Big East Chapter

Includes New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island

Big East Boat Ride

Thanks for setting sail with us!

Hi ALDE Friends! 

Friday, June 22,  we embarked on another glorious day with Captin Ken and Skipper Gary. We are very grateful for their hospitality. 

Thank you to Jamison from SBS Promo for these Visors. He is our go-to for marketing needs, and also has done a tremendous job for the LSSNY crew. He generously donated them and I forgot to bring them. (Props to my husband Tom for bringing them in later, a few attendees did receive theirs.) 

Special thanks to Michael Polsky for taking the time to join us. I know LuHi will be checking him out for our golf outing, that Martin Luther used him for theirs, and he is a friend of LSSNY! 

Thanks to LSSNY for tipping the crew, and to those who helped with lunch. To those wanting to still help with lunch or the ALDE Annual Fund, please donate HERE. If you're helping with lunch, please note "Big East Lunch" in the form. We are just short of our Annual Fund goal, but gifts must be made by Friday, so please give today!

HERE you'll find our pictures and a document with upcoming events. Please put your fellow ALDE members' events on your calendar, and do what you can to help support and volunteer. Please add your own pictures, and edit the document if you were not on the trip and want volunteers/help with your upcoming events. 

Don't forget the challenge to upload five of your organization's best pieces to the portal on the LSSNY website. Just scroll to the bottom, click the ALDE link, and type in the password "BIG EAST." Examples can be brochures, thank you notes, ask letters, or whatever else you think would be helpful to use. Please upload publisher/Indesign files so that we can just drag and drop information.

Stay tuned for our fall date! Kudos to Brian for setting everything up and then not being able to join us (cheers to his parents on their 40th wedding anniversary). 

Stephanie Wollenburg
Assistant Director of Development, Long Island Lutheran 

April 2018 Big East Chapter Notes

Happy Easter, Big East Chapter Members!
I hope you are enjoying the holiday season, and thanks for being such an integral part of the Big East Chapter! It was so nice to see many of you at the IGNITE: Minneapolis 2018 conference last month. We had a great (and FUN!) chapter meeting while at the conference. Special congratulations to Lindsay Fertig-Johnson, Campaign Coordinator at Concordia College in Bronxville, who is our new Treasurer! We look forward to Lindsay’s added involvement in the Chapter and appreciate all of Roger Dow’s (Concordia Seminary, St. Louis) work as our past Treasurer for many years.   
Also, special thanks to our very own Jane Lottes (LuHi), who agreed to be our Chapter Advocate.  More information on both of these positions to follow at our next meeting.
BOAT CRUISE!!! We are working with our Host/Captain and are looking at: Wednesday, June 13, 2018, or Friday, June 22, 2018.  These are the two dates that we selected as a group in Minneapolis. I will forward the confirmed date as soon as we hear back.
Lutheran Social Services of New York is hosting our 13th Annual Award Celebration in which our colleague Marlene Lund (Center for Urban Education Ministries), will be honored with The Servant Leadership Award for her 45 Years of Service to Lutheran ministries. She will also be retiring at the end of June 2018. Marlene will be honored on Monday, April 23, at the New York Athletic Club from 6:00-10:00 p.m. If you are interested in attending and are unable to purchase a ticket, please contact me as we have a few tickets that have been donated back to us. All of the details on our website at
Again, Happy Easter and thanks for being a part of the Big East Chapter!
Brian Gavin
ALDE Big East Chapter President
Vice President of Advancement & Communications, Lutheran Social Services of New York