The Ridgefield Old Timers Association honored Ridgefielders and received a surprise at its 21st annual awards banquet last month.
For 21 years the Old Timers have honored Ridgefield civic leaders, Ridgefield High School alumni and the beneficiaries of their annual Ridgefield High School (RHS) scholarships, one of the largest scholarships in town. This year they were honored themselves.
This year’s honorees included David and Martha Campbell who received the Civic Award.
Martha Campbell has been an active member of the Ridgefield Woman’s Club, the Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Association, the Keeler Tavern, the Red Cross, the Ridgefield Youth Orchestra, the Recreation Center, the Keeler Tavern, the Community Center as well as a volunteer with youth sports around town.
She was a member of the Board of Education and the Ridgefield Housing Authority. She has been a volunteer at the Ridgefield congregate housing and was co-president of the Branchville Elementary School, the East Ridge Junior High School PTSAs.
She has been honored by the Red Cross and, with her husband David, in 2004 was named the Ridgefield Rotary Club Citizen of the Year.
David Campbell served for many years on the Ridgefield Parks and Recreation Commission including when the department was attempting to get funding to provide services wanted by the public and field space for the town’s quickly expanding athletic program. He served as the chairman of the budget committee, developing a strong business plan and policy to make the department work and he was successful in fighting for funding to improve the conditions of the athletic fields and to develop new ones around town.
He also was a board member and coach for the Ridgefield Little League, the Pony-Colt and the Pop Warner football programs. He has also served as a volunteer for the PTA and a member of the town Pension Committee, which he chaired for 25 years. Mr. Campbell is a member of the Ridgefield Symphony Foundation Board and is a volunteer teacher of investment classes at Founder’s Hall.
The Campbells have a son, Doug, and two daughters, Heather and Betsy.
Also honored were Joseph Consentino (Special Award) and former RHS alumni George Mulvaney, coach Anthony Forcelli, former Ridgefield Boys & Girls Club director Terry Hughes, Michael Conroy, Beth Ondrick Gattey, Phil O’Brien, and Walt Valentine.
Missy Hutchings and Eric Scala received the Old Timers four-year college scholarship.
As Old Timer emcee and former chairman Tom Belote began to announce the honorees at this year’s banquet, state Rep. John Frey and state Sen. Toni Boucher approached the podium and presented the Old Timers with a citation from the Connecticut General Assembly, honoring the Old Timers for their work on behalf of the people of Ridgefield.
The citation, sponsored by the two, was signed by the Senate president pro tempore, the speaker of the House and the Connecticut secretary of the state and read in part, “The General Assembly offers it sincerest congratulations to the Ridgefield Old Timers Association in recognition of its efforts honoring Ridgefield civic leaders and high school graduates. Since 1991 the Ridgefield Old Timers has rewarded excellence, honoring residents who have helped to preserve the town’s cultural legacy, RHS alumni for their achievements and through their many scholarships to graduating scholar athletes. The General Assembly offers its gratitude to all the members of the Old Timers Association for their continuing work on behalf of the people of Ridgefield.”