July 04, 2012OSSIPEE — Though the recipients of the award weren't set to be notified until the morning of the Fourth of July parade, we were able to get in on the surprise in time for this week's newspaper deadline. Those reading this after the parade will know that Ron and Theresa Camire of Ossipee have been named Ossipee Citizens of the Year.
The Camires were going to find out they received this honor just prior to the parade when they were going to be asked to ride in a shiny convertible as grand marshals to lead the parade route. A formal presentation of the award was set to take place in the park following the parade.
The Rodney A. White, Sr. VFW Post # 8270 and Auxiliary, along with Ossipee Concerned Citizens, has been awarding Ossipee Citizen of the Year since 1991. The award is based on volunteer service to the community.
Among other items, the Camires will receive a plaque, commendations from several politicians, and a letter from the Board of Selectmen. The commendation from selectmen reads as follows:
"Both Ron and Theresa have quietly but effectively volunteered their services, separately and together, to a wide variety of community agencies and organizations. Highlighted from past to present are their involvement with the Whittier Lions Club, the St. Joseph's Church, and Ossipee Concerned Citizens, Inc. Ron and Theresa are valued members of the Whittier Lions Club. For many years Ron has been a member of the Board of Directors of Lions Camp Pride in New Durham. This is a special needs camp for diabetics, low-vision and the blind, and the physically challenged. In addition, Ron has for several years organized the Lions Club Mint Program – the sale of rolls of mints as a fundraiser to benefit community programming under the auspices of the club.
"Theresa greatly contributed as chairman of the Lions Club's dinner fundraisers. Together (or between them) they have held positions in nearly every office available within the Whittier Lions Club. Theresa has assumed the position of President, Zone Chairman, and Region Chairman. Each of them are recipients of the Lions highest honor – the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.
"Ron and Theresa have been exceptionally active within the St. Joseph's Church. Each serves as a Eucharistic Minister and fund custodian. In addition, Ron is a lector, a choir member, visits the parish homebound, and is a strong supporter of the church's men's group, the Men of St. Joseph's.
"Ossipee Concerned Citizens, Inc. has benefitted from their services – each as members of the OCC Board of Directors, and as daily deliverers of meals-on-wheels to the elderly. They assist with all-important fundraisers at OCC, particularly the Monday Night Public Turkey Suppers as cashiers, 50/50 and raffle ticket salespersons, and bakers of desserts for that evening.
"They have lived in the Town of Ossipee for 18 years, having moved from Somersworth. Ron served his country as a member of the United States Army Reserve, and is now retired. They are avid sports fans who enjoy all the resources that New Hampshire has to offer. Both are enthusiasts of youth hockey with their sons, and now travel throughout New England in support of their grandchildren's sporting activities.
"For 20 years, the Town of Ossipee has been recognizing the exceptional volunteerism of its citizens – all extremely deserving. In the year of 2012, we honor the work of Ron and Theresa Camire, equally deserving of the award. It is perhaps fitting that this is their 50th anniversary year, Congratulations to you both!"