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It’s a given: the borough of Staten Island is residence to dozens of not-for-profit organizations comprised of devoted people who all share a ardour for group service and friendship.
The 5 Rotary Golf equipment on Staten Island are an ideal living proof.
The Rotary Membership of Staten Island — together with the 4 different Rotary Golf equipment — usually collect for social occasions and fundraisers that profit the group — each season of the yr.
They fundraise, assemble and ship as much as 1,000 baskets to group residents in want at Thanksgiving and lately the Golf equipment have joined forces to advocate for and donate to veterans at their Annual Oktoberfest.
In truth, throughout a latest gathering of the Rotary Membership of Staten Island, members lauded previous and present members and previous presidents, shared their favourite Rotary story and celebrated the birthday of previous president Walter Parks (2001) whose dad, the late Invoice Parks was president in 1980 following Dr. Larry Arann.
And based on former president, Marylee Montalvo, they took the chance to current longtime LiGreci’s Staaten maitre’d and server, Bekim Rekhawith with the Paul Harris Fellow Award — Rotary’s highest honor — for his devoted service all through the years.
FYI: The Rotary Membership of Staten Island, organized underneath the sponsorship of the New York Membership in 1921, is the 916th Membership of Rotary Worldwide and the primary on Staten Island. In 1962 the Membership turned included and established its personal charitable basis often known as the Staten Island Rotary Basis.
What’s extra, the membership has assisted quite a few social service and group initiatives that serve to higher the group domestically and worldwide. And thru it’s giving arm, the Staten Island Rotary Basis, it’s funded hospitals, foster care companies, companies that help the aged, the homeless and people residing with most cancers, HIV/AIDS and different ailments, and has furthered youth schooling.
Internationally, via its fundraising efforts, the membership assists when catastrophe hits each close to and much.
Within the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001 and Superstorm Sandy members collected and delivered water, meals and provides and helped with clear up efforts. They’ve responded to these impacted by hurricanes, tsunamis and different disasters together with Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Maria and assisted refugees of war-torn nations with housing and medical care.
Every year the Membership hosts occasions that serve to enhance the lives of the much less lucky and to help these making an attempt to complement their world with schooling — and presents scholarships to varsities and college students who reveal group service and Service above Self.
Since its inception in 1962, Staten Island Rotary Basis has distributed practically $2 million in both grants to Staten Island organizations, catastrophe and hardship reduction in each the US and abroad and in scholarships.
The Rotary Membership of Staten Island sponsors an Work together Membership at New Dorp Excessive College, a service and social membership in your folks ages 14 to 18, guiding the interactors in creating native and worldwide service initiatives.
The present president of the Rotary Membership of Staten Island is MaryJane O’Connell.
Borough President James Oddo has partnered with Sundog Theatre and the household of Christopher Dillon Micha, an area artist who was a songwriter/arranger, guitarist, and lead vocalist, to supply scholarships to a Sundog Musical Theatre performing class in Christopher’s reminiscence. The scholarship was instituted by Christopher’s mother, his dad, his stepdad and his siblings, to honor the artist who admired the inventive minds of kids and cherished music.
The scholarship will provide entry to the spring 2020 session of Musical Theatre Children, the place youngsters will probably be rehearsing and performing “Rock of Ages.”
The lessons will probably be at Monsignor Farrell Excessive College, starting Feb. 22nd, with a ultimate efficiency set for Could 30th on the Staten Island Zoo Auditorium.
This system and scholarships are open to girls and boys, ages 9 via 17, who in any other case wouldn’t be capable of afford the $250 class.
For a scholarship utility, contact Sundog Theatre at [email protected]
“This program permits younger folks to be energetic, interact their imaginations, and be taught life-long abilities and skills to assist them develop. I’m grateful to have the ability to assist a becoming tribute to Staten Islander Christopher Micha and provide this chance to youngsters who in any other case wouldn’t be capable of take part within the Sundog musical theatre program,” famous Borough President Oddo.
“Supporting younger folks in reaching their creative potential is a heartwarming and satisfying approach to honor Christopher and his ardour for music and the humanities,” stated Karen O’Donnell Tennenbaum, Christopher’s mother.
Housed on the Staten Island Zoo, Sundog’s Musical Theatre Children lessons present youngsters a possibility to collaborate with different younger folks of numerous ages and backgrounds, increasing their imaginations, and studying the best way to carry out. Sundog Theatre has been presenting authentic, modern, and thought upsetting theatre for 18 years. The humanities firm is exclusive on Staten Island in that it presents in-school arts programming rooted in theatre, visible arts, dance, and music.
“Getting up and talking in entrance of individuals has been documented to be the primary grownup concern. If youngsters do that at a younger age, they’ve a neater time speaking to folks and expressing themselves all through life,” explains Sundog’s Govt Director, Susan Fenley. “Most of those children discover a second household in theatre. They love taking part and along with studying profession and life abilities, they’re having enjoyable.”
MIGHTY STRING DEMONS
Younger Staten Island violinists, The Mighty String Demons, directed by Sanchie Bobrow, introduced a enjoyable and historic Presidents’/Valentine’s weekend live performance Feb. 15 on the New York Public Library Stapleton Department — an occasion was warmly acquired by the standing room solely crowd.
The String Demons carried out American “pop” music starting when George Washington was elected president and spanning via a historic timeline of assorted presidents and the music that was present throughout their tenures in workplace.
Visitor musicians have been Wenyi Lo on piano, Kazuo Nakamura on live performance bass and Nicole Azzarelli on acoustic guitar. The younger violinists carried out American patriotic songs, Shaker hymns and love songs, accompanying each bit with historic particulars and little identified details about every president who was in workplace when that track was standard.
Highlights of the live performance have been a efficiency of “I’m Within the Temper for Love,” carried out by virtuoso whistler, Anna Rose Maj, accompanied by the ensemble on violins, bass and guitar. Additionally, a efficiency of Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” Kansas’s track “Mud within the Wind” sung by Elizabeth Azzarelli and a heartfelt finale of Jay Ungar and Molly Mason’s Ashokan Farewell, that includes the complete ensemble of musicians.
IT’S GOOD NEWS
The Northfield Financial institution Basis has awarded $412,780 to numerous Staten Island non-for-profit organizations in 2019, bringing NBF’s whole giving to Staten Island organizations to $5.6 million and a grand whole of $eight.2 million all through Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Central New Jersey.
This yr’s main recipients have been: Richmond College Medical Middle, $80,000 (Emergency Room), SIUH $30,000 (Emergency Room), Carmel Richmond Well being Care & Rehabilitation Middle, $25,000, Group Sources – $25,000, Eger Well being Care & Rehabilitation Middle, $25,000, Mission Hospitality, $25,000, Wagner Faculty – Port Richmond Management Academy, $25,000, YMCA Friday Night time Teenagers Night time & Too Good For Medication, $25,000, ArchCare at St. Teresa’s, $20,000, Integration Constitution College, $20,000, Moore Catholic Excessive College, $20,000 (Expertise), GRACE Basis, $18,000 (Sensory Playground), Pals of Alice Austen Home, $15,000, Literacy Inc.,$15,000 (North Shore Reads), Partnership With Kids, $15,000, Camp Good Grief, $7,500 and the Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre, $7,000.