NORWALK — More than 200 Norwalk residents gathered at the Norwalk Inn Saturday evening to honor individuals and organizations that have had an outsized impact on the city’s community.
The Exchange Club of Norwalk’s “Salute to Outstanding Pillars of the Community” event aimed to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of everyday citizens who have “made a difference in our community, not because they are asked to, but because they believe in giving back and supporting those in need.”
“These individuals and organizations have devoted their time and energy to making the community stronger and the lives of countless citizens that much better. They do this with little fanfare and recognition, strictly because it is the right thing to do,” Director David Jaeger Jr. said.
Honorees were selected for their contributions across five different fields: Education, Business, Public Service, Faith and Lifetime Achievement.
Carleton Giles, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement, served as police officer in Norwalk for 33 years. During that span, Giles became one of the first trained DARE officers in the state, served as a school resource officer at Brien McMahon and Briggs high schools and held the position of chaplain for the Norwalk Fire Department.
Since retiring from the police force in 2013, Giles has continued to leave his mark on the community by serving as the chairman of the state’s Board of Pardons and Paroles.
“I’m extremely humbled to be honored, particularly in the kind of company in which I’m being honored. Being in this kind of company, it’s really hard to be anything but humbled,” Giles said.
Thirty-year Norwalk public school veteran Cynthia Barnett was honored as a “Pillar of Education” for her work as an advocate for young girls looking to break into the science world.
Since founding Norwalk’s Saturday Academy in 2003, Barnett has dedicated her post-retirement time to supporting and accelerating STEM opportunities for girls.
“I’m just doing the mission that God sent me here to do, which is to inspire girls to go into the area of science, technology, engineering and math,” said Barnett, who has also been awarded the Connecticut Technology Council’s Innovation and Leadership Award for her nonprofit work.
To accept the award for the “Pillar of Public Service,” nine nurses from the Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital were in attendance.
“At the end of the day, it’s a very challenging kind of work that we do, but it’s all about the people that we care for,” said Linda Versea, director of cancer services at the hospital, of the nurses’ jobs. “It’s our job to make their experience easier, so that they can live a better life and spend more time with their family.”
For his 52 years of serving communities all over New Canaan and Norwalk, Msgr. William Scheyd was honored as Norwalk’s “Pillar of Faith.”
Before retiring in December as pastor of St. Aloysius in New Canaan, Scheyd was appointed as the Episcopal vicar of the Bridgeport Diocese. Even in his retirement, Scheyd has remained a constant presence throughout southern Fairfield County.
“Helping people is just a part of my life. You never retire from being a priest; you’re always a priest. When there is a need or when people call you, you’re just inclined to do it. You just can’t turn that off,” Scheyd said.
Local businessman Anthony Aitoro took home the final honor, as the Exchange Club’s “Pillar of Business.”
Aitoro credited an upbringing rich in charity and community outreach as the reason why he remains so active in his surrounding community.
“Charitable giving stretches back to my roots, really,” Aitoro said. “My dad was a Kiwanis Club member, and when I was a little kid, I was taught the art of giving by him.”
After the event, Jaeger expressed hope that the “Outstanding Pillars” awards would become a yearly staple of the Exchange Club.
“This year’s Pillars are only a handful of the many, many other overlooked community advocates. Our hope, at the Exchange Club, is that this event catches on, so that we can bring these generous people the attention and accolades that they deserve,” Jaeger said. ptomlinson@hearst mediact.com; Twitter: @Tomlinson_PE
“These individuals and organizations have devoted their time and energy to making the community stronger and the lives of countless citizens that much better. They do this with little fanfare and recognition, strictly because it is the right thing to do.”
Exchange Club of CT
WHEN: Sunday, March 13th – 5:00pm
WHAT: Bridgeport Sound Tigers vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
WHERE: Webster Bank Arena | 600 Main Street | Bridgeport
TICKETS: $20 per person (Regular Price $34)
$4 of each ticket goes towards preventing Child Abuse in CT!!!
Proceeds from the 50/50 Raffle at the game will benefit Exchange!!!
Make Checks Payable to Your Local Club.
Please return orders and payment to your President by Friday March 4th.
COME OUT FOR A FUN EXCHANGE CLUB SOCIAL EVENT AND MEET EXCHANGE CLUB MEMBERS. LEARN ABOUT THE DIFFERENT OPPORTUNITIES EXCHANGE OFFERS!!!!
Additional Questions? Please contact Dan Tamburro at the Sound Tigers at:
Dan.Tamburro@harboryardse.com | 203.345.4822
NO DAY OF GAME ORDERS. DISCOUNT FOR ADVANCE ORDERS ONLY
Americans are bound together by their love of freedom, and religion is no exception. The Exchange Club of Norwalk will be holding a One Nation Under God prayer breakfast, at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday (11/25/15) at the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center located at 99 East Avenue in Norwalk.
Our guest speaker will be the Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, the Bishop of Diocese of Bridgeport.
