North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Town Clerk Wayne Wink honored local women who have made a contribution to their community, or have accomplished a significant achievement through public or private efforts at the 25th annual May W. Newburger Women’s Roll of Honor breakfast on Wednesday, March 28. The breakfast took place at the Clubhouse at Harbor Links in Port Washington.
One of this year’s honorees was Mineola resident Helene Harris, who was pleasantly surprised when she found out that she was being honored.
Harris is involved with Kiwanis and is the director for the organization Warriors For A Cause—an organization that does many different types of events throughout the year to raise money for various charities. Harris also volunteers for Cystic Fibrosis, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the Carly Rose Foundation.
Harris, who works as a controller for a dental office in New York City, said that it was her father who made her want to give back to others.
“My father was very big in the Knights of Pythias and he was always doing stuff for kids and I’m just trying to follow in his footsteps since he’s no longer around,” said Harris. “Since there’s no Knights of Pythias around, I went into Kiwanis and other organizations that are close by.”
The breakfast honored 12 women from different areas within the Town of North Hempstead. The women were presented with proclamations from Nassau County and New York state.
“It was just a lovely morning,” said Harris.
Also honored at this year’s breakfast was Mineola resident Lillian Barnola and Albertson residents Paula Groothuis and Mona Ng.
Wink said that he was proud to honor the outstanding women for their incredible service to the town.
“Each of these women reflects the best that our communities have to offer and we are proud to honor them for their work,” said Wink.
North Hempstead resident Shirley Romaine continued the annual tradition of reciting an inspirational message at the breakfast.