With the holidays fast approaching, Tuesday's meeting of the Merrick Kiwanis Club at Borelli’s in East Meadow was a busy one. Led by president Cathy O’Malley, the Kiwanians coordinated on plans for a pancake breakfast, their annual holiday food and gift collection project, and their gift wrapping booth at Roosevelt Mall.
Of note was the announcement by O’Malley that at this year’s pancake breakfast, two former Yankees baseball players will appear and sign autographs – including Mickey Rivers. The all-you-can-eat breakfast will be held at Calhoun High School on Nov. 20, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Doug Mills of Printing Emporium discussed the holiday wrapping program at Roosevelt Field Mall, which he said is the club’s single largest fundraiser of the year, and encouraged participation by members. This year the club will be conducting this fundraising activity daily from 11 a.m. at the mall from Dec. 2 to Dec. 15.
Armando D'Accordo, president of CMIT Solutions of South Nassau, updated club members on the status of the Kiwanis holiday drive. More than $300 in cash was been collected. As in previous years, Merrick Kiwanis has spent time collecting food outside local shops, such as Waldbaum’s, Stop & Shop, and A&J Met Market. They collect groceries, toys, and monetary donations to give to families in the Merrick community.
Dr. Steve Perrick and Carla Vultaggio, RN, discussed the issue of Childhood Asthma, the state governor’s project for the year.
Noting that the affliction can lead to lifelong struggles, Kiwanis is emphasizing are encouraging greater awareness of the illness, and such practical measures as providing information to the general public at community events, partnering with local clinics to provide screenings, and donation of both preventive and acute relief items to those potentially suffering from childhood asthma, and in need of them.
Perrick is Long Island South Central Division lieutenant governor for Kiwanis. Vultaggio has been a pediatric nurse at NCMC for nearly two decades.
The next meeting of the Merrick Kiwanis Club will be Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.