The News-Times/Michael Duffy
Frank Kelly, right, president and chief executive officer
of Danbury Hospital and Danbury Health Systems, who was
named Good Scout of the Year for 2002, shakes the hand of
Shawn Amend, 7, of Bethel, during Good Scout Award
ceremonies at the Danbury Sheraton Hotel Wednesday. Looking
on is John Martocci, president and chief executive officer
of Newtown Savings Bank, and general chairman of the 2002
Greater Danbury Good Scout Award Luncheon.
DANBURY — Frank Kelly, president and CEO of Danbury Hospital and
Danbury Health Systems, was named Good Scout of the Year for 2002.
Kelly joined the staff of Danbury Hospital in 1977, and worked
his way up through the administration in a variety of positions with
increasing responsibility. He said his career and volunteer work
were possible because of the support he received from his family and
The Good Scout award is given each year to a community leader who
lives the principles of Scouting. Previous winners include Charles
Frosch of Union Savings Bank, Clarice Osiecki, former president of
the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce, and Werner Gerstenberg,
former president of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.
Kelly’s wife, Fran, was also honored Wednesday for making Kelly’s
devotion to work and community possible. They have three children
and three grandchildren, with another grandchild due in February.
An Eagle Scout, Kelly brought his sash decorated with merit
badges to the ceremony Wednesday at the Danbury Sheraton Hotel.
He said that although merit badges might be earned for camping,
or citizenship or home repairs, they actually teach people about
teamwork, reading, studying and living with respect.
"None of us achieves things on our own,” Kelly said, referring to
his supportive family. "Fran teaches me daily the art of selfless
giving. One key in life is to surround yourself with the very best
people. The staff and directors of Danbury Health Systems encourage
and even demand community service. What makes it possible are the
3,200 employees and the hundreds of volunteers. Without them, I
wouldn’t be here.”
"He’s a family man and he’s the leader who led the hospital to be
the premier organization it is today,” said John Martocci, president
and CEO of the Newtown Savings Bank. Martocci was the master of
ceremonies and general chairman of the 2002 Greater Danbury Area
Good Scout Award Luncheon.
The keynote Scout speaker was Willie Kommaritz of Pack 54 in
Bethel, who told a series of stories about being a young Scout.
After he and his father built his Pine Wood Derby car, and tinkered
with it to the point of holding on the wheels with copper pipe, the
car was disqualified.
Kommaritz said his mother was on hand, and in 10 minutes created
a new car from a block of wood and duct tape.
"Because it looked so bad, nobody thought we could win, including
me,” Kommaritz said. "We won first place.”
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