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Chamber presents community service and leadership awards

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DEVENS — The Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted its eleventh annual Community Service & Leadership Awards (CSLA) event on Nov. 5 at the Devens Common Center, Devens.

The evening was festive and filled with admiration, honoring four extraordinary people and one remarkable business.

In a brightly lit cream and gold ballroom, attendees clustered in laughing groups during the cocktail hour. After welcoming remarks by Scott Lathrop, president of the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Master of Ceremonies Bill Marshall, president of North Middlesex Savings Bank, Lt. Colonel (retired) Frank Belitsky lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

After dinner, the ceremonies began in earnest. Warren Chase, Scott Lathrop, and Dick Conway spoke, guiding attendees through the lives of four individuals: Doreen Quintiliani, Millie McGovern, and Jan Dillon (all receiving the Robert W. Lewis Award sponsored by Rollstone Bank & Trust) and Jim Pinard (receiving the Outstanding Business/Professional Person Award sponsored by Parker Hannifin).

A PowerPoint presentation illustrated lives lived with integrity, kindness and generosity. As each recipient rose to receive his or her award, so did the audience. Each recipient was also awarded a congratulatory citation by Sen. Pat Resor, Sen.-elect Jamie Eldridge, and Rep. Robert Hargraves.

The final honoree of the evening received the Roy L. Jeannotte Award for Outstanding Company/Organization (sponsored by JM Coull, Inc.). Donelan’s Supermarkets, founded in 1948, have become landmarks in the communities they serve.

Far beyond being grocery stores, however, Donelan’s has sponsored innumerable community activities, supported charities and scholarship funds, and paid the lease on a cruiser for the Littleton police. When brothers Joe and Jack Donelan accepted the award, once again the audience rose to applaud.

Closing the evening, chamber Executive Director Melissa Fetterhoff encouraged all attendees to leave inspired and to stay involved and connected to our community.

If there is an individual or business that you think is deserving of a CSLA award, please contact the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce at (978) 772-6976 or by e-mail at melissa@nvcoc.com to submit a nomination for next year’s consideration.