2004 Ambassador Award
The following is printed with permission from The Phoenix.
Wisdom named Ambassador of the Year
By:PATRICIA MATSON , firstname.lastname@example.org
Wisdom won the 2004 Greater Phoenixville Area InterService Club Council
Ambassador of the Year Award, presented Wednesday night at Robert Ryan's
Columbia Station on Bridge Street.
District Justice Ted Michaels again had the privilege of presenting the award, which is given every year to a prominent Phoenixville-area volunteer by the InterService Club Committee.
He started off by telling about the many volunteer activities of the winner in order to try to keep the audience in suspense as long as possible, saying, "This year's winner is dedicated to preserving parks and places for our children and us to play; cares deeply for the concerns and problems of senior citizens in this area; shows support for our troops in past and present wars; is an active church member; is a really great fund-raiser; is active in area politics; is a supporter of our area fire companies; and this year's winner was an officer of an area service club.
"I would be 'Lion' if I said you didn't now know which one. It is my honor to present this year's award to my friend and fellow Lion, Wayne Wisdom," said Michaels.
Wisdom, among many other activities, is the chairman of the East Pikeland Township Park and Recreation Board. He recently organized the successful 5K Run/Walk at Community Day at Kimberton Park, which benefited the charities of the Kimberton Lions.
After accepting his award, Wisdom joked, "Do I have to say something?"
He continued more seriously, "I think when you're honored by your peers, it's probably the best honor you could ever get."
Wisdom said that he was at a point in his life when he was closing doors and opening others.
Kimberton Park is the "door" that is closing, and Wisdom said, after the efforts of the last six years, "It's probably one of the nicest little parks anywhere in Chester County, and I'm very proud of it, and I'm very proud when I go over there to see the parents and grandparents and kids just having a great time."
The door that is opening is at the Phoenixville Senior Center, where Wisdom was just elected president of the board of directors.
He said the center is at a critical point because "a lot of the older folks in the area ... they're not coming anymore; they can't."
He said that the board is looking at the challenge of offering programs to the people who are about to retire, and that the center is much more than just a place for older citizens to go for a hot lunch or play bingo or cards.
He said one of his goals for the next year was to publicize "who we are, what we are and what we offer," and he called on the audience to help the center get the word out.
Wisdom also said the center also needs financial help. This fiscal year, the center is projecting a $20,000 deficit in the budget, so the board is looking to raise money.
Wisdom wrapped up his remarks by saying, "In looking over this group, so many faces I've seen so many times over the last few years, out doing things in the community, working to help others, I don't think it's right to say that there's just one ambassador tonight. I think we should look around at each other and realize that we are ALL ambassadors. And thank you very much."
Each year the InterService dinner is hosted by a different service club; this year the Lions Club of Phoenixville organized it. The yearly gathering of numerous local service clubs is held for the purpose of strengthening ties between volunteers among the various clubs by sharing with each other the events of the past year and the clubs' plans for the future, as well as presenting the annual ambassador award.
In addition to the hosts, the Phoenixville-area InterService member clubs are the Kimberton and Valley Forge Lions clubs, Ches-Mont Business & Professional Women, Jaycees, Kiwanis, Pilot, Rotary, Soroptimist, and Woman's Clubs.
Attendees not belonging to the host club were variously surprised, amused and intrigued to find out that the post-award entertainment was being provided by Shadia's Troupe Sahara. This particular group of belly dancers, from the Boyertown class of the troupe, was led by MaryLou Moulder. Members of the group also perform at Sahara, Aladdin's, Casablanca and the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
Seven dances were performed for the audience. Some were graceful, others were very energetic; some were in lines or circles, and many used props, including swords, votive candles, veils and candelabras. In the last number, dancers went out into the audience and tried to get the watchers to join them onstage. Many of those seated urged others to get up and dance, but only a few bold souls agreed, and they all left the stage quickly after just a few gyrations. But the clapping was very appreciative.
ŠThe Phoenix 2004
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