The historic Landmark Inn was filled to capacity on Wednesday evening, Oct. 23, for the annual Warwick Valley Rotary Club presentation of the Citizen of the Year and Outstanding Community Service awards celebration.
Proceeds from the Citizen of the Year event were earmarked to benefit Rotary’s Polio Plus project to eliminate polio worldwide. And during the evening Carole Tjoa, Rotary's District Polio Plus chair, accepted a $2,000 donation from Warwick Valley Rotary President Tina Buck.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match two for one the proceeds from the Citizen of the Year event, bringing the total raised to $6,000 toward the international project to eradicate polio globally.
Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton served as Master of Ceremonies. And County Legislators Barry Cheney and Mayor Michael Newhard also spoke about and presented special proclamations to each recipient.
Jack Ellis and the Youth Leadership Team of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy were named Warwick’s 2019-2020 Outstanding Community Service Award winners, selected for their volunteer contributions to the local community.
Hannelore Chambers, who spearheaded a community-wide effort to construct a new playground in Stanley-Deming Park for all ages and abilities, was honored as Warwick’s Citizen of the Year.
Chambers said the recognition should be shared with the entire Warwick Playground Dreams Committee members and she also praised the local officials who pitched in every day during the playground build week.
- Roger Gavan