COOPERSTOWN – When at least 250 people gathered May 3, on the lawn of the Otsego County Courthouse to show support for the area’s Asian-American population, and then stayed for an hour to listen to speeches during a rainstorm, many of the speakers marveled that the rally was organized by a 15-year Cooperstown Central School freshman, Cate Bohler.
They were not alone in their surprise. Bohler and her mom, Jeannine Webster, told The Freeman’s Journal on Friday, May 14, that they were surprised, too.
“I kind of feel like I didn’t really realize what I was doing,” Bohler said. “I think it was when I was hearing the speakers speaking and then it started raining and people stayed mostly.”
“All of the young people involved learned a powerful lesson about community,” Webster said. “Looking back I am not really sure how it came together.”
I am writing on behalf of Victoria Pressly, who has been a friend of mine for the past 10 years.
If I had to think of one word to describe Victoria, it would be “passionate.” She is passionate about life. She is passionate about her family. She is passionate about her clients and career.
Victoria’s career has required a significant amount of travel, and yet when I think of her, I think of the mom who is at every soccer game, school play and concert. She not only cares deeply about her children, she is incredibly supportive and involved in their lives.
Victoria is also dedicated to her clients. Living in Upstate New York, there are many challenges that must be overcome to build a thriving career, and yet Victoria managed to do just that while raising a family. I have often heard her speak about her clients with both the fierce determination to help them succeed and the protectiveness of a mother hen. It has always been obvious that she cares deeply.
My children and Victoria’s children are similar in age so I understand fully the time and emotional commitment involved in being a mother. I also work full time and know the challenges of managing family and career. Victoria has always impressed me with her ability to not only manage, but thrive and remain passionate about both.
Jeannine Webster and daughter Cate Bohler were among anti-gun-violence protesters this afternoon at the “March For Our Lives” in Cobleskill. Similar rallies were held across the country today in sympathy with one in Washington D.C. led by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. At left, CCS junior Josie Hovis was among the speakers from CCS, as well as Emma Trahan, Josie Hovis, Ray Hovis, Alex Bohler, Emma Morlang, Harrison Weiss, Madelyn Weiss, Danyell Monk, Emily Fydenkevez, Sophia Soloveitchik, Alyssa Pacatte and Olivia Stanley. Kendra Gross, a student who lives 15 minutes away from Parkland and was visiting this area, also participated, Josie reports. (Kyle Taylor for AllOTSEGO.com)