Compassionate, actively involved, reliable and dedicated are words which describe Pam Carapella, a North East resident, who was recognized by members of the Community Women’s Club of North East (CWCNE) as its Outstanding Member Award recipient for the 2018-19 club year. Carapella was given this honor during this volunteer service organization’s banquet and meeting on May 19 at Courtyard Winery in North East.
CWCNE annually recognizes one of its club members who has “gone above and beyond the call of duty” with involvement in its service projects, activities and fundraisers, as well as with volunteer service outside of the club. The object of CWCNE is to foster the ideal of service to the community and to provide its members with opportunities for the development of leadership skills and fellowship. CWCNE presidents are not eligible for this award during the club year in which they serve in their lead role.
“Pam Carapella joined the CWCNE and hit the ground running,” said Kim Becker, CWCNE 2018-19 president. “She is devoted to making our community a better place. Pam has brought fresh ideas to the club, helping us to move forward in our service to the North East community.”
CWCNE, formerly known as the North East Junior Woman’s Club, is now in its 85th year of volunteer service.
Carapella, a newer member of CWCNE, joined the group in the fall of 2017. This year she served as club treasurer, a role in which she will continue in the 2019-20 club year.
“I am truly thankful for this award and will continue to do my best with all of our service projects. Joining the CWCNE was something very new for me, and I am so glad that I did,” said Carapella.
In addition to being club treasurer, Carapella has chaired or co-chaired CWCNE’s Clothes for Kids, Senior Citizens Facility Activity Night, refreshments for the North East Choral Club’s December concerts and May banquet. Also, she has made important contributions as an active participant in and supporter of CWCNE’s Diaper Bag Project for WIC mothers, Easter Baskets Project for senior citizens and shut-ins, Highway Clean-Up, Creekside Park Clean-Up and various club fundraisers.
Carapella, who is a retired landlord, lists her hobbies and interests as gardening and landscaping, reading and spending time with her three grandchildren. She and her domestic partner, Ken Plucinski, reside in North East. They have two adult children, Jenell Krishnan and Andrew Carapella.