Past News


October 2019 News

Date: October 23, 2019
From: Katie Bliss
To: JFK Rotary Club members
Subject: Installation Dinner\Paul Harris Award-Thank you!!

Well, I have to say that I am in awe of this group. We had an amazing night at Remy’s for the Installation of the 2019/2020 Board and the Paul Harris Awards.

If you were there, I hope you felt the same energy, love and support in the room that I did.

I would like to offer a big Thank You to Remy for closing his new restaurant for our event. That’s not an easy thing to do when trying to re-establish yourself in a neighborhood. I think everyone was happy to re-connect with Remy.

Joe Morra did a great job at being the MC of the night, no one keeps it fun and moving right along like Joe. He’s available for a small fee for any of your events, I will be taking a cut of course as a managers fee!

Reverend Dabee delivered a moving invocation, remembering the leadership of Joe Badamo from the Air Cargo Association who passed away last week. Being a leader is never easy, but Joe was a great role model to the community with a big generous heart.

Dennis Klainberg, a past president of the JFK Rotary Club, was kind enough to perform the installation of our board. Dennis is a true Rotarian, service above self!

Sonia Saleh, immediate past president, honored Clorinda Antonucci, Tammy Card, Nancy Esposito and Tony Quinn with Paul Harris Awards. They all so deserved it. we were also able to surprise Sonia with a plaque thanking her for her years of leadership to our club.

Then the Hicksville Rotary Club with Dave Sharma came out to support our Installation and provided the club with a check for $500 that we will use towards the Kids Party on 12/10. That was so unexpected and totally appreciated. That club does amazing projects that benefit many communities within the district. We can learn a lot from them.

So we did a 50/50! We raised $800 total, well just WOW! Kathleen Petit won the raffle and GAVE IT ALL BACK TO US!!! That was so generous, and we are so grateful!

DH2 sponsored the cocktail hour, thank you Mike and Nancy.

Thank you for everyone that came out. We missed those of you who could not have been there. See you at the next event, our dinner meeting at Vetro 11/6 5PM. Bring a friend! The food at Vetro is amazing and we’re fun!

All the photos are on Flickr. Please visit our Flickr page to view over 80 photographs taken at this event. Below are some sample photographs.

Whew… I hope I didn’t miss any details. Thank you for all of your support and well wishes!

JFK Airport Rotary Club President

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To Rotarians: Please see an important note regarding our Calendar of Events.

September 2019 News

A note to our members from our new incoming President:

Our Lunches are at Building 14 JFK Admin building at noon.

September 18th: Main Conference Room
October 16th: Conference Room D
November 20th: Conference Room D

We have an Installation Dinner coming up soon, on October 21, 2019!

[Update: We had a fantastic time! Please see October News for photos from the Installation Dinner.]

August 2019 News

Letter from our departing JFK Rotary Club president (2018-2019):

It’s already the end of summer but not the end of our appreciation for your support of our 10th Annual Ladies Golf and Spa Outing.

The weather was beautiful, our location was beautiful, and the laughter was beautiful. The women had a wonderful time, which is always our goal. It was our first time at Cold Spring Country Club and our first time to have an Event Sponsor, Swissport.

Your support and sponsorship benefited several Rotary charities; chief among them this year is GOL, Gift of Life. Gift of Life is a Rotarian-based organization that has evolved over the past 4 decades into a global network of caring. Our traditional model for providing care to children with heart disease from emerging countries was to bring one child at a time to the United States for treatment. For the first 30 years of our existence, this was our primary means of providing hope to children who were not able to receive treatment in their country of birth.

You are making a difference by supporting the JFK Rotary Club! Thank you!


