‘Community Celebration’ evening a successful salute to local achievers


A special cake for the occasion, complete with the official club logo.

A packed house at Tuesday’s “Community Celebration” dinner paid tribute to a wide array of local adults and young people people for their achievements through efforts that are in keeping with the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.”

Because so many good things come full circle, proceeds from this event honoring people who serve the community will go toward supporting community service efforts by the sponsoring Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club.

Awards were made in 12 categories during ceremonies at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant in North Greenbush. The event was conceived by SRC Vice President John Sawchuk, backed by the able support of Murray Forth, Terry Brewer and Jim Leyhane.

Scenes from the evening’s festivities

(also available in album format on the club’s Facebook page)

National Guard Sgt. Seth Wieland introduces Jesse Frankosin for the Outstanding Military Service award, with SRC Vice President John Sawchuk looking on at rear.
Longtime Troop 41 Scoutmaster Dennis Cicchino, flanked by longtime supporter Jim Leyhane and two Leyhane offspring — Kevin (left) and Andy (far right) — who Dennis mentored en route to their achieving Eagle rank.
Anticipating a gala night.
3 Leyhanes, 2 Drumms, 1 Martinez … and no sign of a partridge in a pear tree.
From Maple Hill Middle School: Principal Jacqueline Hill and students Andrew Penn, Jaden Ditonno and Emily Boll.
Event organizers (from left) Terry Brewer, John Sawchuk, Murray Forth and Jim Leyhane share the spotlight with President Debbie Rodriguez.
“Breakout Rotarian” Shannon Romanowski, flanked by President Debbie Rodriguez and Terry Brewer who co-chairs the monthly breakfast meeting program with Shannon.
Goff Middle School Principal Wayne Grignon with Jason Carlock, Kyle McNeff, and Sophia Fruggiero.
North Greenbush Police Chief Robert Durivage with recipient Jeff Stehr.
The many paid sponsors who helped make the event possible.
A whole lotta schmoozin’ going on.
Maple Hill High School students honored: Evan Fink, Jenna Wilkinson, Jordan Scott, Rebecca Leverone.

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