December 4, 1998


Osiecki gets 'Good Scout' award before she exits Chamber post

By Jon Chesto


DANBURY - Clarice Osiecki seemed like she was almost at a loss for words yesterday - an unusual occurrence for the normally confident leader of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce.

But as she stood in front of a crowd of more than 200 people who attended the Greater Danbury Area "Good Scout" Award Luncheon at the Danbury Hilton & Towers, Osiecki's voice wavered with emotion.

"I'm overwhelmed and obviously humbled," said Osiecki as she accepted the 1998 award from the Scouting group.

Osiecki joked with the crowd about her response.

"These situations are never comfortable for me," she said. "My friends say it's because I'm not in charge."

Osiecki, a Danbury resident and former state legislator, was honored with the "Good Scout" award for her decades of community service and leadership in the Danbury area.

"Whatever you do, the satisfaction is on the inside, and that's really the individual reward," said Osiecki, who is retiring from her Chamber of Commerce position at the end of the year. "Nothing else is expected. To receive an award like this is truly a bonus, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Osiecki's long list of roles include those as trustee of both the Meserve Foundation and the United Way of Northern Fairfeild County. She is a member of the Danbury Housing Partnership, the board of directors of First Night Danbury and the Mayor's Task Force on Housing. She is a member of the Ancell School of Business steering committee and has volunteered as a tutor in the Danbury school system.

"She has made an indelible mark on our history with her contributions," said Mayor Gene Eriquez, who attended the event dressed in a Scouting uniform.

"She's always there because she cares," Charles Frosch, the president of Union Savings Bank and the chairman of yesterday's event, said of Osiecki's community involvement. "She's not there because she has to be."

The luncheon also served as a fund-raiser. Frosch told the crowd it had raised $43,500 for local Scouting activities, which are organized by the Connecticut Yankee Council of the Boy Scouts of America.


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