The Kiwanis Club of Amityville was chartered in June 1949. Peter J. Pappas, the last surviving Charter Member died in March 2014. He faithfully attended weekly club meetings until late 2013. Perfect attendance doesn't begin to describe Pete.
This year, the club finally completed a long-overdue project honoring Pete's memory, and his dedication to the club and the community. A bare patch at the entrance of the Village Beach is now enhanced by three Eastern Red Cedars, a lavender flowering Crape Myrtle, annuals and perennials filling in.
Snowy, wintery weather did not deter family or friends who gathered on Dec. 16 at the Amityville Beach. A stone marker, engraved by the family of deceased club member Joe Caridi, was installed and Past President Hal Schad told a few "Pete" stories, as the garden was officially dedicated.
The Pete Pappas' Memorial Garden is now a permanent reminder of his presence in our lives and our community.
(Posted December 24, 2017)