2002-02-16 / Columnists

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By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey
The Cathedral Club Celebrates 102 Years

On Friday evening, February 1, 2002, The Cathedral Club held its 102nd dinner honoring William A. McKenna Jr., the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Ridgewood Savings Bank.

The Cathedral Club of the Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens is fortunate to have as its current President Vincent M. DelGuidice.  Vincent DelGuidice has spent many years successfully leading numerous civic, community and religious organizations.  He brings to his Presidency a passion and a love for the successful endeavors that he has accomplished.  He and his family are devoted to improving the lives of their fellow men and women.  At this crucial time, strong leadership is imperative and we are very fortunate that Vincent Del Guidice and his family have accepted this challenge.

The Cathedral Club is a Catholic lay organization founded on March 1, 1900, in the Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens.  The spiritual leader at the beginning was Father George Mundelein who later became the Cardinal of the Diocese of Chicago.  The club was founded to promote moral and  religious spirituality.  As the Club grew and expanded, it now has an extensive group of events and activities which fulfill its aim and purpose.

The spiritual leader of the Club is Bishop Thomas Daily.  Bishop Daily is fluent in several languages.  He spent five years in South America.  Through his unique experiences he is able to reach out to all members of the Diocese.  His responsiveness to the needs of the flock has allowed him to achieve significant gains for the various communities in Brooklyn and Queens.  He is an indefatigable leader who has a genuine commitment to working cooperatively with people.  He has the ability to powerfully articulate a vision and make this new and improved vision a reality.

This year's honoree, William McKenna, has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Ridgewood Savings Bank since January 1992.  The Ridgewood Savings Bank was originally chartered in 1921.  It is now a mutual savings bank with more than $2.5 billion in assets serving more than 200,000 depositors at eighteen branches in Queens, Brooklyn, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

William McKenna is a graduate of St. John's University and has completed postgraduate programs at both Brown University and Harvard Universities' Graduate School of Business Administration.  He has also been awarded a Doctorate in Commercial Science, honoris causa, from St. John's University.

The principal speaker at the dinner was Congressman Vito Fossella.  He serves as a Congressman from Staten Island and graduated from the prestigious Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.  He earned his law degree from Fordham University in 1993.

Congressman Fossella is a very intelligent and hard working Congressman.  His primary issues are education, the economy, the environment and improving the quality of life for all New Yorkers.  During his term in office he has stressed the importance of tax reductions, preserving, protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare and fighting crime.

The Cathedral Club Dinner was an outstanding success.  It continues to thrive because of the excellent spiritual guidance given by Bishop Daily.  Bishop Daily strongly supports the organization because of the continued good work that it does in the Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens.  A special note of thanks goes to Vincent Del Guidice and his family for their dedication and service.

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