PLYMOUTH - The Volunteer of the Year Committeeâ€™s pick for 2018 is Michael Ganem.
He is the director of the Parks and Recreation Department and the owner of a successful real estate company in downtown Terryville.
â€śGanem, a proud UConn graduate, has been an active member of the community for many years. He is best recognized for his membership in and the many hours dedicated to the Rotary Club, serving as past president, and also a member of the Lions Club,â€ť said Mary Wollenberg, committee chairman.
He has actively served on a number of local committees, including as president of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Town Council, and a 10-year member and current vice chairman of the Economic Development Committee. He has been director of the United Way of West Central Connecticut, a student mentor at Eli Terry Jr. Middle School, and a participant in the School to Career program at Terryville High School.
â€śHe has also spent innumerable hours working for the youth of this town, apart from his job as head of Parks and Recreation,â€ť said Wollenberg. â€śHe and his wife Dawn have been married for 26 years and are proud parents to their daughter Emily.â€ť
Ganem will be honored at the annual Republican Town Committee hot dog roast on Sunday, June 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Terryville Fairgrounds. He will be presented with a plaque and his name will be added to the plaque of honorees in Town Hall. A donation of $150 will be made in his name to a charity of his choice.
Tickets are $10 each and children under age five are free. Tickets can be purchased that day at the fairgrounds. The public is welcome.