At the 41st Annual Meeting of the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, held at the B.P. Learned Mission on November 20th, Volunteers throughout the region were honored for their contributions to the Agency’s mission to promote the well-being and development of children and their families.
Each Auxiliary had nominated volunteers whom they had chosen to be their Volunteer of the Year. Sally Myers and Jane McLane, co-chairpersons of the East Lyme Auxiliary, announced that the auxiliary was honored to recognize Ruth Hammell for her extensive contributions to the organization. Ruth has been a volunteer for the Auxiliary for 29 years! Since the inception of Touch a Truck, she has been the Activities Chairperson, planning and executing the activities that delight the many children who attend. One of her most important roles has been to be the head shopper for Polar Express. For this project she has organized volunteers who shop for the various gifts that the group donates to needy families during the Christmas Holiday. She also has played a role in all of our other activities such as Intake for the Annual Tag Sale and the Sale of raffle tickets during the Celebrity Author Luncheon. All of those contributions are made special because of her modesty, energy, and unfailing sense of humor. She makes the “work” seem like fun.
Governor Dannel Malloy, the main speaker at the event, commented, “We appreciate the importance of local support for community organizations that take care of children.” Thomas P. Gullotta, Chief Executive Officer of the Agency congratulated this year’s Auxiliary volunteers saying, “It is an honor to work with such a generous, talented group of people.”