October 30, 2003
Good Scouts serve community
The News-Times/Carol Kaliff
Donna Ramey was honored by the
Connecticut Yankee Council of the Boy Scouts of America for her
work with the Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut and the
DANBURY — When the Connecticut Yankee Council
of the Boy Scouts of America gives its Good Scout awards, officials
talk about character, leadership and values.
This year, the awards went to two banking professionals who have
shown those traits — Donna M. Ramey and John J. Martocci.
At Wednesday’s Good Scout luncheon, Ramey, a Danbury native, said
she grew up in a small community with big expectations.
"Get involved and make a difference in someone’s life,” Ramey
urged the audience of 200 people. Ramey is a volunteer and leader at
Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, and chairman of the board
of United Way of Northern Fairfield County. "It is the most
rewarding experience you will know.”
The News-Times/Michael Duffy
John Martocci, president and chief
executive officer of the Newtown Savings Bank, received the 2003
Good Scout Award for his work with community organizations.
The Connecticut Yankee Council serves 26,232 children in
Fairfield, New Haven and Hartford counties. Its scouts gave 135,000
hours of community service last year. To help fight hunger, they
collected 156,762 cans of food for local food pantries.
Ramey, of Newtown, is executive vice president and chief lending
officer of the Savings Bank of Danbury. She has worked in banking
for 35 years, and thanked people at the bank for freeing her up to
do volunteer work.
Martocci, president and chief executive officer of the Newtown
Savings Bank, was also given the 2003 Good Scout Award for his work
in community organizations. Martocci remembered back to when he was
a Boy Scout with Troop 2 in Hartford.
"I don’t think any of us realized the influence our two leaders
would have on us,” Martocci said. "We learned patience. We learned
to work together with all kinds of kids to get the common thing
"We learned how to work hard and be active,” Martocci said, also
thanking his co-workers at the bank for freeing up his time to work
on a number of volunteer projects. Martocci has worked with United
Way, the Danbury Hospital finance committee, Ashlar of Newtown and
many other organizations.
The guest speaker for the luncheon was Jeffrey Plate, a
third-grader from New Fairfield who is a Scout in Pack 142.
"My dad was glad I wanted to be a Cub Scout, because now he gets
to be a Scout again,” said Jeffrey, who talked about the many
activities he’s done since he joined. "We went ice fishing, and I
caught a fish. My dad didn’t.”
Jeffrey said he hopes to join the U.S. Air Force or the U.S. Army
or to become a policeman when he grows up.
"My dad said it’s a uniform thing,” the young Scout said.
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