Rhinebeck Rotary to Honor H.K. Staley Jr and the Dutchess County Agricultural Society at Annual Awards Dinner on May 8th 2017



On Monday, May 8, 2017, the Rhinebeck Rotary Club will hold its annual Service Above Self Awards and Recognition Dinner from 6 p. to 9 pm at the new “Welcome Center” at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. The 2017 honorees are longtime Rhinebeck Rotarian Homer Knickerbocker Staley Jr. as Citizen of the Year and the Dutchess County Agricultural Society as Organization of the Year. The dinner will also honor Paul Harris Fellowship awardees: out-going Rhinebeck Rotary Club President Maureen Gates and Rotary District 7210 Governor Louis Turpin. The event will be catered by James Chapman of Rhinecliff Event Catering.


Homer Knickerbocker Staley Jr. was born and raised in Rhinebeck and is known to all as “Knick.” In 1964, he joined the family business, Staley Real Estate, the oldest real estate company in Rhinebeck, begun by his father, Homer K. Staley Sr. Knick had worked for 30 years at IBM when he turned to real estate full-time. During his 54-year career, Knick has volunteered considerable time and energy to the community: as a member of the Rhinebeck Rotary Club since 1987, as its President in 1994-95, as a Rhinebeck Town Councilman from 1991 until 1995, and as a local, district, regional and state officer of the Red Hook-Rhinebeck Jaycees, Inc. from 1969 until 1985. Knick is currently Secretary, Treasurer, and head Ranger of Ferncliff Forest Inc., established in 1967 by his father, and is also a trustee of the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome.


The Dutchess County Agricultural Society, Inc. is a non-profit association which facilitates multiple events each year at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, including the world-famous annual Dutchess County Fair, the NYS Sheep & Wool Family Festival, and various car, craft, antique, and livestock shows and several charity 5K runs and marathons. In addition, the Agricultural Society has supported the community by making donations to the Rhinebeck Fire Department and Northern Dutchess Hospital, by installing and maintaining a “helipad” for emergency operations, by providing staging areas for Rhinebeck’s annual Memorial Day Parade, by offering 13 years of free housing to the Rhinebeck Village Police Department, and no-cost facilities to support the Northern Dutchess Hospital Annual Gala. The society also supplies no-cost facilities to other area not-for-profits and sponsors annual college scholarships.


The Paul Harris Fellowship Award, named for the founder of Rotary, recognizes individuals who have a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of The Rotary Foundation, which includes community service projects around the world which enhance international friendship and understanding. The Rhinebeck Rotary Club is a local chapter of Rotary International and is comprised of business and professional leaders who work together to support humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs at local and international levels. Support for this year’s honorees also supports the club’s mission.
Tickets to the dinner are $75 per person and $750 for a reserved table of ten persons. Sponsorship packages, including program listings, ad pages, and reserved tables, are available at the bronze, silver, gold, and diamond levels. The sponsorship deadline for inclusion in the formal invitation is Monday, March 27th, and for inclusion in the Program Journal is Monday, April 24th. For reservations and information on sponsorships, contact Kiki Steele at stellaloo@aol.com. For information on placing journal ads contact Maureen Gates at sharpimagesphotographic@yahoo.com.

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