Don S. Weaver Jr., Lutheran Social Services board chair, was honored with one of two Trustee of the Year awards from LeadingAge New York, a national association of 5,500 not-for-profit organizations.
"There are 600 agency members of LeadingAge in New York state," said Tom Holt, Lutheran president and chief executive officer. "For Dean to be recognized at this level is quite an honor."
After serving on the Lutheran Social Services board for only nine months, Weaver had been named vice chair and soon was asked to take over the chairmanship after the untimely death of his friend, who was the chairman at that time.
From left, Tom Holt, Lutheran president and chief executive officer, congratulates Dean Weaver, Lutheran Social Services board chair, after receiving a Trustee of the Year Award presented by Jim Clyne, LeadingAge NY president.
"Dean willingly stepped in and has served unselfishly," Holt said. "His steadfast leadership has allowed Lutheran the flexibility to take advantage of opportunities like the HEAL funding for senior services and the expansion of programs for GA Family Services. We are now in a much stronger position going into an uncertain future. Under Dean's direction we have expanded our services to provide the right care, in the right place at the right cost."
Trustees play a very important role in the not for profit arena. They are dedicated, trusted colleagues who bring great value by their leadership and support. Dean accepted the award at a dinner in his honor.
"I am extremely gracious and humbled," Weaver said. "I think the world of Lutheran. This is really a team award. As a board, we all get along well and it's a real privilege and honor to be part of this first-class team."
Lutheran Social Services offers a variety of care for seniors and youth with special needs. For more information, call Lutheran Social Services at 665-9405 or visit lutheran-jamestown.org.