by Rotarian Althea Robinson
            With the theme “Service Above Self,” Rotary is the world’s largest service organization of business and professional leaders.  A special benefit of membership in one of the more than 34,000 Rotary clubs throughout the world, is that no matter where a members may go – to another state, town or country, he or she will be welcomed to attend area club meetings.  Through the years, the Rotary Club of Mineola-Garden City has hosted Rotarians representing clubs from throughout the country and from other parts of the world.
            The Club was incorporated in 1925 and celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2015.  One of the Club’s major services is RotaCare which makes possible free medical services for those in the most need.  Our Club created RotaCare in 1992 and throughout  the 24 years since, many Club members have devoted hours upon hours in volunteer efforts to sustain the continuing success of this invaluable service program.
            Our Club has also participated in the Gift of Life program which provides lifesaving surgery to children from all over the world; it awards scholarships to deserving Garden City High School seniors and supports the Rotary Leadership Program (RYLA) for young students on Long Island.  Also, each year, through the Dictionary Project, the Club provides dictionaries for every third grader in both Garden City and Mineola.  Club volunteers distribute the dictionaries to the students describing the value of information the book contains. The rotary Club of  Mineola-Garden City volunteers support the Salvation Army with its Bell Ringing Project during the Holiday Season.  Other charitable causes are occasionally supported when feasible.
            A variety of speakers offer informative and educational topics.  The Club often hears speakers who represent other charitable organizations.  For example, next Monday, April 25, Rotarians will hear from representatives of the Marty Lyons Foundation which fulfills the special wishes of children 3 to 17 years old who have been diagnosed as having a terminal or life threatening illness.  The foundation provides and arranges special last wish requests.
            Down the line, the Club will hear representatives from both the Town of Hempstead and of NY State.  And, if Club members should experience a situation needing quick treatment or diagnosis, they will learn about Winthrop-University Hospital’s URGENT CARE CENTER which opened its doors in June of 2014.
            If interested in joining the Club, we invite you to attend a complimentary introductory luncheon meeting.  We meet on alternate Mondays. 12:15-1:30 at the Garden City Hotel; or for more information about the Club and its services, please call Susan MacDonald, president at 516-643-5286.
Comment from the Club's Web Site Administrator:  Our future speaker listing can be found on our Web Site Menu Bar under >Calendar and then either >Speakers (listing) and/or  >Event Calendar (monthly calendars).