Each year the Clara Barton Chapter No. 1 of the American Red Cross recognizes an individual who personifies the outstanding leadership qualities and tireless energy that defined its founder Clara Barton. It is with great pleasure that the Chapter recognizes Alice Burdick as the recipient of the 2015 Founder’s Award. A luncheon will be held in her honor on Saturday, Nov. 14 starting at noon at the Moose Lodge in Dansville.
A retired elementary school teacher of 28 years, Burdick has given generously and unselfishly of herself to our community and the Dansville area for decades. Having served as a past Clara Barton Chapter board member and chairperson of the Chapter’s Human Resources Committee, Burdick is an integral part of the American Red Cross family.
Burdick’s interest in historical preservation blossomed when a Dansville colleague, a descendent of William Perrine, involved her in the purchase of the former Irish Catholic priests’ home on Church Street. It was bought from the Village for $1 and became the location for the Dansville Area Historical Society. She was elected to the board of both the Dansville Area and West Sparta Historical Societies.
Since 1989, Burdick has also served on the board of the Dansville Business Association. In conjunction with the Village board, she helped procure a block grant which provided Main Street business owners with funding to repair building facades. As chairperson of the Revitalization Committee, Burdick continued to pave the way toward making the downtown viable to new businesses and residents alike. In 2000, her efforts were also instrumental in gaining the three-block Main Street Central Business district inclusion on both the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places.
Under the auspices of the Dansville Area Chamber of Commerce, Burdick established the Winter in the Village Committee to help promote local businesses and a shop local campaign. A longtime advocate for local artists, crafts persons, and musicians working in the Central Business District, she also remains a member of the Arts and Music Extravaganza Committee.
The Founder’s Award is a formal recognition of contributions to the American Red Cross and to the community-at-large. The humanitarian efforts displayed by these individuals help to shape volunteerism and philanthropy in our area.
The public is invited to attend the annual award luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Loyal Order of the Moose, 6 Main St., Dansville, starting at noon. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $13 per person, payable in advance to the American Red Cross.
Please RSVP by Nov. 6 to The American Red Cross, 57 Elizabeth St., Dansville, NY 14437 or by calling 585-335-3500.