Recognizing his contributions to Northumberland organizations and services performed for individuals, Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship (NAPS) has named Bill Estell its 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award. The formal presentation will be performed at the NAPS Annual Social, Saturday, October 14, at the Bay Quarter Shores Community Club House, 4 to 7 p.m.
Estell’s contributions to Northumberland organizations include President of the Northumberland Library Board of Trustees for four years and President of NAPS for six years. In addition, he has been on the board of the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum and a long-time docent at the museum. During the re-building of the Friends of the Northumberland Library, he volunteered to join the board and is currently the Vice-President.
After retiring from the U.S. Navy in 1991, Estell went back to school, earned a Masters Degree in education and taught math at Wakefield High School in Arlington. When he moved full time to Northumberland County, he taught at RCC as Adjunct Professor. He was also a substitute math teacher at Northumberland Middle School.
For services to individuals, Estell has tutored kids in math at the library and helped students in an after-school reading program at Northumberland Elementary School. He has been a regular volunteer at the library desk for 21 years. He has been treasurer of the White Sand Harbour Property Owners’ Association for 19 years.
“When I was campaigning for the Northumberland Board of Supervisors some years ago, I spoke of preserving the essence of our community, providing education opportunities for our children, and protecting the environment. And that’s what NAPS is all about,” he said.
Estell lives with Jinny, his wife of 55 years in Edwardsville.