Chuck Warner Receives New Award Honoring Past-President Dominic Fiaschetti
Chuck Warner received a standing ovation as the first recipient of our new award honoring the life, friendship and unwavering commitment of past-president Dominic Fiaschetti. Danny Buckingham (Asst Chief Judge) and Scott Wahlberg (Chief Judge) assisted us with this surprise.
By Linda Kempin [June 28, 2015]
Our annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival in St. Michaels last weekend was the signature event of the year for our Chesapeake Bay Chapter. Just a week in advance of Dominic Fiaschetti's birthday (which is today), our Awards presentation was the right time and place to honor our friend and former president.
Initially we planned this award to recognize a boat owner for his/her master craftsmanship in woodworking since Dominic was so proficient himself. And then we realized that Dominic never entered a boat in our Festival, because year after year he was at the show from dawn til dusk totally invested in making sure the rest of us – from registered boat owners to the casual visitor – had everything we needed to ensure a great festival experience.
I met Dominic in 2006 while attending our first CBC event. Having lived in a few states as our careers progresed, we've belonged to a variety of ACBS chapters over the years. But we never rec'd a welcome that compared to our first meeting with Dominic. I was hooked, and it wasn't long before I was volunteering to join committees and ultimately joined the CBC Board.
After Dominic was elected President, I approached him to recommend a complete revamp of our chapter's website. He could have just approved the project and sent me on my way. Instead he jumped right in and was a partner throughout the entire process. I took the project from concept to new content to launch in just 6 weeks so we could have a new website ready well in advance of that year's Festival to attract boat owners, vendors, and the general public. We never could have completed it on such an accelerated schedule without Dominic's "whatever you need, I'm in there with you all the way" commitment.
So instead of creating another boat-related trophy to the 35+ awards that we distribute at our annual Father's Day ceremony, the Dominic Fiaschetti Award has been added to recognize 7 characteristics of the Dominic we knew and loved:
Congratulations Chuck, it's so well deserved!!
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