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We are a social organization whose goals are to promote friendship and good fellowship among tall people, and sponsor activities of interest and benefit to all members.
• Minimum Age: 21 years old
• Minimum Height: Men 6' 2", Women 5' 10" in stocking feet
The Tall Club of Long Island (TCLI) is the Long Island, NY chapter of Tall Clubs International ® .
For More Information: E-mail or call 718-843-2623
Postal: Tall Club of Long Island
P.O. Box 1653
Valley Stream, NY 11582-1653
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The Tall Club of Long Island, established October 1986, is proud to present the biography of Kae Sumner Einfeldt. Kae founded the first tall club on May 1, 1938 which grew to worldwide organizations of height.
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TCLI Calendar for December 2016
SAT DEC 3 TCLI HOLIDAY BUFFET / DANCE 8:00 PM
The best deal of the holiday season is here. Where else can you get an Extensive Buffet with a Great DJ for an evening of Dancing with Beer, Wine and Soda for $65? (Cash Bar Available) We welcome you to invite your not-so-tall friends. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for complete information.
SUN DEC 4 DJ's INTERNATIONAL 1:00 PM
Back by popular demand. DJ's International is located at 1100 Stewart Ave, East Garden City 11530. They have a very, very large selection in Seafood, American entrees, Sushi & Dim Sum. As reservations are needed, please RSVP, to Arlene at email@example.com or 718-843-2623. Link for directions - http://tinyurl.com/kf4btpe. Cost: $23 all inclusive (Buffet, Coffee, Tea, Soda, tax, tip) with Cash Bar Available
TUES DEC 6 MONTHLY SOCIAL @ BULLDOG GRILLE 7:00 PM
Come join your tall friends & make new tall friends in the upstairs at the Bulldog Grille. 292 Merrick Rd, Amityville (Tel 631-691-1947) - a very friendly Amityville location. A great way to spend a week night. You don’t have to buy dinner but the very good food will not break the bank. No call person; just join us for a relaxing evening. Directions (East or West): Take Route 110 south towards Amityville. (Route 110 becomes Broadway) At fork, gazebo in center, bear left. Keep straight to end, Merrick Rd. At Merrick Rd/NY-27A/ Montauk Highway, turn left for 3/10 of a mile. Bulldog Grille is on left right after school.. Questions – Contact Arlene 718-843-2623
TUES DEC 27 BOARD MEETING 7:00 PM
Join the TCLI Executive Board at “Mamalino’s” – 595 Old Country Rd – Plainview. – 516-681-0200. We welcome all members to give their input for what events the club will put on our social calendar. Please remember -- this is YOUR club + we want to have events that YOU enjoy. The more members that are active, the better our club becomes + the more members we will have. Take Route 135 (SOB Expwy) to Exit #10 Old Country Rd. Go approx ½ mile & restaurant is on left in John’s Farm shop center. Questions – Contact Arlene 718-843-2623 (Note: Due to TCI Convention we are meeting a week early this month)
Want to see more events on our calendar of events?
Well put on your thinking cap and contact a Board Member and we will help you make it happen.
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By COREY KILGANNON
THE ISLAND; IN THIS CLUB, YOU HAVE TO MEASURE UP
It may be a long island, but it's a tall world -- at least for the members of the Tall Club of Long Island, one of some 60 Tall Club International chapters in North America and a member of the Northeast Alliance of Tall Organizations (which you may call NEATO if you're tall enough).
''We have about 40 members in our chapter, depending upon who's all paid up with their dues,'' said Frank Ciccone, 58, of Hicksville, who is a shade under 6 feet 6 inches and the president of the Long Island chapter.
He gathered his tall tribe two weekends ago for its annual Valentine's brunch at the White Whale restaurant here. Roughly 20 members sat around a long table with Mr. Ciccone at the head. They were wearing red for Valentine's Day, and from the bar, the gathering looked like a box of candy canes.
The club's formal mission, according to its Web site, is ''to promote friendship and good fellowship among tall people,'' ''to positively influence tall lives around the globe'' and ''to send a tall message to a world dominated by goods and services designed for the, well basically, less vertically gifted.'' More practically speaking, the mission is to eat, drink and meet other tall people at club dinners, dances, holiday festivities, barbecues and pool parties.
''We have the same commonality,'' said Arlene Krinsky, of Howard Beach, Queens, who is 5-foot-10. ''We've all heard the same jokes: 'How's the weather up there?' 'Do you play basketball?' 'Hey, Jolly Green Giant.' At some point, you just want to meet someone to dance with who you don't have to stare down at.''
Loretta Stefek, a six-footer from Bayside, Queens, agreed. ''When tall people marry shorter people, a lot of times it doesn't work out,'' she said. ''Sometimes it's hard to meet someone your height. I went to my high school reunion and it was a short crowd, like 5-4 or 5-5.''
Members must measure up: 6 feet 2 inches for men and 5 feet 10 inches for women. Applicants are carefully measured against a large ruler that club officials hang from a doorway or ceiling. Inevitably, members may shrink an inch or two from their official club height, but unless a membership lapses for more than five years, one cannot be shipped out for shrinkage.
At the White Whale, many members had to duck in and out of the doorway. Ken Marino, 53, who is 6-foot-8, bumped his head on a hanging light. He and his wife Barbara, 55 and another six-footer, met at the club. They are both schoolteachers from Coram.
Keith Nyhan, 53, a 6-foot-8 1/2-inch mortgage broker from Bethpage, and his wife, Valarie, 53 (she's 5-foot-11), got together at the club five years ago. Karen Sabal, 50, was with the Atlantic chapter when she met Mr. Ciccone at the Tall Club's 2004 national convention in Niagara Falls. They became engaged in August. But plenty of tall singles were at the White Whale.
The big ruler hanging from the ceiling deemed this reporter about five inches too short for the club. ''If you really want to join, we have a stretching rack,'' said Ms. Sabal, who can laugh about it because she is 5-foot-11. ''Yeah, but we charge by the inch,'' Mr. Nyhan snapped.
Not that some applicants do not stretch the truth about their height. ''A few years ago, somebody had the height on his license altered,'' Ms. Sabal said. ''He was shorter than me. We also had a woman who wouldn't take off her heels. The bylaws say 'stocking feet.' ''
If a married couple wants to join, both have to measure up. A too-short spouse can become an associate member. Certain people who do not measure up but whose contributions to the community exemplify ''the goal and spirit'' may become honorary members.
Some members attend regional, national or world conventions (this year's is in Germany in April). Some female members, including Ms. Sabal and Ms. Stefek, have entered the annual Miss Tall International pageant to compete against other chapters, including the Boston Beanstalks, the High Cincinnatians, the California Tip Toppers, the Portland Skyliners, the Bay Area Tall Texans and the Skyscraper Club of Cleveland.
Club members fight for tall causes, including opposing the shrinking of headroom in cars and legroom in airplanes and for the right to buy a decent-fitting suit at a clothing store. The club raises money to fight Marfan syndrome, which affects tall people.
Mr. Ciccone has conducted the NEATO Olympics the last two years at his home. Events included volleyball, tug of war and races while balancing things. The performances are mixed, he said.
''We're tall,'' he said. ''That doesn't mean we're athletic.''
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