November 3, 2005 - Issue: Vol. 151, No. 144 — Daily Edition109th Congress (2005 - 2006) - 1st Session
HONORING ELIZABETH KOSTER AS SHE RECEIVES THE 2005 ATHENA AWARD FROM THE POCONO MOUNTAIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE; Congressional Record Vol. 151, No. 144
(Extensions of Remarks - November 03, 2005)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E2247-E2248] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING ELIZABETH KOSTER AS SHE RECEIVES THE 2005 ATHENA AWARD FROM THE POCONO MOUNTAIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ______ HON. PAUL E. KANJORSKI of pennsylvania in the house of representatives Wednesday, November 2, 2005 Mr. KANJORSKI. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to ask you and my esteemed colleagues in the House of Representatives to pay tribute to Elizabeth Koster, of Smithfield Township, Monroe County, PA, who was chosen by the Pocono Mountain Chamber of Commerce to receive its 2005 Athena Award. Mrs. Koster is president and chief executive officer of Fitzmaurice Community Services, Inc., which has been serving the needs of special populations in the Pocono area for 30 years. Founded by Mrs. Koster's mother, Johanna Fitzmaurice, in 1966, the business strives to crate environments for persons with disabilities that support independence, productivity and [[Page E2248]] inclusion through customized services provided by highly qualified staff personnel. Mrs. Fitzmaurice died in 1978 but the organization she founded has grown over the years under the leadership and vision of her daughter, Mrs. Koster. Mrs. Koster graduated from East Stroudsburg University after which she began her career as a teacher and then as an associate at her mother's company, rising to president and CEO following her mother's death. Today, her company assists hundreds of persons with special needs so they can lead meaningful and productive lives by providing housing, education, recreation and medical services. Mrs. Koster serves on the boards of directors of the Pocono Mountains Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Eastern Monroe Public Library, Leadership Pocono and the ESU Rehabilitation Services Advisory Council. She is a member of the Kiwanis Club of the Stoudsburgs, advisor for the Kiwanis AKTION Club of Stroudsburg and is past president of the Northeast Providers Association, the Pocono Providers Association and past vice chair of the Mental Retardation Committee for Pennsylvania Community providers Association. Mr. Speaker, please join me in congratulating Mrs. Koster on this occasion. Athena award winners are chosen on the basis of their professional excellence and service to community. Clearly, Mrs. Koster demonstrates those qualities. ____________________