BY PAUL NETTLER
Photo courtesy of Arnie Rabinowitz
First and foremost, I should like
to give a hearty thank-you to
Gary Darche for taking over
for me for the last three months.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading his
articles. I trust you did as well.
It’s hard to believe a whole year
has gone by since our last dinner/
dance at the Swan Club, but it has.
On September 14, 86 members and
guests gathered at the restaurant
for an evening of good food, good
drinks, dancing and camaraderie.
Of course, the open bar may have
contributed to the latter. And who
says octogenarians can’t cut a rug?
Our President, Arnie Rabinowitz,
made some opening remarks, praising
the past leadership of our club,
namely Founder Al Fuchs and Toby
Horowitz. He also made a slide
show, featuring highlights from past
affairs. He’s most proud of the fact
our membership reached 120 on
Due to scheduling problems, we
didn’t arrange a regular meeting for
September. However, we’re in for a
treat in October, when our own Jack
Sevita will tell us about his relationship
with Simon Wiesenthal, the
Nazi hunter. Coffee and pastries
will be served, and there will be a
$5.00 fee for non-members payable
at the door.
The always well-attended
Current Events Group met on
September 11, an auspicious date,
with a few new members also in
attendance. Did you know, there is
an old Chinese curse which states:
“May you live in interesting times”?
Sadly, there are millions of people,
victims of Hurricanes Harvey and
Irma, who are doing just that and
our hearts go out to them and our
neighbors who are sadly also living
in “interesting times.”
One topic discussed was the relationship
between the community
and the local police force, a conversation
triggered by the Ferguson
events. Naturally, we spoke about
the hurricanes and their possible
relationship to climate change. A
possible legal situation was brought
The Men's Club Board (l. to r.) Jerry Siegel, Toby Horowitz, Joe DiGiovanni, Arnie Rabinowitz, Paul Nettler,
Jack Sevita and Arthur Rose
up: What is the responsibility, if any,
of those people who volunteer to
help? Do they get paid in some
manner? DACA arose, which
elicited some divergent opinions,
and North Korea’s posturing was
also discussed. It was a stimulating
hour and a half.
Speaking of stimulation, it seems
our speaker last month, Richard
Linden, did just that. As a fallout
from his presentation, the thought
came up that many of our members
are lacking in knowledge of financial
and related matters and would
benefit by exchanging knowledge
and experiences, both good and
bad. Discussions could cover such
wide-ranging topics as stocks and
bonds, life insurance, long term
care insurance and trusts. If you
have an interest, at least in an initial
get together, or experience in these
sort of matters, please respond by
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The last meeting of the Book
Group had a different format.
Instead of everyone reading the
same book, each member was asked
to speak about a favorite book.
For example, our leader, Ralph
Edwards, will review two books,
one about FDR and one about the
Holocaust. This will probably be
the last meeting of the season. For
further information, call Ralph at
On September 6, 14 members and
guests visited the Nassau County
Museum of Art in Roslyn to view
the exhibit, “New York New York.”
A truly an educational experience,
the exhibit concentrated on the
city’s art scene from the early 1900s
to the present day. It told the story of
New York City through more than
125 paintings, prints, photographs
and sculptures, and was enhanced
by our docent, Barbara Kass, who
showed us things about each piece.
One humorous note was struck
with one artist’s work of a police
officer standing in front of the
Washington Square Arch with his
legs spread out to mimic the arch.
The last piece some viewed was a
gastronomic one: A corned beef
sandwich at Ben’s in Greenvale.
Docent Kass also described
“Photo Realism,” wherein the
negative of a photograph of an
object is used as the model rather
than the model itself, a laborious
process. She also revealed how the
“Ash Can” school of artists got its
name. Sorry, you’ll have to visit the
exhibit to find out. Ask for Barbara,
she’s a most knowledgeable docent.
The exhibit runs to November 5 and
the phone number is 516-484-9338.
On Tuesday, October 3, we’ll
have a members’ brunch at 11 a.m.
at Towers on the Green, limited and
free to those members who are not
outstanding on their dues, as well
$25.00 for their guests. On Tuesday,
October 10, we’ll host dinner for
members and guests at the new
Mediterranean Seafood and Grill in
Great Neck. On Thursday, October
26, we’ll hold a “Members Only”
lunch at La Baraka in Little Neck.
These functions are an excellent
reason to get your $60.00 dues in
Our program of informal breakfasts
every Tuesday, Wednesday and
Friday at Buffy’s at 9:15 a.m. still
attracts members. It’s an excellent
way for newer members to get to
know us on a more informal basis.
The highlight of the last Sunday
in the month is BINGO. We always
get a great turn out. It’s in the large
card room at 7:30 p.m. In October,
it’s on the 29th.
If you would like to speak to our
President, Arnie Rabinowitz, his
phone number is 516-317-6705.
Our Events Chairman Jerry Siegel’s
number is 347-235-4513 and if
you would like to join our club,
call our Membership Chairman,
Joe DiGiovanni can be reached at
24 NORTH SHORE TOWERS COURIER ¢ October 2017