Alicia Lynch was named Woman of the Year by the Palmyra-Macedon Lions Club.

Why is Alicia Lynch in the news?

Lynch was named Woman of the Year by the Palmyra-Macedon Lions Club.

The purpose of the award, said Rena Haigh, past president of the Pal-Mac Lions Club and past district governor District 20-E2, is to encourage women to get involved with their community by volunteering and to honor those who have volunteered. All non-Lion women volunteers who are making a difference are eligible.

When choosing the award winner, four categories are considered, initiative, impact, value and dedication.

“Alicia is a hidden gem in our community,” was written on the application submitted by the Palmyra-Macedon Lions Club to the Lions District. “She quietly goes about the business of helping anyone with a need. She works tirelessly without fanfare.”

How did you feel about receiving the honor?

“I felt special,” said Lynch. “They made a big deal about it. I felt like queen for a day, but I didn’t get a washing machine or a scepter,” she quipped.

Instead, she was given a plaque and a certificate and was treated to a luncheon in Geneva.

Of which volunteer project are you proudest?

“I’m proudest of the Children’s Clothing Cupboard,” said Lynch, who started the program about a year ago and is now the informal chair.
“Anyone who needs children’s clothing is welcome,” Lynch said.

Hosted by the First United Methodist Church on Main Street, where it’s held, the children’s clothing cupboard is run in partnership with Western Presbyterian Church, Zion Episcopal Church, St. Anne’s Catholic Church and the Palmyra Reformed Church.

The Clothing Cupboard is open the same time as the Food Pantry, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

What keeps you going?

“It’s probably because I’m a little hyperactive,” she laughed. “Isn’t everyone happiest, when they’re busiest?”

More about Alicia

Since 1985, she has been part of a planning committee for Palmyra Canaltown Days and is currently treasurer.

She is committee chair for the Palmyra Bird Fest; on the library board of directors; part of the Palmyra Micro Enterprise Loan committee; chair for the community Angel Tree Project; co-chair of the Wee-R-Bazaar at the Western Presbyterian Church; originator of and chair of the Children’s Clothing Cupboard.

Alicia works as Palmyra village clerk.