Story by Jennifer O’Connor
Stan Martin, Tom Buchanan, and Paul Orthmann were honored on Wed., Oct. 25 by the Warwick Valley Rotary Club for their many years of volunteerism and service to the community during a ceremony at the Landmark Inn in Warwick. Martin was named Warwick’s 2017-18 Citizen of the Year, while Buchanan and Orthmann received Outstanding Community Service Awards.
Martin, along with Buchanan and Orthmann, were presented with plaques from Warwick Rotary President David Eaton on behalf of the Rotary. They also received certificates from the office of State Senator John J. Bonacic; the Town of Warwick, presented to them by Warwick Rotary Club member and Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton; the Village of Warwick, presented by Mayor Michael Newhard; and the Orange County Legislature, presented by Legislators Paul Ruszkiewicz and Barry Cheney. In addition, Martin received a certificate from the office of Assemblyman Karl Brabenec.
“There is a common thread that links all three of these gentlemen together – dedication to the place they live; selfless giving of their time; and the effort to make life for others better,” said Sweeton, who served as the master of ceremonies.
Sweeton continued by talking about Stan Martin’s many accomplishments saying that Martin summed it all up when he said, “I’m a Bermudian by birth but a Warwickian by choice.”
“That is very true,” said Sweeton, who has known Martin for many years.
Martin, a retired newspaper editor and publisher, has had a career in journalism for over 50 years. When Martin was the editor of the Warwick Advertiser, Sweeton said, “He truly created the community newspaper concept. He was at everything and was there to make sure it was covered so the community knew all of the good things that were going on.”
Martin, a former Army captain, continues to serves the nation as a vice commander and quartermaster of the Nicholas P. Lesando Jr. Warwick American Legion Post #214.
“He is active in so many of their efforts to make sure that Veterans are cared for and that their rights are represented. He is at all of the ceremonies we have to recognize the contributions of Veterans to our nation,” said Sweeton. “He participates each year in the effort to put flags on the graves of Veterans in Warwick. He has held every position in the Rotary that you can hold.”
Martin has also made more than 150 blood and platelet donations. He assisted in the start-up of Warwick’s Backpack Snack Attack Program and the Operation Warm Coats project, as well as the restart-up of the June Tent Party and the Rotary-sponsored Citizen of the Year program. He is a committee member for Sunset at the Stables. As a member of the Warwick Rotary Club, he served as a past president, and is the recipient of the Rotary District Governors Award for Vocational Excellence.
He is a 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 he was 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 Mid-Hudson Rotary District 7210.
Martin received the St. Anthony Community Hospital “Community Service Award.” He also assisted local elections as an inspector, machine operator and auditor, and was a coordinator for the Roses for Warwick Seniors program.
“You do these things as if it was the air you breathe. You do these things because you love your community,” said Mayor Michael Newhard. “The most important thing is that you do it with humility and a sense of grace.”
Orthmann Donates Over $100,000 to Local Charities
Sweeton then introduced Orthmann and said that, like the other award recipients, he is very modest and doesn’t seek recognition.
Every two weeks, Orthmann leaves Warwick at 6:30 a.m. for the 65-mile round trip to the Hudson Valley Food Bank in Cornwall-on-Hudson to load his truck with food for the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry. For the past 15 years, Paul and his family have purchased, put together and delivered 100 Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets of food and presents for migrant workers.
About 10 years ago, Orthmann created a charitable trust, the Hannah Charitable Foundation, to support local charities. The charitable trust, which was named after his grandparents, has donated over $100,000 to local organizations such as the Warwick Humane Society, the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry, Backpack Snack Attack, Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center, and the Alamo Farm Workers Center.
“He recently decided that he wanted to fund a splash pad in new playground scheme in Stanley-Deming Park that the Village is entertaining,” said Sweeton. “His dedication to supporting our community is outstanding.”
Through his business, Warwick-based New Market Transportation, Orthmann has contributed to Warwick in Bloom, the Warwick Summer Concert Series, the Albert Wisner Public Library, and Warwick Youth Soccer.
Buchanan Serves Community for Many Years
Sweeton then spoke of Buchanan and his many years of service to the community. During the 1990s, Buchanan was a truck and bus driver for the Queen Village Queens, which was an all-girl drum and bugle corps. He drove the girls to all of the parades and assisted them in anything they needed. He played a key role during the early years of Applefest, working with “Apple Betty” Garrison.
Buchanan is the past president of the Warwick Lions Club. He worked with George McManus in organizing the first Lions Labor Day 5K Run/Walk. He serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors for Access: Supports for Living (formerly Occupations). Access dedicates itself to helping people with developmental disabilities and behavioral health.
He has been a member of the Warwick lodge of the IOOF (Independent Order of Oddfellows) for more than 20 years, serving as chaplain, secretary and noble grand. He was awarded “Outstanding Oddfellow of the Year” for his dedication and contributions to the lodge.
Norman Isaacson, a member of the Oddfellows, presented Buchanan with a plaque.
“What I am going to say about Mr. Buchanan fits Mr. Orthmann and Mr. Martin quite well. The secret of being happy is doing things for other people. I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is after all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you have lived at all. And, certainly I think that honoring these three gentlemen tonight, they exemplify that quite clearly,” said Isaacson.
After the awards presentation, the evening concluded with music by Rotarian’s Taylor Sterling and Frank Truatt, of WTBQ radio station. The Warwick Valley Rotary Club has 68 members and is very active in the community. This year they gave $35,000 back into the community through different fundraisers.
‘Flags for Heroes’
The Rotary is currently paying tribute to members of the military, police or other first responders through their “Flags for Heroes” program. Anyone can honor their personal hero, who can also be a coach, mentor or anyone in their life, by sponsoring a flag with a $50 tax deductible donation. The flags will be on display in front of the Chateau Hathorn, located at the intersection of County Rte. 1 and Rte. 94 from Sun., Nov. 5 through Sat., Nov. 18. For more information send an email to Laura.Barca@hdrinc.com.