Four Retired Seniors Honored With Presidential Lifetime Service Award

From left, Debbie Basile, project director; Assemblyman Andrew Goodell; Brenda Weiler, project coordinator; John (Jack) Kachermeyer and Blanche Robbins, Presidential Lifetime Service Award recipients; state Sen. Cathy Young; and Vince Horrigan, county executive. Four names were recently added to the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program’s list of volunteers earning the Presidential Lifetime Service Award. Submitted photo

Four names were added to Retired and Senior Volunteer Program’s distinguished list of volunteers earning the Presidential Lifetime Service Award.

Individuals serving 4,000 hours or more at an accredited agency earn the Presidential Lifetime Service Award.

RSVP proudly boasts its list of 70 names; 4,000 hours is equal to working fulltime for two years. Our 2017 recipients are John Kachermeyer, Jean Moran, Joanne Malecki and Blanche Robbins.

Yearly, staff at Chautauqua County RSVP scrambles to make arrangements and fund a volunteer tribute event to honor and salute one of our community’s most precious resource: volunteers.

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (CRCF) blessed RSVP as our major sponsor for this event. Many other individuals and agencies generously donated to make this event possible. Our sincere gratitude goes to our supporters.

The Fluvanna Church Community Room filled as guests entered to a theme based on “The Star Thrower” by Loren Eiseley.

Sandee’s Bakery catered the luncheon served by celebrity waiter/waitresses bringing joy to the attendees.

Staff, advisory members, friends and dignitaries comprised our celebrity servers. Our servers included Advisory Council members Joanne E. Nelson, Jackie Shannon, Kimberly Lombard, Louise Boutwell and Chris Tracey.

Our friends included Kim and Noelle Wiles, Donna Turney, Rachel Johnson, Dianna Pillittieri, and Gwen Axelson. Our staff included Brenda Weiler, Kathy Olson, and Deanna Johnson, senior aide from the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging.

State Sen. Cathy Young welcomed the guests and remained for a time speaking to each guest. Assemblyman Andy Goodell addressed the crowd prior to the meal and took on the duties of waiter.

Vince Horrigan, Chautauqua County executive, reveled as he told the gathering, that he hopes to see them more often.

“I will be retiring at the end of the year, so I hope to be sitting in your seat as a new volunteer next year,” he said.