Pete Wolgast, Chair of the Family Y’s Board of Trustees and tireless volunteer for a host of other community organizations and causes, was presented with the “Silver Star of the Year” award by the Westport-Weston AARP Chapter on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Wolgast received the award from Barbara Stemmer of AARP Chapter 1588 at a luncheon held at the Red Barn Restaurant and attended by several dozen fellow community leaders and elected state and local officials.
The honor is given each year to civic leaders who have provided their time and talent to the betterment of our community. Wolgast, a near 50-year resident of Westport, is an exemplary choice.
Said Allen Raymond, last year’s Silver Star recipient, of Wolgast’s many contributions: “Not only has Pete been a long-term dedicated lay leader at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, but he’s served many years as a member of the Westport Representative Town Meeting, four years as president of the Westport Historical Society, two terms as Chair of the Westport Weston Family Y’s Board of Trustees, and – well, the list goes on and on.”
Indeed it does. Add to those accomplishments, Wolgast’s longtime leadership roles in the Westport Republican Town Committee, Westport Sunrise Rotary and Y’s Men of Westport-Weston, among other causes.
Wolgast is a retired executive of Exxon, with which he spent 25 years in various positions in New York, Bahrain, London and Japan. Pete and his wife, Janet, have owned a home in Westport since 1968, where they raised four children and where they continue to be most active grandparents.
State and local officials took advantage of the occasion to present Wolgast with honors of their own. Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe presented him with an official proclamation from the Town, and State Representative Gail Lavielle and State Senator Toni Boucher presented Wolgast with an Official Citation of congratulations, on behalf of their colleagues, State Senator John McKinney and State Representative Jonathan Steinberg.
“I consider Pete a real mentor in every sense of the word,” said Marpe, “which makes me particularly proud that this Proclamation to Pete is the first of my administration.”
Citing Wolgast’s work as an RTM member, which included service as Chairman of the Parks & Recreation Committee and of the Finance Committee, his role on the Town’s Charter Revision Committee and his longtime leadership of the Republican Town Committee, said fellow civic leader Bill Meyer, “Thank you, Pete, for making Westport one of the best-governed towns in all of New England.”