Apalachin Lions Club nominee for Lions District 20 E-2 Women of the year Award Mary Ann Cascarino

Apalachin Lions Women of the year Award

Mary Ann is being recommended for District 20-E2 Woman of the Year honors primarily due to her service to the Apalachin Fire Department, an all-volunteer organization, and her service within the church that she attends.

Within the fire department, Mary Ann took on the task of answering most of the calls relative to requests for EMT activity. After working as a fireman for many years, she worked through the officer's positions and was appointed as the first female fire chief in the AFD. While in that position, she took on the task of formalizing and rewriting procedures where necessary. She established fire pre-plans; those procedures were established to allow a plan for fighting a fire in a specific building or under specific circumstances. At the time of a fire, the department has an organized plan to attack the fire. In addition, Mary Ann established plans for truck maintenance and replacement. She started the project of getting the community involved of cleaning the snow around the fire hydrants to allow visibility in the winter. After serving as the chief, she ran for and was elected to the board of fire commissioners. This board serves as the financial and procedural arm of the local volunteer fire departments. After over 20 years of service, she was appointed to a life member of the department. In addition, Mary Ann still holds recognition as a 'green tag fireman'. This designation is for those that are qualified to fight interior fires. In addition, Mary Ann helped organize the female firefighters group in New York State. At the chief fundraiser for the department, the annual field days, Mary Ann has been in charge of the food booth and other booths as the need arises. This past year she managed the 'Big 6' wheel. She currently is in charge of daytime EMT service and works with the Town Board in the procurement of daytime service to offset squad shortfalls.

Within the church she attends, Mary Ann is a member of the Stephen Ministry. This organization is a group of lay people who have gone through an education process to help the priest work people issues. The priest is the first contact for those who seek help. When needed, the priest gets the ministry involved. Mary Ann serves in a leadership position of a group of trained lay people. She would make the assignment of the individual, follow-up with reviews by her group, and if necessary get others involved to resolve the distress of the individual requesting help. In addition, Mary Ann does reviews of church members wishing to join the Stephen Ministry.

Mary Ann does all of the above while raising two boys and keeping a great family organized. For recreation, Mary Ann is a member of the club that climbs mountains in New York with an elevation greater than 3500 ft. She has climbed all 35 in the winter and during better times. She currently is walking the Finger Lakes Trail across New York. In addition, she was a member of the senior's softball team that won two gold medals in New York State and the team was selected to play in the National's.

The Apalachin Lions truly believe that Mary Ann is 'the' candidate for the Lions District 20 E-2 Woman of the Year.

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