North Warren selects VIP

CHESTERTOWN A Chestertown native who has lived and worked in Chestertown his entire life has been chosen as the North Warren VIP this year. Roger Van Guilder has been involved in the community in many capacities for most of his life. I nominated him because of all the volunteer activity he does, said North Warren Chamber President Greg Beckler. From WalkAmerica to his work with the Boy Scouts of the Twin Rivers Council, Im surprised he wasnt on the list for past years VIPs. Ive worked a lot with the American Legion and the Adirondack Chapter of the Red Cross where I was on the board for 20 years, Van Guilder said. He said that about 10 or 12 years ago, the local Cub Scout den had been de-activated for lack of interest. Soon we had about 80 Cub Scouts with no den, Van Guilder said. I worked with some members of the North Warren Chamber and we sponsored a new troop to be re-activated. Several of those boys have made Eagle Scout status, and there are two more expected to attain that honor this year. Van Guilder was president of the chamber for 13 years, left the organization and was drafted back by its members. When American Legion Post 964 erected a monument to local veterans, Van Guilder was leading the effort. Community and helping out is at the center of his life, and he is also active with the annual March of Dimes Walk America. God has been good to me, Van Guilder said. Very few people have the opportunity to stay in this area of the Adirondacks and work here too. He started as a teller at the Chestertown branch of the Glens Falls National Bank 36 years ago, and has been its manager since 1984. Van Guilder and his wife Brenda have one daughter, Heidi, who was recently engaged to be married. The North Warren Chamber is holding a dinner to honor Van Guilder on May 18 at the Grille at Green Mansions. Food will be prepared by Chef Susan Bulmer. This dinner is not all about me, but about the chamber, the Boy Scouts, Walk America and all those special people, Van Guilder said. Im hoping to see them at the dinner. For reservations, contact the chamber at 494-2722 or speak to a chamber member.

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