Here’s an announcement from the Lions Club….
Pound Ridge Lions Club to Present 2013 Student Community Service Awards
On Sunday, June 2, at 1 PM, the Pound Ridge Lions Club will host a reception at the Pound Ridge Town House to present its 2013 Student Community Service Awards. The community is invited to attend, and refreshments will be served.
The awards will be presented to four outstanding Pound Ridge graduating seniors who personify the Lions motto “We Serve.” The awards are named in memory of Lions Club members who were devoted to public service in Pound Ridge and the surrounding area.
These awards are based solely on community service and are awarded to seniors who have made significant contributions of their time and talents to local, state, and national causes. Special consideration is given to students who volunteer to assist their local community.
The Pound Ridge Lions Club will present the awards to the following graduating Fox Lane High School seniors, with the sincere appreciation of the Club and the entire Pound Ridge community:
The Thomas Rizzo Memorial Award will be presented to Christopher Manjuck.
Chris has volunteered extensively in multiple endeavors. He joined the Pound Ridge Volunteer Fire Department’s Junior Corps program, attending regular meetings, participating in training drills and Department events and activities, and attending calls, ultimately becoming a full Department member at 17. Chris has been active with the Scouts, acting as a senior patrol leader, and has lent his organizational abilities, carpentry skills and labor to assist with Eagle Scout projects in Pound Ridge. Apart from these time-consuming undertakings, he helped with various school events such as heart walks, cancer walks, health fairs, parades, and the area all-state music festival. Chris, a natural leader, is a reliable, hard worker with a “can-do” attitude who is always ready to lend a hand where there’s a need.
The Fred deWysocki Jr. Memorial Award will be presented to Gunner Rainford.
Gunner has also dedicated significant time to various volunteering efforts. He is also a full member of the Pound Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, which he first joined through the Junior Corps program. He attended Department meetings and training drills, and attended many calls. He has been a regular volunteer in Department events and activities. Gunner was also involved in Fox Lane’s First Responders Club, where he helped to raise awareness about firefighting and emergency medical services. In addition, Gunner provided manual labor on two local building initiatives with Habitat for Humanity in disadvantaged neighborhoods. He also took on the labor-intensive task of helping to maintain the school’s ceramics studio. He is known for motivating others through his work ethic.
The Pat Palmiotto Memorial Award will be presented to Gabrielle Froehlich.
Gabby has also devoted her time to many volunteer activities. She assisted an elderly resident and participated in Hurricane Sandy relief with Neighbor-to-Neighbor. With Fox Lane’s Youth in Action Club, she worked at a hunger awareness dinner. She has been a Midnight Run participant and leader, bringing food and clothing to New York City’s poor. Gabby has traveled extensively to help the disadvantaged. She worked on building renovation and at a food bank in New Orleans through J-Teen, having first helped collect supplies and books for a school there. As a member and officer of Bridges to Community, she organized and raised funds for travel to Nicaragua, where she helped build homes and schools. Gabby also made a homebuilding trip to Vietnam and helped build a school and tutor children in Ghana with Putney Student Travel. Gabby is empathetic and brings optimism and enthusiasm to her efforts.
The Pound Ridge Lions Club congratulates the winners and thanks the community for its continuing support of these awards and the Lions’ other important contributions to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Vacation Camp for the Blind, the Pound Ridge Ambulance Corps, and Lions Nursing Scholarships, among others, during the past fifty years. Those wishing to make a tax-deductible donation can send their checks to “Pound Ridge Lions Club Charities, Inc.” at P.O. Box 340, Pound Ridge, NY, 10576.