Catholic Council Honors IBEW Vice-President Siegel

Pictured with Catholic Council “2007 Man of the Year” IBEW Vice-president Donald Siegel (center) are (l to r): Council President Robert Casaccio, Local 3 Business Manager Christopher Erikson, Siegel, Club Advisor Austin McCann and Keynote speaker the Very Reverend Louis Iasiello, OFM.

Catholic Council honoree IBEW Vice-president Donald Siegel is accompanied by Local 3 Business Manager Christopher Erikson as he is greeted by the Sword of Light Band.

On Sunday April 29, 2007, The Catholic Council of Electrical Workers celebrated their 72nd Communion Mass and Breakfast.

The morning started with 8 am mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, celebrated by the chaplains, Father Peter Rayder and Father Brian Jordan. Attendance was over 800. Following mass the members of the Catholic Council and their families had the traditional march to the Sheraton Hotel, led by Local 3’s Sword of Light Pipe Band.

This year’s breakfast chairman, Brian McCann, opened the ceremonies by thanking the many committees and their chairmen for jobs well done and in particular, ticket chairman Dennis McSpedon Jr. Brian then introduced club president ­Robert Casaccio.

This was the sixth year that Bobby, as president, has overseen the preparation of the breakfast, and, as in the past did an outstanding job. Bobby spoke briefly about the program and the scholarships to be awarded.

The toastmaster, Business Representative Austin McCann began the ceremonies by introducing those new officers and business representatives who were part of the dais for the first time. Austin then introduced for the first time Business Manager Christopher Erikson, who gave the biography of this year’s “Man of the Year,” the Vice-President 3rd District, IBEW, Donald Seigel.

Don Siegel thanked the Catholic Council for the recognition. He stated that as someone who has witnessed the breakfast for a number of years, he realized the importance placed on selecting the “Man of the Year” award and he was humbled by such recognition. He spoke about his ­duties in the 3rd District and his appreciation of the leadership of Local 3, both past and current and how he looked forward to working with Chris Erikson for many years.

Past president Kevin Flynn presented this year’s Father Patrick Morris Scholarship, named in memory of Robert Collins. After he spoke about the life of Bob Collins, he presented scholarships to Timothy Baker and Victoria Esposito. Past President Michael Gardenfeld then presented the 24th Terence Cardinal Cooke Memorial Scholarship to Amanda Baker.

The Catholic Council was especially pleased to have as this year’s guest speaker, The Very Reverend Louis Iasiello, OFM, and PhD. Louis Iasiello, a Franciscan, rose to the rank of Rear Admiral (retired) in the US Navy. Chaplain Brian Jordan OFM introduced Father Iasiello and recited his extensive biography. Born in Staten ­Island, NY, he is currently teaching at the Naval War College, Marine Corp University. As Fleet Chaplain, he was the highest ranked military chaplain since Cardinal John O’Connor. Father Iasiello spoke about ­balancing his military and religious life. The main point of his ­address was on the dignity of working people in today’s ­society.

New York State President AFL-CIO and Catholic Council member Denis Hughes addressed the audience by just saying hello and appreciating the opportunity to once again participate in the annual breakfast

Business Manager Christopher Erikson gave the closing remarks at the 72nd ­Communion Breakfast. He talked about his new position, giving thanks to his predecessors, Harry Van Arsdale Jr. and ­Thomas Van Arsdale. He recognized them both for the effort they put into the care of the membership of Local 3 and that he will dedicate that same energy as business manager.

The breakfast closed at noon with a Benediction by Father Brian Jordan.