HISTORY OF THE CHAPTER



• April 12, 2006 - Three Latinas, Janet Sapio-Mayta, Ines Nieves and Anita Sapio, met with President Shirley Rodriguez Remeneski of the National 100 Hispanic Women, Inc. in New York City to discuss forming a Capital District Chapter of 100 Hispanic Women, Inc.

• April 29, 2006 – Two Latinas attended the Governor’s Breakfast, “Bienvenidos to Albany”, during the Somos El Futuro Conference to distribute First Announcement of the formation of the Capital District 100 Hispanic Women chapter.

• Other Membership Interest & Recruitment Activities occurred at:
Somos El Futuro Conference -- April 28 – 30, 2006
Tito Puente River Walk Concert -- May 2006
African American Family Day at the Empire State Plaza -- August 1, 2006
Capital Region Latino Dollars for Scholars Riverboat Cruise Fundraiser -- August 6, 2006
First Hispanic Heritage Month Parade in Amsterdam, NY -- August 16, 2006
Latin Festival in Albany, NY -- August 26, 2006
Latin Fest in Amsterdam, NY -- September 23, 2006
NYS Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at the Empire State Plaza -- September 28, 2006

• May 2006 – August 2006, officers to serve on the Executive Committee were recruited and meetings were held to plan for the recruitment of Board members for the Capital District 100 Hispanic Women chapter, and to review the Chapter By-Laws and Agreement to be signed with the National 100 Hispanic Women, Inc.

• September 6, 2006 – A dinner was held at El Mariachi Restaurant in Albany to recruit board members. Latinas with leadership skills, sound knowledge base of Latina issues, and positions of leadership in the community were identified by the chapter founding members to participate on the board.

• October 11, 2006 – The Inauguration of the Capital District Chapter of 100 Hispanic Women, and the Installation of its Officers and Board Members, was held at the Martinez Gallery in Troy. Members of the National 100HW were present for this ceremony.

• November 16, 2006, the Chapter President attended the National 100 Hispanic Women – Mind, Body & Spirit Conference – in New York City

• December 2006 – February 2007 – Board Meetings were held to identify priority areas of the chapter in serving our mission, plan activities, and prepare for the First Annual Strategic Planning Forum that would be held in March 2007.

• January 4, 2007 – The Chapter President and Secretary attended the Three Kings Day Celebration event in New York City hosted by the National 100 Hispanic Women.

• January 8, 2007 – Officers and Board Members traveled to the Tryon Girls Residential Center of the NYS Office of Children and Family Services in Johnstown, NY to celebrate Three Kings Day.

• January 13, 2007 – Officers and Board Members participated in the Capital Region Coalition for Community Empowerment Summit held at NYSUT.

• February 10, 2007 – Officers and Board Members hosted a Dinner at the University Club in Albany for the new Latinas appointed in high-level state government positions in the new administration.

• February 16 – February 18, 2007 – Officers and Board Members participated in the Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus events and activities at the Empire State Plaza.

• March 10, 2007 – The First Annual Strategic Planning Forum was held at The Sage College of Albany. Four areas were identified by the Board to focus Chapter activities on: Leadership Development, Cultural Events, Scholarships for Young Latinas and Financial Literacy. The purpose of the Strategic Planning Forum was to engage all Latinas and Latina supporters to assist in developing the goals and activities in these four areas. Approximately 90 people attended the forum. The forum was sponsored by The Sage Colleges, Nationwide Insurance, NYSUT and Blue Shield of Northeastern NY. News articles about the Strategic Planning Forum were written in the Times Union and Registro (a new Spanish language newspaper).

• March 15, 2007 – Officers and Board Members attended the Reception at The Century House for the launching of Registro, a new Spanish language newspaper in the Capital Region.

• March 24, 2007 – Board Member, Laudelina Martinez, was the Keynote Speaker at the Fuerza Latina National Collegiate Conference held at the Marriott Hotel in Albany.

• April 11, 2007 – Officers, Janet Sapio-Mayta and Yvette Malave Diaz, were panel presenters at the “Successful Women of Color Symposium” held at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY.

• April 2007 – Board Member, Carmen-Perez Hogan, was invited to participate in the Times Union “Race Matters” Committee. A meeting was held with the Times Union to provide feedback to them on how to better serve a diverse community.

• April 28, 2007 – Officers and Board Members participated in the Governor’s Welcome Reception at the Somos El Futuro Conference at the Capitol, and the Entre Nosotras Luncheon at the Crowne Plaza.

• May 10, 2007 – The Chapter President participated in the National 100 Hispanic Women, Inc. Gala Dinner held in New York City.

• June 2, 2007 – The Capital District 100 Hispanic Women held its first fundraiser for Latina Scholarships by participating in the Freihofer’s Community Walk.

