2019 Bowl Honoree: Jill Spieler
Jill Spieler, an extraordinary resident with 40 years of dedicated volunteerism to Scarsdale, was the 2019 recipient of the community’s highest award, the Scarsdale Bowl. Awarded annually since 1943, the award recognizes an “individual . . . who has given unselfishly of his time, energy and effort to the civic welfare of the community of Scarsdale.” Explaining the decision to award Spieler the Bowl, Deborah Pekarek, Chair of the Scarsdale Bowl Committee, said, “Jill Spieler is a Scarsdale gem, contributing in a generous and unselfish fashion, again and again. Her calm demeanor, collaborative spirit, and her desire to find long-lasting solutions to improve and deliver important services for Scarsdale are hallmarks of her volunteerism. Her leadership abilities are extraordinary and span village, school and other community institutions.”
Spieler has a long, distinguished record of volunteer services, beginning in 1981 as a founding member of Kids B.A.S.E and The Little School. She served as a Board Member from 1983-1998, inclusive of a two- year term as its President. During her tenure, Spieler provided outstanding leadership during the difficult period when Kids B.A.S.E lost its original space in the Scarsdale School facilities. As reported by Jackie Irwin, “Her focus, energy and collaborative skills were critical in the effort between the Village and the program to raise $1.8 million for the current facility adjacent to the pool complex.”
Spieler continued her commitment to this community by serving on the Scarsdale Village Board of Ethics, the Advisory Council on Youth, and the Village Parks and Recreation Council, chairing the Recreation Council in 2000. Spieler was also an active member of the League of Women Voters and chaired the Voter Service committee.
She joined the Scarsdale Forum Board in 1999, where she later served as First Vice President and then President. Following her service on the Forum, she was nominated and elected to the Scarsdale Board of Education in 2007 where she served for two consecutive three-year terms and served as President of the Board from 2011-2013.
The Bowl Committee was pleased to host the reception and dinner on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 to honor Jill Spieler who exemplifies Scarsdale’s spirit of volunteerism.