Rotary Installs New Officers, Honors Others
The new officers included club president John Hennessey, manager of the Rockaway Park Northfork Bank branch and vice-president Nancy Hanson, owner of local textile manufacturer, Roxbury USA. Also installed was new secretary Rabbi Melvin May, treasurer Daniel Mirkin of Mirkin Vision Care, sergeant at arms Mark Dana of HSBC Mortgage, and bulletin editor Eric Matza of St. Johns Episcopal Hospital.
The club, formed in 1947, took the opportunity to honor one of its own, John Kimball, founder of Kimball Construction Co., for 50 years of service to Rotary. In his presentation, outgoing club president Bro. Thomas Trager saluted Kimball as an individual who had lived his life in the observance of the Rotary principle of “service above self” and acknowledged his dependence during his term as president on this long time club member’s knowledge of Rotary traditions, procedures, and ideals.
The club also honored two non-members from the Rockaway community whose activities were supportive to the club or were otherwise symbolic of Rotary principles, ideals, and service. The club presented these honors by naming the awardees “Paul Harris Fellows”. Honored was local restaurateur Frank Gallagher, proprietor of Snug Harbour, meeting place of the Rockaway club for more than 20 years, and local activist Flip Mullen, who was honored for his many charitable contributions over the years. In a presentation by Paul Harris Fellow and club member Dr. James Kiernan, Mullen was commended for his fundraising for Special Olympics and in particular the “Wounded Warriors” project that hosts amputee soldiers injured in Iraq and Afganistan on special snow and water ski outings. Mullen, a retired New York City Firefighter, is a 15-year volunteer with the adaptive sports program at Windham Mountain in upstate New York.