The Exchange Club of Norwalk, along with nearly 800 other Exchange Clubs across the nation, will be recognizing November as One Nation Under God Month.
The national program, One Nation Under God, was created to help promote that America is truly "One Nation Under God." As a nation, citizens should be deeply conscious of the importance of our religious freedom in the nation's heritage and future.
Members are free, guests pay $30.00. For more information on the breakfast, contact Ralph Corasaniti, club president at 203-852-1800 or visit the web site at www.exchangeclub.com.
Exchange, America's Service Club, is a group of men and women working together to make our communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities, and its national project, the Prevention of Child Abuse.
6TH ANNUAL WINE, WHISKY & LOCAL CRAFT BEER TASTING AT STEW LEONARD’S TO BENEFIT NORWALK EXCHANGE CLUB
Join the wine specialists from Stew Leonard's Wines of Norwalk as we celebrate harvest season with our sixth annual Wine, Whiskey and Craft Beer Tasting benefitting the Norwalk Exchange Club! More than 100 wines, whiskies, and beers will be featured, as well as a menu of seasonal fare freshly prepared by Stew Leonard’s culinary team.
The event takes place on Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Stew Leonard's food store, located at 100 Westport Avenue in Norwalk. Tickets are $40 per person and all proceeds will benefit The Norwalk Exchange Club, which will use the funds raised to help fight and prevent child abuse in Fairfield County.
“The Norwalk Exchange Club is looking forward to another exciting wine tasting event to be held at Stew Leonard's store. We appreciate Mr. Leonard's generosity in making his facility available to us. All of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go back into the local community to help fight and prevent child abuse. ,” said Exchange Club President Ralph Corasaniti.
New this year is the addition of six craft beers and liqueurs, all of which are made right here in the Nutmeg State. Local craft beers to be tasted include City Steam from Hartford, CT; Half Full from Stamford, CT; Two Roads from Stratford, CT; and Black Hog, from Oxford, CT. There will also be available two new locally owned liqueurs for tasting: Polly & Joan’s Cold- Soaked in Premium Vodka Fruit Cordials ($19.99 750ml/$12.99 375ml) from Wallingford, CT and Wild Moon Liqueurs from Hartford, CT ($19.99 375ml).
Stew Leonard's Wine specialists have hand-picked a selection of wines that complement the flavors of the fall harvest season. Notable wines to be tasted include:
· 2012 Beringer Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (SALE price $99.99):Rated 96 points by Robert Parker. A classic, quintessential Napa Cabernet Sauvignon to drink now and over the next 20-25 years Great with prime rib, NY strip or ribeye steaks, and cheeseburgers, too!
· 2010 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino (SALE price $29.99-save $10): Rated 95 points by James Suckling. From the highly acclaimed, “2010 Vintage of the Century” this Italian beauty is intense and elegant. Perfect for turkey, lamb or beef tenderloin.
· 2013 Far Niente Napa Valley Chardonnay (SALE price $44.99 save $10): Offers aromas of Meyer lemon, toasted nuts and fig. Perfect accompaniment to seafood risotto, turkey, lobster or shrimp in creamy or buttery sauces.
· Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir (SALE price $19.99): Rated 92pts by Wine Spectator. A customer favorite! Pair this wine with dishes that include mushrooms or cranberries and it will certainly be a homerun! Great with turkey, skirt steak and salmon.
In addition to this already robust tasting menu, Laphroig Single Malt Scotch 10 year old ($41.99) will be sampled alongside bourbons and ryes such as Basil Hayden ($37.99), Knob Creek Rye ($37.99) and Maker’s Mark 46 ($32.99). All guests will also enjoy trying Crispin Honey Crisp and Saint Ciders (12oz. bottles $6.99).
To complement the array of fall flavors offered by the wine, beer, and spirits, Stew’s Chefs will offer a Paella Station with an array of chicken, sausage, fish and more to choose from. Additional menu items include:
· Spicy Tuna Rolls with Four Color Tobiko
· BLT Orzo Pasta Salad in Cherry Tomato Cups
· Pulled Pork Donuts with Bacon Jam
· Turkey Sliders with Roasted Tomato, Grilled Zucchini & Avocado Butter
· Cheeseburger Ravioli with Chipotle Salsa
· Olive & Antipasti Bar with Grilled Artisan Breads
Stew Leonard’s bakery team will additionally offer a selection of sweet treats at the end of the night, including freshly baked Pumpkin Brownies, Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes, and Pumpkin Raisin Cookies.
Stew Leonard’s Wines, located at 55 Westport Avenue in Norwalk, will extend their hours that night until 9 p.m. so that guests can purchase any wine, whiskies and beer being sampled that night.
Tickets can be purchased at Stew Leonard's Wines of Norwalk located at 55 Westport Ave.; Mane St. Salon at 6 Main Street, Norwalk; or by contacting the Exchange Club at 203.424.1122.
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