Niagara & Oneida County Honorees
Niagara County Honoree
Elizabeth (Betsy) Diachun moved to Niagara Falls over 50 years ago. A graduate of Allegheny College, she was co-owner of the Book Corner store and raised three children with her husband. She currently resides in Lewiston.
Betsy is Chair of the Niagara Area Foundation, and Board Member for the Niagara Beautification Commission. She is a long time member of the Niagara Area Habitat for Humanity Board, and has helped build houses for area residents. Betsy worked as Assistant Director at Old Fort Niagara for 15 years, now serving as their board secretary. She served seven years on the Lewiston Porter Board of Education. Betsy has delivered meals for the Niagara County Office for the Aging for 15 years, and donates platelets to Roswell Park Cancer Institute monthly. Betsy helped start the first Red Hat Society in Niagara Falls. She is president-elect of the board of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Niagara, where she has been a member for over 50 years.
Betsy has been volunteering for nearly 40 years.
Betsy's motivation to begin volunteering was to help people and improve her community.
Oneida County Honoree
Rose Hosp is a native of Utica, NY; and currently resides in Barneveld, NY. She has been married to Jack Hosp for 45 years; one son, daughter-in-law and grandson. She graduated from UFA, received her BA from Utica College and her MA from Middlebury College. She taught Spanish for 34 years at Holland Patent Central School before her retirement in 1998. After her retirement, she continued to teach as an Adjunct Professor at Utica Collage for seven years and a volunteer facilitator at MVILR for over 12 years.
Volunteering is a passion of Rose's. She not only leads the Choral Group at the Parkway Senior Center, but volunteers at Hope House, Il Coro Italiano (eight years), church choirs (life time), BARBershoppe Bells (7 years), Rose Garden Ensemble (three years), Utica Boilermaker (over 30 years and has run 33 races and was hoping to enter in this year's race!), at Munson Williams Proctor Institute as a docent for 14 years; Habitat for Humanity - seven different trips (2012 in Anchorage, Alaska working on 5 difference homes & six other trips to Central America); and, she is currently serving as the Treasurer for the Barneveld Public Library.
She has been volunteering for more than 50 Years for Church and civic groups.
Rose had no hope of "getting" anything from volunteering except to help others and be a part of improving the lives of others and her community. Whether she is doing it through music or is lifting a hammer to improve someone's home, she feels that volunteering is a part of who she is.
Rose said that the greatest reward from her experiences are the smiles of residents in Nursing Home, improving the living conditions of people who do not have the means, being a part of bringing the community together, and giving someone skills that assist them in improving the lives of others and their families.