A Lifetime of Service

Dorothy "Dot" Wood was named 2008 Ambassador of the Year at Wednesday night's Phoenixville Interservice Club Banquet.
,PHOENIXVILLE — Dorothy "Dot" Wood was named 2008 Ambassador Of The Year at the Phoenixville Interservice Club's 46th Annual Banquet at Robert Ryan's Columbia Station Wednesday evening.

The banquet was hosted by the Woman's Club of Phoenixville.

Before giving out the award, Woman's Club President Irene Langan announced the four nominees — Kathryn "Katie" Ciruelos (Phoenixville Jaycees), Louise Vance (Soroptimist Club), Jane Dukovic (Pilot Club of Valley Forge) and Wood (Woman's Club).

Langan explained the process in selecting the Ambassador Of The Year.

"Each service club selects their nominee, and completed a biography on their accomplishments of their service to the community," said Langan. "The club then sends the name to the president of the host club. The host service club asks four to five people, who are not affiliated with any member club to be judges."

This year's judges included Brian Torrence, Robb Frees, Pam Leiby and Reverend Linda S. Gruber.

"The biographies of the nominees are sent with a ballot to the judges," said Langan. "They complete the ballots and return them to the president of the host club. We thank these ladies for their contributions to our community."

After Langan announced Wood's name, everyone gave her a nice rousing ovation.

"I really don't know what to say except thank you," said Wood, as she received her plaque. "Meals For Wheels is important to me. We are serving 29 people and they really appeciate it. Phoenixville has become my home."

Wood has been involved with Meals For Wheels, both local and countywide for 37 years. She's been involved in service projects in Phoenixville after moving to the borough from Lancaster 60 years ago.

She's been a member of the Woman's Club for over 55 years, and served as President for eight years.

Wood said that she thought the Woman's Club put her name in the hat.

"This is the second time that I've been nominated," she said. "I was nominated last year. I feel good being nominated. I heard my name and I was surprised and shocked.

"I feel awed. I don't do the things I do for recognition. I do them because there is a need. I was brought up to think of others, and to do what I can. I was brought up in a Christian home, and I

began teaching Sunday School and still do so at First United Methodist Church."

The banquet began with Langan welcoming everyone in attendance, and leading everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. Wood then gave the invocation.

Top 40 music selections were performed by Mustache Jacuzzi.

Following a dinner of garden salad, chicken piccata or salmon fillet, roasted red bliss potatoes, sweet sugar snap peas and triple moose sampler, representatives from each club present, Chesmont Business Professional Women, Kimberton Lions, Pilot Club of Valley Forge, Phoenixville Jaycees, Phoenixville Kiwanis, Rotary Club of Phoenixville, Soroptimist International Club of Phoenixville, and Women's Club of Phoenixville, stood and briefly spoke about their clubs and upcoming events.

Towards the end of the banquet, raffle prizes were given away, and first prize winner of $100 was Ray Deering.

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