Clinton County Honorees
Eileen Barnes was born and raised in the Bronx and was a Vietnam era military wife. She raised three children as a single mother holding down three jobs while earning a degree from Pace University to become one of the first female traders on Wall Street. She finished her paid career as a training supervisor for nine counties in central New York with the Experience Works Program.
By visiting older adults in their homes as a bill pay manager for RSVP, she helps keep them living independently. She works as an RSVP IRS tax preparer with the local EITC/VITA Coalition and serves on the RSVP Advisory Council. Also, she tutors as a trained Literacy Volunteer and she is a docent at SUNY Plattsburgh Art Museum. She serves as Secretary of the Executive Committee of Plattsburgh State Art Docents. As President of the Blue Star Mothers of Clinton County, Eileen raises funds for local veterans in need. She volunteers with both SUNY Partners in Cross- Cultural Learning, and Program for African Growth through Education; and she's paired with international students from Bulgaria and Guyana. Eileen has also volunteered as a domestic violence advocate and is a past president and volunteer of Family Promise, an ecumenical organization which provides shelter to homeless families. Eileen has been volunteering for 54 years.
Eileen, hoping to become a doctor, began volunteering as a candy striper at the age of 16 at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
Eileen's greatest reward has been seeing people achieve things they never thought they could do and giving them the confidence to improve their own lives.
Carolyn Tyndall is a native New Yorker but spent 20 years living in California. Carolyn worked in retail until she re-trained to be a surgical technologist. Carolyn currently lives in Plattsburgh, and is married and has one son, who lives in Auburn, NY.
Carolyn has loved quilting most of her life. She is a member of the Champlain Valley Quilters Guild and was on the Board for many years. Most recently, Carolyn has become involved in the Literacy Volunteers of America for Clinton County. She participated in the Literacy Challenge that is a fundraiser for the Literacy Volunteer Program.
She has been teaching a quilting class for over seven years. Through her efforts she is hoping to share her joy of quilting.
Carolyn feels that her greatest reward has been all the great people she has met and new friendships she has made.