For Immediate Release
Local Citizens and Connections Area Agency on Aging receive Governor’s Award
Several volunteers for Connections Area Agency on Aging (AAA) received a 2015 Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds during a special recognition ceremony held June 19 in Storm Lake. These volunteer were nominated by Connections AAA and honored for individual outstanding service or length of service.
Nancy Young - outstanding service
Akron Congregate meals/Senior Center
Teresa Moring - -20 Years of Service
Cherokee Congregate Meal Site
Charles Johnson - 10 Year Service Award
Mapleton Congregate Meal Site/Senior Center
Frances Koeppen - 10 Year Service Award
Moville Congregate Meals/Senior Center
Helen Leinbaugh - 15 years of Service
Sgt Bluff Congregate Meal Site/Senior Center
Millie Paxson - 10 Year Service Award
Bill Cunningham -Fairmont Park - Congregate Meals Outstanding Volunteer Service
Bob Brown - Meals on Wheels Driver - 5 Years of Service
Dan Klein - Meals on Wheels. Driver 4 years of Service
Rachel Brophy - Meals on Wheels Driver 8 years of Service
Richard Lage - Meals on Wheels Driver 5 years of Service
Robert Jaminet - SHIIP(Senior Health Insurance Information Program) Outstanding Volunteer Service
In addition, Connections Area Agency on Aging received a group award for 5 years of service as a SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) sponsor site. Two individuals, Harvey Rabe and Chris Kuchta were also honored for their five years of service as SHIIP counselors. These nominations originated from the Iowa Insurance Division’s SHIIP office.
“Iowa is recognized as a national leader in volunteerism and service because of the steadfast devotion of our volunteers,” stated Governor Terry E. Brandstad. “I am pleased to have an opportunity to personally thank this year’s Governor’s Volunteer Award recipients for contributing their priceless time and talent in ways that make an enormous difference in our state.”
“The people selected for these awards have gone well above and beyond what is expected in their quest to help others,” said Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. “Their hard work and dedication have encouraged other citizens to become more engaged, which makes stronger communities.”
The Governor’s Volunteer Awards (GVA) program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983. What began as a small program for state government agencies, has expanded over the years and now provides all Iowa nonprofit, charitable, and governmental organizations with an easy way to honor their volunteers with a prestigious state-level award. Hundreds of volunteers are recognized each year with awards in in one of four categories: Individual, Group, Length of Service, or Disaster Volunteer.
Recipients of the Governor’s Volunteer Award do not necessarily need to live in Iowa, but their service must have benefited Iowans or an Iowan organization. Award Criteria include an individual or group who has:
• Demonstrated exceptional commitment to volunteerism by helping with a special project or ongoing activities.
• Demonstrated exemplary leadership, creativity, cooperation, and hard work in their service to others.
• Made an outstanding contribution to state or community through volunteer service.
The Governor’s Volunteer Award program is coordinated by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and the Governor’s Office. For more information, visit www.volunteeriowa.org or call 515-725-33094.