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 July 09, 2010

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Volunteers recognized for 2009 service to support Fort McCoy

The Garrison Commander’s Volunteer Recognition Banquet recognized 68 members of the Fort McCoy community.

The volunteers, along with the Fort McCoy Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator Lorie Retzlaff, presented Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser with a symbolic $177,673.50 check for 8,744 hours of service donated from January-December 2009. The dollar value of volunteer work, based on an estimated $20.25 an hour wage at the national level, represented the approximate amount volunteers saved Fort McCoy in 2009.
Fort McCoy Volunteers and the Army Community Service Center Volunteer Corps coordinator present members of Fort McCoy’s Garrison Command Group, including Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser, with a symbolic check for $177,673.50. Contributed photo
Fort McCoy Volunteers and the Army Community Service Center Volunteer Corps coordinator present members of Fort McCoy’s Garrison Command Group, including Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser, with a symbolic check for $177,673.50. The amount represented the savings of donated volunteer time to the community in 2009.

Chesser presented volunteers in the Fort McCoy community with the Garrison Commander’s Certificate of Appreciation for dedication in supporting the mission of Fort McCoy and commitment to volunteerism as a member of the Army Volunteer Corps in 2009. The following individuals received a Certificate of Appreciation (italic type denotes youth volunteer):

Amy Anderson, Craig Bartholomew, Laurie Bartholomew, Julie Brooks, Jacqueline Brown, Norb Brown, Elizabeth Carmichael, LeAnn Clark, Ranse Clark, Aaron Craig, Victoria Cruz, Wilton Cruz,

Courtney Daniels, Francis Downs, Ken Enghusen, Marcus Frazee, Eric Funkhouser, Laurie Hamilton, Renee Herman, Donald Herr, David Hirsch, Mary Hirsch-Justice, Lynn Horton, Laurence Johns, Karen Kast, Andrea LeJeune, Pat Luey, Tom Luey, Treyton Luey,

Dawn Millard, Donald Miller, Jeff Moreno, Jeremiah Neitzel, Barbara Pigors, Laura Rakow, Kathy Rastall, Brandon Retzlaff, Wade Riniker, Michael Roeske, Nicole Sawyer, Tom Sawyer, Karen Seitz, LuAnne Shafer, Susan Shie, Mary Ann Sliva, Andrea Stephens, Milicent Sutters,

Elle Tahtinen, Robert Tatinger, Larry Thompson, John Timm, Christine Tron, Melekalama Valdez, Joseph Valeska, Carol Wagner, Rebecca Wingo, Sherrie Wollin, and Mary Zischke.

Twelve of the 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.

Volunteers who received Presidential Volunteer Service Awards were:

• Gold (500+ hours in 2009) – Francis Downs, Automotive Skills Center; Wilton Cruz, BOSS Woodcraft Shop; and Robert Tatinger, Pine View Recreation Area.

• Silver (250-499 hours in 2009) - Mary Hirsch-Justice, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Ski Patrol; Donald Miller, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) Woodcraft Shop; and Christine Tron, Army Community Service (ACS).

• Bronze (100-249 hours in 2009) - LeAnn Clark, ACS; Aaron Craig, Eric Funkhouser, Dave Hirsch, Larry Thompson, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Ski Patrol; and John Timm, BOSS Woodcraft Shop.

In addition to these awards, Miller and Tatinger received a Presidential Call to Service Award. This award was created by The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and is awarded to volunteers contributing more-than 4,000 hours of volunteer service over a lifetime.

Attendees enjoyed a “sit-down” dinner, door prizes, cake inscribed with “Thank you for your dedicated service!” and a training presentation, “The Power of Personal Choice,” by Tracy Butz.

Butz encouraged volunteers to overcome obstacles by changing the way they think and by choosing a positive path with the decisions they make to achieve the life they desire. Throughout the evening attendees were thanked and encouraged to continue to build upon their volunteer efforts.

“We continue to be appreciative of and thankful for our volunteers who give so freely of their time and talents, providing services, or resources, or sharing skills to benefit our Fort McCoy Community,” said Retzlaff. Everyone in the Fort McCoy community — military, civilians and Family members — are encouraged to seek out volunteer opportunities by visiting the website http://www.myarmyonesource.com and clicking on “Become a Volunteer” or by contacting Retzlaff at 608-388-6507.

(Story and photo submitted by Fort McCoy Army Community Service.)

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