Community Involvement: Victoria Grappone plays multiple roles in the Maspeth community as vice president of the Maspeth Kiwanis and treasurer of the Queens West division of Kiwanis. Maspeth Kiwanis holds several fundraisers throughout the year to raise money to send children to camp during the summer and for scholarships. Grappone has organized fundraisers such as a casino night and a murder mystery dinner for the Kiwanis.
Motivation: “The people in the community” are the biggest reason Grappone gives back, she said. “I’m dedicated to the communities I work within, Forest Hills and Maspeth, and I just want to give back to everybody,” she added. “I love to help people, that’s the bottom line.”
Occupation: Grappone was recently promoted within Maspeth Federal Savings Bank, becoming the vice president and retail sales development manager — a brand-new position with the bank. “I am going to be coaching and mentoring the employees here at Maspeth Federal with customer service skills and ongoing training,” Grappone explained. “It’s going to be interesting,” she said of having to set the groundwork for a new department.
Biggest Challenge: “My biggest challenge would be fundraising,” Grappone said. “Getting the word out about Kiwanis, having more people join Kiwanis and having them understand what a good cause it is” are other challenges she faces.
Achievements: Grappone earned a bronze key pin from the Maspeth Kiwanis, signifying that she has brought in one new member this year. She has also received awards from the 112th Precinct for her community involvement, as well as for being treasurer for the 112th Precinct Community Council. As a member of Maspeth Federal, Grappone has been recognized for her work with the Chamber of Commerce and Forest Hills Civic Association. “We’re very involved with all the communities,” she said.
Personal Life: Grappone lives in Queens with her husband, three children and two dogs. “I have a great job here. I enjoy my job. I love meeting people, I love my customers and my employees,” she said.