SeniorNet Holds Tenth Annual Meeting at Cinema Arts Centre
Special thanks go to Karen Boorshtein, FSL President and CEO. Karen opened
the meeting with a short overview of SeniorNet's beginning and
announced the founding members to be honored.
On Monday, October 26, 2009,
Huntington-based SeniorNet at Family Service League celebrated "Ten
years of service to the Community" at its Annual Meeting at The
Cinema Arts Centre by honoring its founders especially the five who
are still actively contributing their services. Karen
Boorshtein, FSL's President and CEO honored the five active
row: Nick DeFlorio, Slava Vero
row: Don Stone, Helen Morris, Eric Vero
DeFlorio is a founding member and is active as a teacher and head of
the speaker's bureau.
Vero is a founding member who was the first historian and development
coordinator. Now she is co-coordinator of the Learning Center; serves
on the FSL Board of Directors and SeniorNet National Chairman's
Don Stone is the founding member of the membership committee and is
the current chairperson.
Morris is a founding member, is active as recording secretary and
formerly was the publicity committee chairperson.
Vero is the founding member of the lab coordinating team and
nationalgrid Donation & Refurbishing Project coordinator.
are one of SeniorNet's outstanding success stories and while our
success is owed to many people, the following were key:
idea for an FSL Computer Learning Center went nowhere until Phyllis
Haber, Family Service League Vice President, got hold of it. She
overcame many obstacles and laid the groundwork for the first
volunteer group, which included Don Weidman.
was a man of vision, kindness and respect for others. Under his
leadership, the founding group laid the groundwork for future
success of SeniorNet would not be complete without adding the names
of Julia Higgs, Irene Nordin and Carole Klee who were instrumental in
achieving today's success.
10th anniversary was being celebrated with other original founding
members that have returned for this milestone: Dick Rubinstein,
Dennis Hansen, Shirley Levitt, Monte Ginsberg, and Bobbie and Ken
Peterson. And last but not least - Phyllis Haber, the force that
brought us together, and Larry Daniels, FSL Operation Director who
helped design and install the first computer lab.
celebration could not be complete without reading some letters
written by former founding members that could not be with us for this
deeply regret that I will not be able to attend the 10th Annual
Meeting. Please give my warmest greetings to all who remember
the early days and my congratulations to all who nurtured our infant
SeniorNet and have built it into what it has become today.
wishes for your continued success and growth." - Dave
Bushnell, a founding member
in at the Senior Net Learning Center web site every now and then has
shown the fantastic progress you and the other volunteers have made.
The first meeting we had ten years ago often comes to mind. Meeting
an extraordinary group of God's people who were always willing to
give generously of themselves was a high point for me. It was an
honor to Co-Chair the group with Don Weidman who I quickly came to
respect as a remarkable people person. Don was able to smooth out the
rough spots in a budding organization. He was a forward looking
person open to new ideas. I will always cherish the time I worked
with Don and be saddened because it was so short." - Tom
Belesimo, a founding member
and I couldn't attend the celebration as much as we would have liked
to. But we are certainly proud of the accomplishments of SeniorNet
and are amazed at the progress SeniorNet has made since its
inception. We were lucky enough to be among the small group of
founders many years ago. There were many trials and errors, but
through hard work and dedication of all the volunteers, it was a
wonderful journey. Heb and I spent many wonderful years being part of
this glorious group." - Sandy
and Heber Marques, founding members
- what a milestone! I am so glad to see that Senior Net is still
going strong. My dad would be so thrilled. As you know so very well
this was a big dream of his. You have a lot to be proud of - thanks
to you and so many of the hard working individuals that keep it
Weidman, Don Weidman's daughter
am so very sorry that I cannot be with you today to help celebrate
the 10th anniversary of the Don Weidman SeniorNet Computer Learning
Center. When I first met all of you, and especially, Don Weidman, I
was so impressed by your well-organized Council, the abilities and
talents of the administration, your friendly acceptance of "the new
kid on the block," and your wonderful, hard-working volunteers.
These feelings have only been reinforced over the years, and there
has always been a warm place in my heart for all of you." - Sandy
Krasner Former SeniorNet Regional Consultant