2005-06-24 / Community

Rotary Installs New Officers, Honors Others

Outgoing club president Bro. Thomas Trager presents award for 50 years of Rotary service to John Kimball.Outgoing club president Bro. Thomas Trager presents award for 50 years of Rotary service to John Kimball. The Rotary Club of the Rockaway’s installed its 2005/2006 officers at its annual installation dinner at Kennedy’s On the Bay last Wednesday evening, June 15th.

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.

Nancy Hanson helps out the photographer as her first duty as new vice-president.Nancy Hanson helps out the photographer as her first duty as new vice-president. 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.

Honoree Frank Gallagher and Kerry

Honoree Frank Gallagher and Kerry 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.

Club member and event organizer Barbara J. Morris of West End Realty pins corsage on outgoing club president Bro. Thomas Trager. Flowers were provided courtesy of club member Norman Block, new proprietor of Georges Florist.
Club member and event organizer Barbara J. Morris of West End Realty pins corsage on outgoing club president Bro. Thomas Trager. Flowers were provided courtesy of club member Norman Block, new proprietor of Georges Florist.

Installing official and former Rotary District Govenor Cliff McLean (center) congratulates newly minted Paul Harris Fellows Frank Gallagher (left) and Flip Mullen.Installing official and former Rotary District Govenor Cliff McLean (center) congratulates newly minted Paul Harris Fellows Frank Gallagher (left) and Flip Mullen.

Club members (l to r) Eric Matza, Sanford Bernstein, Steve Epstein, and Andrew Langer enjoy the camaraderie of Rotary.Club members (l to r) Eric Matza, Sanford Bernstein, Steve Epstein, and Andrew Langer enjoy the camaraderie of Rotary.Paul Harris Fellow award presenter Dr. James Kiernan and wife Maryellen.
Paul Harris Fellow award presenter Dr. James Kiernan and wife Maryellen. Incoming club vice president Nancy Hanson and husband Bill are all smiles.

Incoming club vice president Nancy Hanson and husband Bill are all smiles. Honoree Flip Mullen and wife Rita
Honoree Flip Mullen and wife Rita Incoming club treasurer Daniel Mirkin and his wife Lauren
Incoming club treasurer Daniel Mirkin and his wife Lauren John Kimball and wife Marie celebrate the evening.
John Kimball and wife Marie celebrate the evening. Attending Paul Harris Fellows assemble for group portrait.
Attending Paul Harris Fellows assemble for group portrait. New club president John Hennessey prepares to take on the reins of Rotary leadership.
New club president John Hennessey prepares to take on the reins of Rotary leadership. Barbara J. Morris and new club secretary Rabbi Melvyn May.
Barbara J. Morris and new club secretary Rabbi Melvyn May.

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