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AM Lockport Toastmasters members Philip E. Russell and Dr. Gerald Stevens have earned the Distinguished Toastmaster Award, the highest designation awarded by Toastmasters International. In their final project for the designation, they worked together to co-sponsor the recently chartered AM GEICO Toastmasters corporate club in Amherst. They were honored at a reception hosted by the Toastmasters last weekend at the Winery at Marjim Manor, Appleton.

Russell joined Toastmasters in 1982. He recently competed at the district level in the tall tales and evaluation competitions. He has held numerous leadership positions with Toastmasters as well as other civic and professional organizations throughout his career. He is a vice president and registered representative with Canalside Financial Inc. in Lockport.

Stevens has been a member of AM Lockport Toastmasters for 10 years, serving in leadership roles at both the club and district levels, including as Area 2 governor. He competed at the district level, in the tall tales category in 2013. He is an associate professor at New York Chiropractic College. He teaches in a clinical setting at the University at Buffalo, Lighthouse Free Chiropractic Clinic and the Depew Health Center.

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St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lewiston elected new members of the vestry at its annual meeting last Sunday.

Elected were: Shawn Slother, of Sanborn, and Carol Conibear, Christopher Olivera and Allison Perfetti, of Lewiston. Current vestry members are Peter Boyer and Marci Lynch, of Niagara Falls, and Jackie Portik and John Rupnow, of Lewiston.

Elected to represent St. Paul’s at the annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York were Terra Cutlip, of Niagara Falls, and Katharine Pierce and Patricia Walker, of Lewiston. The alternates are Margeurite Rupnow and Edward Walker, of Lewiston.

The meeting included a discussion about the role of St. Paul’s in the community.

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