Kiwanis Club of the Central Adirondacks presented the Kiwanian of the Year Award to Jim Connerty at a recognition event held Sunday, June 7 at Van Auken’s Inne in Thendara.
The award was presented by Kiwanis President Michael Griffin who acknowledged Connerty for his many years of commitment to the organization, which included multiple terms as its president.
His activities included organizing Kiwanis sponsorship of the 2014 One Square Mile of Hope kayak/canoe raft that raised over $80,000 for cancer research and sponsorship of the annual Adirondack Kids Day in Inlet that commenced in October 2012.
He and his wife Diane, as former owners of North Woods Inn, supported Kiwanis and its volunteers at many events.
An active member of the Inlet Area Business Association, Connerty is one of the organizers of The Black Fly Challenge, a legendary mountain bike race held in June that takes bikers through 40 miles of rugged terrain in the Moose River Plains.
Held alternately each year in either Indian Lake or Inlet, the race will mark its 20th year on Saturday, June 13.
In accepting the award Connerty noted his first involvement with Kiwanis 11 years ago, the special friendships he has made, and the satisfaction of contributing to the Central Adirondack community.
“Being a member of Kiwanis has been the most rewarding experience I have had since relocating to the Adirondacks 12 years ago. To be recognized by my fellow members is a special honor that I hold in the highest regard,” he said.
If you are interested in joining Central Adirondack Kiwanis and participating in all of the youth-oriented service programs, contact Membership Co-Chairs Doc Foley at (315) 794-9460 or Bob Teesdale at 369-5425.
If you are interested in making a financial contribution to the many Kiwanis Kids projects, your donation may be sent to Kiwanis Club Foundation of the Central Adirondacks Old Forge, NY, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) Corporation, P. O. Box 1044, Old Forge, NY, 13420.