,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.
||Dorothy "Dot" Wood was named 2008
Ambassador of the Year at Wednesday night's Phoenixville
Interservice Club Banquet.
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.
"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.
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
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.
said that she thought the Woman's Club put her name in the
"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
teaching Sunday School and still do so at First United Methodist
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
Towards the end of the banquet, raffle prizes were
given away, and first prize winner of $100 was Ray Deering.
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