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April 02, 2009

Community Service Awards 2009

Source: NYSUT Awards and Honors

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In-Service

Michael Ellis
Ithaca Teachers Association
Contiguous ED C-D

Karen Ruston
Ithaca Teachers Association
Contiguous ED C-D

Thomas Shingler
North Babylon Teachers Association
Contiguous ED 17-20

Barbara Silkes
West Hempstead Education Association
Contiguous ED 18-19


Retirees

Mary Canaris
Retiree Council 24

Carole Chambers
Retiree Council 13

Gloria Cohen
Retiree Council 20

Louise Colavito
Retiree Council 24

Paula Dodge
Retiree Council 23

Robert Doyle
Retiree Council 7

Susan Eckers
Retiree Council 17

Jean Eno
Retiree Council 21

Evelyn Gomer
Retiree Council 24

Arlene Hanley
Retiree Council 5

Sally Kane
Retiree Council 24

Jeanette Katz
Retiree Council 24

Madeline Maffetore
Retiree Council 18

Betty Miller
Retiree Council 9

Enid Moskowitz
Retiree Council 24

Kandy Palmeri
Retiree Council 2

Bill Randall
Retiree Council 8

Ellen Ratner
Retiree Council 24

Mildred Safar
Retiree Council 24

Sheila Zachter
Retiree Council 24

 


Life Line Honor Roll

Hazel Akerley
Liberty Teaching Assistants, Monitors and Aides Association

Jackie Giannino
Middle Country Teachers Association

Linda Julia
Half Hollow Hills Teachers Association

Brian Long
Middle Country Teachers Association

Michael Lupa
Half Hollow Hills Teachers Association

James MacFawn
NYSUT Capital District Regional Office

Deborah Olsen
Bay Shore Classroom Teachers Association

Jason Surdi
Hicksville Congress of Teachers

 


Local Community Service Awards

Created as a result of a resolution passed at the 1996 NYSUT RA, this award recognizes those locals that have made a collective and sustained contribution to community service during the previous year. The efforts on the part of these locals have not only enhanced the learning opportunities of students but also enriched the quality of life in their communities.

Bay Shore Classroom Teachers Association

Darlene Darch, President

The Bay Shore Classroom Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Contributing $17,700 to the Dollars for Scholars program.
  • Contributing $3,500 to the Bay Shore Community Summit.
  • Contributing $3,800 to the local board elections and budget vote.
  • Contributing $968 to the National Crime Prevention Council.

Bellmore-Merrick United Secondary Teachers

Michael Dolber, President

The Bellmore-Merrick United Secondary Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising funds for Island Harvest, assisting disadvantaged workers.
  • Raising funds for local homeless and addiction centers.
  • Raising funds and collecting books for elementary schools in New Orleans.
  • Raising funds for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

Bethpage Congress of Teachers

Karen Thomas, President

The Bethpage Congress of Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Conducting a Toys for Tots drive for needy children within the community.
  • Awarding scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Sponsoring the senior class post-prom breakfast.

Buffalo Teachers Federation

Philip Rumore, President

The Buffalo Teachers Federation has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Providing food to 200 families during the annual Thanksgiving food drive.
  • Awarding 19 scholarships to students through the Make a Dream Come True Scholarship fund.
  • Sponsoring the Marcena Lozano Memorial Scholarship fund run assisting organ transplant recipients pursuing a college education.
  • Producing 50,000 bumper stickers distributed throughout the community in both English and Spanish promoting parental involvement in education.

Carthage Teachers Association

Patricia Sheehan, President

The Carthage Teachers Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising $8,600 for the United Way.
  • Raising $1,400 in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Providing $2,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Donating to the local hospice and food pantry.

Cassadaga Valley Faculty Association

John Ognibene, President

The Cassadaga Valley Faculty consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Collecting donations and participating in the local Multiple Sclerosis walk-a-thon.
  • Hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross and collecting food for the local food pantry.
  • Participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Hosting an internet safety seminar for parents and students in the district.

Cheektowaga Central Teachers Association

Janet Goddard, President

The Cheektowaga Central Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Donating $1,200 worth of food vouchers for needy families.
  • Sponsoring 65 members in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Awarding a $1,200 student scholarship and donating to the E-NSSA Scholastic Achievement Scholarship fund.
  • Donating $1,000 to the Variety Club Telethon.

East Islip Teachers Association

Nancy Close, President

The East Islip Teachers Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising more than $12,000 for the annual needy family fund.
  • Participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Supporting the East Islip Dowling School business partnership.
  • Participating in the district-wide Response to Intervention Committee.

Elmont Elementary Teachers Association

Elaine Mitchell, President

The Elmont Elementary Teachers Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Conducting a toy drive and providing 300 toys for needy children in the community.
  • Raising more than $2,000 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Sponsoring the Elmont Chamber of Commerce children's Olympics.
  • Awarding $1,000 in high school scholarships and $1,200 in U.S. Savings Bonds to sixth-grade graduates.

