Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Service to the Armed Forces Volunteer Recognition Event - 2014

Story by Kathleen Rowland
Photos by Arnett Luce

Colorado Springs, CO - June 3, 2014 - Service members and Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces volunteers gathered at the Penrose House in Colorado Springs to honor the best-of-the-best 2014 Service to the Armed Forces volunteers.

More than 120 people were on hand to recognize a number of awardees and their families for their service to those who serve our Nation.
Guest Speaker, Jackie Norris, charmed the audience with stories of her life as a Red Cross Volunteer.  From her service as a “Donut Dolly” during the Vietnam Conflict to her current work as chair of the Mile High Chapter Volunteer Leadership Council, Ms. Norris painted a picture of a colorful life immeasurably enriched by Red Cross service.  She thanked each volunteer for their unique and invaluable contributions.

Clara Huff received the 2014
 Volunteer of the Year ward for her work
at Evans Army Hospital
Dennis Burdick received the 2014 SAF
Volunteer of the Year Award
Irmard Cates received the
2014 SAF Outstanding
Leader Award
To recognize special dedication to the Service to Armed Forces, a select few volunteers received Exemplary Service Awards.  Volunteer of the Year was awarded to COL (Ret.) Clara Huff and Dennis Burdick for their work at Evans Army Hospital and at the Pikes Peak Chapter, respectively.  Unsung Hero Award recipient Hugh Wilson was on hand to accept his award for his work on the Peterson Air Force Base Briefing Team, as was 32-year volunteer, Irmgard Cates who was given the Outstanding Leader Award.  The Evans Army Hospital Red Cross Office Team received the Outstanding Team Award, and Community Partner Award winners were Christopher Alfano, Beverly Price and Josesimo Bautista.

Time in Service Award recipients were acknowledged for their excellent work with the Service to Armed Forces.  Certificates were awarded for one year of service up to the 32 years of service certificate given to dedicated Red Cross volunteer, Irmgard Cates.

Time in Service Award recipients were recognized for more
than 10 years of service to the Red Cross Service to Armed Forces Program
Because of the work of these volunteers and many more like them, service members know with the American Red Cross you’re never out of touch - around the clock, around the world.

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