The Local Summit has established a co-presidency and elected Elaine Chapnick and Mary Lee Berridge, both of Larchmont, to fill the positions. Ms. Berridge led the organization as coordinator starting in 2005 and became president when it incorporated in 2007. She will serve as co-president for a one-year term while Ms. Chapnick will serve for a two-year term.
Ms. Berridge said the new co-presidency, established at the organization’s annual meeting on June 2nd, will help offer greater continuity and energy for the Summit as it enters its 15th year as an informal community council.
Ms. Chapnick, a retired communications executive, has served on the board of the Hispanic Resource Center and is a volunteer for Planned Parenthood.
Ms. Berridge, a retired professional social worker, formerly was chairman of the Larchmont/Mamaroneck Interfaith Group and was philanthropic chairman of the Woman’s Club
The Summit elected Harold Wolfson vice-president, replacing Bruce Shearer who remains on the board, and reelected Teddi Becker secretary and Lisa Senter treasurer. The Summit board also elected three new board members, Robert Hiden, a retired lawyer, Jeremy Ingpen, Director of the Washingtonville Housing Alliance, and Penny Oberg, a retired college counselor at Mamaroneck High School.
The Summit hosts monthly public forums to raise and resolve issues of community concern and sponsors task groups to deal with specific local needs.
Its public meetings, aired by LMC-TV, are held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Nautilus Diner. Attendees are representatives of social agencies, municipal governments, county and state legislatures, civic organizations, faith-based groups and interested individual residents. In the past year the Summit’s programs have discussed such subjects as the effect of the economic downturn on local businesses and local families, progress being made by local municipal governments to enhance the environment, changes in the state legislature as it affects local residents and the African-American experience in our community, from slavery till today.
The Summit also spawns and encourages activist task groups to deal with specific needs. It has published three editions of booklets describing available community social services and a fourth is in the planning stage. It played an important role in the establishment of the Hispanic Resource Center which assists new immigrants to integrate into the community. A number of Summit members currently are playing an important role in the At Home on the Sound movement which seeks to help the elderly live out their lives at home.