Elwood Teachers Alliance

Lorelei Stephens, President

The Elwood Teachers Alliance consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Donating $500 to four families in the community who suffered a tragic loss in 2008.
  • Raising $7,787 for United Cerebral Palsy.
  • Collecting 457 pounds of food for needy families in the community.
  • Providing scholarships to four worthy high school students.

Faculty Association of Suffolk Community College

Ellen Schuler Mauk, President

The Faculty Association of Suffolk Community College has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Contributing $5,000 to Habitat for Humanity.
  • Donating to Hope House Ministries.
  • Collecting cleaning supplies for the Interfaith Nutritional Network.
  • Donating Thanksgiving holiday gift baskets to needy families.

Harrison Association of Teachers

Karen Magee, President

The Harrison Association of Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Contributing gift cards for the annual father/son and mother/daughter breakfast.
  • Contributing to the Start the Year Off Right program by providing 20 needy Harrison students with a new backpack filled with school supplies.
  • Donating $2,000 to the Westchester Food Bank.
  • Providing 10 student scholarships to qualifying seniors.

Hempstead Classroom Teachers Association

Dawn Sherwood, President

The Hempstead Classroom Teachers Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising more than $4,400 in contributions and $1,200 in T-shirt sales for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Sponsoring spring and fall coat and clothing drives serving more than 100 Hempstead families in need.
  • Raising $2,500 for the Hempstead High School's choir to attend a musical competition in Vienna, Austria.
  • Awarding $4,000 in student scholarships.Herricks Teachers Association

Mary Ellen Guarini, President

The Herricks Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising over $4,000 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Providing $3,000 in scholarship funds for graduating seniors.
  • Offering partial rebates for ticket purchases to the Herricks Community Fund dinner.
  • Volunteering on numerous district committees and assisting community organizations such as the Herricks Community Coalition and the Herricks Community for Educational Excellence.

Hewlett-Woodmere Faculty Association

Joan Skowronek, President

The Hewlett-Woodmere Faculty Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Establishing and awarding Hewlett-Woodmere Faculty Association and Richard Lesser Memorial scholarships.
  • Supporting Special Olympics.
  • Creating the Goods and Welfare fund to assist school community members in time of need.
  • Sponsoring two Hewlett-Woodmere Little League teams.

Hicksville Congress of Teachers

Joan Deem, President

The Hicksville Congress of Teachers has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Providing prizes for the Hicksville Public Library's Summer Reading program.
  • Raising funds for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Raising funds for the Gregory Museum.
  • Providing book carts in partnership with the school district to local hospitals through the Sarah Grace Weipert Foundation.

Island Park Faculty Association

Patricia Collins, President

The Island Park Faculty Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Contributing $950 to the ALS Association.
  • Contributing $1,100 to the American Cancer Society.
  • Contributing $250 to Special Olympics.
  • Raising funds for a local family in need.

Kings Park Classroom Teachers

James Pappas, President

The Kings Park Classroom Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Awarding $3,000 in scholarships to graduating students.
  • Participating in the Leukemia Society charity basketball game.
  • Participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
  • Raising funds for the Kings Park Chamber of Commerce and donating to various events.

Lockport Education Association

Gail Niparts, President

The Lockport Education Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising $42,168 for the United Way.
  • Raising $2,895 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk with more than 100 walkers participating.
  • Awarding four $1,200 student scholarships.
  • Sending 48 members to ring bells for the Salvation Army's holiday season campaign.

Long Beach Classroom Teachers Association

Frank Volpe, President

The Long Beach Classroom Teachers Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in and contributing to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Participating in and contributing to the March of Dimes walk.
  • Contributing to Special Olympics.
  • Providing a holiday toy drive for needy children in the community.

Marion Teachers Association

Michael Herlan, President

The Marion Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Sponsoring Special Olympics.
  • Raising more than $1,300 for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Donating dinners to needy families in the community during the holiday season.
  • Sponsoring the angel tree, which provides holiday gifts for needy families in the community.

Massapequa Federation of Teachers

Tomia Smith, President

The Massapequa Federation of Teachers has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Donating to Habit for Humanity.
  • Donating to Hope Hospice.
  • Raising funds for the Marty Lyons Make-a-Wish Foundation for terminally ill children.
  • Hosting a winter clothing drive for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Middle Country Teachers Association

Nadia Resnikoff, President

The Middle Country Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising funds for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Providing holiday food and gift baskets to the needy.
  • Awarding a total of $13,500 in scholarships to 10 graduating seniors.
  • Providing holiday cards to veterans at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Mineola Teachers Association

Teresa Richards, President

The Mineola Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising $16,308 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Donating $2,850 to the Long Island Presidents' Council PR campaign.
  • Donating $5,527 to the honors buffet annual dinner, honoring retirees who have given 25 years to education throughout the district.
  • Awarding $9,550 in MTA scholarships to graduating seniors.Mohawk Valley Community College Professional Association

Ellis Gage Searles, President

The Mohawk Valley Community College Professional Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Sponsoring the Ted Moore Run, memorializing a member of faculty and former association president killed in a drunk driving accident.
  • Sponsoring the United Way campaign.
  • Conducting two food drives annually to benefit the Utica Community Food Bank.
  • Awarding a $1,000 student scholarship.

