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Photos from our Annual Meeting

On Friday, September 18, 2009 the Suffolk Community Council held its Annual Membership Meeting at the Sheraton Long Island Hotel in Hauppauge. Our keynote speaker, Congressman Steve Israel spoke about the Health Care Debate in a very clear and easy to understand way. This year's recipient of the Maxine Postal award for Human Dignity was Sr. Margaret Smyth of the North Fork Spanish Apostolate. Returning board members were sworn in by Council President, Michael McClain.

The Maxine Postal Award

Maxine Postal was a Suffolk County Legislator, past Presiding Office of the Legislature and a real friend to health and human services. A tireless advocate for the poor and vulnerable, she used her political position to further her fight for what was right and decent for all people regardless of race, color, sexual or political preferences. She was a champion of all champions. Sadly, Maxine passed away in January of 2004 leaving a legacy of human dignity and advocacy for others to carry on.

Every year, the Suffolk Community Council honors a worthy recipient of the Maxine Postal Award for Human Dignity to a person who has dedicated themselves to the spirit and principles exhibited by Maxine Postal.

This year, the Suffolk Community Council was pleased to honor Sr. Margaret Smyth for her many years of dedication to the East End Latino community.

Past recipients of the Maxine Postal award are:

2004 Rabbi Steven A. Moss
2005 Janet Walerstein
2006 Michele Del Monte
2007 Nancy Nunziata & Sister Mary Ryan
2008 Peter Barnett


Keynote Speaker Congressman Steve Israel, 2nd Congressional District, Council's Executive Director, Judy Pannullo, Council's Board President, Michael McClain


Maxine Postal Award for Human Dignity Honoree, Sr. Margaret Smyth, North Fork Spanish Apostolate, Judy Pannullo

Jerina Porterfield, UCP Suffolk speaking about the Council's NWD Project

Amber Sroka, Council Intern discussed the Council's Unity Project Job English classes

Glen Cherveny, Axelrod & Cherveny speaking about the Council's Accessible Long Island Project

Michael McClain affirms re-elected Council Board Members

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