Senator Ball Honors Cortlandt Women of Distinction for Their Commitment to the Community
Brewster, N.Y.– 3/14/2012– Sheila M. Guida and Marie Turner have both been honored as the Town of Cortlandt’s nominations for the Women of Distinction Hall of Fame, which is being hosted by Senator Greg Ball’s (R, C – Patterson).
Both Guida and Turner have resided in Cortlandt throughout their lives, and serve on many boards including the Hudson Valley Hospital Center Auxiliary.
“I’m am so impressed by the lifelong dedication to community service that these two women have made,” said Senator Ball. “They put service before themselves and they have made a tremendous mark on the community. I hope we can all learn from their selfless example. I am honored to accept both Sheila and Marie into my Women of Distinction Hall of Fame.”
Guida developed a passion for community service in high school, taking part in many service clubs. She went on to serve on the PTA in various capacities and also served as an officer of the Feeny Park Boys Club in New Rochelle, organizing many fundraisers to support the club and furnish equipment. In addition to being in charge of the Hudson Valley Hospital Center Auxiliary, Guida is the chairperson of the Nor-Cort Seniors Club “Cookies for Vets” collection and the co-chair of “Lap Robes for Vets” program.
“My son was over in Iraq twice, so I like to help the guys coming home,” Guida explained. “I just love volunteering- I’m not one to sit home.”
This is not the first time Guida has been recognize— she was the 2008 inductee into the Westchester County Senior Hall of Fame.
“I’m very surprised,” Guida said. “I do the work because it’s something I want to do. I don’t have to work, so I volunteer instead. I never thought about being recognized, I just do this because I love it. I’ve met a wonderful group of people and we get results.”
Turner also serves on the auxiliary and, in addition, she is on the Board of Directors of the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society three years, a member of the St. Lukes Lutheran Church choir, a member of the Nor-Cort Seniors Club, maintains the Petal Garden as a member of the Peekskill-Cortlandt Garden club and handles fundraising for the local 9/11 Remembrance Memorial Task Force.
“I have the time and I have the health, so I’m very fortunate that way,” Turner explained of her dedication to community service. “I think you get more out of it than you give. You meet so many nice people that are giving and you don’t realize it until you’re out there.”
And Turner said she’s planning to take on a new responsibility— volunteering with Heroes to Hometowns through the American Legion.
“The servicemen need our help that are coming home,” Turner said. “Whether it’s giving them a ride or helping out their families, they need our help. So, this is another thing that I’m looking into volunteering for.”
The senator asked leaders of each town, village, and city within the 40th Senate District to choose a nominee. The group of women will be formally inducted during a ceremony to be held on March 30th at Putnam County Emergency Services Center .
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, contact Brittany Oat (845) 200-9716.