Singer Al Lambert; Vito Picone, lead singer of The Elegants; Rosemarie Dressler, South Shore Rotary President; Al Contrea,, founder of the Mystics and author of HUSHABYE; and Tom Tyburczy, of the Dreamers.
The business and professional men and women of the South Shore Rotary club welcomed Al Contrera, founding member of the Mystics’ as the guest speaker at their recent meeting. “During his career as a mechanical engineer, Al Contrera worked on projects from New York City to Cairo,” said Rosemarie Dressler, president, South Shore Rotary Club. “He also founded a rock and roll group in the 1950s. Today he continues to entertain audiences with the classic, the Mystics and the Brooklyn Reunion.” Al Contrera’s new book, Hushabye, he shares how five Brooklyn teenagers went from singing on street corners to fame with their hit song. “Al’s book, Hushabye, provides an insight into the sweet sound of the street corner doo-wop harmonies of the 1950’s,” said long-time South Shore Rotarian and Singer Al Lambert. Contrera accounts of the trials and adventures of forming a rock and roll group to a neighborhood controlled by the mob. Al Lambert, South Shore Rotary past president and lead singer of the Elegants, Vito Picone, and Thomas Tyburczy of the Dreamers joined Rotarians in singing the hit song hit song, HUSHABYE.
Our Staten Island
Janet Necker Medoro, author of OUR STATEN ISLAND shared her journey to experience the history of the Island with the members of the South Shore Rotary. Fourth-generation-born Staten Islanders, Janet and her brother had a special sense of being Staten Island natives. “Our family laid down the bare roots that made us realize that our story here began, in what seemed to us ‘olden times.’” Their journey began by collecting newspaper stories and images over time and finding their way to the reference section of libraries and museum archives where they came to know who the really good borough historians were, and their works. This passionate pursuit offers up a history of Staten Island by taking the reader on that journey of discovery to experience it just as Janet and her brother did: through woods, along old roads; through centuries of change, people and events along the way as we learned the history of “Our Staten Island.”
LILAC: Laughter, Inspiration & Love Against Cancer
Vincent Moltisanti talked about his daughter’s battle with stage 4 cancer and the mission of the Jaime Lilac Foundation at the recent meeting of the South Shore Rotary Club. Jaime succumbed to the disease at age 38. “The primary mission of the foundation is to raise funds to provide care packages to patients who are undergoing cancer treatments,” said Jaime’s dad. “We also provide funding to hospitals that are leading the way in cancer research.” Jaime’s LILAC (LAUGHTER, INSPIRATION AND LOVE AGAINST CANCER) Foundation creates packages with products for men, women, and children undergoing cancer treatments. “Our packages are made with the highest quality items that will alleviate some discomforts of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.” Each package is assembled by a dedicated volunteer and inspected personally by a member of the Board of Directors. Hundreds of care packages have been distributed locally. www.jaimeslilac.org
NIGERIAN ROTARIAN VISITS SOUTH SHORE ROTARY CLUB
The members of the South Shore Rotary Club welcomed Samuel Olurotimi Adeleye, Past Assistant Governor of Rotary International District in Nigeria and Charter President of Rotary Club of Omolej-Golden.
Samuel and South Shore Rotary President Rosemarie Dressler presented each other with banners from their prospective clubs.
Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. Rotary unites more than a million people. There are more than 35,000 clubs around the world and together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
CASC: KNOW THE SIGNS OF ELDER ABUSE
Jeanne Zieff, head of the Community Agency for Senior Citizens (CASC), works to provide a variety of services to the address the total needs of the elderly individual and their family. Committed to the welfare of Staten Island’s senior citizen she briefed the members of the South Shore Rotary on the signs of elder abuse
Signs of elder abuse are: Contradictory or inadequate explanation of bruises, fractures or burns Dehydrated or malnutrition appearance Heavy sedation Isolation Anxiety, depression, withdrawal, resignation Reluctance to speak in front of caregiver Shame, fear, anger, defensiveness Unusual financial activity – withdrawals Closing of bank accounts 718 981-6226 for more information
Miguel Pineda, MD., discussed the breakthrough therapies for sexual dysfunction to the membership of the South Shore Rotary at a recent meeting. Dr. Pineda, who serves as director of male sexual dysfunction and urologic prosthetics at Staten Island University, talked about injection therapy and penile prosthesis, techniques that change the way ED is treated.
STATEN ISLAND ARTS
Elizabeth Bennett, SI Arts, discussed the local agency as an essential tool in community cultural development at a recent South SHore Rotary Club meeting. Their mission is to cultivate a sustainable and diverse cultural community for residents of Staten Island offering free programming ans services to make the arts accessible to every member of our community.
