by Alexis Ann
(Check out an album of photos from the gala here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/80020280@N05/sets/72157630407413060/)
The Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce honored Angela Smith as its 2012 Citizen of the Year during the 50th Annual Awards Ceremony and Annual Membership Banquet at the Venice Restaurant on June 26.
Michael Rauh, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chelsea Groton Bank, served as master of ceremonies and complimented many of the attending women, who were decked out in their most sparkling fashions as a tribute to Angie, known herself for trademark sparkly-feathery apparel. “This is like ‘Dancing With the Stars’,” said Michael, who observed that “Everyone is sequined out.”
“The Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce is deeply appreciative and very proud to honor Angie Smith,” stated Lisa Konicki, executive director.
The Chamber cited Angie as a person who lives by the adage, “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”
The Chamber award said that she immerses herself in an array of community services and events with the goal of improving the quality of life in Westerly, where she resides.
“She is an individual of outstanding community spirit, and is generous with her time, talents and resources,” said the Chamber. “During her many decades of volunteering, she inspired citizens in our community to give, and more importantly, she provided a shining example of how to live.”
The Chamber noted that her 42-year career as administrator at the Westerly Medical Center is exemplary.
One of the highlights of the evening, recalled onlookers, was seeing Angie carried to the podium by a half-dozen men while she was seated in a Cleopatra chair specially created by Barbara Stillman. Upon reaching the podium, Angie remarked, “That was the most exciting thing that’s happened to me in my entire life! Now I know what it’s like to be Queen Elizabeth!”
“Volunteering is my hobby,” says Angie. “My dad taught me to always help others.”