Penn Yan native Kathy Waye’s name is synonymous with community involvement, and her love for her hometown is evident. In demand for her knowledge and passion for Penn Yan, she has served on numerous committees and boards for a variety of organizations throughout the community.
From lending her time and talents as the chair of the Yates County Chamber of Commerce, to serving on the Yates Christmas Program Board, Kathy, Keuka College’s director of community relations and events, is a consistent and collegial presence at many of Penn Yan’s events and activities.
In recognition for her many years of service, Kathy has been named as the 2018 recipient of the Donald and Corinne Stork Award for Community Service. The award will be presented Tuesday, Aug. 14, at a noon luncheon in the Geiser Dining Commons inside Dahlstrom Student Center at Keuka College.
Nominated for her commitment to community service, advocacy, and involvement, Kathy is a mainstay in Penn Yan.
“Kathy is that genuine person, who is fair, and listens to all side before giving her opinion,” says Sue Andersen, who serves with Kathy on the board of the Yates County Chamber of Commerce. “She has the pulse of everything in town, and she truly cares about this community.”
Neil Simmons agrees.
“Kathy does everything with a big smile, and a heart to match,” says Neil, who serves on the College’s Community Associates Board, which seeks to connect Keuka College with surrounding communities.
Kathy says she learned social consciousness from her parents, “who instilled the importance of giving back to others in all members of our family.”
Part of that giving back includes bridging her responsibilities at the College with the needs of the community. For 21 years, Keuka College and the Yates County Chamber of Commerce have collaborated to host Celebrate Service ... Celebrate Yates (CSCY), an annual day of community service. As the current co-chair, Kathy has helped ensure hundreds of volunteers from the College and local community assist dozens of non-profit agencies across Yates County.
A board member of both the Keuka Housing Council and the Tony Collins Foundation, Kathy’s expertise has also been tapped by Penn Yan’s 2020 Vision Committee, and the Yates County Cornell Cooperative Extension, where she served as vice president. She has also served as a judge for 4H projects entered into the annual Yates County Fair. A contributor to the board of the Yates County American Red Cross, Kathy has provided insight to the Yates County Genealogical & Historical Society, which honored her with its Outstanding Service Award.
Kathy’s volunteer efforts have also been recognized by the Penn Yan Rotary Club, which awarded her its Service Above Self award in 2011. The prestigious award is given to both Rotarians and non-Rotarians who demonstrate their commitment to helping others by volunteering their time and talents. In addition, Kathy’s efforts have been featured on Rochester television station Channel 13’s regular segment “Bright Spot.”
“Kathy is quite a lady, is truly amazing, and I hope to be just like her,” says Sue.
The Stork Award was established in 1991 by Keuka College to recognize outstanding individuals who exemplify the College’s commitment to valuing individual initiative for the common good. The award was named after its first recipients, Penn Yan residents Corinne Stork and the late Donald Stork.
Tickets for the luncheon are $15. Seating is limited, so advanced reservations are advised. Register online prior to the reservation deadline of Tuesday, Aug 7.