Local volunteers, groups receive governor’s awards
Several area residents and organizations received 2013 Governor’s Volunteer Award from Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds during a special recognition ceremony Friday in Ottumwa.
Edd Felgar of Fairfield, Toni Griffith of Libertyville and John Schuck of Stockport were nominated for the award by Seneca Area Agency on Aging for volunteer service.
Linda Goldstein of Keosauqua, Jefferson County Health Center in Fairfield and Van Buren County Hospital in Keosauqua were nominated for the award by the Senior Health Insurance Information Program.
Rustin Lippincott of Fairfield was nominated by the Iowa Tourism Office,
Sheila Smith of Hillsboro was nominated by Harmony Community School District.
Shirley Stacey of Eldon was nominated by the Eldon S.H.A.R.E.
Fred and Betty Krueger of Fairfield were nominated by the Iowa Department of Corrections-Iowa State Penitentiary.
Boy Scouts of America Troop 99 in Douds was nominated by the Iowa Department of Transportation.
The Governor’s Volunteer Awards program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983. What began as a small program only available to state government agencies has expanded throughout the years and now provides all Iowa nonprofit, charitable and government organizations with an easy way to honor their volunteers with a prestigious state-level recognition award.
Several hundred volunteers are recognized each year with awards in one of several categories: Individual, Group, Length of Service or Disaster Volunteer.
“I am very pleased to honor those who have given the precious gift of their time to make a difference and enrich lives in communities all across Iowa,” said Gov. Terry Branstad. “I never tire of meeting volunteers and hearing about the wonderful accomplishments they contribute to making this state great.”
“An unknown author wrote, ‘Volunteers are seldom paid; not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless,’” said Reynolds. “I couldn’t agree more. The governor and I are privileged to thank and recognize all of this year’s award recipients for their dedication.”
The Governor’s Volunteer Award program is coordinated by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and the Governor’s Office. For more information, visit volunteeriowa.org/awards or call 515-725-3094.