Cortland County Honorees
Preston Goslee and his wife, Anita, moved from Connecticut to Cortland, NY in 1970. They have been married for 63 years. They have two daughters and one grandson. Preston worked for Dairylea Corporation for 15 years in Quality Control. He then worked in marketing for the American Dairy Association. At 93 years of age, he and his wife enjoy skiing at Greek Peak Ski Resort.
He was named as Cortland County's Senior Citizen of the Year for 2012. He has volunteered at 25 agencies including: Walden Place (Enriched Housing); the Cortland County Area Agency on Aging; Business Development Corporation; Convention & Visitor's Bureau; Special Olympics; 1890 House; RSVP; American Heart Association; American Red Cross; Cortland County Health Department; Catholic Charities; CAPCO; FOODSENSE; St. Mary's Church; JM McDonald's Sports Complex; Cooperative Extension; Salvation Army; Randall Elementary School; Regional Sports Council; Cortland Repertory Th eater; Cultural Council of Cortland County; City Youth Bureau; YWCA; Cortland County Soil and Water; and the Family Resource Center.
Preston joined RSVP in 1996. As of March 31, 2013, he had logged 1,869 hours of volunteer service.
He began volunteering because he wanted to give something back to the community.
His best reward for his service "is the self-satisfaction from seeing that his service has helped people and organizations."
Richard Menapace was born on January 26, 1934 and has lived in Cortland County all his life. He and his wife, Elaine, have been married for 58 years. They raised four children and have six grandchildren. Richard retired as a pharmacist from Rite Aid Pharmacy in 1996.
In 2011, Richard was named the Cortland County Senior Citizen of the Year. Since retirement, he has been affiliated with numerous community organizations. He is currently, or has been, a member of the following committees and organizations: Older Americans' Act Advisory Board; The Cortland County Coalition for Long Term Care; NYS Governor's Advisory Committee on Aging; Cortland Housing Authority; Cortland Cable Commission; Council of Churches; a long time member of St. Mary's Church (choir member and leader of a prayer group); Eucharist minister at Crown Center Nursing Home; Cortland Senior Center Council member; and Cortland Senior Men's Xlub. Richard has volunteered for Catholic Charities since 1997. He became an RSVP volunteer in 2002 and has logged 881 hours of volunteer service to date.
Richard has dedicated his entire adult life to the Cortland community which is much richer because of his hard work and generosity.
When he started volunteering, he wanted to become more knowledgeable about the needs of Older Americans and to help the community be better prepared for the needs of the "soon to be retired" seniors, and the baby boomers who are "aging in.
His biggest reward, he said, "is becoming more knowledgeable about the needs of Older Americans and the long term care choices available to them."