J944

Honoring Sister Virginia Lake CSJ upon the occasion of her designation as Grand Marshal of the 20th Annual Bay Ridge St. Patrick's D...

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J944


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Sister Virginia Lake CSJ upon the occa-
sion of her designation as Grand Marshal of the 20th Annual Bay Ridge
St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 24, 2013

WHEREAS, St. Patrick's Day is a time for people of all nationalities and
generations to assemble and celebrate the rich culture and heritage of
the Irish people throughout the United States; and
WHEREAS, A St. Patrick's Day parade reflects and records the ongoing
history of the United States and Ireland, and provides opportunity for
people of all generations to assemble in ethnic pride and pageantry; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Sister Virginia Lake CSJ upon the occasion of her designation as Grand
Marshal of the 20th Annual Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade to be held
on Sunday, March 24, 2013; and
WHEREAS, Sister Virginia Lake was born and raised in Brooklyn to Helen
(McGowan) and Irving Lake; her maternal grandfather, William. E. McGow-
an, came to the United States from Ireland as a young man, married Helen
Carson and settled in Brooklyn; and
WHEREAS, Sister Virginia Lake and her two sisters attended St.
Anselm's School and Fontbonne Hall; in 1956, she entered the Sisters of
St. Joseph, Brentwood; and
WHEREAS, While teaching in parish grammar schools, Sister Virginia
Lake earned an MS in math education from Fordham University and taught
math at Mary Louis Academy before coming to Kearney in 1970; three years
later, she was named assistant principal and became director of develop-
ment in 1983; and
WHEREAS, As assistant principal, Sister Virginia Lake introduced modu-
lar and arena scheduling and established the Student Faculty Council and
the Student Activity Council; as director of development, she expanded
Kearney's public relations and fundraising areas, computerized the alum-
nae records and established a formal alumnae association; and
WHEREAS, In keeping with her philosophy that you can not ask people to
give of their time, treasure and talent unless you set the example,
Sister Virginia Lake has spoken on phases of development at NCEA
conventions, local schools, dioceses and Fordham graduate programs; and
WHEREAS, A woman of singular distinction, Sister Virginia Lake has
been called upon to contribute her time and talents to countless civic
and charitable endeavors and has always given of herself unstintingly;
and
WHEREAS, Over the years, Sister Virginia Lake has volunteered at the
62nd Precinct Community Council, Junior Achievement of New York, the
Alzheimer Association of New York City, HeartShare, Resurrection Church
and the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Ambulance Service; and
WHEREAS, She has served on the Brooklyn Advisory Board of the Salva-
tion Army of Greater New York and the Board of Trustees of Sacred Heart
Academy; and
WHEREAS, In recognition of her service to these organizations, Sister
Virginia Lake has been the recipient of the Outstanding Service to
Bensonhurst Award from the 62nd Precinct Community Council, the
Outstanding Service to Youth Award from Junior Achievement of New York,
a Certificate of Merit from the PBA, NYPD, Bishop Kearney's Fine Arts
Department Award and Athletic Department's No. 1 Fan Award; and
WHEREAS, In 2002, Sister Virginia Lake was inducted into the Bishop
Kearney Hall of Fame and in 2011, Kearney's athletic department named an
award in her honor, to recognize athletes who are outstanding young
women; and

WHEREAS, Over the years, Sister Virginia Lake has worked with a dedi-
cated Kearney community, watching thousands of nervous freshmen grow
into mature young women; she believes her most important accomplishments
are and will always be her alumnae; she has truly helped to make a
difference in their lives, and hope they, in turn, will have a positive
influence on those they meet; and
WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the occurrence of such a compassionate blend-
ing of strength, intellect and commitment as that demonstrated by Sister
Virginia Lake over a lifetime of sacrifice and dedication to others; and
WHEREAS, A fitting choice for Grand Marshal of the 20th Annual Bay
Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade, Sister Virginia Lake embodies the spirit
and the cherished ideals and values of Irish-Americans of this great
State and Nation; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Sister Virginia Lake CSJ upon the occasion of her designation as
Grand Marshal of the 20th Annual Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade; and
be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Sister Virginia Lake CSJ.

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  • 19 / Mar / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 21 / Mar / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 21 / Mar / 2013
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

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Resolutions, Legislative

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