Stan Martin, a retired newspaper editor and publisher, former Army captain, Rotary leader, and longtime community volunteer, has been has been selected as Warwick’s 2017-18 Citizen of the Year. Martin and two recipients of Outstanding Community Service Awards – Tom Buchanan and Paul Orthmann – will be honored during a celebration to be held on Wed., Oct. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Landmark Inn, located at 526 Rte. 94 N. in Warwick. Tickets and additional information are available online at www.warwickvalleyrotary.org or by calling Leo Kaytes at 629-6491.
Although “extremely pleased, honored and humbled by the honor,” Martin said he is indebted to all those who have contributed to any of his success. He praised his community, adding, “I’m a Bermudian by birth but a Warwickian by choice.”
During his 50-plus years in journalism, Martin has worked in radio, television, and daily and weekly newspapers in positions ranging from sportswriter to president of a newspaper group. His preference for community journalism brought him in the mid-1980s to Orange County. He served as the editor and publisher of Straus Newspapers, owners of the Warwick Advertiser, the Photo News (Monroe-Woodbury), the Chronicle (Goshen-Chester), and additional community papers.
In her nomination letter, Marge King-Porter commented, “Since his retirement in 2004, Stan Martin has been called upon almost daily to help in many ways his friends, neighbors and community organizations. He is almost always happy to give his time, talents and even his BLOOD.” The latter is a reference to his more than 150 blood and platelet donations. The letter added that, “Stan is much loved in our community. He is passionate about preserving the quality of life in Warwick and Orange County. His many achievements reflect these goals.”
Facts about the new Citizen of the Year include:
- Father of five children and grandfather of eleven.
- Assisted in the start-up of Warwick’s Backpack Snack Attack Program and the Operation Warm Coats project, as well as the restartup of the June Tent Party and the Rotary-sponsored Citizen of Year program.
- Committee member for Sunset at the Stables and its predecessor, the June Tent Party.
- Member of the Warwick Rotary Club, a past president, a decade-long co-director of community services (with Leo Kaytes, Sr.), a Rotarian of the Year, the recipient of the Rotary District Governors Award for Vocational Excellence, and a long-time member of the Board of Directors.
- Four-term assistant governor of Rotary District 7210; board member of CLC/Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center Foundation; and a member of the Warwick Historical Society.
- Twice named to “Outstanding Young Men of America” and later to “Marquis Who’s Who in America” and “Oxford’s Who’s Who in American Business.” He was also named “2015-16 Humanitarian of the Year” in the eight-county Mid-Hudson Rotary District 7210.
- He was a ten-year co-chair of the Warwick Citizen of the Year Committee (with Leo Kaytes, Sr.); and a co-chair, with John Buckley, of the Warwick Peace Pole Project.
- He received the St. Anthony Community Hospital “Community Service Award.” He also assisted local elections as an inspector, machine operator and auditor for the past 12 years. He was a coordinator for the Roses for Warwick Seniors program.
- Marin holds private and commercial pilot’s licenses with instrument, single and multi-engine ratings. He served as an Army Signal Corps Captain in charge of five communications sites in Northern Germany and Holland, providing support for NATO troops. After completing his active duty service, he used the GI Bill to earn two master’s degrees at the University of Utah: a Master in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Journalism. He has been a member of the Nicholas P. Lesando Jr. Warwick American Legion Post #214, for 27 years and currently serves as a vice commander and quartermaster.