Resolution J2292-2013

Commending Mary Calarco-Smith upon the occasion of being designated an Outstanding Italian American by the Paolo Busti Cultural Foundation of Genesee County

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  • Jun 11, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 11, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 7, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending Mary Calarco-Smith upon the occasion
of being designated an Outstanding Italian American by the  Paolo  Busti
Cultural Foundation of Genesee County

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
those individuals of true purpose and worthy accomplishment that provide
opportunities to celebrate their rich ethnic flavor and which strive  to
preserve their cultural heritage; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commend
Mary  Calarco-Smith upon the occasion of being designated an Outstanding
Italian American by the Paolo Busti Cultural Foundation of Genesee Coun-
ty, to be celebrated at the 29th Annual Paolo Busti  Scholarship  Dinner
on  Wednesday,  June 19, 2013, at Terry Hills Restaurant in Batavia, New
York; and
  WHEREAS, Mary Calarco-Smith's accomplishments  include  both  personal
and  professional  service  to  community,  church, and family; her life
reflects the core values   and heritage of which the Paolo Busti Founda-
tion is based; and
  WHEREAS, The second of five children, Mary Calarco was born  in  Bata-
via,  New  York,  where she still resides, dedicating herself to family,
work, church and volunteering;  a  1966  graduate  of  Notre  Dame  High
School,  she  continued  her education at the former Bryant and Stratton
Business Institute of Buffalo; and
  WHEREAS, In 1968, Mary Calarco married James F. Smith  with  whom  she
had  four  children;  as  her  children  entered school, she immediately
became involved with their education, after school activities,  and  for
many years, she Chaired the former Batavia Pageant of Bands; and
  WHEREAS,  Mary  Calarco-Smith received the Service to Mankind Award in
2001, the highest award the Batavia Sertoma Club bestows upon  a  member
of  the  community for demonstrating outstanding leadership in the field
of volunteerism; and
  WHEREAS, A lifetime  member  of  Resurrection  Parish,  Mary  Calarco-
Smith's  faith and church have always been an integral part of her life;
she now serves as an Eucharistic Minister and Sacristan of  the  Church,
and belongs to St. Joseph's Sodality, as well as St. Padre Pio Altar and
Rosary Society; and
  WHEREAS,  Active  within her community, Mary Calarco-Smith is a member
of St. Jerome Guild, and has served as  Treasurer  for  four  years;  in
1982,  she began volunteering for UMMC Hospital League, and has been the
organization's Co-President since 2010; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, Mary Calarco-Smith was on the Paolo Busti  Board
of  Directors,  served  on  their  Scholarship  Committee,  and has been
involved with the Meals on Wheels Program for over 30 years; and
  WHEREAS, When she is not involved with her many family  and  volunteer
activities, Mary works with her husband in the growth and development of
their  funeral home business; she continues to work as office manager of
the H.E. Turner & Co., Bohm-Calar co-Smith, and the  Burdett  &  Sanford
Funeral Homes; and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition to her husband, James, with her throughout have
been her children, Jason (Lori), Justin (Elizabeth),  Joshua  (Kristin),
and  Jenna  (Mark),  and  eight grandchildren, Megan, Matthew, Madeline,
Noah, Nicolas, Caleb, Brendan and Gabriella, all of whom feel privileged
to be a part of her life and rejoice in her achievements; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that  when  individ-
uals  of  such  noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-

tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all  the  citizens  of
this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Mary Calarco-Smith upon the  occasion  of  being  designated  an
Outstanding  Italian  American by the Paolo Busti Cultural Foundation of
Genesee County; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Mary Calarco-Smith.

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