Toby Biegel-Massa & Lisa Lubarsky welcomed everyone to their first meeting as the new leadership of the Rockets
Thank you Darlene Vigliotti for taking the minutes.
-Rocket application – newly added- walkers $25 and seniors over 60 -$20
**(2 new members joined)
-Rocket Apparel has been discounted to empty out so eventually we will get new apparel with a new logo shared by Lisa (she is working with a graphic designer).
-We also have magnets & wallets to sell for $5 (good PR for the team)
-The incentive point program (to get a free entry into a race) is back for our members- handed out at meeting and will email to all.
-Handouts were given out of revised amendments to the existing Bylaws specifically pertaining to membership and election proceedings. Voting to accept these amendments will be voted at the next meeting.
The (FREE) Mile Marker Grand Prix run series at the Ocean Breeze Complex will be taking place on Thursday evenings starting at 7PM from January-March (1mile, 1/2mile, or 2-mile heats)-check out website oceanbreezenyc.org for further details if interested.
A vote was put out for master’s women captain since neither of the original ladies on the ballot accepted . Trish Mulligan said she will switch to the master’s woman captain and Teresa Notarostefano accepted the open women’s captain. Members agreed to the vote.
Scholarships: All applications have been distributed to all high school track coaches. Deadline to completed applications is March 1st. The scholarship committee will meet sometime in mid -March to select our winners.
Lisa told us about a good incentive to get active and join a gym. The JCC is offering a 10% discount on a yearly membership and a 5% on a monthly membership if you mention you are a member of the Richmond Rockets. (The no enrollment fee will be waived if you sign up by Jan 21)
Our Holiday Party on Feb 3rd was brought up by Lisa to remind everyone the monies are due now or you will be charged an extra $10 at the door. The menu was discussed and she encouraged members to bring family and friends -a great way to introduce others to our wonderful running club. **Dario Endozo will be providing the music.
Lisa also spoke about organizing group runs-calling them launch pads-1st one Sat Jan 20th at Richmond Avenue & Richmond Hill Road – (Duane Reade parking lot) 2.5 miles or 5 miles. We are looking to have these launch pad runs all over the Island.
Training runs were brought up for anyone looking to do races (half/full marathons even triathlons) Info will be posted in upcoming newsletters.
We have a free webpage for Richmond Rockets. (firstname.lastname@example.org) John Chan has offered to update for us. Space is limited to what we can put on. We have a private facebook page for members only (Rockets Running) Please advise if you need to be added. We also have an open facebook page open to everyone (Richmond Rockets).
**Tommy Hart said he will being getting a bus for the Brooklyn Half-Race Date- (Sat May 19, 2018 )-he said it sells out fast-registration opens up on Jan 31st at noon. Details will follow for anyone interested in going on the bus.
Nominations for Runner of the Month for December were put out to vote.
The (2) winners are:
Nancy Wagner-Wetzel-ran the Jingle Bell 5k in Long Island, NY-came in 1st place in her age group-time 29:04
Tommy Hart-ran the Midnight Run NYC 4 miler in a time of 46:34
Birthdays in January-Jeff Benjamin -Jan 15th
50/50 was called
Rocket Race incentive point program for free entry into SI races-make sure you put next to your name on the attendance sheet at the meetings.
Monthly meeting showup-1 pt.
If you run a Staten Island Race and wear the Rocket shirt, you get 2 pts
1st place age group at race-5 pts
2nd place age group at race-4 pts
3rd place age group at race-3 pts
1st overall in gender group -10 pts
Group training runs -if show up-1 pt
Any other race outside Staten Island-1 pt
Volunteers for each of Cosme’s Race-5 pts
When you earn 35 pts -the Rockets will pay the entry (up to $30) into a SI race of your choosing
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.