The Lake Placid North Elba National Volunteer Week Committee has selected both the Adult and Youth Distinguished Volunteers of the Year for 2014. Dean Dietrich, of Lake Placid, is the 2014 adult volunteer honoree. The two youth volunteer honorees, Julianna Matos and Tony Miller, are both seniors at Lake PlacidCentralSchool.
Dean Dietrich, a recently retired teacher for the Lake Placid Central School District, has devoted thousands of hours to the betterment of the community throughout the years.
Dietrich is a Lake Placid/North Elba Historical Society (LPNEHS) Trustee. As part of his LPNEHS work, he has helped coordinate History Camp each summer for local children and has worked with high school students to design and update the LPNEHS website as part of their community service requirement for graduation. He is also a member of the Kiwanis Club, and a consistent presence at the Shipman Youth Center in support of various projects.
In the late 1980s, Dietrich served as chair of the public/open spaces sector for the community effort called Solutions Through Elba-Placid Planning Study (STEPPS). Dietrich has worked voluntarily for 12 years as chair of the Lake Placid/North Elba Community Development Board, most recently tasked with forming a new comprehensive plan for the Village of Lake Placid and the town of North Elba. The culmination of the group’s years of work was presented earlier this year and the board was made an official commission of town government in early April. In addition, he is leading work on the most recent Lake Placid/North Elba building code revision committee.
Lake PlacidHigh School students are required to complete 40 hours of community service between sixth grade and high school graduation. Julianna Matos and Tony Miller are exemplary models of volunteering and community service.
Julianna Matos is a senior at Lake PlacidHigh School and will be attending SUNY Cortland in the fall. She completed her mandatory 40 community service hours in sixth grade and continued to do volunteer work for the following six years. She has volunteered for Ironman each year, the Uphill Foot Race in Wilmington several times, VacationBibleSchool, several fundraising events for the Class of 2014, and the list goes on and on. For her senior project, Julianna organized and recruited about 50 volunteers for the North Elba Half Marathon & 10K Race this past fall. Matos is a dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer and is also an excellent organizer, able to inspire others to give service to the community. It is clear that Julianna will continue her volunteering efforts beyond graduation and throughout her life.
Tony Miller is a senior at Lake PlacidHigh School and will be attending SkidmoreCollege in the fall. He completed his 40 hours of mandatory community service in middle school and then continued to volunteer over the past few years. Tony has accumulated hundreds of community service hours as scorekeeper, team statistician, ball boy, and bookkeeper for a number of Lake Placid Middle/High School sports teams, and he has given volunteer service to the Lake Placid/Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities Coalition (CYC), as well as volunteering for a number of National Honor Society sponsored events.