BREWSTER, N.Y. — Volunteers make our communities better places to live and work, enriching our quality of life. Rich Dunne (Mahopac NY) is celebrating his fortieth year as a Master Gardener Volunteer with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County. In those four decades, he has shared his knowledge and passion for gardening with Putnam County adults and youth.
Rich graduated in the Master Gardener Class of 1978. He is among the first Master Gardener Volunteers in New York State (the NYS program began in 1977). As we round out 2019, Rich will have completed his fortieth year of service.
Rich is no stranger to service. He is a Navy Veteran and is active with his local V.F.W. After he retired from IBM, he taught math at Kennedy Catholic High School for 12 years, and delighted his students with his wry wit. Rich served as a 4-H club leader working with youth in our community. He also serves as an exhibit judge at the Putnam County 4-H Fair, judging science and horticultural projects and exhibits.
As a member of the Master Gardener community, Rich is a committed volunteer who always delivers what he promises. He also has a funny, almost impish side. With his white beard and smiling face, Rich regularly plays “Santa” at our winter gatherings. Master Gardener Volunteer, Meredith Laubin, (Class of 1997) celebrates Rich as a friendly helpful face at the Putnam County 4-H Fair, as he gave vegetable-gardening advice to her and her family.
Longtime companion as a 4-H Fair Judge, Anthony Civitillo (Class of 1993) recollects Rich’s smile and comic humor, saying every hour spent in his company is a fun one.
Cornell Cooperative Extension and Putnam County, would like to thank Rich Dunne for his forty years of service to our community. We look forward to forty more!
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Putnam County
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