National Father-In-Law Day on July 30th recognizes your spouse’s father annually. Dedicate some time to your father-in-law on this day.
Fathers-in-law bring a new perspective to our lives. Whether we are a new addition to their families or made bonds a long time ago, they grow to have an honored place in our hearts. They are the patriarchs of our families. Whether they’ve built a reputation for being stubborn, softhearted or full of humor, these men stand as one cornerstone of a sheltering family tree.
During National Father-in-Law Day, celebrate the father-in-law in your life.
You can enjoy spending some extra time bonding and strengthening your relationship with your father-in-law. Whether it’s a day of golfing, hiking, playing cards, or going to a movie be sure to focus on getting to know the man who raised your significant other. After all, you can learn a lot while drinking tea on the back deck. Other options for the day include:
stopping at the pub for a beer
go to a ball game
If your father-in-law is no longer living, remember him in a special way.
Post on social media using #FatherinLawDay and encourage others to join in.
NATIONAL FATHER-IN-LAW DAY HISTORY
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Each week, the #SpanningtheNeedpodcast will present an “Inspirational Person of the Week’ and have a “Q & A” with one of its many gifted individuals and/or groups who are willing to go out of their own way to help others. This week’s featured is Kim Caputo from CheerTime Athletics and Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.
Name: Kim James
Organization: Zeta Tau Alpha/CheerTime Athletics Bio: Alumna of Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Arts, I started CheerTime Athletics 19 years ago which was something I had dreamed of doing since I was a young girl. I was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity at YSU and have continued to be an involved alumna ever since. I am married and enjoy spending time with my kids, especially reading to them
What first inspired you to become involved in the community? I have always enjoyed helping others and remember even in high school being involved so much in the community and wanting to do community service.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering in our community? There is a lot of things I enjoy doing volunteering for but I think just generally meeting new people and showing my own children the importance of helping others.
What type of volunteer work are you or have you been involved in within your community? There are lot of ways, big and small. I was running a 20 year fundraiser for breast cancer which was the largest thing I have ever done but also love working with children of special needs and I am currently working on a literacy program that will be a nice new opportunity for me to spread my love for reading and the importance of reading to the young athletes that come to our gym.
What advice would you give anyone to give back to our communities? Anything that you can do, whether it is collecting canned goods for a food bank, participating in a local walk for a good cause, or something of a larger capacity, it truly makes a difference to someone.
What song best describes you or is the soundtrack to your life? That is a tough one. I do love a song called Try Everything- a Shakira song that is from the movie Zootopia. It is catchy but encourages you to give things a try even if you fail. I think it is a song I have listened to a million times with my children but I love the message: Birds don’t just fly They fall down and get up Nobody learns without getting it wrong
What is your vision for the future of our community? I truly hope to see more camaraderie.
What is your best accomplishment/experience in life? My best accomplishment was starting the ZTA PInk Ribbon Cheer Classic from scratch and raising over 1.6 million dollars for breast cancer with my sorority for the past 20 years. Nothing is greater than getting to have had that experience with so many members of ZTA. Additionally meeting the survivors and working with so many cheer teams and seeing the creative ways they were able to bring breast cancer awareness to the community is remarkable.
This is different from my best experience- which is being a wife and a mom. I do love the day to day things that happen, the experiences we share as a family and being able to share the experience of parenting with my husband.
Who is your role model and Why? My dad has always been my role model because he has always shown me how hard work and commitment towards my goals will pay off in the end.
If there was one person that you would like to meet, past or present and why? If I could meet one person it would be my Dad’s father who past when he was 10 years old. I would want the opportunity for him to know about the legacy he left to our family and ask him many things I have always wanted to know about him.
A favorite quote that you live by? Anything you commit to in life, do with everything you own, because anything worth doing is worth doing right (This is the advice my older brother Sam shared with me when I was graduating high school).
Each week, the #SpanningtheNeed podcast will present an “Inspirational Person of the Week’ and have a “Q & A” with one of its many gifted individuals and/or groups who are willing to go out of their own way to help others. This week’s featured is Alyse Consiglio from JFK Catholic School.
Name: Alyse Consiglio Position: Principal School District: John F. Kennedy Catholic School Upper Campus Bio: Alyse is a principal at JFK Catholic School (grades 6-12) and was the Former Curriculum & Instruction Supervisor and science teacher. She is also a wife, mother, Disney fanatic and reality TV enthusiast. Blog : behatchedorgobad.blogspot.com
What made you want to go into the education field? Interviewing a few doctors when I was a pre-med major! After hearing their experiences, I felt like the education field was a better fit for my professional and family goals. It was not just a better fit, being in secondary education (as a teacher and principal) has been my calling and I can’t imagine doing anything else.
What’s the biggest factor that has helped you be successful in education? In the words of Lin-Manuel Miranda, I have “no chill”. I am constantly looking for a better way to do things, another opportunity to give my students, another event to attend to support them, answering a student email at 9 pm what the dress code is the next morning. I make myself available to our families and I try to be the hardest worker in every room I enter. Luckily, I have a very supportive husband who accepts how hard I work and I believe I am setting a good example to my daughters on how to be a wife, and a mom, and have a passion for my career.
What is the biggest professional mistake you made along the way? Letting male bosses or coworkers make misogynistic remarks and I took them instead of calling them out. While the majority of teachers are female, the majority of principals are male (especially at the high school level). Ranging from “you’ll never be a head coach because you’ll start having babies and want to stay home” to “no one wants to hire a woman as a high school principal” and the worst, “why don’t you just get me a coffee” in front of my peers; I really wish I was confident enough to say something to them in that moment. Also, my current male boss was none of those people….he knows my worth and that’s part of what makes this job better.
