Noel Hopkins

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a message from our club presidenT

I am incredibly honored to be this year's Welcoming Club president. As a somewhat new member of the community, I have formed wonderful friendships through this organization. I am very grateful to have a space in town which cultivates camaraderie, tradition and openness towards all. I love meeting you all at our events and learning about your backgrounds, whether it be that you grew up right here in town or recently moved from halfway across the world to Garden City!

How lucky are we to have an incredible group built into our town that enables us all to meet up, have fun and help out a great cause while doing so?

This year is full of opportunities for our club! I am looking forward to getting back to business with all of you, enjoying our events, fundraisers and activities as we have in the past. Despite last year’s challenges we managed to rise to the occasion and raise an incredible amount of money for the INN, welcome many new faces to the club and even start some new groups that have never existed. This year we continue all of that, and sky's the limit! 

I am pleased to share with you all that our charity for 2021-2022 is Bethany House. Bethany House has provided emergency and transitional housing to women and children in Nassau County for over 40 years. Bethany House exists to strengthen and assist those women, and women with children, who are deprived of the basic resources required for natural and healthy growth and development.

Bethany House seeks to provide a homelike atmosphere wherein shelter, care, and comprehensive services combine to encourage the individual or family to attain self-sufficiency and restore human dignity. As a result of the pandemic, Bethany House has seen a significant increase in capacity and they are so grateful that we have chosen to help them out this year. Not only will we be able to benefit them financially, but with such a talented membership I know we will be able to help provide their residents with knowledge in our many areas of expertise. 

Thank you for being a member of this wonderful, long standing tradition which is the Welcoming Club of Garden City! I look forward to getting to know you all at our upcoming events! If you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to reach out!

Love, Noel