Rev. Dykstra to receive Roadman Citizenship Award
Rev. Richard Dykstra of Roxbury will receive Margaretville Hospital’s Keene Roadman Hospital Citizen of the Year Award at this fall’s Harvest Moon Ball on Saturday, Oct. 18.
Rev. Dykstra has served as the minister of the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church in Roxbury since 1981. During his 33 years as an area resident, Rev. Dykstra has been involved in numerous activities to help serve local communities.
He has been a member of the Roxbury Fire Department for more than three decades and serves as the organization’s chaplain. He has also been an Emergency Medical Technician on the Roxbury Ambulance Squad for nearly 20 years.
Rev. Dykstra has spent nearly three decades as a member of the Board of Directors for Kirkside of Roxbury Inc., a retirement home. He is secretary-treasurer of the Interfaith Council of Margaretville Inc. Rev. Dykstra has served the Classis of Schoharie, Reformed Church in America, in various capacities and is currently the group’s treasurer and a member of its executive committee. Last May, he was elected vice president of the Regional Synod of Albany, Reformed Church in America. He served part-time as a chaplain with the Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care for nearly 15 years.
Pursuing a long-held ambition to become a minister, he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and Christian Education from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa in 1978. He earned a Master of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, N.J. in 1981.
A native of South Dakota, Rev. Dykstra grew up on a farm near a town that is very close to the size of the small villages in Delaware County. He and his wife, Carol Ann, were married in 1980. Although she was from the suburbs of New Jersey, they both desired to move to a more rural area and found that Roxbury and the Margaretville area met their needs.
Rev. Dykstra said he is humbled at being chosen for the Keene A. Roadman Hospital Citizenship Award.
“I was totally overwhelmed by the fact that they asked me to accept the award. There are so many more people who are more deserving.”
Regarding his strong involvement in many organizations and activities, Rev. Dykstra noted, “There’s always a feeling in my mind that people have to be involved in their community. It’s easy to see things and help make improvements wherever we can.”
He acknowledged the role of his church in allowing him to be so involved as a community volunteer, pointing out that, without their permission, it would not be possible to provide these services.
Roxbury Central School Superintendent and Margaretville Hospital Board Member Tom O’Brien has witnessed Rev. Dykstra’s commitment to the residents of the region on numerous occasions.
“Rich Dykstra is an excellent candidate for this recognition. As a pastor, he has worked closely with area Hospice and has provided bedside worship and other forms of worship for our hospital and nursing home. As a volunteer EMT with Roxbury Fire and EMS, Rich has transported hundreds of patients to our emergency room and I have witnessed firsthand, as a fellow EMT, his care is exceptional and professional,” Mr. O’Brien commented.
The annual Harvest Moon Ball, which is sponsored the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Hanah Mountain Resort, Margaretville. For ticket information, please contact Karen Kolar at 845 676-4844 or Rita Herbt at 845 586-1439.
Margaretville Hospital, which is a member of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley®, is located at 42084 State Highway 28, Margaretville.
HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley® is the alignment of HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus and Broadway Campus, as well as Margaretville Hospital, Mountainside Residential Care Center and Woodland Pond at New Paltz. As the parent organization with a unified governance structure, the goal of HealthAlliance is to strengthen the quality of care and bring forward enhanced technology to serve the present and future healthcare needs in the Hudson Valley. HealthAlliance and its affiliate facilities are committed to providing compassionate, patient-centered care and ensuring patient safety, privacy and dignity to all. For further information about Health?Alliance visit our website at www.HAHV.org.