50 people enjoy food, fellowship, and fun at the annual Appreciation Dinner; 2 get Silent Hero awards
This Silent Hero has been a lifelong Silver Laker, who has participated in many many activities from swim team member and singing in programs as a youth, to leadership roles as an adult. When Pete Mairs wanted to form a Long Range Planning Committee , he asked this trustee to be the Trustee Chairperson. The Committee was tasked with coming up up with plans for uniform signage for the Institute, reworking and updating the Institute Handbook, organizing a reunion weekend, and finding ways to recognize the history of the Institute. All of these things were completed thanks to the leadership of this Silent Hero.First of all, In order for all of these goals to be achieved, there had to be a way to fund some of the projects. He came up with the idea to rework the area around the big blue dock by adding a brick pathway that would allow handicapped residents a safe and efficient way to get from the street to the dock area. And, engraved bricks could be sold to pay for the installation of the brick path. The success of the idea and sale of more bricks meant that there was also a way to pay for the large Silver Lake Institute signs on Chapman Ave and at the corner of Perry and Camp Roads. The sales of still more bricks helped pay for the historic markers in Burt Park and at Epworth Hall. Now bricks are being sold to fund the installation of a marker at the site of the old train station.It should be noted that his contribution went beyond the original conception for the brick project. To help minimize expenses, He learned how to remove and replace the plain bricks in the path and he personally installed hundreds of engraved bricks— his work is responsible for about 225 of the approximately 300, engraved bricks in the path.The planned reunion weekend held in 2014 was a huge success .More than 100 past Silver Lakers danced at the big blue dock, shared a meal at Stoody Hall, attended a concert at Epworth, and generally had fun reliving the past and visiting with friends and family.The long term planning committee that he heads found that its assignment to update the handbook involved harmonizing three different prior versions and redrafting the bylaws to account for the separation of the Institute from the Upper NY Conference of the United Methodist Church . It took about four years and many many meetings on His porch before the draft was ready to be submitted to the Institute trustees for approval.The source of Bob Cook ‘s dedication is almost certainly EJ Cook, his great great great grandfather,** who was one of the founders of the Silver Lake Assembly. Bob Cook is indeed a Silent Hero who comes from a very long line of Silver Lakers who passionately believe in the importance of the past, present and future of the Silver Lake Institute. Unquote
Bob spoke up from the audience and said, "Just one great."