Mary Luckern to be Awarded 2013 Citizen of the Year

Geneva Town Supervisor Mary Luckern is the Geneva Chamber of Commerce 2013 Citizen of the year. She worked in education in Geneva and Seneca Falls, was elected to her Town position in 1998 and she serves on a number of community boards. Chamber President Liz Winter says the area has been enriched by her presence.

Luckern will be honored at the  Citizen of the Year dinner, Thursday, April 18th at Belhurst Castle.


Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Mary Luckern, long-time resident and Supervisor of the Town of Geneva, has been named 2013 Citizen of the Year. The Chamber will present the award to Luckern at the Citizen of the Year dinner on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Belhurst Castle, 4069 Rt. 14 South, in Geneva.

The 2013 Citizen of the Year award, sponsored by Five Star Bank, celebrates an individual who has unselfishly given to the community and created a more dignified, unique place in which we all work and live.

 Mary Luckern

Well-known for her dedication to the community over the decades, Mary Luckern received multiple nominations. Mary Anne Krupsak and Susan Cohen, of The Cobblestone Restaurant, were among those who submitted Luckern for the award. “Public service, educational leadership, community activism – all Mary’s gift to our community”, stated Krupsak.  “Mary has spent a lifetime in community service… She has served with distinction in spite of some very trying times”, said Carl Fribolin, of White Springs Winery, and nominator of Mary Luckern.  Another nomination for Luckern came from Mike Rusinko, of Five Star Bank. Rusinko said of Luckern, “Mary has the rare capacity to move issues through a discussion while always encouraging contributions from others involved.”

Mary Luckern grew up in the Finger Lakes area, and attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School in Seneca Falls, New York. She pursued a career in education and worked in the Geneva school system for many years – as a teacher, administrator, and retiring as a school principal.  During her career in education, Luckern was Chairman of Geneva’s Program for Gifted Children and served as the professional staff’s Administrative representative to the Geneva Board of Education. She was the leading voice on the State Board of Directors representing the Region and Chairman of the Ontario County National Education Association. 

Luckern continues to be a strong advocate in the community. She is the first woman to hold the position of Supervisor of the Town of Geneva, a position to which Luckern was elected in 1998 and has been serving ever since, and is a member of the County Board of Supervisors. She makes her presence felt on the Ontario County Economic Development Committee and as the County government’s representative on the Tourism Board. She is a Member of the Geneva Scholarship Board of Hobart and William Smith Colleges; a Board Member of the Geneva Rotary Club; a staunch advocate and Board Member of the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva; and, an active participant in the work of the Geneva Historical Society where she remains an Ex Officio member of its Board of Trustees. In addition, Luckern serves as Ex Officio Member of the Board of Directors of Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce.

Among her countless honors and awards, Luckern was named “National Distinguished Elementary Principal for NYS” (1988) and “Woman of Distinction” by the New York State Senate -nominated by Senator Michael Nozzolio; “Sharing the Light” award – service to others (1996);  nominated for ATHENA Award (2006 and 2007); and, named a Paul Harris Fellow in 2005.

The Citizen of the Year dinner, honoring Mary Luckern, will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Belhurst Castle, 4069 Rt. 14 South, in Geneva. The evening will start at 5:30 p.m. with a networking reception, with dinner and program beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for Chamber Members and $60 for non-Members; corporate tables are also available. Deadline for reservations is Friday, April 12, 2013. Please RSVP to the Chamber at or 315-789-1776.

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