SALEM — The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem will host its annual John P. Ganley - St. Patrick’s Day Memorial Award Luncheon on Monday, March 17.
This is a special year for this luncheon as it marks the 25th year the club has held the luncheon in memory of former Salem police Chief John P. Ganley.
Doors open at 11 a.m. for refreshments and the program gets underway at noon. A meal of corned beef and cabbage will be served, followed by the presentation of the John P. Ganley Community Service Award.
The “Singing State Trooper,” (now retired) Dan Clark, will perform favorite Irish music, as will the New Hampshire Police Association Pipes & Drums.
The Chief John P. Ganley Community Service Award is presented to an individual “who has exhibited concern, involvement and leadership in the community of Salem; while providing inspiration to others, through his or her dedication, integrity and courage in the manner exemplified by Chief John P. Ganley during his life on earth.”
Ganley died in March 1989, but his commitment to the community is carried forward and honored each year on St. Patrick’s Day.
Last year’s recipient was the Rev. David E. Yasenka, whose contributions to the Salem community are numerous. Yasenka, pastor at Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church, is a proven leader in the greater Salem community. Over the past 30 years, he has partnered with and established relationships throughout the greater Salem area. These relationships have proved invaluable in solving problems that arose in the community. Many organizations and programs were formed or continue due to his efforts. His contributions to the community and his compassion for others are the reason that he was chosen as last year’s honoree.
The Ganley Luncheon Committee is currently accepting nominations for this year’s award. Nominees should work or live in Salem.