Posted by Yvette Hohler on Apr 06, 2021
Rob hosted today's ALL-ZOOM meeting with 15 members attending in addition to Mike Mosca, Comsewogue HS Principal, and this month's Most Motivated Student, 9th grader Isabella Devargas.
 
The Golf Committee Zoom Meeting will take place this afternoon at 5 PM via Zoom.  Contact Rob quickly so that he can provide you with the link in order to attend.

Everyone agreed that last Wednesday's Virtual Bingo Night Fundraiser was a huge success and loads of fun, thanks to the efforts especially of Kim, Sal, and Rebecca, as well as the patronage of many of our members and their families. BRAVO! and THANK YOU to all who were involved in setting up this event.  We all look forward eagerly to more such Bingo Nights in the future.  Kim announced that Theater Three sent a big Thank You, especially as they benefited from 1/2 of the profits.
 
Pat and Al will welcome all volunteers to the Wood Chipping Clean-up at the Chandler Estate Sunday, April 25th, beginning at 8 AM.  Park at the Mt. Sinai Congregational Church Parking Lot.  Al expects to have the wood chipper there early.  Pat reminds us to bring heavy gloves, eye & ear protection, tic spray, and beverages.  Lunch foods may be provided.  Pat has been cutting vines and clearing paths all winter.
 
Cindy reminded us of the dates for the RYLA Facilitator Meetings:  April 9th & 10th, and the two weekend Rotary Youth Leadership Training events, April 16th-18th, and April 23rd to 25th.  (Rebecca looks forward to being a guest speaker at the latter meetings on April 17th and April 24th !) Cindy is looking for someone to cover her on the 2nd weekend and will see if she can work something out with Rebecca & Sal.  T-Shirts will be given out on the Friday of each session- different colors for the 3 different teams. (Rebecca offered to supply a T-Shirt launcher, but since there are color-coded teams, this would not work well.)  Cindy hopes that in the future Kim & Sal will be able to help RYLA by setting up a Bingo fundraiser for them.
 
Bob H. announced that $12,934.47 is the total of a year's donations by our members to The Open Cupboard. 
 
You are hereby invited to participate in the 23rd Annual Middle Island- Rocky Point Rotary Golf Tournament to be held on Sunday, June 21st at St. George's Golf & Country Club in East Setauket.  Look for the complete info below under News & Announcements.
 
Jen introduced Comsewogue High School's  Principal, Mike Mosca, who had invited this month's Most Motivated Student to his office so that we could honor her with our award.  Isabella Devargas is a 9th grader and an incredible student, who is maintaining averages in the high 90s in ALL of her classes.  Her nominating teacher said, "In the middle of a crazy, unique, challenging year, Isabella has managed to not only keep up with school work, but she exceeds all expectations. She approaches any challenge headfirst, and has been very successful in facing these challenges this year.  It is a pleasure having her in class, and she is a model student!"  Mosca continued the praise of this student by referring to her as the epitome of a Most Motivated Student.  Isabella hopes to become a social worker or psychologist, because she very much wants to help others. Yay, Isabella!  Rob delivered an impressive congratulatory message to this student on our behalf.
*********************** Happy National Library Week!********************************************
Deb, Sal, and Kim remind you to visit your local library to vote today.
Archana was prepared to be today's Sergeant, but gremlins kept her computer from working properly and unmuting, so, instead, a variety of our members offered to pay Fines and Happy and Sad Dollars, anyway, with Rob keeping track of it all. :)
 
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS:
 
OUR NEXT MEETING:  Tues., April 13th, at Cafe Spiga and via Zoom. We will be honoring Port Jeff Middle School's Most Motivated Student of the Month.
 
You are invited to attend the Wednesday, April 7th (that's tomorrow!) Zoom Donation Committee meeting at 7 PM.  Contact Archana to let her know you'll attend, and she will send you the Zoom link.
 
