Every Saturday – 9AM - SIAC 3 mile fun run - Clove Lake Park
Every Sunday - 9AM- NYRR-Conference House 3 mile run
Every Tuesday 7PM – NYRR – Silver Lake Park 3 Mile Run
Every Tuesday 6PM - Jimmy’s Old School Rocket Run-5 miles
Guest Speaker: Bobby Moore from SI Mid Island Rotary came to promote the Spring Meltdown at Fresh Kills Park on 5/14. All proceeds go to support local non-profit organizations throughout Staten Island. Please make every effort to support this fundraiser that helps our home community. We voted and will be donating $100.00 to this important fundraiser.
We also voted to donate to “Team with a Vision” to show support to our own John Chan and his fellow Rockets guides who will be running the Boston Marathon this month!
Brooklyn Half - Tommy’s Yellow Bus…Pick up@Clove Lake Park @5AM to the Start in Bklyn, then pick up at the finish to take you back to Staten Island. $25.00 check sent directly to Tommy Hart at 81 Beechwood Place, SI, NY 10314 will guarantee you a seat. Limited seating!
By-Laws – The By-laws presented at our February meeting were voted on at this meeting and have been passed. If anyone would like a copy of the by-laws please reach out to me and I will forward you a copy.
Car Magnets and Phone Wallets - $5.00 each. They make great gifts and remember all profits go to our Scholarship Fund. Also a great way to promote our running club!
Incentives to get more Rockets to show up at meetings and local races: Great Idea from Andrea/VP
For every mthly meeting that you attend you will earn 1 point. (beginning with our April meeting)
For every local race you run as a Richmond Rocket, wearing your Rocket apparel, you will earn 2 points.
For every race that you finish first in your age group you will earn 5 points.
For every race that you finish second in your age group you will earn 4 points.
For every race that you finish third in your age group you will earn 3 points.
For every race that you finish first overall in your gender group you will earn 10 points.
Once you have earned 35 points, our team will pay for one entry to your next race (up to $30.00).
We will keep track of all race results and take attendance at each meeting. We will start with local races on Staten Island beginning in April. Remember, you must be registered as a Richmond Rocket and wear your Rocket apparel. We might branch off to include races outside of SI at a later date. Go Rockets!
Rockets Apparel for sale: Jimmy will have on hand at every meeting a selection of Rocket apparel for you to purchase: Pricing: Singlet $25.00, Dry-Fit Tee $15.00, Long Sleeve Dry Fit Tee $25.00, Sweatshirt $25.00. Special: Short Sleeve Dry fit and Long Sleeve Dry fit for $35.00
Remember…wear your Richmond Apparel and earn points!
Post your workouts -Rockets, Running is our private facebook page, and Richmond Rockets is our public facebook page. Include when you are heading out for your run, where you are meeting, approx mileage, and approx pace. It is always more fun to run with friends and safer in numbers.
Website/Scoring equipment. John Chan is looking into updating our present RUNSCORE software ($50.00) and the hard drive on the computer. Also looking into pricing of new software and equipment, like MYLAP, for scoring races but very expensive investment (approx. $6400.) We can rent, but might not be worth it. We do depend on scoring of races to help support our scholarship fund. We presently have two guaranteed races in Brooklyn from our dear friend Cosme, and our Halloween Race, so we feel this is something we should definitely continue. If not, we must find a replacement fundraiser so we can continue to award scholarships each year. Also, looking into a free website to replace our Old Yahoo website, that we are paying for each month. Anyone that can assist John, please reach out to us. Thank you.
Scholarships: This year we received 13 scholarship applications. The scholarship committee met on March 30, hosted by Andrea Dorman, and three winners were selected: Tullis Gardner, MaryKate Drennan & Ariella Garcia. We will invite the winners and their family to our May Meeting. So PLEASE mark your calendars and come to congratulate our winners at our May 1st meeting! Cake will be served!
Runner of the month-. This month we had two nominations. Michael & Cheryl Bergeron on completing the Puerto Rico Iron Man on March 22nd and bringing home 1st place in their team division. Also nominated was Brigid Howley who completed the Forest Avenue Mile in 6:49, placing 3rd in her age group. Congratulations to you all! Please submit your nominations before our monthly meeting and remember it doesn’t always have to the runner that ran a PR or that ran the longest distant, it could be a new runner that is giving it all they got and would appreciate the vote of confidence by being our Runner of the Month.
Birthday Celebrations: No Birthday celebrations in the month of April (or none that we knew about) Having a birthday in May? Please let me know. We would love wish you a Happy Birthday at our May meeting and in our May newsletter.
