2000-02-05 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

The current topic on every news broadcast on every channel is the
presidential campaign.

Mrs. Bridget Murphy's class at St. Rose of Lima School took this
opportunity to do extensive research on all the past presidents and
delighted us with an excellent presentation on February 1, 2000. What
better way to understand the present campaigns than to study the
accomplishments and the times of the preceding presidents. They combined
their research with a timely assembly program during February when we
celebrate President's Week.

The presentations were interesting informative and professionally delivered. Each student in the class came to the microphone with confidence and poise. Their speeches were loud and clear. Their pronunciation and articulation were excellent. The students are accomplished public speakers. They are the beneficiaries of Mrs. Bridget Murphy's talent as a teacher and a trainer. Her accomplished artistry and skill allowed each student to excel.

Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey, New York State Regent, addressed the
assembly. She complimented the youngsters, their parents, their teachers and the principal for the marvelous and outstanding work that they are doing in their school.

St. Rose of Lima School is very fortunate to have Mrs. Theresa
Andresen as its principal. Mrs. Andresen has the depth of scholarship and the breath of leadership to bring the students and teachers to new heights.

The musical aspect of the program was directed by the gifted Ann Marie
Acosta. The musical rendition of God Bless America and the Star Spangled
Banner set an elegant and patriotic background for the presentation of the president's biographies.

There were some very interesting facts presented about the past presidents. During James Garfield's administration New York first experienced electricity. Grover Cleveland was the only president to serve two
non-consecutive terms. During his second term the Statue of Liberty was dedicated and Kodak produced its first cameras. During William Mc Kinley's administration women raised their skirts in public above their ankles for the first time. Teddy Roosevelt started the Panama Canal. William Howard Taft was the only person to serve as president and as a chief justice. During Woodrow Wilson's term congress passed the first Child Labor Law, day light saving time was established and women got the right to vote. It was a very
informative assembly.

The Cathedral Club honored another great American. On Thursday evening, January 27, 2000 we attended the Cathedral Club's 100th anniversary dinner at the Grand Ballroom of the New York Hilton. John Cardinal O'Conner was the honoree. He was asked to speak about his life. He noted that he
was born in Philadelphia to a family with modest means. He told us that he spent 27 years as a chaplain in the military. He stressed that it is
important to reach out and help people. He feels that one of the most
important ways to assist others is through a good education.

Speaking of presidential campaigns our club was invited by the Al
Gore camp to come to New Hampshire to campaign with him.

On another note, please go to the West End Realty at 209 Beach
116 street. Barbara Morris, D. Brian Heffernan and Gary Gottlieb are
running a Teddy Bear Naming Contest. Take a good look at the Teddy Bear in the window and give it a creative name. They are raffling off the bear to the person who gives it the most original name.



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