On September 28, Chenango Valley’s 2018 Hall of Fame alumni honorees and distinguished community members inspired future CV graduates during a day of events at each of our school buildings!
With the help of a high school senior tour guide, each honoree was warmly welcomed and shared fun facts about themselves with our youngest Warriors at Port Dickinson Elementary, answered thoughtful questions from Chenango Bridge Elementary students, and spoke in the classrooms of CV Middle School and High School students.
After a day filled with activities, the honorees were recognized at an evening reception, hosted by the CV Alumni Association, at The Orchard at Chenango Commons. The guests of honor were surrounded by community members, district staff, past honorees, family and friends. Proceeds from the Chenango Valley Alumni Association event will help to fund CV’s Warrior Fund (to assist families in need), CHOW pantry, and future scholarship opportunities for CV students.
Honorees of distinction included CV alumnus Hon. Robert S. Rose (Class of 1961), a retired Justice who also served in the United States Army as Commanding Officer of an intelligence unit in West Germany in 1970 and as a Captain in South Vietnam from 1971 to 1972. Gregory Stanton (Class of 1966) is a retired Susquehanna Valley teacher who became a Franchisee for the McDonald’s Corporation and has received recognitions for his restaurants. He has also contributed various monetary donations to academic programs, scholarships and the Ronald McDonald House. Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD (Class of 1966), is a distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University (FSU) College of Medicine who served as the 2012 President of the American Psychological Association, among additional accomplishments. Barbara Murphy Donnelly (Class of 1976) is an event planner and the business owner of House of Treasures. She is also highly involved in the newly formed non-profit “The Showers for Hope” which helps to provide a safe shower facility, clothes and food to those in need.
Our distinguished community members included Catherine Reardon Fitzgerald, a CV Class of 1967 graduate, who taught at CV for over 40 years before retiring in 2015. She works as a volunteer with the Catholic Charities Food Pantry, substitute teaches for Broome County Catholic Schools and prepares weekly meals for friends and family. Our additional distinguished community members are Robert (Bob) and Mary Lou Zanot, who married in 1975 after meeting in college. Bob was a member of the University of Notre Dame's 1973 undefeated National Championship football team. He recently retired after 42 years of teaching, and began his career as an art teacher at Chenango Valley High School in 1981. He also coached 110 seasons of interscholastic sports; primarily football, basketball, and track -- and had over 300 wins as the CV boys basketball coach. Mary Lou, a CV Class of 1971 graduate, recently retired after 25 years of teaching fifth grade at Chenango Bridge Elementary. She has also helped to coach cheer and track at CV among other contributions to the community.