SAIL presents second annual Community Service Award to Trinity Episcopal Church
SHEPHERDSTOWN — Trinity Episcopal Church was selected as the recipient of the second annual Community Service Award, presented by Shepherdstown Area Independent Living during its annual business meeting in Trinity Episcopal Church’s Fellowship Hall on Nov. 8.
While last year’s recipient was a fitness trainer at the Wellness Center, who teaches a free group exercise class for those with movement challenges, SAIL chose Trinity Episcopal Church, because of its more personal service to the organization.
“We give the award to someone who enables SAIL to fulfill its mission of allowing older people to remain active, to age in place in their homes and communities for as long as possible,” Rodis said, mentioning that Trinity Episcopal Church heads up a number of community events, such as the Days of Hope and Action and Live Nativity.
“Trinity Episcopal Church has been with us since the beginning. Actually, since before the beginning, when we were in the planning stage and looking for a place to start,” Rodis said. “Whatever we need, G.T. is there for us. We are giving the 2019 Community Service Award to Trinity Episcopal Church, and in particularly to G.T. Schramm.
“G.T. facilitated the formation of SAIL, and was also on the board of Good Shepherd Caregivers, and helped coordinate how we would be separate from each other,” Rodis said, while presenting the award.
Trinity Episcopal Church Senior Warden Tom Miller accepted the award in the stead of Rev. G.T. Schramm, who was out-of-town and unable to make it back for the award presentation.
“It’s always nice to be recognized. We’re not in the practice of having it broadcast, how we contribute to the community,” Miller said. “We do a lot of things for the community. The building we call the chapel is used entirely for community purposes, and there’s no charge for tat. We do financial outreach from the Thrift Shop, the monies from which are donated to charitable entities in the Shepherdstown, Jefferson County area.
“Our priest has been the president of Hospice. He does many things which aren’t advertised,” Miller said about Schramm. “We are a Christian community, and we want to reach out and serve the community, to help make a difference in everyones’ lives.”
SAIL founding member Jean Neely nominated the church and Schramm for the award, which she said was well-deserved.
“I can’t imagine any organization that would qualify more than the church,” Neely said. “When we wanted a place to meet, they stepped right up. When we wanted to get organized, they bought us a copy of Beacon Hill Village’s handbook. They allowed us to use their office, the parlor, the fellowship hall and the kitchen, for free until the last few years.”