United Way honors volunteers during annual meeting, dinner

2013 United Way Campaign chairwoman Gayle Alexander speaks during the annual United Way Dinner in Keeseville March 2.

2013 United Way Campaign chairwoman Gayle Alexander speaks during the annual United Way Dinner in Keeseville March 2.

— The United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. held its Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner on Saturday, March 2, at the Keeseville Knights of Columbus on Route 9.

Gerald Morrow welcomed a packed house then turned the meeting over to John Bernardi, Executive Director and Bruce Lawson, board member. Morrow, Supervisor of the Town of Chesterfield, was elected President of the Board of Directors. Vicki Marking, Marketing Executive of Primelink, was elected Vice-President. Joyce Rafferty, Vice-President of Finance at CVPH Medical Center was elected Treasurer, and Ed Davis, of Northern Insuring Agency, Inc. was elected Secretary. Three new board members were also welcomed; Jaci Kelleher of Stafford, Piller, Murnane, Plimpton, Kelleher and Trombley; David Coryer of ETS, Inc.; and John Donoghue of the Northeast Central Labor Council.

Gayle Alexander, 2013 Campaign Chair addressed the crowd for the annual event with expressing her sincere appreciation for the members of her campaign team for their time and effort along with the United Way Staff.

“The goal was to reach for the moon and we landed in the stars,” she said. “It was the strong support from area businesses, individuals and the hundreds of volunteers that worked on the United Way Campaign at their workplace that enabled us to have such a successful campaign.”

The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the recipient of the 29th Annual Dorothy & Alan Booth Distinguished Citizen Award. John Bernardi the Executive Director of the United Way announced this year’s recipient, Kirk Stallsmith of Georgia Pacific.

Bernardi stated Stallsmith fit in perfectly with the qualities of past winners of this prestigious award.

“His dedication to the United Way and the community by being willing not only to give his money but his time and support to help improve the quality of life for others fits nicely with the legacy the of the award. Kirk is an outstanding individual and a true distinguished citizen,” Bernardi said.

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