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RSVP honors Douglas County senior volunteers

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) recognized volunteers 55 and older during the 38th annual Volunteer Recognition Event at Barker's Island on June 20.

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The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) recognized volunteers 55 and older during the 38th annual Volunteer Recognition Event at Barker's Island on June 20.

RSVP Volunteers work throughout Douglas County.

This year's Lifetime Award went to John Vaski, a volunteer at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center and Twin Ports Veterans Outpatient Clinic. A person must have donated 4,000 or more

hours of time. John gave 4,299 hours of service to assist his community.

Presidential Awards are celebrated with Bronze, Silver and Gold pins and a certificate signed by President Obama.

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Bronze Awards went to James Baemmert, Susan Brannan, Mildred Hildebrandt and Gertrude Persons for

donating up to 249 hours of service.

Silver Awards were given to Linda Hankins, Web Hansen, Frank Krygowski, Delores Larson, Joanne McMullen and Anita Soland for 250-499 hours of service

Gold Awards went to John Arthur, Dennis Bartholomew, Richard Berg, Bernice Erickson, Betty Krivinchuk, Audrey Larsen, Mary Lou Monson, Karen Nolan, Diane Reder, Peggy Sislo and Nancy

Smith, for 500-3,999 hours of service to the community.

Cathy Souza was recognized for 15 years of service; Mary Gage, Audrey Mead and Jessie Westman for 10 years of service; and Carol Lindahl and Charles Zosel for five years of service.

The Lucille LaGesse Spirit Angel Emeritus Award is a special honor given to individuals who have supported the community with many years of volunteerism and continue to be a part of the spirit of RSVP. This year, Virginia Hart was thanked with the Spirit Angel Award and RSVP afghan for her 23 years of service.

Hart began the Superior volunteer department at SMDC, and has been very active with the hospital auxiliary. She assisted other volunteers by coordinating the Superior volunteer department, and recording and providing volunteers their hours of service as station supervisor. She continues to make handmade items which she donates through

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RSVP and is a source of inspiration.

RSVP volunteers deliver and serve meals, read to children, escort patients, run gift shops, help at museums, crisis shelters, pack clothing, or help children. Last year, 141 RSVP volunteers donated 24,500 hours, valued at $288,685, to help 38 nonprofit and public service sites in Douglas County and served 78,000 people.

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