Meet Richard Minogue
June 1, 2013
Rich was born and raised in the Bronx, the third of seven children. They didn't have much stuff, but what they had what needed. It was a great way to grow up in an old-fashioned, traditional family. Rich went to a parochial school which was a well disciplined school. There were times when he was bopped with a ruler. He got into the drum and bugle corps when he was eleven and stayed with it until he was twenty. Rich feels that the discipline of working with a hundred people to achieve a goal is a great experience. You learn to put others above yourself and you can change a community. This is what Rotary is about he feels.
Rich was the first person in his family to go to college. He started in Louisiana, but switched to Oswego, SUNY. He got his Masters at SUNY Geneseo in special education. He worked for thirty-three years with people with disabilities. He was the Executive Director of the Advocacy and Resource Center in New York State. It was a private, not-for profit serving five hundred and fifty disabled. He had four hundred staff members working 24/7.
Rich was a single dad for many years. He raised four of his five children by himself. He feels this was one of the greatest experiences of his life. He now has five children in five states, ranging in age from twenty-seven to forty-two years old.
Rich moved to Vermont in 2002. He worked in Albany, retiring in 2008. Four years ago he married Roberta Winiker, a librarian at Mount Anthony High School. She has two grown sons.
He works as a ski instructor and is a board member of SEALL This group works with delinquent adults on probation coming back into the community.
One of the reasons Rich joined Rotary was to work with others serving the community. He thinks Rotarians could be mentors to children and change their lives. Rich loves helping people in whatever way he can and hopes that Rotary will give him opportunities to do so.
Author: Sally Sugarman (Club Member & Windmill Editor)
Back to Listings