2000-02-26 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

On Saturday, February 19, 2000, the Queens St. Patrick's Day Parade
and Cultural Committee held its annual dinner dance at Antun's. There was a sell-out crowd. It was an exciting part of the festivities leading up to our parade on March 4, 2000.

I am very honored to be the honorary female grand marshal in this
parade. It was a delight to share the evening with my family - my mother,
Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey, NYS Regent, my husband Eugene Pasternak, Community Planning Board 14, my sister Dr. Roberta Chapey, a noted author of medical books on Aphasia and her husband Kris.

I was particularly happy to share this occasion with Assemblyman
Denis Butler and his charming wife Mary. Denis presented me with a
citation from the NYS Assembly. It read as follows: "A long time member
of the Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade and Cultural Committee, Dr. Chapey, who can trace her roots to County Louth, Ireland spends countless hours every year helping to prepare for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade along Rockaway Beach boulevard. In addition, to these volunteer efforts, Dr. Chapey serves as Democratic District Leader in the 23 Assembly District, president of the Atlantis Tenants Association and is the founder and chairperson of Trinity Services Inc. which provides educational, recreational and cultural services to 1500 senior citizens. She is also the director of the Institute for Professional Development at Kingsborough Community College - CUNY and holds a doctorate in management and labor relations from Rutgers University, an MA from Columbia University and a BA
from St. John's University. As an educational leader, she has wide range of administrative and teaching experience: now, therefore, be it resolved that this assembled body pause in its deliberations to most joyously congratulate Dr. Geraldine Chapey upon her designation as "Honorary Female Grand Marshal" of the 25th Annual Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade. May the road rise up to meet you, the wind always be at your back and may
God keep you in the palm of his hand." (dated February, 2000).

It was my pleasure to be joined by the Queens County Conservative
Party Chairperson Thomas Long and his attractive wife Anke. Tom and Anke have lively and cheerful personas that add to every discussion. Tom Long joined the dignitaries on the dais. At the dinner dance Tom Long formally presented me with my sash, which I will wear in the parade designating me as the honorary female grand marshal for the 2000 Parade.

Melinda Katz, the director of the Community Planning Boards for the
Borough of Queens, presented me with a citation of honor from Claire
Schulman, the president of the Borough of Queens, in grateful recognition for my accomplishments as an educator, community activist and a long personal involvement with the Irish community. She also presented
citations to the other honorees - Jack Ahern, male grand marshal, Rosemary Lombard, female grand marshal and Lew Simon, honorary Grand marshal.

Sr. Mary Beatta Geraghty added to our enjoyment by joining us at
our table. Sister is a talented and gifted performer with a beautiful
trained vocal musical ability. When Sister sang the audience enthusiastically applauded her musical renditions. Sister has a special flair for showmanship. Everyone was delighted. Sr. Mary Beatta is currently working on her new album. She told me that it will include some of our cherished favorites. We are looking forward to hearing it and buying it when it comes out. I will keep you posted.

Steve Cooper, the president of the Frank Avenue Civic Association,
and a member of Community Planning Board 14 added to our festivities. Steve's sense of humor always brings a smile to everyone's face. We were pleased to share the evening with the dynamic duo of Eleanor and Jack King. They have insightful conversation, varied interests and a strong commitment to the betterment of our community. John and Maureen Ingram are a magnetic and energetic couple who have a strong record of community accomplishments.

Maureen was on Senator Al Waldon's staff and currently serves as our Democratic state committee woman. Catherine Hibbitts and Kay
Kinane are multifaceted and talented women who liven up all conversations with their wit and wisdom. They are the chairs of the John McLoughlin VFW Post. The dinner dance was a wonderful and memorable event that I will always cherish.

I am proud to be the honorary female grand marshal for the 2000
Parade.

 

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