The Sunrise Rays Newsletter

Volume 92, Number 8, October 24, 2016

Rotary Table at Cathedral Memorial Day Fair May 30, 2016 - See more at:
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Special Program, October 24, Garden City Hotel.  Open to the Public
by Althea Robinson
The Incredible Vanderbilt Cup Races on Long Island
The Role of Garden City and Mineola
 “Chain your dogs and lock up your fowls!”  heralded posters throughout Long Island in announcing the first international road race ever to be held in America.
From 1904 to 1910, six Vanderbilt Cup Races were held on Long Island Roads.  Developed from the imagination of William K. Vanderbilt Jr., great grandson of millionaire Cornelius K. Vanderbilt, these races were the most prestigious and thrilling auto races of their day, drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators to Long Island. “The incredible Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island,” will relive auto racing’s earliest triumphs including the development of the Long Island Motor Parkway – the first road built exclusively for the automobile, This special presentation will also highlight the role of Mineola and Garden City in these race along with the Motor Parkway.
This presentation will be given by Howard Kroplick, Town Historian of North Hempstead.  Mr. Kroplick has extensively researched the races and written three books: The Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island, The Long Island Motor Parkway, (co-authored with Al Velocci), and North Hempstead. This presentation will feature photos from the private archives of William K. Vanderbilt, Jr., rare race films and an assortment of “Vanderbilia.   Coincidentally, this special program will be held on the 108th anniversary of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Races.
This special luncheon meeting on Monday, October 24, is open to the public at $25 each.  Advance reservations are required.  To reserve, please call Susan MacDonald, Club president at 516-643-5286 or Althea Robinson at 516-242-7487.
Krug’s Corner in Mineola during the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race
Special Program
On Thursday, October 20, at the Garden City Hotel, at 12:15, the Rotary Club of Mineola-Garden City will host a special joint luncheon meeting to include neighboring Rotary clubs as follows: President Mary Sikorski of the Rotary Club of Freeport-Merrick, Co-Presidents Deborah Zenir and Cathy Mealing of the Rotary Club of Roslyn, President Tina Hodge-Bowles of the Rotary Club of  Hempstead-Uniondale, and President Susan MacDonald of the Rotary Club of Mineola-Garden City.  This shall thus be a joint meeting with our District Governor with two club presidents meeting with District Governor MJ Fitzgerald before the joint meeting and two club presidents meeting with her after the joint meeting.  The cost of the luncheon is $25.00 per person.
Members will welcome MJ Fitzgerald, District Governor for 2016-17, who will present a special report for the attending clubs.  This year's Rotary International President's theme  is: “Rotary Serving Humanity” please (see the the theme on our right side homepage banner above). Our District Governor reports that while Rotary is celebrating more than 100 years of service, Rotary clubs have donated over three billion dollars which have been used for service programs around the world.
Please also mark your calendar for the Annual Holiday Fellowship Luncheon on Monday, December 12 at the Garden City Hotel, Noon – 2 p.m.  The renowned Garden City High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble will entertain with a selection of holiday vocal music.
President Susan called the meeting to order at 12:15 P.M.,and continued to officiate over the meeting.   All members who attended the meeting enjoyed great Rotary Fellowship.
All attendees happily contributed many Happy Dollars.
President Susan adjourned the meeting after 1:30 P.M.