After receiving a significant community award with his wife, Dick Gilman nailed it.
"Before coming here I was sitting on my front deck thinking about what to say," he said Monday afternoon. "I looked up and saw jet stream just as a plane went over. It dawned on me those people up there probably hadn't a clue about this great place they just passed over. Who knows where they are, but we are here and it's a wonderful place."
Nearly 80 others in the room were in agreement, and applauded Gilman's remarks at the annual meeting of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation in the Jamestown Community College north center. Gilman and his wife, Carmen, were recipients of the Foundation's annual Footprints award, which recognizes a volunteer spirit in the community as well as philanthropy.
The Fredonia couple, whose work with the Fredonia Opera House, art and the environment, was recognized in a video presentation at the meeting.
As many who live here know, this "wonderful place" is lucky to have the Gilmans. Their work has made this a stronger and better community.