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The Association’s 76th Gold Medal Honors Guardian Life Insurance

Luke Vander Linden : October 20, 2009 12:21 pm : Association News, Awards, Richard A. Cook Gold Medal Awards

The Hundred Year Association has selected The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America as this year’s recipient of its annual Richard A. Cook Gold Medal Award.  Guardian President and CEO Dennis J. Manning accepted the award at a fundraiser gala on December 10th 2009 at the Union League Club.  Presented to remarkable leaders and contributors to the city of New York, the award has been granted every year since 1930 (except during WWII) “in recognition of outstanding contributions to the city.”

The Hundred Year Association is granting the 76th annual award to Guardian in recognition of its 150th year of service to the population it serves as well as its strong tradition of public involvement and giving back to the communities in which they operate.  more »

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Fishing for new members

The 100 Year Report : September 5, 2009 7:32 pm : Association News, Members

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In 1859, Scottish fisherman Caleb Haley began selling all varieties of fish and seafood in the historic Fulton Fish Market underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. William Smith purchased Haley’s eponymous company in 1938 and grew it into the largest seafood company in the largest consortium of seafood wholesalers in the country. more »

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Association Members Play Key Role in Love

The 100 Year Report : September 3, 2009 10:16 pm : Association News, Members

Krista Behrens, an employee of the Bank of New York (1785), and Sergei Mizevych from the Ukraine, met through mutual friends in Moscow.

They married during their lunch hour at City Hall on December 18, 2006.

As they walked around the city in the evening, the poster for the Oratorio Society of New York (1873) Messiah performance caught their eye. They had never heard the Messiah before and decided it was the perfect way to spend their first evening as husband and wife together. They bought tickets for the upper balcony and pronounced the performance “Beautiful” and “Affordable.”

Best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Mizevych!

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Association members go mining for gold

The 100 Year Report : September 3, 2009 10:02 pm : Association News

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In the first of a new series of programmatic get-togethers focused on educational topics of benefit to members, the Association hosted noted investor and entrepreneur Rob Slee on Wednesday, April 14th. Several dozen members and friends enjoyed complementary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while listening to Mr. Slee’s presentation. more »

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Association interviews scholarship finalists

The 100 Year Report : August 12, 2009 8:57 pm : Association News, Awards, The E. Virgil Conway College Scholarships

The 2009 Scholarship Committee: Seated from left to right are Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Martha Hirst and Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty.  Standing from left to right are Luke Vander Linden, Mark Varian, Committee Chair Avery Eli Okin, Edward Prial, Michelle Bernstein, Frank Modifica, Craig Buckstein and Clinton W. Blume, III.

The 2009 Scholarship Committee: Seated from left to right are Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Martha Hirst and Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty. Standing from left to right are Luke Vander Linden, Mark Varian, Committee Chair Avery Eli Okin, Edward Prial, Michelle Bernstein, Frank Modifica, Craig Buckstein and Clinton W. Blume, III.

In a day-long session on August 12, 2009 the Awards Committee and its chair Avery Okin interviewed 12 student applicants for the 2009 E. Virgil Conway College Scholarships.  The award-winners will split almost $30,000 in awards money with prizes ranging from $1,000 to $6,000.

As usual, this year’s students were the cream of the crop, both academically (SAT scores and GPAs averaged at the higher end of the scale) and in their early commitment to public service through lots of extracurricular and volunteerism, not to mention interesting stories. more »

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Board member Talks “Thematic Investing”

Luke Vander Linden : August 10, 2009 5:33 pm : Association News

Kevin J. Bannon, the Chief Investment Officer at Highmount Capital and long-time Hundred Year Association Board Member, recently sat down with “The Wall Street Transcript” to discuss how he and his firm use thematic investing “to capitalize on emerging economic, political and social trends that are likely to have broad and long-lasting implications for the economy and financial markets.” 

A free excerpt and profile can be found online at The Wall Street Transcript’s website.

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Board and Members Convene for 2009 Annual Meetings

The 100 Year Report : April 22, 2009 8:51 pm : Association News

The Association held its annual Members and Governors meetings on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen (1785) building at 20 West 44th St.  The Association’s offices are also in the General Society building. 

This is the one time a year where members and board members are required to convene to discuss the Association’s business, the results and activities of the past year and plans for the year to come.

The member meeting is held first.  It was convened promptly at 10am by President Clinton W. Blume, III.  There was heavy attendance of member representatives and over 30 proxies which made for a quorum.  The members reintroduced themselves and Mr. Blume began.

