RSVP recognizes volunteers efforts in the community
The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program provides volunteers age 55 and older. RSVP is a program of the Senior Corp, which is overseen by the federal Corp of National and Community Services.
The president of the United States appoints the CNCS director. Catholic Charities Bureau of Superior is RSVP’s sponsor.
The organization held its 40th annual RSVP Volunteer Recognition Event to acknowledged volunteers for their years and hours of service with special pins and certificates awarded by the Council on Service and Civic Participation and signed by the president of the United States. The event was sponsored by Angel Partners, National Bank of Commerce-Superior Wisconsin and UCare Health Insurance-Wisconsin. It took place at Barker’s Island Inn and Conference Center on June 17.
Presidential Awards were celebrated with bronze, silver and gold pins for hours donated throughout Douglas County and a volunteer recognition certificate signed by United States President Obama through the Council on Service and Civic Participation.
Bronze Awards: Mary Kathleen Jensen and Rose Westerlund for donating up to 249 hours of volunteer service.
Silver Awards: Barbara and Donald Bronson, Emil Osacho and Bernie Reger for giving 250- 499 hours
Gold Awards: Mary Berg, Elizabeth Cheever, Linda Hankins, Web Hansen, Frank Krygowski and Gail Trombley for 500-3,999 hours of volunteer service to their community.
Lifetime Award: A person must have donated 4,000 or more hours of time. Lifetime Awards went to: Karen Nolan, 4,054 hours with the Superior Nutrition meal site in the Superior Senior Center building; Teresa Uotinen, 4,293 hours at Villa Marina assisting staff with daily therapy; and Tom Cannon, who donated 4,637 hours of service to the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center and Essentia Health.
Awards for Years of Service:
Celebrating 32 years of service: Lois Renoos with a Special Recognition Award for Lois’ many years of service
Celebrating 20 years of service is Eileen Olson.
Celebrating 15 years of service are Pauline Kukull and Ann Parker
Celebrating 10 years of service: Mary Ann Gronquist, Betty Peterson, Al Rutkowski and Jeanette Rantala who was unable to attend.
Celebrating five years of service: Jean Biver, Frank Krygowski, Audrey Larsen, Karen Nolan Emil Osacho, Alice Paine, Carol Schoch, Peggy Sislo. Donna Fink and Bette Krivinchuk were unable to attend.
The Lucille LaGesse Spirit Angel Emeritus Award is a special award to individuals who have supported the community through volunteerism and though they may be leaving, they continue to give in the spirit of RSVP. This year Linda Nollinger was thanked with the Spirit Angel Emeritus Award pin and RSVP afghan for her outstanding service. She has volunteered with CASDA, Superior Senior Center meal site, Harbor House, United Way and Crafty Ladies for several years. Linda made hundreds of handmade items of teddy bears, children’s caps, quilts and caddies for walker equipment. During her lifetime she was an RN in the Minneapolis Northwestern Hospital and worked in home care. She came to Superior, liked the area and stayed. Linda had volunteered for the Red Cross in the ’60s and taught crafts to children at her church. She found liked helping others so she continued to volunteer. Linda celebrated her ninth year with us. In that time, she’s worked not only to support the community with her volunteerism but has also been recognized with the Gold Award for over 500 hours. Linda believes that volunteering is an opportunity to build relationships with the people around her. She is continuous source of inspiration. After a lifetime of almost 50 years volunteering, Linda said she will retire.
We thank the many area businesses who donated gifts for our volunteer drawing and to Tina Anderson and Golden Living for making and donating the tasty cake. Thank you Nicolle Cronstrom Olness and parents for making and donating the lovely centerpieces and to all the others who helped make this a memorable event.
You may have met an RSVP volunteer delivering or serving meals, reading to children, escorting patients or running gift shops and helping at museums, crisis shelters, food shelf, packing clothing or reading to and helping children. In 2012, 117 RSVP volunteers donated 26,190 hours, worth $401,250 helping 30 nonprofit and public service sites in Douglas County, serve 75,000 people.
If you are 55 or older, we hope you will sincerely consider becoming an RSVP volunteer. Your community needs you and there are openings. Call 715-394-4425.