SCHROON LAKE A long-time senior citizen advocate has been named the 2007 Schroon Lake Citizen of the Year.
Lorraine Erikson has been selected by the Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber of commerce will be recognizing the significant contributions that she has made to our community and area for many years including her efforts with the Senior Citizens Club, Community Church and Schroon Lake Association, according to a chamber statement. She is a very dedicated person who has helped or worked with many individuals from our Schroon Lake community. Erikson was nominated last year, but the award went to Roger Friedman.
I knew I had been nominated last year, but never gave it a thought after Roger won, Erikson said. I was very glad Roger won. Hes done so much for the community and deserved it.
When they called me to tell me I won this year, I just didnt respond, she added. I was at a loss for words. I think there are many deserving people in Schroon Lake who work very hard for the betterment of the community. This is a great honor.
Erikson will be formally recognized at the annual chamber dinner Tuesday, June 19, at Drakes Restaurant. The social hour with a cash bar will be 6-7 p.m. and dinner will be at 7p.m. Reservations must be obtained through the chamber office at 532-7675. The price for the dinner is $26 and includes tax and tip. Dinner choices are prime rib, salmon or chicken marsala.
The public is welcome to attend.
Erikson and her husband, Tom, purchased property in Schroon Lake in 1985 as a summer camp. They moved to Schroon full-time in 1995.
She has been active in the Schroon Lake Senior Citizens Club, the Community Church, the Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club, the Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Schroon Lake Association since arriving.
At the Community Church Erikson served of directors and was finance chair for several years. She served the chamber of Commerce as a member of its board of directors. She has served as chair of the Schroon Lake Associations annual arts and crafts fair since 2000.
Erikson is probably best known for her work with the local senior citizens club. She has served two terms as president and been elected secretary and vice president as well as a member of the board of directors. In 2003 she started the clubs annual Garage Sale in the Park and is the editor of the groups monthly newsletter.
She was named Senior Citizen of the Year in 2000. In 2005 she received a lifetime certificate and gold pin from the Essex County Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
In 2004 Erikson was given the Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award by the Schroon Lake Lions Club.
I fight for what I believe in, Erikson said. I believe in the dignity of senior citizens.
Erikson became involved in senior issues when her mother and father-in-law both began having health problems and moved into her home.
At that time I realized senior citizens cant be characterized as a group, she said. Theyre more more of an individual than a child. They each have their special requirements and theyre not going to change.
The Schroon Lake Senior Citizen Club is a thriving organization. It has 207 members.
Its a wonderful group with vast experiences, she said. Theyve traveled the world, raised children, fought in wars, lived through the Great Depression. Theyre diverse and engaged.
Erikson is at the senior citizens club every day.
If somebody has a problem, I want to be there to listen, she said. Every day is different.
Nobody believes Im 70, she added. My friends make me feel younger. When youre working with wonderful people, some 80 or 90 (years old), you realize how important they are.