As the year comes to a conclusion, we must take a moment to reflect upon those who have given of their time, their talent, their emotional support or financial support! There is no way that we could have hoped for a future at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck if we did not have this support.
A great big thank you from the bottom of our hearts goes out to all the Rotaries who fed the campers and staff last summer. Special thanks goes to all of the folks who supported our fundraising efforts and even added their own. We also want to thank the Squaws, the Fuoco family and friends and the Annual Golf Outing, and Katie Fuoco for the fabulous video that she toiled to create for our website! Thanks to The Port Jefferson and Rocky Point Rotaries for their tireless efforts on our behalf. Thanks also to the Williston Park Rotary for their green thumbs and for keeping us in fresh veggies for the last several years! That means you, Angela and Larry! Thanks go out to Lillian Lennon and her vision of a memorial garden for campers who have passed away … and, sadly enough, we have added three more angels to the list this year.
Special thanks to the Shapiro family, who, in their time of loss, seemed to make some sense of things by looking to generate funds for the camp in the name of their sister Jodi. Fraternities from both Suffolk County Community College and The Honor Society from Stony Brook University also helped to either beautify the camp or assist in fundraising endeavors. Recognition must be given to the Patrons, a group formed to support the camp’s mission, from the first successful fundraiser they undertook, Casino Night, to whatever lies ahead. Thanks also to the Seatuck Rotary for several donations to our recreational supplies and for helping out the Patrons on Casino Night and at the Duck BBQ. Kudos to the Friends of Bradstock, who have donated $30,000 during the three years that I have been here.
A big heartfelt thanks goes to the Knights of Pythius, a fraternal organization that has supported our campers for two seasons now with scholarships to offset the camp’s fees. The Sherriff’s Department of Suffolk County helped us tremendously to repair and rebuild parts of the cabins.
It never fails to amaze me how Rotarians find the time for the support of this camp! I realize that Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is a small portion of the selfless work that is offered to causes all over the world. Yet, when you are here or when you have offered monetary assistance to the camp in one way or another, you make the camp staff feel that the work we do is so very important and significant. Your time invested here is such a fine example to the youth that witness your selfless acts.
Over the past year, I have gotten to know many faces in Rotary. If we have had the honor of meeting personally, I certainly hope that I thanked you in person for all that you do. If we have not met, I do hope in the coming months and years that we will.
As they say in my ancestral language at this time of year, “Hollaig Shona Dhuit.” If you are not familiar with Gaelic, it expresses well wishes for the season to you!
Peace to you and yours,