YOUTH COMMISSION MEETING
August 24, 2016
The meeting started at 9:35 am.
Present: Jessica Knapp, Sandy Chipman, Manuela Michailescu, Pam Stocking, Recreation/Youth Dept. Director Carol Dennin, Assistant to Recreation/Youth Dept. Director Rita Harkins and Town Board Liaison Cindy Fornino.
The minutes of the May 18, 2016 meeting and notes of the June 15, 2016 meeting were reviewed. Pam Stocking made a motion to approve both the minutes and the notes, Sandy Chipman seconded the motion, which was approved unanimously.
Carol Dennin presented the Director’s Report; among the highlights:
• The Summer Program was awesome, amazing; the staff and children were the best ever; a great addition as counselor was RJ Thompson, who used to participate in our program as youth
— we served 72 youth (with over 40 registered each week) and were able to provide full and partial scholarships to 15 youth, thanks to generous donations from The Oremus Foundation, TORochester Senior Group, Kerhonkson Golden Age Seniors, Rondout Valley Federation of Teachers, Christ The King Church, Tana Miller and helpers, Rochester Food Pantry and Bernie Addis. Thanks to the Town of Rochester for sponsoring the event at Ellenville Library.
The Federal Summer Food Service program (from the NYS Dept. of Education), Food Bank of Hudson Valley, helped with “Locker Mates” lunch bags.
— Director of the program: Dyani Fitzpatrick
Assistant Director: Veronica Wynkoop-Schwenk
— The weekly “themes” of the program were: Super Hero, Get Wild, Lost in Space, Riding High in the Sky, Beach and Bubbles, Blast from the Past, Adios Amigos.
— getting a better, air conditioned bus was the issue at the center of a a brain storming discussion which followed; many repairs were needed for the existing bus; a group to focus on solving this issue is needed
• September 12 is the first day at the Center for the After School program (announcement to be made at the next Town Board meeting)
• Heritage Day — including Pie Festival and Talent Show — on October 1, 2016
For the Pie Festival we go back to the original formula from the initial Jennie Bell Pie Festival (contest and sales, 2 pies per participant, only home made pies accepted)
— Pam Stocking is going to help with the stand (lemonade, hot dogs); Manuela Michailescu – to participate at the Pie Contest/Talent Show; Dyani Fitzpatrick to be contacted for potential 4H participation; Richard Travers promised money for the Talent Show awards
* October 29 – Halloween at Kelder’s Corn Maze
The meeting adjourned around 10:35 am.
The next meeting is on September 21, 2016, 9:30 am at the Community Center.