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Tori Penrod-Clark

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Tori Penrod-Clark
Board Member
 
I am a 1993 graduate of Honeoye Central. I was in one of the last classes to attend the little school in Hemlock through first grade. I live in South Bristol with my husband Joshua and our children, Adele (16) and Sam (14). We have a small hobby farm which includes a flock of chickens, a herd of goats, a peacock and more recently turkeys. We built our own homestead style maple syrup operation which is a tradition passed down several generations in my family. I work for and am a shareholder for my husband’s electrical contracting business, Clark Contractors, Inc. where I keep the books and manage the office. I love to garden and keep our pantry and freezer stocked with what we grow. I love the outdoors and baseball.   
 
During my time at HCS I participated in many set crews for the dramas and musicals; participated in a   4-H club; All-County Chorus at the elementary and high school level; Explorations Club; the JV and Varsity Volleyball team where I served as Co-Captain my senior year and played in the Exceptional Senior Game.
 
In the past I co-led a 4-H club in Ontario County for children interested in nature and the outdoors for a couple of years when my children were in elementary school. I also led and coached teams for Horse Bowl Competitions for a Livingston County 4-H Club to compete at the county, regional and state levels for three years. More recently I have coached both Minors and Majors teams for Honeoye Junior Baseball & Softball and served on the board as Secretary and Registrar. This is where I learned how extremely important speaking up for our children truly is. I was able to line up a night game under the lights in Canandaigua one cold fall evening for our team to play a team from Canandaigua Junior Baseball. I also led the way to get HJB&S out to Geneva to see a college baseball game under the lights at McDonough Park which is a level play often overlooked. I attended meetings with the Finger Lakes League and Babe Ruth in Newark as the representative for HJB&S to begin the implementation of one of our Majors teams into the Finger Lakes League. This gave our youth the opportunity to experience baseball at the 50/70 level instead of holding them back to 46/60. This closed a massive gap for the players on the threshold of moving up to school teams with a 60/90 field. This also set them up to play the athletes from schools that they would continue to play throughout their school career. I was part of the laying out of the field and part of the labor that went into converting the field. I spent hours there for the kids. I am happy to say that the team went out and competed that spring and took second in the league. I coached at the 15U level this past summer and fall for the Wayland Cyclones in the Monroe County Babe Ruth League. Coaching brought me to a place that I never envisioned myself in because someone else believed in me to get the job done. Truthfully, it has been one of the greatest things I have ever been part of. I am proud of the athletes that I have helped pave the way for. I have stood up for them and been part of giving them a playing field they deserved and needed. I have participated in HCS Sports Boosters Club and am the Parent Representative for the baseball between the coaches and baseball families. Unfortunately, due to Covid, I was unable to fulfill that role to full capacity last spring. I will be there this season to continue working alongside coaches and the club to see our young players through the upcoming season.
 
I have volunteered for non-profits such as Colony Caregivers, Hornell Area Humane Society/Grand View Canine Care, and donated countless bars of homemade goat milk soap to local dog rescue groups for special care dogs. Often in the spring I will foster bottle baby goat kids for other people still involved in their kidding seasons. I have been a member of the Honeoye Community Players and especially enjoyed the annual preparations and set-up for Christmas in Honeoye. My husband and I support the trades. In September of 2020 when our daughter began her Carpentry Class at BOCES we realized Covid was going to restrict that experience. We donated funds from our business to the carpentry club because they were not going to be able to do their normal fundraising and projects to raise money. We also purchased materials and gave them a project to build which kept them busy being able to apply what they were learning in the class through March. The sense of pride they had when we went to meet the class and pick up our outbuilding was what meant the most to me.  
 
I am a strong believer that we need to provide our children with activities that help them and encourage them to achieve goals. That means helping them find out who they are and appreciating who they are in the now. It means giving them all the tools to discover who and what they will be capable of becoming in the long term. I also believe that we should find ways and make ways to promote to their growth. In a world where the expectation is to seek conformity I tend to go against the current and seek thinking outside the box. People like to be recognized and appreciated for their efforts. Children are going to become those adults. It is our duty to plant the seeds for their tomorrow. It is our job to get them there! I will absolutely, never back down to a situation that is going to forge a child ahead in their life. I will never hesitate to stop and ask a question where I seek clarity to benefit someone else. I am not afraid to step up when no one else will and be the light for someone who needs it. I am not afraid of hard work or making ripples in the eye of achievement. Our kids and our district are the future.