Chenango’s finest honored at Chamber luncheon

SHERBURNE – Commerce Chenango recognized two community members, a local business owner and a non-profit organization for their contributions to Chenango County Thursday at the 9th Annual Membership Appreciation Luncheon, held at Fox Run Event Center in Sherburne.

Those recognized were this year’s recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award, Betsey Baio; Agricultural Advocate, Sheila Marshman; Woman Owned Business of the Year, Nancy Cushman of Seasons Gift Shop; and Non-Profit Agency of the Year, the Northeast Classic Car Museum.

The event was sponsored by Preferred Mutual Insurance Company, GHS Federal Credit Union and Frontier.

Volunteer of the Year Award

“Spirited and talented volunteers are a community asset that must be valued. Their contributions set us apart from other communities and help to determine our future,” said Commerce Chenango President Maureen Carpenter as she introduced this year’s award recipient, Betsey Baio of New York Pizzeria in New Berlin.

Carpenter enumerated the many groups and organizations to which Baio has dedicated her time, including the New Berlin Youth Days Committee, the Smith Foundation, the Business Recruitment Committee, St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church, the Commerce Chenango Advisory Committee. She has also served as a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader, and as a member of her local PTO, and is a past recipient of New Berlin’s Citizen of the Year award. She is a member of the Leadership Chenango Class of 2010.

“Betsey cares about her community and is dedicated to finding time for those causes that she feels will impact the community she lives in,” Carpenter said. “Like most that volunteer, it’s not about the recognition or the acknowledgment; it’s about making a difference in the quality of life that we all deserve.”

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