This past week the Amsterdam Rotary club held its annual awards and installation dinner at the Raindancer Restaurant in the town of Perth. The well attended event honored its club members for their accomplishments and service they have done in the community and region during the year.
At this year's event the club awarded Giana Mancini from Fonda-Fultonville Central School as their Student of the Year. Giana has been an exceptional student and has volunteered many hours in her community and school. She has been active in the Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Cecelia's Church, junior varsity basketball, the school drama club, and is in the National Honor Society. She will be attending Boston College in the fall, and she is the daughter of John and Donna Mancini of Fonda.
The Citizen of the Year award was presented to Betty Clough of Amsterdam for her years of community service and her numerous volunteer hours she devotes to the region. Betty has been an active leader in the Amsterdam Beautification Committee, the Montgomery County Historical Society, St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary, Friends of the Sanford Stud Farm, area garden clubs, Festival of Trees, and she resides in Amsterdam with her husband Robert Quick.
Every year the club awards one of its own for the Sok Nam Ko Rotarian of the year award. The award is presented each year to a Rotarian who lives up to the Rotary motto of service above self. The award is presented in memory of Sok Nam Ko, who worked tirelessly in promoting the core values of Rotary by raising money to eradicate polio, he promoted student exchange and education in the community, and he lived the Rotary motto of service above self.
This year the award was presented to John Kelly, who has been an active member for years. John has always been involved in the Rotary variety show, whether he was selling tickets or hitting the stage. He has been instrumental with the Gift of Life program, and has been diligent in selling tickets for almost every fish fry and chicken parm dinner fundraisers. He has been there to assist with the Rotary Christmas auction, and he is also been a past president of the club. John and his wife Darrice have two sons and two grandchildren.
In closing the outgoing co-presidents, Cindy Rivera and Judy Phetteplace, passed the gavel to the incoming co-presidents, Chris Carmichael and Jeff Brown.