NORWICH – Commerce Chenango, the Chenango Foundation, Inc. and the Advisory Committee of Leadership Chenango are pleased to announce that David Emerson is the 2009 recipient of the Harry Tecklenburg Leadership Award. The award will be presented at the Kickoff Dinner for the Leadership Chenango Class of 2010 on Oct. 21 at the Canasawacta Country Club in Norwich.
The Harry Tecklenburg Leadership Award, typically given in conjunction with the kick off dinner a Leadership Chenango class, is given to someone who has demonstrated the following criteria: the capacity to inspire others; having a vision for the future; high ethical standards; acting as a role model/mentor for future leaders; showing a constructive participation in addressing community needs; the ability to work with people; commitment to a cause; and acting as an outstanding leadership resource for the community.
According to a nomination received from Mary Lou Stewart, David Emerson “is the one person I know who can inspire people to do the impossible or improbable. He loves his community and is willing to do his part to insure that it is a viable and successful place to live.” Citing Dave’s contributions throughout the years to the Chamber, the Children’s Center, the new YMCA, and others, Mrs. Stewart said, “David has a sense of what the community needs, and will take a leadership role in making it work.”
Another nomination read, “I can’t think of a more deserving recipient. Dave has served in so many leadership positions it’s hard to keep track of them all. He is the kind of individual who doesn’t see problems—he sees challenges to be met…It is more than appropriate to nominate Dave Emerson for the Harry Tecklenburg Award. His tireless advocacy for such a diverse array of community organizations qualifies him as one of Chenango County’s most precious resources.”
Examples of the many organizations and projects benefiting from Dave Emerson’s enthusiasm and dedication to the community include: Commerce Chenango, Leadership Chenango, The Children’s Center, the Norwich Family YMCA, Promote Oxford Now, the Diocese of Central New York Foundation, the Oxford Academy School Board, the Northeast Classic Car Museum, Colorscape Chenango, the Preston Planning Board, the Warren Eaton Airport Steering Committee, the Eaton Center Task Force, the UDC loan committee, 6 on the Square, OIDS, the Oxford Vet’s Home, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Oxford Lions Club, the Friends of the Parks Project, and the Oxford Holiday Committee. Mr. Emerson also started the restaurant and ice cream shop in downtown Oxford that is currently known as Hoppies...