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The men of the Farmingdale and Massapequa communities, served by the Farmingdale, Massapequa and Plainedge school districts, are an active group with diverse interests, and have been for many years. They were responsible for forming many organizations that helped define and develop the community including youth sports leagues, scout troops, local chapters of national and international organizations (like Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, and Elks), local posts of veterans’ organizations, civic associations, and chambers of commerce. They also served as elected officials at the local, town, county, state and federal level. But until 2017 their efforts were never brought together under “one roof.”
The women of Farmingdale also have a rich history of actively promoting civic, educational, and social interests, and under the leadership of Abigail E. Leonard they organized The Women’s Club of Farmingdale on March 7, 1913. They have been a positive force in the community for more than 100 years. Their existence and activities gave rise to Tom Sabellico’s idea to form an organization – The Men of Farmingdale. He discussed the idea with several friends (including Bob Diamond, Dan Kornfeld, and Joe Pappalardo), and as the idea developed, friends from the Massapequas wanted to be included and felt that there was a natural connection.
So, with a nod to The Women’s Club of Farmingdale, and as a tribute to all the service provided to the Farmingdale and Massapequa communities by its men for many years, The Massapequa-Farmingdale Men’s Club, Inc. was formed on May 24, 2017. Its first meeting was attended by its dozen founding “brothers” in the conference room of the North Massapequa Fire Department. The Club now has more than fifty members, and although its ability to meet regularly has been hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Club has continued to serve the community, with activities including food drives to support local food banks, scholarships for local high school seniors, and support for those in need in the community.