Community Service Award will be presented at CAPINNÉ gala
, 2015

Community Service Award will
be presented at CAPINNÉ gala

The Northern Neck Rotary Club recently announced the 2014 recipient of its annual Community Service Award is Ed Fuehrer for his leadership in the area, most recently with the Northern Neck Boys and Girls Club.

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Ed Fuehrer

Fuehrer moved to the area permanently from Northern Virginia in 1997 and has been involved in community activities in some manner ever since, reported club publicist Roy Cameron.

Fuehrer graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in landscape architecture and entered the Navy, serving aboard the USS Vance. Following his Navy career he entered the private arena and worked as an urban planner and later a real estate developer in the Washington, D.C., area until 1997.

Having owned property here since 1978 and telling people that he lived here but just happened to spend five days a week in Washington, Fuehrer moved here and established StoryBook Homes of Virginia in 1997. In 2005 he accepted a position at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury to explore and implement the expansion of the facility and management of the physical infrastructure of the campus.

During this time Fuehrer served as a founding member of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce Workforce Enhancement Partnership Board; five years as a member of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, three years as president; participated in a team to restructure and reposition the Lancaster Players playhouse and served as president for two years; and served on a committee to investigate relocating and planning a new facility for the Lancaster Community Library.

In 2007, he became a founding member of the Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck. In 2008, he was named president of the board, a position he still holds.

“You don’t have to talk to Ed long to see that his abundant energy and enthusiasm are focused on the club and its mission of assisting children to grow into adulthood,” said Cameron. “He will tell you that he became involved in the program which focused on character building with sports and other activities to keep the kids interested.”

Back in the day, Fuehrer said that he heard a person whom he admired point out that they had been richly blessed and needed to give back to the community which made it possible. During the organization of the Boys and Girls Club, he met Warren Buffet’s wife, Doris, an important club benefactor, who expanded on this thought with her philosophy of paying it forward to the next generation.

The Boys and Girls Club serves those most in need, according to Fuehrer, and the need exists primarily due to the breakdown of traditional family interactions.

“Working with kids is, at times, like opening your cabinet at home and finding cans with no labels. There is a surprise in every one,” said Fuehrer.

The national club says that it is organized chaos and in the beginning here it was absolute bedlam, he continued. Now it is such a pleasure to see the organization that has developed over the years. Now the fruits are beginning to be seen. The kids have progressed academically, in behavior, and in their ability to peer mentor.

Fuehrer’s leadership and planning skills have been an integral part of the success of the Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck, said Cameron. The nearly 400 kids touched annually by the organization will likely agree.

He joins a growing list of community leaders who exemplify the Rotary Motto “Service Above Self.” Prior winners include Joe Curry, Carroll Ashburn, Doug Monroe, Jean Nelson, Connie Deagle, Tom Gosse, Austin Roberts, Dr. Rocky Tingle, Dr. Elizabeth “Sissy” Crowther, Wardell Carter, Margaret Nost and Paul Sciacchitano.

Formal presentation of the award will be made at the Northern Neck Rotary Club’s annual CAPINNÉ Charity Gala at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club on July 19. For tickets, call 435-4169.

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