2004-10-01 / Community

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

Dr. Geraldine Chapey
Dr. Geraldine Chapey The Rotary Club of Southwest Queens is honoring me on Thursday, September 30.

The Rotary was founded by Paul Harris in 1912. It is based on encouraging a strong spirit of volunteerism. Rotarians advocate high ethical standards in business. The Rotary can count many world leaders among their members: including Admiral Richard Bird, Sir Winston Churchill and Senator William Frist. Admiral Richard Bird was a member of the Rotary Club in Winchester, Virginia. (He had a Rotary flag flying over the South Pole.) Sir Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of England was a member of the Rotary Club of London and the Rotary Club of Wanstead and Woodford, England. Senator William Frist, the United States Senate Majority Leader is a member of the Rotary Club of Nashville, Tennessee. These world leaders were inspired by their membership in the Rotary. They implemented the Rotary principles in their personal lives and in their business activities. The Rotary has numerous other outstanding members. It is one of the leading community service organizations in the world. The Rotary supports projects in over 150 countries to improve health care, education and job training.

I am proud to be honored by such a prestigious group. The Rotary Club of Southwest Queens has had outstanding leadership including Mary Rooney, Judge Ann Dufficy and Andrew Baumann. Andrew Baumann and his wife Pamela are distinguished community leaders. Andrew is the current President of the Rotary and an honoree at this dinner dance.

My connection to Rotary was sponsored by Barbara Morris of the West End Realty. Barbara is a strong member and past president. She is being honored for her community service by St. Rose of Lima on Thursday, October 14th. I hope that you will come to the event and join our family in saluting Barbara.

The chilly days of fall bring a hot political season. With only a few more weeks left until the November presidential election, the campaign trail is heating up. The talk shows are eagerly and endlessly debating the results of various polls. However, there is only one poll that counts as Dewey discovered when he ran for President.

Most of the election districts in the 23rd Assembly District did not have primary elections.

However a few ED’s did have a primary in the Working Family Party.

There were some hotly contested elections in other areas of Queens. Congratulations to Senator John Sabini who won the democratic primary in his district. He is currently serving in the Senate.

John Sabini is an excellent choice for the electorate.

He is honest, decisive and hard working. He is a motivational speaker who fights hard for his district and our entire borough. He was elected for a short time as the Queens County Democratic Leader. In addition, he served his constituents very well in the City Council.

He is very familiar with the City and State legislative process and he delivers for his constituents.

I attended the Hadassah Youth Aliyah luncheon at the Silver Gull. The luncheon saluted Milton and Harriet Eisenberg. Harriet has devoted 37 years to Hadassah. Kudos to her for raising over $500,000 for Hadassah over her career. She and her husband are moving to Del Ray Beach Florida and will continue their good work. Best wishes to them. The luncheon was chaired by the dynamic duo – Ruth Van Leer and Cathy Goldsmith. Ruth has an outstanding record of chairing this Youth Aliyah luncheon for 38 years and is to be highly commended for her outstanding contribution to our community. Cathy Goldsmith is always extending her efforts on behalf of others and has a strong record of service to Hadassah and other worthy organizations. She is truly a mensch.

Selma Frank gave a beautiful presentation on the reason for the Youth Aliyah luncheon. The monies go to children at risk. It gives these children a healthy start, a fair start, a moral start and a safe start. These children immigrate from other countries and come to Israel without basic social skills. Youth Aliyah funds are the main resources to help these children. They also offer career counseling to help the children as they grow up.

Abe Mintz was his usual success as the show man at the luncheon. He has a great singing voice and was the star of the show at JASA on Wednesday, September 29. Abe has charisma, talent and personality. He really brings people together and is an asset to every organization.

Renee Freeman who is an outstanding President of the Hadassah Chapter served as the M.C. Her friendly and cordial manner, cheerful effervescent personality, and professional demeanor always add to an event. Renee is very active in serving Hadassah and the community.

Please join the Regular Democratic Club on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at 8:15 p.m. when we will have Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer as our guest speaker. It promises to be a very interesting presentation. Plan to attend.

Please join the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce in honoring me at Russo’s on the Bay on November 17th. Call (718) 474-5993 for tickets.

It is important that as citizens we make our views known.

Don’t forget to vote in the Presidential election.

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