Brian Kost is Suffield's Republican of the Year - 2017
Brian is a fiscal conservative and supports a limited role for all levels of government. He has served the community as a member of the Board of Finance for 16 years and has an intimate knowledge of the Town’s financial affairs. Brian supports a budget process where annual expenditure increases are limited to a level where property tax increases do not exceed general inflation. Brian is a UCONN graduate, CPA and a financial executive at Aetna with over 25 years of experience. Brian is a member of the First Church of Christ and has lived in Suffield with his wife and children for over 20 years.
Scott Guilmartin of Republican of the Year for 2016
A successful local businessman, entrepreneur and public servant, Scott has served as a:
Board Member Connecticut Airport Authority-Chairmen of Economic Development Committee
Past Board Member, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (for 10 years), Connecticut Innovations (for 7 years),Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, Enfield, Connecticut,East Granby Economic Development Commission.
Past Chairman, Planning & Zoning Commission, Suffield, Connecticut
Past member of the Republican State Central Committee
Past Co-Chair of Suffield RTC
Wally Rodger is Suffield's Republican of the Year 2015
Wally is a native of Hudson, Massachusetts and a graduate of its high school and of Amherst College and Northwestern University School of Law. He retired from the Law Division of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company in 2000. He had moved to Suffield in April, 2000 just prior to his retirement. His first foray into Suffield politics was to work as a volunteer on the Sarsynski Dillman Campaign in 2001. He then served for several years on a committee looking into the need for a community center in Suffield. In 2003 he was elected to the WPCA and was re-elected to his fourth term last November. He has served as the Vice Chairman of the WPCA and is presently its treasurer. Along the way he was asked to serve as “temporary” secretary for the Republican Town Committee and has been doing so for several years. He has three times been a delegate to the State Convention.
Wally’s other activities in retirement include being a proofreader for the Suffield Observer; a volunteer for the Money Management Program of Greater Springfield Senior Services; and a volunteer for the IRS – AARP Foundation sponsored Tax-Aide Program. He is a member of the Enfield Barbershop Chorus. Wally is active in his church as a member of the choir and has served as treasurer and a member of several church committees. Wally is also a Trustee and Treasurer of the Trustees of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts. He was also a volunteer and a board member of the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor.
Wally is married and he and his wife, Linda, have a married daughter and three grandchildren.
Justin Donnelly is Suffield's Republican of the Year 2014
Justin Donnelly has spent his life in service to his country, his state and his town. It's for that reason that Suffield Republicans have named him as our Reprublican of the Year.
Born in the early days of WWII, Justin grew up in Waterbury, received his college education at Fairfield and, on graduation, was off to serve our nation as a Marine Tank Officer in Viet Nam. Following his time in Southeast Asia, Justin returned to Connecticut, attended law school at UConn and began his legal career in 1970.
During that legal career, Justin served the people of Connecticut as legal counsel to the legislature and as a trial referee in the superior courts of our fair state.
It is in his service to his town, however, where Justin's life really comes into focus. He has coached youth basketball, soccer and baseball. He has served as a member of the Suffield Historic District Commission, the Charter Revision Commission, the Juvenile Review Board, the Agricultural Site Assessment Committee, as acting Town Attorney in 2004-2005, the volunteer ambulance board of directors and has been Chairman of the Suffield Board of Finance for the last eight years. Now retired from the practice of law, Justion recently became a certified volunteer ambulance driver.
Esteemed by legions of parents whose children he coached, Justin is highly regarded by those of every political persuasion and of none.
Tim Reynolds has been named 2013 Suffield Republican of the Year
The Suffield Republican Party will honorTim Reynolds as Republican of the Year. The award will be presented at the 2013 Lincoln Day Dinner at the Skyline Restaurant on March 15th.
Tim has been a resident of Suffield for over 25 years. He has been a member of the Board of Selectmen since 2005. Prior to serving on the Board of Selectmen, Tim served six years on the Zoning and Planning Commission.
Tim is a CPA and a partner in an Enfield accounting firm. Tim is the Treasurer of the Enfield Rotary Memorial Scholarship Foundation and for the past twelve years has been a member of the Suffield Flag Raising Committee, which puts the flags up on Main Street in Suffield for the patriotic holidays.
