Speaker Date Topic
Wayne Horsley Jun 02, 2020 12:15 PM
Gilgo Inlet
Until recently I was the Regional Director of NYS Parks, which includes 38 Parks and Preserves across Suffolk and Nassau Counties. Prior to that I was a County Legislator, primarily representing  the Babylon Village, West Babylon, and Lindenhurst area and left office as the Presiding Officer. I was also a Babylon Town Councilman and hold a Doctorate in Modern World History. Most importantly, I am a long time Babylon Rotarian.
Purpose of talk- To discuss a big idea that would revitalize the Great South Bay. The Great South Bay was once the home for thousands of clammers that harvested 2/3rds of the world's hard shell clams. The Bay teemed with life which has all but disappeared. With the advent of Hurricane Sandy there opened an inlet near Bellport on Fire Island. Since the recreation of Old Inlet we have seen the Eastern Great South Bay brought back to life. The western Bay  still remains lifeless. The idea is to recreate a storm gated, non navigable, engineered inlet at Gilgo State Park. The talk will explore the reasons why and provide details on this all important idea. I will bring a map!
PDG Doug Vincent Jun 09, 2020 12:15 PM
Rotary Roots Run Deep at the United Nations

Back in the 1930's a Rotarian from Nashville TN, USA, had the idea of developing "International Institutes of Understanding" to advance one of Rotary's causes: To promote International Understanding and World Peace. The concept grew to cities in Texas and spread across the globe. It was a great success which was embraced by many Senior World Leaders, putting Rotary on the map. Very early, Rotary was at the grass roots of discussions and input to develop the United Nations concept. Prior to the 1945 San Francisco charter event, there were other exploratory meetings, which included Rotarians. During that time, Rotary published the “Dumbarton Oaks” meeting notes, to share and solicit input from clubs and members around the world. This provided input for the 1945 charter discussions.

At the 1940 RI Convention in Havana, Cuba the "Respect for human rights" was discussed, which led to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Rotary also planted seeds for the creation of UNESCO, through discussions at our 1942 RI Convention in London, UK. When US President Roosevelt and UK's Winston Churchill had the idea of convening meetings to establish the UN, they wanted Rotary involved. They recognized that through the successful International Institutes and other Rotary events, we were already
doing much of what the intended UN purpose might be.  There were 11 official Rotary International delegates who rotated into the 3 chairs, allocated to Rotary at the sessions. In addition, several other Rotarians acted as delegates from their respective

Overall, a total of 49 Rotarians participated in 1945 at the San Francisco UN Charter meetings where the organization was officially formed. Some say it was actually 50 Rotarians, but apparently one country had not passed the necessary legislation in time to have their delegate be considered official. In addition, it was a Rotarian from South Africa who wrote the first draft of the UN Charter. There is a statue erected in a city park there, in his honour. Filipinos are proud that Rotarian PRIVP Carlos P Romulo, was the second President of the UN General Assembly. For these reasons, the UN Charter and our Rotary Goals & Objectives are very similar in meaning. Three
Rotarians in New York even played a key role in locating and negotiating the land deal to establish the UN headquarters there.

After the 1945 meetings, Rotary International published another document, titled “From Here On” which contained UN Charter content as well as annotations and questions. The purpose was to encourage people to use this resource as a roadmap and pathway to Rotary service and peace.

This article is not the complete story, but it is a summary as I know it. It explains why Rotary and the United Nations share a strong, deep-rooted partnership, working together to promote international understanding, global health, peace and harmony.

Louis Scotti Jun 16, 2020 12:15 PM
Ronkonkoma Rotary Global Grant

Dove Youth Development, a grass roots organization formed in the community 10 years ago, is striving to make a difference by breaking this cycle of poverty. The school system in the Dominican Republic, was rated 143 out of 144 developed countries by the World Economic Forum, Competitiveness Report. It operates on a "split session" schedule, meaning children go to school for only half a day, either in the morning, or in the afternoon.

If the child and family fulfill their obligations, Dove provides food and clothing of at least $30 to each child per month, thereby allowing the child to stay in school. Dove also provides a uniform, which is required to be worn to attend the public school. Each child also gets a snack.


Howard Berg Jun 30, 2020 12:15 PM
HSB Learning Systems LLC
Howard Berg will share strategies that will increase your members productivity by 100% including:
  • How to read faster to stay on top of vital information 
  • How to comprehend even technical material
  • How to remember and recall what you learn so you can use it when needed
  • How to perform speed math
  • How to create emotional intelligence states vital for success
Gary Jendras Jul 07, 2020 12:15 PM

Mission Statement: The mission of RotaCare is to facilitate free health care for the relief of pain and suffering to those who have the most need and the least access to medical care.

Founded in 1992 by members of the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club, RotaCare was created to serve the needs of the uninsured on Long Island.  Working with the Mary Brennan Interfaith Nutrition Network in Hempstead, NY, volunteers recognized that, in addition to food, the medical needs of their clients were not being met adequately by the health care system. Through the collaborative efforts of the Rotary Club, local health care professionals, area residents and an initial grant from Grumman Corporation, a   “MASH” team was formed to operate weekly at the INN's soup kitchen.  RotaCare was born.  

When more space became necessary, RotaCare moved to the A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility in Uniondale in January 2009.  A staff of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, clerical staff and translators volunteered and continue to give selflessly of their time and talent to help uninsured individuals and families receive access to vital health care services. As a result of its integral involvement and benefit to the community, RotaCare Incorporated as a not-for-profit 501 (c)3 organization and became  a Rotary District 7250 project. Since its inception, RotaCare has been supported by concerned companies, organizations, individuals and grants to sustain its good works and benefits to the community by facilitating free health care to people in need. 

Donna Celentano Jul 14, 2020 12:15 PM
Medical Advocacy Pros
Medical Advocacy Pros

Donna Celentano has been a nurse for 34 years in many different roles. She has dedicated her career in the ICU, Maternal Child settings. Donna has helped implement, facilitate, support, and advocate for woman struggling with perinatal moods. She has been an advocate to many friends and family members dealing with medical treatment, health challenges, medical crisis's, translation of medical terminology, and collaboration of health care among providers. There is such a need and the Board which is made up of three experienced RN's, one MD, and two educators, works together to educate, give knowledge and understanding to the patient/caregiver/loved ones in need. They gather important information and pose questions that need to be asked when patients visit their healthcare provider. All of this is done for free.


Debra E. Blaine, MD Aug 11, 2020 12:15 PM
Resilience Coaching, LLC

Debra E. Blaine, was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island, NY. She received her BA in the Honors Liberal Arts Program at the University of Texas at Austin, before going on for graduate studies in Comparative Religion at Temple University. She attended Baylor College of Medicine to earn her MD in 1987, and has practiced medicine on Long Island and Queens for thirty years.
Her first novel, "CODE BLUE: The Other End of the Stethoscope", is a medical thriller and a love story about Russian hackers stealing patient information from electronic medical records, and murdering patients for millions of dollars. This fictional murder mystery is set in a real-life, corporate-run urgent care clinic, and vividly reveals the challenges that physicians now face in the current, greed-infected healthcare industry, whose priority is profit over health.
She is also a Certified Professional Coach and serves medical and other professionals working in the impersonal corporate world to find and pursue their passions. She offers individual and group sessions.
Dr. Blaine has been published in medical forums, including KevinMD and Doximity, interviewed by Medscape and the Brazilian newspaper, The Falho de São Paulo, and has been featured in articles in HealthNewsDigest. She continues to work as a physician in the Long Island urgent care medical community on a part-time basis.
She can be reached through her website, DebraBlaine.com.