The Erieville Nelson Heritage Society and the Town of Nelson have announced that the 2017 recipient of the Normal Odell Citizen of the Year Award is Richard “Dick” Benner of Nelson.
This award recognizes a citizen of the town who has made an outstanding contribution to the area in volunteer work.
Benner is being recognized for his work for Cazenovia American Legion Post 88, where he is a 51-year member. He has been post commander for four years. He has, over the years, been sergeant-of-arms and adjunct (secretary). He is involved in meetings, funerals and currently he is overseeing the legion baseball field renovation project.
Benner is a founding member of the In Your Pace Running Club of Cazenovia, New Woodstock, Erieville and nelson, sponsor of the Madison County, Mad Co.W 5K race in Nelson held every August. He has worked or chaired this race for 10 years, some years on his own. This is a large task coordinating with all agencies, gathering sponsors and running the race.
Benner is a proud and grateful member of Alcoholics Anonymous for the past 37 years.
Benner lives in Nelson with his wife Patti, and he has three daughters. He has lived in Nelson most of his life and retired from the post office.
All are invited to a reception and award ceremony celebrating this achievement at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Nelson town office building, 4085 Nelson Road.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican and Eagle Bulletin newspapers.