2006-02-03 / Columnists

Chatting with Chapey

Dr. Geraldine Chapey
Dr. Geraldine Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

Chapey’s Trinity Services Luncheon Slated For June 1

On Thursday, June 1, Chapey’s Trinity Services will hold its fourth annual luncheon at Russo’s on the Bay at 162-45 Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach. The luncheon will take place between Noon and 5 p.m. Tickets are available for $50.00. The luncheon is a fund raiser to assist in providing programs for Seniors and youth in our community. Please call Stella at (718) 474-1641 to make a reservation.

This year I am pleased to announce that Matilda Cuomo and Dr. Kathleen Cashin have graciously accepted our invitation to serve as the honorary chairpersons of our luncheon again this year. We are privileged to have these dynamic champions of quality services for seniors and youth leading our event.

Matilda Raffa Cuomo has devoted her life to serving others. She is a respected and admired professional who works on behalf of seniors, women, families and children. Matilda Cuomo was a former teacher. She and her husband Governor Mario Cuomo have been outstanding role models for their five children teaching them to reach out to others who need assistance. Matilda has always been vitally interested in her family and her community.

Matilda wrote a very inspiring book entitled “Persons Who Changed My Life”. The forward is written by our former first lady and current Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Hillary stresses the importance of getting involved and giving children adult role models. In this book Matilda Cuomo had the opportunity to ask well known individuals who are caring adults to share their advice and counsel with us. Matilda chose Edward Asner, Alec Baldwin, Kenneth Cole, Mario Cuomo, Andy Crawford, Walter Cronkite, Hugh Downs, Gloria Estefan, Whoopi Goldberg, Tipper Gore, Pete Hamill, James Earl Jones, Larry King, John McCain, General Colin Powell, Tony Randall, Christopher Reeve, Tim Russert, Martin Sheen, Joe Torre, Stanley Tucci, Lillian Vernon and many others. Matilda asked each of these individuals to tell us about people who had served as mentors in their lives. By sharing stories about their own mentors each of these individuals is telling us something revealing about themselves. They are sharing experiences that they have had with teachers, peers and experienced co-workers. This meaningful and informative book can inspire everyone who reads it. I keep a copy of the book on my desk and read various parts of it often. The individuals that Matilda selected for the book have each excelled in their field. Every time you read the book you will come away renewed with enthusiasm to help others. By serving as our honorary luncheon chair Matilda is once again reaching out to help our community of seniors and youth.

Dr. Kathleen Cashin is an inspirational leader. She has also devoted her life to serving others. As the Superintendent in Region 5 she is a dynamic, energized, enthusiastic and knowledgeable leader. Dr. Cashin is a strong advocate of Maslow’s theory – that each child is seeking to be the best that they can be. She works with a great leadership team to focus on the needs of the children and how to meet those needs. As the leader in Region 5 she draws on her personal experiences as a teacher, staff developer, consultant, principal and Superintendent in District 23.

Dr. Cashin is a people person. She has a warm and friendly manner, a genuine smile, a great sense of humor and a strong academic background. Dr. Cashin is a person who works to facilitate growth in the children, teachers and staff in Region 5.

According to the DOE home page “the mission of the Regional Operations Centers is to be the source of operational support for schools and programs in the New York City Department of Education. Their goal is to provide comprehensive business and administrative services in a systematic and efficient manner to principals and learning support center leaders; facilitate effective, smooth management of daily school operations; and build capacity for sustained helpful performance. Their continued focus is to align services and resources with instructional priorities and school-based needs to support teaching and learning leading to high student achievement”.

I am delighted that Matilda Cuomo and Dr. Kathleen Cashin are the honorary chairs of our luncheon. I would like to invite you to join us at Russo’s for a fantastic afternoon. Everyone enjoys the delightful ambiance, the delicious food and the cheerful camaraderie. I hope to see you there. Be sure to buy your tickets early. Chapey’s Trinity luncheon is very popular.

On another topic, I saw an article in Newsday on January 11, 2006 that I must recommend to you.

Sylvia Carter wrote a column on “Foods that once were bad are now good”. Sylvia points out that “sodium nitrate in preserved meals may help preserve people who eat it, that ice cream improves your mood, that popcorn counts as whole grain, that olive oil eases aches and pains, that coffee is a powerful antioxidant and that cheese made from full fat milk is a calcium supplement and provides first class proteins with a wide range of amino acids that are necessary for building healthy tissue”. Everyone already knows that dark chocolate has antioxidant properties. So go to see your favorite movie and buy that big bucket of popcorn. (I feel certain that next week someone will find the benefits of butter).

After the movie treat your friends to a coffee ice cream sundae with hot fudge sauce at Baskin Robbins. You and your friends will be the happiest and maybe even the healthiest group in town.

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