Organized in 1979, The Meriden Hall of Fame, established to honor prominent people who live or have lived in Meriden, takes pleasure in announcing the following individuals as the 2019 Meriden Hall of Fame Nominees.
In Business/Commerce, Richard Tomasetti, Stanley J. Hancock. In Community Service, Joan S. Edgerly. In Education, Dan W. DeLuca Sr. In Law/Government/Military, Christopher G. Donovan, Eileen McGuire Hall, Adalberto Pereyo. In Media, Howard S. Iwanicki. In Performing Arts, Howard Stange. In Philanthropy, Barbara D. Rybeck. In Arts, William R. Brinley. In Science/Medicine; E. Robert Bertoli, M.D. In Sports, Terry Bongiovanni, Robert Szymaszek. In a special voting category for Historic Persons: Walter Booth, George Jeffrey, Christopher Wilson. The 2019 Induction Ceremony will take place October 20 at the Augusta Cultural Center. About our nominees. Functioning with a grant from the Cuno Foundation, the Meriden Hall of Fame Association brought together three community organizations, the Meriden Hall of Fame, Meriden Historical Society, and Meriden Public Library together in support of student research into local history. The Meriden History Research Experience was designed to help students from Platt and Maloney High School learn and practice the skills of being a historian. This innovative and unprecedented collaboration between the three organizations and the Meriden Public Schools was planned to generate student-driven nominations for this year’s annual ballot.
It resulted in a number of student submissions being included on the 2019 ballot. Full Hall of Fame membership and voting information may be found on www.meridenhalloffame.org or by calling Joe Zajac at 203 -237-7689.How to vote. To be eligible to vote you must be a paid member of the Hall of Fame Association. The membership application must be received by April 1. After that date, the Association will close membership and begin the balloting process by mailing current members the actual ballot, balloting requirements, and biographical information on each nominee. Completed ballots must be returned by May 15, 2019 to be tabulated. All members will be invited to the Hall of Fame Annual Meeting for the announcement of the 2019 Inductees. The Induction Ceremony will be held on Oct. 20, at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center.
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