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Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk with her "Woman of Distinction" nomination Pastor Gail C. Adamoschek.

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Adamoschek honored as "Woman of Distinction"

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - Updated: 9:56 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- Pastor Gail C. Adamoschek was recently named one of New York State's "Women of Distinction", nominated by Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, acknowledged during a recent reception at the New York State Senate, wherein she was provided a proclamation, a bouquet of flowers and a plaque.

Tkaczyk stated, "Each year, the State Senate honors 'Women of Distinction' and each Senator selects a woman from their district who has contributed to their community. This year, I selected Pastor Gail Adamoschek, who was so instrumental in the recovery efforts after the Fort Plain floods."

Adamoschek, born to dairy farmers in Sprakers, NY, has spent her entire life dedicating time to those around her, first spending her young years working rigorously alongside her family on their farm, then operating a sheep and pastured poultry farm after marrying her husband, Steve, while raising three children -- then making it her mission to help flood affected people in various regions of the state.

In 2003, Gail and Steve were ordained as Pastors through Maranatha Ministerial Fellowship International, installed as pastors of River of Jubilee Church. Adamoschek earned her theological degree from Christian Life School of Theology.

Adamoschek began working with the flood affected in 2006, collecting and sending supplies to flooded families while offering her church as a place of refuge. When Tropical Storm Irene hit in 2011, Adamoschek mobilized teams in Schoharie Valley and Mohawk Valley, collecting and handing out supplies while also organizing groups to mud, gut and rebuild homes, providing all things necessary for successful recuperation.

Since 2013, when the devastating flood hit Fort Plain, Adamoschek has been integral in organizing thousands of volunteers to assist with disaster response, attacking the flood from every angle, from gathering, storing and handing out necessary supplies to providing information, to collecting money and sending out volunteer teams to take care of various reconstruction-related needs.

Though Senator Tkaczyk informed her of the nomination months ago, Adamoschek said that she was "really surprised" when she learned she'd receive the distinction alongside other notable individuals including government workers and women participating prominently in humanitarian efforts.

"What I do, I don't do to get an award. I do it because people are hurting," Adamoschek sincerely noted, explaining that through the hardships she's seen local people suffer, she's remained motivated by verses in the New Testament that command "Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, mind, soul, body and strength," and to "Love thy neighbor as yourself."

She said that the passage helped her to understand, "if my neighbor just got wiped out in a flood, or a tornado, or if they're having bad things going on, it's good to step in and be that loving neighbor who will come to their aid and help in any way they can."

Adamoschek said that while about 95 percent of the recovery process is complete in Fort Plain, there's still a lot of work left to be done. "That 5 percent is still a long way to go," she said, noting that there are people who are not yet back in their homes.

She stated that carpenters and skilled masons are still needed, and donations are always welcomed. The River of Jubilee Church also continues to operate their "Adopt-A-Room" program, wherein people are invited to contribute money so that volunteers are able to purchase sheetrock, insulation, screws, joint compound and materials required for home revitalization, "so they can get those interiors up and going."

In the proclamation supplied by Senator Tkaczyk to Adamoschek, it was stated that she's "proof that one person can do a lot when motivated by the biblical standard of loving your neighbor." While Adamoschek is quick to point out that it was never just her that helped Fort Plain recover from the flood -- but a team of consistently dedicated individuals passionate about helping the community get back on its feet -- she said that she hopes that message will hit others with the same inspirational force that struck her, as while it hasn't been just one person that assisted with flood recovery, every single person involved can make a world of difference.

     

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