Vol. 8/No. 2 Spring/2018

From the Director's Desk  

It is hard to believe that seven years has passed so quickly.  My decision to retire June 30th was not an easy one but I feel confident SPRYE is firmly established in our communities and well positioned to welcome a new Executive Director  who will continue to move it forward and keep it sustainable for many years to come. I have witnessed SPRYE blossom and develop into a community fixture that truly makes a difference in the lives of its members and  their families. I deeply value and treasure all of the connections and relationships I have formed with members, volunteers and many of the people who work at other neighbor-
hood organizations that strive to improve the lives of local residents. It has been a wonderful seven years getting to know  these diverse groups of people. I will still be hard at work in the office for the next three months making sure SPRYE continues to support and provide opportunities to its members

Betti Weimersheimer
Executive Director
SPRYE welcomes
Our need for drivers is ongoing and is a wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Just two hours of your time each week can make a tremendous difference in the life of a local resident who can no longer drive. As SPRYE membership grows, we need to increase our volunteer corps. It's easy to get involved: call 481-5706 for more information.   
  Board of Directors
Barbara Brunner
Chair, Exec. Comm.
Nancy Haneman
Vice President
Joan Feinstein
Michele Thomas
Gene Collins
Lisa Aaronberg
Valerie Barrett
Geraldine Bowling
Kathy Carley-Spanier
Richard Falanka
John Gray
Svend Hansen
Paul Hicks
Lee Katz
Dale Mintz
Katherine Moore
Dan O'Day
Isobel Perry
Hal Schwartz
Arthur Stampleman
Wendy Weinreb
Gil Weinstein
Executive Director
Betti Weimersheimer

Administrative Asst.
Margie McCabe
    One Gateway Plaza 
        55 S. Main St.
          3rd Floor 
Port Chester, N.Y. 10573
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 748
Rye, N.Y. 10580

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Volunteers Receive the Royal Treatment


Port Chester Mayor and SPRYE Board member Fritz Falanka mingles with the volunteers at the reception.


The first volunteer reception of 2018 took place in January at the SPRYE office. It is always a pleasure to be able to extol the virtues of SPRYE's many loyal volunteers, some of whom have been with the organization since its inception almost seven years ago. We value and respect all our volunteers for their compassion and generosity, especially since they all lead very busy, full lives. They still manage to make time to help SPRYE members, whether it be driving, reading, home visits, handyman and tech assistance or helping out in the office. SPRYE salutes all its volunteers and is grateful for giving their time to volunteer.

Volunteer driver Gene Ceccarelli of Port Chester and volunteer        handyman Tom Cahill of Harrison take a moment to smile for the camera.


The volunteers listen as Executive Director Betti Weimersheimer thanks them for  their hard work and loyalty.


Member Profile: Mary Pryor

One of SPRYE's newest members is Mary Pryor. She has lived in Rye Brook for the past 10 years, downsizing from a house in Rye where she and her husband lived for many years, raising six children there.  Mary is a true New Yorker, born and raised in Manhattan, then moving north to the Bronx with her husband and children, and next to Yonkers before settling in Rye. Her husband passed away last year but her large family makes sure she stays busy. Mary has 12 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She is fortunate to have two very involved daughters who live on Long Island. Besides staying busy raising her children, Mary worked for 18 years in the City of Rye Assessor's Office as an Assessment Clerk.  She is also proud of the many years she spent volunteering for Helping Hands, the Mother's Club at Resurrection Church and at the high school. Her favorite hobbies are sewing and reading. Mary learned about SPRYE from one of its founders, Tom Saunders. She also knows several members and said the organization now fits her lifestyle. "I had only heard positive things about SPRYE so I felt it was time to join," said Mary, "The volunteers have been so accommodating. It's just a wonderful organization."  SPRYE is delighted to have Mary as a member!

Mary Pryor gets her first ride from a volunteer.

After seven years at the helm of SPRYE, Executive Director Betti Weimersheimer will retire June 30th of this year. The Board is in the process of searching for her replacement and will introduce the new executive director once a selection has been made.   

It has been a busy few months for both SPRYE members and volunteers. SPRYE was invited to take part in the Rye Middle School Expo entitled Our Diverse World on March 23rd.  We presented in four workshops which included SPRYE members Betsy Healy, Mary Morrissey, Jane Mickatavage and Barbara Brunner, all long time residents of Rye  They talked about the benefits and challenges of aging in our community and shared stories about how Rye has changed over the past sixty years.  It was informative and enlightening for both the students and the SPRYE members, who learned from each other's perspectives about life in Rye. We hope our participation in this event becomes a tradition!

Jane Mickatavage shows the students historic images of Rye during a Diversity Day session featuring SPRYE.

Betsy Healy confers with one of the middle school teachers.

