President’s Letter – May 2013
Welcome to May and all of the beautiful people this lovely month represents. For starters, we have Mother’s Day which celebrates and honors the most beautiful person of all either in or once a huge part of our lives. To that particular woman we all have to say thank you and let her know how much we love her. Thank you to my Mom, without her I would be nowhere today both literally and figuratively.
May also honors and remembers another group of very special individuals who may not have helped with giving us life but they sure helped to preserve it along with our freedom. Those fine men and women of course once belonged to the greatest military in the history of the world. For all those who have served we observe another beautiful yet somber holiday in Memorial Day. Just like we could never forget our moms we also will never forget those who have served our country.
As I was driving into work last month I spotted a bumper sticker that said “Proud Mother of a U.S. Marine”. Having seen that, I started to wonder does anyone take the opportunity to thank that lady especially when they see her driving like I did. Here is one of so many mothers who provided a child with birth and helped raise them into the kind of person who is willing to sacrifice his or her own life to protect our country. When you pause and really think about it that is amazing and worthy of as much if not more recognition than any other achievement. Frankly, I would’ve stopped traffic for that woman with the bumper sticker just to say thank you for giving us that kind of a son or daughter.
May is also the birth month of the Holbrook Chamber’s longtime Vice President and dear friend of not only mine but so many here in Holbrook, Kevin Guilfoyle. Without Kevin’s never ending dedication and guidance, Holbrook would not be the kind of place it is today. Happy Birthday Kevin! Yeah, May is truly a celebration month for many beautiful people that are dear to us.
Kevin has reminded me that May is also the month every resident of Holbrook needs to go out and vote for the Sachem School Budget. Early last month, the Chamber hosted a very insightful meeting with both our members and members of the School Board. This year the school is faced with various fiscal challenges that need to be addressed within the budget. Please educate yourself on all of the facts and regardless of your decision regarding an increase…VOTE! It’s your responsibility as a resident of the district and YOUR vote DOES count.
Thank you to the 50 or so volunteers who helped The Holbrook Beautification Committee on Saturday April 20th. Having collected 150 bags of trash that was strewn across our roadways here in Holbrook really made a positive impact. I especially want to recognize Holbrook resident Jeff Bodvake for all his efforts in cleaning up litter not only at our semiannual cleanups but month in and month out throughout the year. Jeff, I wish we had a few more people like you and your family who quietly help make Holbrook a great place. For the future I have two wishes regarding our semi-annual cleanups. 1. People recognize our efforts and refrain from littering as much. 2. We receive a better turnout for our October cleanup and future ones. Given there are over 30,000 people living in Holbrook alone, we should see more than 50 volunteers who want to help make a difference in the beauty of our community.
Congratulations to one of our newest Chamber Members, AM PM Automotive Services located in Holbrook at 1370 Lincoln Ave. If you’re looking for a new, clean and convenient place to have your automobile serviced, give them a try.
In closing, A very Happy Mother’s Day to all of our lovely moms and we hope to see all of our Holbrook residents along the parade route on Memorial Day.
With the sincerest respect and love for Holbrook,
Rick Ammirati, President
Holbrook Chamber of Commerce