Min-GC Rotary Starts Column

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Alan Schwartz is pictured with Emily Franchina, Esq., president of the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club.
Alan Schwartz is pictured with Emily Franchina, Esq., president of the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club.

This is the first of a new column featuring the services and activities of the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club. The Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club meets on alternate Mondays of the Month (except on scheduled holidays). With the motto, “Service Above Self,” meetings feature a variety of informative speakers while pursuing various services performed by the Club.

Among these services are RotaCare, which provides free medical services to those in the most need; the Gift of Life Program which provides lifesaving surgery to children from all over the work; it awards scholarships to Garden City and Mineola High School graduating seniors; is affiliated with the Interact Club at Garden City High School and supports the Rotary Leadership Program (RYLA). The Club also annually provides dictionaries to every third grader in Garden City and Mineola and supports the Salvation Army with its bell-ringing project during the Holiday Season.

Pictured is Lonnie Sherman (right), with Martin Lord, co-chair of the Rotary’s Speakers’ Committee.
Pictured is Lonnie Sherman (right), with Martin Lord, co-chair of the Rotary’s Speakers’ Committee.

An international organization, Rotary is the world’s first and largest service organization of business and professional leaders. Club members are welcomed to attend meetings in countries world-wide.

One of Rotary ‘s most recent speakers was Alan J. Schwartz, Esq., the principal and managing attorney at the law offices of Alan J. Schwartz, PC. in Garden City. The firm engages in the general practice of law with special emphasis on all aspects of criminal defense and related matters from DWI, drug offenses and white-collar crime to other violations, misdemeanors and felonies on the local, county, state and federal levels. Schwartz’s topic, DWI, informed Rotarians on how drinking while intoxicated affects the individual, friends and family along with colleagues and clients. Alan Schwartz is pictured with Emily Franchina, Esq., president of the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club.

This past Oct. 26, Rotary welcomed Lonnie Sherman, president and founder of “General Needs and the Boots Across Long Island” project whose mission is to provide new clothing, toiletries, coats and seasonal items for homeless veterans on Long Island through charitable donations. Under the umbrella of the nonprofit organization, Boots Across Long Island seeks to provides boots for homeless veterans in need (5,000 throughout Long Island). Lonnie Sherman explained that these boots help to facilitate employment for snow removal during winter months as well as yard work during milder weather. For more information, please visit generalneeds.org. To donate items or make financial donations, call Lonnie Sherman at 516-672-9595 or email lonniesherman@general-needs.com.

—Submitted by

Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club

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