Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson (front, left) presents the first annual Lake George Community Stewardship Award to Denny Galloway at a town meeting Feb. 11. Participating in the presentation are: (rear, left to right): town board members Vinnie Crocitto, Fran Heinrich and Marisa Muratori. (Not shown: town board member Dan Hurley.)
In a formal recitation at the monthly town meeting, Lake George Town Board member Marisa Muratori read off the accomplishments and affiliations, over 50 years, of community pillar Dennis “Denny” Galloway.
In the audience, Galloway interjected a remark when Muratori paused in her speech accompanying her presentation of the 2013 Lake George Community Stewardship Award.
“I’m getting tired listening to all this,” Galloway said in jest, evoking laughter from the crowd who were present to witness the event. However, the gathered firefighters, Rotarians and citizens who packed the hall weren’t tired of hearing about Galloway’s work through the years to boost the community and help his fellow citizens.
Muratori noted that through 60 years or more, Galloway gave freely of his time and talents for others.
Galloway served for decades on the Lake George Fire Department — since joining in 1948 — and as a town board member for 12 years, primarily in the 1970s.
But his major accomplishments may have been through his work coordinating dozens of projects through the Lake George Rotary Club, for which he has been an officer and active member for a total of 60 years.
As a Rotarian, he spearheaded the development of the Lake George Welcome Corner, with its arrangement of lighted flagpoles, signs and stone-terraced gardens. Since its construction, he’s been lovingly maintaining it.
Also in conjunction with Rotary, he reached out to a woman marooned by Tropical Storm Irene, which turned English Brook into a raging river and washed away a primitive bridge that bore her driveway. After her home was nearly swept away by the furious storm, Galloway launched a project to build a heavy-duty bridge, with railing and lighting, to allow her access to her home. He and several Rotarians and friends worked on the project, and Rotary sources said he paid for a portion of it out of his own pocket.
Lake George Rotary publicist Joanne Gavin said Tuesday that there are likely many, many similar charitable projects of Galloway’s that will never publicly be known.
“Denny is always thinking about what he can do for others — and then he goes and does it,” she said. “There’s no one more deserving to be No. 1 on the list for the Community Stewardship Award than Denny.”
When the board presented the award to Galloway, the crowd of people gave him a lengthy standing ovation.
Bob Flacke, who was town supervisor when Galloway served on the board, said Galloway always had the citizens’ best interests at heart.
“He’s dedicated his life to accomplishing projects for the community,” Flacke said. “He’s always giving to others.”
Galloway deferred credit for his work, saying that it was most always a team responsible for the charitable achievements.
”I represent hundreds of others,” he said. “The world ‘I’ is not appropriate in my vocabulary.”
If anyone was wondering, Galloway put to rest any doubts that he would continue his work for the community.
“I am in the afternoon of my life, but I am not ready yet for the sunset,” he said. “I have more good intentions to continue on this wonderful trip.”