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"Wyoming County Chamber Honors Old-Fashioned Business Sense"

May 08, 2014 | Posted in News

The Daily News - May 8, 2014:

LETCHWORTH STATE PARK — Dr. James MacCallum held to a belief considered old-fashioned in the modern era.
As a medical student in the 1930s, he anticipated specialized knowledge and serving the community, said his son John D. MacCallum, during the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism’s annual awards celebration.

It was with those qualities in mind that area businessman Jim Rutowski received the inaugural Dr. James MacCallum Community Leadership Award, during the Wednesday evening event.

“It reminds me of an old expression that I think applies to both Jims,” John MacCallum said. “That you can get a lot done as long as you don’t care who gets the credit.’’

The award was among six presented at the event that recognizes some of the county’s most-outstanding businesses. The event was conducted at the Glen Iris Inn and attracted about 200 area business leaders, their families and officials.

Dr. MacCallum was a man so outraged by Adolf Hitler that he joined the Royal Army in April 1941, before the Untied States entered the war. He served in the Far East throughout, meeting his wife Joan Elaine, while overseas.

After his return, he spent decades serving the county’s community, and founded the Wyoming Foundation, and this was its first year of offering the award. Officials cited Rutowski’s work in revitalizing and redeveloping Warsaw’s downtown.
Rutowski is perhaps best-known to area residents as the longtime operator of Sinclair Pharmacy in Warsaw. He arrived in the village in 1989, with a desire not to work in a chain business.

Rutowski noted Dr. and Mrs. MacCallum’s good qualities, and said he was honored by the recognition. He also thanked his family, and said if he could have given out the award, he would have given it to the county’s Board of Supervisors, and the Wyoming County Community Health System’s Board of Managers, for the improvements they’ve made at Wyoming County Community Hospital.

Rutowski said he didn’t realize when he arrived in the community how fortunate he was.

“I’ve met so many wonderful, caring and kind people in Wyoming County, and the hardworking residents that support me, and the co-workers that continue on with the pharmacy, that many of whom have been with me from day one, for 25-plus years,” he said. “More than half my life.”

He also thanked numerous residents and officials.

Besides the MacCallum award, five area businesses were recognized. They included Fairview Paper Box, Manufacturer of the Year; Farm Credit EastACA, Agriculture Business of the Year; Amber Lantern LLC, Small Business of the Year; Wyoming County Community Health System, Large Business of the Year; and Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, Tourism Business of the Year.

The chamber’s 2014-2015 board of directors was also elected.

They included:

  • Two-year term incumbents — Jackie Hoyt of the Arts Council for Wyoming County; Jeremy Satchell of M&T Bank; Joseph Revillino of Revillino Realty; Hans Kunze of Steuben Trust Company; and Jason Beck of Rocket Commercial Real Estate.
  • One-year term incumbents included Brock Beckstrand of Upstate Door Inc. and Dan Eagan of Beaver Hollow/The Biggest Loser Resort. One-year new members were Nicole White of Freed Maxick, and Colleen Kennedy of the Warsaw Penny Saver.

To read the story in The Daily News, click here.

To view photos from the award ceremony, click here.

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