Pete Wolgast, chair of the Westport Weston Family Y's board of trustees, was recently presented with the Silver Star of the Year award by the Westport-Weston AARP Chapter. The honor is given each year to civic leaders who have given their time and talent to help the community.

Wolgast was given the award by Barbara Stemmer of AARP Chapter 1588 at a luncheon at the Red Barn restaurant attended by several dozen fellow community leaders and elected state and local officials.

Wolgast, a resident of Westport for close to 50 years, was recognized for the volunteer work he does for a host of community organizations and causes.

"Not only has Pete been a long-term dedicated lay leader at Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, but he's served many years as a member of the Westport Representative Town Meeting, four years as president of the Westport Historical Society, two terms as chair of the Westport Weston Family Y's board of trustees, and -- well, the list goes on and on," said Allen Raymond, last year's recipient of the award.

At the luncheon, Wolgast was also recognized for his leadership roles in the Westport Republican Town Committee, the town's Charter Revision Committee, Westport Sunrise Rotary and the Y's Men of Westport-Weston, among other organizations.

State and local officials presented Wolgast with honors of their own. First Selectman Jim Marpe presented him with an official proclamation from the town, and state Rep. Gail Lavielle and state Sen. Toni Boucher presented Wolgast with an official citation of congratulations on behalf of their colleagues, state Sen. John McKinney and state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg.

"I consider Pete a real mentor in every sense of the word," said Marpe, "which makes me particularly proud that this proclamation to Pete is the first of my administration."

Wolgast is a retired Exxon executive who spent 25 years in various positions in the company in New York, Bahrain, London and Japan. Pete and his wife, Janet, have owned a home in Westport since 1968, where they raised four children.