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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 October 2016
SAT OCT 1 KARVERS GRILL in HOLBROOK 9:00PM - 12:30AM
Mark your calendar for July 2nd -- WADE-JAMM returns to Karvers Grill in Holbrook! Venue is located at 480 Patchogue Holbrook Road, Holbrook 11741. On Saturday of July 4th weekend Wade-Jamm will be rockin' in Holbrook. Come to hear our own Wade and enjoy great music, delicious food and lots of fun!! Remember there is no call person for any of Wade-Jamm events but do make sure you go to Wade and let him know you are there. Venue phone 631-868-7300.
TUES OCT 4 NO MONTHLY SOCIAL FOR OBSERVENCE OF ROSH HASHANA
TUES OCT 25 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)
TUES NOV 1 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
SAT NOV 5 PRE-THANKSGIVING DINNER 4:30 PM
Marge & Bruce invite TCI members & guests to join them for our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. This is always one of the great ways to spend an evening - being thankful for friends with good conversation and great food. All we ask is that you BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage) to ensure you have your favorite drink. Also please advise Arlene what, from the Menu, you will bring to share or $15. Please remember to contact Arlene at 718-843-2623 or firstname.lastname@example.org as she is coordinating the food. Since preparations need be made ahead of time – PLEASE RSVP A.S.A.P
SUN - NOV 6 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS @ 2:00AM - EASTERN STANDARD TIME BEGINS 2AM
As the rhyme goes - Spring Forward, Fall Back - this means we now get an extra hour of sleep !!! If living in the USA or Canada, Daylight Savings Time 2015 ends on November 1, 2015. At 2 am, we "fall back" and gain an extra hour of sleep. Arizona, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, as well as most of Saskatchewan + some parts of BC, Nunavut and Quebec, do not observe Daylight Savings Time.
TUES NOV 8 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
The election of President and Vice President of the United States is an indirect election in which citizens of the United States who are registered to vote in one of the fifty states or Washington, D.C. cast ballots for a set of members of the U.S. Electoral College, known as electors. These electors then in turn cast direct votes, known as electoral votes, for President and Vice President of the United States. The candidate who receives an absolute of electoral votes for President or Vice President is then elected to that office.
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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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