On the bright and sunny Sunday afternoon of September 8, 2019, almost 200 Volunteers and Friends gathered to celebrate their involvement in the Town of Southbury. It has become a tradition, to dedicate an afternoon to thank those who give much of their precious time to the residents of the Town. Those attending had an opportunity to share stories, meet and network with other volunteers, and Town Officials. Every volunteer in attendance received a special ‘Thank You Service Award’. Special Citations were presented to individuals and groups that truly epitomize what is means to be a volunteer.
Group citations went to:
The Guild of the Lutheran Home (Celebrating its 100th. Year), Volunteers of the Southbury Training School Thrift Shops, Southbury Ambulance Association, Friends of the Southbury Library and members of The Charter Revision Commission and Strategic Planning Task Force. Also receiving group citations were, the Women of B’nai Israel and members of the Memorials and Dedications Committee.
Individual awards went to:
Ed Gittines for his role in Chairing the Charter Revision Commission, Shirley Michaels for chairing the Library Board, Chris McGinness and Phil Youngquist for their work on the Disc Golf Course. Additionally, special Citations were presented Monsignor Joe Donnelly, Rabbi Eric Polokoff and Imam Gazmend AZA for their “three amigos” education program.
Members of the Volunteer Appreciation Committee, Mary Dunn, Mary Korsu, Eric Hall and Michelle Rosen organize the annual recognition and are proud of being residents of “A Town that Runs on Volunteers”. The committee’s sole purpose if to say thanks to everyone who gives of their time in order to make the lives of the Town’s residents that much better. Special thanks were given to the Office of the First Selectman, Jeffrey Manville and the IT department for their outstanding assistance.
For more information about the Volunteer Appreciation Committee, its work and future events, please contact the office of the First Selectman at Town Hall.