The Summer 2018 Newsletter is here!

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Dear PRPLI Colleagues,

Wow! It is hard to believe that my first year as president is coming to a close. As I review the past year, I am proud of the opportunities we have provided for our members, programs we produced, and recognitions we gave to our honorees and scholarship winners.

I want to thank everyone who served on the board of directors who made my year a success with their generous sharing of their time, talent, and resources on behalf of PRPLI. Their cooperation and teamwork have been important factors to the success we’ve achieved.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Louise Cassano for her dedication and support to me personally and for her 25-plus years of dedication to PRPLI. She has decided to step down from the board and will retire as our newsletter editor (this is her last issue). Louise has been a sounding board, the institutional memory, and good friend to me. I will miss her at our monthly meetings. The big question is how do we fill her shoes?

At our recent annual membership meeting in June, we voted in a new slate of officers and board members. I look forward to working with all of them for the next year. I am excited to report that we are planning our summer networking event, so keep a lookout for the date in an upcoming Newsbites. Also, please mark your calendar for our first program of the fall, Psychology of Social Media, on October 24, 2018.

Without members PRPLI would not exist. Now is the time to renew your membership! The new membership year starts on July 1. Don’t wait to renew − Long Island Ducks tickets may be in your future.

I also want to encourage all our members to become involved in PRPLI. We need your talent and resources on our committees and in our newsletter. If you are interested in finding out more about how you can help, just reach out to me at

Enjoy the summer and I look forward to another great year in PRPLI!

Best regards,

Donna Rivera-Downey

President, PRPLI Board of Directors

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