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President's Message

President's Message - 6/18


June 18, 2018

Dear Fellow Members,

     “It was early morning yesterday; I was up before the dawn.At which point, I found myself preparing two speeches for Thursday night’s scholarship presentations at Massapequa High School (MHS.) We at the Chamber take education very seriously. After all, as American philosopher, John Dewey once wrote, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” Call it a prolonged childhood malady – but I still love to jot down thoughts and ideas at dawn’s first blush. It has been a lifelong disease of mine. This being my last appearance as Chamber President, I suppose I could have done what many presenters do and just “mailed it in.” That is not, however, (as my son Bobby would say) “the way I roll.” The honorees deserve my best effort. You cannot imagine how gratifying it was to be approached by the father of one of the winners and asked if I had a copy of the speech. It gets better. I was approached by the head of Guidance, Paul Weber and received compliments and high grades in an e-mail from the school’s principal, Patrick DiClemente the first thing Friday morning. I write this not to boast, but to highlight how “doing the right thing” is always the best course of action. It is always best to show people you care. “I expect to pass through this world but once,” wrote William Penn, “therefore any good that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creatures, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

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Upcoming Events

June General Meeting - Installation Ceremony


Please join us for our June General Meeting - Installation Ceremony on Thursday, June 21st at 12:00 Noon at Taste Kitchen and Cocktails (4857 Merrick Road, Massapequa Park.) Meet Incoming President Jamie Bogenshutz and the Executive Board and Board of Directors as they are sworn in for the new term. Mix and mingle with your fellow business professionals while enjoying a delicious luncheon! The price is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. (CLICK HERE to pre-pay for the meeting - simply present your receipt at the sign-in desk.) Raffle prizes always needed and appreciated. Attend for a chance to be named Member of the Month!  All are welcome - we look forward to seeing you!

Executive Officers:

Jamie Bogenshutz, President

J.P. Scarisbrick, 1st Vice President

Lucrezia Falacara, 2nd Vice President

Karen Gawrych, 3rd Vice President

Robin Hepworth, Treasurer

Phyllis Doria, Recording Secretary

Board of Directors:

Robert R. Barrett

Christian Florio

Carol Leff

Susan M. Martin

Patricia Orzano

Stephen Parmiter

Sal Polito

Howard Ritzer

Gary Slavin

Anthony Ventiera

Keith Wilson

Robert Zabbia

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Keith Wilson - Exit Realty Gateway


Congratulations to our May Member of the Month, Keith Wilson of Exit Realty Gateway! Keith is a Licensed Realtor with 25 years experience as a realtor and is a Board Member/Director on CN LIBOR which is a subsidiary of the Long Island Board of Realtors. He also holds a current NY State License to sell life, accident, and health insurance and is a registered independent associate for Legal Shield and Kroll identity theft services. Keith has worked for many years in the Town of Oyster Bay, and is highly active in the community - serving on the Massapequa Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus, the North Massapequa Republican Club, and the Columbus Lodge Sons of Italy, among many others. Keith is especially proud to be a prominent activist in the Pro-Life Movement, and he is the current Nassau Vice-Chairman for the Long Island Coalition for Life. To contact Keith and find out more about his realty services with Exit Realty Gateway, please call him at 516-633-1435.