• June 15, 2007 – The Chapter President attended the Inauguration of the Long Island Chapter of 100 Hispanic Women in Central Islip, NY.

• July 24, 2007 – Officers and Board Members attended the Reception to honor Dr. Cecelia Sanz, Executive Director of Centro Civico Hispanoamericano, at the University of Albany.

• August 25, 2007 – Officers and Members marched and participated in the first Capital Region Latino Parade held at the Albany Latin Fest in Washington Park.

• November 15, 2007 – The Chapter President and Secretary participated in the Mind, Body & Spirit Conference in New York City organized by the National 100 Hispanic Women, Inc.

• November 17, 2007 – The Capital District 100 Hispanic Women organized its first Financial Literacy Workshop held at NYSUT and was presented by M&T Bank, and sponsored by both NYSUT and M&T Bank. Approximately 40 women were in attendance. This workshop provided an overview in the areas of Finance, Savings, Debt Management, Investments and Starting a Small Business. An article was written about the 100HW Financial Literacy Workshop, and was featured in the December issue of the Latino New York magazine.

• December 20, 2007 – The Capital District 100 Hispanic Women held its first annual Dinner Gala - ¡PARRANDA NAVIDEÑA! - at the Italian American Community Center in Albany. This was attended by over 160 people, and was regarded to be a wonderful success. At the dinner, we honored and paid tribute to Verizon, NYSUT, Nationwide Insurance and M&T Bank, along with individuals, Maria Neira and David Lamendola, for their support and sponsorship of the Capital District 100 Hispanic Women throughout 2007.

• January 3, 2008 – The Chapter President, First Vice President, and Board Member Thania Fernandez attended the Three Kings Day Celebration event in New York City hosted by the National 100 Hispanic Women, Inc.

• On May 6, 2008, the Capital District 100 Hispanic Women and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region celebrated the kick-off of their new partnership with a reception and program for board members and staff at The Martinez Gallery in Troy. The goals of the new partnership are to increase the number of Latinos volunteering as Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and to increase the number of Latino children served by Big Brothers big Sisters of the Capital Region. The Capital District 100 Hispanic Women will provide training, technical assistance and support to Big Brothers Big Sisters to enhance its outreach and services to the Latino community. The 5-6-08 celebration included the formal signing of the new partnership agreement between the two organizations.

• On May 31, 2008, the Capital District 100HW held its Second Annual Freihofer’s Community Walk at the Empire State Plaza to raise funds for Latina Scholarships. In total for 2007 and 2008, the Capital District 100HW has awarded $9,000 in scholarship funds to eleven Latinas (six at $1,000 each/one at $500/one at $250, and just recently - three at $750 each). Scholarships for Latinas were sponsored through a grant awarded to the Capital District 100HW by the Verizon Foundation, and through the organization’s fund-raising efforts.

• On June 7, 2008, the Capital District 100 Hispanic Women held their first Annual Membership meeting that focused on the topic of "Latinas and Leadership". Maria Neira, First Vice President at the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), served as the Keynote Speaker, and NYSUT hosted and sponsored the event.

• On September 13, 2008, the Capital District 100 Hispanic Women sponsored the Breakfast at the 2nd Annual Capital Region Latino Parade in Albany, and marched proudly as an organization in this parade;

• The Capital District 100HW provided assistance and support to the City of Schenectady Hispanic Heritage Month Committee in the planning of their first Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration activities, held during September 2008.

• The Capital District 100HW assisted in coordinating a Community Forum with the leadership of the Times Union newspaper and key Hispanic leaders in the Capital Region, held on November 17, 2008, to discuss balanced reporting in the newspaper's media coverage and reporting on Hispanics, along with other issues identified by the Hispanic leaders.

• On December 1, 2008, the Capital District 100 Hispanic Women held our first "El Toque Final" (The Finishing Touch) program sponsored by and held at the Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY in Albany. Through this workshop, a group of young females (13-15 years old) from the Capital Region were engaged to learn about the fine art of "social graces" focusing on poise, etiquette, personal image and confidence, and external image. Gaining knowledge of this fine art will provide the beginning foundation for young females to aid them in their journey through adolescence toward young adulthood, as they work on developing leadership skills;

• The Capital District 100HW provided assistance and support to Centro Civico of Amsterdam in their organizing of the first Capital Regional celebration of 3 Kings Day, held on on January 3, 2009 at the State Street Presbyterian Church in Schenectady. Trovador Eddie Rosa and his band provided entertainment for 80 adults, children and youth who attended this celebratory event. Donations of gifts for children and youth, along with food and refreshments, were solicited from local community organizations for this event.

• On March 21, 2009, the Capital District 100 HW in partnership with the Capital District YMCA Black & Latino Achievers Program and Centro Civico of Amsterdam, a very successful a "Latino Youth Conference" for local high school students was held at Siena College. There were approximately 100 students from the Capital Region in attendance at this event.