Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association Ask For RIOC Public Purpose Funds, Upcoming RISA Events, Programs And Discounts With Local Merchants

The Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) has been working to provide the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) with the necessary documents and records required to receive the recommended Roosevelt Island Public Purpose funds in the amount of $12 Thousand.

During the April 20 RIOC Board Of Directors meeting Public Session, RISA President Barbara Parker reported to the RIOC Board that RISA is in the process of reorganizing the books and records from the previous RISA management to RIOC's satisfaction and hope to receive the recommended Public Purpose Funds.

RISA member Vicki Feinmel told the April 20 RIOC Board Public Session that RISA has:

... been working for months clearing up misunderstandings and problems created by the previous Board. I can't understand why the current Board is being held responsible for problems of the previous Board...
RISA Secretary Sherie Helstien added:
... I would like to urge the RIOC Board, through this Corporation's partnership with RIRA's  Common Council (Roosevelt Island Residents Association) to approve the Public Purpose Funding approved for RISA of $12 thousand.

RISA at RIOC's request has researched and produced all possible requested information as to this organizations past financials.... we have been working every day trying to pull the records together that we didn't have and that we finally were able to get a hold of....
Here's the RISA members Public Session presentation.

At RIOC Director Margie Smith's suggestion, the RIOC Board agreed to a motion for the conditional approval of Public Purpose Funds to RISA if RIOC President Susan Rosenthal is satisfied that RIOC has received all required documentation. RIOC Director Michael Shinozaki was the only Director to vote no on the motion.

RISA President Barbara Parker reports on upcoming programs and events:
Hi Everyone,

Here's What's Coming Up In May.

Informational Events

Thursday, May 4th - New York Health Act Presentation 7:30pm - Senior Center

Join the fight for universal healthcare. One of the most significant pieces of legislation to ever hit New York. (see the April 29th Wire article for more information) To confirm your attendance contact: Barbara Parker at 917-951-4137 - Email:

Thursday, May 4th - Power Perks Discussion Session- 5:00pm-7:00pm

580 Main Street Lobby - Earn $25/AC in Rewards and control your AC on the Go- Free. How to make your AC work for you. Hosted by Power Perks staff.

Health & Wellness Programs/Workshops

Zumba Dance Party - Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm - Free to Members - Non-members $5.00 . Open to the community. RISA Members: Free - Non-Members $5.00. Forget the Workshop! Join the Party - taught by Barbara Parker. Health & Wellness Consultant.

Chair Pilates - New 8 week summer session - Wednesdays May 17th thru July 5th - 10:00am - 11:00am
12th Floor Multipurpose Room. Fun, Safe & Inclusive classes - taught by Ivette Brown. Licensed Physical & Health Educator. (class will only run with a minimum of 15 participants)
Registration: Tuesday, May 9th 12:00pm-1:30pm. Fee: $27.00 for the entire session.

Health & Wellness Day - Thursday, May 11th 10:00am - 1:00pm Senior Center. Sponsored by Carter Burden. Join us at our program informational table.

Special Workshop - Back by popular demand - DoTerra Essential Oils & Your Well Being. Natural ways to support the well being of your body, mind and spirit. Saturday, May 13th 6:30pm - Senior Center. Refreshments will be served.

Memorial Holiday Event - Saturday, May 27th - Stay tuned for more details

RISA's Annual Membership Ongoing Registration
Starting April 10th 11:00am to 12:30pm 546 Lobby Area Mondays and Thursdays - 50+ population.. Supporter donations welcomed.

RISA Member Island Merchant Discounts - Daily
  • Wholesome Factory 10% (up to $50 purchase) - Must present 2017 membership card
  • Island Wine & Spirits 15% (Wines and Champagnes and 5% Spirits) Must present 2017 membership card and picture ID
  • We Are One Gift Shop 20% - Must present 2017 membership card
More to come..

For more information and registrations contact 917-951-4137- Email:

Stay tuned for:
  • Upcoming Events, Classes and Workshops.
  • Educational and Cultural Enrichment Events
  • Film Festivals Movie Night and Discussion
  • Wine and Canvas Event
  • Cabaret Night
  • May Festival Picnic
  • Music Night Social
  • Veterans Appreciation Days
  • Off Island Tours and Theatre
  • Monthly Health & Wellness Seminars and Workshops
  • And more...
Check our Lobby and Senior Center Bulletin Board for program updates

Have an Idea:
  • About presenting a program, workshop, event or class?
  • Volunteering
We're always looking for volunteers. If you would like to assist, let us know.

Questions, Comments - Contact us at:
Click here for the RISA web site.