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  • Recognizing Mary-Diana Pouli

    by Representative Brian Higgins

    Posted on 2013-03-12

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    HIGGINS of new york in the house of representatives Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Mr. HIGGINS. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to recognize Mary-Diana Pouli as she is honored by the Amherst Museum's Women's Interclub Council. Few have been so generous with their time and talents as Mary-Diana. Her extraordinary legacy of service began during her adolescence, and has continued to this day.

    A resident of Amherst since the 5th grade, Mary-Diana began volunteering with Amherst Youth Engaged in Service (YES), an organization founded to encourage community involvement and civic participation among children in Amherst from age twelve to twenty. It was through Amherst YES that Mary-Diana first became involved with the Amherst Youth Board, now the Amherst Recreation and Youth Department. She is one of the few people to surpass 1,000 hours of time spent volunteering with the organization, working with the department for over thirty years. Presently, she serves as the Recreation and Youth Director for the Town of Amherst.

    Mary-Diana's dedication to the young people of Amherst extends to her long involvement with the Amherst Youth Foundation. She currently serves as assistant treasurer and as a member of the board of directors, yet is known to cheerfully help wash dishes, move office equipment, and assist office staff. No task is too large or too small for Mary-Diana.

    Mary-Diana's good works have touched nearly every volunteer organization in the Town of Amherst. She is the former vice president and current treasurer of the Zonta Club of Amherst, a group dedicated to advancing the status of women and young people. Each December, the Zonta Club helps clothe 300 children through the Town of Amherst's Warm Clothing Project, of which Mary-Diana is a key part.

    Mary-Diana's strong faith inspires her many good works. A lifelong Presbyterian, Mary-Diana is ordained as both a deacon and an elder in the Amherst Presbyterian Church, and has chaired their Mission Committee. Using her special connection to young people, Mary-Diana volunteers with their Youth Group to foster new faith. She has had the great honor of representing her denomination on a national level as a small group leader at various conferences, including serving as conference dean at the Presbyterian Youth Trennium, an event held every three years at Purdue University.

    Mr. Speaker, it is with great appreciation that I rise to congratulate Mary-Diana Pouli as she is honored by the Amherst Museum's Women's Interclub Council. I am deeply grateful for her exceptional service, generous heart, and efforts that have bettered the lives of so many in Western New York.


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