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May 16, 2013

Rotary Club seeks nominations for Christopher J. Warrell Community Service Award

The Cooperstown Rotary Club will be presenting the 2013 Christopher J. Warrell Community Service Award at its annual dinner on June 26, but first needs to find a recipient. 

Rotarians and non-Rotarians are encouraged to submit nominations for this award, which honors the late Chris Warrell who exemplified “Service Above Self.”

Chris and Lois Warrell retired to Cooperstown in 1989 and became active in the community. Chris joined Rotary in 1990 and was quickly elected to the Board of Directors, becoming president in 1996-97. In the community he served as chairman of Board of Trustees for the United Methodist Church and oversaw major capital improvements to the building. His most consuming passion was to Bassett Hospital where he served as president of the Friends of Bassett. His administrative abilities led to his being interim director at several area non-profits, including Glimmerglass Opera, Clark Sports Center and New York State Historical Association.

According to a media release, past recipients reflect that commitment to their community and have contributed thousands of volunteer hours to food banks, local arts groups, municipal committees and area non-profits.

The award is intended to honor an individual who has consistently exhibited “Service Above Self” in a volunteer capacity. Some of the criteria to keep in mind when nominating an individual for the award are: The recipient may be a Rotarian or a non-Rotarian, the service should be volunteer in nature and not part of a paid position and the service should have occurred over an extended (years) period of time and benefited the community as a whole.

A letter outlining the nominee’s service and qualifications can be mailed to Cooperstown Rotary Club, PO Box 993, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or sent to The deadline for nominations is June 1.

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