50/50 - Congratulations to Bozena our lucky winner this month!
Next Meeting: May 1st- Mark your calendar, earn a point, & congratulate our scholarship winners!
Last but not least, please keep John Leide in your thoughts and prayers as he will be undergoing bypass heart surgery this week to correct a major blockage. John is at SIUH-North Room 103 if anyone wishes to visit him. God bless you John, we will all be praying for a successful surgery and speedy recovery!
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!
The Richmond Rockets
Rest In Peace to Our Beloved Richmond Rockets Member: Richard "Richie"Chin
~ 1958 - 2020~
We are still celebrating life...the life of our dear friend and Richmond Rockets team member who recently passed away, Richard Chin. He always wanted to see others happy. Rest In Peace Dear Richie! A message from him via his family shown at his funeral service: " ~LOVE YOUR LIFE: Thank You for making me Rich, as friends and family are priceless. Be happy, smile and laugh, enjoy the journey, and keep on running!~ "
Richard W. Chin, 61, of Rosebank Staten Island, passed away on April 23 2020. A beloved husband, father, brother, family to many, and friend to many - was born in Hong Kong, China in 1958, and moved to Staten Island in 1971. He worked as a Postal supervisor and school safety agent who loved the children at PS 4. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for over 30 years before retiring as a supervisor. After less than two years of retirement, he joined the NYPD as a school safety agent and most recently was assigned to providing security and ensuring the safety of students, faculty and visitors of PS 4 in Arden Heights.
Richard was so kind-hearted and always had a smile on his face, and much laughter! At our Richmond Rockets meetings he was so friendly and always joking with the guys, and at our holiday parties he hit the dance floor running with the best moves - always so happy and energized. He had such life and amazing joy about him. He was an amazing sprint runner at a young age, and one of the fastest as a teenager - winning many running championships. He was an avid runner and bowler, enjoyed dancing, puzzles, games of chance and more importantly, he loved his children at PS 4.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine and children, Justin and Cyndi, as well as surviving siblings Tony, Amy, Gloria and Allen.
A wake was held at Hanley Funeral Home in New Dorp on Friday, May 1 between 2 and 4 p.m. with a memorial service to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Richard's family is accepting contributions towards a memorial plaque at: gofundme.com/f/richard-w-chin-memorial-plaque. Any donation would be greatly appreciated! Our condolences to his family. We are so sad to see our dear friend and family member pass away, and will remember the best memories with him as we celebrate his life.
COVID-19: Breakthrough Recovery Story by Richmond Rockets Member: Dr. Francesco Rotatori
Update:Due to his recent staff leadership and front-line assistance with COVID-19 affected patients, Richmond Rockets team member and hospital hero Dr. Francesco Rotatori recently received a promotion at Richmond University hospital in Staten Island - his new role at RUMC is Chief of Cardiology. Congratulations Dr. Rotatori for everything you have done for the community and patients!
Dr. Francesco Rotatori is not only a Richmond Rockets team member, but he is an Interventional Cardiologist at Richmond University hospital here in Staten Island. Dr. Rotatori was recently featured on ABC News Nightline Television during the crisis, as he and his amazing staff members rescued a COVID-19 female patient, who improved dramatically at The Richmond University Hospital. The patient, Edwina Cain, faced breathing problems and recovered in 3 days on a ventilator, improving quickly. At her time at the hospital, she expressed her gratitude and thanks to Dr. Rotatori and staff to with a dance and cheer. Dr. Roratori and his team also inspired Edwina to begin her medical studies in pursuit to become a hero and work in a hospital. Congratulations to her survival and fight against COVID-19, and thank you to all the doctors and nurses that risk their lives each and every day, including Dr. Francesco Rotatori and his miracle staff!
Hi friends! As you have heard on the news, the Corona Virus has reached NYC area, including Staten Island. Please keep yourself and your loved ones safe by following the safety protocols in this link here - provided by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the leading national public health institute of the United States):https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
We wish our best to our running community: In light of the recent news around COVID-19, PPTC would like to remind all members that the most successful runner is a healthy runner. Please use your best judgment when deciding to join groups runs and activities over the next few weeks.
- If you don't feel well, or suspect you've been in contact with someone who may have contracted the virus, please stay home and take care of yourself.
- Be diligent about washing your hands. If you cough, sneeze, or need to wipe your nose, avoid using your hands.
- If you have any respiratory or autoimmune issues, please consult your doctor.