|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. 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
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
• 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
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
“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.)