What was the hardest decision you ever had to make in education? Leaving coaching was the hardest decision because I have a passion for girls athletics. I left because I knew I was going to pursue a job in administration. Since that year (2014), I did start to coach club volleyball again since my daughters have become old enough to play!
What is the best advice you can give future educators or the public? Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work (Steve Jobs). When I decided to leave public education for this position at Kennedy, financially it didn’t make a lot of sense. However, the fulfillment from being a part of the Kennedy family and in Catholic education makes me happy and gives me a lot of joy. Find a job that you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.
If you could start all over again, what would you do differently regarding your profession? I don’t think anything- I wouldn’t want to take the chance I didn’t end up where I am today!
What song best describes you or is the soundtrack to your life? I am completely obsessed with the Hamilton Soundtrack and how the story of Alexander Hamilton is told in that production. There are not many situations in life I cannot compare to some quote from the musical- and often do. On long road trips that is the only radio choice and my 7 year old was the youngest patron at Playhouse Square when we got tickets in 2018.
What is your best accomplishment/experience in life? Hearing people sincerely compliment my children gives me a lot of joy, knowing that I am raising good humans for the next generation. My best experience is helping to raise thousands of children over the past 19 years in education. What an honor it is for parents to trust our decisions, especially at Kennedy where we help develop the mind, body, and spirit through Catholic education!
Who is your role model and Why? When there is a time in my life that I reflect on needing someone to look up to, I always go to the Blessed Mother. Very Catholic answer, I know, but Mary had the ultimate faith and sacrifice. She was a mother and caregiver and there is no better role model for someone who is entrusted with children (her own or hundreds of others at a time). Anytime I am uneasy or afraid or unsure, you can guarantee there are about a million “Hail Mary’s” going through my head. If there was one person that you would like to meet, past or present, who would it be and why? I would love to get a drink with Tina Fey. Her book “Bossypants” should be read by every working mom who wants to laugh, cry, and be inspired.
A favorite quote that you live by? “It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for a bird to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” – CS Lewis
Chef Jeff Crystal of Jeff Crystal Catering in Youngstown joins #SpanningtheNeed w/Anthony Spano to share a few of his favorite 4th of July cookout tips, best meat, while talking life and inspiration with Jeff.
More at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-chrystal-52614927/
Each week, the #SpanningtheNeed podcast will present an “Inspirational Person of the Week’ and have a “Q & A” with one of its many gifted individuals and/or groups who are willing to go out of their own way to help others. This week’s featured is Chelsea Spears, WKBN Morning/Noon Anchor.
Name: Chelsea Spears Position: TV News Anchor
Organization: WKBN Bio: Chelsea Spears is the morning/noon anchor at WKBN 27 First News. She has spent the last 4.5 years in the Valley. In that time, Chelsea has been nominated for an Emmy for Best Daytime Newscast. Over the years, Chelsea has used her platform to be a vocal mental health advocate. In 2022, she was also nominated by the local American Heart Association to be a Woman of Impact nominee. She won the “Inspiring the Community” award for her efforts in raising almost $13,000 and rallying the community to lead heart-healthier lives.
What made you want to go into this field? I started in “TV” when I was in 4th grade, doing the morning announcements for my elementary school. In high school, that evolved into being part of the school newspaper and television news program. I fell in love with actual journalism after reading “All the President’s Men” my senior year. Ever since, I wanted to be an investigative journalist like Woodward and Bernstein.
What’s the biggest factor that has helped you be successful? I let myself be uncomfortable in my career. When I graduated college, I moved to Charleston, WV – a place I had never visited and where I knew no one. That’s where I got my on-air start in this industry, which led me to my dream job as an anchor in Youngstown.
What is the biggest professional mistake you made along the way? I have stumbled and flubbed up my delivery on air (all in front of tens of thousands of viewers.) I have learned you just have to pick up, move on and own your mistakes when you need to.
What is the hardest decision you ever had to make in this field? Whether I wanted to move to a new, unknown place for a better career opportunity, or stay where I was at and be comfortable. I chose the former, and it paid off.
If you could start all over again, what would you do differently regarding your profession? I don’t think I would change a thing. Every decision, big and little, has led me to where I am today. I’ve been working toward a mindset of being thankful for what I have rather than focusing on what I could have.
What inspires you to do good in our community? This is home. There are so many good people in the Valley. I do it for them. They have welcomed me with open arms and make waking up at 2AM daily worth it. Together, we all have our part in making our area a better place to live.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering in our community? Meeting people and experiencing different walks of life. I have volunteered for lots of different local organizations over the years: the American Heart Association, Project MKC, YMCA Community Cup, Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County, Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley, Red Cross, Salvation Army and Angels for Easter Seals.
What is your best accomplishment/experience in life? My best accomplishment professionally was helping to get a law passed during my time in West Virginia. Through continuous coverage, I helped a bill get signed into law. It now makes it easier to prosecute drivers who illegally pass school buses. Even though I’ve left WV, I know my time there ultimately helped keep students safe even after I left.
A favorite quote that you live by? “This is your one opportunity to do something that no one has ever done before and that no one will copy throughout human existence. And if nothing else, you will be remembered as the one guy who ever did this.” – Garden State