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Volunteers honored at commander's recognition banquet

Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) sponsored the annual Commander’s Volunteer Recognition Banquet at McCoy’s in June where volunteers were recognized for their selfless service to the Fort McCoy community.

Photo: Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser accepts a symbolic check of estimated cost savings from Fort McCoy volunteers. (Army Community Services Photo)
Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser accepts a symbolic check of estimated cost savings from Fort McCoy volunteers. (Army Community Services Photo)

The volunteers presented Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser with a symbolic $107,675 check for services provided from January-December 2008. The check represented the estimated dollar figure volunteers saved Fort McCoy in 2008. Forty-five volunteers were recognized for donating 5,579 hours of service. The dollar value of volunteer work was based on an estimated $19.30 an hour wage at the national level.

Volunteers contribute a wide range of services that enhance and expand the capabilities of Army programs and services and augment the efforts of paid staff at Fort McCoy. Army volunteers are Soldiers, retirees, Department of the Army civilians, and their family members.

They may be a part of the Active Army, National Guard or the Army Reserve. Army volunteers also may come from the civilian community. The common bond of volunteers is their desire to help meet the needs of Army community members, serving the installation and those who live and work here, as well as the geographically dispersed families of the Guard and Reserve. They serve by giving freely of time and talents, providing services, or resources, or sharing skills to benefit individuals, groups or community needs without expecting monetary compensation.

Chesser presented volunteers in the Fort McCoy community with a 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 from January to December 2008.

The following individuals received a commander’s Certificate of Appreciation: Amy Anderson, Julie Brooks, Norb Brown, Elizabeth Carmichael, Brian Clark, LeAnn Clark, Ranse Clark, Aaron Craig, Courtney Daniels, Shawn Eckelberg, Ken Enghusen, Alex Frazee, Eric Funkhouser, Julie Gran, Cynthia Grant, Laurie Hamilton, Renee Herman, Donald Herr, David Hirsch, George Hirsch, Mary Hirsch-Justice, Ashley Kast, Karen Kast, Pat Luey, Tom Luey, Treyton Luey, Antoinette Mangan, Jerry Nelson, Shauna Oskam, Stacy Pedretti, Laura Rakow, Kathy Rastall, Cynthia Remley, Brandon Retzlaff, Maureen Richardson, Wade Riniker, Michael Roeske, Nicole Sawyer, Tom Sawyer, Misty Stone-Nelson, Robert Tatinger, Cassandra Taylor, Larry Thompson, Candy Weiss, and Rebecca Wingo.

Nine of the volunteers receiving Commander’s Appreciation Certificates also were honored with Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. 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) — Robert Tatinger, Pine View Recreation Area.
     • Silver (250-499 hours) — Mary Hirsch-Justice, Whitetail Ridge Ski Patrol and Candy Weiss, ACS.
     • Bronze (100-249 hours) — LeAnn Clark and Tom Luey, ACS; Aaron Craig, Dave Hirsch, Wade Riniker, and Larry Thompson, Whitetail Ridge Ski Patrol.

Attendees also had the opportunity to meet Lorie Retzlaff, the newly hired Fort McCoy ACS Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator, who began her service to the Fort McCoy community in May.

Army Volunteer Corps Coordinators facilitate and coordinate installation volunteer activities while serving as an advocate for volunteers.

They serve as a link between individual volunteers and the agencies using volunteer services, and as a liaison between the command and the volunteer agencies. Retzlaff encourages individuals to contact her about the program or to volunteer by calling 608-388-6507 or visit the Web site http://www.myarmyonesource.com to view volunteer opportunities.

(Submitted by Army Community Service.)


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