Senator Gordner to Receive Leadership Award on October 6

Pennsylvania State Senator John R. Gordner, R-27, will receive the 2005 EconomicsPennsylvania Adam Smith Award for Distinguished Leadership at a luncheon to be held in his honor October 6 at Tedd’s on the Hill. Announcement of the selection of Senator Gordner was made by Kim A. Scopelliti, Chair of the EconomicsPennsylvania Endowment Committee, and a member of the luncheon planning committee.

In making the announcement, Ms. Scopelliti said: “Senator Gordner, as a member of the EconomicsPennsylvania Susquehanna Valley Regional Board, along with his outstanding record of public service, underscores the reasons we wanted to recognize and honor him for his dedication to serving others, and in particular, the young people of his District. His many years of volunteerism and direct involvement in community activities is a terrific example of what the Adam Smith Leadership Award represents and certainly serves as an example for others to emulate. John is one of the most enthusiastic supporters of EconomicsPennsylvania and has been a leader in helping us expand our educational programs and initiatives for teachers and students throughout the greater Susquehanna Valley region. It’s a great privilege to be able to publicly acknowledge him for his good works, sensitive service and commitment to personal standards of integrity, professionalism and excellence.”

Senator Gordner was first elected to the State Senate in November 2003 and re-elected in 2004 to serve his first full term.

Prior to his election to the Senate, Senator Gordner served for 11 years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. During his service in the House, Senator Gordner was active in advancing many economic development projects that have helped area businesses create hundreds of jobs for district residents.

He has been named Legislative Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Development Centers, and was also honored with the National Federation of Independent Businesses Guardian of Small Business Award. In 2004, Senator Gordner received the Joseph Seigman Legislator of the Year Award, given by the 40,000 members of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees.

Senator Gordner serves as Vice Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. He also serves on the Aging & Youth, Communications & Technology, Community & Economic Development, Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure and Judiciary Committees. In addition, Senator Gordner is a member of the Joint Legislative Conservation Committee.

Senator Gordner is very involved in his community, serving as a member of the Board of Deacons of the First Baptist Church of Berwick, the Berwick Rotary Club, the Columbia/Montour Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation. He is an associate member of Columbia County’s Farm Bureau, a former president of the Berwick Jaycees, a former fund drive chairman of the Berwick Area United Way, and a former Vice-President of the Greater Berwick Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The luncheon, sponsored jointly by Giant Food Stores, Inc. and Omega Bank, will begin with an 11:15 a.m. reception, sponsored by Swineford National Bank, with lunch served at noon at Tedd’s on the Hill, Shamokin Dam. Individual tickets are $75 with tables of eight for $600. Reservations may be made by calling (570) 372-9997 or visitingwww.economicspa.orgĀ .