2003-04-12 / Columnists

Chatting with Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader
Chatting with Chapey

Dr. Geraldine ChapeyDr. Geraldine Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

I am delighted to inform you that Trinity Services - the organization that I founded in 1994 - was honored by New York State Senator Malcolm Smith at his third annual dinner on Friday, March 28, 2003 at Antun’s.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer presented the award to me. She praised Trinity’s work with over 2,000 seniors and 500 youngsters.  Assemblywoman Pheffer outlined the three programs that comprise Trinity Services: (1) an educational recreational program, (2) an intergenerational after school program and (3) a van program.  The van program was highlighted on New York 1, Channel 1 News, on the weekend of March 1, 2 and 3, 2003.  I was selected as the New Yorker of the Week. Channel 1 featured Trinity Services because of the essential and vital programs we offer in our area. Developing and implementing the Trinity programs has required extensive efforts and endless hours of work.  It is heartwarming to know that these efforts are essential, vital and appreciated.

As part of the intergenerational After School Program, Trinity has sponsored many trips to various places including ones to Ellis Island.  Trinity ran these programs in Ozone Park, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, Belle Harbor and Breezy Point. The youngsters were enthusiastic about different parts of the trip including the boat ride to Ellis Island and the items brought by the immigrants to our shores. The youngsters went on these trips with the seniors. These activities are important because it provides a framework for friendly and pleasant relationships between the generations. It’s important that both of these groups socialize and enjoy each other’s company.  The seniors bring their wisdom and experience. The youngsters bring their fresh perspectives and their eagerness to learn about the world around them.  These trips provide a rare opportunity for youngsters to meet seniors and seniors to socialize with youngsters who are outside their immediate family. It broadens everyone’s circle of friends.

The honorary chairpersons of State Senator Malcolm Smith’s dinner at which Trinity was honored are: Honorable Tom Manton; Honorable Archie Spigner; Honorable Dora Young; Honorable Serphin Maltese; and the Honhairs are Honorable George Pataki, Governor of New York State, the Honorable Alan Hevesi, State Comptroller, the Honorable David Paterson, Democratic Conference Leader of the New York State Senate, the Honorable Betsy Gotbaum, Public Advocate and the Honorable Helen Marshall, Borough President of Queens County.

Several other outstanding groups were honored at the Antun’s dinner including Briarwood Community Association, Inc., Haitian Americans United for Progress, JETS Joining Everyone to Share, Queens Village Community Association, and the United Tenants Coalition. Congratulations to each of these organizations that are making a significant contribution.

As the founder and CEO of Trinity Senior Services, I know from our participants how we are making a difference in so many lives. As you are aware all these programs require funding.  Trinity will be sponsoring our first annual luncheon to raise money to continue our programs. The luncheon will be on Wednesday, April 30th at 12 Noon at Russo’s on the Bay at 162-45 Crossbay Boulevard. Tickets are $40.00 per person.  Please call us at (718) 474-1641 to reserve your tickets.  Call a few friends and put a table together.  You will have a most enjoyable day.

The honorees at our luncheon are Dr. Kathleen Cashin, a new regional superintendent in the Department of Education, Stanley Gelda, renowned CPA and President-elect of West End Temple, Robert Levine, President and CEO of Peninsula Hospital, Cody McCone, an outstanding attorney in the law firm of Brian O’Dwyer and Bernstein, Kathleen Riddle, CEO of Outreach Project and Joseph Ruggiere, CEO of Community Federal Savings Bank.  Sister Hanna Cox and Sister Patricia Walsh will receive our guardian Angel Award. Josephine McPartland and Virginia Shea will be honored as founders of Trinity Services.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank State Senator Malcolm Smith for all his efforts on our behalf.  He is enthusiastic and energetic about serving his constituents.  He is on the cutting edge in using the newest technology and the latest advances in management style to help everyone.  I would also like to thank Malcolm for choosing to honor organizations that make a significant difference in our neighborhoods.  He is recognizing the hard work, talent and creativity of our neighbors.  Keep going Malcolm!

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