Community Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 • Beth Hartman Maas

Lifetime Achievement Award 2019

Beth was raised in Delaware, and after high school, attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she met her husband of 36 years, Lee. After graduating with her BS in Business Administration in 1983, Beth and Lee relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, where she earned her BS in Nursing from the University of Tennessee and MBA in Management from the University of Memphis in 1985. Her career began at Methodist Hospitals of Memphis as Evening Administrator. She also held positions as Assistant Director of Human Resources at Methodist Hospital of Oak Ridge, Director of Employee Relations at St. Mary’s in Knoxville and Practice Administrator in Birmingham, Michigan. After the birth of her son Ryan in 1993, her career focus became that of full-time mom. In 1995, Beth and her family settled into the Village of Florida. With the addition of daughter Savannah in 1996 and son Jeremy in 2002, the opportunities to volunteer were plentiful.

Beth has been a Cub Scout Leader, Girl Scout leader, Youth Soccer Coach, and chaired many PTA events including Breakfast with Santa, Teacher’s Luncheon, and Tricky Tray.

Beth remembers attending her first church service at the Florida Presbyterian Church in 1995. There was duct tape on the carpet, falling ceiling tiles, a kitchen aching for a redo, etc. Beth and Lee discussed afterwards how they could make a difference to the small congregation. One of the beautiful aspects of living in a quaint community is that small works have a big impact! After becoming a church elder and serving on session, Beth fundraised through church craft fairs and coordinated many renovation projects for the church. For fourteen years, she focused on fundraising, planning, design and construction to create a new home for the Florida Community Food Pantry. In May 2017, the dream of a new pantry became a reality. Beth expected to move onto other projects but as life would have it, she became volunteer director of the pantry which has been her most rewarding volunteer experience to date. The number of neighbors served has doubled, community engagement has been enhanced, and the volunteer staff has blossomed to 51. She was recently appointed to the Advisory Board at the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.

“I am honored and touched to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, although it is confirmation that I am officially no longer middle aged! I am fortunate to have had two wonderful parents who modeled service to others as a key purpose of life and to have an understanding and helpful family supporting me. I have been blessed to volunteer with so many amazing, giving people in the Village of Florida. In reflection, I met many of my dearest friends through my involvement with the community. It truly does takes a village to make any program, project or event successful!"


Citizen of the Year Award 2019 • Jim Goodrich

Citizen of the Year Award 2019

Family, friends, hard work and giving back to the community are some of the things Jim has always lived by. And this is how joining Family Fun Fest started. One day Jim was mowing his lawn and this guy {Bob Scott} stopped by and asked if he was going to Fun Fest today. Naturally Jim said yes my wife and I will be there around 2-3 o’clock. Bob asked "Can you come now, that we can really use your help". The Fire Department who has always helped with setting up Fun Fest was at a fire and the committee needed help. I believe that was about 15 years ago. Jim eventually became Chairman for 7 years stepping down after 2018, but still continues to have fun with the committee.

But let us start from the beginning:
Jim Goodrich grew up and graduated from high school in Warwick New York. He spent a lot of time on the Wright Family Farm, learning and having fun. Jim married his wonderful wife Patty in the fall of 1985. Both wanted to stay in the Warwick area. They found a fixer upper house on Glenmere Avenue in the Village of Florida and moved in the spring of 1986. They raised two boys, Brian & James, both graduates of S.S. Seward Institute. Brian is the world traveler currently living in Washington DC and James and his wife Caitt reside in the Village of Florida.

Jim has always enjoyed volunteering and giving back to the Community and the neighboring communities. It all started with the Florida Cub Scouts, then moved on to the Boy Scouts in Florida and then to Chester. Jim moved through the ranks from Cub Master to Scout Master. Loving the outdoors, he took everyone camping at one time or another either it be summer or winter. For the record Jim just completed his 50th year of winter camping last February. Jim still camps outside and still sleeps in a tent on the ground.

Jim had the pleasure to be on several committees, teach and coach many youth sports, such as youth soccer, little league baseball, recreation football, youth basketball and chess. Yes chess, the school needed a coach for the chess team, so he learned chess that afternoon. It was fun for the kids and him. A good time was had by all. In Jim’s spare time he enjoys cooking and gardening. He plays and has organized many horse shoe tournaments in the Village of Florida at JFK Park and at Glenmere Lake. He and his wife always attend the Florida Family Fun Fest, a great Community Event. This is always a good time to see and talk with everyone and even enjoy a cold beer on Main Street.

"I would like to thank the Florida Family Fun Fest Committee and the entire Florida Community for their support and for the honor of being selected your Citizen of the Year for 2019!"