Woman’s Club Serves The Community

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Six women were inducted into the Woman’s Club of Glen Cove at the October meeting at the Swan Club.
Membership Chair Patricia S. Sullivan introduced Marlene March, responsible for Glen Head seasonal beautification; Carolyn Willson, board president of Melilo Mental Health Center and Glen Cove InterAgency Council; Kyla Borucke, a realtor with Daniel Gale; Susan Giordano, landscape designer; Joyce Dunne of Massepequa, patient advocate at a local nursing home; and Dagmar Fors Karppi, writer and photographer.

“They are a wonderful group of talented women,” said Sullivan.

Each woman was presented by the club member who recommended her and each said a few words about why they were interested in becoming a member.

Last year the Woman’s Club raised $10,000 with their fashion show and luncheon and is looking forward to matching or bettering the amount next year. Members are soliciting donations for the Tuesday, April 19, 2016 event at the Crescent Beach Club in Bayville.

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New members, seated: Marlene March, responsible for Glen Head seasonal beautification; Carolyn Willson, board president of Mellilo Mental Health Center and Glen Cove InterAgency Council; Kyla Borucke, a realtor with Daniel Gale; Susan Giordano, landscape designer Standing: Dagmar Fors Karppi, writer and photographer, and Joyce Dunne of Massapequa, a patient advocate at a local nursing home

Fashion Show Chair Teri Swenson said that all proceeds from that afternoon will be shared by Glen Cove CARES, The Melillo Center, The Glen Cove Senior Center’s SAGE Foundation and the Glen Cove Youth Board.
“Club members and their guests support this event. However, since raffles and prizes are the main source of our profit, we depend on the donations and gifts from our local businesses, merchants and friends,” explained Swenson.

All donors will be noted in the event program.

Members were entertained and educated after the luncheon by the Karkowska Sisters: virtuoso violinist Anna Karkowska and Kasha Karkowska, concert pianist. They came from Poland 15 years ago with one suitcase, “but it was full of dreams,” they said.

Humor was on the agenda as they talked about the lives of each of the composers on the program. They played “Summertime” with the violin creating the sound of insects buzzing in the heat and said George Gershwin’s mother had trouble finding a teacher who would accept him until she found one from Iowa. They said Georges Bizet “died of a broken heart” when his opera “Carmen” was trashed by critics and the public booed him as he walked the streets of Paris. Three months later, he died of a heart attack, but his work faired better.

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WCGC past president Ellie Pucciariello, who recommended the musicians violinist Anna Karkowska and pianist Kasha Karkowska, with Gloria Grynkorn, program director

“There was an Ajax cleanser that used his Habanero as their theme song,” they said, remembering their mother humming the commercial. They had an edge to their story as they added, “The people didn’t want to hear a story about a Gypsy girl who smoked cigarettes and had two boyfriends. The French forgot that they had just fought a revolution and deposed the monarch and audiences wanted operas about princes and princesses to be featured on the stage.”

For information about the Fashion Show and Luncheon, call Teri Swanson at 516-676-7624.

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