Lori Standish received the Alan Goodenow award in a year when she is retiring after more than three combined decades of work at the Arc of Livingston-Wyoming and Genesee Valley Federal Credit Union. She began at the Arc, then made the jump to becoming a member support representative at the Genesee Valley Federal Credit Union in Piffard  in the early 2000s.
“She quickly rose to become branch manager at the new credit union branch in Warsaw.  The members of Warsaw loved working with her and she was known to establish a warm and fuzzy atmosphere for everyone around her,” Marsh said.

She eventually was promoted to supervise all three branches of the financial institute.
“She took the lead with her employer and developed a one-of-a-kind education program geared specifically toward kids not only in Warsaw, but schools across Livingston and Wyoming counties.”
Standish also worked with Community Action through a program called Angel Wings, which helps people who may not qualify for traditional car loans obtain financing for vehicles. She has volunteered at the United Way in various capacities, was a treasurer for the Rotary in Livingston County, taught Vacation Bible School at St. Michael’s, and is a director and former president of the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce. Within the chamber, Standish was responsible for spearheading the campaign to transform Moonlight Magic from a one-day shopping event to an all-day event and even bigger shopping day.
Prior to the dinner, Warsaw Chamber President Brandon Zeches sent out an email asking directors for comments on Standish. Marsh read those comments Thursday evening.
“Tammy (Hobson of ‘Warsaw’s Country Courier’) wanted to say how much she loves her community,” Marsh read. “She is a huge asset to our chamber and has always gone above and beyond to see that our events were a success and our members were happy. If we needed something done, she would make sure it happened, and she’s always done it with grace and a smile.”
Brenda Kelly of Tackbary’s Trophies said she didn’t get much of a chance to work with Standish outside of Moonlight Magic, but that Standish is super positive and very energized ‘to get things going,” and that although her involvement with the 2017 Moonlight was limited, she still did a ton of work for the event.
“My thought is that Lori is the one who brought Christmas back to Warsaw,” Warsaw Supervisor Becky Ryan wrote. “… She is the most cheerful, positive, optimistic, energetic person I know. She has been and is my most favorite person to work with and one of the best advocates we have for Warsaw.”
The business owners at the Artisan Villa said Standish is one of the most kind-hearted people they have ever met. They said Standish has a passion and fire about her, especially when it comes to things she believes in, which attracts others and also make it difficult for people to say ‘No.’
“That is exactly why events such as Valley Fest, and especially Moonlight Magic, have stayed and continued to grow.”
“In whatever capacity she has served in, she has and will continue to be involved in the community and in Warsaw,” Marsh continued. “Whenever help is needed, she is the first to respond and first to ask, ‘What do you need me to do?’ At events, she is the first to arrive for setup, and one of the last to leave after cleanup.
“Her jobs have put her out in the community, and there is hardly anyone who hasn’t had an interaction with her in some capacity over the years. Her personality and determination to make her hometown a better place has made Lori Standish our perfect choice for the 2017 Alan Goodenow Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the Community.
“We would all like to wish her well in her retirement, but we know she won’t be sitting and twiddling her thumbs. She will still be the first to help and the last one to leave.”
Standish said winning the award was “truly a surprise.” She thanked the chamber, as well as the community.
Both Barb’s and Standish received citations from Assemblyman David DiPietro and the Warsaw Historical Society for their awards.

Published by: Warsaw’s Country Courier