Mary Morrissey (center) discussing life in Rye with Barbara Brunner as the students listen. 

Fifteen SPRYE members feasted on Chinese food selected by member Frank Woo at the annual Chinese New Year lunch in February. The yearly lunch is one of SPRYE's most popular outings and the consensus was that this year's food was the best yet. Many thanks to Frank for arranging it. 

SPRYE members take a break between courses.

Frank Woo, Hal Schwartz, Vivian Patarino and Dolores Anselmo enjoying the Chinese New Year lunch.

Please check out SPRYE's new, updated web site at www.sprye.org.  All feedback is welcomed!

If you want to stay connected and engaged consider joining SPRYE as an Associate Member. To better serve our membership demographic this option allows a greater number of local residents to participate in our social and educational programs.  Associate Memberships are available now.  For full details and a fee schedule, please click on the following link: http://www.sprye.org/membership.html


Please make sure to  RSVP: 914-481-5706.  All programs are for SPRYE members and volunteers only unless otherwise noted. The monthly program at Wainwright House is open to the general public. Rides are available to all programs for members only. 

Friday, April 6 at  12 pm: ***Please note that this program has been rescheduled from breakfast to lunch.  Monthly current events discussion/lunch at  Ruby's Oyster Bar, 45 Purchase St., Rye. Lunch is at your own expense. 
Wednesday, April 18 from 3-4:30 pm:  :  Don't miss the return appearance of our fabulous travel guide, Pam McGuire, who reports that her subject this time is "The Heart of India," a "presentation which will cover our recent trip to Northern India."  Her photos and comments are always top- notch!  Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. Free
Saturday, April 21 at 2:30 pm: Free movie at Rye Free Reading Room. Award winning documentary  Jane, about Jane Goodall and her pioneering work with chimpanzees. Free and open to the  public. 

Monday, April 23-Friday, June 15 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm:
Gentle Chair Yoga on Mondays and Fridays led by SPRYE member Joan Gibbons. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Rye Brook/Port Chester Library, 1 Hanseco Avenue, Port Chester. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 26 departing Rye at 10:00 am:  Trip to the Cloisters in Upper Manhattan. Van seats 10 people, four seats left! Admission is $17. Bring a brown bag lunch or purchase at cafe. 
Friday, May 11 at  12 pm: Monthly current events discussion/lunch at Ruby's Oyster Bar, 45 Purchase St., Rye. Lunch is at your own expense. 
Wednesday, May 16 from 3-4:30 pm:  iPhone Photography lesson. Rye Arts Center staff will demonstrate how to perfect your photography skills using your iPhone. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. Free
Saturday, May 19: Saturday Night Out.  Time to be determined. Depending on interest and what is available in local movie houses, there will be an offering of movie and dinner. Please check with office if interested in attending.
Thursday, May 31 departing Rye at 10 am:  Take a leisurely stroll on the Highline in New York City combined with lunch at a nearby restaurant.  Van (room for 10 people) will depart Rye at 10 am and return by 3 pm. Cost of lunch to be determined.
Tuesday, June 5 at 11 am: Trip to Untermeyer Gardens in Yonkers. Brown bag lunch. Free.
Friday, June 8 at  12 pm: Monthly current events discussion/lunch at  Ruby's Oyster Bar, 45 Purchase St., Rye. Lunch is at your own expense.
Tuesday, June 12 at 11 am:   Tentative - tour of Pepsico Sculpture Garden, Purchase. Free.
Saturday, June 16: Saturday Night Out.  Time to be determined. Depending on interest and what is available in local movie houses, there will be an offering of movie and dinner. Please check with office if interested in attending.
Wednesday, June 20 from 3-4:30 pm:  Try Tai Chi. Rita Stewart has been  a Tai Chi Chuan practitioner for over 25 years. Her presentation will include an introduction to Chi Kung, simple exercises to enhance Chi (energy) and the first section of the long form of Tai Chi.  The movements are done slowly. Tai Chi and Chi Kung can have major positive effects on osteoarthritis, balance, depression, pain management, etc., and have a positive overall effect on energy and one's immune system. It is suggested that attendees wear sneakers and pants without a tight belt. W ainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. Free
Friday, July 13 at  12 pm:  Monthly current events discussion/lunch at  Ruby's Oyster Bar, 45 Purchase St., Rye. Lunch is at your own expense.
Wednesday, July 18 from 3-4 pm:    A repeat of the popular Cruise to Nowhere. Details to follow.
Saturday, July 21: Saturday Night Out.  Time to be determined. Depending on interest and what is available in local movie houses, there will be an offering of movie and dinner. Please check with office if interested in attending.
Tell your friends about SPRYE. We have many services to offer that can make a difference in the lives of older adults in our communities who want to remain active, independent and socially connected.  We can help with grocery shopping/delivery, mail sorting, and home tech help.