Mintonette Medallion of Merit 2003
Alex Stetynski has a distinguished history of community service, but his most significant contributions are here. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 1992, appointed Chairman of the Induction Committee in 1993 and elected President in 1994. The VHFís goal was to advance the sportís standing and raise its own profile and it took on the formidable task of staging the 1995 NCAA Menís Champion-ship and the USA Volleyball (USAV) Championships.
He worked with Board Members to select event sites and plan events, and took the responsibility for securing the financial and operational assistance required. Stetynski met with local and national business, political and volleyball leaders to secure support for staging and marketing the events.
Attendance records were set for the Morgan Classic Tournament, Induction Weekend, NCAA Tournament, and a then record 278 teams from around the nation competed in the USAV Championships. The thousands of visitors who came to the Centennial events made the world take notice.
He initiated a fund-raising program that secured grant funding from the City of Holyoke, and financial and in-kind contributions from businesses which enabled the Hall to complete a $500,000 expansion in 1998, with exciting new exhibits. He worked with political leaders to secure a $275,000 grant for a strategic planning effort for a five year development program, with design concepts for a landmark $27,000,000 facility.
From 1994 to 2000, Stetynskiís efforts raised nearly $2,000,000 in sponsorships, contributions, in-kind donations and grants that enabled the VHF to complete its first major expansion, develop plans for a new state-of-the-art facility, establish an internet site and equip itself with modern facilities from which to continue its growth and development.