Fulton County Honorees
A lifelong Fulton County resident, Linda Walsh's mom, Dorothy Hollis, was the founder of the Nick Stoner Senior Club. Linda graduated; 1965 Bishop Burke High School; 1967 FMCC Associate's Degree; 1969 College of St. Rose, BS in French; MA in French; St. Clare's Hospital School of Radiology, 1972. She was employed at Nathan Littauer Hospital for 38 years and retired in 2009.
She is the Daughter of the founding member of Nick Stoner Senior Club and has continued her mother's legacy as she serves as secretary of the Nick Stoner Senior Club, and assists in planning Club Trips. She sends cards to shut-ins, calls to check in on members to see if they need anything, and volunteers to transport members who cannot drive any longer to meetings. Linda is a Member and Past President of the Lions Club; presently she is District Governor for New York overseeing 36 Lions Clubs. She has helped with Hurricane Relief, Fund Raising for services for the blind, collected hygiene products for the domestic violence shelter, and held a celebration for Camp Badger School for the blind students. Linda is an avid traveler; she recently returned from a grand trip to Korea and presented a slide show to the Nick Stoner Club. She started the Mohawk Valley Radiological Society. She has served as former President of the Christian Women's Society, and has enjoyed being with and working with older persons. She also volunteers for Mountain Valley Hospice.
Linda Walsh began volunteering in high school at a nursing home. She wanted to observe what nursing was about, and she learned how to feed the residents at the nursing home.
Linda's greatest reward from volunteering is that she can identify with caregivers and families of dying relatives. She feels gratified that she can help others.
Marie Valachovic is a lifelong Fulton County resident; she currently lives in Johnstown, and is a former Reading Teacher/Specialist. She last worked at Richfield-Springs School District. She has a daughter, a son, and four grandchildren.
Marie belongs to the St. Monica Chapter of the Eastern Star, where she has been a member for 55 years, hosting dinners/pancake breakfasts to generate donations for community efforts like the Wounded Warriors and Veterans Hospital; and the home in Oriskany for residents of the facility. She has been on the Board of Managers of the Willing Helpers Home for 20 years serving 10 years as President; Daughters of the Nile (aux. of the Masons) sewing group to make dolls and lap robes for Schriners Hospital; First Presbyterian Church member for 40+ years, has been Elder and Deacon, and on the long range planning committee, and co-chair of the fellowship committee, 26 years co-chair of the rummage sale committee. She was a member of the committee that began Fulton County's First Night activities; was a founding member of holiday meals distribution with the Reformed Church; volunteered to deliver meals for the Fulton County Office for Aging over the years; and currently works in Sen. Hugh Farley's District Office in Johnstown.
She has been volunteering all her life and enjoys "the camaraderie and friendship and the fact that I can help others."