CHESTER – This year’s Chester Man and Woman of the Year are Dianna and Gene Charron, well known and well respected members of town.
Every year the Chester Lions Club holds a senior banquet and announces at the event the Man and Woman of the Year, as a way to recognize those residents who give of themselves to their community.
More than 50 diners came out to the event on Saturday, April 26 at the multipurpose room. They were served a turkey dinner with all the fixings, plus dessert and coffee. The Lions stage the free event for the community.
Lion John Murray said that though putting on the dinner requires a lot of work, it is a labor of love, and one the Lions Club will continue to do as long as the residents continue to come out and enjoy themselves.
After dinner the Charrons were honored. Murray explained why the two had been chosen, giving a brief synopsis of their time in Chester.
Dianna and Gene moved to town in 1971, raising their two daughters and opening their home to more than 40 foster children in those years. They also have spent much of that time serving Chester.
Among other pursuits Dianna has been involved with the Chester PTA, budget committee, and the planning committee for the construction of Chester Academy, and has been a long-time supervisor of the checklist.
Gene has been a part-time police officer, interim police chief, selectman for multiple terms and has long represented the area as a state representative to the General Court.
“It is their loving compassion that urges them to help their Chester community as well as spending family time with their daughters and five granddaughters,” said Murray.
While Dianna had known that Gene was set to receive the award, she was unaware of her own. Both were pleased with the recognition. Gene joked that as he listened to the presentation it gradually dawned on him who was being talked about.
Both received a loud ovation as they stepped up to receive the awards.
Afterward the group was entertained by singers Charlie Lindsey, Carol Karoll and Kathryn Southworth on the piano. The group performed a variety of show tunes, much enjoyed by the crowd.