WATERLOO – Waterloo Rotary is pleased to announce the recipient of this years’ Service Above Self Award.
This award was started by the Waterloo Rotary Club three years ago in order to honor a non-Rotarian community member whose life exemplifies service above self. The previous two winners were Anne Cassim and Karen Gerlach.
We can’t think of a more fitting recipient for this year’s award than Debbie Patsos of Junius.
After raising her children, Debbie went back to school and earned her Masters degree. She worked for many years as an Adult Protective Worker for Seneca County.
Now retired, Debbie is involved with many local agencies including (but certainly not limited to) Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Waterloo Library and Historical Society, Literacy Volunteers, Catholic Daughters, The Seneca Singers and Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, Inc. Debbie also is a volunteer at Betsy’s Place, the children’s visiting room at Five Points Prison named for her mother-in-law, Betsy Patsos. She’s heavily involved with Trevor‘s Gift and active in the State and County Fairs.
She has been active with the enormous Community Christmas Project for many years. She is the ombudsman for The Huntington Nursing Home and a Poll Watcher for the Town of Junius.
Additionally, Debbie is a loving mother, wife and grandmother. Often times she can be found in the bleachers at her grandson’s baseball and soccer games.
In her free time, Debbie is a wonderful home maker who crochets, quilts and cans food from her garden. She takes in stray cats and always has space at her Sunday table for a neighbor or friend.
We couldn’t think of a more generous and selfless person to honor. Debbie’s commitment to her community is incredible and we look forward to honoring her at our Annual Service Above Self Award Ceremony.
This award banquet will take place on December 4, 2017 at 6:30 at the Holiday Inn Waterloo/Seneca Falls.
Those interested in attending must RSVP by November 30, 2017. Call or text Melissa Nesbit at 315-730-9476 in order to secure your spot!