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"How We Got Our Start"


​       In the fall of 2009, Sam Mirlis, owner of a downtown Seymour business, Unique Interiors, and Loreen Coe, a member of the Seymour Historical Society came up with the idea of having a town-wide event that would highlight Seymour’s past. Additionally, they wanted to bring to the town an event where people could get together and enjoy a family event, showcasing town businesses, promoting town non-profit organizations while also raising much needed funds for the Seymour Historical Society. They signed on fellow downtown merchants, Seymour Historical Society members and other community minded citizens, which eventually numbered 9! These original 9 members worked diligently to bring the 2010 Seymour Founders’ Day celebration to a reality. The Seymour Historical Society received the proceeds of the 2010 event and with it's great success, the original 9 members started plans for the 2011 event. As was the case with the 2010 event, the 2011 event exceeded all expectations and again raised much needed funding for a good cause. The Seymour/Oxford Food Bank received the proceeds of the 2011 event along with 2 Seymour resident high school seniors. The 2 students were awarded $1,500.00 each, as recipients of the Intern Scholarship Program.

Seymour Founders' Day Association, Inc Mission Statement

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Seymour Founders' Day Association, Inc Mission Statement

       To engage in and to promote activities and capital projects for the benefit of the general public. To promote the learning, understanding and appreciation of the history of the Town of Seymour through educational activities for the benefit of the entire community. To enhance the quality of the life through community-based projects principally in, but not limited to, the Town of Seymour. To engage in the business of raising funds in order to sustain the Cooperation, its activities and projects, and to benefit other charitable organizations and to provide educational scholarships: and to engage in any and all activities consistent with purposes of the Cooperation and legal under the laws of the State of Connecticut and the United States.

June 4, 2017 (Rain Date: June 11, 2017)

       In 2012 the Seymour Founders' Day Association held its 3rd annual event with beneficiaries Boy Scout Troops 11 & 65, both serving youth from the Seymour-Oxford area.  Both groups were about to purchase camping equipment, canoes, helmets, and one troop purchased a trailer for storing and carting equipment to and from camp sites.  
       
       The organization unanimously voted for the 2013 Benefactor to be the Seymour Animal Control Facility. Funds provided replacement of fencing, installation of new security fence, new gates and a much needed concrete slab to replace the milling material that served as flooring in the animals' outdoor area.  In addition, Boy Scout Troops # 65 and #11 received $1,000.00 each as a thank you for their continued support and assistance in bringing together the 2013 event.  

       2014 Benefactors were both Fire Companies in Seymour - Citizens Engine #2 and Great Hill Hose.  Both companies purchased much needed equipment to help ensure the safety of both firemen and residents.  Various sized air bags were purchased by Citizens Engine Co #2 while Great Hill Hose outfitted their rescue truck with new seat mounted air packs.

    The June 2015 event saw profits going to the local American Legion, Emil Senger Post #10.  Members of that organization upgraded technical equipment and purchase new uniforms for members of units who attend veteran funerals and put on flag ceremonies through the valley.  In the fall of 2009, Sam Mirlis, owner of a downtown Seymour business, Unique Interiors, and Loreen Coe, a member of the Seymour Historical Society came up with the idea of having a town-wide event that would highlight Seymour’s past. Additionally, they wanted to bring to the town an event where people could get together and enjoy a family event, showcasing town businesses, promoting town non-profit organizations while also raising much needed funds for the Seymour Historical Society. They signed on fellow downtown merchants, Seymour Historical Society members and other community minded citizens, which eventually numbered 9! These original 9 members worked diligently to bring the 2010 Seymour Founders’ Day celebration to a reality. The Seymour Historical Society received the proceeds of the 2010 event and with it's great success, the original 9 members started plans for the 2011 event. As was the case with the 2010 event, the 2011 event exceeded all expectations and again raised much needed funding for a good cause. The Seymour/Oxford Food Bank received the proceeds of the 2011 event along with 2 Seymour resident high school seniors. The 2 students were awarded $1,500.00 each, as recipients of the Intern Scholarship Program.

       In 2012 the Seymour Founders' Day Association held its 3rd annual event with beneficiaries Boy Scout Troops 11 & 65, both serving youth from the Seymour-Oxford area.  Both groups were about to purchase camping equipment, canoes, helmets, and one troop purchased a trailer for storing and carting equipment to and from camp sites.  
       
       The organization unanimously voted for the 2013 Benefactor to be the Seymour Animal Control Facility. Funds provided replacement of fencing, installation of new security fence, new gates and a much needed concrete slab to replace the milling material that served as flooring in the animals' outdoor area.  In addition, Boy Scout Troops # 65 and #11 received $1,000.00 each as a thank you for their continued support and assistance in bringing together the 2013 event.  

       2014 Benefactors were both Fire Companies in Seymour - Citizens Engine #2 and Great Hill Hose.  Both companies purchased much needed equipment to help ensure the safety of both firemen and residents.  Various sized air bags were purchased by Citizens Engine Co #2 while Great Hill Hose outfitted their rescue truck with new seat mounted air packs.

       Our Committee has been working diligently to determine our 2016 Founders’ Day beneficiary.  After careful consideration and much thought, we are delighted to announce that the Seymour Ambulance Association will be the recipient of the 2016 Seymour Founders’ Day proceeds.  Located in the central downtown area of Seymour, Seymour Ambulance Association (SAA) is well known; however, many people do not fully understand how this volunteer organization serves our Town.  Volunteers staff SAA 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.  During 2015, Seymour Ambulance Association responded to 2030 calls for service.  They are there to serve all in our community, whether it is your friend, your family member or even you!

       We are hopeful that the 2016 proceeds will allow them to upgrade their ambulances and be able to install a new, state-mandated stretcher system called the Power-LOADTM.  This system allows the stretcher to be more securely fastened for transport in the ambulance.  It is also designed to reduce the physical strain on the volunteers when they are lifting patients in and out of the ambulance.  With all of our help, the cost of the state-mandated system can be lessened for this non-profit volunteer organization.

Officers:

Linda Bellavance, President  /  Judy Simpson, Vice President  /  Carmie Potash, Treasurer  /  Jan Schuck, Secretary

Board Of Directors:

  Kim Osgood  /  Tom LaPaglia  /  Crystal Richard /  Bruce Richard  /  Angela Marquez