Lodge 151 July News
Flag Day Celebrated As Pandemic Restrictions Ease
This spring, New York City was one of the major hot spots for COVID-19. The pandemic thwarted many of Lodge 151’s plans for late winter and spring events. Like most of the country, lodge members stayed in touch through phone conversations and social media.
By June, New York City and State finally relinquished some of the restrictions and the lodge took full advantage of the opportunity to celebrate together. It was with great enthusiasm that Lodge 151 decided to celebrate Flag Day with several events.
The day began with a tribute to America and the Flag held at The Seasons. Flags were distributed to all residents and a sing along featuring patriotic songs was held in the community center. One of the residents of the community and a veteran, accompanied the singing on saxophone. These songs took on special meaning to those present in light of the crisis we had just experienced. It was a touching homage to Old Glory.
Lodge officers deliberated long and hard to decide how and where to hold the second quarter meeting scheduled for Flag Day. We took into consideration the GCU and Governor Cuomo’s recommendations for residents and debated the benefits of holding a zoom meeting vs. an actual meeting. In the end, it was decided to meet in person in a spacious garden where we could effectively socially distance. It was a beautiful sunny day and participants enjoyed the ability to talk to one another face to face after three and a half months of quarantining. Following the meeting, a picnic lunch comprised of individually wrapped items to avoid contamination, was held.
Many activities this year had to be adjusted to accommodate social distancing requirements. After parishioners and lodge members made pirohi and other baked goods in anticipation of St. Andrew’s Annual Easter Bake Sale, it had to be cancelled due to the virus. In May, items were sold via a virtual bake sale then distributed through curbside delivery. People were very generous and the sale was a huge success.
Helping Hands Day
The icon and sign in front of St. Andrew Byzantine Catholic Church was damaged when an intoxicated driver crashed into it. It is presently being repaired. Given this unfortunate situation, the lodge felt it especially important to hold the annual Helping Hands event at the church. Marge Russell purchased the flowers from a local nursery and they were planted in front of the church to help beautify the area.
Ryan Pajer, a Lodge 151 member, recently graduated from Plainview—Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School. During his time at Plainview he was a member of the Varsity Men’s Volleyball Team (Nassau county champions), served as the treasurer of the Best Buddies Club, public relations chairperson of the Robotics Club (national championship participant) and captain of the Men’s Varsity Golf team (Nassau County championship participant.) While balancing all his extra-curricular activities, Ryan achieved honor roll for all quarters over the past four years. At such a young age he has already worked an internship with SJ Electric where he found his passion for engineering. He will be continuing his education at Quinnipiac University pursuing a degree in (Civil) engineering. Congratulations and best of luck in his future endeavors.
Third Quarter Meeting
Tentative plans are to have the third quarter meeting on Friday, August 14. Details on place and time will be decided at a later date depending on City and State directives concerning social distancing.