Rhinebeck Rotary Honors H.K. “Knick” Staley Jr. and the Dutchess County Agricultural Society at Annual Awards Dinner
On Monday, May 8th, the Rhinebeck Rotary Club held its annual Service Above Self Awards and Recognition Dinner at the new Welcome Center at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck.
The 2017 honorees were longtime Rhinebeck Rotarian Homer Knickerbocker “Knick” Staley Jr. as Citizen of the Year and the Dutchess County Agricultural Society as Organization of the Year.
Mr. Staley is a life-long Rhinebeck resident and the Chief Ranger at Ferncliff Forest. The Dutchess County Agricultural Society, a not-for-profit organization, oversees the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.
This year’s Service Above Self Awards and Recognition Dinner also honored several Rhinebeck Rotarians as Paul Harris Fellows, out-going Rhinebeck Rotary Club President Maureen Gates, and out-going Rotary District 7210 Governor Louis Turpin. Over 100 people were in attendance, including Rhinebeck Mayor Gary Bassett, former Rotary District Governor Nick Constantino, and District Governor for the coming year, Jim Damiani.
The evening was hosted by incoming Rhinebeck Rotary Club President Kiki Steele. Former club president Philip Meltzer presented honorees with New York State Commendations and former club president Greg Rakow presented the Agricultural Society’s award. Louis Turpin installed the Rotary Club’s new officers for 2017-18.
PHOTO COURTESY OF: Irving Solero
PICTURED, LEFT TO RIGHT: Rotarian honoree, H. K. “Knick” Staley, Rhinebeck Rotary Club President Maureen Gates, Rotary District Governor Louis Turpin, and honoree Richard Whalen of the Dutchess County Agricultural Society
The event was catered by James Chapman of Rhinecliff Event Catering.