STATEN ISLAND ARTS
Failure to file and pay taxes may be catastrophic to your current and future financial health. Ronald C. Scott, CFP, AEP, EA, of First Call Tax Advocates, addressed the members of the South Shore Rotary Club during a recent meeting. “Don’t ignore the IRA or any State tax authority,” said Ronald Scott, a First Call Tax Advocate. First Call Tax Advocates provide a cadre of services including developing an installment agreement, penalty abatement, offering a compromise, determining the uncollectible/hardship, and individual and business tax return preparation. For more information: 718 400-9250.
AUTISM SPEAKS AT SOUTH SHORE ROTARY MEETING
Patricia Rollins, Autism Speaks, addressed members of the South Shore Rotary at their recent meeting.
Patricia poses with South Shore Rotary president, Rosemarie Dressler, and members (Timothy Mercaldo, Terry Marie Tulli, Bob DeGennaro, Lynne Persling) who work to support and increase awareness about the issues related to autism.
FIRST CALL TAX ADVOCATES
Ronald C. Scott, CFP, AEP, EA, of First Call Tax Advocates, addressed the members of the South Shore Rotary Club during a recent meeting.
FOUNDATION FOR DIGNITY
Diane Kramer and Helen Timari, Foundation for Dignity, support the commitment that requires the volunteer and fundraising efforts of the Foundation for Dignity; the generosity of local elected officials, local funeral directors and cemeteries; the cooperation of area hospitals and care facilities and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner; and the talent and dedication of the staff of the RCPA’s Office, which is led by Edwina Martin, Staten Island’s newly-appointed public administrator.
THUNDERING SUPPORT FOR OUR VETERANS
Rolling Thunder is a United States advocacy group that supports veterans . South Shore Rotary and Rolling Thunder work with other local Rotary clubs at the annual Oktoberfest set for Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Richmond Town Staten Island.
DEDICATED TO COMMUNITY GOOD
Barry Wiener presents the virtues of the Knights of Pythias to the membership of the South Shore Rotary club at a recent meeting.
INTEGRITY JOURNALISM: KEEPING NEWS CREDIBLE
Brian LaLine. editor, Staten Island Advance, discusses the new state of journalism at a recent South Shore Rotary meeting. Mark Stern offered a glimpse into the future of how information is delivered.
“Is journalism in America dying? It damn not be…America was built on free press.” -Brian Laline.
NOBODY HITCHHIKES ANYMORE
Writer and adventurer Ed Griffin Nolan shared with membership of the South Shore Rotary some of his experiences as he hitch-hiked throughout the United States. His stories of this adventure will be available in the book, “Nobody Hitchhikes Anymore”, scheduled to be released in Summer 2020.
ACHIEVING OPTIMUM HEALTH
Samantha Telle, Nutritionist, ShopRite, plays an important role when it comes to educating Staten Island individuals and families on the principles of ideal nutrition, diet and food selection. She addressed the members of the South Shore Rotary Club to increase awareness of dietary needs and explain her mission to educate community how nutrition can help to achieve optimum health.
Support + Community = Hope
Mary Beth Melendez, Grief Counselor/Care Giving, and Matt Kiefer from Emma’s Place – A Grief and Loss Center for Children and Families
CASC OFFERS VARIETY OF SERVICES TO SENIORS
Jeanne Zieff addresses the South Shore Rotarians With Information and referral services for community’s seniors
Enriching Mariner’s Harbor
Emanuel Bloomfield, President of Friends of Mariner’s Harbor, described efforts to create and maintain impactful programs that enrich the community to the members of the South Shore Rotary at their recent meeting.
MAKING LITERACY A VALUE AND RIGHT OF ALL CHILDREN
Rosalind Diaz tells the membership of the South Shore Rotary of the work of Literacy Inc. — harnesses the power that exists in every community to make literacy a value and right of all children. LINC’s mission is to engage families and community members to support young readers in high need neighborhoods. LINC was named one of eight winners in the NPCC New York Community Trust 2018 Nonprofit Excellence Awards.
South Shore Rotary Guest Speaker RICHARD MARCHESE:
Monmouth Film Festival features film about Father Capodanno
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Al Lambert and Richard Marchese with South Shore Rotary President Rosemarie Dressler
Rebecca and Chris Arrigali present to the members of the South Shore Rotary Club
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SOUTH SHORE ROTARIANS
Madeline Dowd offers safety tips for everyday living
RECOGNIZED BY SOUTH SHORE ROTARY CLUB
Steve Cain addresses South Shore Rotary Club after accepting check from John Vernazza, president