Resolution J944-2013

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

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

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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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