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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • RSVP volunteers recognized for hours of service

  • The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program at Douglass Community Services its dedicated volunteers for their years of service at the annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet.


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    Stacey Nicholas
    The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program at Douglass Community Services its dedicated volunteers for their years of service at the annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet.
     More than 415 RSVP volunteers work in the seven counties covered by RSVP. In the last year, RSVP volunteers donated nearly 50,000 hours of work to the local communities.  If each volunteer were to receive a paycheck with appropriate benefits, that would be nearly $900,000 of financial services. More than 160 new volunteers joined in the last year.  
     “It is more than the hours you give.  It’s the heart and care you give to each task undertaken.  Thank you for really listening when a child reads to you; for really caring when someone tells you how they feel; for completing each assignment with skill, while treating each person with dignity and respect.  Your actions are the bedrock of our community spirit in Northeast Missouri,”  RSVP Program Director Stacey Nicholas told the volunteers in her report.
     Volunteers recognized for years of service from Marion and Ralls Counties are:
    Dale Cunningham, Rose Curfman, Doris McKay, and Hirmaline Whitney for 25 years of volunteering.
    Bernice Allen, Frances Gilmore, Vincent Gilmore, Ruth Taliaferro, and Dorothy Webb for 20 years of service.
    Ann Catlett, Dorothy Newlon, Elizabeth Roth, and Patricia Yount for 15 years of volunteering.
    Eva Boggs, Bernice Cassidy, Titus Cassidy, Wilma Hightower, Mary Kempf, Jacqueline McElroy, Karen McFarland, Amy Moore, Lucille Orscheln, Ellen Jean Reeves, and Joan Rouse for 10 years of service.
    Dave Dexheimer, W. Paul Maddox, Mae McLaughlin, Gloria McMillan,Vernon Murphy, Marilyn Powell, Elva Reed, Geraldine Riney, John Rodgers, Beth Taylor, and Genevieve Tucker for five years of volunteer service.
    Bernice Allen, Frances Gilmore, Vincent Gilmore, Ruth Taliaferro, and Dorothy Webb were inducted into the RSVP Hall of Fame for their service commitment.
    Sponsored by Douglass Community Services, RSVP is a nationwide program designed to enrich the lives of older adults through community service and personal development.  RSVP members share their skills and hobbies with community not-for-profit agencies.  RSVP is open to all persons who are 55 years-of-age and older.  If you would like to know more about RSVP call Stacey Nicholas at (573) 221-3892, ext 247.
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