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Richard Joyce and Theresa Joyce receive Community Service Awards

Pictured: Chapter Community Service co-chairs Jan Talbett and Joan Sinclair, Awardee Richard Joyce, Regent Deb Snyder

From the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution,

The NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) Community Service Awards Committee provides a unique opportunity for chapters and states to provide a non-competitive recognition to worthy individuals and organizations for outstanding voluntary service.  Examples of previously recognized service include unpaid achievements in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical, citizenship, or environmental conservation endeavors. A chapter may present a limit of two (2) awards per year.

Catherine Schuyler Chapter NSDAR was honored to present two Community Service Awards at the October 19 chapter meeting, held at the Wellsville Country Club.  Receiving the awards were Richard Joyce and Theresa Joyce, both with roots in Allegany County, particularly the Village of Andover.  The Joyce family has helped the community renovate, repair, and preserve some of the historic buildings in Andover.  Ron Taylor, president of the Allegany County Historical Society, spoke about the preservation of the building that now houses the County Museum and the Andover Historical Society; a plan was made, the interior was renovated to accommodate meetings, historical objects, display cases and appropriate storage for records, all possible with gifts and donations from the Joyce family.  Additionally, a medical arts building has been readied and staffed in Andover, and a new restaurant and county sports hall of fame are on the drawing board, again with gifts from the Joyces.

Regent Deborah Snyder said in her letter of recommendation, “The services of our Catherine Schuyler Chapter, through partnership with the Allegany County Historical Society, have benefited greatly from the generosity of Dick Joyce and Theresa Joyce., as we now have a public area where we honor our patriot ancestors, provide public access to their stories, and help with researching the histories of those who contributed to the founding of our country and chose to settle in Allegany County.”

Mr. Joyce graciously accepted the well-deserved awards for himself and his sister, who was unable to attend.

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