Donald Exford Community Service Award
loved two things in life, his family and his community. He seemed
always to be focused on one or the other."
Gordon Allen in "Allen's Alley" - Journal and Republican (10-11-05)
Pictured here [l. to r.] are Donald Exford, Executive Director of the Foundation with the Foundation Director Donald Hunt. This award is presented in the spring of each year to a community member living in the area between Boonville in the south and Carthage in the north. The Pratt Northam Foundation offers this award in memory of Donald Exford, its first Executive Director. A financial award of $1,000, along with an appropriate symbol (certificate, statuette, etc.) of the award, is given to a person that represents the dedication to continuous community improvement over a significant period of one's lifetime, as Donald Exford dedicated his life's work to the communities served by the Pratt Northam Foundation. The award will be presented at an event in the recipient's community during the Spring each year.
Directors of the Foundation at a regular or special meeting held between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 each year submit nominations for the award to the full Board of Directors. All nominations and discussion of nominations remain confidential. Only a Director of the Pratt Northam Foundation may submit a nomination. Directors consult with other people in the community to prepare a nomination.
A nominee must have demonstrated commitment to improving the quality of life in the nominee's community over a decade or more. Nominees should have demonstrated persistence in the face of adversity in attempting to meet community goals. Preferably, the nominee should have "been there" for the entire community; even though, the nominee may have shown overwhelming dedication to one community group or cause. Special consideration will be given to nominees that have served in multiple volunteer capacities. A nominee may have served the community with distinction in her/his professional capacity, in addition to one's volunteer service.
There will be no posthumous awards. The Pratt Northam Foundation Board of Directors may waive the award in any year in which they determine that there is not a qualified nominee. Members of the Pratt Northam Board of Directors and their immediate families, along with any full time or part time Pratt Northam paid consultants are ineligible for consideration for the award.
DONALD EXFORD COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS
2006 Dr. John Schlieder of Lowville
Director Gordon Allen (l.) presenting the award to Dr. John Schlieder.
2007 Newell Wagoner of Boonville
Newell Wagoner (2nd from left) celebrating his award with his family.
2008 Gilbert Monnat of Croghan
Pictured here (1. to r.) are Steve Monnat, Pratt Northam Director Gordon Allen, presenting the Donald Exford Memorial Award, Bill Monnat, Gilbert Monnat, award recipient, Peter Monnat, Dolores Monnat, Gil Monnat, and Sue (Monnat) Gydesen during the regular monthly meeting of the Croghan Volunteer Fire Department.
2009 Catherine Liendecker of Lyons Falls
(Pictured here [l. to r.] at the 2009 award presentation are Foundation Director Gordon Allen, Paul Liendecker, Award Recipient Catherine Liendecker, Janice Exford, Foundation Director Roy Hammecker, and John Exford.)
2010 Peggy Nuspliger of Lyons Falls
(Pictured here at the 2010 award presentation is Peggy Nuspliger seated on the outdoor bench awarded to her as a remembrance of the occassion.)
2011 William Kellerhals of Harrisville
(Pictured here at the 2011 award presentation is : Seated on the bench, l. to r., Exford Award Winner William Kellerhals and Pratt Northam Director Gordon Allen. Standing, l. to r., Pratt Northam Directors Tom Sauter and Roy Hammecker.)
2012 Edward Ingersoll of Martinsburg
(Pictured here [l. to r.] at the 2012 award presentation is recipient Edward Ingersoll, Director Donna Loucks awarding the $500 check in the Mr. Ingersoll's honor to Tim O'Connor, Executive Director of the Lewis County Hospital Foundation for its dialysis unit fund. This is a cause to which Mr. Ingersoll has committed much of his life in the last few years.)
2013 Doug Hanno of Lowville
Pictured here (l. to r.): Front: Pratt Northam Foundation Secretary James Randall presenting the Exford Award to Douglas Hanno with his wife, Mary, son, Benjamin, and daughter, Sarah, looking on. Rear: (l. to r.) Pratt Northam Director Gordon Allen and President Randall Schell also participating in the ceremony.
2014 Ronnie Gingerich of Watson
Pictured here (l. to r.): is Foundation Director Gordon Allen presenting the award to Ron Gingerich at the Dinner for Two meeting at St. Peters Church in Lowville.
2015 Betty Sawyer Brantingham
Betty Sawyer, far right, with her family and Pratt Northam Director after receiving her award at Forest Presbyterian Church, Lyons Falls, on Sept. 13.
2016 Tom Piche' Carthage
Pictured here surrounding Piche' (l. to r.) Pratt Northam Directors James Randall, Tina Schneider, (Tom Piche') Chris Lorence, John McHugh and Tom Sauter.
2017 Rick and Ellen Bush of Lowville
(Pictured here l. to r.): Pratt Northam Board President Randall Schell, Rick and Ellen Bush, Lucas Suiter, Pratt Northam Board Secretary James Randall and Pratt Northam Board Vice President Donna Loucks..