Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December 2013 Newsletter

Editor: Catherine D. Kobasiuk         Assistant: Marina Kobasiuk

November General Meeting

The November 7 General Membership Meeting was a pleasant evening. President Jean San Martin kept things moving along so that the business portion of the evening went quickly. A report was given by Vice President Michael Kobasiuk summarizing the New York Rising Albany conference that he and Director Maura Spery recently attended. An update on Nora Getchell was given by Director Barbara Fitzgerald. (Under new business the Christmas/Holiday Party was discussed.)

A presentation was given by Recording Secretary Catherine Kobasiuk explaining a workshop she had attended about social media and email marketing. Mrs. Kobasiuk then illuminated some of the MBPOA's plans to promote itself through social media and optimize our use of email to keep our members and community informed.

The 50/50 was $15 and was won by Vice President Michael Kobasiuk. The meeting then adjourned for coffee and cake.

Nite at the Races

A wonderful time was had at the November 2 Nite at the Races. Thank you to Financial Secretary Lynne DeBona for arranging the seating and taking tickets at the door. An impressive dinner of half a rotisserie chicken and potatoes and vegetables was served. Thanks to all our kitchen volunteers for all their hard work with shopping and cooking. The hall was festive in autumn colors. Thank you to our set up staff. Recording Secretary Catherine Kobasiuk started the evening off and after dinner introduced Director Maura Spery who was the MC for the horse races. Thank you to Director Chris Zarcone for setting up the sound system. Thanks to all of our cashiers. The projector was manned by Vice President Michael Kobasiuk (with better results than in the spring). There was also a 50/50 drawing at the end of the evening. Thank you to Director Barbara Fitzgerald and Marina Kobasiuk for selling the 50/50 tickets. 

Thank you to all our volunteer Directors:
Bob Muse, Larry Tellefsen, Peter Costello, Mike Giangrasso, Michelle Wilkinson, Ketty Colbert, Bill Hack, Fred Tims, and Eddie Janssen. Thank you to anyone we might have forgotten to mention and thank you to our members and guests for turning out and making the night a pleasure.

Full color photos from the evening can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/mbpoa/sets/72157638298885764/ and were taken by Pat at

December General Meeting

Our December General Meeting will also be our Members Holiday Party. It will be on December 5, 2013 at 7:30pm. (This year we are doing something different.) Dinner will be Pot Luck. Attendees should bring a warmed up or ready to eat main dish to share. The MBPOA will be providing cake and soft drinks. Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance. Please bring a toy for the Toys for Tots toy drop box located in our lobby.

Marina Report

Marina 1 and Marina 5 have both been winterized. Thanks to Director Bill Hack and his team; Ryan Painter, Jim Gibson, Danny Burke, James Gibson, Peter Lynch, and James Maltese. A repeat thank you to Vic Viola for repairing the floating barge that was damaged in Super Storm Sandy.

Membership Renewals

Membership packets will be mailed out the beginning of December. Inside you will find raffle tickets for our Membership Drive Raffle which will be drawn at our March 15, 2014 Nite at the Races. The raffle tickets are $5 each and the prizes are $500 cash and $250 cash for 1st prize and 2nd prize respectively. Please fill out the stubs completely and mail back with payment and your membership forms to P.O. Box 212 Mastic Beach, NY 11951.

Please make sure all your information is accurate so that you can receive all our newsletters and email updates.

Newsletter News

This months newsletter and back issues can be found online at http://mbpoa1928.blogspot.com/ .

There are links at this site for our:
  1. facebook page -Mastic Beach Poa
  2. twitter - @MBPOA
  3. flicker - MBPOA
  4. Google+ - MBPOA Mastic Beach
  5. MBPOA Google calendar
  6. PDF copies of the latest ads and newsletter

Do not forget that if you need some official information it can be found at our website at

To update your email address please send an email to mbpoa1928@optonline.net . Late breaking news and updates will posted via Twitter and Facebook.

Volunteer Work

If anyone has high school students in need of volunteer hours have them contact Recording Secretary Catherine Kobasiuk at 281-8430. There is usually light office work to do once a month at this time of year.

Meet & Greet Fridays

Ever Friday night is a get together at the Clubhouse. The bar is open to our members and their guests and this is a good opportunity to meet new people, play darts, enjoy card games, or just enjoy conversation. Light fare is available at a small cost to cover expenses.
Any changes to the schedule will be available on our Twitter and Face book page.

Country Dance Lessons

  • Line Dance lessons Mondays at 7:30 PM until 10:00 PM.
  • From beginners to intermediate/advanced
  • Guest $8
  • Members $6
  • Bring your own refreshments.
Country Dancing

Twice a month on the first and third Fridays the MBPOA has Country Dancing at the Clubhouse.
  • $8 for Guests/$6 for Members
  • including complimentary coffee & cake.
  • Door Prizes - 50/50
  • A cash bar is available.
  • DJ and dance instruction are from;
Double JJ Dance
Cowboy Up twice a month at the MBPOA!

Christmas Parade

The MBPOA will be entering a float in the Mastic Shirley Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade on December 8 at 12pm. If you and/or your family would like to march with us please find us behind Kohls by 11 am. You can follow us before and during the parade on Twitter @MBPOA .

This year we are inviting everyone watching the parade to tweet a picture of our float at @MBPOA
with the hashtag #MBPOA. We will choose one of these pictures to put into our January Newsletter and add into our Flickr photo stream giving credit to the tweeter. Contest Rules can be viewed at https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxtYnBvYW5ld3NsZXR0ZXJzaXRlfGd4OjY4OGQzOTk0YzFjNWMyYzA

Hall Rentals
The MBPOA hall is available for party rentals. Please call 631-806-1109 for rate and availability.
Monthly Calendar
Dec. 5th – Members Holiday Party – 7:30 pm
Dec. 6th – Country Dancing – 7:30 pm
Dec. 8th – Christmas Parade – 12:00 pm
Dec. 9th – Country Dance Lessons – 7:30pm
Dec. 13th – Meet & Greet Friday – 7:00 pm
Dec. 16th – Country Dance Lessons – 7:30pm
Dec. 19th – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00 pm
Dec. 20th – Country Dancing – 7:30 pm
Dec. 25th – Christmas Day
Dec. 27th – Meet & Greet Friday – 7:00 pm
Dec. 31st – New Years Eve

Future Events
January 2nd -General Meeting – 7:30 pm
January 16th - Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00 pm
March 15th – Nite at the Races

Look for new content and activities in 2014!

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