Volunteers needed and welcome at the Sunday, April 11th Wood Chipping Clean Up at the Chandler Estate- beginning at 8AM- or whenever you can make it.  Bring your proper gear. Enjoy the camaraderie as you help prepare the park for the public's safe use.
 
The next Executive Board Meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 30th, via ZOOM @ 8:00 AM.
 
***You are invited to attend the 23rd Annual Middle Island-Rocky Point Rotary Golf Tournament at St. George's Golf & Country Club (134 Lower Sheep Pasture Rd., East Setauket) on Monday, June 21st , with a Shotgun Start at 1 PM SharpRegistration and Lunch: 11AM- 12:45 PM.  Rain or Shine.  This outing benefits Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, Gift of Life, and other Rotary Service Projects.  Costs: Donation $300/golfer; Donation $200/Hole Sponsor; Dinner Only: $85.  Golfers will be entitled to: the Greens Fees & Golf Cart; Free Range Balls; Cocktail Hour after Golf; Appetizers & Hors D'Oeuvres; Seafood Station; Carving Bar; and a Lobster Dinner. Contests: Hi & Low Gross; Low Net; Longest Drive; Nearest to Pin; Most Honest Golfer (Men & Women); Hole-in-One Contest.  Limited to 90 golfers Reservations on a 1st come, 1st serve basis. (Payment must be received to reserve a spot.)  Scramble   Format.  Special raffles, Auctions, and 50/50 to be held.  Please make checks payable to "Rocky Point Middle Island Rotary".  For additional information, call Larry Kogel at 516-380-8035.  or email lkogel@optonline.net.  For your convenience, you can register and pay on line: GolfRotary.eventbrite.com (a transaction fee is assessed.)
 
 
 
SAVE THE DATE: You are invited to attend the 4th Annual (2021 version) "Passion for Education Gala" to benefit the Hope Children's Fund, Ltd., on Saturday, JULY 24th, 6 PM-11 PM, at The Inn & Spa at East Wind in Wading River.  Join the celebrants for an evening of live music by X-Session, a cocktail hour, a plated dinner, raffles, and silent auction- all supporting the education of the children of the Jerusha Mwiraria Hope Children's Home in Meru, Kenya. (Every ticket at a cost of $199 p/p pays for a trimester of secondary school for a youngster living at the Home.)  Please R.S.V.P.: HCFgala@gmail.com or Hope Children's Fund, P.O.Box 1345, East Northport, NY 11731 or hopechildrensfund.org .
 
You are invited to become a member of the Port Jeff Village Community Garden Committee, which has already begun meeting and is in its planning stages for the village's 1st such project to be achieved on village parkland in upper Port. The garden is expected to elevate the sense of place for residents and visitors, and will undoubtedly be supported by the local business community.  The garden will provide a space for residents to grow their own local produce.  The Community Garden Committee, which already includes some of our club members- Sal and Rebecca- is seeking other members with experience related to gardening, who have an interest in community outreach, nutrition, and food security, who can attend 2-3 online meetings per month (approx. 1 hour each) and occasional on-site meetings, who can perform independent tasks/research/outreach between meetings (approx. 2 hours per week), and who are able to commit at least 1 year on the committee.  Interested?  Contact trustee-kassay@portjeff.com.
 
Rebecca invites us to get acquainted with HOMETOWNHOPEPORTJEFFERSON.ORG. Hometown Hope provides resources and support in times of need to all residents of the Village by promoting a movement of spreading kindness. It "strives to uplift through wellness, resilience, and compassionate understanding in our community."  Among the services/goods it will provide: meal boxes; home deliveries; and the like for those suffering illness, loss, etc., as well as help for healthcare practitioners during the pandemic. You can also sponsor a family. 
Want to volunteer? Contact hometownhopepj@gmail.com .
 
***If you have ideas or items to be discussed at our next meeting, let Rob know.  And if you'd like to join one of the club's special committees, let him know this, as well. The more, the merrier!***
       
            *** Watch for Rob's invitation to our next meeting and plan to join us!***                                                   
                                  MEANWHILE, STAY SAFE AND WELL!

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