Grange presents Com­mu­nity Cit­i­zen Award for com­mu­nity ser­vice

Andy Sch­legel, Kutz­town, rec­og­nized for his con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @kutz­town­pa­triot on Twit­ter

Kutz­town Grange pre­sented Andy Sch­legel, Kutz­town, with the 2018 Com­mu­nity Cit­i­zen Award, rec­og­niz­ing Sch­legel for his con­tri­bu­tions to the Kutz­town com­mu­nity dur­ing its an­nual Com­mu­nity Night on April 12.

“We pick some­body who has done things for the com­mu­nity and it’s a sur­prise,” said Kutz­town Grange Mas­ter Ken­neth Di­et­rich. “We try to pick some­one who helps the com­mu­nity... He’s done quite a bit for the com­mu­nity.”

“He is known for his good na­ture and those one-line zingers that never fail to amaze you,” said Dar­lene Di­et­rich, Lady As­sis­tant Ste­ward, dur­ing the award pre­sen­ta­tion. “He is also known for his com­mu­nity ser­vice.”

Sch­legel’s com­mu­nity ser­vice dates back to his youth as an Ea­gle Scout. Cur­rently he is man­ager of the Kutz­town Bot­tling Works and is a mem­ber of the Kutz­town Mu­nic­i­pal Au­thor­ity, mem­ber of the Kutz­town Trans­porta­tion Au­thor­ity, and chair­man of the Kutz­town Day Com­mit­tee. A cer­ti­fied train­man, he is chair­man of the Kutz­town His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety train crew and vol­un­teers for Al­len­town & Auburn Rail­road. A mem­ber of the Kutz­town Op­ti­mist Club, he has served as past pres­i­dent twice and as­sists with the Fools Run, Easter Egg Hunt and Se­nior Christ­mas Din­ner, to name a few events he is in­volved in.

“Thanks every­body,” said the sur­prised Sch­legel, thank­ing the Grange for the recog­ni­tion, as well as his par­ents, brother and the Op­ti­mist Club. “I knew some­thing was up when my fam­ily mem­bers all started show­ing up, other Op­ti­mist mem­bers and my Dad’s reach­ing for his cam­era.”

The 2018 Granger of the Year Award was pre­sented to life-time Grange mem­ber Nick Sat­tazahn, Ham­burg, for recog­ni­tion of ser­vice to the Grange. He con­tin­ues to serve Grange along with his wife, Nancy. His son Josh Sat­tazahn, Grange As­sis­tant Ste­ward, pre­sented the award to his fa­ther.

“I was sur­prised. I’m just a guy who likes to stay in the back and do all of the sup­port work,” said Nick Sat­tazahn, who thanked the Grange mem­bers for the recog­ni­tion. “I’ve been in Grange since I was 5 years old. My par­ents took me as a young­ster and grew up in Grange and I’ve gone all over the coun­try through the Grange... It’s just some­thing I’ve done ever since I was a lit­tle young­ster.”

The 2018 Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Award, which in­cludes a mone­tary do­na­tion, was pre­sented to Friend, Inc. Com­mu­nity Ser­vices. Pre­vi­ous award re­cip­i­ents were Kutz­town Bor­ough in 2017 and Kutz­town Area His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety in 2016.

“What is com­mu­nity ser­vice? It is giv­ing of your time, your ser­vice and your self,” said Dar­lene Di­et­rich.

She said the Grange has given mone­tary do­na­tions, gave meals to a fam­ily in need, vol­un­teered at Berks Heim Nurs­ing Home, and do­nated to the fire com­pany, po­lice de­part­ment and for the park.

“There are a lot of things you can do. This year, our com­mu­nity ser­vice pro­ject is Friend Inc. which pro­vides ser­vices for the North­east­ern Berks County,” said Di­et­rich.

A do­na­tion check was pre­sented to Friend vol­un­teer Laura Moyer on be­half of Friend.

“This money re­ally helps us to be able to sup­port those in need and the com­mu­nity so we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it,” said Moyer.

Mem­ber­ship Awards were also pre­sented to Grange mem­bers who cel­e­brated an­niver­saries: Fern Ker­ch­ner for 70 years, Linda Fritch for 55 years and Carl Rabenold for 50 years. They were not able to be present to re­ceive the awards.

Com­mu­nity Night in­cluded a liv­ing his­tory pre­sen­ta­tion by Guy Bieber who por­trayed Buf­falo Bill Cody, tak­ing the at­ten­dees on a trip into the past through sto­ry­telling as a fa­mous his­tor­i­cal per­son.

“Make the past part of the present,” said Bieber af­ter telling Buf­falo Bill’s story.

The evening con­cluded with re­fresh­ments. The pub­lic was in­vited to at­tend to see what the Grange does, which is com­mu­nity ser­vice through projects, do­na­tions and schol­ar­ships, to name a few things.

LISA MITCHELL - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Kutz­town Grange pre­sented Andy Sch­legel, Kutz­town, left, with the 2018 Com­mu­nity Cit­i­zen Award its an­nual Com­mu­nity Night on April 12. Pre­sent­ing the award are Kutz­town Grange Mas­ter Ken­neth Di­et­rich and Dar­lene Di­et­rich, Lady As­sis­tant Ste­ward.

LISA MITCHELL - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The 2018 Kutz­town Granger of the Year Award was pre­sented to life-time Grange mem­ber Nick Sat­tazahn, left. On right is Kutz­town Grange Mas­ter Ken­neth Di­et­rich. Far right, Nick’s son Josh Sat­tazahn, Grange As­sis­tant Ste­ward, pre­sented the award to his fa­ther dur­ing Grange Com­mu­nity Night.

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