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Board & Committee Meeting Schedule 2018- 2019

JFK Bellmore  Room 136   Held at 7:00PM

 Upcoming Meeting Schedule

Monday November 26, 2018

Monday January 28, 2019

Monday February 25, 2019

Monday March 25, 2019

Monday April 29, 2019

Monday June 3, 2019


Bring a fellow alumni to a meeting with you !!

 April 29, 2019


7:05 PM Meeting was called to order.

Attendance: Matt Kuschner, Steve Wunderlich, Mark Meyerwitz,

Gary Morganstern, Dr. Joe Etzel and Bob Pizz.

Gerry Owenburg and Vince Pisano

On phone: Eileen Connolly and Ron Steiger

Hall of Fame update: who is attending from Board? 5 people so far.

Presentations for honorees was discussed and who might speak for whom.

Tables and seating was discussed

235 people are expected may be up to 250.

Reviewed what has to be done and input.

Matt will induct Seth Pitlake and others

Bob Dr. Pappas and others

Mark Steve and another.

Gary and Dr. Etzel and more were discussed.

Next was participation of discussion of ways to add new members.

Also a focus on looking for more women and getting everyone an

important voice and responsibilities.

Expanding roles.

Goals for 2020, fund-raising thru events and Reunion events.

The Poppe courtyard is moving along at a good pace.

Matt updated us on Facebook and sees an increase in members who

graduated after 2010.

We need to again open up all board positions for new candidates

and vote on all board positions. After the Hall of Fame this Saturday

that moves to the forefront.

Mark went over the finances and the money coming in for tickets to HOF.

Steve says site is all good. Will be running a lot of Hall of Fame pictures

and stories after Saturday.

Dr. Etzel is looking forward as a new member, to add his expertise and help

with next year's health fair and has helped students interested in his field.

Meeting adjourned at 8:02 PM

March 25, 2019






March 25, 2019  7:00 p.m.

1.     Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:03pm

2.     Attendance

Gwen Rosenberg, Gerard Owenburg, Vincent Pisano, Steven Wunderlich, Mark Meyerwitz, Matt Kushner, Bob Pizzimenti

3.     President’s Report

In Gary’s absence, Bob provided the report. The Career Fair is scheduled for 4/11/19 from 6-8pm. The volunteers are Gary, Bob, Gwen, and Beth and hoping more can attend.

There will be information regarding the Hall of Fame dinner with ticket information for staff as well as brick order forms.

Mr. Owenburg has a database for retired faculty that he can make available. Dr. Etzel, a Hall of Fame inductee joined us last week. In order to attract new members, we need to publicize events and minutes on the website and Facebook. Notices of JFK Alumni meetings are sent monthly. In order to coordinate all the school activities with alumni activities, Gary will be cc’d on all parent emails. Mr. Owenburg also mentioned how the Alumni can be more involved in person; an email was set up with Mr. Pisano where the Alumni will be able to see all the events that are scheduled at the school in order for the Alumni to have a representative present at an event if possible. The JFK Alumni will also try to deliver more emails to alumni to help them connect with events going on at the school.

Mr. Owenburg reported that spring sports have started as well as rehearsals for the spring musical, and a spelling bee play with audience participation. The school also had a successful class night and the kids really enjoyed it. April 9 is the Fashion Show, 4/13 is the Run/Walk 5K “No Place for Hate” open to the community. Mark asked about an update on the courtyard project, discussion is pending Gary’s input. College night this year will take place at JFK. The next year Alumni day is scheduled for 12/18/19.

There will be a new Senior Experience Program at the school for the upcoming year. Periods 7, 8, and 9 will be taken as an internship. There will be criteria that will have to be met in order to participate. This year there are 35 students that are participating in the Senior Experience. Last year there were more than 55 students. The school administrators will be looking for businesses for the seniors to work with.

4.     Social Media Report

Matt reported that he continues to post on Facebook and all people who want ot join the alumni Facebook have been validated. Facebook is in “good standing” and so is Instagram. Matt asked if the Alumni Association is paying for the Board to attend the HOF dinner. Bob asked what other alumni associations do, and most do pay for it. This topic will be continued through an email to the group.

