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EHS will honor member Alison Pratt, Ph.D., for her commitment to social justice at its Founders Day on Sunday, May 7.
Dr. Pratt, who has been a member for 10 years, coined the Ethical Society slogan “Create a Caring World,” which aptly describes her contributions to the Ethical Society and the larger community. She conceptualized and led the Student Social Action Grant, giving seed money to student social action projects that included a teen drunk driving education campaign and recycling of pill containers for a health program in Malawi. She created and, for five years, ran the Teen Art, Music and Poetry Festival. With Crossroads Farm, she hosted two dinner and movies series about the environment. Through her Book Swap several hundred books were donated to Reading Reflections, an organization which redistributed the books to local and international libraries in need. With Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Long Island and Pedals for Progress, she helped organized two used bike and sewing machine collections, and, with the Center for Inquiry Ms. Pratt organized the all-day Secular Parenting Seminar.
Dr. Pratt served on the board of the Ethical Society for six years, taught Sunday School and has used her artistic ability to write and design full color brochures for the Ethical Society, its Sunday school, Membership Committee and Ethical Friends of Children, a program which supplies clothing, equipment and toys to children in need.
This multi-talented woman is the author of A Murder Before Eden, a nonfiction novel about the 1947 of her great-grandfather. In 1981 she came to New York to attend graduate school at City University of New York where she received her PhD. A 28-year resident of Floral Parks, she began her private practice there in 1994. She is an assistant professor in psychology at Queensborough Community College. She is married to Steve Hetzel, a nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, step-mother of Sean Hetzel and mother of Reid Hetzel, a student at SUNY Buffalo.
Founder’s Day celebrations are a long held tradition at Ethical Societies around the country. The first Sunday in May is designated because Felix Adler, founder of Ethical Culture gave his first public address in New York City on that day in 1876. In that speech, he introduced the idea of creating a “religion of the future,” based on deed not creed.
“Alison’s concern for the life and growth of the Ethical Society and its principles is why we hold her in such high esteem,” says Linda Napoli of Mineola, the president of the Society. “We look forward to celebrating her accomplishments both as a member and as a person.”
For more information, call the Ethical Society at 516-741-7304.
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