|Fort McCoy volunteers were recognized at the Garrison
Commander’s Volunteer Recognition Banquet, held April 12 at the
The volunteers, along with the Fort McCoy Army Volunteer Corps
Coordinator Lorie Retzlaff and Army Community Service Director Becky
Wapp Sawyer, presented Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott and
Garrison Deputy Commander Col. Rob Humphrey with a symbolic $218,840
check for hours donated from January-December 2011.
Fort McCoy volunteers display
their Garrison Commander Certificates of Appreciation as they
pose with Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott at the
Volunteer Banquet. (Photo by
Army Community Service)
The amount represented the approximate amount volunteers saved Fort
McCoy in 2011. Eighty-four volunteers were recognized for donating 9,774
hours of service. The dollar value of volunteer work was based on an
estimated $22.39 an hour wage at the national level.
Attendees enjoyed a “sit-down” dinner. A training presentation by Kristy
Walz entitled “The Trinity: Optimism, Resilience & Gratitude” concluded
the evening. She spoke about the importance of optimism, resilience and
gratitude in people’s lives and gave attendees ideas and tools they
could immediately apply to their lives to slow down, stress less, and
Nott presented volunteers in the Fort McCoy community with the Garrison
Commander Certificate of Appreciation for dedication in supporting the
mission of Fort McCoy and commitment to volunteerism as a member of the
Army Volunteer Corps from January-December 2011.
The following individuals received a Certificate of Appreciation:
Nate Allen, Amy Anderson,
Craig Bartholomew, Laurie Bartholomew, Norb Brown, Veronica Brown, Sarah
Kaleen Caulkins, Ranse Clark, Tangerine Cobb, Richard Coffin, Duane
Countryman, Aaron Craig, Wilton Cruz,
Courtney Daniels, Nancy Davis-Ortiz, Sheri Dickinson, Francis Downs,
Abby Duebler, Jeff Duebler,
Shawn Eckelberg, Randall Eddy, Kenneth Enghusen,
Hans Fester, Scott Fransen, Marcus Frazee, Rachel Fries, Jing Fu, Eric
Funkhouser, Susan Harrington, Renee Herman, Don Herr, David Hirsch, Mary
Hirsch-Justice, Wesley Howard, Rhonda Humphrey,
Gary Johansen, Laurence Johns,
Ashley Kast, Karen Kast, Carol Kaus, James Keim,
James Laatsch, Sarah Lawry, Kimberly Lodewick,
Michael Manecke, Roger Marier, Rochelle Massengale, Daniel Meyer, Shari
Meyer, Donald Miller,
Francis Paronish, Laura Pettersen, Ora Lee Phelan, Danielle Pilkin,
Laura Rakow, Andrell Reid, Maria Reiland, Brandon Retzlaf, Daniel
Retzlaff, Megan Retzlaff, Kamonrat Richardson, Wade Riniker, Michael
Roeske, Sean Romana,
Nicole Sawyer, Thomas Sawyer, Anne Schofield, Maryann Sliva, Victoria
Larry Thompson, John Timm,
Melekalama Valdez, Anthony Vandergrinten,
Carol Wagner, Sherrie Waldera, Matthew Walters, Angela Woodman, Faith
Woodman, Tara Woodman, Tracy Woodman, and Wayne Woodman.
Eighteen volunteers also were honored with a Presidential Volunteer
Service Award. The President’s Council on Service and Civic
Participation created the President’s Volunteer Service Award Program as
a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment
and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service to
others. It encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation and
inspires others to make volunteering a central part of their lives.
The volunteers receiving Presidential Volunteer Service Awards were:
Gold (500+ hours in 2011) — Francis Downs, Automotive Skills Center; and
Roger Marier, Pine View Campground.
Gold-Young Adult (250+ hours in 2011) — Sarah Brueggen, Army Community
Silver (250-499 hours in 2011) — Duane Countryman, Woodcraft Shop;
Wilton Cruz, Woodcraft Shop; Mary Hirsch-Justice, Direcorate of Family
and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) Ski Patrol; and Anthony
Vandergrinten, Woodcraft Shop.
Bronze (100-249 hours in 2011) — Norb Brown, DFMWR Ski Patrol; Richard
Coffin, Legal-Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) program;
Hans Fester, Woodcraft Shop; Eric Funkhouser, DFMWR Ski Patrol; Dave
Hirsch, DFMWR Ski Patrol; James Laatsch, Woodcraft Shop; Donald Miller,
Woodcraft Shop; Francis Paronish, Woodcraft Shop; Anne Schofield,
Legal-VITA program; and John Timm, Woodcraft Shop.
Bronze-Young Adult (100-174 hours in 2011) — Sean Romana, Army Community
Anyone in the Fort McCoy community who is looking for an opportunity to
positively impact the installation’s military community can do so by
volunteering, which contributes in ways that have a lasting effect on
the community’s Soldiers, Families and the volunteers.
For more information, contact Army Community Service about the volunteer
program at 608-388-3505 or visit the website
to view volunteer opportunities.
(Submitted by Army Community Service.)