Bishop Wright Luncheon & Scholarship
Held virtually for the first time
The 2020 Bishop Wright
luncheon was cancelled in
2020 due to the Covid Pandemic.
Not wanting to miss
another year, Pastor Dabee
decided to hold the 2021 Luncheon
The luncheon was held in a
Zoom format. Honorees were
videotaped with Pastor Dabee
as host. It was a different experience
than ever but the care,
love and recognition sentiments
The Pastor opened up saying,
“ The strange and unpredictable
nature of this last
year rocked our world brining
us to our knees. We have
had a chance to re-assess our
priorities. It is an opportunity
to remold into a into a better
44 AIRPORT VOICE, MAY 2021
kinder world, a stronger and
caring aviation industry.”
GM Charles Everett recognized
the challenges but
also of the renewed sprit of
the community for each other.
Bill Huisman stated that a
portion of the donation funds
would be spent on aid and
comfort to those who have
been personally impacted by
All said they looked forward
when we could all reconnect
with each other.
Honorees Don Miehl, Lysa
Scully, and Subash Cherianland
appeared together with
Pastor Dabee and each said a
d=few words of appreciation.
Evanthia Soldatos of Aviation
High School who was the recipient
of the Sue Baer Scholarship.
Pastor Dabee made this
event more interactive fun
with asking some questions to
participants during the presentation.
The persons with
the winning answer received
a gift of golf balls or wine.
Both winners were grateful
Thus began the event season
for JFK organizations.
The JFK Rotary 5K was held
virtually but the first inperson
gatherings will take
place at the upcoming 1st Responders,
Vaughn College and
Kaamco golf outings.
From Dabee’s, Everett’s
and Huisman’s mouths to
God’s ears, we will socialize
again in-person very soon.
Life lessons from aviation
PRESIDENT OF VAUGHN COLLEGE, DR. SHARON
“The achievement of your degree is a significant
milestone and one that you should be so proud that
you achieved especially in the midst of a pandemic.
The entire Vaughn community celebrates you today
and wants you to know that we intend to continue to
support you as mentors and professional advisers.”
“Today, reflect on all that you have learned. The
faculty has provided you with a superb education.
Your classmates have taught you the need for teamwork
and the value of friendship. Today you join
the prestigious group of people who call themselves
Vaughn College alumni.”
Huntley Lawrence, COO,
Aviation Director PANYNJ
Vaughn College Commencement
speaker focused a positive
outlook, collective good, improving
one’s outlook, improving
skills and compassion.
He says, to be successful we
really need to remove hate from
our hearts and minds.
Hate manifests itself into gossip, bias and discrimination.
Hate is cancerous. When we hate it poisons
our outlook on everything. We focus on the faults of
Create a stronger us and a stronger we. Always
work on improving your talent.
Practice self-compassion and feed your body the
best way possible.
Lawrence asks if you are part of a solution or part
of a problem? This is a Heavy question for heavy
times he stated.
Focus on being proactive, and ready for what
lies ahead by preparing and having a plan and a
Plan B. Be focused but open to opportunities.
Georgia Tech Commencement by Ed Bastian, CEO
Delta Air Lines CEO said said that this past year
awakened old learning about ourselves. We learned
that we need to redefine the future of wellness and resilience.
We learned the power and control we think we
have I this life can be lost asunder overnight. The only
true power we had was in the unity taking on a common
enemy. If we could only muster enough courage
to apply unity to overcome our differences in more
walks of life what a better world we would all share.
We have learned that achievement we are most
most proud of is service to others-assisting others to
realize their opportunities and potential. In this year
of paradox, full of sacrifice and achievement, this lesson
of service may be the ultimate and the most important
lesson of all.
Austin Tobin, 30 year as Executive Director of PANYNJ, with Sphere at WTC Austin J.Tobin Plaza WTC pre 9-11.