DEVENS -- The Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce will host its 11th annual Community Service & Leadership Awards (CSLA) event on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn, Boxborough.
Award categories are as follows:
Outstanding Citizen/Volunteer -- named for the late Robert W. Lewis, the award is given to an individual who has advanced the community significantly by his or her contribution of time, talent and efforts.
The honorees this year are Deborah LaPointe (Leominster), Jodie Rachman (Shirley) and Richard Conway (Pepperell).
Deb's passion for community based projects is to be commended. She is truly a shining example of what it is to "give back." In addition to her roles as wife, mother, friend and Vice President/Regional Business adviser at Enterprise Bank and Trust, she is very active in the region through a variety of community organizations. They include United Way of North Central Mass, HealthAlliance Hospital Guild (president), Beacon of Hope, Acton Boxborough United Way, Indian Hill Music Center, Montachusett Rotary, MinuteMan ARC of Concord, to name a few.
Jodie lives in Shirley with her husband Bill and son Sam. Her community involvement and contributions include: Center Town Hall Committee -- founder and chairperson, member of the Shirley Hoe Down Committee, founder and facilitator for the Shirley Farmers Market and more. Jodie is also know for motivating other community members to take part in the various events, encouraging them to create signs, bake, cook, set-up, or serve. She has a knack for knowing how to make use of everyone's special talent.
Dick Conway is the consummate team player, and well known for giving back to the community. On the 20th anniversary of Conway Chevrolet Buick, owner Dick Conway commissioned New Hampshire artist Ellen Davison to paint the mural as a gift to the town. The mural is a stunning depiction of Pepperell, both past and present. The creation took almost a year; it depicts the buildings, parks, byways and waterways that are Pepperell. Pepperell Historical Society notes that Dick's "commitment to community is unquestioned." Other organizations that have benefited from Dick's contributions include: Pepperell Historical Society, Pepperell Covered Bridge, Pepperell Soccer, Pepperell Business Association, PACH (Pepperell Aid from Community to Home Food Pantry), Nashoba Valley Chamber, to name a few.
Outstanding Company/Organization Award -- named for the late Roy L. Jeannotte, it is given to a company or organization that has made a substantial contribution to the lasting enhancement of the Nashoba Valley Region by demonstrating exceptional leadership and community involvement.
This year's winner is RiverCourt Residences (Groton).
RiverCourt Residences sits on a site that has played a key role in the industrial development of the Nashoba Valley. Speculation is that mill work started in 1744 as the first leatherboard manufacturer in the United States. In 1997, Capstone Properties began talking with the Town of Groton about their vision to restore the mill and to provide a much needed service to the community. With cooperation from the towns of Groton and Ayer, RiverCourt Residences, an Independent Living/Assisted Living/and Memory Care Community, was opened in 2002. Since then, RiverCourt Residences, and its residents and staff, have become an integral part of the community. Their commitments include volunteering at Groton Senior Center, RiverCourt Chorus provides entertainment at local nursing homes, sponsor of concerts on the RiverCourt Common, knitting caps for soldiers in Afghanistan, hosting annual ALZ Memory Ride, to name a few.
Outstanding Professional/Business Person -- this award is given to a business or professional person who through extraordinary effort in his/her chosen field has contributed significantly to the Nashoba Valley Region.
The award this year will be given to Savas Danos of Littleton Electric Light and Water Departments.
You probably have heard Savas' motto of doing things "for the greater good." Savas is well known in the region for his contributions that have aided to the "greater good." A brief listing of these include Littleton Rotary Club (administrator of "Crutches and Canes" program, creator of Appleman Triathlon), Littleton Water Department (founding member and resident advisor to the Littleton Clean Lakes Committee), chartered Littleton Troop 20 Boy Scouts of America, coordinated LELWD's 100th Anniversary Celebration, Groton's Civil War Reenactment (not only did Savas help coordinate the town's first reenactment event, he even acted as the "mayor"). Additionally, Savas contributed in numerous ways to the Nashoba Valley Chamber as he is an avid supporter of businesses in our region.
Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include a cash bar and entertainment featuring pianist Donn Hill. Dinner and program to begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $39 each. Advance registrations only. Make your reservations now to honor these special people.
The category sponsors this year include Parker Hannifin, Rollstone Bank & Trust, MassDevelopment and Sunny Delight/Veryfine.
Serving over 600 members throughout Middlesex and Worcester counties and surrounding communities, the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce supports local commerce by providing small business counseling, a legislative referral group, insurance programs and business to business networking and discount services. In addition, the Chamber hosts a variety of special events and programs that enhance community life including the community service and leadership awards and their scholarship program.