:  1) Act with integrity and high ethical standards in our personal and professional life;  2). Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect;  3). Use our professional skills through Rotary to: mentor young people, help those with special needs, and improve people's quality of life in our community and in the world;  4). Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary and other Rotarians;  and 5). Not seek special business or professional advantages from other Rotarians.
A roster containing the names of the officers, directors and committee members was made available to the Rotary members in attendance.  This information can be found, by Rotarians, who missed the meeting (or misplaced the announcement) on our website Menu Bar under "About Us" in the pull-down menu "Club Executives" and "Committee Members."  The public section shows names only.  Contact information (with business card functionality) is available after members sign in to the private section.  First time users need to retrieve account and password information by licking on "First Time Login" or last line in the pop-up window that appears after a login request (upper right hand corner) is initiated.
President Susan also made the Speaker's Bureau Listing available.  The listing also shows the Door Prize responsibilities.  Member's can also access this information from our new Club website.   Use the Menu Bar and point to Calendar on the right side of the Menu Bar.  On the pull-down menu select Speakers and Calendar, depending whether a listing or a calendar format is desired.  Follow the same initial procedure as outlined in the previous paragraph.
Donations were made by guest Lisa, PP Jim B., Maureen, guest Dorothy Episcopia, PP Emily, PP (prev. club) Cornell, PP Joseph, Secretary Peter, PDG/PP Thomas, President Susan, Peter M., Joanne, Kevin, guest Joseph P., Althea, Linda, PP Robert S., and Helmut.
Our guest The Very Rev. Michael T. Sniffen extended the honor of your presence at his Installation and Seating as the Dean of the Cathedral of the Incarnation on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 4:00 pm, on 50 Cathedral Avenue in garden City.
Past Meeting Information
Two enthusiastic RYLArians,  high school senior and Youth Committee member and Facilitator, Jennifer Melfi, and Hailey Santana, high school sophomore (above), spoke of their experiences as participants in the RYLA (Rotary Young Leadership Award) Program, completely run by students. They told of how RYLA focuses on implementing the “Service Above Self” motto; how it fosters many team-building activities with students developing values of compassion and acceptance; they learn listening and problem solving skills and develop self-confidence as well.  An overview of the program was presented by Diane, past Club president and past assistant district governor.