Congratulations to Distinguished Volunteer of the Year Conni Cross and Youth Volunteer of the Year Julia Appleton.
These awards are among the most significant honors a community member can receive.
It’s a great idea to have two categories representing different age groups for the Volunteer of the Year honors, and this year’s recipients highlight both ends of the spectrum. At one end is Cross, who has years of experience and an extensive track record of
volunteering in the community. At the other end is Appleton, who is an excellent role model for
commitment to community service.
Congratulations also go to Volunteer of the Year nominees Pat Jorgenson, Mike Farrell, Tim Chick and Barbara Horvath, as well as Ian McMullen and Catalina Daby in the youth category.
It’s important to recognize the positive impact that volunteering one’s services or support for a
community effort or event can have. Whether it’s a local organization such as the Lake Placid Garden Club, or Lake Placid Beautification, or a service organization such as the Rotary, Kiwannis or Lions Club, our community needs its volunteers. Whether it’s helping make big events such as Worldfest or Ironman a community success, or helping out in a village clean up, each volunteering effort represents a huge part of what this community, or any community, is all about — the willingness of its members to get involved.
Hats off to all those who have volunteered, and to those who will follow in their footsteps.