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KARSP Awards & Recognition

 

The following excerpts appeared in the Awards & Recognitions booklet provided at the 2007 KARSP State Convention.

KARSP Community Service Committee members Lynda Wheeler and Marianne Cullers are proud to present Community Service Awards and Recognitions for the 2007 convention.

Total Community Service Hours are: 380,449, with 66,361 total youth hours. These figures represent $7,562,339.00 of volunteer time, with $1,282,197.00 of youth volunteer time. CONGRATULATIONS! Facsimile checks in these amount will be presented to Gov. Sebilius.


2007 Outstanding Unit Awards go to Chanute Area Retired School Personnel and Douglas County Association of Retired School Personnel.

The Meadowlark Award is given to an individual or couple to recognize years of service to others. This year the following people received that honor:

 

Albert “Jud” Wagner from Smith County
Jack & Mary Melhorn of Emporia Area
Don & Leona Garrison of Junction City Association
Irmie Fallon of Manhattan Area
Margaret Merrion of Douglas County
Kenneth & Helen Wagner of Butler County
Robert Roberts of Southeast Kansas


The Sunflower Award is presented to an individual who has done community service in spite of a hardship, like a serious family or personal illness, or disability. This year the following people received that honor:
 

Bill Phillips of Emporia Area
Frank Malambri of Emporia Area
Allein Davis of Emporia Area
Judy Rosa of Junction City

Jo Anne McKenna of Junction City
Stanley Leland of Manhattan Area
Keith & Hazel Nitcher of Douglas County
Alwilna Stoltenberg of Douglas County

NRTA With Our Youth! Awards

Edie Jorns of Manhattan Area
Liz Beikman of Manhattan
Eula Fern Lang of Southwest Area

National AARP 2007 Annual Community Service Award
Irmie Fallon of Manhattan Area Retire Retired Educators Association
 


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Unit Service Awards
are presented to those with the highest number of
volunteer hours in their unit. The following people received this recognition:

Carl Kasey of McPherson Area
Anne Scuitte of Salina Area
Jo Strnad of Republic County
Ava Lee Maydew of Smith County
Elizabeth Johnson of Smoky Valley

Lucille Pennel of Brown County
Harry Hart of Emporia
Sharon Sharpe of Junction City
Marianne Cullers of Manhattan Area
John Dill of Topeka Area

Margaret McConnell of Atchison Area
Stan Roth of Douglas County
Mary Cashman of Johnson County
Helen D. Brown of Leavenworth Area
Jim Gray of Miami County

Anne Lessor of Barton County
Thelma Kauffman of Harper County
Annette Van Blaricum of Pratt Association
Bill Bolan of Seward County
Don & Katie Webb of Southwest Area

Phillip & Carolyn Osborn of Arkansas City Area
Carol Musick of Butler County
Arnita Haury of Harvey County
Fifi Eckrote of Hutchinson Area
Elaine Taylor of Valley Center
Harrison Taylor of Valley Center
Delores B. Carr of Wellington Area
Diana Samuelson of Wichita Association

Sharon Lynch of Allen County
Eileen Robertson of Chanute Area
Florence Babcock of Coffeyville Area
Marjory Pickell of Greenwood-Elk County
Bob Casino of Southeast Kansas

 


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Distinguished Service Awards are given to unit members who have accrued volunteer hours in these categories: approximately 3000, 2000, 1500, 1200, 900 volunteer hours.

Approximately 3,000 hours of volunteer time given:

Mary Cashman of Johnson County
Hannah Brown of Johnson County
Helen D. Brown of Leavenworth Area
Sharon Lynch of Allen County
Eileen Robertson of Chanute
Margaret Lee Sims of Wyandotte County

 


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Approximately 2,000 hours of volunteer time given:

John Dill of Topeka Area

Marilyn McCleary of Douglas County
Stan Roth of Douglas County
Lynda Wheeler of Douglas County
Nancy Coit of Johnson County
Rita Stolfus of Johnson County
Sally Clark of Leavenworth Area

Carolyn Osborn of Arkansas City
Phillip Osborn of Arkansas City
Judy Day of Arkansas City
Anna Fralick of Wichita Area
Diana Samuelson of Wichita Area

Donna Houser of Allen County
Lynda Meisch of Chanute Area
Frank Meisch of Chanute Area
Lesta Swender of Chanute Area
Bonnie Umbarger of Chanute Area

 


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Approximately 1500 hours of volunteer time given:

Harry Hart of Emporia
Sharon Sharpe of Junction City

Verlin Gilbert of Douglas County
Barbara Kelly of Douglas County
Sherry Slade of Douglas County
Ray Wilbur of Douglas County
Dorothy Blackburn of Johnson County
Sharon McBride of Johnson County
Frieda Epp of Leavenworth Area
Max Klamm of Wyandotte County

Barbara Buller of Harper County
Thelma Kaufmann of Harper County
Don Webb of Harper County
Katie Webb of Harper County

Fifi Eckrote of Hutchinson Area

Elissa Collins of Chanute Area
Gertrude Thorsell of Chanute Area


 


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Approximately 1,200 hours of volunteer time given:

Carol Brandert of Salina Area
Anne Scuitte of Salina Area
Ava Lee Maydew of Smith County

