First….a message from your departing President, Jimmy Hart, departing Vice President Andrea Dorman and myself, your departing Secretary:….
“ Thank you all for allowing us to represent the Richmond Rockets as your board members for 2017. While I, Darlene, have been a member for close to 10 years, Andrea and Jimmy have been members for over 20 years. That alone is a wonderful testament to how dedicated and loyal we all are to the Richmond Rockets. We sincerely wish our new officers much success and we will be available for any guidance and help along the way. It is a lot of work being an officer, and in order to be successful you need everyone’s help. We have all learned a lot along the way, and we encourage every Rocket to become more involved and help this running club reach its full potential. Power in numbers! We are all looking forward to see what 2018 brings! Go Rockets!”
Our December meeting was very well attended and voting for our new Officers for 2018 took place. And if you haven’t already heard through the grapevine, our new officers for 2018 are:
Toby Beigel-Massa President
Lisa Lubarsky Vice President
Ray Butler Secretary
Nancy Wagner Wetzel Treasurer
Male Open Captain Martin LaRrosa
Male Master Captain Tony LaRocca
Female Open Captain Trish Mulligan
Female Master Captain ?
Meeting Place & Time Manor House 7:15PM
Congratulations to our New Officers and thank you!
Nancy gave our treasurers report and we are happy to say that we have enough money in our scholarship fund for the 2018 distribution of scholarships. Trish Mulligan stated that the 2018 scholarship applications are ready to be distributed to all High School coaches. We invited all members of our club that wish to join our scholarship committee to please reach out to any officer. Our committee will be meeting sometime in March to pick our winners. We are always open to hear any suggestions and encourage you get involved, especially if you wish to contribute ways of improving our scholarship efforts.
Holiday Party ~ An invitation for our annual Holiday Party will be emailed shortly…. Lisa Lubarsky reached out to the Old Bermuda Inn and here is some general info….Party will be on Saturday 2/3 from 7:30 to 10:30…Start off with trays of meats and cheeses, followed by pass around hor d’oeuvres, then three hot dishes, salad, cake, wine, beer, soda and coffee. Room for dancing, Price is $50.00 ($5.00 from each ticket goes toward our scholarship fund) 50/50 and possible raffles. So keep an eye out for the invitation. Invite a friend, a perfect way to introduce them to our running club.
Thank you to everyone that came out and helped us score Cosme’s Annual Turkey Trot at Coney Island on 11/19. Thank you Monica & John Leide, Joanne Rosiello, Jimmy Hart, Andrea Dorman, Ray Butler, Nancy Wagner Wetzel, Bozena, Frank Guarino, Darlene Vigliotti and Trish Mulligan. There were 209 entries and even though the rain did stop, the winds made for a very challenging race. Way to go Rockets! Cosme donated $500.00 toward our scholarship fund for scoring this race.
Runner of the Month for November: We would like to celebrate the three Richmond Rocket members that ran their first NYC Marathon…Congrats to Theresa Notaristefano, Jennifer Endozo, and Kyle Keenan. Way to go!
Remember, you can nominate someone you feel deserves to be recognized each month. It doesn’t have to be someone that ran a marathon, it could any Rocket that is giving it their all and trying their best. Nominations can be sent to any officer during the month or at the monthly meetings.
Birthday Celebrations: We wished a very Happy December Birthday to Lisa Lubarsky, Andrea Dorman, Jenn Mariano-Gregorio and Richie Chin!
In closing, remember, this is your club. Get involved, volunteer, come to meetings, support your officers, invite friends….Let us make 2018 Great!
Our next meeting is January 8th 2018 Manor House at 7:15PM. Please try your best to attend and welcome our new officers!
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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.