The Board also discussed covering the cost of HOF tickets to a nominee and family in need. Discussion ensued regarding establishing a policy regarding families in need of financial assistance.

The School message board is working well, as well as the new scoreboard on the football and baseball fields. Steve added that the JFK website shouldn’t be used for correspondence. The school will be promoting the HOF event on the message board.

Mark presented a power point presentation created by Rachel Kanner, a JFK Alumni as a tribute to Ms. Poppe. It was an outstanding presentation

5.     Treasurer’s Report

Mark reported that finances are status quo. Insurance premiums were paid. Ron will be getting copies of checks received for the HOF journal. Ron reported that he sold the back cover of the HOF Program.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:10pm.

Minutes Recorded by Bob Pizzimenti

Submitted by Beth Josephson

Recording Secretary


November 5, 2018,  7:00 p.m. 




1.      Call to Order

 The meeting was called to order at 7:03pm

2.      Attendance

 Gwen Rosenberg, Beth Josephson, Maury Josephson, Ian Josephson, Vincent Pisano, Steven Wunderlich, Mark Meyerowitz, Bonnie Michelman, Gary Morganstern, Bob Pizzimenti

3.      President’s Report

 The design for the courtyard is taking shape with plans for it to be used by all classes and concerts. The goals is for it to be used as a focal point of the school. The dedication is scheduled for the spring of 2019.

Eileen Connolly wrote a letter to the families who donated to the ASAR project and the plaque dedication ceremony is scheduled for 11/30/18 at 1:30pm. The plaque will be presented to the families who donated a total of $25,000 which will be the first private donation in the history of the school.

The Hall of Fame Event is scheduled for May 4, 2019 at the Coral House. The nominees are coming in and it will be a very exciting event. All nominations should be submitted to Eileen by 11/30/18.

 Gary is proposing an Ispin fundraiser possibility to raise $6000 for the courtyard.

 A synopsis of the Board meetings will also be posted on social media.

 4.      Vice Principal Report

 Mr. Pisano appreciates the Board’s move from the Tuesday to Monday meeting in order for administration to attend meetings. The next JFK Board meetings will be included on the JFK calendar: 1/28, 2/25, 3/25, 4/29, 5/20. The Board meetings will remain on Mondays moving forward.

5.      Treasurer’s Report

 Mark reviewed the 2017 Alumni book and the issues of the emails. Discussion also took place regarding future fundraising efforts.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:08pm.



Submitted by Beth Josephson

Recording Secretary


June 26 2018- Minutes


Hi fellow Alumni,

We had the last meeting of the school year this week. It got off to a great start

with a surprise visit from Wayne Raso the new PTA President. We were so happy
to meet Wayne and have him join right in. His energy and insight was terrific. We all
look forward to working together to help our current students and school. Ms. Connolly
was also at the meeting and as always her guidance and leadership help us stay on point
and keep us on the right path.

Other topics discussed were the ASR program and plans about that project targeted for
September. The arrival of the bricks at the school Monday,for the Poppe Courtyard project.

The alumni lead by Dr. Gary Morganstern continue to raise money through donations for the
ongoing support of this project.

We discussed all our social media, updating plans for the website specifically and continuing

plans for Facebook and the other social media outlets. With Wayne we discussed reaching out

To Sports Boosters and other clubs to coordinate future fund raising ideas. This included what
merchandise they sell and at what events. We discussed what have historically been successful
ventures and ideas to support PTA and Booster organizations. We maintain our willingness to

assist these organizations in any way we can.

Lastly we discussed the Hall of Fame. Typically we have held that event every other year. As you
would expect, a great deal goes into the planning of such an event. We hope existing members
reach out as well to help us support these wonderful nights. We agreed to set up a meeting for 
August to plan and discuss all the items involved.

Lastly I want to thank Wayne Raso again for coming down to our meeting. He set a terrific
example of what can be accomplished by just coming to one meeting. We reach out to all 
alumni to feel welcome to attend any of our meetings coming up in the new school year.

Thank you all for your continued support and keep an eye on our website and Facebook to follow

what we at the Alumni Association are working on.

Best to all

JFK Alumni Board




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Membership,  Hall of Fame,  Fundraising,  Alumni Clothing
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