2005-04-15 / Columnists

Chatting with Chapey

Congressman Thomas Manton, Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey, Matilda Cuomo, Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey and Dr. Kathleen Cashin discuss details of the Trinity luncheon.Congressman Thomas Manton, Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey, Matilda Cuomo, Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey and Dr. Kathleen Cashin discuss details of the Trinity luncheon.

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

Cuomo and Cashin Chair Luncheon

Trinity Services will hold its third annual luncheon on Friday, May 20, 2005 at 12 Noon at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach. Tickets are $50 each. Call Stella early to reserve your tickets at 718-474-1641. Tables hold 14 persons.

Trinity Services is delighted to announce that Matilda Cuomo and Dr. Kathleen Cashin will serve as the honorary co-chairs again this year. Dr. Cashin and Matilda Cuomo have devoted their lives to service. They have distinguished careers as advocates for children, women and families. They strongly support the Trinity programs.

Matilda Raffa Cuomo served as an outstanding and very effective First Lady of New York State. As noted in her bio “she diligently worked as a volunteer with state and elected officials and community leaders to establish programs to prevent child abuse, strengthen families, promote adoptions for foster care children and preven Matilda Cuomo is the founder of the New York State Mentoring Program which at that time was the first state wide school-based – one to one mentoring program in the country. In 1995, Mrs. Cuomo established Mentoring USA which is offered in 5 states and in Italy. This is the largest school based one to one K to 8 mentoring program in New York City.

 Mrs. Cuomo has edited a wonderful and interesting book entitled “The Person Who Changed My Life: Prominent Americans Recall Their Mentors”. The forward was written by Hillary Clinton. Matilda carefully chose the seventy eight contributors to the book. She looked for people from varying fields who have been successful including Walter Cronkite, James Earl Jones and Joe Torre. Each of the biographies is inspiring.

On the international stage Matilda has chaired the New York State Committee on the International Year of the Child for UNICEF; ratified the UN Convention document on the Rights of the Child; participated in the international Symposium to Promote Child Survival and Development in Zimbabwe and Mozambique; addressed the United Nations International Steering Committee as the keynote speaker launching the International Year of the Child; served as the Chief spokesperson for the New York State Decade of the Child; chaired the New York State Citizens Task Force on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect; and initiated a nutrition education curricular for grades K to 12 called Nutrition for Life.

Dr. Kathleen Cashin, the Regional Superintendent for District 5 has been described by Dr. Joan Baum in Education Update as a dynamo - a focused, dedicated and energized professional. Dr. Cashin brings a wealth of experience to the Superintendency which she gained from her previous educational positions as teacher, staff developer, consultant, principal and community superintendent in District 23. Dr. Cashin is a strong advocate of Maslow’s concept of self actualization. She strives to have each child in her district achieve the full realization of their potential.

Dr. Cashin is successful as an educator because she incorporates four attributes in her administrative style: professionalism (commitment above and beyond), restraint (knowing when to step back), modesty (recognizing the value of others ideas), and contagious drive according to Dr. Baum. Dr. Cashin’s leadership style is to be inclusive. She brings all the partners into the circle – teachers, children, parents and the community. Her unique positive and focused approach draws people to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Dr. Cashin’s approach is imaginative, creative and realistic. She is particularly proud of the Scholar’s Academy and the Channel View for Research programs. Dr. Cashin’s passion for excellence is a main ingredient in her success as an educator.

Matilda Cuomo and Dr. Kathleen Cashin are consistent and effective advocates for meaningful educational programs. One of the very effective programs sponsored by Trinity is an intergenerational after school program which offers academic intervention, homework assistance, computer instruction and athletics. These activities allow children to develop and grow. Special workshops are given to help children to prepare for the 4th grade tests. These after school sessions build on each child’s talent and skills. They help them to develop effective studying techniques which they can apply in other academic endeavors. In addition, the intergenerational nature of the program allows seniors and youngsters to develop friendships, to share common experiences and to foster new friendships.

Please join Matilda Cuomo, Dr. Kathleen Cashin and your friends and neighbors in supporting the Trinity fund raiser. Join us on Friday, May 20 at 12 Noon at Russo’s on the Bay for our luncheon. Call Stella at 718-474-1641 to obtain your tickets

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