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Women’s Symposium: Education to Entertainment

On March 29, women were invited to attend the second annual Women’s Symposium, Education to Entertainment: A Morning of Learning, Listening and Laughter, sponsored by the Floral Park Lions Club in collaboration with District 20k2. Through the generosity of the Sewanhaka Central High School District and Floral Park Memorial High School principal Dr. Kathleen Sottile and staff, the school hosted the event for the second year.

Women’s positions and responsibilities are constantly changing and there is an ongoing necessity to provide women with a forum by which to address these and other demands. The symposium concentrated on many current issues in 16 diversified and enlightening workshops.

The day began with the entertaining and delightful talents of local novelist, keynote speaker and workshop presenter Saralee Rosenberg, “Women’s Intuition: Miracle or Myth.”

Senator Jack Martins welcomed the women attending the opening of the event and presented the Lions with a banner announcing the day.

Attendees at the symposium had the opportunity to connect with other women throughout the day and share their experiences. Many of those present expressed that they learned a great deal. The feedback was that their workshops were very informative and up-to-date, outstanding and meaningful. The presenters were highly knowledgeable, fabulous, engaging, and easy to understand.

In addition to the outstanding workshops, those in attendance were able to shop from the wide assortment of sixteen vendors who filled the gymnasium with their wares and information that included jewelry, craft products, clothing, and other services.

The Women’s Symposium would like to thank the following presenters: Body King & One Sound Studio; Ellen O’Brien, Azureleaf Communications; Stephanie Larkin, Red Penguin Web Solutions; Dr. Beverly Adler; Lori Sullivan, Esq.; Mark Herbrich, P.T.; Brittany Gammarato, Pita Park Restaurant; Tracey Simon, director of Floral Park Library; Rosemarie Bou, D.C.; Michele Devine, A.V.P.- Wells Fargo advisors; Michael Calandra, Seishinkan Martial Arts; Kate Tuffy, MSEd., BCBA; Dr. Lauradonna Manno; Reva Gajer, RN,MSN, ANP and Sarah Siemers, ANP-BC.

In addition, Elliot Krakauer from the Lions Long Island Eye Bank and Donna Rosenblum from Reason2Smile, a non-profit organization that educates people how they can help provide funding for education, food, clothing, and healthcare to orphans and at-risk children in developing countries were in attendance.

The Floral Park Lions received a number of inquiries from women who expressed an interest in becoming a member of the Lions Club.  

The Floral Park Lions Club has been in existence since 1925 and has been a significant mainstay in Floral Park community; sponsoring and collaborating with many local educational, charitable, and service related endeavors. Every day, Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) works to fulfill their mission: “To support the efforts of Lions clubs worldwide in serving their local communities and the world community as they carry out essential humanitarian service projects.” For information about the Lions Club, go to www.lions20k2.com or visit the Floral Park Lions Club Facebook page.

News

On Saturday, July 26, Floral Park and Hance Family Foundation supporters from more than 23 states, including from Michigan, Louisiana, and Arizona, from three countries joined in the remembrance of Emma, Alyson, and Katie Hance in the foundation’s annual Day of Remembrance. Green ribbons and balloons were tied generously around trees, lampposts, railing and garden stakes, celebrating the lives of the sisters, gone too soon.

The foundation’s Facebook page was loaded with photos and prayers and messages from around the globe, from those who participated in some way, remembering the sisters who died in a car accident on July 26, 2009, at ages 8, 7, and 5.

Bright blue eyes, a full head of hair, beautiful smile, and full of energy. At 5 years old, Ethan Demmers is possibly at the healthiest he will be in his life. Ethan was recently diagnosed with Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy (DMD). Typically, people with this disease live only into their 20s. Over the next few years, the disease will slowly attack every muscle in Ethan’s body, eventually causing him to permanently be in a wheelchair. Ethan’s parents are not ready to give up their hope for a cure. They are fully committed to helping find a cure for this deadly illness, not just for their own son, but for all others suffering as well.

Ethan’s father, Dustin Demmers, is an English teacher at Floral Park Memorial High School. To the student body, Demmers can be described as funny, happy, wacky, wild, crazy, and unique among other adjectives. Demmers can be found smiling through the halls, making jokes over the loudspeakers, or making his class into the ideal environment for learning.


Calendar

Free Barbeque Dinner For Local Veterans

Thursday, August 14

Hockey Team Concert Benefit

Friday, August 15

Summer Recreation Awards Ceremony

Thursday, August 21



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