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Roosevelt Island Success: Annual General Meeting at the Senior Center

Updated 2 years ago David Stone
Packed House for the 2018 Annual General Meeting at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center
Packed House for the 2018 Annual General Meeting at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center
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Anyone who's watched the Roosevelt Island Senior Center grow from an idle, tense environment to one alive with classes, socializing and seasonal celebrations has to be impressed with what they've seen. Change continues to quicken, as we learned at the first Annual General Meeting of the Center under the guidance of the Carter Burden Network.

A computer training class with every seat taken wrapped up for the day. Students and instructor filed around the corner to join a crowd brought together for the 2018 Annual General Meeting at the Senior Center, the first under management by the Carter Burden Network

CBN Executive Director Bill Dionne kicked off the meeting with a quick review of his organization's commitment and progress toward its goals for Roosevelt Island.

Carter Burden Network Executive Director Bill Dionne
Carter Burden Network Executive Director Bill Dionne
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Dionne thanked the community for welcoming his team and for actively participating in making the Center better. You can view his brief remarks in a video below.

Getting special attention was Director Lisa Fernandez, a spirited leader filled with determined ideas who's overcome inherited obstacles to become a popular resource for the community. Dionne described his trepidation over assigning her here, which required her transfer from a successful program at CBN's East Harlem Center.

With that transition now passed, he talked, with some frustration, about efforts to improve meal services at the Senior Center. The food's better but, he acknowledged, still not good enough. Intentions are to eventually prepare meals in the facility, as CBN does elsewhere, rather than have them delivered.

Also getting the spotlight was the recently elected Advisory Council headed by Louella Streitz. Joining her were Vice President Wendy Hersh and Secretary Mary Coleman. Streitz introduced several committees that have been set up to help inform the leadership about rank and file concerns.

RISC Advisory Board with Outreach Director Yulisa Santana (third from left)
RISC Advisory Board with Outreach Director Yulisa Santana (third from left)
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Winding up the scheduled presentations was the MakerLAB Challenge Cornell Tech is currently running at the Senior Center.

 

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