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ITHACA, NY– On October 28, the Rotary Club of Ithaca presented its 18th annual Pride of Workmanship awards to three deserving individuals in Tompkins County. The award recognizes area employees whose outstanding work performance in their organization is “above and beyond the call of duty” and is instrumental in the achievement of the organization’s performance goals.

Rotary’s Pride of Workmanship committee chair Joan Schnaper announced the 2015 winners:

Chuck Jackson, Facilities Manager at the Ithaca YMCA. Through his dedication, high standards and hard work, Chuck goes above and beyond the requirements of his position to support the Y’s mission through the maintenance and improvement of its facilities.

Chuck displays an exceptional work ethic and top quality work. He is extremely organized, making good use of all resources efficiently, and motivating his small staff with clear expectations and good humor. He manages volunteers with appreciation, and models high quality work and dedication by his own example. After three years at the YMCA, Chuck still tackles the most difficult tasks himself and is willing to work at odd hours and on weekends when needed.

Sally Klein, Financial Manager at McGraw House. Sally is highly dependable and conscientious, and pays close attention to detail. She is often sought out for her wisdom, compassion and patient approach to problem solving. Her peers describe her as flexible, good humored, reliable, a team player, and a skilled editor.

Her bright ideas have resulted in significant improvements to day-to-day operations. Her careful research led to enhanced benefits for staff, as well as reduced expenses for McGraw House, which ultimately impacts the affordability of the rent paid by low- and moderate-income senior citizens. Sally has worked at McGraw House for almost 17 years, and is beloved by residents, staff and board members.

Jody Scriber, Director of Clinical and Educational Services at Franziska Racker Centers, was nominated by Rotarian Perry LoPinto. Jody has been a loyal and dedicated employee of Franziska Racker Centers for 40 years.

In addition to her longevity, Jody is recognized for her steadfast dedication, hard work, and the effect she has had on the field of helping young children with disabilities in our community. She has tirelessly worked to improve the lives of others, and does so with the utmost respect and dignity for each person she works with. She is a determined advocate for her staff, knowing what they need to be the best they can for the families in their care.

Photo provided by Ithaca Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Ithaca gathers every Wednesday at 12:15 for luncheon meetings held downtown at Coltivare, 235 South Cayuga Street, Ithaca. The public is welcome to attend to learn more about Rotary; cost is $15 at the door.

Ithaca Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self.” Membership is open to all community members who share in this belief; new members are accepted year-round.

Address questions about Rotary’s Pride of Workmanship Award to Joan Schnaper via Additional information about the Rotary Club of Ithaca may be found online For more information about joining the Ithaca Rotary Club, please contact Membership Chair Ron Provus at 607-351-8539 or

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Michael Smith

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