Phyllis Sosinsky, a resident of the Syosset and Woodbury area for over 30 years, was elected the 18th President of Plainview's Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center at the agency's 45th annual meeting on June 13. She is succeeding George N. Rifkin, a resident of Plainview, who served as president from 1999-2001.
Sosinsky, who was nominated after spending approximately six years as vice president of the JCC, has been a dedicated and active member of the JCC since 1976. She became a board member in 1993 and has served on the nominating committee, as chair of the Cultural Arts/Adult Education Committee and as vice president and chair of the Program Coordinating Committee.
"As president, I look forward to working closely with our volunteers, board of directors and professional staff to achieve the best possible programs and services we can offer," said Sosinsky.
Sosinsky, who attended Hunter College and received her master's degree in early childhood education from C.W. Post, is very involved with the agency not only from her involvement, but her husband is a past president. She has also been involved with the JCC since before its official opening.
As president, Sosinsky will preside over the monthly board meetings and participate with the executive director at the UJA-Federation meetings.
Future plans include looking to expand the corporate membership and corporate participation on the board of directors and committees. "We also would like to increase our development activities and improve and expand all of the services while we are maintaining such an aging facility," said Sosinsky. "It is a difficult task, but I am up to it."
Sosinsky, whose term as president officially lasts two years, although there have been four year presidencies, has a vast civic and community-involvement background. She has served as an officer at Tobay Day School; as a PTA Board member of Baylis Elementary School, H.B. Thompson Junior High School and Syosset High School; as a board member of the Syosset Girls Softball League; as an officer of Camp Su-Re-Ka and as president of the Syosset Counseling Center. She and her family are longtime members of Midway Jewish Center.
In addition to teaching in the Syosset school system, Sosinsky spent several years in the publishing and pharmaceutical industries and is currently involved in her own marketing and public relations business. She and her husband, Milton, have three children, three grandchildren and a fourth on the way.
Also at the agency's 45th annual meeting on June 13, the following Mid-Island Y JCC Board Members were reelected for a three-year term: Ron Alexenburg, Abby Burton, Kerre Ginsberg, Dr. William Mesibov, Brice Nuzie, Michael Soroka, Rick Schwartz and Susan Stewart.
In addition to Phyllis Sosinsky being elected president, the slate of officers for 2001 are Dr. William Mesibov and Bruce Nuzie, vice presidents; Milton Sosinsky, treasurer; Arthur Gordon, assoc. treasurer and Leonard Symons, secretary.