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Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club News: July 19, 2013

Club installs new officers

The Rotary Club of Hicksville-Jericho installed its most recent president, officers and board of directors on July 11. Elizabeth Goldfrank was installed as president by State Legislator Rose Walker. Also installed as officers were Ed Moffett, vice president; Donna Rivera-Downey, secretary; and Gerry Poli, treasurer.

Members of the board of directors installed were Tom Howell, Ennio Lattini Dr. Irwin Gross, James Grossman, William Schuckmann, and Dr. James Bentson.

The Hicksville Community Council held its 42nd Annual Awards Dinner on June 13, honoring people and organizations that exemplify the meaning of Community Service. The 2013 Dick Evers Community Service Award was presented to Donna Rivera-Downey, a lifelong Hicksville resident. Rivera-Downey’s interest in public service emerged during her own years as a Girl Scout growing up in Hicksville, and was honed and tested through her involvement with the Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club and as a Girl Scout leader.

Rivera-Downey is a past president and current member of the Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club, a past assistant district governor for Rotary District 7250, and the Youth Exchange Chair for Rotary District 7250. She is in her second elected term on the Hicksville Library Board of Trustees, now serving as board president. Rivera-Downey serves as chief marketing and communications officer for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County.

The Hicksville-Jericho Rotary has been proudly serving the Hicksville-Jericho community since 1951, providing scholarships to local high school students, supporting the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club, the local food pantry, the Gift of Life and many more charitable projects.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining our organization to support the community. E-mail Donna Rivera-Downey at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-532-4566. Visit www.hichsvillejerichorotary.org for information.

News

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”

The Hicksville Fire Department hosted the Nassau County Parade and Drill Championships this past Saturday, an event that was entertaining for both guests and participants.

The Motorized Drill competition held in the morning had 16 participating fire departments. The drill included eight events and each racing team was judged based on how fast they completed each event. Events included the Three Man Ladder, Motor Hook and Ladder, Motor Hose, Efficiency, Motor Pump, and Buckets. The Hicksville Hicks came in fifth place and received a trophy.


Sports

Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

“I meet my goals and maintain my health. I stay mindful of what is important to me and seek balance in all endeavors. With gratitude, I am fully present to this moment in time.”


Calendar

Hicksville Street Fair

July 20

Blood Drive

July 23

Our Lady Of Mercy Family Festival

July 30 - August 3



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