August 12, 2018 – A GREAT day for a beef BBQ! The whole SFC crew was on hand for this year’s BBQ and to formally award the $1,500 Fred Oleynek Memorial Scholarship to Kara Prack.
Kara graduated from Chatham High School this June and this fall will be attending Norwich University, (Northfield, VT), majoring in Architecture, with a minor in Construction Management. Proud parents, Jeff and Leah Prack, stood with Kara for the award group photo taken every year with the BBQ crew.
The SFC has awarded $1,000 every year for 36 years, to a college bound high school graduate who lives in our coverage area. This year …our 37th year, we were able to increase the scholarship to $1,500. Proceeds from the BBQ support the annual scholarship.
SFC member and BBQ coordinator, Brian Collin’s, thanked those who attended from the Spencertown community and surrounding area, as well as his wife Lori and the members and volunteers who made the BBQ successful.
Brian also thanked Art “Stewy” Welch, the SFC member responsible for cooking the delicious beef for many years, and who announced his retirement as head beef cooker. Stewy, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has passed on his secrets while training a member apprentice. Stewy said, “I passed on my secret fire company recipes and old school technique, after a vow of secrecy from the new beef cooker!”
Brian Collin’s added, “It takes a village to make a beef BBQ successful, …and we have the best of two worlds, the volunteers who work it, and the people who attend and support us.”