SCARSDALE, N.Y. Florie Wachtenheim has been named the 75th recipient of the Scarsdale Bowl Award, bestowed annually by the Scarsdale Foundation on a Scarsdale resident in recognition of his or her voluntary public service in the community.
The Scarsdale Bowl dinner in her honor will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Lake Isle Country Club.
"I was totally shocked," Wachtenheim said Friday. I had been a member of the committee to pick the recipients in the past, so I was well aware of the process and the criteria, and that made me extra surprised. You just don't think of yourself in that way."
Nominators on the Scarsdale Bowl Committee recommended Wachtenheim as "a volunteer Leader in Scarsdale who invariably worked cooperatively with neighbors to make the right Choices as a group," according to a press release. "Her ability to find and solidify a consensus has been exceptional. Her Trustworthiness and caring often have carried a group beyond sharp differences and to view changes in a new light.
Wachtenheim has been active in community affairs for years. Currently the TVCC representative to the School Board Nominating Committee and editor of the Scarsdale League of Women Voters Bulletin, she also sits on the United Way of Scarsdale-Edgemont and Scarsdale Adult School boards of directors. She has held several education-related posts, including Scarsdale Board of Education president and Fox Meadow PTA president. She is on the committee exploring the formation of a Scarsdale education foundation, has served on the Citizen's Nominating Committee and was a founder and board member of the Scarsdale Teen Center. She is an associate with the firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, which assists school districts in their searches for superintendents and principals
She said the highlight of her volunteerism has been her six years on the Scarsdale Board of Education, especially her terms as president and vice president.
"There are so many volunteers who are so deeply committed, so many who make such wonderful contributions," Wachtenheim said, that she never expected to be chosen.
The Scarsdale Bowl is on permanent display in the reference room of the Scarsdale Public Library.
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