On Tuesday, December 12th, WOWI held its 2023 Annual Holiday Get Together, at the Lion's Den, Higbie Lane, West Islip, NY. It was wonderful to celebrate the holidays with those who were in attendance. We would like to thank Norma Mattera and the staff of the Lion's Den for putting together a beautiful evening, and thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate.

What a great night celebrating WOWI and our amazing community award recipients. At the event, WOWI honored three (3) very deserving gentlemen from the West Islip community, Jason Freda, Anthony Musumeci, and John Raimondi. These men really deserved to be recognized for their continued commitment, and we appreciate all they do for West Islip.

Happy to introduce our new executive board for 2024-2026. Regina Jacoby, President, Sue Cosentino, VP, Lello Ryan, Treasurer, Patty Vorilas, Asst Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Barbara Mariarossi, Corresponding Secretary Chris Ragen , Membership, Christine McCann. We thank our outstgoing President, Mary Louise Cairo, Treasurer, Belinda Rubino , Corresponding Secretary, Pati Smith and Membership VP, Denise Rathje for all of your hard work and commitment. 

Happy Holidays. Looking forward to spreading kindness and all good things to come in West Islip.


L to R, Patty Vorilas - co-founder; Pati Smith - corresponding secretary; Anthony Musumeci - Honoree; John Raimondi - Honoree; Jason Freda - Honoree; Mary Louise Cairo, president; Regina Jacoby, incoming president and co-founder; Lello Ryan, incoming treasurer

 Members of the Women of West Islip at the Annual Holiday get together at The Lion's Den, Higbie Lane, West Islip, NY 


The Islip Bulletin, March 23, 2023

Islip Town supervisor Angie Carpenter and the Islip Town Board recently honored six women and organizations from across the township as part of the Women’s History Month Celebration held during the March town board Meeting on Tuesday, March 14. 

Two local women, Constance Haab of Bayport and Barbara Fitzpatrick of Sayville, were honored, as well a West Islip-based women’s organization, Women of West Islip.

“The month of March is National Women’s History Month, and all of us at the Town of Islip are proud to celebrate women from all walks of life who positively impact our lives every day,” said Carpenter.

To read the entire article, go to


  2022 New York State Assembly Women of Distinction Honoree
Presented by Assemblyman Michael Durso


Women of West Islip Organize Snack Drive

September, 2022, Women of West Islip (WOWI) organized a snack drive with Legislator Steven Flotteron's office for the two local food pantries at Westminster United Presbyterian and Our Lady of Lourdes churches in West Islip. Pictured (L-R): Mary Louise Cairo, President of WOWI, Legislator Steven Flotteron, and Belinda Rubino, Treasurer of WOWI.


FridayNurses Week Tree Dedication Ceremony

On Friday, May 6th, a tree dedication ceremony took place at Catholic Health Good Samaritan Hospital, honoring Dawn Marie Brown and their dedicated nurses during Nurses Week. The tree and plaque were presented by Women of West Islip (WOWI) and they were joined by the president Ruth Hennessy, and members and nurses of staff. 



Congratulations to WOWI Member Lynn Luttenberg for receiving the 2021 Woman of Distinction Honor!

Legislator Steven J. Flotteron recognized the 2021 Suffolk County Woman of Distinction Award nominee for the 11th Legislative District, Lynn Luttenberg, for her dedication and contributions to the West Islip Community. Ms. Luttenberg continues to tirelessly give of her time and talents to bring others together for the betterment of her community. In addition to serving as Vice President of West Islip Association and President of West Islip Historical Society, she was instrumental in the restoration of the original La Grange Inn building into the West Islip Museum which opened in 2019, including raising significant funds to complete the project and collecting artifacts from West Islip residents, businesses and historical pieces from the now closed Higbie School.

Ms. Luttenberg is also a member of Women of West Islip (WOWI), helping bring a sense of community to those looking to volunteer and help others with things such as donations for local food pantries and acting as the liaison in the outreach branch of volunteering. One of her most significant contributions is the Historical Society's yearly Memorial Day tradition with local Boy Scout Troops and the American Legion in recognizing Revolutionary War Vetrans buried in the small cemetery in Northern West Islip


2021 Suffolk County Woman of Distinction Award Nominee - Legislator Steven J. Flotteron recognized the 2021 Suffolk County Woman of Distinction Award nominee for the 11th Legislative District, Lynn Luttenberg, for her dedication and contributions to the West Islip community.

 Congratulations to WOWI for receiving the 2017 Women's History Award of Distinction!

Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter and the members of the Islip Town Board recently participated in the Town’s annual Women’s History Awards ceremony. March is national Women’s History Month, and each year the Town uses the occasion to honor women in the community who have made an impact in the lives of others. 

“All of these women being honored at this ceremony have left an indelible mark upon our community,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “Their achievements have inspired others to become involved in community service organizations, and countless lives have been improved because of their actions.”

The recipients of the 2017 Women’s History Awards are:

• Bernadette Burns
• Linda Bohlsen
• Rev. Helen Wilk
• Jeanette Feminella
• Jessica Rosati
• WOWI (Women of
West Islip), with Tracey
Madonia representing
the leadership of the organization.


Copyright © 2024 Women of West Islip. All Rights Reserved.
Back to Top