Town of Galena honors its volunteers and staff
GALENA — Galena community members gathered at the firehouse Saturday, Feb. 25 for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.
Mayor Sam Sessa took the time to thank and honor members of the community for their ongoing work within the town. He thanked the audience for their ef
forts to help the town grow, the handling of issues concerning Galena’s new wastewater treatment plant and ideas and ef
forts to deal with traffic issues. “It has been an honor to work with all of you,” Sessa said Saturday. “It has really been my pleasure getting to work with the community in this town.”
Following the updates on the town, Sessa called up members of the audience to thank them for all they do within the town and to present them with donations.
Sessa presented donations to the Kent County Public Library’s North Branch located in town, the Galena Volunteer Fire Company, the Kent County Community Marching Band and the Dogwood Festival Committee.
The fire company is 75 years old this year and announced it recently found its original fire engine, which is owned privately.
Members of the fire company also received praise from both the mayor and the audience.
Councilman John Carroll spoke briefly at the dinner thanking Sessa.
“It’s a pleasure to work with you here on the council,” Carroll said. “I know it’s not easy sometimes, but someone has to do the job and you do a very good job at it.”
Sessa called up Barbara Shaw and acknowledged her for her work in the town as clerk and treasurer, and for organizing the dinner.
Sessa also recognized volunteers new to the annual dinner by presenting them with a Town of Galena pin.
“He is doing so well, it amazes me,” Councilman Harry Pisapia said of Sessa Saturday. “We are in a town where they take care of you. … We have that type of town here where people are willing to help you when you are down.”
The catered dinner included a buffet with desserts and a cash bar. The Rev. David Kelley of Olivet United Methodist Church opened the dinner with a prayer for the town and community.
Following the dinner and delivery of checks, Sessa ended the evening by thanking the volunteers and town officials for their efforts in improving Galena and helping it to grow.
Galena Councilman Harry Pisapia, left, receives a check from Mayor Sam Sessa during the town’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the Galena firehouse Saturday.