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Stelley seeks re-election to Collins Town Council

Mary A. Stelley

COLLINS — Mary A. Stelley is seeking re-election to town council.

“I am the CEO and treasurer of the board of directors for the Gowanda Area Federal Credit Union, assets $21,848,967.45, a Notary Public and currently serve as Town of Collins councilman,” she said. “I started my career as a stenographer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1961-1967, working in the Washington Field and Buffalo Offices. I am the current NYS Women, Inc. secretary.

“I am a member of Lakeshore Chapter, NYS Women, Inc.; currently serve as treasurer/secretary of Gowanda Area Chamber of Commerce. I was selected by the Buffalo Chapter, NYS Women, Inc. for the December 2018 Women in Leadership award and appeared on AM Buffalo in December.

“I served as 1995-96 BPW/NYS treasurer and other officer positions until becoming the 1999-2000 president. I have held various positions at chapter, region and BPW/NYS, now NYS Women, Inc., including finance chair and NIKE business manager. I served more than 20 years as an officer and board member of the NY Grace LeGendre Endowment Fund, Inc., which provides fellowships to NYS women pursuing their masters or doctorate degrees.

“I was selected the 1991 Gowanda BPW Woman of the Year and received the 1997 Gowanda Area Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Gowanda Service Award.

“I started volunteering around 1974 and never looked back but continued to assist local groups to help when needed.

“I have held volunteer leadership roles for more than 45 years with community organizations: Women of the Moose, Friends of the Collins Public Library and the Steering Committee to establish the Friends group, St. Joseph’s Altar & Rosary Society (now dissolved), St. Joseph’s Church, Gowanda religious education teacher and lector, Gowanda PTA. I served as a member of the Buffalo Council, NYS Credit Union League, and Society of FBI Alumni national treasurer and NE Regional Vice President and served five years on the Gowanda Central School District budget committee. I served two years on the village of Gowanda UDAG Committee, which approved loan applications for local Gowanda area businesses.

“Giving back to my community and volunteerism is important to me. NYS Women, Inc. has enriched my life for years through educational workshops and instilled in me the importance of women running for political office which I did in 1997. Doing my part to make this world a better place for everyone has always been important to me, as is spending time with my husband, Bob, children, Lisa and Michael and our three grandchildren, Dylan, Kyle and Alayna Swartz.

“I am asking for your vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5 to re-elect me for the position of town councilman, town of Collins and endorsed by the Republican party. I feel my experience, dedication and fiscal responsibility are skills which are needed for the councilman position. Remember to exercise your right to vote and early voting at selected areas.”

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