Jack Ellis and the Youth Leadership Team of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy have been named Warwick’s 2019-2020 Outstanding Community Service Award winners, selected for their volunteer contributions to the local community. Along with this year’s Warwick Citizen of the Year, Hannelore Chambers, they will be honored during a celebration on Wed., Oct. 23 at the Landmark Inn, located at 526 Rte. 94 in Warwick, beginning with an open bar social hour at 6 p.m. followed by food at 7.
John ‘Jack’ Ellis
Jack Ellis has been an active community volunteer since moving to Warwick in 1974. He has been involved in the Jaycees, co-director of the Lions Labor Day 5K, race director for J. S. Burke H.S. 5K and trustee of the Warwick Historical Society. Ellis sings in the Warwick Valley Chorale and is involved in several ministries at St. Stephen’s Church in Warwick.
Ellis also serves as the Atlantic Regional President for the National Association of Retired Postal Inspectors (NARPI) and is past President of the New York Chapter.
Chosun Taekwondo Academy’s Youth Leadership Team
The Leadership Team, comprised of children ages 8 to 17, was conceived and initiated in 2002 by Grandmaster Doug Cook, owner and head instructor of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy.
Throughout the year, the team conceives, organizes and executes many fundraisers and community events to benefit local organizations within the Warwick community.
The following organizations have benefitted from the Leadership Team’s efforts: Warwick Lions Club, Warwick Valley Rotary, Brian Ahearn Children’s Fund, Warwick Ambulance Corps, Warwick Humane Society, Warwick Community Kitchen, Warwick Area Migrant Committee, Warwick Historical Society, Warwick in Bloom and Warwick Village and Town.
Hannelore Chambers, who spearheaded a community-wide effort to construct a new playground in Stanley-Deming Park for all ages and abilities, will also be honored as Warwick’s 2019-2020 Citizen of the Year. Chambers received eight separate Citizen of the Year nominations. Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard praised Hannelore Chambers and her team for their three-year effort to create the $350,000 community-built, handicap-accessible playground in Stanley-Deming Park.
Reservations at $60 per person are available by calling Leo R. Kaytes at 629-6497 or online at warwickvalleyrotary.com. Proceeds will benefit Rotary’s PolioPlus project to eliminate polio worldwide.