Eugene Policelli Service Awards ceremony honors four volunteers

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., May. 9, 2013
Long-time town councilor, former mayor and generous volunteer Edward Havens was a recipient of the Eugene Policelli Service Award. Photos by Christian Mysliwiec.
Long-time town councilor, former mayor and generous volunteer Edward Havens was a recipient of the Eugene Policelli Service Award. Photos by Christian Mysliwiec.

Members of the community gathered at South Windsor High School on Tuesday, May 7, to honor the 2013 winners of the Eugene Policelli Service Award. Named after past Board of Education member Dr. Eugene Policelli, the award recognizes students and adults who have made remarkable contributions to the town of South Windsor through community service.

“Gene believed in volunteering, for both adults and students,” said Board of Education Chair David Joy, who presented the awards. “We are a town of roughly 25,000,” said Joy. About 22 adults and 17 students have been honored with the Policelli Service Award. “This recognition is really honoring one in a thousand.”

The student recipient was Emma M. Richard, a senior at South Windsor High School. Richard was the South Windsor representative to U.S. Rep. John Larson’s First Congressional Youth Cabinet, where she helped prepare reports on youth issues that were presented in Washington, D.C. She was also a representative on the Commissioner’s State Student Advisory Council on Education, and has served on South Windsor High School’s School Climate Committee for all four years of high school. This committee is dedicated to reducing bullying at the high school.

Among the adult recipients was Maureen E. Bourn, who helped develop the third grade curriculum unit about South Windsor’s town history, which includes the Third Grade Main Street Trip. She also developed a curriculum unit of the Indian tribes that resided in South Windsor. Bourn has been a board member for the Friends of Wood Memorial Library since 1991, serving as president, vice president, secretary, committee chair and event chair. She is also the corresponding secretary for the South Windsor Historical Society.

Howard “Hap” E. Fitts has served the town of South Windsor for more than 48 years. He was a former member of the town council and served as mayor from 1967 to 1971. He has served on the Emergency Medical Services Commissions, the Personnel Board of Appeals and the Public Building. Fitts leads the Traveler’s retiree United Way campaign, which earns between $35,000 and $40,000 a year. He is very active with ECHN, and has served as a trustee and chair of the Community HealthCare Foundation.

The fourth recipient was Edward F. Havens. Havens has served the town in multiple capacities since moving to South Windsor in 1960. He was the founding member of the South Windsor Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the Planning and Zoning and Economic Development Commissions. He has served on the town council for 17 terms, or 34 years, and was mayor for four of those terms. A World War II veteran, he donated the funds needed to purchase the statue in Veteran’s Memorial. He is a member of the Rotary, and was given the Paul Harris Award, the highest honor the Rotary bestows on its members, for his service. “It’s hard to find someone who has not been touched by his generosity or kindness,” said Joy.

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