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Local volunteers receive Governor's Volunteer Awards

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thirty-one individuals, including Connie Haack of Marcus (pictured) and four groups who volunteer for Siouxland Aging Services received the Governor's Volunteer Award for their outstanding service from Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds in a special recognition ceremony at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake on Wednesday, July 6, one of four ceremonies which were held throughout the state to honor volunteers.

The majority of the local volunteers deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors in Cherokee, Ida, Monona, Plymouth, and Woodbury counties. Others assisted with meals and activities at congregate meal sites, represented the seniors in their communities and counties on the Board of Directors or Advisory Council, or assisted with the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program educating their peers about Medicare fraud, scams and identity theft.

The Governor's Volunteer Awards program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983. The program has grown from a small program only available to state agencies to its present function of providing all Iowa nonprofit, charitable, and government organizations with an easy and effective way to honor their volunteers with a prestigious state-level recognition award.

Volunteers may be nominated for an award in one of several categories; Individual, Group, Length of Service, or Disaster Volunteer. More than 700 volunteers were selected for awards in 2011.

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