Members Information

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Information for Prospective Members

Rotarians are business and professional leaders who take an active role in their communities while greatly enriching their personal and professional lives. A Rotary club contains a diverse group of professional

leaders from the community that the club serves.

Membership in a Rotary club offers a number of benefits, including:

Effecting change within the community.

Developing leadership skills.

Gaining an understanding of — and having an impact on — international humanitarian issues.

Developing relationships with community and business leaders.

Through Rotary’s service programs, a Rotary club can have a significant effect on the quality of life in its community. Rotary Foundation programs offer opportunities to form international partnerships that help people in need worldwide. Some 1.2 million Rotarians in 30,000 clubs in more than 160 countries make significant contributions to the quality of life at home and around the globe.

Responsibilities of Membership

Rotary club membership carries with it certain responsibilities.

Members are expected to attend weekly programs of the club. Opportunities to make up attendance include attending the regular meeting of another Rotary club, attending various other Rotary meetings, or attending a club service project authorized by the club board of directors.

Members are required to pay annual dues to their clubs, their districts, and to Rotary International.

Members are expected to participate in local or international activities or projects of the Rotary club.

Clubs encourage members to aspire to leadership or committee roles within their clubs.

Benefits of Rotary

Rotary membership provides the opportunity to:

become connected to your community;

work with others in addressing community needs;

interact with other professionals in your community;

assist with RI’s international humanitarian service efforts;

establish contacts with an international network of professionals;

develop leadership skills;

involve family in promoting service efforts.

Becoming a Rotarian

An association of some 30,000 autonomous clubs in more than 160 countries, Rotary International is one of the world’s largest service organizations. The goal for a club’s membership is an up-to-date and progressive representation of the community’s business, vocational, and professional interests.

An important distinction between Rotary and other organizations is that membership in Rotary is by invitation. Rotary clubs invite individuals to join and become members.

Membership is vital to a Rotary club’s operations and community service activities. A primary goal of the club is to continually expand the club with committed members who have the interest and ability to get involved in service and humanitarian projects. Prospective members must:

hold — or be retired from — a professional, proprietary, executive, or managerial position;

have the capacity to meet the club’s weekly attendance or community project participation requirements;

live or work within the locality of the club or the surrounding area.

The Membership Process

Often a person being considered for membership is invited by a member/sponsor to attend one or more club meetings to learn more about Rotary. The sponsor may then submit the name of the candidate to the club’s membership committee.

An individual who is interested in membership but doesn’t know any Rotarians can contact the local club directly. Some Rotary clubs maintain an office and may be listed in your telephone directory. Other resources include a Rotary club in an adjoining community, the local chamber of commerce, the public library, or other non-profit service organizations.

Classifications: professional representation Rotary uses a classification system to establish and maintain a vibrant cross-section or representation of the community’s business, vocational, and professional interests among members and to develop a pool of resources and expertise to successfully implement service projects. This system is based on the founders’ paradigm of choosing cross-representation of each business, profession, and institution within a community.

A classification describes either the principal business or the professional service of the organization that the Rotarian works for or the Rotarian’s own activity within the organization. Some examples of classifications include: high schools, universities, eye surgery, banking, pharmaceutical-retailing, petroleum-distribution, and insurance agency.

The 4-Way Test

From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The 4-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy. This 24-word code of ethics for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The 4-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions:

Of the things we think, say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Rotary Club of Hicksville – Jericho

P.O. Box 435
Hicksville, NY 11802
Founding Members

Founding Members – 1951

Charles Barvels Vito Cappiello Bert Cove George Dalton John DeMonaco
Wesley Giese James Goris John Hill Al John Martin McDonnell
William Payoski Herbert Purick George Rubin Raymond Rusch Louis Smith
Current Members
  • Amonon Ben Aroya

  • Jim Grossman

    Office Machines
    (516) 935-1401

  • Gerry Poli


  • Kevin Asher

    Valley National Bank
    (631) 271-5900

  • Thomas Howell

    Nassau County Police Department
    100 Community Drive
    Manhasset, NY
    (516) 573-665

  • Donna Rivera-Downey

    Girl Scouts of Nassau County
    110 Ring Rd. West
    Garden City, NY. 11530
    (516) 741-2550 x260

  • Dr. James Bentson

    161 Levittown PKWY
    Hicksville, NY 11801
    (516) 931-1177

  • Enino Latini

  • Dr. Peter Rocco

    161 Levittown Pkwy
    Hicksville, NY. 11801
    516) 931-1177

  • Dr. Irwin E. Gross

    Senior Active

  • William Schuckmann

    Hicksville Water District Retired
    Hicksville fire dept.
    Hicksville, NY. 11801

  • Elizabeth

    Hicksville Public Library

Past Presidents

Past Presidents

1951-52 Al Johns 1952-53 Dr. James Gross
1953-54 Louis Smith 1954-55 Wesley Giese
1956-57 Herbert Purick 1957-58 William Payoski
1958-59 John Hill 1959-60 Dr. Samuel Elkind
1960-61 Aaron Rochman 1961-62 Freeman L. Parr
1962-63 John Dobson 1963-64 Peter Amoroso
1964-65 Martin McDonnell 1965-66 Gordon Cottrill
1966-67 Louis Cesta 1967-68 Herman Kanfer
1968-69 Hans Kaufman 1969-70 William Belmar
1970-71 Dr, Irwin E. Gross 1971-72 Christian Mazur
1972-73 Robert Walton 1973-74 Myron Steinberg
1974-75 William Buchman 1975-76 Joseph DePaola
1976-77 Frederick Stanwise 1978-79 Edward J. Johnson
1979-80 Winfried Piechutzki 1980-81 Joseph Trebitz
1981-82 Paul M. Martin, Jr. 1982-83 Arthur Pettorino
1983-84 William Howarth 1984-85 Harry Peltz
1985-86 Elie Zambaka 1986-87 Dr. Peter J. Rocco
1987-88 Al Levine 1988-89 Fred Meyer
1989-90 August Cassella 1990-91 Thomas McConnon
1991-92 James Grossman 1992-93 Thomas Howell
1993-94 John Komara 1994-95 Dr. Ronald Platt
1995-96 Alba Spinelli 1996-97 Peter Mihalik
1997-98 Daniel T. Reilly 1998-99 Ellen Bruwer
1999-00 Rev. David Shek 2000-01 Jan Yngstrom
2001-02 William Schuckmann 2002-03 Dr. James Benston
2003-04 Kevin Asher 2004-05 David Lee
2005-06 Jo Ellen Cole 2006-07 William Schuckmann
2007-08 Jane Reich 2008-09 Donna Rivera-Downey
2009-10 Jo Ellen Cole 2010-11 Gerry Poli
2011-12 2012-13 Dr. James Benston
Paul Harris Fellows

The Rotary Club of Hicksville – Jericho

is proud to recognize the following members as Paul Harris Fellows.

Keven Asher Dr. James Bentsen Ellen Bruwer Jo Ellen Cole
Ernest DeMarco Irwin Gross Thomas Howell Robert Kluck
David Lee Peter Milhalik Harry Petlz Daniel Reilly
Peter Rocco Donna Rivera – Downey William Schuckmann David Shek
Alba Spinelli Stephanie Sokenis Jan Yngstrom Jane Reich
New Members

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