New Member Inducted, Holiday Luncheon News

Club President Susan MacDonald, new member Peter Arianas and inductor Thomas Gelsdorf
Club President Susan MacDonald, new member Peter Arianas and inductor Thomas Gelsdorf

The Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club recently met at the Garden City Hotel for their bi-monthly luncheon. Club members welcomed Garden City resident Peter Arianas as a new member into the club. Arianas has been a resident of Garden City with his wife and two children for 17 years. He works locally as a financial advisor in the Private Client Group for Stifel.
Traditionally, the club provides a variety of speakers offering informative and educational topics. However, from time to time, such as on Aug. 8, open meetings are held to induct new members and conduct other business matters as they may arise.
At this meeting, IPP Emily Franchina, Esq., who will chair the club’s annual holiday luncheon on Dec. 12 at the Garden City Hotel, spoke of plans in motion to make this year’s event one of the best and most festive events of the 2016 Holiday Season. Franchina encouraged everyone to save the date of Dec. 12. The luncheon, which is open to the public, will feature Garden City High School’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble performing a medley of spirited holiday tunes. Directed by Amanda Conte, this renowned choral group has performed for both Rotary and for the Village Holiday Tree Lighting for many years. Part of the proceeds from the event will benefit RotaCare, which the club created in 1992 and provides free health care for those in need.

Also at this meeting, Past Club President/Past District Governor Thomas Gelsdorf, who also inducted Peter Ariana into the Club, spoke about the benefits of membership in Rotary, the world’s largest service organization whose theme is “Service Before Self.” IPP and PDG Gelsdorf talked of the welcoming, camaraderie and also assistance, if needed, that fellow Rotarians may expect to receive when visiting other Rotary Clubs in other towns, states and at area clubs around the world.
The Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club meets on alternate Mondays (except on holidays) at the Garden City Hotel, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. For information about becoming a member, or to reserve in advance for the Holiday Luncheon, call club president Susan MacDonald at 516-642-5286. For more information about Rotary, visit
Events and Speaker Dates
Sept. 12 —Arthur Dobrin of the Ethical Humanist Society will be the speaker
Sept, 27—Club members speak about their businesses/life connections
Oct. 24—Howard Kroplick, Long Island Motor Parkway/Vanderbilt Cup Races historian will be the speaker
Nov. 28—Bring a Friend to Rotary Day
Dec. 12—Annual Holiday Luncheon at noon

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