Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus has named William Dimmit as September’s Citizen of the Month Award recipient.
Dimmit was recognized for his dedication to the Monroe-Woodbury School District and the community. He has voluntarily taken pictures of Monroe-Woodbury athletic contests for 13 years, distributing his work to the school, grateful athletes, and their proud families for free.
“William’s selfless volunteerism has had a positive impact on hundreds of athletes and their families over the years,” Neuhaus said. “He cares deeply about Monroe-Woodbury and his impressive work has made the administration, faculty, and the student body proud, while showcasing the Crusaders and their many milestones and accomplishments. William’s generosity is appreciated by many and, as a Monroe-Woodbury graduate, I am proud to recognize and thank him.”
Dimmit, a Harriman resident, has taken pictures for Monroe-Woodbury since 2008 during the fall, winter, and spring sport seasons. It is not uncommon to see him at a soccer game on a September afternoon and a football game later in the evening. He takes pictures at basketball games and wrestling matches in the dead of winter and at baseball and softball games on warm spring days.
“Some people volunteer as firefighters, but I can’t do that,” said Dimmit, who retired as a UPS driver in 2011. “But I can take pictures and it is a lot of fun. I thought retirement would be great, but I needed something to do. This is where I want to be, this is where I belong, and it is nice getting to know the students and their families.”
Dimmit said he enjoyed photography as a child and learned on his own how to take pictures as an adult, mastering the craft. He has also volunteered his time to take photographs for the Town of Monroe and Mission 22, a non-profit organization that addresses suicide prevention for veterans.
Dimmit and his wife, Patty, a scorekeeper in the Monroe-Woodbury varsity athletics program, have a son, Tom, 33.
“Bill Dimmit is the epitome of “Crusader Pride” and through photography, he has captured those special times in the lives of our students,” said Elsie Rodriguez, Monroe-Woodbury’s Superintendent of Schools. “He seized those moments and made them last forever. We are grateful for his dedication to our MW students and community. I cannot think of anyone else who is more deserving of the County Executive’s Citizen of the Month award.”
Neuhaus introduced his Citizen of the Month Award, which acknowledges outstanding Orange County residents, in January of 2017. To nominate someone for the Citizen of the Month Award, please email email@example.com or mail a letter to “Citizen of the Month” at 255-275 Main Street Goshen, N.Y. 10924. Be sure to include the nominee’s name, hometown, a list of their accomplishments, why you are nominating them, and any other pertinent information.