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Bay Ridge civic groups help deliver turkeys to Fort Hamilton Army Base

November 20, 2018 By John Alexander Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Members of the Salaam Club of New York help distribute turkeys to the service members at Fort Hamilton Army Base. Photo by Arthur de Gaeta
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On Monday, the Rotary Club of Verrazano and the Salaam Club of New York joined forces to help distribute 100 turkeys to the families of soldiers at the Fort Hamilton Army Base.

Rotary Club member Ralph Succar, along with Rotary Club President Enrico Ferrara and club members Vincent Nativo, Michael Icobucci and Joseph Speziale handed out the turkeys with Salaam Club President Joseph Avignone and club member and community leader John Abi-Habib.

Succar explained the Rotary Club’s motto is “Service Above Self.”

“That means it’s all about the service that we provide for others,” he said. “It’s not about us.”

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Ferrara called the turkey distribution, “Just a little token of our appreciation for all that the service members do in keeping us safe.”

Fort Hamilton Army Base Chaplain Maj. Bruce Duty said he was thankful for the Rotary and Salaam Clubs. “They invest their lives in Fort Hamilton families and we appreciate their support.”

Fort Hamilton Commanding Officer Col. Andrew Zieseniss said he was impressed by the strong sense of community he’s discovered in Bay Ridge.

“We live in a community that’s incredibly supportive,” Zieseniss told this paper. “Sometimes you lose sight of that when you’re on a military installation where you have walls and fences and gates, and there’s almost a degree of separation between the community and the installation where you live. But it’s things like this that help draw us much closer together. This is by far one of the most supportive communities that I’ve ever lived in.”


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