(EDITOR'S NOTE: Lycoming County United Way is proud to serve the community we call home. Through this column, which will be published on the third Sunday of each month, the organization wishes to bring to light the many definitions of the word "community.")
In April, Lycoming County United Way honored one of its own presenting current treasurer, board member and longtime volunteer Oscar Knade with its highest volunteer award, the Douglas C. Dickey Humanitarian Award.
In becoming the 68th recipient of the honor Knade was recognized for his dedication, commitment and leadership in contributing to the welfare of Lycoming County.
In the weeks that have followed, the community has shown the spotlight of community involvement and leadership back upon Lycoming County United Way, honoring three of its leaders for their commitment and concern in helping other. During a seven-day stretch in late May, LCUW board President Bill Martin, board member and marketing and communications committee Chairman Gabe Sinicropi and LCUW Executive Director Scott Lowery each received honors for their achievements.
"The first thing I noticed since joining the United Way staff a few years ago was the keen sense of dedication the leaders of our organization have towards our mission and helping others," said Adrienne Wertz, LCUW director of resource development and communications. "All three of these men have a long history of giving of themselves and the honors they've received reflect the well-deserved recognition of the community they serve."
Martin and Sinicropi were recipients of the Lycoming County Brotherhood Alliance top honors, being named as the Pickelner Brotherhood Citation Award and the Ray Keyes Sports Award, respectively. Lowery was inducted as an inaugural member of the newly established South Williamsport Area School District Hall of Fame.
"Each of them has their own distinctive personality and management style but the one trait they all have in common is a drive and dedication to get involved and serve the community. Those of us who get to work with them on a daily basis are well aware of the kind of work they do. Although they don't do it for awards the community recognition they've received speaks volumes as to how others appreciate what they are doing," Wertz added.
After chairing the 2013 LCUW campaign that raised $1,550,285, Martin was elected as LCUW president in April. Replacing him in leading the campaign are Tim and Jill Bair, the first husband and wife team to chair the campaign in the organization's history. Bair, is plant manager of the Muncy-based Kellogg Co. and the couple served as campaign vice chairs under Martin last year.
Assisting the Bairs as this fall's campaign vice chair is long-time, respected retired radio personality Ken Sawyer. Sawyer, who retired from Clear Channel station WRAK a year ago, has served the community in a multitude of capacities over the years, including serving as board president for the local chapter of the American Red Cross and board member for North Central Sight Services, both LCUW program partner organizations.
"We are proud of our service to the community as a living, caring, uniting, working together organization. But we couldn't do what we do without the dedication and service of so many wonderful individuals whose only motivation is helping others overcome difficult times. It truly is a team effort," Wertz emphasized.
Lowery is the Lycoming County United Way executive director.