Joanne Sullivan is Suffield's Republican of the Year 2012
The Suffield Republican Party honored Joanne Sullivan as their “Republican of the Year” at the Lincoln Day Dinner on March 16th at the Skyline Restaurant in Windsor Locks.
“Joanne has served the Town and State in many capacities for many years and truly deserves recognition for her service” said John P Murphy, Suffield RTC Co-Chair.
Joanne is currently serving her second term as Selectmen. She previously spent 11 years on the Board of Finance. In addition to these positions Joanne has or currently serves on the Board of Hilltop Farm, Suffield Retirement Commission and was a charter member of the Suffield Chamber of Commerce.
A lifelong Suffield resident, Joanne was until recently the co-owner of Chestnut Oak Associates Realtors. Perhaps her greatest accomplishment was raising 5 sons who have provided her and her husband Dan with thirteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Joanne and Dan, her husband of 54 years, have been active advocates for youth sports programs in Town. “When you consider her participation in Town governance and institutions and programs that benefit Suffield this honor is well deserved” said Scott Guilmartin, RTC Co-Chair.
Howard Orr Honored as Republican of the Year 2011
RTC Honors Howard Orr as 2011 Republican of the Year
The Suffield Republican Town Committee (RTC) has announced that Howard Orr will be honored as the 2011 Suffield Republican of the Year. “Howard has served the Town of Suffield in countless ways and in a variety of capacities for many years” said Scott Guilmartin, RTC Co-Chair.
Mr. Orr currently serves on over 30 non profit boards and commissions. He has served as Chairman of the Economic Development Commission in Town for approximately two decades. He also serves as a Director of the Emergency Aid Association, Trustee First Church of Christ Congregational and Friends of Hilltop Farm among other local organizations.
In addition to many Town organizations, he is a Corporator of St. Francis Hospital and Chairman of the Masonicare Board of Trustees. He is active in the Masonic Fraternity having received the honorary 33rd degree in Masonic rite Masonry. An active Rotarian, he was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 2002.
“It would be difficult to find anyone who has served his Town and State in the non-profit sector more than Howard Orr. This recognition is well deserved” said John Murphy, RTC Co-Chair.
Mr. Orr grew up in Suffield and has 5 grown children and 5 grandchildren.
Howard Orr - Suffield Republican of the Year
Bill Leahey Chosen as Suffield Republican of the Year 2010
The Suffield Republicans have designated William “Bill” Leahey as Republican of the Year. Bill is a lifelong resident and one the communities strongest supporters for agriculture.
“Bill has been very active serving our Town for over three decades and has been a leading proponent for agriculture on both a community and statewide level” said J. Scott Guilmartin, Republican Town Committee Co-Chair.
Leahey is a past Chairman of the Suffield RTC. He is a past member and Chairman of the Planning & Zoning Commission. He served for many years on the Agricultural Site Assessment Committee. One of the original members of the Heritage Committee he continues to serve on the Open Space Committee.
Leahey has been a leader within both the CT Farm Bureau and the Hartford County Farm Bureau where he is a past President. He remains active within both organizations. He was a Director of the Connecticut-Massachusetts Tobacco Coop and remains a member of the CT-MA Tobacco Association.
Bill and his family are third generation farmers. They raise tobacco, cattle, hay as well as running greenhouse operations.
“When people speak of pillars of the community they mean individuals like Bill. He is deserving of this recognition and we look forward to honoring him” said Guilmartin.
The award was presented at the Seventh Senatorial District Republican Lincoln Day Dinner on March 19th at the Skyline Restaurant in Windsor Locks.
2017 - Brian Kost
2016 - Scott Guilmartin
2015 - Wally Rodger
2014 - Justin Donnelly
2013 - Tim Reynolds
2012 - Joanne Sullivan
2011 - Howard Orr
2010 - Bill Leahey 2008 - Ed McAnaney 2007 - Eric Remington 2006 - Faith Roebelen 2005 - Robert Skinner 2004 - Judith Remington, Mabelle Spears & Betty Walsh
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