Otsego County Honorees
Garrick Hoadley was born and raised in neighboring Chenango County. He spent 20 years in the Navy and upon retirement in 1980 returned to upstate NY, locating in Otsego County. He and his wife, Lynn, have been married for 52 years and have three grown children.
Garrick has been active in his church since moving to Otsego County, by singing in the choir, serving as lay reader and on many committees. He has been a volunteer mediator since 1998 mediating community and custody and visitation agreement cases. He has great skills at enabling participants to reach their own solutions. Garrick serves on the Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team, assisting at both local and national disasters, including helping the recovery efforts in New York City after 9/11. In addition to the above, Garrick spends a half a day a week at the local elementary school where he tutor's 3rd graders in math and assists kindergartners in developing computer skills.
Garrick began volunteering after his retirement in 1980.
Garrick expected that volunteering his time and talent would enable him to support his community in a meaningful way, and it has.
Garrick's greatest reward has been "the sincere thanks of those I have been able to help through the American Red Cross and the Dispute Resolution Center," he said.
Mildred "Milly" Parish is a native New Yorker and has spent most of her life on the Family Homestead outside Oneonta, New York. She retired from teaching after 33 years in 1984.
Millie is involved with many community organizations. She has been a lifelong member and supporter of her church and serves on the Board of Trustees. She is active with AO Fox Hospital Auxiliary as a volunteer receptionist and has a great interest in supporting women and children through the Oneonta Clothing Guild, Family Services Association and the Philanthropic Education Organization. She sits on the SUNY Oneonta Foundation Board and has been a long time member of the Oneonta Federated Garden Club serving as treasurer for 20 years. Milly has been dedicated to preserving her family homestead as well as bringing senior housing to Oneonta. Through her efforts with Gordon Roberts, another community leader, links were made with Living Communities, a senior housing developer, and The Plains at Parish Homestead, a senior living community, resulted.
While having a lifelong commitment to supporting her church, her other community involvement began shortly after her retirement in 1984.
After her retirement and the death of her mother, Milly was looking for a meaningful way to spend her time and give back to the community.
Milly's greatest reward has been all the wonderful people she has met over the years and the great sense of satisfaction and belonging she has achieved through her commitments.