HOMETOWN HERO — Pictured, from left: Hometown Hero recipient Jim Jozwiak, Hank and Dorothy Dylong and Stitches of Love teacher Pat McIlvenna.
SPRINGVILLE — This summer, in conjunction with the town of Concord’s Bicentenial bithday celebration, the Stitches of Love Quilting Circle recognized a hometown hero.
The presentation was made to Jim Jozwiak at the Trading Post’s Day of Caring event, recently. Hank and Dorothy Dylong, with Stitches of Love teacherPat McIlvenna, presented their quilt. It was created by Charlotte Ash and finished by members of the Stitches of Love group.
There were several nominations, but the Stitches of Love group chose Jim Jozwiak, a resident of the Town of Concord.
Jozwiak’s nomination letter, submitted by his mother, Christine Jozwiak, spoke about his character. Part of the letter is printed below. Jim is the definition of “volunteer.” He is a member of the Springville Volunteer Fire Company, the Exempt Firemen Organization, Springville Lions Club, Field and Stream, VFW and St. Aloysius Parish. He also serves on the Town Planning Board because he has a genuine interest in making Springville a place where we can be proud to live. He constantly works fundraisers, events, programs or projects from all these groups and seeks no personal gain. He always goes beyond what is expected of him and can be counted on in an emergency.
Besides answering calls as a volunteer fireman, he serves on its board of directors and is chairman of their annual installation dinner and co-chairman of the fireman’s park. He acts as the liaison between the Exempt Firemen and the Volunteer Fire Company.
He has been the Springville Lions Club President for two years. Recently,he was instrumental in procuring funds for new playground equipment to be installed at St. Aloysius school grounds. As co-owner of Christian General Contractors, he volunteered his time, talent and resource to remodel the new Montessori Room at St. Aloysius school.
This past Christmas, he entered Channel 2’s best holiday lights contest. He became a finalist, placing fourth, after the votes by the public were counted. He conducted a food drive to benefit the Trading Post’s Food Pantry, collecting over 200 pounds of canned food.
This is why Jim is our local unsung hero. He demonstrates and lives the qualities of leadership, creativity and giving, through his volunteer work. I can verify this, as I’ve known him all his life.