Sonia Saleh

THANK YOU to the following sponsors:

EVENT SPONSOR: Swissport / GOLD SPONSORS: Airway, CLPA, IAT Terminal 4, Worldwide Flight Services, URW / SILVER SPONSORS: VRH, Taste on the Fly, Mar Air, Royal Waste Services, Work & Roll / HOLE IN ONE: Donnelly Mechanical, Airway, CLPA / APPAREL: DH2 / BEVERAGE CARTS: TWA, Sheltair, Global Elite / DINNER: HMS Host, Children of Hope, Hudson Group, API, City Medical / GOLF BALLS: LMN Printing, Steve Carbone / PHOTOS: Metropolitan Airport News / PHOTO BOOTH: Fresh Face Photo Booth.

July 2019 News

We had an amazing time at our Ladies Golf Outing & Spa Day that took place on Monday, July 15th, 2019!

We have over 300 photos (including photobooth shots!) to show how much fun we had – Photo Gallery. Here are some from the gallery:

If you missed out, we hope you’ll join us next year!

June 2019 News

Our Ladies Golf Outing & Spa Day is on Monday, July 15th, 2019!

Information and registration form can be found here (pdf) You can also register online.

Come join us, ladies!

May 2019 News

Presenting a donation to Achilles International Queens, from the proceeds of the JFK 5K Rotary Run. Wendy Phaff, President, accepted it on behalf of Achilles International Queens. Their mission is to enable people with disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics in order to promote personal achievement, enhance self-esteem and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life.

L to R: Gabi Sarmiento, board member – Wendy Phaff, President of Achilles – Sonia Saleh, President JFK Rotary – Frank McIntyre, Treasurer.

April 2019 News

We had an incredible time at our annual fundraiser JFK Runway Run on April 14th!

A hearty THANK YOU to our sponsors, volunteers, timekeeper, participants, and spectators (in no particular order) for making this event another success. This has been going on, continuously, since 1972 and would never have been possible every single year without these wonderful folks’ help and involvement. Thank you!

Photos and a video of the race can be found on our race’s photo gallery page. Here are some of them:

February 2019 News

Here’s a video from our Children’s Christmas party! Enjoy.

January 2019 News

Exciting news! Our annual JFK Runway Run event will take place on April 14th, 2019! For more information, visit our JFK Runway Run page. (The website has moved to a page on this website – – so please update your bookmarks and links accordingly.)

December 2018 News

Kids who attended our annual Kids Christmas Party (December 4th, 2018) were thrilled to pieces when they saw Santa and Mrs. Claus emerge out of a jetBlue airplane in the hangar! Some Disney princesses – such as Elsa from “Frozen” – were in attendance too. Face-painting was offered. They all posed for photos and gave out gifts. It was obvious the children had the time of their lives which was the greatest gift us adults could ever get. HUGE Thanks to the sponsors that made this happen! Visit our photo gallery for photos taken at this event.

November 2018 News

Our November 6th Dinner Party to recognize and honor Ted Walters and many of our members was fabulous! Everyone had a great time. Photos of this event are available on our photo gallery. Here are some of the photos from it:

October 2018 News

Join us on November 6 as we thank Ted Walters of jetBlue for his support. We will also be recognizing long-standing members of Rotary:

Rudy Auslander – Steve Carbone – Brian Early – Cheryl Jones – Dennis Klainberg – John Mangano – Frank McIntyre – Joe Morra – Jane Mrsoko – Verdia Noel – Tony Quinn – Robbyn Stewart

At Crowne Plaza JFK – $45.00 per person. 5:00pm – Cash bar, 6:00pm to 8:30pm – Dinner. RSVP by November 1 Thursday to Jennifer Alcazar – or Frank McIntyre – .

Congratulations to Dennis Klainberg receiving a certificate for completion of Rotary International Leadership Training!

August 2018 News

We had a fun summer get-together of JFK Rotary Club members at the beautiful Bayhouse in Rosedale, NY on August 22, 2018!

Enjoy these photos. Click and scroll to see a larger image.

July 2018 News

A wonderful time was enjoyed by all at our JFK Rotary Club Ladies Golf Outing/Spa Day!

It took place on July 9th, 2018 at the Lawrence Country Club in Lawrence, NY.

Here are some photos from that day. Click and scroll to see a larger image. Enjoy!