If Penn Yan had a superhero, it could be Norm Koek. With the kind of passion Batman has for his beloved Gotham City, Norm’s deep dedication to his hometown and its residents has been felt for decades.
Throughout the years, Norm has been the definition of the word “volunteer.” He has given his time and talents as a builder, landscaper, firefighter, secretary, treasurer, travel agent, and statistician, among other roles.
In recognition of his decades of steadfast service, Norm has been named the 2019 recipient of the Donald and Corinne Stork Award for Community Service. The award will be presented Tuesday, Aug. 13, at a noon luncheon in the Geiser Dining Commons, inside the Dahlstrom Student Center at Keuka College. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m.
In his nomination letter, Penn Yan resident Bill Turner said Norm is someone who never says “no” to an organization or individual in need of assistance.