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The State's top black female corporate financial executive has been honored as the "Outstanding Banker of the Year" by the Urban Bankers Coalition of Delaware Valley.

Emma C. Chappel, vice president of Continental Bank of Philadelphia, received the award last Friday (Oct. 24) at a luncheon in the Benjamin Franklin Hotel, Philadelphia.

Chappel, married and the mother of two teenage daughters, has spent 22 years in the banking field.

At Continental, where she is the highest ranking black and female officer, Chappel administers a sizeable loan portfolio, serves as the bank's liaison officer with the federal Small Business Administration and is the institution's community relations representative. 

She has matriculated at Temple University, the American Institute of Banking and currently is a candidate for a Business Administration degree from Marywood College, Scranton.

Chappel is a member of several Philadelphia, state and national organizations. 

She is a board member of the Rev. Jesse Jackson's People United to Save Humanity organization (based in Chicago), and a Philadelphia PUSH board member. She is president of the Job Loan and Urban Development Corp. and is a lecturer for the University of Pennsylvania's Entrepreneurial Development Training Center.

Chappel is the funding chairman of the Push for Excellence Program in Philadelphia and this year was elected a delegate to the 1980 White House Conference on Small Business.

Earlier this month, Chappel was co-chairperson of the highly successful 30th anniversary celebration of the Rev. Leon H. Sullivan, nationally known black leader, as pastor of Zion Baptist Church, where she is a member. 

Chappel has been honored by a number of Philadelphia civic groups. In 1976 she received the prestigious President's Award at the 80th convention of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, Inc. in Pittsburgh.

The Urban Bankers Coalition, headquartered in Philadelphia, is an organization of black management personnel. 

Looking Back and Looking Forward

"There's nothing to do—let's join the National Guard," said Louis Duckett to his friends in 1948. And based on that decision, Duckett enlisted in the New York Army National Guard as a Private on 23 June 1948. He is now Assistant Division Commander of the 42d Infantry Division, and was promoted to Brigadier General on 16 July 1979. In the 30 years since his enlistment, General Duckett has discovered that there is plenty to do in the National Guard.

His role of leadership exists in his civilian as well as his military life. As administrative Manager of the New York City Transit Authority, General Duckett has responsibilities, which require a great amount of time and effort. But because he enjoys the challenge of leadership and the interaction with people, his role in the National Guard is equally important to him.

When asked how he had time to perform both jobs, General Duckett replied, "That's a good question! I sometimes wonder myself. You sort of make time—weekends with the Guard, a spare minute, a spare hour, and always taking work home."

In spite of these demands, Duckett remains in the Guard because, as he says, "I really do enjoy it. It's challenging and very rewarding. It gives you a good feeling to be involved and especially to see things happen as you want them to happen. Plus I have good people to work with and work for."

As a minority himself, General Duckett follows the progress of the Minority Officer Recruiting Effort (MORE) program with great interest. His view towards teh opportunities available to minority Guardsmen as officers today is both positive and optimistic. "I think opportunities are improving, even though they aren't 100% everywhere. A lot of minority Guardsmen have been through the ringer, but they are feeling a lot more confident that there are opportunities for advancement if they apply themselves. The more they see of minorities in upper grade levels, the more they are convinced of their own chances for success."

Times have changed, according to Duckett. In the past, a minority in the military felt that "'I can only go so far,'" says Duckett. "In 1952, I felt that if I made Captain, that would be it. But this has changed with the opening of positions that were never open before. There's a chance.

"People now recognize that minorities are very capable people. Units that wouldn't accept minorities in the past are now required to do so by law. And these laws have helped change attitudes. Some individuals at the top have said, 'Hey! Let's bring these people in,' and this has helped probably most of all."

General Duckett encourages—rather urges—all Guardsmen, not only minorities, to take advantage of the opportunities for advancement that are offered to them. "Go after every opportunity for schooling. Put in for Officer Candidate School. Get qualified. If you do that and then really work at whatever position you're assigned, you should have no problem at all." Duckett realizes now that there are better reasons today for joining the National Guard than when he enlisted in 1948. There are better reasons—better opportunities—than ever before.

Guardsman Becomes White House Social Aide

Captain Ivan B. Kelly of the National Guard Bureau has been selected to participate in the White House Social Aide Program. Capt. Kelly is Chief of Social Actions/Equal Opportunity in the Office of Human Resources, National Guard Bureau, and the only National Guard member of the 40 men and women who comprise the Social Aide program. He has the distinction of being the first black officer to represent the Air Force in this program.

The responsibility of the White House Social Aide is primarily to serve as an escort to the President, his family, and visiting dignitaries, at various White House social and formal functions. A secondary mission of a Social Aide is to see that White House functions proceed in orderly and dignified fashion. The White House Social Aides represent each military service and supplement the permanent staff aides to the President and First Lady.

A meticulous briefing is given to Aides prior to each event. These briefings include designating individual escort aides for each function, providing background information on White House guests, and setting up receiving lines to afford an expedient way for the President and First Lady, or honored dignitaries to greet guests.

"White House social functions are extremely well coordinated," says Capt. Kelly. "Everything moves on schedule, so it's important for each Aide to be fully informed on the White House and its surroundings. People frequently ask questions about the mansion itself. There is a natural interest in and curiosity about the residence and furnishings, particularly its historical traditions."

Being a White House Social Aide is interesting, enjoyable, and challenging. It affords opportunities to meet visiting heads of state and other distinguished high ranking people of various nationalities and backgrounds. The benefits of the job certainly outweigh the hard work involved. Intense concentration on the task at hand is a prerequisite for each White House Social Aide.

Aides are encouraged to enjoy the functions they attend, but the guests must always be the foremost object of their attention. If the guests are not happy, the goal of the social function has not been achieved. Therefore it is the responsibility of the Social Aides to respond to the needs of any guest, in an effort to insure the success of the event.

Capt. Kelly was selected from a group of Air Force officers within the metropolitan district of Washington, D.C. He is a native of New York City, has a master's degree in  public administration, and is presently a Phd

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