January 2006

Our Member of the Month, Garry Raff , is one of the Shop Managers for We Transport of Bay Shore, NY, which operates of a fleet of 1,400 school buses. Garry is starting a new career in the school bus industry where he supervises repairs, DOT inspections and parts procurement. During 1987 to 1991, Garry worked part time in parts sales for Syosset Truck Sales and part time at Hub Truck Rental. From 1991 through 2005, Garry worked full time with Hub Truck Rental and held positions of Branch Manager and Road Service Manager where he coordinated road service with outside vendors and maintained inventory control. Garry has also worked as an assistant herdsman at S.U.N.Y., Farmingdale.

Garry was born in the Bronx in 1958 and raised in Plainview , NY . He graduated from Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School in 1976 and earned a Bachelor's Degree in dairy husbandry from Delaware Valley College , Doylestown , PA in 1983.

Married in 1989 to his wife, Patricia, the Raff's have two children, Kaitlyn Anne, 13 and Joseph Samuel, 11 1/2. They currently reside in Islip , NY .

On Garry's off time, he enjoys hiking, bicycling and horse back riding although he is recovering from recent knee surgery. He also enjoys photography and reads murder mysteries. He tries not to miss his children's sports activities which include basketball, softball and volley ball. Garry was very active in the 4H Club Camp up until the mid 90's.

Garry has been an active Member of the Society since 2003. As a second generation Society Member, Garry follows after his father, Joseph, who was an active Member of the Society in the 70's and 80's and President of the Society from 1986 to 1988.


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