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Time to Honor Those Who Led Our Renaissance Featured

Written by Todd Shimkus
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For nearly 12 years, I’ve been fortunate to work alongside countless members of our community as the president of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. Neighbors – near and far – who love Saratoga County and have a desire to make this area the greatest place to live, work, play, and own a business. 

What I’ve learned is that it takes a village to create and maintain a vibrant, thriving community. Our history of success is a direct result of local residents and organizations being invested in our community. As we plan to host our first Annual Dinner in three years this May, we’re looking to honor and thank some of these incredible volunteer leaders.

That’s why we're now accepting nominations for – the Joseph Dalton Community Service Award and the Impact Sector Volunteer of the Year.

The Joseph Dalton Community Service Award

This award was created by unanimous vote of the Chamber’s Board of Directors in 2017. The award recognizes and honors Joseph Dalton who served as the President of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce from 1970 to 2010. During his tenure, the Chamber’s membership, influence, and impact grew significantly as a result of Joe’s leadership, passion, and commitment to establishing Saratoga County as a great place to live, work and play. 

Past recipients of the Joseph Dalton Community Service Award include Steve Sullivan (2018); Tom Roohan (2019); John Munter, Sr. (2020); and Julie Stokes (2021).

Below is the criteria to be used by those in the community who would like to nominate someone to be considered for this award. The selection committee will use the same criteria to choose one person from the nominations as this year’s recipient.

• This is a community service-focused award to honor an individual who has been faithful and loyal to the Saratoga County community for a minimum of 25 years.

• The individual selected will have proven through their actions to be honorable, ready, relevant, innovative, and versatile, always doing what is right for the community.

• The individual will have a legacy of being forward deployed, meaning they’ve contributed to the community via volunteering their time, energy, and expertise – not just their money.

• Individuals who are ineligible include, those who currently work for or volunteer on the Chamber’s Board of Directors, and whose work for the community was done as an elected or appointed public official 

Impact Sector Volunteer of the Year Award

The term “impact sector” encompasses all of our nonprofit organizations that support our community. The work of the impact sector covers a range of issues that improve the quality of life not just for those directly utilizing their services, but for all of us. From human services to the arts, social justice, the environment, health care, education, and more, the organizations comprising our local impact sector are making a difference, often working quietly without need for recognition. And without exception, the impact sector relies on the support of local community members who, like our agencies, often have diverse interests, indefatigable energy, passionate commitment, and volunteer/work humbly behind the scenes.

In partnership with the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, a committee of leaders representative of the Saratoga County Impact Sector will accept nominations, review, and select at least one Impact Sector honoree annually. For this year, the volunteer work of the nominees must have been performed during 2021. The Nominee must, live, work, or have a meaningful impact in Saratoga County, and preference is given to nominees who demonstrate volunteer commitment across disparate agencies and interest areas of the impact sector.

You can learn more about both awards, the nomination process and criteria at www.saratoga.org or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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