The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF) recently held its annual meeting, marking the 26th annual meeting for the organization. The meeting gathered NCCF employees, board members, committee volunteers, grantees, donors and the community at large for a review of the past year's activities.
Welcoming and opening comments by NCCF President Peter Clark and Executive Director Diane Hannum officially kicked off the meeting. Board members Peter Clark and John D'Agostino were reelected to the Board of Directors. James Holton and Gina Paradis were newly elected to the Board.
Paradis' position in sales management and project management at iKoss Consulting Services gives her the management skills needed on the board. Previously Paradis served as the economic development and tourism division manager for the Seneca Nation of Indians. Currently Paradis continues to serve the Northern Chautauqua County community as a member of the NCCF Local Economic Development Committee. She lives in Fredonia.
Education was Holton's career choice. He taught high school English, worked as a guidance counselor, served as a Curriculum Specialist and eventually became Superintendent of Schools, first in Kennett and then in Norristown. In retirement, Holton has worked as executive director of the Montgomery County Medical Society and Director of Educational Programs for the Indian Valley Opportunity Center. His local community commitments include the NCCF Grants Committee, NCCF Voting Membership, Fredonia Rotary, St. Luke's Episcopal Church and various music related organizations. He lives in Cassadaga with his wife Mary; they have two grown children and three grandchildren.
The following individuals were nominated and approved for the Voting Membership.
Reelected for a second three-year term were James Arcoraci, Michael Brunecz, Bob Dilks, JoAnn Kaufman, Kurt Maytum, Peter Ryan and J. Carter Rowland. Reelected for a third three-year term were: P.J. Azzarella, Carolyn Briggs, Tony Mancuso Jr., Ryan Mourer and Katherine Tampio. Donald Burdick and Kevin Sandvidge are newly elected to the Voting Membership.
Retiring from the board, Rose Ann Falcone was acknowledged for her 10 years of service to the NCCF. In addition to serving as secretary, Falcone also served on the Grants and the Nominating Committees. Falcone is a travel consultant and owner of Thru The Grapevine Travel. She is a tutor for Silver Creek Central School and has served on the Anderson-Lee Library Board. She lives in Silver Creek with her husband, Anthony, and has two grown children.
The meeting concluded with the presentation of the George B. Weaver Footprints Award to Steve and Helen Baran. The Footprints Award is given to an individual or group that creates footprints in the community for others to follow in line with the mission of the NCCF. Steve and Helen Baran certainly fit this description. Owners of a vineyard in Westfield, both have worked tirelessly in the promotion of the grape industry. The couple showed their support through a sizeable donation to the Grape Discovery Center in Westfield. Steve has served as president of Growers Cooperative Juice Company, Inc., and chairman of the Chautauqua County Farmland Protection Board. Helen serves as president of the Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association and has been Westfield Memorial Hospital's strongest advocate to keep that facility open as an acute care facility. The list is long for the Baran's as their unparalleled level of community dedication befits the honor of the Footprints Award.
The NCCF is one of nearly 700 community foundations in the United States today. Founded in 1986, the NCCF is dedicated to improving the community through the promotion of local philanthropy, strategic grantmaking and community leadership. Served by a small staff and governed by an all volunteer board of directors, the organization has distributed over $8.5 million in the form of grants and scholarships within the community. Truly community in nature, the NCCF is an organization created by and for the people of northern Chautauqua County. For more information on the NCCF, visit www.nccfoundation.org or call 366-4892.