Hard-working, dedicated volunteers from around the county were honored at the 29th annual Ashe County Commissioner’s Volunteer of the Year awards ceremony on Thursday, April 10 at the Ashe County High School auditorium.
In addition to commissioners, in attendance were County Manager Sam Yearick, County Volunteer Coordinator Glenda Luther, members of the Chamber of Commerce and other members of the community.
“I want to thank all the volunteers within our county for all they do throughout the year,” Luther said. “We are very blessed in Ashe to have such wonderful people who have the desire to help others.”
Commissioners honored select individual and organization volunteers from seven categories. Individual categories included human service volunteer, individual community volunteer, youth, senior citizen, and school/mentor volunteers. Organization categories included community volunteer organization, church/religious volunteer or group and business volunteer involvement.
The 2014 individual volunteer winners were: William Sands (human service), Edie Miller and Robert Poe (individual community), Arianna Vannoy (youth), Dorothy Blay and Sylvia Miller (senior citizen), Melody Rector, Mike Little and Micah Orfield (school/mentor).
Organization winners were: Project Star (community), Bethany United Methodist Church (church/religious) and United Chemi-con (business).
Last year, Betty Ball, Joann Crawley, Terry Kimmer, Kena Patrick, Angela Taylor, C and C Dairy, Chestnut Hill Baptist Church Ladies Circle and Peak Creek Ruritan Club were all award winners.
In addition, eight were honored with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. Ball (Ashe Services for Aging’s Meals on Wheels volunteer), Jan Caddell (long-time host of 580 WKSK’s Happy Time Show), Kimmer (Generations Developmental Child Day Care volunteer), Patrick (Ashe Memorial Hospital volunteer), Lynn Robinson (Generations Intergenerational Day Care), C and C Dairy, Chestnut Hill Baptist Church Ladies Circle and Peak Creek Ruritan Club.
Ball, Kimmer, Patrick, C and C Dairy, Chestnut Hill Baptist Church Ladies Circle and the Peak Creek Ruritan Club were all recipients of last year’s commissioner’s volunteer awards.
“One of the largest benefits people get from volunteering is knowing they are making a difference in their community by helping others,” Luther said. “The benefits of obtaining such pride, satisfaction and accomplishment are all wonderful reasons to serve.”
Alan Bulluck can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @albulluck.