Newark Teachers Association

Patricia Davidson, President

The Newark Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Sponsoring television broadcasting for school athletics.
  • Providing scholarships for graduating seniors.
  • Raising funds for the United Way.
  • Raising funds for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

Niagara Falls Teachers

Joseph Catalano, President

The Niagara Falls Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Donating more than $20,000 to the United Way.
  • Donating $10,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara and the Roswell Cancer Institute.
  • Donating $500 to the local firefighters' Christmas toy drive.
  • Awarding six $1,000 student scholarships.

North Babylon Teachers Organization

Selina Durio, President

The North Babylon Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising more than $10,000 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Donating toys, gifts and books to more than 250 children in the community during the holiday season.
  • Sending 200 gift packages to soldiers in Iraq.
  • Donating more than 30 boxes of non-perishable items to the local food pantry.

Nyack Teachers Association

Donna Ramundo, President

The Nyack Teachers Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Donating bilingual books in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month at the Nyack Street Fair.
  • Participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Participating in Students Opposing Starvation by bringing food and clothing to the homeless in NYC.
  • Collecting food for the local food pantry.

Plainedge Federation of Teachers

Laura Pokorny, President

The Plainedge Federation of Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk since 1999 and raising more than $71,000 in contributions.
  • Awarding five $1,000 student scholarships.
  • Organizing the We Make A Difference Awards ceremony, honoring approximately 165 children for excellent character.
  • Campaigning to have 100 percent teacher membership in the PTA/SEPTA.

Rockville Centre Teachers Association

Rosemarie Stein, President

The Rockville Centre Teachers Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Jones Beach.
  • Participating in the blood and bone marrow donor drive.
  • Awarding academic and athletic scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Awarding spirit and character awards to fifth- and eighth-grade students.

Sachem Central Teachers

John Heslin, President

  • The Sachem Central Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:
  • Raising over $18,000 for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Raising over $6,000 for the American Heart Association.
  • Participating in the Hope for the Holiday's clothing drive for needy families in the community.
  • Raising funds for a new playground at Cayuga Elementary School.

Shenendehowa Teachers Association

Christine Koblensky, President

The Shenendehowa Teachers Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Donating to the Special Olympics.
  • Donating to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY.
  • Donating to the Southern Saratoga County YMCA.
  • Awarding four $1,500 student scholarships to graduating seniors.

Smithtown Teachers Association

Richard Forzano, President

The Smithtown Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Organizing a district-wide food pantry event.
  • Raising funds for autism awareness and research.
  • Donating books to St. Paul's Mission School.
  • Raising funds for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

United Teachers of Island Trees

Karen Olsen, President

The United Teachers of Island Trees consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Participating in the polar plunge to benefit Camp Sunshine.
  • Hosting a food drive for the Island Harvest Food Pantry.
  • Raising funds for the American Heart Association.

Valley Central Teachers Association

Timothy Brown, President

The Valley Central Teachers Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Providing $3,650 in scholarship contributions.
  • Donating $2,238 to the Montgomery Food Pantry.
  • Donating $1,820 to the American Cancer Society and $2,000 to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Donating $450 to the Ronald McDonald House.

Wallkill Teachers Association

Donna Carr, President

The Wallkill Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising $400 for the Special Olympics of NY.
  • Raising $1,400 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Awarding six $800 student scholarships.
  • Sponsoring six district-wide food drives to benefit local food pantries.

Watertown Education Association

Dianne Loonan, President

The Watertown Education Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Hosting a food drive to support local food pantries.
  • Raising funds for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Raising funds for the Adopt a Platoon program.
  • Awarding four student scholarships to graduating seniors.

West Hempstead Education Association

Barbara Hafner, President

The West Hempstead Education Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising funds for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
  • Raising funds for St. Jude Children's Hospital.
  • Providing food baskets for the needy.
  • Providing scholarships to graduating seniors.

West Irondequoit Teachers Association

Beverly Engel, President

The West Irondequoit Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising $1,600 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Awarding three scholarships to graduating seniors planning careers in teaching.
  • Donating school supplies and canned goods to the Irondequoit Community Cupboard.
  • Participating in the Festival of Softball Tribute to Noah, promoting the importance of organ donation.

Yonkers Federation of Teachers

Patricia Puleo, President

The Yonkers Federation of Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising $13,763 for breast cancer research and participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Donating $1,700 to the Westchester Food Bank.
  • Donating $1,050 to the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital.
  • Donating $1,000 to the NYS University Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Yorktown Congress of Teachers

Robert Faigle, President

The Yorktown Congress of Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2008 they demonstrated this by:

  • Contributing $5,000 to Yorktown's local food pantry.
  • Contributing $2,150 in memory of Tyler Lemieux, to benefit the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center.
  • Raising $2,500 for the Support Connection, which provides assistance to individuals and families affected by ovarian and breast cancer.
  • Awarding four $1,000 college scholarships.