Gunnery presents Friend of the Green Award

The Washington Lions Club was recently presented the Gunnery's Friend of the Green Award. Above, John Quist, president of the Washington Lions Club, left, receives the award from Head of School Peter Becker.
The Washington Lions Club was recently presented the Gunnery’s Friend of the Green Award. Above, John Quist, president of the Washington Lions Club, left, receives the award from Head of School Peter Becker.Courtesy of The Gunnery

The Gunnery in Washington recently kicked off the holiday season welcoming Washingtonians to help honor the Washington Lions Club with the Friend of the Green Award.

The award is given to a person or group that has contributed to the well-being of the town of Washington through their volunteer efforts.

The party was held in Virginia Hamilton Solley Hall, which was decorated for the occasion.

As guests arrived, they were greeted by an ambulance recently donated by the Washington Lions Club to the Washington Ambulance Association.

An EMT was present for community members to ask any questions and for people to see what the inside of an ambulance looks like.

Head of School Peter Becker welcomed the guests, acknowledging with gratitude the relationship of Washington and The Gunnery.

Becker introduced the Washington Lions Club and their president, John Quist, who accepted the award on the group’s behalf.

Becker talked about the involvement of the Washington Lions Club in many local organizations including Lions Eye Health and Research, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Parkinson’s research, domestic violence prevention, the Washington Fuel Fund, New Milford Hospital, nursing organizations, college scholarships to area high school students and the purchase of eyeglasses for local residents in need.

Quist explained the 75 -year history of the organization, starting with its first meeting on June 4, 1941.

One of the first civic projects the Washington Lions Club undertook was the purchase and support of an ambulance.

Support of the ambulance association is the largest project members have undertaken and still continues today.

Over the past 10 years, the Washington Lions Club has raised $1 million for the Washington Ambulance Association.

Past winners of the Friend of the Green Award include town volunteers and employees of Washington including Sheila Anson (2015), Laurie Lamarre and the Institute of American Indian Studies (2014), Joanna Torti of the After School Arts Program (2013), the fire department and Washington Town Hall employees, with First Selectman Mark Lyons and Fire Chief Mark Showalter accepting (2012), Kirsten Peckerman, board member of Steep Rock (2011), and Phil and Gretchen Farmer, board members of the Gunn Memorial Library and Museum (2010).