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Letter: A Message From the Kiwanis President:

I committed to two 1-year terms. As my last term comes to a close, I’d like to take the time to extend a heartfelt thank you to all that contributed to the success of these last two years.

During this time we’ve built a stronger relationship with our community, School District, city/local agencies, Kiwanis International, NY State District, our Long Island North Division, Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center Foundation, and the families of our city.

We were welcomed by Glen Cove School District, The Glen Cove Public Library, Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Page One, Metropolitan, Steamboat Landing for the use of our public fundraising events and not to forget the local companies that advertised our Defensive Driving Courses which wouldn’t have been as successful without their support.

I can’t help but want to share what we’ve accomplished for our community; we’ve proven that when in need we will assist. Over the years we have donated needed supplies to The Inn, we’ve helped feed the Homeless (while utilizing the help of local residents), contributing to beach cleanups, National Night Out and being available to assist at shelters.

And . . . we have filled every ambulance in our city’s fleet with Pediatric Trauma Kits!

We’ve provided Scholarships and Award celebrations for our youth along with sponsoring 3 School/University-based clubs, along with sending kids to summer camp. We have also actively supported Safe, Glen Cove Youth Bureau and The Glen Cove Boys and Girls and their efforts to address the needs of our kids.

While strengthening our commitment to our Division, International and State levels of Kiwanis, we sponsor school clubs such as, our Key Club located in the Glen Cove High School, we have made a stronger commitment to our K-Kids in Landing School (Connolly’s K-Kids sponsored by North Shore Club) and Circle K of C.W. Post College (co-sponsored by N.S. Club).

As we move into our 11th year, we continue to grow to (“Charter Strength” 25 +) by welcoming new members, including Council people, Tim Tenke, Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi, Tom Glynn, Hon. Joel Meirowitz, Esq.(Charter member), younger members Sean Mish and Samantha Gailius.

In days to come, the last project we complete under my term: the most needed contribution, working to bridge the gap regarding the missing connection between Middle School-aged students, by sponsoring Builders Club through Glen Cove Youth Bureau “After 3 Program”. The Builder’s Club is geared to early teens giving them their first opportunity to begin Leadership/Service experience, by creating and implementing their ideas for community service/fundraising events.

And we have strengthened our successful Community fundraiser known as Pennies for Peds (Pediatrics). Where in the past the donations have been presented to the KPTC Foundation President over $3,000 to assist in their ongoing effort to address the needs of the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Unit at N.S. University Hospital.

We’ve accomplished so much, I would be amiss if I didn’t acknowledge the contribution from our local newspapers for supporting us by advertising all of it. And certainly cannot forget the patience and support from our members and their families.

I look forward to working with our new incoming President Ron Bieber and his team to continue the progress we’ve made in the past years. As I hope you will too.

So, as my Presidency comes to a close … to all of you, Thank you, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Ann Marie Gailius, President Kiwanis Club of Glen Cove 2009-2011