One of our most anticipated events here at The Arc! The Annual Member Meeting and Awards Ceremony!
This event is where we have a chance to honor all the amazing people that make our organization great in a manner worthy of the fantastic things we do and the incredible people that make up The Arc of Delaware County.
The event was a beautiful and intimate affair complete with amazing food, beautiful floral centerpieces, and the magical background sounds of The Michael Suchorsky Jazz Trio.
SUNY Delhi and the team at Cadi provided a lovely venue as well as a delicious lunch! Wautauga Falls greenhouse, Mr. Wayne Snyder, delivered two huge podium planters and a variety of potted plant centerpieces. We had a lot of fun playing a little game of “find a string on your chair” and take home the centerpiece. Happy faces left with a fun remembrance to plant in their gardens.
During the annual member meeting, the following elected nominees took the oath of office and were installed as board members:
Officers 2018 – 2019 Term: 
President – Lori Cetta
Vice President – Robin Evanitsky
Treasurer – Nat Thomas
Secretary – Jim Warren
Directors 2018 – 2019 Term: 
Sandra Bullis
Lori Cetta
Rovin Evanitsky
Kathleen Green
Ira MacIntosh
Johna Peachin
Gerda vanLeeuwen
Nominating Committee 2018 – 2019 Term: 
Sandra Bullis
Robert Rothenberg
Nat Thomas
Gerda vanLeeuwen
The membership also voted unanimously to approve the amended bylaws proposed by the Board of Directors.
Passing along the reins of president for the new term, 2017 – 2018 president Robin Evanitsky inspired us all with her speech in which she recognized each and every person who is a part of The Arc of Delaware County team, making it the amazing organization it is. From members to staff to people supported, everyone was given a moment to rise and receive the applause so deserving of each and every one!
Robin Evanitsky and Lori Cetta
After a delicious lunch, we moved onto what some may say is the best item on the itinerary, handing out the awards! Each presenter created an inspiring short presentation then handed off the award to its recipient. We cheered and many moved to tears as we heard the hero’s journey of each and every winner! They were as follows:
The George Suess Outstanding Achievement Awards: 
Carousel Children’s Services
Amelia Faucett
Amelia Faucett
Community Living Skills, Arkville
Catherine Ippolito
Catherine Ippolito
Community Living Skills, Walton, The Phillip Hale Award
Kirk Smith
Kirk Smith
Residential Services
Annette Hawley
Annette Hawley
Resources For Industry
Denise Darling
Denise Darling
Thrive
Joseph Fitapelli
Joseph Fitapelli
Community Recognition Awards:
Luella Rogers Exemplary Volunteer Award
Chuch and Mary Cardillo
Chuck and Mary Cardillo
Father Eugene Willis Good Neighbor Award
Beverly Travis
Beverly Travis
Dr. Gerald Burday Professional Excellence Award
Dave and Rachel Rissberger
Dave and Rachel Rissberger
Partner of The Year Award
The Walton Music House
Larry Jamieson and Joe. The Walton Music House..
The day went off without a hitch and a great many of us were inspired and looking forward to next year by the end of the day! We hope you will consider joining us for this event next year as we celebrate this amazing organization and those who it is comprised of.
We could not do what we do without you! Our community means everything to all of us and we love the opportunity to get to know you better!
Sign up for our newsletter and stay tuned as we feature our award winners over the coming months in our, “Get to Know Us” section. This months newsletter will feature Kirk Smith who tells us a little bit about himself and how passionate he is about being able to communicate and be understood.
Here’s a few more pictures of the day for you to enjoy!

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