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Autumn 2014 Newsletter

Autumn 2014

Dear Friends,

All of us at RSVP hope that you are enjoying this beautiful season of brilliant colors and cooler temperatures. Autumn began with the celebration of our annual Tribute Day. Over 350 volunteers enjoyed a wonderful day -- interesting exhibits, a delicious luncheon, music, dancing and raffles! If you weren’t able to be with us, please mark your calendars for next year’s event which takes place on September 16, 2015 at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. Volunteers with at least 50 hours of service will receive an invitation. Hope you’ll be with us!

This year, RSVP honored Marvin Bochner as its Outstanding Volunteer of 2014. I’d like to share Marvin’s story as it appeared in our Tribute Day Commemorative Booklet. I think you will all enjoy it.

For now, our deepest thanks for all you do in your volunteer service to Suffolk County. Happy Fall!


Pegi Orsino
Executive Director


Marvin Bochner Outstanding Volunteer 2014 – Marvin Bochner

A WWII veteran in Patton’s 3 rd Army, Marvin Bochner is well used to being of service to others. A retired businessman, Marvin is the proud parent of two children and an army of 12 grandchildren and a great grandchild.

Marvin began with RSVP in August 1992 and has been volunteering ever since. His placements have been many and varied, ranging from his first assignment at Broadlawn Nursing facility in Amityville to being a Health Insurance Information and Assistance Program (HIICAP) counselor. Marvin has also volunteered with RSVP’s America Reads program, befriending and helping many third graders in the Copiague School District. Having been a former bingo caller at Broadlawn, he returned to the facility to volunteer in assisting residents in a weekly baking class. He has been a speaker with RSVP’s Speakers Bureau, where he imparted useful information on medication management at numerous senior centers and libraries throughout the county. Marvin currently volunteers at Gurwin’s Adult Day Center in Commack, where he can be found assisting the participants 3 days a week. On his “day off”, he also helps out at his local temple, serving coffee and assisting in various ways with a senior group that meets there.

At 90 years of age, Marvin can certainly be seen as an example of “retiring from work but not from living” through his volunteerism. He says of his volunteering: “It has gotten me out of the house and helped me payback. I love working with others and the volunteers.” Congratulations Marvin!