Laurel Run Founder Ends 29-year Stint on Board of Directors
When The Resource Center’s Board of Directors holds its next meeting, it will be without a familiar face that has been around since 1985.
The Board’s next meeting will be the first one in 29 years without Wayne Hotelling as a member. Wayne, the co-founder of Laurel Run, attended his last meeting as a Board member this past Monday.
At TRC’s Annual Meeting that evening, The Resource Center took time to thank Wayne for all of his contributions as a Board member. As a token of the organization’s appreciation, Wayne was given a plaque engraved with his years of service on the Board, including his three years as President; a framed T-shirt from the third Laurel Run in 1999, when Laurel Run passed through every county in New York State as part of NYSARC’s 50th anniversary celebration; and a scrapbook containing photos and other mementos from Wayne’s time on the Board.
Perhaps the best gift was the announcement that the board room at TRC’s Administrative Offices in Celoron will be renamed in honor of Wayne; his wife, Elaine; and their daughter Laurel.
Wayne thanked those in attendance at the meeting and shared an inspirational four-word phrase that keeps him motivated, a phrase that is inscribed on his running shoes:
“Never lose your enthusiasm.”
Despite stepping down from TRC’s governing body, Wayne plans to continue to serve on Board Advisory Committees and to be involved with other initiatives that support people with disabilities, especially Laurel Run.
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Wayne Hotelling poses with his wife, Elaine, and daughter Laurel at The Resource Center’s Annual Meeting.