John Silsby is the 2013 recipient of the Annual Scarano Award, presented each year to a member of the Groton Rotary Club.
“The Groton Rotary Club is honored to present this year’s Scarano Award to John Silsby,” said a smiling and appreciative Past President Lea Doran at a Rotary luncheon meeting. She praised him for his advising, guiding, and shepherding her during her term as club president in 2012-13.
John quipped, “I’m very happy to receive Jerry Scarano’s award because he was the ultimate Rotarian!”
The winner was cited for his many contributions, including his strong commitment to the Rotary Club’s concession-stand project at the Mystic Schooners home games at Fitch Senior High School. This project has become a major fundraiser for the club.
While Club President, he convinced the club to participate in the Adopt a Highway Program. Since then, he chaired the club’s efforts to clean up and maintain Thomas Road in the Birch Plain Creek area at the City-Town line for the past several years. He joined the Groton Rotary Club in September 2000 after arriving in Groton to become the Town of Groton Parks and Recreation Director; though retiring two years ago, he has continued his commitment to Rotary.
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