North Country Assemblywoman Jenne presents citations to Potsdam Chamber of Commerce award winners
Assemblywoman Jenne visits with Tim Carey, center, and Rob Bicknell. right, following the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner. Carey was the recipient of the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce's Outstanding Citizen Award.
POTSDAM — North Country Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, D-Theresa, presented two citations to the award winners honored at the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner.“I join the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce and the greater Potsdam community in honoring those who do so much to make out community a better place for all,” Assemblywoman Jenne said. “These honorees go above and beyond in strengthening and supporting the North Country and deserve recognition.”
Tim Carey, who served as Potsdam's recreation director for 30 years before his retirement earlier this fall, was presented the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce's Outstanding Citizen Award for his tireless dedication to the community's youth.
Board member Rob Bicknell, who presented Mr. Carey with his award, quipped when he was growing up he thought he recreation director lived at the Pine Street Arena.
He noted Mr. Carey appeared to be at the arena seven days a week during the winter season and often didn't leave until adult hockey ended around 11 p.m.
"He's an unsung hero in our community. He has touched so many lives. He was always looking for ways to make things better for our community," Mr. Bicknell said.
“Over his three decades of service, Tim Carey worked tirelessly to brighten the lives of everyone he came into contact with as a recreation director. His sacrifice and dedication are second to none, and he has earned this recognition many times over,” Assemblywoman Jenne said.
The Pride in Potsdam Community Award was awarded to Potsdam Jazzercise.
Jazzercise owner Jane Khondker was recognized for her outstanding service and contributions to the community since she first opened the fitness center's doors in 2000.
Potsdam Jazzercise has been a long-time supporter of a number of local events ranging from fitness and health awareness week at Potsdam Central School to contributions to chamber events including Fright Night and Summer Festival.
“In addition to teaching fitness classes, Jane Khondker is committed to giving back to the Potsdam community and her participation has been vital to the success of a host of local events. It’s thanks to people like Jane that our North Country community is as vibrant and welcoming as it is,” Jenne said.
Jazzercise has also hosted fundraisers for hurricane victims in Houston as well as the Potsdam Holiday Fund.
Potsdam Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marylee Ballou noted Potsdam Jazzercise has donated $6,700 to the Potsdam Holiday Fund over the past 12 years.
She also pointed out Ms. Khondker has also worked with St. Lawrence NYSARC to provide accessible classes for people with disabilities.
Ms. Ballou noted Ms. Khondker has shown an on-going commitment to community activities. "She serves from the heart," she said.
Ms. Khondker noted she was joined at the event by 16 members of the Potsdam Jazzercise family, including three of her instructors.
"it was a great night," Assemblywoman Jenne said. "It's always inspirational to hear the stories of North Country people like Mr. Carey and Ms. Khondker that do so much good work to make their communities better places to live and play.
"The award winners also pointed out the support they received from their families to allow them to do that good work," she noted.
Assemblywoman Jenne said the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce continues to work to promote the community.
A new website is under construction, and a new sign welcoming visitors to Potsdam is being planned. Chamber officials also noted there will be free parking downtown during the holiday season.