Jan Jansen – Lifetime Achievement Award
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Jan Jansen was born in 1944 in Haarlem, Holland. He emigrated to the United States in 1956 and lived in Clifton, New Jersey.
After Jan graduated from Clifton High School in 1962, he attended the New York State Agricultural and Technical College in Farmingdale, on Long Island, NY, where he graduated with an Associate Degree in Landscape Design in 1966. He then went to Cook College of Rutgers University and graduated in 1968 with a major in Agricultural Education.
In 1967, Jan married Elizabeth Alders. Together, they have three children— Scott, Jan Jr, and Benjamin. Added to the family are four grandchildren— Shane, Evan, Emily and Lily.
Jan started his career with Cornell Cooperative Extension. He was Horticultural Extension Agent for Chemung, Tompkins, and Schuyler Counties in New York State. In 1969 he moved to Orange County, and assumed the same position for Orange County for the next 16 years.
Jan started his own business, EP Jansen Nursery, in Florida, NY in 1972. Forty-four years later, he is still in business with his sons, Scott and Ben.
Jan has been very active in the Florida community and beyond. He is the current President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the Florida Union Free School District Board of Education (both as a member a President for 4 years) and the BOCES Occupational Advisory Board. Presently, Jan serves as the Chairman of the Town of Warwick Zoning Board of Appeals, of which he has been a member for 30 years. He is also a 24-year member of the Town of Warwick Republican Committee, and currently serves as Chairman.
Jan has also been very active in the Scouting community. He was an Assistant Webelo leader for Cub Scout Troop 48 and for the past 28 years has been Treasurer of Boy Scout Troop 44.
Beyond the local communiy, Jan has served more than 30 years in the Tri-County Nursery Association. He has also held various positions in the New York State Nursery Association and the American Nursery Association.
Tom Fuller – Citizen of the Year
Tom Fuller was born and raised in Florida, New York and currently resides here with his lovely wife, Rosalie. They raised three children here and are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.
After graduating from SS Seward Institute in 1966, Tom served three years in the U.S. Army, rising from Outstanding Graduate in Basic Training to Sergeant. He served three tours of duty in Viet Nam between 1967 and 1969. After returning home he attended Orange County Community College and Harriman Collage.
Tom managed in the Florida Little League for 17 years, and was the first coach to have girls on the team! While coaching Little League, T-Ball started up for the first time. Not having enough coaches, Tom volunteered to take a T-Ball team in addition to a Little League team (go Mets!).
In 1958, Tom says he was fortunate enough to participate in a youth league in the bowling alley that was in the Professional Building. Since he got his start in a youth bowling league, Tom wanted to give other youngsters in our community the same opportunity, so he coached youth bowling for 13 years. Tom also coached modified soccer and baseball for SS Seward for two years. He helped his daughter coach a youth soccer team and his son, a T-Ball team.
Most of Tom’s spare time has been devoted to various organizations within the community. He has been active in the Florida Fire Department for 38 years, having served as President of the Company, Captain of the Fire Police, and Vice President of the Highland Engine and Hose Company Benevolent Association.
Tom is a life member of the Disabled American Veteran Chapter 212 and Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 8858. He is also a member of American legion Post 1250, where he is the Vice Commander, Vietnam Veteran of America Chapter 140, and Polish Legion of American Veterans Post 16.
The affairs of the government of our little Village have always been of interest to Tom.
He served on the Village Planning Board from 1989-2002, both as a member and Chairperson. He served as a Village Trustee from 1980-1982 and again from 2002 to the present. Tom is currently the liaison for the Police Department, and is the Emergency Manager and Deputy Mayor for the village. And, he worked 6 years (1974-1980) as a part-time policeman for the Village.
Tom says he is much honored to have the Family Fun Fest Committee select him as their Citizen of the Year.