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Meet Our Members
The Church Mouse Reports
Her name is PATTY BLOOMER and she hardly needs an introduction. But the purpose of this column IS to introduce new worshippers and long-time members. The Church Mouse has known Patty for quite some time and we have had some recent conversations. I have learned some new things about an old friend!
Patty, a Binghamton native, has been a member of Trinity Church for more than 60 years. She has been a long-time Eucharistic minister and lector. Patty cracked the Glass Ceiling in 1978 when she was elected Trinity’s first female warden, paving the way for other women to serve as wardens and vestry members. Patty recalls that, at that time, vestry members chaired committees and commissions. She was assigned to the Kitchen Committee!
Patty has taught Sunday School and served on the Christian Education Commission of the diocese. She was elected warden again in 2011. She currently chairs the Investment Committee, serves on the Finance Committee and the Building and Grounds Committee, and volunteers with the Canteen.
Patty has been a member of numerous community boards of directors and served as president of many. Good Shepherd-Fairview Home and Foundation (president), Indian Hills Girl Scout Council (president), United Way of Broome County, Binghamton General Hospital, and the advisory board of the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University are some of her community service affiliations.
A sports enthusiast—whether at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich or at a Bearcats game at Binghamton University—Patty roots for the home team. She has been a member of the board and recently served as president of the Binghamton Bearcats Athletic Association. GO, BEARCATS!
Patty’s current volunteer activity at BU is as a member of the Binghamton University Foundation Board of Directors. The role of the Board is to raise funds to support the mission of the University. Members foster and maintain partnerships with alumni, parents, friends, and members of the University community. It is a time-consuming activity, well suited to Patty’s outgoing personality and she is enjoying the challenges of this new position and new relationship with Binghamton University.
Patty spends summers at her beautiful and beloved “cottage” on Silver Lake, just over the border in Pennsylvania. It was there that she founded and served as president of the Edward L. Rose Conservancy. The organization is dedicated to conserving land, water, and wildlife in northeastern Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York. A 501c3 (Non-profit) conservancy, it has saved over 1,000 acres to date.
Patty and her husband William H. Bloomer. Jr. (known to all as Billy) were married in 1960. Billy followed his father in the family business and later founded his own company, Binghamton Steel Erectors, Inc. When ill health forced his retirement, Patty took over as president of the company. (Billy died in 2012.)
The Bloomers raised two children. Daughter Liz is an investment banker in New York City. Son Christopher is retired from management positions with Dick’s Sporting Goods in Pittsburgh. He has returned to Binghamton and resides with Patty in her Westside home. Patty has one granddaughter. Lily, a student at the University of Pennsylvania, is the apple of her grandmother’s eye.
Now you know (a little) more about Patty Bloomer—a woman of strong opinion with an infectious laugh, a ground-breaker and role model, a savvy business woman with strong leadership skills, a committed volunteer, and a member of Trinity Memorial Church!
The Church Mouse