Recent Meeting Programs

Richard Forliano – August 11 Speaker

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Richard Forliano shared his knowledge of Anne Hutchinson.  Anne was born in England in 1591.  She married William Hutchinson in 1612 and had 15 children.  In 1634 they followed Protestant Minister John Cotton to Massachusetts Bay Colony.  There she shared her own interpretations of Cotton’s teachings, against the precepts of the governing ministers.  Hutchinson was found guilty of heresy and banished.  She and most of her family was killed in 1643 in a massacre by Native Americans in what is now the  Pelham Bay area.


The Hutchinson River Parkway is the only parkway in the US named after a woman.

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Bettina Bellande of MuZe Wellness LLC – March 3 Speaker

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Bettina Bellande is the founder of MuZe Wellness LLC (“MuZe”) and the creator of the MuZe Workout™, a unique, sexy and effective workout method for women.

A native New Yorker, Bettina has been a dancer since the age of ten and an entrepreneur since the age of 24.  She is a talented instructor and coach in both fitness (AFAA-certified) and personal development (NLP).

In 2010, Bettina quit “gym” workouts, dropped 60 pounds and became a personal trainer, all while running a successful international meeting and event company, Pegasus International. She knows firsthand the challenges busy women face, their struggle to make time for themselves and their well-being while managing professional and personal responsibilities.

She’s dedicated to integrating and celebrating health and fitness in every aspect of life and loves to share her passion with others.

Her workouts are designed to be accessible…yet challenging and effective, with modifications for women who are just getting back to their fitness routine.



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AFYA Foundation presentation at the Jan. 28 Meeting

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Danielle Butin, MPH, OTR is the Founder and Executive Director of the AFYA Foundation, a medical supply recovery organization in Yonkers, New York.  Since its inception in 2007, AFYA has shipped over 180 40-foot containers packed with recovered humanitarian and medical supplies to African and Caribbean nations.  The AFYA Foundation has partnered with public health missions in 56 countries around the world including Haiti, where it manages a network of rehabilitative medicine clinics.  Ms. Butin recently traveled to Greece where she is assisting in the humanitarian efforts for Syrian refugees.  She has received national recognition and awards for her leadership in the development of health education programs and materials.  Ms. Butin received her Maters in Public Health with a specialization in Geriatrics and Gerontology at Columbia University and her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from NYU.

For more information visit AFYA at their website

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