The Exchange Club of Bristol celebrated its 75th anniversary and honored the 2016 Book of Golden Deeds recipient at a dinner held at the DoubleTree on Saturday, Sept. 17. Members of the Exchange Club of Bristol Club, Representatives from the CT District
Exchange Club and the National Exchange Club, Senator Henri Martin, State Representative Whit Betts, and other members of the Bristol community attended the dinner.
Dawn Nielsen, president-elect of the Exchange Club of Bristol spoke about the history of the club and all that the Exchange Club has done for the Bristol community over its 75-year history. Bill Solder, Region 12 Vice President of the National Exchange Club and Joe Dudek, president of the Connecticut District Exchange Club presented a proclamation to Jack Ferraro, President of the Exchange Club of Bristol to commemorate the Club’s 75th anniversary.
Susan Sadecki was selected by The Exchange Club of Bristol as the 2016 Book of Golden Deeds recipient and was honored as the first woman, in the Club’s 75-year history to receive this award, at the dinner. Sadecki was selected for this award – the highest recognition given by the Exchange Club nationally – for her generous efforts and time along with her spirit and passion for improving the lives of individuals and organizations in the City of Bristol.
The Book of Golden Deeds Award exemplifies The National Exchange Club’s beliefs and is awarded to someone who is sincere about helping the community, has an exceptional track record of continued, unselfish giving and enjoys volunteering to help others, and is someone who deserves acclaim, but rarely receives it.
Susan D. Sadecki, MBA is the President and CEO of the Main Street Community Foundation (MSCF), a nonprofit public charity, created by private citizens, serving donors in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington, and Wolcott who wish to build permanent charitable endowments to support their communities. She is responsible for leadership and direction to the organization as well as oversight of its programs, operations, and investments.
Sadecki combines her passion for philanthropy and community collaboration with her business experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She has been an executive, program director, and consultant in the philanthropic, healthcare and human services field for over 25 years. She is the newly elected chairman of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce Board of Directors, volunteers as a mentor in the Bristol Public Schools mentoring program, is a past trustee for the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, and serves as a volunteer for numerous nonprofit organizations and community committees. She is a member of the Board of Directors and a corporator for Thomaston Savings Bank.
Sadecki was integral in helping to establish two very important community-wide initiatives and programs in Bristol. The establishment of the Bristol Technical Advisory Committee, which also led to the creation of the Adult Education Diploma and Certificate program in partnership with the Bristol Adult Education Center. The Ending Family Homelessness Task Force was the second initiative which was established in collaboration with the United Way of West Central Connecticut and the Bristol Community Organization
Sadecki is a Bristol native and currently resides in Harwinton with her husband Ronald and daughter Jenna.