Rensselaer & Rockland County Honorees
Rensselaer County Honoree
Marcia Trask is 73 years old and a former teacher for Berlin Central Schools for 33 years. Marcia was born in Rochester, NY and grew up in Hampton Manor, East Greenbush, New York and presently resides in Petersbugh, NY.
Marcia volunteers not only at the Everett Wagar (Grafton) Senior Center for many years, but also has participated in the Yankee Doodle Entertainers and the Rensselaer Senior Center Line Dancers who entertain for local nursing homes. Marcia has been a support group leader for the NYS Brain Injury Association for 20 years. Marcia was one of the first ten original volunteers with the Petersburgh Rescue Squad and served for eight years. Presently, Marcia is active in the Ladies Oriental Shriner's of North America and with various activities at the Everett Wagar (Grafton) Senior Center. Marcia is also the Trip Coordinator and Secretary for the Grafton Merry Makers Senior Club.
Marcia has volunteered for more than 20 years.
Marcia enjoys being with people and the satisfaction that she gets from helping others.
Her greatest reward from volunteering is seeing the happiness in the people that she takes on lunch dates, visits to the local nursing homes and just relief on a seniors face when she drives them to a doctor's appointment.
Rockland County Honorees
Sally Winter is a Rockland County native with three children and six grandchildren. She taught in the East Ramapo schools and ran workshops for Childcraft toys.
Sally has been volunteering in many ways since she was in high school. She is an advocate for challenged adults at ARC, is an RSVP clown, a literacy volunteer and volunteers with rabbinical services for her temple and at a senior citizen assisted living facility. She is a native New Yorker and was a teacher in the East Ramapo School District. Sally says that helping others is its own reward. She enjoys seeing other people able to achieve their goals. She has three married sons and six grandchildren. As her nominee puts it "she is the most caring and loving person I have every known."
She has volunteered all her life starting in high school.
Helping others gives its own reward-- Sally's greatest reward is seeing other people able to achieve their goals.
James "Jim" T. Finn is a native New Yorker who shares his West Nyack residence with his wife, Jerry, of 58 years. Together they have three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Jim's distinguished professional career includes: serving in the US Navy, retired NYPD Detective, Private Investigator for the State of NY, and Manager of Security for Dominican College.
His contributions include: President West Nyack Seniors Club; Vice President of TRIAD and provides Rockland County senior citizens information on the dangers and many frauds that criminals attempt. He has served as a Trustee for Knights of Columbus McCloskey Council; as Past President of Rockland County Shields; Past Grand Exalted Ruler for the Pearl River Elks and served in the same capacity for the Southern District for the State of New York. He is a Founding member of "Seniors for Rockland;" Involved with and supportive of the "Silver Alert" notification program for persons suffering with dementia or Alzheimer's Disease; and was Instrumental in getting the Medical Alert Program (bumper sticker alerting First Responders that vital medical information is located in the glove box) in Rockland County.
John has been volunteering more than 20 years across a variety of agencies and services.
What did he hope to get from volunteering? A sense of contribution to improving the quality of life and services available to senior citizens and to facilitate their own abilities and sense of well-being; safety and security, which are vital to all seniors.
Jim is very humble in his efforts and believes the greatest reward he gets from volunteering is the many individual "thanks" he receives from those he serves.