2011 Eugene Policelli Service Awards granted

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Fri., May. 6, 2011
Rebecca Rose Liebman, Noel Asselin (front), Elsie Pelton Woolam and Elizabeth Love (rear) were this year's recipients of the Eugene Policellie Service Awards. Photos by Martha Marteney.
Rebecca Rose Liebman, Noel Asselin (front), Elsie Pelton Woolam and Elizabeth Love (rear) were this year's recipients of the Eugene Policellie Service Awards. Photos by Martha Marteney.

On May 3, the South Windsor Board of Education hosted the ninth annual Eugene Policelli Service Awards ceremony in the lobby of South Windsor High School. This award was created in honor of Dr. Eugene Policelli, a member of the Board of Education for 12 years. The award recognizes up to three adults and three students for their volunteer efforts.

Lisa Maneeley, chairman of the BOE, presented the citizen awards to Noel Asselin, Elizabeth Love and Elsie Pelton Woolam and the student award to Rebecca Rose Liebman. 

Asselin was recognized for organizing the twice-weekly setback games for more than 20 years. “I don’t consider myself a volunteer,” said Asselin. “I get so much pleasure out of it, I consider it a hobby.” Those present at the award ceremony enjoyed his famous joking, making it clear why more than 60 card players join his setback games.

“I’m here because there are so many wonderful people in South Windsor,” said Elizabeth Love, as she accepted her award. Love was recognized for her volunteerism in various capacities and with numerous organizations for more than 20 years, including the South Windsor Community Foundation and the South Windsor Public Education Fund.

Elsie Pelton Woolam is known by many through her years as administrator of the 4-H camp of Hartford County.  She was given the citizens award for volunteering for Friends in Service Here and for providing door-to-door transportation through FISH for medical appointments.  In addition, Woolam has served for many decades for both the South Windsor Historical Society and the Wood Memorial Library.  “It was my mother that started me in volunteering,” said Woolam.  “South Windsor is the greatest place in the world to live.”

The student award honored Rebecca Rose Liebman, a senior at South Windsor High School, for her numerous Girl Scout projects, including the creation of the Timothy Edwards Middle School’s newsletter, participation in Make a Wish Foundation programs, the reinstatement of the Environmental Club at the high school and the organization of the Soldier Appreciation Dinner. Liebman made an analogy of wearing glasses to change one’s perspective and seeing the world through volunteerism. She added, that rather than seeing a glass of water as half full or half empty, “someone who volunteers sees the glass of water and looks for someone who’s thirsty.”

Dr. Kate Carter, superintendent of schools, thanked the award recipients for the inspiration they provide for others to volunteer. “It’s just such a special event to recognize not only students, but also adults who can model a life-long commitment to community service,” said Carter.

For more information about the Eugene Policelli Service Awards, visit the South Windsor public schools website at southwindsorschools.org, pull down the “Parents” tab, and click on “Community Resources.”

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