Sheryl Shaughnessey, a lawyer, former town treasurer and longtime Fairfield Rotary Club member, was recently recognized for her civic contributions when First Selectman Michael Tetreau declared Jan. 11 as “Sheryl Shaughnessey Day” in Fairfield,

Tetreau was on hand to present the citation to Shaughnessey at a Fairfield Rotary meeting, joined by state Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey.

Shaughnessey also was recently the 2015 recipient of the Norman K. Parsells Memorial Award, given to a Rotarian in the region to honor Parsells’ “memory and spirit for dedicated service to the community. It exemplifies Rotary’s ideal of ‘service above self,’ ” according to announcement from the Rotary.

Shaughnessey was among the first three women to join the local club, and served as its first female president from 1995-96.

Shaughnessey, who has her own local law practice, graduated from Georgetown University; was an exchange student at Dartmouth College, and received a law degree at the University of Bridgeport. She previously had been an associate with the firm of Ober, Moore, Thorburn and Noren. She is a former chairwoman of the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association.

In addition to serving as the town’s treasurer, she is a former chairwoman of the town’s Ethics Commission.

She is also a licensed funeral director, in conjunction with her family’s Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home on Reef Road.

Shaughnessey has also been a member of the boards of the Inner City Foundation for Charity and Education, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Connecticut Inc., St. Patrick’s Scholarship Committee and the Greater Fairfield Board of Realtors.