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Douglas Gustin to be added to Canastota Alumni Wall of Distinction

Douglas Gustin, a 1975 graduate of Canastota High School studied at SUNY Morrisville and received an associate of applied science degree in 1977.  He entered the work force first working with Chicago Markets then moving on to the Bruno Novelty Company, where he worked for the next five years.  Gustin then took a position with the U.S. Postal Service, where he has been employed for more than 34.

He served as a union steward from 2007 to present and received the U.S. Postal Service Million Mile Award in 2015.

Gustin is a 30-year member of the Knights of Columbus, has been a member of the Canastota Civic Club for 15 years and served on Canastota Village Planning Board for three years.  He became a member of the Canastota Alumni Association in 1999, serving on the board of directors and is vice president.

Involved in community affairs, Doug served with the Hook and Ladder Company of the Canastota Fire Department from 1977 to 1992 and held the office of treasurer.  He was a member of the Fire Council and a member of the Old-Time Firemen’s Club.  His volunteer work also includes working the Boxing Hall of Fame weekend and has volunteered and co-chaired the postal induction for 30 years.

Doug also uses his energy in working with the school community.  He has twice served on the Canastota Central School’s Board of Education for a total of 20 years (1999-2019).  While on the board, he served twice as vice president and president in 2004-05.  As a board member, he participated on the Policy, Facilities and Safety Audit committees.

Continuing his interest on the school community, Doug represented CCS on the Madison Oneida BOCES Board of Education, serving two terms as president and two terms as vice president, as well as attending the NYS School Board Convention as a delegate for a total of 10 times.  Other participation included chairperson for the Audit & Facilities Committee, acting as a liaison to the Safety Committee and serving as a member of the Executive and Legislative Committee.  He was also the Central New York representative for the Federal Relations Network.

Doug is an avid bowler and won the NYS Doubles Championship in 2007.  His participation in ABC National Tournaments resulted in 15 years of travel to numerous cities.  He also served on the Syracuse Bowling Association Board of Directors from 1992-2009.  He served as vice president from 1997-99 and president in 1999-2000.  Along with bowling, golf is a favorite pastime of Doug’s, and he said he’s had the pleasure of getting a hole-in-one.

The annual Canastota Wall of Distinction Banquet will be held at Theodore’s, Route 5 (Seneca Turnpike) Saturday, Oct. 19. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., with dinner following at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30 per person, with reservations available from Deb Ford at 315.403.0742 no later than Monday, Oct. 14.

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