What’s new and exciting with East End Women’s Network?
- Congratulations to Rosemarie Dios, our 2016 Woman of the Year!
- We’re also happy to announce that our bylaws amendments were passed UNANIMOUSLY!
- We’re looking for volunteer committee members to help with various operational tasks of EEWN. If you’d like to help with our e-newsletter, scholarship committee, publicity, member sign-ins, or any other tasks please see Helen Minieri-Stacy at the next meeting to let her know.
RSVP to save your seat and help us celebrate our 2016 Woman of the Year!
One look at Rose’s accomplishments and it’s easy to understand why she is so worthy of this award. In addition to her outstanding, award winning, work as a financial planner, she has been involved in several community organizations to help those around her, from helping immigrant families find financial security to supporting women with body image issues, and encouraging teens to start and maintain healthy lifestyles.
Rose’s positive outlook on life is infectious, and despite the setbacks she faced in her own life, she remains a beacon of hope, help and happiness.
The East End Women’s Network will honor Rose at the May 25th regular meeting. The location will be announced shortly. We hope you will join us as we celebrate this 2016 Woman of the Year.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: To Be Determined
$45 for members with an RSVP before 4pm on April 18, 2016,
$50 for non-members & those without RSVP. Price includes dinner.
You’re encouraged to bring colleagues but be sure to RSVP to save your seat.
East End Women’s Network Awarded Scholarships to three local high school seniors, June meeting included scholarship presentation and board elections
RIVERHEAD, NY – The East End Women’s Network (EEWN) awarded college scholarships of one thousand dollars ($1,000) each to three high school seniors during their Wednesday, June 17th membership meeting at Birchwood of Polish Town Restaurant in Riverhead.
Each year the East End Women’s Network awards college scholarships to local young women selected by the organizations scholarship committee. Due to their successful fundraising efforts over the last few years, the network has been able to increase the award to the current amount of one thousand dollars for all three award recipients.
This year EEWN received over forty-five college scholarship applications. As part of the application procedure each young woman submitted an essay discussing “What makes a leader” and the scholarship recipients recited their essays at the June awards event. This year’s college scholarship recipients were Adrianna Lawson of Mattituck, Theresa Bender of Shoreham, and Julia Saccamano of Southold.
As they read their essays, each scholarship recipient offered her own insightful perspective on leadership. Adrianna Lawson, who works Amano in Mattituck, is actively involved in her schools art clubs and wishes to pursue a career in the arts, said “Being president [of a club] does not automatically make you a leader, what you do with that sense of responsibility and privilege to inspire others to be great is what makes someone a leader.” She added “Everyone has a leader inside of them; it’s just a matter of unleashing it for everyone to see.”
Similarly, Theresa Bender said “The job of a leader is to guide the members of the group along a path that makes each person feel valued and important and that enables the common goal to be achieved.” Bender, who has had the opportunity to intern at Brookhaven National Lab when not working as a referee at children’s soccer games, aspires to pursue a career in aerospace or aeronautical engineering.
Julia Saccamano, who works at Southold Free Library and is an accomplished musician, volunteers her time at First Presbyterian Church and writes book reviews for the Cutchogue Library. “Others can write and represent but there is always someone who is needed to operate in the background and lead.” Said Saccammano – referring to her leadership role as editor of her school newspaper. Julia intends to major in Chemical Engineering.
Following the scholarship award presentations, The East End Women’s Network also held their annual elections for their Board of Directors for the 2015/2016 year. The newly elected and re-elected board members were then sworn-in by Southold Town Councilwoman Jill Doherty.
Due to the organizations term limits, former Vice President Helen Minieri Stacy succeeded Jennifer Maertz as President of EEWN as Maertz moves into the honorary board position of President Emeritus after serving as President of since 2013.
Additional board members elected on Wednesday night include: Vice President, Judy McCleery; Secretary, Sharon Hogan; Treasurer, Irene Damato; Membership Chair, Julie Ott; Program Chair, Carolyn Walter; Publicity Chair, Melanie McEvoy; Newsletter Chair, Kathleen Hendrickson; E-Chair, Megan Heckman; Nominating Chair, Carolyn London; and Director’s-at-Large, Gia Heeg, Annelle Lewis, and Maryjane Raynor.
Photo credit: Judy McCleery of Vivid Visions Photo-Graphics