From our Director, Bob Fitzgerald
Wishing all of you a very happy 2020!!!
I can’t believe that this marks the completion of my third year as Director of our dear little organization. I am so happy to have had such wonderful help and guidance from everyone. I continue to learn new things each and every week. Thank you all very much for your support and patience. I’m looking forward to another successful year in 2020.
I am planning a ‘sabbatical’ from mid-April through late June this year. I’m hoping that my absence will empower some team members to take on additional responsibility and make the organization more stable and robust. We, like all small organizations, depend on a few individuals which can be very risky from a continuity perspective. I will miss everyone during those months and will have a new set of things to learn when I return and hopefully some interesting sailing stories to tell.
Some remarkable things have happened over this year that I want to highlight; Our pantry has begun to provide up to 100 families food each week and we have been blessed by two groups that continue to support us. A new group, created by Mimi and Michael Lum, enables students at St Anthony’s High School to perform community service throughout the year. Also, Girl Scout Troup 1728 has continually come to our rescue with school supplies, Christmas Gifts and volunteer support throughout the year.
Christmas was wonderful this year. We, through donations, were able to provide gifts for over 300 children. We continued our new tradition and served a ‘brunch’ which started at 10am. Watching the children meet Santa made all the hard work pure joy. Thank you to all the volunteers that helped on the 21 st ; we couldn’t have done it without you.
Special thanks for the generous donation of toys from: Lyly and Richard Rockwell, Girl Scout Troup 1728, Girl Scout Troop 1818, Calvert Manor Bagels (who discounted our bagel purchase). Hats, scarves, gloves, deluxe wash-up kits: Kiddie Care Commack (mitten tree), Barbara Clancy (knitted scarves), East Northport CDA #899 (Christmas cards and socks), Saints Phillip and James deluxe wash-up kits: Marge Focone and her group (knitted items). The knitted items are used to make the deluxe wash-up kits perfect as gifts for the 300 or so adults that attend every year.
Many thanks to Bill and Sheila Cavooris for, once again, providing the McDonald’s gift certificates to 500 guests as they left the event. It is a wonderful way to say goodbye to the guests at the end of the event. Next year the newsletter will be quarterly rather than monthly to save money and to alleviate some of the effort required to produce the newsletter 12 times a year.