2020 Annual Meeting and Installation of Board Members

Memorializing and Moving Forward

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At The Arc Rockland’s Annual Meeting on July 9, 2020, NY Supreme Court Justice Thomas P. Zugibe installed seven new Arc Chapter and Foundation Board members and renewed the three-year terms of six additional Board members. The Meeting was both virtual, and in person in the organization's Congers offices; social distancing was in effect.

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In his opening remarks, John Smith, Chapter Board President stated, “The Arc Rockland’s management and staff have done a superb job in protecting the health and welfare of the residents of our homes during this pandemic. We cannot thank them enough for their total dedication and care, and the sacrifices they made. They gave families peace of mind.”

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Daniel Spitzer, President of the Foundation Board, commented, “We are here to financially support the Chapter Board in their efforts to oversee the operations of the agency. We are also encouraging families to help us support The Arc.”

The Annual Meeting was dedicated In Memory Of people at The Arc who passed during recent months, including individuals who received services, two Board members and an Arc staff member.

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Carmine Marchionda, CEO, gave an overview of statistics from the NY State Departments of OPWDD and Health, showing The Arc Rockland’s successful outcome in lowering COVID-19 infection rates by quarantining residents early on during the pandemic. “While the health crisis thankfully ended at our agency over a month ago, with no incidences of COVID-19, we must remain vigilant. And we are now faced with an unprecedented financial crisis from the unanticipated costs of COVID and an impending $1.7 Million cut to our residential services by the State! We urge everyone to call and email Gov. Cuomo and our elected Representatives in Albany.” (See June 28th post for contact info)

Audrey McCue, a passionate supporter of The Arc Rockland for 66 years, and longtime Board and committee member, was honored for her service, after retiring from Board service. 

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In addition, Diana Zernone, who receives services at The Arc, was installed on the Board of Directors and also as President of The Arc’s Self Advocates group. Jessica Sirota, Self Advocate Mentor/Advisor cited the Pledge of Allegiance and The Arc NY’s prayer.

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Thank You to The Arc Rockland’s 2020 Corporate Sponsors: