NORTH WARREN - For 29 years, the North Warren Chamber of Commerce has awarded community leaders, local activists and volunteers for their work on behalf of others in bestowing the organization's annual V.I.P. award.
The Adirondack Journal is pleased to present a review of the award recipients.
In 2008, Jerry and Elna Meader of Brant Lake were jointly awarded. Jerry served on the Horicon Town Planning Board and town Zoning Board of Appeals. But his volunteer work with the local Rotary Club, particularly granting scholarships, and his service for many years portraying Santa, and his extensive work with the Boy Scouts, prompted the award. Elna Meader worked long hours on behalf of library and town museum, plus donated her time in fundraisers for Operation Santa Claus - to benefit those less fortunate.She also helped create the town's Historical Quilt. Also, they worked for the county Officer for the Aging, the Horicon Library, Meals on Wheels, and various community efforts.
The 2007 recipient was banker Roger Van Guilder of Chestertown, who worked his entire career in Chestertown. Van Guilder was known for his community service through the Boy Scouts, American Legion, March of Dimes, and Red Cross. A Chamber president for 13 years and a local bank branch manager for 24, he launcheda Cub Scout Troop.
In 2006, the North Warren Chamber V.I.P. was Carl Lamm of Chestertown, founder of the Helpers' Fund, which has raised thousands of dollars to help out middle class families finding themselves in unfortunate circumstances. He also founded the Chestertown Community Thanksgiving Dinner along with Doris Hensler.
The 2005 V.I.P. award winner was Dan Perry of Adirondack, founder of the Adirondack Marathon, a very successful benefit event. He also volunteered for Rotary fundraisers, was a board member of Hudson Headwaters Health Network, and helped organize Chester's Bicentennial.