Starting the business of the meeting, President Blume directed the Board to the financial report comparing the years 2007 and 2008.  He explained that the Richard A. Cook Gold Medal Dinner – normally a highlight of the Association’s calendar as it is the major annual fundraising event – did not garner strong financial support this year.  However the dinner – honoring Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg – was the largest gathering on Association members in memory.

Blume reported that in 2008 there were 134 dues paying members, which is an increase from 2007 when there were 112.

Executive Director Luke Vander Linden reported on the member activities during the year.  Although not a financial success, the Gold Medal Dinner received a lot of press and public relations coverage.  The other major event of the year – the awards ceremony – was notable in that there were more awards distributed in 2008 than in 2007. 

The Association also began the practice of ongoing non-fundraising, networking events for the members, as well as continuing to honor members with Excellence in Public Service Awards.  Mr. Vander Linden thanked Mr. Ralph K. Smith for once again hosting the Association at The Creek Club for the golf outing.  He shared a sampling of publicity received.

As the only piece of New Business, Vander Linden presented a letter from Robert Cattell of National Grid (formerly Keyspan) who retired in March and is resigned from membership in the Association.

Board Members were also elected for the Class of 2012 and to fill vacancies in the Class of 2011.

Highlights of the Board Meeting included a report from the Awards committee, noting that more awards were bestowed in 2008 than in 2007.  However, as the financial report shows, the Association had to fund many of the awards as not all were covered by sponsors.  This will result in fewer awards in 2009.

Development Director Susan Ragusa presented the membership report, including a list of 23 members that were either new or rejoined in 2008.  She also presented a list of those that declined to participate.  Ms. Ragusa noted that 2009 was off to a good start with 6 new members already having joined as of the meetings.  Efforts are also being made to cultivate a list of over 900 prospective members, including offering a special new member rate of $100.

Before the meeting ended, Executive Board Chair Ralph K. Smith asked the Board for unanimous approval of all actions and decisions made in 2008.  He acknowledged of the efforts taken by Misters Blume and Vander Linden and Ms. Ragusa and for their excellent leadership.

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Driving Green

The 100 Year Report : February 20, 2009 8:45 pm : Association News

When Mayor Michael Bloomberg put out the call for a greener New York – part of his celebrated “PlaNYC 2030” – one of New York’s most respected black car and limousine services answered that call.

Corporate Transportation Group, Ltd., a well-recognized leader in ground transportation since 1985, serves every type of company and individual in New York and around the world with its fleet of impeccable black cars.

Eduard Slinin, President of CTG, immediately saw the opportunity for his industry – and particularly his own company– to answer that call.  “Cars are naturally, of course, a large source of carbon emissions.  I thought, anything we can do to be part of a solution, we should do immediately.”

Slinin formed Hybrid Limo Express, the first and only New York car service with a fleet exclusively made up of environmentally-friendly hybrid vehicles.  The hybrids are of course more expensive, but for Slinin it is worth it: “Our business is transporting the people of the tri-state around.  With an unsafe and unhealthy environment, there won’t be any people to move around.  It’s without question the right thing to do.”

In order to expand its clean cars throughout the city, Hybrid Limo has partnered with The Hundred Year Association and its members.  If decreasing the carbon footprint of car-riding employees and guests isn’t enough, part of the proceeds of any ride taken in the company’s hybrid fleet by an Association member will go directly to support the Association.

If your company or organization or even for your own personal use would like to discuss making the environment a priority when selecting your transit needs, contact Antica Black at 917-299-6393 or antica.black@ctgworldwide.com.

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The Hundred Year Association Teams Up with the Public and Private Sector to Honor Outstanding Civil Servants and Grant Scholarships

The 100 Year Report : December 21, 2008 8:24 pm : Association News, Awards, The E. Virgil Conway College Scholarships, The Isaac Liberman Public Service Awards

The Hundred Year Association of New York honored the 2008 winners of the Isaac Liberman Public Service Awards and E. Virgil Conway College Scholarships in a special ceremony featuring Deputy Mayor Robert Lieber as the keynote speaker.  Department of Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Martha K. Hirst lead the event, held at One Police Plaza. Mayor Bloomberg also was in attendance.

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75th Richard A. Cook Gold Medal Award honoring Michael R. Bloomberg

The 100 Year Report : November 19, 2008 11:59 pm : Association News, Richard A. Cook Gold Medal Awards

Michael R. Bloomberg, the 113th Mayor of the City of New York, was the recipient of the Association’s 75th Richard A. Cook Gold Medal at a ceremony at historic Capitale on November 19th.  Mayor Bloomberg is the fourth mayor to receive the award – awarded annually “in recognition of outstanding contributions to the city.”

Presented to remarkable leaders and contributors to the city of New York, the award has been granted every year since 1930 (except during WWII).

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