SIEC 2017 (l to r): SIEC Treasurer Vincent Perno, SIEC Vice President Ronnie Wuerch Jr., SIEC Corresponding Sec‰Ûªt Eric Diez, SIEC President Tom Garavuso, Assistant Business Manager Local 3 Joseph Santigate, SIEC ‰ÛÏRank and File Honoree‰Û� Nicholas Siclari, Recording Secretary Local 3 Thomas Cleary, SIEC Recording Secretary Jack Russo and Business Representative Michael Jordan.
On Saturday August 5, 2017 members of the Staten Island Electrical Club of Local 3 gathered with friends and family to celebrate their annual Family Day Picnic and to pay homage to “Rank and File” honoree SIEC past Vice President Nicholas Siclari. The festive event was held at Nansen Park, 3465 Victory Blvd. located in the Travis section in Staten Island. Consistent with tradition, excitement included a showcase of an exotic animal show provided by Wildside Zoo. The classic King Kong ride, along with Spin art, shaved ices and cotton candy were provided. The featured attraction for the children was the 25-foot-high aqua slip and slide that had many adults wishing they had brought their bathing suits. Stepping back to take an overview of the scene showed many children and young adults who return year after year experiencing the same fun they enjoyed in earlier years. This enthusiasm ensured that the tradition will continue. Along with active members were the many vibrant retirees in attendance who enjoyed the day, especially the hamburgers and hot dogs.
Staten Island Electrical Club Recording Secretary Jack Russo commenced the day’s ceremonies by welcoming and thanking everyone for attending. Jack acknowledged the officers of Local 3, the business representatives, the current and past officers of the SIEC club, along with members of the sister clubs including the retirees and veterans. He then called upon Staten Island Electrical Club President Thomas Garavuso. Tom welcomed all those that attended and thanked everyone for their perpetual support. He expressed his heartfelt thanks to all of the many SIEC members who donated their time to assist in the picnic preparations. He then called up New York City Councilwoman Deborah Rose. Deborah recognized and thanked all her friends from Local 3 and presented Nick with a proclamation from the City Council. That was one of four proclamations that Nick received. President Garavuso then called up the Assistant Business Manager of Construction Joseph Santigate. Brother Santigate acknowledged all in attendance and congratulated “Rank and File” Honoree, former SIEC Vice President Nicholas Siclari. Joe also recognized and acknowledged all the retirees, including Local 3 business representatives and Officers that were present.
To begin the awards portion of the day, Brother Santigate called up Nicholas Siclari to join him with his friends, family and colleagues to accept the award as “Rank and File” honoree. Nicholas’s wife Michelle was presented with a bouquet of flowers, Brother Santigate read Nicholas’s bio and personally discussed his relationship with the Staten Island Electrical Club. While thanking Nick for his support over the years Brother Santigate presented him with a plaque on behalf of the officers and members of the Staten Island Electrical Club. Joe announced this would have been 20 years Nick would have served as the SIEC Picnic Chairman. Joe also congratulated and thanked Nick for his efforts and time as the Chairman of Community Board #1 serving the North Shore of Staten Island. Brother Siclari graciously accepted his award with reserve and respect.
Club President Garavuso accepted the microphone from Nick and closed the ceremony events and invited guests to continue the afternoon enjoying the abundant food and fun and wished all, a safe ride home. A good time was had by all.