2002-09-14 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year to my Jewish friends and neighbors.  This is a time to reflect on the past and begin again to build on our successes and accomplishments.

This is also the anniversary of one of the worst tragedies in our history.  It is compounded by the fact that this terrible devastation at the World Trade Center was the deliberate and senseless but willful act of terrorists. Its important that we stop and memorialize the lives that were lost.  They will never fade away because they remain vividly in our memory.  Our community has suffered immeasurable loss.

Viewing the devastation at the World Trade Center highlights the need for peace in Israel.  On October 6, Jack King and I are planning a rally to support peace in Israel.  It is important that all parties come back to the table and work earnestly and wholeheartedly for peace.  It is a true tragedy that people cannot pursue their ordinary daily activities without fear.

A terrible loss that we suffered recently was the death of a wonderful friend - Claire O Brien.  Claire was an active member of our Democratic Club. She always had an engaging smile and beautiful eyes that lit up.  Claire's warm and delightful personality endeared her to everyone who knew her. Her outstanding leadership ability was recognized as soon as one met her. She served as a vivacious President of the St. Camillus Golden Age Club for five years.  She loved people and they loved her.  Her real passion was her family.  She looked forward to baby-sitting for her grandchildren. 

She would eagerly talk about her treasured moments with them.  She was a very proud mother.  She respected, admired and loved her own children.  She considered their spouses as an important part of her immediate family.  Claire was deeply religious.  She valued her role at St. Camillus parish.  Her parents nurtured her Catholic faith.  She felt that this was so important to her that she passed it on to her children.  Claire was a very serious person who had a fun loving side.  She will be sorely missed by all of us who knew and loved her. 

Congratulations go to Catherine Hibbits and Kay Kinane who served as the Chairladies of the very successful V F W luncheon last Friday.  This luncheon reminds us of the sacrifices that have been made by the men and women of our Armed Forces to preserve our democratic traditions and way of life. We owe a sincere debt of gratitude to those who gave selflessly so that we can live in a free country. Catherine Hibbits and Kay Kinane and their fine committee celebrate the outstanding contributions of the V F W each year at this luncheon. The prizes were beautifully displayed.  I was hoping to win any one of the beautiful prizes but it wasn't to be.  I will have to go back next year and try to win again.  The lunch was delicious. 

Thanks go again to Catherine Hibbits and Kay Kinane. They are a very dynamic duo. They are true leaders. They are professional and well organized. It is always a pleasure to spend time with them.  They are well informed and very interesting. They are two women who really do make a difference.

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