Metzger Receives Community Service Award | News, Sports, Jobs

Photo of Lee Stein Michael Metzger, center, with his family.

In the Metzger family, giving back to the community is a core value that has been passed down for generations.

For Michael Metzger, it has simply become second nature.

“My mom and dad raised us to believe that volunteering was expected and an essential part of giving back to our community,” said Metzger.

At a reception Friday at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, Metzger was honored for his decades of service with the John D. Hamilton Community Service Award from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

According to Peter Stark, chairman of the John D. Hamilton Community Service Award, the award has been given annually since 1993 to recognize those who demonstrate dedication, leadership and support in fostering community spirit and enriching the quality of life in the community. region.

“Each year, our committee is privileged to focus on the best of community spirit,” Stark said. “We are honored to recognize Mike and his dedicated, insightful and inspirational leadership who has truly had a lasting impact on our community.”

Growing up in Rochester, Metzger was inspired by his father’s involvement in the United Way and has been a strong supporter of United Way of Southern Chautauqua County since moving to the area with his wife, Marge, more 35 years old.

While raising their two daughters in Chautauqua County, Rachel Taliercio and Laura Kerls saw how having a supportive family and a desire to serve others could really make a difference in the community.

“We are the product of those around us and I know our grandfather inspired our father,” Taliercio said. “I see my father and grandfather reflected in (my sister) Laura’s volunteerism and her dedication to improving the lives of those less fortunate extends our family’s legacy.”

Over the years, Metzger has held leadership positions with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the American Red Cross of Southwestern New York, the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, and the Resource Center.

Currently, he serves on the finance committee of St. Mary of Lourdes, as a member of the board of directors of the Chautauqua institution, member of the investment committee of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation; and Chairman of the Board of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency.

However, the most notable of all of Metzger’s volunteer roles was his involvement with Junior Achievement of Western New York. For more than 25 years, Metzger has taught the Junior Achievement Economics for Success program to eighth graders at Falconer Central School.

“While our father’s impact cannot be measured, it can be celebrated,” Kerls said. “We couldn’t be more proud to celebrate him and his lifetime of service tonight.”

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Jill E. Washington