Resolution J1232-2013

Congratulating Anna Petrina Rotante on her 100th Birthday



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 11, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  congratulating  Anna  Petrina  Rotante upon the
occasion of her 100th Birthday

WHEREAS, Anna Petrina Rotante was  born  on  April  28,  1913  and  will
joyously  celebrate  her 100th Birthday surrounded by family and friends
at a party to be held at the Villa Fiorita in Brooklyn on Sunday,  April
28, 2013; and
  WHEREAS, Anna came to the United States in 1924; as a child she worked
with  her  mother on embroidery and dresses; she went to school to study
dressmaking and went on to become a designer of exclusive  dress  lines;
  WHEREAS,  Some of her creations were displayed at exclusive department
stores in many large cities; in New York City they were displayed at the
famous Arnold Constable and Company shop on Fifth  Avenue;  one  of  the
dresses  she designed was worn by the famous actress Gene Tierney in the
movie "The Razor's Edge"; and
  WHEREAS, Anna Rotante grew up in a family which  loved  to  listen  to
opera  so,  in her late teens, she decided to study opera; after hearing
her sing, her teacher was amazed at the quality and range of her  voice;
  WHEREAS,  She  learned  many opera arias and appeared in local theater
productions of "Violetta," "La Traviata" and  Verdi's  "Otello"  as  the
Venetian  beauty  "Desdemona";  she  also  gave several concerts singing
arias from "Madame Butterfly" and "Tosca"; and
  WHEREAS, Anna Rotante was also one of the soloists in the famous sing-
ing group "Coro d'Italia", the renowned Italian folklore  society  which
helped  maintain  the culture of Italy in the United States entertaining
and presenting songs and dances from  the  different  regions  of  Italy
throughout America; she and the group also entertained the Italian pris-
oners  of  war,  helping  to keep up their morale while they were in the
U.S.; and
  WHEREAS, While singing with "Coro d'Italia" she met another singer  in
the  chorus,  Joseph Rotante; they eventually fell in love and, in 1947,
were married; and
  WHEREAS, Anna and Joseph have lived and worked together for more  than
50 years; they have two sons, a daughter in law, a grandson and a grand-
daughter  and,  when her children were small, she became a Cub Scout den
mother for several neighborhood children; and
  WHEREAS, After an extensive honeymoon around the United  States,  Anna
and  Joe  opened  the first travel agency in Brooklyn catering to honey-
mooners and vacationers on trips in the United States; and
  WHEREAS, The agency eventually  grew;  Anna  and  Joe  were  respected
throughout  the  industry and earned numerous awards from various travel
organizations; during this time they traveled extensively throughout the
world; and
  WHEREAS, When Kiwanis International opened membership to  women,  Anna
and a few other women formed the first women's Kiwanis Club, Marine Park
Kiwanis; Anna served three terms as its President and earned many Kiwan-
is  awards  for her dedication and charitable service to underprivileged
children and to Kiwanis's ideals; and
  WHEREAS, Anna Rotante has received many other  awards  in  recognition
and  appreciation  of her talent, her humanitarian work, her work in the
travel industry, and her singing career and continues to  be  active  in
Kiwanis and in her community; and
  WHEREAS,  This  exceptional  centenarian,  with her zest for life, has
inspired and enhanced the lives of her family and friends; and

  WHEREAS, This distinguished woman, who has experienced the  incredible
joys  and  sorrows  characteristic  of  and  reserved for those with the
stamina and courage to savor a full life, has inspired the lives of  her
many friends and family; and
  WHEREAS,  This beloved lady has enriched the lives of those around her
through her joyous and sincere love for others and through the quiescent
charm and wisdom which comes only from a fullness of years; and
  WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to publicly  recog-
nize those who have reached such a remarkable age and who have witnessed
and  celebrated  the  innovations,  cultural  developments  and  awesome
achievements of this country during the last century,  while  themselves
contributing  to  the  growth and excellence of this great Empire State;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
congratulate  Anna  Rotante upon the occasion of her 100th Birthday; and
be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Anna Rotante.


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