Phyllis Paccadolmi Awards
Phyllis Paccadolmi (192?-2006) devoted over 50 years of her long life to the Ridgefield Library, joining its small staff straight out of high school in 1946 and retiring in 1999 after having served in every capacity from page to director. For generations of Ridgefielders, “Miss P” personified the Ridgefield Library and is remembered fondly for her warmth, helpfulness and encyclopedic knowledge of the town and its people. This award honors those whose commitment to the Library exemplifies her spirit and dedication.
Contact: Chris Nolan, Library Director, 203-438-6960 firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 Award Winners
The 2013 Paccadolmi Awards were given out to several dedicated and deserving individuals at the10th Annual Library Social on May 17th.
Leadership: Barbara Dobbin and Patricia Tenney
Through a total of four terms on the Library Board of Directors and on into service as an emeritus member, Barbara has been key to our successful progress towards the New Ridgefield Library. Serving as Board Chair and also as long-time chair of the Building Committee, she has provided vision, practical guidance and perseverance through this long and often grueling journey. Capping off these efforts was her co-chairmanship of the Interim Operations Committee, convened in Fall 2011 to plan for the necessary re-location of library services during construction. She brought to this daunting task her usual energy and creative thinking, investigating every possible nook and cranny in Ridgefield that might house a temporary library. Along with co-chair Patricia Tenney, Barbara worked tirelessly to make our attractive and functional temporary quarters on Governor Street a reality, against all odds. We can truly say of Barbara, with deep gratitude, “Where would we be without her?”
Patricia joined the Library Board in 2011, when planning for the New Ridgefield Library was at a fever pitch, and plunged directly into the fray, taking on the assignment of co-chair of the Interim Operations Committee. Over more than a year, she employed her considerable skills and connections to run down every conceivable lead on a temporary library location. We were astonished every day to discover her vast experience in everything from business planning to interior design. She never gave up, despite frequent roadblocks, and eventually prevailed, with co-chair Barbara Dobbin, in securing and outfitting one of the best interim homes a library family could imagine. The whole community owes a great deal to Patricia’s tenacity – and her good taste!
Volunteers: The McGerald Family - Evan, Katherine, Kasey, Ethan and Riley
The McGerald Family came to the Library’s attention in the winter of 2010, when then 4th grader Kasey and her friend Cooper Byrnes suggested that the schoolchildren of Ridgefield could help raise funds for the New Ridgefield Library through a read-a-thon. With Kasey as co-chair, participants in the Ridgefield Kids Read campaign, including Kasey’s brother Ethan, raised over $20,000 in donations by reading 234,319 books. Not to be left behind, mother Kathie and father Evan, an avid tri-athlete, helped organize a “Tables of Content” fundraising dinner to support the Library. Evan later helped secure a significant commitment to the Campaign for the New Ridgefield Library from Tri-Ridgefield, of which he is co-chair. Kathie is always cheerfully available whenever advice and assistance are needed – participating in innumerable focus groups and brainstorming sessions and instigating the creation of 1,000 origami peace cranes in response to the tragedy in Sandy Hook. We are looking forward to many more years of Library involvement from this Fabulous Family!
Past Year's Recipients:
Lori Dowling and Marcia Simha
N.M. Donofrio and Liz Montanari
Peter T. Coffin and Dr. Heidi B. Hammel
Hope H. Swenson and Melissa Brady
Dr. Theodore Safford, Jr. and Nicole & Daniel Gutter
Morton S. Bailey, III and Gretchen Bishop
Nicole and Daniel Gutter, recipients of the 2008 Paccadolmi Award for volunteerism
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