The Rotary Club of Utica announced three worthy recipients of its 2018 Pride of Workmanship Award today:
In a facility of over 3500 employees Ms. Inman is a shining star according to her nominator Michelle McGauley, St. Luke’s Hospital supervisor. “Laura looks after at each patient’s medical needs but understands the importance of caring for their emotional needs as well. She assists with discharge planning and helps with making difficult decisions.
“Her professionalism and expertise dealing with end of life situations goes so far above and beyond. She cares for family members like they are her own and is the nurse you wish every sick member of your family could be blessed with.”
Leta Laukaitis, Executive Assistant, Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, (CABVI). Length of service: Five years.
Ms. Laukaitis joined CABVI’s team as a receptionist – a friendly face at the front door politely taking telephone calls and directing visitors to their proper destinations. It took CABVI’s President& CEO, Rudy D’Amico, little time to realize her combination of skill, and exceptional professional presence, were better utilized as his assistant, a trustworthy partner, equally adept at working with him, the board of directors, employees, and friends of CABVI.
“Leta never lets the ball drop,” Mr. D’Amico said. “That cannot be said of everyone, all the time. However, it can be said of her, all the time. She is amazing. She is sharp. She is smart. And she is fully dedicated to the mission of CABVI and is the embodiment of Rotary’s four-way test for she tells the truth, she is fair to all concerned, if it doesn’t build goodwill and better friendships, it won’t happen, and it will be beneficial to the CABVI family.”
Rotary Four-Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Daniel Sehn, Website Specialist, The Arc Oneida-Lewis Chapter. Length of service: Five years.
Mr. Sehn began his career as a part-time employee of the Arc but is now considered a vocal contributor. “Dan has enthusiastically joined the agency’s Getting to Great Committee to focus on employee morale,” said his nominator, Gail Miskowiec, Chief Operating Officer of The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter. “Dan works with a small team but his impact on support of the agency is huge.
“The agency is on the cutting edge of developing various applications to benefit both the people supported as well as the staff, and Dan is instrumental in helping to achieve our goals.”
The Rotary Club of Utica feted Mss. Inman and Laukaitis, and Mr. Sehn, at a lunchtime celebration Thursday, October 18, 2018 at The Yahnundasis Golf and Country Club in New Hartford, NY.
According to Norma Montagnino-Gemza, chairperson of the Pride of Workmanship committee, the awards, “are made to those nominees who demonstrate outstanding competence, a commitment to excellence, professionalism, and a willingness to go above and beyond the job description.
“They are often the ‘unsung heroes’ in their businesses or organizations and are nominated by managers or co-workers. They typify Rotary International’s motto of service above self and reflect the award’s motto: Do it once. Do it well. Build a Better America.”
This year’s program will mark the 27th annual awards presentation by Utica Rotary. The Rotary Pride of Workmanship Awards originated in Australia in 1975 and were introduced to the Rotary Club of Utica in 1991.