Marianne Cullers of Manhattan Area

Sue Midyett of Douglas County
Marian Wilbur of Douglas County
Virginia Williams of Douglas County
Jack Chalendar of Johnson County
Donna Cooper of Leavenworth Area
Lucille Lark of Wyandotte County
Woodyne Mann of Wyandotte County

Mary Copenhaver of Harper County

Dean Gilstrap of Arkansas City
Elaine Taylor of Valley Center
Harrison Taylor of Valley Center
Donovan Moore of Wichita Area

Saundra Upshaw of Allen County
Ellery Robertson of Chanute Area

 


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Approximately 900 hours of volunteer time given:

Carl Casey of McPherson Area

Richard McCoy of Emporia Area
Elizabeth Beikman of Manhattan Area
Marilyn Bunyan of Manhattan Area
Elnora Carney of Manhattan Area

Margaret McConnell of Atchison Area
Marlene Ebeling of Douglas County
Marcia Riley of Douglas County
Janet Roth of Douglas County
 

Betty Athey of Johnson County
Charlene Dickeson of Johnson County
Virginia Winston of Johnson County
Katherine Boughton of Leavenworth
Eleanor Embree of Leavenworth
Jim Gray of Miami County
Margaret Hays of Miami County
Nancy Powell of Wyandotte County

Anne Lessor of Barton County
Don Halbower of Barton County
Pat Halbower of Barton County
Bob Hottman of Harper County
Max Jones of Southwest Area
Beth Jantz of Southwest Area
Ethel Peterson of Southwest Area
Mary Roetzer of Southwest Area

Terry Eaton of Arkansas City
Willa Howerton of Arkansas City
Donna Palmer of Arkansas City
Duane Anstine of Hutchinson Area
Kay Dundas of Hutchinson Area
Mildred Dunday of Hutchinson Area
Mae O’Dell of Wichita

Nancy Brock of Chanute Area
Merrill Brock of Chanute Area
Harold Barnhart of Chanute Area
Marge Carlson of Chanute Area
Jane Martin of Chanute Area
Marjory Pickell of Greenwood-Elk
Bob Casino of Southeast Kansas

I apologize ahead of time for errors or omissions in this information. Let me know and I will make the corrections. Lynda Wheeler

 


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A THANK YOU to units who reported participation in one or all of the following projects: KARSP’s Cookie Tray Project, NRTA/AARP’s Day of Service & KARSP’s Remembrance Day, or Collections for Kansans.


Leavenworth Area
Atchison Association
McPherson Area
Arkansas City
Manhattan Area
Brown County
Salina Area
Butler County
Smoky Valley
Chanute Area
Smith County
Douglas County
Southeast Kansas
Emporia Area
Southwest Kansas
Johnson County
Wellington Area
Junction City
Wichita Association
 


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Collections for Kansans
: Various units collect money for scholarships. Those are huge contributions to students. But KARSP units also collect lots of other items that help needy groups and individuals. Some of those items are: mittens and hats, toothbrushes, food, Campbell soup labels, box tops, grocery store receipts, school supplies, toys, and gifts for Christmas, animal shelter supplies, toys, animal shelter supplies, children’s books, paper products and toiletries for emergency shelters and rehabilitation facilities, gifts for needy families during the Christmas holiday and more.

 


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Volunteer Activities.

Around the state of Kansas fellow KARSP members are busy. Churches and church camps,, libraries, hospitals, schools, assisted living and care homes, food pantries, historical societies, arts councils, colleges, service organizations, political action groups, fine arts activities, senior centers, prisons, soup kitchens, and foreign & domestic mission fields – are all places you will find KARSP volunteers.

Organizations like: Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls Club, 4-H Clubs, Helping International, Students organization, Red Cross, /Relay for Life, Cancer Society, Arthritis Society, Lions Club, Kiwanis Sertoma, Rotary, Altrusa, AARP/NRTA, Youth for Christ, Children’s Christian Concern Society, Head Start, Reading is Fundamental, and senior centers – benefit from KARSP members’ efforts in these organizations.

Whether it is making table decorations, taking fresh fruit baskets to nursing homes or home bound folks, tutoring students, helping seniors with taxes, making flyers to advertise fine arts programs in the community, teaching parenting and life skills to prisoners, cleaning cemetery grounds, looking after the spiritual needs of our young people, visiting shut-ins, feeding the hungry, making sundaes for patients at senior centers, assisting in programs that keep cultural history alive, making valentines or Christmas cards for vets in a veterans homes, taking cookies to school staff, participating in a speakers’ bureau, preserving genealogy information, teaching an appreciation for the environment, reading to students, collecting items for organizations that help others, collecting money for scholarships, or helping with things like the River City Reading Festival in Lawrence – KARSP members are out there leading the pack.

What makes this information even more impressive is that several of our member are chronically ill, handicapped, cancer patients and survivors, are taking care of grandchildren or relatives that are in poor health, have hardships many would use as an excuse to stay home. Not KARSP members! We are like that Energizer Bunny – we just keep on going.

 

VOLUNTEERS are AWESOME and VALUED.

If you want information about any activities mentioned, contact me and I will put you in touch with the unit who reported them. Lynda Wheeler




 

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