The 2018 John E. and Ethel E. Riley Outstanding Citizenship Award was presented to Chet and Roberta Stencel during the annual Auburn Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service At Faith Church on Wednesday evening.
The service was attended by a number of community members, local dignitaries and of course plenty of Stencel friends and family. The Faith Church praise band opened the service in music and prayer offered by Pastor Doug Geeze.
Dr. Martha Pappas spoke briefly on the history of the Riley Award, which was founded by Dr. Pappas and her late husband, Dr. Arthur Pappas, in 1977 to honor Mrs. Pappas’ parents who served Auburn as Town Clerk and assistant clerk, respectively, for 40 years. The award honors those who have served the community in meaningful ways over a long period of time. Dr. Pappas also spoke to some of Mr. and Mrs. Stencel’s service and accomplishments over the last 50 years.
Auburn Selectman Doreen Goodrich presented the Stencels with three proclamations; one from the Auburn Board of Selectmen, one from State Senator Michael Moore, and one from State Representative Paul Frost.
Rev. Brian Grover and Pastor Geeze then asked the attendees to speak what they are grateful for this holiday season before concluding the service in music and prayer.
The Stencels join an impressive list of recipients of the Riley Award over the years. Congratulations to both, and a sincere thank you for all your service.