The Honeywell Hometown Heroes Award was established to honor individuals who are exceptional community leaders focused on making a positive impact in their communities. To qualify as a Hometown Hero, honorees must exemplify a spirit of dedication to initiatives aligned with one or more of Honeywell’s key areas of focus:
Math & Science
Housing & Shelter
Family Safety & Security
Habitat & Conservation
These dedicated, caring and highly motivated individuals are doing the right work, right now.
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Stephen Wowelko, immediate past president of the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and member and past chairman of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region 7 Fish and Wildlife Management board, received the Honeywell Hometown Heroes Award at the annual Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs Awards Banquet on Friday, April 11, 2014.
Wowelko was recognized for his tireless commitment to habitat and conservation. For decades Steve has worked with the community in hands-on conservation activities, helping to raise awareness of the importance of protecting natural resources.
Collaboration between Honeywell Hometown Solutions, Wowelko and the Sportsmen’s Clubs began when Honeywell stepped in to support Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook in 2009. Under Wowelko’s leadership, Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook grew from 400 participants to more than 6,000 in 2013.
Wowelko also has been instrumental in leading efforts to restore the fish hatchery.
As president of the federation from 2007 to 2014, Wowelko oversaw 40 different sportsmen’s clubs with memberships reaching more than 5,000. He was inducted into the New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame in 2010 and was awarded The Post-Standard Heroes of Conservation award in 2009.
Wowelko has also served on the DEC Region 7 Citizen Task Force for Deer Management.
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Honeywell Chairman and CEO Dave Cote presented Richard Walden, President, CEO and Founder of Operation USA, with the Honeywell Hometown Heroes Award in Dana Point, CA, in January 2013.
The award recognizes Walden’s long-term partnership with Honeywell Hometown Solutions (HHS) and commitment to improving the lives of others and making hometowns better places to live. Since 2004, HHS and Operation USA have collaborated on many humanitarian relief efforts for communities devastated by natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis.
Collaboration between Honeywell Hometown Solutions and Operation USA began with the reconstruction of an entire fishing village in Sri Lanka destroyed by the tsunami that hit Southeast Asia in 2004. Other projects included building health clinics in Pakistan after a 2005 earthquake; establishing clean water systems in India in 2007; rebuilding two elementary schools and five health clinics in China after a 2008 earthquake; and building a new school in Haiti following a 2010 earthquake.
In 2013, Honeywell and Operation USA opened the Honeywell Ibasho House, a new community center for senior citizens following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
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