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Women’s Club Of Farmingdale News

Now that fall is here it’s time to get back into the swing of things. Hope everyone had an enjoyable summer. The Women’s Club of Farmingdale had their first meeting of the club year on Thursday, Oct. 4 at Allen Park with a new President Maria Ortolani and the new executive board: 1st Vice President Ann Lomonte; 2nd Vice Presidents Anna Ievolo and Lynn Connolly; Recording Secretary Cheryl Parisi; Corresponding Secretary Rosemary Emigholz; Treasurer Dru Brem; Auditor Madeline Bondietti and Immediate Past President Barbara Hoerner.  

This will be an exciting year as our 100th anniversary is fast approaching in March 2013. Many exciting events are being planned. Cookbook chairperson Loda Romanelli and her committee have put together a wonderful cookbook Recipes of Remembrances-The Women’s Club of Farmingdale 100th Anniversary 1913-2013. It contains recipes from club members and friends and also past presidents through the years. It is a treasure to own. If you would like to purchase a cookbook, please contact Barbara Hoerner at (516) 799-6245. The cost is $15.

Fran Rotondo gave an interesting talk on Abigail E. Leonard, the founder of the Women’s Club of Farmingdale. Miss Leonard was born in Woodstock, Vermont in 1852.  She became a teacher there and later taught at Erasmus High School in Brooklyn. When she retired in 1912 she moved to Farmingdale and was very much involved in the community. She saw the need to form a club to bring about change and improvement and thus the Women’s Club of Farmingdale was born on March 7, 1913. She became president and served for 10 years. Among her many accomplishments was the establishment of a free library for the Village of Farmingdale, a parent-teachers association, the position of a school nurse, also, business courses at the high school level and much more. Today, we take these things for granted.

Each year our club offers an Abigail E. Leonard scholarship award to a worthy high school student. Dr. Benjamin Giminaro was a recipient of the award upon graduation from high school, then known as Main Street School. Miss Leonard passed away at the age of 93 in 1945.

The club meeting opened with a prayer by Bea Ferrari followed by the pledge of allegiance. President Maria Ortolani greeted members and guests. The usual order of business followed. Budget chairperson Elena Guercio presented the proposed and philanthropic budget, which was approved by the membership. Remember, all our profits from our fundraisers go toward awards to worthy Farmingdale High School students, community improvements and various charities.

Judy Masino and her committee, Madeline Bondietti, Nancy Giminaro, Elena Guercio and Katie McKeveny, prepared a delicious luncheon.

News

Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in nearby Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

 

Event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event. 

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


Calendar

Networking Event - October 29

Halloween Parade - October 31

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair - November 2


Columns

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